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FRCC News

3/20/17

The School District of Washington will be out of session Monday-Friday, March 20-24, for Spring Break.

Students return to school on Monday, March 27.

Click on the attached link below for the 2016-17 SDOW academic calendar.

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3/17/17

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 March 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Jennifer Maune, Chris Redd and Pat Moore.

Maune is a third-grade teacher at Augusta Elementary. Redd is the Practical Nursing Coordinator at Four Rivers Career Center and Health Services Administrator for the SDOW. Moore is an Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Support Services.

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

 

Chris Redd

Chris Redd, Practical Nursing Coordinator and Health Services Administrator, is a graduate of Washington High School. She attended Lutheran School of Nursing in St. Louis and holds a Masters Degree in Nursing Education from Western Governors University. This is her 16th year with the School District of Washington. She’s been a nurse for 25 years.

 

*Describe your job duties

“I run the nursing program, so I’m in charge of day-to-day student life with them. I teach in the classroom. I do clinical with my students. I recruit and bring in new students. I test for students. On the health services side, I’m in charge of the 10 district nurses that we have. I schedule them. I do the day-to-day calls and evaluations, covering for their shifts and everything else involving them. So I kind of wear two hats.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“The teaching part. When I was a kid, I wanted to be either a teacher or a nurse. I went to nursing school. So now I get to teach nurses, which is the best part. I enjoy going out in the community and see my former students be nurses.”

 

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

“Very detail-oriented, very organized, which I think is something all nurses have to be. I try to show that so my students see that. Once you get into nursing, if you’re not organized, it’s not going to work.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about the Four Rivers Career Center?

“It’s a whole different animal because we’re working with people who were teachers second, and worked in the industry first. It’s like working in an auto shop with some welders and carpenters running around. It’s not like a regular classroom or a regular school setting. We don’t have a lunch room. We have a bunch of talented people doing their thing. I can look out my window and see a forklift driving by dodging cars in the parking lot. You just never know what you’re going to see around here.”

 

*Why should students who are thinking about the Four Rivers Career Center give it a chance?

“It’s not your normal school environment. A lot of kids and adults aren’t cut out to go to a four-year college, so we give people an opportunity to get a good job and a good career after school. They can leave here and get a good job without that college setting.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I have two teenage kids, so I spend a lot of my time running them around. I used to play tennis a lot and I’d like to do that again eventually.”

 

*Do you have any long-range career goals?

“I will always be a teacher. When I retire, I still would like to stay in nursing - maybe work at the hospital for a couple of hours or be a substitute for the school nurses. I’d like to use my nursing license to go on one of those Honduras trips, and help the people there. That would be an incredible experience.”

 

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

“We are all year long, so it would probably be that June and July time, when my students are starting to look for jobs and getting ready to take boards, and they’re getting ready to graduate. It’s a time where they’re stress is lifting a little. So probably those last couple of months of school for my students.”

 

*How long could you go without Internet access?

“Five minutes. When the computers go down here, I freak out. Personally or professionally, not long.”

 

*If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell her?

“Don’t ever get a credit card. Study a little harder in school so there are more scholarship opportunities. Pay attention to what is going on around you.”

 

*What was your first job?

“I worked at Happy Apple putting lids on the four packs.”

 

*Mountain Hideaway or Beach House?

“I used to live in Colorado. How about a mountain hideaway during the summer and a beach house during the winter?”

 

*Scary Movie or Comedy?

“Definitely a comedy. I can’t watch scary movies.”

 

*Favorite holiday?

“Thanksgiving because I like to cook and eat.”


Chris Redd

 

Pat Moore

Pat Moore, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Support Services, is in her 17th and final year at the School District of Washington. She will retire at the end of July. Moore is a graduate of Montgomery County High School and earned a Secretarial Degree from Sanford-Brown College.

