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FRCC News

1/12/17

CAPS Business students attended the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast meeting on Thursday morning, Jan. 12, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

The CAPS students, who visited the Washington Chamber of Commerce office in December, had the opportunity to learn more about what the organization does on an annual basis and the meet with some of the individuals behind the operation.

Among the items on the agenda during the meeting were 2016 Town & Country Fair reports and awards, 2017 fair board introductions, economic development report and awards presentation and Chamber board introductions.

Following the program, the CAPS Business students visited with Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy and shared with her the projects they’ve been working on during the school year.

See the photos below of the CAPS Business students with Lucy and Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Board Director Tom Holdmeier.


CAPS Business students attended the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Breakfast meeting on Thursday morning, Jan. 12, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Front row, from left, are Sara Hamer, Taylor Hanneken, Parker Nye, Cassidy Nurnberger, Paige Nye and Emmy Hopkins. Back row, from left, are Kailey Robinson, Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy, Molly Landolt, Nichole Brinker, Morgan Holdmeyer, CAPS Business Instructor Cathy Jinkerson and Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Board Director Tom Holdmeier.



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1/6/17

School District of Washington buildings had the top three finishes in the annual Community Festival of Trees, which recently concluded at St. Peters United Church of Christ in Washington.

Over 80 trees were decorated by various organizations. Schools, churches, businesses and community groups in the area had trees represented.

A donation of one non-perishable food item under the tree was one vote for that organization’s tree. 

Overall, there were approximately 8,000 food items donated to the Festival of Trees.

For the sixth consecutive year, Washington High School was the winner, collecting the most items. Washington Middle School Student Council finished less than 100 items behind WHS to finish in second place. Finishing in third place was South Point Elementary first- and second-grade classes.

Also participating in the Festival of Trees from the School District of Washington were WINGS Educational Foundation, Washington High School Cheerleaders, Marthasville Elementary, Washington West Elementary third graders, and Four Rivers Career Center.

Each food item will help feed a community member. All food collected will be distributed between three food pantries.

A photo of the winners, along with volunteers from St. Peters United Church of Christ, is below. The photo is courtesy of the Washington Missourian.


Staff and students from the School District of Washington, along with volunteers from St. Peters United Church of Christ in Washington, pose with their food collection for the Festival of Trees.

                                                          (Washington Missourian Photo.)

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12/20/16

Paige Nye and Parker Nye both were recognized as the Washington Rotary Club Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month.

The Nye twins are seniors at Washington High School and part of the Four Rivers Career Center’s CAPS Business class.

Paige and Parker Nye both hold a 4.0 grade-point average at Washington High School and are involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership, Renaissance, Young Life and soccer.

Paige and Parker both plan on attending Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Both are going into Pre-Business. Paige plans to major in International Business/Marketing. Parker wants to pursue Marketing with an emphasis in Fashion.

Paige and Parker Nye were presented their student of the month plaques by Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photo below.


Parker Nye, left, and Paige Nye, right, receive their Rotary student of the month plaque from Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President.

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12/16/16

On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The December 2016 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Jocelyn Schluss, Mike Jinkerson and Beth Beerman.

Schluss is the principal at Marthasville Elementary. Jinkerson is a sixth-grade teacher at Labadie Elementary. Beerman is the kitchen manager at Washington High School.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Jocelyn Schluss

Jocelyn Schluss is a graduate of Montgomery County High School and William Woods University (Bachelors and Masters). She currently is working on her PhD in Reading at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This is her third year as the principal of Marthasville Elementary and her 17th year in education. She previously was the principal at Owensville Elementary and a teacher at Hermann Elementary and Daniel Boone Elementary in Warrenton.

 

* Describe yourself as a person and a principal

“I try to be a caring person. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt and try to understand where they’re coming from before I make decisions and enforce rules.”

 

* Best part about your job?

“Definitely working with the kids. We have a lot of great kids and a great staff. Our staff is fun to work with and I love their dedication. I admire how much they care about their students. The kids are definitely the reason I continue to come back every day.”

 

* What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Marthasville Elementary?

“Even though we’re small and rural, we do have diversity in terms of what our kids are interested in and things they’re involved in outside of school. I’m always amazed at experiences they get outside of school and things their parents have them involved in and are taking them to do.”

 

* Hobbies

“I don’t have a lot of time for my hobbies. I just get to enjoy my children’s hobbies. We do a lot of soccer, camping and horseback riding. Camping is one of my hobbies. That’s something we enjoy as a family.”

 

* What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

“Is it really 4:07?”

 

* What cheers you up?

“Going home to my kids. We have four kids, three girls and a boy, ranging from six months to 12 years old.”

 

* Do you want to live to be 100 years old?

“Absolutely.”

 

* What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“I wanted to be a teacher. I had awesome teachers. I went to a really small elementary school. We lived two houses down from the elementary school. I just felt like that was my home. We played on the playground. I got to walk to school. I could see our home from school.”

 

* If you could trade places with anyone for a week, who would it be?

“I should have a more profound answer, but I joke all the time that I would just like to be the dad for a few days. I think the dad has it a whole lot easier than the mom. I tell my husband all the time that I want to trade places with him for just a week.”

