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Early Learning Center 2016-17 Family Handbook

The Early Learning Center family handbook for the 2016-17 school year is available. The front page must be signed and returned to the office. Click here to view the handbook.

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2/3/17

Niche recently came out with its rankings of school districts in Missouri and the United States.

Niche combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best places to live and go to school.

The School District of Washington ranked No. 29 in the 2017 best school districts in Missouri, and received an overall grade of “A-“.

An “A” grade was given in health and safety. An “A-“ grade was given in academics, and resources and facilities.

A “B+” grade was given in teachers, college readiness and food. A “B” grade was given in administration, sports, and clubs and activities.

Click on the link below for the complete Niche rankings.

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1/26/17

On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. The purpose is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding professionals we have in our District who are leading the way for our students.

The January 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Sandi Gildehaus, Stefanie Virgen and Scott Paulsen.

Gildehaus is the School District of Washington’s Parents as Teachers Coordinator. Virgen is a Language Arts and Challenge instructor at Washington Middle School. Paulsen is a Warehouse Manager at Central Warehouse.

See the profiles of each On the Spot SDOW recipient below.

 

Sandi Gildehaus

Sandi Gildehaus, the Parents as Teachers Coordinator for the School District of Washington, is a graduate of Washington High School. She has been with the SDOW for 12 years, all with the Parents as Teachers program. She's a graduate of East Central College.

 

* What is Parents as Teachers?

“It’s a free parent education program. We have four components to the program itself. There’s parent education, so there are personal visits we can do with families. We do developmental screenings. We do group connections. And then we have tons of resources that we can share with families.”

 

*Describe your job duties?

“I am the Parents as Teachers coordinator. I handle the day-to-day operations for the program. I’m the Parents as Teachers coordinator part-time and I am also a part-time parent educator.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person and an educator?

“Caring, compassionate, and always ready for change. I am not afraid of change.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“Flexibility. I love the flexibility of being able to schedule appointments for when it works with my schedule and the needs of my family.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the Early Learning Center?

“It’s a hoot-and-a-half when you see the preschoolers, babies and toddlers who are in this building every day and we are lucky enough to see those families as well. With children under the age of 5, you just never know what’s going to come out of their mouths or how they’re going to react to something. It’s always entertaining.”

 

*Hobbies?

"I’m also the varsity cheer coach at St. Francis Borgia, so that occupies the other full-time position that I do. Past that, I really don’t have time for anything else.”

 

*Favorite Time of the School Year?

“The beginning of the school year. Everyone is so excited. Everything is fresh and new.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would like you like to work for a week?

“I would like to follow Dr. (Lori) VanLeer around for a week. I’m sure she experiences many different things that would make things interesting for sure.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

“What teacher doesn’t root for a snow day? But I don’t want too many of them.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

“I don’t know that I have a definite answer for that. You learn from your past, and you look forward to your future.”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

“Somewhere with a beach, and don’t send a search party looking for me. I’ll come back when I’m ready.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

“Yogurt and a lot of leftovers.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

“I’d want to read minds. Of course, I would never abuse my power.”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

“At the time, I was working for J.C. Penney on their management team. I was at work watching it all unfold on the computer, and not believing it was happening.”


Sandi Gildehaus


Sandi Gildehaus

 

 

Stefanie Virgen

Stefanie Virgen, a Washington High School graduate, is a Language Arts and Challenge instructor at Washington Middle School. She teaches eighth-grade college and career, eighth-grade gifted, seventh-grade language arts and seventh grade gifted. She’s been in education for nine years, including the last six years with the SDOW at the middle school. She’s owns a bachelor’s degree in education from Missouri State University, a master’s degree in education from Drury University and an education specialist degree from Arkansas State University.

 

*Describe your job duties?

I do everything. Then when I get bored, I see if there’s another committee I can join.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person and an educator?

Irrevocably tough, but immutably caring. Occasionally sardonic.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“That I would do it for free.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the middle school?

We take the boisterous enthusiasm of the elementary, combine it with the pedagogical solemnity of the high school, mix in 600 pubescent adolescents, and out pops the magic.”

 

*Hobbies?

Living outside in spring and summer; lamenting that I can no longer live outside in the winter. Also other stuff, like reading everything, engaging in culinary arts, eating everything in sight, singing loudly even though my two littles decry this supposedly foul treatment, laughing with my husband, and trying to find a way to increase the amount of grading on my plate. Wait. Strike that last one.”

 

*Favorite Time of the School Year?
Replaced daily.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would like you like to work for a week?

