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Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Early Learning Center, Campbellton Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Schools from across Missouri gathered at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach for the 13th Annual Missouri SW-PBS (School Wide Positive Behavior Support) Summer Institute June 19-21.

Several schools in the School District of Washington received recognition for their implementation efforts from the 2017-18 year. 

Augusta Elementary, Campbellton Elementary, Marthasville Elementary, and the District's Early Learning Center all received recognition for bronze level. 

Clearview Elementary received recognition for silver level implementation. This was Clearview's third year in a row for silver level recognition. 

Additionally, Clearview staff members Cheryl Spratt (Guidance Counselor) and Dr. Matt Busekrus (Principal) presented to other conference attendees in a break out session on Wednesday, June 20.  


Clearview Elementary received recognition for silver level implementation during the 13th Annual Missouri SW-PBS (School Wide Positive Behavior Support) Summer Institute June 19-21 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. Pictured from left are Beth Smith (Clearview third grade teacher), Cheryl Spratt (Clearview Counselor), Dr. Matt Busekrus (Clearview Principal), and John Lewis (Director of the South Central Regional Professional Development Center).   

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/25/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

Hoch’s English teacher at WMS is Kaylin Bade.


Karlene Hoch

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




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School cross country and track athlete Mikayla Reed has been named the Washington Missourian's Athlete of the Year for the 2017-18 school year.

Pacific’s Cameron VanLeer (basketball and golf) also received the honor.

Reed, a 2018 graduate of WHS, led the track and field Lady Jays to a second place team finish in Class 4 by winning four state titles at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships May 25-26 at Jefferson City High School.

Reed was a winner in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:15.26, the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.21, and the 3,200-meter run in 11:10.14.

Reed also anchored the Lady Jays’ winning 3,200-meter relay team, who cruised to a first-place finish in a time of 9:32.2. Also running for WHS were Claire Ayers, Mia Reed and Morgan Holdmeyer.

During her junior season, Reed won Class 4 state track crowns in the 1,600-meter run (5:02.52) and the 3,200-meter run (11:04.06).

During the fall of her senior season, Reed placed third in the Class 4 state cross country race in a time of 18:26. She won the Class 4 state title in 2016 in 18:02.

For her high school career, Reed won seven state championships, six in track and one in cross country. She earned 10 state track medals and four state cross country medals. She also claimed 14 GAC Central titles and nine district crowns.

Reed will continue her running and academic career at the University of Missouri.

Mikayla Reed


Mikayla Reed

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




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The School District of Washington's Board of Education was selected Outstanding Board of Education.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association selected 20 school boards as Missouri’s Outstanding Boards of Education for 2018.

The awards were announced at the MSBA Leadership Summit at the Lake of the Ozarks on June 2.

The Outstanding Boards of Education awards were aligned to six specific categories of the Missouri Public Education Vision Project.

Winners in the respective category were selected by a committee made up of school board members from districts throughout the state.

The winners are as follows:

 

Climate, Culture and Organizational Efficacy

Bolivar R-I
Fayette R-III

Pattonville R-III

Windsor C-1

 

Governance, Leadership and Accountability

Lee’s Summit R-VII

Mehlville R-IX

Raymore-Peculiar R-II

 

Human and Organizational Capital

Affton 101

 

Physical and Environmental Resources

Branson R-IV

Mountain Grove R-III

Nixa Public Schools

Rockwood R-VI

 

School Finance

Park Hill

 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Brentwood School District

Camdenton R-III

Liberty 53

Montgomery County R-II

St. Charles R-VI

Washington

Waynesville R-VI

 

School District of Washington Board of Education members are:

*Kevin Blackburn, President

*John Freitag, Vice President

*Trish Mitchell, Treasurer

*Scott Byrne, Director

*Dan Contarini, Director

*Susan Thatcher, Director

*Bob Oreskovic, Director.

Dr. Lori VanLeer is the District Superintendent. The Board Secretary is Julie Bell.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that exists to help school boards succeed.


Outstanding Board of Education

The School District of Washington's Board of Education was selected Outstanding Board of Education by the Missouri School Boards’ Association. Pictured from left are Melissa Randol, MSBA Executive Director, and SDOW representatives John Freitag, board member, Dr. Lori VanLeer, Superintendent, Susan Thatcher, board member, and Julie Bell, board secretary.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/14/18




Audience: Homepage, Early Learning Center and Homepage

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation Head Start/Early Head Start program, serving Franklin and Jefferson Counties.

Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children. In addition to education services, it provides children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/13/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Lydia Juengling, a 2018 Washington High School graduate and member of the National Honor Society (NHS) at WHS, has been named one of 500 national semifinalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship program.

Juengling was chosen from more than 11,000 applicants and will receive a $2,850 scholarship.

High school seniors who are members in good standing of an active National Honor Society chapter are able to apply for an NHS Scholarship.

Finalists are selected on the basis of their leadership skills; participation in service organizations, clubs, and other student groups at school and in the community; and their academic record.

As a semifinalist, Juengling is recognized as one of the top 500 NHS members in the nation this school year.

While at Washington High School, Juengling was an officer of four clubs, a cross-country runner, a track and field team manager, the Student Representative to the Board of Education, the Yearbook editor-in-chief, and a Blue Jay Journal staff member.

Juengling plans to attend the University of Kansas to study Architecture.

Click on the attached link below for the official press release.


Lydia Juengling

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/7/18




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The School District of Washington has received the Missouri School Boards’ Association 2018 Governance Team Award.

The recognition, achieved by only 20 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 the school board and superintendent.

School boards and superintendents that receive this award demonstrate the value of ongoing learning for continuous improvement. 

Recipients of the award have met the following criteria:

* The district is accredited.

* All seven school board members have obtained Essential CBM certification from MSBA (or were grandfathered from the requirement).

* At least two board members have attained the Advanced CBM level of certification from MSBA.

* At least one board member has attained the Master’s level of certification from MSBA.

* A quorum of the board and superintendent attended MSBA’s 2017 Annual Conference.

* At least three board members and the superintendent (or other central office administrator) attended the 2018 MSBA Spring Regional Meeting.

* The district representative attended MSBA’s 2018 Legislative Forum

* A board representative participated in MSBA’s 2017 Delegate Assembly.

SDOW Board of Education members are:

*Kevin Blackburn, President

*John Freitag, Vice President

*Trish Mitchell, Treasurer

*Scott Byrne, Director

*Dan Contarini, Director

*Susan Thatcher, Director

*Bob Oreskovic, Director.

Dr. Lori VanLeer is the District Superintendent. The Board Secretary is Julie Bell.

Recipients of the 2018 Governance Team Award were formally identified and celebrated at MSBA’s Leadership Summit in Osage Beach on June 2 at Tan-Tar-A Resort. See the picture below.


Governance Team Award

The School District of Washington received the Missouri School Boards’ Association 2018 Governance Team Award. From left are Jan Mees, President MSBA Board of Directors, SDOW representatives Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer, Board Secretary Julie Bell, Board member Susan Thatcher, and Board member John Freitag, and MSBA Executive Director Melissa Randol.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/7/18




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics, Washington High School and Homepage

Spring sports teams at Washington High School earned MSHSAA Scholastic Achievement Awards for the 2018 season.

Depending on the team grade-point average, the squads were designated either outstanding or distinguished.

Outstanding (3.25-4.00 GPA)

Varsity Girls Track (3.79)

Junior Varsity Girls Track (3.5)

Varsity Boys Track (3.43)

Varsity Girls Soccer (3.43)

Varsity Baseball (3.42)

Junior Varsity Girls Soccer (3.41)

Junior Varsity Baseball (3.31)

Junior Varsity Boys Track (3.26)

Distinguished (3.00-3.24 GPA)

Varsity Boys Golf (3.19)

Junior Varsity Boys Golf (3.19)

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




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

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

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

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

To register, click on the attached link below.

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




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics, Washington High School and Homepage

Memorial Day Weekend 2018 certainly will be one to remember for the Washington High School track and field program.

Competing at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships May 25-26 at Jefferson City High School, the Washington girls registered a second-place finish in the Class 4 team standings, winning four state titles in the process.

MICDS claimed the Class 4 girls team crown with 88 points. Washington finished second with 55 points followed by Camdenton with 47 and Webster Groves with 41.

“We knew we just had to do what we can do. There’s no defense in track, so as long as we do what we do, we could have success,” said Washington Head Track Coach Mike Olszowka. “To get on the podium for second place is a great feat.”

Washington senior Mikayla Reed ended her career as a Blue Jay with four state titles.

Reed was a winner in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:15.26, the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.21, and the 3,200-meter run in 11:10.14.

Reed also anchored the Lady Jays’ winning 3,200-meter relay team, who cruised to a first-place finish in a time of 9:32.2. Also running for WHS were Claire Ayers, Mia Reed and Morgan Holdmeyer.

“Four state titles, you can’t put that into words. Ever since last year, I’ve wanted this so badly. To finally get it is very special,” Reed said. “The 3,200 was my last high school race, so I just wanted to have a lot of fun out there. I wanted to take it in one lap at a time. My freshman and sophomore years, I was only in the 3,200. Last year is when I expanded to four events. It’s kind of cool that the 3,200 was my last race in high school because it was also my first race as a freshman. For this state meet, the 800 is going to stick out the most just because I tried so hard and left it all out there. Hearing that Claire was coming in second and turning around to see her at the finish line was just incredible.”

For her high school career, Reed won seven state championships, six in track and one in cross country.

“It’s so hard to sum up what I’ve gone through these past four years,” Reed said. “Everyone who’s been with me for this ride has been amazing. From teammates, coaches, parents, to everyone else, all of the support has been incredible. I want to thank everyone for the support.”

Reed will continue her running career at the University of Missouri.

“I’m sure there can be a lot of arguments about the greatest Blue Jay ever, but Mikayla is right there. She’s a seven-time state champion,” Olszowka said. “The things people miss out on about Mikayla is the way she trains in the offseason and the way she competes. Mikayla is a great runner, but there’s great runners everywhere. So many people like Mikayla because she smiles. She talks to everybody. She’ll stop and talk to a kid who recognizes her from the newspaper for half an hour. She spends a lot of her time with all-abilities. These are things that go above and beyond the athletic standpoint that just makes her that much better of a person.”

Washington’s 3,200-meter team turned in a dominating performance. The order of the runners were Ayers, Mia Reed, Holdmeyer and Mikayla Reed.  

“I was pretty sore from yesterday (800 and 1,600). I just tried really hard to get that lead, which I did. But Mia really did a great job building on the lead,” Ayers said.

“My goal was to take Claire’s lead and try to expand it. I felt really good. It was an amazing experience to be a part of this team,” Mia Reed said.

“I was really excited to see Claire and Mia give us a good lead. My goal was to just stay on my pace. I felt like I did my part and held on to our lead,” Holdmeyer said.

“By the time I started, I was so excited. The whole time I was cheering them on waiting for my leg,” Mikayla Reed said. “Morgan did such a great job coming down the final stretch. I was really cheering her on. I took the baton and just went for it.”

Ayers, a junior, had a standout state meet, taking home first-, second-, and third-place medals.

She ran the first leg on the winning 3,200-meter relay team, getting the Lady Jays out to a lead that they never surrendered.

Additionally, Ayers finished in second place behind Reed in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:16.05 and was third in the 1,600-meter run in 5:08.81.

“I was super nervous coming into the meet,” Ayers said. “Mikayla really helped me get through all of the races. She’s super calm. It was amazing to have her there with me. I don’t know what I’m going to do without her next year.”

Ayers finished right behind Reed for second place in the 800-meter run.

“I was wearing the No. 12 sticker and I thought, let’s just see what I can do. Toward the last lap, I decided that I was going to go for it,” Ayers said. “At the end when I crossed the finish line, I yelled Mikayla’s name. She turned around and we hugged. It was an amazing experience. I never thought I’d get to this point. Coach told me I could do this. I had my doubts, but I told him that I’ll see what I could do.”

Mikayla Reed was thrilled about Ayers’ performance in the 800.

“As I was running toward the end, a girl from Lindbergh yelled at me, ‘You guys can go one and two,’ which got me really excited,” Reed said. “I’ve always believed in Claire. I knew she could do this. I thought she could even beat me, and she was super close.”

Ayers had another big performance in the 1,600-meter run.

“The 1,600 is not my favorite race. I felt good toward the middle of the race, so I kept going strong,” Ayers said. “At the end, the girl in front of me was right there, and I knew I would regret it if I didn’t catch her. I just went for it and got third place.”

“We knew by the time Claire was in seventh grade how special she was. It just was a matter of getting her healthy and getting her to believe in herself and what she was doing,” Olszowka said. “I’m thrilled to death, but I’m not surprised at all. As a coaching staff, we knew she could have this kind of performance.”

Washington’s Morgan Gratza, a freshman, earned all-state honors in the high jump with an eighth-place finish, clearing 5-2.

Samantha Schriever of Carthage took first place by clearing 5-3. The second- through eighth-place finishers all cleared 5-2.

“I’m happy to get in the top eight for all-state, but I know I could have placed higher. Seven of us got 5-2. It just mattered on the amount of misses. You definitely have to watch the number of times you miss because that really matters,” Gratza said. “I was definitely nervous. I didn’t realize that until I was about to jump. There’s just so many people watching. It was really cool to be here and see all of these great athletes.

“Coach always told me I could get to state, but I didn’t think I could get past districts. I’ve been competing in the high jump for only two years and still have a lot to learn. Most of the other high jumpers I competed against had more experience than me. I’ll just try to keep getting better. Going three more inches and getting the school record is definitely a big goal for me in the future.”

“A state medal as a freshman is always good,” Olszowka said. “Morgan was right there. She had three great attempts at 5-3. She probably was a quarter-inch heel drag away from being first or second place. That gives us a lot of positive momentum with her coming back next year as a sophomore.”

Washington’s Morgan Holdmeyer, a senior, missed all-state honors by one spot in the 3,200-meter run, placing ninth in 11:56.89. She still took home a state title by running the third leg on the winning 3,200-meter relay team.

Olszowka got chocked up when asked about Holdmeyer, finding it difficult to put into words what she’s meant to the WHS track and cross country programs.

“Morgan has been with us since seventh grade,” he said. “She’s going to be a tough one to replace.”

Washington’s 1,600-meter relay team of Ayers, Mia Reed, Olivia Robinson and Colleen Kuchem finished in 12th-place in a time of 4:08.44.

“Mia is another freshman with so much to offer. We lose some great seniors, but look who we have coming back,” Olszowka said. “Claire steps into Mikayla’s shoes. Mia steps into Claire’s shoes. Morgan Gratza steps up a notch. Hopefully we get Sophia (Olszowka) back in the javelin. We have a little Figas coming up who’s already a 16-foot long jumper. These seniors are leaving, but what they’ve done for the program is not leaving. Their leadership made the next set of Blue Jays ready to step up and do the same things.”

Photos from Washington’s performance at the state track and field meet are below. Click on the attached link below for complete results.


Washington Lady Jays - Second Place in Class 4


Washington Lady Jays - Second Place in Class 4


Mikayla Reed: Class 4 champion in the 800-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meter runs and the 3,200-meter relay.


Claire Ayers: Class 4 champion in the 3,200-meter relay, second place in the 800-meter run and third-place in the 1,600-meter run.


Morgan Gratza: Eighth place in the Class 4 high jump.


Washington Lady Jays: Class 4 champion in the 3,200-meter relay. From left are Mikayla Reed, Mia Reed, Morgan Holdmeyer and Claire Ayers.























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Published: 5/30/18




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

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

The ceremony marked the end of the 2017-18 school year and celebrated accomplishments, presented service awards, technology recognition, recognized and thanked retirees, announced staff scholarships, and announced WINGS/The Washington Missourian Educational Excellence Award. 

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Assistant Superintendents Dr. Brendan Mahon, Dr. Judy Straatmann and Dr. Rachael Franssen each addressed the staff.

Board of Education Vice President John Freitag also spoke to the staff.

Prior to the ceremony, the Board of Education and administration honored the retirees over breakfast.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Completing the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy were:

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

Specialist Level (Year 2): Michelle Prewitt.

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

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


WINGS Educational Excellence Award

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


WINGS Support Staff of Year

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


Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

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


Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

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


Retiring Staff Members

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



WINGS Discount Cards Fundraiser

Elementary schools and the middle school in the School District of Washington received their payouts from the WINGS discount cards program. Front row, from left, are Amy Oesterly (WINGS), Brad Mitchell (WINGS), Jocelyn Schluss (Marthasville Principal), Jennifer Pecka (Labadie Principal), Mary Robertson (Augusta Principal) and Melanie Trentmann (South Point Assistant Principal). Back row, from left, are Aimee Harty (South Point Principal), Jennifer Meyer (Campbellton Principal) and Dr. Matt Busekrus (Clearview Principal). Not shown are Kim Hunt (Washington West Principal) and Ron Millheiser (Washington Middle School Principal).


Major Saver Program

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


Service Awards: 30 years

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


Service Awards: 25 Years

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


Service Awards: 20 Years

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


Service Awards: 15 Years

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


Service Awards: 10 Years

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

7 White Team

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

8 White Team

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

Jay Team

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

Encore Team

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

Washington Middle School May Students of the Week

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




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

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 22.

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 rang the bell after passing through the tunnel, a way to mark an end of their time at Campbellton Elementary.

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: 5/24/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Greg Garrett is the new school resource officer at Washington High School. He will begin his duties at WHS at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Garrett replaces Doug Tollison, who will return to road duty with the Washington Police Department after spending seven years as resource officer with the School District of Washington.

Before he returns to road duty on a permanent basis, Tollison will fill in at Washington Middle School in the fall until current WMS resource officer Mindy Schmelz returns from a knee injury.

There also will be an elementary school resource officer beginning in the 2018-19 school year, who has yet to be named.

“I want to thank Officer Tollison for his seven years of excellent service as SRO,” said WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “We are excited to have Officer Garrett on board as our new SRO. We feel like he will be a great fit for our building and a positive role model for our students.”

Garrett has been with the Washington Police Department for 17 years. He is a 1998 graduate of Washington High School.

Greg and his wife, Krista (Luckey), reside in Washington. They have one daughter, Madison, who is 1 ½ years of age.


Greg Garrett

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/23/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School’s 117th commencement was held Friday, May 18, in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS. Rain moved the ceremony indoors.

There were 323 seniors in the Class of 2018.

School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer welcomed guests to commencement followed by the band performing “Pomp and Circumstance,” by Elgar Polyhar.

The WHS JROTC was on hand for the presentation of colors.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Abbey Jinkerson, vice president of the Class of 2018.

The WHS choir performed the school song and the national anthem.

Assistant Principals Dr. Joe Dierks and Mary Kleekamp announced students earning honors and high honors.

Assistant Principal Shawn Wallace announced the students who gave addresses.

VanLeer gave the superintendent’s message.

Kevin Blackburn, president, spoke on behalf of the Board of Education.

Dan Heck, retiring math teacher, presented the Class of 2018.

Board of Education members presented diplomas.

Cason Suggs, class president, led the seniors in the turning of the tassel and VanLeer gave closing remarks.

The student marshalls were juniors Ezra Miles and Olivia Emke.  

Class of 2018 officers were Cason Suggs, president; Abbey Jinkerson, vice president; Kailey Robinson, Secretary; Carrie Derner, treasurer; and Jonathan Amlong and Lydia Lock, student representatives.

Senior class sponsors were Cathy Jinkerson and Kathryn Laurentius.

This year’s class song was “Roots” by Zac Brown Band.

The class flower was Blue Iris.

The class motto was, “What feels like the end, is often the beginning.” (Anonymous).

The class gift was picnic tables.

Click on the link below for the video broadcast of Washington High School’s 116th commencement, which was shown via a live stream. Photos of some of the graduates are below.















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/21/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School’s Graduation Ceremony this evening (Friday, May 18), will be held indoors in the Blue Jay Gymnasium due to a chance for rain in the forecast throughout the day. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

District and high school administration, along with Buildings and Grounds staff, met this morning and made the decision.

Each graduate was given six tickets to graduation at Thursday’s senior brunch. Indoor events require that we limit the number of people who can attend. Regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket.

