Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your Weekly eNews for September 17
Hello Parents and Guardians,
Thanks to all of those that have shared how the year has started, either via our recent survey or through other avenues. It is my hope that we find teachers and students connect on how they experience each class and how we might do our work well together, as we are all “new to this.” No doubt the surveys from last week as well as current health information are being monitored in the effort to safely potentially return students to school.
When communicating, we want to provide some guidelines:
At the high school, we hope students have experiences that support them gaining agency and skill in self-advocacy to address concerns when they manifest. Clear, two-way communication is a vital component for our learning environment. In addition to supporting the growth of student skills, this protocol promotes the ability to address concerns with the staff members most knowledgeable about your child, the concern, and any needed changes.
If you have a question or concern, please follow this communication protocol:
Step One: Students should initiate a conversation in the appropriate forum to work with the teacher or counselor. Prior to that contact, it is a good time for families to coach their child on the best manner to approach the staff member in a solution-seeking conversation. Of course in emergency circumstances, please contact the most appropriate staff member/administrator.
Step Two: If the question has not been answered adequately, or the student is having difficulty finding a resolution with the teacher, the parent should contact the staff member.
Step Three: The parent should contact the Assistant Principal assigned to your child if a solution cannot be reached with the staff member.
Step Four: Share your concerns with the building principal. We ask that you complete steps 1-3 prior to contacting the principal.
This Week's Student Announcements
Picture Packet Information
Picture Packets Have Arrived
If you ordered school picture packets for 9th – 11th grade from Inter-State Studio for this school year they will be available for pick up next Monday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 22nd from 7:30-12:30 & 1:00-3:30 from the receptionist at the high school main entrance on Selma. Masks are required while in the building.
WGHS Late/Re-Take Picture Day
October 14, 1:30-4:30 via Sign-Up Genius
We are pleased to provide an additional day for student pictures on Wednesday, October 14th from 1:30-4:30 in the high school auditorium. This date is for any students who have NOT had a picture taken yet or who need a picture re-take. If students are getting a retake they need to return the original package and Inter-State will re-print it with the image taken on retake day. These students do not need to re-order. Previous picture order packages for 9th-11th grade can be picked up next Monday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 22nd from 7:30-12:30 & 1:00-3:30 from the receptionist at the high school main entrance on Selma.
- Students should enter through the high school main entrance, check-in with the receptionist to be screened and enter the auditorium.
- UNDERCLASSMEN and STAFF: Sign-up is required via SignUp Genius. (9th-11th / staff) click here UNDERCLASSMEN & STAFF to schedule your time.
- SENIORS: Sign-up is required via SignUp Genius. Click here SENIORS to schedule your time.
- You will receive an email confirming your appointment and a reminder 2 days prior to your appointment. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.
- PLEASE ONLY SHOW UP 5-10 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT. Earlier arrivals will be asked to wait outside or in their vehicle.
- A mask is required up until the point of being photographed and should be replaced after the picture is taken.
- You may not roam the building and must exit at the senior entrance.
Please dress appropriately for your yearbook picture. Parents can order photos for 9th-11th online at www.inter-state.com, and use order code 50722EA.
Seniors will receive order information with their proofs approximately 2 weeks after their photo session.
If you have any questions please contact the activities office at 314-918-4176 or Inter-State Studios directly at 314-878-1800.
We look forward to seeing you!
Webster Groves High School
Counseling Department Updates
*The deadline to register for all ACT October test dates is next Friday, September 25th. WGHS is currently full for October but students can choose to test at a different location. Register at www.actstudent.org*
Kirkwood-Webster Well-Being Initiative
The Kirkwood-Webster Well-Being Initiative is dedicated to improving the overall mental health and well-being of young people in Kirkwood and Webster Groves, as well as the individuals who support them, including parents and educators. This is a grassroots effort, fueled by dedicated community members.
The Initiative, in partnership with the Anthropedia Foundation, is providing free virtual events for the Kirkwood and Webster Groves communities. Target audiences for events include adults and high school students.
