FROM DR. LINDQUIST'S DESK
As we are reaching the end of the first semester it is a great time to offer the standard reminders – the importance of regular attendance, meeting deadlines for projects, and preparing for final exams. Those things are all very important because the final semester grades are permanent fixtures on students’ transcripts.
We have roughly 550 student parking spots, which is a lot of student drivers on any given day. Any time you concentrate this amount of teenage drivers in the same place there is an increased potential for accidents. Fortunately, many of the accidents we encounter could be easily avoided by taking some basic steps. Please help us out by talking to your student drivers about how to be safe in and around the parking lot. Probably the number one issue is appropriate driving speeds. If students will just slow down and be more patient, many risks will be reduced. In addition, safety will improve if students are prepared to yield to other drivers and make themselves more aware of their surroundings while driving. Any conversations you can have with your sons and daughters about this will be much appreciated. We value student safety and would love to see some improvement in this area.
Thanks for all you do to support Timberland.
ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK
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
AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
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.
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
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 e-mail 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.
DECA HAS BEEN BUSY
DECA has had many notable successes throughout the past few months. They have hosted socials each month, encouraging teamwork and leadership within our school. An average of 40 students attend each of these socials. They currently have around 75 members enrolled in the chapter and are beginning to prepare for their competitions within the next couple of months.
DECA Finance Officer Derek Mitchell and DECA member Jonothon Antonio arranged an event with Sports Fusion on November 9 to raise money for the Special Olympics. They raised $255 during this event.
President Cody Wilfong and fellow DECA member Emma Lawrence hosted a charitable fundraiser on December 1 to help raise awareness for muscular dystrophy. They had a goal of raising $1000 to contribute to MDA.
The Timberland DECA Store, open at all lunches, has also been very profitable this school year. The store is run by junior and senior DECA students and helps to fundraise for traveling to state and international competitions. Keep up the good work, Timberland DECA!
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Mrs. Stacey Nielsen, Timberland's 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Nielsen is the College and Career Counselor at THS!
Please join us for the Winter Choir Concert on December 13 at 7 pm. It is $3 for adults and $2 for students. They are sponsoring a canned food drive on this night. Bring a can of food to get $1 off admission.
Congratulations to Ashton Rogers who has been selected to the Missouri All-State Honor Choir through a rigorous audition process. The process includes singing a solo, sight reading, and singing a choral piece with a recording by himself. Because Ashton scored so high on the sight reading portion, he is representing the St. Louis Suburban District at the State Competition in January at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference.
Ashton also was selected to the National Honor Choir hosted by the American Choral Director's Association in Kansas City in February. This was done through a recorded audition submitted earlier this year. Timberland Choirs is glad to have Ashton representing so well this year.
WINTER ATHLETES GET IN FREE TO GAMES
If you're a winter athlete, stop by the Activities Office and see Mrs. Finder for a sticker for your 2018-2019 student ID. When you come to a game, present your current student ID and get in free to the game. Students can stop by the Activities Office before or after school.
prepare for spring sports
If you haven't played a sport yet this year and are interested in playing spring sports, get your physical done as soon as possible. Spring sports include: Baseball, Boys Golf, Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis, Track, and Cheer and Dance tryouts for 2019-2020. The first week of Spring sports is Monday, February 25, 2019 - Friday, March 1, 2019. Each athlete must have a current physical on file in the Activities office dated February 1, 2018, or after.
Click on the link below for more detailed information regarding Spring sports and what you need to do before you can participate in tryouts or practices in February. Check back often for more updates regarding Family Athletic Registration opening and Spring ImPact testing dates. Don't delay in getting your physical, the sooner you turn it into the Activities office, the better!
NO HUNGER HOLIDAY
National Honor Society helped feed 237 families for Thanksgiving with the help of the Timberland Community and South Middle School. With the funds collected during Academic Intervention, Parent Teacher Conferences and from the generosity of faculty and staff, 237 turkeys were purchased and donated toward the St. Charles County Organization of No Hunger Holiday. A special shout out to Mrs. Jankowski’s Academic Intervention class, the World Language Department, Ms. Lisa Dailey in the cafeteria for storing turkeys, and David Brand at Schnucks in Wentzville for the discount.
INCOMING 9TH GRADE ORIENTATION AND REGISTRATION
Orientation for incoming Ninth Grade parents and students within the Timberland boundary will be held on January 28, 2019. A detailed letter will be mailed to the parents of Wentzville School District eighth graders in Timberland boundaries in early December. Local parochial schools will also be contacted.