We will not be able to reprint tickets if they are lost or misplaced. We also do not have extra tickets available. Please do not call the high school asking for extra tickets.

The Blue Jay Gym will open at 4:30 p.m. To make high school dismissal go smoothly, we ask that you are not on the high school premises until 4:30 p.m. at the earliest.  

A shuttle will be available from the 14th street commuter lot to the high school and from the middle school to the high school.

The CJB Theatre will be open to watch the graduation ceremony through a live stream. Tickets are not required for the CJB Theater. The link to the live stream can be found on the School District of Washington’s web site or by clicking the link below.

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




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

Megan Voelkerding and Ryan Hill recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for the Four Rivers Career Center and Washington High School, respectively.

Voelkerding, a senior, is in the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program at Four Rivers Career Center, where she’s a student ambassador. She’s a member of the WHS concert band and pep band and is a section leader for the band. She holds a 3.7 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Voelkerding plans on attending Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla and double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering. She’s the daughter of Eric and Susan Voelkerding.

Hill, a senior at WHS, will major in chemistry in college and plans to attend Maryville University. He is a member of National Honor Society, the scholar bowl team and was named a Finalist in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He is the son of Timothy Hill.

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


Megan Voelkerding is presented her student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.


Ryan Hill 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: 5/18/18




Audience: WINGS Educational Foundation, Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

The WINGS Educational Foundation recently awarded four scholarships to Washington High School seniors in the amount of $1,000 apiece, for a total of $4,000.

WHS students receiving the WINGS Alumni Scholarship were Jerry Hwang and Amber Cunningham.

WHS students receiving the WINGS Educator Scholarship were Lydia Juengling and Morgan Holdmeyer.  

The WINGS Educational Foundation promotes educational excellence by providing teacher grants, student scholarships for continued education, state-of-the-art equipment and recognition of faculty and staff achievement.

A photo of the WINGS scholarship winners is below.


Four Washington High School seniors received the 2018 WINGS scholarship for $1,000 apiece. From left are Carol Zanin (WINGS), recipients Lydia Juengling, Morgan Holdmeyer, Jerry Hwang and Amber Cunningham, and Brad Mitchell (WINGS).

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




Audience: WINGS Educational Foundation, Homepage and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s WINGS Educational Foundation awarded 19 teacher grants this spring (May of 2018), totaling $27,156.

Since 1993, a total of 1,042 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling $498,442. WINGS also has awarded two STEAM grants totaling $20,515.23.

The teachers receiving the grant, their school and their program are as follows:

*Kaylin Bade, Washington Middle School: Writer’s Workshop Student Conference Stations

*Bridget Phelps, Clearview Elementary: Math Stations

*Megan Brueggemann and Susie Thierbach, District Wide: SDOW Orchestral Recording Project

*Marie Dobson, Washington West Elementary: Making the Abstract Concrete

*Sarah Bayless, Marthasville, Augusta, Labadie: Elementary Kiln

*Jessica North, Labadie Elementary: The Academic and Social Beat

*Samantha Loepker and Allison Graves, Washington High School: Leadership Goes Mobile-Projector

*LuAnn Engelbrecht, Campbellton Elementary: Thermal Energy

*Brian Edler, Jaime Opfer and Tim Zumsteg, Washington High School: Math Escape Rooms

*Jennifer Wirthwein, Washington Middle School: 911-Reading Emergency

*Sarah Johnson and Sarah Riley, Washington High School: 3D Tours of Europe

*Robyn Busekrus, South Point Elementary: I Read, I Write

*Keli Schneider, Clearview Elementary: Meaningful Mentor Text

*Trisha Ley, Erin Monzyk and Danielle Romanus, Washington West Elementary: Guided Reading

*Colin Flynn, Washington High School: A New Place to Learn

*Maggie Butler, Augusta Elementary: Digital Keyboard Piano

*Alicia Midkiff, Washington High School: Vernier for Science Excellence

*Nicki Obermark and Becky Zanin, Clearview Elementary: Bridging Literacy and Writing

*Logan Schamerloh, Washington Middle School: Appetite for Learning: Growing Our Own Food

A photo of the WINGS spring teacher grant recipients is below.

 

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Augusta Elementary School held its Breakfast of Champions on Tuesday morning, May 15.

Awards were given out to students for good character, academics, physical education, music, art and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) during the 2017-18 school year.

The award-winning students and their families were treated to breakfast following the ceremony, which took place in the gymnasium.

The award winners for Augusta Elementary’s Breakfast of Champions were:

Academic Achievement Award: Kasen Brunzel (K), Ryker Young (1), Jackson Wallace (2), Skylar Huff (3), Grace Gargrave (4) and Alina Hayden (5).

Character/Citizenship Award: Sarah Partridge (K), Gracie Satory (1), Ella Dunn (2), Olivia Edsel (3), Della Lorch (4), Paige Walch (5). PE - Savanah Coke (5). Art- Darren Hayden (6), Music - Josie Keiser (4), STEM - Ethan Hey (6).

Missouri Glory Awards (6th Graders) - Zachary Gargrave, Matthew Dilly, Victoria Johnson, Katie Grace Partridge, Ella Lause, Jack Gerdiman, Jacob Pentz, Ava Griffey, Ethan Hey, Gabriella Hedrick, Kaner Young, Brynne Pearcy, Landon Boston and Heidi Reinhardt.


Missouri Glory Award Recipients


Academic, Citizenship, Specialist Award Recipients


Academic Achievement Award Recipients


Citizenship Award Recipients


Art, Physical Education, Music, STEM Award Recipients

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/16/18




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, May 16, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/16/18




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

Campbellton Elementary School held its Kindergarten Celebration on the evening of Monday, May 14.

Students in Erin Scheer’s kindergarten class participated in a musical performance involving a number of songs under the direction of Campbellton music teacher Stephanie Holdmeyer.

A large crowd was on hand for the event in the Campbellton gymnasium.

Photos from Campbellton Elementary’s Kindergarten Celebration are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School held a Color the Campus 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Friday, May 11, on the WHS campus.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship Fund.

There were approximately 80 participants for this year’s event, plus an additional 25 volunteers.

The event was a huge success. I've received a lot of good feedback,” said event organizer Samantha Loepker. “Katie Sandoval and Kelly Wood were especially helpful and supportive in the planning and organization of the event. It wouldn't have been possible without their support and the student volunteers from Key Club, National Honor Society and Student Council.”

The event raised an additional $250 for the scholarship, which will go toward scholarships for the 2019 graduating class.

Four scholarships of $200 were awarded. The recipients were Autumn Osia, Amy Wang, Zach Bequette and Katelyn Bopp.

Photos from the Color the Campus Run are below.


Color the Campus Run/Walk participants and volunteers.


The family of the late Al Matzes.


The family of the late Al Matzes.
















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

Students at Campbellton Elementary School participated in field day on Friday, May 11.

There were a number of games and activities for the students. One of the more popular attractions was a dunking booth, where students had the chance to dunk staff members in water by hitting a target. Principal Jennifer Meyer was one of the targets for students, agreeing to it after the students met her challenge of selling a certain number of Relay for Life links.

Photos from the field day festivities at Campbellton Elementary are below.
















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Labadie Elementary School and Homepage

Labadie Elementary School held its Kindergarten Celebration on Friday, May 11.

The kindergarten students, under the direction of Labadie Elementary music teacher Maggie Butler, took part in a musical presentation entitled, “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes.”

Following the musical presentation, students received certificates for completing kindergarten.

Labadie Elementary Principal Jennifer Pecka and kindergarten teacher Ann Maerli presented the certificates.

A large crowd of family members, staff and fellow students watched the program in the Labadie Elementary gymnasium.

Photos from the Labadie Elementary Kindergarten Celebration are below.



















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/14/18




Audience: Homepage, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Clearview Elementary School held its Kindergarten Celebration on the evening of Thursday, May 10.

Students in Becky Zanin and Nichole Obermark’s kindergarten classes participated in a musical performance involving a number of songs under the direction of Clearview music teacher Stephanie Holdmeyer.

A large crowd was on hand for the event in the Clearview gymnasium.

Photos from Clearview Elementary’s Kindergarten Celebration are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/13/18




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Augusta Elementary held its Kindergarten and Sixth-Grade Program on Thursday evening, May 10.

The kindergarten students, under the direction of Augusta music teacher Maggie Butler, took part in a musical presentation entitled, “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes.”

Following the musical presentation, students received certificates for completing kindergarten.

Augusta Elementary Principal Mary Robertson and kindergarten teacher Amy Brinkmann presented the certificates.

Sixth-grade students gave a presentation from research they gathered from their PBL project involving the history of Augusta. The students in Lisa Nadler’s class researched the topic at the Augusta History Museum and continued the work into their own classroom.

A large crowd of family members and staff watched the program in the Augusta Elementary gymnasium.

Photos from the Augusta Elementary Kindergarten and Sixth Grade Program are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/12/18




Audience: South Point Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Brad Swederska, owner of Orange Leaf in Washington, visited South Point Elementary to meet with third-grade students on Wednesday, May 9.

Swederska spoke to the students about how he and his staff manage the day-to-day operations of the popular frozen yogurt establishment.

Third-grade students in the classrooms of Kaycie Schulte, Nancy Carriker and Monica Nadler were working on a graphing project and with that in mind, they wanted to know how the employees at Orange Leaf use numbers and data to make business decisions. The students had the opportunity to ask questions about business decisions that Orange Leaf makes.

Swederska also brought with him plenty of samples of four flavors from Orange Leaf’s frozen yogurt, which the students tasted and tracked the data.

Photos from the Orange Leaf visit to South Point Elementary are below.















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/11/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center’s Awards Ceremony took place on Monday, May 7, in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School.

FRCC seniors in each program were recognized. Director Andy Robinson was the master of ceremonies.

Each program had a student representative speak before receiving their certificates. Student speakers were:

*Automotive Technology – Alexis Musket

*Building Construction – Owen Buchheit

*Automotive Collision Repair – Claire Ehlenbeck

*Graphic Communications – Nathan Neely and Nathalie Rains

*CAPS Teaching Careers – Mikayla Reed

*CAPS Global Business – Morgan Holdmeyer

*Health Occupations – Dominic Dolce

*Project Lead the Way Engineering – Cameron Briggs

*Information Technology – Jeff Moore

*Machine Tool – Ben Meyer

*Welding – Gavin Taylor

A leadership award was given to students in each program. Recipients were:

*Automotive Technology – Allen Shepard

*Building Construction – Cody Horn and Joe Kimminau

*CAPS Global Business - Kailey Robinson

*Collision Repair – Blake Gale and Claire Ehlenbeck

*Graphic Communications – Lydia Juengling

*Health Occupations Washington – Danielle Rekart and Hannah Struckhoff

*Health Occupations Warrenton – Emily Brunson

*Health Occupations Wright City – Robyn Walker

*Health Occupations Pacific – Kaela Dauster and Brooke Pulliam

*Health Occupations Sullivan – Casey Roach

*Information Technology– Sam Knoppe and Bryce Downey

*Machine Tool – Ben Meyer and Jack Tyree

*Project Lead The Way Engineering– Megan Voelkerding

*Welding – Lily Seago, Robert Johnson and Eli Davolt

Scholarship winners were:

*Ray and Mary Shipley Scholarship, sponsored by Washington NAPA:

Allen Shepard and Chris Nowak

*John and Joyce Carver Career and Technical Scholarship:

Lydia Juengling, Steven Ziegler and Megan Voelkerding

*Nick and Laura Rector Automotive Collision Repair Scholarship:

Blake Gale

*Washington Optimist Scholarship:

Alexis Musket and Autumn Potter

*G&H Tool and Mold Scholarship:

Jared Clines and Andrew Hellmann

*Ridge Rodders Car Club and Pacific Car Show Partnership Committee Scholarship:
Claire Ehlenbeck

Photos from the FRCC Awards Ceremony are below.


Ray and Mary Shipley Scholarship
From left are recipient Allen Shepard, Jerry Shipley, Linda Shipley and recipient Chris Nowak.


John and Joyce Carver Career and Technical Scholarship

Front row, from left, are recipients Lydia Juengling, Steven Ziegler and Megan Voelkerding. Back row, from left, are John and Joyce Carver’s daughters Krista Carver and Rachel Carver Thacker.


Nick and Laura Rector Automotive Collision Repair Scholarship

Pictured are recipient Blake Gale, right, and FRCC collision repair instructor Robert Schulze.


Washington Optimist Scholarship

From left are FRCC Information Technology instructor and Optimist member Curt Beers and Automotive Technology recipients Autumn Potter and Alexis Musket.


G&H Tool and Mold Scholarship

From left are Pat Green of G&H Tool and Mold, recipients Jared Clines and Andrew Hellmann, and Julie Scannell of G&H Tool and Mold.


Ridge Rodders Car Club and Pacific Car Show Partnership Committee Scholarship

From left are Adam Krauss, Jim Kemp, recipient Claire Ehlenbeck, and Bob Forsche.


Student recipients of the Leadership Award, representing each program at Four Rivers Career Center.


Automotive Technology


Building Construction


Graphic Communications


Information Technology


Machine Tool


Welding


Collision Repair


CAPS Global Business


CAPS Teaching Careers


Project Lead the Way Engineering


Health Occupations Washington


Health Occupations Pacific


Health Occupations Sullivan


Health Occupations Warrenton


Health Occupations Wright City

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

7 Blue Team

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

7 White Team

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

8 Blue Team

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

8 White Team

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

Jay Team

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

Encore Team

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School and Homepage

Marthasville Elementary School held its Kindergarten Celebration on Tuesday, May 8.

The kindergarten students, under the direction of Marthasville music teacher Maggie Butler, took part in a musical presentation entitled, “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes.”

Following the musical presentation, students received certificates for completing kindergarten.

Marthasville Elementary Principal Jocelyn Schluss and kindergarten teachers Lisa Gleeson and Kim Fleer presented the certificates.

A large crowd of family members, staff and fellow students watched the program in the Marthasville Elementary gymnasium.

Photos from the Marthasville Elementary Kindergarten Celebration are below.

















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




Audience: South Point Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

South Point Elementary School held its Kindergarten Program on Monday, May 7.

Students in all three kindergarten classrooms at South Point participated in a musical performance involving a number of songs under the direction of music teacher Karen Stafford.

The name of the program was entitled, “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

Following the musical performance, each student received a certificate for completing kindergarten, which were presented by South Point Elementary Principal Aimee Harty and kindergarten teachers Shannon Banderman, Robyn Busekrus and Jamie Scoles.

A large crowd was on hand to watch the kindergarten program in the South Point Elementary gymnasium. Photos from the event are below.














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




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, May 9, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

Becoming a new tradition in the School District of Washington, the Senior Walk and Breakfast took place Tuesday, May 8, at all seven elementary buildings.

The event began two years ago, but last year was the first year in which every elementary building participated.

Washington High School’s Class of 2018 graduating seniors visited the elementary school where they attended. Wearing their cap and gown, the seniors walked the hallways of the elementary school with current students in the hallways applauding and cheering.

The seniors had the chance to meet with former teachers and administrators and also were served breakfast.

Photos below are from the senior walk at Washington West Elementary.













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




Audience: WINGS Educational Foundation, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos from the WINGS Picnic in the Park are below.
















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




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

The School District of Washington’s annual elementary track and field day took place on Friday, May 4.

Fifth- and sixth-grade students in the school district competed in the event at Washington High School’s Scanlan Stadium.

Among the events were softball throw, football throw, frisbee throw, shot put, home run derby, three-legged race, cross country, 50-meter dash, 200-meter run, four-person relay race, long jump, high jump and tug-of-war.

The event was run by the elementary physical education teachers in the district.

Photos from the elementary track and field day are below.






















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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

The Washington High School DECA Club held a Multiple Sclerosis Car Smash on Friday, May 4, outside of the Nix cafeteria during lunch shifts.

Students had the chance to beat up on an old car donated by the Four Rivers Career Center with a baseball bat or a sledge hammer. The fee was three swings for $3 or six swings for $5. Proceeds benefited the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Photos from the MS Car Smash at Washington High School are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/7/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Cassandra Suggs has been named Washington High School’s 2017-18 Renaissance Teacher of the Year.

Teachers at WHS were nominated for teacher of the month during the course of the school year. Nominating Suggs was Margie Longseth.

The recipients of the teacher of the month award were then eligible for the teacher of the year award, which was decided by a student body vote.

Suggs is an English Language Learner teacher at the high school.

“There are so many talented and committed teachers at Washington High School. I am proud to work with all of them,” Suggs said. “I was shocked, stunned really, when my name was called as Teacher of the Year. I have the smallest group of students with about 27 total. It humbles me to know that I am touching students that I do not even teach. I am very grateful and honored. I thank God.”

A photo with Suggs and her English Language Learner students is below.


Cassandra Suggs was named Washington High School’s 2017-18 Renaissance Teacher of the Year.

Cassandra Suggs and her English Language Learner students.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/7/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

The Night Shift class at the Four Rivers Career Center recently had fluids donated to them for their tractor restoration project by Sieveking, Inc. in High Ridge.

Sieveking, Inc. is a marketing and service oriented distributor of petroleum products to a wide range of industrial organizations in and around the St. Louis area, offering premium diesel for fleet fueling, storage tanks, or tank wagons.

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.

A photo of the Night Shift students with the donated fluids is below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/7/18




Audience: WINGS Educational Foundation, Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

The Cocoa Cafe at Washington High School recently donated $100 to the WINGS Education Foundation.

WINGS promotes educational excellence by providing teacher grants, student scholarships for continued education, state-of-the-art equipment and recognition of outstanding faculty and staff achievement.

The Cocoa Cafe opened in 2005 with a $1,000 grant from WINGS.

Over the last 13 years, many students with disabilities have gained communication skills outside of the regular classroom experience.

Washington High School and the surrounding communities understand the importance of giving life skills students the opportunity to gain work experience that will help following graduation.

The focus of the cafe is to teach job skills, independence, and people skills while promoting The Cocoa Cafe.

Pictured below are WHS special services students who work at the Cocoa Café presenting the check for $100 to WINGS representatives Brad Mitchell and Carol Zanin.

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

Students at Washington West Elementary had a visit from students from St. Francis Borgia High School on Thursday morning, May 3.

The elementary and high school students participated and engaged in a number of projects and activities together during the hour long visit. Students also made crafts together.

The high school students were from Michelle Kenny’s class at Borgia. They were friendly and anxious to work with the Washington West students.

The event took place in the cafeteria at Washington West Elementary.
Photos from the event are below.





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




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

A three member team from the Building Construction Class at Four Rivers Career Center competed in a National Association of Home Builders "Construction Management Contest" on Thursday April 26.

The contest was held at Payne Family Homes Offices in St Louis.

The Four Rivers Career center team won first place, competing against five other teams in five rounds. The team won a variety of tools donated by the St Louis Carpenters Union.

Four Rivers Career Center team members were seniors Logan Gratza, Justin Heggemann and Quinton Poepsel.

Instructor Garry Gerhart accompanied the team.


Members of the Building Construction Class at Four Rivers Career Center took first0place honors in a National Association of Home Builders "Construction Management Contest.” From left are Logan Gratza, Justin Heggemann, Quinton Poepsel and instructor Garry Gerhart.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/3/18




Audience: Homepage, Early Learning Center and Homepage

Melissa Feldman, early childhood special education teacher at the Early Learning Center, has received the Most Inclusive Teacher Award, presented by the Adam Morgan Foundation.

Feldman, who has been at the Early Learning Center for four years, was nominated by a parent. A committee narrowed the list of nominations down to three candidates from three different school districts, with the winner being decided by an online vote.

Feldman won the online vote.

The Adam Morgan Foundation recognizes dedicated centers and practitioners in the St. Louis metro area.

“I was surprised to win the award. It’s an honor just to be nominated. Thanks to everyone who voted for me,” Feldman said. “I’m on a great team here at the Early Learning Center. Every person on my team deserves this award. Elizabeth Mades, Lorna Schulz and Jessica Petty also have big big influences on me."

