Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for May 14

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Hello WGHS Families,

I drove by school and Moss Field on Tuesday night to witness the recognition of graduation night as we had planned over a year ago. It was bittersweet to see the families taking pictures of their children, likely having a mix of pride and disappointment. I hope we all emerge from the historical moment more sober about our connection and obligation to each other. We will be safer as a community if we have fidelity to suggested practices as recommended by public health officials. That is on our mind as we have crafted plans for ending the current school year, imagine graduation, and consider next year. All are fraught with challenges and dodge any desired certainty we might want to extract. As and educator, I am able to know the promise of our students, those we will formally say goodbye to at graduation and those that will reconnect with us in the fall. In spite of what is occurring around us all, I am more hopeful than discouraged for what lies ahead.


Check out our E-learning page for information on the remainder of the school year:

https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/Page/23157



Best,

Matt Irvin

Wrapping up the School Year: Schedule, Lunch Accounts, Donations

Week of May 11-15

  • Teachers may teach new content or have students turn in a culminating project or activity with teacher or peer feedback.
  • Friday, May 15 will be a student support day/turn-in work



End-of-Year Plan by Department:

World Language: Continued Learning

Math: Continued Learning

English: Culminating Reflection

Fine Arts: Teacher feedback on projects

Industrial Technology: Continued Learning

Innovation: Capstone Projects

FACS: Capstone Projects

Business: Capstone Projects

PE: Continued Learning

Science: Culminating Reflection

Social Studies: Final Assessment



Week of May 18-22

  • Recap and finalize learning for all students and not for new learning or new assignments.
  • Teachers will schedule time during their set office hours to connect with students.
  • Teachers will make additional efforts and outreach, and support for students, particularly those who are at-risk of not completing essential learning for the semester.
  • Teachers will communicate any missing work and other “wrap-up” types of work with students.
  • Students can submit incomplete or missing work.
  • Students who have completed course expectations will not be expected to meet or check-in. The only students expected to complete work during the week are students who have incomplete or missing work or working to raise a grade.


Lunch Accounts


  • If you have a senior with a negative balance, please log into the parent portal and pay the fine. Otherwise, your senior's diploma will be held.
  • If you have a senior with a positive balance, you can either request a refund or donate to another sibling/student. To do this, email Chartwell's directly at pelant.nancy@wgmail.org.
  • All positive balances for underclassmen shall roll over to the next school year. If you wish to request a refund, please email Chartwell's at pelant.nancy@wgmail.org.



Donations

COVID-19 has put a financial burden on so many of our families. If you would like to donate to a general fund to cover student fees/fines, please call Roro Cotner, bookkeeper, at (314) 626-3393, between the hours of 12 - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday (She cannot accept calls on May 11-12 due to senior returns). If you would like to donate to a specific student, please mention when calling.


Once a donation has been made, you will receive a receipt and tax letter if requested. We're sorry, but she can only accept credit card payments at this time.

Student Textbook and School-Issued Item Returns May 19-22

Webster Groves High School textbook and school-issued item returns will take place May 19-22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Roberts Gym. All 9th-11th grade students, and any seniors who did not attend this week, will return any rented/school-issued textbooks, sports uniforms, technology (including laptops/Chromebooks/Garmin devices), and/or school district instruments/band uniforms. Students should also turn in library books. If students have any personal items they must retrieve inside the building, they must notify us as they arrive.


**Please note: Any items not collected by May 22 will be donated, as summer cleaning begins.**


Please note: Yearbooks will be available for pick up at another time. Yearbooks will not be shipped to the high school until late May. We will send information regarding pick up at that time.


In order to follow social distancing guidelines, only 10 students will be scheduled at a time. Students will have 10 minutes to return their items and exit the building. We are sorry, but for the safety of our students and staff, only the student will be allowed in the building—parents must wait in their cars. Parking is available on both lots near Roberts Gym.


All those who enter the building will need to wear a mask. If your child does not have a mask, we will accept their items at the exterior door to Roberts Gym. More details about the return process will be sent later this week.


Each class will have a designated day for returns:

Tuesday, May 19 Juniors

Wednesday, May 20 Sophomores

Thursday, May 21 Freshmen

Friday, May 22 All students who cannot attend on their scheduled day


The sign-up link has only been sent to students at their wgcloud accounts, to avoid duplicate sign-up entries. Please encourage your student to check their school email and sign-up during their scheduled day.


To ensure student and staff safety, please do not arrive before your scheduled time. Please wait in your car until your scheduled time.


