Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your Weekly eNews for December 17

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Two reminders and a note:


  1. The first semester will conclude on January 15. Students will get information from their teachers regarding format of any final assessments.
  2. I will share we are still hopeful that conditions will allow us to bring all responsive student back fully in the second semester, beginning late January. We know that determination as well as our shared general circumstance is heavy for us. Please know that we will do all we can to support the safe opportunity to learn in each setting.




Positive psychologists (they focus on life satisfaction and happiness) recommend based on in an increasing body of research that if we express gratitude each day in many potential formats we can significantly boost our happiness and well-being. The approaching winter break provides a chance to look back at some key components of schooling this year. Therefore, I am sharing one practice suggested of writing down five things for which we are grateful.


  • For our dedicated faculty that take seriously both rigor and relationships on behalf of our students. Whether virtually, in-person, or both, doing each well consistently is a challenge, and they do it each day.
  • I am appreciative of our custodians' lead by Donnie Arnold. They work to convey care and pride for our instructional settings and support so many events. Their work has never been more important.
  • Our support staff that endeavors to be ambassadors and first responders as needed to students and families. They are often the initial entry into the school for parents and community members.
  • Our co-curricular educators that provide additional connections to student passions in the library, auditorium, and our athletic venues. Those experiences have such meaning to our students and families, often students only in-person contact during the summer and fall. Some have connected using Zoom and other methods.
  • Our administrative team that has been so engaged in our shared work to support all those who enter our building. Each brings particular strength to our collective efforts and we would be incomplete without them.



In gratitude,

Matt Irvin

Reminder: Winter Break begins December 21! School resumes on January 4.

Final Assessments Information

Please click the link below for detailed information on 1st semester final assessments, including calendar, schedule, types of assessments, and plans for make-up assessments in the event of inclement weather school closings.

Daily Schedule

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Learning at WGHS

Please visit our website for all the latest information regarding in-person learning, the virtual program, schedules, and support for our students and families.

Celebrations

Congratulations to Anna Barr, junior, for taking 2nd Place for her Digital painting at the Lindenwood University Young Artists and their Teachers high school art contest!
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WGHS Parking – 2nd Semester

All temporary parking permits that were issued and given to students to park on the high school lots during 1st semester will no longer be valid after Friday, January 15, 2021.


Seniors

  • On Monday, January 4, 2021, applications for 2nd Semester parking will be given priority to “Seniors” and emailed to the student email accounts.
  • On Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. the parking application and payment link will go live for students to sign up and pay for their parking permits.
  • Cost for parking is $30.00. This parking permit will be valid through the end of 2nd semester, May 28, 2021.


Juniors

  • On Friday, January 8, Juniors will be notified by student email whether there are any remaining parking permits are available for purchase 2nd semester.
  • If we do have parking available for Juniors to purchase, there will be a parking application attached in this email.
  • Juniors will be notified by the end of the school day, Friday, January 8 if they have been awarded a parking spot. You will find the payment link attached in the 2nd award email to purchase your parking permit.

Bus Passes

Bus Payment is now due to Mrs. McKittrick in Office 308. Letters were given to students who have collected their bus passes with this term’s cost. If students have not picked up their passes, please have them do so before or after school. Every bus rider needs to have a bus pass at this point. Please email Leigh McKittrick with any questions: mckittrick.leigh@wgmail.org

A Note from the Nurse

  1. Please keep your student home if notified they were exposed to COVID-19
  2. Please keep your student home if a COVID-19 test is pending in student or household member
  3. Please keep your student home if your student OR another member of your household, including siblings, is exhibiting symptoms that need to be verified as non-COVID-19 versus COVID-19.

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Free Breakfast and Lunch Available 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!

Did You Know?

Students can get credit for their volunteer hours for this year’s Statesmen Service Awards (2020-2021). The period to log hours runs from April 1, 2020 - April 1, 2021.


