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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




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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




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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




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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




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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




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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




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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




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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




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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




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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




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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.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/7/18




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




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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




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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




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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




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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




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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




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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.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/17/18




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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




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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




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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.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/10/18




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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




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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




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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




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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.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/3/18




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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




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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




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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.

Dismissal times on Thursday, Dec. 21, are:

Elementary schools at 11:50 a.m.;

Washington High School at noon; and

Washington Middle School at 12:25 p.m.

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: 12/20/17




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The Washington CAPS Global Business and Entrepreneurship classes visited Neighborhood Reads, 401 Lafayette Street in Washington, on Thursday, Dec. 14.

The students took a tour of the bookstore. Owner Dawn Kitchell spoke to the class about starting a business, her vision for the business and her marketing plan.

The CAPS Global Business and Entrepreneurship class introduces students to the knowledge, attributes and skills entrepreneurs need to create and launch their own business concepts.

Students are taught the foundations of business needed to start companies while developing skills and talents necessary to invent their own careers.      

Photos from the CAPS Global Business and Entrepreneurship class at Neighborhood Reads are below.








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/15/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Dec. 13, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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.

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: 12/13/17




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Students in the Automotive Technology’s “Night Shift” class at Four Rivers Career Center took an industry tour to G.H. Tool & Mold on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Approximately 20 students, along with Auto Tech and Night Shift instructor Dan Brinkmann, went on the tour.

G.H. Tool and Mold, founded over 30 years ago, serves the die cast, aerospace, and general machining industries, and excels in 5 axis and high speed machining.

The students received a tour at both of G.H. Tool and Molds buildings; the corporate headquarters at 28 Chamber Drive and Plant 2 at 423 W-W Industrial Park Drive. They received an entailed description of the everyday happenings and various projects taking place at both sights.

The “Night Shift” class deals with anything to do with motors, particularly transportation – cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, boats, golf carts or whatever the case may be.

Students 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.

There are approximately 23 students currently in the “Night Shift” class.

Photos from the Automotive Technology’s “Night Shift” tour at G.H. Tool & Mold are below.




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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/11/17




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The Automotive Technology program at Four Rivers Career Center received a grant from NAPA Auto Parts in Washington.

Jim Buchanan of NAPA presented the check to the Auto Tech students and instructor Dan Brinkmann on Thursday, Dec. 7.

The grant will be used for additional resources in the Automotive Technology program.

See the photo of the check presentation below.


The Automotive Technology program at Four Rivers Career Center received a grant from NAPA Auto Parts in Washington. Jim Buchanan of NAPA, front row center holding the check, made the presentation. From left are Auto Tech students Allen Shepard and Autumn Potter, Buchanan, and Auto Tech student Alexis Musket. Back row, from left, are Auto Tech students Andrew Rohlfing, Alex Benne, Mike Wies and Trevor Seals and Auto Tech instructor Dan Brinkmann.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/10/17




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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.

Groups may visit during the week by calling ahead and making an appointment at 636-239-6176.

The Festival of Trees will be open for the public to view every weekend in December through Christmas.

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 School District of Washington in the Festival of Trees are 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.

Washington High School has been the winner for six consecutive years.

Concert events at St. Peter's are;

December 4 at 3 p.m. – Civic Chorus Concert

December 11 at 7 p.m. –Student Musical

December 18 from 2-6 p.m. – Festival Concert Featuring Bells and Church Choirs Recitals.

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ is located at the corner of Fifth and Market Streets in Washington. The address is 20 East 5th Street, Washington, MO 63090.

Come see the Festival of Trees and support local food pantries.

See the photos below of the School District of Washington’s trees.


WINGS Foundation


Four Rivers Career Center


Marthasville Elementary


South Point Elementary First and Second Grade


Washington West Elementary Third Grade


Washington Middle School


Washington Middle School Future Farmers of America


Washington High School


Washington High School National Honor Society


Washington High School Cheerleaders


Washington High School Boys Soccer

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/8/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, December 6, 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: 12/6/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, November 29, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/29/17




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The CAPS Teaching Careers program at Four Rivers Career Center held a Shadow Day on Tuesday, Nov. 21, to raise awareness of CTE (Career and Technical Education) and specifically its program in education.

The Teaching Careers program, instructed by Jenny Meers, is a one-year program designed to provide students with authentic teaching experiences while partnering with local schools to complete observation hours and assignments related to course work. The program is open to high school seniors.  

All sending schools underclassmen at the Career Center were invited to participate in the Shadow Day. A total of 37 students participated.

The event was held in the Confluence room at the Career Center.

Throughout the day, the shadow students participated in building tours, ice breakers and collaboration exercises.

They also listed to presentations and slideshows on the Teaching Careers program, had a question and answer session with current cadets in the program, and had the opportunity to discuss current issues in education.

Photos from the Teaching Careers’ Shadow Day at the Four Rivers Career Center are below.


 












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/27/17




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Conlan Jarvis, Kailey Robinson and Olivia Robinson recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s students of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

Jarvis, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Business program at FRCC. He’s also a member of Rotary Interact, Junior Optimist and the National Honor Society. He holds a 4.0 grade-point average.

Jarvis is a three-sport athlete as a member of the WHS soccer, basketball and baseball teams.  

Jarvis plans on attending college, but hasn’t decided where. He’s the son of Craig and Tiffany Jarvis.

Kailey Robinson, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Business program at FRCC. She’s also a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership and Junior Optimist. She’s a Four Rivers Career Center Student Ambassador, the WHS senior class secretary, the captain of the Washington Police Explorers, and is a 10-year member of the Go Hog Wild 4H Club.

Kailey is a three-sport athlete as a member of the WHS cross country, basketball and track teams. She holds a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average. Kailey plans to attend Missouri State University and major in either criminology or agriculture. She’s the daughter of Andy and Shannon Robinson.

Olivia Robinson, a senior at WHS, is in the CAPS Business program at FRCC. She’s also a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta and is President of the Junior Optimist Club. She’s a Four Rivers Career Center Student Ambassador, the Editor-in-Chief of the Advocate (WHS student newspaper), and is a 10-year member of the Go Hog Wild 4H Club.

Olivia is a three-sport athlete as a member of the WHS cross country, basketball and track teams. She holds a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average. Olivia plans to major in journalism in college. She hasn’t decided where she will go. She’s the daughter of Andy and Shannon Robinson.

Jarvis, Kailey Robinson and Olivia Robinson were presented their student of the month plaques by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photos below.


Conlan Jarvis is awarded his Rotary Student of the Month plaque by Rotary President Nicole Coleman.


Kailey Robinson is awarded her Rotary Student of the Month plaque by Rotary President Nicole Coleman.


Olivia Robinson is awarded her Rotary Student of the Month plaque by Rotary President Nicole Coleman.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/21/17




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Four Rivers Career Center held a Student Professional Development Day on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Community business leaders and education professionals from the School District of Washington, St. Francis Borgia and East Central College gave presentations to the students covering a wide range of topics to help them prepare for their future.

Students were given a list of the presentations available and picked their top three choices to attend.

The 90-minute event for both the morning and afternoon students were broken down into three 30-minute sessions.

The presenters on hand and their presentations are as follows:

*Interviewing Skills – Laura Hengstenberg from Crawford Electric

*Keeping a Job and Moving Up – James Simmons from MERS Goodwill

*Keeping a Job and Moving Up – Julie Scannell from GH Tool

*Resume Writing Tips – Crawford Electric

*Maintaining Work Relationships – Dr. Rachael Franssen and Lindsey Jasper from the School District of Washington

*Military Life – Washington High School ROTC instructor Tim Gates

*Scholarships – St. Francis Borgia High School Counselor John Clark

*FAFSA Information – Nathaniel Mitchell and Lorrie Baird from East Central College

*Transferring College Credits – Russ Henderson and Stephani McCrary from East Central College

*Human Resources Panel – Mallory Williams from Manpower, Mark Maloney from Fricks and Dawn Williams from Arconic

*Human Resources Panel – Gretchen Homeyer from Homeyer Tool, Martina Eckstein from Fricks and Dr. Rachael Franssen from the School District of Washington.

Photos from the Four Rivers Career Center’s Student Professional Development Day are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/20/17




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The Four Rivers Career Center handed out its Fall 2017 Director’s Award, given to students twice per school year at the end of each semester.

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 lunch 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 fall semester of the 2017-18 school year are:

Morning: Bryce Downey (Information Technology), Stormy Darby (Building Trades), Mikayla Reed (Teaching Careers), Abby Wilson (Building Trades), Deane Singleton-McDade (Collision Repair), Chris Nowak (Automotive Technology), Ben Meyer (Machine Tool), Lily Seago (Welding), Austin Ouellette (Information Technology), Alexis Musket (Automotive Technology), Kailey Robinson (CAPS Business), Lydia Juengling (Graphic Communications), Calista LeBrell (Health Occupations) and Austin Huddleston (Project Lead the Way).

Afternoon: Robert Johnson (Welding), Carlee Maune (Teaching Careers), Eli Davolt (Welding), Allen Shepard (Automotive Technology), Tyler Patton (Building Trades), Alex Curtis (Automotive Technology), Marcus Berariu (Collision Repair), Nathan Neely (Graphic Communications), Dominic Dolce (Health Occupations) and Jack Tyree (Machine Tool).


Director's Award Morning Recipients

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the morning session. Front row, from left, are Bryce Downey, Stormy Darby, Mikayla Reed and Abby Wilson. Back row, from left, are Deane Singleton-McDade, Chris Nowak, Ben Meyer, Lily Seago, Austin Ouellette and FRCC Director Andy Robinson. Not pictured are Alexis Musket, Kailey Robinson, Lydia Juengling, Calista LeBrell and Austin Huddleston.


Director's Award Afternoon Recipients

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the afternoon session. Front row, from left, are Robert Johnson and Carlee Maune. Back row, from left, are Eli Davolt, Allen Shepard, Tyler Patton, Alex Curtis and FRCC Director Andy Robinson. Not pictured are Marcus Berariu, Nathan Neely, Dominic Dolce and Jack Tyree.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/17/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, November 15, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/15/17




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In the Aug. 2, 2016 election, voters passed a $15 million zero tax-rate increase bond issue proposed by the School District of Washington.

The majority of the issue was about moving and refinancing existing lease debt into bond debt. Voter approval meant revenue that was servicing the $13.66 million lease ($1.5 million in annual payments paid from the Capital Projects fund) could be shifted to the general fund for operations. Of the $15 million proposed in the bond issue, $13.66 million of it was not new debt at all, but simply moving of payments from one fund to another.

Then, additionally, the balance of the bond issue (approximately $1.34 million) would be used to finance roof replacements, safety and security upgrades, along with some minor classroom renovation. Simple, basic, and responsible.

“We sincerely appreciate the community’s support of the district,” said School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

With the election a little over a year ago, the School District of Washington already has delivered on many of those improvement projects.

Prioritized Captial Needs

Completed – Replace roof sections at Labadie Elementary.

Completed – Restore metal roof at Washington Middle School.

Completed – Outside building repairs (tuck point, caulk, water proof paint) at Augusta Elementary.

Completed – Restore roof section at Augusta Elementary.

Completed – Roof construction above boiler room at Washington West Elementary.

Completed- Replace rear doors and 11 original windows at Washington Middle School.

Completed – HVAC replacement and replaced air conditioning unit in the gymnasium at Washington Middle School.

Completed – Door replacement on the north side of the building, tuck point and seal coat at Marthasville Elementary.

Completed – Masonry repair, spot tuck point and chimney repair at the District Office on Locust Street.

Completed – Masonry tuck point and seal coating to the building and clean and seal concrete walls at Four Rivers Career Center.

Pending (scheduled for completion) – Lagoon renovations by 2021 at Campbellton Elementary.

Safety and Security

Access controls have been installed on approximately 50 doors throughout the School District of Washington.

A total of 79 security cameras have been upgraded throughout the School District of Washington, including the installation of 18 new cameras.

Academic Space Improvements

With East Central College vacating building space at Four Rivers Career Center, a new space, known as the Confluence room, was created to accommodate the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program.

The Confluence is a workspace assigned for students to fast forward into their future and fully immerse in a professional culture, solve real world problems and use industry standard tools.

Debt Restructuring

Also completed as promised is the converting of lease payments to the debt service fund by means of general obligation bonds to secure operational funding to maintain education services.

See the photos below of some of the completed projects within the School District of Washington as a result of voters passing the zero tax-rate bond issue in August of 2016.

Access Controls Added Throughout District








Security Cameras Upgraded, New Ones Installed













Middle School Metal Roof Restored





HVAC Replacement at Middle School





New Confluence Room at Four Rivers Career Center






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/14/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Nov. 8, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/8/17




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With Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11,  buildings in the School District of Washington have scheduled Veterans Day programs Nov. 9, 10 and 13.

Washington High School

Washington High School’s annual Veterans Day Assembly will be Friday, Nov. 10, at 8:30 a.m. in the Blue Jay Gymnasium.

The featured speaker will be Washington High School's Naval Science instructor, Master Sergeant Tim Gates.

There will be a reception for all Veterans beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the band room (Northington Lobby Entrance). Breakfast will be served.

Veterans should RSVP to Mary Rehmeier at 636-231-2200 or mary.rehmeier@washington.k12.mo.us. Please include your branch of service.

Washington Middle School

Washington Middle School will host its Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, Nov. 13.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. The program will honor all Veterans who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces or Reserves. 

Refreshments will be served for Veterans before and after the assembly.

School District of Washington 2017 Veterans Day Programs

Nov. 9: Clearview Elementary; breakfast for Veterans at 7:20 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 9: South Point Elementary; breakfast for Veterans in the library at 7:30 a.m. The assembly begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 9: Augusta Elementary; the program begins at 9 a.m.

Nov. 9: Washington West Elementary; the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 10: Campbellton Elementary; breakfast for Veterans at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m.

Nov. 10: Labadie Elementary; refreshments for Veterans at 8 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 10: Washington High School; breakfast for Veterans in the Band Room at 7:30 a.m. The program begins in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 10: Marthasville Elementary; the program begins at 2 p.m.

Nov. 13: Washington Middle School; the assembly begins at 9 a.m. Refreshments for Veterans before and after the assembly.  

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/8/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, November 1, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/1/17




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The Project Lead the Way Engineering program at the Four Rivers Career Center recently received a $30,000 grant from the Arconic Foundation to help get it started.

The grant money will be used for equipment, technology, developing the classroom, and helping the program get started and continue to grow in the upcoming years.

With a location in Washington, Arconic Manufacturing Company develops and manufacture high performance, engineered products and solutions for the aerospace, industrial gas turbine, commercial transportation and oil and gas markets.

The PLTW Engineering program at the Four Rivers Career Center, led by instructor Joe Callahan, has a small number of Washington High School students this year, but plans to open it up to the FRCC’s sending schools beginning next year.

The Project Lead the Way program is open to high school students grades 9-12. The Introduction to Engineering Design course will expose students to design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. 

Students will explore topics using activity, project and problem-based learning. They will be challenged to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and the understanding of the design process.


The Project Lead the Way Engineering program at the Four Rivers Career Center recently accepted a $30,000 grant from the Arconic Foundation. Seated from left are PLTW students Graham Hoerstkamp, Megan Voelkerding, Cameron Briggs, Henry Knehans and Austin Huddleston. Standing, from left, are Andy Robinson (Four Rivers Career Center Director), Annie Wieland (FRCC College and Career Specialist), Susan Thatcher (School District of Washington Board of Education member), Kirk Grass (FRCC Machine Tool instructor), Joe Callahan (PLTW Engineering instructor), Arconic employees Jason Garner, Barb Thomas, Allie Faber, Katie Monzyk and JoAnn Smith, Curt Beers (FRCC Information Technology instructor) and Arconic employee Aaron Parker.


Project Lead the Way Engineering classroom at the Four Rivers Career Center.

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Published: 10/31/17




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The School District of Washington and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the grand opening open house and ribbon cutting of the Washington Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program, housed at the new Confluence Room at the Four Rivers Career Center on Thursday, Oct. 26.

The event was open to the community for individuals and businesses to visit with students in the Global Business and Entrepreneurship class, who meet in the Confluence on a daily basis.

The open house allowed visitors to see projects the students have been working on so far during the school year.

The Confluence not only is the everyday space for the CAPS Business students, but also hosts meetings in the space. Other FRCC programs collaborate within the space and outside business professionals use the space for their professional learning and meetings. Last week alone, there were 156 people from outside the district visit or use the Confluence.  

The CAPS business students are aspiring professionals learning in the most authentic ways possible. Across the hall is a space the school district plan to label the Jr. Confluence, where elementary students will engage in design, growth mindset and thinking in the year to come. The space is currently being prepared for students as district officials work to determine the program delivery model. 

Photos from the CAPS Open House and ribbon cutting are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/27/17




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The Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program held a Career Night at the Four Rivers Career Center on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

There were 16 science, law enforcement and medical professionals on hand to present to biomedical science students, explaining their job functions and answering questions.

The Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science Program is a nation-wide program that provides high school and their students the funding and resources to provide a strong learning foundation and a proven path to college and medical career success. 

Working with the same equipment and tools used by lab professionals, PLTW Biomedical Science students are empowered to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges.

Through scaffolded activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals and investigate topics including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health.

Students work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn in-demand, transferable skills like critical thinking and communication.

In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person.

While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life.

The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems. 

Photos from the PLTW Biomedical Career Day at the Four Rivers career Center are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/26/17




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The School District of Washington and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Washington CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Open House on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Confluence Room at the Four Rivers Career Center.

A ribbon cutting for the new CAPS Confluence room is scheduled for 5 p.m.

CAPS is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.

CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

Business professionals and the public are invited to attend and get an opportunity to:

*Explore incubator space

*View student pitches and displays

*Recruit interns and employees

*Identify student/business partnerships.