“It’s exciting to have Mrs. Feldman honored,” said Early Learning Center Director Dr. Dawn Hellebusch. “I’m proud of her and our team. It’s a reflection of her, the Early Learning Center, and the School District of Washington.”

Melissa and her husband Ryan have one son, Lincoln, and a baby girl coming in August.


Melissa Feldman

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/3/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

The Washington NEA (National Education Association) awarded its Viola M. Brockfeld Scholarship to a group of Washington High School seniors during the Senior Awards Night on Tuesday, May 1.

The total amount of scholarships awarded was $11,000.

The scholarship recipients were Lydia Juengling, Olivia Robinson, Colleen Kuchem, Lydia Lock, Lauren Ancell, Cason Suggs, Holly Hoerstkamp, Emmy Hopkins, Nathan Neely, Aubre Stagner, Conlan Jarvis, Bria Hasenjaeger, Tommy Ruether and Autumn Osia.

Viola Brockfeld was an art teacher for the School District of Washington for over 40 years and the first president of the Washington local branch of the National Education Association.  


The Washington NEA awarded its Viola M. Brockfeld Scholarship to a group of Washington High School seniors. Seated, from left, are Lydia Juengling, Olivia Robinson, Colleen Kuchem, Lydia Lock and Lauren Ancell. Standing, from left, are Cason Suggs, Holly Hoerstkamp, Emmy Hopkins, Nathan Neely, Aubre Stagner, Conlan Jarvis and WHS teacher Brian Edler, representing the Washington NEA. Not pictured are Bria Hasenjaeger, Tommy Ruether and Autumn Osia.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/2/18




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, May 2, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/2/18




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

Campbellton Elementary School held its Career Day on Friday, April 27.

Representatives from various businesses and operations throughout the area visited Campbellton classrooms to speak to students about their respective professions.

Students asked questions to the community leaders, who outlined their job responsibilities and functions.

On hand at Campbellton Elementary for career day were:

*Bill White – Mortician, Funeral Home Owner

*James Harden – Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

*John Bugele – Sales, Marketing, Advertising Products

*Mark Kassebaum - Engineer

*Matt Starkey – Transportation, Business

*Miranda Hall - Pharmacist

*Oscar Buesking - Firefighter

*Rich Brinkmann – Ameren

*Sarah Brune – Marketing, Public Relations, Media

*Sheila Buesking – Nurse

*Thomas Martin – Physician

*Troy Riley – Senior Director, Continuous Improvement.

Photos from Campbellton Elementary’s Career Day are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/2/18




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, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proceeds from the event are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

Students in grades three through six from the School District of Washington and neighboring parochial schools participated in the event.

This year’s event chairs were seniors Lexi Hendricks, Tess Marquart, Jessica Frick and Jonathan Amlong and juniors Gracie Boeckman and Kamryn Mitchell.

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

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Photos from the event are below.

Poster and essay winners are as follows:

Poster Third and Fourth Grade

3rd: Trista Fleer, St. Vincent

2nd: Eden Boehmer, Immaculate Conception

1st: MacKenzie Wolfe, St. Gertrude

Poster Fifth and Sixth Grade

3rd: Nicole Aprill, St. Gertrude

2nd: Brianna Hellmann St. Gertrude

1st: Ava Kauffield, St. Gertrude

Essay Third and Fourth Grade

3rd: Gabriella Riley, Labadie

2nd: Nolan Wieland

1st: Ashley Frick, Campbellton

Essay Fifth and Sixth Grade

3rd: Brendan Smith, South Point

2nd: Hunter Meyer, South Point

1st: Isabella Ameiss, Immanuel Lutheran 


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
























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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for the Four Rivers Career Center and Washington High School, respectively.

Holdmeyer, a senior at Washington High School, is in the CAPS Global Business program at FRCC, where she’s a student ambassador. She’s a member of National Honor Society, is the president of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and competes on the WHS cross country and track and field teams. She’s also a member of the Washington Eager Beavers.

Holdmeyer plans on attending Missouri State University in Springfield and major in Animal Science and Agriculture Business. She hopes to attend veterinary school down the road.

Morgan is the daughter of Bernie Holdmeyer.

Kuchem, a senior at Washington High School, is a member of Student Council, Leadership, National Honor Society, Blue Jay Journal Television, and competes on the WHS cross country and track and field teams.

Kuchem is undecided on where she will attend college. She plans to major in Ministries and Communications.

Colleen is the daughter of Tim and Deb Kuchem.

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


Morgan Holdmeyer is presented her student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.


Colleen Kuchem is presented her student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.


Colleen Kuchem, left, and Morgan Holdmeyer were recognized as the Washington Rotary Club Students of the Month.

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




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

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

The WINGS Picnic in the Park will run from 4-7 p.m. at the Washington Fairgrounds.

There will be games and activities for children, along with musical entertainment and great food.

Adult dinners are a choice of pulled chicken, pork steak or nachos (chicken or pork). Dinners include bakes beans, potato salad, cookie and drink.

Children dinners are a choice of pork burger, hot dog or nachos. Dinners include chips, cookie and drink.

Click on the attached link below for the order form. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The music schedule is as follows:

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

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

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

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


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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

The Cocoa Cafe at Washington High School held a special called, "Evan Special,” where all proceeds were donated to the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Evan was a student in the special services program that was diagnosed last school year with Osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones.

Cocoa Cafe also had a "Keep the Change" drive.

The fundraisers raised $77.36. The Cocoa Cafe donated the rest to make an even $100 to the Relay for Life.

The Cocoa Cafe opened in 2005 with a $1,000 grant from the WINGS Educational Foundation.

Over the last 13 years, many students with disabilities have gained communication skills outside of the regular classroom experience.

Washington High School and the surrounding communities understand the importance of giving life

skills students the opportunity to gain work experience that will help following graduation.

The focus of the cafe is to teach job skills, independence, and people skills while promoting The Cocoa Cafe.

Pictured below are WHS special services students who work at the Cocoa Café and also WHS Leadership students, who put on the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life.

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Five teachers at Washington High School have been nominated to receive an East Central College NEA 2018 Inspirer of Excellence Award.

The award recognizes high school teachers who have made a profound impact on students who are now attending East Central College. The students make the nominations of their former teachers.

Recognized from Washington High School were Ed Stahl (History, Government), Jessica Fitzgerald (Chemistry), Jaime Opfer (Calculus, Geometry), Kelly Wood (English, Public Speaking) and Christina Manolis (English). See the photo below.

Instructors at East Central College want to make sure their students not only remember their high school teachers, but recognize the impact they had on them and their learning.

The nominated teachers are invited to attend the recognition ceremony being held on Wednesday, May 2, at the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center at East Central College. 


Washington High School teachers were nominated to receive an East Central College NEA 2018 Inspirer of Excellence Award. From left are Jessica Fitzgerald, Christina Manolis, Ed Stahl, Jaime Opfer and Kelly Wood.

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Approximately 100 Engineering students from Washington High School took part in a Highway 47 Missouri River Bridge presentation on Thursday morning, April 26.

Kevin Kriete of HDR Engineering and a project engineer for the bridge construction, gave a presentation in the CJB Theater on why the old bridge has to be taken down and how that will be accomplished. He also presented how the new bridge is being constructed.

Following the presentation, students and faculty members, along with Kriete, made their way to the riverfront trail and walked to the bridge construction site, where Kriete gave the students a first-hand account of the project.

The bridge is projected to be completed in December.

Photos from the bridge presentation to WHS Project Lead the Way Engineering students are below.










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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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











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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

As winners of Class 4 District 5, the Washington High School scholar bowl team traveled to Francis Howell (winner of District 6) for a sectional matchup on Tuesday, April 24, for the right to attend State on May 5. 

Sectionals are a best-of-three format, with games in the four-quarter style.

Washington, the defending Class 4 state champions, defeated Francis Howell in three games.

Washington team members are seniors Jonathan Amlong, Carrie Derner and Ryan Hill, sophomore Audrey Bush and junior James Collier.

Washington will attend state for the third year in a row on May 5. All eight teams (Cape Girardeau Central, Ladue, Helias, Rolla, North Kansas City and St. Joseph Central) will play three morning games. 

Washington’s games will be against Helias, Ladue and St. Joseph. From those games, the top four (playoffs) are chosen via record and points average. 

Sectional Match

Game One

Francis Howell jumped to a 110-30 lead in the first quarter and never really looked back, ultimately winning 520-360

Game Two

Francis Howell again jumped to a lead. It was 90-50 Howell after the first, but Howell only led 210-180 at halftime, and 280-240 after the third. In the fourth quarter, WHS grabbed the first four tossups and briefly led before Howell got the next two. Washington got the lead back and closed out the second game winning 430-370 - forcing game three. 

Game Three

Momentum had shifted. It was Washington’s turn to post an early lead, 90-50, after the first quarter and 280-150 at halftime. Howell made ground in the third quarter, but Washington clinched the win and the trip to state on the 46th tossup - winning 470-400.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/26/18




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

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

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.

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 framing and the metal roof completed by the end of the school year and the entire project completed sometime during the fall of the 2018-19 school year.

Photos below are of York and Building Construction Trades students working on the project on Tuesday, April 24.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/26/18




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

An update on the situation with the inmate who escaped from the Franklin County Adult Detention Center. He has now been caught, so the Lockout in the School District of Washington’s Franklin County schools is over. Thank you to area law enforcement and for your cooperation as we keep student safety our top priority.

 

 

Previous Story: The Washington Police Department has issued a Code Red communication alert to the community at the recommendation of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department regarding an inmate that escaped from the Franklin County Adult Detention Center that is on the run. 

As a result, we will be placing all school buildings within Franklin County on lockout as a precautionary measure until further notice from the police. 

Franklin County schools within the district, Campbellton, Clearview, Labadie, Washington West, South Point, Washington Middle School, Washington High School, Washington Early Learning Center, and Four Rivers Career Center will be on lockout, which means all exterior doors will remain locked. We will keep all students inside for recess and PE classes for the rest of the day or until further notice.  Activities inside the building will function as normal. 

We are not placing Marthasville or Augusta on lockout at this time as this appears to be a Franklin County issue. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we keep student safety our top priority. As we get more information from police, updates will be provided. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/25/18




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, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 25, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/25/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Several seniors at Washington High School have received Bright Flight scholarships.

Bright Flight is a Missouri merit-based scholarship to the state’s qualifying graduating high school seniors who enroll in a Missouri accredited college or university.

To qualify for the Bright Flight, a student must have a composite score on the ACT or SAT in either the top three percent of all Missouri students taking those tests, or the top fourth or fifth percentiles of all Missouri students taking those tests.

All of the students have scored above a 31 on the ACT.

Bright Flight recipients from Washington High School’s Class of 2018 are Nora Soete, Ian Hintz, Molly Eckelkamp, Morgan Holdmeyer, Megan Geiler, Lydia Juengling, Conlan Jarvis, Ethan White, Carrie Derner, Amy Wang, Mary Beth Reust, Michael Hancock, Jonathan Amlong, Ryan Hill, Graham Hoerstkamp and Anna Sullentrup. See the picture below.


Bright Flight Recipients

Pictured are Bright Flight recipients from Washington High School’s Class of 2018. Front row, from left, are Nora Soete, Ian Hintz and Molly Eckelkamp. Middle row, from left, are Morgan Holdmeyer, Megan Geiler and Lydia Juengling. Back row, from left, are Ethan White, Carrie Derner, Amy Wang, Mary Beth Reust, Michael Hancock and Conlan Jarvis. Not pictured are Jonathan Amlong, Ryan Hill, Graham Hoerstkamp and Anna Sullentrup. (Washington Missourian Photo).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/24/18




Audience: Homepage, Labadie Elementary School and Homepage

Melissa Golder’s fourth-grade class at Labadie Elementary created a fundraiser called, “Cookies for a Cause,” which runs from April 23-27.

Students ran the entire fundraising campaign, from concept to donation deliver, and set a goal of raising $500.

The proceeds go toward the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life, which took place Friday, April 27, and benefits the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

The project blends with the class’ economics unit. The students had positions such as CEO, CFO, logistics, marketing, creative, head baker and quality control.

The cookie dough was purchased by the parents and donated to the students for their fundraiser. The Chocolate Chunk Cookies were baked by Golder and the Labadie Elementary kitchen staff.

The marketing department, made up of the students, reached out to staff and students throughout the district, as well as Labadie Elementary parents.

Prices for the generously sized cookies are $1 for one cookie, $5 for six and $10 for 12.

The response was over the top as the students blew past the $500 goal.

A total of $1,456.52 was raised. The cookies were delivered Thursday, April 26.

See the photos below of Melissa Golder’s fourth-grade class at Labadie Elementary, also known as “Cookie Headquarters,” working on the fundraising project.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/24/18




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, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s art show took place Sunday, April 22, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School.

A large collection of art work was on display from students throughout the district in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Photos from the art show are below.





















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/23/18




Audience: Homepage, Labadie Elementary School and Homepage

Labadie Elementary held its D.A.R.E. Graduation ceremony on Friday morning, April 20.

Students in Erin Simon’s fifth-grade class completed the drug awareness program and were recognized for their accomplishments.

D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive educational program that addresses drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety and other high risk circumstances.

The essay winners were Alec Pecka (first place), Will Schenk (second place) and Ella Martin (third place). See the picture below.

Labadie Elementary D.A.R.E. Essay Contest winners, from left, were Will Schenk (second place), Alec Pecka (first place) and Ella Martin (third place).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/20/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School sophomores Tristan Zeh and Elise Thierbach have been accepted into the Missouri Scholars Academy. The Academy is a highly selective program for rising juniors who fall into the gifted category.  

Zeh and Thierbach will spend three weeks at the University of Missouri this summer taking enrichment classes with other gifted students from around the state.

Now in its 33rd year, the Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic residential program for 330 of Missouri’s gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school.

The Academy is held each June on the campus of the University of Missouri, and administered by the University of Missouri Honors College.

The Academy reflects Missouri’s desire to strive for excellence in education at all levels. The program is based on the premise that Missouri’s gifted youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential.

With a carefully selected faculty and staff, a specially designed curriculum that focuses on the liberal arts, and a variety of stimulating extracurricular activities, the academy enables students to be part of a unique learning community.

The Academy provides a model that all schools can use in building or expanding their own programs for gifted students. Educators who have served as faculty members have used this experience to benefit students in their local schools.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Missouri Scholars Academy.


Tristan Zeh


Elise Thierbach

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/20/18




Audience: WINGS Educational Foundation, 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

Nominations are being accepted for the School District of Washington and WINGS Support Staff of the Year.

The candidate must be a non-certified employee of the School District of Washington. Examples include, but are not limited to, paraprofessionals, technology staff, custodians, buildings and grounds, maintenance, administrative assistants, food service, and nurses.

Anyone may submit a nomination for the School District of Washington and WINGS Support Staff of the Year; however, if it’s someone other than the building principal or supervisor, a letter of support from the principal or supervisor is to be included with the nomination.

The principal and/or person submitting the nomination must include a statement in 300 words or less why they believe the support staff they are nominating should be selected.

Specific examples should be cited, such as how the individual goes the extra mile to positively impact the school and environment. Include the individual’s name, school or building, present position, years of experience in the School District of Washington, responsibilities and duties and examples of how the individual has mastered their job responsibilities.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and a committee will review the nominations and submit up to 10 to the WINGS Board for final selection. The recipient will be announced at the staff closing ceremony.

The timeline on the attached flyer is not accurate for this year, but will be accurate in years to follow.

The nomination form is attached below. Please turn it in to the individual’s building principal or supervisor by May 9.

Click on the attached links below for a flyer detailing more information and a specific timeline (not accurate for this year, but for future years), as well as a School District of Washington and WINGS Support Staff nomination form.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/19/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Pathways for Teachers team, consisting of approximately 60 staff members, met for a debriefing and exercises in understanding at the Four Rivers Career Center’s Confluence room on Tuesday, April 17.

Represented in the program are teachers, counselors and principals from each building in the School District of Washington.

The program allows educators to connect with business and community partners. By exposing the group of teachers to local industries, it will allow to expand the leadership capacity of teachers, counselors and principals in the school district.

At the debriefing session, the team discussed the most impactful things they observed and learned while on industry tours, as well as the model schools tour.

The model schools tour consisted of the team breaking up into two groups and visiting school districts in the Springfield and Kansas City areas.

The topics of the meeting session included:

How will what we learned change our instructional planning, learning activities for students, and our approach to student learning?

What is the best way to generate career exploration and awareness?

What are the building blocks appropriate for our grade levels as it pertains to the professional skills profile for a graduate?

What transition activities do we need to plan for students as they enter middle school and high school?

What kind of advisement structure needs to exist for students?

How do we communicate about college and career opportunities district wide and to the external public?

Discussion and decision making exercises were facilitated by Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer, in conjunction with DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) St. Louis Pathways.

At the end of the session, teams performed a pitch to share their ideas, maximizing the power of pathways and career planning for students.

Photos from the Pathways for Teachers meeting are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/19/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Health Occupations classes from the Four Rivers Career Center sent 25 students to the HOSA -  Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference in Rolla on March 26 and 27.

There were 12 Pacific students and 13 students from the Four Rivers Career Center.

Two teams from Pacific placed in the top five.

Four Rivers Career Center had the following students, all from Washington High School, finish in the top three, which qualifies them for the International Conference in Dallas June 26-30:

*Alyssa Grant took first place in Nurse Assisting

*Sierra Smith and Melissa Neier took first place in CPR/First Aid

*Megan Geiler and Bailey Bair took second place in CPR/First Aid

*Ben Marquart took third place in Job Seeking Skills.


Health Occupations students placed in the top three at the HOSA - Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference in Rolla. From left are Bailey Bair and Megan Geiler (second place in CPR/First Aid), Ben Marquart (third place in Job Seeking Skills) and Alyssa Grant (first place in Nurse Assisting).                      (Washington Missourian Photo).


Sierra Smith, left, and Melissa Neier took first place in CPR/First Aid at the HOSA - Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference in Rolla. (Washington Missourian Photo).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/19/18




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A mock automobile accident scene, to simulate what really happens during that type of situation, was staged by the Washington Police and Fire Departments and the Washington Area Ambulance District at the Washington Fire Training Center on Wednesday, April 18.

Juniors and seniors from both Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia High School were on hand to get a first-hand look of the consequences and repercussions involving alcohol related accidents.

Theater department students from both Washington and Borgia had acting roles in the event.

Emergency personnel treated the mock accident like a real life accident scene.

Washington Police and school resource officer Doug Tollison spoke to the students about making wise decisions and not drinking alcohol following the mock accident.

All of the student actors were recognized to a round of applause following the mock accident scene.

Photos from the mock automobile accident scene are below. A reminder the students in the photos are acting out the accident scene.














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




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, April 18, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Students in the CAPS Teaching Careers program visited the School District of Washington’s District Office on Locust Street on Monday, April 16.

The students visited the different departments in the District Office, learning how things function on an everyday basis.

Representatives from the human resources, special services, business, and curriculum departments met with the students, as did Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

The students had the chance to ask questions and tour the District Office. Photos from their visit are below.








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




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

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

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

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

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

Photos from the project are below.














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




Audience: WINGS Educational Foundation, Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School, Washington West Elementary School, 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

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

Lunch Delivery

Members of WINGS will deliver BBQ lunch directly to your business in Washington, or the orders can be picked up at the Washington Fairgrounds.

Each box lunch is $7, which includes a choice of pulled pork, pork steak or pork burger, along with chips and a cookie. Bulk orders are available.

Click on the attached link below for the order form. Orders are due by Wednesday, April 25.   

Picnic in the Park

The WINGS Picnic in the Park will run from 4-7 p.m. at the Washington Fairgrounds.

There will be games and activities for children, along with musical entertainment and great food.

Adult dinners are a choice of pulled chicken, pork steak or nachos (chicken or pork). Dinners include bakes beans, potato salad, cookie and drink.

Children dinners are a choice of pork burger, hot dog or nachos. Dinners include chips, cookie and drink.

Click on the attached link below for the order form. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/16/18




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Washington High School hosted the MSHSAA Class 4 District 5 Scholar Bowl Tournament on Saturday, April 14.

