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Clearview December Newsletter 2016

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Students at Clearview Elementary School took part in a manners lunch on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

With the atmosphere in the Clearview Elementary cafeteria dark with battery operated candles, the students mostly practiced proper table etiquette while enjoying their lunch.

With the winter break approaching, the students’ spirits were up and they seemed to enjoy the experience.

Photos of Clearview Elementary’s manners lunch are below.


Filing for the Washington Board of Education will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The filing period will close Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at 5 p.m.

There will be three open seats. Board members Scott Byrne, Susan Thatcher and Rebecca Voelkerding terms will all be up.

Byrne has been on the board since 2008. Thatcher and Voelkerding were both elected in 2014.

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 on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The district will be closed for winter break from the close of business Thursday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Dec. 30. Offices will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2.

Board member qualifications include:

All candidates must be at least 24 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a resident taxpayer 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.

No election for the school board was held this past April since only the two incumbents filed for the two open seats.

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.


The Community Festival of Trees kicked off the first weekend in December.

Approximately 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. 23 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 local 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 Middle School Student Council, 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 five consecutive years.

Concert events are;

December 4 at 3 p.m. – Civic Chorus Concert

December 11 at 7 p.m. – Festival Concert Featuring Bells and Church Choirs

December 18 from 2-6 p.m. – Student Musical 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 with the name of the school below the photo.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the Community Festival of Trees.

WINGS Educational Foundation

Marthasville Elementary

South Point Elementary First and Second Grades

Washington West Elementary Third Grade

Washington Middle School Student Council

Washington High School

Washington High School Cheerleaders

Four Rivers Career Center


Becky Zanin, a kindergarten teacher at Clearview Elementary School, has been named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program annually recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who are examples of excellence in their field.

Recipients are selected by the chief administrators of their school districts or educational institutions. The employing educational institution must be located in the St. Louis metropolitan area, which is defined to include: (in Missouri) Franklin County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, St. Louis City, St. Louis County; and (in Illinois) Jersey County, Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County.

“I’m honored, surprised and lucky to have received this award,” Zanin said. “I work with such a wonderful staff here at Clearview and throughout our district, many of whom could have just as easily received this award.”

Zanin has been in education for 19 years, all as a kindergarten teacher in the School District of Washington. She spent her first seven years at Augusta Elementary before moving to her current position at Clearview Elementary.

She was recognized at the awards program Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis.

“All of us at Clearview know how deserving Becky is of this and we’re glad she’s being recognized with the best teachers in our area. Clearview is proud to call her one of our own,” said Clearview Elementary Principal Dr. Matt Busekrus. “Becky is the ultimate team player who goes above and beyond her duties as a kindergarten teacher. She’s everything you would want a winner of this award to be.”

Becky Zanin, kindergarten teacher at Clearview Elementary School, was recognized with the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.


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