We will send more detailed information at the end of this week.

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • May 19-22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Students return school-issued items. Must sign up for a 10-minute spot on Sign-up Genius (sent to all student email accounts)

WGHS Summer Reading Expectations

In a typical school year, the WGHS English Department would assign specific summer reading novels for each of our classes. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and our inability to access the building over the summer, we are unable to distribute books to our students this year. However, we fully expect and enthusiastically encourage ALL incoming students to engage in summer reading on their own. We are expecting students to read at least one novel of their choice before school starts again in August. Please see the Library webpage for links to online access to books and to see a list of suggested titles.


The library will also participate in the District Webster Reads program. Any student who reads a minimum of 3 books can turn in a form by Sept. 11th, 2020, to be recognized. The form will be available on the Library webpage as well.

Summer Courses for Experiential Learning Credit

We’re offering some exciting courses this summer like geocaching and baking. This is a great chance to earn credit and have some fun! Click the link below to learn more and apply!

Summer Experiential Learning Opportunities

Seniors/Graduation

Senior Fines

Now that the majority of the class has returned their materials, we will be able to safely process their boxes on Monday, May 18. Once we have processed all returns, we will determine any additional fines. If your senior did not return an item, you will receive a fine notice. This fine must be paid in order to complete the senior check-out process and receive a diploma.

Graduation Updates

Graduation updates have been sent to all seniors and families. For the latest information, please visit here. Before emailing with specific questions, we ask that you carefully review the material sent to you previously.

World Languages Department Honors Senior Class

WGHS - WL Dept's Grad Video

Senior Parent is Requesting Your Pictures for a Video Tribute

Chaney Hagemann, senior parent, is requesting any pictures you may have for a video tribute project for our seniors.* She is looking for individual or group photos of our senior class. Please email all photos to wghsseniorpic2020@gmail.com.


*This is not a school-sanctioned project.

Celebrations

ECHO Celebrations

JournalismSTL awarded the print version a SUPERIOR rating, and the Echo's Voices of Webster Radio/Podcast Overall a Best of Show rating, its Online Overall an Excellent rating and its Video Newscast Overall an Honorable Mention.


Three students earned Superior ratings for their individual entries. These were junior Jaden Fields for her Sports Photo of "Fans at the Soccer Championship" and her News Photo of "Senior Patrick Lee leads the pack with chants and inspirational speeches," and Stisser and junior Addie Palmquist for their Commentary Copy "Acceptance pressure transforms admissions process."


Six entries earned Excellent ratings. These were Bennett for her Sports Photo "Senior Elizabeth Zareh slides into home plate" and her Feature Copy "New program facilitates student-created businesses," Weihl for his Broadcast News "Students walkout to raise climate change awareness," sophomore Zeke La Mantia for his Feature Photo "Senior Zia Massena gives instructions for the fall play" and his Feature Photo "Seniors Evan Palmer and Matt Muldoon and freshmen Luca Giordano and Zach Andrews perform during fall play," and Fields for her Sports Photo "Junior Julian Tilford heads the ball."


Seven entries earned Honorable Mentions. These were Weihl for his Commentary Copy "Impeachment should be larger focus in classrooms," Keller for her News Feature Copy "Teachers share pre-teaching experiences," La Mantia for his News Feature Copy "Custodial staff maintains school, makes connections," Bennett for her Sports Photo "Women’s swimming defeats Hazelwood West," graduate Gretchen Skoglund for her Individual Broadcast Feature "Seniors share high school insight," freshman Ava Musgraves for her Individual Broadcast Feature "Halloween costumes for dogs" and freshman Cory DeWald for his Individual Broadcast Feature "Makerspace offers students hands-on learning."

Distance Learning Information/Updates

Summer School 2020 Announcement

At this point in time, we are still planning to have educational programming for our students this summer. However, and with respect for the health and well-being all, our summer programming will be online.



Our high school students (rising 9th through rising 12th grade) will take online classes in a virtual format. High school summer school courses will run from June 1st through July 2nd. WGHS students who have already enrolled in a summer class will maintain enrollment in these virtual courses. Space is still available in some courses and interested students should reach out to their counselors regarding enrollment.



All summer school programming is dependent on full state funding. Any possible cuts to funding may cause us to alter what we are able to offer.

May Distance Learning Updates

WGHS E-Learning Website:

https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/Page/23157


Tech help

Tech Hotline: 314-455-7080, 8AM-8PM


Weekly Schedule

In the effort to be mindful of the work around e-learning, we will begin taking each Friday to focus on supporting student engagement and refining our work around distance learning. Each teacher will have their established office hours and no additional instructional material/lessons in the effort to promote mastery of the essential work assigned for engagement. Students can also use those days to contact counselors, prepare for AP test(s), or engage in other pursuits that promote wellness.


