Festus Public Schools
REORGANIZED SCHOOL DISTRICT
1515 Mid-Meadow Lane Festus, Missouri 63028 Telephone: 636/937-4920 Fax: 636/937-8525
Dr. Link Luttrell Mr. Nathan Holder Dr. Nicki Ruess
Superintendent Assistant Superintendent Assistant Superintendent
Festus R-VI Hires New Middle School Principal
The Festus R-VI School District announces the hiring of a new middle school principal for the 2018-19 school year. Mr. Joe Willis, who currently serves as building principal at Antonia Middle School, was unanimously selected by the Festus school board during its monthly meeting on February 21.
Mr. Willis has been principal at Antonia since 2010. During his tenure there, Antonia has ranked first in the Fox C-6 School District and in Jefferson County in many MAP tested areas, and achievement scores were as high as in the top five percent of schools in Missouri. The school’s ACT Explore and ACT ASPIRE scores were also the highest in the Fox district.
Prior to his time at Antonia, he was Assistant Principal at Seckman Middle School, and also served as a teacher in both the Fox and Grandview school districts. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University, a master’s degree from Missouri Baptist University, and a specialist’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University.
The middle school principal position is being vacated by Mrs. Tina Thebeau, who is retiring after this school year. Twenty-two applicants applied for the position. Eleven applicants were selected for an initial formal interview with Dr. Link Luttrell, superintendent, Dr. Nicki Ruess, assistant superintendent, and Mr. Nathan Holder, assistant superintendent. Three applicants were selected to move on to the second round of interviews conducted by a panel of middle school staff members along with Dr. Ruess, and Mr. Holder.
Mr. Willis is very enthusiastic about joining the district. “I’m excited to work with the phenomenal students, staff, and community of Festus Middle School,” he commented. “We will work to continue the academic success that has been a yearly occurrence. I want to empower students as leaders of our school to grow opportunities for them.”
"We are very excited to have Mr. Willis join our middle school team,” said Dr. Ruess. “He brings knowledge and experience with him to continue to advance growth and improvement for all students as he begins his journey at Festus Middle School. We are confident Mr. Willis will be a wonderful addition."
Dr. Luttrell added, “Mr. Willis is a successful school leader who has demonstrated a commitment to deepening the engagement of students in all that he does. He has a strong history of effective communication and active engagement with students, families, and the community. He will be a great addition to both Festus Middle School and the R-VI district.”
FBLA club at the high school attending our District Leadership Conference this past , in Park Hills. Every single student in attendance received an award for their event! We are headed to State! State competition will be held in Springfield, MO.
Business Calculations - 4th place Katie Basler
Broadcast Journalism - 1st place Katie Basler, Madeline Declue and Alyssa Kaltenbronn
Computer Applications - 3rd place Anna Donaldson
Hospitality Management - 1st place Madeline Declue and Alyssa Kaltenbronn
Public Speaking - 4th place Mason Tucker
Job Interview - 4th place Kaitie Prater
Social media - 1st place Katie Basler, Kaitie Prater and Shandon Rine
Appointments for kindergarten registration will begin on Thursday, February 1st by calling the Elementary School office at 636-937-4063 between the hours of 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Be prepared to provide the office with your child's name, child's birth date, address, parents name, contact phone number and if the child has any siblings already attending Festus School District.
Children must turn 5 on or before July 31, 2018 to begin kindergarten in the fall.
Items to bring on the day of registration:
Registration dates and times are below: (registration appointments are approximately 1/2 hour to an hour long so please plan accordingly)
Thursday, March 8
School Dismissal Break
Friday, March 9
Saturday, March 10
It is likely that the R-VI District will approve stadium renovations which will likely begin in April 2017. While this project may pose inconveniences during construction, the long-term benefits will be plentiful. As you know, there has been a need for additional seating at the stadium for many years. Our current 1,500 seating capacity will be nearly doubled upon completion of the renovations. Renovations will also incorporate new restroom facilities, a new concession stand, new stadium lighting, a new press box, and a new stadium entrance. All individuals will enter the stadium from the current entrance near Sunshine Drive.
The entire project will take approximately 4-5 months to complete from start to finish. There is never a “best” time to complete such a project. As a result of the construction/renovation, it is necessary to have commencement for the Class of 2018, on May 24th at Jefferson College.
In addition, all stadium events occurring after March 26th will be relocated to other neighboring schools. There will be a few specific track meets and soccer matches scheduled during March that will be held at the R-VI stadium. Other soccer games will likely be held at Jefferson R-7. More information will be provided in late winter.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call myself or Mr. Allen (Director of Activities). We would be happy to share the renderings of the proposed renovations with you at any time.
Dr. Diana Allen
Mr. Eric Allen