Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your Weekly eNews for October 15
Hello Parents and Guardians,
Thanks to all that have either attended virtual conferences this week or reached out to our staff to support your students. I am confident that investment of time will pay dividends going forward as I am confident our staff are very much engaged in trying to problem-solve on behalf of students.
As we gear up for the ending of Term 1, we want to reiterate the format and definitions of the new grading cycle.
October 27 is the last day of Term 1. Term grades will be entered in SIS just as they would previously for semester grades, meaning Term 1 grades will be on your student's transcript. Likewise, for year-long courses that typically end in January, each TERM will act as a semester. This means that on Oct. 27, first “semester” is over. Grades will then start over as they would for a regular year when we would move on to Semester 2.
If you have any questions, please contact your child's counselor.
There is NO SCHOOL tomorrow, October 16.
Friendship Dance is Canceled
While this probably isn’t coming as a surprise, it is still disappointing to share that due to ongoing concerns and restrictions regarding COVID-19, Webster Groves and Kirkwood High Schools have canceled the 2020 Friendship Dance scheduled for November 7 at Kirkwood High School. The dance will not be possible with the precautions and limitations that are necessary at this time. We know that you have been looking forward to this event, and we are truly sorry. We will share additional information about other events connected with Turkey Day as we get more information on COVID-19 numbers and local/district guidelines.
This Week's Student Announcements
Preferred Family Health Offers Group Support Sessions
Parenting in 2020 is presenting new challenges, and you are not alone. PFH is offering support and resources for any parents (and teachers) struggling with this virtual and hybrid school environment. Click below to register for our Thursday Group from 3PM - 4PM. You aren't alone, we can help
Seniors Asked to Complete Survey
Seniors: your help is needed to plan the best senior year end party! Please take a minute to answer a few questions by Oct.19th. Click the link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CZH6ZD8.
Counseling Department Updates
Practice ACT for Sophomores and Juniors
Each year, WGHS teams up with Princeton Review to offer a free practice ACT college admissions test. Because we are meeting virtually, the practice test will be administered to sophomores and juniors online this year. While we know testing at home is not ideal, we feel students can still benefit from the practice. Testing is self-monitored and should take no more than 3.5 hours (including breaks). These scores are for your use only and will not be shared with any colleges.
Students received an email from Princeton Review with information about accessing the practice test. While October 14th is listed as the testing date, they can test anytime between now and October 31st.
Seniors: As a reminder, colleges will use information from your FAFSA to determine your federal, state, and their own institutional financial aid. Complete the FAFSA online at https://fafsa.ed.gov
Click the document below for all the latest updates from our Counseling Department.
As a reminder, WGHS school counselors and social workers are working to support the academic, social and emotional, and post-secondary planning needs of our students. If you or your child are having difficulties or need assistance, please reach out to their counselor or social worker.
A-E Alex King (firstname.lastname@example.org)
F-K Ken Winingham (email@example.com)
L-R Joe Hepfinger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
S-Z Simone Cunningham (email@example.com)
Did You Know?
Your 2020-2021 spirit wear is now available online!
Visit the online store to see what's new and get your orders in for the stuff you want to wear!
Please help the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Committee show our staff some LOVE!
Donate at the Parents' Club website: www.wghsparentsclub.org
Ivory Crockett Run For Webster
The annual Ivory Crockett Run For Webster has gone virtual this year! Run one (or several) of our 5k routes near each of our schools, try out our Ivory Crockett Challenge Course, or choose your own 5k anywhere you want!
We always have fun family activities at the run, and this year is no different! On Saturday, October 17th 1-4pm, we'll be holding scavenger hunts at all of the WG elementary schools. We hope you can join us for fun and maybe even see a few special guests!
Registration for runners closes on October 17, but you have until October 31st to complete your run.
For registration and information check us out at www.wgsdfoundation.org
or email us any questions at RunForWebster@gmail.com
Meal Pick-Up Information
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.
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.