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FRCC News

4/25/17

Work on building a new pavilion at Clearview Elementary School is under way.

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

It will be a 20x40 pavilion located next to the playground at Clearview, similar to the one currently at Campbellton Elementary.

Funds for the project are from the PTSO dinner auction at Clearview Elementary.

The goal is to have the concrete poured by the end of the 2016-17 school year and the entire project completed sometime during the fall of the 2017-18 school year.

Photos of York and Building Construction Trades students during the early stages of the project are below.







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4/23/17

Nominates are being accepted for the WINGS Educational Foundation Class of 2017 Hall of Honor for the School District of Washington.

The WINGS Hall of Honor was formed to recognize alumni, community contributors and educators who have shown exceptional personal, community or professional achievement.

*Alumni: Persons who attended the School District of Washington and have shown exceptional personal, community and/or professional achievements.

*Community Contributor: Persons whose efforts have made significant contributions to the School District of Washington.

* Educator: Teachers or administrators who were outstanding educational leaders in the School District of Washington. Five years must have passed since full-time employment or affiliation with the School District.

Click on the attached link below for the Hall of Honor nomination form.

Submit nominations to WINGS Foundation, P.O. Box 203, Washington, MO 63090.

The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2017. The Hall of Honor ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 30, 2017.

For more information, contact Brad Mitchell at 636-221-3674 or Cindy Lohmeyer 636-221-2248.

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4/21/17

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 April 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Bridget Phelps, Tracy Helm and Anthony James.

Phelps is a second-grade teacher at Clearview Elementary. Helm is a school counselor at Washington Middle School. James is a service worker for the School District of Washington.

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

 

Tracy Helm

Tracy Helm, school counselor at Washington Middle School, is wrapping up her fifth year with the School District of Washington. She’s been in the counseling field for over 20 years, previously working at Lindbergh High School, Jefferson College, Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State), East Central College and Washington University in St. Louis. She owns a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) and a Master’s degree in counseling at Missouri State. Helm was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, and has dual citizenship between Canada and the United States.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I am kind and generous. I have a lot of empathy toward people. And I think that carries over into what I do in the counseling field.”

 

*Describe your job duties

“I work in a school setting primarily with students. We work on their academic or their social and emotional needs. That can be anything from scheduling of classes to academic concerns, all the way into peer friendships, difficulties at home, and just really looking at the student as a whole person.”


*Best part about your job?

“There’s something new every day and being able to see the kids improve and mature during their time at the middle school.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Washington Middle School?

“Well I feel that the middle school is the best building in the district. It’s a unique time for our students. They are transitioning from being children into preparing them to being young adults. It can be seen as a difficult time. I love to work with kids in this age because you really do see them mature.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I am a mother of three kids - one boy (Grayson, 15) and two girls (Gabbie, 13, and Izzy, 10) and they’re all very active. So a lot of my time is focused on getting them where they need to go.”

 

*Do you believe in ghosts?

“I’m a little scared to answer that.”

 

*Would you rather be rich or healthy?

“Healthy.”

 

*Favorite music to listen to? Favorite artist?

“Pop music. I listen to whatever the kids have on the radio. I will admit that I like it. I like Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and all of those pop artists. Those aren’t my son’s choices of music.”

 

I*f you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

“To see the first woman cast their ballot in an election.”

 

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

“I wanted to be a teacher.”

 

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

“Someone in a classroom at the Early Learning Center with the youngest kiddos.”

 

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

“The beginning. Everyone is rested from the summer. It’s exciting for the kids - new school supplies, new teachers. There’s a lot of hope.”

 

*How would you describe Washington, Mo., to someone who’s never been here?

“Washington today is so different than when I moved here 12 years ago. It’s really grown. The diversity is growing, which I really love. It has everything you need. It’s a very caring community. People really seem to ban together to help each other.”

 

*Who’s someone that you admire?

“My mom because she shows that you can be quietly strong.”

 

*Plans for the summer?

“Traveling back to Canada and also to the beach.”


