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Washington High School cross country and track athlete Mikayla Reed has been named the Washington Missourian's Athlete of the Year for the 2017-18 school year.

Pacific’s Cameron VanLeer (basketball and golf) also received the honor.

Reed, a 2018 graduate of WHS, led the track and field Lady Jays to a second place team finish in Class 4 by winning four state titles at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships May 25-26 at Jefferson City High School.

Reed was a winner in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:15.26, the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.21, and the 3,200-meter run in 11:10.14.

Reed also anchored the Lady Jays’ winning 3,200-meter relay team, who cruised to a first-place finish in a time of 9:32.2. Also running for WHS were Claire Ayers, Mia Reed and Morgan Holdmeyer.

During her junior season, Reed won Class 4 state track crowns in the 1,600-meter run (5:02.52) and the 3,200-meter run (11:04.06).

During the fall of her senior season, Reed placed third in the Class 4 state cross country race in a time of 18:26. She won the Class 4 state title in 2016 in 18:02.

For her high school career, Reed won seven state championships, six in track and one in cross country. She earned 10 state track medals and four state cross country medals. She also claimed 14 GAC Central titles and nine district crowns.

Reed will continue her running and academic career at the University of Missouri.

Mikayla Reed


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/18/18




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The Washington High School cheerleaders are hosting a Dash for Disney 5K run or one-mile walk on Friday, July 13, at 7 p.m. It will be hosted by the Four Rivers YMCA, 400 Grand Ave in Washington. Check-in begins at 6 p.m.

The entry fee is $20 per person, which includes a T-shirt, face painting, bottled water, Disney photo opportunity, and a 50/50 drawing.  Make checks payable to WHS Cheer.

Proceeds help the WHS Cheerleaders pay for their trip to Nationals in Orlando, Fla.

Participants may dress as your favorite Disney character or come as you are. To guarantee a T-shirt, pre-register by contacting Becky Cox or Lori Griesenauer.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/7/18




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Lydia Juengling, a 2018 Washington High School graduate and member of the National Honor Society (NHS) at WHS, has been named one of 500 national semifinalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship program.

Juengling was chosen from more than 11,000 applicants and will receive a $2,850 scholarship.

High school seniors who are members in good standing of an active National Honor Society chapter are able to apply for an NHS Scholarship.

Finalists are selected on the basis of their leadership skills; participation in service organizations, clubs, and other student groups at school and in the community; and their academic record.

As a semifinalist, Juengling is recognized as one of the top 500 NHS members in the nation this school year.

While at Washington High School, Juengling was an officer of four clubs, a cross-country runner, a track and field team manager, the Student Representative to the Board of Education, the Yearbook editor-in-chief, and a Blue Jay Journal staff member.

Juengling plans to attend the University of Kansas to study Architecture.

Click on the attached link below for the official press release.


Lydia Juengling

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Published: 6/7/18




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Spring sports teams at Washington High School earned MSHSAA Scholastic Achievement Awards for the 2018 season.

Depending on the team grade-point average, the squads were designated either outstanding or distinguished.

Outstanding (3.25-4.00 GPA)

Varsity Girls Track (3.79)

Junior Varsity Girls Track (3.5)

Varsity Boys Track (3.43)

Varsity Girls Soccer (3.43)

Varsity Baseball (3.42)

Junior Varsity Girls Soccer (3.41)

Junior Varsity Baseball (3.31)

Junior Varsity Boys Track (3.26)

Distinguished (3.00-3.24 GPA)

Varsity Boys Golf (3.19)

Junior Varsity Boys Golf (3.19)

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/6/18




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Washington High School Theatre Camp takes place Thursday, Aug. 9, at WHS from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The camp is open to students entering grades 7-12. No theatre experience is required. The cost is $20 per student. Lunch will be provided. Payment can be mailed to WHS or paid on the day of camp.

Students will have a chance to work on acting and audition skills, vocal skills, choreography, and technical theatre (sound, lights, sets, props and makeup).

To register, click on the attached link below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/1/18




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Memorial Day Weekend 2018 certainly will be one to remember for the Washington High School track and field program.

Competing at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships May 25-26 at Jefferson City High School, the Washington girls registered a second-place finish in the Class 4 team standings, winning four state titles in the process.

MICDS claimed the Class 4 girls team crown with 88 points. Washington finished second with 55 points followed by Camdenton with 47 and Webster Groves with 41.

“We knew we just had to do what we can do. There’s no defense in track, so as long as we do what we do, we could have success,” said Washington Head Track Coach Mike Olszowka. “To get on the podium for second place is a great feat.”

Washington senior Mikayla Reed ended her career as a Blue Jay with four state titles.

Reed was a winner in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:15.26, the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.21, and the 3,200-meter run in 11:10.14.

Reed also anchored the Lady Jays’ winning 3,200-meter relay team, who cruised to a first-place finish in a time of 9:32.2. Also running for WHS were Claire Ayers, Mia Reed and Morgan Holdmeyer.

“Four state titles, you can’t put that into words. Ever since last year, I’ve wanted this so badly. To finally get it is very special,” Reed said. “The 3,200 was my last high school race, so I just wanted to have a lot of fun out there. I wanted to take it in one lap at a time. My freshman and sophomore years, I was only in the 3,200. Last year is when I expanded to four events. It’s kind of cool that the 3,200 was my last race in high school because it was also my first race as a freshman. For this state meet, the 800 is going to stick out the most just because I tried so hard and left it all out there. Hearing that Claire was coming in second and turning around to see her at the finish line was just incredible.”

For her high school career, Reed won seven state championships, six in track and one in cross country.

“It’s so hard to sum up what I’ve gone through these past four years,” Reed said. “Everyone who’s been with me for this ride has been amazing. From teammates, coaches, parents, to everyone else, all of the support has been incredible. I want to thank everyone for the support.”

Reed will continue her running career at the University of Missouri.

“I’m sure there can be a lot of arguments about the greatest Blue Jay ever, but Mikayla is right there. She’s a seven-time state champion,” Olszowka said. “The things people miss out on about Mikayla is the way she trains in the offseason and the way she competes. Mikayla is a great runner, but there’s great runners everywhere. So many people like Mikayla because she smiles. She talks to everybody. She’ll stop and talk to a kid who recognizes her from the newspaper for half an hour. She spends a lot of her time with all-abilities. These are things that go above and beyond the athletic standpoint that just makes her that much better of a person.”

Washington’s 3,200-meter team turned in a dominating performance. The order of the runners were Ayers, Mia Reed, Holdmeyer and Mikayla Reed.  

“I was pretty sore from yesterday (800 and 1,600). I just tried really hard to get that lead, which I did. But Mia really did a great job building on the lead,” Ayers said.

“My goal was to take Claire’s lead and try to expand it. I felt really good. It was an amazing experience to be a part of this team,” Mia Reed said.

“I was really excited to see Claire and Mia give us a good lead. My goal was to just stay on my pace. I felt like I did my part and held on to our lead,” Holdmeyer said.

“By the time I started, I was so excited. The whole time I was cheering them on waiting for my leg,” Mikayla Reed said. “Morgan did such a great job coming down the final stretch. I was really cheering her on. I took the baton and just went for it.”

Ayers, a junior, had a standout state meet, taking home first-, second-, and third-place medals.

She ran the first leg on the winning 3,200-meter relay team, getting the Lady Jays out to a lead that they never surrendered.

Additionally, Ayers finished in second place behind Reed in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:16.05 and was third in the 1,600-meter run in 5:08.81.

“I was super nervous coming into the meet,” Ayers said. “Mikayla really helped me get through all of the races. She’s super calm. It was amazing to have her there with me. I don’t know what I’m going to do without her next year.”

Ayers finished right behind Reed for second place in the 800-meter run.

“I was wearing the No. 12 sticker and I thought, let’s just see what I can do. Toward the last lap, I decided that I was going to go for it,” Ayers said. “At the end when I crossed the finish line, I yelled Mikayla’s name. She turned around and we hugged. It was an amazing experience. I never thought I’d get to this point. Coach told me I could do this. I had my doubts, but I told him that I’ll see what I could do.”

Mikayla Reed was thrilled about Ayers’ performance in the 800.

“As I was running toward the end, a girl from Lindbergh yelled at me, ‘You guys can go one and two,’ which got me really excited,” Reed said. “I’ve always believed in Claire. I knew she could do this. I thought she could even beat me, and she was super close.”

Ayers had another big performance in the 1,600-meter run.

“The 1,600 is not my favorite race. I felt good toward the middle of the race, so I kept going strong,” Ayers said. “At the end, the girl in front of me was right there, and I knew I would regret it if I didn’t catch her. I just went for it and got third place.”

“We knew by the time Claire was in seventh grade how special she was. It just was a matter of getting her healthy and getting her to believe in herself and what she was doing,” Olszowka said. “I’m thrilled to death, but I’m not surprised at all. As a coaching staff, we knew she could have this kind of performance.”

Washington’s Morgan Gratza, a freshman, earned all-state honors in the high jump with an eighth-place finish, clearing 5-2.

Samantha Schriever of Carthage took first place by clearing 5-3. The second- through eighth-place finishers all cleared 5-2.

“I’m happy to get in the top eight for all-state, but I know I could have placed higher. Seven of us got 5-2. It just mattered on the amount of misses. You definitely have to watch the number of times you miss because that really matters,” Gratza said. “I was definitely nervous. I didn’t realize that until I was about to jump. There’s just so many people watching. It was really cool to be here and see all of these great athletes.

“Coach always told me I could get to state, but I didn’t think I could get past districts. I’ve been competing in the high jump for only two years and still have a lot to learn. Most of the other high jumpers I competed against had more experience than me. I’ll just try to keep getting better. Going three more inches and getting the school record is definitely a big goal for me in the future.”

“A state medal as a freshman is always good,” Olszowka said. “Morgan was right there. She had three great attempts at 5-3. She probably was a quarter-inch heel drag away from being first or second place. That gives us a lot of positive momentum with her coming back next year as a sophomore.”

Washington’s Morgan Holdmeyer, a senior, missed all-state honors by one spot in the 3,200-meter run, placing ninth in 11:56.89. She still took home a state title by running the third leg on the winning 3,200-meter relay team.

Olszowka got chocked up when asked about Holdmeyer, finding it difficult to put into words what she’s meant to the WHS track and cross country programs.

“Morgan has been with us since seventh grade,” he said. “She’s going to be a tough one to replace.”

Washington’s 1,600-meter relay team of Ayers, Mia Reed, Olivia Robinson and Colleen Kuchem finished in 12th-place in a time of 4:08.44.

“Mia is another freshman with so much to offer. We lose some great seniors, but look who we have coming back,” Olszowka said. “Claire steps into Mikayla’s shoes. Mia steps into Claire’s shoes. Morgan Gratza steps up a notch. Hopefully we get Sophia (Olszowka) back in the javelin. We have a little Figas coming up who’s already a 16-foot long jumper. These seniors are leaving, but what they’ve done for the program is not leaving. Their leadership made the next set of Blue Jays ready to step up and do the same things.”

Photos from Washington’s performance at the state track and field meet are below. Click on the attached link below for complete results.


Washington Lady Jays - Second Place in Class 4


Washington Lady Jays - Second Place in Class 4


Mikayla Reed: Class 4 champion in the 800-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meter runs and the 3,200-meter relay.


Claire Ayers: Class 4 champion in the 3,200-meter relay, second place in the 800-meter run and third-place in the 1,600-meter run.


Morgan Gratza: Eighth place in the Class 4 high jump.


Washington Lady Jays: Class 4 champion in the 3,200-meter relay. From left are Mikayla Reed, Mia Reed, Morgan Holdmeyer and Claire Ayers.























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/30/18




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

The ceremony marked the end of the 2017-18 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 and Assistant Superintendents Dr. Brendan Mahon, Dr. Judy Straatmann and Dr. Rachael Franssen each addressed the staff.

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.

*Six finalists were named for the WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. The winner will be announced in the fall at the WINGS Hall of Honor Ceremony. Finalists are Cody Stapel (Special Education, Washington West Elementary), Dan Brinkmann (Automotive Technology, Four Rivers Career Center), Melissa Ziegler (Science, Washington Middle School), Tim Branson (No Excuses, Washington High School), Heather Clark (Counselor, South Point Elementary), and Jennifer Maune (Third grade, Augusta Elementary).

*Penny Wilmesherr, Secretary, Washington High School, was named the WINGS Support Staff of the Year. The six finalists were Wilmesherr, Dawn Beste (Special Education Para, Washington West Elementary), Dave Wells (Custodian, Washington High School), Paula Mueller (SDOW Network Technician), Nancy Shiels (Secretary, Washington Middle School), and Craig Vonder Haar (SDOW Communications Manager).

*Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 apiece were Clearview Elementary second-grade teacher Bridget Phelps (certified staff) and Washington High School Special Services para Kim Voss (support staff).

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

*Retiring staff members are John McCarthy, Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Janet Hagedorn, Marchel Sulschi, Ileana Sulschi, Lisa Huxel, Julie McBride, Georgana Hagan, Karin Parks Wolking, Bob Pecka, Dan Heck, Tamara Milligan, Sara Barnett, Debbie Brueggen, Peggy Brinker, Jana Monzyk, Kurt Althage, Donna Frankenberg, Jeanette Marquart and Jose Gamez.

*Honored for 30 years of service were Kevin Hunewill and Margie Longseth.  

*Honored for 25 years of service were Karen Kassebaum, Barb Laramore, Julie McBride, Kate Montgomery, Stacey Siefken and Kelly Worstell.

*Honored for 20 years of service were Laura Bruckerhoff, Lisa Coffman, Donna Frankenberg, Ann Gaebe, Dr. Judy Straatmann, Dr. Dawn Hellebusch, Dr. Kelle McCallum, Cathy Hemmer, Sandy Knickmeyer, Gary Maune, Erin Monzyk, Laurie Reed, Ed Stahl, Tracy Straatmann, Greg Traffas, Julie Trentmann, Michelle Turner and Becky Zanin.

*Honored for 15 years of service were Dr. Lori VanLeer, Barbara Gansmann, Stephanie Juengling, Tom Mathews, Jaime Opfer, Melanie Trentmann, Dana Vogel and Robert York.  

*Honored for 10 years of service were Meghan Brueggemann, Jana Buchanan, Kaye Chisholm, Amanda Clark, Chris Dunard, Cristy Esparza, Jennifer Gamez, Dane Gough, Erin Gough, Julie Grafrath, Elizabeth Hobbs, Katie Hogenmiller, Tricia Holm, Kim Hunt, Maria Kakadiaris, Lindsay Kober, Rob Landers, Jenny Meers, Scott Morgan, Tracy Niccum, Kara Pate, Anita Rehmeier, Lorna Schulz, Debbie Shafferkoetter, Brian Stuesse, Cassandra Suggs, Danette Wood, Rebecca Young and Terry Zanin.  

*Completing the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy were:

Professional Level (Year 1): Jenny Meers, Jessica Fitzgerald and Chris Becker.

Specialist Level (Year 2): Michelle Prewitt.

Master Level (Year 3): Ryan Brennan, Melissa Golder, Jill Griffin, Valerie Jankowski, Nicole Kottmann, Keshan Vogt and Kelly Worstell.

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


WINGS Educational Excellence Award

Finalists for the WINGS Educator of the Year, sponsored by the Missourian and two anonymous Washington High School alumni. From left are Jennifer Maune, Dan Brinkmann, Heather Clark, Tim Branson, Melissa Ziegler, Cody Stapel, Brad Mitchell (WINGS) and Bridget Phelps (WINGS).


WINGS Support Staff of Year

Penny Wilmesherr, Secretary, Washington High School, was named the WINGS Support Staff of the Year. Also shown is Brad Mitchell (WINGS).


Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 was Clearview Elementary second-grade teacher Bridget Phelps. Also shown are Dr. Jane Reed, left, and Doug Reed, right.


Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship

Receiving the Dr. Jane and Doug Reed Scholarship for $1,000 was Washington High School Special Services para Kim Voss. Also shown are Dr. Jane Reed, left, and Doug Reed, right. (Washington Missourian Photo).


Retiring Staff Members

There are 20 School District of Washington staff members retiring, accumulating 352 years of service to the SDOW. Front row, from left, are Jose Gamez, Janet Hagedorn, Georgana Hagan and John McCarthy. Second row, from left, are Deborah Brueggen, Sara Barnett, Julie McBride and Lisa Huxel. Back row, from left, are Jeanette Marquart, Donna Frankenberg, Jana Monzyk, Kurt Althage and Dan Heck. Not pictured are Pattie Kreamalmeyer, Marcel Sulschi, Ileana Sulschi, Karin Wolking, Bob Pecka, Peggy Brinker and Tammy Milligan.



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), Brad Mitchell (WINGS), Jocelyn Schluss (Marthasville Principal), Jennifer Pecka (Labadie Principal), Mary Robertson (Augusta Principal) and Melanie Trentmann (South Point Assistant Principal). Back row, from left, are Aimee Harty (South Point Principal), Jennifer Meyer (Campbellton Principal) and Dr. Matt Busekrus (Clearview Principal). Not shown are Kim Hunt (Washington West Principal) and Ron Millheiser (Washington Middle School Principal).


Major Saver Program

Kelly Osborn of Major Saver presents a check to WINGS for $40,612.50 for the 2018 Major Saver Program. Brad Mitchell of WINGS accepts the check.


Service Awards: 30 years

Honored for 35 years of service was Kevin Hunewill. Not pictured is Margie Longseth.


Service Awards: 25 Years

Honored for 25 years of service. From left are Kelly Worstell, Stacey Siefken, Julie McBride and Kate Montgomery. Not pictured are Karen Kassebaum and Barb Laramore.


Service Awards: 20 Years

Honored for 20 years of service. Front row, from left, are Erin Monzyk, Sandra Knickmeyer, Laurie Reed, Lisa Coffman and Gary Maune. Second row, from left, are Dr. Judy Straatmann, Cathy Hemmer, Donna Frankenberg and Laura Bruckerhoff. Back row, from left, are Julie Trentmann, Tracy Straatmann, Michelle Turner, Ed Stahl, Dr. Dawn Hellebusch and Greg Traffas. Not pictured are Ann Gaebe, Dr. Kelle McCallum and Becky Zanin.


Service Awards: 15 Years

Honored for 15 years of service. Front row, from left, are Barb Gansmann, Stephanie Juengling and Jaime Opfer. Back row, from left, are Tom Mathews, Melanie Trentmann and Dana Vogel. Not pictured are Dr. Lori VanLeer and Robert York.


Service Awards: 10 Years

Honored for 10 years of service. Front row, from left, are Becky Young, Debbie Shafferkoetter, Jenny Meers, Elizabeth Hobbs, Julie Grafrath, Jana Buchanan and Meghan Brueggemann. Second row, from left, are Anita Rehmeier, Lindsay Kober, Jennifer Gamez, Kaye Chisholm and Amanda Clark. Third row, from left, are Brian Stuesse, Lorna Schulz, Tracy Niccum, Erin Gough, Dane Gough and Chris Dunard. Back row, from left, are Terry Zanin, Kara Pate, Kim Hunt, Cristy Esparza, Danette Wood and Scott Morgan. Not pictured are Katie Hogenmiller, Tricia Holm, Maria Kakadairis, Cassandra Suggs and Rob Landers.

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Published: 5/29/18




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Greg Garrett is the new school resource officer at Washington High School. He will begin his duties at WHS at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Garrett replaces Doug Tollison, who will return to road duty with the Washington Police Department after spending seven years as resource officer with the School District of Washington.

Before he returns to road duty on a permanent basis, Tollison will fill in at Washington Middle School in the fall until current WMS resource officer Mindy Schmelz returns from a knee injury.

There also will be an elementary school resource officer beginning in the 2018-19 school year, who has yet to be named.

“I want to thank Officer Tollison for his seven years of excellent service as SRO,” said WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “We are excited to have Officer Garrett on board as our new SRO. We feel like he will be a great fit for our building and a positive role model for our students.”

Garrett has been with the Washington Police Department for 17 years. He is a 1998 graduate of Washington High School.

Greg and his wife, Krista (Luckey), reside in Washington. They have one daughter, Madison, who is 1 ½ years of age.


Greg Garrett

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/23/18




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Washington High School’s 117th commencement was held Friday, May 18, in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS. Rain moved the ceremony indoors.

There were 323 seniors in the Class of 2018.

School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer welcomed guests to commencement followed by the band performing “Pomp and Circumstance,” by Elgar Polyhar.

The WHS JROTC was on hand for the presentation of colors.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Abbey Jinkerson, vice president of the Class of 2018.

The WHS choir performed the school song and the national anthem.

Assistant Principals Dr. Joe Dierks and Mary Kleekamp announced students earning honors and high honors.

Assistant Principal Shawn Wallace announced the students who gave addresses.

VanLeer gave the superintendent’s message.

Kevin Blackburn, president, spoke on behalf of the Board of Education.

Dan Heck, retiring math teacher, presented the Class of 2018.

Board of Education members presented diplomas.

Cason Suggs, class president, led the seniors in the turning of the tassel and VanLeer gave closing remarks.

The student marshalls were juniors Ezra Miles and Olivia Emke.  

Class of 2018 officers were Cason Suggs, president; Abbey Jinkerson, vice president; Kailey Robinson, Secretary; Carrie Derner, treasurer; and Jonathan Amlong and Lydia Lock, student representatives.

Senior class sponsors were Cathy Jinkerson and Kathryn Laurentius.

This year’s class song was “Roots” by Zac Brown Band.

The class flower was Blue Iris.

The class motto was, “What feels like the end, is often the beginning.” (Anonymous).

The class gift was picnic tables.

Click on the link below for the video broadcast of Washington High School’s 116th commencement, which was shown via a live stream. Photos of some of the graduates are below.















