Hixson Happenings

42nd Issue, August 11, 2020

We Miss You, Hixson Families!

Dear Hixson Families,


We certainly are not living in ideal circumstances, but we want you to know that we are working very hard to make this school year an awesome experience for you! You may have many questions about what this year will look like, but please know that you will get answers in the days to come. Please feel free to reach out to counselors and/or administrators if you need help, but also remember to be patient with us as we work through these challenging and unprecedented times.


Dr. Shenita Mayes

Principal of Hixson Middle School

Schedules

The Hixson administrative team is working very hard to get schedules ready for our students. We anticipate schedules being ready for you to view by August 19, which is the same day as our Virtual Open House (see info below) and materials pick up. Due to the tremendous complexities of scheduling and the short amount of time that we have to get them all ready, we may not be able to grant some or all special scheduling requests that were previously submitted, and we are not accepting any special scheduling requests at this time. These are not typical circumstances, and we are doing everything we can to make sure all schedules get done within a very short time frame. We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the challenges of scheduling students in the Virtual Program and Responsive Learning Plan.

Materials Pick Up: August 19, 2020

Materials pick up will take place on Wednesday, August 19 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. We will be issuing schedules and planners, math textbooks (Math 7, Math 8, Algebra 1, Geometry), instruments, supply boxes (for those who ordered one), FACS materials, SSD materials (Wilson materials, corrective reading materials, sensory/therapeutic supplies), and collecting overdue library books. We will have stations set up along the circle drive. To access the circle drive, you will need to drive through the S. Elm lot and follow the road to the back of the school. Then, make a right into the circle drive and stop at the stations to get your materials. Our process will be similar to curbside service. Please stay in your car, roll your window down, and we will hand you your materials through your rolled down window. If there is a station that doesn’t apply to your child, simply drive slowly past that station. Every family should stop at the Schedules & Planners and Math Textbooks stations since all students need these items. These two stations will be first and second in line.


To avoid traffic back-up on S. Elm, we ask that you drive west on Ambrose Way, make a right into the S. Elm parking lot, and follow the road back to the circle drive. Please click on the link below to view the directional map for Materials Pick Up Day.


Hixson Directional Map for Materials Pick Up

Virtual Open House: August 19, 2020

The Hixson staff is working together to create a virtual interactive map of the building that will include a video from each teacher. Parents and students should watch the videos of the teachers they’re assigned to, and other videos that interest them as well. In the videos, teachers will introduce themselves and talk briefly about curriculum, homework, grading, and other important information related to the class. The interactive map will also include videos from the administrators, PTO, counselors, nurse, food service, and construction photos. The interactive map will also include a virtual escape room for parents and students to enjoy! We will release a link to the interactive map in the morning on August 19, and notify parents when it is ready to view.

Hixson Library

We still have over 500 Library books checked out to our students from last school year! Mrs. Tumminello sent out a reminder email on Wednesday August 5th to students who still have books checked out in their names. Please return your overdue library books on Materials Pick Up Day!

Technology

The Webster Groves School District will provide a device for your child to use this semester for virtual classes. If you already have a device, please use it as we are limited in our supply of devices to share.


If you need a device for your student, and you have not already requested one, please fill out the form at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y3jsezwu


If you have already requested a device for your student this semester, please sign up at the link for a time to pick it up: https://tinyurl.com/y4elzkw3


Devices will be distributed from the District Service Center located at 3232 S. Brentwood Blvd. If you have any issues please contact us at support@wgcloud.org.

Canvas Update

Currently, Canvas will not appear in the student Clever portal until we have all enrollments entered into our student information system. This should be completed during the week of 8/10 - 8/14. This means you will not be able to get the student pairing code until we have all of the enrollments entered and synced with Canvas. In addition, Canvas can only be accessed through the student’s Clever accounts.


Click the link below to access additional information about Canvas for parents.