Immunization Required for 12th Grade for 2016-17
There are new immunization requirements that have been put in place for incoming 12th graders for the 2016-17 school year. Click here for more details.
WHS Class of 2016 Graduation Video
Washington High School Class of 2016 Graduation. Click here to watch.
The safety of our students and staff is a top priority. Click here for district safety information.
The School District of Washington will place a $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue on the Aug. 2, 2016, ballot.
The $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue is pretty simple in nature. The majority of the issue is simply about moving and refinancing existing lease debt into bond debt. This action requires voter approval due to the mechanics of school finance. This conversion and refinancing will allow the debt to be paid from the debt service fund without a change in the debt service levy.
The revenue in that fund will service the debt nicely. This way, revenue that was servicing the $13.66 million ($1.5 million in payments) can be shifted to the general fund for operations. This will provide us with the flexibility we need to deal with our losses in assessed valuation and our declining state aid.
So, of the $15 million proposed in the bond issue, 13.66 of it is not new debt at all, but simply moving of payments from one fund to another.
Then, additionally, the balance of the bond issue (approximately $1.4 million) would be to finance roof replacements, safety and security upgrades and some minor classroom renovation. Simple, basic and responsible.
CLICK HERE for a list of repairs and improvements.
CLICK HERE for a citizens information sheet Q & A.
Parents are reminded about a pair of worthy events taking place during the summer of 2016.
Click on the attached fliers below for more information on the Summer Food Program and the Back to School Fair.
Summer Food Program
The Fighting Hunger, Fueling Minds summer food program offers a free lunch every Tuesday, to any child, during the summer.
The Tuesday free lunch program begins June 7 and will continue through August 9.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Washington Public Library. Games and activities will be provided. Please join us for food and fun.
Back to School Fair
The Franklin County "Back to School Fair" takes place July 29-30. Families must pre-register their children by July 5.
The "Back to School Fair" is held at the First Christian Church, 150 Joel Ave., Union, MO.
The event offers free backpacks and school supplies for students grades K-12.
For questions, more details, or to register, see the attached flier and registration form or contact 636-583-5839.
A total of 23 School District of Washington staff members, working for a combined 477 years, are retiring following the 2015-16 school year.
Some of the retirees’ profiles are not in the video due to leaving at the end of the first semester. Connie Lutz made her announcement during Washington High School's graduation, after the video was completed. She was recognized during the staff’s closing ceremony on May 23, as were the other retirees. Lutz received an honorary WHS diploma from Principal Dr. Frank Wood, who also is retiring.
The 2015-16 SDOW retirees are:
Dr. Frank Wood – Washington High School Principal
John Ragan – Washington High School Assistant Principal
Connie Lutz – Washington High School Math Teacher
Troy Bunkley – Washington High School Director of Bands
Karla Bennett – Washington Middle School Science Teacher
Amy Menard – Washington Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Becky Juergens – Clearview Elementary Kindergarten Teacher
Sheila Bell – Clearview Elementary Second Grade Teacher
Jennifer Baker – Clearview Elementary Fifth Grade Teacher
Karen Parham – Clearview Elementary Special Education Teacher
Lori Peirick – Campbellton Elementary Third Grade Teacher
Julia Brown – Augusta Elementary Sixth Grade Teacher
Carol Wilka – Washington High School Alternative Education/No Excuses
Maria Brady-Smith – Early Learning Center Psych Examiner
Gail Strubberg – Early Learning Center Teacher
Tammy Watson – Early Learning Center Special Education Teacher
Chris Viviano – Occupational Therapist
Randy Kosark – Four Rivers Career Center Director
Vicki Murphy – Four Rivers Career Center Secretary
Linda Wideman – Washington Middle School Kitchen Manager
Janis Napier – Washington High School Cook
Kevin Boyer – Buildings and Grounds
Jeanette Huth – Buildings and Grounds
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.
Jared Rennick, a 2016 Washington High School graduate, recently was named the Washington Missourian's First State Community Bank male athlete of the year for the 2015-16 school year.
St. Clair's Katelyn Guehne was named the female athlete of the year.
It was a senior year to remember for Rennick.
During the football season, Rennick rushed for a school-record 1,853 yards to go with 30 touchdowns in leading the Blue Jays to a 6-4 record.
Against Holt, Rennick rushed for a state record nine touchdowns and a school record 393 yards in an 84-57 Blue Jays victory.
Rennick rushed for 2,521 career yards, fifth most in school history. He was a third-team Class 5 all-state selection as a senior.
“Jared was the consummate team leader last fall. Individual accomplishments were the least of his concerns. He truly wanted to see everyone in our program be successful,” said Rennick’s WHS football coach Zach Schneider. “In order to accomplish that feat, he held himself, and his teammates, to a high standard every day. He truly showed up every day to get better and had a great time pursuing that. He was a true pleasure to coach and will go down in history as one of the all-time great Blue Jay athletes.”
During the wrestling season, Rennick was the MSHSAA Class 3 state champion at 195 pounds, and the first-ever state wrestling champion at WHS, finishing the season with a record of 52-3. He also was a state medalist as a junior, placing fourth.
Rennick’s career wrestling accomplishments:
133 career wins - 5th all-time in school history;
52 wins - most by a senior;
79 career falls - 3rd all time in school history;
40 single season falls – most in school history;
290 career takedowns - 4th most in school history;
Tied for highest winning percentage in school history.
“Above all else, the biggest accomplishment Jared should be proud of is the type of young man he is. He is extremely dedicated and a perfect example of a student athlete,” said WHS Wrestling Coach Josh Ohm. “I could not be more proud of what he has accomplished for himself and what he has done for this program. He will be remembered for how great of a person he was and for what it meant to be a part of this program.”
During the spring, Rennick was a thrower and a sprinter for the WHS track and field team.
“Jared had a very strong season in track. He was one of the reasons for the team’s great improvement from the previous year. While his athletic talent is a great addition to any team, it is the leadership that he brought to this team that made the biggest impact,” said WHS Track and Field Coach Mike Olszowka. “Jared is the kind of kid who always says ‘good morning.’ When asked how things are going, he always responds and then asks right back, ‘how are you doing?’ He is a natural leader. He is respectful, courteous and discipline in all areas of his life. He is an all-around great kid. Even if you took away his athletic talent, his records, and his state championship, he is still the kind of person that I hope my son will grow up to be.”
Rennick will attend Drury University in Springfield, where he will be a member of the Panthers’ first wrestling team. He plans to major in criminology.
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WHS Summer Hours
Washington High School's summer hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The building will be closed the week of July 4-8 for office rotational cleaning and the no-contact week put in place by MSHSAA.
2016-17 WHS Course Book
The Washington High School 2016-17 course book is available. Click here to see the course book.
2016-17 SDOW Academic Calendar
WHS Summer School Registration
Washington High School Summer School runs May 31-June 30. Click on the links below for registration forms. The summer school enrollment form is needed for all out of district students. Washington students only need the application itself.