Washington, the defending Class 4 state champions, claimed its third straight district championship by defeating Eureka in the finals.

A total of four teams were on hand for the district tournament. Joining Washington were Eureka, Parkway South and St. Francis Borgia. 

There were three morning rounds to determine seeding, followed by semifinals and finals after lunch.  

In round 1, Washington defeated Borgia, 600-170. Eureka defeated Parkway South, 390-380. 

In round 2, Washington defeated Eureka, 450-290. Parkway South defeated Borgia, 580-130

In round 3, Washington defeated Parkway South, 520-280. Eureka defeated Borgia, 470-200.

Playoffs had Washington as the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 Borgia, and No. 2 Eureka vs. No. 3 Parkway South. 

Washington, coached by David Dennis, won its semifinal 630-120, and Eureka won 380-370. 

In the final, Eureka blitzed to a big lead after the first quarter, but Washington fought back to lead at the half, 210-190. 

After a strong third quarter, Washington finally pulled away to win the district title, 440-360.

Washington’s team members were:

Carrie Derner - senior, fourth place individual medalist at 7.67 tossups per game.

Ryan Hill - senior, fifth place individual medalist at 6.33 tossups per game.

James Collier – junior.

​Jonathan Amlong - senior, third place individual medalist at 12 tossups per game.

Washington travels to Francis Howell for the Sectional match on April 24. The winner of that match advances to the state tournament on May 5. 


Washington Scholar Bowl members winning the district title, from left, were Carrie Derner, Ryan Hill, James Collier and Jonathan Amlong.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/16/18




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The St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird & Friends Elementary School Program visited Marthasville Elementary School on Thursday, April 12.

St. Louis native and former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan and Fredbird were on hand to visit with Marthasville Elementary students.

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 Marthasville Elementary are below.













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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/16/18




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As part of their project based learning experience, Carla Campbell’s fifth hour special education class at Washington High School collected personal hygiene products for students in the district who are in need.

The class called their project, “Helping Hands.” 

They collected enough products to fill 64 bags of goodies for those who are in need. 

Walmart provided a gift card and First Washington United Methodist Church provided the bags.

Most of the products were donated by the student body and staff at Washington High School.

See the photo below of the students with their filled bags to be donated to students in need.


Carla Campbell’s fifth hour special education class at Washington High School collected personal hygiene products for students in the district who are in need. From left are WHS Social Worker Lindsey Jasper, Dakota Dobsch, Noah Thompson, Savannah Jordan, Olivia Feddersen, Jesse Reisinger (kneeling), WHS Special Education teacher Carla Campbell and Jonah Hankins.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/16/18




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, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

Due to a significant chance of storms around 6 p.m. this evening and after checking the local radar, we are postponing the Color the Campus Run/Walk to Friday May 11, at 6 pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience, however we want to keep our runners/walkers safe.
Anyone already registered will automatically be on the participant list on the May 11 race date.
Please contact Samantha Loepker via email at Samantha.Loepker@washington.k12.mo.us if you are registered but unable to make this rescheduled date.
If you have not registered and would like to participate on Friday, May 11, visit imathlete.com.

Follow us on twitter @ColorRunWHS or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WHSColortheCampus
Thank you for your understanding.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/13/18




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The Board of Education in the School District of Washington held a reorganization meeting Thursday morning, April 12, at the District Office.

Incumbents Kevin Blackburn and John Freitag did not have opposition for the two open seats and were sworn in to office. See the photo below.

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

The Board also nominated and approved its officers. There were no changes to the officers.

Blackburn remains President of the Board of Education.

Freitag remains Board Vice President.

Trish Mitchell remains Board Treasurer.

Julie Bell remains Board Secretary and Custodian of Records.

Members of the Board of Education are Blackburn, Freitag, Mitchell, Dan Contarini, Scott Byrne, Susan Thatcher and Bob Oreskovic. Sophie Koritz is the student representative.


Kevin Blackburn, middle, and John Freitag, far right, are sworn into office for the Board of Education by Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/13/18




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Washington High School’s Prom, “Under the City Lights,” is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, from 6:30-11 p.m. in America’s Ballroom at America’s Center in St. Louis.

Tickets are $60 and are on sale until April 27.

Complete details on the prom, including ticket sales, transportation, menu items, transportation and guest forms, and more, can be founding on the WHS prom page here, or on the attached link below.

2018 WHS Prom Court:

Cason Suggs and Cassandra Killmade;

Cameron Briggs and Lydia Lock;

Conlan Jarvis and Nichole Brinker;

Jerry Hwang and Lydia Juengling;

Ty Rinne and Molly Eckelkamp;

Jonathan Amlong and Jessica Frick;

Matt Ruth and Colleen Kuchem;

Colton Bunkley and Mallory Kampschroeder.


2018 WHS Prom Court

Front row, from left, are Cameron Briggs, Lydia Lock, Colleen Kuchem and Matt Ruth. Middle row, from left, are Cason Suggs, Cassandra Killmade, Nichole Brinker, Lydia Juengling, Molly Eckelkamp, Jessica Frick and Mallory Kampschroeder. Back row, from left, are Conlan Jarvis, Jerry Hwang, Ty Rinne, Jonathan Amlong and Colton Bunkley.


Cason Suggs and Cassandra Killmade


Cameron Briggs and Lydia Lock


Conlan Jarvis and Nichole Brinker


Jerry Hwang and Lydia Juengling


Ty Rinne and Molly Eckelkamp


Jonathan Amlong and Jessica Frick


Matt Ruth and Colleen Kuchem


Colton Bunkley and Mallory Kampschroeder

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Published: 4/13/18




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

As part of the Title I, Title III and Title IV program federal mandates, the School District of Washington is required to have a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) who assists in the development and evaluation of the Title programs.

These programs are designed to help students achieve success in reading and math, to assist students in becoming proficient in speaking English, and to provide well-rounded education to unique groups of students.

The committee will be made up of parent representatives from throughout the District. 

The PAC also will include representatives from our teachers, administrators, specialized instructional support personnel, local government, and community based organizations.

The Spring TI & III-PAC meeting for the 2017-18 school year will be held on Tuesday, May 8, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the Technology and Learning Center, 4245 Highway 47, Washington, MO. We will be planning for the 2018-2019 school year. 

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by calling Chris Marquart at the district office at 636-231-2005 or emailing at chris.marquart@washington.k12.mo.us

Your consideration of being part of this committee is greatly appreciated as parents are the greatest single indicator of a student's success in school.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/12/18




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Students from the Four Rivers Career Center participated in the SkillsUSA Missouri Leadership and Skills State Competition April 4-7 at State Technical College in Linn.

Gold and silver medalists in Hands-On competitions from the district contest advanced to state competition. Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists of Leadership and Written competitions from district contests also advanced to state competition.

Some gold medalists from the state competition earn the right to move on to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kent., June 25-30.

FRCC state medalists are listed below, as are photos of the medalists.

Morning Students

Automotive Technology: Trevor Seals (Washington) – Gold in Automotive Service Technical Information

Automotive Technology: Lucas Bohl (St. Clair) – Gold in Motorcycle Service Technical Information

Graphic Communications: Lydia Juengling (Washington) – Silver in Promotional Bulletin Board

Graphic Communications: Elise McNabb (New Haven) – Silver in Promotional Bulletin Board

Graphic Communications: Lacie Grater (New Haven) – Silver in Promotional Bulletin Board

Afternoon Students

Graphic Communications: Nathalie Rains (Washington) – Gold in Promotional Bulletin Board

Graphic Communications: Caroline Cox (Washington) – Gold in Promotional Bulletin Board

Graphic Communications: Nathan Neely (Washington) – Gold in Promotional Bulletin Board


Pictured are FRCC morning students who earned SkillsUSA state medals. Front row, from left, are Lydia Juengling, Elise McNabb and Lacie Grater. Back row, from left, are Trevor Seals and Lucas Bohl.


Pictured are FRCC afternoon students who earned SkillsUSA state medals. From left are Nathalie Rains, Nathan Neely and Caroline Cox.


Nathan Neely, Nathalie Rains and Caroline Cox (Graphic Communications) with their Promotional Bulletin Board that earned them a gold medal at the state competition.


Lydia Juengling, Elise McNabb and Lacie Grater (Graphic Communications) with their Promotional Bulletin Board that earned them a silver medal at the state competition.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/12/18




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Washington High School’s National Honor Society induction ceremony was held on Monday, April 9, at the CJB Theatre.

The guest speaker was Gordon Upchurch, a lawyer in Union. He spent 17 years as a prosecutor in Franklin County and was twice the elected Prosecutor of Franklin County.

WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum spoke during the event, giving the opening and closing remarks.

Also speaking were WHS National Honor Society officers Anna Sullentrup (President), Destinee Tidwell (Vice President), Lydia Juengling (Secretary), Amber Cunningham (Treasurer), Zach Harms (Student Council Representative) and Jessica Frick (Historian).

Current National Honor Society members were recognized followed by the induction of the new members.

Click on the attached link below to see the current and new members of the Washington High School National Honor Society.

Photos from the event, including group shots of new and current members, are below.


Washington High School National Honor Society 2018 Inductees


Washington High School National Honor Society Current Members




















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/12/18




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, April 11, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/18




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The Washington High School Student Council and Leadership co-sponsored the annual Mr. WHS contest on Friday, April 6, at the CJB Theatre.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life.

Each contestant participated in swim suite, talent, and question-and-answer performances. The entire group also performed dance routines.

Tommy Ruether, a senior, was named Mr. WHS.

Jonathan Amlong, a senior, was the first runner-up.

Cole Maune, a senior, was the second runner-up.

Corey Inman, a senior, was named Mr. Congeniality.

The Mr. WHS contestants were seniors Tommy Ruether, Jonathan Amlong, Cole Maune, Corey Inman, Matt Ruth, Colton Souders, Cameron Briggs, Andrew Nolan and Ely Schute, junior Ezra Miles and freshman Bryce Kazmaier.

The Program Chairs of the event were Bria Hasenjaeger, Kailey Robinson, Morgan Riegel and Anna Schneider.

The Dance Chairs were Lydia Lock and Anna Schneider.

Photos from Mr. WHS are below.


Tommy Ruether, Mr. WHS

Mr. WHS Court

Winners of the Mr. WHS Contest, from left, Tommy Ruether (Mr. WHS), Jonathan Amlong (First Runner-Up), Cole Maune (Second Runner-Up) and Corey Inman (Mr. Congeniality).

Program Chairs

Program Chairs, from left, were Lydia Lock, Kailey Robinson, Bria Hasenjaeger, Anna Schneider and Morgan Riegel.




















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/18




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An exhibition performance of the Washington High School Winter Winds and Winter Guard, as well as the St. Francis Borgia High School Winter Guard and the St. Clair High School Winter Guard took place on Friday, April 6, at the WHS Blue Jay Gymnasium.

A large crowd turned out for the Friends and Family Pre-Championship Show.

Winter Guard has been at Washington High School for 18 years. It’s the color guard from marching band (dance, flags, rifles and sabers) performing in a gymnasium to recorded music. There is usually some props, backdrops and a floor covering that matches the theme of the show. 

Winter Winds is similar to winter guard in that they use a floor covering and sometimes props and backdrops. Winter winds is like marching band indoors. It includes the horn players, the percussion battery and front ensemble, and also a color guard. This is the first year that Washington High School has had a Winter Winds.  

The Circuit championships took place on Saturday, April 7. It covers all of Missouri and some of the bordering states. 

Washington High School Winter Winds was a silver medalist, second place overall; and Washington Open Winter Guard was a bronze medalist, placing third overall. 

Both the WHS Winter Winds and Winter Guard move on to Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. 

The Winter Guard competes April 12-14. The Winter Winds competes April 21-22.  

Photos of Washington’s Winter Winds and Winter Guard from the Friends and Family Pre-Championship Show are below.























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/18




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Dr. Lori VanLeer, School District of Washington Superintendent, was among eight Missouri superintendents nominated this year for the prestigious Robert L. Pearce Award, which is presented annually by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA).

VanLeer was nominated for the honor by her colleagues in the South Central MASA District. She was honored as a nominee during the awards banquet at the MASA Spring Conference on April 4 at The Lodge of Four Seasons at Lake Ozark.

The Pearce award program is a long-standing tradition of the association honoring excellence in education and community leadership among Missouri superintendents.

The annual award was instituted in 1987 by Richard and David Pearce, then principals of the Pearce Corporation, a Missouri architectural firm specializing in educational facility planning. The awards purpose is to recognize the hard work and dedication of superintendents and their contributions to the children of Missouri.


Dr. Lori VanLeer

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/10/18




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Labadie Elementary School held its Career Day on Friday, April 6.

Representatives from various businesses and organizations throughout the area visited Labadie classrooms to speak to students about their respective professions.

Students asked questions to the community leaders, who outlined their job responsibilities and functions.

On hand at Labadie Elementary for career day were:

*Bob Oreskovic – Retired United States Army

*Justin Spraul - Firefighter

*Branna Hensley – Family Nurse Practitioner

*Caroline Cattinari – Nursing Home Executive Director/Social Worker

*Chris Pfeiffer – Operations/IT Management (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

*Laurie Bryson – LPC (private practice); play therapy

*Mike Krueger - Paramedic

*Michael Mikesell – IT/Computer Field

*Nick Kiser – RV Industry

*Tiffany Stecko – Supervisory Bank Examiner (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

Photos from Labadie Elementary’s Career Day are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/10/18




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, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s art show is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School from 12-4 p.m.

A large collection of art work will be on display from students throughout the district in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/9/18




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South Point Elementary School held a Jump Rope for Heart recognition assembly on Friday, April 6.

Students were recognized for their achievement in the Jump Rope for Heart program.

Special recognition was given to Hayden Elfrank, Nathan Francis and Tyler Francis, who raised the most money.

Elfrank, a fifth-grade student, raised $675. Nathan Francis, a kindergarten student, and Tyler Francis, a second-grade student, both raised $670.

The students received a gift basket for their efforts.

A total of $8,026 was raised by South Point Elementary for Jump Rope for Heart – American Heart Association.

There were 75 South Point Elementary students who participated.

The South Point staff raised money from their jeans and T-shirt days. Student T-shirt sales raised money.

On hand for the assembly was Jen Rogers from the American Heart Association.

Pictures below are of South Point Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart recognition assembly.


The top sellers for South Point Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser were, front row from left, Nathan Francis, Tyler Francis  and Hayden Elfrank.

Back row, from left, are Jen Rogers from the American Heart Association and South Point Elementary staff members Georgana Hagan and Adam Meyer.


South Point Elementary nurse and Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator Georgana Hagan, middle, was recognized for her years of service to Jump Rope for Heart. She will be retiring following the school year. Also pictured are Jen Rogers from the American Heart Association, left, and South Point Elementary staff member Adam Meyer.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/9/18




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

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

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

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












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




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Christina Manolis, English and Journalism teacher at Washington High School, has been given the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s Emerging Educator Award for 2018.
In 2017, MIPA launched the Emerging Educator award to recognize promising new journalism educators. These “rising stars” show a commitment to journalism education, improving the media programs at their school and empowering their scholastic journalism students.

WHS senior Olivia Robinson, Editor of the Advocate student newspaper, nominated Manolis for the award.

In her recommendation letter, Robinson stated, “Mrs. Manolis embodies every quality that makes a good journalist, adviser and mentor. She is dedicated to this career not only for herself but for her students. She is committed to being the best no matter the circumstances. Most importantly, she is the person that cares for others in a world where it is so much easier to care for yourself.”

Judges noted: “She has a strong philosophy on publications being student-led, and her students’ work samples back up her claims of high-level work.” And, “Christina has immersed herself in the world of student publications by taking on additional responsibilities on the state and local level and truly committing herself to a student-led staff by empowering her editors.”


Christina Manolis


Christina Manolis (right), English and Journalism teacher at Washington High School, has been given the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s Emerging Educator Award for 2018. WHS senior Olivia Robinson (left), Editor of the Advocate student newspaper, nominated Manolis for the award.

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Published: 4/6/18




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

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

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

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

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

 

7 Blue Team

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

 

 

7 White Team

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

 

 

8 Blue Team

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

 

 

8 White Team

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

 

 

Jay Team

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

 

Encore Team

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

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




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South Point Elementary School held its Curriculum Fair on Tuesday evening, April 3.

Students and their parents attended the festivities in the gymnasium, where a number of displays were set up by staff members for the students to participate in educational games and activities.

Photos of South Point Elementary’s Curriculum Fair are below.










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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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Published: 4/5/18




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

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

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


Karlene Hoch

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




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Labadie Elementary School held its spelling bee on Friday, March 16.

A select group of students participated in the spelling bee, which took place in the gymnasium with other students and teachers looking on.

Nathan Oreskovic, a fourth-grade student, was the winner of the spelling bee. Joseph Long, a fifth-grade student, was the second-place finisher. Henry Schenk, a fifth-grade student, placed third. Andrew Peterson, a sixth-grade student, finished fourth.

Oreskovic will represent Labadie Elementary at the Washington Missourian Regional Spelling Bee April 21 at East Central College.


The Labadie Elementary spelling bee finalists, from left, were Nathan Oreskovic (first place), Joseph Long (second place) Henry Schenk (third place), and Andrew Peterson (fourth place).

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




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

A reminder that Wednesday, April 4, is a full day. It is not an early release day. All K-12 students will be released at normal times.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/18




Audience: WINGS Educational Foundation, 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

Nominations are being accepted for the School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the year award. All classroom teachers Pre-K through 12th grade are eligible.

Anyone may submit a nomination for the School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the Year; however, if it’s someone other than the building principal, a letter of support from the principal is to be included with the nomination.

The principal and/or person submitting the nomination must include a statement in 300 words or less why they believe the educator they are nominating should be selected as WINGS Teacher of the Year.

Specific examples should be cited, such as the educator’s methods for meeting student needs, desire for professional growth, community involvement, dedication to the teaching profession, and rapport with students, parents and staff. Include the educator’s name, school name, subject area, grade level and years of experience.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and a committee will review the nominations and submit up to 10 to the WINGS Board for final selection. The nominees will be announced at the end of the year program. This will allow more individuals to be recognized. The recipient will be announced at the opening ceremonies for the 2018-19 school year.

Nominations should be sent to the building principal by April 25.

The WINGS Teacher of the Year will be eligible for the Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year.

Click on the attached links below for a flyer detailing more information and a specific timeline, as well as a School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the Year nomination form.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The School District of Washington is seeking applicants for Health Science Academy of Innovation Pathway. The instructor would teach Medical Interventions and Biomedical Innovations (PLTW curriculum,  training required).

Applicants should have a teaching certificate (preferably science) or bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in the medical field (nursing, chiropractic, athletic training, etc.) with a  desire to obtain a Career/Technical teaching certificate (requires 8  hours).

This position will be paid off of the teacher (certified) salary schedule and follows the teacher calendar. To learn more, contact  Andy.Robinson@washington.k12.mo.us or apply online by clicking the link below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/2/18




Audience: Homepage, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Clearview Elementary School held its Career Day on Friday, March 23.

Representatives from various businesses and operations throughout the area visited Clearview classrooms to speak to students about their respective professions

Students asked questions to the community leaders, who outlined their job responsibilities and functions.

On hand at Clearview Elementary for career day were:

*Molly Jensen – Flight Attendent

*Nick Lyons – Nurse Anesthetist

*Casey Zastrow – Inurance Agent;

*Sheree Thornton – Director, Humane Society Shelter Rescue Friend

*Tricia Martin – Veterinary Technician

*Matt Coleman – Fire Sprinkler Engineer/Volunteer Fireman

*Abbie Kipp – Special Education Teacher

*Dave Wehmeyer – Landscaping and Plants

*Krista Schupp – Horse/Rider Training

*Ashley McFerrin – Hair Stylist

Photos from Clearview Elementary’s Career Day are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/2/18




Audience: Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School and Homepage

Marthasville Elementary School held its Career Day on Friday, March 23.

Representatives from various businesses and operations throughout the area visited Marthasville classrooms to speak to students about their respective professions.

Students asked questions to the community leaders, who outlined their job responsibilities and functions.