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Published: 5/21/18




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Washington High School’s Graduation Ceremony this evening (Friday, May 18), will be held indoors in the Blue Jay Gymnasium due to a chance for rain in the forecast throughout the day. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

District and high school administration, along with Buildings and Grounds staff, met this morning and made the decision.

Each graduate was given six tickets to graduation at Thursday’s senior brunch. Indoor events require that we limit the number of people who can attend. Regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket.

We will not be able to reprint tickets if they are lost or misplaced. We also do not have extra tickets available. Please do not call the high school asking for extra tickets.

The Blue Jay Gym will open at 4:30 p.m. To make high school dismissal go smoothly, we ask that you are not on the high school premises until 4:30 p.m. at the earliest.  

A shuttle will be available from the 14th street commuter lot to the high school and from the middle school to the high school.

The CJB Theatre will be open to watch the graduation ceremony through a live stream. Tickets are not required for the CJB Theater. The link to the live stream can be found on the School District of Washington’s web site or by clicking the link below.

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




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Megan Voelkerding and Ryan Hill recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for the Four Rivers Career Center and Washington High School, respectively.

Voelkerding, a senior, is in the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program at Four Rivers Career Center, where she’s a student ambassador. She’s a member of the WHS concert band and pep band and is a section leader for the band. She holds a 3.7 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Voelkerding plans on attending Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla and double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering. She’s the daughter of Eric and Susan Voelkerding.

Hill, a senior at WHS, will major in chemistry in college and plans to attend Maryville University. He is a member of National Honor Society, the scholar bowl team and was named a Finalist in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. He is the son of Timothy Hill.

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


Megan Voelkerding is presented her student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.


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

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Published: 5/18/18




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The WINGS Educational Foundation recently awarded four scholarships to Washington High School seniors in the amount of $1,000 apiece, for a total of $4,000.

WHS students receiving the WINGS Alumni Scholarship were Jerry Hwang and Amber Cunningham.

WHS students receiving the WINGS Educator Scholarship were Lydia Juengling and Morgan Holdmeyer.  

The WINGS Educational Foundation promotes educational excellence by providing teacher grants, student scholarships for continued education, state-of-the-art equipment and recognition of faculty and staff achievement.

A photo of the WINGS scholarship winners is below.


Four Washington High School seniors received the 2018 WINGS scholarship for $1,000 apiece. From left are Carol Zanin (WINGS), recipients Lydia Juengling, Morgan Holdmeyer, Jerry Hwang and Amber Cunningham, and Brad Mitchell (WINGS).

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Published: 5/17/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 16, 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: 5/16/18




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Washington High School held a Color the Campus 5K Run/1 Mile Walk on Friday, May 11, on the WHS campus.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship Fund.

There were approximately 80 participants for this year’s event, plus an additional 25 volunteers.

The event was a huge success. I've received a lot of good feedback,” said event organizer Samantha Loepker. “Katie Sandoval and Kelly Wood were especially helpful and supportive in the planning and organization of the event. It wouldn't have been possible without their support and the student volunteers from Key Club, National Honor Society and Student Council.”

The event raised an additional $250 for the scholarship, which will go toward scholarships for the 2019 graduating class.

Four scholarships of $200 were awarded. The recipients were Autumn Osia, Amy Wang, Zach Bequette and Katelyn Bopp.

Photos from the Color the Campus Run are below.


Color the Campus Run/Walk participants and volunteers.


The family of the late Al Matzes.


The family of the late Al Matzes.
















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/15/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 9, 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: 5/9/18




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Nice weather meant a large turnout for the WINGS Educational Foundation Picnic in the Park on Friday, May 4, at the Washington Fairgrounds.

The event featured a BBQ dinner and plenty of family fun. There were bounce houses, a balloon-bending clown, face painting, hula-hoops, and other games and activities.  

Several of the School District of Washington’s musical ensembles performed, including the Washington High School and Middle School vocal and band groups.

The menu featured pulled-pork sandwiches, pork steaks, nachos, and hot dogs and pork burgers for children.

The WINGS Educational Foundation hosts the picnic and other events to raise money for our schools.

Earlier in the day, WINGS volunteers delivered BBQ lunches to local businesses as part of the fundraiser.

Photos from the WINGS Picnic in the Park are below.
















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/8/18




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The Washington High School DECA Club held a Multiple Sclerosis Car Smash on Friday, May 4, outside of the Nix cafeteria during lunch shifts.

Students had the chance to beat up on an old car donated by the Four Rivers Career Center with a baseball bat or a sledge hammer. The fee was three swings for $3 or six swings for $5. Proceeds benefited the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Photos from the MS Car Smash at Washington High School are below.












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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/7/18




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Cassandra Suggs has been named Washington High School’s 2017-18 Renaissance Teacher of the Year.

Teachers at WHS were nominated for teacher of the month during the course of the school year. Nominating Suggs was Margie Longseth.

The recipients of the teacher of the month award were then eligible for the teacher of the year award, which was decided by a student body vote.

Suggs is an English Language Learner teacher at the high school.

“There are so many talented and committed teachers at Washington High School. I am proud to work with all of them,” Suggs said. “I was shocked, stunned really, when my name was called as Teacher of the Year. I have the smallest group of students with about 27 total. It humbles me to know that I am touching students that I do not even teach. I am very grateful and honored. I thank God.”

A photo with Suggs and her English Language Learner students is below.


Cassandra Suggs was named Washington High School’s 2017-18 Renaissance Teacher of the Year.

Cassandra Suggs and her English Language Learner students.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/7/18




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The Cocoa Cafe at Washington High School recently donated $100 to the WINGS Education Foundation.

WINGS promotes educational excellence by providing teacher grants, student scholarships for continued education, state-of-the-art equipment and recognition of outstanding faculty and staff achievement.

The Cocoa Cafe opened in 2005 with a $1,000 grant from WINGS.

Over the last 13 years, many students with disabilities have gained communication skills outside of the regular classroom experience.

Washington High School and the surrounding communities understand the importance of giving life skills students the opportunity to gain work experience that will help following graduation.

The focus of the cafe is to teach job skills, independence, and people skills while promoting The Cocoa Cafe.

Pictured below are WHS special services students who work at the Cocoa Café presenting the check for $100 to WINGS representatives Brad Mitchell and Carol Zanin.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/4/18




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The Washington NEA (National Education Association) awarded its Viola M. Brockfeld Scholarship to a group of Washington High School seniors during the Senior Awards Night on Tuesday, May 1.

The total amount of scholarships awarded was $11,000.

The scholarship recipients were Lydia Juengling, Olivia Robinson, Colleen Kuchem, Lydia Lock, Lauren Ancell, Cason Suggs, Holly Hoerstkamp, Emmy Hopkins, Nathan Neely, Aubre Stagner, Conlan Jarvis, Bria Hasenjaeger, Tommy Ruether and Autumn Osia.

Viola Brockfeld was an art teacher for the School District of Washington for over 40 years and the first president of the Washington local branch of the National Education Association.  


The Washington NEA awarded its Viola M. Brockfeld Scholarship to a group of Washington High School seniors. Seated, from left, are Lydia Juengling, Olivia Robinson, Colleen Kuchem, Lydia Lock and Lauren Ancell. Standing, from left, are Cason Suggs, Holly Hoerstkamp, Emmy Hopkins, Nathan Neely, Aubre Stagner, Conlan Jarvis and WHS teacher Brian Edler, representing the Washington NEA. Not pictured are Bria Hasenjaeger, Tommy Ruether and Autumn Osia.

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




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 2, 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: 5/2/18




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life took place Friday, April 27.

The event took place at Scanlan Stadium at Washington High School.

The event was put together by the WHS student council and leadership class.

The theme this year was, “Carnival for a Cure.”

There were approximately 450 elementary students in attendance and over 200 volunteers.

A total of $22,561 was raised as of Friday, April 27, surpassing the goal of $20,000. The total will increase as more checks are deposited and a percentage of the sales from the KONA ice truck comes in.

Proceeds from the event are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

Students in grades three through six from the School District of Washington and neighboring parochial schools participated in the event.

This year’s event chairs were seniors Lexi Hendricks, Tess Marquart, Jessica Frick and Jonathan Amlong and juniors Gracie Boeckman and Kamryn Mitchell.

On behalf of the Relay Chairs and the Leadership Class, I would like to thank everyone for their support of the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children's Relay for Life over the past several months,” Hendricks said. “We couldn't have done this without everyone's help, especially that of the elementary teachers, secretaries, and administration, the Middle School National Honor Society and Student Council, and the WHS administration, secretaries, clubs, and janitors. It is because of you that we are able to continue this rewarding event and honor the Scheer family.”

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Photos from the event are below.

Poster and essay winners are as follows:

Poster Third and Fourth Grade

3rd: Trista Fleer, St. Vincent

2nd: Eden Boehmer, Immaculate Conception

1st: MacKenzie Wolfe, St. Gertrude

Poster Fifth and Sixth Grade

3rd: Nicole Aprill, St. Gertrude

2nd: Brianna Hellmann St. Gertrude

1st: Ava Kauffield, St. Gertrude

Essay Third and Fourth Grade

3rd: Gabriella Riley, Labadie

2nd: Nolan Wieland

1st: Ashley Frick, Campbellton

Essay Fifth and Sixth Grade

3rd: Brendan Smith, South Point

2nd: Hunter Meyer, South Point

1st: Isabella Ameiss, Immanuel Lutheran 


Pictured are Washington High School Leadership and Student Council students who organized the Jordan Scheer Children's Relay for Life.
























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/1/18




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Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem recently were recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for the Four Rivers Career Center and Washington High School, respectively.

Holdmeyer, a senior at Washington High School, is in the CAPS Global Business program at FRCC, where she’s a student ambassador. She’s a member of National Honor Society, is the president of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), and competes on the WHS cross country and track and field teams. She’s also a member of the Washington Eager Beavers.

Holdmeyer plans on attending Missouri State University in Springfield and major in Animal Science and Agriculture Business. She hopes to attend veterinary school down the road.

Morgan is the daughter of Bernie Holdmeyer.

Kuchem, a senior at Washington High School, is a member of Student Council, Leadership, National Honor Society, Blue Jay Journal Television, and competes on the WHS cross country and track and field teams.

Kuchem is undecided on where she will attend college. She plans to major in Ministries and Communications.

Colleen is the daughter of Tim and Deb Kuchem.

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


Morgan Holdmeyer is presented her student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.


Colleen Kuchem is presented her student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.


Colleen Kuchem, left, and Morgan Holdmeyer were recognized as the Washington Rotary Club Students of the Month.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/1/18




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WINGS Educational Foundation will put on its annual BBQ lunch delivery and Picnic in the Park on Friday, May 4.

The WINGS Picnic in the Park will run from 4-7 p.m. at the Washington Fairgrounds.

There will be games and activities for children, along with musical entertainment and great food.

Adult dinners are a choice of pulled chicken, pork steak or nachos (chicken or pork). Dinners include bakes beans, potato salad, cookie and drink.

Children dinners are a choice of pork burger, hot dog or nachos. Dinners include chips, cookie and drink.

Click on the attached link below for the order form. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The music schedule is as follows:

4:00-4:40 - Washington Middle School Jazz Band

4:50-5:10 -  Washington High School Jazz Band

5:10-5:20 - Washington High School His and Her Choirs

5:20-6:10 - Washington High School Orchestra.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/30/18




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The Cocoa Cafe at Washington High School held a special called, "Evan Special,” where all proceeds were donated to the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Evan was a student in the special services program that was diagnosed last school year with Osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones.

Cocoa Cafe also had a "Keep the Change" drive.

The fundraisers raised $77.36. The Cocoa Cafe donated the rest to make an even $100 to the Relay for Life.

The Cocoa Cafe opened in 2005 with a $1,000 grant from the WINGS Educational Foundation.

Over the last 13 years, many students with disabilities have gained communication skills outside of the regular classroom experience.

Washington High School and the surrounding communities understand the importance of giving life

skills students the opportunity to gain work experience that will help following graduation.

The focus of the cafe is to teach job skills, independence, and people skills while promoting The Cocoa Cafe.

Pictured below are WHS special services students who work at the Cocoa Café and also WHS Leadership students, who put on the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/30/18




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Five teachers at Washington High School have been nominated to receive an East Central College NEA 2018 Inspirer of Excellence Award.

The award recognizes high school teachers who have made a profound impact on students who are now attending East Central College. The students make the nominations of their former teachers.

Recognized from Washington High School were Ed Stahl (History, Government), Jessica Fitzgerald (Chemistry), Jaime Opfer (Calculus, Geometry), Kelly Wood (English, Public Speaking) and Christina Manolis (English). See the photo below.

Instructors at East Central College want to make sure their students not only remember their high school teachers, but recognize the impact they had on them and their learning.

The nominated teachers are invited to attend the recognition ceremony being held on Wednesday, May 2, at the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center at East Central College. 


Washington High School teachers were nominated to receive an East Central College NEA 2018 Inspirer of Excellence Award. From left are Jessica Fitzgerald, Christina Manolis, Ed Stahl, Jaime Opfer and Kelly Wood.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/30/18




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Approximately 100 Engineering students from Washington High School took part in a Highway 47 Missouri River Bridge presentation on Thursday morning, April 26.

Kevin Kriete of HDR Engineering and a project engineer for the bridge construction, gave a presentation in the CJB Theater on why the old bridge has to be taken down and how that will be accomplished. He also presented how the new bridge is being constructed.

Following the presentation, students and faculty members, along with Kriete, made their way to the riverfront trail and walked to the bridge construction site, where Kriete gave the students a first-hand account of the project.

The bridge is projected to be completed in December.

Photos from the bridge presentation to WHS Project Lead the Way Engineering students are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/27/18




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As winners of Class 4 District 5, the Washington High School scholar bowl team traveled to Francis Howell (winner of District 6) for a sectional matchup on Tuesday, April 24, for the right to attend State on May 5. 

Sectionals are a best-of-three format, with games in the four-quarter style.

Washington, the defending Class 4 state champions, defeated Francis Howell in three games.

Washington team members are seniors Jonathan Amlong, Carrie Derner and Ryan Hill, sophomore Audrey Bush and junior James Collier.

Washington will attend state for the third year in a row on May 5. All eight teams (Cape Girardeau Central, Ladue, Helias, Rolla, North Kansas City and St. Joseph Central) will play three morning games. 

Washington’s games will be against Helias, Ladue and St. Joseph. From those games, the top four (playoffs) are chosen via record and points average. 

Sectional Match

Game One

Francis Howell jumped to a 110-30 lead in the first quarter and never really looked back, ultimately winning 520-360

Game Two

Francis Howell again jumped to a lead. It was 90-50 Howell after the first, but Howell only led 210-180 at halftime, and 280-240 after the third. In the fourth quarter, WHS grabbed the first four tossups and briefly led before Howell got the next two. Washington got the lead back and closed out the second game winning 430-370 - forcing game three. 

Game Three

Momentum had shifted. It was Washington’s turn to post an early lead, 90-50, after the first quarter and 280-150 at halftime. Howell made ground in the third quarter, but Washington clinched the win and the trip to state on the 46th tossup - winning 470-400.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/26/18




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An update on the situation with the inmate who escaped from the Franklin County Adult Detention Center. He has now been caught, so the Lockout in the School District of Washington’s Franklin County schools is over. Thank you to area law enforcement and for your cooperation as we keep student safety our top priority.

 

 

Previous Story: The Washington Police Department has issued a Code Red communication alert to the community at the recommendation of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department regarding an inmate that escaped from the Franklin County Adult Detention Center that is on the run. 

As a result, we will be placing all school buildings within Franklin County on lockout as a precautionary measure until further notice from the police. 

Franklin County schools within the district, Campbellton, Clearview, Labadie, Washington West, South Point, Washington Middle School, Washington High School, Washington Early Learning Center, and Four Rivers Career Center will be on lockout, which means all exterior doors will remain locked. We will keep all students inside for recess and PE classes for the rest of the day or until further notice.  Activities inside the building will function as normal. 

We are not placing Marthasville or Augusta on lockout at this time as this appears to be a Franklin County issue. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we keep student safety our top priority. As we get more information from police, updates will be provided. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/25/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 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: 4/25/18




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Several seniors at Washington High School have received Bright Flight scholarships.

Bright Flight is a Missouri merit-based scholarship to the state’s qualifying graduating high school seniors who enroll in a Missouri accredited college or university.

To qualify for the Bright Flight, a student must have a composite score on the ACT or SAT in either the top three percent of all Missouri students taking those tests, or the top fourth or fifth percentiles of all Missouri students taking those tests.

All of the students have scored above a 31 on the ACT.

Bright Flight recipients from Washington High School’s Class of 2018 are Nora Soete, Ian Hintz, Molly Eckelkamp, Morgan Holdmeyer, Megan Geiler, Lydia Juengling, Conlan Jarvis, Ethan White, Carrie Derner, Amy Wang, Mary Beth Reust, Michael Hancock, Jonathan Amlong, Ryan Hill, Graham Hoerstkamp and Anna Sullentrup. See the picture below.


Bright Flight Recipients

Pictured are Bright Flight recipients from Washington High School’s Class of 2018. Front row, from left, are Nora Soete, Ian Hintz and Molly Eckelkamp. Middle row, from left, are Morgan Holdmeyer, Megan Geiler and Lydia Juengling. Back row, from left, are Ethan White, Carrie Derner, Amy Wang, Mary Beth Reust, Michael Hancock and Conlan Jarvis. Not pictured are Jonathan Amlong, Ryan Hill, Graham Hoerstkamp and Anna Sullentrup. (Washington Missourian Photo).

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/24/18




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The School District of Washington’s art show took place Sunday, April 22, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School.

A large collection of art work was on display from students throughout the district in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Photos from the art show are below.





















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/23/18




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Washington High School sophomores Tristan Zeh and Elise Thierbach have been accepted into the Missouri Scholars Academy. The Academy is a highly selective program for rising juniors who fall into the gifted category.  

Zeh and Thierbach will spend three weeks at the University of Missouri this summer taking enrichment classes with other gifted students from around the state.

Now in its 33rd year, the Missouri Scholars Academy is a three-week academic residential program for 330 of Missouri’s gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school.

The Academy is held each June on the campus of the University of Missouri, and administered by the University of Missouri Honors College.

The Academy reflects Missouri’s desire to strive for excellence in education at all levels. The program is based on the premise that Missouri’s gifted youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential.

With a carefully selected faculty and staff, a specially designed curriculum that focuses on the liberal arts, and a variety of stimulating extracurricular activities, the academy enables students to be part of a unique learning community.

The Academy provides a model that all schools can use in building or expanding their own programs for gifted students. Educators who have served as faculty members have used this experience to benefit students in their local schools.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Missouri Scholars Academy.


Tristan Zeh


Elise Thierbach

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/20/18




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Nominations are being accepted for the School District of Washington and WINGS Support Staff of the Year.

The candidate must be a non-certified employee of the School District of Washington. Examples include, but are not limited to, paraprofessionals, technology staff, custodians, buildings and grounds, maintenance, administrative assistants, food service, and nurses.

Anyone may submit a nomination for the School District of Washington and WINGS Support Staff of the Year; however, if it’s someone other than the building principal or supervisor, a letter of support from the principal or supervisor is to be included with the nomination.

The principal and/or person submitting the nomination must include a statement in 300 words or less why they believe the support staff they are nominating should be selected.

Specific examples should be cited, such as how the individual goes the extra mile to positively impact the school and environment. Include the individual’s name, school or building, present position, years of experience in the School District of Washington, responsibilities and duties and examples of how the individual has mastered their job responsibilities.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and a committee will review the nominations and submit up to 10 to the WINGS Board for final selection. The recipient will be announced at the staff closing ceremony.

The timeline on the attached flyer is not accurate for this year, but will be accurate in years to follow.

The nomination form is attached below. Please turn it in to the individual’s building principal or supervisor by May 9.

Click on the attached links below for a flyer detailing more information and a specific timeline (not accurate for this year, but for future years), as well as a School District of Washington and WINGS Support Staff nomination form.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/19/18




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A mock automobile accident scene, to simulate what really happens during that type of situation, was staged by the Washington Police and Fire Departments and the Washington Area Ambulance District at the Washington Fire Training Center on Wednesday, April 18.

Juniors and seniors from both Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia High School were on hand to get a first-hand look of the consequences and repercussions involving alcohol related accidents.

Theater department students from both Washington and Borgia had acting roles in the event.

Emergency personnel treated the mock accident like a real life accident scene.

Washington Police and school resource officer Doug Tollison spoke to the students about making wise decisions and not drinking alcohol following the mock accident.

All of the student actors were recognized to a round of applause following the mock accident scene.

Photos from the mock automobile accident scene are below. A reminder the students in the photos are acting out the accident scene.














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




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 18, 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: 4/18/18




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WINGS Educational Foundation will put on its annual BBQ lunch delivery and Picnic in the Park on Friday, May 4.

Lunch Delivery

Members of WINGS will deliver BBQ lunch directly to your business in Washington, or the orders can be picked up at the Washington Fairgrounds.

Each box lunch is $7, which includes a choice of pulled pork, pork steak or pork burger, along with chips and a cookie. Bulk orders are available.

Click on the attached link below for the order form. Orders are due by Wednesday, April 25.   

Picnic in the Park

The WINGS Picnic in the Park will run from 4-7 p.m. at the Washington Fairgrounds.

There will be games and activities for children, along with musical entertainment and great food.

Adult dinners are a choice of pulled chicken, pork steak or nachos (chicken or pork). Dinners include bakes beans, potato salad, cookie and drink.

Children dinners are a choice of pork burger, hot dog or nachos. Dinners include chips, cookie and drink.