 

* How long could you go without having your cell phone?

“When we’re camping, I go two or three days without it because we don’t have service. Under normal conditions, an hour would be hard without it.”

 

* What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“I love August. I love how excited all the kids are with their new supplies and their new shiny shoes. Everyone is happy. The teachers are excited. They’ve put so much effort into their classrooms and getting everything ready. It’s just a happy time.”


Jocelyn Schluss


Jocelyn Schluss with Marthasville Elementary students.

 

Mike Jinkerson

Mike Jinkerson was a student in the School District of Washington growing up. He attended South Point Elementary in first and second grade, Fifth Street Elementary in third and fourth grade, and Locust Street in fifth and sixth grade. He’s a 1981 graduate of Washington High School. He went to college at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield (now Missouri State) and received his teaching certificate at Central Methodist University. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1982-88. This is Jinkerson’s 13th year in the School District of Washington. He spent his first year as a speech teacher at the high school and middle school before going to Labadie, where he now teachers science and social students to students in grades 4-6.

 

* Describe yourself as a person and a teacher

“I would describe myself as a jack of many trades and a master of none. I think I have a good sense of humor. I like to make teaching fun. I think I’m understanding and compassionate. I enjoy learning, so I enjoy teaching.”

 

* Best part about your job?

“The classroom time working with the kids. Helping them learn and seeing them get excited about what they’ve learned. The best part is being in the classroom on a daily basis.”

 

* What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Labadie Elementary?

“It’s definitely a community school. There’s very strong parental support. They are very involved in their child’s education, which makes our job a whole lot easier. Having smaller class sizes really allows us to develop a good one-to-one relationship with the students. It’s kind of like a family. The parents are there to help out and are very supportive of us, which really helps in the children’s education.”

 

* Hobbies

“I like to fish, travel, read. We have a boat, so we like to be on the water.”

 

* What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

“I’m tired, because I woke up at midnight and didn’t go back to sleep until 3.”

 

* What cheers you up?

“Going home to see my family and spending time with them.”

(Mike’s wife, Cathy Jinkerson, is a business teacher at Washington High School. They have two children, Abbey, 16, and Ben, 24).

 

* Do you want to live to be 100 years old?

“Yes, and I think I will.”

 

* What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. I’ve always been fascinated with space and rockets. When I got a little older, I thought it would be cool to be a musician in a rock band. My idol was Kiss at the time. We see how those worked out.”

 

* If you could trade places with anyone for a week, who would it be?

“I’d like to trade places with a professional football player. I played football in high school for Coach (Jim) Scanlan, (Ray) Eickmeyer and (Jim) Gephardt, but I wasn’t that good.”

 

* How long could you go without having your cell phone?

“I could probably go a day, but it would be tough.”

 

* What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“The first part of the school year in the fall. No. 1, I like the fall weather the best. You can go outside and do things with the kids. It’s always fun getting to know the new kids and getting a new class. It’s an enjoyable time.”


Mike Jinkerson with his students at Labadie Elementary.

 

Beth Beerman

Beth Beerman is a graduate of Affton High School. This is her 13th year in the School District of Washington. She started here as a cook at the high school and then the middle school. She also has worked as the kitchen manager at Fifth Street Elementary and Marthasville Elementary and is now the kitchen manager at Washington High School.

 

* Describe yourself as a person and a manager.

“I’m an easy-going person and I’d like to believe I’m an easy-going manager, but you’d have to ask the ladies.”

 

* Describe your job duties

“I make sure everyone is doing their job. I take care of the money with the deposits. I make the schedules for the ladies. I don’t make the menu, that’s Jill Poepsel, but I order all of the food that we need for it. I make production sheets daily on how much food we need to make.”

 

* Best part about your job?

“I enjoy working with all of the ladies here. They’re a great bunch of gals. The kids are really great, too. We have good kids here. They are very polite and respectful.”

 

* What would you like other staff members and parents to know about working in the kitchen in the School District of Washington?

“It’s hard work. We’re on our feet all day. It’s fast paced. It’s important to know that we have a lot of healthy options. Everything has to be done according to the government guidelines. It’s a lot of food if the kids take what’s on the program. It’s good food. All of us in the kitchen eat it for our lunch.”

 

* Hobbies

“Cake decorating. That’s what I used to do before I came here. I worked in a bakery in St. Louis. I also enjoy biking.”

 

* What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

“It’s Friday!”

 

* What cheers you up?

“My kids. I have three boys ages 27, 25 and 20.”

 

* Do you want to live to be 100 years old?

“If it means I’ll get to see grandkids, yes.”

 

* What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“A forest ranger or a chef.”

 

* If you could trade places with anyone for a week, who would it be?

“That’s a tough one. I guess it would be Colette Peters. She’s a world class cake decorator. I would love to learn some of her skills.”

 

* How long could you go without having your cell phone?

“Forever. It’s not a part of me. I have one, but it’s not a big deal.”

 

* What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“I like this time of the year during the holidays. Everyone seems to be in a good mood. Or the end of the school year. Everyone is really happy then.”


Beth Beerman, middle in green top, with her kitchen staff at Washington High School.

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