On hand at Marthasville Elementary for career day were:

*Mandy Straatmann – Recreation Industry

*Justin Homeyer - Manufacturing

*Briana Jansen – Retail Buyer

*Sgt. Kurt Hey – Police Officer

*Aaron Scroggins – Combat Engineer

*Canaan Perry – Automation Engineer

*Cindy Hackmann - Advertising

*Charles Anderson – GE Major Appliance Tech

*Blaine and Lisa Bollmann - Plumbing

*Sarah Scroggins – College Registrar/ Computer Science Instructor, East Central College

*Jody Bakameyer – Labor and Delivery Nurse

*Cindy Gladden – Reporter and Photographer.

Photos from Marthasville Elementary’s Career Day are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/2/18




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

8:30 a.m. update – Traffic is now moving slowly across the Missouri River Bridge. There still is quite a bit of congestion, so please be patient.

 

Some of our buses will be delayed due to an automobile accident on the Highway 47 Missouri River Bridge.The accident does not involve any of our buses. However, some of our students and staff may be delayed going to school as a result of the accident and the reduction to one lane. Delays could be as long as one hour. We will update the situation on our website when we receive more information.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/2/18




Audience: WINGS Educational Foundation, 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

WINGS once again is providing an opportunity to recognizing a staff member in the School District of Washington.

Show your appreciation to a teacher or district employee who has made a difference in your child’s life or your own life, by sending them a flower and a card with a personal message from you or your child, and help fund the WINGS Teacher Grants Program.

These grants enable teachers to bring new and innovative programs to the classroom that cannot be funded by the school district.

Board members of the WINGS Foundation will hand deliver the flowers and cards to each honoree on Wednesday, May 9.

Here is how to honor a district employee through the WINGS Educational Foundation:

1. Select a teacher, support staff, or administrator to honor.

2. Complete the information sheet by clicking here or on the attached link below.

3. Make your tax-deductible donation payable to: WINGS Educational Foundation

4. Send your cash or check and completed information to:

WINGS Teacher Recognition

PO Box 203

Washington, MO 63090

Or

Drop off the information at the WINGS office located at Four Rivers Career Center in Washington

Or

Your child’s school can also send the information to the WINGS office through the district inner office mail. Ask the secretary at your child’s school for more information.

DEADLINE: Friday, April 27.

Deliveries will be on May 9.

We hope you will take this opportunity to honor a staff member or teacher. Your contributions will benefit all students. The WINGS Educational Foundation Board, along with the educators and students who will benefit from your support, thank you in advance. Please direct questions to: wings@washington.k12.mo.us or call 636-231-2100.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/2/18




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics, Washington High School and Homepage

Jim Scanlan, legendary football coach from Washington High School, passed away Thursday, March 29. He was 82 years of age.
Scanlan was Washington's head football coach from 1965-86 and head track and field coach from 1963-74.
His WHS football teams had a cumulative record of 158-49-2, capturing nine conference championships and three district titles.
The 1973 Blue Jays team claimed the Missouri Class 3A state championship with an 11-0 record, and the 1974 and 1978 squads finished second in the state.
In his 22 seasons as Washington's head coach, the Blue Jays had just two losing seasons.
Scanlan also served 21 years as Washington's athletic director and 12 years as an assistant principal before his retirement in 1998.
“When I first came to Washington High School 15 years ago, I knew of Coach Scanlan, but didn’t really know him well. During my time as an assistant principal, I had the pleasure of many conversations with Coach, and I learned quickly that the iconic Blue Jay wasn’t afraid to tell me what I needed to hear. I also quickly realized he had a big heart and loved his family more than anything,” said School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

“On behalf of the School District of Washington, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time. We will always carry the many memories of Coach Scanlan with us. We are most grateful for his service and dedication to the District and our community for many years.”

Scanlan served 10 years as state director for the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches, eight years as a Missouri delegate to the National Convention for the NIAAA and 16 years on the board of directors for the NIAAA, including two years as president. He also served as vice president of the Missouri Football Coaches Association.
In December of 2012, a ceremony for Scanlan took place prior to a Washington varsity basketball game to announce that the football stadium at WHS was officially named after him.

Unfortunately, Coach Scanlan had already retired when I arrived in 1999, but his legacy was not lost on me. I was fortunate to meet him several times during my first year. He was the type of person who gained your respect immediately,” said Washington Activities Director Bill Deckelman.

“When I became the AD at Washington, I felt it was important to honor those who served before me with the job I did. Coach Scanlan was no exception. I have served in the MIAAA in various positions since this was an organization that Coach was a part of establishing in the state. I was blessed with getting to know his daughters, who have worked for Washington or coached sports against us, and feel closer to Coach because of those relationships. One of the highlights of my 19 years at WHS was being able to name the renovated stadium project after Coach Scanlan. This will ensure that generations of Blue Jays will also be told the stories about how Coach Scanlan led the Jays during his career here. Washington High School and the Blue Jays athletics department send our condolences to the Scanlan family.”

Scanlan was a 1954 graduate of McKinley High School in St. Louis, where he was a standout on the football and track and field teams.

Scanlan then attended Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville (presently known as Truman State University), where he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 1998. He was a lineman on the Bulldogs football team and a field event performer throwing the shot put and javelin for the track and field squad.

After graduating from Northeast Missouri, Scanlan was a graduate assistant there while he worked on his master's degree. Following his days at Northeast, Scanlan worked for the New Cambria, Brookfield and Washington school districts.

Scanlan was named the 1978 Sporting News Coach of the Year and the 1987 Missouri Athletic Director of the Year.
Other Scanlan honors included:
• 1970 — Northeast Missouri State’s Gridiron Booster Club Outstanding Alumnus;
• 1987 — Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators 25-Year Award of Merit;
• 1992 — Missouri High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame Award;
• 1992 — National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators State Award of Merit;
• 1993 — St. Louis Metro Football Coaches Hall of Fame Award; and
• 1996 — Missouri State High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award.
Scanlan is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Westermeyer) Scanlan; daughters Julie Weindel, Jayne Markum-Scanlan and Janel Brown; son-in-laws Brian Weindel and Scott Brown; daughter-in-law Wendy Markum-Scanlan; and grandchildren James and Harry Weindel, and Madeleine and Jameson Brown.

Scanlan's memorial mass will take place Tuesday, April 3, at St. Francis Borgia Church at 10 a.m.

Memorials can be sent to Loving Hearts Outreach, School Backpack Program, which feeds needy students over the weekends and the summer. The address is 1902 West Main Street, Washington, MO 63090.

The Scanlan Family is being served by Miller Funeral Home. 


Jim Scanlan

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/30/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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




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

The Third Annual Battle of the Books took place at Washington Middle School on Thursday, March 22.

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for grades 4-6 in which teams are encouraged to read all 12 Missouri Mark Twain award nominees and then participate in the battle to see which team knows the most about the books.  

All of the questions in the competition began with the words “In which book” and the correct answer always was the title.

There were five rounds consisting of 10 questions in each round.

Students in grades 4-6 from all seven elementary buildings in the School District of Washington participated.

The first-place team was Book Wizards (Chloe Hawkins, Vincent Hoang, Lucas Brown and Jacob Schlag) from South Point Elementary.

The second-place team was The Awesome Opossums (Laney Kampschroeder, Ashlee Becker, Mia Mahon and Christa Galli) from Washington West Elementary.
The third-place team was Book Hunters (Peter Bush, Paul Briggs, Dean Missey, Cynthia Bade and Chloe Mueller)
​ from Campbellton Elementary.

Photos from Battle of the Books are below.














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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/23/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

The CAPS Global Business morning class visited the Missouri Meerschaum Company in Washington, known as the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of corn cob smoking pipes, on Thursday, March 22.

Phil Morgan, Missouri Meerschaum Company General Manager, spoke to the students and answered their questions about the company and the production of corn cob pipes.

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

Photos from the industry tour at Missouri Meerschaum Company in Washington are below.




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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/23/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center handed out its Director’s Award, given to students twice per school year at the end of each semester, for the Spring of 2018.

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 gathering with snacks 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 spring semester of the 2017-18 school year are:

Morning: Kyle Bruckerhoff (Automotive Technology), Megan Voelkerding (Project Lead the Way Engineering), Megan Cash (Teaching Careers), Morgan Holdmeyer (CAPS Global Business), Colin Elder (Welding), Dana Cates (Machine Tool), Cody Horn (Building Construction), Austin Blake (Building Construction), Jeff Moore (Information Technology), Lucas Bohl (Automotive Technology), Sam Knoppe (Information Technology) and Blake Gale (Collision Repair).

Afternoon: Nicole Holt (Graphic Communications), Lydia Lock (Teaching Careers), Austin Allen (CAPS Global Business), Brett Pasierb (Welding), Ian McNabb (Machine Tool), Preston Davis (Automotive Technology Technology), Brad Pelster (Automotive Technology) and Brenna Volmert (Health Occupations).


FRCC Morning Director's Award

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the morning session. Front row, from left, are Kyle Bruckerhoff (Automotive Technology), Megan Voelkerding (Project Lead the Way Engineering), Megan Cash (Teaching Careers), Andy Robinson (FRCC Director), Morgan Holdmeyer (CAPS Global Business) and Colin Elder (Welding). Back row, from left, are Dana Cates (Machine Tool), Cody Horn (Building Construction), Austin Blake (Building Construction), Jeff Moore (Information Technology), Lucas Bohl (Automotive Technology) and Sam Knoppe (Information Technology). Not shown is Blake Gale (Collision Repair).


FRCC Afternoon Director's Award

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Nicole Holt (Graphic Communications), Andy Robinson (FRCC Director) and Lydia Lock (Teaching Careers). Standing, from left, are Austin Allen (CAPS Global Business), Brett Pasierb (Welding), Ian McNabb (Machine Tool), Preston Davis (Automotive Technology) and Brad Pelster (Automotive Technology). Not shown is Brenna Volmert (Health Occupations).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/23/18




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

Washington VFW Post 2661 Auxiliary recently donated a new Missouri flag to Campbellton Elementary School.

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

Representing Washington VFW Auxiliary were Kathy Obermark and Melanie Trentmann.

Accepting the flag on behalf of Campbellton Elementary was Principal Jennifer Meyer.


Washington VFW Post 2661 Auxiliary donated a new Missouri flag to Campbellton Elementary School. Pictured in center is Campbellton Elementary Principal Jennifer Meyer. Also shown, representing Washington VFW Post 2661 Auxiliary, are Kathy Obermark, left, and Melanie Trentmann, right. (Washington Missourian Photo).

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




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Noah Bohn, a Sullivan High School student in the Teaching Careers program at the Four Rivers Career Center, recently was recognized as the Region 6 Breaking Traditions Award recipient.

The Breaking Traditions Award is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to recognize outstanding non-traditional career and technical students and the adults who support them.

Teaching Careers instructor Jenny Meers nominated Bohn because of his outstanding work in the program. Bohn is focusing on becoming an elementary teacher, which mostly consists of females.

Bohn will receive a $100 prize through the Missouri STEM foundation and also will qualify for a number of scholarships at various local community colleges.

Presenting the award to Bohn was Jackie Marling, who was representing the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Meers also was recognized for making the nomination.


Noah Bohn, a Sullivan High School student in the Teaching Careers program at the Four Rivers Career Center, was recognized as the Region 6 Breaking Traditions Award recipient. Presenting the award was Jackie Marling (right), representing the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Also shown is Jenny Meers (left), Teaching Careers instructor who nominated Bohn.

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

Campbellton Elementary School held its Curriculum Night on Tuesday, March 20.

Students and their parents attended the festivities in the cafeteria and most classrooms, where a number of displays were set up by staff members for the students to participate in educational games and activities.

There was a fourth-grade Famous Missourian Wax Museum set up in the cafeteria. Students dressed as famous Missourians and they came to live when their hand was touched, detailing why there are famous figures in Missouri history.

Treats also were available to all of the students.  

Photos of the fourth-grade Famous Missourian Wax Museum at Campbellton Elementary’s Curriculum Night are below.














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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/21/18




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, March 21, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/21/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Students in Washington High School’s DECA program competed in the state competition in Kansas City on March 11-13.

A total of 14 students representing the Washington High School DECA program competed.

Washington had three students qualify for DECA Internationals, which take place in Atlanta, Ga., April 20-25. Those students are seniors Emmy Hopkins and Jessica Frick and junior Sophie Hellebusch.

At the state competition, Hopkins and Frick placed first with their community service project, “Make a Swish,” raising over $8,000 for a local Make-A-Wish child.

Hellebusch placed second in professional selling with a virtual reality training sales presentation. 

Kathryn Laurentius is Washington High School's DECA adviser.


Washington High School had three students qualify for DECA Internationals, which take place in Atlanta, Ga., April 20-25. Students qualified with their performance at the state event. Qualifying students, from left, are Sophie Hellebusch, Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins.


Emmy Hopkins, left, and Jessica Frick, right, present a check to Make-A-Wish Foundation representative Alisha Abbott  for $8,045.46.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/20/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, March 21, at the district office at 7 p.m.

Among the items on the agenda are:

City of Washington - Capital Improvement Sales Tax Presentation: Representatives from the City of Washington will be at the board meeting to share information on the existing Half Cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax that is on the April 3, 2018 ballot for re-approval.

 

*Special Education - Elizabeth Mades, Special Education Program Coordinator, provides a Special Education program update and information.

 

*Student Representative Report - Sophie Koritz, Student Representative to the Board of Education, will share a report at the meeting.

 

*MSBA Spring Regional Meeting - The Board of Education has stated a preference for attending the Region 7 Spring Regional Meeting instead of our Region 12 meeting, due to the location being closer to Washington. The Region 7 meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at the Webster Groves High School Cafeteria.

 

*Pathways for Teachers Update – Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer will share a Pathways for Teachers update. The model schools tour in the Liberty/Kansas City area, originally scheduled for February but canceled due to bad weather, took place last week.

 

*Implementation Team Outlines - The Strategic Planning Team met on March 12. The survey results were discussed and analyzed. Following the survey discussion, the team divided up into small groups to talk with Implementation Team Leaders.

 

*Summer School - Information to promote Summer School is currently underway, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann will share information with the Board of Education at the meeting.

 

*Health Science Academy of Innovation - Dr. Lori VanLeer has had several meetings with Eric Eoloff, President of Washington Mercy Hospital, regarding a Facility Use Agreement between Mercy and the District for a Health Science Academy of Innovation. Pending Board approval (under the Consent Agenda), the agreement will be for the 2018-19 school year.

 

Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the March 21 board of education meeting.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/20/18




Audience: Homepage, Labadie Elementary School and Homepage

Labadie Elementary School held its Curriculum Fair on Thursday evening, March 15.

Students and their parents attended the festivities in the gymnasium and the cafeteria, where a number of displays were set up by staff members for the students to participate in educational games, projects and activities.

Photos of Labadie Elementary’s Curriculum Fair are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/19/18




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

Fifth- and sixth-grade students in the School District of Washington participated in a Math Madness competition at Washington High School on Thursday evening, March 15,

Run by teachers and students from the WHS math department, the elementary students didved into small teams, representing their schools, and worked on a series of mathematical problems, equations and solutions.

Points were totaled following every round.

Photos from Math Madness are below.

The winners were as follows:

Sixth Grade

First place: The Calculator Gladiators - South Point Elementary - Lucas Brown, Vincent Hoang, Mason Rowe and Cooper Spaunhorst.

Second place: Math Pirates – Campbellton Elementary - Ashley Frick, Carter Hall and Jillian Huellinghoff.

Third place: Hershey's Cream PI - South Point Elementary - Elijah Gudmundson, Avery Imhoff and Brendan Smith.

Fifth Grade

First Place: Mathmagicians – Campbellton Elementary - McLaine Graham, Harvick Kleinheider, Luke Mauchenheimer and Wade Meyer.

Second Place: Algebrats - Washington West Elementary - Lilah Clements, Amber Glastetter and Sophie West.

Third Place: Math Cookies - Abby Brinkmann, Bryan Austin, Phinas Schneider and Taylor Scheible.



















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/19/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

Rescheduled information will be announced at a later date.  

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

Pictures from the event at Washington High School are below.









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




Audience: Homepage, Early Learning Center and Homepage

Melissa Feldman, early childhood special education teacher at the Early Learning Center, has been nominated for a Missing Piece Puzzle Award by the Adam Morgan Foundation.

The Adam Morgan Foundation is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by hosting an awards ceremony to recognize dedicated centers and practitioners in the St. Louis metro area.

There are seven different categories in which centers and practitioners will be celebrated. Vote for your “missing piece” for each category.

Feldman is listed in category No. 4, “The Most Inclusive Teacher Award.”

Click here for the survey or see the attached link below. Voting ends at the end of March.

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Freshman students in Kelly Wood’s English classes at Washington High School put together a poster walk in the West Wing cafeteria on Monday, March 12.
The topic of research for the students was to celebrate people who model toughness, bravery, courage and perseverance.

Each of the freshman students spent a class period with the WHS students in the transition room with life skills students as a way to understand how people with special needs exemplify GRIT every day and understand the joy of life in the face of adversity. 

The students displayed their research posters and GRIT subjects to the life skills students.  

“My students really came away from the experience with a positive impact and wrote about what they learned,” Wood said. “One student, Allison Meyer, asked if we could include the transition students in our GRIT project, so this is how the invitation for the poster walk became an event.

“Also, one of my students invited her grandfather to speak to our class. Many of the students have wonderful stories about how their grandparents or great grandparents fought in wartime and made an impact. The book we read, “Night” by Elie Wiesel, was the literary focus and non-fiction example of GRIT.”

Photos from the poster walk are below.






























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




Audience: Homepage, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Clearview Elementary School held a spelling bee for students in grades four through six on Wednesday, March 14.

The spelling bee took place in the gymnasium with third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and teachers looking on.

Taylor Steffens, a sixth-grade student, was the winner of the spelling bee. Isaac Lough, a sixth-grade student, was the runner-up.

Steffens will represent Clearview Elementary at the Washington Missourian Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, April 21, at the East Central College auditorium.

Photos of the Clearview Elementary spelling bee competition and the two finalists are below.


Clearview Elementary spelling bee participants.


Taylor Steffens (right), a sixth-grade student, was the winner of the Clearview Elementary spelling bee. Isaac Lough (left), a sixth-grade student, was the runner-up.







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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/14/18




Audience: Homepage, Early Learning Center and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Early Learning Center is currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2018 summer and the 2018-2019 school year sessions.

Preschool children ages 2-5 are welcome to enroll at the Early Learning Center, located at 831 West Pride Drive in Washington, directly across from Washington West Elementary.

The Early Learning Center is open year round, in conjunction with the school district calendar, on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parents who plan to send their children to the School District of Washington or a private school are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Early Learning Center at 636-231-2850 or send an email to Director Dawn Hellebusch at dawn.hellebusch@washington.k12.mo.us.

Click here for an ELC summer 2018 application.

Click here for an ELC 2018-2019 school year application.

Both applications also can be opened by clicking on the links below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/14/18




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, March 14, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/14/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos from Digital Citizenship Summit are below.
























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/14/18




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

KMOV News 4 is coming to Washington High School.

On Thursday, March 22, meteorologists from KMOV News 4 will be at Washington High School for Storm Mode Tour 2018. 

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The Storm Mode Tour show starts at 6 p.m. in the Blue Jay Gymnasium. It's a free event. Everyone is welcome. There will be giveaways and autographs before the show. 

The show is entertaining and informative, and includes the opportunity to win prizes. All who attend will leave with a new appreciation for severe weather and a better understanding of how KMOV meteorologists can predict when a nice day could turn dangerous.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/13/18




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

The final day of the 2017-18 school year in the School District of Washington currently stands at Tuesday, May 22.

The School District of Washington’s district calendar is designed to have students attend 177 school days of education. The SDOW made a request to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to not make up the missed day on March 8, but instead change Wednesday, April 4, from an early out day to a full day, therefore keeping the district in compliance with the required 174 school days and 1,044 attendance hours.

While nine out of 10 of our schools have numerous hours over the required 1,044, the Four Rivers Career Center would have fallen 18 minutes short, therefore prompting the change of April 4 to a full day.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the School District of Washington’s request.

