WGSD Update (Free Meals for All, Survey, Canvas Tip for Families, etc.)

Dear WGSD Community,

Over the past two weeks, we’ve really enjoyed welcoming our students and families back to school. The teachers and staff in the WGSD continue to dedicate quite a bit of thought, time and energy into how we can better meet the needs of our students. We understand that online learning remains a new way to learn and requires a great deal of partnership among our students, families, teachers, staff and community members – in some instances much more than others. We as a school system will never stop working to improve the educational experience for our students and families. Your flexibility and graciousness as we learn and grow, while caring for your children in this historically challenging time, means the world to our committed and caring staff – thank you!

In order for us to continue better meeting the needs of our students, staff and families, we’d like parents/caregivers to complete the following survey for each WGSD student in your household: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Family-week2. While there are limits as to what we might be able do, we have to keep trying to improve our levels of care and support for our students, staff and families.

Six through twelfth grade students had a similar survey sent to their district email as did all district staff. Our plan is to survey stakeholders again in week four and then every six weeks thereafter. While this may feel like survey overload, we see it as the best way to listen and learn from the broadest audience possible at this time. 

With care and gratitude,

John

Re-Entry Metrics

As we move forward with our school year, it remains our hope to return safely to in-person instruction at some level. Over the past few months, we have continued our regular collaboration with superintendents, medical professionals, and health experts. We have identified, reviewed, and assessed a series of community health indicators to help determine when it would be appropriate for students to return to school. These indicators are a starting point, and I want to share with you an update on these measurements provided by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and EducationPlus:

  • Regional Transmission Rate
  • Test Positivity Rate
  • Seven-Day Average of New Daily Case Rates
  • Fourteen-day Comparison of Change in New Cases
  • New Diagnoses by Age Group

At this Thursday night’s board meeting, we’ll further discuss these metrics and their use.

Meal Service Program

The Webster Groves School District will have free meal pick up at Steger/Givens and Webster Groves High School this semester.  Meals are available for any child 0 – 18 years of age. Meals can be picked up Monday-Friday from 10:45 to 12:00pm.  All meals will include that day’s lunch and breakfast for the next day.           

           Steger/Givens pick up will be by the covered awning next to the doors by the cafeteria

           High School pick up will be by Roberts Gym

In addition to meal pick up, you can opt for free meal delivery, where you will receive that day’s lunch and breakfast for the next day.  If you opt for delivery of your meals, you will be registered to receive meals Monday thru Friday until you contact the Food and Nutrition office to cancel your deliveries.  

Please complete the survey only if you plan on picking up or registering for delivery of a meal.  The survey results help us to plan accordingly for meal preparation and in order to reduce any possible food waste.  You have the option on the form to select certain days for pick up or delivery based upon your students’ meal choices.    You can find the survey form here https://forms.gle/D8jwiM8dKfLDSVGS7

Menus will still be posted in Nutrislice under the summer breakfast and summer lunch tabs on the Nutrislice website. 

We ask for the safety of our staff and students that a face mask be worn during meal pick up. 

We look forward to serving your students their breakfast and lunch while they continue to learn online.  For any questions, please call Nancy Pelant at 314.918.4156 or email at pelant.nancy@wgmail.org.

Physical and Emotional Safety of Students

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.

Free Tutoring Program for K-12th Grade Students

As part of St. Louis County’s Digital Equity Initiative, live tutoring is available to Kdg-12th grade students from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. every day of the week. Details about the program are here: St. Louis County Library Free Tutoring

All a student from St. Louis County OR St. Louis City would need is a FREE library card number, which they apply for here: St. Louis County Library Card Process

They then use that Library Card number to enter the tutoring site. 

Canvas – Creating a Guardian Account and Setting Notification Preferences

Parents/Guardians may sign up as an Observer in Canvas in order to view their child’s assignment due dates, announcements and other course content. Observers can also view course content (not participate in course) and set notification preferences in Canvas. To learn more and set up your Canvas Observer account, please click on the link below.

2020-21 Return to School Plan and Survey

Dear WSGD Family,

Please click here to view the WGSD Return to School Planning Guide that includes important details regarding our safe return to school, additional information regarding the Draft Educational Programming Model, and a preliminary list of FAQs. To support our planning and implementation efforts, we need each family to complete this important survey to answer family- and student-specific questions related to the upcoming year and to provide feedback regarding the WGSD Return to School Plan.     

