Dear WGSD Family,
Happy New Year!
The 2018-19 school year is off and running, and the faculty and staff can’t be more excited and ready to partner with you, the community, and most importantly your children to make this the best school year yet. As I’ve traveled the halls of each school this week, I’ve seen, heard, and felt the energy emanating from both the children and the adults (pics below). It’s our charge and task to maintain this energy as together we begin diving into curriculum and course work, initiating after school experiences and activities, and working to “do life” with peers. While challenges and trials are inevitable, I believe all things are possible if we demonstrate a sincere, personal care for one another in all things. I know this can be hard, but I believe we all have the ability to do hard things!
Each child, Each day…John
- Around 300 of us participated in the annual Back to School BBQ at Ivory Crockett Park. Special thanks to the district’s Equity in Education Committee, the Alliance for Interracial Dignity, the Webster Rock Hill Ministries, the Webster Groves Parks and Recreation Department, the Webster Groves Police and Fire Departments, and everyone else who showed up for making the event special!
- WGHS senior, Julia Berndt was recently featured on St. Louis Public Radio for scientific research she did this summer through Washington University and the WGHS Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center: https://goo.gl/9zkwUP.
- Check out the fresh new look to our district website that is now more mobile-friendly: http://www.webster.k12.mo.us. Plus, if you haven’t downloaded the Webster Groves SD app yet, head to the Apple or Android app store now! You won’t want to miss this resource that can be personalized to your children’s schools.
- A renaming ceremony for Dr. Henry Givens Jr. Elementary School will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at the school, 701 N. Rock Hill Rd. The Board of Education approved changing the name of the Webster Groves Elementary Computer School following a presentation on work done by a school committee.
- Around 200 teachers and staff participated in a variety of professional development this summer in support of our students’ learning and overall well-being. STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math), social justice, and professional learning communities were among the topics explored.
- New Statesmen spiritwear is here! You can place an order online and pick it up from the High School main office or pay a small delivery fee to have it brought to your front door. https://wghsparentsclub.org/collections/shirts
- KWRH-LP (Radio 63119), Rotary Club 6060, and the WGSD are partnering to provide books to families with children primarily between the ages of 0-4, and also with children from ages 5-12. Local Rotarians will regularly deliver books to families from August through January of this year. The goal of the project is two-fold: provide free books to families who could really benefit from more books at home and work together as a community to support the education of our children! To sign up for this great opportunity, please call 314-736-4511 or email Kwrhradio@gmail.com.
- The spring 2018 MAP and EOC testing cycle covered the new Missouri Learning Standards in math, English language arts (ELA), and science for the first time. The assessments taken by our students were fully redesigned and significantly different from the state tests that had been given in previous years. The types and difficulty level of the questions, as well as the length of test, were two of the changes our students encountered. In addition, the MAP science assessments given to all 5th and 8th graders, along with the high school Biology end-of-course exam, were developed from questions that were being field-tested to determine their validity and reliability. Due to all of these significant changes, it is taking the state longer to grade and analyze the results for all students throughout the state. We will not be receiving MAP and end-of-course results for math and ELA until mid October, and hope to have all student reports mailed home to families by the end of October. Also, since the science assessments were being field-tested, we will not be receiving any information from the state from the spring 2018 tests.
- The WGSD Foundation is partnering with the Kirkwood School District’s Foundation to host a special golf event on October 7. Join me and others from the WGSD as we look to bring the new “Foundation Cup” home! You can learn more and sign up on the Foundation’s website: http://www.wgsdfoundation.org/.
- Join the next class of inductees into the Webster Groves High School Statesmen Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 20th. This year’s banquet will focus on the sport of track and field. The Statesmen Sports Hall of Fame will induct the 1980 and 1981 girls track teams that placed in the top 4 at the state meet in both years and the girls 4×200 relay team that won the state championship in 1982. Six of the women on those teams will be inducted as individuals and two men who were track athletes from the 1990’s will also be inducted. Four members of the 1980 and 1981 state track teams will also be recognized with their team. Enjoy a night honoring these Statesmen legends on October 20th at Westborough Country Club in Webster Groves. Cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner is served by 6:30 pm, and the induction ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm. Purchase your $50 ticket(s) by contacting the WGHS Activities Office, (314) 918-4176. Please RSVP by October 10th.
- Are you on the WGHS Wall of Remembrance? The Wall of Remembrance honors graduates of Webster and Douglass who gave their lives in the service of their country and/or received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Silver Star or the Distinguished Service Cross. If you have received a Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and/or Purple Heart and are not yet on the Wall of Remembrance, please let the Alumni Office know by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 314-918-4548.