Staff, students and parents should be advised that if any more time is missed this school year, it will have to be made up.

The make-up days going forward will be May 23-25 followed by March 26-27.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/13/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School sent teams to two separate events on Saturday, March 10.

Seniors and juniors played at Orchard Farm, while the sophomores and freshmen went to JV State at Helias. 

At JV State, there were 16 teams, three from WHS. They were placed into two groups of eight teams and played a round robin for prelims. 

WHS JV A went 7-0, making the playoffs. JV B went 4-3 and made the playoffs based on points scored, and JV C went 2-5, landing in consolation. 

In consolation, JV C won their last three matches to finish 5-5 and in 13th place. Team members were Evan Courtaway and Katlynn Miller. 

JV B dropped their playoff matches to finish in sixth place overall. Team members were Max Grimes, Michael Lampe and Harsh Patel.

JV A beat Washington B, Helias A, and Hallsville A in the playoffs to finish undefeated at 10-0. This forced an advantaged final against 9-1 Hickman, who they'd beaten in prelims. WHS JV A won in the first game of the final 320-180 to claim the JV state title.

This is Washington’s third JV state title in four years. 

JV A team members were Audrey Bush, Elise Thierbach, Marcie Lampe and Kaleb Burr. 

At Orchard Farm, there were 24 teams in total placed into four brackets of six teams each. The top two teams go on to the playoffs. 

In their prelim bracket, Washington went 5-1 with a loss to Priory, and made the playoffs. 

The eight playoff teams were put into two brackets of four teams. WHS finished second in their playoff bracket after a loss to Francis Howell, making the superplayoffs. 

In the superplayoffs, Washington lost to Priory again on a single tiebreaker tossup, and then lost to Rolla to finish in fourth place overall. 

Team members were Jonathan Amlong, James Collier, Carrie Derner, and Ryan Hill. 


Washington High School Junior Varsity A team members who won the state title were Audrey Bush, Elise Thierbach, Marcie Lampe and Kaleb Burr. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/12/18




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, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

The School District of Washington will be participating in the Missouri Student Survey. The survey will be administered to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12.

The Missouri Student Survey helps decision makers at the state level, our community and our school understand the challenges our students face. The survey also helps our school and the Franklin County Community Resource Board determine the services needed for our students.

Click on the attached link below for the complete letter to parents and an option to opt out of the survey.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/12/18




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

Washington High School Theater Department’s production of A Seussified Pride and Prejudice was canceled for Thursday, March 8. Tickets for the March 8 show will be honored for the March 9 or 10 shows.

Show dates are now March 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. at the C.J. Burger Theater at WHS.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/9/18




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

Hello School District of Washington Parents, Students and Staff:

First, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their understanding today. We take these types of situations very seriously and certainly work closely with the police department in instances such as this. The Washington Police Department has done an exceptional job investigating and communicating with the School District. With that said, allow me to summarize what has occurred.

A non-certified employee of the District was placed on administrative leave yesterday afternoon so District officials could investigate a reported concern. This concern was not indicative of a threat toward any school. We were contacted this morning by the police department that this individual was under arrest and was in custody for actions that occurred in O’Fallon. Due to the timing of this report and the need to conduct further investigations here in Franklin County, and subsequently in Washington, the decision to close schools was made. In these situations, it takes time to work through the process and thus determine the details surrounding the events, timeframes, question others, and reach some concluding decisions.

As for tomorrow (Friday, March 9), school will be in session. The individual remains in custody and the police continue to have the matter under control. We are grateful for their swift action and value for our schools.

My deepest gratitude,

Dr. Lori VanLeer
Superintendent of Schools
School District of Washington
220 Locust Street
Washington, MO 63090
636-231-2006
Lori.VanLeer@washington.k12.mo.us
@SDOWsupt – Twitter

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/8/18




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

All scheduled events in the SDOW for today and tonight (March 8), including all athletic practices and games, Storm Mode, Band Night, and the play "A Seussified Pride and Prejudice" have been called off. Further updates will appear here when they become available.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/8/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School hosted a shadow day on Wednesday, March 7.

Eighth-grade students from parochial schools in the area spent the day with some upperclassmen at the high school to get an inside look of a typical day as a student at WHS and to answer any questions they might have had.

Photos from shadow day at Washington High School are below.





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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/8/18




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Augusta Elementary School held a spelling bee for students in grades four through six on Tuesday, March 6.

A select group of students participated in the spelling bee, which took place in the gymnasium with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and teachers looking on.

Dylan Mackin, a fifth-grade student, was the winner of the spelling bee. Ella Lause, a sixth-grade student, was the second-place finisher. Lane Mallinckrodt, a fourth-grade student, placed third.

Mackin will represent Augusta Elementary at the Washington Missourian Regional Spelling Bee April 21 at the East Central College auditorium.

Photos of the Augusta Elementary spelling bee competition and the three finalists are below.


Augusta Elementary Spelling Bee Participants.


Dylan Mackin (left), a fifth-grade student, was the winner of the Augusta Elementary Spelling Bee. Ella Lause (middle), a sixth-grade student, was the second-place finisher. Lane Mallinckrodt (right), a fourth-grade student, placed third.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/18




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

Washington Middle School will host “Band Night” on Thursday, March 8, in the gymnasium from 6-7:30 p.m.

During Band Night, sixth- grade students will have the opportunity to play all of the instruments and get a better idea of which instrument they would like to play and enjoy to learn.

As they play, the middle school and high school band staff will observe the student’s physical characteristics of hands, teeth, face, and lip structure; in addition to how well they sound on the instrument.

If a student is interested in percussion, the same considerations will be made for their coordination, note recognition, and rhythmic pulse tests.

Parents are welcome to ask questions and witness the process taken in helping a student choose the best instrument they will obtain maximum success.

Click on the attached link below for a letter to sixth-grade students and parents concerning Band Night at Washington Middle School.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Students in Washington High School’s Key Club made posters and signs promoting the Second Annual Color Run/Walk on Friday, April 13.

The signs will be placed throughout the high school and also at the venue on the day of the event.

Proceeds from the Color Run/Walk benefit the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship. Over $1,000 was raised last year.

The start and finish line will be at Washington High School. The course for the timed run and untimed walk will be around the campus of the high school and middle school.

Packet pick up and race day registration takes place from 5:15-5:45 p.m. The run/walk begins at 6 p.m. Wear your best Blue Jay apparel to be eligible for prizes. There will be food and drinks at the finish line for the participants.

Awards and prizes will be given to the top male and female overall finisher, as well as the top three male and females in each age category: 9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older.

Special prizes will be given to most spirited, most colorful and best Blue Jay pride.

The entry fee, if received by March 21, is $10 for children ages 10 and under, $15 for students ages 6-18, and $20 for adults. The fee is $25 if received after March 21. Participants who register before March 21 will receive a T-shirt.

Click the attached links below to register online, or click the link below to print the registration form and send it to WHS.

Send completed registration forms with payment to Washington High School, c/o Samantha Loepker, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090. Make checks payable to Washington High School.

For more information, contact Samantha Loepker via e-mail at samantha.loepker@washington.k12.mo.us.


Students in Washington High School’s Key Club made posters and signs promoting the Second Annual Color Run/Walk on Friday, April 13.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

7 Blue Team

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

7 White Team

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

8 Blue Team

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

8 White Team

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

Jay Team

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

Encore Team

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

Cafeteria

Anthony Reisinger

Office/Counselor/SRO

Cooper Thiemann

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/18




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

The School District of Washington will have modified day for students on Wednesday, March 7.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Wednesday.

The modified day will be used for a staff work day in the afternoon.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/18




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

Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, was held at Washington Middle School on Friday, March 2.
It was the 18th year for the reading event, sponsored by The School District of Washington, The Washington Missourian and Washington Optimist Club, with the support from the Washington Public Library, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven and Neighborhood Reads Bookstore.

The guest author/illustrator was Brian Biggs. He shared his book, “Tinyville Town Gets to Work,” about a happy town that finds it needs a new bridge and sets out to build one.

In addition to the opportunity to meet the author, children listened to stories read by community leaders and local high school students, participate in crafts based on books, and win books.

The guest readers were:

*Parents as Teachers Educators;

*Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy;

*Stories Matter Staff;

*Washington High School Concert Choir;

*Washington High School Wrestling Team;

*Washington High School Football Team;

*Washington High School Girls Swim Team;

*Washington High School Spanish 3 Students;

*Teaching Careers Students, Four Rivers Career Center

*Sandi Hillermann McDonald, Hillermann Nursery and Florist;

*WMS teacher Stefanie Virgen, Emerson Teacher of the Year
*WHS/WMS FFA;

*All Abilities;

*Borgia Football Team;

*Borgia Softball Team;

*Aaron Groff, MODOT

*Washington Fire Department;

*Sheba and Immanuel Lutheran Comfort Dog Team;

*John Nilges, Washington City Engineer;

*Darren Johnson, UPS;

(Washington Historical Society;

*Sign Language Readers;

The Washington Police Department performed, “Three Billy Goats Gruff.”

Music was provided by Steve Leslie.

More than 30 baskets of books were given away at the end of the event, following a readers’ theater performed by the Washington Police Department.

Links for The Washington Missourian’s photo galleries from Family Reading Night are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/6/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

Washington West Elementary School held a spelling bee for students in grades four through six on Friday, Feb. 2.

A select group of students participated in the spelling bee, which took place in the gymnasium with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and teachers looking on.

Jack Courtney, a sixth-grade student, was the winner of the spelling bee. Thea Grosse, a sixth-grade student, was the second-place finisher.

Courtney will represent Washington West Elementary at the Washington Missourian Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, April 21, at East Central College.

Photos of the three final contestants, sixth-graders Courtney, Grosse and Belen Meza, are below.


Jack Courtney, right, was the winner of the Washington West Elementary spelling bee. Thea Grosse, left, was the runner-up. Both Courtney and Grosse are in sixth grade.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/6/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

The School District of Washington hosted a Legislative Open House at the Four Rivers Career Center’s Confluence and Incubator Space on Friday, March 2.

Local politicians and representatives, along with Superintendents from area school districts, joined School District of Washington students, staff, administrators and Board of Education members to discuss legislation that directly impacts public education.

The students gave the invited guests a tour of the Confluence and Incubator Space, and also had a chance to visit with them about choice programs.

A legislative roundtable took place following lunch that was prepared by the Culinary Arts Program.

Photos from the event are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/5/18




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, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

KMOV News 4 is coming to Washington High School.

On Thursday, March 8, meteorologists from KMOV News 4 will be at Washington High School for Storm Mode Tour 2018. 

Doors open at 4 p.m. Live shots will take place during the 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

The Storm Mode Tour show starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Jay Gymnasium. It's a free event. Everyone is welcome. There will be giveaways and autographs before the show. 

The show is entertaining and informative, and includes the opportunity to win prizes. All who attend will leave with a new appreciation for severe weather and a better understanding of how KMOV meteorologists can predict when a nice day could turn dangerous.


 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/2/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

The Washington High School DECA club will participate in the state competition in Kansas City March 11-13.

The students competed at districts in February with schools from DECA District 6, which is the largest DECA district in the state and the most competitive.

Students that place at state will qualify for DECA Internationals in Atlanta, Ga.

A group picture of Washington High School DECA students is below. Kathryn Laurentius is the WHS DECA advisor.

 

Washington High School’s DECA state qualifiers are as follows:

 

Sara Davis – Food Marketing

 

Jessica Frick – Community Service

 

Emmy Hopkins – Community Service

 

Sophie Hellebusch – Professional Selling

 

Hailey Howerton – Hotel & Lodging

 

Josie Kleinheider – Public Relations

 

Sophie Koritz – Public Relations

 

Josie Kleekamp –Hospitality & Tourism

 

Nakya Kriebaum – Hospitality & Tourism

 

Emma Krajcir – Apparel & Accessories

 

Brock Laughlin – Sports & Entertainment Promotion

 

Chance Redd – Sports & Entertainment Promotion

 

Lizzy Vance – Advertising Campaign

 

Payton Ruediger – Marketing Communications.

 

DECA State Qualifiers

The Washington High School DECA club will participate in the state competition in Kansas City March 11-13. Front row, from left, are Josie Kleinheider, Sophie Koritz, Jessica Frick, Emmy Hopkins, Nakya Kriebaum and Josie Kleekamp. Back row, from left, are Lizzy Vance, Hailey Howerton, Brock Laughlin, ​Payton Ruediger, Chance Redd, Sara Davis, Emma Krajcir and Emma Hellebusch.

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Published: 3/2/18




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

Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, will be held Friday, March 2, at Washington Middle School, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

It’s the 18th year for the reading event, sponsored by The School District of Washington, The Washington Missourian and Washington Optimist Club, with the support from the Washington Public Library, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven and Neighborhood Reads bookstore.

This year’s guest author/illustrator is Brian Biggs. He will share his book, “Tinyville Town Gets to Work,” about a happy town that finds it needs a new bridge and sets out to build one.

Biggs will travel from Philadelphia to be a part of this year’s reading celebration. In addition to the opportunity to meet an author, children who attend can listen to stories read by community leaders and local high school students, participate in crafts based on books, and win books – lots of books.

More than 30 baskets of books will be given away at the end of the event, following a readers’ theater performed by the Washington Police Department.

Family Reading Logs are being distributed throughout the School District of Washington. Families who read together for at least 15 minutes each night for a week prior to Family Reading Night can log their time and bring their completed logs to the event to be part of a drawing for six months of Missourian Book Buzz Picks.

The Family Reading prizes are sponsored by the Washington High School football team and Washington NEA.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/2/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Tyson Jones from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team visited with Information Technology and Project Lead The Way Engineering students at Four Rivers Career Center on Thursday, March 1.

Jones brought with him two of the Sheriff Office’s robots to show the students. He spoke to the class about technology used in law enforcement and answered questions.

One of the robots on display was the MK4 robot, recently purchased by the Sheriff’s Office with a grant. The robot can be used in SWAT incidents to gather information and communicate with a suspect.

The robot has a 4-foot arm with a claw that can open doors and grab items. It also can walk with its four legs. There are four cameras and a video screen on the controller. The robot can climb stairs and be upgraded.

Students got a chance to test and maneuver the robot themselves and also displayed robots they have in their own class. Photos are below.












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




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

Megan Voelkerding recently was recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

Voelkerding, a senior at WHS, is in the Project Lead The Way Engineering program at FRCC, where she’s a student ambassador. She’s a member of the WHS concert band and pep band and is a section leader for the band. She holds a 3.7 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Voelkerding plans on attending Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla to double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering. She’s the daughter of Eric and Susan Voelkerding.

Voelkerding was presented her student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photo below.


Megan Voelkerding is presented her 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: 3/1/18




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

The WINGS Educational Foundation is offering Major Saver cards for sale through the elementary and middle schools in the School District of Washington.

Students will receive the sales packets on Tuesday, March 6, and continue selling the $15 discount cards until Monday, March 19. Proceeds from the sale of Major Saver cards directly support the participating schools and the WINGS Educational Foundation.

The 2018 participating restaurants/establishments include: Jiffy Lube, Sport Clips, Neighborhood Reads, Farm to You Market, Ernesto’s, Big Boy’s Grilled Subs & Wings, Tilted Skillet, Orange Leaf, Aldo’s Pizza, The Competitive Edge, Duck’s Bar & Grill, Fazoli’s, Lion’s Choice, Café Mosaic, The Washington Coffee Shop, Hawthorne Inn, Wimpy’s, Schulte’s Bakery, Miller’s Grill, and The Landing.

Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check or online at www.majorsaver.com. The online sale can be credited back to a particular student and school. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

Major Saver has a new feature making online sales easier. On its homepage, you are able to enter your student’s information to create a custom link for your child that can be shared via social media or email. This link will automatically credit the online sale to your student when friends and family use the link to make their purchase.

Major Saver cards can also be purchased, and credited to a student, through the Major Saver App. Once the free app is downloaded to an Android or iOS device, buyers can choose a Major Saver card through the “buy cards” tab on the app. Once the buyer completes the transaction the offers will be stored in the Major Saver App. Buyers can then redeem offers directly from the app and do not need a physical card.

Major Saver stresses safe selling and discourages door to door campaigning. The company encourages students to sell to family members, church patrons, neighbors, other adults the family may know; and to always make sure their parents are involved.



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Published: 2/28/18




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, February 28, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/28/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Students in the CAPS Teaching Careers program at the Four Rivers Career Center hosted "Ed Night" on Monday, Feb. 26, in the Confluence room at FRCC.

The open house event showcased the students’ projects, accomplishments and achievements throughout the school year. The students gave presentations on what they’ve been working on and displays were set up throughout the area.  

The Teaching Careers program continues to grow. It’s a senior-only program for students looking to explore education as a profession.

The Teaching Careers Students also presented a check for $200 to the School District of Washington’s Backpack Program, Fighting Hunger and Fueling Minds, which came from their various fundraisers throughout the school year.

Photos from the Teaching Careers “Ed Night” at the new Confluence room, along with the Backpack Program check presentation, are below.


The Teaching Careers students presented a check for $200 to the School District of Washington’s Backpack Program, Fighting Hunger and Fueling Minds, which came from their various fundraisers throughout the school year. Pictured, from left, are Kathy Ancell from Loving Hearts, Lindsey Jasper and Brett Hoch from the SDOW’s Fighting Hunger and Fueling Minds program, and Teaching Careers students Rachel Jones and Jenny Benton.














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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/28/18




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

A Purina Farms assembly was held at Campbellton Elementary on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Representatives from Purina Farms in Gray Summit were on hand along with a few dogs from the farm. The trainers performed various games and activities with the dogs and also got the Campbellton students involved.

The trainers also provided tips on how to properly take care of pets.

Photos from the Purina Farms assembly at Campbellton Elementary are below.














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Published: 2/27/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the district office at 7 p.m.

Among the items on the agenda are:

*Budget Revision 2 and Financial Update: There are four or more budget revisions throughout the school year. Board approval is required for each budget revision.

*Facility Update: Assistant Superintendent Dr. Brendan Mahon and Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer met with the Facilities Committee of the Board (Scott Byrne, Susan Thatcher and Bob Oreskovic) on Feb. 12. Dr. Mahon will share a summary of the Facilities Committee meeting with the entire Board.

*Strategic Planning Survey Results: The District is currently developing a new five-year strategic plan to drive improvement and innovation in the District through 2023. As part of the process, a survey was developed by Patron Insight to solicit thoughts and ideas from parents, staff, students, and District patrons. The survey closed February 22, after which the data was analyzed and compiled. Dr. VanLeer will share the results with the Board at the meeting.

Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the Feb. 28 board of education meeting.

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Published: 2/27/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 20-23.

Chris Dunard, WHS Agriculture Education instructor and FFA adviser, and his students participated in week-long activities at WHS.
*Tuesday, Feb. 20 - State FFA Vice President Ben Luebbering visited WHS during the day to talk to students about setting goals.

*Wednesday, Feb. 21 - Cherry Pie Day and Official FFA Dress Day. Students wore their official FFA Dress and delivered cherry pie to their supporters and sponsors. The FFA Officers met with Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy for a Proclamation signing at city hall. They also held a member volleyball tournament in the Little Blue Jay Gym.

*Thursday, Feb. 22 -  Faculty, Staff, and FFA Member BBQ. FFA members cooked and provided lunch to WHS, FRCC, and maintenance staff for supporting their program. Thursday night, the FFA members held Barnwarming, which is an annual event where FFA members learn and participate in a square dance.

*Friday, Feb. 23 - Tractor Safety Day and Petting Zoo. Students who met the requirements brought their tractors or farm animals to school. Tractors were judged on safety requirements. The farm animals were displayed for all to see. There were 30 tractors on display at school, the most tractors in over 10 years. New this year to the event was a scavenger hunt / trivia questionnaire. Students who participated and found all the answers received a prize.

Photos of the FFA Tractor Safety Day and Petting Zoo are below.















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/27/18




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, Clearview Elementary School, Washington High School and Homepage

The Washington High School and Washington Middle School bands held a recruitment concert on Friday, Feb. 23.