Click on the attached link below for information on the Washington CAPS program.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/26/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Oct. 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: 10/25/17




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Teaching Careers students in the (CAPS) Center for Advanced Professional Studies program at the Four Rivers Career Center competed in the national reading initiative, Read for the Record, on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Teaching Careers cadets visited kindergarten and first-grade classrooms at Labadie Elementary, Marthasville Elementary, Clearview Elementary, Campbellton Elementary and Immanuel Lutheran. They read the book, “Quackers” to the students and also lead classes in a project activity.

“We had so much fun reading to kindergarten and first-grade students,” said Teaching Careers instructor Jenny Meers. “Thanks to the teachers who invited us into their Teaching Career cadets read to 187 students between 8-11 a.m., and to another group of students at Sullivan Elementary in the afternoon.
classrooms. My students fell in love with the kids.”

“Our goal is to read to 200-250 students each year,” Meers said.

Photos of Teaching Careers cadets working on projects with students as part of the event on Oct. 19 at Marthasville Elementary and Labadie Elementary are below.



















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/23/17




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Teaching Careers students in the (CAPS) Center for Advanced Professional Studies program at the Four Rivers Career Center competed in the national reading initiative, Read for the Record, on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Teaching Careers cadets visited kindergarten and first-grade classrooms at Labadie Elementary, Marthasville Elementary, Clearview Elementary, Campbellton Elementary and Immanuel Lutheran. They read the book, “Quackers” to the students and also lead classes in a project activity.

“We had so much fun reading to kindergarten and first-grade students,” said Teaching Careers instructor Jenny Meers. “Thanks to the teachers who invited us into their Teaching Career cadets read to 187 students between 8-11 a.m., and to another group of students at Sullivan Elementary in the afternoon.
classrooms. My students fell in love with the kids.”

“Our goal is to read to 200-250 students each year,” Meers said.

Photos of Teaching Careers cadets working on projects with students as part of the Read for the Record event on Oct. 19 are below.


















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 10/23/17




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The Four Rivers Career Center hosted its Pathways to Construction Day (Construction Careers Day) outside of the Nix Cafeteria at Washington High School on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Representatives from St. Louis area construction companies and unions were on hand to give information and demonstrations about their industry.

WHS students visited the presentations during their respective math classes.

Part of the purpose was for the students to learn how math and other skills play an important role in the construction industry.

Photos from Pathways to Construction Day at Washington High School are below.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/23/17




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The School District of Washington will have a modified day for students on Thursday, Oct. 19, for parent teacher conferences in the afternoon and evening.

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.

There will be no school at the Early Learning Center on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19 and 20.

There will be no school for the entire district on Friday, Oct. 20.  

The procedures for the parent-teacher conferences are as follows:

Elementary schools: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at their respective schools from 1-7 p.m. Parents must schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher.

Washington High School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the high school from 2:30-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary. If parents want to set up a specific time, they can contact the teacher. Also on Thursday, Oct. 19, a parent speaker series will be held in the CJB Auditorium from 6:30-8 p.m. The topic is student driving. All parents are invited to attend.

Washington Middle School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place in the middle school gymnasium from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to pick up their child's report card and visit with their teachers. All of the teachers will be stationed in the gymnasium. Appointments are not necessary.

Four Rivers Career Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the Four Rivers Career Center from 4-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary.

Early Learning Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place throughout the day at the Early Learning Center. Parents can sign up with their child’s teacher when they are at the building to drop off or pick up. There will be no school at the ELC on Thursday, Oct. 19, as well as Friday, Oct. 20.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/19/17




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Parent-teacher conferences in the School District of Washington are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, which is a modified day for students.

The following day, Friday, Oct. 20, there will be no school for staff and students.

The procedures for the parent-teacher conferences are as follows:

Elementary schools: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at their respective schools from 1-7 p.m. Parents must schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher.

Washington High School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the high school from 2:30-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary. If parents want to set up a specific time, they can contact the teacher. Also on Thursday, Oct. 19, a parent speaker series will be held in the CJB Auditorium from 6:30-8 p.m. The topic is student driving. All parents are invited to attend.

Washington Middle School: Parent-teacher conferences will take place in the middle school gymnasium from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to pick up their child's report card and visit with their teachers. All of the teachers will be stationed in the gymnasium. Appointments are not necessary.

Four Rivers Career Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place at the Four Rivers Career Center from 4-7 p.m. Teachers will be in their respective classrooms ready to meet with parents. Appointments are not necessary.

Early Learning Center: Parent-teacher conferences will take place throughout the day at the Early Learning Center. Parents can sign up with their child’s teacher when they are at the building to drop off or pick up. There will be no school at the ELC on Thursday, Oct. 19, as well as Friday, Oct. 20.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/17/17




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A reminder there will be a modified day for students on Wednesday, Oct. 11, for a staff professional work day in the afternoon.

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 for the remainder of the day. 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.

The Early Learning Center schedule will not be affected on Oct. 11.

A sack lunch will be available to students at the elementary schools, along with the middle school and high school.

Click on the 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: 10/11/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Oct. 4, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/4/17




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Students in the CAPS Business classes pitched business ideas for the community to members of Downtown Washington, Inc. in the Confluence Room at the Four Rivers Career Center on Monday, Sept. 25.

The topic was ways to increase foot traffic in Downtown Washington.

The students broke into groups and gave their business presentations, which were approximately two weeks in the making.

The business ideas by the students ranged from a corn cob pipe monument, a clothes retail shop targeting for teenagers, an art district, a beautification project, a walking and bicycle trail, a bicycle share, murals, a scavenger hunt and downtown tracks of walking and bicycle paths.

Following the presentations, members of Downtown Washington, Inc. met with each group of students, providing their feedback.

The Business course, instructed by Cathy Jinkerson, helps students learn foundational skills in the area of business when starting a company. Students will engage with real professionals in the field throughout the process.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/28/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Sept. 27, 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: 9/27/17




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The Night Shift class at the Four Rivers Career Center recently had a 1966 tractor donated to them by KJ Unnerstall Construction in Washington.

The students in the class will work on restoring it. When completed, the Career Center will show it to younger students to help promote the program and the school. The tractor was delivered by Kurt Unnerstall and some of his staff members on Thursday, Sept. 21.

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.

“I volunteer my time for the Night Shift program, so the students have to earn their way in,” Brinkmann said. “We meet Tuesday and Thursday nights and work on whatever needs to be worked on. It can range from weed eaters to trucks.”

The Night Shift program is something Brinkmann takes very seriously.

“It’s extremely important. The students learn how to be a good employee. We always have a good time, but take it very seriously. If one of the students in the program does something during the school day like aggravate a faculty member and I find out about it, I tell them to leave the program and do something else,” Brinkmann said.

“I also make each student in the Night Shift program cook dinner for the class. Ninety percent of them are going to go to college and have to learn how to fend for themselves. They need to learn how to do things like cook dinner. It’s never anything fancy. We just try to make it healthy and good to eat.”

See a picture of the tractor below with Brinkmann and his Night Shift students with Unnerstall and his staff members.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/25/17




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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Educational Foundation will holds its Hall of Honor and 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Elks Lodge in Washington.

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

The 2017 honorees are Carolyn Shotwell, who will receive the Educator Award; Rodney (Rocky) Sickmann, who will receive the Alumni Award; and Andrea Rau, who will receive the Community Contributor Award.

Cocktails and appetizers will be served at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The program follows dinner. The cost is $50 per person.

News anchor and Washington High School graduate Emily Rau will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

For more information, contact Susan Harms 636-359-1452.

Click on the attached links below for the Washington’s WINGS Hall of Honor and 25th Anniversary Celebration invitation and RSVP form.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/22/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, Sept. 20, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/20/17




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Cason Suggs (Washington High School) and Trevion Harvey (Four Rivers Career Center) recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s students of the month.

Harvey, a senior at St. Clair High School, is in the automotive technology program at FRCC and is a student ambassador. He’s also a member of the St. Clair wrestling team.

Following graduation, Harvey plans to join the United States Marine Corps. He’s the son of Mary Richardson.

Suggs is the Senior Class President at Washington High School. He’s a member of National Honor Society, Principal’s Advisory Council, the Leadership class, and the CAPS Business program, which is for students who show a propensity for business, engineering and entrepreneurship.

Suggs was chosen to attend Missouri Boys State this past summer. During his time there, he was elected Governor, the Missouri Boys State top honor, which comes with a monetary scholarship to go toward the college of his choice.

​As Governor, is was confirmed that Suggs is the only young man chosen for that role from Franklin County in the 70 plus years of the existence of the program.

Cason also is a member of the WHS boys basketball team. He plans to attend college on a basketball scholarship. He’s the son of Ron and Cassandra Suggs.

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


Cason Suggs is presented his student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.


Trevion Harvey 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: 9/18/17




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Senate Bill 638 (2016) required the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to create a website about the trauma-informed schools initiative that includes information for schools and parents regarding the trauma-informed approach and a guide for schools on how to become trauma-informed schools.

The implementation of a trauma-informed approach is an ongoing organizational change process. A “trauma-informed approach” is not a program model that can be implemented and then simply monitored by a fidelity checklist. Rather, it is a profound paradigm shift in knowledge, perspective, attitudes and skills that continues to deepen and unfold over time. Some leaders in the field are beginning to talk about a “continuum” of implementation, where organizations move through stages. The continuum begins with becoming trauma aware and moves to trauma sensitive to responsive to being fully trauma informed.

Purpose: To ensure that agencies do no harm; to assess the implementation of basic principle of trauma-informed approaches in various organizational settings; to develop a common language and framework for discussion; and to help increase the effectiveness of services, wherever and whatever they are, by increasing awareness of trauma.

Application: To a very wide range of settings, including but not limited to behavioral health services.

Use:

*Not for formal evaluation or certification, but for informational purposes

*To help anyone who is interested (clients, advocates, other agencies, etc.) determine whether a particular agency or setting is meeting basic criteria for integration of trauma principles

*To help agencies identify where they are on the continuum and where they want to be. Organizations can choose the appropriate place on the continuum based on their needs and setting.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/14/17




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

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. The work began last spring.

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 in the next few days and the entire project completed sometime during the spring of the 2017-18 school year.

Photos below are of York and Building Construction Trades students working on the project on Thursday, Sept. 7.







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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/14/17




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There will be no school for students on Wednesday, Sept. 13, due to a staff professional development day.

Click on the attached link below to see the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/12/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, September 6, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/6/17




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Students in the Teaching Careers program at Four Rivers Career Center attended the National Educators Rising Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

Five students, Emma Boehmer, Madison Box, Mary Hinnah, Kaitlyn Knickmeyer and Meghan Mauldin, along with sponsor Jenny Meers, attended the conference June 23-26.

Knickmeyer and Mauldin both competed in the Children's Literature competition, and Hinnah placed 10th in the nation for her Creative Lecture. 

Photos from the Teaching Careers trip to the National Educators Rising Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. Are below.





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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 9/5/17




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Numbers are up in 2017-18 for the second year of the CAPS Business class at the Four Rivers Career Center.

Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.

Pictures of the CAPS Business students are below.

Business Morning Students

Front row, from left, are Jared Lopez, Morgan Holdmeyer, Olivia Robinson, Emily Wilson and John Meyer
Second row, from left, are Jake Jinkerson, Abbey Jinkerson, Kailey Robinson, Desiree Roady, Ryann Thiemann and Brock Laughlin.
Third row, from left, are Jacob Wilson, Braeden Harmon, Zach Harms, Jonathan Amlong, Jake Fregalette, Grant Miller and Chance Redd.
Fourth row, from left, are Brandon Repp, Cason Suggs, Ty Rinne, Ywaine Wagoner and Brandon Solter. Not shown are Conlan Jarvis and Brooke Robinson.

Business Morning Students

Front row, from left, are Ywaine Wagoner, Jake Jinkerson, Jared Lopez, Olivia Robinson, Morgan Holdmeyer, Emily Wilson, Desiree Roady, Abbey Jinkerson, Ryann Thiemann, Kailey Robinson and John Meyer

Second row, from left, are Jacob  Wilson, Brandon Repp, Cason Suggs, Braeden Harmon, Ty Rinne, Zach Harms, Jake Fregalette, Jonathan Amlong, Brandon Repp, Chance Redd, Brock Laughlin and Grant Miller. Not shown are Conlan Jarvis and Brooke Robinson.

Business Afternoon Students

Seated, from left, are Michael Hancock and Jack Piontek.

Standing, from left, are Tess Marquart, Izzy Milton, Sequoia Smyser-Lewis, Lexi Hendricks, Jessica Frick, Mahaliah O'Connell, Lauren Ancell and Olivia Diederich. Not shown are Nichole Brinker, Bria Hasenjaeger and Emmy Hopkins.

Business Afternoon Students

From left are Jack Piontek, Michael Hancock, Izzy Milton, Lexi Hendricks, Sequoia Smyser-Lewis, Tess Marquart, Jessica Frick, Mahaliah O'Connell, Lauren Ancell and Olivia Diederich.

Not shown are Nichole Brinker, Bria Hasenjaeger and Emmy Hopkins.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 9/5/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, August 30, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All K-12 students will be released one hour early.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/30/17




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Students in the Building Construction Trades program at the Four Rivers Career Center completed a project which involved building a 15-foot tall ramp that was nearly 50 feet long, which was used for the Four Rivers YMCA Mud Run on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Washington Fairgrounds.

The competitors in the Mud Run had to climb to the top of the ramp and then use a cargo net behind the ramp to get back to the ground.

Considering they were wet and muddy, it was not an easy obstacle for the competitors.

Building Construction instructors Rob York and Garry Gerhart supervised the project. York engineered the project from the beginning, which involved a lot of time and work on the part of the students covering the end of the 2016-17 school year and into the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

Photos of Building Construction Trades students putting the finishing touches on the Mud Run ramp are below.















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/28/17




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Students in the CAPS Business classes at the Four Rivers Career Center worked on building their first prototype of the 2017-18 school year on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Morning and afternoon session students both worked on the project, which involved taking belongings from their vehicles and coming up with an innovation to introduce to the rest of the class.

The students did not know about the assignment prior to them arriving to the Career Center, so they had to make due with whatever items were in their vehicles.

Broken into groups, among the items presented by the students were a customized swings for children, an “Own the Floor” game, “a “Sports Dad on the Go” starter pack, a “T-Brand Stroke Counter” with a holder and Bluetooth speaker, and a “Baby Cover Set and Item Holder.”

Each group introduced their product, demonstrated it, and then made a 30-second video about it.

See the photos below of the CAPS Business innovation project.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/25/17




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Franklin County was in the path of a total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow on Earth. A full solar eclipse, known as totality, is almost as dark as night.

During a total eclipse of the Sun, the Moon covers the entire disk of the Sun. In partial and annular solar eclipses, the Moon blocks only part of the Sun.

The next total solar eclipse in the United States will be on April 8, 2024.

Pictures from Monday’s total solar eclipse taken from the School District of Washington Office on Locust Street are below.






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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/22/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, August 23, 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: 8/22/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, August 16, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Elementary schools will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. The middle school and high school will dismiss at 2:20 p.m.

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: 8/16/17




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The School District of Washington held its opening ceremony for all staff members Friday, Aug. 11, at the C.J. Burger Theater at Washington High School.

Students return to the classroom for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The theme of the opening ceremony was, “Back in Rhythm,” emphasizing getting back in rhythm for the new school year.  

Following the theme, some staff members showed off their talents with singing and dancing performances during the ceremony.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer gave her annual back to school message to the staff. Board of Education Vice President John Freitag also addressed the staff. The district employs over 700 teachers and staff members.

Also speaking were Campbellton Elementary Principal Jennifer Meyer on behalf of WINGS Educational Foundation and South Point Elementary Principal Aimee Harty on behalf of the United Way.

Additionally, Dawn Martin, secretary at Augusta Elementary, was named the WINGS 2017 Support Staff Person of the Year. See the photo below.


Augusta Elementary Secretary Dawn Martin, holding plaque, was named the WINGS 2017 Support Staff Person of the Year. From left are Amy Oesterly (WINGS), Dawn Martin, Casey Zastrow (WINGS) and Teresa Brockman (WINGS).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/15/17




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The Total Solar Eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. 

Due to recent statements issued by MODOT and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, and after meeting with our local transportation provider and Washington emergency management personnel regarding the possible number of visitors making their way to Franklin county and surrounding counties on this day, the School District of Washington will be closed on Monday, August 21. 

The event is to conclude precisely during our elementary dismissal times and thus our buses could be significantly delayed. By law, kindergarten and first grade students must have an adult present at their bus stops upon drop off; traffic congestion could create an issue in that regard for parents, and such delays impact both our elementary and secondary routes. 

Due to the unknowns pertaining to this once in a lifetime event, it is impossible for us to predict what may happen; therefore, we agree with our local emergency management and transportation personnel regarding “erring on the side of caution.” 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue using the Total Solar Eclipse as a learning opportunity in our classrooms with lessons and other activities leading up to and proceeding the event.

Safety solar eclipse glasses will still be available for students to take home for viewing the eclipse. We strongly encourage parents to go over the safety information with their kids. We apologize for any confusion on this matter and thank you for your cooperation. 

We will make up this missed school day on Friday, May 18.

Timing and Information for Washington, MO

Washington, MO Three-Day Eclipse Celebration

Video: What Is a Solar Eclipse?

Eclipse Resources

Eclipse Eye Safety

Great American Eclipse

University of Missouri - Eclipse 2017

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/10/17




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In preparation for the 2017-18 school year, open houses/device deployment have been scheduled throughout buildings in the School District of Washington.

The open houses provide students and parents a chance to meet faculty members of their respective school and tour the building.

The first day of the 2017-18 school year is Tuesday, Aug. 15.

See the list below for dates and times of the open houses in the School District of Washington.

Thursday, Aug. 10

South Point Elementary: Kindergarten from 5-6 p.m. Grades 1-6 from 6-7 p.m.

