Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for May 7

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Hello WGHS Families,

The end of this school year will certainly look different than any other year in the history of WGHS. Right now we are in the throws of virtual Senior Check-out, with school-issued items being returned by our seniors on Monday/Tuesday of next week. I encourage all other grades to start gathering materials to be returned, as we will announce a date for underclassmen as soon as we can safely process the senior returns.


We have many celebrations this week, but also several note-worthy items to review. We have received several questions about lunch accounts and donating to a general fund to assist in paying fines for students in need. We have included instructions on how to donate in the body of the newsletter.



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.

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • May 11-12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Seniors return school-issued items. Must sign up for a 20-minute spot on Sign-up Genius (sent to all seniors)

Seniors/Graduation

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.

Our Salute to Seniors

Please join us in honoring our seniors by turning on your lights!


On May 12, at 8:20 p.m. (20:20), we are turning on all the lights in every district building, on Selma Field, our baseball field, and soccer field. All scoreboards will read 20 20.


As you know, May 12 was the scheduled Graduation date. Since we can't come together to celebrate this amazing class, we invite you to turn on your lights in support of our seniors!

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

Shout-out to Julie Burchett on the Tonight Show during Teacher Appreciation Week

Shout out from Karlie Kloss to Julie Burchett on the TONIGHT SHOW about being the teacher that inspired her to be a life-long learner.

https://twitter.com/FallonTonight/status/1257890047870853120?s=20

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2020 NSPA Honor Roll of Student Journalists

Last week MJEA, shared its Honor Roll. Today National Scholastic Press Association released its Honor Roll of Student Journalists. WGHS seniors Lindsey Bennett, Emily Stisser, Ethan Weihl and Elise Keller earned this honor.

Welcome, Munir Prince!

Munir Prince (muh-NEAR) has been named Assistant Activities Director at Webster Groves High and assistant football coach. Mr. Prince has extensive experience in collegiate coaching at the University of Missouri, Drake, Missouri State, and Pitt State, where he coached offense, defense, and special teams. In his role at Webster Groves, he will support student activities, aid student-athletes in collegiate recruiting, and special development projects for athletic facilities.


Principal Dr. Matt Irvin stated, “We are excited for Munir Prince to join our leadership team at Webster Groves High School. He brings experience as a collegiate recruiter to uniquely support our student-athletes in that process as well as share his experiences as a fundraiser for capital projects. In our interview process his capabilities facilitating student experiences and events allowed him to emerge as a top candidate.”


As a player, Prince was a part of multiple Big 12 North Division championship teams and multiple bowls during his playing career as a defensive back for the Tigers. He originally played in 20 games on offense and defense at Notre Dame.


Prior to starting his coaching career, he served as an account executive for Drake IMG Sports marketing for one year after being in the MBA program at Mizzou and earning his Certified Financial Planner certificate.

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.

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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.


Athletics

With the decision to keep the schools closed and continue with distance learning for the rest of the semester, that unfortunately means the remainder of the spring sports season has been cancelled as well. Coaches will continue to be in touch with their teams for the rest of the spring. We will discuss how we can continue to recognize our athletes, in particular the seniors who won’t get to play their final season. Information on returning any school issued uniforms and equipment will be provided at a later date.


Looking ahead to the summer, at this time our coaches are still planning on conducting summer contact days and camps like they have in the past. Please contact the head coach of a particular sport if your son or daughter is interested in participating in those activities.

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