News Briefs

  • High School History Club Registers Students to Vote
    Voter registration Story and photo by Emma Binder

    In preparation for the upcoming election, Webster Groves High School History in Action Club members visited senior English classes to help students register to vote. Any seniors who will have turned 18 by the November election were encouraged to go through the process.

    Julie Burchett, History Club sponsor, said that History Club is always interested in an opportunity to help students become more actively involved as citizens. In previous years--History Club has been holding Voter Registration drives for the last six--around 95 percent of eligible students have registered with the club’s help. Burchett said that it is an opportunity to remind students that voting is not only a right but a privilege and that it is important for students to know that, by voting, we can all have a say in what happens in our country.
    History Club members register High School students to vote.

    Student Advisors to Board of Education
    By Emma Binder

    Webster Groves High School juniors Jessica Peterson and Patrick Lee have been chosen as this year’s student advisors to the district’s School Board. Jessica is also involved in activities that include Speak Up, No Place for Hate, softball, basketball, Thespians and DECA. Patrick is a member of both the track and cross country teams, as well as Pacers, WGHS Crew, History Club and Interact Club.

    When asked what they most hope to achieve as School Board student advisor, both said they’d like to be a voice for the student body. “I hope to give the School Board a better overall picture of the student body and how they feel about the issues we face as a district,” said Lee. “I want to give back to the district and to the school. It’s done a lot for me and I want to give back what I can.”

    Jessica said, “I love speaking up not only for myself but for others. I want to bring a new perspective to the board.” The two students attended their first board meeting Aug. 27 and will attend subsequent meetings as part of their new position.

    Environmental Science Students Test Water Quality 
    AP students testing water Story and photo By Emma Binder

    Advanced Placement Environmental Science students ventured into the community this fall to take a look at our own neighborhood environment. The class conducted water quality studies at both Deer Creek and Shady Creek. Students collected water samples and ran a variety of tests to study the makeup of the water.

    Eight Honored in National Merit Competition
    Eight Webster Groves High School students have been recognized in the National Merit Scholarship competition. John Porthouse, Nicolaus Braun, and Luke Burbee were among the 16,000 semifinalists recognized for their top-tier scores on the PSAT/NMSQT. John Arbuckle, Isabelle Blake, Leah Cooke, Gabriel Mitchell and Claire Burns were among the 34,000 high school seniors honored nationwide as Commended Students, chosen for their exceptional academic promise.

    Board of Education Receives Governance Award 
    BOE receives award The Webster Groves School District Board of Education received the Missouri School Boards’ Association 2018 Governance Team Award this summer.

    This recognition, achieved by only 20 of Missouri’s 518 public school districts this year, is based on outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development, regional and statewide leadership and active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools by the school board and superintendent.

    In this photo, board member Christine Keller is joined by Missouri School Boards' Association President Jan Mees (left) and MSBA Executive Director Melissa Rando (right).

    ERS Shares on Its All-School Response Board 
    ER Response Board Story and photo by Emma Binder

    What was the best thing you did over the summer? Students and staff at Edgar Road Elementary had the chance to share on their All School Response Board. The board was started at Edgar Road last year, with a new question posted each month. The questions are typically chosen by the One Book, One School team, and are focused around community building and equity.

    Modeling Math Lessons at Edgar Road 
    Math lesson Kara Imm, a nationally known mathematics consultant from City College in New York, visited the district this semester and modeled lessons for kindergarten through second grade teachers. She focused on routines to use in the classroom that develop numeracy skills, flexibility with numbers and mental math strategies. She introduced additional models for early math learning and questioning strategies that promote mathematical development. In this photo, she's working with students at Edgar Road School, as a group of teachers observe. She also conducted professional development at Hudson and Clark schools.

    Engineering Design at the High School 
    Student with parachute In a lesson on the engineering design process, Webster Groves High School physics students constructed parachutes recently. The parachutes were made in Elizabeth Hobb’s class and were dropped from the top of the new wing’s stairwell. The student’s parachute – in this picture -- is made from coffee filters and orange pipe cleaners.

    Photo by Emma Binder

    PTO Brings Planetarium to Avery
    IPlanetarium visits Avery t was a busy day in the Avery School gym recently, where all first-grade students got to visit the Challenger Learning Center's portable planetarium, courtesy of a grant from the school's Parent Teacher Organization. Inside the inflatable planetarium, students learned more about the night sky, constellations and planets. In this picture are students from Tracy Baden’s first- grade class.

    Eckerts Apples for Kindness Project
    Apples at AVery District students enjoyed apples from local orchard Eckert's Farms this semester as part of the company's "Pick Kindness" effort. Eckert's delivery of free apples across the area was its first act of kindness in the program.

    Avery students received their apples at lunchtime.