Washington West Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5-7 p.m.

Campbellton Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Labadie Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Marthasville Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Clearview Elementary: Grades 5-6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 14

Four Rivers Career Center: 4-7 p.m.

Augusta Elementary: Grades K-6 from 5-6:30 p.m.

Clearview Elementary: Grades K-4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Early Learning Center: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Washington Middle School: 5:30-7 p.m. Seventh-grade parent meeting in the gymnasium at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

Washington High School: Grades 9-12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/7/17




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Members of Downtown Washington, Inc, along with human resources professionals from the Washington and surrounding areas visited and toured the Confluence room at the Four Rivers Career Center on Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20, respectively.

The Confluence is a work space assigned for students to fast forward into their future and fully immerse in a professional culture, solve real world problems and use industry standard tools. Resources include ground-breaking technology, makers space tools, knowledgeable community members and students with a drive to change the world.

For both groups on both days, School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer gave a presentation about different programs going on within the district, such as CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies), Project Lead the Way, Pathways, and more.

Also on hand to assist with the presentations were Four Rivers Career Center Director Andy Robinson.

Photos from the Downtown Washington, Inc. visit are below.



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/19/17




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Washington School of Practical Nursing held its graduation on Thursday, July 13, at the CJB Theatre at Washington High School.

A total of 27 students made up the 48th graduation class of the program.

The ceremony included the processional, welcome/introductions, awards, presentation of pins and diplomas, class speaker, nightingale pledge and the recessional.

Graduating in the Class of 2017 were Hannah Baehr, Brianna Bohannon, Amanda Brown, Jema Cantrell, Kayln Center, Skylar Center, Donna Gargus, Emily Gettinger, Ashley Gilliland, Heather Hale, Melanie Hardy, Abbea Henke, Jessica Kinder, Kerry Kling, Jeaneen Ladymon, Samantha Magarian, Taylor Mentz, Jordan Miesner, Kelly Murdock, Lisa Perry, Felecia Price, Samantha Riegel, Andrea Roberts, Kori Rodgers, Shyanne Thompson, Trista Valley and Alissa White.

The photos below are the members of the Washington School of Practical Nursing Class of 2017.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/18/17




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The School District of Washington’s Pathways Team was involved in a three-day Project Based Learning training seminar May 30-June 1 at the district’s Technology and Learning Center.

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

Teachers were involved in learning the components of Project Based Learning and how to implement rigor and relevance.

Academic rigor refers to learning in which students demonstrate a thorough in-depth mastery of challenging tasks to develop cognitive skills through reflective thought, analysis, problem solving, evaluation or creativity. It’s the quality of thinking, not the quantity, that defines academic rigor, and rigorous learning can occur at any school grade and in any subject.

Relevance refers to learning in which students apply core knowledge, concepts, or skills, to solve real-world problems. Relevant learning is interdisciplinary and contextual. It is created, for example, through authentic problems or tasks, simulations, service learning, connecting concepts to current issues and teaching others.

The SDOW Pathways Team, comprised of teachers and administrators, involved in the PBL training provided peer feedback as they developed projects for students in the classroom.

Photos from the PBL training are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/2/17




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

The ceremony marked the end of the 2016-17 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 addressed the staff for both the opening and closing remarks.

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.

The WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni, went to Washington High School Library Media Specialist Ann Loesing, who was awarded $1,000.

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 apiece were Augusta Elementary third-grade teacher Jennifer Maune (certified staff) and South Point Elementary Paraprofessional Heather Carey (support staff).

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

Retiring staff members are Mike Smith, Mike Scheer, Pat Moore, Misty Thomas, Martina Roth, Jenise Thomas, June Marshall, Betsy Malloy Greer, Marianne Brueggemann, Debbie Aholt, Eyvonne Steinert, Maria Althen, Kim Siem, Jenny Potter, Brenda Peters, Cindy Speer, Christy Schmich and Aurie Meyer.

Honored for 35 years of service was Kim Siem.

Honored for 30 years of service was Brenda Peters.

Honored for 25 years of service were Mike Smith, Heike Sehrt, Ann Maerli, Victoria Kallmbah and Maureen Nelson. 

Honored for 20 years of service were Kathy Rogers, Ann Heinrich, Rebecca Burns, Georgana Hagan, Cindy Speer, Jana Monzyk, Kathleen Kimberlin, Gail Dickinson, Chris Marquart, Jeanne Lauchstaedt, Matt Kroeter, Mitch Figas, Betsy Malloy Greer and Jenise Thomas.

Honored for 15 years of service were Katie Sandoval, Tim Buschmann, Julie Bell, Chris Arnold, Leslie Quint, Josh Ohm, Kelly Wood, Mary Rehmeier, Kristen Perrimann, Ann Loesing, Melissa Hoerstkamp, Dena Douglas, Alisa Yaeger, Jill Warren, Rodney Whitener, Melissa Ziegler, Dean Venardos, Lenn Clemons, Dawn Martin, Martina Roth and Gina Ruether.

Honored for 10 years of service were Nicole Obermark, Kurt Noelker, Katie Fischer, Terry Conway, Megan Brinkmann, Lisa Ruth, Erin Gaebe, Catherine Hight, Chris Gauzy, Duane Wadlow, Lisa Moore, Sherri Schaefer, Nicole Jacquin, Michelle Jacquin, Valerie Jankowski, Margaret Jennerjohn, Andy Robinson, Terry Williams, Colleen Potter, Elizabeth Kloppe, Mary Kleekamp, Latasha Aholt, Kym Blankenship and Nancy Carriker.

Completing the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy were (Specialist Level Year 2) Kerri Flynn, Elizabeth Hobbs, Keshan Moore, Penny Heisel, Kelly Worstell, Jessica Monroig, Nicole Kottmann, Colin Flynn, Ryan Brennan, Jill Griffin, Melissa Golder and Valarie Jankowski, and Professional Level (Year 1) Ginny Gilbertsen, Glenda Leslie, Jessica May-Nilsen, Jennifer Meyer, Samantha Mitchem, Michelle Prewitt, Melanie Trentmann and Amanda Truetken.

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


WINGS Educational Excellence Award

Washington High School Library Media Specialist Ann Loesing, second from left, was awarded the WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. From left are Amy Oesterly (WINGS), Loesing, Susan Miller Warden (Washington Missourian) and Brad Mitchell (WINGS).


Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 apiece were Augusta Elementary third-grade teacher Jennifer Maune, middle left, and South Point Elementary Paraprofessional Heather Carey, middle right. Also shown are Dr. Jane Reed, far right, and Doug Reed, far left.


Retiring Staff Members

There are 18 School District of Washington staff members, accumulating 383 years of experience, who are retiring. Front row, from left, are June Marshall, Betsy Malloy Greer, Marianne Brueggemann, Debbie Aholt, Eyvonne Steinert and Maria Althen. Second row, from left, are Kim Siem, Jenny Potter, Brenda Peters, Cindy Speer, Christy Schmich, Aurie Meyer and Misty Thomas. Back row, from left, are Mike Smith, Mike Scheer and Pat Moore. Not shown are Martina Roth and Jenise Thomas.



Campbellton Top Seller of WINGS Discount Cards

The top selling school of the WINGS discount cards was Campbellton Elementary. Pictured, from left, are WINGS representative Brad Mitchell and Campbellton Elementary Principal Jennifer Meyer.


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), Aimee Harty (South Point Principal), Mary Robertson (Augusta Principal), Kim Hunt (Washington West Principal), Jennifer Pecka (Labadie Principal), Jennifer Meyer (Campbellton Principal) and Glenda Leslie (Washington West Assistant Principal). Back row, from left, are Melanie Trentmann (South Point Assistant Principal), Laura Bruckerhoff (Washington Middle School Associate Principal), Dr. Matt Busekrus (Clearview Principal), Jocelyn Schluss (Marthasville Principal) and Brad Mitchell (WINGS).


Major Saver Program

Stacy Hontz of Major Saver, far right, presents a check to WINGS for $39,780 for the 2017 Major Saver Program. Brad Mitchell, left, and Amy Oesterly, middle, of WINGS accepts the check.


Service Awards: 30, 35 years

Honored for 35 years of service was Kim Siem, left. Honored for 30 years of service was Brenda Peters, right.


Service Awards: 25 Years

Honored for 25 years of service. Front row, from left, are Ann Maerli and Victoria Kallmbah. Back row, from left, are Heike Sehrt, Mike Smith and Maureen Nelson. 


Service Awards: 20 Years

Honored for 20 years of service. Front row, from left, are Kathy Rogers, Ann Heinrich, Rebecca Burns and Georgana Hagan. Middle row, from left, are Cindy Speer, Jana Monzyk, Kathleen Kimberlin and Gail Dickinson. Back row, from left, are Chris Marquart, Jeanne Lauchstaedt and Matt Kroeter. Not pictured are Mitch Figas, Betsy Malloy Greer and Jenise Thomas.


Service Awards: 15 Years

Honored for 15 years of service. Front row, from left, are Katie Sandoval, Tim Buschmann, Julie Bell, Chris Arnold, Leslie Quint and Josh Ohm. Middle row, from left, are Kelly Wood, Mary Rehmeier, Kristen Perrimann, Ann Loesing, Melissa Hoerstkamp, Dena Douglas and Alisa Yaeger. Back row, from left, are Jill Warren, Rodney Whitener, Melissa Ziegler, Dean Venardos and Lenn Clemons. Not pictured are Dawn Martin, Martina Roth and Gina Ruether.


Service Awards: 10 Years

Honored for 10 years of service. Front row, from left, are Nicole Obermark, Kurt Noelker, Katie Fischer, Terry Conway and Megan Brinkmann. Second row, from left, are Lisa Ruth, Erin Gaebe, Catherine Hight, Chris Gauzy and Duane Wadlow. Third row, from left, are Lisa Moore, Sherri Schaefer, Nicole Jacquin, Michelle Jacquin, Valerie Jankowski and Margaret Jennerjohn. Fourth row, from left, are Andy Robinson, Terry Williams, Colleen Potter, Elizabeth Kloppe and Mary Kleekamp. Not pictured are Latasha Aholt, Kym Blankenship and Nancy Carriker.

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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Educational Foundation awarded 22 teacher grants this spring (May of 2017), totaling over $28,000.

Since 1993, a total of 998 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling $468,098.89. WINGS also has awarded two STEAM grants totaling $20,515.23.

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

*Nicole Obermark, Clearview Elementary, Building the Mind: One Book at a Time

*Jenny Meers, Four Rivers Career Center Teaching Careers, Plan and Teach Cadet Lesson

*Bridget Phelps, Clearview Elementary, Flexible Seating

*Stefanie Virgen, Washington Middle School, Washington Warriors: Building Our Community

*Nicole Machelett, Clearview Elementary, Fourth Grade Flexible

*Keli Schneider and Amy Crow, Clearview Elementary, STEM – It’s Not Just for Big Kids

*Danielle Allerdissen, Washington West Elementary, Guided Math

*Keshan Moore, Danielle Burke and Mike Brusca, Washington West Elementary, Dream Box Learning

*Miranda Straatmann, Marthasville Elementary, Get Hands On

*Ann Loesing, Washington High School, Creating and Transforming With Glowforge

*Maggie Butler, Marthasville, Augusta and Washington West, Keyboard Lab for Music

*Kerri Flynn, Washington High School, Digging Deeper, into Why We Do What We Do Through Memoir

*Kelly Stone, Labadie Elementary, Regal Reading and Writing Center

*Amanda Schweissguth, Math Coordinator, Number Sense and Fact Fluency for All

*Valerie Jankowski, Washington Middle School, Break Out the Learning With Breakout EDU

*Samantha Mitchem, Washington West Elementary, Makin’ Movies Happen

*Katie Burleson, Marthasville Elementary, Sensory/Social Emotional Survivor Kit

*Stephanie Kliethermes, Dannette Wood and Amy O’Hanlon, Early Learning Center, Ready for Reading

*Keith Thacker, Washington Middle School, Social Thinking
*Keith Thacker, Washington Middle School, Sensory Room

*Danielle Romanus, Washington West Elementary, STEAM Bins

*Karen Stafford, South Point Elementary, Our Cool Off Center

A photo of the WINGS teacher grant recipients is below.

Click on the attached link below for the WINGS Foundation web page.


WINGS Spring 2017 Teacher Grant Recipients

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/22/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 17, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All 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 2016-17 academic calendar.

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




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Students in Dan Brinkmann’s “Night Shift” program at the Four Rivers Career Center are in the process of wrapping up the 2016-17 school year.

But there’s one major project that still needs to be completed.

John Jasper, event chairman for the Union Knights of Columbus, delivered an older, beat-up 1948 Farmall C tractor to the Career Center on Tuesday evening, Sept. 27, during a Night Shift class.

The tractor recently was donated to the Knights of Columbus, which they plan to display in next year’s 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, has supervised his Night Shift students as they restore the tractor. They must have it completed by May 27.

Raffle tickets will be sold with the restored tractor being the grand prize. The winner will drive the tractor in next year’s 10th Anniversary of the Journey for Charity Tractor Cruise. Contact the Union Knights of Columbus for information on purchasing raffle tickets. Proceeds will benefit area food pantries.

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. A total of 41 students signed up for the Night Shift program at the beginning of the school year, 21 showed up on the first day and currently there are 14.

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.

“I volunteer my time for the Night Shift program, so the students have to earn their way in,” Brinkmann said. “We meet Tuesday and Thursday nights and work on whatever needs to be worked on. It can range from weed eaters to trucks.”

The Night Shift program is something Brinkmann takes very seriously.

“It’s extremely important. The students learn how to be a good employee. We always have a good time, but take it very seriously. If one of the students in the program does something during the school day like aggravate a faculty member and I find out about it, I tell them to leave the program and do something else,” Brinkmann said.


FRCC Night Shift Seniors

Four Rivers Career Center's Night Shift seniors, from left: Tyler Moore, Nick Dierking, Andrew Katzung, Lucas Hellebusch, Zach Jasper, Kyla Hueffmeier, Sami Jacquin, Eli Frost, Brandon Julius and Brian Reid.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/16/17




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Joe Stitz and Alicia Ley recently were selected as the Washington Rotary Club Student of the Month for Washington High School. Additionally, Steven Hoekel was named the Four Rivers Career Center Washington Rotary Club Student of the Month.

Stitz is a senior at Washington High School and is part of the MSHSAA Class 4 state championship scholar Bowl team. He holds a 4.0 grade-point average.

After graduation, Stitz plans on attending the University of Missouri and will major in Biochemistry. He’s the son of Michael and Angela Stitz.

Ley, a senior at Washington High School, has been heavily involved with the NJROTC program since her sophomore year. She recently has been awarded a Marine Corps ROTC scholarship, and will attend the University of Arizona. Ley chose Arizona because of its Marine Corps and Arabic programs.

Alicia also competes in the pole vault for the WHS track and field team. She’s the daughter of Bill and Lisa Ley.

Hoekel is a senior at Union High School. He is in the Automotive Technology program at the Four Rivers Career Center.

Stitz, Ley and Hoekle were presented their student of the month plaque by Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photos below. 

Joe Stitz is presented his student of the month plaque by Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President.


Alicia Ley is presented her student of the month plaque by Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President.


Steven Hoekel is presented his student of the month plaque by Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/15/17




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New for the 2016-17 school year, the Four Rivers Career Center is introducing the Director’s Award, given to students twice per school year at the end of each semester.

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 lunch 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 2016-17 school year are:

Morning: Chris Nowak (Automotive Technology), Cassidy Nurnberger (CAPS Business), Katlyn McGee (Collision Repair), Abby Jones (Teaching Careers), Jacob Kopp, (Health Occupations), Emanuel Bonder (Information Technology), Tim Hoekel (Machine Tool), and Shawn O’Daniel (Welding).   

Afternoon: Andrew Katzung (Automotive Technology), Allen Shepard (Automotive Technology), Zach Jasper (Building Construction), Oliver Brunkhorst (Building Construction), Kyla Hueffmeier (Collision Repair), Nathalie Rains (Graphic Communications), Justine Huellinghoff (Health Occupations), Austin Viera (Information Technology), Adam McGlenn (Machine Tool), Kyra Hardesty (Teaching Careers), and Levi Carr (Welding).  

See the pictures below of the morning and afternoon recipients of the Four Rivers Career Center’s Director’s Award.


Director's Award Morning Session

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Katlyn McGee, Cassidy Nurnberger and Abby Jones. Standing, from left, are Emanuel Bonder, Shawn O’Daniel, Chris Nowak and Jacob Kopp. Not shown is Tim Hoekel.


Director's Award Afternoon Session

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Kyla Hueffmeier, Nathalie Rains and Kyra Hardesty . Standing, from left, are Adam McGlenn, Austin Viera, Oliver Brunkhorst, Zach Jasper, Allen Shepard and Levi Carr. Not shown are Andrew Katzung and Justine Huellinghoff.  

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/15/17




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The Four Rivers Career Center’s Awards Ceremony took place on Monday, May 8, 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 – Sami Jacquin

Building Construction – Levi Thomas

Automotive Collision Repair – Eli Frost

Graphic Communications – Loraine O'Brien

CAPS Teaching Careers – Kaitlyn Knickmeyer

CAPS Business – Cassidy Nurnberger

Health Occupations – Lauren Kazmaier

Information Technology – Neil Landers

Machine Tool – Adam McGlenn

Welding – Elisabeth McCurdy

Scholarship winners were:

*Ray and Mary Shipley Scholarship, sponsored by Washington NAPA

Sami Jacquin, Nick Dierking and Andrew Katzung.

*John and Joyce Carver Career and Technical Scholarship

Lauren Kazmaier, Emma Lorenz and Zach Jasper.

*Nick and Laura Rector Automotive Collision Repair Scholarship

Andrew Rosenburg.