Click on the attached link below for the order form. Advanced tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children.


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/16/18




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Washington High School hosted the MSHSAA Class 4 District 5 Scholar Bowl Tournament on Saturday, April 14.

Washington, the defending Class 4 state champions, claimed its third straight district championship by defeating Eureka in the finals.

A total of four teams were on hand for the district tournament. Joining Washington were Eureka, Parkway South and St. Francis Borgia. 

There were three morning rounds to determine seeding, followed by semifinals and finals after lunch.  

In round 1, Washington defeated Borgia, 600-170. Eureka defeated Parkway South, 390-380. 

In round 2, Washington defeated Eureka, 450-290. Parkway South defeated Borgia, 580-130

In round 3, Washington defeated Parkway South, 520-280. Eureka defeated Borgia, 470-200.

Playoffs had Washington as the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 Borgia, and No. 2 Eureka vs. No. 3 Parkway South. 

Washington, coached by David Dennis, won its semifinal 630-120, and Eureka won 380-370. 

In the final, Eureka blitzed to a big lead after the first quarter, but Washington fought back to lead at the half, 210-190. 

After a strong third quarter, Washington finally pulled away to win the district title, 440-360.

Washington’s team members were:

Carrie Derner - senior, fourth place individual medalist at 7.67 tossups per game.

Ryan Hill - senior, fifth place individual medalist at 6.33 tossups per game.

James Collier – junior.

​Jonathan Amlong - senior, third place individual medalist at 12 tossups per game.

Washington travels to Francis Howell for the Sectional match on April 24. The winner of that match advances to the state tournament on May 5. 


Washington Scholar Bowl members winning the district title, from left, were Carrie Derner, Ryan Hill, James Collier and Jonathan Amlong.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/16/18




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As part of their project based learning experience, Carla Campbell’s fifth hour special education class at Washington High School collected personal hygiene products for students in the district who are in need.

The class called their project, “Helping Hands.” 

They collected enough products to fill 64 bags of goodies for those who are in need. 

Walmart provided a gift card and First Washington United Methodist Church provided the bags.

Most of the products were donated by the student body and staff at Washington High School.

See the photo below of the students with their filled bags to be donated to students in need.


Carla Campbell’s fifth hour special education class at Washington High School collected personal hygiene products for students in the district who are in need. From left are WHS Social Worker Lindsey Jasper, Dakota Dobsch, Noah Thompson, Savannah Jordan, Olivia Feddersen, Jesse Reisinger (kneeling), WHS Special Education teacher Carla Campbell and Jonah Hankins.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/16/18




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Due to a significant chance of storms around 6 p.m. this evening and after checking the local radar, we are postponing the Color the Campus Run/Walk to Friday May 11, at 6 pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience, however we want to keep our runners/walkers safe.
Anyone already registered will automatically be on the participant list on the May 11 race date.
Please contact Samantha Loepker via email at Samantha.Loepker@washington.k12.mo.us if you are registered but unable to make this rescheduled date.
If you have not registered and would like to participate on Friday, May 11, visit imathlete.com.

Follow us on twitter @ColorRunWHS or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WHSColortheCampus
Thank you for your understanding.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/13/18




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Washington High School’s Prom, “Under the City Lights,” is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, from 6:30-11 p.m. in America’s Ballroom at America’s Center in St. Louis.

Tickets are $60 and are on sale until April 27.

Complete details on the prom, including ticket sales, transportation, menu items, transportation and guest forms, and more, can be founding on the WHS prom page here, or on the attached link below.

2018 WHS Prom Court:

Cason Suggs and Cassandra Killmade;

Cameron Briggs and Lydia Lock;

Conlan Jarvis and Nichole Brinker;

Jerry Hwang and Lydia Juengling;

Ty Rinne and Molly Eckelkamp;

Jonathan Amlong and Jessica Frick;

Matt Ruth and Colleen Kuchem;

Colton Bunkley and Mallory Kampschroeder.


2018 WHS Prom Court

Front row, from left, are Cameron Briggs, Lydia Lock, Colleen Kuchem and Matt Ruth. Middle row, from left, are Cason Suggs, Cassandra Killmade, Nichole Brinker, Lydia Juengling, Molly Eckelkamp, Jessica Frick and Mallory Kampschroeder. Back row, from left, are Conlan Jarvis, Jerry Hwang, Ty Rinne, Jonathan Amlong and Colton Bunkley.


Cason Suggs and Cassandra Killmade


Cameron Briggs and Lydia Lock


Conlan Jarvis and Nichole Brinker


Jerry Hwang and Lydia Juengling


Ty Rinne and Molly Eckelkamp


Jonathan Amlong and Jessica Frick


Matt Ruth and Colleen Kuchem


Colton Bunkley and Mallory Kampschroeder

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/13/18




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As part of the Title I, Title III and Title IV program federal mandates, the School District of Washington is required to have a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) who assists in the development and evaluation of the Title programs.

These programs are designed to help students achieve success in reading and math, to assist students in becoming proficient in speaking English, and to provide well-rounded education to unique groups of students.

The committee will be made up of parent representatives from throughout the District. 

The PAC also will include representatives from our teachers, administrators, specialized instructional support personnel, local government, and community based organizations.

The Spring TI & III-PAC meeting for the 2017-18 school year will be held on Tuesday, May 8, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the Technology and Learning Center, 4245 Highway 47, Washington, MO. We will be planning for the 2018-2019 school year. 

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by calling Chris Marquart at the district office at 636-231-2005 or emailing at chris.marquart@washington.k12.mo.us

Your consideration of being part of this committee is greatly appreciated as parents are the greatest single indicator of a student's success in school.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/12/18




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Washington High School’s National Honor Society induction ceremony was held on Monday, April 9, at the CJB Theatre.

The guest speaker was Gordon Upchurch, a lawyer in Union. He spent 17 years as a prosecutor in Franklin County and was twice the elected Prosecutor of Franklin County.

WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum spoke during the event, giving the opening and closing remarks.

Also speaking were WHS National Honor Society officers Anna Sullentrup (President), Destinee Tidwell (Vice President), Lydia Juengling (Secretary), Amber Cunningham (Treasurer), Zach Harms (Student Council Representative) and Jessica Frick (Historian).

Current National Honor Society members were recognized followed by the induction of the new members.

Click on the attached link below to see the current and new members of the Washington High School National Honor Society.

Photos from the event, including group shots of new and current members, are below.


Washington High School National Honor Society 2018 Inductees


Washington High School National Honor Society Current Members




















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/12/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, April 11, 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: 4/11/18




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The Washington High School Student Council and Leadership co-sponsored the annual Mr. WHS contest on Friday, April 6, at the CJB Theatre.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life.

Each contestant participated in swim suite, talent, and question-and-answer performances. The entire group also performed dance routines.

Tommy Ruether, a senior, was named Mr. WHS.

Jonathan Amlong, a senior, was the first runner-up.

Cole Maune, a senior, was the second runner-up.

Corey Inman, a senior, was named Mr. Congeniality.

The Mr. WHS contestants were seniors Tommy Ruether, Jonathan Amlong, Cole Maune, Corey Inman, Matt Ruth, Colton Souders, Cameron Briggs, Andrew Nolan and Ely Schute, junior Ezra Miles and freshman Bryce Kazmaier.

The Program Chairs of the event were Bria Hasenjaeger, Kailey Robinson, Morgan Riegel and Anna Schneider.

The Dance Chairs were Lydia Lock and Anna Schneider.

Photos from Mr. WHS are below.


Tommy Ruether, Mr. WHS

Mr. WHS Court

Winners of the Mr. WHS Contest, from left, Tommy Ruether (Mr. WHS), Jonathan Amlong (First Runner-Up), Cole Maune (Second Runner-Up) and Corey Inman (Mr. Congeniality).

Program Chairs

Program Chairs, from left, were Lydia Lock, Kailey Robinson, Bria Hasenjaeger, Anna Schneider and Morgan Riegel.




















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/18




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An exhibition performance of the Washington High School Winter Winds and Winter Guard, as well as the St. Francis Borgia High School Winter Guard and the St. Clair High School Winter Guard took place on Friday, April 6, at the WHS Blue Jay Gymnasium.

A large crowd turned out for the Friends and Family Pre-Championship Show.

Winter Guard has been at Washington High School for 18 years. It’s the color guard from marching band (dance, flags, rifles and sabers) performing in a gymnasium to recorded music. There is usually some props, backdrops and a floor covering that matches the theme of the show. 

Winter Winds is similar to winter guard in that they use a floor covering and sometimes props and backdrops. Winter winds is like marching band indoors. It includes the horn players, the percussion battery and front ensemble, and also a color guard. This is the first year that Washington High School has had a Winter Winds.  

The Circuit championships took place on Saturday, April 7. It covers all of Missouri and some of the bordering states. 

Washington High School Winter Winds was a silver medalist, second place overall; and Washington Open Winter Guard was a bronze medalist, placing third overall. 

Both the WHS Winter Winds and Winter Guard move on to Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. 

The Winter Guard competes April 12-14. The Winter Winds competes April 21-22.  

Photos of Washington’s Winter Winds and Winter Guard from the Friends and Family Pre-Championship Show are below.























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/18




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The School District of Washington’s art show is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School from 12-4 p.m.

A large collection of art work will be on display from students throughout the district in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/9/18




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Christina Manolis, English and Journalism teacher at Washington High School, has been given the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s Emerging Educator Award for 2018.
In 2017, MIPA launched the Emerging Educator award to recognize promising new journalism educators. These “rising stars” show a commitment to journalism education, improving the media programs at their school and empowering their scholastic journalism students.

WHS senior Olivia Robinson, Editor of the Advocate student newspaper, nominated Manolis for the award.

In her recommendation letter, Robinson stated, “Mrs. Manolis embodies every quality that makes a good journalist, adviser and mentor. She is dedicated to this career not only for herself but for her students. She is committed to being the best no matter the circumstances. Most importantly, she is the person that cares for others in a world where it is so much easier to care for yourself.”

Judges noted: “She has a strong philosophy on publications being student-led, and her students’ work samples back up her claims of high-level work.” And, “Christina has immersed herself in the world of student publications by taking on additional responsibilities on the state and local level and truly committing herself to a student-led staff by empowering her editors.”


Christina Manolis


Christina Manolis (right), English and Journalism teacher at Washington High School, has been given the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s Emerging Educator Award for 2018. WHS senior Olivia Robinson (left), Editor of the Advocate student newspaper, nominated Manolis for the award.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/6/18




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The Washington High School Athletic Association will host its 25th Annual Dinner Auction, “25 Years of Supporting Student Athletes,” on Saturday, April 21, at St. Gertrude’s Parish Center.

The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the oral auction at 8 p.m.

The cost is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. Sports attire is encouraged. All proceeds benefit Washington High School and Middle School athletics.

To make reservations, send payment and name to Stacy Schiermeier, 821 Scenic Ridge Drive, Washington, MO 63090.

For more information, contact Stacy Schiermeier at 636-358-2467 or Darrell Hasenjaeger at 314-550-5328.

Click on the attached link below to a see a flyer for the 25th Annual Washington High School Athletic Association Dinner Auction.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/5/18




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A reminder that Wednesday, April 4, is a full day. It is not an early release day. All K-12 students will be released at normal times.

Click the link below for the 2017-18 academic calendar.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/18




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Nominations are being accepted for the School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the year award. All classroom teachers Pre-K through 12th grade are eligible.

Anyone may submit a nomination for the School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the Year; however, if it’s someone other than the building principal, a letter of support from the principal is to be included with the nomination.

The principal and/or person submitting the nomination must include a statement in 300 words or less why they believe the educator they are nominating should be selected as WINGS Teacher of the Year.

Specific examples should be cited, such as the educator’s methods for meeting student needs, desire for professional growth, community involvement, dedication to the teaching profession, and rapport with students, parents and staff. Include the educator’s name, school name, subject area, grade level and years of experience.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and a committee will review the nominations and submit up to 10 to the WINGS Board for final selection. The nominees will be announced at the end of the year program. This will allow more individuals to be recognized. The recipient will be announced at the opening ceremonies for the 2018-19 school year.

Nominations should be sent to the building principal by April 25.

The WINGS Teacher of the Year will be eligible for the Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year.

Click on the attached links below for a flyer detailing more information and a specific timeline, as well as a School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the Year nomination form.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/18




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8:30 a.m. update – Traffic is now moving slowly across the Missouri River Bridge. There still is quite a bit of congestion, so please be patient.

 

Some of our buses will be delayed due to an automobile accident on the Highway 47 Missouri River Bridge.The accident does not involve any of our buses. However, some of our students and staff may be delayed going to school as a result of the accident and the reduction to one lane. Delays could be as long as one hour. We will update the situation on our website when we receive more information.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/2/18




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WINGS once again is providing an opportunity to recognizing a staff member in the School District of Washington.

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, May 9.

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 here or 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: Friday, April 27.

Deliveries will be on May 9.

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: 4/2/18




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Jim Scanlan, legendary football coach from Washington High School, passed away Thursday, March 29. He was 82 years of age.
Scanlan was Washington's head football coach from 1965-86 and head track and field coach from 1963-74.
His WHS football teams had a cumulative record of 158-49-2, capturing nine conference championships and three district titles.
The 1973 Blue Jays team claimed the Missouri Class 3A state championship with an 11-0 record, and the 1974 and 1978 squads finished second in the state.
In his 22 seasons as Washington's head coach, the Blue Jays had just two losing seasons.
Scanlan also served 21 years as Washington's athletic director and 12 years as an assistant principal before his retirement in 1998.
“When I first came to Washington High School 15 years ago, I knew of Coach Scanlan, but didn’t really know him well. During my time as an assistant principal, I had the pleasure of many conversations with Coach, and I learned quickly that the iconic Blue Jay wasn’t afraid to tell me what I needed to hear. I also quickly realized he had a big heart and loved his family more than anything,” said School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

“On behalf of the School District of Washington, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time. We will always carry the many memories of Coach Scanlan with us. We are most grateful for his service and dedication to the District and our community for many years.”

Scanlan served 10 years as state director for the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches, eight years as a Missouri delegate to the National Convention for the NIAAA and 16 years on the board of directors for the NIAAA, including two years as president. He also served as vice president of the Missouri Football Coaches Association.
In December of 2012, a ceremony for Scanlan took place prior to a Washington varsity basketball game to announce that the football stadium at WHS was officially named after him.

Unfortunately, Coach Scanlan had already retired when I arrived in 1999, but his legacy was not lost on me. I was fortunate to meet him several times during my first year. He was the type of person who gained your respect immediately,” said Washington Activities Director Bill Deckelman.

“When I became the AD at Washington, I felt it was important to honor those who served before me with the job I did. Coach Scanlan was no exception. I have served in the MIAAA in various positions since this was an organization that Coach was a part of establishing in the state. I was blessed with getting to know his daughters, who have worked for Washington or coached sports against us, and feel closer to Coach because of those relationships. One of the highlights of my 19 years at WHS was being able to name the renovated stadium project after Coach Scanlan. This will ensure that generations of Blue Jays will also be told the stories about how Coach Scanlan led the Jays during his career here. Washington High School and the Blue Jays athletics department send our condolences to the Scanlan family.”

Scanlan was a 1954 graduate of McKinley High School in St. Louis, where he was a standout on the football and track and field teams.

Scanlan then attended Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville (presently known as Truman State University), where he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 1998. He was a lineman on the Bulldogs football team and a field event performer throwing the shot put and javelin for the track and field squad.

After graduating from Northeast Missouri, Scanlan was a graduate assistant there while he worked on his master's degree. Following his days at Northeast, Scanlan worked for the New Cambria, Brookfield and Washington school districts.

Scanlan was named the 1978 Sporting News Coach of the Year and the 1987 Missouri Athletic Director of the Year.
Other Scanlan honors included:
• 1970 — Northeast Missouri State’s Gridiron Booster Club Outstanding Alumnus;
• 1987 — Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators 25-Year Award of Merit;
• 1992 — Missouri High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame Award;
• 1992 — National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators State Award of Merit;
• 1993 — St. Louis Metro Football Coaches Hall of Fame Award; and
• 1996 — Missouri State High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award.
Scanlan is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Westermeyer) Scanlan; daughters Julie Weindel, Jayne Markum-Scanlan and Janel Brown; son-in-laws Brian Weindel and Scott Brown; daughter-in-law Wendy Markum-Scanlan; and grandchildren James and Harry Weindel, and Madeleine and Jameson Brown.

Scanlan's memorial mass will take place Tuesday, April 3, at St. Francis Borgia Church at 10 a.m.

Memorials can be sent to Loving Hearts Outreach, School Backpack Program, which feeds needy students over the weekends and the summer. The address is 1902 West Main Street, Washington, MO 63090.

The Scanlan Family is being served by Miller Funeral Home. 


Jim Scanlan

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/30/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 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: 3/21/18




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Students in Washington High School’s DECA program competed in the state competition in Kansas City on March 11-13.

A total of 14 students representing the Washington High School DECA program competed.

Washington had three students qualify for DECA Internationals, which take place in Atlanta, Ga., April 20-25. Those students are seniors Emmy Hopkins and Jessica Frick and junior Sophie Hellebusch.

At the state competition, Hopkins and Frick placed first with their community service project, “Make a Swish,” raising over $8,000 for a local Make-A-Wish child.

Hellebusch placed second in professional selling with a virtual reality training sales presentation. 

Kathryn Laurentius is Washington High School's DECA adviser.


Washington High School had three students qualify for DECA Internationals, which take place in Atlanta, Ga., April 20-25. Students qualified with their performance at the state event. Qualifying students, from left, are Sophie Hellebusch, Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins.


Emmy Hopkins, left, and Jessica Frick, right, present a check to Make-A-Wish Foundation representative Alisha Abbott  for $8,045.46.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/20/18




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Students at Washington High School and Washington Middle School participated in a memorial to remember and honor victims of shootings during school on Wednesday, March 14.

It was the students’ way of honoring and recognizing the victims of mass shootings at schools, most recently at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, where 17 people were killed.

“About 150 of our students participated in a peaceful memorial/reflection event on campus in response to victims of school violence,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “The students who participated went to the gym and sat quietly on the floor as each victim’s name was read. At no time was anything political or associated with gun control read. The event lasted about 17 minutes and all students went back to class. We thank all of our students for the way they conducted themselves.”

A similar event took place at the middle school in the cafeteria.

“The event was optional and 100 percent student led. The only role that Washington Middle School played was to make sure our students had a safe and secure place to meet,” said Washington Middle School Principal Ron Millheiser. “The event was simply respectful silence lasting for a peaceful 17 minutes. Following the gathering, the students returned to class. I’m very proud of the kindness shown by our entire student body.”

Pictures from the event at Washington High School are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/15/18




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Freshman students in Kelly Wood’s English classes at Washington High School put together a poster walk in the West Wing cafeteria on Monday, March 12.
The topic of research for the students was to celebrate people who model toughness, bravery, courage and perseverance.

Each of the freshman students spent a class period with the WHS students in the transition room with life skills students as a way to understand how people with special needs exemplify GRIT every day and understand the joy of life in the face of adversity. 

The students displayed their research posters and GRIT subjects to the life skills students.  

“My students really came away from the experience with a positive impact and wrote about what they learned,” Wood said. “One student, Allison Meyer, asked if we could include the transition students in our GRIT project, so this is how the invitation for the poster walk became an event.

“Also, one of my students invited her grandfather to speak to our class. Many of the students have wonderful stories about how their grandparents or great grandparents fought in wartime and made an impact. The book we read, “Night” by Elie Wiesel, was the literary focus and non-fiction example of GRIT.”

Photos from the poster walk are below.






























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/15/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, March 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: 3/14/18




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KMOV News 4 is coming to Washington High School.

On Thursday, March 22, meteorologists from KMOV News 4 will be at Washington High School for Storm Mode Tour 2018. 

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The Storm Mode Tour show starts at 6 p.m. in the Blue Jay Gymnasium. It's a free event. Everyone is welcome. There will be giveaways and autographs before the show. 

The show is entertaining and informative, and includes the opportunity to win prizes. All who attend will leave with a new appreciation for severe weather and a better understanding of how KMOV meteorologists can predict when a nice day could turn dangerous.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/13/18




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The final day of the 2017-18 school year in the School District of Washington currently stands at Tuesday, May 22.

The School District of Washington’s district calendar is designed to have students attend 177 school days of education. The SDOW made a request to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to not make up the missed day on March 8, but instead change Wednesday, April 4, from an early out day to a full day, therefore keeping the district in compliance with the required 174 school days and 1,044 attendance hours.

While nine out of 10 of our schools have numerous hours over the required 1,044, the Four Rivers Career Center would have fallen 18 minutes short, therefore prompting the change of April 4 to a full day.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the School District of Washington’s request.

Staff, students and parents should be advised that if any more time is missed this school year, it will have to be made up.

The make-up days going forward will be May 23-25 followed by March 26-27.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/13/18




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Washington High School sent teams to two separate events on Saturday, March 10.

Seniors and juniors played at Orchard Farm, while the sophomores and freshmen went to JV State at Helias. 

At JV State, there were 16 teams, three from WHS. They were placed into two groups of eight teams and played a round robin for prelims. 

WHS JV A went 7-0, making the playoffs. JV B went 4-3 and made the playoffs based on points scored, and JV C went 2-5, landing in consolation. 

In consolation, JV C won their last three matches to finish 5-5 and in 13th place. Team members were Evan Courtaway and Katlynn Miller. 

JV B dropped their playoff matches to finish in sixth place overall. Team members were Max Grimes, Michael Lampe and Harsh Patel.