If you’re working for a food bank or making masks for healthcare workers or picking up groceries for the elderly - now is the perfect time to do some good and give to others. Whether service hours are completed through classes, clubs, youth groups, organizations or individually, students need a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work for a non-profit agency and must not be compensated for the work.


Criteria:

-50+ hours

-Service must not be done within the course of the school day nor pay accepted for the services

-Form must be completed by student and signed by a supervisor who can verify hours completed by student. BLANK FORMS ARE IN OFFICE 124.


Note: Volunteer hours are not eligible for hours in the A+ program. A+ hours are acquired through mentoring and tutoring.


Further questions, you may contact John E. Thomas, thomasejohn@wgmail.org or Julie Simonson, Simonson.julie@wgmail.org

Counseling Department Updates

Need Help Coping with Covid?

Show Me Hope’s Disaster Distress Helpline can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic incident. This is a free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. The Helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

Phone: 800-985-5990 Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746



Seniors: As a reminder, colleges will use information from your FAFSA to determine your federal, state, and their own institutional financial aid. Complete the FAFSA online at https://fafsa.ed.gov



As a reminder, WGHS school counselors and social workers are working to support the academic, social and emotional, and post-secondary planning needs of our students. If you or your child are having difficulties or need assistance, please reach out to their counselor or social worker.


School Counselors

A-E Alex King (king.alexandra@wgmail.org)

F-K Ken Winingham (winingham.ken@wgmail.org)
L-R Joe Hepfinger (hepfinger.joe@wgmail.org)
S-Z Simone Cunningham (cunningham.simon@wgmail.org)


College and Career Counselors
A-K Karen Verstraete (verstraete.karen@wgmail.org)
L-Z Jennedy Lombard (lombard.jennedy@wgmail.org)


School Social Workers
Anne Gibbs (gibbs.anne@wgmail.org)
Anne Marie Guntli (SSD) (guntli.ann@wgmail.org)

COVID-19 Information

St. Louis County COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Testing

Getting tested for COVID-19 has never been more important during this pandemic than it is now. More than 260,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in St. Louis County. This crucial to our efforts to contain the spread of the virus and is a major factor in understanding the patterns of its spread.


This includes testing for those who are asymptomatic and anyone who had close contact with the public to get a test – even if they haven’t had direct contact with someone who was positive. Testing is available to anyone who requests it. To make an appointment for a free test through St. Louis County Department of Public Health, click here or call 314-615-0574.


Drive-through testing is done at the following DPH clinics:

6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley

4580 Lindbergh Blvd. in South County



Missouri residents who may be experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19 may call the “Show Me Hope Line” at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 for assistance. The service is available 24 hours a day throughout the week. For additional information, please click here.

Procedures for Quarantine/Isolation Due to COVID-19

What do I do if my child is in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19?

If a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while at home, the parent/guardian is asked to:

  • Keep their child at home; he/she should not report to school

  • Notify the pediatrician/physician and contact the child’s assistant principal’s office

  • Seek medical attention for their child as it relates to symptoms

  • Speak to the school’s nurse for the purpose of contact tracing

  • Provide updates to the school nurse and classroom teacher


If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation or quarantine, the absence will be treated the same as any other extended absence. Teachers will provide assignments for students who are quarantined. Students should check Canvas pages and email teachers if they need assistance. Teachers will clearly state what the expectations are for students who are quarantined. Parents and students are encouraged to reach out if they have questions.

Technology

For students or families having technology issues, please do the following:


  • For specific Canvas issues, contact Ms. Liz Forderhase at forderhase.liz@wgmail.org or call her at 314.963.6400, ext. 11928.
  • Below is a link to the technology support ticket system we are utilizing to help give our learners and families the most efficient system to help us keep track of technology support requests. Use this site to submit when you are having technology difficulties with your child's equipment/access/accounts/etc.


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


As always, you are welcome to contact us at 314.963.6400 for assistance.

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Families can also view program details directly at this link: lindberghschools.ce.eleyo.com/course/45/winter-spring-2021/driver-education

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