Photos from the FRCC Awards Ceremony are below.


Ray and Mary Shipley Scholarship, sponsored by Washington NAPA. Front row, from left, are Mary and Ray Shipley. Back row, from left, are Nick Dierking, Sami Jacquin and Andrew Katzung.


John and Joyce Carver Career and Technical Scholarship. Front row, from left, are Lauren Kazmaier, Emma Lorenz and Zach Jasper. Middle row, from left, are daughter Krista Carver and Joyce Carver. Back row, from left, are daughters Rachel Thacker and Lisa McDonald.


Nick and Laura Rector Automotive Collision Repair Scholarship. From left are Andrew Rosenburg and FRCC collision repair instructor Robert Schulze.


Sami Jacquin, Automotive Technology

Automotive Technology


Levi Thomas, Building Construction


Building Construction

 


Eli Frost, Collision Repair

Collision Repair


Cassidy Nurnberger, CAPS Business

CAPS Business

Kaitlyn Knickmeyer, CAPS Teaching Careers


CAPS Teaching Careers


Loraine O'Brien, Graphic Communications


Graphic Communications


Lauren Kazmaier, Health Occupations


Health Occupations Washington


Health Occupations Pacific


Health Occupations Sullivan


Health Occupations Warrenton


Health Occupations Wright City


Neil Landers, Information Technology


Information Technology


Adam McGlenn, Machine Tool


Machine Tool


Elisabeth McCurdy. Welding

 

Welding

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/11/17




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Students in the Health Science Occupations program at the Four Rivers Career Center gave business presentations as part of their final exams in the new Confluence room at FRCC on Monday, May 8.

Early in the semester, the Health Occupations students met with health care professionals in the area about some of the challenges and issues they face in the industry.

Under the direction of Health Occupations instructors Carolyn Kluesner and Leslie Quint, the students were assigned one of the issues and had to make a presentation on how they would go about solving it. The students divided into three groups of five to make the presentation.

Following their presentations, students answered questions from the audience.

On hand for the presentations were Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer, FRCC Director Andy Robinson, FRCC College and Career Specialist Andrea Wieland, health care professionals in the area, and other students and staff members.

Photos from the Health Occupations presentations are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/10/17




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Due to widespread flooding that compromised access to the buildings in the School District of Washington May 1-5, leading to five missed school days, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has forgiven all five of the missed days.

As a result, the end of the year schedule remains the same. The last day of the school remains Tuesday, May 23, which is a modified day. Washington High School graduation remains Friday, May 19.

Testing, activities and events all have been rescheduled at the building level. Contact your school or building for more information.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/10/17




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Tyler Moore, a senior in the Automotive Technology program at the Four Rivers Career Center, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in Orlando, Fla., and Phoenix, Ariz.

Moore, a Washington High School student, will have his choice to attend either the Orlando or Phoenix campus. He won the scholarship by earning first-place honors in the motorcycle and engine repair category at the SkillsUSA State Competition.

Visiting the Four Rivers Career Center and presenting the $10,000 scholarship to Moore was MMI representative Cliff Head.


Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center student Tyler Moore, second from left, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI). From left are FRCC Automotive Technology instructor Dan Brinkmann, Moore, Cliff Head of MMI and FRCC Automotive Technology instructor Gary Maune.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/9/17




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After school district officials communicated with MODOT regarding the Missouri River Bridge and conditions across the river, the School District of Washington will be closed Friday, May 5.

MODOT is hopeful about roadways being clear by the Monday morning commute.

South Point Elementary school, although sandbagged for precaution, has water on the playground, but the building is still dry.  

We should see conditions improve over the weekend. The School District of Washington is asking the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for a waiver in order to be forgiven for these five days of missed school. We will put out a final schedule as soon as we hear back from the department. 

The WINGS BBQ Lunch Delivery and Picnic in the Park scheduled for Friday, May 5, has been postponed and rescheduled for next Friday, May 12.

The Washington High School Prom on Saturday, May 6, is on as scheduled at Busch Stadium’s Redbird Club in St. Louis from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Charter buses will leave WHS at 5:30 p.m.

We are rescheduling a variety of things, from activities to programs and testing. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the Spring Flood of 2017. Now bring on the sun!

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Published: 5/4/17




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Due to closures of several low lying roads and the predicted closure of Highway 47 at some point during the day, the School District of Washington will be closed on Monday, May 1.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/30/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 26, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All 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 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/26/17




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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/25/17




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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/23/17




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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/21/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 19, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

Wednesday, April 19, is testing day at Washington High School. Dismissal at WHS will be at approximately 1:30 p.m. Buses will run at 2:30 p.m.

Click on the attached links below to see the early release day schedule and procedures, along with the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/19/17




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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.

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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.  

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




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The WINGS Educational Foundation will host its annual Family Picnic in the Park Barbeque to raise money for teacher grants for the School District of Washington on Friday, May 5, from 4-7 p.m. at the Washington Fairgrounds.

There will be family-friendly activities in addition to great food. Two bounce houses along with balloon twisters, barrel train rides, face painting and alpacas will be on hand for the event.

There will be musical entertainment provided by Washington High School and Washington Middle School students.

The adult menu will be a choice of chicken, pork steak, pulled pork or pulled pork nachos. Dinners include baked beans, potato salad, cookie and drink.

The children menu will be a choice of pork burger, hot dog or nachos. Dinners include chips, cookie and drink.

Advance tickets are on sale at $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets also will be available at the event for $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Click on the attached link below for the picnic order form, which also are available at each school, the district office on Locust Street and the WINGS office at the Four Rivers Career Center.

Children can return the order forms to their teachers or building secretary. Order forms also can be returned to the WINGS office at the Four Rivers Career Center.

Children can return the order forms to their teachers or building secretary. Order forms also can be returned to the WINGS office at the Four Rivers Career Center. Orders are due by May 2.

WINGS BBQ Lunch

Businesses in the Washington area can order lunch from the WINGS BBQ lunch delivery on Friday, May 5.

Box lunches are $7, which includes a sandwich (pulled pork, pork steak or pork burger) chips and a cookie. WINGS volunteers will deliver the lunches. If your company has a tight lunch schedule, we suggest picking the lunches up at the fairgrounds.

Order forms can be sent to Becky Cox at the Four Rivers YMCA by e-mail at becky.cox@gwrymca.org, or by fax at 636-239-5759. Orders are due by April 27.

Click on the attached links below for the lunch order form and the picnic order form.



 

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




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Students in the CAPS Teaching Careers program at the Four Rivers Career Center hosted "Ed Night" on Wednesday, April 12, at the new Confluence room FRCC.

The open house event showcased the students’ projects, accomplishments and achievements throughout the school year. On display presentations from the students’ state conference, along with projects, achievements and the new Confluence room at FRCC.

The FRCC Teaching Careers program continue 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 was showcased during the event. The room will be used for a number of events not only at FRCC, but also the entire school district.

The Teaching Careers Students also presented a check for $200 to the United Way, 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 United Way check presentation, are below.


United Way Check Presentation

The CAPS Teaching Careers Students presented a check for $200 to the United Way, which came from their various fundraisers throughout the school year. Pictures are students Jordan Donaldson, left, and Madison Box, right, and United Way representative Aimee Harty.


Teaching Careers Students Earn Awards

CAPS Teaching Careers students at Four Rivers Career Center competed at the Educators Rising State Conference at the University of Missouri on Wednesday, April 5. The Career Center’s students won first place in each of the five events in which they competed, and placed first overall. Front row, from left, are Abby Jones, Kaitlyn Knickmeyer and Mary Hinnah. Back row, from left, are Emma Boehmer, Kirsten Bishop, Madison Box, Kyra Hardesty and Meghan Mauldin.















 

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




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The School District of Washington will be closed on Friday, April 14, for Good Friday.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/14/17




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The School District of Washington will have a modified day for students on Wednesday, April 12, for staff professional development in the afternoon.

Additionally, there will be no school for students and staff on Friday, April 14, for Good Friday.

Also, progress reports will be available in Lumen on Wednesday, April 12.

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, April 12.

Click on the links below for modified day procedures and the 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/12/17




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Sami Jacquin, a senior at Washington High School, recently received the Breaking Traditions Award through the STEM Foundation of Missouri.

With the award comes a $100 scholarship for Jacquin, who plans to attend Universal Technical Institute – Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando, Fla.

Jacquin is a student in the Automotive Technology program at the Four Rivers Career Center. She was nominated for the award by Auto Tech instructor Gary Maune.

For 24 years, Breaking Traditions has honored outstanding students who have chosen specific career and technical programs based on their interests and abilities, and who have not let their gender influence their career decisions.

Career Centers, public two-year colleges and comprehensive high schools can nominate a single student from each nontraditional program. Winners from the nine regions in the state are chosen by a panel of judges, and these finalists then compete for male and female secondary and post secondary/adult state awards.


Sami Jacquin, Washington High School senior and Four Rivers Career Center Automotive Technology student, received the Breaking Traditions Award through the STEM Foundation of Missouri, which includes a $100 scholarship. Jacquin, center right, received the award from Michelene Moeller, center left, of the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Also pictured are FRCC Automotive Technology instructors Gary Maune, left, and Dan Brinkmann.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/17




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Nine students in the Teaching Careers program at Four Rivers Career Center competed at the Educators Rising State Conference at the University of Missouri on Wednesday, April 5.

The Career Center’s students won first place in each of the five events in which they competed, and placed first overall.  

Results are as follows:

Inside our Schools Video: First place -  Emma Boehmer, Kaitlyn Knickmeyer, Kyra Hardesty and Mary Hinnah

Creative Lecture: First place Mary Hinnah and third-place Kirsten Bishop.

Educators Rising Moment: First place -  Logan Nadeua.

Children's Literature Pre-K: First place Kaitlyn Knickmeyer and second place Abby Jones.

Children's Literature K-3: First place Meghan Mauldin and third place Madison Box.

Jenny Meers is the Teaching Careers instructor.

"I can't begin to express how proud these students made me. They had great sportsmanship and professionalism. Most importantly, to me, every student who told me they wanted to compete in January worked hard and competed," Meers said. "Their willingness to follow through on their goals was inspiring, and I look forward to see what they do in classrooms of their own."

Teaching Careers Students Win Awards

Front row, from left, are Kyra Hardesty, Abby Jones, Kaitlyn Knickmeyer and Mary Hinnah.

Back row, from left, are College and Career Specialist Andrea Wieland, Emma Boehmer, Madison Box, Kirsten Bishop, Meghan Mauldin, Jordan Donaldson, Teaching Careers instructor Jenny Meers and Logan Nadeau.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 4/6/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 5, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All 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 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/5/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 29, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All 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 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/29/17




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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: Tuesday, April 4.

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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/28/17




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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.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/20/17




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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/17/17




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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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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/16/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 15, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All 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 2016-17 academic calendar.

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Published: 3/15/17




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The School District of Washington will have a modified day for students on Wednesday, March 8.

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, March 8.

The modified day will be used for a staff work day in the afternoon.

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Published: 3/8/17




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Sixth-grade students at Campbellton Elementary were given tours of businesses in Washington on Wednesday, March 1.

Campbellton Elementary sixth-grade teacher LuAnn Engelbrecht and Principal Jennifer Meyer accompanied the students.

The students visited the Four Rivers Career Center, The Missourian’s Commercial Printing facility, Ziglin Signs, and then had lunch at Aldo’s.

At the Four Rivers Career Center, student ambassadors gave the tour, showing the visitors from Campbellton around the building, stopping in each program for a brief description. Students had the opportunity to do some hands-on projects in some of the shops.

The business tour gave Campbellton sixth-grade students an opportunity to see how their educational experience can expand beyond the classroom.

Photos from the Four Rivers Career Center tour are below.















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Published: 3/2/17




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Students in the Four Rivers Career Center's Teaching Careers program presented a two-hour professional development workshop to School District of Washington teachers on Friday, Feb, 17.

The workshop was entitled, "Critical Thinking from Students' Perspective."

Photos from the Teaching Careers professional development workshop are below.




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Published: 3/1/17




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 1, is an early release day in the School District of Washington. All students will be released one hour early.

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Published: 3/1/17




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Students from the Four Rivers Career Center recently participated in the East District SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference Feb. 3 at Four Rivers Career Center, Ranken Technical College, and St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, and Feb. 17 at Four Rivers Career Center.

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 at the State Technical College of Missouri in Linn April 6-8.

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

Morning Students

Automotive Technology: Jacob Wade (East Central College) – Bronze in Automotive Service Technical Information

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

Automotive Technology: Ben Barnett (East Central College) – Gold in Diesel Equipment Technical Information

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

Automotive Technology: Steven Hoekel (Union) – Bronze in Automotive Service Technology

Information Technology: Neil Landers (Washington) – Bronze in Computer Networking Technical Information

Information Technology: Joshua Clark (Hermann) – Bronze in Information Technology Services

Information Technology: Bryce Downey (St. Clair) – Bronze in Computer Repair Technical Information

Welding: Christian Feeney (East Central College) – Gold in Welding Technology

Graphic Communications: Logan Jasper (Hermann) – Gold in T-Shirt Design

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

Graphic Communications: Celesse Smedley (New Haven) –  Bronze in Advertising Design

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

Graphic Communications: Makaila Milligan (Union) – Bronze in T-Shirt Design

Building Construction: Mark Senecal (New Haven) – Bronze in Carpentry Technical Information

Building Construction: Melanie Hagedorn (Pacific) – Gold in Electrical Construction Wiring

Building Construction: Melanie Hagedorn (Pacific) –  Silver in Carpentry Technical Information

Machine Tool: Tim Hoekel (Union) – Silver in Automated Manufacturing Technical Information

Machine Tool: Tim Hoekel (Union) – Silver in CNC Turning Specialist

Machine Tool: Jack Tyree (Washington) - Silver in Precision Machining Technical Information

Machine Tool: Ian Hintz (Washington) – Bronze in Precision Machining Technical Information

Machine Tool: Nick Ennis (Union) – Silver in CNC Turning Specialist

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

Collision Repair: Andrew Rosenburg (Washington) – Silver in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Collision Repair: Sam Miller (Washington) – Gold in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Collision Repair: Kale Meinershagen (Washington) – Bronze in Collision Repair Technical Information

Afternoon Students

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

Information Technology: Curtis Brinker (Washington) - Silver in Computer Networking Technical Information

Machine Tool: Cole Hanneken (Borgia) – Bronze in CNC Milling Specialist

Machine Tool: Bradley Pohl (Borgia) – Gold in CNC Technician

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

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

Machine Tool: Mark Schneider (Washington) – Silver in Precision Machining Technical Information

Collision Repair: Brent Schoonveld (Sullivan) – Gold in Collision Repair Technical Information

Collision Repair: Eli Frost (Washington) – Silver in Collision Repair Technical Information

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

Building Construction: Zach Jasper (Washington) – Silver in Carpentry Technical Information

Building Construction: Trevor Voss (Washington) – Gold in Masonry Technical Information

Building Construction: Justin Kleinheider (Washington) – Gold in Carpentry Technical Information

Building Construction: Oliver Brunkhorst (Washington) – Bronze in Carpentry Technical Information

Building Construction: Amber Halley (Washington) – Bronze in Technical Spelling

Building Construction: Abel Alvarez (Warrenton) – Bronze in Action Skills

Automotive Technology: Allen Shepard (Warrenton) – Bronze in Diesel Equipment Technical Information

Automotive Technology: Logan Wiese (East Central College) – Gold in Automotive Service Technical Information

Automotive Technology: Skyler Wilmesher (East Central College) – Silver in Automotive Service Technical Information

Automotive Technology: Sami Jacquin (Washington) – Silver in Motorcycle Service Technical Information

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

Automotive Technology: Alek Krieftmeyer (Washington) – Bronze in in Automotive Service Technical Information

Automotive Technology: Andrew Katzung (Washington) – Gold in Automotive Service Technology

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

Graphic Communications: Pierce Simmons (Washington) – Silver in Promotional Bulletin Board

Graphic Communications: Will Mullins (Washington) – Silver in Promotional Bulletin Board

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

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

Welding: Cole Lensing (East Central College) – Bronze in Welding Technology

Welding: Vittorio Vassalli (Sullivan) - Bronze in Welding Technology


Pictured are FRCC morning students who earned Skills USA district medals. Front row, from left, are Jacob Wade, Jordan Duke, Ben Barnett, Trevor Seals, Neil Landers, Joshua Clark, Christian Feeney, Logan Jasper, Celesse Smedley, Maranda Heggemann and Loraine O’Brien. Back row, from left, are Mark Senecal, Melanie Hagedorn, Tim Hoekel, Jack Tyree, Ian Hintz, Nick Ennis, Conrad Hintz, Andrew Rosenburg, Sam Miller and Kale Meinershagen. Not pictured are Steven Hoekel, Makaila Milligan and Bryce Downey.


Pictured are FRCC afternoon students who earned Skills USA district medals. Front row, from left, are Matthew Dew, Curtis Brinker, Cole Hanneken, Bradley Pohl, Ryan Schwoeppe, Brent Schoonveld and Eli Frost. Middle row, from left, are Adam McGlenn, Mark Schneider, Zach Jasper, Trevor Voss, Justin Kleinheider, Oliver Brunkhorst, Amber Halley and Abel Alvarez. Back row, from left, are Allen Shepard, Logan Wiese, Skyler Wilmesher, Sami Jacquin, Tyler Moore, Alek Krieftmeyer, Andrew Katzung, Josh Bond, Pierce Simmons, Will Mullins and Nathalie Rains. Not pictured are Cole Lensing, Vittorio Vassalli and Mason Parker.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/24/17




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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 February 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Lynne Kuchem, Joe Dierks and Julie McBride.

Dierks is an assistant principal at Washington High School. McBride is a third-grade teacher at Washington West Elementary. Kuchem is the secretary at Campbellton Elementary.

