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Elementary Student Handbook 2016-17

The elementary parent/student handbook for the 2016-17 school year is available. The front page must be signed and returned to the office before the start of the school year. Click here to view the handbook.

Nurses Newsletter, Screening Cycles, Medication Guidelines

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Washington Middle School hosted a scholar bowl tournament for middle school and elementary teams on Saturday, Feb. 25.  

The Elementary division had 15 teams from seven districts. Teams were placed into two brackets, one of seven and one of eight.  

Washington A was second in their prelim bracket at 6-1, losing to eventual champ West C, and beat Hallsville for third overall.

Team members were Lily Brickel, Emma Coleman, Rachel Derner and Grady Nuckolls. 

Washington B was third in their prelim bracket and lost their final against West A to finish sixth overall.

Team members were Lydia Bush, Madelyn Sheets (No. 9 scorer) and Kendal Warren.

Washington C was eighth in their prelim bracket. They faced a bye in the final match.

Team members were Alex Bodak, Isaac Burr, Andru Hommes-Clarke, and Donovan McDaniel

Washington D was fourth in their prelim bracket and lost their final game against CIS B to finish eighth overall.

Team members were Ivy Jacquin, Addison Walch, Ally Willming, and Deven Yeary (No. 7 scorer in her first-ever tournament)

The Middle School Division had 24 teams. Teams were placed into four groups of six. The top two from each bracket went into two playoff pools, and the winners of those played in the final. 

WMS C went 3-5 to finish 12th overall. 

Team members were Silas Clements, Madison Godefroid, Kyle Meyer, Natalie Oesterly, Harsh Patel, Molly Schaedler, Owen Spreckelmeyer and Hayden Thiemann (No. 6 scorer in prelims).

WMS B was second in prelims, and second in their playoff bracket, but lost the final match against West A for fourth overall.
Team members were Leo Bergin IV, Evan Courtaway, Max Grimes (No. 6 scorer in prelims) and Katlynn Miller.

WMS A won their prelims and playoff pools, and beat Hallsville 440-240 (their closest match of the day) to win the tournament at 9-0.

Team members were Kaleb Burr (No. 10 scorer in prelims), Samantha Doepker, Zach Miesner (No. 6 scorer in prelims) and Michael Lampe.

WMS A team members were Kaleb Burr (No. 10 scorer in prelims), Samantha Doepker, Zach Miesner (No. 6 scorer in prelims) and Michael Lampe.

High School National Rankings

The national rankings for quiz bowl were updated Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Washington High School A team moved up from No. 26 to No. 15 in the country.

Also entering the top 200 was WHS B coming in at No. 190.

Eight teams from Missouri are ranked in the top 200 nationally, and two of them are from Washington High School.


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 February 2017 On the Spot SDOW recipients are Lynne Kuchem, Joe Dierks and Julie McBride.

Dierks is an assistant principal at Washington High School. McBride is a third-grade teacher at Washington West Elementary. Kuchem is the secretary at Campbellton Elementary.

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


Lynne Kuchem

Lynne Kuchem, the secretary at Campbellton Elementary, is a graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School and attended East Central College. She has been with the SDOW for 13 years, all as the secretary at Campbellton Elementary.


*How would you describe yourself as a person?

“I’m very family oriented and I’m a fun-loving person.”


*Describe your job duties?

“Attendance, answering the door, answering the phone. Some days it’s helping with lunch aide, scanning in the lunch room, taking care of the lunch money. Basically anything anybody needs.”

*Best part about your job?

“The kids, and the people I work with. We’re like a big family here. I love my job.”


*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Campbellton Elementary?

“It’s a great place. It’s small and its very community and family oriented. Everybody really gets along.”



“I like to flower garden. I like to read. But above all, I like to spend time with my grand-kids, and my kids. I have five grand-kids ranging in age from 1 to 9.”


*What cheers you up?

“My grand-kids, and going to Los Cabos. And I love vacations at the beach. We go to the Fort Walton/Destin (Florida) area with the family pretty much every year. It’s great.”



*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“The fall when school starts is stressful. It gets better after the first few weeks when things settle down. I like the holidays. Christmas here at Campbellton is really fun. Not that I’m looking for the school year to end, but I always enjoy the summer, and then I’m always ready to come back in the fall.”


*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“Washington, Missouri. I love Washington. I’m lucky because all three of my kids live here. I grew up here. My parents grew up here. I drive along Front Street and see the flowers and the river. It’s a family oriented community. Some people don’t like that, but I do.”


*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“Our own house at the beach, not to live there, but a vacation home. My family would also like to have a lake house around here where they could fish at.”


