157th Issue, September 8, 2023
September 11 - Late Start Day, school starts at 9:40 am
September 19 & 21 - NWEA Testing
September 27 - Changing by the Minute documentary screening, 6pm
September 25 - Late Start Day, school starts at 9:40 am
September 26-29: 6 Unity to Camp Wyman
October 3-6: 6 Bravery to Camp Wyman
October 10-13: 6 Integrity to Camp Wyman
October 17 - Parent Teacher Conferences @ Hixson Middle School, 4pm to 8pm
October 18 - Parent Teacher Conferences @ Hixson Middle School, 4pm to 8pm
October 19 - Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences (time TBD)
October 20 - No School
Hixson Spirit Wear is now on sale! Proceeds will help students in need go to Camp Wyman!
Monday, September 11 is a Late Start Day. School starts at 9:40 am!
If you signed your child up for late start day supervision, please drop your student off at the Main Entrance to the building. Your child will report to the Cafeteria.
After-School Activities will begin on September 12. Activities run from 3:30 to 4:20 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students must be off campus by 4:30. Transportation is only provided for students in the VICC program. Students' attendance, grades, and behavior must be in good standing to participate in after-school activities. Students will sign up for after-school activities next week during Statesmen Time.
Attached is a list of activities.
Intruder Training for Students - Friday, September 15, 2023
Attention Hixson Families, as part of the district's emergency training, next week we will be showing a video that addresses all of the emergency procedures at Hixson. In addition to addressing Fire, Inclement Weather, and Earthquake preparedness, we will also address the issue of Intruders.
It is important for staff and students to be aware of the procedures in place to help keep them safe. Part of the training includes a walking fitness day where the PE teachers will walk all of the students around to all of our Rally Points, should we have the need to evacuate the building. In addition to this video, the teachers will have a classroom discussion in each class about what they can do to keep their classroom safe in the event that there's an intruder in the building. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's grade level principal.
Culture and Climate
In continuation of our efforts to support the academic and personal well-being of each student, district culture and climate surveys will be administered to students in grades 3-12, families, and staff. Surveys will solicit participants' perspectives about learning strategies, culture and climate, and experiences in the classroom and/or school.
The surveys will allow for students, families and staff to offer feedback specifically about school safety, their sense of belonging, teacher-student relationships, cultural awareness and diversity and inclusion. For comparison purposes, the same surveys from 2022-2023 will be used this year.
The survey window for students and families will be October 2-13, 2023 and March 25-April 5, 2024.
To learn more, including survey previews, aggregate data from last year, and how you can exclude your child from participating in the surveys if you choose to, click here.
WG Parents’ Advisory Council
Does your child have a 504 or an IEP? Then let’s meet!
No matter what level of support your child needs to achieve, we are stronger together! The purpose of the Parents Advisory Council is to support one another for our children to have an inclusive school experience.
For the 2023-24 school year, the Parents Advisory Council is scheduled to meet four times. Each meeting will consist of a topic and/or guest speaker and time to get to know one another. Feel free to bring in your own meal or snack.
Meetings will be on the following dates at Global Brew in Rock Hill on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For questions please contact JJ Gossrau at JJ.Gossrau@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
BRIDGing Our Stories
The BRIDGING Our Stories - (Building.Relationships.Inclusion.Diversity.Growth) program allows WGSD middle and high school 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.
School Pictures - Make Ups & Retakes - Oct 2, 2023
Picture make-up/retake day will be October 2, 2023. The portal for pre-orders is now open! Wagner has moved to 100% paper-free ordering! Any family that does not have online access may call our convenient toll-free number to place an order over the phone!
ONLY ONLINE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
(Please do not bring checks, cash, or order forms to school as they will no longer be accepted.)
Online Pre-Order Password: 2D2Q5T9S
Can’t order online or have other questions? We are happy to help! 314-567-5900