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

 

Lynne Kuchem

Lynne Kuchem, the secretary at Campbellton Elementary, is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School and attended East Central College. She has been with the SDOW for 13 years, all as the secretary at Campbellton Elementary.

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I’m very family oriented and I’m a fun-loving person.”

 

*Describe your job duties?

“Attendance, answering the door, answering the phone. Some days it’s helping with lunch aide, scanning in the lunch room, taking care of the lunch money. Basically anything anybody needs.”


*Best part about your job?

“The kids, and the people I work with. We’re like a big family here. I love my job.”

 

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

“It’s a great place. It’s small and its very community and family oriented. Everybody really gets along.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I like to flower garden. I like to read. But above all, I like to spend time with my grand-kids, and my kids. I have five grand-kids ranging in age from 1 to 9.”

 

*What cheers you up?

“My grand-kids, and going to Los Cabos. And I love vacations at the beach. We go to the Fort Walton/Destin (Florida) area with the family pretty much every year. It’s great.”

 

 

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

“The fall when school starts is stressful. It gets better after the first few weeks when things settle down. I like the holidays. Christmas here at Campbellton is really fun. Not that I’m looking for the school year to end, but I always enjoy the summer, and then I’m always ready to come back in the fall.”

 

*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“Washington, Missouri. I love Washington. I’m lucky because all three of my kids live here. I grew up here. My parents grew up here. I drive along Front Street and see the flowers and the river. It’s a family oriented community. Some people don’t like that, but I do.”

 

*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“Our own house at the beach, not to live there, but a vacation home. My family would also like to have a lake house around here where they could fish at.”

 

*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“Not worrying about anything. You wake up and have a clean slate every day.”

 

*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“Play the piano, and sing. Every time someone in my family has a birthday, I call them and sing, ‘Happy Birthday.’ They expect it now, and they’d be disappointed if I didn’t do it.”

 

*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“My mother-in-law, Rita Kuchem. She’s awesome. She’s had a lot of hard knocks in her life. She’s amazing. She’s there for the great grand-kids and the grand-kids, and her kids. She’s the youngest great grand-mother I’ve ever known. I hope I can be as good of a great-grandma one day.”


Lynne Kuchem

Joe Dierks

Joe Dierks, assistant principal at Washington High School, is a graduate of Steeleville, Ill., High School and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He holds Master’s degrees from Southwest Baptist University in both curriculum and instruction and education administration. This is his second year with the SDOW and 17th year in education after previously teaching (social students and history) and coaching (basketball and cross country) at Valley Park and Crocker High Schools.

 

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

“I’m a work-hard, play-hard guy. I like to be on the go and have a full schedule. My son, Drew, is a big part of my life and my wife’s life. If I’m not here doing something one night, I’m usually involved with one of his activities, and that’s how I like it.

“I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher. I enjoyed every day in the classroom. I love working with kids. I have a real passion for history and social studies. It was my mission to spice up history and social studies and make them fun classes for the students. My favorite thing to do, as an administrator, is classroom observation and watching teachers do their thing.

“I didn’t always want to be an administrator. There was nine years between my two Master’s degrees. I got the first one to rise up on the salary schedule, and was very comfortable with that. At Valley Park, I began doing some things and helping the staff with new initiatives. We did some cool things and became a Blue Ribbon school. I helped the staff, who then helped the students, and we worked well together as a team, so I thought maybe this was something I could do. Valley Park was right around 290 to 300 kids, which was right on that threshold, do we need an assistant principal or not? So I became the free assistant principal. I enjoyed working with teachers and kids in that capacity. I subbed a lot for our first-year principal while he was out at leadership academies. So I didn’t even entertain the idea of being an administrator until my 14th or 15th year of teaching.”

 

*What’s been your impressions of Washington High School in your two years here?

“A little eye-opening. It was really tough in the beginning to transition to such a big school. I struggle with names because there’s so many kids. I like to call kids by their name, and I’m trying to get better, but there’s just so many. I went to a high school of 140, and then the two high schools I taught at were 180 and 280, so I knew every single kid in the school. Here, it’s tough to do that. There are also so many teachers. I really want to sit down with every teacher once a year and at least talk to them a little. Our whole team tries to do observations with every teacher at least once every school year. I’m awfully glad we have a four-person administration team here at the high school.”


*Best part about your job?

“Being able to go to the bathroom whenever you want. I think if done right, teaching is the most difficult job in the world. If not done right, that’s a different story. The best part is seeing our teachers doing their thing, and being able to help them a little bit. I love teacher observations because I get to see teachers and students in their element. I also enjoy supervision. I try to take as much supervision as I can if I can work around my son’s schedule because seeing kids succeed in what they’re doing is fun for me.

 

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

“The kids we have at the high school are some of the best kids I’ve ever been around. There’s a lot of good parenting and strong core values going on here. A huge percentage of our students are really good kids and they are getting the opportunity to do some pretty cool things here. There are so many different things for them to get involved in, and that’s the advantage of a big school. Our teachers and our entire staff really support the students and what they want to do. And that starts at the top with Dr. VanLeer and filters all the way down.”

 

*Hobbies?

“I like to watch sports. I’m not sure I want to be involved with coaching again, but I like watching sports. I couldn’t imagine life without watching high school and college basketball. We even try to hit a couple NBA games every year. I like to read about history when I have the time. I have a stack of books a mile high that I want to read. I’m a movie and music buff. I love ‘80s music, pop, not rock. My wife is quite the heavy metal person. She’s into Tool, Rage Against the Machine, it’s crazy. I’m more of a Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie, Boy George, Duran Duran type of guy. If given the time and the money, I would be somewhere tropical a lot. I really like the beach. My wife and I have gone to Mexico every year for the last 13 years, and spend four or five days just not thinking and decompressing. We go with friends and we all leave our kids with grandma and grandpa.

 

*What cheers you up?

“My son Drew, and watching him do things that I’ve taught him. He’s going to be 8 next month. There’s nothing that makes me happier than to see him having fun. Being warm also cheers me up. I hate the cold. I struggle with the winter. That first 80 degree day of the year, I’m walking on sunshine.”

 

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

“I like seeing the kids come back in at the beginning. I really like the end of the school year also, not because we’re getting out, but as a long time AP teacher, I really like pumping kids up to that AP national exam and that total focus I see in an AP classroom at the end of the year. That’s a lot of fun.”

 

*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“Somewhere where it never gets below 70 degrees. Maybe Phoenix or Miami, because I would have to watch some college and professional basketball.”

 

*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“A small condo with a nice outdoor space somewhere warm. I don’t need anything big because I’m never going to be inside. Of course, that would be after I finished my signed contract with the School District of Washington. I would full fill my contractual obligations and then you would never see me again.”

 

*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“It seems like things were a lot easier back then. Every day during the summer, you could take off on your bike and play wiffle ball all day. The rule was when the street lights came on, you had 10 minutes to get home. It’s different these days. It’s really tough being a kid today.”

 

*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“I wish I could sing. That would be great. Especially being able to hit the high notes, like a-ha.”

 

*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“My grand-father Dierks was my best friend. They lived close to us. He was strict and I had to live by his rules, but I liked that. I liked the structure. We went fishing and hunting. I don’t know if I really enjoyed doing those things, but I enjoyed it because I was with him. He imparted a lot of knowledge. Here’s how you clean the fish, and he’d make me do it myself. If I screwed up, he’d make me do it right on the next one and he’d never take over and do it for me. He didn’t accept excuses. He was quick to criticize, but also quick to praise, and I think I took that into my teaching and coaching. He was a big influence with me. I’m a 40-year old who acts like a 60-year old because my role model grew up during the depression.”


Joe Dierks

 

Julie McBride

Julie McBride, a third-grade teacher at Washington West Elementary, was a student in the Washington School District throughout her K-12 career. She attended South Point, Fifth Street and was in the last class at Locust Street as a sixth-grader, before going to the middle school and the high school. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and received her Master’s degree from Southwest Baptist University. She’s been a teacher for 25 years, 24 years teaching third grade at South Point Elementary and then Washington West Elementary.

 

 

*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?
“As a person, I would say I’m very organized. I don’t like having things to do on my desk. If there’s a task, I want to get it done. As a teacher, I like getting to know my students, and I like reaching the one who needs a little extra. I usually don’t give up on those hard cases. Usually by the end of the year I can reach almost all of them.”

 

*Best part about your job?
“Working with the students who need the extra attention; the ones who either don’t like school or have always failed. Getting to see that change is the best part.”

 

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

“From the custodians to the principal, everybody has the kids’ best interests at heart. There’s so much going on out there anti-education and anti-teaching, this is terrible and that’s terrible. I just think if they were in the classroom and really saw what everybody does every day, they would see a big difference from what they see on the news.”

 

*Hobbies?

“Scrapbooking and spending time with my family, I have three grandchildren (ages 4 years, 3 years and 8 months) who keep us busy. Also my husband and I go hiking, so I like to get out, go hiking and just get away from everything.”

 

*What cheers you up?

“Spending time with my grand-children.”

 

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

“All teachers like the end of May, but at the end of the school year you can see how far your students have come since the beginning of the school year, and I always enjoy that part of it.”

 

*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“I would live in the Northwest, in Oregon. It’s gorgeous. Perfect weather. Great hiking. Close to the ocean. I would move there in a heartbeat.

 

*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“I don’t know that I would buy anything. I would use the money to travel. And I would take care of my children and their families.”

 

*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“Sometimes I miss the no responsibility part of being a kid. I miss being a kid in the days back when I was a kid.”

 

*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

"Rock climbing."

 

*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“The person who I taught with for 20 years, Janet Kleinheider. She was an amazing teacher and is still an amazing friend. As I get to the end of my teaching career, I want to go out the same way she did, which was still changing things up very year and still being a strong teacher and not phoning it in. She was really good at what she did.”


Julie McBride

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/24/17




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Students in Steve Kessel’s fourth-grade STEM class (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Augusta Elementary had the chance to hear from a guest speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, on the topic of the new Highway 47 Washington bridge currently being constructed.

Speaking to the students was Matt Jacobi, a 22-year old with Alberici Constructors, which is the construction company that won the bidding rights for the Highway 47 Washington bridge project. Jacobi is one of six project engineers for the construction of the new Highway 47 Washington bridge. Also on hand was Tammy Swyers of Alberici Constructors.

Jacobi is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Alberici Constructors is the 31st largest construction company in the United States and does work throughout North America.

Jacobi spoke to the students about the design, construction and building of bridges and how the workers are tackling the Washington bridge project.

Jacobi said there are 40 to 50 workers from Alberici Constructors currently on the Washington bridge project, and that number will grow to 70 to 100 workers as the project develops. There also are five inspectors on site from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The projected completion date for the new Washington bridge is November of 2018.

Following his presentation, Jacobi answered questions from nearly all of the 28 Augusta Elementary STEM students on hand.

Fourth-grade STEM students in the SDOW currently are engaged in a bridge building unit in their classes.

Jacobi’s presentation was recorded on video and will be shown to the other STEM fourth-grade classes throughout the School District of Washington. Photos are below.

Click on the attached links below for the video of the presentation and for more information from MoDOT on the Highway 47 Washington bridge project.

A camera is placed on the Washington side of the bridge. The MoDOT link below displays a new picture every 10 to 20 minutes, allowing citizens to see frequent updates on the progress of the new bridge.

 



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/10/17




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Niche recently came out with its rankings of school districts in Missouri and the United States.

Niche combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best places to live and go to school.

The School District of Washington ranked No. 29 in the 2017 best school districts in Missouri, and received an overall grade of “A-“.

An “A” grade was given in health and safety. An “A-“ grade was given in academics, and resources and facilities.

A “B+” grade was given in teachers, college readiness and food. A “B” grade was given in administration, sports, and clubs and activities.

Click on the link below for the complete Niche rankings.

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Published: 2/3/17




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Students in the collision repair program at Four Rivers Career Center recently completed a project that will help benefit St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Gator Jet Boats, a boat building company in Cuba, Mo., put on a fundraiser with proceeds going toward St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Part of the fundraiser was a raffle where the winner would receive a free paint job on their boat, which is where the collision repair program at FRCC came in to play.

The students provided the labor and artwork for the paint job. The work was done by the students inside of the collision repair shop at FRCC. Overseeing the project was FRCC collision repair instructors Robert Schulze and Bob Pecka.

Paint and other materials were provided by Performance Auto Color of High Ridge.  

Proceeds from the Gator Jet Boats fundraiser, which included the raffle for the paint job, went to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

See the photos below of the boat before it was painted and after the project was completed. Pictured with the finished boat are some of the collision repair students who worked on the project.






 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/2/17




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Washington High School students in the CAPS Business class visited the Missourian Commercial Printing facility on Bluff Road in Washington on Friday morning, Jan. 27.

Stephen Trentmann of the Missourian gave the class a tour of the entire facility, explaining the day-to-day operations. Trentmann has been in print production, prepress and sales of print product since 1989. He works as a sales manager for the Missourian.

The students got a first-hand look of the printing press and how it operates, as well as other departments and offices.

Photos from the CAPS Business students at the Missourian Commecial Printing facility are below.




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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/31/17




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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 January 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Sandi Gildehaus, Stefanie Virgen and Scott Paulsen.

Gildehaus is the School District of Washington’s Parents as Teachers Coordinator. Virgen is a Language Arts and Challenge instructor at Washington Middle School. Paulsen is a Warehouse Manager at Central Warehouse.

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

 

Sandi Gildehaus

Sandi Gildehaus, the Parents as Teachers Coordinator for the School District of Washington, is a graduate of Washington High School. She has been with the SDOW for 12 years, all with the Parents as Teachers program. She's a graduate of East Central College.

 

* What is Parents as Teachers?

“It’s a free parent education program. We have four components to the program itself. There’s parent education, so there are personal visits we can do with families. We do developmental screenings. We do group connections. And then we have tons of resources that we can share with families.”

 

*Describe your job duties?

“I am the Parents as Teachers coordinator. I handle the day-to-day operations for the program. I’m the Parents as Teachers coordinator part-time and I am also a part-time parent educator.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person and an educator?

“Caring, compassionate, and always ready for change. I am not afraid of change.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“Flexibility. I love the flexibility of being able to schedule appointments for when it works with my schedule and the needs of my family.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the Early Learning Center?

“It’s a hoot-and-a-half when you see the preschoolers, babies and toddlers who are in this building every day and we are lucky enough to see those families as well. With children under the age of 5, you just never know what’s going to come out of their mouths or how they’re going to react to something. It’s always entertaining.”

 

*Hobbies?

"I’m also the varsity cheer coach at St. Francis Borgia, so that occupies the other full-time position that I do. Past that, I really don’t have time for anything else.”

 

*Favorite Time of the School Year?

“The beginning of the school year. Everyone is so excited. Everything is fresh and new.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would like you like to work for a week?

“I would like to follow Dr. (Lori) VanLeer around for a week. I’m sure she experiences many different things that would make things interesting for sure.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

“What teacher doesn’t root for a snow day? But I don’t want too many of them.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

“I don’t know that I have a definite answer for that. You learn from your past, and you look forward to your future.”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

“Somewhere with a beach, and don’t send a search party looking for me. I’ll come back when I’m ready.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

“Yogurt and a lot of leftovers.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

“I’d want to read minds. Of course, I would never abuse my power.”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

“At the time, I was working for J.C. Penney on their management team. I was at work watching it all unfold on the computer, and not believing it was happening.”


Sandi Gildehaus


Sandi Gildehaus

 

 

Stefanie Virgen

Stefanie Virgen, a Washington High School graduate, is a Language Arts and Challenge instructor at Washington Middle School. She teaches eighth-grade college and career, eighth-grade gifted, seventh-grade language arts and seventh grade gifted. She’s been in education for nine years, including the last six years with the SDOW at the middle school. She’s owns a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University, a master’s degree in education from Drury University and an education specialist degree from Arkansas State University.

 

*Describe your job duties?

I do everything. Then when I get bored, I see if there’s another committee I can join.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person and an educator?

Irrevocably tough, but immutably caring. Occasionally sardonic.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“That I would do it for free.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the middle school?

We take the boisterous enthusiasm of the elementary, combine it with the pedagogical solemnity of the high school, mix in 600 pubescent adolescents, and out pops the magic.”

 

*Hobbies?

Living outside in spring and summer; lamenting that I can no longer live outside in the winter. Also other stuff, like reading everything, engaging in culinary arts, eating everything in sight, singing loudly even though my two littles decry this supposedly foul treatment, laughing with my husband, and trying to find a way to increase the amount of grading on my plate. Wait. Strike that last one.”

 

*Favorite Time of the School Year?
Replaced daily.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would like you like to work for a week?

“I’d like to be a student.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

The occasional snow day is merely a portal to have more time to do more, which includes eating.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

Thirty. Enough life experience to hopefully apply learning from youthful stupidity. Less uncomfortable medical tests. Win win!”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

The middle of the deepest woods I can find with the most creeks running through it. Maybe a mountain to climb in case I grow spoiled and tired of all the tranquil perfection.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

Ingredients to make food from almost any culture and a whole lot of caffeine.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I would be kind of like King Midas, except instead of turning everything to gold with my touch, I would turn everyone genial, loving, and full of compulsively logical thinking.”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

I was in my dorm at MSU (Missouri State University). Someone called and told me something horrible had happened and to turn on the TV. I did so and the second tower came down. I remember thinking this was our generation’s ‘day that will live in infamy;’ 315 million people had just been rocked by the vitriol of a few and our national consciousness changed forever.”


Stefanie Virgen, front row center, with some of her middle school students.


Stefanie Virgen, behind the plant, with some of her middle school students.

 

 

Scott Paulsen

Scott Paulsen is Warehouse Manager at the central warehouse for the School District of Washington. He’s worked at the school district’s warehouse for 18 years. Paulsen is a graduate of Rolla High School and East Central College.

 

*Describe your job duties?

