Monday, April 22, 2013
Patch is teaming up with Dr. Deb Moberly, early childhood development expert and founder of U-City based Children 1st, this week to get all of your questions answered.
Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about raising toddlers, education, parenting and more. That's why this week, we are teaming up with Dr. Deb Moberly, early childhood development expert, this week to get all of your questions answered. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro," Dr. Moberly will answer readers' questions in the comment section of the Patch sites on Thursday, April 25. Get your questions ready and look for the Patch Pro article that is published on Thursday morning. Check out Dr. Moberly's Patch blogs by clicking here. More about Dr. Deb Moberly: Deb Moberly, Ph. D., a former Associate Professor and Early Childhood Coordinator in the Division of Teaching and Learning at the University of …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Adams saw the school district through a period of tremendous growth, almost doubling in student population over the last ten years.
Wentzville School District Superintendent Dr. Terry Adams has resigned after seven years with the district. Matt Deichmann, Community Relations Director for the district, confirmed the news to Patch this morning. Adams tendered his resignation during the executive session at last night's board of education meeting, and the board voted to approve the resignation. Adams was named Missouri Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators last year. UPDATE: The Wentzville School District has issued a press release about Dr. Adams' resignation, reporting that the resignation will become effective at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, 2013. The release quotes Dr. Adams: “I resigned with mixed emotions, for …
The discussion brought out parents, teachers —and even a state legislator.
The Wentzville School Board, with one newly sworn-in member and with a new slate of officers following the April 2 election, met Thursday night. The very last item on the agenda, Common Core State Standards, drew a big crowd that included State Representative Bryan Spencer. During the public comment time, Spencer spoke out against Common Core. He mentioned House Bill 616, which, according to the Missouri House website, "prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting and implementing the standards for public schools developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative." Spencer said that while Common Core promoted good teaching practices such as cross-discipline teaching, he disagreed with "data mining" provisions for tracking and …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Wentzville School District was awarded the Exemplary School Bus Mainenance Award from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The award recognizes the fleet's 95.6 approval rate.
The Wentzville School District bus fleet passed inspection with flying colors again this year. The district issued a press release reporting spring bus inspections conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol are complete, and the district qualified for an Exemplary School Bus Maintenance award. The award, given by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, recognizes the bus fleet's 95.6 percent approval rate for first inspections. The state average score for first inspections runs about 85 percent, the district reported. Only six of the district's buses had minor issues, and those issues were quickly repaired and re-inspected. No buses were taken out of service. The quick repairs meant 100 percent of the buses …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Incumbent Dale Schaper retains his seat, while incumbent Pat Hacker loses hers to challenger Sandy Fitzgerald.
The Board of Directors of the Wentzville School District will be welcoming a new face at its next meeting. Newcomer Sandy Fitzgerald received the second-highest number of votes in the race, which pitted five challengers for two seats. Board incumbent Dale Schaper retained his seat with 2770 votes. Fitzgerald won the other opening with 2269 votes. Challenger Ted Boehm received 2095 votes to incumbent Pat Hacker's 1730 votes. Marcos Chu received 1029 votes.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
With the district's rate at the ceiling, the district will not be able to recoup a loss of revenue caused by a decrease in assessed property values.
The Wentzville School District set a preliminary tax rate at their March 19 board meeting. The preliminary rate is used by St. Charles County to send out preliminary tax liability notices to property owners, and can be increased or decreased in September. For the past two years, the district's tax rate was been $4.9891, which includes .77 for the debt service fund and also the .30 levy approved in 2011 for new facilities and improvements. District Superintendent Dr. Terry Adams recommended that the district keep the remaining levy at $3.9191, which is the maximum limit that was established in 2004. "By maintaining the $4.9891 rate despite the drop in values, any property owner with a decrease in assessed value will pay less in property …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Patch is partnering with Fox2 to bring you a list of school closings for March 25 after a major winter storm rolled through the area Sunday.
March's surprise snow storm hit on Sunday morning. The relentless snow wouldn't stop falling and now many studetns (and teachers, too) are left wondering if school be called off for Monday. Let's find out. Fox2 News will be helping Patch keep you informed of any cancellations in the St. Charles County area by adding them to the list below, which will be updated throughout the day. For a complete forecast, visit Fox2's website or the National Weather Service.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The approved site plan will add 170 new spaces for parking and a new concession stand.
The Wentzville Board of Aldermen has approved a site plan for the re-purposing of the old bus lot at Holt High School into additional parking spaces and a new concession stand for the north sports fields. Several aldermen said that they had been contacted by residents about problems with students parking on nearby residential streets. Tiffany House-Wacker posted on the Wentzville Patch Facebook page that she was particularly concerned about parking issues on Linda Lane and Kent Drive. " . . . with all the high school students parking there it is a one way street. The school has parking that is where they need to park . . . it needs to be addressed." The plan also leaves room for a connecting road to the future extension of Schroeder Creek …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Spring Fling will be Friday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(The following press release was submitted by the Wentzville School District.) Holt High School DECA will be hosting its 14th Annual Spring Fling Carnival on Friday, March 29th in the Holt High School gymnasium from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This year’s Spring Fling will feature an under-the-sea theme with egg hunts, food, prizes, a coloring contest, bounce house and a variety of games. Admission is free and game tickets are 5 for $1 with plenty of prizes available for the winners. There will also be a raffle for themed baskets; tickets for the basket raffle are $1 each or six for $5. The free egg hunts will be broken down into three age groups: The school address is 600 Campus Drive in Wentzville. All proceeds from the event will go towards …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Holt High School set out to teach crucial lessons about the bullying epidemic.
By Mia Kweskin, Parkway Central High Life is good and love is strange, and sometimes, even bullies change. Holt High School set out to teach crucial lessons about the bullying epidemic by creating “an evening of introspection” with their production of The Bully Plays and The Long View. The first act consisted of five individual skits from The Bully Plays. The five individual pieces ranged from a focus on the typical schoolyard bully to a not-so-typical mime bully. Each skit was threaded together with the theme of standing up to bullies in order to make a change. For their second act, Holt incorporated a one-act with these same themes. The Long View by Alan Haehnel tells the story of a group of high school students as they look back on …