JV A beat Washington B, Helias A, and Hallsville A in the playoffs to finish undefeated at 10-0. This forced an advantaged final against 9-1 Hickman, who they'd beaten in prelims. WHS JV A won in the first game of the final 320-180 to claim the JV state title.

This is Washington’s third JV state title in four years. 

JV A team members were Audrey Bush, Elise Thierbach, Marcie Lampe and Kaleb Burr. 

At Orchard Farm, there were 24 teams in total placed into four brackets of six teams each. The top two teams go on to the playoffs. 

In their prelim bracket, Washington went 5-1 with a loss to Priory, and made the playoffs. 

The eight playoff teams were put into two brackets of four teams. WHS finished second in their playoff bracket after a loss to Francis Howell, making the superplayoffs. 

In the superplayoffs, Washington lost to Priory again on a single tiebreaker tossup, and then lost to Rolla to finish in fourth place overall. 

Team members were Jonathan Amlong, James Collier, Carrie Derner, and Ryan Hill. 


Washington High School Junior Varsity A team members who won the state title were Audrey Bush, Elise Thierbach, Marcie Lampe and Kaleb Burr. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/12/18




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Tryouts for the Washington High School cheerleading team for the 2018-19 school year will take place April 9, 10 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS. All three days are mandatory.

Students must have a current physical on file to be able to try out for the team. Contact the WHS Activities Office for questions regarding a physical at 636-231-2180.

For more information on the cheer tryouts, contact Coach Katelyn Huber at washmocheercoach@gmail.com.

Click on the attached links below for the flyer and to register.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/12/18




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The School District of Washington will be participating in the Missouri Student Survey. The survey will be administered to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12.

The Missouri Student Survey helps decision makers at the state level, our community and our school understand the challenges our students face. The survey also helps our school and the Franklin County Community Resource Board determine the services needed for our students.

Click on the attached link below for the complete letter to parents and an option to opt out of the survey.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/12/18




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Washington High School Theater Department’s production of A Seussified Pride and Prejudice was canceled for Thursday, March 8. Tickets for the March 8 show will be honored for the March 9 or 10 shows.

Show dates are now March 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. at the C.J. Burger Theater at WHS.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/9/18




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Hello School District of Washington Parents, Students and Staff:

First, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their understanding today. We take these types of situations very seriously and certainly work closely with the police department in instances such as this. The Washington Police Department has done an exceptional job investigating and communicating with the School District. With that said, allow me to summarize what has occurred.

A non-certified employee of the District was placed on administrative leave yesterday afternoon so District officials could investigate a reported concern. This concern was not indicative of a threat toward any school. We were contacted this morning by the police department that this individual was under arrest and was in custody for actions that occurred in O’Fallon. Due to the timing of this report and the need to conduct further investigations here in Franklin County, and subsequently in Washington, the decision to close schools was made. In these situations, it takes time to work through the process and thus determine the details surrounding the events, timeframes, question others, and reach some concluding decisions.

As for tomorrow (Friday, March 9), school will be in session. The individual remains in custody and the police continue to have the matter under control. We are grateful for their swift action and value for our schools.

My deepest gratitude,

Dr. Lori VanLeer
Superintendent of Schools
School District of Washington
220 Locust Street
Washington, MO 63090
636-231-2006
Lori.VanLeer@washington.k12.mo.us
@SDOWsupt – Twitter

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/8/18




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All scheduled events in the SDOW for today and tonight (March 8), including all athletic practices and games, Storm Mode, Band Night, and the play "A Seussified Pride and Prejudice" have been called off. Further updates will appear here when they become available.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/8/18




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Washington High School hosted a shadow day on Wednesday, March 7.

Eighth-grade students from parochial schools in the area spent the day with some upperclassmen at the high school to get an inside look of a typical day as a student at WHS and to answer any questions they might have had.

Photos from shadow day at Washington High School are below.





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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/8/18




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Students in Washington High School’s Key Club made posters and signs promoting the Second Annual Color Run/Walk on Friday, April 13.

The signs will be placed throughout the high school and also at the venue on the day of the event.

Proceeds from the Color Run/Walk benefit the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship. Over $1,000 was raised last year.

The start and finish line will be at Washington High School. The course for the timed run and untimed walk will be around the campus of the high school and middle school.

Packet pick up and race day registration takes place from 5:15-5:45 p.m. The run/walk begins at 6 p.m. Wear your best Blue Jay apparel to be eligible for prizes. There will be food and drinks at the finish line for the participants.

Awards and prizes will be given to the top male and female overall finisher, as well as the top three male and females in each age category: 9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older.

Special prizes will be given to most spirited, most colorful and best Blue Jay pride.

The entry fee, if received by March 21, is $10 for children ages 10 and under, $15 for students ages 6-18, and $20 for adults. The fee is $25 if received after March 21. Participants who register before March 21 will receive a T-shirt.

Click the attached links below to register online, or click the link below to print the registration form and send it to WHS.

Send completed registration forms with payment to Washington High School, c/o Samantha Loepker, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090. Make checks payable to Washington High School.

For more information, contact Samantha Loepker via e-mail at samantha.loepker@washington.k12.mo.us.


Students in Washington High School’s Key Club made posters and signs promoting the Second Annual Color Run/Walk on Friday, April 13.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/18




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The School District of Washington will have modified day for students on Wednesday, March 7.

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 work day in the afternoon.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/7/18




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Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, was held at Washington Middle School on Friday, March 2.
It was the 18th year for the reading event, sponsored by The School District of Washington, The Washington Missourian and Washington Optimist Club, with the support from the Washington Public Library, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven and Neighborhood Reads Bookstore.

The guest author/illustrator was Brian Biggs. He shared his book, “Tinyville Town Gets to Work,” about a happy town that finds it needs a new bridge and sets out to build one.

In addition to the opportunity to meet the author, children listened to stories read by community leaders and local high school students, participate in crafts based on books, and win books.

The guest readers were:

*Parents as Teachers Educators;

*Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy;

*Stories Matter Staff;

*Washington High School Concert Choir;

*Washington High School Wrestling Team;

*Washington High School Football Team;

*Washington High School Girls Swim Team;

*Washington High School Spanish 3 Students;

*Teaching Careers Students, Four Rivers Career Center

*Sandi Hillermann McDonald, Hillermann Nursery and Florist;

*WMS teacher Stefanie Virgen, Emerson Teacher of the Year
*WHS/WMS FFA;

*All Abilities;

*Borgia Football Team;

*Borgia Softball Team;

*Aaron Groff, MODOT

*Washington Fire Department;

*Sheba and Immanuel Lutheran Comfort Dog Team;

*John Nilges, Washington City Engineer;

*Darren Johnson, UPS;

(Washington Historical Society;

*Sign Language Readers;

The Washington Police Department performed, “Three Billy Goats Gruff.”

Music was provided by Steve Leslie.

More than 30 baskets of books were given away at the end of the event, following a readers’ theater performed by the Washington Police Department.

Links for The Washington Missourian’s photo galleries from Family Reading Night are below.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/6/18




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KMOV News 4 is coming to Washington High School.

On Thursday, March 8, meteorologists from KMOV News 4 will be at Washington High School for Storm Mode Tour 2018. 

Doors open at 4 p.m. Live shots will take place during the 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

The Storm Mode Tour show starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Jay Gymnasium. It's a free event. Everyone is welcome. There will be giveaways and autographs before the show. 

The show is entertaining and informative, and includes the opportunity to win prizes. All who attend will leave with a new appreciation for severe weather and a better understanding of how KMOV meteorologists can predict when a nice day could turn dangerous.


 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/2/18




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The Washington High School DECA club will participate in the state competition in Kansas City March 11-13.

The students competed at districts in February with schools from DECA District 6, which is the largest DECA district in the state and the most competitive.

Students that place at state will qualify for DECA Internationals in Atlanta, Ga.

A group picture of Washington High School DECA students is below. Kathryn Laurentius is the WHS DECA advisor.

 

Washington High School’s DECA state qualifiers are as follows:

 

Sara Davis – Food Marketing

 

Jessica Frick – Community Service

 

Emmy Hopkins – Community Service

 

Sophie Hellebusch – Professional Selling

 

Hailey Howerton – Hotel & Lodging

 

Josie Kleinheider – Public Relations

 

Sophie Koritz – Public Relations

 

Josie Kleekamp –Hospitality & Tourism

 

Nakya Kriebaum – Hospitality & Tourism

 

Emma Krajcir – Apparel & Accessories

 

Brock Laughlin – Sports & Entertainment Promotion

 

Chance Redd – Sports & Entertainment Promotion

 

Lizzy Vance – Advertising Campaign

 

Payton Ruediger – Marketing Communications.

 

DECA State Qualifiers

The Washington High School DECA club will participate in the state competition in Kansas City March 11-13. Front row, from left, are Josie Kleinheider, Sophie Koritz, Jessica Frick, Emmy Hopkins, Nakya Kriebaum and Josie Kleekamp. Back row, from left, are Lizzy Vance, Hailey Howerton, Brock Laughlin, ​Payton Ruediger, Chance Redd, Sara Davis, Emma Krajcir and Emma Hellebusch.

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Published: 3/2/18




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Family Reading Night, an annual free community celebration of reading, will be held Friday, March 2, at Washington Middle School, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

It’s the 18th year for the reading event, sponsored by The School District of Washington, The Washington Missourian and Washington Optimist Club, with the support from the Washington Public Library, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven and Neighborhood Reads bookstore.

This year’s guest author/illustrator is Brian Biggs. He will share his book, “Tinyville Town Gets to Work,” about a happy town that finds it needs a new bridge and sets out to build one.

Biggs will travel from Philadelphia to be a part of this year’s reading celebration. In addition to the opportunity to meet an author, children who attend can listen to stories read by community leaders and local high school students, participate in crafts based on books, and win books – lots of books.

More than 30 baskets of books will be given away at the end of the event, following a readers’ theater performed by the Washington Police Department.

Family Reading Logs are being distributed throughout the School District of Washington. Families who read together for at least 15 minutes each night for a week prior to Family Reading Night can log their time and bring their completed logs to the event to be part of a drawing for six months of Missourian Book Buzz Picks.

The Family Reading prizes are sponsored by the Washington High School football team and Washington NEA.

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Published: 3/2/18




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Megan Voelkerding recently was recognized as Washington Rotary Club’s student of the month for Washington High School and Four Rivers Career Center.

Voelkerding, a senior at WHS, is in the Project Lead The Way Engineering program at FRCC, where she’s a student ambassador. She’s a member of the WHS concert band and pep band and is a section leader for the band. She holds a 3.7 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Voelkerding plans on attending Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla to double major in mechanical and aerospace engineering. She’s the daughter of Eric and Susan Voelkerding.

Voelkerding was presented her student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President. See the photo below.


Megan Voelkerding is presented her student of the month plaque by Nicole Coleman, Washington Rotary Club President.

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Published: 3/1/18




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This is a reminder that Wednesday, February 28, 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: 2/28/18




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Washington High School celebrated National FFA Week Feb. 20-23.

Chris Dunard, WHS Agriculture Education instructor and FFA adviser, and his students participated in week-long activities at WHS.
*Tuesday, Feb. 20 - State FFA Vice President Ben Luebbering visited WHS during the day to talk to students about setting goals.

*Wednesday, Feb. 21 - Cherry Pie Day and Official FFA Dress Day. Students wore their official FFA Dress and delivered cherry pie to their supporters and sponsors. The FFA Officers met with Washington Mayor Sandy Lucy for a Proclamation signing at city hall. They also held a member volleyball tournament in the Little Blue Jay Gym.

*Thursday, Feb. 22 -  Faculty, Staff, and FFA Member BBQ. FFA members cooked and provided lunch to WHS, FRCC, and maintenance staff for supporting their program. Thursday night, the FFA members held Barnwarming, which is an annual event where FFA members learn and participate in a square dance.

*Friday, Feb. 23 - Tractor Safety Day and Petting Zoo. Students who met the requirements brought their tractors or farm animals to school. Tractors were judged on safety requirements. The farm animals were displayed for all to see. There were 30 tractors on display at school, the most tractors in over 10 years. New this year to the event was a scavenger hunt / trivia questionnaire. Students who participated and found all the answers received a prize.

Photos of the FFA Tractor Safety Day and Petting Zoo are below.















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/27/18




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The Washington High School and Washington Middle School bands held a recruitment concert on Friday, Feb. 23.

The concert was held in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at the high school with all of the district’s sixth-grade students in attendance.

Band instructor Tricia Holm explained to the sixth-grade students all of the positive aspects of being involved with bans starting at the middle school level and continuing into high school.

Instructors Holm, Ryan Lovell and Jacob Bisaillon were there to direct the high school and middle school bands as an entire unit and also to showcase and explain each instrument.

Photos from the recruitment concert for sixth-grade students are below.










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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/27/18




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The Washington High School Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) took first-place honors in regional competition at East Central College Feb. 13.

Washington scored a total of 490 points to claim the top spot. Borgia finished in second place with 442 points. Union was third with 414 points.

“The students who represent our WYSE team are a dynamic group of intellectual students,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “We are excited about their accomplishments.”

Washington High School’s complete WYSE roster is attached below. See the photos below of the team and the medalists.

Washington’s individual medalists are as follows:

Biology: Kristin Monzyk – First Place; Carrie Derner - Second Place

Chemistry: Ryan Hill and Megan Geiler - First Place; Kristin Monzyk and Jacie Buescher - Second Place

Computer Science: David Walker - 1st Place; Jack Witter – Second Place; Ethan White - Third Place

Engineering Graphics: Megan Voelkerding and Austin Huddleston - Third Place

English: Carrie Derner - First Place; Lydia Juengling - Second Place

Mathematics: David Walker - 1st Place; Ethan White - Second Place; Nathan Searcy - Second Place; Colby Jacquin - Second Place; Conlan Jarvis - Third Place

Physics: Colby Jacquin - First Place; Graham Hoerstkamp - Third Place.

WYSE Medalists

Front row, from left, are Ryan Hill, Carrie Derner, Megan Geiler and Kristen Monzyk. Middle row, from left, are Conlan Jarvis, Nathan Searcy, David Walker and Jacie Buescher. Back row, from left, are Megan Voelkerding, Austin Huddleston and Ethan White.

Not pictured are Colby Jacquin, Graham Hoerstkamp, Jack Witter and Lydia Juengling.

WYSE Team

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Published: 2/21/18




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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.

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Published: 2/21/18




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Tickets for the Washington High School Theater Department’s production of A Seussified Pride and Prejudice go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Tickets are $10 apiece. Show dates are March 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. at the C.J. Burger Theater at WHS. 

To purchase tickets, contact Washington High School at 636-231-2200 or visit the West Wing office during school hours.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/20/18




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Washington High School seniors Ryan Hill and Anna Sullentrup are among the approximately 15,000 Finalists nationwide in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hill and Sullentrup were named Semifinalists during the fall, two of only 16,000 recipients out of approximately 1.6 million students from more than 22,000 high schools that entered the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, roughly 15,000 students advanced to the Finalist level. This represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their high school had to submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provided information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

With only 15,000 students across the country being named as a Finalist, this is a big deal,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “Anna and Ryan are the first Finalists from Washington High School since the Class of 2013. We celebrate this tremendous accomplishment with both of these intelligent and outstanding students.”

Hill and Sullentrup have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring.

About half of the Finalists will win a scholarship, either a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship or a merit scholarship sponsored by a college or corporation.

Ryan will major in chemistry in college and plans to attend Maryville University next fall. He is the son of Timothy Hill.

Anna will attend the University of Missouri and plans to study pre-med. She is the daughter of Dennis and Heather Sullentrup.


National Merit Finalists
Washington High School seniors Anna Sullentrup and Ryan Hill are among the approximately 15,000 Finalists nationwide in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/20/18




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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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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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Colleen Kuchem has been named Washington High School’s recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

The program is open to all high school seniors, regardless of race, sex or national origin.

The WHS faculty was asked to select a senior who has demonstrated, in an outstanding way, the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their home, school and community.

“Many great kids were nominated, with Colleen receiving the most votes,” said WHS counselor Theresa McGowan.

Colleen, a senior, is a member of Student Council, Leadership, National Honor Society, Blue Jay Journal Television, and the cross country and track and field teams at WHS. She holds a 4.0 grade-point average.

The DAR hosts an amazing event that recognizes outstanding students like Colleen. We appreciate all the effort the group puts on to support students. It really is a great event for all involved,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “Colleen is an excellent recipient. She is kind, smart, and a leader in our school. She has the respect of both her peer group and the faculty and staff.  She is an excellent representation of Blue Jay Pride.”

Colleen, her parents Tim and Deb Kuchem, along with WHS counselor Brad Kuntzman, will attend the Daughters of the American Revolution awards luncheon April 9 at Hagies Nineteen in Union.


Colleen Kuchem

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/16/18




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Abbie Vollmer, a sophomore at Washington High School, has been announced as one of 100 award recipients for the third year of PBS’s and Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Award program.

The program is designed to empower high school students to become the next generation of scientists as they explore careers in cancer research and care through a unique mentoring opportunity.

PBS and Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, received nearly 600 applications from eligible 10th and 11th grade students in 28 states throughout the U.S. who are interested in pursuing a career in science research.

Prominent scientists served as judges and evaluated the students’ applications: written essays submitted online this fall, addressing how cancer has affected them or their communities; how science can help find a cure for cancer; and, if they are able to become cancer researchers, what scientific fields would they study and why.

Vollmer was selected as one of 100 high school students from across the U.S. awarded for their passionate essays detailing the need to find a cure for cancer.

“We are so proud of Abbie for winning this science award. She is a deserving candidate and an example of the great students we have at our school. We look forward to hearing about the research she will get to be involved with at the university level," said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. "Abbie will represent our school and the entire Washington community as she continues to enhance her knowledge and skills through this mentorship program.”

The 100 Emperor Science Award recipients will work with an esteemed university scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project, receive a Google Chromebook computer to enhance their studies and to facilitate mentor access for those students who live at a distance from their mentor’s research facility, and a $1,500 stipend for expenses.

Those entering the program for the first year will also have the opportunity to apply for a second year.

Abbie plays the tuba in the WHS band and is involved in many different clubs, including the Rotary Interact Service Club, Science Club and Renaissance. She was the school’s representative for a poetry competition in St. Charles and is a co-chair for the upcoming spring blood drive at WHS.

Abbie hopes to become the first doctor in her family and wants to study medical research. She’s the daughter of Rodney and Cherie Vollmer.


Abbie Vollmer

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/15/18




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Carl Wilkens, the only American to stay during the Rwandan Genocide, will give appear at Washington High School for a public presentation on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

The presentation will be in the CJB Theater on the WHS campus. The public is invited.

The Rwandan genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994.

Wilkens is spending the day with Kerri Flynn’s Human Rights and Genocide classes at WHS followed by the public presentation in the evening.  

Click on the attached link below for more information.

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Published: 2/15/18




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A state bound pep assembly for the wrestling, girls swimming and dance teams was held at Washington High School on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 14.

Each program was recognized during the school wide assembly.

Four members of the Washington wrestling team competes at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Representing the Blue Jays will be Tate Hendricks, Michael Boehlein, Dana Cates and Gunnar Noud. Coaches are Josh Ohm, Paul LaVigne, Kurt Hey, Joe Callahan, Doug Hanify and Nick Hanify.

Four members of the Washington girls swim team competes at the MSHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

Representing the Lady Jays in the pool will be Aubrie Moreland, McKenzie Dohm, Madeline Tchiblakian and Hannah Struckoff. The four of them will compete in the 400-meter relay. Moreland also will compete in the 200-meter and the 500-meter events. Coaches are Lane Page and Samantha Loepker.

The Jaywalkers Dance Team competes at the Missouri Dance Team Association State Championships Saturday, Feb. 24, at the St. Charles Family Arena.

Representing WHS on the dance team will be Rachel Bauche, Michelle Dew, Megan Duncan, Campbell Hamai, Gabriella Henzel, Sarah Hoemann, Lydia Lock, Andrea Kampschroeder, Natalie Nothum, Katie Rushing, Anna Schneider, Elise Thierbach, Katie Tyree and Grace Ziglin. Coaches are Jo Phinney and Amy Oesterly.

Click on the attached links below for more information the wrestling, swimming and dance state championships.

Photos from the pep assembly are below.









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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.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/14/18




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The Washington High School varsity scholar bowl team placed first at the GAC Championship Meet at Orchard Farm on Saturday, Feb. 10.

There were eight schools represented, and they played a round robin schedule. After that, the top two teams were in an advantaged final. 

In the first round, Washington defeated Francis Howell Central 495-105, and then beat Holt 500-125. The toughest early match came against Ft. Zumwalt North. Only leading by 20 at the half, WHS pulled away to a 325-175 win.  ​The last two matches before lunch were a 550-50 win over Francis Howell North and a 515-40 win over Troy Buchanan.  

Round six after lunch was a 380-145 win over Orchard Farm, setting up round seven against the other undefeated team, Francis Howell. 

In round seven, Washington managed to clinch the win on the next to last tossup question, 320-305. 

This set up a final where WHS would hold the advantage.  Washington had to win once. Howell had to win twice. 

“We knew Howell was really good at forcing finals to go an extra game. They did it to us at Eureka, and they did it against SW Piasa at the tournament we hosted in December,” said Washington Coach David Dennis. “The goal was to keep Howell from getting another game, and it worked. In one of the best games I've ever watched our team play, they put it away emphatically, 415-170.”

Washington has won the GAC Scholar Bowl Championships for three straight seasons.

Washington’s team members were senior Ryan Hill, senior Carrie Derner (fifth place scoring, earning second team All-Conference), senior Jonathan Amlong (second place scoring, earning first team All-Conference) and junior James Collier.