*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“Not worrying about anything. You wake up and have a clean slate every day.”


*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“Play the piano, and sing. Every time someone in my family has a birthday, I call them and sing, ‘Happy Birthday.’ They expect it now, and they’d be disappointed if I didn’t do it.”


*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“My mother-in-law, Rita Kuchem. She’s awesome. She’s had a lot of hard knocks in her life. She’s amazing. She’s there for the great grand-kids and the grand-kids, and her kids. She’s the youngest great grand-mother I’ve ever known. I hope I can be as good of a great-grandma one day.”

Lynne Kuchem

Joe Dierks

Joe Dierks, assistant principal at Washington High School, is a graduate of Steeleville, Ill., High School and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He holds Master’s degrees from Southwest Baptist University in both curriculum and instruction and education administration. This is his second year with the SDOW and 17th year in education after previously teaching (social students and history) and coaching (basketball and cross country) at Valley Park and Crocker High Schools.


*How would you describe yourself as a person and educator?

“I’m a work-hard, play-hard guy. I like to be on the go and have a full schedule. My son, Drew, is a big part of my life and my wife’s life. If I’m not here doing something one night, I’m usually involved with one of his activities, and that’s how I like it.

“I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher. I enjoyed every day in the classroom. I love working with kids. I have a real passion for history and social studies. It was my mission to spice up history and social studies and make them fun classes for the students. My favorite thing to do, as an administrator, is classroom observation and watching teachers do their thing.

“I didn’t always want to be an administrator. There was nine years between my two Master’s degrees. I got the first one to rise up on the salary schedule, and was very comfortable with that. At Valley Park, I began doing some things and helping the staff with new initiatives. We did some cool things and became a Blue Ribbon school. I helped the staff, who then helped the students, and we worked well together as a team, so I thought maybe this was something I could do. Valley Park was right around 290 to 300 kids, which was right on that threshold, do we need an assistant principal or not? So I became the free assistant principal. I enjoyed working with teachers and kids in that capacity. I subbed a lot for our first-year principal while he was out at leadership academies. So I didn’t even entertain the idea of being an administrator until my 14th or 15th year of teaching.”


*What’s been your impressions of Washington High School in your two years here?

“A little eye-opening. It was really tough in the beginning to transition to such a big school. I struggle with names because there’s so many kids. I like to call kids by their name, and I’m trying to get better, but there’s just so many. I went to a high school of 140, and then the two high schools I taught at were 180 and 280, so I knew every single kid in the school. Here, it’s tough to do that. There are also so many teachers. I really want to sit down with every teacher once a year and at least talk to them a little. Our whole team tries to do observations with every teacher at least once every school year. I’m awfully glad we have a four-person administration team here at the high school.”

*Best part about your job?

“Being able to go to the bathroom whenever you want. I think if done right, teaching is the most difficult job in the world. If not done right, that’s a different story. The best part is seeing our teachers doing their thing, and being able to help them a little bit. I love teacher observations because I get to see teachers and students in their element. I also enjoy supervision. I try to take as much supervision as I can if I can work around my son’s schedule because seeing kids succeed in what they’re doing is fun for me.


*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Washington High School?

“The kids we have at the high school are some of the best kids I’ve ever been around. There’s a lot of good parenting and strong core values going on here. A huge percentage of our students are really good kids and they are getting the opportunity to do some pretty cool things here. There are so many different things for them to get involved in, and that’s the advantage of a big school. Our teachers and our entire staff really support the students and what they want to do. And that starts at the top with Dr. VanLeer and filters all the way down.”



“I like to watch sports. I’m not sure I want to be involved with coaching again, but I like watching sports. I couldn’t imagine life without watching high school and college basketball. We even try to hit a couple NBA games every year. I like to read about history when I have the time. I have a stack of books a mile high that I want to read. I’m a movie and music buff. I love ‘80s music, pop, not rock. My wife is quite the heavy metal person. She’s into Tool, Rage Against the Machine, it’s crazy. I’m more of a Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie, Boy George, Duran Duran type of guy. If given the time and the money, I would be somewhere tropical a lot. I really like the beach. My wife and I have gone to Mexico every year for the last 13 years, and spend four or five days just not thinking and decompressing. We go with friends and we all leave our kids with grandma and grandpa.


*What cheers you up?

“My son Drew, and watching him do things that I’ve taught him. He’s going to be 8 next month. There’s nothing that makes me happier than to see him having fun. Being warm also cheers me up. I hate the cold. I struggle with the winter. That first 80 degree day of the year, I’m walking on sunshine.”


