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Timberland Tidbits January 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 13-15 | First Semester Finals

January 14 | Finals Early Release

January 15 | Finals Early Release

January 15 | First Semester Ends

January 18 | No School-MLK Day

January 19 | No School-PD Day

FROM DR. LINDQUIST'S DESK

With second semester about to start it seems crazy, but this is the time of the year that heavy planning for next year already starts. Students will be selecting courses for next year over the coming days. While we try to assist students in making good, thoughtful choices, it does not always happen like we hope it will. Being so early, it can be difficult for students to put the proper amount of thought and planning into their choices. Often students just plan to adjust their schedules when we return next August. Unfortunately, that is not always possible. Not only can course sections fill up, but there are often other conflicts within students’ schedules. Finally, we make staffing decisions for next year based heavily on student course requests.

Please work with your student to make thoughtful decisions for course selections. We have a lot of great courses and great opportunities for students, and we sincerely want to see students get into the courses they need and want to help them prepare for their futures. Thank you for your help.

Go Wolves!

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK

Order your 2020-2021 Yearbook online or call 1-866-287-3096. The school code is 8123. You may pay by credit, debit, or check. Yearbooks are $55.00 and Name Plates are available for an additional $5.00. Questions? Contact Ida Hoffmann at: Idahoffmann@wsdr4.org

2nd semester schedules

Student schedules for second semester may have changed due to necessary class size adjustments and virtual academy needs. Requests for schedule changes are allowed on a limited basis and for academic or graduation reasons only. Guidelines and directions are on the counseling web page. Students should follow their current schedule until the counseling office notifies them that there has been an approved schedule change.

local scholarship drive

The local scholarship drive begins on February 1 with most applications due by March 12. These scholarships are offered to college bound seniors by area organizations and families. The scholarships are awarded on Honors Night, May 13, 2021. The majority of local scholarship applications will be available on the Going Merry scholarship website. A list of the local scholarships, their requirements, and where to access each scholarship will be provided to seniors in late January. The Optimist Club scholarship application is already available on Going Merry with an early February due date. Check out the College and Career Website for information about other scholarship opportunities available.

thespians give back to the community

Thespians collected food and monetary donations at their production of "Suite Surrender". With generous donations from the audience, they were able to purchase and donate 147 pounds of food for Operation Backpack. Way to go Wolves!

nhs in the community

National Honor Society students helped raise over $800 for the Salvation Army on December 5 at the Lake St. Louis Walmart by ringing bells. Way to go, NHS!

2021-2022 Course Registration

Timberland students will begin selecting and registering for next year’s classes beginning February 9. Counselors will be in presenting course information and guiding students in the planning and selection process. Teachers will have opportunities to discuss class progression and make recommendations during this time. All links to the Course Guide, Online Registration Instructions, as well as other pertinent information will be posted to the Timberland Counseling website. The registration portal will open on February 9 and close on February 26.

Counselors will also host a lunch table for questions during all lunch shifts during the last week in February.

ACT INFORMATION

Remaining ACT Dates for the 2020-2021 school year are February 6, April 17, June 12, and July 17. Click on the link below to register for the ACT.

CHEER AND DANCE team TRYOUTS

If you're interested in trying out for cheer or dance for the 2021-2022 school year, be on the lookout for information on our website regarding tryouts. These will take place in spring 2021.

missouri boys and girls state program

Juniors interested in attending Missouri Boys or Girls State this summer will have the opportunity to interview for a delegate position in January or early February. Visit the website to learn more about the program. If you are interested in applying, email Mrs. Nielsen.

german club bakes cookies

German Club held a virtual cookie baking meeting on Tuesday, December 15. There were 11 members baking at home. Club officer Huy Nguyen demonstrated how to make traditional German Christmas cookies called Pfeffernuesse (pepper nuts). It is a spice cookie that is popular during the holidays. Since school regulation called for all food items to be prepackaged, the students picked the Trader Joe's mix from German teacher Christin Whitehead. The cookie mix created a spice cookie topped with powdered sugar. The students baked together and then officer Haley Matheny gave a presentation on the history of the cookie. While the cookies were baking students watched some short videos about the different variations of the cookie. Almost everyone liked the cookie and most students called them delightful and delicious. It was a fun experience to see the kids, most of whom did not know each other, interacting with each other. Club sponsor Christin Whitehead said, "This is completely different than we would normally do for our December meeting. I was looking for something the students could do virtually together and this was a fun way to learn about a bit of German Christmas culture." The student bakers were Anna Benny, Josh Benny, Michael Mischkot, Huy Nguyen, Haley Matheny, Adam Medlar, Grace Mullen, Shane Sare, Kamden Hill, Zoe Longsdon and Max Longsdon.

