Hixson Happenings

68th Issue, March 12, 2021

Important Dates

March 16 - Asynchronous learning day for all students due to staff vaccinations

March 16 - day 1 of Parent Teacher Conferences, 4pm to 8pm
March 17 - day 2 of Parent Teacher Conferences, 4pm to 8pm
March 19 - No School

March 22 - March 26 - Spring Break

April 6-8 - MAP Testing for virtual students

April 13-16 - MAP Testing for students attending school in person

April 20 - MAP make ups

April 16 - Hixson Summer Academy registration closes

May 26 - Virtual 8th grade Promotion Ceremony

A Note from the Principal

With spring rapidly approaching, we know that students will want to socialize with one another outside of school. I want to reiterate the importance of mask wearing, hand sanitizing/washing, and social distancing as much as possible in the remaining months of school. This is the support we need from our school community in order to reduce quarantines and keep all students in the responsive program in school as much as possible. Additionally, there are a few points that I'd like to make today.


  • There is no COVID-19 outbreak at Hixson Middle School.
  • If you have questions about quarantines or other information pertaining to Hixson, the best place to get your answers is straight from the source. Please feel free to reach out to me or other staff members to get your questions answered.
  • We will follow the St. Louis County Health Department's guidelines for isolations and quarantines until we are told otherwise.
  • Individual schools do not set the health and safety guidelines, nor do we have the power to change the guidelines.
  • We appreciate parents being kind to us when we have to call you to initiate a quarantine. Quarantines are not ideal for anyone, especially our students. We have been charged with the tremendous responsibility of keeping all students and staff safe during a global pandemic. We appreciate your patience and grace during this extremely difficult time.
  • Our teachers are truly amazing. They are working very hard and appreciate your kind words whenever you can offer them.


Thank you for your continued support of Hixson Middle School!

Support for a Hixson family

I regret to inform you that Henry Deimler's father passed away this week. We are so sorry for the family's loss and want to do what we can to be supportive. A meal train and Go Fund Me has been organized for the family. Please click on the links below if you would like to help.


Meal train: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/qm581l


Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-a-very-special-diemler-family?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

3rd Quarter Grades are ready to view!

3rd Quarter grades have been updated and are now viewable on the portal.

Directions on viewing the report card may be found below, or by viewing the video at the following link: https://youtu.be/sMFJMqnlk2I


1. Visit https://sis.webster.k12.mo.us

2. Click on the “Parent” tab and log in with your username and password.

3. Click on the “Grades” button.

4. To view teacher comments and citizenship grades, click on the underlined grade for each class.


If you have any questions regarding your child's grades, please contact the classroom teacher.

Hixson Spirit Week!

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Hixson Middle School Parent-Teacher Conference Dinner

Parent-teacher conferences are just around the corner and that means long days ahead for our teachers. Every year the PTO organizes an evening meal for the faculty and staff during parent-teacher conferences. This spring we will be serving tamales from the Tamale Man, beverages, snacks, and cookies for a quick meal on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. We need your help to make this all possible.


This year, due to Covid 19, the PTO will purchase all of the food and beverages for the meal. If you would like to help out, please contribute digitally through the PTO PayPal Link. We will also receive cash and check donations. Please bring any donations to the front office – folks in the office will place the money into an envelope for the PTO meal fund! Please mark your envelope "PTO Conference Meal Money".


Thank you for your generosity in supporting our teaching staff at Hixson Middle School!

With Gratitude,

Hixson Middle School PTO

SIgn Up for Parent Teacher Conferences

Hixson’s Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are March 16 and 17 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm via Zoom meetings. There is not as much time allotted for spring conferences as there is for fall conferences. Therefore, if you recently had a meeting with your child's teachers and/or do not have any concerns you need to discuss with your child’s teachers, we ask that you refrain from signing up for a conference at this time.


To sign up for a conference, please visit the following site:


https://ptcfast.com/schools/Hixson_Middle_School_1

Revised Plan for Supporting Quarantined Students

Please click on the link below to access our revised plan for supporting students who are quarantined. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

MAP Testing for Virtual Students

The MAP Test for virtual students will be administered between April 6-8. For our planning purposes, we need to know how many virtual students are coming in to take the test. Please click the link below to access the sign up form.


https://forms.gle/chdjLSqMRdo2TQqn8


All virtual students will be spaced six feet apart during testing, and they will be required to wear masks and wash/sanitize their hands. More information is to come.

PTO Donation Request

The Hixson Middle School PTO is currently accepting donations! Please click the link below for information on how to donate.

From Nurse Hensley

Please click the link below to read Nurse Hensley's newsletter about upcoming allergy season!

Meet & Eat - Statesmen Do Lunch!

The Hixson counselors would like to invite our virtual students to “Meet and Eat: Statesmen Do Lunch!” Meet and Eat will be a weekly lunch that is held for our virtual students via Zoom. Our purpose is to help students with support and also give them time to socialize and play games with peers that are also virtual. The meetings will be held during all lunches on every Wednesday of the month and will begin next Wednesday on February 10th. Feel free to join with snacks or a meal for lunchtime.


Please also indicate your interest in participating by submitting this form to us. Parents, if you are filling out this form for your child, please respond to the questions as if you were your child. We will send the Zoom link to all students who sign up, so please sign up ASAP!


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Del’Brica Flowers (flowers.delbrica@wgmail.org) or Christy Keating (keating.christy@wgmail.org).

Attention 8th grade Parents!

As part of our 8th Grade Celebration, we will be showing a presentation with pictures of every student. We are asking parents for help by submitting 2 pictures of your child - one from their Kindergarten year and one from their 8th grade year. These do not have to be school pictures.

Please email your pictures to hill.brian2@wgcloud.org by April 16th. To help with organizing all of these pictures, please:


  1. Make sure your pictures are .png or .jpg files.

  2. Name these files as:

    1. LastName.FirstName-1 (Kindergarten), LastName.FirstName-2 (8th grade)

SIS and Canvas

This is a quick reminder for parents to please remember to check SIS for grades. SIS is our live and final gradebook. If your student moved from virtual to responsive or from responsive to virtual, the Canvas pages might show that the student has missing assignments from semester 1. If that message shows up on your students' Canvas page, it should be disregarded.

Technology Support

Below is a link to the technology support ticket system we are utilizing to provide our learners and families with the most efficient system for submitting technology support requests. Use this site to submit your request when you are having issues with your student's equipment/access/accounts/etc.


https://wgsd.on.spiceworks.com/portal

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All WGSD Students

All Webster Groves School District students – whether in the Responsive Learning Plan or the Virtual Program -- continue to have access to FREE breakfast and FREE lunch Monday -Friday.

Meals are available for pick-up at Webster Groves High School and home delivery. Students who have opted for in person learning can choose their meal daily in the classroom.


For home delivery or meal pick up, please sign up using the below link

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfH08CJCOJnb0mqz6Cg45vKq9mllDBcKBWFJWwbBoiM96s-9A/viewform?usp=pp_url .


If you have any questions, please contact Nancy at pelant.nancy@wgmail.org .

Check out our menus at https://webster.nutrislice.com/ or download the Nutrislice app!

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