GAC Champions

Washington won the GAC Scholar Bowl Championships for the third straight season. Team members were senior Ryan Hill, senior Carrie Derner (fifth place scoring, earning second team All-Conference), senior Jonathan Amlong (second place scoring, earning first team All-Conference) and junior James Collier.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/13/18




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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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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life takes place Friday, April 27, from 4-7:30 p.m., at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The event is put together by the WHS student council and leadership class. Proceeds are donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer awareness.

The theme this year is “Carnival for a Cure.”

This year’s event chairs are seniors Lexi Hendricks, Tess Marquart, Jonathan Amlong and Jessica Frick and juniors Kamryn Mitchell and Gracie Boeckman.

The event chairs recently have been visiting elementary schools to promote the event. See the photos below of them speaking to students at South Point Elementary and Marthasville Elementary.

The relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

Third through sixth grade children from area schools will participate in the event. They must have already registered to attend.

Registration will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the high school track the day of the event. The opening ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Activities will run until approximately 7:15 p.m.

Students participating will be bused from their elementary school. There will be high school students that will meet them when they get off the bus to deliver them to their designated school area.

Students can bring some money as there will be booths and food available to purchase.

Pick up time is 7:20 p.m. by the gate at the entrance to the stadium. In the event of rain, students will be inside and can be picked up in front of the gymnasium.

Click on the attached link below for more information and to register for the Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life.







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Published: 2/9/18




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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 High School hosted its Curriculum Fair on Thursday, Feb. 1.

The event was an opportunity for WHS students and parents to meet with the staff.

Administrators, counselors and teachers from WHS were on hand to discuss course offerings, graduation requirements, and answer questions.

Representatives from the Four Rivers Career Center also were on hand.

Parent information meetings regarding course offerings, registration process, and graduation requirements also took place.

During the school day afternoon on Feb. 1, WHS students had the opportunity to visit the Curriculum Fair.

Photos from the afternoon session of the Curriculum Fair for WHS students are below.



















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




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Washington High School will hold its Second Annual Color the Campus 3.1K Run/Walk on Friday, April 13, on the WHS campus at 6 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship. Over $1,000 was raised last year.

The start and finish line will be at Washington High School. The course for the timed run and untimed walk will be around the campus of the high school and middle school.

Packet pick up and race day registration takes place from 5:15-5:45 p.m. The run/walk begins at 6 p.m. Wear your best Blue Jay apparel to be eligible for prizes. There will be food and drinks at the finish line for the participants.

Awards and prizes will be given to the top male and female overall finisher, as well as the top three male and females in each age category: 9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older.

Special prizes will be given to most spirited, most colorful and best Blue Jay pride.

The entry fee, if received by March 21, is $10 for children ages 10 and under, $15 for students ages 6-18, and $20 for adults. The fee is $25 if received after March 21. Participants who register before March 21 will receive a T-shirt.

Click the attached links below to register online, or click the link below to print the registration form and send it to WHS.

Send completed registration forms with payment to Washington High School, c/o Samantha Loepker, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090. Make checks payable to Washington High School.

For more information, contact Samantha Loepker via e-mail at samantha.loepker@washington.k12.mo.us.

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




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Sophie Koritz, a junior at Washington High School, is the new student representative for the School District of Washington's Board of Education.

Koritz was approved by the board and sworn in during the Jan. 31 meeting.

Koritz replaces Lydia Juengling, who was the district’s student representative for the last year. The terms for student representatives are for one year.

Holding a 4.0 grade-point average, Koritz is the Junior Class President at WHS. She’s a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, DECA, The Advocate (student newspaper), and is a cheerleader. She’s the daughter of Mike and Rita Koritz.

The student representative is expected to attend all regular board meetings and may be asked to report on particular issues. The representative also is expected to communicate with students throughout the district on a regular basis.

The student representative does not sit in on executive sessions or is privy to any confidential information.


Sophie Koritz


Sophie Koritz, student representative for the School District of Washington's Board of Education, is sworn in by Board President Kevin Blackburn during the January 31 meeting.

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




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Washington High School will hold its Curriculum Night on Thursday, Feb. 1.

This evening will begin with a meet and greet for Parochial school families, followed by an enrollment meeting for Parochial and Public school families. 

In the Big Blue Jay Gymnasium, the Curriculum Fair will be set up so that families may explore the high school’s programs and courses.  There also will be several Parent Break Out Sessions. 

Enrollment paperwork is posted on the high school’s website for our parochial school families. Click here for the WHS webpage.

The Curriculum Night schedule is as follows:

5-5:30 p.m. - WHS welcomes Parochial School Families to come and meet with the Washington High School Guidance and Administrative staff.  This is an opportunity to discuss the enrollment process that is unique to students who have been attending local private schools. Parochial School Families may access and print enrollment paperwork from the Washington High School website. Click here for the webpage.

5:30 to 6 p.m – WHS welcomes the Class of 2022 Parochial and Public school families to the CJB Theatre to meet the Administration and Guidance staff, discuss grades, earning credits, planning for the next four years and the process of registering for classes.  

5:30-7:30 p.m. - The Curriculum Fair will be open in the Big Blue Jay Gym. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit with faculty about programs and courses, including programs offered at the Four Rivers Career Center.  

6:25-6:55 p.m. - Session I of the Parent Speaker Series

7-7:30 p.m. - Session II of the Parent Speaker Series 

Parents may choose to attend one or two sessions, the topics are as follows: 

Drug/Alcohol Awareness

AP (Advanced Placement) Courses/Exams

Credits Needed for Graduation

Pathways - High School Update 

Book Review - Raising an Adult 

Financial Aid

ACT/SAT/WorkKeys

Internet Safety  

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/31/18




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Washington High School Scholar Bowl took two teams to the Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) at Hannibal High School on Saturday, Jan. 27. There were 36 teams in the field overall, including teams from Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. 

Despite missing their top scorer, WHS A won the tournament with an 11-0 record.

In the prelims, the teams were placed into six pools of six  teams, and played a round robin. The top two teams from each bracket advanced to the playoffs. 

WHS A went 5-0 with wins over Fulton, Macomb (Ill.) B, Quincy (Ill.) A, Hannibal C, and North Shelby A.

WHS B went 3-2 with wins over South Shelby, Quincy (Ill.) B, and Knox County. They lost to Rochester and Moberly, and ended up in the top consolation bracket. 

In playoffs, the 12 remaining teams were placed into two brackets of six, and the top two advanced to the super playoffs. 

WHS A carried over their win against Quincy, and beat Savannah, Hannibal A, and Culver (Ind.) Academy. They then defeated Macomb (Ill.) A by 75 points to go into the super playoffs. 

Other than Macomb, the other two super playoff teams were Southwestern Piasa (Ill.) A (who won the Washington Tournament in December), and Moberly. 

In consolation, the B team managed a win against Springfield (Ill.) B, but dropped the remainder of their matches to end the day at 4-6 at 17th place overall.

B team members were Evan Courtaway, Max Grimes, Michael Lampe, Katlynn Miller and Harsh Patel.

In the super playoffs, WHS managed to squeak out a 20-point win over SW Piasa, who had lost to Moberly, who had lost to Macomb. WHS then beat Moberly 345-285 to go 11-0, and Piasa beat Macomb.

WHS was 3-0 in the super playoffs, two full games ahead of the second-place team, and was awarded the title without having to play a final.

Team members were James Coller, Kaleb Burr, Ryan Hill and Carrie Derner (who took 7th place in prelim scoring). See the picture below.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/30/18




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The Franklin County Health Department will be conducting an immunization clinic for current students in seventh grade and 11th grade on Wednesday, March 21, at Washington High School.

The health department will be offering Menactra and/or Tdap vaccines that are required by law. They also will offer Gardasil and flu vaccines.

In order to participate, pre-registration is required.

A letter and consent form will be sent home with seventh-grade students and 11th-grade students by Wednesday, Jan. 31. All consent forms must be returned to your school nurse by March 1. Without this piece of information, the health department will not be able to vaccinate your child.

There also will be forms available at the middle school and high school nurses offices.

Additionally, 12th-grade students who may have not received the required immunizations can also register.

Contact the nurses offices at the high school and middle school for more details.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/30/18




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On Monday, Jan. 22, France and Germany commemorated the 55th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, which is a treaty that was formed to strengthen the friendship between France and Germany.

The Elysee Treaty was a treaty of friendship between France and Germany signed on Jan. 22, 1963. With the signing of the treaty, Germany and France established a new foundation for relations that ended centuries of rivaly between them.

From this treaty, the Franco German Youth Office was formed.

French and German students at Washington High School annually do something special to celebrate the bond between the two countries. 

WHS German instructor Sarah Johnson and French instructor Sarah Riley brought their German and French classes together on Wednesday, Jan. 24, to watch the Chancellor of Germany and the President of France speak in German and French about the Treaty.

The French students also taught the German students French and vice versa.

Photos from the day are below.



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/25/18




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Sophie Koritz and Josie Kleinheider, both juniors at Washington High School, have been working on a public relations project for DECA where they promote Cocoa Cafe and inclusion of life skills students. Koritz and Kleinheider have done events with the Cocoa Cafe students throughout the school year. Their project is called Operation Puzzle Piece.

Some of the life skills students had the opportunity to perform a routine with the WHS Jaywalkers Dance Team during Washington’s Courtwarming basketball game on Friday, Jan. 20. See the group picture below, which includes Koritz and Kleinheider.

The Cocoa Cafe opened in 2005 by teacher Julie Trentmann with a $1,000 grant from the

WINGS Educational Foundation.

Over the last 12 years, many students with disabilities have gained communication skills outside of the regular classroom experience.

Washington High School and the surrounding communities understand the importance of giving life

skills students the opportunity to gain work experience that will help following graduation.

The focus of the cafe is to teach job skills, independence, and people skills while promoting The Cocoa Cafe.

The Cocoa Café gives part of their proceeds to the Honor Flight, Wings Educational Foundation, children's hospitals, Operation Christmas Child, and Loving Hearts Outreach.

Donating back to local charities is not the only way the Cocoa Cafe contributes to the community.

Students who buy breakfast at the cafe gain interaction skills with those outside of their regular schedule.

Koritz and Kleinheider are promoting the Cocoa Cafe for their DECA public relations project. This marketing campaign is promoting the cafe and interaction among disabled and abled students.

Other events include a social event called “Puzzles and Pastries,” which will have students play puzzles while eating and drinking the products of the cafe.

According to Judy Obermark, life skills teacher, the Cocoa Cafe “shows that we are all more alike than different.”


Life Skills students had the opportunity to perform a routine with the WHS Jaywalkers Dance Team during Washington’s Courtwarming basketball game on Friday, Jan. 20.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/24/18




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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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The Washington Police Department is holding a soda tab challenge where the School District of Washington Schools, along with St. Francis Borgia High School, St. Francis Borgia Elementary, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Immanuel Lutheran will be competing to see who can collect the most soda tabs.

The soda can tabs collection will go toward benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

The winners will be decided by average pounds per student. Please help out your school or student by collecting tabs and letting the students turn them in.

Students can bring the tabs to school in zip lock bags. There are recycle tubs located at every school to put them in.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/23/18




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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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Students in Makenzie Ellis’ seventh-grade algebra class at Washington Middle School visited Krista Williams’ second-year biomedical class at Washington High School on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 18.

The middle school students are working on a biomedical unit in their algebra class.

Students from the two classes collaborated to give the high school students a review on the subject and to allow the middle school students to add to what they are doing on their own in their classroom.

The students worked together on different projects during the visit, sharing thoughts and ideas on the biomedical topic.

Pictures from the collaboration between the two classes are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/22/18




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Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, seniors at Washington High School, recently completed a DECA project that was months in the making with the Make-A-Wish Foundation involving a local 5-year old boy and his dream to go to Legoland California in Carlsbad, Calif.

Frick and Hopkins raised a total of $8,016.73. They will donate it to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who will then fund the family’s trip to Legoland.

“We want to give a big thank you to our generous community that helped us reach our goal of $5,000. The community of Washington is truly amazing the way they are so willing to give to a family in need,” Frick said. “We had so many businesses and individuals come to us and ask if they could donate, which warmed our hearts. The community was a vital part in reaching our goal and we could not have done it without them.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions, giving them more than an amazing experience. A wish come true has the power to make kids feel stronger, more courageous, and more determined to overcome their illnesses. Many families and healthcare providers believe the wish experience is the turning point in a wish kid's battle against their illness.

The local boy was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the soft tissue, in December of 2016. He had surgery to remove the tumor and has had a number of tests and hospital visits.

Initial tests indicated that in addition to his tumor, there were spots in his lungs making his diagnosis Stage 4. He was facing an entire year of chemo, radiation and blood transfusions. A few weeks into his treatment, a new set of scans showed no concern about his lungs and he was downgraded to Stage 1.

Since his scans in February, no sign of cancer has been found. He completed chemo in June and is strong and healthy today.
The boy enjoys learning new songs and painting in Kindergarten. He loves Legos, cars and trucks, fire trucks, playing with friends and digging in the dirt.

The family is planning a trip to Legoland California. The boy wants to drive the cars and get his Legoland Driver’s License.
Frick and Hopkins held a number of fundraisers, such as a cupcake drive, a Miracle Minute, raffles, T-shirt sales and donation events.

They hosted a Make-A-Swish Night on January 16 at Washington High School during a girls and boys basketball double-header, where they raised money for their project. See the photos below, courtesy of the Washington Missourian.


The Washington Police Department donated approximately $1,000 from their No-Shave November fundraiser to a Make-A-Wish Foundation project, spearheaded by Washington High School DECA members Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, who raised money to help send a local cancer patient and his family to Legoland California. Pictured from left are Hopkins, Frick and Washington Police Officers Doug Tollison and Mindy Schmelz.


Students collected money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation project during Washington High School's boys and girls basketball games on January 16.




(Washington Missourian Photos)

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/19/18




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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.

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: 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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Washington High School’s Winter Courtwarming is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19. The boys basketball Blue Jays take on Liberty. The junior varsity game starts at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 7:30 p.m.

This year's Courtwarming theme is "Winter Wonderland.”

The Courtwarming Court will be introduced at halftime of the varsity boys game. The dance will be held following the varsity basketball game from 9-11 p.m. Coronation will take place at 10:15 p.m. Tickets to the dance are available for WHS students for $5 and will be sold before school Jan. 16-19  in the Northington Lobby.

January 16-19 will be spirit week at Washington High School. The themes for each day are as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 16: USA Day

Wednesday, Jan. 17: Camo Day

Thursday, Jan. 18: Twins Day

Friday, Jan. 19: Blue and white day. Girls wear white. Boys wear blue.

The Courtwarming Court is:

The Advocate: Jake Hillermann and Bailey Bair

Student Council: Olivia Diederich and Brock Laughlin

No Excuses: Tyler Hughes and Angela Schmitz

Chamber Choir: Molly Eckelkamp and Nathan Neely

Orchestra: Zoe Sykes and Ezra Miles

Blue Jay Journal: Jaden Heien and Colton Souders

Basketball: Kailey Robinson and Conlan Jarvis​

Photos of the Washington High School Winter Courtwarming Court are below.

Pictured is the Washington High School Winter Courtwarming Court. Front row, from left, are Jake Hillermann, Bailey Bair, Angela Schmitz and Tyler Hughes. Middle row, from left, are Olivia Diederich, Molly Eckelkamp, Kailey Robinson, Zoe Sykes and Jaden Heien. Back row, from left, are Brock Laughlin, Nathan Neely, Conlan Jarvis, Ezra Miles and Colton Souders.


The Advocate: Jake Hillermann and Bailey Bair


Student Council: Brock Laughlin and Olivia Diederich


No Excuses: Tyler Hughes and Angela Schmitz


Chamber Choir: Nathan Neely and Molly Eckelkamp


Orchestra: Ezra Miles and Zoe Sykes


Blue Jay Journal: Colton Souders and Jaden Heien.


Basketball: Conlan Jarvis​ and Kailey Robinson.

 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/12/18




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Washington High School was the winner of the 2017 Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington.

The Festival of Trees featured over 80 decorated trees with various themes from different schools, churches and community groups in the area.

During the month of December, members of the community had the opportunity to view the trees and vote for their favorite by placing canned goods and other food items under the tree.

Each food item counted as one vote and will help feed a community member. All food collected will be distributed between local food pantries.

While the School District of Washington was well-represented by many different buildings and clubs, Washington High School was the winner for the sixth straight year. Washington Middle School Student Council finished in second place.

Overall, there were 12,667 food items collected for the Festival of Trees.

Representing the School District of Washington in the Festival of Trees were 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.

See pictures below of Washington High School and Washington Middle School students with representatives from local food pantries and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ.


Washington High School and Washington Middle School Student Council were the first- and second-place winners, respectively, in the 2017 Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington. Overall, there were 12,667 food items collected for local food panties. Representing WHS in the front row, from left, are Holly Hoerstkamp, Kamryn Mitchell, Hailey Howerton, Abbey Jinkerson and Jenna Loepker. Representing WMS in the second row, from left, are Maggie Figas and Lily Brickel. Also pictured are representatives from local food pantries and St. Peter's United Church of Christ.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 1/11/18




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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.

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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Published: 1/10/18




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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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Washington High School’s student body donated over 2,200 food items to the Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington on Monday, Dec. 18.

The collection was organized by the WHS student council. The group of STUCO students, along with advisors Allison Graves and Samantha Loepker, delivered the food to St. Peter’s. See the picture below.

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.

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.

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.


Washington High School’s student body donated over 2,200 food items to the Community Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. Pictured are student council members who organized the collection and made the delivery. Kneeling in the front, from left, are Brock Laughlin, Lauren Ancell, Lexi Hendrix, Madison Sprung, Olivia Diederich, Abbey Jinkerson and Lydia Lock. Standing in the middle, from left, are Cason Suggs, Jonathan Amlong, Zach Harms, Jessica Frick, Tess Marquart, Kamryn Mitchell, Holly Hoerstkamp, Colleen Kuchem, Anna Schneider and Kailey Robinson. Standing in the back, from left, are Bria Hasenjaeger and Morgan Riegel.

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Published: 12/20/17




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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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Published: 12/20/17




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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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Published: 12/13/17




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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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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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Filing for the Washington School Board election this spring will open Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 8 a.m.

The filing period will close Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 5 p.m.

There will be two open seats for the April election. Board members Kevin Blackburn (President) and John Freitag (Vice President) both have announced they plan to run for re-election. Blackburn was first elected to the Board in 2012. Freitag was elected in 2015.

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

Candidates should register in Julie Bell’s office on the second floor of the Washington School District administration building at 220 Locust St. in Washington.

Regular filing hours following the opening day will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The district office will be closed for winter break from the close of business Thursday, Dec. 21, through Monday, Jan. 1. It will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 a.m.

Board member qualifications include:

All candidates must be at least 24, U.S. citizens and resident taxpayers of the district, and have resided in Missouri for one year preceding their election.

Candidates cannot be delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real property taxes on stated residence.

They also cannot be a registered sex offender, or found guilty or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri law.

Additionally, candidates cannot be convicted or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under federal law.

Candidates must file all required campaign disclosure reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission, when applicable, for all previous elections in which they were candidates.

About the Board

The seven-member board of education serves as the governing body for the school district.

The school board sets district policies, selects the superintendent of schools, adopts the annual budget and determines the tax rate.

The school board always holds a reorganization meeting in April following the election. New school board members are sworn in at that time for their new three-year terms.

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Published: 12/4/17




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It was a big night of special recognitions at the School District of Washington’s Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The Board recognized the Washington High School boys soccer team along with staff members, Jana Monzyk, Elementary Gifted Facilitator, and Stefanie Virgen, Gifted and Language Arts Teacher.

The WHS boys soccer team finished their season with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11. Click here for the story.

Jana Monzyk, Elementary Challenge Facilitator, was the recipient of the Outstanding Launch Teacher Award on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Awards and Recognition Banquet during the PLTW State Conference. Awards were given to outstanding teachers, counselors, and administrators as nominated by their peers.

Monzyk and Michelle Bobo, also an Elementary Challenge Facilitator, gave two presentations at the conference titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW K-5 Curriculum.” Click here for the story.

Stefanie Virgen, Gifted and Language Arts teacher at Washington Middle School, was named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. She was recognized at the awards program Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis. Click here for the story.

Photos from the special recognitions at the Board of Education meeting are below.


The Washington High School boys soccer team finished their season with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championships. The players are pictured with members of the Board of Education.


Jana Monzyk, front row, second from left, Elementary Challenge Facilitator, was the recipient of the Outstanding Launch Teacher Award. She’s pictured with Board of Education members. Front row, from left, are Dan Contarini, Monzyk, Susan Thatcher and Trish Mitchell. Back row, from left, are Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne and John Freitag.


Stefanie Virgen, front row, second from right, Gifted and Language Arts teacher at Washington Middle School, was named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. She’s pictured with Board of Education members. Front row, from left, are Susan Thatcher, Dan Contarini, Virgen and Trish Mitchell. Back row, from left, are Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne and John Freitag.

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Published: 12/1/17




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The Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters will hold a trivia night on Saturday, Jan. 13, in the middle school gymnasium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The fee at the door is $15 for adults and $10 for students. A table of eight adults making an advanced reservation is $100.

Water, soda and chips will be provided. Pizza and desserts will be for sale. A silent auction will include gift baskets, gift certificates and event tickets.

The first-place team receives $200. The second-place team receives $100. There also will be a prize for the first-place student table.

Donations are being accepted to the silent auction and the dessert table.

To reserve a table, call, text or email the boosters at 636-390-2908 or at abc600bluejay@gmail.com.

Click on the attached link below for a flyer for the Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters Trivia Night.

