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Washington West News


The School District of Washington will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

There will be a modified day for students on Wednesday, Feb. 24, for staff professional development in the afternoon. Click here for modified day dismissal times.

The snow day on Jan. 20 will be made up on Friday, May 20, which is now the last day of school. The date of the last day could change if there are additional snow days.

Inclement weather days will be made up in the following order: May 20, March 24, May 23-27, May 31.

Click the attached link below for the 2015-16 academic calendar.


The Washington High School football staff is offering a Strength Training/Football Information Night on Monday, Feb. 8, in the CJB Theatre at WHS at 6:30 p.m.

Invited to attend the event are all 6th-8th grade student-athletes and their parents.

The presentation will include information on the current state of football, strength training techniques and the future of Blue Jay Football. Also to be discussed is the possibility of forming a Jr. Blue Jays flag football program.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the event, as well as information about a free strength training clinic that will be provided to all 6th-8th grade student-athletes planning on playing football at WHS.

For further details, contact WHS varsity football coach Zach Schneider at Zachary.Schneider@washington.k12.mo.us.

Click on the attached link below for more details.


Staff and students at Washington West Elementary School are back to work as the second semester is under way.

Students have been hard at work on various assignments, projects and activities.

Photos below were taken at Washington West on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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Mike Brusca, a fifth-grade teacher at Washington West Elementary, has been named the 2015 Missourian in Education Teacher of the Year.

Brusca will receive a $100 award, a one-year home subscription to The Washington Missourian, and a framed copy of the Missourian’s feature story naming him the teacher of the year.

“I’m very humbled and honored to receive this award,” Brusca said. “There are a lot of other teachers who deserve this every bit as much as I do, if not more.”

Brusca is in the middle of his 15th year as a teacher in the School District of Washington. He taught sixth grade for the first 13 years and moved down to fifth grade prior to the 2014-15 school year.

Brusca began his career at the SDOW by teaching for three years at Clearview Elementary. He then moved to Fifth Street Elementary for 11 years before it closed at the end of the 2014-15 school year. He’s now in his first year at Washington West.

“Mike has an unbelievable amount of energy. He’s very enthusiastic about his job,” said Washington West Assistant Principal Glenda Leslie, who was Brusca’s principal at Fifth Street. “The kids love him. He’s very deserving of this award.”

Brusca is settling in at Washington West in the first year since the staff and students moved there from Fifth Street Elementary.

“It was hard to leave Fifth Street, but I really like it here at Washington West,” he said. “We have a great staff, great students, great leaders and great resources. It’s worked out well.”

The staff at Washington West appreciates what Brusca brings to the building.

“Mike starts each day with a personal greeting, by name, to both Kim (Pellin) and I. He makes it a special point to stop by the office and check in,” said Washington West secretary Michelle Quaethem. “He’s a positive spirit and always a team player. He also plays along with our fun spirit days and weeks.”

The Missourian has been recognizing a Missourian in Education Teacher of the Year since 2003.

Click on the attached link below to see the Washington Missourian’s feature story on Brusca being named the Missourian in Education Teacher of the Year.

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Today @ West

Today: 2/8/16

No School Feb. 15 For Presidents' Day

The School District of Washington will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents’ Day. Click here for details on an upcoming modified day and the snow make-up schedule.

Elementary Student Handbook 2015-16

The elementary parent/student handbook for the 2015-16 school year is available. The front page must be signed and returned to the office by the start of the school year. Click here to view the handbook.

2015-2016 SDOW Academic Calendar