Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your Weekly eNews for January 21

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Today our staff will engage in work around yesterday’s transition in leadership. Some will be seasoned teachers of social studies and others will have much less experience leading work in this realm. It would be easy to opt out of that work, but frankly, we cannot afford to. Democracy is both inherited and earned, and as Supreme Court Justice Brandeis noted, “the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty.”


We strive to create a learning environment that allows students to express their views respectfully, to develop their critical thinking skills, to embrace their passions, and to continue to grow and lead this world effectively and compassionately. A few weeks ago, I marveled as our staff attempted to engage our students around current events, used primary sources (images, speeches, historical documents, and maps) while teachers probed students to evaluate the sources, ask questions, and most importantly, think for themselves. Schooling should be the training ground for an engaged citizenry. This commitment extends to each and every student.


In gratitude,

Matt Irvin

Download the Canvas Parent App to Stay Up-to-Date on Your Child's Grades and Assignments

The Canvas Parent app allows parents to easily engage in their children's education by providing access to important class information and grades. The app can easily be configured in just a few minutes.


With the Canvas Parent app, parents can:

  • View the list of courses in which their students are enrolled. For each course, parents can see course information, assignments (title, due date, and instructions), grades, and events. WGHS teachers primarily use Canvas for posting grades regularly.
  • Set alerts to view course announcements and/or receive reminders for a specific assignment or event (sent to mobile devices as push notifications).
  • Monitor their child’s performance on Canvas assignments.


Download the Canvas app on your iOS or Android device. You must create a parent account once you install the app and use a pairing code from your child to become an observer. Please visit here for detailed information on Canvas and how to become an observer. We have also attached a help file below.

Term 3 Schedule

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Bus Service Update

Bus service will be provided again next semester, and if your student is already signed up, you are all set. If you would like to sign up for bus service, please email Leigh McKittrick at mckittrick.leigh@wgmail.org.


Cost for 2nd semester is as follows: $160 for a student that needs both to- and from-school transportation, and $80 for a student that just needs one-way transportation. Bus service is only provided in the PM session.


Payments can be made by check written to WGSD and mailed or brought to Mrs. McKittrick in Office 308.


If you have any other questions, please reach out to Leigh McKittrick: 918-4139.

Inclement Weather and School Closing Information

Although we've had a mild winter thus far, please be mindful of the procedures for school closings due to inclement weather. Please visit our district website for detailed information.



Communication
Should bad weather or other adverse conditions prompt us to consider closing schools, the District will make a decision as early as possible. Information will be available through the following outlets:



Early Dismissal
The Webster Groves School District will consider closing schools early due to emerging weather and/or road conditions that will make it unsafe for children to be dismissed at the regular time. If school is dismissed early, all after school programs and activities, including Adventure Club, will be canceled. Non-district related events will also be canceled (ex: YMCA’s Hoopsters).

Transportation provided by First Student, the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation, and ZipCare will transport children home at dismissal.

Unless special circumstances exist, the high school will be dismissed at 12 p.m.


Delayed School Start Time
The Webster Groves School District will consider opening schools with a “late start” on inclement days when roads are expected to be cleared within a few hours. This option would keep children, families and staff off the roads during the busy morning rush hour. A late start would mean that all schools would open one hour and thirty minutes later than their usual start times. A quick breakfast would be available for students. Transportation provided by First Student, the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation, and ZipCare will be scheduled to pick up students one hour and thirty minutes later than their regular pick up times.

All schools and Adventure Club would close at their regular times.


WGHS Delayed Start Time:

Student Arrival Time: 9:10 a.m.

School Start Time: 9:25 a.m.

WGHS Term 3 Blended 4x4 Daily Schedule Delayed Start due to Inclement Weather

This schedule is only applicable in the event of an announcement by the district of an inclement weather delayed start.


Building opens at 9:10 a.m. for Morning Session

Building opens at 12:30 for Afternoon Session


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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.

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

During in person learning and distance learning, Webster Groves Students will 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, will be able choose their meal choice 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 .


Please contact us at pelant.nancy@wgmail.org with any questions.

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

Did You Know?

Asynchronous learning time management is essential to your student's success. Please click on the document below for some great time management/study tips organized by the school’s Social Work Practicum Student, Michaela Mense. Also listed below are links to resources for at-home learning.


https://www.khanacademy.org/khan-for-educators/resources/parents-mentors-1/khan-academy-accounts/a/seven-tips-for-setting-up-a-productive-learning-space-at-home


https://www.khanacademy.org/khan-for-educators/resources/parents-mentors-1/khan-academy-accounts/a/distance-learning-survival-guide-for-parents

Counseling Department Updates

Juniors! Mark Your Calendars

All juniors will take the ACT on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. This is at no cost to students and no registration on your part is necessary. More information will be shared as we get closer to the test date.


“The College Search” A Presentation for Juniors and Junior Parents-- Wednesday, February 10, 2021
During this program, WGHS College and Career Counselors and a panel of college admissions representatives will give juniors and their parents tips and advice on conducting their college search. Due to viewing limitations with a live Zoom, this will be a prerecorded presentation. A link will be shared on or before February 10th.


Scholarship Information for Seniors
Applications for the 2021 Webster Groves local scholarships are now available. Please visit our Counseling Webpage here for more information and instructions to apply. The deadline to apply for all local scholarships is February 16, 2021.


St. Louis Area Scholarship Search St. Louis Graduates Scholarship Central (Note: Many of these applications have not opened up yet so keep checking back.) This is also where you can apply for Interest Free Student Loans from Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.


Where can you find other scholarships? There are a number of scholarship databases out there. While it can seem a little overwhelming, it can be very rewarding if you put some time into it.


National Scholarship Searches
Fastweb
College Board’s Big Future
Peterson’s
Unigo
Cappex



Upcoming College Admissions Testing

The ACT—Saturday, February 6, 2021 (registration closed)

The SAT—Saturday, March 13, 2021

Register at www.sat.org by February 12, 2021.

As a reminder, all juniors will take the ACT at school on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Test fees are paid for by WGSD and no registration on your part is required.




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)

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.

COVID-19 Information

We have now moved all COVID-19 information to a separate link. We will update this as we receive new information.

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