“I have a couple of guys who work with me and we take care of all of the custodial supplies and all of the food that the kitchens and buildings need throughout the week. We also take care of any stages, chairs, risers, and other equipment needed for programs to be taken out.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person?

“I can be quiet, but at the same time, I like a good practical joke, so a little grease under the door handle might not be out of line.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“I get to interact with several different people. The people I work with are great. You can’t be too sensitive around us.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the central warehouse?

“We’re very busy. There are times when we have a hard time keeping up, especially on Veterans Day, Christmas programs, things that take place around the same time. We have to keep up with all of the chairs and tables, along with all of the food and custodial duties.”

 

Hobbies?

“I have my own side business. My wife just took over her parents’ canoe business. I have two not-so-young-anymore kids. I like to spend time with them and my wife, so there’s not a lot of time for hobbies. I do like to hunt and target shoot.”

 

* Favorite time of the school year?

“A couple of weeks after school starts. That’s when everything settles down and things get into a routine.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would you like you like to work for a week?

“This might sound corny, but there isn’t one. I like my job. Maybe I’m afraid of change.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

“No I don’t. We work snow days, and it can become a problem, especially when there are several in a row. The food that’s not used on the snow day is left in the freezers. If we get several snow days in a row, that can become an issue because I’ve already ordered another shipment of food and things get backed up in the freezer.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

“Everyone wants to be younger. I don’t want to be old and decrepit, but I like where I’m at. I’m not hurting all the time, and hopefully I’m not a foolish kid anymore.”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

“I don’t dream about world travel. I don’t like big cities. It would probably be the Ozark Mountains or Smoky Mountains. Just the middle of nowhere.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

“We’re in the process of butchering, so you’ll see lots of beef and pork. There’s also soda.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

“Not sure. How about Mr. Incredible?”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

“I was with a co-worker and we were going from one school to another to pick up some donated items when we heard about it over the radio. I didn’t think about a terrorist attack when it first happened. Hearing about it on the radio, I’m thinking it was a small, personal plane that hit the tower. As soon as the second one hit, I knew it was a terrorist attack.”


Scott Paulsen

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Work on the new CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) classroom continues to progress at the Four Rivers Career Center.

The classroom is located on the second floor at FRCC next to the collision repair shop.

Painting and installation of the floor has been completed. Carpet is set to be put in the week of Jan. 23-27.

Lights, furniture and technology are expected to be completed by the middle of March.

The School District of Washington’s Board of Education hopes to have its monthly meeting in the new classroom in March. There also will be an open house scheduled for faculty, staff and the public to see the classroom.

See the pictures below of the new CAPS classroom, which includes work on the floor, which were taken on Friday, Jan. 20.






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New for the 2016-17 school year, the Four Rivers Career Center is introducing the Director’s Award, given to students twice per school year at the end of each semester.

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 lunch with FRCC Director Andy Robinson, where they share with each other what projects they are working on and how the school year is going in their respective programs.

Recipients from the first semester of the 2016-17 school year are:

Morning: Brandon Long (Pacific, Automotive Technology), Steven Hoekel (Union, Automotive Technology), Michael McLaren (Wright City, Building Trades), Andrew Rosenburg (Washington, Collision Repair), Raven Ritrovato (St. Clair, Graphic Communications), MacKenzie Bay (St. Clair, Health Occupations), Josh Clark (Hermann, Information Technology), Tim Hoekel (Union, Machine Tool) and Mary Hinnah (Washington, Teaching Careers).

Afternoon: Nick Dierking (Washington, Automotive Technology), Sami Jacquin (Washington, Automotive Technology), Daniel VanDillen (Warrenton, Building Trades), Claire Ehlenbeck (Warrenton, Collision Repair), Pierce Simmons (Washington, Graphic Communications), Jerry DeLargy (Washington, Health Occupations), Curtis Brinker (Washington, Information Technology), Cole Hanneken (Borgia, Machine Tool) and Madison Box (Borgia, Teaching Careers).

See the pictures below of the morning and afternoon recipients of the Four Rivers Career Center’s Director’s Award.

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Tim Hoekel, Josh Clark, Steven Hoekel, Andrew Rosenburg and Michael McLaren. Standing, from left, are Brandon Long, Raven Ritrovato, FRCC Director Andy Robinson, MacKenzie Bay and Mary Hinnah.

Pictured are Four Rivers Career Center Director’s Award recipients for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Nick Dierking, Madison Box, Sami Jacquin, Claire Ehlenbeck and Daniel VanDillen. Standing, from left, are Cole Hanneken, Jerry DeLargy, FRCC Director Andy Robinson, Curtis Brinker and Pierce Simmons.

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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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Published: 1/12/17




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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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Published: 1/6/17




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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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Published: 12/20/16




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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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Published: 12/16/16




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Washington High School students in the CAPS Business class visited First State Community Bank in Washington on Tuesday morning, Dec. 13.

Giving a presentation on banking and business were First State Community Bank Senior Vice President John Freitag, Market President Scott Breckenkamp and Assistant Vice President Windy Sulltrop.

Among the topics discussed were business checking accounts, small business loans and an overview of the banking industry career. The professionals also gave advice on how the students can market themselves and their business, along with how to practice better business skills and how to face challenges that present themselves on an everyday basis.

Photos from the CAPS Business students at First State Community Bank are below.

CAPS Business introduces students to the knowledge, attributes and skills entrepreneurs need to create and launch their own business concepts.

Students are taught the foundations of business needed to start companies while developing skills and talents necessary to invent their own careers.      

Photos from the CAPS Business students at First State Community Bank are below.



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Published: 12/14/16




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Family members of the late John Carver visited the Four Rivers Career Center on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to present school officials with funds for his scholarship.

Joyce Carver, widow, and Rachel Thacker, daughter, presented FRCC officials with a check for $4,000, which came from memorial donations. The money will be put into the John and Joyce Scholarship fund.

John Carver, 80, passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Washington.
During his career, Carver was employed by the School District of Washington at the Four Rivers Vocational Technical School as a guidance counselor, and later taught as a substitute teacher for the SDOW.

The first scholarship at the Four Rivers Career Center was established in the name of John and Joyce Carver in 2015.

While counseling and teaching, John worked with six decades of area students. He was an adjunct professor at East Central College. He was a member of the Optimist Club, where he served as former president and eastern Missouri representative.

Carver was an international educators correspondent and traveled to Russia in 1988 to introduce education. He was an FFA facility advisor and selected as Ambassador of the Year. He was an educator trainee for the U.S. Marine Corps Enlisted Professional Military Education training program. He served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army.
Among his survivors are his wife, Joyce Carver; three daughters, Krista Carver, Lisa Carver McDonald and husband Bryan, and Rachel Thacker.


Joyce Carver, seated right, and Rachel Thacker, seated left, presented officials at the Four Rivers Career Center a check for the John and Joyce Carver Scholarship fund coming from John Carver memorial donations. Also pictured are Four Rivers Career Center instructors who attended FRCC while students. From left are Gary Maune (Automotive Technology), Dan Brinkmann (Automotive Technology), Chris Redd (Washington School of Practical Nursing), Robert Schulze (Automotive Collision Repair) and Jeff Marquart (Graphic Communications).

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Published: 12/9/16




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Irene Disbro, a student in the automotive technology program at the Four Rivers Career Center, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the local PEO (Professional Educational Organization).

Disbro, a student at East Central College, was informed of the news on Monday morning, Nov. 28, by PEO representatives Joyce Wessels and Jane Cowan, who both are on the scholarship committee.

The local PEO chapter normally awards two $500 scholarships, but decided to give the full $1,000 scholarship to Disbro because they were impressed by her application.

Disbro will be recognized as a scholarship recipient at the PEO Chapter’s banquet on December 6 at Café Mosaic in Washington.


FRCC automotive technology student Irene Disbro, center, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the local PEO (Professional Educational Organization). From left are Jane Cowan of the PEO scholarship committee, Irene Disbro, and Joyce Wessels of the PEO scholarship committee.


FRCC automotive technology student Irene Disbro, center, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the local PEO (Professional Educational Organization). From left are Four Rivers Career Center Automotive Technology Instructor Gary Maune, Jane Cowan of the PEO scholarship committee, Irene Disbro, FRCC Career Services Coordinator Stephanie Juengling and Joyce Wessels of the PEO scholarship committee.

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Published: 11/29/16




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The School District of Washington’s CAPS Business Ignite class visited the Washington Chamber of Commerce office on Tuesday morning, Nov. 22.

Students in the class got an overview of what the chamber of commerce does, how it performs its duties and how it serves the community. They also received a rundown of community events and other projects put on by the chamber of commerce.

The chamber of commerce employees gave the students a tour of the building, visiting offices of the tourism director, marketing director and finance director. They also visited the office for the Washington Town and Country Fair.

The CAPS Ignite class focuses on business innovation. Students learn foundational skills in the area of business when starting a company. They engage with real professionals in the field throughout the process.

A photo of the Business Ignite students with Washington Chamber of Commerce employees is below.

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Published: 11/22/16




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On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from the School District of Washington 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 November 2016 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Kaycie Brueggemann, Katie Sandoval and Emmett Berry.

Brueggemann is a third-grade teacher at South Point Elementary School. Sandoval is a school counselor at Washington High School. Berry is a PC technician for the district, working out of the Technology and Learning Center.

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

 

Kaycie Brueggemann

Kaycie Brueggemann, a 2007 Washington High School graduate, is a third-grade teacher at South Point Elementary. This is her fifth year in education and third year at the St. School District of Washington. She was a sixth-grade teacher at South Point Elementary the previous two years. She’s a graduate of the University of Missouri.

 

* Describe yourself as a person and a teacher?

"I’m a person who takes pride in what I do. As a teacher, I’d like to think I provide a good environment and a fun, safe place for our students to be. I like to be encouraging."


* Best part about your job?

"The really funny things that third-graders come up with. The songs they start singing when you just say a couple of words in a row. The really hilarious comments that you get back when you ask a question sometimes."

 

* What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at South Point Elementary?

"There’s a lot of really awesome people who work in this building. The thing that makes me want to come to work every day is my co-workers."

 

* Hobbies

"I love to read. I’m in a book club with some of my friends. I enjoy watching Mizzou football. Go Tigers!"

 

* Favorite movie

"Remember the Titans."

 

* If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

"Morgan Freeman. He’d be really cool to hang out with and he could narrate our dinner."

 

* If you found a $100 bill on a public street, what would you do with it?

"I’d try to turn it in to someone. Of course, if I didn’t find the owner, I’d treat myself to a nice dinner."

 

* At what store would you like to max out your credit card?

"Crate & Barrel or Office Max. I love school supplies."

 

* What’s the No. 1 thing to do on your bucket list?

"To travel to Europe for two weeks. Never been. Is that the prize I get for being picked for this?"


Kaycie Brueggemann with her third-grade class at South Point Elementary.

 

Emmett Berry

Emmett Berry, a 2010 graduate of Washington High School, is a PC Technician with the School District of Washington, working from the Technology and Learning Center. This is his fourth year with the District after attending Vatterott College.

 

* Explain your job duties

"My main duty is supporting staff and students in whatever technology needs they have."

 

* Describe yourself as a person

"Fun-loving, easy-going. I’m all about keeping things positive and happy."


* Best part about your job?

"That’s easy. Being with the people I work with. I like getting out and talking to the staff at all of the buildings. The more interaction I get, the better."

 

* Describe what it’s like to work at the Technology and Learning Center

"It’s not all serious here. We joke around and laugh a lot. I think people get the idea that we’re just all business. Anyone who spends time over here knows that we’re just a bunch of goofballs. If we didn’t have that, we wouldn’t make it through the day. We’re a pretty tight crew."

 

* Hobbies

"Kayaking, playing golf, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee."

 

* Favorite movie

"I’ve never had a favorite movie. I don’t pick favorites. Not The Notebook, that’s for sure."

 

* If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

"Chris Farley. It would be hilarious."

 

* If you found a $100 bill on a public street, what would you do with it?

"I’d be the good guy, unfortunately, and reluctantly take it to the police."

 

* At what store would you like to max out your credit card?

"Target. They have everything."

 

* What’s the No. 1 thing to do on your bucket list?

"Kayaking through the Grand Canyon area."


Emmett Berry

 

Katie Sandoval

Katie Sandoval, a graduate of Union High School, is a school counselor at Washington High School. This is her 14th year in education and 13th year at the School District of Washington. She spent her first year in education teaching Spanish at John F. Kennedy High School before coming to WHS. She spent her first two years at WHS teaching Spanish before becoming a counselor.

 

* Explain your job duties

"I work with students for career and college planning. I work with students who possibly are having mental health concerns or need support for emotional reasons. I collaborate with my peers; teachers, administrators and other counselors."

 

* Describe yourself as a person

"I like to see life through rose-colored glasses. I believe the best in human beings. I’m definitely a passionate person. I’m fun-loving, passionate, enjoy working with other people and enjoy hearing and learning other people’s perspectives."


* Best part about your job?

"There’s a lot of things I like about my job. I really like working with kids. I really enjoy supporting them through developing leadership, planning for college and career, mental health, those types of things. And I enjoy my peers. We have such a fantastic office. It’s a lot of fun."

 

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

"We genuinely care about kids. We want to do our best to support them. We want to support the whole student, not just build the academic component, but build leadership and service skills. We also want to look at what’s going on with our students in the community and how we can support them if there is a circumstance where a student needs support."

 

* Hobbies

"Anything outdoors; biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing. I also enjoy photography."

 

* Favorite movie

"There’s so many to choose from. It depends on my mood."

 

* If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?

"My great-grandmother Chaya. She was a migrant worker who went back-and-forth from Mexico. She reportedly rode with Pancho Villa and wore the bandoleros. I would love to talk to her about her experience."

 

* If you found a $100 bill on a public street, what would you do with it?

"I would look around to see if anybody was looking for something and try to give it back. And then I would go into the closest building to see if anyone had lost it. If nobody claimed it, I would love to keep it."

 

* At what store would you like to max out your credit card?

"I hate shopping."

 

* What’s the No. 1 thing to do on your bucket list?

"To go to Mexico, deep into Mexico."


Katie Sandoval

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Published: 11/14/16




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The School District of Washington’s Pathways for Teachers project had its kickoff event at the Technology and Learning Center on Friday, Nov. 4.

Pathways for Teachers is working together to expand the leadership capacity of teachers, counselors and principals.

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.

In today’s world, students must be able to communicate in multiple ways, critically think and problem solve. This project will help teachers as they work to become creative lesson planners and facilitators.

The Pathways for Teachers project opens those doors, providing clarity for teachers as they make quality connections between school and the ever-changing world of work.

The kickoff event featured a morning session introducing the project to the staff members. Speaking to the group was Teresa Vineyard with DESE (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education).

The group then made its first industry tour in the afternoon, visiting LMI Aerospace in Washington.

Photos from the Pathways for Teachers kickoff event are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/7/16




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Students in the CAPS Teaching Careers program visited the Early Learning Center and elementary schools in the School District of Washington on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The Teaching Careers students read to over 200 preschool students at the ELC and first-grade students at Labadie, Clearview and Marthasville elementary schools.

Story time consisted of a snack, crafts, and reading of "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich."

It was a part of a national reading initiative called Read for the Record.

Photos from the Teaching Careers students visiting the Early Learning Center and Labadie, Clearview and Marthasville elementary schools are below.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/3/16




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The Four Rivers Career Center hosted its Pathways to Construction Day (Construction Careers Day) outside of the Nix Cafeteria at Washington High School on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Representatives from St. Louis area construction companies and unions were on hand to give information and demonstrations about their industry.

WHS students visited the presentations during their respective math classes.

Part of the purpose was for the students to learn how math and other skills play an important role in the construction industry.

Photos from Pathways to Construction Day at Washington High School are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/21/16




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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 will be given to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Click here for a video about the Rollover Simulator.

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 of the rollover simulator are below.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/18/16




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Adam McGlenn, a senior at Washington High School, is the Four Rivers Career Center Rotary Student of the Month.

McGlenn is in the Machine Tool program at the FRCC. He is a FRCC National Robotic League team leader and a FRCC Ambassador.

Pictured below is McGlenn receiving his student of the month plaque from Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President.

Additionally, Washington High School Navy Jr. ROTC Cadets and Lt. Tim Raines were recognized by the Rotary. Raines and his Cadets shared information to the Rotary Club about their program.

Pictured below are Raines, his Cadets and Rotary Club President Dennis Kramme.

Cadets on hand were Gunnar Noud, Tyler Ramsey, Kolton Harrison, Logan Boni, Alexander Davis, Joseph Auzat and Ethan Strubberg.

The program also just had a cadet, Dane Brautigam, a 2016 WHS graduate, receive a Navy ROTC scholarship. The scholarship is worth up to $180,000 for college. He was accepted to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with the Navy ROTC program. 

Total scholarships awarded to date has been nearly $500,000. Total grants to date has been almost $26,000 for the NNDCC Washington program. 

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Washington Navy Jr. ROTC students are recognized by the Washington Rotary Club. Front row, from left, are Rotary Club President Dennis Kramme and Cadets Alexander Davis, Joseph Auzat and Ethan Strubberg. Back row, from left, are Lt. Rim Raines and Cadets Gunnar Noud, Tyler Ramsey, Kolton Harrison and Logan Boni. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/17/16




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Pablo Arroyo, who works as a business development specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Office, was at Washington High School on Thursday, Oct. 6, to speak and give a presentation to the CAPS Business Ignite class.

Arroyo spoke to the students on entrepreneurship, market research and business development. He also showd a slide show outlining his points during the presentation.

Photos from Arroyo speaking to the CAPS Ignite students are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/13/16




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Students in the CAPS Teaching Careers program visited the Early Learning Center on Thursday, Oct. 6.

ELC Director Dr. Dawn Hellebusch gave a tour of the building to the students, who are learning about stages of student development.

