Let me begin by saying the school year has started off wonderfully! One of the most joyful aspects of my job is to regularly spend time with children and staff in each building, and without exception, the positive energy in each of our settings has been observable, heard, and felt. I’m thankful you trust and support us to work with your children, and thankful for the tremendous faculty and staff who care for your children each and every day!
With each school year, comes an opportunity for each of us to refresh and renew. This year, I’m very excited that the same can be said for Knight Auditorium at WGHS! After not being “touched” for almost 90 years, the auditorium has undergone extensive renovations and is being re-introduced on September 9 at a special event.
Distinguished alumnus Joseph Sohm will present a multimedia program, “Visions of America,” at the grand opening of the renovated High School auditorium, 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Tickets are $10, $8 for students, and available at the High School office. To view a short video regarding Mr. Sohm’s work on this program, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91TFvA_sNXY. To learn more about Mr. Sohm’s contributions to many presidents, national publications, books, etc., click here: http://www.visionsofamerica.com/about.html. You may surprised by often you have viewed and appreciated his work!
While we’re very grateful the school year has started so strong and for the re-opening of Knight Auditiorium, our hearts cannot help but be with those to our south affected, and in many cases devastated, by Hurricane Harvey. While the stories of heroism and helpfulness inspire and bring me optimism, I’m saddened by the stories of loss. As a caring and supportive community, the children and adults across our school system are once again organizing efforts to provide aid and support to those affected by Harvey. (You can read more about the High School’s effort a little farther down in this post.) If you’d like to contribute to any of the fund-raising efforts taking place, please contact our main office (314) 961-123 and we’ll let you know how you may help.
Each child, Each day…John
- WGSD staff, students, and families enjoyed the solar eclipse together at all our sites. Here’s a time-lapse video of the event captured at Edgar Road.
- Steger Sixth Grade Center students partnered with professors at Webster University to see how bees reacted to the solar eclipse: https://goo.gl/R7YbD9.
- Brian Keller (Edgar Road), Kristin Fagin (Hudson), Tom Havrilka (Hudson), and Melissa Murphy (Hudson) recently presented on Project-based Learning for over 80 teachers from local Catholic schools.
- WGPD’s Sgt. Joshua Weber & WGHS Student Resource Officer Drew Baker received the John J. McAtee Award from Mental Health of America of Eastern Missouri!
- Congratulations to the High School Echo, which received a First Place International in the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society’s 2017 Multiple Platforms News Media Evaluation.
- The High School’s History Club will coordinate a fund drive for victims of Hurricane Harvey next Wednesday and Thursday at the beginning of all social studies classes. Members of the public who would like to donate can drop off contributions next week (Tuesday September 5 – 8) in the High School’s main office. You can donate cash or checks made payable to WGHS – History Club with a note ‘Harvey’ in the memo line. All donations will be combined and one check from WGHS will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund.
- The community is invited to meet with some Board of Education members Sunday, September 3 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Bread Co. in Webster Groves and meet with me on Wednesday, September 6 at Einstein’s from 7:30 – 9:00 am. Bring your questions and comments.
- Parents and guardians: The online payment system for school lunches is now open. You can make payments through the Parent Portal.
- On September 20, the district will host a screening of “Screenagers” at Hixson Auditorium at 7:00 pm.
- This month, the Webster Groves School District began using BoardDocs, a cloud-based management technology, to better serve the needs of the Board of Education and provide the public better access to board information and documents. You can view the Board documents here: https://www.boarddocs.com/mo/webster/Board.nsf/Public