Tracy Helm

 

 

Anthony James

Anthony “AJ” James, school based social service worker for the School District of Washington, has been with the district for three years. He previously worked for the Missouri Department of Social Services in the children’s division for seven years. AJ hails from Blue Eye, a small town south of Branson, and is a graduate of Blue Eye High School, which had 40 students in his graduating class. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in criminology from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) and currently is working on his Master’s degree in counseling from Missouri Baptist University, which he will complete in June.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“Hard working, energetic and a good listener. I handle my job duties by responding to wherever I’m needed and try to deal with whatever crisis is going on with as little stress as possible. If I go in stressed, it just amps the situation up even more.”

 

*Describe your job duties

“Part of my job duties are overseeing the ‘Fighting Hunger, Fueling Minds food program. I help get clothes to kids who need clothes. Recently I was able to work with other agencies to purchase beds for children who were in need. Just anything the kids might be in need of, I work with other agencies to obtain them.”


*Best part about your job?

“Working with the kids. I get to meet and interact with a lot of different kids in a lot of different situations.”

 

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working in the social services field for the school district?

“There seems to be people who do not know that I am here or what I do. I enjoy working for the school district. The first year was tough because there were families who thought I still worked for the children’s division and not the school district. I had to build those relationships and show them what I was here for.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I like to play basketball, water ski and hang out with my family.”

 

*Do you believe in ghosts?

“Yes I do.”

 

*Would you rather be rich or healthy?

“That’s a tough one. I’m going to go with healthy.”

 

*Favorite music to listen to? Favorite artist?

“Recently I’ve been listening to the radio station 96.3. It’s kind of today’s music. It’s what the kids listen to. I like to stay current. I like a lot of different artists.”

 

*If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

“I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan, so I’d like to see the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.”

 

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

“I wanted to work for the FBI. That’s where my degree in criminology came from.”

 

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

“Dr. (Lori) VanLeer. I’d like to see what goes on at the district office and walk in her shoes.”

 

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

“October and November is a time where the kids really dive in and are engaged in what they are doing.”

 

*How would you describe Washington, Mo. to someone who’s never been here?

“I’ve been in the area for 10 years. It’s a really tight-knit community.”

 

*Who’s someone that you admire?

“My grandma. She’s one of the hardest workers I’ve known. She worked in public education for 43 years as a reading specialist. She taught a lot of kids how to read.”

 

*Plans for the summer?

“I’m going to finish my Master’s degree and spend time with my family at the lake. My parents live about a mile from Table Rock Lake.”


Anthony James

 

Bridget Phelps

Bridget (Brune) Phelps, a second-grade teacher at Clearview Elementary School, is a 2006 graduate of Washington High School. She attended the School District of Washington as a student all the way through K-12, including K-6 at Campbellton Elementary. Phelps owns a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Central Methodist University. This is her fourth year as a teacher with the SDOW. Her first year was as a first-grade teacher at Clearview, then she spent two years at South Point Elementary as a kindergarten teacher before going back to Clearview as a second-grade teacher this school year. Bridget and her husband, Calab, have a 13-month old son, Wyatt.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?

“I’m very energetic and outgoing. I try to get my kids excited in the morning about the day. I try to make sure everyone is involved. I’m not a paper-pencil teacher. I like to have them up and going throughout the day, otherwise it makes for a long day. The kids get a lot of choices – they get to choose where they sit. They get to choose where they want to go for station time. I feel like giving them the choice for some things, when it’s time for things they have to do, they’re more willing to do it.”

 

*Describe your job duties

“I teach 7- and 8-year olds.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“The kids and seeing their excitement, whether it’s getting something right or just coming in for the day.”

 

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

“It’s a very homey school. It’s very well connected. Everybody works with everybody. It might seem like a bigger school from the outside, but when you come in, it doesn’t feel like that. Everybody knows everybody. All of the kids know each other. They all play with each other. They all live by each other. The families all know each other. I went to Campbellton Elementary as a student and I feel like this is Campbellton, only a little bigger. You have the same country feel, only more kids.”

 

*Hobbies?

“Hunting and fishing. We’re an outdoors family. My parents had three girls and no boys. My dad is huge on the outdoors, so he made sure his girls were too.”

 

*Do you believe in ghosts?

“No.”

 

*Would you rather be rich or healthy?

“Healthy.”

 

*Favorite music to listen to? Favorite artist?

“Country. I don’t really have a favorite artist.”

 

*If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be?