Both sessions of the Teaching Careers students, morning and afternoon, made the trip to the Early Learning Center in two different sessions.

Photos of the Teaching Careers students’ trip to the Early Learning Center are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/10/16




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Students in Dan Brinkmann’s “Night Shift” class at the Four Rivers Career Center are excited about a project they’ll be working on during the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.

John Jasper, event chairman for the Union Knights of Columbus, delivered an older, beat-up tractor to the Career Center on Tuesday evening, Sept. 27, during a Night Shift class.

The tractor recently was donated to the Knights of Columbus, which they plan to display in next year’s annual Journey for Charity Tractor Cruise. Photos of the tractor are below.

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, will supervise his Night Shift students as they restore the tractor. There are currently 26 students in the Night Shift program.

“This is an important project for us and one that we are excited about doing,” Brinkmann said. “They would like to have the tractor back by Memorial Day weekend. We have a lot of work to do. It will be a fun project for the students, and one they will learn from.”

Raffle tickets will be sold with the restored tractor being the grand prize. The winner will drive the tractor in next year’s 10th Anniversary of the Journey for Charity Tractor Cruise. Contact the Union Knights of Columbus for information on purchasing raffle tickets.

The Night Shift class 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.

“I volunteer my time for the Night Shift program, so the students have to earn their way in,” Brinkmann said. “We meet Tuesday and Thursday nights and work on whatever needs to be worked on. It can range from weed eaters to trucks.”

The Night Shift program is something Brinkmann takes very seriously.

“It’s extremely important. The students learn how to be a good employee. We always have a good time, but take it very seriously. If one of the students in the program does something during the school day like aggravate a faculty member and I find out about it, I tell them to leave the program and do something else,” Brinkmann said.

“I also make each student in the Night Shift program cook dinner for the class. Ninety percent of them are going to go to college and have to learn how to fend for themselves. They need to learn how to do things like cook dinner. It’s never anything fancy. We just try to make it healthy and good to eat.”

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John Jasper of the Union Knights of Columbus, far right, hands over the keys of a tractor that will be restored by students in the Night Shift class at the Four Rivers Career Center.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/30/16




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The School District of Washington’s WINGS Foundation awarded 17 early bird teacher grants this fall (2016), totaling $2,304.

Since 1993, over 900 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling approximately $380,000.

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

Jeff Marquart, Four Rivers Career Center, Photo Studio

Christy Schmich, Early Learning Center, The Importance of Social-Emotional Wellness

Tricia Bartle, Campbellton Elementary, Sentence Writing Strategies

Allison Graves, Washington High School, Analyzing Child Labor Through Primary Sources

Kim Fleer, Marthasville Elementary, Building Minds Through Learning Stations

Michelle Prewitt, South Point, Augusta and Labadie Elementary, Battle of the Books

Maggie Butler, Augusta, Marthasville and Washington West Elementary, CD Players for Music Room

Melissa Golder, Labadie Elementary, Rocking Our Reading

Joe Callahan, Washington High School, Calculators for the Classroom

LuAnn Engelbrecht, Campbellton Elementary, Hands On Equations

Cindy Speer, Augusta and Marthasville Elementary, The Flag Project

Colin Flynn, Washington High School, Books for Engineers

Joselyn Hummel, Washington High School, Softening the Read 180 Room

Nichole Obermark, Clearview Elementary, Guided Reading-Real Books in Hand

Stefanie Virgen, Washington Middle School, Mark of Success: Markerboards in the Differentiated Classroom

Ryan Brennan, Washington High School, TPRS Novels

Stephanie Knight, South Point Elementary, Flexible Seating

A photo of the WINGS early bird teacher grant recipients is below.

Click on the attached link below for the WINGS Foundation web page.

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WINGS early bird teacher grant recipients.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/29/16




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Adam Gauzy and students in the automotive technology program recently were recognized as the Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month.

A senior at Washington High School, Gauzy holds a 4.0 grade-point average and is vice president of the senior class. He is involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership, track and baseball. He plans to pursue a career in physical therapy in college and would like to compete in track on the collegiate level.

Automotive technology students accepting the award were Andrew Katzung, Nick Dierking, Alec Kreiftmeyer, Brian Reid, Tyler Moore and instructor Dan Brinkmann.

Gauzy and the automotive technology students were presented their student of the month plaques by Dennis Kramme, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photos below.

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Adam Gauzy receives his student of the month plaque from Rotary President Dennis Kramme.

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Students in the Automotive Technology program receive their plaque from Rotary President Dennis Kramme. From left are Andrew Katzung, Kramme, Nick Dierking, Alec Kreiftmeyer, Brian Reid, Tyler Moore and instructor Dan Brinkmann.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/21/16




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Corey Mohn, the Executive Director at Blue Valley CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) paid a visit to the Four Rivers Career Center to visit with students in CAPS programs on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Mohn spoke to the students in the Business Ignite and Teaching Careers programs. Also on hand were School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and FRCC Director Andy Robinson.

Mohn gave the students a rundown on how the CAPS network started and how it has progressed over the years. The students provided information on various projects they’ve been working on and ideas they have for the future.

Photos of Mohn visiting with the Business Ignite students are below.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/16/16




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Students in the CAPS Ignite Business class pitched business ideas for the community to representatives of Downtown Washington, Inc. at the Four Rivers Career Center on Friday, Sept. 2.

The class of 15 Washington High School students broke into groups and gave their business presentations, which were approximately two weeks in the making.

The business ideas for the City of Washington by the Ignite students were Food Truck Friday, Bicycle Stations, Mural Art and Breakout Rooms.

Following the presentations, members of Downtown Washington, Inc. met with each group of students, providing their feedback.

The Ignite course, instructed by Cathy Jinkerson, is grounded in design thinking as students learn foundational skills in the area of business when starting a company. Students will engage with real professionals in the field throughout the process.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/2/16




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Taking the newest CAPS course, called Ignite, is a challenging and exciting time for a group of approximately 15 students from Washington High School.

The course is in the Business/Entrepreneurship strand and will provide a unique opportunity for students. The experience is focused on business innovation.  

The course is grounded in design thinking as students learn foundational skills in the area of business when starting a company. Students will engage with real professionals in the field throughout the process.

“We will be soliciting the help of local business partners to share concepts of teamwork, project development, and management,” said School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer. “Students will have ample opportunities to pitch their ideas in order to develop their skills and talents while inventing their own career opportunities.”

Additionally, the students also will assist in the process of classroom design as space at Four Rivers Career Center is remodeled for the purposes of creating workspace for the programs. 

“It’s a great idea because there’s nothing else like it. There’s no other class you can take that actually gives you real life experiences. With this, you actually get professional experience,” said Washington High School senior Molly Landolt. “I’m interested in advertising and marketing, so learning those skills and doing internships with businesses, interacting with business people, would be a good opportunity for me. I’m looking forward to getting real life experience in the business world.”

CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program. Students fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.

This is the second CAPS course to emerge as part of the school district’s Advanced Professional Studies option. The Teaching Careers course was the first. 

“It’s good because it gives the students more options and more paths to take when considering their future,” said WHS junior Conlan Jarvis. “By taking this class, I hope to get more experience business wise. I want to learn the basics and get as much knowledge as I can about business.”

Cathy Jinkerson is the instructor of the Ignite course. For the first week of the school year, the group met at Exit 11 Workspace  in Washington. Owner Angela Garland spoke to the class about her business experiences during that time. From here on out, students will be visiting various businesses and meet for class at the Four Rivers Career Center.

“I want to go into the graphic design or multi-media fields. This class will give me an opportunity to work with businesses and help design things for them. I love to design ads, logos, brochures, things like that,” said WHS senior Taylor Hanneken. “It’s a neat opportunity to work with businesses. We’ll be getting opportunities to shadow different businesses, so maybe I’ll like something else that I can pursue. It’s just a really cool idea.”

CAPS courses are among three choice programs for students seeking this type of experience. 

Choice programs include: 

*Career and Technology courses offered at Four Rivers Career Center;

*Project Lead the Way courses in the areas of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering offered at Washington High School; and 

*Advanced Professional Studies or CAPS courses in the area of Teaching Careers and Entrepreneurship (Ignite) offered at FRCC or off-site as projects demand.

“We have listened to students, and overwhelmingly, they have expressed a sincere interest in career exploration and more creative ways to learn. This course helps them test drive their future,” VanLeer said. “The immersion of real-world projects as well as authentic connections with business professionals makes this course meaningful. We look forward to watching the students evolve and learn over the course of the school year.”

The students are eager to dive into their projects.

“It sounds really interesting. I want to learn the basics of business and maybe one day start my own business,” Jarvis said.

“With it being a new class, it’s a really good opportunity. It’s a good way for me to get better with my business skills,” Landolt added.

“The class is a different atmosphere than what we’re used to. I really love that,” Hanneken said. “You’re treated like an adult. You’re on your own. It’s not a set schedule. You never know what the day will bring. That’s exciting.”

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CAPS Ignite Students

Front row, from left, are Molly Landolt, Calvin Obermark, Connor Lewis, Ian Dotson, Taylor Hanneken and Sara Hamer.

Back row, from left, are Paige Nye, Kailey Robinson, Emily Hopkins, Morgan Holdmeyer, Nichole Brinker, Cassidy Nurnberger, Reese Mauro and Conlan Jarvis

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CAPS Ignite Students, Staff

Front row, from left, are Four Rivers Career Center Director Andy Robinson, Molly Landolt, Calvin Obermark, Connor Lewis, Ian Dotson, Taylor Hanneken and Sara Hamer.

Back row, from left, are Ignite Instructor Cathy Jinkerson, Paige Nye, Kailey Robinson, Emily Hopkins, Morgan Holdmeyer, Nichole Brinker, Cassidy Nurnberger, Reese Mauro, Conlan Jarvis, School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Exit 11 Workspace Owner Angela Garland.

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Exit 11 Workspace Owner Angela Garland speaks to students.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/23/16




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The School District of Washington held an opening ceremony for all staff members Friday, Aug. 12, at the C.J. Burger Theater at Washington High School.

Students returned to the classroom for the 2016-17 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The theme of the opening ceremony was, “Together We Rise,” emphasizing the ability of taking risks.
Following the theme, some staff members showed off their talents with various singing, dancing and musical performances during the ceremony. See the photos below.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer gave her annual back to school message to the staff. The district employs over 700 teachers and staff members.

A WINGS staff appreciation picnic was held following the program at the city park.

Additionally, Chris Arnold, instruction support paraprofessional at Washington Middle School, was named the WINGS 2016 Support Staff Person of the Year. See the photo below.

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Chris Arnold, middle, was named the WINGS 2016 Support Staff Person of the Year. Front row, from left, are Janie Chalem (WINGS), Arnold and Carol Zanin (WINGS). Back row, from left, are  Laura Bruckerhoff (Washington Middle School Associate Principal) and Lori Strubberg (WINGS).

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School District of Washington Faculty/Staff Choir

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Swing dancing by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann and Four Rivers Career Center Automotive Technology instructor Dan Brinkmann.

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School District of Washington Synchronized Swimming Team

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/22/16




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Representatives from the Washington Area Ambulance District visited the Four Rivers Career Center to speak with Health Occupations students on Thursday, Aug. 18.

The group of students received a first-hand look of two ambulances that were at the scene.

During the second semester of the 2016-17 school year, the health occupations students at FRCC will spend two days at an ambulance station in their own respective community.

The students also will spend time in the second semester at hospitals to witness the operations at the facility.

Photos from the Washington Area Ambulance District’s visit to the Four Rivers Career Center are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/19/16




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Washington School of Practical Nursing held its Class of 2016 graduation on Thursday, July 14, at the CJB Theatre at Washington High School.

A total of 27 students made up the 47th graduation class of the program.

The ceremony included the processional, welcome/introductions, awards, presentation of pins and diplomas, class speaker, nightingale pledge and the recessional.

Graduating were Emily Balken, Jana Barbarick, Sarah Benson, Michelle Clark, Erica Coppedge, Tiffany Davis, Sierra Dixon, Sarah Dotson, Samantha Duquette, Emily Elfline, Kelly Frost, Candace Holiday, Kerstin Johnson, Madalyn Just, Sara Kage, Breanna Krause, Jerica Layton, Emily May, Kelsey McCart, Paula Pich, Crystal Pines, Leah Pinnell, Samantha Pointer, Elizabeth Pryor, Rebekah Strobel, Ashlee Theissen and Amanda Ward.

Photos from the Washington School of Practical Nursing graduation are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/18/16




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

The ceremony marked the end of the 2015-16 school year and celebrated accomplishments, presented service awards, recognized and thanked retirees, announced staff scholarships, and announced WINGS/The Washington Missourian Educational Excellence Award. 

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer addressed the staff for both the opening and closing remarks.

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

WINGS Educational Excellence Award, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni, went to Washington West Elementary Instructional Coach Amy Gruber.

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship were Mary Kleekamp (Washington High School) and Melissa Kinney (South Point Elementary).

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

Retiring staff members are Dr. Frank Wood, John Ragan, Connie Lutz, Troy Bunkley, Carol Wilka, Maria Brady-Smith, Tammy Watson, Chris Viviano, Amy Menard, Karla Bennett, Linda Wideman, Julia Brown, Sheila Bell, Becky Juergens, Jennifer Baker, Lori Peirick, Karen Parham, Gail Strubberg, Randy Kosark, Vicky Murphy, Jeanette Huth, Kevin Boyer and Janis Napier.

Honored for 30 years of service was Sheila Bell.

Honored for 25 years of service were Misty Thomas, Carol Rolwes, Jill Monzyk, Linda Hackmann and Durae Zweifel.

Honored for 20 years of service were Cheryl Spratt, Aurie Meyer, Sara Barnett, Kirk Grass and Derek Bailey.

Honored for 15 years of service were Theresa Jones, Bettina Hoeft, Rhonda Hoemann, Jose Gamez, Lisa Fortner, Mike Brusca, Amy Bruckerhoff,  Amy Crow, Karla Bennett, Michelle Quaethem, Mary Ann Kassebaum, Paula Kopmann, Becky Herbst, Dan Heck,  Karen Graham, Kelly Richard, Chris Redd, Brendan Mahon, Chester Livell, Mike Scheer, Zoe Callaway, Amy Dewert, Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Lisa Kreamalmeyer and Jeanette Marquart.

Honored for 10 years of service were Leslie Edwards, Liz Leach, Mary Dahl, Cathy Day, Jeanne Abbett, Cindy DeLargy, Whitney Kimminau, Kelly Stone, Rita Manzotti, Jennifer Kroeter, Angel Kuchem, Heidi Lenger, Diane Kottmann, Deborah Brueggen, Erin Simon, Amanda Hoerstkamp, Terri Peters, Diana Klepper, Julie Strubberg, Jennifer Volkerding, David Dennis, Wendy Wisdom, Mike Olszowka, Tim Branson, Kurt Althage, Gail Bonastia, Barbara Eckenfels, Nancy Huber, Christine Kelley, Paula Mueller, Zach Schneider and Krista Williams.

Completing the Teaching With Technology Program were Kerri Flynn, Elizabeth Hobbs, Keshan Moore, Emily Hardee, Penny Heisel, Kelly Worstell, Jessica Monroig, Nicole Kottmann, Colin Flynn, Ryan Brennan, Jill Griffin, Melissa Golder and Valarie Jankowski.

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

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WINGS Educational Excellence Award

Amy Gruber, Washington West Elementary, received the WINGS Educational Excellence Award, sponsored by the Washington Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. From left are Brad Mitchell (WINGS), Kim Hunt (Washington West Principal), Amy Gruber, Glenda Leslie (Washington West Assistant Principal) and Susan Miller Warden (Washington Missourian).

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Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship were Mary Kleekamp (Washington High School) and Melissa Kinney (South Point Elementary). From left are Kleekamp, Dr. Jane and Doug Reed and Kinney.

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2015-16 SDOW Retirees

Front row, from left: Carol Wilka, Tammy Watson, Amy Menard, Karen Parham, Sheila Bell and Jennifer Baker.

Second row, from left: Linda Wideman, Julia Brown, Karla Bennett, Lori Peirick, Maria Brady-Smith and Becky Juergens.

Back row, from left: Kevin Boyer, John Ragan, Connie Lutz, Frank Wood, Gail Strubberg, Vicky Murphy, Chris Viviano and Troy Bunkley.

Not shown: Janis Napier, Jeanette Huth and Randy Kosark.

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Dr. Frank Wood and Connie Lutz

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25 and 30 Years of Service

Front row, from left: Linda Hackmann (25 years), Sheila Bell (30 years) and Jill Monzyk (25 years).

Back row, from left: Misty Thomas, Carol Rolwes and Durae Zweifel, all 25 years.

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20 Years of Service

Front row, from left: Cheryl Spratt, Aurie Meyer and Sara Barnett.

Back row, from left: Kirk Grass and Derek Bailey.

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15 Years of Service

Front row, left to right: Theresa Jones, Bettina Hoeft, Rhonda Hoemann, Jose Gamez, Lisa Fortner, Mike Brusca, Amy Bruckerhoff and  Amy Crow.

Second row, from left: Karla Bennett, Michelle Quaethem, Mary Ann Kassebaum, Paula Kopmann, Becky Herbst, Dan Heck and Karen Graham.

Back row, from left: Kelly Richard, Chris Redd, Brendan Mahon, Chester Livell and Mike Scheer.

Not shown: Zoe Callaway, Amy Dewert, Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Lisa Kreamalmeyer and Jeanette Marquart.

 

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10 Years of Service

Front row, left to right: Leslie Edwards, Liz Leach, Mary Dahl, Cathy Day, Jeanne Abbett, Cindy DeLargy and Whitney Kimminau.

Second row, from left: Kelly Stone, Rita Manzotti, Jennifer Kroeter, Angel Kuchem, Heidi Lenger, Diane Kottmann and Deborah Brueggen.