The concert was held in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at the high school with all of the district’s sixth-grade students in attendance.

Band instructor Tricia Holm explained to the sixth-grade students all of the positive aspects of being involved with bans starting at the middle school level and continuing into high school.

Instructors Holm, Ryan Lovell and Jacob Bisaillon were there to direct the high school and middle school bands as an entire unit and also to showcase and explain each instrument.

Photos from the recruitment concert for sixth-grade students are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/27/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

Washington fielded 4 teams.  

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/26/18




Audience: South Point Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

State Representative Justin Alferman visited South Point Elementary School to speak to third-grade students on Friday, Feb. 23.

Alferman spoke to students in Kaycie Schulte, Monica Nadler and Nancy Carriker’s classrooms about his job representing parts of Franklin, Gasconade and Osage Counties in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Many of the students had an opportunity ask Alferman questions about his job.

Photos from Alferman’s visit with third-grade students at South Point Elementary are below.





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Published: 2/26/18




Audience: Homepage, Marthasville Elementary School and Homepage

Sixth-grade students at Marthasville Elementary showcased a wax museum in the school’s gymnasium on Friday morning, Feb. 23.

The students read a novel about the Holocaust and researched a historical figure from that period of time, including Holocaust survivors. They shared what they learned with Marthasville staff and other students in the wax museum.

Some of the sixth-grade students dressed as the historical figure they researched. They all made displays that were stationed throughout the gym.

Much like wax museum figures, the sixth-grade students stood by their respective displays and waited for their hand to be tapped by a visitor. When it was, the student gave a brief presentation on who they researched and what they contributed to society.

Some of the historical figures on display included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, Leisel Carter, Gloria Hollander, Anne Frank, Eva Galler, Grace Hopper, Selma Wijnberg, Oskar Schindler, Douglas Hall, Yogi Berra, Lucie Aubrac and Iby Knill.

Photos of the Marthasville Elementary sixth-grade wax museum are below.














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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/26/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

Representatives from the Washington Historical Society visited Washington West Elementary on Thursday, Feb. 22, to speak to fifth-grade students about the history of Washington and the surrounding area.

The historical society guests were in each of the three fifth-grade classrooms at Washington West, speaking to students in the classrooms of Keshan Vogt, Danielle Burke and Mike Brusca.

Many of the speakers were retired teachers, some from the School District of Washington.

Photos from the Washington Historical Society representatives at Washington West are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/22/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Students from the Four Rivers Career Center recently participated in the East District SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in February at Ranken Technical College, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Lewis & Clark Career Center and South Technical.

Gold and silver medalists in Hands-On competitions advance to state competition. Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists of Leadership and Written competitions also advance to state competition.

The State contest is held April 4-6 at the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn.

FRCC district medalists are listed below, as are photos of the medalists.

Morning Students

*Automotive Technology: Trevor Seals (Washington) – Gold in Automotive Service Technical Information

*Automotive Technology: Trevor Seals (Washington) – Silver in Automotive Service Technology

*Automotive Technology: Lucas Bohl (St. Clair) – Gold in Motorcycle Service Technical Information

*Automotive Technology: John Fleer (New Haven) – Gold in Diesel Equipment Technical Information

*Automotive Technology: Chris Nowak (Union) – Gold in Diesel Equipment Technical Information

*Automotive Technology: Sam Brown (St. Clair) – Silver in Automotive Service Technical Information

*Automotive Technology: Paul Poetz (Wright City) – Silver in Automotive Service Technical Information

*Automotive Technology: Jeremy Sahm (East Central College) – Silver in Automotive Service Technical Information

*Information Technology: Kevin McCallister (St. Clair) – Silver in Computer Networking Technical Information

*Information Technology: Sam Knoppe (New Haven) – Silver in Information Technology Services

*Information Technology: Ethan Nadeau (Union) – Bronze in Information Technology Services

*Project Lead The Way Engineering: Cameron Briggs (Washington) – Silver in Automated Manufacturing Technology

*Project Lead The Way Engineering: Megan Voelkerding (Washington) – Silver in Automated Manufacturing Technology

*Project Lead The Way Engineering: Austin Huddleston (Washington) - Silver in Automated Manufacturing Technology

*Graphic Communications: Lydia Juengling (Washington) – Gold in Promotional Bulletin Board

*Graphic Communications: Elsie McNabb (New Haven) – Gold in Promotional Bulletin Board

*Graphic Communications: Lacie Grater (New Haven) –  Gold in Promotional Bulletin Board

*Graphic Communications: Dezarae Canania (Washington) – Bronze in Promotional Bulletin Board

*Graphic Communications: Lexi Harrison (Washington) - Bronze in Promotional Bulletin Board

*Graphic Communications: Anayeli Leyva (Washington) – Bronze in Promotional Bulletin Board

*Building Construction: Owen Buchheit (New Haven) – Bronze in Carpentry Technical Information

*Machine Tool: Jason Flagg (Union) – Silver in CNC Technician

*Machine Tool: Jared Clines (New Haven) – Silver in CNC Turning Specialist

*Collision Repair: Dylan Masur (Hermann) – Silver in Collision Repair Technology

*Collision Repair: Dominic Bruning (Wright City) – Silver in Collision Repair Technical Information

*Collision Repair: Blake Gale (New Haven) – Bronze in Automotive Refinishing Technology

*Collision Repair: Justin Buchanan (Pacific) – Bronze in Collision Repair Technical Information

*Collision Repair: Paige Vandegriff (Pacific) – Bronze in Collision Repair Technical Information

*Collision Repair: Courtney Kelso (East Central College) – Bronze in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Afternoon Students

*Machine Tool: Jack Tyree (Washington) – Silver in CNC Milling Specialist

*Machine Tool: Ian McNabb (Washington) – Bronze in Automated Manufacturing Technology

*Machine Tool: Ryan Eckelkamp (Washington) – Bronze in Automated Manufacturing Technology

*Machine Tool: Collin Marquart (Washington) – Bronze in Automated Manufacturing Technology

*Collision Repair: Claire Ehlenbeck (Warrenton) – Silver in Automotive Refinishing Technology.

*Building Construction: Seth Kampmann (Warrenton) – Silver in Carpentry Technical Information

*Automotive Technology: Andrew Brehe (East Central College) – Gold in Automotive Service Technical Information

*Automotive Technology: Allen Shepard (Warrenton) – Silver in Diesel Equipment Technical Information

*Automotive Technology: Seth Moses (Washington) – Bronze in Automotive Service Technical Information

*Welding: Breanna Wielms (Warrenton) – Silver in Job Interview

*Welding: Breanna Wielms (Warrenton) – Bronze in Customer Service

*Graphic Communications: Nicole Holt (Washington) – Gold in Advertising Design

*Graphic Communications: William Mullins (Washington) – Silver in Advertising Design

*Graphic Communications: Nathan Neely (Washington) – Silver in Promotional Bulletin Board

*Graphic Communications: Nathalie Rains (Washington) – Silver in Promotional Bulletin Board

*Graphic Communications: Caroline Cox (Washington) – Silver in Promotional Bulletin Board


Pictured are FRCC morning students who earned SkillsUSA district medals. Seated, from left, are Jason Flagg, Cameron Briggs, Megan Voelkerding, Lydia Juengling, Elsie McNabb, Lacie Grater, Lexi Harrison, Anayeli Leyva, Paige Vandegriff and Courtney Kelso. Standing, from left, are Owen Buchheit, Sam Brown, Kevin McCallister, John Fleer, Trevor Seals, Chris Nowak, Lucas Bohl, Sam Knoppe, Justin Buchanan and Dylan Masur. Not pictured are Austin Huddleston, Jared Clines, Paul Poetz, Jeremy Sahm, Dezarae Canania, Dominic Bruning, Blake Gale and Ethan Nadeau.


Pictured are FRCC afternoon students who earned SkillsUSA district medals. Seated, from left, are William Mullins, Nicole Holt, Nathalie Rains, Caroline Cox and Ian McNabb. Standing, from left, are Nathan Neely, Andrew Brehe, Ryan Eckelkamp, Jack Tyree and Collin Marquart. Not pictured are Breanna Wielms, Allen Shepard, Seth Kampmann, Claire Ehlenbeck and Seth Moses.  

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/22/18




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Students in Dan Brinkmann’s “Night Shift” class at the Four Rivers Career Center recently completed a project that was several months in the works.

John Jasper, event chairman for the Union Knights of Columbus, delivered an older, beat-up 1948 Farmall C tractor to the Career Center last September during a Night Shift class.

The tractor was donated by the Bill Machelett family to the Knights of Columbus, which they wanted to display in the annual Journey for Charity Tractor Cruise.

The 30-mile cruise from St. Clair to Washington is held every year during the third weekend of September to help raise money and collect food for area pantries. The Washington, Union, St. Clair and St. John’s-Gildehaus Knights of Columbus councils all organize the event.

Brinkmann, an instructor in the automotive technology program at the Four Rivers Career Center, supervised his Night Shift students as they restored the tractor.

Raffle tickets were sold with the restored tractor or $3,000 being the grand prize. A total of $16,800 was raised from the raffle. Proceeds benefit area food pantries. The winner of the raffle chose to take the money prize, instead of the tractor.  

As a result, Jim Buchanan of NAPA Auto Parts in Washington purchased the tractor from the Knights of Columbus. The restored tractor currently is on display at the NAPA store on High Street in Washington. Night Shift students delivered the tractor and helped get it inside the store on Saturday, Feb. 17.

The Knights of Columbus donated some of the money from the tractor to the Night Shift program at the Career Center for future projects.

The Night Shift program 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.

See the photos below of Night Shift students delivering the tractor to NAPA. Also shown are Dan Brinkmann, John Jasper, Jim Buchanan and members of the Knights of Columbus.








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/22/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

The Washington High School Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) took first-place honors in regional competition at East Central College Feb. 13.

Washington scored a total of 490 points to claim the top spot. Borgia finished in second place with 442 points. Union was third with 414 points.

“The students who represent our WYSE team are a dynamic group of intellectual students,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “We are excited about their accomplishments.”

Washington High School’s complete WYSE roster is attached below. See the photos below of the team and the medalists.

Washington’s individual medalists are as follows:

Biology: Kristin Monzyk – First Place; Carrie Derner - Second Place

Chemistry: Ryan Hill and Megan Geiler - First Place; Kristin Monzyk and Jacie Buescher - Second Place

Computer Science: David Walker - 1st Place; Jack Witter – Second Place; Ethan White - Third Place

Engineering Graphics: Megan Voelkerding and Austin Huddleston - Third Place

English: Carrie Derner - First Place; Lydia Juengling - Second Place

Mathematics: David Walker - 1st Place; Ethan White - Second Place; Nathan Searcy - Second Place; Colby Jacquin - Second Place; Conlan Jarvis - Third Place

Physics: Colby Jacquin - First Place; Graham Hoerstkamp - Third Place.

WYSE Medalists

Front row, from left, are Ryan Hill, Carrie Derner, Megan Geiler and Kristen Monzyk. Middle row, from left, are Conlan Jarvis, Nathan Searcy, David Walker and Jacie Buescher. Back row, from left, are Megan Voelkerding, Austin Huddleston and Ethan White.

Not pictured are Colby Jacquin, Graham Hoerstkamp, Jack Witter and Lydia Juengling.

WYSE Team

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Published: 2/21/18




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, February 21, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/21/18




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

Tickets for the Washington High School Theater Department’s production of A Seussified Pride and Prejudice go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Tickets are $10 apiece. Show dates are March 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. at the C.J. Burger Theater at WHS. 

To purchase tickets, contact Washington High School at 636-231-2200 or visit the West Wing office during school hours.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/20/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School seniors Ryan Hill and Anna Sullentrup are among the approximately 15,000 Finalists nationwide in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hill and Sullentrup were named Semifinalists during the fall, two of only 16,000 recipients out of approximately 1.6 million students from more than 22,000 high schools that entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, roughly 15,000 students advanced to the Finalist level. This represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their high school had to submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provided information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

With only 15,000 students across the country being named as a Finalist, this is a big deal,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “Anna and Ryan are the first Finalists from Washington High School since the Class of 2013. We celebrate this tremendous accomplishment with both of these intelligent and outstanding students.”

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.

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

Ryan will major in chemistry in college and plans to attend Maryville University next fall. He is the son of Timothy Hill.

Anna will attend the University of Missouri and plans to study pre-med. She is the daughter of Dennis and Heather Sullentrup.


National Merit Finalists
Washington High School seniors Anna Sullentrup and Ryan Hill are among the approximately 15,000 Finalists 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: 2/20/18




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

Four Rivers Career Center is hosting an open house on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5-8 p.m.

The open house will showcase facilities and students’ work. Students considering any of the FRCC’s programs are encouraged to attend and bring along the family.

High school students, parents and adult students are invited to tour the building and meet instructors to discuss the following programs:

*Automotive Technology

*Automotive Collision Repair

*Building Construction

*Teaching Careers

*Graphic Communications

*Global Business and Entrepeneur

*Project Lead The Way Engineering

*Machine Tool

*Welding

*Practical Nursing

*Health Occupations

*Information Technology

The Four Rivers Career Center is located at 1978 Image Drive in Washington. For more information, call 636-231-2100. Click on the attached link below for the FRCC web page.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/20/18




Audience: Homepage, Campbellton Elementary School and Homepage

Campbellton Elementary School held its spelling bee for students in grades four through six on Friday, Feb. 16.

A select group of students from grades four, five and six participated in the spelling bee, which took place in the gymnasium with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and teachers watching.

Hayley Vermillion, a sixth-grade student, was the winner of the spelling bee. Ada Montgomery, a sixth-grade student, was the second-place finisher.

Vermillion will represent Campbellton Elementary at the Washington Missourian Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, April 21, at East Central College.


Campbellton Elementary Spelling Bee

Hayley Vermillion, left, was the winner of the Campbellton Elementary Spelling Bee. Ada Montgomery, right, was the runner up.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/19/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington West Elementary School and Homepage

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Fredbird & Friends Elementary School Program visited Washington West Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 16.

Former Cardinals pitcher Brad Thompson and Fredbird were on hand to visit with Washington West Elementary students in two different assemblies, which were divided by grade levels.

Thompson 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 Washington West Elementary are below.
















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/16/18




Audience: Homepage, Early Learning Center and Homepage

The Early Learning Center held a Messy Play Night on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The event was designed for families with preschool age children. There were activities for infants and toddlers, as well as preschool children.

The ELC staff planned many family-oriented activities, including fluffy slime, bubble bonanza, stuck in the mud, painting with trucks, foamy fun and paper party.

Photos from the Messy Play Night at the Early Learning Center are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/16/18




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

This is a reminder that Friday, Feb. 16, is a modified day for students due to staff professional development in the afternoon.

Additionally, there is no school on Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents’ Day.  

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

The Early Learning Center will not have students on Friday or Monday.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/16/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Colleen Kuchem has been named Washington High School’s recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

The program is open to all high school seniors, regardless of race, sex or national origin.

The WHS faculty was asked to select a senior who has demonstrated, in an outstanding way, the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their home, school and community.

“Many great kids were nominated, with Colleen receiving the most votes,” said WHS counselor Theresa McGowan.

Colleen, a senior, is a member of Student Council, Leadership, National Honor Society, Blue Jay Journal Television, and the cross country and track and field teams at WHS. She holds a 4.0 grade-point average.

The DAR hosts an amazing event that recognizes outstanding students like Colleen. We appreciate all the effort the group puts on to support students. It really is a great event for all involved,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “Colleen is an excellent recipient. She is kind, smart, and a leader in our school. She has the respect of both her peer group and the faculty and staff.  She is an excellent representation of Blue Jay Pride.”

Colleen, her parents Tim and Deb Kuchem, along with WHS counselor Brad Kuntzman, will attend the Daughters of the American Revolution awards luncheon April 9 at Hagies Nineteen in Union.


Colleen Kuchem

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/16/18




Audience: South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

Students in the Health Occupations program at the Four Rivers Career Center visited South Point Elementary school to speak to first-grade students about dental hygiene on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The Health Occupations students worked with students in the first-grade classrooms of Sara Barnett, Kim Johnson and Laurie Price.

There were presentations, tips and demonstrations given to the first-grade students on the proper ways for them to care for their teeth. Photos are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Abbie Vollmer, a sophomore at Washington High School, has been announced as one of 100 award recipients for the third year of PBS’s and Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Award program.

The program is designed to empower high school students to become the next generation of scientists as they explore careers in cancer research and care through a unique mentoring opportunity.

PBS and Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, received nearly 600 applications from eligible 10th and 11th grade students in 28 states throughout the U.S. who are interested in pursuing a career in science research.

Prominent scientists served as judges and evaluated the students’ applications: written essays submitted online this fall, addressing how cancer has affected them or their communities; how science can help find a cure for cancer; and, if they are able to become cancer researchers, what scientific fields would they study and why.

Vollmer was selected as one of 100 high school students from across the U.S. awarded for their passionate essays detailing the need to find a cure for cancer.

“We are so proud of Abbie for winning this science award. She is a deserving candidate and an example of the great students we have at our school. We look forward to hearing about the research she will get to be involved with at the university level," said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. "Abbie will represent our school and the entire Washington community as she continues to enhance her knowledge and skills through this mentorship program.”

The 100 Emperor Science Award recipients will work with an esteemed university scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project, receive a Google Chromebook computer to enhance their studies and to facilitate mentor access for those students who live at a distance from their mentor’s research facility, and a $1,500 stipend for expenses.

Those entering the program for the first year will also have the opportunity to apply for a second year.

Abbie plays the tuba in the WHS band and is involved in many different clubs, including the Rotary Interact Service Club, Science Club and Renaissance. She was the school’s representative for a poetry competition in St. Charles and is a co-chair for the upcoming spring blood drive at WHS.

Abbie hopes to become the first doctor in her family and wants to study medical research. She’s the daughter of Rodney and Cherie Vollmer.


Abbie Vollmer

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Blue Jay Athletics, Washington High School and Homepage

A state bound pep assembly for the wrestling, girls swimming and dance teams was held at Washington High School on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 14.

Each program was recognized during the school wide assembly.

Four members of the Washington wrestling team competes at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Representing the Blue Jays will be Tate Hendricks, Michael Boehlein, Dana Cates and Gunnar Noud. Coaches are Josh Ohm, Paul LaVigne, Kurt Hey, Joe Callahan, Doug Hanify and Nick Hanify.

Four members of the Washington girls swim team competes at the MSHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

Representing the Lady Jays in the pool will be Aubrie Moreland, McKenzie Dohm, Madeline Tchiblakian and Hannah Struckoff. The four of them will compete in the 400-meter relay. Moreland also will compete in the 200-meter and the 500-meter events. Coaches are Lane Page and Samantha Loepker.

The Jaywalkers Dance Team competes at the Missouri Dance Team Association State Championships Saturday, Feb. 24, at the St. Charles Family Arena.

Representing WHS on the dance team will be Rachel Bauche, Michelle Dew, Megan Duncan, Campbell Hamai, Gabriella Henzel, Sarah Hoemann, Lydia Lock, Andrea Kampschroeder, Natalie Nothum, Katie Rushing, Anna Schneider, Elise Thierbach, Katie Tyree and Grace Ziglin. Coaches are Jo Phinney and Amy Oesterly.

Click on the attached links below for more information the wrestling, swimming and dance state championships.

Photos from the pep assembly are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Homepage, Labadie Elementary School and Homepage

Labadie Elementary School held its Valentine’s Day Festival on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 14.

With the help of staff and parents, the students participated in a number of different games and activities in the gymnasium. Students also enjoyed sundaes, which were served in the cafeteria.

Photos from Labadie Elementary’s Valentine’s Day Festival are below.




















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/14/18




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Students at Augusta Elementary School made their own Valentine’s Day boxes to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Each student who participated donated $1, which goes toward future field trips.

Candy grams also were sold, which went toward paying for field trips.

The boxes were judged on creativity. There was a grand prize winner for the top Valentine’s Day box, as well as a winner from each grade.

The grand prize winner received movie tickets. Each grade winner received a chocolate bar.