Timberland High School Wins Elections, Top Awards at Youth And Government

The Timberland delegation performed well at the 72nd annual Youth and Government Conference, held December 2 to 5, with three students being elected as Presiding Officers and several others winning top awards.

Junior Lucas Lowry was elected Youth Governor, junior Nora Pryor Lieutenant Governor and junior Kamden Hill Speaker of the House. These positions will be developed throughout the year, culminating with serving as Presiding Officers at the 2021 Youth and Government (YAG) Clark Convention.

“I absolutely adore YAG, and I wanted to get involved at the deepest level. I hope to bring even more energy and excitement to the Senate and overall program. It’s truly an honor to be selected by peers, and I was floored by the amount of support I received,” Pryor said.

Senior Patrick Kissel served as Lieutenant Governor, presiding over one of the legislative chambers. When elected at the December 2019 convention, Kissel was the first THS student ever elected as a YAG presiding officer.

“Being Lieutenant Governor meant a lot to me. I’ve been a part of Youth and Government since I started high school, and getting to attempt and make this year's convention run smoothly, and ensure that as much of YAG carried into the virtual convention as possible was really fun. It felt like my way of giving back to the program and its participants who have made high school as fun as it has been for me,” Kissel said.

Senior Abby McCallum and junior Kamden Hill were each named “Outstanding Statesperson” due to their well thought out speeches and ability to speak strongly both for and against bills, as well as ask informed questions. Freshman Daniel Wilson’s bill, entitled “An Act To Ensure Salary Equality in Missouri,” was named “Outstanding Bill.”

“When I was announced Outstanding Statesperson, I was full of joy! I spent a lot of time debating during the convention, and I spoke as much as I could. I went out on a limb this year and spoke on things that I didn’t even think I had an opinion on… While debating in the House this year and last year, I had an amazing time, and knowing that I get to lead the House next year warms my heart,” Hill said.

The program, in its sixth year at THS, is designed to give students hands-on experience in government through legislative, media and executive branches, helping fulfill the program's motto, “democracy must be learned by each generation.” As an active part of this, junior Tanvi Dahuja, freshman Trinity Kiner, sophomore Kaylie Lineback, senior Abby McCallum and Wilson had their bills signed into YAG law after much lively debate.

“I love YAG, because of the people, the environment and the inside jokes. Everyone is so passionate and supportive. I didn’t realize how many new friends I would make this year. I was terrified and nervous to speak, but as soon as I started talking I felt so comfortable and at home… Being able to author a bill that I was personally affected by and passionate about made me so proud. I can’t wait for the next years of YAG to come,” Lineback said.

Freshman Emelia Lakebrink, junior Brooke Benne, Pryor, Hill, Lakebrink, McCallum and Wilson’s bills were each ranked highly to advance in multiple rounds of debate.

“I love YAG, and I ran my campaign on making the program even better… I’ve considered a career in politics for a while now, and winning this election made me realize I can do anything I put my mind to! On top of that, it’s such an honor to be Governor… and meet multitudes of young people who are also passionate about government. Don’t forget to join YAG next year,” Lowry said.

Nineteen students from Timberland participated in this year’s YAG conference, held virtually due to COVID-19 concerns.

“I chose to come back to YAG, because I like to debate and I was really excited to debate this year. It was interesting to be all virtual,” senior Scarlett Watkins said.

Additional THS participants included seniors Clayton Herbst and Haley Matheny, juniors Mason Neal and Eny Sosuh, sophomores Bailey Renfro and Stephen Bell, and freshman Ayaina Baynes. Ida Hoffmann, a YAG alumna and journalism teacher at THS, served as the adviser for the delegation as well as a coordinator for the Legislature.