This survey also provides families with the opportunity to declare if any of their children will participate in the K-12 WGSD Virtual Program. We ask that you please complete this survey by July 26th. In order to finalize the district’s programming plans, especially as it relates to staffing, it’s essential to know the minimum number of students who will participate in the K-12 WGSD Virtual Program (100% online program).  Since staffing decisions will be made based on the students participating, we’re requiring students to continue in the K-12 WGSD Virtual Program until the end of the first semester. Not opting into the WGSD Virtual Program will place your child in the District Responsive Learning Plan for the start of the year (pg 14 in the Return to School Planning Guide).

We appreciate your continued support and flexibility as we look to support the well-being of our community’s children and care for all to the greatest extent possible in 2020-21!

Take care,

John

Parent/Caregiver Survey: https://forms.gle/Ecoihw39b95KNPCL6

Return to School Plan: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fCjifBWFYoqqeAXgnEPhevsY6pbQhUZX/view?usp=sharing

2020-2021 School Year Update

Dear WGSD Family,

Over the past five months, our team has been working with much thought and intention to determine how we can best care for and support our students and staff as we return to school on Monday, August 24, 2020. We’ve solicited feedback from stakeholders and received a steady stream of consultation from district staff, medical professionals and experts, and regional school districts and organizations.  In addition, we’ve read quite a bit of research and studies related to COVID-19 and how other schools, organizations, and businesses have responded, and in many cases, remained open.

While July 20 was announced as the day every district’s plans for the start of school would be revealed, like many districts, we don’t feel it is wise to be definitive at this point for a variety of reasons. First, given the dynamic nature of COVID-19, including the recent spike in cases, we’d like to delay the decision a bit longer.  While we know the virus isn’t going away any time soon, we’ll have a better idea of its status within our community and region, and we can adjust our plans based on the current information from health officials and the latest orders or regulations from governing bodies such as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and St. Louis County Government.  

Next, we’d also like your thoughts related to the draft plans we created.  While we received quite a bit of preliminary feedback with our first round of surveys in early June, we know that you may be in a different spot today than you were then based on your experiences, what you’ve learned, and/or the current status of COVID-19. Tomorrow, our School Reopening Plan will be sent to you along with a survey for you to share feedback regarding our draft plans.  You’ll have through Sunday, July 26 to respond to the survey.  In addition to feedback related to the draft plan, the survey will also provide families with the opportunity to communicate whether or not their children will participate in a virtual, online program (K-12 WGSD Virtual Program) regardless of what other choice the district might offer. So that we may begin preparing to staff the WGSD Virtual Program, it’s critically important for you to complete the survey and let us know if you’d like to participate in the WGSD Virtual Program.  

Finally, given the current spike in cases, St. Louis County Department of Health doesn’t think it’s wise for us to finalize our plans at this time.

Furthermore, we’ve scheduled some times for you to directly ask questions of the district leadership team regarding the return to school plans. Please click on the following Zoom link to participate in one of the following sessions: https://zoom.us/j/91832046555

Thursday, July 23 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, July 23 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 23 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

On Thursday, July 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., the district will provide an opportunity for an in-person meeting question and answer session with district administrators on the bleachers at Moss Field.  Face coverings and social distancing are required. In the event of inclement weather, the session will be held on Zoom at the following link: https://zoom.us/j/91832046555

Please trust that we seek the same certainty most of you do as to what school will look like. In addition to helping many make plans for child-care, it would also really help our staff to know in what format(s) they’ll be working with students and one another.  We know this would help you as well. Our goal at this point, is to declare how we will open schools on July 29, 2020.

Here is a brief description of the draft educational programming that will be presented to the WGSD Board of Education this evening at 7:00 p.m.: 

District Responsive Learning: Throughout the year, the district will determine which of the following formats PreK-12 students will learn from based on a variety of factors such as community transmission of COVID-19, number of cases within the school, change in science (ex: vaccine) and our ability to provide the staffing needed.  Formats could vary by grade level. The three formats are: 

  • In-person learning, 5 days per week (4 days for some preschool classes)
  • *Hybrid (combination of in-person learning + virtual learning) 
  • *Virtual learning

*We are currently working to determine if we can provide daily, in-person academic and social-emotional support for identified students and families within the District’s Responsive Learning Plan’s hybrid and virtual formats (exs: students receiving IEP services and families in need of supervision for school-age district students).