 

*Describe your job duties

“Supporting Dr. (Rachael) Franssen. (Assistant Superintendent). I schedule interviews, work on background checks, I’m in charge of required training. I help with Challenge, Section 504. I work on a number of different things.

 

*Best part about your job?

“I really like what I do. It was a hard decision to decide to retire. The best part is working with Rachael and helping her with different situations that come up. That’s what I like doing the best. I really like working with people and solving problems.”

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I’m a hard worker who is very organized. I like to stay very busy. I think I’m kind and generous and I really like helping people.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the District Office at Locust Street?

“I work with a great group of people. We have really important things that we handle here.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I have a lot of hobbies. They’re all old, grandma kind of things. I am a basket weaver. I teach basket weaving classes, and I also quilt.”

 

*What are you most looking forward to about retirement?

“Having more time and being able to do my basket weaving teaching classes. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my grand-kids. I have five grand-kids.”

 

What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“Once we get past the beginning of the school year and everything is rolling like a well-oiled machine. I also like this time of the year, in the spring, when we start hiring. A lot of times when you give people a job, it’s a life-changing thing for them in a good way.”

 

*How long could you go without Internet access?

“I don’t have Internet at home, but I have it at work. Maybe half a day at work until I would really need it.”

 

*If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell her?

“To think harder about going to college and becoming a teacher. I like being a secretary, but I should have been a teacher. That’s why I teach basket weaving.”

 

*What was your first job?

“I was a back-up cook at Nickerson Farms in High Hill, Missouri, close to wear I grew up in Bellflower. It’s about 15 miles north of Warrenton in Montgomery County. I grew up on a farm. My parents raised 10 kids (9 of them girls) on 200 acres. We were farm girls. My dad worked us like boys. We had to put up hay and do that kind of stuff. I still complain about that.”

 

*Mountain Hideaway or Beach House?

“Beach house. I love walking on the beach at night.”

 

*Scary Movie or Comedy?

“Comedy, but I’d rather watch a love story. I never watch scary movies.”

 

*Favorite holiday?

“Thanksgiving because I get to together with my family and visit without all of the hoopla.”

 

*How would you sum up your career with the School District of Washington?

“It’s been great. This is the best job I’ve ever had. I feel very fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to work at Locust Street with the administrators. It’s been a wonderful 17 years. I really thought long and hard before I decided to retire. It was hard to make the decision to leave. I’m not leaving because I don’t like my job. I really love my job.”


Pat Moore

 

 

 

Jennifer Maune

Jennifer Maune, third-grade teacher at Augusta Elementary, is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School. She attended the University of Missouri and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Methodist. From William Woods University, she holds a Master’s degree in Administration, a Specialist degree and is two classes away from a Doctorate. This is Maune’s fourth year with the SDOW, all at Augusta Elementary. She also taught elementary at the Union and Francis Howell school districts. She’s been in education for 13 years. She worked at Boeing for three years before going into teaching.

 

*Best part about your job?

“I get to make an impact with my students every day in different way. Trying to see what they need from me to be successful on that day is the best part.”

 

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

“I would consider myself very multi-task oriented, high energy, friendly and passionate about my job and about what I do. I love education. I love teaching. I love being a mom (four children ages 4,6,8 and 10- two boys and two girls).”

 

 

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

“We’re a school of about 150 students. Every staff member knows every child’s name, and we know a little bit about them because we focus on building relationships. We are a small, rural, country school where we focus on doing things the right way and we focus on perseverance so the students are able to have that sense of success.”

 

*Do you have any long-range career goals?

“I really enjoy teaching, which I feel will make me an effective principal. I love making an impact with the students. Long-term goals are to be a principal within the district and eventually assistant superintendent sometime within my career. I would love to focus on curriculum instruction because I feel that’s what makes the biggest impact regarding students and staff. My philosophy is doing what makes sense for students and staff. If we’re all on the same page, then we’re always doing what’s best for the students.”