“I would love to have witnessed the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. That would be really cool.”

 

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

“A nurse when I was younger and then I grew into wanting to be a teacher. My mom is a nurse, so I just wanted to do what she was doing. I finally realized that I don’t like blood, so that probably wasn’t the best field to go in to.”

 

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

“Dr. (Dawn) Hellebusch at the Early Learning Center. I would like to see how they do things with the younger children, especially having one of my own in that age group.”

 

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

“Later in the fall before winter. The kids know what’s going on, so they’re not new, but they’re not tired of school yet, either. They’re very excited about everything, and that’s every grade level.”

 

*How would you describe Washington, Mo. to someone who’s never been here?

“Washington is such a good town. We welcome everybody. We all stick together. Even though we have our rivalry with Borgia, look what’s happening now with a girl from Borgia who has cancer and everybody is rallying around her. A couple of years ago when the big storm blew through at the fair and messed up a ton of things, there were so many people out there the next morning helping to put things back together. They didn’t call anybody, people just showed up to help. That just shows what Washington is like. We put everything aside to help somebody else.”

 

*Who’s someone that you admire?

“My parents, Paul and Gretchen. They’re both hard-working and are all about family. They would do anything for anybody.”

 

*Plans for the summer?

“Hanging out with Wyatt. I’m a nanny for a family, and Wyatt will be with me.”


Bridget Phelps with her second-grade students at Clearview Elementary.

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4/18/17

Students from the Four Rivers Career Center recently participated in the Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills State Competition.

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.

The state competition was held April 6-8 at the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn.

Some gold medalists earn the right to move on to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kent.,  June 19-24.

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

Morning Students

Graphic Communications: Celesse Smedley (New Haven) – Gold in Promotional Bulletin Board

Graphic Communications: Maranda Heggemann (Washington) – Gold in Promotional Bulletin Board

Graphic Communications: Loraine O’Brien (Washington) – Gold in Promotional Bulletin Board

Graphic Communications: Loraine O’Brien (Washington) – Gold in Advertising Design

Machine Tool: Conrad Hintz (Washington) – Gold in Automated Manufacturing Technical Information

Automotive Technology: Jordan Duke (Washington) – Silver in Motorcycle Service Technical Information

Automotive Technology: Trevor Seals (Washington) – Bronze in Diesel Equipment Technology

Welding: Christian Feeney (East Central College) – Bronze in Welding

 

Afternoon Students

Information Technology: Curtis Brinker (Washington) – Gold in Computer Networking Technical Information

Information Technology: Matthew Dew  (Washington) – Silver in Computer Networking Technical Information

Information Technology: Liam Forbes (Washington) – Bronze in Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue

Automotive Technology: Tyler Moore (Washington) – Gold in Motorcycle Service Technical Information

Automotive Technology: Tyler Moore (Washington) – Gold in Motorcycle Service

Building Construction: Zach Jasper (Washington) – Gold in Carpentry

Graphic Communications: Josh Bond (Washington) – Silver in Pin Design

Graphic Communications: Mason Parker (Sullivan) – Bronze in Pin Design

Machine Tool: Ryan Schwoeppe (Washington) – Silver in CNC Turning Specialist

Machine Tool: Cole Hanneken (Borgia) – Silver in Automated Manufacturing Technical Information

Machine Tool: Adam McGlenn (Washington) – Bronze in Automated Manufacturing Technical Information

Machine Tool: Alec Holtmeyer (Washington) – Bronze in Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue.


Morning State Medalists

Pictured are FRCC morning students who earned SkillsUSA state medals. Seated, from left, are Celesse Smedley, Maranda Heggemann and Loraine O’Brien. Standing, from left, are Christian Feeney, Conrad Hintz, Trevor Seals and Jordan Duke.

Washington Missourian Photo.                                                           

 


Afternoon State Medalists

Pictured are FRCC afternoon students who earned SkillsUSA state medals. Seated, from left, are Adam McGlenn, Cole Hanneken, Ryan Schwoeppe, Alec Holtmeyer and Liam Forbes. Standing, from left, are Josh Bond, Mason Parker, Zach Jasper, Tyler Moore, Curtis Brinker and Matthew Dew.  

Washington Missourian Photo.

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