Some guiding principles of student support days:

  • Teachers and staff will work to support students and their learning through communication they have already accessed with students and families.

  • Teachers will collaborate with colleagues on best practices for distance learning with district-based support and PLC teams within their respective departments.

  • This will allow students that did not have needed access the chance to have more support and time to finish assignments.

Grading

  • Please communicate to your teacher how the work is going relative to workload and stress. It is important to allow us to adjust on the feedback we hear as we do this work.

  • Our staff is focusing on how students can be successful with engagement during this period and providing feedback around the intended learning. We do want to support students in continued acquisition of skills that will support future ready citizens: critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

  • Distance learning period will be a separate grading category/assignment type in Tyler SIS where all grades will be placed while school is conducting distance learning. It will have different weight, with the period prior to distance learning being ⅔ of semester grade and the distance learning period being ⅓, including the final. Students should work with their individual teacher to raise their grade for the semester in addition to the work they are doing during distance learning.

  • This determination was made after consulting DESE guidance and with the awareness that distance learning is impacted by many variables for students: consistent access to digital devices or the internet at home, changes in student support in distance learning, and additional demands on students.

  • Teachers and staff are working with students to maintain their previous level of achievement through a myriad of supports and assessment design. Administrators and teachers are in communication when students are not able to engage and will work to excuse or reduce work missed due to lack of access. Under our current circumstances, we are working to monitor and adjust as needed for students to be successful for the remainder of the distance learning period.

  • *In the case that there is an undue hardship (i.e., health-related issues, persistent access issues, etc.), administrators will have the latitude to work on behalf of students to make determinations to ensure students are successful.


Prom

We are working to have prom and are looking at options and how we might adjust settings and potential dates. We have tentatively rescheduled Prom for June 20, 8-11 p.m., location TBA.


April/May Calendar Events

In accordance with the Stay-at-home orders, we will need to either cancel or postpone our upcoming high school events. Please see the status of our events below for the month of April/early May:



April 18 Prom, New date: June 20

April 22 Jazz Concert, Canceled

April 25 Schoemehl Run, Virtual

April 28 Band Concert, Canceled

April 29 One Acts, Canceled

May 3 Senior Awards, Online Presentation

May 6 STUCO Banquet, Online

May 6 Choir Concert, Canceled

May 7 Statesmen Sports Awards, Online Presentation

May 8 WG A Cappella Extravaganza, Postponed

May 12 Graduation, postponed/TBD (see below)

May 12 Orchestra Concert, Canceled


End-of-year schedule/Finals:

After reviewing survey results from parents and students, we have revised what was originally our finals week (May 18-22).


If underclassmen enrolled in courses predominantly composed of seniors have successfully demonstrated competency in the course through engagement, assessment, and task completion, they may complete the course in the same time frame as seniors. Underclassmen should contact their individual teachers if they have questions.


Week of May 11-15

  • Teachers may teach new content or have students turn in a culminating project or activity with teacher or peer feedback.
  • Friday, May 15 will be a student support day/turn-in work


End-of-Year Plan by Department:

World Language: Continued Learning

Math: Continued Learning

English: Culminating Reflection

Fine Arts: Teacher feedback on projects

Industrial Technology: Continued Learning

Innovation: Capstone Projects

FACS: Capstone Projects

Business: Capstone Projects

PE: Continued Learning

Science: Culminating Reflection

Social Studies: Final Assessment


Week of May 18-22

  • Recap and finalize learning for all students and not for new learning or new assignments.
  • Teachers will schedule time during their set office hours to connect with students.
  • Teachers will make additional efforts and outreach, and support for students, particularly those who are at-risk of not completing essential learning for the semester.
  • Teachers will communicate any missing work and other “wrap-up” types of work with students.
  • Students can submit incomplete or missing work.
  • Students who have completed course expectations will not be expected to meet or check-in. The only students expected to complete work during the week are students who have incomplete or missing work or working to raise a grade.


Check-out Process for Seniors

Seniors, pending they meet all graduation requirements and necessary coursework, will complete classes by May 8.



Graduation Ceremony

We will adjust our original reservation at Chaifetz Arena on May 12. We now have June 26 at 7 PM as a potential reschedule option and July 24 at 7 PM as a back-up. We will share more as we get closer to potential dates.