WGSD Virtual Program – Parents/Caregivers select to have their child(ren) participate in full-time online distance learning from home, for a defined period of time (ex: semester).  This program will feature live, direct instruction from K-12 teachers throughout each day. Your child’s teacher may not necessarily be a teacher from your home school. 

For an overview of the different formats within the District Responsive Learning Plan and the WGSD Virtual Program, click here

To view tonight’s board meeting at 7:00 p.m., please click here.

Given the relationship between what we’re able to provide district students in terms of an educational experience and the number of cases of COVID-19 in our community and region, we’re grateful for anything you and your family can do to help minimize transmission of COVID-19 in our communities and region, such as wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing in line with applicable health guidelines.  Your patience, understanding and support are greatly appreciated as we continue to navigate this challenging time in pursuit of the best educational experience for our children and do all that we can to keep everyone safe and healthy. Thank you!  

With care,

John

George Floyd +

Dear WGSD Family,

Our community, our region, our country and our world are hurting. So are many of you. The world has once again witnessed the brutal execution of an innocent Black man, George Floyd. The police officers involved deserve to be punished to the fullest extent possible.    

All over the world, people are protesting not only the killing of George Floyd, but the police killings of many other unarmed Black people over time. No different than the educational system (and many others), the criminal justice system is broken. Unlike a car that returns to full functionality after the repair or replacement of a broken part, systems designed to benefit some and not all, require dismantling and rebuilding. I’m not saying that all police officers are bad or all educators are bad, but they (we) operate within systems that, by their outcomes, clearly privilege one race over another.  It’s undeniable.  

To our Black family members, I can’t begin to imagine the physical and mental toll of living life in a society so steeped in racism.  I can’t imagine the exhaustion and worry you have yourself, and that you feel for your family and loved ones.  And it’s so unfair that I can’t.       

To our White family members, it’s essential that our actions match our stance when it comes to addressing racism in our homes, workplaces, community and in ourselves. While many of us are quick to judge and express outrage at a criminal justice system that harms, and even kills, African Americans on a regular basis, it’s critically important to demonstrate the same level of outrage and advocacy within our spheres of influence and control.  If we only express disgust and outrage when innocent Black men and women, adults and children, are brutally killed “in front” of us, then we’re doing more harm than good.  If we curse and criticize the criminal justice system’s brokenness that led to the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, George Floyd and countless others, yet fail to see the same level of brokenness in the systems in which we live and work, then we’re doing more harm than good.  If we cast blame and condemnation on others without acknowledging the role we play in perpetuating such systems, we do more harm than good.  

As your superintendent and as a white man, I must hold myself and our school system to a greater level of accountability in how we see and support our Black children, staff and parents and how our work is leading to the dismantling of the inequitable systems and structures within our district. The success and well-being of our Black children can be the only barometer of our progress, not efforts.  Clearly, we have much work to do and we will.

With care,

John

May 15: WGSD (includes parent/guardian survey)

Dear WGSD Family,

As we head into the summer, I know many are wondering what school will look like for our children come August. Before finalizing and communicating plans, we need to know what permissions the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will grant school districts under the present extraordinary circumstances. We plan to follow those rules; not doing so would mean a loss of $13 million in state and local funding.

Once we’re clear on those parameters — and have considered the applicable guidelines, research and data on COVID-19 —  we can make decisions and communicate our intentions. While we’d like to do so at the earliest possible time, most regional school districts, including WGSD, are planning to arrive at a decision sometime in July. Our intent is to communicate our plans to families in July unless we’re able to do so earlier. The sooner we all know the better.

While finalizing plans requires a bit of waiting, preparing for the opening of school does not.  For some time, we’ve been in local and regional discussions and planning sessions regarding re-entry and re-imagining school for the 2020-21 school year.

Generally speaking, there are a few different models for which we’ll need to be prepared at the start and throughout the 20-21 school year, which will largely be dictated by the present status of COVID-19 at the time.  Those models include school taking place: 1) in our schools, 2) online (distance learning), and/or 3) both in our schools and online.  There are a number of ways the third model could be implemented, including half the students coming on certain days and the other half on others or some of the students spending 100% of their time at school while others spend 100% of their time learning from at home.  There are many models and variations of models being discussed and debated, not just here, but regionally, nationally and around the world.  There are strengths and weaknesses for all or some in most models.  Regardless of which model we choose for August, it will be critically important for us to be prepared for each so that we can navigate smoothly from one to the other, should circumstances dictate.