Parent and Educator Seminar: Stabilizing Families & Classrooms in Uncertain Times: What the Science of Well-Being Can Teach Us, Facilitated by Julie Geeting, LPC, CWC
Thursday September 17, 7-8pm
This seminar will look at concepts of well-being that parents and educators can apply to their daily lives to increase resilience and hope during this unprecedented time. Specifically, the seminar will explore two pillars of child development, nurture and structure, as well as the importance of meaning and perspective to help us manage the stress of 2020.
Tuesdays September 22 and October 6, 7-7:30pm
Meditation classes will be offered monthly for district staff, parents, and high school students. Meditation classes rotate through various practices that focus on meditation, mindfulness, and contemplative approaches. Our techniques allow one to calm the tensions and struggles in their thoughts, become more aware of their senses and surroundings, and help them to experience an increased sense of well-being.
Tuesday September 29, 7-7:30pm
Body Awakening, allows participants to deepen their understanding of the body through
movement, coordination exercises, and contemporary dance techniques. Exercise, dance, and
movement promote mood, quality of life, and are associated with better health outcomes (Penedo and Dahn 2005).
Know Yourself Workshop (three-week commitment), facilitated by Lara Pennington, MSW, CWC
Thursdays September 24, October 1, & October 8, 7-8:30pm
This workshop is designed to help you increase self-understanding and improve your overall wellbeing. The workshop consists of three 90-minute sessions and will focus on part one of the Know
To register visit: https://bit.ly/2DFpd0y
The South Tech High School Application for the 2021-2022 School Year is Now Open!
South Tech High School provides students with career and technical education (CTE) that prepares them for continuing education and the workforce. Their 26, tuition-free, CTE majors allow students to explore their career interests while earing industry certifications, college and high school credit, and skills that will last a lifetime. Partial day schedules keep students engaged in their home high school academics and activities while they make new friends with similar interests from all over South and West County. Students interested in applying to South Tech will do so in their sophomore year of high school in order to start attending when they are a junior. For more information and to apply visit: southtechhigh.org
Dual Credit Registration Deadlines Are Approaching
As a reminder, the registration deadlines for earning college credit this semester are approaching (MO State 9/11, UMSL 9/21 (just extended from 9/14), SLU 9/30). Students (and their parents) eligible for earning college credit received communication about these offerings via email on 8/28. For more information on dual credit including course offerings and the registration process click here.
Princeton Review Offering Discounted Course for WGHS Students
Princeton Review is offering an 18 hour online ACT prep course for WGHS students preparing for the October 24th ACT for $449. For more information click here.
Other Important News
WGHS LIBRARY CURBSIDE BOOK SERVICE STARTS THIS WEEK! Statesmen can now place books on hold from the WGHS Library. Students will receive an email when your books are available for pick up from the table located inside of Senior Entrance (Entrance #1 on Selma) on M-W-F from 7:30AM – 3:30PM and Tuesday/Thursday from 7:30AM – 4:00PM. The book checkout period is 3 weeks. Books can be renewed from home or you can contact the library, and we can renew the book for you. Books can be returned to the bin located inside Senior Entrance.
Please watch this short 3 minute video to learn how to login to your Destiny Discover account and place a book on hold: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYQfYyHvCm
Please contact us in the library if you need any assistance or help with this.
Attendance Matters, Even During Virtual Learning
Call your child's AP office to report an absence during virtual learning. Please let us know if your child is ill or will miss class due to a doctor's appointment. We are monitoring attendance internally, so we can support those students who are not logging into classes regularly on Canvas.
Meal Pick-Up Information
Did You Know?
You can find most answers to your questions on our website.
