Timberland Tidbits February 2019


February 1 | Local Scholarship Drive Begins

February 7 | A+ Training @2:30pm

February 9 | ACT

February 9 | Snowcoming @8:00pm

February 11 | Late Start

February 15 | No School-PD Day

February 18 | No School-President's Day

February 19 | Big Smiles Dental Clinic

February 19 | Sail Into Senior Year @6:00pm

February 20 | Senior Meeting during Academic Intervention

February 25 | Spring Sports Begin


We’ve already made it to February. Before we get too far down the road, I’d like to fill you in on a couple of items. First, I’d like to thank everyone for their support and assistance as we opened up course registration for students. Online registration was a success because of our great counselors, teachers, students, and parents.

Second, it is extremely important that we stay focused on consistent attendance as we head into the spring. There are so many important things going on – some of them important for finishing the year positively, others important as we start to prepare for next year. Either way, we know that having your students here every day is very important.

We really appreciate the wonderful and supportive parents at THS, and we look forward to continuing to work together for your children.


Order your 2018-2019 Yearbook online or call 1-866-287-3096. The school code is 8123. You may pay by credit, debit, or check. Yearbooks are $60.00 and Name Plates are available for an additional $5.00. Questions? Contact Ida Hoffmann at: Idahoffmann@wsdr4.org

Congratulations to Timberland senior Sofia Angel for being selected by the WSD Board of Education as the District nominee for the John T. Belcher Scholarship. The Missouri School Board Association (MSBA) and Future Builders established the state-wide scholarship program in the memory of Mr. Belcher who was instrumental in developing innovative financing programs for Missouri school districts. "The learning environment for thousands of Missouri’s public school students was improved as a result of his work," says the scholarship description. "Though Mr. Belcher lost his battle with cancer in 1989, his courage was an inspiration to all who knew him."

As the District nominee, Sofia now has the opportunity to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, which is awarded to a student in each of MSBA’s 17 regions. Following the selection of regional winners, a statewide winner is selected and will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic performance, extracurricular activities and the quality of an essay.

Sofia has a 4.48 GPA, is a member of National Honor Society, Captain of the Scholar Bowl Team, is an officer in FBLA, a member of the Timberland Marching and Symphonic Bands, HOSA, FCCLA and is an AP Scholar. She is also a member of the Japanese Society of St. Louis and attended Missouri Scholars Academy. Sophia speaks three languages and has traveled to 12 countries. She hopes to attend either Harvard or Washington University to study medicine and aspires to be a surgeon.


Remaining ACT Dates for the 2018-2019 school year are February 9, April 13, and June 8.

Timberland offers free workshops to prepare students for the ACT. They are from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm and students are asked to sign up in the counseling office if they wish to attend any of the sessions. English will be covered on February 5 and 7, and the science workshops will be March 12 and 14. The next math workshops will be April 2 and 4.

Senior Meeting

The 2019 graduating class will meet with counselors in the theater the morning of February 20, 2019 to discuss graduation details, how to apply for honors and submitting A+ tutoring hours. A senior packet will be distributed at this meeting. The packet will contain forms that must be returned as soon as possible. Early graduates should plan on attending this meeting.

sail into senior year

“Sail into Senior Year” is a college planning presentation that will be held on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:00 pm, in the Timberland library. The program is geared for parents of juniors; however, all parents are welcome to attend. Information will be shared about the college application process, A+ Program, financial aid, scholarships and much more. If you are interested, please RSVP to staceynielsen@wsdr4.org.


Congratulations to students in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) who competed at a regional event on January 28 at Montgomery County High School and came away with several top awards. The following Timberland students received Top Gold for their projects: Ashley Bertillo (Say Yes to FCS Education), Tanvi Dahuja (Food Innovations), and Logan Davidson, Tyler Hansen, and Matt Mangin (Culinary Arts). Logan, Tyler, and Matt are the first team in Timberland history to compete in the Culinary Arts category. By receiving Top Gold (the highest score in their category) these students earned a chance to compete at the Missouri State FCCLA Leadership Conference to be held March 17-19 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Congratulations, and good luck at the State Leadership Conference!

Congratulations to the Junior Varsity Timberland Wolf Line who recently took 5th Place in Pom at the St. Charles Classic!

megan reiter named outstanding youth volunteer

Congratulations to Timberland senior Megan Reiter for being named the 2018 Outstanding Youth Volunteer for the St. Louis Metro Area by Special Olympics Missouri. Each year, SOMO bestows awards to those individuals and groups who truly stand out in their area. The Outstanding Youth Volunteer award is based on the volunteer’s performance during the year.