The winners were as follows:

Kindergarten - Kasen Brunzel

First Grade - Ava Auzet

Second Grade - Evan Mallinckrodt

Third Grade - Vinney Satory

Fourth Grade - Josie Keiser

Fifth Grade - Chase Humphries

Sixth Grade - Ella Lause

Grand prize winners:  Grades K-3 - Kasen Brunzel; Grades 4-6 - Ella Lause

See photos below of the Valentine’s Day boxes display at Augusta Elementary School.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/14/18




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, February 14, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/14/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

The Washington High School varsity scholar bowl team placed first at the GAC Championship Meet at Orchard Farm on Saturday, Feb. 10.

There were eight schools represented, and they played a round robin schedule. After that, the top two teams were in an advantaged final. 

In the first round, Washington defeated Francis Howell Central 495-105, and then beat Holt 500-125. The toughest early match came against Ft. Zumwalt North. Only leading by 20 at the half, WHS pulled away to a 325-175 win.  ​The last two matches before lunch were a 550-50 win over Francis Howell North and a 515-40 win over Troy Buchanan.  

Round six after lunch was a 380-145 win over Orchard Farm, setting up round seven against the other undefeated team, Francis Howell. 

In round seven, Washington managed to clinch the win on the next to last tossup question, 320-305. 

This set up a final where WHS would hold the advantage.  Washington had to win once. Howell had to win twice. 

“We knew Howell was really good at forcing finals to go an extra game. They did it to us at Eureka, and they did it against SW Piasa at the tournament we hosted in December,” said Washington Coach David Dennis. “The goal was to keep Howell from getting another game, and it worked. In one of the best games I've ever watched our team play, they put it away emphatically, 415-170.”

Washington has won the GAC Scholar Bowl Championships for three straight seasons.

Washington’s team members were senior Ryan Hill, senior Carrie Derner (fifth place scoring, earning second team All-Conference), senior Jonathan Amlong (second place scoring, earning first team All-Conference) and junior James Collier.


GAC Champions

Washington won the GAC Scholar Bowl Championships for the third straight season. Team members were senior Ryan Hill, senior Carrie Derner (fifth place scoring, earning second team All-Conference), senior Jonathan Amlong (second place scoring, earning first team All-Conference) and junior James Collier.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/13/18




Audience: Homepage, Early Learning Center and Homepage

The Early Learning Center is hosting its Messy Play Night on Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m.

The event is designed for families with preschool age children. There will be activities for infants and toddlers, as well as preschool children.

The ELC staff has planned many family-oriented activities. You may get paint, shaving cream, and slime on your hands. Please dress accordingly.

Planned activities include fluffy slime, bubble bonanza, stuck in the mud, painting with trucks, foamy fun and paper party.

Click on the attached link below for the Messy Play Night flyer.

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Published: 2/13/18




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

The CAPS Global Business program at the Four Rivers Career Center held a student shadow day on Friday, Feb. 9.

Current sophomores and juniors at Washington High School interested in possibly joining the Global Business program next year met with instructor Cathy Jinkerson and the current students in the program to learn more about it.

The students participated in various activities and projects, and also were involved in a panel discussion concerning the Global Business program and the business industry overall.

Photos from the CAPS Global Business shadow day are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/13/18




Audience: South Point Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

South Point Elementary School held a spelling bee for students in grades four through six on Friday, Feb. 9.

A select group of students participated in the spelling bee, which took place in the gymnasium with third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and teachers watching.

Kai Matau, a fifth-grade student, was the winner of the South Point Elementary spelling bee.

Vincent Hoang, a sixth-grade student and last year’s South Point Elementary winner, finished in second place.

Matau will represent South Point Elementary at the Washington Missourian Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, April 21, at East Central College.

A photo of South Point Elementary’s two spelling bee finalists are below.

Spelling Bee Finalists

Finalists for the South Point Elementary spelling bee, from left, were Kai Matau (winner) and Vincent Hoang (runner-up).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/13/18




Audience: South Point Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Sherri Rinker, a New York Times Best Selling Children’s Author, visited South Point Elementary on Thursday, Feb. 8.

Rinker spoke to South Point students in grades second, third and fourth about her writing career and also promoted her new book, “Tiny and The Big Dig.”

Rinker, who was the special guest author at last year’s Family Reading Night, visited schools in Franklin County during the week with Dawn Kitchell, owner of Neighborhood Reads Bookstore in Washington.

Photos of Rinker’s visit to South Point Elementary are below.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/9/18




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

Zach Harms recently was recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

Harms, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Global Business program at FRCC. He’s a member of Student Council, Leadership and the National Honor Society. He holds a 4.0 grade-point average.

Harms also is a three-sport athlete at WHS, playing soccer, basketball and baseball.

Harms plans on attending college to major in engineering, but hasn’t decided where. He’s the son of Steve and Susan Harms.

Tyler Patton of St. Francis Borgia High School and a student in the Building Construction program at the Four Rivers Career Center, also was recognized.

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


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


Tyler Patton 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: 2/9/18




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

Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life takes place Friday, April 27, from 4-7:30 p.m., at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The event is put together by the WHS student council and leadership class. Proceeds are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

The theme this year is “Carnival for a Cure.”

This year’s event chairs are seniors Lexi Hendricks, Tess Marquart, Jonathan Amlong and Jessica Frick and juniors Kamryn Mitchell and Gracie Boeckman.

The event chairs recently have been visiting elementary schools to promote the event. See the photos below of them speaking to students at South Point Elementary and Marthasville Elementary.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Third through sixth grade children from area schools will participate in the event. They must have already registered to attend.

Registration will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the high school track the day of the event. The opening ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Activities will run until approximately 7:15 p.m.

Students participating will be bused from their elementary school. There will be high school students that will meet them when they get off the bus to deliver them to their designated school area.

Students can bring some money as there will be booths and food available to purchase.

Pick up time is 7:20 p.m. by the gate at the entrance to the stadium. In the event of rain, students will be inside and can be picked up in front of the gymnasium.

Click on the attached link below for more information and to register for the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life.







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Published: 2/9/18




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

Campbellton Elementary sixth-grade students were given tours of the Four Rivers Career Center on Thursday, Feb. 8.

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

The Campbellton students were broken into groups of approximately 10 with each ambassador assigned to one group.

Photos from the event are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/8/18




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, February 7, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/7/18




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: 2/6/18




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 a potential weather concern during the evening commute, mainly in our northern attendance area, and after conversations with First Student, we will dismiss a little early today, Monday, February 5. 

Elementary schools and the Early Learning Center will dismiss at 2:20 p.m. and Washington Middle School, Washington High and Four Rivers Career Center will dismiss at 3 p.m.

There also will be no YMCA care.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. The extra time will benefit our bus routes significantly in the event of bad road conditions.

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Published: 2/5/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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

 

7 Blue Team

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

 

7 White Team

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

 

8 Blue Team

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

 

8 White Team

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

 

Jay Team

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

 

Encore Team

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

 

Cafeteria

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

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/5/18




Audience: South Point Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

South Point Elementary School held an assembly on Friday, Feb. 2, to kick off the Jump Rope for Heart week.

Money raised helps benefit the American Heart Association.

Some South Point teachers jumped rope to get the students excited and inspired to do the same, which helps raise money.

At the time of the kickoff event, South Point Elementary already had raised $1,560.

Tyler Francis, a second-grade student, and Nathan Francis, a kindergarten student, were recognized as South Point Elementary’s Kickoff Achievers.

Photos of the Jump Rope for Heart assembly at South Point Elementary are below.





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Published: 2/5/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School hosted its Curriculum Fair on Thursday, Feb. 1.

The event was an opportunity for WHS students and parents to meet with the staff.

Administrators, counselors and teachers from WHS were on hand to discuss course offerings, graduation requirements, and answer questions.

Representatives from the Four Rivers Career Center also were on hand.

Parent information meetings regarding course offerings, registration process, and graduation requirements also took place.

During the school day afternoon on Feb. 1, WHS students had the opportunity to visit the Curriculum Fair.

Photos from the afternoon session of the Curriculum Fair for WHS students are below.



















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Published: 2/5/18




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

Washington High School will hold its Second Annual Color the Campus 3.1K Run/Walk on Friday, April 13, on the WHS campus at 6 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship. Over $1,000 was raised last year.

The start and finish line will be at Washington High School. The course for the timed run and untimed walk will be around the campus of the high school and middle school.

Packet pick up and race day registration takes place from 5:15-5:45 p.m. The run/walk begins at 6 p.m. Wear your best Blue Jay apparel to be eligible for prizes. There will be food and drinks at the finish line for the participants.

Awards and prizes will be given to the top male and female overall finisher, as well as the top three male and females in each age category: 9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older.

Special prizes will be given to most spirited, most colorful and best Blue Jay pride.

The entry fee, if received by March 21, is $10 for children ages 10 and under, $15 for students ages 6-18, and $20 for adults. The fee is $25 if received after March 21. Participants who register before March 21 will receive a T-shirt.

Click the attached links below to register online, or click the link below to print the registration form and send it to WHS.

Send completed registration forms with payment to Washington High School, c/o Samantha Loepker, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090. Make checks payable to Washington High School.

For more information, contact Samantha Loepker via e-mail at samantha.loepker@washington.k12.mo.us.

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Published: 2/5/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Sophie Koritz, a junior at Washington High School, is the new student representative for the School District of Washington's Board of Education.

Koritz was approved by the board and sworn in during the Jan. 31 meeting.

Koritz replaces Lydia Juengling, who was the district’s student representative for the last year. The terms for student representatives are for one year.

Holding a 4.0 grade-point average, Koritz is the Junior Class President at WHS. She’s a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, DECA, The Advocate (student newspaper), and is a cheerleader. She’s the daughter of Mike and Rita Koritz.

The student representative is expected to attend all regular board meetings and may be asked to report on particular issues. The representative also is expected to communicate with students throughout the district on a regular basis.

The student representative does not sit in on executive sessions or is privy to any confidential information.


Sophie Koritz


Sophie Koritz, student representative for the School District of Washington's Board of Education, is sworn in by Board President Kevin Blackburn during the January 31 meeting.

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

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








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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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

Photos are below.





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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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














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Published: 2/1/18




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

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

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

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

Approximately 280 eighth-grade students went on the tour.

Photos from the event are below.
















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




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

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

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

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

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

The Curriculum Night schedule is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drug/Alcohol Awareness

AP (Advanced Placement) Courses/Exams

Credits Needed for Graduation

Pathways - High School Update 

Book Review - Raising an Adult 

Financial Aid

ACT/SAT/WorkKeys

Internet Safety  

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




Audience: Homepage, Four Rivers Career Center and Homepage

The CAPS Teaching Careers program will hold their Ed Night event on Monday, Feb. 26, in the Confluence room at the Four Rivers Career Center from 6-7:30 p.m.

The open house event will showcase the students’ projects, accomplishments and achievements throughout the school year. There also will be creative presentations, interactive sessions and refreshments.

The FRCC Teaching Careers program continues to grow. It’s a senior-only program for students looking to explore education as a profession.

The new state-of-the-art Confluence room at FRCC also will be showcased. The room is used for a number of events not only at FRCC, but also the entire school district.

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Washington High School Scholar Bowl took two teams to the Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) at Hannibal High School on Saturday, Jan. 27. There were 36 teams in the field overall, including teams from Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. 

Despite missing their top scorer, WHS A won the tournament with an 11-0 record.

In the prelims, the teams were placed into six pools of six  teams, and played a round robin. The top two teams from each bracket advanced to the playoffs. 

WHS A went 5-0 with wins over Fulton, Macomb (Ill.) B, Quincy (Ill.) A, Hannibal C, and North Shelby A.

WHS B went 3-2 with wins over South Shelby, Quincy (Ill.) B, and Knox County. They lost to Rochester and Moberly, and ended up in the top consolation bracket. 

In playoffs, the 12 remaining teams were placed into two brackets of six, and the top two advanced to the super playoffs. 

WHS A carried over their win against Quincy, and beat Savannah, Hannibal A, and Culver (Ind.) Academy. They then defeated Macomb (Ill.) A by 75 points to go into the super playoffs. 

Other than Macomb, the other two super playoff teams were Southwestern Piasa (Ill.) A (who won the Washington Tournament in December), and Moberly. 

In consolation, the B team managed a win against Springfield (Ill.) B, but dropped the remainder of their matches to end the day at 4-6 at 17th place overall.

B team members were Evan Courtaway, Max Grimes, Michael Lampe, Katlynn Miller and Harsh Patel.

In the super playoffs, WHS managed to squeak out a 20-point win over SW Piasa, who had lost to Moberly, who had lost to Macomb. WHS then beat Moberly 345-285 to go 11-0, and Piasa beat Macomb.

WHS was 3-0 in the super playoffs, two full games ahead of the second-place team, and was awarded the title without having to play a final.

Team members were James Coller, Kaleb Burr, Ryan Hill and Carrie Derner (who took 7th place in prelim scoring). See the picture below.

 

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




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

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

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

In order to participate, pre-registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education will meet Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the district office at 7 p.m.

Among the items on the agenda are:

Student Representative to the Board of Education: Sophie Koritz, a junior at Washington High School, will be sworn in as the new student adviser for Board of Education. Koritz replaces Lydia Juengling, who served over the last year. The terms are for one year.

Board of Education Presentation: School board members across the state of Missouri were recognized during the week of January 21-27, 2018, for their dedicated service to local school districts. We thank each one of our board members for their tireless work on behalf of the students and staff of the School District of Washington. 

School Board Filing: School board filing for the April 3, 2018 election closed on January 16, 2018. Our two board members up for re-election are Kevin Blackburn and John Freitag. Both filed on the opening day of board filing. No other candidates filed for this election. 

In accordance with 115.124 RSMo, no election is necessary because the number of candidates equals the number of open positions.

Digital Citizenship Summit: Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer will share information with the Board of Education on a Digital Citizenship Student Summit to be held on March 12, 2018 at Washington High School.

Enhancement Grant: The Enhancement Grant for the 2018-19 school year must be submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by February 28. Four Rivers Career Center will submit an Enhancement Grant request for approved Career and Technical Education programs offered at Four Rivers Career Center and Washington High School. The local expenditure required by the 2018-19 Enhancement Grant will be within the approved budget of the District for the Four Rivers Career Center.

Missouri Assessment Partnership: Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann will share information on the Missouri Assessment Partnership.

AT & T Contract: Over the past several years, the District has been under a contract with AT&T for the landlines at the buildings within the AT&T service area. The contract  expired in 2017, and we were no longer protected from rate increases. We immediately pursued communication with AT&T regarding a new contract.

Policy KG - Community Use of District Facilities: Community Use of District Facilities is currently being reviewed and revised. A revised copy will be uploaded early next week.

Click on the attached link below for the BoardDocs website to see the complete agenda for the Jan. 31 board of education meeting.

 

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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

The winners from Washington Middle School were:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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




Audience: Augusta Elementary School, Homepage and Homepage

Students in Amy Brinkmann’s kindergarten class at Augusta  Elementary received a special recognition from the national headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary.

The kindergarten students made an American flag where their painted hand prints represented the stars and stripes of the flag (see the picture below) and presented it to VFW members returning home from an Honor Flight trip.

Honor Flight’s mission is to transport America's veterans to Washington, DC, to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices.

In turn, the kindergarten class at Augusta Elementary received a framed letter and a certificate (see pictures) below from the VFW National Headquarters thanking them for the flag and supporting the veterans.

The certificate and the letter, framed separately, will be displayed in the trophy case at Augusta Elementary.

See the photos below of Brinkmann’s kindergarten class at Augusta, along with the American flag they made for the Veterans and the framed letter and certificate they received from the VFW National Headquarters.




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




Audience: Homepage, Washington Middle School and Homepage

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

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

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

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


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








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




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

On Monday, Jan. 22, France and Germany commemorated the 55th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, which is a treaty that was formed to strengthen the friendship between France and Germany.

The Elysee Treaty was a treaty of friendship between France and Germany signed on Jan. 22, 1963. With the signing of the treaty, Germany and France established a new foundation for relations that ended centuries of rivaly between them.

From this treaty, the Franco German Youth Office was formed.

French and German students at Washington High School annually do something special to celebrate the bond between the two countries. 

WHS German instructor Sarah Johnson and French instructor Sarah Riley brought their German and French classes together on Wednesday, Jan. 24, to watch the Chancellor of Germany and the President of France speak in German and French about the Treaty.

The French students also taught the German students French and vice versa.

Photos from the day are below.



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/25/18




Audience: South Point Elementary School, Homepage, Labadie Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School and Homepage

Younger students at elementary schools throughout the School District of Washington celebrated the 100th day of the 2017-18 school year with activities and projects on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Several students in grades K-2 also dressed up as 100-year old people to mark the occasion.

See photos below of the 100th day of the school year from Labadie Elementary, Clearview Elementary and South Point Elementary.

Labadie Elementary



Clearview Elementary



South Point Elementary


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/24/18




Audience: Homepage, Washington High School and Homepage

Sophie Koritz and Josie Kleinheider, both juniors at Washington High School, have been working on a public relations project for DECA where they promote Cocoa Cafe and inclusion of life skills students. Koritz and Kleinheider have done events with the Cocoa Cafe students throughout the school year. Their project is called Operation Puzzle Piece.

Some of the life skills students had the opportunity to perform a routine with the WHS Jaywalkers Dance Team during Washington’s Courtwarming basketball game on Friday, Jan. 20. See the group picture below, which includes Koritz and Kleinheider.

The Cocoa Cafe opened in 2005 by teacher Julie Trentmann with a $1,000 grant from the

WINGS Educational Foundation.

Over the last 12 years, many students with disabilities have gained communication skills outside of the regular classroom experience.

Washington High School and the surrounding communities understand the importance of giving life

skills students the opportunity to gain work experience that will help following graduation.

The focus of the cafe is to teach job skills, independence, and people skills while promoting The Cocoa Cafe.

The Cocoa Café gives part of their proceeds to the Honor Flight, Wings Educational Foundation, children's hospitals, Operation Christmas Child, and Loving Hearts Outreach.

Donating back to local charities is not the only way the Cocoa Cafe contributes to the community.

Students who buy breakfast at the cafe gain interaction skills with those outside of their regular schedule.

Koritz and Kleinheider are promoting the Cocoa Cafe for their DECA public relations project. This marketing campaign is promoting the cafe and interaction among disabled and abled students.

Other events include a social event called “Puzzles and Pastries,” which will have students play puzzles while eating and drinking the products of the cafe.

According to Judy Obermark, life skills teacher, the Cocoa Cafe “shows that we are all more alike than different.”


Life Skills students had the opportunity to perform a routine with the WHS Jaywalkers Dance Team during Washington’s Courtwarming basketball game on Friday, Jan. 20.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/24/18




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 24, is a modified day for students.

Dismissal times on modified days are as follows:

Four Rivers Career Center – Washington morning students will be dismissed at 10 a.m. and then return to the high school; Afternoon classes will not be held.

Elementary schools - 11:50 a.m.

Washington Middle School – 12:25 p.m.

Washington High School - 12:25 p.m.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Wednesday.

The modified day will be used for a staff professional development day in the afternoon.

Click on the attached links below for modified day procedures and the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/24/18




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

The Washington Police Department is holding a soda tab challenge where the School District of Washington Schools, along with St. Francis Borgia High School, St. Francis Borgia Elementary, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Immanuel Lutheran will be competing to see who can collect the most soda tabs.

The soda can tabs collection will go toward benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

The winners will be decided by average pounds per student. Please help out your school or student by collecting tabs and letting the students turn them in.

Students can bring the tabs to school in zip lock bags. There are recycle tubs located at every school to put them in.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/23/18




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

National School Board Appreciation Week is Jan. 21-27, 2018.

The School District of Washington recognizes and thanks our Board of Education for the time, sacrifice, dedication and commitment it puts in to serve our staff, students and community.

Members of the School District of Washington’s Board of Education are:

 

Kevin Blackburn, President;

 

John Freitag, Vice President

 

Trish Mitchell, Treasurer;

 

Dan Contarini, Director

 

Scott Byrne, Director;

 

Susan Thatcher, Director; and

 

Bob Oreskovic, Director.

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




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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

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, 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