As you can imagine, and as I promised, we’re continuing to learn quite a bit each day as we implement online learning. We’re learning from what has gone well with distance learning and what has not gone well – for all or some. Daily we’re studying and learning from researchers and health experts from around the world. Here are a few examples of what we’ve learned over the past 9 weeks:

  • The inequities both inside and outside our school system have been magnified during this crisis and distance learning. Our most vulnerable are now even more negatively affected (short and in some cases long term) by systems and structures that don’t see and care for them justly.
  • K-12 public schools, including the WGSD, are much more competent at meeting the academic and personal needs of most students when they are in the schools.
  • Regardless of how school looks and where it occurs in August, it must be clear how our efforts will contribute to the mitigation of COVID-19 and to meeting the diverse needs of district students.
  • Our children and adults will need ongoing care — and adults will require proper training to support the children — to cope with the effects of the virus.
  • While our staff transitioned to online teaching pretty darn well, literally overnight, and I applaud them for it, we must provide them with all the development, resources, support and clear expectations they need to implement distance learning at a higher level come August 24.
  • As a public school district, we can’t meet the needs of children, families, staff and community alone, and will need the support of local and regional partners to help care for them.

As we continue our efforts to prepare for your children and support families in the fall, we’d like to hear from you.  If you would, please complete the following brief survey in order to help inform and support our decision-making for the fall of 2020.  Thanks in advance for doing so!

 

Parent/Guardian Survey Regarding the 2020-21 School Year

 

As the school year comes to a close next week, I plan to discontinue this weekly email.  However, each week I will post to this blog, as I’ve done over the past couple months.  If you’d like to have the post automatically sent to your email, you can subscribe by clicking on the post at the top of this page.

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With care,

John

 

WEEKLY MESSAGE TO STUDENTS

What follows is a short, video dedication to the 2020 Senior Class of Webster Groves High School.  In it, various district stakeholders share their hopes for the senior class as they move beyond us to bigger and better.  Seniors, we wish you nothing but the best life has to offer!

 

 

SUMMER MATH PRACTICE

The district’s K-8 math coordinator put together a wonderful site where students can learn and practice math throughout the summer!  Check it out: https://bit.ly/WGsummermath

 

FROM THE WGSD NURSES

In accordance with state law and school board policy, all students must have documentation regarding required immunizations to attend the first day of school on August 24, 2020.  Immunizations can be obtained at your pediatrician’s office, St. Louis County Health Department and some Walgreens Take-Care Clinics. The American Academy of Pediatrics is still encouraging well-care and immunizations during the COVID-19 crisis to avoid risking other health problems as well so please fax/mail the proper documentation your child’s school.  Thank you!

 

SUMMER SCHOOL

Because of the ongoing concern around COVID-19, we will be offering elementary and middle school summer school programming through Launch, an online learning platform, developed by the Springfield (MO) Public School system. All of the Launch classes are developed by Missouri educators and aligned to Missouri Learning Standards. You can learn more about Launch here   https://fueledbylaunch.com

All sessions are completely free to families if you enroll in the classes through the Webster Groves School District.

For details about this programming and how to sign up, please click this link https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/Page/14087

 

DISTRICT AND LOCAL RESOURCES

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.

WGSD: May 8

Dear WGSD Family,

As we near what was expected to be our date for high school graduation (May 12), my thoughts and emotions for the senior class of 2020 continue to build. While the seniors with whom I’ve connected fully understand why the end of their senior year must look different, it’s still really hard for them and many others close to them.  While I do look forward to a wonderful graduation ceremony to honor each and every one of them, it’s my hope that, with respect to the safety and well-being of all, we’re able to do so face to face in either June or July.  We will keep families abreast of the situation as we proceed into the summer.

Earlier in the week, the Virtual Senior Awards Program was shared with me.  I was blown away by the accomplishments of the students and the class!  Please click here to take a look at the program from that night which includes special honors, awards and scholarships earned and received by this remarkable group of young people!  Thanks to all the teachers, staff, families and others who supported the students along their journeys in the WGSD!

As I was further processing this group of students and the end of their K-12 experience, I was hit with the thought that, years from now, they might be one of the more well known, if not the most, classes in WGSD history.  As others look to learn about and from the pandemic, they’ll seek out information and stories on the effect of the virus on schools – namely the people.  People will not just learn of and admire the seniors’ thoughtful and empathetic response to the pandemic, but they’ll learn of the individual and collective accomplishments of the group: academic, artistic, athletic, and others.  And this thought, coupled with all the stories that make up the Class of 2020, put a smile on my face.