Megan was chosen as the 2018 winner of the award following a nomination by St. Louis Metro Regional Program Director Jocelyn Diehl. In her nomination, Diehl shared, “We are so impressed by Megan’s passion for service and willingness to fill any area need through a project of her own design. As a high school student in Wentzville, Megan has plenty on her plate already, but decided early on that volunteering with Special Olympics Missouri filled her personal bucket.” Megan has volunteered with SOMO since her freshman year of high school, serving as the Unified Partner to a Special Olympics athlete at summer camp through the Missouri Association of Student Councils, and has recruited and trained other students to referee for 3-on-3 basketball games at the St. Louis Area Basketball Tournament. She also spearheaded and organized a Play Unified Day at Timberland High School last year, which introduced more of her classmates to Special Olympics athletes. Megan will receive the award during the St. Louis Metro Area Spring Games in April.

In addition to volunteering for SOMO, Megan has been in Student Council for the past three years and is currently the third vice president, has been a member of National Honor Society for the past two years and is currently the treasurer, and has been in DECA for three years and is currently serving as the secretary. She scored a 30 on her ACT, maintains a 4.25 GPA, is ranked 11th in her class, and is enrolled in two Advanced Placement courses this year. She is captain of the varsity basketball team and is also a member of the varsity tennis team. In addition, Megan is captain of her club lacrosse team. Megan has been accepted to the University of Alabama and plans to major in finance and marketing.


Timberland offers tutoring sessions for all students Monday through Thursday from 2:25 to 3:25 in the library. Teachers supervise students until they are ready to leave the building.

counselor of the year

Congratulations to Timberland High School Counselor Tammy Braun for being named the 2018-19 Secondary Counselor of the Year by the St. Louis Suburban School Counselor Association! Mrs. Braun will be honored at the St. Louis Suburban School Counselor Association Awards Ceremony on February 7.

Braun was nominated by fellow Timberland counselor Stacey Nielsen, who said, "As our department leader, Tammy supports our team and advocates for the counseling program. Under her leadership, our team has implemented many new programs to meet the needs of our students, staff, and community. We offer morning 'Coffee with the Counselors' meetings each quarter to answer parent questions; a staff support group focusing on self-care, stress management, and avoiding compassion fatigue; online counselor appointment requests; and 'Counselor Cafe' on Fridays, where counselors are in the lunch room to answer questions from students. That's just to name a few. Tammy is always available to collaborate with the counseling team and other staff members, and is always positive and recognizes the successes of our team. She is also an NHS sponsor, always advocating for the needs of her students. She is kind and caring, and an active member of the Missouri School Counselor Association, staying informed on current trends in counseling and professional development."


The next A+ training session is Thursday, February 7, in room 163 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. This training is open to sophomores and juniors. Students must pre-register in the Guidance office. Students must attend one training session before they begin tutoring. For more information and all training dates, refer to the Career Center Website.


Purchase your Athletic Passes online using your credit or debit cards. Each member of your immediate family will have their own Athletic Pass and they will be valid at all three high schools in the Wentzville School District. This is available in the form of an electronic pass accessible via your mobile device by using your email address with GoFan. The cost for the passes remain the same: Family Pass $80, Student Pass $20 and Single Adult Pass $35. You can also purchase single game tickets here using your credit or debit cards. Have your e-mail from GoFan open on your phone with your pass or single game ticket ready for swiping at the gate when you arrive. Please note that your credit or debit card will be charged convenience fees at checkout.


Your child can receive state-of-the-art dental services from a Missouri licensed dentist while at school! Timberland is proudly hosting again the "BIG SMILES PROGRAM" dental clinic on Tuesday, February 19, for Medicaid, non-insured, or privately insured students.

The Big Smiles Program features local, caring, Missouri licensed dentists and hygienists who come into the schools and provide exams, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride, sealants and even fillings. Also, the students will be taught how to care for their teeth and the dangers of tobacco products. For those students without Medicaid or private insurance and lacking sufficient funds, the mobile dentists provide generous grant assistance. No child is ever turned away for lack of resources.

There are several options to sign your child up for the Big Smiles Dental Clinic.

1. Online: https://www.myschooldentist.com/THWRMO_schsrm.

2. Print out and fill out the attached parent permission form and return to the school nurse by Tuesday, February 12.

3. Pick up an application in the THS school nurse’s office Monday-Friday, 6:45 am-3:15 pm.

Timberland Students Shine on LUTV Show "Millennial Media"

Special thanks to Lindenwood University and their "Millennial Media" crew for showcasing our Timberland broadcasting students this fall. Lindenwood has invited our District's media and fine arts students to share their impressive work on the university's "Millennial Media" show on Lindenwood University LUTV throughout the school year. Broadcasting is one of our course offerings this year available to students, and this not only highlights work being done in the schools, but also gives students a chance to participate in a professional-quality broadcast in a higher education setting. "Millennial Media" and other LUTV shows can also be seen on Charter-Spectrum cable in St. Charles County (Channel 989), AT&T U-Verse (Channel 99) and on Lindenwood's website (http://www.lindenwood.edu/lutv/). You can also watch on WSD YouTube. Keep up the great work, Wolves!

attention seniors

All Senior A+ Hours are due by May 1, 2019. A mid-year report was mailed home in late January. Please see Mrs. Nielsen with any questions.