“I’d like to be a student.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

The occasional snow day is merely a portal to have more time to do more, which includes eating.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

Thirty. Enough life experience to hopefully apply learning from youthful stupidity. Less uncomfortable medical tests. Win win!”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

The middle of the deepest woods I can find with the most creeks running through it. Maybe a mountain to climb in case I grow spoiled and tired of all the tranquil perfection.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

Ingredients to make food from almost any culture and a whole lot of caffeine.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I would be kind of like King Midas, except instead of turning everything to gold with my touch, I would turn everyone genial, loving, and full of compulsively logical thinking.”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

I was in my dorm at MSU (Missouri State University). Someone called and told me something horrible had happened and to turn on the TV. I did so and the second tower came down. I remember thinking this was our generation’s ‘day that will live in infamy;’ 315 million people had just been rocked by the vitriol of a few and our national consciousness changed forever.”


Stefanie Virgen, front row center, with some of her middle school students.


Stefanie Virgen, behind the plant, with some of her middle school students.

 

 

Scott Paulsen

Scott Paulsen is Warehouse Manager at the central warehouse for the School District of Washington. He’s worked at the school district’s warehouse for 18 years. Paulsen is a graduate of Rolla High School and East Central College.

 

*Describe your job duties?

“I have a couple of guys who work with me and we take care of all of the custodial supplies and all of the food that the kitchens and buildings need throughout the week. We also take care of any stages, chairs, risers, and other equipment needed for programs to be taken out.”

 

*Describe yourself as a person?

“I can be quiet, but at the same time, I like a good practical joke, so a little grease under the door handle might not be out of line.”

 

*Best part about your job?

“I get to interact with several different people. The people I work with are great. You can’t be too sensitive around us.”

 

*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about working at the central warehouse?

“We’re very busy. There are times when we have a hard time keeping up, especially on Veterans Day, Christmas programs, things that take place around the same time. We have to keep up with all of the chairs and tables, along with all of the food and custodial duties.”

 

Hobbies?

“I have my own side business. My wife just took over her parents’ canoe business. I have two not-so-young-anymore kids. I like to spend time with them and my wife, so there’s not a lot of time for hobbies. I do like to hunt and target shoot.”

 

* Favorite time of the school year?

“A couple of weeks after school starts. That’s when everything settles down and things get into a routine.”

 

*What other position in the School District of Washington would you like you like to work for a week?

“This might sound corny, but there isn’t one. I like my job. Maybe I’m afraid of change.”

 

*Do you root for snow days?

“No I don’t. We work snow days, and it can become a problem, especially when there are several in a row. The food that’s not used on the snow day is left in the freezers. If we get several snow days in a row, that can become an issue because I’ve already ordered another shipment of food and things get backed up in the freezer.”

 

*If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what would it be?

“Everyone wants to be younger. I don’t want to be old and decrepit, but I like where I’m at. I’m not hurting all the time, and hopefully I’m not a foolish kid anymore.”

 

*Where in the world would you like to get lost?

“I don’t dream about world travel. I don’t like big cities. It would probably be the Ozark Mountains or Smoky Mountains. Just the middle of nowhere.”

 

*What currently can be found in your refrigerator?

“We’re in the process of butchering, so you’ll see lots of beef and pork. There’s also soda.”

 

*If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

“Not sure. How about Mr. Incredible?”

 

*What were you doing and what was your reaction on Sept. 11, 2001?

“I was with a co-worker and we were going from one school to another to pick up some donated items when we heard about it over the radio. I didn’t think about a terrorist attack when it first happened. Hearing about it on the radio, I’m thinking it was a small, personal plane that hit the tower. As soon as the second one hit, I knew it was a terrorist attack.”


Scott Paulsen

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1/6/17

School District of Washington buildings had the top three finishes in the annual Community Festival of Trees, which recently concluded at St. Peters United Church of Christ in Washington.

Over 80 trees were decorated by various organizations. Schools, churches, businesses and community groups in the area had trees represented.

A donation of one non-perishable food item under the tree was one vote for that organization’s tree. 

Overall, there were approximately 8,000 food items donated to the Festival of Trees.

For the sixth consecutive year, Washington High School was the winner, collecting the most items. Washington Middle School Student Council finished less than 100 items behind WHS to finish in second place. Finishing in third place was South Point Elementary first- and second-grade classes.

Also participating in the Festival of Trees from the School District of Washington were WINGS Educational Foundation, Washington High School Cheerleaders, Marthasville Elementary, Washington West Elementary third graders, and Four Rivers Career Center.

Each food item will help feed a community member. All food collected will be distributed between three food pantries.

A photo of the winners, along with volunteers from St. Peters United Church of Christ, is below. The photo is courtesy of the Washington Missourian.


Staff and students from the School District of Washington, along with volunteers from St. Peters United Church of Christ in Washington, pose with their food collection for the Festival of Trees.

                                                          (Washington Missourian Photo.)

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Staff Spotlight: On The Spot SDOW (January 2017)

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