In addition, future “googlers” and researchers will also see how others rallied around the children including the parents and staff.  The WGHS Parents Club’s efforts to honor the senior class have been remarkable! Check out the Fox 2 News story below regarding the senior parade they organized and implemented to honor each student!

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People searching will also find endearing messages and tributes such as this one from the World Languages Department at WGHS.  What talent!

In closing, for my weekly challenge, I’m asking for your (student, parent, community member) assistance in a video that will be shared with the senior class.  Please respond to the prompt: “My hope for you(seniors)…”  Videos can be sent to simpson.john@wgcloud.org by noon on Tuesday, May 12.  Please don’t overthink it, don’t wonder if the seniors would want to hear from someone they possibly don’t know or worry about the words you share – just share!

With care and gratitude,

John

 

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!  A donation of $50 will be made to the Webster-Rock Hill Ministries in honor of last week’s participants.  Please share it with your children!

Check out Claudia’s telescope made from recycled materials!  Very neat, Claudia!

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

  • email it to simpson.john@wgcloud.org by noon on Tuesday, May 12,
  • 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 AND LOCAL RESOURCES

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.

WGSD – May 1

Dear WGSD Family,

In the WGSD, we are extremely blessed to have an extraordinarily competent and caring group of adults working with our children each and every day.  Today is Principal Appreciation Day and next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  I would strongly encourage you to reach out to the teachers and principals in your children’s lives who, in the past or present, see and support your children for the beautiful and brilliant people they are.  Let them hear again or for the first time, the impact of the care, attention and skill on your children and family.   As someone who is in his 25th year in this business, I can assure you that a simple note or voice mail from you would mean the world – now more than ever due to the challenges each is facing at work and at home.

Thank you teachers and thank you principals!

With gratitude,

John

 

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!

Thanks to Susan Bergman, our math coordinator, for this week’s challenge in which I will be racing students during our weekly Math Virtual Races!  While I’ll be participating in the Multiplication “Tractor Competition” from 11:00 – 11:30 am this Wednesday, students can engage in other fun games using their addition, subtraction or division skills.  Click on the following flyer for more information: www.bit.ly/WGmathraces.  Please let me know if your child participated using the email address below!

 

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) participates in the Virtual Math Race this week, please:

  • email his/her/their name to simpson.john@wgcloud.org by 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, and
  • know that donations related to the challenge will not come from district funds.

 

DISTRICT AND LOCAL RESOURCES

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.

WGSD – April 24 (Summer School, etc.)

Dear WGSD Family,

As we continue to operate in the now, I do want you to know we’re dedicating quite a bit of time and energy into planning for our students’ and staffs’ safe return to school, both to close out the existing year — which includes collecting and dropping off items — as well as returning to our regular school operations.  Local and regional discussions are occurring regarding this as well.  From planning through implementation, we’ll continue to prioritize the health and safety of all – physical as well as emotional.  Also, we’ll be mindful of how these processes will likely need to look different for some including students and staff who won’t be returning for the 2020-21 school year and students who will be transferring from one building to another.

Next, I wanted to provide you with a summer school update. At this point in time, we are still planning to have educational programming for our students this summer.  However, and with respect for the health and well-being all, our summer programming will be online.

Our high school students (rising 9th through rising 12th grade) will take online classes in a virtual format.  High school summer school courses will run from June 1st through July 2nd.  WGHS students who have already enrolled in a summer class will maintain enrollment in these virtual courses.  Space is still available in some courses and interested students should reach out to their counselors regarding enrollment.

For rising 1st through 8th grade students, we are currently exploring online options for summer school programming.  More information will be shared when plans are solidified.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer a Preschool or Adventure Club program.

All summer school programming is dependent on full state funding.  Any possible cuts to funding may cause us to alter what we are able to offer.

Lastly, thanks to each of you who completed the online learning survey.  This morning, building and district administrators discussed the feedback secured from the 1073 people who completed the survey.  As intended, the results will help inform and improve our work with your children moving forward.

With care,

John

 

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 29,
  • 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 AND LOCAL RESOURCES

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.

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,

John

 

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 AND LOCAL RESOURCES

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.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT FOR DISTRICT DEVICES

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.

 

 

ENROLLING NEW STUDENTS INCLUDING INCOMING KINDERGARTNERS

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.