WGSD – April 17 (New Principal, PreK-12th Online Learning Survey, and More)

Dear WGSD Family,

I continue to think about you and your well-being.  In addition to some important announcements, please make sure to check out some of the new and ongoing resources we’ve listed below.  While you may not need to access a resource at this time, we all know that life can change in a hurry – for good and bad.  Familiarity with these resources will help you access them when in need and/or share them with others who may or may not need the support now.

With care,



2020-21 Hixson Middle School Principal

Earlier in the week, the Board of Education approved Dr. Shenita Mayes to be the shenita picprincipal of Hixson Middle School effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Mayes spent eight years as a middle school English Language Arts teacher and is currently in her 5th year as an assistant principal – all in the Parkway School District.  She earned a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in December of 2016 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

In addition to building on the great work taking place at both Hixson and Steger, she has many strengths which will serve our community well as together we transition Steger and Hixson to a 6-8th grade middle school.  Among those strengths, Dr. Mayes possesses the skill set to thoughtfully and strategically lead groups toward a shared vision, purposefully and with empathy for those involved.  Her attention to detail, coupled with her readiness to listen and learn, are tremendous assets for the school and district community, especially in the next couple of years. Also, Dr. Mayes is unwavering in her care and commitment to providing all students with a school where they are seen and valued at each and every turn, and in each and every way.  Lastly, Dr. Mayes loves middle school children and believes it’s important to nurture their leadership abilities within the school and beyond.

Welcome, Dr. Mayes!


Online Learning Survey for Preschool – High School Families

As we continue Virtual Learning in Webster Groves for the foreseeable future, it’s essential that we work in conjunction with our families to find the right balance of home and school life. Please complete this survey to help us support learning at home. Families should complete a separate survey for each child, to help us identify grade- and school-specific needs.

Physical and Emotional Safety of Students

During our normal operations, and particularly during these uncertain times, ensuring that our students feel physically and emotionally safe is a high priority for us.  Please know that your school counselors and social workers are readily available to assist you and/or your child in this time of need.  Please reach out to them for any social, emotional or academic assistance.  Also, the district has other ways in which safety concerns can be reported.  In addition to being available on the district phone app and each building’s website, a Tip Line has been established in which users can notify us of potential safety concerns.  The Tip Line and a Safe Schools Hotline phone number can be found on our Student Services web site: https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/domain/25.

Weekly Message to Students and Challenge Videos

What follows is my weekly message to students, followed by recognition of last week’s winners of the student challenge and an introduction of this week’s challenge!  Please share it with your children!


To check out the creative and fun videos submitted by students and families last week, please see the video below!  A donation of $50 will be made to the Webster-Rock Hill Ministries in honor of last week’s participants.


If your child(ren) would like to submit a video, please:

  • email it to simpson.john@wgcloud.org by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8,
  • let me know if you don’t want your child’s video included in my weekly message next Friday, and
  • know that donations related to the challenge will not come from district funds.




District Meal Program:  Click here to learn more about the district’s “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meal program, free to all children between the ages of 0-18.

Family Meal Support: The Webster-Rock Hill Ministries is providing food to families in need.  Call (961-5082) or stop by during regular business hours (9 – 12 pm, Monday – Friday)

Regional Food and Emotional Well-Being Support: Click here to access a variety of free, regional resources.

Discussing COVID-19 and Death with Children: For support talking to children about things related to COVID-19, including the death of people they know, please access a variety of resources on our COVID-19, “Tips to Talking to Children” web page by clicking here.




Online learning is underway! If you’d like to view a variety of resources and “how to” videos in support of your children’s learning, please access the district’s Alternative Learning Plan here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N_JnVYSMFJw0FXQrqHg5xAblI8Ntto3h/view?usp=sharing.

If you need assistance with the district computer you’re using, please contact the Parent Technology Support Line at 314-455-7080, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.




During our extended school closure, we will continue to enroll students through email, phone, etc. You will begin the enrollment process for your child(ren) by contacting Anna Trinh at trinh.anna@wgmail.org or 314-961-1233.  Please know that we do understand that certain circumstances will make this enrollment process unique.  Please click the following link, to view the documents you’ll need to enroll your child(ren): https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=26.