Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for April 6
Hello WGHS Families,
FUTUREPROOF: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation by Kevin Roose is a book that has a fairly optimistic view of the clash between rising technology and humanity--think "Terminator 2." It offers some pointed suggestions to combat the wave of technology, much of it rooted in skills schools can greatly impact. In addition to the suggestions around discrete skills, he suggests habits of mind and dispositions, buoyed by the call of “maintaining humane values (empathy) in an age of new machines.”
Below is a list from Kathryn Hume's blog on Education in the Age of AI that mirrors some of the Roose’s suggestions and details some skills that will be in demand for future workforce:
Flexibility and Adaptability
A one-trick pony will not stay relevant long, disruption as we have all experienced will demand a level of malleability. The need to access resources (increasingly via technology) will allow future workers to “embrace the need to constantly learn to stay relevant.” This has certainly been reinforced through and beyond the pandemic.
Climate change, gun policy, and most issues we face are complex and multi-dimensional. Understanding the science of climate change is a start, but working in fields of impact such as the economy and government must also be addressed. Work will demand not a siloed approach but “various disciplines (with) different prisms that refracted a unified whole.” Last week I visited EDGE at Liberty HS near Kansas City to see students using additional fields (art, ELA, etc) to demonstrate their understanding of a math concept. How they approached their learning demonstrated their ability to use their minds well to connect and express ideas.
Framing Qualitative Ideas as Quantitative Problems
The need exists for using quantitative reasoning to address problems and rationally determine a myriad of entrepreneurial or industry decisions. Connecting to mathematical evidence to allow workers and companies to wisely move from “strategy to tactical execution.”
What is our role in this?
Technology and its reach have done more to disrupt than to cause a typhoon in the economy for both repetitive manual labor and repetitive cognitive labor. It surely had a role in fostering the fissures in our culture rooted in vast disinformation and its reach via social media. The Next Generation Science Standards ask students to apply scientific content and to connect knowledge across scientific fields into a scientifically-based understanding of their world. Critical thinking and other depth of knowledge Level 3 or 4 tasks that have students “consider explanation, interpretation, application, perspective, empathy, and self-knowledge” are needed across our curriculum. In English, students read Frederick Douglass' “What to the slave, is the Fourth of July,” James Baldwin book excerpts, and Ta-Nehisi Coates Atlantic article, "The Case for Reparations." Students should consider what is similar and different in historical context, cultural response to the work, and general arguments or limitations. Tasks such as these would go far to support students' deep thinking around their roles as a citizens of a new economy and old democracy, both of which we can impact as a school. As a parent, asking in conversation, “What makes you think that?,” "What supports your perspective?," or general discussion around complex problems in between TikToks can helpful as well!
Next Week's Schedule: Late-Start A, A, B, C, A
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 4/7: Statesmen Service Awards (by invitation), 7:30am, Auditorium
- 4/10: Late-Start A Day. School starts at 9:40am; doors open for students at 9:25am.
- 4/12: Parents' Club Meeting, 7pm, Library
- 4/14: Top Hat Awards (by invitation), 7:45am, Roberts Gym
- 4/15: ACT Testing at WGHS
WGHS Chess Team Wins 4th in State
Congratulations to our Chess team for winning 4th in the State competition! We are proud of you!
Test Preparation Offered This Summer
WGHS will offer Test Preparation this summer during summer school. Test Preparation is designed to assist students in preparing for college entrance tests. Test Preparation is available to rising 10th-12th grade students. Reserve your spot today by signing up for summer school on our website. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
ECHO CSPA Awards
Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced the winners from its 39th Gold Circle Awards program, which attracted 4,224 entrants in print news and print magazine and its 40th Gold Circle Awards program for yearbook and digital media categories which attracted 4,051 entrants.
Judges awarded First, Second or Third Place or Certificates of Merit (honorable mention) for each contest.
Webster Groves High School students earned eight Gold Circle Awards.
In the print news categories, senior Maren DeMargel won first place for the Op-Ed or News Analysis Page Design “Don't Say Gay' Bill Targets the LGBTQ+ Community.”
