Dr. Jon Clark and Mr. John E Thomas welcome high school students on the first day of school.
Happy New Year!
The 2016-17 school year has started smoothly for children and adults in the Webster Groves School District. As superintendent, I have the wonderful opportunity to visit schools and classrooms across our district on a regular basis.
This year, I’ve watched our young people being welcomed to school each day by caring and capable adults who are providing a variety of learning opportunities that are designed to help each one of them establish a sense of belonging with peers and teachers. The diligent work of our maintenance and facilities departments has played an important role too, in creating outstanding environments for learning. Their attention to detail meant our buildings shined, an accomplishment we applaud.
As a school district, we’re committed to providing the children of our community with the best education possible. To do this, we will work thoughtfully and with intention to ensure students are engaged in relevant, challenging and rewarding learning. Please know that we are committed to doing a better job each day!
Have a wonderful 2016-17!
Each child, Each day…John
- In addition to amassing a total of $28.7 million in scholarships, the 2016 graduates of WGHS had an average ACT score of 23.4 (including all 11th graders testing).
- Over 190 teachers, administrators, and support staff spent some of their summer engaged in professional development in support of their work with children.
- Dr. Pam Washington from Clark was appointed by the Missouri House of Representatives to serve on the University of Missouri System Review Commission. She will be,“working on the Diversity and Title IX components of the University System and strategies to attract and maintain a diverse student body and faculty as well as funding and scholarships at campuses.”
- Over 200 WGHS students participated in experiential learning this summer through the Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center at WGHS.
- The WGSD has provided social justice training to employees for the last 13 years.
- Our prek-12th grade enrollment is up over 4% this year including 292 students participating in free, full-day kindergarten.
- With the news about lead contamination in the water in several public schools in St. Louis, we wanted to let you know that the district has periodically tested the water quality in our schools in recent years and ran tests again the week of August 15. These tests have shown no lead in the drinking water. In addition, the St. Louis County Health Department has tested the water in some of our schools and we’ve been told the results will be available in about a month.
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- The 2016-17 tax rate hearing for the WGSD will be held on September 12 at 6:30 pm in the board room at central office (400 E Lockwood Ave).
- On September 14 at 7pm at the WGSD Service Center (3232 Brentwood Blvd), the district will host a District Vision for Learning Event to provide community the opportunity to learn more about the district’s direction as it relates to student learning.
- The WGSD Foundation’s annual golf tournament will take place on September 26 at Westborough Country Club. To learn more about the event including how you might contribute to the Foundation’s largest fundraiser, go to the Foundation web site: www.wgsdfoundation.org.