Third row, from left: Erin Simon, Amanda Hoerstkamp, Terri Peters, Diana Klepper, Julie Strubberg, Jennifer Volkerding and David Dennis.

Back row, from left: Wendy Wisdom, Mike Olszowka, Tim Branson and Kurt Althage.

Not shown: Gail Bonastia, Barbara Eckenfels, Nancy Huber, Christine Kelley, Paula Mueller, Zach Schneider and Krista Williams.

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Teaching With Technology Program

Front row, from left: Kerri Flynn, Elizabeth Hobbs, Keshan Moore and Emily Hardee.

Second row, from left: Penny Heisel, Kelly Worstell, Jessica Monroig and Nicole Kottmann.

Back row, from left: Colin Flynn, Ryan Brennan, Jill Griffin, Melissa Golder and Valarie Jankowski.

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

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Elementary administrators accept their portions from the WINGS discount cards.

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Michael Konen of Major Saver presents a check to WINGS for $41,392.50 for the 2016 Major Saver Program. Brad Mitchell of WINGS accepts the check.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/24/16




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for April, 2016.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Steve Wood (Information Technology), Dalton Hubenthal (Automotive Technology) and Justin Kleinheider (Building Trades).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Jordan Duke (Automotive Technology) and Daniel VanDillen (Building Trades).

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month.

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Pictured are April Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. From left are Justin Kleinheider, Steve Wood and Dalton Hubenthal.

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Pictured is Jordan Duke, April Four Rivers Career Center Student of the Month for the afternoon session. Not shown is Daniel VanDillen.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/28/16




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The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for March, 2016.

Receiving the honor were Lauren Hellebusch (Health Occupations), Lauren Click (Health Occupations), Austin Weiss (Machine Tool), Katie Overstreet (Health Occupations), Kailey Fortner (Health Occupations), Dylan Maune (Machine Tool), Star Charlton (Health Occupations), LeeAnn Gozia (Health Occupations), Anna Sutherland (Health Occupations) and Katie Engemann (Teaching Careers).

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month.

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Pictured are March Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. From left are Lauren Hellebusch, Austin Weiss and Lauren Click.

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Pictured are MarchFour Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. From left are Katie Overstreet, Dylan Maune and Kailey Fortner.

 

(Not shown in the above photos are Star Charlton, LeeAnn Gozia, Anna Sutherland and Katie Engemann).

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




Audience: Teaching Careers and Homepage

Students in the Teaching Careers program in the School District of Washington made a presentation to a group of staff members during a professional development session on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

The topic of the presentation was “Stay Connected: Students' Thoughts on Technology Integration.”

Teaching Careers is a one-year program open to seniors in high school. The program is designed to allow students true teaching experiences and opportunities for learning at various levels, while partnering with local schools to complete observation hours and assignments related to the course work. 

In addition to the hands-on opportunities, students will also be engaged in academic coursework that is relevant to becoming a teacher.
Students will engage in topics related to child development, teaching and learning, and classroom, instructional strategies.

Photos from the professional development presentation are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar
Published: 2/24/16




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The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for February, 2016.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Joe Stitz (Information Technology), Melanie Hagedorn (Building Trades), Devan Miller (Graphic Communications), Micheal Skirvin (Collision Repair), Logan Owens (Machine Tool), Derek Hymer (Information Technology), Brittney Barnes (Automotive Technology), Ethan Stiers (Building Trades), Brock Groppe (Building Trades) and Cody Hudson (Building Trades).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Pierce Simmons (Graphic Communications), Zach Jasper (Building Trades), Megan Cash (Information Technology), Jared Kopp (Automotive Technology), Kody Wagemann (Information Technology), Griffen Schell (Information Technology), Brian Nelson (Machine Tool), Cody Adams (Collision Repair) and Joe Groppe (Building Trades).

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month.

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Pictured are February Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Joe Stitz, Melanie Hagedorn, Devan Miller and Micheal Skirvin. Standing, from left, are Logan Owens, Derek Hymer, Brittney Barnes, Ethan Stiers and Brock Groppe. Not pictured is Cody Hudson. 

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Pictured are February Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Pierce Simmons, Zach Jasper, Megan Cash and Jared Kopp. Standing, from left, are Kody Wagemann, Griffen Schell, Brian Nelson, Cody Adams and Joe Groppe.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/24/16




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for January, 2016.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Brian Reid (Automotive Technology), Michael O’Rourke (Machine Tool) and Quentin Gist (Building Trades).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Mercy Dickerhoof (Graphic Communications), Nick Dierking (Automotive Technology) and Jacob Pelster (Machine Tool).

Also receiving the honor were Leah Krafft (Health Occupations), Lane Mittler (Health Occupations), Cody Kedroski (Health Occupations), Scott Brasier (Health Occupations), Alison Burt (Health Occupations), Megan Jabor (Health Occupations), Kristen Reckamp (Health Occupations) and John Elbert (Teaching Careers).

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month.

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Pictured are January Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. From left are Brian Reid, Quentin Gist and Michael O’Rourke.

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Pictured are January Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. From left are Jacob Pelster, Mercy Dickerhoof and Nick Dierking.

 

(Not shown in the above photos are Leah Krafft, Lane Mittler, Cody Kedroski, Scott Brasier, Alison Burt, Megan Jabor, Kristen Reckamp and John Elbert.)

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/28/16




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for November, 2015.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Hunter Middleton (Graphics), Nicole Mense (Graphics), Leah Whitworth (Health Occupations), Donny Whited (Automotive Technology), Kaleb Scheible (Collision Repair), Nic Todd (Machine Tool) and Josh Clark (Automotive Technology).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Tyler Moore (Automotive Technology), Logan Wiese (Automotive Technology), Sami Jacquin (Automotive Technology), Chad Garland (Building Trades), Kyla Hueffmeier (Collison Repair), Marty Maune (Machine Tool), Carol Williams (Health Occupations), Amanda LaFaver (Teaching Careers), Austin Veltrop (Information Technology), Dylan Maune (Machine Tool) and Conner McKinney (Information Technology).

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for November.

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Pictured are November Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Hunter Middleton, Nicole Mense and Leah Whitworth. Standing, from left, are Donny Whited, Kaleb Scheible and Nic Todd.

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Pictured are November Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Carol Williams, Kyla Hueffmeier, Amanda LaFaver and Sami Jacquin. Standing, from left, are Tyler Moore, Conner McKinney, Marty Maune, Dylan Maune, Austin Veltrop, Logan Wiese and Chad Garland.

 

(Not shown in the above photos are Josh Clark, Justin Wilkins, Melissa Kennedy, Abbie Riffel, Maddie Garrison and Floyd Darling).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/7/15




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for October, 2015.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Nick Hill (Automotive Technology), Michael Robinson (Automotive Technology), Dennis Hasza (Collision Repair), Robert Strode (Information Technology), Mario Wentz (Information Technology), Zachary Boehmer (Machine Tool), Elisabeth McCurdy (Welding) and Shawn O’Daniel (Welding).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Andrew Katzung (Automotive Technology), Xavier Atkins (Automotive Technology), Colton Quaethem (Collision Repair), Curtis Brinker (Information Technology), Ethan McGraw (Information Technology), Michael Jaeger (Information Technology), Colter Bonnarens (Machine Tool), Kaity Murphy (Teaching Careers), Brendan Beste (Welding) and Vittorio Vassalli (Welding).

Also receiving the honor were Robert Kramer (Information Technology), Alissa White (Health Occupations) and Elizabeth Baker (Marketing).

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for October.

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Pictured are October Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Elisabeth McCurdy, Zachary Boehmer, Mario Wentz and Shawn O’Daniel. Standing, from left, are Robert Strode, Nick Hill, Dennis Hasza and Michael Robinson.

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Pictured are October Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Andrew Katzung, Kaity Murphy, Curtis Brinker and Ethan McGraw. Standing, from left, are Vittorio Vassalli, Colton Quaethem, Xavier Atkins, Colter Bonnarens, Michael Jaeger and Brendan Beste.

 

(Not shown in the above photos are Robert Kramer, Alissa White and Elizabeth Baker).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/28/15




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for September, 2015.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Derek Hymer (Information Technology), Matthew Dew (Information Technology), Cole Friedmann (Automotive Technology), Dean Buchanan (Machine Tool), Chris Flentke (Automotive Technology) and Garrett Dewitt (Collision Repair).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Brandi Huyser (Teaching Careers), Kirsten Leesmann (Teaching Careers), Katie Trigg (Graphic Communications), Will Wagener (Automotive Technology), Ryan Jones (Machine Tool), Alec Brockman (Information Technology), Codey Parsons (Automotive Technology), Jeremy Monehan (Collision Repair), Skyler Wilmesher (Automotive Technology) and Michael Wilkerson (Information Technology).

Also receiving the honor were Gabriella Sauvage (Health Occupations), Collin Lampkin (Health Occupations) and Landon VanMeter (Health Occupations).

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center students of the month.

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Pictured are September Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Derek Hymer, Matthew Dew and Cole Friedmann. Standing, from left, are Dean Buchanan, Chris Flentke and Garrett Dewitt.

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Pictured are September Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Will Wagener, Brandi Huyser, Kirsten Leesmann, Katie Trigg and Ryan Jones. Standing, from left, are Alec Brockman, Codey Parsons, Jeremy Monehan, Skyler Wilmesher and Michael Wilkerson.

(Not shown in the above photos are were Gabriella Sauvage, Collin Lampkin and Landon VanMeter.)

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/2/15




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for April, 2015.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Matt Luttner (Graphic Communications), Jacob Heberer (Automotive Technology), Tyler Kirk (Automotive Technology), Donny Whited (Automotive Technology) and Chris Jasper (Machine Tool).                  ).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Cody Jones (Automotive Technology), Nik Alferman (Machine Tool), Riley Durbin (Machine Tool), Conner McKinney (Information Technology) and Cole Sanders (Information Technology).

Also receiving the honor were Ian Tucker (Marketing), Michaellia Hartmann (Health Occupations), Katie Brueggemann (Health Occupations), Natasha Finder (Early Childhood Careers) and Miranda Benz (Early Childhood Careers).

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center students of the month.

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Pictured are April Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. From left are were Matt Luttner, Jacob Heberer, Tyler Kirk, Donny Whited and Chris Jasper.

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Pictured are April Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. From left are Cody Jones, Nik Alferman, Riley Durbin, Conner McKinney and Cole Sanders

(Not shown in the above photos are Ian Tucker, Michaellia Hartmann, Katie Brueggemann, Natasha Finder and Miranda Benz).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/15/15




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for March, 2015.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Jonathan Bruckerhoff (Information Technology), Drew Brown (Information Technology), Cole Friedmann (Automotive Technology). Kaleb Scheible (Collision Repair), Logan Owens (Machine Tool), Jake Szepanski (Welding), Carsen Jones (Automotive Technology) and Brittany Hartmann (Health Occupations).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Cody Bollmann (Building Trades), Ben Alexander (Welding), Jacob Pelster (Machine Tool), Blake Schnur (Information Technology), Greg Smith (Collision Repair), Justin Hoffman (Automotive Technology), Kody Wagemann (Information Technology) and Zach Shepard (Automotive Technology).

Also receiving the honor were Celeste Koritz (Marketing), Paige Dorrell (Early Childhood Careers) and Elizabeth Frankenberg (Early Childhood Careers).

Student of the month photos can be seen below.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center students of the month.

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Pictured are March Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Jonathan Bruckerhoff, Drew Brown and Cole Friedmann. Standing, from left, are Kaleb Scheible, Logan Owens, Jake Szepanski and Carsen Jones. Not shown is Brittany Hartmann.

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Pictured are March Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Cody Bollmann, Ben Alexander, Jacob Pelster and Blake Schnur. Standing, from left, are Greg Smith, Justin Hoffman and Kody Wagemann. Not shown is Zach Shepard.

 

(Also not shown in the above photos are Celeste Koritz, Paige Dorrell and Elizabeth Frankenberg.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/16/15




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for January, 2015.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Cole Wrinkle (Machine Tool), Nick Hill (Automotive Technology), Nick Kee (Automotive Technology), Austin Pogue (Collision Repair) and John Wells (Automotive Technology).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Marty Maune (Machine Tool), Ryan Gibbs (Automotive Technology), Matt Kuenzel (Automotive Technology), Dalton Martin (Collision Repair), Rose Struttmann (Marketing), Michellia Hartmann (Health Occupations), Emily Stricker (Early Childhood Careers) and Ella Huxel (Early Childhood Careers).

Student of the month photos can be seen below.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center students of the month.

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Pictured are January Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Cole Wrinkle, Nick Hill and Nick Kee. Standing, from left, are Austin Pogue and John Wells.

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Pictured are January Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. From left are Marty Maune, Ryan Gibbs, Matt Kuenzel and Dalton Martin. Not shown are Rose Struttmann, Michellia Hartmann, Emily Stricker and Ella Huxel.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/15/15




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for December, 2014.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Dalton Blake (Building Trades), Damien Reinhardt (Graphics), Thomas Via (Information Technology), Austin Hoener (Collision Repair), Shelby Corley (Graphics), Devan Miller (Information Technology), Zach Calkins (Machine Tool), Josh Thurman (Information Technology), Kirk Tauchert (Information Technology) and Casey Peth (Building Trades).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Brian Unnerstall (Building Trades), Michael Wilkerson (Information Technology), James Peffermann (Building Trades), Logan Holdmeyer (Machine Tool), Philip Worcester (Collison Repair) and Alec Brockman (Information Technology).

Student of the month photos can be seen below.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center students of the month.

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Pictured are December Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Damien Reinhardt, Austin Hoener, Devan Miller, Shelby Corley and Thomas Via. Standing, from left, are Dalton Blake, Kirk Tauchert, Josh Thurman, Zach Calkins and Casey Peth.

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Pictured are December Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Logan Holdmeyer, James Peffermann and Alec Brockman. Standing, from left, are Philip Worcester and Michael Wilkerson. Not pictured is Brian Unnerstall.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 12/11/14




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for November, 2014.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Hannah Pruessner (Health Occupations), James Hendrickson (Collision Repair Technology), Tyler Richardson (Automotive Technology), Levi Redmon (Building Trades), Ethan Stiers (Building Trades), Madi Armistead (Graphic Communications), Kyle Luecke (Machine Tool), Brian Voss (Automotive Technology) and Nathan Brasier (Automotive Technology).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Thomas Meyer (Automotive Technology), Kalee Kelly (Automotive Technology), Dustin McDowell (Collision Repair), Zechariah Dawson (Building Trades), Jacob Boxx (Machine Tool), Katie Kluesner (Health Occupations), Tanner Molitor (Automotive Technology) and Hannah Straatmann (Agriculture Education).

Student of the month photos can be seen below.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center students of the month.


Pictured are November Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are James Hendrickson, Hannah Pruessner, Tyler Richardson and Levi Redmon. Standing, from left, are Ethan Stiers, Madi Armistead, Kyle Luecke, Brian Voss and Nathan Brasier.

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Pictured are November Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. From left are Thomas Meyer, Kalee Kelly, Dustin McDowell, Zechariah Dawson and Jacob Boxx. Not shown are Katie Kluesner, Tanner Molitor and Hannah Straatmann.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/21/14




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center recognized its students of the month for October, 2014.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Dalton Keeven (Automotive Technology), Nick Eads (Information Technology), Caleb Young (Information Technology), Terrance Stahlman (Machine Tool), Dylan Cobb (Welding), Courtney Yowell (Health Occupations), Caleb Gildehaus (Automotive Technology), Roger Westerhoff (Automotive Technology), Abby Keeven (Agriculture) and Maddie Hopkins (Marketing).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Faith Lorenz (Automotive Technology), Andrew Biggs (Automotive Technology), Ryan Jones (Machine Tool),  Alex Richards (Welding), Cody Felps (Information Technology), Derek Hymer (Information Technology), Emily Monzyk (Graphic Communications) and Michael Hamill (Health occupations).

Student of the month photos can be seen below.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for October.

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Pictured are the October Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Dalton Keeven, Nick Eads, Caleb Young and Terrance Stahlman. Standing, from left, are Dylan Cobb, Courtney Yowell, Caleb Gildehaus and Roger Westerhoff. Not shown are Abby Keeven and Maddie Hopkins.

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Pictured are the October Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Faith Lorenz, Andrew Biggs, Ryan Jones and Alex Richards. Standing, from left, are Cody Felps, Derek Hymer and Emily Monzyk. Not shown is Michael Hamill.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/21/14




Audience: Homepage

The Four Rivers Career Center has recognized its students of the month for September, 2014.

Receiving the honor in the morning session were Kirsten Hill (Health Occupations), Harold Kiser (Collision Repair), John Wintjen (Building Construction), Kristin Douglas (Information Technology), Tim Emmendorfer (Welding), Damien Reinhardt (Graphic Communications), Rick Tobben (Agriculture Education), Anna Schmidt (Marketing) and Dustin Maune (Machine Tool).

Receiving the honor in the afternoon session were Joe Groppe (Building Construction), Ryan Jorcke (Building Construction), Jacob Brooks (Collision Repair), Ryan Mounts (Welding), Bobby Taylor (Information Technology), Todd Feldmann (Machine Tool) and Areanha Bender (Health Occupations).

Student of the month photos can be seen below.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for September.

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Pictured are the September Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the morning session. Seated, from left, are Kirstin Douglas, John Wintjen and Kirsten Hill. Standing, from left, are Dustin Maune, Harold Kiser, Tim Emmendorfer and Damien Reinhardt. Not shown are Rick Tobben and Anna Schmidt.

 

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Pictured are the September Four Rivers Career Center Students of the Month for the afternoon session. Seated, from left, are Ryan Jorcke, Todd Feldmann and Joe Groppe. Standing, from left, are Jacob Brooks, Ryan Mounts and Bobby Taylor. Not shown is Areanha Bender.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/11/14