Certificates of Merit were earned by graduates Ava Musgraves and Jackson Parks for the Entertainment Review “Scariest Scream Park in America—Editors Brave Creepyworld’s Haunted Attractions.”
In the digital media categories, DeMargel won third place for the Sports Feature "“Women’s Basketball Aims to Make History…Again.”
Also Certificates of Merit were awarded to Parks for his Personal Opinion: On Campus Issues article “English Teacher Unfairly Suspended,” senior Lydia Urice for the Single Spot News Photo “Polar Plunge Helps Special Olympics,” freshman Arianna Peper for the Single Feature Photograph “Freshman Softball Player Cheers Teammates,” juniors Hadley Hoskins and Sam Klein for the Podcast "Voices of Webster: Editorial: Schools Should Not Ban Books,” and seniors Luca Giordano and Eleanor Kanerva, “Voices of Webster: Hockey coaches, players discuss season."
Senior Parents: Now's Your Chance to Buy the ECHO Senior Ad
Here is your chance to congratulate your favorite senior by placing an ad in the May 2023 SENIOR issue of the echo. Click on the button below to place an order (we also accept camera ready ads and photos). If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 963-6400 ext. 11157 or email@example.com. *All mailed photos will be returned when we are finished.
The ads are due by Monday, April 24. Sample Ads can be seen here
Payments can be mailed to Echo Newspaper, Webster Groves High School, 100 Selma Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119.
Size (on page) and Special Senior Ad prices:
- 1/16 $25
- 1/8 $40
- 1/4 $60
- 1/2 $100
- Full $175
Click the link below to order your Senior Ad.
BRIDGing Our Stories
The BRIDGING Our Stories - (Building.Relationships.Inclusion.Diversity.Growth) program allows WGSD middle and high students and staff to tell their stories through art. Students and staff members can express themselves through art such as poetry, photography, music, dance, painting, etc. These creative expressions will be placed in a Community Gallery for the public to view, learn, and appreciate. In addition, the art will be used in a professional development session for staff to learn about the power of storytelling, relationship building, and building community. The grants are able to cover funding for some art supplies. Students will be asked a year later to share how being a part of the project impacted their classroom experiences. This program is grant-funded by the WGSD Foundation and Lindenwood University.
Your student can register by clicking HERE. All artwork must be submitted by May 1, 2023. For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship Opportunities and Searches:
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 national scholarship databases out there. While it can seem a little overwhelming, it can be rewarding if you put some time into it.
National Scholarship Searches
College Board’s Big Future
2023-24 Transportation Application Now Available
The Webster Groves School District is currently determining transportation needs for the fee-based service for the 2023-2024 school year. If your student will be attending Webster Groves High School or Hixson Middle School and you would like bus transportation for your student for the 2023-2024 school year, you must complete the application at the link below. Even if your student rode the bus last year, you must fill out a new application for the 2023-2024 school year. Please read the information in the link and fill out the form if you want your student to ride the bus for the 2023-2024 school year.
Please note the criteria needed to get free bus transportation.
Application deadline is May 15, 2023.
News from the Chelsea Center: WGHS’ In-house Experiential Learning Center
The Anytown Leadership Institute, a program of NCCJ St. Louis, is a unique 7-day residential program for high-school-aged youth. Anytown's goal is to prepare youth to be effective leaders and change agents who are dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and oppression. Youth participate in experiential learning activities and dialogue sessions designed to increase their understanding of human relations issues and of their own responsibility to create a community based on inclusion, trust, and mutual respect. The Chelsea Center can provide funding for up to 3 students selected for this program who are also willing to simultaneously enroll in a Chelsea Center course.
Looking for other experiences?
If your child is looking to explore a passion area or career, have them visit the Chelsea Center to learn more about local opportunities, ways they might earn credit for engaging in these opportunities, and potential funding available to support experiential learning in the summer as well! Students can access wgsd.givepulse.com with their school Gmail account information to explore upcoming experiences as well.
2022-23 Late-Start Days
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WGHS Attendance Contacts
Webster Groves High School
Location: 100 Selma Avenue, Webster Groves, MO, USA
Phone: (314) 963-6400