AP testing

  • There will not be any face-to-face AP exams this year.

  • Students will take AP exams at home.

  • Exams will be 45 minutes.

  • Exams will NOT contain multiple-choice questions.

  • Students with accommodations will be able to use their accommodations.

  • Exams will be administered online between May 11th - 22nd. Make-up test dates will be available for each subject from June 1 through June 5.

  • Exams will be assessing a reduced scope of content, content that would “typically” have been covered before March. Please contact your AP instructor for details regarding your specific course.

  • From College Board, "We're confident that the vast majority of higher ed institutions will award college credit as they have in the past. We've spoken with hundreds of institutions across the country that support our solution for this year's AP Exams."

  • Students have the option of canceling their exam(s), and CB will waive the $40.00/exam late fee they would have charged the school. To cancel, please log into the Total Registration webpage here: https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/263573 and request to cancel your exam.Select "Coronavirus Crisis" as your reason to avoid the $40/exam late fee. Refunds will be processed in batches on a weekly basis.

  • For more information visit the College Board: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students


Summer School

At this point in time, we are still planning to have educational programming for our students this summer. However, and with respect for the health and well-being all, our summer programming will be online.


Our high school students (rising 9th through rising 12th grade) will take online classes in a virtual format. High school summer school courses will run from June 1st through July 2nd. WGHS students who have already enrolled in a summer class will maintain enrollment in these virtual courses. Space is still available in some courses and interested students should reach out to their counselors regarding enrollment.


All summer school programming is dependent on full state funding. Any possible cuts to funding may cause us to alter what we are able to offer.

Office Hours by School Subject/Department

Each department will host office hours for hosting virtual meetings with individual students, being available for student questions/concerns, and responding to emails. Individual teachers will also post these office hours on their Google Classroom. Some teachers may offer extra office hours outside of the times listed below, and they will post those as well. Please refer to the table below for each department's posted office hours.
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Visit our website for the most up-to-date E-Learning resources and information.

During this challenging time, we want you to know that we are here to support you as you navigate through E-Learning and sorting out the ins and outs of how it works. The E-Learning tab on our website offers:


  • General information on the importance of E-Learning, expectations, length of assignments and workload, and what to expect while school is closed
  • Resources for support, including counselor contact information
  • Tech hotline
  • Office Hours by department
  • Resources for time management and a custom WGHS Weekly Planner



Visit us HERE or click below for more information!

A Message from Our Counselors

While conducting school virtually, WGHS school counselors and social workers will continue to support the academic, social and emotional, and post-secondary planning needs of our students. Our office hours are from 8:30-9:30am daily (for immediate attention) but we are available by phone or email throughout regular school hours. Please see our contact information below and reach out with any questions or needs you may have. Students can also request assistance by completing this form and their counselor will follow up with them.


Additionally, there are a number of outside agencies and organizations available to provide support to young people and their families during this difficult time. Below is a list of resources available to you and your family.


Virtual Counseling: Parents or guardians should call the numbers below to set up services.

CHADS Coalition: 314-952-8274

Preferred Family Health: 314-729-7050

St. Louis Counseling: 314-544-3800



If you need support and cannot wait, please use one of the crisis numbers below:

Youth Connection Helpline: Call (314) 819-8802 or text BHEARD to 31658

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Child Abuse and Neglect: 800-392-3738

For emergencies, please call 911


As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Sincerely,


Alex King

Counselor (A-E)

314-666-0220 king.alexandra@wgmail.org


Ken Winingham

Counselor (F-K)

314-252-8194 winingham.ken@wgmail.org


Joe Hepfinger

Counselor (L-R)

314-918-4133 hepfinger.joe@wgmail.org


Simone Cunningham

Counselor (S-Z)

314-918-4134 cunningham.simone@wgmail.org


Karen Verstraete
College & Career (A-K)

314-301-9921 verstraete.karen@wgmail.org


Jennedy Lombard

College and Career (L-Z)

314-384-9658 lombard.jennedy@wgmail.org


Anne Gibbs

Social Worker

314-527-4753 gibbs.anne@wgmail.org


Suzanne Goldstein

SSD Social Worker

314-918-4281 goldstein.suzanne@wgmail.org


Ann Marie Guntli

SSD Social Worker

314-384-9723 guntli.ann@wgmail.org


Barb Smith

Office Assistant

Transcripts and Summer School

314-918-4138 smith.barbara@wgmail.org


Brittany Hill

Office Assistant

Scholarships

314-527-0533 hill.brittany@wgmail.org