*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“I like seeing the kids come back in at the beginning. I really like the end of the school year also, not because we’re getting out, but as a long time AP teacher, I really like pumping kids up to that AP national exam and that total focus I see in an AP classroom at the end of the year. That’s a lot of fun.”


*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“Somewhere where it never gets below 70 degrees. Maybe Phoenix or Miami, because I would have to watch some college and professional basketball.”


*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“A small condo with a nice outdoor space somewhere warm. I don’t need anything big because I’m never going to be inside. Of course, that would be after I finished my signed contract with the School District of Washington. I would full fill my contractual obligations and then you would never see me again.”


*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“It seems like things were a lot easier back then. Every day during the summer, you could take off on your bike and play wiffle ball all day. The rule was when the street lights came on, you had 10 minutes to get home. It’s different these days. It’s really tough being a kid today.”


*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

“I wish I could sing. That would be great. Especially being able to hit the high notes, like a-ha.”


*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“My grand-father Dierks was my best friend. They lived close to us. He was strict and I had to live by his rules, but I liked that. I liked the structure. We went fishing and hunting. I don’t know if I really enjoyed doing those things, but I enjoyed it because I was with him. He imparted a lot of knowledge. Here’s how you clean the fish, and he’d make me do it myself. If I screwed up, he’d make me do it right on the next one and he’d never take over and do it for me. He didn’t accept excuses. He was quick to criticize, but also quick to praise, and I think I took that into my teaching and coaching. He was a big influence with me. I’m a 40-year old who acts like a 60-year old because my role model grew up during the depression.”

Joe Dierks


Julie McBride

Julie McBride, a third-grade teacher at Washington West Elementary, was a student in the Washington School District throughout her K-12 career. She attended South Point, Fifth Street and was in the last class at Locust Street as a sixth-grader, before going to the middle school and the high school. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and received her Master’s degree from Southwest Baptist University. She’s been a teacher for 25 years, 24 years teaching third grade at South Point Elementary and then Washington West Elementary.



*How would you describe yourself as a person and a teacher?
“As a person, I would say I’m very organized. I don’t like having things to do on my desk. If there’s a task, I want to get it done. As a teacher, I like getting to know my students, and I like reaching the one who needs a little extra. I usually don’t give up on those hard cases. Usually by the end of the year I can reach almost all of them.”


*Best part about your job?
“Working with the students who need the extra attention; the ones who either don’t like school or have always failed. Getting to see that change is the best part.”


*What would you like other staff members and parents in the district to know about Washington West Elementary?

“From the custodians to the principal, everybody has the kids’ best interests at heart. There’s so much going on out there anti-education and anti-teaching, this is terrible and that’s terrible. I just think if they were in the classroom and really saw what everybody does every day, they would see a big difference from what they see on the news.”



“Scrapbooking and spending time with my family, I have three grandchildren (ages 4 years, 3 years and 8 months) who keep us busy. Also my husband and I go hiking, so I like to get out, go hiking and just get away from everything.”


*What cheers you up?

“Spending time with my grand-children.”


*What’s your favorite time of the school year?

“All teachers like the end of May, but at the end of the school year you can see how far your students have come since the beginning of the school year, and I always enjoy that part of it.”


*If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

“I would live in the Northwest, in Oregon. It’s gorgeous. Perfect weather. Great hiking. Close to the ocean. I would move there in a heartbeat.


*If you won it big in the lottery, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

“I don’t know that I would buy anything. I would use the money to travel. And I would take care of my children and their families.”


*What do you miss most about being a kid?

“Sometimes I miss the no responsibility part of being a kid. I miss being a kid in the days back when I was a kid.”


*If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

"Rock climbing."


*Who’s someone you really admire, and why do you admire them?

“The person who I taught with for 20 years, Janet Kleinheider. She was an amazing teacher and is still an amazing friend. As I get to the end of my teaching career, I want to go out the same way she did, which was still changing things up very year and still being a strong teacher and not phoning it in. She was really good at what she did.”

Julie McBride


Labadie Elementary School held its Valentine’s Day Festival on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 14.

With the help of staff and parents, the students participated in a number of different games and activities in the gymnasium. The students also enjoyed sundaes, which were served in the cafeteria.

Photos from Labadie Elementary’s Valentine’s Day Festival are below.


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No School March 20-24, Spring Break

This is a reminder there will be no school the week of March 20-24 for Spring Break. Click here for the 2016-17 academic calendar.

Staff Spotlight: On The Spot SDOW (February 2017)

On the Spot SDOW will highlight, at random, three employees a month from the School District of Washington from Certified Staff, Support Staff and Administration/Counseling. Click here for the February edition.


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