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From the District Nov. 19, 2021

Turkey Day 2021 Information

The annual Turkey Day football game with all of its festivities is next week! The game will be at noon on Thanksgiving Day in Kirkwood.   

Tickets are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main and activities offices at the High School, 100 Selma Ave. Cash, checks Turkey Dayand credit cards are accepted. Be sure to buy your tickets early! All proceeds from advance tickets sales stay at the High School. Gate receipts are divided between Kirkwood and Webster. Advance tickets are $7. At the gate, the ticket price is $10 and proceeds are split between Webster and Kirkwood.  You can also buy tickets online. To purchase online go to, scroll down to the Turkey Day logo, and click Get Tickets.  Be sure to select "Webster Presale General Admission" tickets so that proceeds come to WGHS.

The community events on the night before Thanksgiving will also return this year. The annual Chilifest sponsored by the WGHS Parents Club will be held in the Commons and Courtyard at WGHS from 5-7 p.m. Click here for more information and tickets for the Chilifest:

The Community Pep Rally will also be held the night before Thanksgiving, but will be outside at Moss Field starting at 7:30 p.m. The pep rally is open to the public and free of charge. If the weather does not allow the pep rally to be held outside then it will be moved back to Roberts Gym. In that case,  the pep rally won't be open to the public (only parents of involved students will be able to attend).

Beyond all of these festivities, High School students are busy decorating doors at the High School this week and celebrating with theme days leading up to Thanksgiving. This week, so far, they've had a Superhero/Villain Day in which students could dress as a favorite hero or villain, Twin Day when they dress like a classmate and today, dress like a favorite movie character. Monday is Tacky Day, dress in Kirkwood red and white; Tuesday is Spirit Day, dress in WGHS orange and black.

Thrive Team Earns Honors at Battle of the Saints

Congratulations to a High School team for taking third place at STL Startup Week's Battle of the Saints competition. The students, from the High School's Thrive business incubator, were Sarah J. H. Max B., Dane H. and Ellie P., pitching their business, "Stickables."
competitionStudent competitors had three minutes to pitch a business concept to a panel of expert industry judges.
Pitches were evaluated on Risk vs. Reward, Traction, Business Model, Market and Future Plans.
Battle of the Saints was sponsored by Enterprise IT and Masterclock, Inc. and hosted by Parkway Spark! and Webster Groves High School's Thrive.
Jon Petter Receives 'Inspiring Coach Award'

Congratulations to Cross Country Coach and High School teacher Jon Petter for receiving the Brooks  Inspiring Coach Award, which honors coaches who help and motivate young runners and make a genuine difference in their communities. He will be featured in a monthly video and on the Brooks Running Shoe Co. Facebook page.

#TeacherFeature Nicole Sullivan, Walter Ambrose Family Center Preschool

Nicole Sullivan is a teacher at Ambrose Family Center. She loves how much support Webster Groves provides to the school district, and how close the community is. “From preschool through graduation, there are exceptional opportunities for students to grow and become active members of their community,” Sullivan said.

Two years ago, she experienced the support of the community firsthand and was able to provide one of these amazing teacheropportunities to her students. She and her co-teacher received a Webster Groves School District Foundation grant to create a classroom environment that helps students learn how to work through big emotions and supports the whole child.

“We put a lot of effort and time into helping children learn how to identify feelings and ways to help them process what they are feeling. We are so proud of the classroom we have created, it's a magical place to be!” Sullivan said.

Ambrose is a magical place for students because of the teachers. Sullivan told a story of touring Ambrose as a new teacher in another district and being amazed by the planning and observation tools Ambrose used, as well as the environment that teachers created for their students. She said she knew then that Ambrose was somewhere she wanted to teach.

Sullivan has two children, a son, Jack, who attends the Ambrose Preschool, and a daughter, Evelynn (Evie), who will attend as soon as she is old enough. “Jack and Evelynn make sure there is never a dull moment in our home, they are music lovers who dance to any song playing!” Sullivan said. Along with her two children, Sullivan lives with her husband, Johnny, and their dog, Lucy, in Compton Heights. She said they are a very active family and love to spend time hiking, discovering new parks, finding a good pizza or biking through Forest Park.

Sullivan worked in design before becoming a teacher but quickly realized that teaching was her true calling. She pursued a master’s degree in Special Education and has been teaching ever since. 

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Vacancy Announcement

The district's Adventure Club is seeking a site manager as well as site assistants. The site manager position manages and supervises the activities of children and ensures that the established policies and procedures of the Adventure Club School Age Care program are followed.

Essential functions include:

  • Planning and facilitating a recreational and educational program that meets the needs of all children during the school year and summer school program
  • Mentoring, training and leading staff
  • Creating a safe, nurturing and supportive culture and environment where everyone feels valued
  • Supervising and assisting staff with daily program activities

College credits are preferred, as is experience in school age care and/or degree in related field.
Management and supervisor experience are also preferred

Site assistants help the site manager in planning and facilitating the program. Duties include supervising and interacting with the children to ensure safety and well-being and facilitating the use of thematic kits. College credits are preferred as is experience working with children in a similar setting.

For information, email or call Lauren Bielicki, 314-918-4654.

Board of Education Candidate Filing To Begin Dec. 7

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