From the District Feb. 25, 2022
Four Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Congratulations to four Webster Groves High School students who have been named National Merit finalists. They are Matthew Curtis, Ella Kelly, Benjamin Miller and Emma Rohrs. They will compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $30 million, which will be offered this spring.They are among approximately 15,000 finalists moved forward from a nationwide pool of 16,000 semifinalists chosen in September. Finalists represent the highest-scoring entrants in each state on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
WGSD Celebrates Black History Month
The school district proudly acknowledges February as Black History Month.
All district schools, from preschool to high school, have been busy celebrating the month with events such as daily announcements with historical facts, door decorating contests, influential African Americans on bulletin boards and hallway monitors, read alouds, and assemblies.
While we honor Black history in February, we demonstrate and recognize that Black history is American history, thus we celebrate it all year long.
These photos show one of the decorated doors at Webster Groves High School and a special display of books at Bristol School.
Board Approves Late-Start Days for 2022-23
The Board of Education has approved adding “late-start” days to next year’s school calendar. Webster Groves High School currently uses late starts and this change would expand the model districtwide. Late starts will allow teachers collaborative planning time to look at data and monitor student progress. We believe the expansion of this model for Hixson and our elementary schools will positively impact instructional planning, as we continue to support the academic needs of every student.
Late start days will be the second and fourth Mondays, allowing teachers one hour at the beginning of the day to work together. On these days, the district will offer supervision for students at no cost. This opportunity is reserved for students who require supervision during this time. Supervision will be staffed by instructional aides and everyday substitutes who work in each building.
Families can register for supervision through the parent portal beginning later in the spring. Local school buses will shift their schedules for late start days to a late start schedule; VICC buses will stick to their normal schedules. Breakfast will be offered in two shifts so that all students who wish to eat will have that opportunity.
The schedule is as follows;
For kindergarten through fifth grade, supervision will be offered beginning at 7:40. Arrival begins at 8:50 and school starts at 9:05.
For Hixson and the High School, supervision will be offered at 8:15. Arrival will be at 9:25 a.m. and school begins at 9:40.
PAT Reaches Out With Activity Bags
The district’s Parents as Teachers staff got creative this year when the pandemic prevented in-person meetings with families. The PAT program supports families with young children through services that promote child development, learning and child health. Staff members delivered activity bags to homes and then followed up with calls to parents to get feedback, talk about their child’s development and support them by answering any questions they may have. In the photo, Meghan Casey, Courtney Baker and Chris Steger show off some of the activity bags they've been delivering. For information about the PAT program here, please call Chris Steger, 963-6440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Art Student's Work Chosen for State Capitol Display
Congratulations to High School senior Rachel Sebastian-Asbed, whose work has been chosen to represent the school's state senate district. Her work will hang in the Senate hallway gallery in Jefferson City from March 2022 through February 2023. Rachel and High School art teacher Joceyln Reiss will be honored at an awards ceremony on March 23 at the state capitol.
'Twos Day' Celebrations on Feb. 22
Elementary students celebrated "Twos Day" this week on 2/22/22 with fun activities and special hats. At Hudson School, first grade students also worked on time capsules, to be opened when they're seniors in 3/33.
They included their handprints, pieces of twine measured and cut to show their height, lists of their favorite color, movie, book as well as additional information about their families.
Board of Education Candidate Forum March 30
The League of Women Voters will moderate a forum for candidates running in April for the Webster Groves School District Board of Education, to be held at 7 p.m. March 30 at Hixson Middle School. You can submit a question for the candidates at this link https://forms.gle/
All Write 2022: Metamorphosis
The All Write festival at Webster Groves High School returns on Feb. 28 and March 1. During the All Write Festival, the Webster Groves School District celebrates the word: the written word, the spoken word, the word as poetry, the word as prose, the word as image. In all these forms, words have the power to create and strengthen community and our celebration embraces this power. During All Write, a variety of guest speakers will discuss their craft and share their work with students from English classes.
The festival also features talented student writers and musicians at every author assembly during the event. The Jonathan Franzen (WGHS class of 1977) Excellence in Student Writing contest searches for the best in student writing. The Art Write contest gathers the best student artists to create the annual Art Write gallery featuring original works to be shared with guest speakers.
Speakers include Jarrod Jones, Cole Gibsen, Leah Clyburn, Daniel Durchholz, Peat "EYEZ" Wollaeger, Jaime Mowers, Sylvester Brown Jr., Ted Ibur and more.
Enrollment for Kindergarten in August Is Open
Enrollment has opened for kindergarten in August. Families are encouraged to enroll their kindergarten students as soon as possible so that the district can plan class assignments and allocate resources. Children are eligible for kindergarten if they are five years old before Aug. 1.
For information on what documents are needed to register your child, please see the district's enrollment page https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/Page/26
Enrollment is online. Please click this link to fill out forms and upload documents https://fs9.formsite.com/WgL6Mt/qb8peox0p2/index.html