 

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

“Right about now because we have spring training starting. Some of my favorite sports are starting up. The kids have been hunkered in the classroom for the past couple of months, so now they’re starting to go outside again. They’re starting to transform into students for their next grade level. It’s neat to see them make that transition into future fourth-graders. It’s awesome to see them have that level of independence, ownership and confidence.”

 

*Hobbies?

“Being with my family. I take my kids on field trips almost every day during the summer. I love being outside. I play competitive softball.”

 

*How long could you go without Internet access?

“I was one of the last people to make the transition to the iPhone. I was a flip phone girl. I didn’t think I needed it. I’m more of a people and relationships person. But I’m now on Twitter and Facebook and learning that. I teach with technology, and I can’t go back. So I need Internet in my classroom.”

 

*If you could sit down with your 15-year old self, what would you tell her?

“You have a great life ahead of you. Things do happen for a reason, even though I might be wondering now why I went to Mizzou and majored in business when I ended up not staying at Boeing. But I kind of operate my classroom from a business perspective. I have that real world connection that I bring to the classroom, and for that, I’ll forever be grateful.”

 

*What was your first job?

“I was a golf caddy at Boone Valley in Augusta. I was the first female to get the Evans Scholarship (given to golf caddys) in the state of Missouri. It was a full ride to Mizzou for a golf caddy. I was the first female at Mizzou to get it, so they didn’t know what to do with me because there were 40 guys and one female. So they put me up in a dorm the first semester, and then I told them that I need to be with the rest of the group, so I moved in with the boys. It was wonderful. I wouldn’t change a thing. I would recommend being a golf caddy to everyone. It’s good exercise and a great networking opportunity. The people you meet are amazing.”

 

*Mountain Hideaway or Beach House?

“Mountain hideaway.”

 

*Scary Movie or Comedy?

“Comedy. I hate scary movies.”

 

*Favorite holiday?

“Thanksgiving because we go to my Aunt Darla’s and we shoot clay birds, we have a hay ride, a giant bonfire, play poker, have a big meal, and we’re just all together. My second favorite holiday is Christmas  because of the break and the time I get to spend with my family. But I’m not a fan of snow and ice.”


Jennifer Maune


Jennifer Maune with her third-grade students at Augusta Elementary.

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3/16/17

Four Rivers Career Center students recently completed a year-long project that will help local authorities and possibly save lives.

A number of students helped make a rollover simulator, which was formally given to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, March 14, at Straatmann Toyota in Washington.

Straatmann Toyota helped fund the project, along with Jim Brinker Recycling and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Representatives of all three business were on hand for the presentation, along with some of the FRCC students who worked on the project and several officers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, including Sheriff Steve Pelton. A group photo is below, along with a video of the rollover simulator. Click here for the video.

FRCC students on hand for the event were Nick Ennis, Andrew Rosenberg, Raven Ritrovato and John Fleer.

The rollover simulator is a truck cab that spins on its own axis at 35 MPH to simulate a rollover crash. Cloth dummies are placed inside the simulator and are used to illustrate the effects of a rollover crash on unrestrained occupants.

“It was a collaborative effort between a lot of different students and programs here,” said Collision Repair Instructor Robert Schulze. “We started working on it last October and into November and had it almost completed by the end of the school year. We finished it up this year, so the entire project took about a year to complete. The students did an excellent job.”

Working on the project were FRCC students from the machine tool, welding, automotive technology, automotive collision repair and graphic communications programs.

Photos and a video of the rollover simulator are below.


Pictured with the rollover simulator are some of the FRCC students who worked on the project, along with representatives from Straatmann Toyota, Jim Brinker Recycling, the Missouri Department of Transportation, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.



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3/14/17

WINGS is celebrating “25 Years Investing in Kids” this school year. Help them celebrate their 25th Anniversary on April 12, the day WINGS was established, by honoring a School District of Washington staff member.

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, April 12.

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 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: Wednesday, March 29.

Deliveries will be on April 12.

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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