January – Moving Forward

Our Story

Dear Families, Community, and Others,

Since ​2001, ​the ​Webster ​Groves ​School ​District ​has ​expressed ​and ​demonstrated ​a
commitment ​to ​creating ​an ​equitable ​learning ​environment ​for ​all ​children, ​staff, ​and
families. ​While ​progress ​has ​been ​made, ​much ​work ​is ​left ​to ​be ​done, ​which ​led ​the ​Board of ​Education ​to ​adopt ​a ​resolution ​in ​the ​spring ​of ​2017 ​that ​acknowledges ​the ​equity ​gap that ​remains ​between ​the ​current ​learning ​environment ​and ​the ​one ​to ​which ​we ​aspire.  The ​resolution ​also ​states ​values ​and ​beliefs ​which ​must ​be ​central ​to ​our ​work ​moving forward.

In ​order ​to ​change ​the ​patterns of inequity, ​we ​must ​disrupt traditional ​beliefs, ​systems, ​structures, ​and ​practices ​which ​favor ​those ​privileged ​by ​race, economics, ​gender, ​etc. ​Traditional ​ways ​will ​continue ​to ​yield ​traditional ​results. ​Beyond ​the ​beliefs ​and ​values ​outlined ​in ​the ​Equity ​Resolution, ​we ​must ​hold ​true ​to our ​district ​vision, ​which ​calls ​us ​to ​innovate ​or ​think ​and ​act ​differently. ​Doing ​so ​will ​allow us ​to ​better ​support ​children ​as ​they ​engage ​in ​self-discovery ​and help ​empower ​them ​with ​the ​beliefs, ​knowledge, ​and ​skills ​to ​flourish ​in ​a ​global ​society. Cultivating ​such ​a ​school ​environment ​isn’t ​just ​good ​for ​some ​children, ​it’s ​good ​for ​all children.

To view ​many ​of ​the ​district ​and ​building-level ​strategies ​initiated ​this ​year ​​to ​help ​move ​us ​toward ​a ​system ​that ​benefits ​everyone, click on the link below my signature. ​While ​every ​microstrategy or ​effort ​can’t ​be ​listed, ​many ​of ​the ​major ​efforts ​under way or soon under ​way, ​are noted. In ​order ​to ​be ​attentive ​to ​the ​ever-changing ​needs ​of ​our ​students ​and ​the ​world ​in ​which they ​live, ​we ​will ​remain ​fluid, ​flexible, ​and ​adaptable ​with ​our ​strategies ​and ​agile ​in ​our approach. ​For ​this ​reason, ​the ​list ​will ​remain ​in ​draft ​form ​and ​we ​will ​add ​to ​it, ​moving forward.

Trust ​that ​we ​know ​these ​strategies ​or ​actions, ​as ​well ​as ​all those ​initiated ​prior ​to ​the ​17-18 school ​year ​(not ​listed), ​aren’t ​alone going to solve all the issues with equity inside our schools. However, ​we ​do ​believe ​they’re ​contributing ​to ​our organization’s movement ​in ​the ​right ​direction, and we’ll continue ​to ​learn, ​grow, ​and ​act ​in ​support ​of ​our ​positive ​momentum.

Each child, Each day…John

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Our Celebrations

  • Congratulations to WGHS student Nicolaus Braun who earned a perfect 36 on the ACT!  Fewer than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT receive the top composite score.
  • Four students at Webster Groves High School have been honored in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Noah Erb and Mary Katherine Townsend received certificates of achievement and will advance to the state level of competition. Margaret O’Brien and Caroline Fellows received certificates of merit as runners up.

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  • Dr. Jon Clark was awarded the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Missouri State Thespians for his support and dedication to the WGHS Thespians and his support of the arts in general

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  • Steger Science Teacher Chantell Mason won the 2018 METC Making IT Happen Teacher Award which honors educators in their use of education technology integration.  Ms. Mason was the one educator selected from our region and there were approximately 34 winners from around the globe.
  • Statesbots teams competed on Sunday in the Flo-Valley Community College FTC Qualifier.  The Orange team placed 6th out of 34 teams and received the Control Award for their outstanding programming.  The Black Team placed 20th and received the PTC Design Award for their “unique design of a 3D printed screw for enabling better controlled use of a grabbing device.”

 

Our News

  • During the high school’s Social Justice Week, Speak Up! Student Leaders (students trained by the Anti-Defamation League and further supported by WGSD staff) facilitated courageous conversations and learning opportunities for their peers on topics such as hate symbols, assumptions, and stereotypes.  They will continue to facilitate activities with their peers and with other student and adult groups across the district.

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  • The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District is hosting a free showing of this movie on February 15.BackpackInvitation
  • If you would like to receive critical information regarding legislative activities and proposals around issues that could impact education, please click on the following link to subscribe: https://goo.gl/forms/Bq1fH0J0Aj3nHlav2 .  The majority of these messages will be sent January through May to correspond with the Missouri General Assembly session.
  • Please click on the following link to view the results of the latest enrollment report, including 5-year projections, for the WGSD: Final Enrollment Report January 2018.
  • The WGSD Foundation continues to make a difference in the lives of district children via its grant program.  To read about some of the recent opportunities the Foundation provided, go to: http://www.wgsdfoundation.org/news.