Youth and Government is a YMCA sponsored convention traditionally held in Jefferson City. Student participants emulate the roles of house representatives and senators, as well as fill the roles of reporters, lawyers, judges and members of the executive branch. This year marked the 72nd year of the program in the state of Missouri. For more information, visit www.MoYAG.org

Activities Office on Twitter

Follow @thsactivities for more information about Wolves Athletics & Activities. Each sport has a Twitter account that you can follow for up-to-date information about our teams. Set up your Twitter account now to follow your THS Wolves sports!

A+ PROGRAM

Seniors planning to complete the A+ program need to contact Mrs. Nielsen for a link to the training and tutoring opportunities, if you have not yet started your tutoring hours. Early Grad hours are due prior to your last attendance day this month. All other senior’s hours are due by May 1. If you plan to use your A+, you must complete a FAFSA.

Juniors watch your emails for any updates for training and tutoring opportunities once we have them available. You may complete a job shadow of up to 12.5 hours, as long as you meet all other requirements and have an A+ agreement on file. You must email Mrs. Nielsen with your job shadow information to get it approved prior to the experience and complete a job shadow form.

Sophomores may complete a job shadow of up to 12.5 hours, as well. Contact Mrs. Nielsen to get it approved. You must have an A+ agreement on file, meet the requirements, and complete a job shadow form.

transcript information

Wentzville School District allows three different options for ordering your transcript: SCOIR, mail, and electronic.

  • For electronic transcript requests (SCOIR, Common Application, or Parchment) seniors may request to have their transcripts sent to colleges regardless of their age. If requesting a transcript using the paper form, a parent or guardian must sign request form for students under 18 years - physical signatures only, no typed signatures.
  • Official transcripts can only be mailed/emailed directly to the institution.
  • Be mindful of your deadlines. Please allow 1-2 business days for processing by the Registrar.
  • Please allow 7-10 business days for delivery (via mail) to the institution. In addition, each location may also have their own processing time.
  • Unofficial transcripts are not stamped, signed, or sealed. But the academic information is the same.
  • All transcripts sent to employers will be unofficial.
  • Electronic transcripts do not have seals, stamps or signatures.
  • If you have extra documentation for scholarships (paper application, recommendation letter, etc.) that you would like included along with your transcript, please attach them to your transcript request form.
  • When requesting a transcript be sent via email, please verify that the institution will accept transcripts via email. The transcripts will not be mailed. If you would like the transcript to be both mailed and emailed, please make a note on the transcript request form.

CURRENT SENIORS:

  • For college applications, you are required to request your transcripts be sent electronically (both options are FREE).
  • If you applied to the college on the college website, you will request your transcripts through your SCOIR account. Click HERE for instructions on how to do that.
  • If you applied to the college through The Common Application, you will list Mrs. Stacey Nielsen as your counselor on your Common App. She will receive a notification to upload your transcript to your account.
  • For scholarships, seniors will need to request a FREE unofficial copy of their transcript to be emailed to them so they can upload it into their application. The paper form is available in the Guidance Office, or you can download it here. Students who are not yet 18 years old must have this form signed by a parent. Mrs. Jessica Butcher, the Registrar, will process these forms.

CURRENT UNDERCLASSMEN or PREVIOUS STUDENTS/GRADUATES:

Option 1 - Timberland Transcript Request Form (FREE)

  • Include the physical mailing address or an email address of the institution (verify that transcripts via email are accepted by the institution).
  • Include your personal email address (for unofficial transcript).
  • When you include an email address, the transcript will not be mailed. If you would like the transcript to be both mailed and emailed, please make a note on the transcript request form.
  • Submit to Registrar.

Option 2 – Parchment.com (third-party service) - you will need to register on their website and pay a fee. Parchment will send your official transcript electronically, securely, and confidentially to the institution you designate. If the transcript is sent via email, it is not guaranteed to be secure.

Timberland sports network

Timberland Athletics has launched a YouTube channel! Subscribe now for live streaming of some of your Timberland Wolves games and informational videos from the Activities office.