MELANIE ZERR NAMED THE CENTRAL DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Melanie Zerr who has been named Central District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America. She qualified for the award after being named Missouri High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MOAHPERD), which was announced in August. Zerr was selected among state teachers of the year to represent the Central District which includes nine states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Sally Schulte, who teaches at Heritage, received the same award in the Elementary category.
“It is unprecedented to have two Central District recipients from the same school district,” said Executive Director of MOAHPERD Dr. Thomas Loughrey. “It is also an indication of the quality teachers the WSD employs, the support the District provides for their continued professional development, and the opportunity the WSD provides through their excellent curriculum and school culture.”
Zerr, who qualified this year to compete in the World Horseshoe Championship, has worked for the WSD since 2005. "I am truly humbled with the honor considering who has received this award in past years," said Zerr. "I believe teaching in the Wentzville School District has made it possible for me to regularly attend professional development opportunities related to physical education and health. Without the support of our administration and the other physical education teachers in my department, my personal development would not be possible. Our state organization has also done a great job over the years of motivating educators to go beyond and challenge themselves to become true professionals. Receiving this award the same time as Sally Schulte has made it that much more special - both being in the same District and alumni from the same university - Southeast Missouri State University."
Zerr will receive her award at the SHAPE America National Convention in Tampa, Florida April 9-13, 2019 and is now eligible for the National PE Teacher of the Year award through SHAPE America, which will make those announcements at the national convention. The application process includes an online interview, photos, and a video submission.
“We are extremely proud to have two of our teachers named recipients of this distinguished honor,” said WSD Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “Mrs. Schulte and Mrs. Zerr are both very deserving, as they are recognized leaders in their field. We are fortunate to have them as part of our team and our students are fortunate to have access to such high-quality instructors.”
ATHLETES SIGN NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
Congratulations to all our senior student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent so far this year.
We are proud of our students' accomplishments in the classroom and on the playing field and we wish them well next year when they will compete at the collegiate level while earning their degrees!
St. Louis Suburban High School Honor Band
Congratulations to the following students who were selected to the St. Louis Suburban HS Honor Band. They are now eligible to try out for the Missouri All-State Band in December - Hallie Youker (flute), Lily Fisher (clarinet), Brianna Dotson (clarinet), Kaitlyn O’Donnell (clarinet), Ben Turley (bass clarinet), Drew Schulz (horn), Jace Nielsen (percussion), and Nate Beattie (alternate for alto saxophone)!
STUDENT COUNCIL HAPPENINGS
The Timberland Student Council (STUCO) hosted the annual Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) Gateway Convention on Saturday, November 3, at Timberland High School. Nearly one thousand energized STUCO members from schools around the greater St. Louis metro area participated in the conference, which is an opportunity for student leaders to come together, exchange ideas, and elect officers. This year's convention theme was "Leadership is Timeless," and as the current Gateway District President, Timberland STUCO had the honor of hosting the event.
"It is an honor to host this convention. We had to create a campaign and run for the district presidency last year to host it,” said Timberland STUCO Advisor Jim Andrzejewski. “My students have been working hard for over a year to campaign and execute the conference. It was a great success, and I am extremely proud of my Student Council. We appreciate the support from our parents and the Student Councils at Holt High School, Liberty High School, and South Middle School."
The Gateway District is open to all public and private middle, junior and senior high schools in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles, and Jefferson County.
On November 12, StuCo held the annual Veteran’s Day Assembly. There were many veterans in the audience. The veterans and their families attended a breakfast beforehand. During the assembly, the choir performed and Student Council member Amber Peterson delivered a speech. Student Council also hosted the third annual Lip Sync Battle on November 29. There were 10 groups.
In December, there are a couple of things to look forward to. On December 14, Timberland gets the privilege of hosting this year’s Pink Night. Pink Night is a basketball game dedicated to fundraising for the fight against breast cancer. This year the profits of Pink Night are going to the Coaches vs. Cancer organization. As the holidays approach, the class officers will decorate all the halls, in participation of Deck the Halls. The theme this year is holiday movies.
CHEERLEADERS ARE STATE BOUND
Congratulations to the Timberland Varsity Cheer squad for taking first place in the Large Coed division at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association St. Louis Regional competition in Washington, Missouri, on November 10 and 11! The Junior Varsity Cheer squad took second place in the Large Junior Varsity division at the competition. The squads will compete at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association State Championship Competition to be held at Lindenwood University on December 1 and 2. Best of luck!