- Wentzville School District
Progress as Promised: Timberland High School
Timberland High School (THS)’s Culinary Arts Program commenced in the newly renovated classroom and kitchen on time and on budget this fall thanks to funding from District taxpayers and a state-sponsored Career Technical Education Grant.
The pots and pans clatter in the new THS Culinary Arts classroom, demonstrating the strength of its staff and students who are determined to keep learning in an ever-changing environment.
The newly renovated space is packed full of great new kitchen equipment. The massive overhaul of this classroom vastly improved the learning environment and allows students interested in Culinary Arts to expand their skill set in that field before leaving high school.
The pantry relocation to an adjacent room significantly opened up the space and made a huge difference in the workflow of the classroom. This opening also improves class supervision.
The space now includes features such as an outside patio, allowing students to learn how to grill and smoke various foods and grow fresh herbs. Additionally, the classroom stations are equipped with an iPad so that the recipes can be sent directly to each station.
“Students are really excited about the patio space with an outdoor herb garden and grills,” said Mrs. Boren, Family, and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher. “We have a lot of students who have not experienced operating a grill, and when we first showed students the herb garden they were surprised we are growing actual things we will use.”
When considering what the classroom originally looked like, it's hard to even compare the two rooms anymore.
However, we must give a huge thank you to the flexibility of the Culinary Art staff and students during the 2021-2022 school year. While this classroom was being fully renovated, they got innovative. The amazing Family Consumer Science team at THS worked together and converted the adjacent classroom into a makeshift kitchen.
But nothing will slow down THS from teaching their students!
Students are jumping at the opportunity to take a class in this beautiful space. The renovation created a captivating environment to learn the culinary arts.
“I think when students are in this space it feels exciting and is an authentic cooking experience for them,” said Mrs. Boren.
The Wentzville School District thanks you for your continued support of the WSD. District taxpayer dollars helped make the Timberland High School's Culinary Arts classroom renovation possible. We’d also like to recognize all of the hard work of the District and Timberland leadership; District facilities, maintenance, and custodial teams; the Board of Education; Aspire Construction; Hoener Associates, Inc.; and the City of Wentzville.