Blue Jay Bulletin - May 2022
A Bird's Eye View of News From Our District
Kephart Communications
School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Kephart's monthly message to families.
May Calendar
Modified days for students are scheduled for Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27. The last day of the 2021-22 school years is Friday, May 27. Click here for dismissal times on modified days. Washington High School Graduation takes place Thursday, May 26, at Scanlan Stadium at 7 p.m.
Kindergarten Programs Scheduled in May
The School District of Washington’s seven elementary schools all will hold Kindergarten programs during the month of May.

The kindergarten programs generally consist of musical performances and presentation of certificates to students for graduating from kindergarten.
Clearview Teacher Beth Smith Named SDOW, WINGS Teacher of the Year
Beth Smith, third-grade teacher at Clearview Elementary, has been named the School District of Washington and WINGS Teacher of the Year.

Smith has been a teacher for 29 years from first grade to fourth grade. She’s been with the School District of Washington for 27 years and has been teaching third grade at Clearview for 20 years.
Jordan Scheer Children's Relay for Life
Raises Over $26,000
Washington High School’s 17th Annual Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life took place on Friday, April 22.

The event took place at Scanlan Stadium at Washington High School. The event was put together by the WHS Student Council and Leadership class.
Washington High School National Honor Society Holds Induction Ceremony
Washington High School’s National Honor Society induction ceremony was held on Monday, April 25, at the CJB Theatre.

Current National Honor Society members were recognized followed by the induction of the new members.
Elementary Students Participate in
Battle of the Books
The Fifth Annual Battle of the Books took place on Thursday, April 14.

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for grades 4-6 in which teams are encouraged to read all 12 Missouri Mark Twain award nominees and then participate in the battle to see which team knows the most about the books.
Fifth, Sixth Grade Students Participate in Math Madness Event
Fifth- and sixth-grade students in the School District of Washington participated in a Math Madness competition at Washington High School on Tuesday evening, April 12.

Washington High School’s Mu Alpha Theta hosted the math competition. The elementary students divided into small teams, representing their schools, and worked on a series of mathematical problems, equations and solutions.
Four Rivers Career Center Students Awarded SkillsUSA State Medals
Students from Four Rivers Career Center recently participated in the SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference April 6-9 at State Technical College in Linn.
Horizons Academy Named Recipient of McKinstry Innovation Award
The School District of Washington’s Horizons Academy recently was named a recipient of the McKinstry Innovation Award.

The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) and McKinstry collaborated to provide two $1,250 awards for creative, dynamic, educational practices that have a powerful impact on student and/or staff learning and motivation.
Labadie Elementary
Fifth-Grade Students Donate to Local Veterans
Fifth-grade grade students at Labadie Elementary recently collected nearly 1,500 non-perishable food and personal hygiene items to donate to local veterans.
Campbellton Elementary Second-Grade Class Spearheads Donation to Humane Society
Students in Jennifer Volkerding’s second-grade class at Campbellton Elementary put together a second-grade kindness project to help the Franklin County Humane Society.

The project was part of Campbellton Elementary’s theme for the school year, “Be the ‘I’ in Kind.”
WHS Teacher Allison Graves Named Missouri Council of the Social Studies Teacher of Year
Washington High School social studies teacher Allison Graves has been named the 2022 Missouri Council of the Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

Graves teaches AP Government and Politics, AP Human Geography, United States History, and Leadership. She’s also co-advisor for WHS Student Council and is the sophomore class sponsor.
Teaching Careers Students Compete in Educators Rising State Conference
Teaching Careers students competed at the State Educators Rising Conference on Tuesday-Wednesday, March 8-9, where they won several awards.
Washington High School Students Participate in AAPPL World Language Exam
Washington High School students participated in theAAPPL Exam (ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages) this spring for the third year.

The test allows students to demonstrate progress they have made in acquiring proficiency in a second language.
Washington High School Student Mia Narup Attends Sophomore Pilgrimage
Washington High School student Mia Narup took part in the Sophomore Pilgrimage to the Capitol on Tuesday, April 12, in Jefferson City. This is sponsored annually by General Federation of Women's Clubs of Missouri.
WINGS BBQ Lunch Delivery, Picnic in the Park Takes Place Friday, May 6
WINGS Educational Foundation will put on its annual BBQ lunch delivery and Picnic in the Park on Friday, May 6. Proceeds support innovative teachers with WINGS classroom grants.
Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting
The School District of Washington’s Board of Education held a reorganization meeting on Tuesday morning, April 19, at the District Office.