Incoming 9th grade orientation and registration

Orientation for the parents of existing and new students within the Timberland boundary will be provided virtually in February. A schedule will be sent out in January.

How do you stay connected to your Timberland Wolves Athletics & Activities?

Please check out our live THS Activities Calendar for your Wolves game times and locations.

With all of the changes to the Activities calendar this year, did you know that you can receive notifications from our live calendar? Please click here for set up instructions and more information.

Winter Sports Game attendance guidelines

Due to limited seating in school gymnasiums, all GAC schools will require that guests present a GAC game pass to be allowed entry into all basketball & wrestling events.

  • Masks will be required to enter the building and must be worn at all times.
  • All rostered athletes will receive laminated passes that are to be used for all home & away GAC games.
  • For certain home games, all rostered athletes will be allowed three guests. Each player will receive a "GUEST #3: HOME GAME LG GYM ONLY" laminated pass. This extra pass is only valid for specific home games. The GUEST #3 pass may not be valid at tournaments or other specific home events.
  • The GAC pass is required to be presented at the gate for entry. Spectators for away events: Each rostered athlete will receive two (2) laminated passes to give to a "Guest #1" & "Guest #2". The spectators must present the GAC pass at the gate for entry. Entry fees may vary at each school.
  • Game passes will NOT be replaced if lost or stolen.

All attendees (participants & spectators) will be required to complete the following screening before arriving at each event. Do not attend if you are sick for everyone's health and safety. Do you have any of the following symptoms, if so, please do not attend:

  • Fever or feeling feverish
  • Chills
  • A new cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • A new sore throat
  • New muscle aches
  • New headache
  • New loss of smell or taste

spring sports tryouts

Spring Sports tryouts & practices begin on Monday, March 1, 2021. If you're interested in Baseball, Track, Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis or Boys Golf, please pay attention to this important information. Please note that baseball and soccer do have tryouts. The Family Athletic Registration is now open for spring 2021 sports registration.

If you don’t currently have a physical on file and need one, please be sure to get one done as soon as possible. It's not too early to get your MSHSAA physical. Print a copy of the MSHSAA Physical Packet before you go to your Doctor.

Please drop off your MSHSAA Physical packet (6 pages total) in person at the Activities box office Room 527. We do not accept faxed copies from your doctor's office. You can also upload a PDF file of the MSHSAA Physical packet to your Family Athletic Registration account.

Please note the following:

  • All student athletes are required to register for every sport that they play each season on our Family Athletic Registration website.
  • Final clearance is required for all athletes for each sport. To keep everyone safe during COVID, final clearances will be emailed to families, after semester grades have been finalized. Athletes DO NOT have to come to the Activities office to pick their final clearance.
  • The last day to complete registration for final clearance is Wednesday, February 24, 2021. No registrations will be accepted after this date to allow time to compile reports for the coaches.
  • In order to be eligible to compete, a student athlete must attend 14 practices, the first week of Sports tryouts/practices is included in the 14 days. Don't waste time delaying your student athlete's ability to compete by waiting to register or getting their physical. Register now and get the physical scheduled very soon.
  • All student athletes must have an ImPact test every two years. All freshmen, juniors, anyone new to sports or transfer students will need an ImPact test for the Spring season. Click here for the dates for the Spring season and please plan accordingly.

From the Nurse's Office...

For the latest on immunizations, health forms, and medications, check out the new website for the Nurse's Office!

lewis and clark career center

Attention Lewis and Clark Applicants: If you have not already done so, you will need to take the OASIS test as a part of the admissions process. The OASIS test will be proctored the morning of Thursday, February 4 in the library at THS. If you have applied, you will receive a notification and pass to go to the library for testing in advance. Please contact Mrs. Biggs with any additional questions.

Apply online today for the 2021-2022 School Year! Applications are accepted into second semester.

St. Charles County CAPS

Current Sophomores and Juniors- If you are interested in attending a St. Charles County program next year in Global Business/Entrepreneurship; Technology Solutions (IT/Creative Media), or Healthcare:

Apply Online: www.scccaps.org/enrollment

Application Deadline- Friday, February 7, 2021