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Published: 11/30/17




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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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Published: 11/29/17




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Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, seniors at Washington High School, are working hard on a DECA project with the Make-A-Wish Foundation involving a local 5-year old boy and his dream to go to Legoland California in Carlsbad, Calif.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps grant wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions, giving them more than an amazing experience. A wish come true has the power to make kids feel stronger, more courageous, and more determined to overcome their illnesses. Many families and healthcare providers believe the wish experience is the turning point in a wish kid's battle against their illness.

The boy was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the soft tissue, in December of 2016. He had surgery to remove the tumor and has had a number of tests and hospital visits.

Initial tests indicated that in addition to his tumor, there were spots in his lungs making his diagnosis Stage 4. He was facing an entire year of chemo, radiation and blood transfusions. A few weeks into his treatment, a new set of scans showed no concern about his lungs and he was downgraded to Stage 1.

Since his scans in February, no sign of cancer has been found. He completed chemo in June and is strong and healthy today.
The boy enjoys learning new songs and painting in Kindergarten. He loves Legos, cars and trucks, fire trucks, playing with friends and digging in the dirt.

The family is planning a trip to Legoland California. The boy wants to drive the cars and get his Legoland Driver’s License.
Frick and Hopkins have already held a number of fundraisers, such as a cupcake drive, a Miracle Minute, raffles, T-shirt sales and donation events.

A dine-to-donate will take place at Applebee’s in Washington December 6 from 4-9 p.m.

They will host a Make-A-Swish Night on January 16 at Washington High School during a girls and boys basketball double-header, where they will raise money and hope to meet the family for the first time.

The goal for Frick and Hopkins is to raise $5,000. They are almost halfway there with over $2,000 already raised. The latest donation was over $800 from the Washington Police Department from their No-Shave November fundraiser. See the photo below.


The Washington Police Department donated approximately $800 from their No-Shave November fundraiser to a Make-A-Wish Foundation project, spearheaded by Washington High School DECA students Jessica Frick and Emmy Hopkins, who are raising money to send a local cancer patient and his family to Legoland California. Frick, left, and Hopkins are pictured in the front row. Back row, from left, representing the Washington Police Department, are Detective Sergeant Steve Sitzes, Chief Ed Menefee, Assistant Chief Captain Jim Armstrong, Lieutenant Mark Lindgren and Officer Doug Tollison.

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Published: 11/21/17




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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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Published: 11/21/17




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Michelle Bobo and Jana Monzyk, School District of Washington Challenge Facilitators, gave a presentation titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW (Project Lead the Way) K-5 Curriculum” during the Missouri Project Lead the Way State Conference Monday, Nov. 6, at Blue Springs South High School.

The presentation provided some of Bobo and Monzyk’s tried and true suggestions when implementing Launch.

Participants learned about ideas for organization, record-keeping, resources and insights to successfully and effectively facilitate Launch in their respective classrooms.

Bobo and Monzyk gave the presentation twice, both times to a standing-room-only crowd.

The conference brought together Missouri teachers, administrators, counselors and business partners to collaborate and share effective practices to help students develop the skills to become the future generation of problem solvers.
The goal was to share, collaborate, recognize achievement and increase awareness for PLTW and STEM training throughout the state of Missouri.

During the PLTW State Conference, awards were given to “outstanding” teachers, counselors, and administrators, as nominated by their peers. 

Monzyk received the Outstanding Launch Teacher award on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the PLTW Awards and Recognition Banquet.

Each nominee was chose for their dedication and commitment.

"We appreciate all they do to inspire and engage students to be leaders of the future," said David Hosick, Project Lead the Way Senior Affiliate Director, Missouri S&T. "We applaud them for a job well done."

Jana Monzyk is a joy to have in the building and an inspiration to her students,” said Washington High School Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum. “She is intelligent, creative, kind, and above all else, student centered. You can count on her to bring the relevance to student experiences in her classroom.” 

Missouri Project Lead the Way, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) based program, offers 736 programs that affect nearly 900,000 students, K-12. 


Jana Monzyk, left, and Michelle Bobo gave a presentation titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW (Project Lead the Way) K-5 Curriculum” during the Missouri Project Lead the Way State Conference Monday, Nov. 6, at Blue Springs South High School.

Monzyk also received the Outstanding Launch Teacher award during the conference.

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Published: 11/15/17




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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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Published: 11/15/17




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Washington’s boys soccer season ended with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships.

And did the Blue Jays ever produce some incredible moments.

Washington (25-9) dropped a 1-0 decision to Parkway Central (21-8-1) in the Class 3 state championship game Saturday, Nov. 11, at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

“All and all, riding on the Mid-America bus, playing at this facility, getting to see the St. Louis FC locker room, the entire experience was very precious,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “We feel honored that we had the chance to be here. Not too many people get to experience what we experienced here. It’s been a great season, and we’re looking forward to another one.”

The only goal of the championship game came in the 54th minute when Parkway Central scored on a corner kick.  Adam Burnett booted in front of the net to Matthew Deay, who headed it in for a goal.

“In a lot of ways, we played our game plan. We just lost a mark in the corner kick situation that led to their one goal,” Schriewer said. “We found a little more rhythm in the second half. We figured out what our passing sequences should be based on their formation. We played pretty solid.”

The Blue Jays had scoring chances in the match, especially down the stretch, but couldn’t punch in the equalizer.

“Our guys made things very difficult for them toward the end of the game with our pressure. We fought until the end and created chances in the closing minutes,” Schriewer said. “We played a great defensive game, but just weren’t able to find the back of the net.”

Christian Longseth was in goal for the Blue Jays against Parkway Central, registering eight saves.

Conlan Jarvis fired four shots in the game. Gabe Lopez and Jake Fregalette both added two shots. Jared Lopez, Noah Bay and Jeremiah Collins each had one shot.

“Our seniors have been amazing. To watch them develop and the way they’ve handled themselves, they’re a special group. I’m sad to see them go,” Schriewer said.

“We had hundreds of students and hundreds of fans here supporting us in both games. We filled up two sections on the back side and we still had the student section behind us,” Schriewer added. “The school and the town really pulled together and rallied around this team. Kudos to our kids. They made things so special that we had so many people cheering for us.”

Semifinal Game Against Harrisonville

Washington’s semifinal game against Harrisonville on Friday, Nov. 10, was one for the ages.

Trailing 2-0 and playing a man down for 81 minutes due to a red card issued, the Blue Jays rallied for a thrilling 4-3 victory in double overtime.

Washington tied the game 2-2 on goals by Conlan Jarvis and Jeremiah Collins, but the Wildcats reclaimed the lead 3-2 in the 64th minute.

Putting on severe offensive pressure, the Blue Jays tied the game 3-3 on a goal by Collins with seven seconds remaining on the clock.

“I saw the kid on my back. I knew he thought I was going to cut right because I’d been going right down that line trying to cross it for the whole game. So I just cut left,” Collins said. “I was a little selfish and took the shot. I knew I could put it in. The state semifinals, to get to the finals, that’s probably the biggest goal I’ve ever scored. We kept fighting the entire time. We didn’t stop. It was incredible.”

“It’s absolutely insane. We literally fought to the final seconds,” Schriewer said. “You never know what scenarios you’re going to be in. That’s what we talked about all week leading up to the game. I tried to share my experiences of being at the Final Four in the past, and I think that helped them mentally.”

With all of the momentum, Washington won the game in the second sudden-death overtime session on a goal by Jarvis, assisted by Jake Fregalette, in the 100th minute.

“Jake Fregalette beat a couple of guys on the wing and then he slid it across,” Jarvis said. “The ball was bouncing around, the goalie came out and I tried to do anything I could to get my foot on it and ended up putting it in. It was an amazing feeling.”

The game-winning goal by Jarvis tied Joe Morgan’s school record for most goals in a single season with 30.

“What a way to tie the record, scoring the winning goal to get to the state championship game,” Schriewer said. “Conlan is an amazing player. He’s so crafty. He’s smooth on the ball and is a real asset to us.”

Ottmar Escalante was in goal for Washington in the semifinal game, registering five saves.

Collins and Jarvis both had nine shots in the game.

“Jeremiah is a dynamic player,” Schriewer said. “He plays center back for his club team. He really wants to win, so he wants to be on that back line all the time. But we knew we needed to do something, so we moved him up. Clearly, he created more than enough chances to make a difference.”

Washington controlled possession against Harrisonville, even with a player short.

“It’s just the fight we have in us. We knew it was going to be tough, but we did everything we could to fight back and we ended up getting the win,” Jarvis said.

“We knew if we kept fighting and played our game, things would work out for us in the end,” Collins said. “They were getting tired. You could tell that after we came back from that two-goal deficit. We knew we had them.”

“Even after one half, we saw some of their guys getting fatigued. We felt like that could be a factor in the second half and if we got it to overtime,” Schriewer said. “We’re down 3-2 and a lot of teams would’ve given up at that point. Half of our guys were hobbling around, but they had no give-up in sight. We created a few chances in the last five minutes to potentially tie it, and didn’t put those away. But we finally got it with seven seconds to play.

“Our kids won’t ever forget this one. I’ll never forget the four-overtime game I was a part of. This double overtime and late-game equalizer, what a way to get a chance to play for a state championship. The kids deserve it.”

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Published: 11/14/17




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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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Published: 11/14/17




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Washington High School, Washington Chapter of the National Honor Society and Washington’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) presented the annual Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 10, in the Blue Jay Gym at WHS.

In attendance were the WHS student body and staff members, along with veterans, community leaders, school board members, district administrators, and other guests.

The featured speaker was Washington High School’s Naval Science instructor, Master Sergeant Tim Gates. He was introduced by WHS student Anna Sullentrup.

During the assembly, each veteran in attendance was individually recognized, which was read by WHS student Jessica Frick. Other student speakers were Destinee Tidwell, Lydia Juengling and Amber Cunningham.

Also recognized, as a group, were the NJROTC students at WHS.

The Washington High School choir, band and orchestra also performed.

WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum gave closing comments, which was followed by a moment of silence, “Taps,” and the retiring of colors.

A reception with a catered breakfast for the veterans and other guests was held prior to the assembly.

Photos from Washington High School’s Veterans Day Assembly are below.


















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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/13/17




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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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Published: 11/8/17




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As part of the Title I and Title III program federal mandates, the School District of Washington is required to have a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) who assists in the development and evaluation of the Title I and III programs, which are designed to help students achieve success in reading and math and to assist students in becoming proficient in speaking English.

The committee will be made up of parent representatives from throughout the District. The TI & III-PAC will also include teacher and administrator representation.

With the signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB), schools have been allocated new federal funds, Title IV, Student Support and Academic Enrichment. These funds are to be utilized to provide well-rounded education to unique groups of students.

To enable the SDOW to allocate these funds, input is needed from a variety of stakeholders. The PAC will be charged with providing such input.

SDOW parents are invited to be a part of the PAC to assist the School District of Washington in creating a quality program for our children. We are working on reviewing programing data and making decisions for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Parent Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 9-11 a.m. in the Board Office of the School District of Washington, 220 Locust Street, Washington.

For parents interested in being a member of the Parent Advisory Committee, Please RSVP to Chris Marquart at 636-231-2005 or chris.marquart@washington.k12.mo.us.

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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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Published: 11/8/17




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The Washington High Choirs 2017 Madrigal Dinner, an evening of singing, food, raucous antics and holiday enjoyment.

The performances will take place at The Presbyterian Church, 4834 South Point Road in Washington.

Performances dates and times are Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m.  

The cost is $20 per ticket, which includes a four-course meal and entertainment.  Bring spare change to purchase items from the townspeople.

Make checks payable to WHS Choir.

For more information and for ticket information, contact Jessie Patterson by email at Jessie.Patterson@washington.k12.mo.us.

Click on the attached link below for more information and to print the ticket order form.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 11/2/17




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The Washington High School cheerleading program will host a paint night fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 10, from 7-9 p.m.

The event will take place at the Washington VFW Hall, 813 Jefferson Street.

The painting session will begin at 7 p.m. and last for two hours. It’s recommended to arrive 30 minutes early to pay, get a drink and get seated.

The cost is $35 per person and included all supplies needed, such as brushes, easels and canvases.

Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

All proceeds benefit the WHS cheerleading program.

To reserve a space, contact Washmocheercoach@gmail.com. Click on the attached link below for the flyer.

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Published: 11/2/17




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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.

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: 11/1/17




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Audition training sessions for Washington High School Winter Guard will be Monday, October 30, and Tuesday, October 31. Both days are 3:30 to 5 p.m.in the band room to learn audition material.

The Winter Guard Auditions will be Thursday, November 2, from 3:30-5 p.m.

All students grade 9-12 are welcome to come to the audition in the band room. Please come and be a part of a very successful group.

Click the link below for the flyer.

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




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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 School District of Washington’s WINGS Foundation awarded 25 early bird teacher grants this fall (2017), totaling $3,187.

Since 1993, 1,023 teacher grants have been awarded by WINGS totaling $471,480.89.

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

Carla Campbell and Derick Heflin, Washington High School, Therapeutic Supports

Lindsey Jasper and Adam Fischer, Washington High School, Therapeutic Supports

Stefanie Virgen, Washington Middle School, Pathways to Community; College and Career Readiness

Colin Flynn, Washington High School, Graphic Novels for Struggling Readers

Jenny Meers, Four Rivers Career Center, Literacy and learning With Felt Boards

Bridget Phelps, Clearview Elementary, Addition to Flexible Seating

Kimberly Fleer, Marthasville Elementary, Making Math Magical

Julia Young, Augusta Elementary, Sixth Grade Number Sense and Mental Math Skills

Maggie Butler, Marthasville and Augusta Elementary, Music Stands

Katie Fischer, South Point Elementary, Flexible Seating Balance Ball Chairs

Sara Bradshaw, Marthasville Elementary, Flexible Seating

Elizabeth Hobbs, Washington High School, Formative Assessment in Schoology

Suzanne Pelley, Washington High School, Pop Beads for Cell Division and Protein Synthesis

Lindsay Obermark, Washington West Elementary, Thinking Within, Beyond and About the Text-Guided Reading

Julie Grafrath and Molly Hanify, Washington West Elementary, Crigo Education Domino Resource Set

Jennifer Pecka, Labadie Elementary, Make Me a Makerspace

Trisha Ley, Washington West Elementary, Engaging Movers

Kaylin Bade, Washington Middle School, Theme and Literature With Traditional Texts

Ryan Leatherman, Washington High School, Biomedical Text Set

Keith Thacker, Washington Middle School, Wood Carts

Nicole Kottmann, Washington West Elementary, The 40 Book Challenge; Motivating Readers With Genre

Marie Dobson, Washington West Elementary, Guiding Readers to Comprehension

Chris Buenniger Washington Middle School, Therapeutic Supports

Leslie Ohse, Washington Middle School, Therapeutic Supports

Lori Mickelson, South Point Elementary, Measure for Measure

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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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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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.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/25/17




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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.

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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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Published: 10/19/17




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We have over $2,000 of donated goods we are raffling off to benefit Paige and her family!  You can buy tickets at Washington High School on Oct. 18 from 6-7 PM in the Northington Lobby, Oct. 19 from 2:30-7 in the Guidance Lobby, and Oct. 28 from 9-12:30 at the Walk for Paige event in Lion's Lake!  These are just a few of our baskets you can choose from!

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Published: 10/17/17




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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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The weight training program, run by physical education instructors at Washington High School, is growing by leaps and bounds.

With the inclusion of freshmen to the program last year, the number of high school students in the weight training program has increased significantly. Both athletes and non-athletes participate.

Weight training classes at Washington High School currently have over 200 students in grades 9-12, taught by Matt Kroeter, Kym Blankenship and Grant Young. Courses are split into sessions per class period.

Included in the program are a weight class, a fitness class, yoga, piyo, turbo kick and body pump.

The weight class features Rack Performance strength and conditioning software that helps make workouts more efficient, to improve workout dynamics, and to include more strength components in a short time frame while still allowing muscle recovery between sets.

Workouts are designed with a warmup, a SWOD (strength workout of the day), and a CWOD conditioning of the day. CWOD’s are cardo and crossfit based strength finishers.

Yoga is workout plan than can help achieve lasting results of better body strength and flexibility with workouts aimed at improving balance, strength and power. Yoga is famous for reducing stress with a quiet but targeted exercise program.

Piyo is a total-body fitness system. It combines the practices of Pilates and yoga to help build strength, lose weight and increase flexibility.

Body pump is a workout that challenges all of the muscle groups by using weight-room exercises such as squats, presses, lifts and curls. Body pump focuses on high repetition movements with low weight loads.

Turbo kick is a cardio workout that is a mix of kickboxing and simple dance grooves set to heart pounding dance music.

See photos below of the different classes offered in the weight training program at Washington High School.

Weight Class







Piyo Workout








Body Pump Workout








Lady Jays Fitness Class



Turbo Kick Class












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




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Washington High School will host a Parent Speaker Series at the CJB Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6:30-8 p.m. The topic will be student driving.

Representatives from First Impact, a traffic safety program that educates parents about Missouri’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law, will give a parent presentation. Parents and students are welcome to attend.

Registration for the free event is not necessary, despite what the attached flyer might suggest.

The goal of First Impact is to reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities, injuries and crashes among teen drivers by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri’s GDL law.

First Impact will help parents understand teen driving risks, enforcement and monitoring of GDL law, and serving as a positive role model.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/16/17




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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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The 49th annual Washington Marching Band Festival took place Saturday, Oct. 7.

The festival featured a parade competition and a field competition.

As the hosts, the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays gave exhibition performances in both the parade and field competitions.

More than 2,000 students from 37 schools competed in the Band Festival.

Click on the attached links below for results from the Washington Marching Band Festival.

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




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The Washington High School Theatre Guild and ITS Troupe No. 4233 present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, to be performed Nov. 9-11 at the CJB Auditorium on the WHS campus.

The times for Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, are at 7:30 p.m. There are two performances on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thirty minutes before each performance, Belle and her friends will be available for treats and pictures for a $5 admission, which does not include admission to the performance.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for ages 12 and under and $10 for ages 13 and older.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Penny Wilmesherr at Washington High School at 636-231-2200 or by e-mail to Kerry Holtmeier at kerry.holtmeier@washington.k12.mo.us. Tickets also can be purchased at the door if the performance is not sold out.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/9/17




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The 49th annual Washington Marching Band Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 7.

The festival features a parade competition and a field competition.

As the hosts, the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays will give exhibition performances in both the parade and field competitions. They are not eligible for awards.

The parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Washington will be the last entry in the parade and should step off at approximately 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin at Main and Cedar. It will continue on Main Street, turn on Jefferson Street to Eighth Street and end at Sunnyside.

The Washington Marching Blue Jays will perform on the field at approximately 9:05 p.m.

Click on the attached link below for more information, including a schedule, on the Washington Marching Band Festival.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/6/17




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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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The Washington High School Jaywalkers dance team and varsity cheerleaders are hosting a family trivia night on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the WHS Nix Cafeteria.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per student. There will be 10 players per table.

Pay at the door or pre-payment can be dropped off at the WHS Activities Office. Please label WHS Cheer/Dance Trivia Night. Spaces can be reserved and questions directed to washmocheercoach@gmail.com.

Water and soda will be available for purchase. Popcorn will be provided. Feel free to bring your own food and drink. Alcohol is not allowed.

All proceeds will be divided between the Jaywalkers and the cheerleaders for their trip to Nationals in February.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 10/3/17




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The Washington School Districts’ WINGS Educational Foundation inducted its ninth class to the Hall of Honor on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Washington Elks.

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 were the late Carolyn Shotwell, who received the Educator Award; Rodney (Rocky) Sickmann, who received the Alumni Award, and Andrea Rau, who received the Community Contributor Award.

A formal dinner to honor the recipients was held followed by a reception with the Steve Leslie Band performing.

ABC News Correspondent and Washington High School graduate Emily Rau, daughter of Hall of Honor inductee Andrea Rau, served as master of ceremonies.
WINGS members Carol Zanin and Brad Mitchell were recognized for their years of service.

It was also announced that the WINGS endowment fund has reached over $1 million.

See the bios of each honorary below.

Photos from the event are below.

Carolyn Shotwell – Educator Award

Carolyn (Veatch) Shotwell was born July 20, 1911, to Charles and Julia Veatch in Keytesville, MO. The oldest of three daughters, Carolyn grew up in Harrison, AR, and the St. Louis area.

A talented violinist as a youngster, Carolyn gave her first solo recital at age seven at a concert hall. During her childhood, she studied with violinists from the St. Louis Symphony. She completed Soldan high school at the age of 16 and attended Washington University, St. Louis.

Carolyn transferred to Central College in Fayette where she was a member of the orchestra and Phi Beta music fraternity. She completed her bachelor of arts degree in music in 1931 at the age of 19 and did graduate work at Juilliard/Columbia University, New York and Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

In 1931, Carolyn moved to Washington to teach English, instrumental music and physical education at the public schools. Her new job also included National Honor Society sponsor, coaching volleyball and starting an orchestra at the “old” high school on Locust Street. The orchestra helped form the nucleus of the Washington Civic Orchestra in 1934.

In 1936 she married William C. Shotwell, a project manager and agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Soil Conservation. They moved to Fulton in 1938 and Clinton in 1942 before returning to Washington in 1948. They had four daughters: Carolyn, Marilyn, Julianne and Annette.

Carolyn taught a total of 24 years in the Washington School District. From 1953 to 1971, she was a teacher of English I, II, and IV (English Literature), class sponsor,

student council sponsor, and AIFS English Foreign Travel Group Leader.

She was known for her love of teaching English literature, incorporating college prep skills and critiquing the great English writers.

Carolyn was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Washington where she was an ordained elder and a member of the Women’s Association, Church Circle, and Craft Guild. She also received the Presbyterian Celebration of Aging Award.