Juniors who have attended an A+ training will have the opportunity to earn A+ hours over the summer. Interested juniors must attend the informational meeting to sign up for summer tutoring. This will take place in early May. Watch daily announcements and future newsletters for the meeting date.

spring sports

The first week of tryouts and practices for spring sports is Monday, February 25 - Friday, March 1. If you are interested in playing Baseball, Boys Golf, Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis or Track, this information is for you!

  • You must have a physical on file dated February 1, 2018, or after. Your ImPact test must be up-to-date (freshmen, juniors, transfers or new to sports).
  • You must have all your fines paid.
  • You need to create or update your Family Athletic Registration account for the Spring season.
  • Last and most importantly, you must stop by the Activities office to get your final clearance. The cutoff date to get your final clearance is February 20, 2019. No final clearances will be issued after that date for spring sports. The final clearance is required to be given to your coach on the first day of practices or tryouts. If you do not have your final clearance on February 25, 2019, you may not participate in sports. For more information about Spring sports, go to our website. Check back for tryout and practice times for the first week.

AP Exam Information

Students in Advanced Placement (AP) classes will receive the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents. The bulletin includes information regarding the exam and preparation. The AP Coordinator will be visiting classes the first week of February to provide students with AP exam registration and payment information. AP testing occurs May 6-17, 2019.


On February 6, our DECA chapter will be bringing 48 members to district competition. If students qualify at this competition, they will have the chance to compete at the State Conference held in Kansas City, where they can move on to compete at the international level in Orlando, Florida.

DECA recently hosted a social to help prepare for competition, where students who planned to compete could attend and practice their competitive events. This practice consisted of mock role plays and tests from previous years, along with students presenting projects they will be taking to competition. We had ten DECA alumni come and help students get ready for competition.

Congratulations to DECA Student of The Month Josie Campanella who was chosen for her extraordinary work. Josie works in the DECA Den, attends socials, and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Marketing course. Way to go, Josie!

Students Earn Superior Rating at State Thespians Conference

Congratulations to Timberland actors Andy Vehige, Luke Englert, and Quentin Simpson who earned a Superior rating after presenting a group acting scene from “Playwriting 101: Rooftop Lessons,” at the Missouri State Thespians Conference, the only group from any school in the state to receive that distinction. They earned this honor by being adjudicated by a panel of three judges. At the conference, several Timberland students participated in various competitions and simulations, such as improvisation, musicals, theater marketing and even scene design.

Timberland was also recognized as an Honor Troupe by the organization, which signifies a troupe’s work both inside and outside of school. Community service, for example, is emphasized, as Timberland theater students want to play a big part both on and off the stage. Only a third of the nearly 100 troupes in the state earned this honor, as troupe officers present a portfolio of work from the previous year at the Missouri State Thespians Leadership Conference (held in the fall in Jefferson City) to a panel of judges and two other troupes. The portfolio is judged on several aspects, including community service, theater production and troupe participation at the state level.

For more info, watch this video posted by Timberland student Megan Mueller: https://vimeo.com/312874960


Timberland art students create a poster for the School Board each year for School Board Appreciation Week. This year, Crystal Wing's Studio Art class decided to do caricatures to honor our school board because "We can't picture WSD without them!"

Library Corner

Is your student having a difficult time locating reliable information to complete their research projects? The library has multiple educational databases, an electronic collection of books, scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers, to provide them accurate information that has been vetted by editors. Students can access these databases by navigating to the THS library webpage.

If students need help using these databases, have them ask a librarian. The THS library is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.


The local scholarship drive begins on February 1 with most applications due by March 15. These scholarships are offered to college bound seniors by area organizations and families. The majority of the applications will be available on Going Merry. There is also one that is available through Scholarship Central . Check your email, the announcements, and the College and Career Website regularly, as special scholarship opportunities will be advertised through those methods. Local scholarships will be awarded on Honors Night, May 9, 2019.

vaccination information

The State of Missouri requires all students who are entering Grade 12 in 2019-2020 to have two doses of the MCV (Meningococcal Vaccine). The student is exempt if the first dose was administered after the student’s 16th birthday as then only one dose is required. Students who do not have immunization proof prior to the first day of school will not be allowed to start the new school year until proof of vaccination is received.

