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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.


Becoming a new tradition in the School District of Washington, the Senior Walk and Breakfast took place Tuesday, May 8, at all seven elementary buildings.

The event began two years ago, but last year was the first year in which every elementary building participated.

Washington High School’s Class of 2018 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.

Photos below are from the senior walk at Washington West Elementary.


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.


The School District of Washington’s annual elementary track and field day took place on Friday, May 4.

Fifth- and sixth-grade students in the school district competed in the event at Washington High School’s Scanlan Stadium.

Among the events were softball throw, football throw, frisbee throw, shot put, home run derby, three-legged race, cross country, 50-meter dash, 200-meter run, four-person relay race, long jump, high jump and tug-of-war.

The event was run by the elementary physical education teachers in the district.

Photos from the elementary track and field day are below.


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