Carolyn performed in the Washington Civic Orchestra as Concertmaster and Soloist, the Washington String Trio, the ECC Pit Orchestra and at other local events. She was a member of the ECC Foundation and the Patron of the Arts. She was also a member of Chapter CD of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Washington Historical Society, and the Fortnightly Reading Club, American Association of

University Women, and various other organizations.

In 2001 Carolyn was honored as a “Living Legend” at Washington High School’s 100th anniversary graduation. One month later, Carolyn passed away on June 15, 2001 at the age of 89.

Carolyn Shotwell’s family includes her four daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and John Wolff, Leawood, KS; Marilyn and Tom Miller, Webster Groves and

Washington; Julie and Jim Perry, Washington; Annette and Ken Bebermeyer, Washington; eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

 

Rocky Sickmann, Alumni Award

Rodney “Rocky” Sickmann graduated from Washington High School in 1976 and immediately entered the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1979, just 28 days into his tour of duty at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Sickmann became a player in one of the most terrifying events in U.S. history.

On Nov. 4, 1979, after months of turmoil marked by the return of the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the American Embassy in Tehran was overrun by militants and its employees taken captive. Sergeant Rocky Sickmann, then just 22, was one of 65 Americans taken hostage. Sickmann remained a hostage for 444 days before being released on Jan. 21, 1981 following 14 months of diplomacy by President Jimmy Carter.

Three months later, Sickmann was Honorably Discharged after 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and received several accolades during his service including the Prisoner of War Medal, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Award of Valor, and Good Conduct Medal.

Sickmann’s personal diary, “Iranian Hostage: A Personal Diary of 444 Days in Captivity” is also the only known diary to have been smuggled out of Iran and published. The diary is no longer in publication. Following the military, he began working in advertising for KMOX radio in St. Louis, Mo. and then entered the private sector for Anheuser-Busch InBev. He spent the next 34 years with the company, most recently as the U.S. National Director for Military and Industry Affairs, until his retirement in July 2016.

As the U.S. National Director for Military and Industry Affairs at Anheuser-Busch InBev, Sickmann oversaw all Military Special Events, Military and Industry Trade Media Publications, and National Industry Trade Shows. Throughout his career at Anheuser-Busch, Sickmann also played a key role in increasing Anheuser-Busch’s market penetration among the Military by training wholesalers, coordinating marketing and publicity, executing national sales promotions, and planning special military events. Sickmann helped coordinate the “Here’s to the Heroes Tour” which salutes the men and women of the armed forces, allowing Americans to show their support for the troops via recorded messages filmed on location at community events, celebrations, and festivals nationwide and shared with U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Personally and professionally, Sickmann has been fortunate to share his story on many different platforms, including ABC News, ESPN, Fox & Friends, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, NFL Time Line Series, The New York Times, to the cast of the Oscar award-winning film Argo (starring Ben Affleck), national and local Veteran and Military organizations, and educational institutions across the country.

In August 2016, Sickmann’s military and professional experience, coupled with his passion for our armed forces, led him to pursue an opportunity with his favorite non-profit organization: Folds of Honor. In this new role, Sickmann helps advance the Folds mission: To stand in the financial gap of the more than one million dependents adversely affected by war, providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of those killed or disabled while serving our nation.

Sickmann and his wife (36 Years), Jill, have three children, Hannah (Hannah Wehrle, Granddaughter Lela, Grandson Rhett and husband Matt Wehrle), Chelsea (Chelsea Frese, Grandson Woodson and husband Kalen Frese) and Spencer, and three grandchildren.

 

 

Andrea Rau – Community Contributor Award

Andrea was raised in Jefferson City, graduating from Jefferson City High School in 1973.

She went on to graduate from the University of Missouri- Columbia in 1978, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

During and after graduation from nursing school, she worked in the Burn Intensive Care Unit from 1975-1980. She transferred to the Trauma Center in 1980 and worked there for three years. During that time, she was promoted to manager of the Emergency Department. She was key in developing and staffing the Trauma Helicopter program.

While working in the ER she met her future husband, Mike Rau. There were married in 1981. They had a whirlwind year in 1983 with the birth of their first child in April, Mike’s graduation from medical school in May, and a move to St. Louis in June. Mike completed his residency in Internal Medicine, and Andrea worked in the Burn Unit at what was then St. John’s Hospital.

Mike and Andrea moved to Washington and started a medical practice in 1986. Adam and Megan had joined the family by this time, followed by the birth of Emily two years later, and Matt in 1989. Andrea served as PTC president at South Point and Washington West schools. At one point, the Rau’s four children were attending four different schools. Volunteering in the schools laid the foundation to a greater understanding of teachers’ needs, so Andrea eagerly signed up for the chance to help create a foundation to support teachers and students: The School District of Washington’s Foundation for Educational Excellence, now known as WINGS.

Andrea was an instrumental part of establishing the WINGS Endowment Fund and currently serves on its board.

During that time, Andrea was also active in Academic Boosters, Band Boosters, the Athletic Association and Washington Swim Team. She served on the Washington Town and Country Fair Queen committee from 1987-1996, and helped revive the tradition of a Fair Parade in 1994.

For almost 30 years, Andrea has been an active member of P.E.O., a philanthropic education organization that promotes women’s education through scholarships, grants and loans.

Andrea also helped establish the Annual Melanoma Miles for Mike Walk/Run, raising funds to fight melanoma and giving talks about sun safety. Andrea shares her passion for honoring veterans by serving as a guardian for Franklin County Honor Flight. She also served on the board of Missouri Pathfinders, raising funds to build the Disabled American Veterans Memorial in Union.

Andrea is an avid gardener and recently completed the Master Gardener classes. She helped coordinate the renovation of the Heritage Railroad Park in Downtown Washington. She loves to spend time fishing on the family farm. She and her husband are members of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The Raus have four, fourth-generation Mizzou graduates. Adam and wife Meagan recently welcomed their first child, Molly. Adam earned an MBA and works in property management and development and his wife, Meagan is a veterinarian. Megan Rau is a Geriatrics and Palliative Care physician and instructor at New York University. Emily is a broadcast journalist, currently working for ABC News. Matt is an officer in the Missouri National Guard and is working toward a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs.


Pictured are 2017 WINGS Educational Foundation Hall of Honor inductees, along with WINGS members and School District of Washington staff. Seated, from left, are Annette Bebermeyer, Carolyn Wolff, Julie Perry and Marilyn Miller (family members accepting in behalf of Carolyn Shotwell, Educator Award). Standing, from left, are WINGS members Teresa Brockman, Casey Zastrow, Amy Oesterly, Cindy Lohmeyer and Ruthann Smith, Hall of Honor inductee Rocky Sickmann (Alumni Award), School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer, Hall of Honor inductee Andrea Rau (Community Contributor Award), and WINGS members Janie Chalem, Carol Zanin, Brad Mitchell, Nancy Wood and Rich Buckman.


Rocky Sickmann, second from left, with his siblings.


Rocky Sickmann, seated right, with his family.


Andrea Rau, seated second from right, with her family.


Carolyn Shotwell’s family.


Past WINGS grant recipients from the School District of Washington.


Emily Rau, left, and Carol Zanin.


Susan Harms, left, and Carol Zanin.


Dr. Lori VanLeer recognizes Brad Mitchell for his years of service to WINGS.

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




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Seven students from Washington High School made All-District Choir during the recent audition at Hillsboro High School.

WHS took 13 students to the audition and seven of them were selected for all-district honors, which is the most for the school in four years.

Additionally, three students scored in the top 20 percent and are eligible for All-State auditions.

Washington’s All-District Choir students are Madison Beaver (top 20 percent), Jordan Tullock (top 20 percent), Ethan Fields (top 20 percent), Molly Eckelkamp, Levi Weber, Ethan King and Ezra Miles.


Pictured are Washington High School All-District Choir students. Front row, from left, are Levi Weber, Jordan Tullock, Ethan King and Ethan Fields. Back row, from left, are Madison Beaver, Ezra Miles and Molly Eckelkamp.

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




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Nine students from Washington High School were recognized by the School District of Washington’s Board of Education for attending Missouri Boys and Girls State last summer.

The recognition took place during the Board’s meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The 78th session of Missouri Boys State took place June 17-24 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Missouri Girls State also took place in June at the University of Central Missouri.

Missouri Boys and Girls State is a week-long hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. It draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership.

Representing WHS at Boys State were Cason Suggs, Ty Rinne, Zach Harms, Jonathan Amlong and Matt Ruth.

Representing WHS at Girls State were Olivia Robinson, Kailey Robinson, Emmy Hopkins and Lulu Lynch.

Each year, the backbone of Missouri Boys and Girls State comes from the elected officials.

Elections are held for city, county and state offices.

At Boys State, Suggs was elected Governor, which is the highest elected official for the event.

Suggs led the 2017 citizens of Missouri Boys State throughout the end of the week and will return next year to help start the event for the new group.

It is believed to be the first time in the 78-year history of Missouri Boys State that a student from Washington High School has been elected Governor.

At Girls State, Olivia Robinson was the editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper produced at the event.

At the Board of Education meeting, each student spoke about their experience and was given a certificate of recognition. See the photos below.


The School District of Washington’s Board of Education recognized Washington High School students who attended Missouri Boys and Girls State last summer. Front row is Board President Kevin Blackburn and Girls State attendees Emmy Hopkins, Kailey Robinson and Olivia Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Boys State attendees Cason Suggs, Jonathan Amlong and Ty Rinne. Back row, from left, are Board members John Freitag, Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne, Trish Mitchell and Susan Thatcher. Not shown are Board member Dan Contarini and State attendees Zach Harms, Matt Ruth and Lulu Lynch.


Cason Suggs with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Jonathan Amlong with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Ty Rinne with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Kailey Robinson with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Olivia Robinson with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.


Emmy Hopkins with Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Board President Kevin Blackburn.








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/29/17




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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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Washington High School seniors Ryan Hill and Anna Sullentrup are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hill and Sullentrup have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring.

To be considered for the merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

The semifinalists were chosen based on their scores in last fall’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, taken by about 1.6 million high school juniors. They represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to be named finalists, based on scores, academic and extracurricular records, recommendations and essays. Finalists will be notified in February.

About half the finalists will win a scholarship, either a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship or a merit scholarship sponsored by a college or corporation.

Hill will major in chemistry in college and plans to attend Maryville University next fall. Sullentrup will attend the University of Missouri and major in pre-med.

Washington High School seniors Ryan Hill and Anna Sullentrup are among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide in the 63rd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/27/17




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Homecoming festivities at Washington High School concluded with the football game and dance on Friday, Sept. 22.

In addition to the varsity football game between the Blue Jays and Ft. Zumwalt South, a number of activities took place during the evening:

The WHS Jaywalkers and Mini-Jaywalkers performed a dance routine;

The WHS Choir sang the national anthem with the NJROTC presenting the colors;

The WHS alumni band performed with the Marching Blue Jays;

The WINGS Hall of Honor inductees were recognized;

The Homecoming Court was introduced.

Washington lost the football game to Ft. Zumwalt South, 42-6.

Following the game at the homecoming dance, WHS seniors Cason Suggs and Nichole Brinker were crowned king and queen.

Photos below are from the Homecoming festivities on Friday, Sept. 22.































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/26/17




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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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As part of Homecoming Week festivities at Washington High School, the annual powder puff football game between the senior and junior girls took place at Scanlan Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The players dressed in pink and purple jerseys and had an enjoyable time playing in the flag-football contest.

Some of the WHS male students served as the coaches.

The seniors won the powder puff game over the juniors, 15-12.

The powder puff game was sponsored by No Excuses with proceeds going toward that program at WHS.

Photos from the game are below. The seniors are in pink jerseys and the juniors are in purple jerseys.






























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/21/17




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Washington High School’s Fall Homecoming Parade took place on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20.

Many different clubs, organizations and fall sports teams at WHS and the School District of Washington were represented in the parade, which began at Main and Cedar and ended at the high school.

The Homecoming football game between Washington and Ft. Zumwalt South is Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

Pictures below are from the Washington High School Homecoming Parade.







































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/21/17




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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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Washington High School’s Leadership Class is busy planning and hosting various activities and events for the 2017-18 school year.

WHS Leadership students are Student Council members who serve as the committee chairs for STUCO events such as assemblies, Homecoming, Dig for a Difference, Courtwarming, Mr. WHS, the Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life, and many more.

This year’s Leadership officers are:

Lexi Hendricks (President);

Jonathan Amlong (Vice President),

Abbey Jinkerson (Treasurer);

Bria Hasenjaeger (Secretary);

Kailey Robinson (Public Relations);

Lauren Ancell (Spirit Commissioner).

Other Leadership students are Olivia Diederich, Morgan Riegel, Lydia Lock, Madison Sprung, Anna Schneider, Holly Hoerstkamp, Tess Marquart, Jessica Frick, Gracie Boeckman, Cason Suggs, Colleen Kuchem, Kamryn Mitchell, Zach Harms and Brock Laughlin.

The Leadership advisors are Allison Graves and Samantha Loepker.

See the photo below of the 2017-18 WHS Leadership students.


WHS Leadership Students

Pictured are 2017-18 Washington High School Leadership students. Front row, from left, are Lexi Hendricks, Jonathan Amlong, Bria Hasenjaeger, Abbey Jinkerson, Lauren Ancell and Kailey Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Olivia Diederich, Morgan Riegel, Lydia Lock, Madison Sprung, Anna Schneider, Holly Hoerstkamp and Tess Marquart. Back row, from left, are Jessica Frick, Gracie Boeckman, Cason Suggs, Colleen Kuchem and Kamryn Mitchell. Not pictured are Zach Harms and Brock Laughlin.


WHS Leadership Officers

Pictured are 2017-18 Washington High School Leadership officers. Front row is Jonathan Amlong (Vice President). Back row, from left, are Kailey Robinson (Public Relations), Lexi Hendricks (President), Abbey Jinkerson (Treasurer), Bria Hasenjaeger (Secretary) and Lauren Ancell (Spirit Commissioner).


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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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Washington High School’s Fall Homecoming Week is Sept. 18-22 with the football game and dance scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22. The football Blue Jays take on Ft. Zumwalt South at 7 p.m.

This year's Homecoming theme is "Out of This World.” 

The Homecoming Court will be introduced at halftime of the game with Coronation at the dance following the game.

Homecoming dance tickets for students will be on sale starting Monday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 22, in Northington Lobby before school.

The Homecoming Court is as follows:

Jonathan Amlong and Nichole Brinker;

Colton Bunkley and Emmy Hopkins;

Cameron Briggs and Olivia Jacquin;

Zach Harms and Lydia Juengling;

Brandon Repp and Emma Krajcir;

Ty Rinne and Colleen Kuchem;

Cason Suggs and Lydia Lock;

Griffin Tinkey and Olivia Robinson.

The Homecoming Parade is Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. It will begin on Main and Cedar. It will continue on Main Street, turn on Jefferson Street to Eighth Street to Sunnyside and to Washington High School.

Also as part of the Homecoming festivities, the annual WHS Powder Puff football game between the juniors and seniors, sponsored by No Excuses, takes place Wednesday, Sept. 20, starting at 6 p.m. A bonfire will follow at the 14th Street practice field at approximately 7:30 p.m.

September 18-22 will be spirit week at Washington High School. The themes for each day are as follows:

Monday – Black Out
Tuesday – Tie Dye
Wednesday – Jersey Day
Thursday – Throwback to the 80s
Friday - Blue Jay Pride.

Photos of the Washington High School Fall Homecoming Court are below.


Pictured is the Washington High School Fall Homecoming Court. Front row, from left, are Cason Suggs, Lydia Lock, Lydia Juengling, Zach Harms, Emma Krajcir and Brandon Repp. Middle row, from left, are Colton Bunkley, Emmy Hopkins, Colleen Kuchem, Nichole Brinker, Olivia Robinson, Olivia Jacquin and Cameron Briggs. Back row, from left, are Ty Rinne, Jonathan Amlong and Griffin Tinkey.




Griffin Tinkey and Olivia Robinson


Brandon Repp and Emma Krajcir


Cameron Briggs and Olivia Jacquin


Jonathan Amlong and Nichole Brinker


Colton Bunkley and Emmy Hopkins


Zach Harms and Lydia Juengling


Ty Rinne and Colleen Kuchem

Cason Suggs and Lydia Lock

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/15/17




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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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The Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters will hold a trivia night on Saturday, Oct. 14, in the middle school gymnasium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The fee at the door is $15 for adults and $8 for students. A table of eight adults making an advanced reservation is $100.

Water, soda and chips will be provided. Pizza and desserts will be for sale. A silent auction will include gift baskets, gift certificates and event tickets.

The first-place team receives $200. The second-place team receives $100. There also will be a prize for the first-place student table.

Donations are being accepted to the silent auction and the dessert table.

To reserve a table, call, text or email the boosters at 636-390-2908 or at abc600bluejay@gmail.com.

Click on the attached link below for a flyer for the Washington Academic Booster Club and the Quiz Bowl Boosters Trivia Night.

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




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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.

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: 9/6/17




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GSA meets the first Friday of every month in Mrs. Hobbs' room

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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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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.

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




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A theater boot camp for all interested Washington High School students will take place Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the CJB Auditorium.

The boot camp is an opportunity for students to audition or be tech for the fall musical, “Beauty and the beast.”

Auditions take place Thursday, Aug. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in the CJB.

Kerry Holtmeier, Theater Director at Washington High School, will run the boot camp. High school students interested in theater are encouraged to attend.

The boot camp will include:

*Learning and practicing the songs for auditions;

*Learning and practicing scenes for auditions;

*Learning and practicing choreography;

*Explore all the possibilities in technical theater, such as sound, lights, set and house.

Click on the attached links below for a flyer on the theater boot camp and audition application form.

For more information on the WHS Theater Boot Camp, contact Kerry Holtmeier at Kerry.Holtmeier@washington.k12.mo.us.

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




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A reminder that the School District of Washington will be closed Monday, Aug. 21, for the total solar eclipse.

Each student will be coming home with eclipse glasses and an informational flyer on proper usage of the eye wear when viewing the eclipse. 

Should your student arrive home with only the glasses, the informational document can be found on the attached link below or by clicking here.

Please know that some sources are stating that taking a picture of the eclipse with a cell phone may damage the internal parts of the phone. 

Also, if your child is planning on attending the City of Washington's Total Solar Eclipse event at the fairgrounds, it is advisable for them to bring their own eclipse glasses, as the supply available at the event may be limited.  

More information about the City of Washington’s eclipse events can be be found on the attached link below or by clicking here.

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




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Freshman orientation took place at Washington High School on Monday, Aug. 14.

There are approximately 330 freshman students enrolled at WHS for the 2017-18 school year.

Katie Sandoval, guidance counselor at WHS, served as the master of ceremonies. Guidance staff members also helped with the orientation.

There also were approximately 60 Link Crew members on hand, who are juniors and seniors at WHS helping with the orientation.

The freshmen gathered in the Blue Jay Gymnasium for the introduction, games and activities before breaking off into groups to go through the school with Link Crew students.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/16/17




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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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Washington High School Link Crew students met on Monday, Aug. 7, at the CJB Theater to prepare for freshman orientation.

There are approximately 60 Link crew students, made up of juniors and seniors at WHS, who play a major role in helping with freshman orientation and also welcoming new students during the course of the school year.

WHS counselors ran the Link crew meeting, going over with the students the different activities that will be a part of freshman orientation.

Following a session in the Blue Jay Gymnasium with the entire class, the freshmen students will then be divided into several smaller groups with the Link crew students, where they will head to various classrooms and participate in different games and activities.

WHS freshman orientation takes place Monday, Aug. 14, from 8-11 a.m.

Photos of the Link Crew meeting are below, where they worked on activities they will share with freshmen during orientation.  














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




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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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Preparing for the 2017-18 school year, registration for high school and middle school students in the School District of Washington took place July 31-August 3.

Students and parents finalized their enrollment for the upcoming school year during the process. They also were given their chromebooks by the District’s technology department.

There will be a make-up registration date for the high school on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

The middle school doesn’t have a specific make-up day for registration. The best thing to do is go to the middle school August 7-11 during normal school hours. Try to avoid the morning of August 9.

Photos of high school and middle school students receiving their chromebooks during registration are below.

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







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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/4/17




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New Teacher Orientation for 2017-18 in the School District of Washington took place Monday, July 31, to Wednesday, August 2, at the Technology and Learning Center.

The group of teachers had a full agenda for the three-day event. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann ran the training session.

Rob Landers, Larissa Bray and Rekke Berges from the SDOW’s technology department helped with training.

See the photos below of the 2017-18 new teachers in the School District of Washington.


Washington High School and Washington Middle School

Pictured are 2017-18 Washington High School and Middle School new teachers. Front row, from left, are Amy Fecke, Katelyn Dery, Rebecca Ragle, Sarah Riley, Leslie Ohse and Theresa McGowan. Back row, from left, are Tim Gates, Jacob Bisaillon, Travis Tompson, Ben Hornback, Ben Strauser and Debi Miller.  


Elementary and Early Learning Center

Pictured are 2017-18 elementary and Early Learning Center new teachers. Front row, from left, Julie Thornton, Stefanie Combs, Katrina Siefert, Sarah Bayless, Kayla Keating, Terri Mruzik, Lisa Obermark, Mandy Eckelkamp and Sara Bradshaw. Middle row, from left, are Linda Jasper, Jennifer Boyce, Jamie Knight, Shauna Jackson, Amanda Rossini, Lisa Nadler, Jessica North and Kathryn Milberg. Back row, from left, are Jillian VanLeer, Amber Carroll, Kyle Woodsmall, Julia McDonald, Stephanie Friesz, Olivia Wiegmann and Kara Loucks.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 8/1/17




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Washington High School students Olivia Robinson of the Advocate Newspaper, along with Jaden Heien and Molly Eckelkamp of Blue Jay Journal TV, recently attended the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Celebrating its 47th year, the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop welcomed 40 students from 16 states and Costa Rica for a seminar that immerses them in the Missouri method.