Congratulations to the Girl's Swim and Dive team who recently won the Fort Zumwalt North Invitational!

art show

Congratulations to Ashley Collier and Diana Ovchar who were chosen to have their art work displayed at the Florissant Valley High School Exhibition. The show runs from January 24 to February 12, with the awards ceremony on February 12 at 7:30 pm.

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

Here are a few helpful links for you to keep current on all things Wolves-related. Our Timberland Athletic Website is available for you 24/7. As is our live Timberland Athletic/Activities Calendar. Please also be sure to follow our coaches' Twitter feeds as well as ours (@thsactivities) for more information. Links to our coaches' Twitter feeds can be found on the individual sports pages on our website.

Timberland's Chrome and Design Lab

Students at WSD high schools now have the opportunity to take a class quickly becoming known as Chrome and Design Lab at Timberland (or CSI Chrome Lab). As the WSD has moved toward a one-to-one student-to-device ratio, basic troubleshooting with the devices is now being taken on by a select group of students at each school as part of a technology class. This is the type of experiential learning that not just gives students hands-on learning in fixing the devices, but also customer service experience in conferring with their clients and returning the fixed devices. Through an authentic technology service center at our high schools, this course allows students to develop and apply technical knowledge and soft skills. Soft skills include communication, customer service, problem solving, decision making, time management and working on a team. Students can pursue a technology certification in a self-paced environment to immediately prepare them for a career or complete school-based technology projects. Watch the video featuring our own Timberland students on WSD YouTube or click on the link below.

Chrome Lab students training South Middle School students on Chromebook repair.

Student Council News

December was a community service month for Student Council. They raised money for Christmas presents for those in need. Timberland also hosted this year's Pink Night game against Holt. All proceeds of the game went to a Wentzville mom battling cancer. Timberland raised $1,900, and both schools gave the local mom $2,000 combined. In January, Student Council prepared for another community service event and the next school dance. About 15 Student Council members are taking the plunge at the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Missouri. The next Winter Formal, Snowcoming, is coming up on February 9 at 8:00 pm.

Wolf line tryouts

If you are interested in trying out for Timberland's Dance team, please click on the link below for information about tryouts. ImPact test dates for dance tryouts will be announced soon and registration for tryouts will be open at a later date. Please check our website for more information.

cheerleading tryouts

If you are interested in trying out for cheerleading for the 2019-2020 school year, please click on the link below. ImPact testing dates for cheer tryouts will be announced soon and registration for cheer tryouts will be open at a later date. Please check our website for more information.

College Rep Visits

College representatives from area universities visit the Timberland campus for a 30-minute group informational meeting with interested students. See the colllege and career calendar for college visits this semester. Check weekly as more are added regularly through April. Spring visits are open to students in grades 10-12. Student may sign up through their scoir.com account to attend a rep visit.

band news

Congratulations to the seven Timberland band students who participated in the UMSL Junior Honor Band on December 5, after being nominated by band directors. These honor ensemble members spent the day working and rehearsing with University of Missouri-Saint Louis’ Director of Bands, Mr. Gary Brandes, and the applied UMSL faculty. And in the evening, the students gave a concert in conjunction with the UMSL Wind Ensemble, in the Lee Theater of the Touhill Performing Arts Center, which was open to the public.

The students from Timberland who participated were: Hallie Youker, flute; Lily Fisher, clarinet; Brianna Dotson, clarinet; Olivia Barnard, alto saxophone; Josh Gary, trumpet; Duncan Skinner, trombone; Lily Himmel, tuba; and Thomas Knehans, tuba.

Timberland also had seven students selected by SIUE Director of Bands Dr. John Bell to participate in the SIUE Bi-State Honor Band Festival, which occurred on January 18 and 19, 2019. Over 350 students were nominated from a combined 44 schools throughout Missouri and Illinois. The students auditioned on January 18 and were placed in one of three festival bands. They spent a day and a half with a guest conductor and performed a concert on the evening of January 19. The festival was almost like a masterclass with Darrin Davis, Director of Bands from nationally acclaimed Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and this year’s guest conductor.

The seven students selected were: Sydney Kissel, flute; Hallie Youker, flute; Lily Fisher, clarinet; Brianna Dotson, clarinet; Nate Beattie, alto saxophone; Drew Schulz, horn; and Jace Nielsen, percussion.


The THS counselors host a table out at lunch every Friday for students to stop by and chat and ask general questions.

board of education elections

The Wentzville School District Board of Education has two open seats in the April 2, 2019 election. Visit our website to view the biography submitted by the candidates who will appear on the April ballot.

Click here for more information about GPS and how you can help.

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