We try to communicate with families as much as we can during this unprecedented time, but sometimes your inbox is full, and it's a bit overwhelming to find specifically what you need. We encourage you to check our website often for answers to your questions about the daily schedule, expectations, tech help, Canvas tutorials, etc. We post most of what we communicate with families on our website. Below are some helpful links:
WGHS Virtual Learning: About, Resources, Canvas tips/tutorials, Technical Help, and Resources for parents
News with Dr. Irvin (weekly eNews): We post all weekly Smore newsletters on our website and are accessible on our main page.
Weekly Announcements: Although geared toward our students, the Weekly Announcements offer the latest news and updates as we progress through the school year. You can subscribe via YouTube.
St. Louis County COVID-19 Update
Getting tested for COVID-19 has never been more important during this pandemic than it is now. More than 260,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in St. Louis County. This crucial to our efforts to contain the spread of the virus and is a major factor in understanding the patterns of its spread.
This includes testing for those who are asymptomatic and anyone who had close contact with the public to get a test – even if they haven’t had direct contact with someone who was positive. Testing is available to anyone who requests it. To make an appointment for a free test through St. Louis County Department of Public Health, click here or call 314-615-0574.
Drive-through testing is done at the following DPH clinics:
6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley
4580 Lindbergh Blvd. in South County
Missouri residents who may be experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19 may call the “Show Me Hope Line” at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 for assistance. The service is available 24 hours a day throughout the week. For additional information, please click here.
Click below for instructions on how to become an observer in Canvas.
Here are some quick helpful tips when trying to log in to Clever to get to your Canvas courses, as well as attend your Zoom sessions.
- If Zoom is not working through Canvas, please go to https://zoom.us/ and click on Join Meeting. Do not go through Clever or from the URL that was previously provided. Teachers are being advised to post their meeting id number and password for the session on their Canvas pages and through their email.
- When logging into Clever, please make sure that you are first signed out of all gmail accounts except for the student's wgcloud email. Then, navigate to https://clever.com/in/wgsd and then click on Login with Google (NOT LOGIN WITH CLEVER).
After logging into Clever, you should then see the red Canvas icon. Please click on Canvas to then view your student's courses.
For all Zoom sessions, you should go to the teacher's course page and be able to click on the Zoom session link there. Each teacher was advised to put the link in a visible spot with the password there. If you do not see the link or password please reach out to your classroom teacher. At no point will a student need to login to Zoom.; they will click on the link provided and enter the password for the meeting.
Still Need a Pairing Code? Here's How to Get It
Click here for a video tutorial on how to get your students pairing code: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVF6kd86Q98&list=PL9GyOTpDcteXYdTdg2vQGy5Fys_oopClW&index=21&t=%203s
Your next step is to go to https://wgsd.instructure.com/login/canvas and you will click on “Click Here For an Account.” You will be directed to type in your name, your email, and password, re-enter password, and the student pairing code.
*The student pairing code is case sensitive.
Clever, Canvas, and Zoom Status Updates
For students or families having technology issues, please do the following:
- For specific Canvas issues, contact Ms. Liz Forderhase at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 314.963.6400, ext. 11928.
- Below is a link to the technology support ticket system we are utilizing to help give our learners and families the most efficient system to help us keep track of technology support requests. Use this site to submit when you are having technology difficulties with your child's equipment/access/accounts/etc.
As always, you are welcome to contact us at 314.963.6400 for assistance.
Weekly eNews: Every Thursday via email, parents with a valid email address in our student database will receive automatically. This is sent via Smore Newsletters.
Progress reports/Report cards: We will send an email with instructions on how to view at the end of each progress period via the Parent Portal. If you have any questions about this service, please call Mickey Erb at 918.4123.
School Messenger: Important news via email or phone blast. We use this service most often for communicating with families.
Customize How You Receive Communications from Us
Please see the link below to set up how you receive messages from WGHS. https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=19
Opt in to Receive Texts from Us
The Webster Groves School District uses the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings, safety alerts and more. If we have a mobile phone number for you on file, you can participate in this service just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. You can opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop.”
If you don’t want to receive texts, please know that the district will continue to use phone notifications for important messages.