Over the course of the seven-day workshop, the students learned and used multimedia reporting skills to cover innovation and technology.

“This is a huge honor for our school district to have these three young women represent us at this esteemed workshop,” said Michelle Turner, Blue Jay Journal TV advisor.

Learn more about the students’ work at the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop at the by clicking the links below.

Main page and overall site the students created: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/


The workshop's mission - what the kids did: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/stories/mujw-students-cover-technology-with-multimedia-lens/

 

Molly's Bio with Link to what she worked on:  https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/workshoppers/molly-eckelkamp/


Olivia's Bio with Link to what she worked on: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/workshoppers/olivia-robinson/

 

Jaden's Bio with Link to what she worked on: https://mujw2017.wordpress.com/workshoppers/jaden-heien/

 

Here's a storify about the workshop created by BJJTV: https://storify.com/BlueJayJournal/missouri-urban-journalism-workshop-2017


Washington High School students attending the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop were, from left, Jaden Heien, Molly Eckelkamp and Olivia Robinson.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/31/17




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The Washington Town and Country Fair Parade took place on Sunday, July 30.

The parade kicked off the festivities for the 2017 Fair, which runs August 2-6.

Groups representing the School District of Washington in the parade included the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays, Jaywalkers dance team, cheerleaders, Future Farmers of America and WINGS.

Click on the link below for more information on the Washington Town and Country Fair.

Photos from the parade can be seen below.


































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Published: 7/31/17




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Preparing for the 2017-18 school year, registration for high school and middle school students in the School District of Washington takes place July 31-Aug. 3.

Students will get the opportunity to finalize their enrollment for the upcoming school year and will be given their chromebooks by the District’s technology department.

High school registration takes place in the Nix cafeteria. Please enter through the lower level Nix entrance. The times for all four days are 8:30-11:30 a.m. for last names A-K and 12:30-3:30 p.m. for last names L-Z.

WHS registration dates are:

*Monday, July 31 - 10th Grade;

*Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 9th Grade;

*Wednesday, Aug. 2 – 12th Grade;

*Thursday, Aug. 3 – 11th Grade.

Students trying out for sports may register after practice. Parents with students in multiple grades may choose one date to attend.

The make-up registration day for all high school grades is Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

Freshmen Orientation is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, from 8-11 a.m. at the high school. All freshmen should plan to attend.

Middle school registration takes place August 2 and 3.

*Wednesday, Aug. 2 – 8th Grade from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*Thursday, Aug. 3 – 7th Grade from 8:30-11 a.m. (last names A-K) and 12:30-3 p.m. (last names L-Z).

Seventh-grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Orientation is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. All seventh-grade students should plan to attend and meet in the middle school gymnasium.

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

Click the link below for the enrollment and registration page, which includes back to school information, open house dates and school supply lists.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/27/17




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James Hellebusch, a senior-to-be at Washington High School, was one of 24 students representing 20 high schools who received hands-on lessons in the ever-changing world of precision agriculture technologies at the second annual AgriVision Equipment Precision Agriculture Summer Academy June 20-22 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

Northwest Missouri faculty and AgriVision staff lad the instruction as students explored the use of global positioning systems (GPS), auto-guidance technology, precision application, remote sensing, geographic information systems and data collection management.

Students are selected for the summer academy on the basis of an application and reference letters. Participating students are entering either their junior or senior years in high school and are active members of a 4-H club or FFA chapter.

Click on the attached link below for the complete press release on the Summer Precision Agriculture Academy.

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Published: 7/24/17




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Summer school for 2017 in the School District of Washington has been completed with an encouraging amount of success to the newly implemented program.

The overall theme was SOAR! Elevate to New Heights, giving students an opportunity to “soar” this summer through hands-on learning and courses that delve into math, science and reading.

Elementary students had the opportunity to choose a morning or afternoon option, attend for one week or two, or any combination of scheduling.

“The response was good. The kids really liked it. The difference was they had projects where they got to explore their learning. They have a topic and they could go with it in whatever direction they wanted. It’s almost all-hands-on projects, which made things fun for them,” said Washington West Elementary Principal Kim Hunt. “The staff noticed a big difference in the kids. With the kids doing what they wanted to do, they were more excited about what they were doing.”  

Students could experience an area of their interest, whether science, fine arts or mixing and matching.

Some of the courses offered included Fantastic Five Senses, Calling All Superheroes, Under the Sea, Happy Habits, Community Helpers, Cultural Paradise, Inventing a Better Tomorrow, Mad Scientist, Health and Fitness Fanatic, Extra! Extra! and many more.

Clearview Elementary teacher Amy Crow offered the experience of her and her students from summer school.

“My students (4th-6th grade at Clearview) enjoyed summer school. I asked them what specifically they liked and this was their answer; ‘We like summer school because you get to do fun, hands-on projects every day. During the school year, you don't have time to do that.’ "

Crow said some of the favorites from summer school included making tar pit models while learning about preserved remains during the Digging Dinos unit, the Gummy Bear Lab in which they put gummy bears in different solutions to see what happens, and the Ant Restaurant during the Mad Scientist unit.

“That was a big hit with the students,” Crow said about the Ant Restaurant. “We recorded observations every 15 minutes and concluded ants are attracted to sugar and repelled by lemon juice. They were shocked how quickly the ants covered the food. Cheese was the most popular food at our ant restaurants and they didn't care for corn starch at all.”

Washington West Elementary teachers Molly Hanify and Marie Dobson had similar experiences in their classrooms, saying the students responded well to the new program.

“The students definitely were more engaging this summer compared to past summers. The students in my class had a good time working on their project and working together to create a town. They worked on different parts of the community and we brought it all together to build the community,” Hanify said. “In my room, we just did the one big project. But we did planning, which goes into the project, so it was kind of like a step-by-step process. Every day we worked to get to the final goal to put it all together.”

Hanify said the response from students and parents was good.

“The attendance was a lot better. It also was smaller class sizes, which helped with the projects we worked on, to keep everyone here and focus on our goal in the end,” Hanify said. “I’ve talked to some parents and they said nothing but great things about what happened in the classroom during the time from dropping their students off to picking them up.”

“I loved teaching the new SOAR summer school program,” Dobson said. “I made insects and slime with my third graders and Tsunami and earthquake proof structures with my fifth and sixth graders, along with much, much more.”

There were over 400 elementary students in summer school this year, which doubled the amount from last year.

“We offered some really exciting learning opportunities this summer,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann. “The kids still learned specific skills, but because it was hands-on and with different themes, it was a lot of fun too.”

Summer school allowed students to make friends with students who share their interests, and use technology to learn and collaborate with others.

In some of the classes, students got the chance to create art, sing, act and even put on a show.

“Once word gets out about what we’re doing, I think our summer enrollment will get even better next year and beyond,” Hunt said. “I think it helped having it at four elementary buildings. I’ve had parents tell me that the kids really liked it and enjoyed coming to school. It wasn’t a fight to get them there.”

Washington Middle School

Washington Middle School had approximately 95 to 100 students attend this summer.

“We mostly had incoming seventh-graders attending, which gave them an opportunity to experience the building and get to know some of the teachers,” said Washington Middle School Associate Principal Laura Bruckerhoff. “The kids seemed to enjoy it. Most of them stayed enrolled and very few dropped out. They took a lot of science and reading courses and were involved in fun activities that kept their interest up. Hopefully our summer enrollment will continue to grow. It’s a challenge for us because there are vacations and camps going on at the same time, and those are things kids at this age want to do.”

Middle school students were allowed to choose one, two, or three sessions during the day where they could explore something outside of their box, focus on a college or career interest, or dive into content to further their knowledge.

Middle school students also had a wide variety of courses to choose from, including Mad Scientists, Novel Engineering, History Through Hollywood, Blogging and Historical Disasters, Take a Quest, Summer Music Jays, Lights…Camera…Learning, and many more.

Washington High School

The summer school session at Washington High School also made significant strides.

The high school had approximately 250 students from WHS and surrounding schools attend summer school. The students took classes covering many content areas for credit recovery and advancement.

“Our focus this summer was really to connect and communicate with the kids even if they were taking courses online and were not on campus. We wanted a high success rate for the kids who attended and the kids who chose to go online,” said WHS Assistant Principal Mary Kleekamp. “We offered a wide range of courses, including art appreciation and Spanish. We had almost 40 kids take drivers education. We had two teachers for drivers education, so we didn’t have to turn anyone away.

“Most everything was offered online, but we had teachers here on campus every day for those kids who wanted to be here. We made sure to communicate with parents and students to let them know what to be prepared for and how things were going to be run.”

Photos below are of elementary summer school students working on various projects.




















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




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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Two students from Washington High School are among Missouri’s brightest high school students who attended the Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) June 11 – July 1 at the University of Missouri. 

Sophia Hellebusch and Kristen Monzyk, both juniors at WHS from the Marthasville area, attended the summer academic program.

MSA began in 1985 and provides 300 rising high-school juniors the opportunity to expand their educational and social skills.

This year, scholars spent their time at Mizzou in intensive classroom settings, selecting a major and minor course of study from a range of subjects, including mathematics, science, social studies and the humanities. Students at the academy represented nearly every county in the state.

“All of the activities at the academy are designed to be broadening and enriching,” said co-director Steven Keller, an associate professor in the MU Department of Chemistry. “We want to encourage these talented students to own their intelligence and inspire them to put it to good use. In particular, we hope to get students to engage in activities that are outside their comfort zones.”

Outside the classroom, students participated in a series of activities, workshops and discussions led by guest speakers from around the country.  

Professor Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University headlined the Academy’s Teacher Appreciation Day activities.

Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy, discussed the 2017 total solar eclipse.

Other guests included David Wilson, co-founder of Columbia’s True/False documentary film festival, and Linda Godwin, former astronaut and current professor of physics at MU.

Scholars had the option to watch a dress rehearsal of the Missouri Symphony Society, listen to Grammy-nominated storyteller Milbre Burch, discuss topics ranging from climate change to medical ethics, stem cells and the African refugee crisis, and participate in a multitude of community service activities.

As the state’s largest and oldest public, land-grant university, Mizzou has more than 30,000 students, 13,000 full-time employees and 305,000 alumni. Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities invited to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities.


Washington High School students Sophia Hellebusch, left, and Kristen Monzyk attended the Missouri Scholars Academy June 11-July 1 at the University of Missouri. 

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/12/17




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Five juniors from Washington High School represented the school at the 78th session of Missouri Boys State June 17-24 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Representing Washington High School was Cason Suggs, Ty Rinne, Zach Harms, Jonathan Amlong and Matt Ruth.

Missouri Boys State is an eight-day hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership.

Each year, the backbone of Missouri Boys State comes from the elected officials.

Elections are held for city, county and state offices.

Suggs was elected Governor, which is the highest elected official for the event.

Suggs led the 2017 citizens of Missouri Boys State throughout the end of the week and will return next year to help start the event for the new group.

It is believed to be the first time in the 78-year history of Missouri Boys State that a student from Washington High School has been elected Governor.

Attending Missouri Girls State June 25-July 1 from WHS were Olivia Robinson, Kailey Robinson and Emmy Hopkins.

Click on the attached links below for more information on Missouri Boys State and Missouri Girls State.


Cason Suggs: Elected Governor of 2017 Missouri Boys State.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/26/17




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The Fighting Hunger and Fueling Minds summer sack lunch program offers a free lunch every Tuesday, to any child, during the summer.  

The Tuesday free lunch program begins June 6 and will continue through August 8. There will be no lunch available on July 4.  Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Washington Public Library. Games and activities will be provided. Please join us for food and fun.

Additionally, families can pick up their food boxes every Tuesday from June 6 through August 8 (with the exception of July 4) at two locations:

Life Stream Church, 551 Lewis & Clark in Washington; from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

K&R Market, 15971 Highway 47 in Marthasville; from 2 to 7 p.m.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Fighting Hunger and Fueling Minds summer sack lunch program.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/19/17




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The Franklin County Back to School Fair, serving under-resourced families in Franklin County, will take place July 28 and 29 at First Christian Church, 150 Joel Ave., Union, MO 63084.

There will be free backpacks and school supplies for students entering kindergarten through 12 in the 2017-18 school year.

Parents must pre-register by July 5.

Click on the attached link below for more information and the registration form for the Franklin County Back to School Fair.  

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Published: 6/19/17




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Washington High School junior Mikayla Reed has been named the Washington Missourian’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.

Union’s Deric Purnell was named the Missourian’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Reed had a junior year for the record books for the WHS cross country and track and field teams. In her junior year alone, she was a three-time state champion and a five-time all-state performer.

Competing at the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City during the fall season, Reed dominated the Class 4 girls race, winning in a time of 18:02, 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Victoria Findley of Blue Springs South.

Reed led the Lady Jays to the podium by finishing in third place in the Class 4 team standings with a score of 142, one point ahead of fourth-place Park Hill South (143).

During the spring track and field season, Reed earned four state medals and captured two state titles at the Class 4 Championships at Jefferson City High School.

Reed was the Class 4 girls state champion in both the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:02.52 and the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:04.06.

Reed also claimed all-state honors in the 800-meter run, placing third in 2:18.22, and was a member of the Lady Jays’ 3,200-meter relay team that finished in fifth place in 9:41.88. Joining Reed were fellow juniors Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.


Mikayla Reed

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Published: 6/14/17




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The School District of Washington's bus provider, First Student, earned a 98 percent approval rating during its annual school bus inspection.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, which conducts the inspections, released its findings.

Click on the attached link below for the Washington Missourian's story.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 6/13/17




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Washington High School’s memorable, historic girls soccer season ended with a third-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships June 2-3 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

The Lady Jays (22-5-1) played to a scoreless draw Saturday, June 3, in the Class 3 third-place game against Ft. Zumwalt South. No overtime was played. As a result, the two teams shared third-place honors.

Click here for a video on comments about the team’s experience at state from WHS Head Coach Adam Fischer along with players Megan Yenzer, Sam Winistoerfer, Morgan Riegel, Abbey Baldwin and Taylor Bauer.

Washington lost 3-0 in the semifinals to Notre Dame de Sion on Friday, June 2. At the time, Notre Dame de Sion was ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 National Poll.

Webster Groves, which defeated Ft. Zumwalt South on penalty kicks in the semifinals, upset Notre Dame de Sion to win the state championship, 2-1.

The Lady Jays were the first team in the history of the WHS girls soccer program to reach the state semifinals.

Photos from Washington’s third-place game against Ft. Zumwalt South are below.

Click on the attached links below for the team's quarterfinal victory and the send-off to the state tournament.









 













































































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




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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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A send-off for the Washington girls soccer team was held at the high school on Thursday afternoon, June 1.

Family members, faculty and students were on hand to see the team off as they headed to Kansas City for the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships.

Escorted by the Washington Police Department, the Lady Jays and the coaching staff climbed aboard their Mid-American Coaches bus and began their journey to Kansas City as the crowd cheered and held up signs of support.

Click here for more details on Washington’s quarterfinal win over Bolivar.

Washington (22-4) takes on Notre Dame de Sion (22-0) in the Class 3 semifinals Friday, June 2, at 4 p.m.

The other Class 3 semifinal contest features Washington’s fellow GAC Central school Ft. Zumwalt South (14-12-2) against Webster Groves (22-1) Friday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, June 3, the third-place contest will be played at noon and the championship game at 4 p.m.

Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

The state soccer tournament will be held at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. The address is 6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City, MO 64132.

Click here for details on the MSHSAA Soccer Championships.

Photos from the Washington soccer send-off are below.









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Published: 6/1/17




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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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Published: 6/1/17




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Washington High School’s 116th commencement was held Friday, May 19, in the Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS. Rain and storms moved the ceremony indoors.

There were 329 seniors in the Class of 2017.

WHS Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum welcomed guests to commencement followed by the band performing “Pomp and Circumstance,” by Elgar Polyhar.

The WHS JROTC was on hand for the presentation of colors.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Adam Gauzy, vice president of the Class of 2017.

The WHS choir performed the school song and the national anthem.

Assistant Principals Joe Dierks and Mary Kleekamp announced students earning honors and high honors.

Assistant Principal Shawn Wallace announced the students who gave addresses.

Dr. Lori VanLeer gave the superintendent’s message.

Kevin Blackburn, president, spoke on behalf of the Board of Education.

Mariane Brueggemann, retiring counselor, presented the Class of 2017.

Board of Education members presented diplomas.

Joe Omer, class president, led the seniors in the turning of the tassel and McCallum gave closing remarks.

The student marshalls were juniors Lexi Hendricks and Cason Suggs.

Class of 2017 officers were Joe Omer, president; Adam Gauzy, vice president; Dylan Brocato, Secretary; Paige Nye, treasurer; and Parker Nye, student representative.

Senior class sponsors were Cathy Jinkerson and Kathryn Laurentius.

This year’s class song was “May We All” by Florida Georgia Line.

The class flower was cactus.

The class motto was, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” by Dr. Suess.

The class gift was bulletin boards.

Click on the link below for the video broadcast of Washington High School’s 116th commencement, which was shown via a live stream. Photos of some of the graduates are below.











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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/23/17




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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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Published: 5/22/17




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Tricia Holm, Washington Middle School Band Director, and Tim Rinne, Washington High School History and Government teacher, both recently were awarded with the East Central College- National Education Association inaugural Inspires of Excellence Teacher Recognition Award.

As part of this recognition, Holm and Rinne were presented a certificate with the student’s nomination statement, an ECC T-shirt, and other items of thanks.

Holm and Rinne were recognized for making a positive impact on the student who nominated them, as well as other students.

See the pictures of Holm and Rinne receiving the award below.

Tricia Holm, left.


Tim Rinne, left.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/18/17




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The WINGS Educational Foundation recently awarded four scholarships to Washington High School students in the amount of $500 apiece, for a total of $2,000.

WHS students receiving the WINGS Alumni Scholarship were Cole Phinney and Kelley Siem.

WHS students receiving the WINGS Educator Scholarship were Gavin Novak and Justine Huellinghoff.

The WINGS Educational Foundation promotes educational excellence by providing teacher grants, student scholarships for continued education, state-of-the-art equipment and recognition of faculty and staff achievement.

Photos of the WINGS scholarship winners are below.


Washington High School students received the 2016-2017 WINGS scholarship for $500 apiece. From left are Carol Zanin (WINGS), recipients Cole Phinney, Justine Huellinghoff, Gavin Novak and Kelley Siem, and Janie Chalem (WINGS).

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




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Becoming a new tradition in the School District of Washington, the Senior Walk and Breakfast took place Wednesday, May 10, at all seven elementary buildings.

The event began last year, but this was the first year which every elementary building participated.

Washington High School’s Class of 2017 graduating seniors visited the elementary school where they attended. Wearing their cap and gown, the seniors walked the hallways of the elementary school with current students in the hallways applauding and cheering.

The seniors had the chance to meet with former teachers and administrators and also were served breakfast.

See photos below from Labadie Elementary and Washington West Elementary.

Labadie Elementary


Washington West Elementary








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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/12/17




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The Washington High School Scholar Bowl team capped their memorable season with a state championship on Saturday, May 6.

Competing at the MSHSAA Class 4 State Championships at the University of Missouri, Washington captured the Class 4 title by defeating Ladue in the championship match, 490-350.

Team members for the Blue Jays were seniors Joe Stitz, Matt Dew and Cole Phinney and junior Jonathan Amlong. The team is coached by David Dennis, who provided the information for this story.

Stitz earned an earned an All-State medal as the No. 2 scorer in preliminaries and an All-Star medal as the No. 2 scorer for all five rounds. Phinney earned an All-State medal as the No. 9 scorer in preliminaries.

Washington and Ladue were tied at halftime 210-210, and the Blue Jays managed to get a 20-point lead going into the fourth quarter.  

In the fourth quarter, Washington grabbed the first four tossups and all of the bonus points, and led by 140 points with 180 possible points left. 

Washington needed one more tossup to put it away. Ladue got the next three, but Amlong got tossup No. 48 in the game - on the Mandarin Chinese language - to clinch Washington’s first ever Scholar Bowl MSHSAA State Championship.

Washington earned a spot at the state event after beating Francis Howell at regionals on April 26, and by winning districts prior to that. There are 103 schools in Class 4, and we were down to eight teams remaining at state.

Those eight remaining teams had three preliminary matches at the state event.

This was Washington's third time ever attending state, and was for the second year in a row.  In 1996 and 2016, WHS had gone 0-3 in the prelim matches.  

Washington’s first-ever victory in a game at state came early with a first-round win over Carl Junction, 660-110. After a hard-fought win over Rolla in round 2 (440-330), the Blue Jays beat North Kansas City in round three, 490-240.  After the prelim games, Washington and Ladue were both 3-0, and Washington was given the No. 1 seed based on points scored. 

Washington was scheduled to face Hickman in the semifinals, but Hickman didn't know they were the No. 4 seed until five minutes before the scheduled start time. The Kewpies had figured that Rolla, who had beaten them in round 3, would be the eventual No. 4 seed and players started to go home.  They weren't able to get four players into the room before the start of the game, forcing a forfeit. It was the first-ever forfeit in MSHSAA state history.

The Blue Jays won the semifinal match by forfeit.


Team members, seated from left, are Cole Phinney, Matt Dew, Joe Stitz and Jonathan Amlong. Standing is Coach David Dennis.


Coach David Dennis, left, and team member Jonathan Amlong with the Class 4 state championship trophy.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 5/8/17




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Washington High School’s Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life took place Friday, April 28. Because of the wet weather, the festivit