November 2015 Headlines and Features

Waynesville AmeriCorps Members Recognized for Service to Veterans and Military Families

 veterans A host of local education, military, and elected officials expressed their thanks to 70 Waynesville AmeriCorps members who provide a range of important services to veterans and military families in the Fort Leonard Wood community.

The event, held Tuesday morning (Nov. 24, 2015) at Waynesville High School, saluted these individuals as members of National Veteran Corps, a national initiative to recognize veterans who serve in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps or who provide service to veterans and military families. The event was one of 200 ceremonies taking place across the country in November in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.

Speakers included Dr. Brian Henry, Superintendent, Waynesville R-VI School District; Colonel “Andy” M. Herbst, Fort Leonard Wood Garrison Commander; State Representative Steve Lynch; Dr. George A. Lauritson, Mayor of City of St. Robert; and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, and U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler. The ceremony featured the presentation of Veteran Corps pins to Waynesville AmeriCorps members recognizing their service to the local military community, including nine veterans who are serving their country again as AmeriCorps members.

Currently more than 70 AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members serve within the Waynesville R-VI School District where 75 percent of students are military-connected and local agencies serve a predominately veteran and military community. AmeriCorps members provide academic tutoring to more than 3,700 K-12 students, lead clubs and activities after school, develop initiatives to support disadvantaged individuals, foster partnerships between community agencies, and promote economic development and growth.

speakers  “I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members that serve the Waynesville community,” says U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. “One of the most daunting challenges our service men and women face is making the leap to a post-military civilian career. As we prepare for a large influx of veterans arriving back home over the next few years, it is essential that we provide them with the resources they need and give them the opportunity to continue service to their country at home.”

“It is especially fitting that during this season of Thanksgiving that we are recognizing our AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and National Veteran Corps members,” says Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District. “We are so grateful for the relationships they build with our students. In education, we know that just one individual connecting with one student can make all the difference in the world in the lives of our students today and in their future. Our veterans who serve in these roles have the added importance of being a military presence in the lives of students whose parent may be deployed overseas. ”

“Our troops, veterans, and their families make tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom and it is our solemn obligation to support them when they come home,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Serving those who served us, and engaging the talents of our veterans to solve problems on the home front, are priorities for our agency. I salute Waynesville AmeriCorps members for putting into action our shared values of devotion, honor, and service to our great nation.”

 “In this season of traditions, one of the most meaningful is the tradition of service,” said Missouri State Representative Steve Lynch. “No one has honored this tradition more than those that have served our country in uniform. To no one’s surprise, our veterans continue this tradition serving as AmeriCorps members, and pass on a tradition of service to the young people whose lives they impact. God bless our veterans.”

AmeriCorps leaders    “As a former teacher and principal, I cannot overly express the value you bring to our classrooms,” says Dr. George Lauritson, mayor of St. Robert. “Every day there are children who need a little extra attention – some need academic support; some need an adult who will listen; some need to know that someone cares; some need food; some need academic enrichment because they are advanced beyond their years. Whatever their needs, you find a way to meet them and it’s so valuable to them and to us as a community and nation.”

The Waynesville R-VI AmeriCorps program, overseen by the Missouri Community Service Commission, is one of 80 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs in Missouri. Altogether, these programs engage more than 6,100 Missourians in results-driven service at 860 locations throughout the state. These citizens tutor and mentor children, support veterans and military families, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers.

 Last year, AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers served more than 780,000 veterans and military members in VA clinics and hospitals, veteran service organizations, and at nonprofits and public agencies. In addition, more than 23,000 veterans served in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, applying leadership abilities and skills acquired during their military service to tackle problems on the homefront.


Upcoming fine arts events

The Waynesville R-VI School District will host the following fine arts events between Dec. 3 and 15.  All are open to the public and unless otherwise noted, they are free to the public.


Dec. 3 (R)     Elementary Voices Choir Concert – 5:30 p.m. – WHS Theatre
Dec. 4 (F)     One-Act Plays–7:00 p.m. Donations accepted  – WHS Theatre
Dec. 5 (Sa)   One-Act Plays–7:00 p.m. Donations accepted – WHS Theatre
Dec. 6 (Su)   Christmas Parade–2:00 p.m.
Dec. 8 (T)     Thayer Bells/Choir Concert–6:00 p.m. – Thayer Gym
Dec. 9 (W)    M.S. Choir Concert–7:00 p.m. – WHS Theatre
Dec. 10 (R)   Partridge 3rd Grade Music Program–6:00 p.m. – Partridge
Dec. 12 (Sa) Choir Concert – 6:30 p.m.–WHS Theatre
Dec. 13 (Su) Choir Concert – 3:00 p.m.–WHS Theatre  
Dec. 15 (T)   Band/Jazz Band Christmas Concert–6:00 p.m. – WHS Theatre

                    Dec. 17 (R) Band/Jazz Band Christmas Concert snow day – WHS Theatre

2015-16 School Year Calendar


Welcome to the Waynesville R-VI School District, serving the communities of Waynesville, St. Robert and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

From pre-school for children with special needs and developmental concerns to dual credit and AP college courses at the high school, Waynesville Schools offer a variety of programs to meet the academic needs of students at all levels. As a result, our students routinely perform above average on state and national tests.

Waynesville teachers embrace the Professional Learning Community model and classes begin late each Wednesday to allow teachers to collaborate on best practices.    

Beyond their common core subject material and 21st century skills, students learn to apply school-wide positive behavior support strategies, model character words and embrace good habits for successful daily living. Understanding the value of individual responsibility is emphasized, along with service to others.

Parents also are asked to maintain high expectations for their children, and none is more important than attendance. Every healthy child should be at school every day. To help your family plan upcoming vacations and holidays, the 2014-15 School Year  is here.

Phone numbers for Waynesville Schools

   East Elementary  573-842-2150                 
   Freedom Elementary 573-842-2100          
   Partridge Elementary 573-842-2600
   Piney Ridge Center 573-774-5353     
   Sixth Grade Center 573-842-2300            
   Thayer Elementary 573-842-2200              
   Waynesville Career Center 573-842-2500
   Waynesville High School 573-842-2400
            WHS Athletic Office 573-842-2450
            WHS Guidance Office 573-842-2403
   Waynesville Middle School 573-842-2550
   Williams Early Childhood 573-842-2650
   Wood Elementary 573-842-2625
      Superintendent’s Office 573-842-2097
       Asst. Supt. of Instructional Services (Curriculum)  573-842-2050
     Asst. Supt. of Operational Services (Business) 573-842-2069
      Asst. Supt. of Personnel Services (Human Resources) 573-842-2094
        Communications & Marketing 573-842-2040
      Community Resource (Volunteering) 573-842-2530
       Data Processing 573-842-2028
      Food Services 573-842-2099
      Maintenance 573-842-2099
      Media Center 573-842-2052
      Special Services  573-842-2007
      Transportation (Buses) 573-842-2199