Hixson Happenings

154th Issue, August 18, 2023

Important Dates

August 22 - First day of School!

August 29 - 6th grade parent/guardian informational meeting at Camp Wyman

August 30 - Hixson Band plays at Cardinals game, 1:15 pm

September 4 - Labor Day, No School

September 11 - Late Start Day, school starts at 9:25 am

September 27 - Changing by the Minute documentary screening, 6pm

September 25 - Late Start Day, school starts at 9:25 am

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6th grade camp information

Click the button to access all things Camp Wyman!


Bring school supplies to Open House so students can put them in their locker, or on the first day of school. Cinch sacks are no longer required. Please choose a reasonably sized back that fits your student's needs for school.

Click here to complete online registration

Ensure that we have the most updated emergency contact info, phone, text, and email for your family!

Introducing ParentSquare

We are excited to announce that we adopted a new form of school-to-home communication at Webster Groves School District called ParentSquare.

This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with us. It provides a safe way for parents, teachers, school leaders and the district to:

  • Send and receive school and class information

  • Share pictures and files

  • See calendar items

  • Sign up to volunteer

  • Schedule parent-teacher conferences

  • and much more, all in one centralized place!

Signup is not required to receive communication from the district, school or teachers.

Learn more about ParentSquare here
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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Due to the upcoming construction of the new Moss Field, we will no longer have access to Moss Field or the Moss Field parking lot as of August 22, 2023. This closure will last for the duration of the 2023-2024 school year. Due to this closure, please understand that the Moss Field parking lot will not be accessible during arrival or dismissal times. It is possible that there will be a small two way drive opened up along the far eastern end of the Moss Field parking lot, but not until the second semester of the school year. As a result, please read the following information very carefully and review the attached map for a visual representation of how to map out your route for arrival and dismissal.

Arrival - Dropping off on Main Entrance lot

  • To access Hixson during morning arrival from southbound Elm, please turn left or east on Glendale, left into the Rec Center lot, left on Ambrose, and make a right into the Main Entrance parking lot that faces Elm.
  • Please remember, you cannot turn left onto Ambrose from Elm between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM. This is a city ordinance, and you can be ticketed by the Webster Groves Police Department for violating this ordinance.

Arrival - Dropping off on North side of the building (facing Hwy. 44)

  • To drop off in the circle drive on the north side of the building during morning arrival, turn into the Hixson driveway from Colebrook, and then proceed to drop off in the circle drive.
  • The drop off location in the circle drive on the north side of the building is on the sidewalks along the circle drive. Students should not exit your vehicle in the middle of the parking lot and walk across traffic to access the building. This is not safe.


  • To access Hixson during dismissal from southbound Elm, please turn left onto Glendale from Elm, left into the Webster Recreation Center lot, left on Ambrose, and make a right into the Main Entrance parking lot that faces Elm.
  • If you are coming from the south Glendale Ave. to pick up your child, please enter the Webster Groves Recreation Center lot from Glendale, then make a left on Ambrose and a right into the Main Entrance lot.
  • During dismissal, parents/guardians should follow the car line making sure to close any gaps in front of you. We will have an additional buses this year, so we will not have the space to maneuver cars around other cars that refuse to move up and follow the line. Please keep the line moving, and know that your student will find your car in line.

I would like to thank you in advance for your patience with our arrival and dismissal procedures as we adapt to the dynamics of construction on our campus. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Hixson Spirit Wear is now on sale! Proceeds will help students in need go to Camp Wyman!


Please read the handbook in it's entirety and reach out to your student's grade level principal if you have any questions.

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Hixson Middle School Attendance Procedures

Please view Hixson's updated attendance procedures below.

How do I report attendance?

  • You can call 314-963-6450 to report an absence, early dismissal, and/or late arrival.
  • You can email hixson.attendance@wgmail.org to report an absence, early dismissal, and/or late arrival.
  • Please follow the prompts to get to the correct person.

To whom should I report my attendance?

  • Students with a last name that starts with A-L will report absences, early dismissals, and/or late arrivals to Mrs. Ramay.
  • Students with a last name that starts with M-Z will report absences, early dismissals, and/or late arrivals to Ms. Hicks.

Late Arrivals

  • Parents should not enter the building to sign their student in.
  • Park in front of the Main Entrance in front of the Library.
  • Your student should enter the building and come to the Main Office to sign in.
  • After signing in, your student will be given a pass to class.

Early Dismissals

  • Please let us know as early as you possibly can if you need to pick your student up early. This will give us plenty of time to locate your student and get them out to your car. If you wait until the last minute, then please expect to wait 15 minutes or possibly more for us to locate your student and get them outside to your car.
  • If you need to pick your student up early, please do so by 2:50 pm. Any early dismissal request made after 2:50 pm will be asked to wait until 3:25 pm. Early dismissal processes are not to be used to get ahead of the regular dismissal traffic.
  • Parents should not enter the building to sign their student out.
  • Park in front of the Main Entrance in front of the Library.
  • Call us at 314-963-6450 and follow the prompts to get to the correct administrative assistant according to your last name.
  • Your student will be called to the Main Office, and if you gave us plenty of notice, then your student will already be waiting for you.
  • Your student will sign out on a Chromebook, exit the Main Office, and walk out to your car.
  • Your student will not be dismissed to anyone who is not in SIS.

Presentations from March to the Middle: Parent Edition

Click the links below to access the slide shows from March to the Middle: Parent Edition.

1:1 Technology at Hixson

Chromebooks will be distributed during the first two weeks of school to students whose parents/guardians have completed online registration, paid the Chromebook Insurance fee of $25, and paid any fines on accounts from the previous school year, if applicable. Payment for insurance will be found in the registration portal with an external link to Revtrak, our online payment system. Click the link at the top of this newsletter to complete online registration.

Chromebook insurance covers the FIRST incidental damage to your Chromebook, case or charger. Please note, this year we have no access to loaner devices. Please remind your child to take the best care of their equipment as possible, charge their device every night, and keep the Chromebook in it's protective case at all times. Remember that the device issued to your child is for school use. Devices should not be used by or loaned to anyone other than your child.

Student Schedules

Student schedules are now live. For directions on how to view your child’s schedule, please click HERE.

If you have questions about your child’s schedule and/or would like to request a change in elective classes, please complete the appropriate form below. Please note that many classes are full and we therefore will not be able to accommodate all requests.

6th Grade Schedule Change Request Form

7th Grade Schedule Change Request Form

8th Grade Schedule Change Request Form

An administrator or counselor will do our best to respond within 24 business hours. We appreciate your patience as we respond to requests made while also participating and leading back-to-school professional development.

Please note, your student's team assignment will either say B, I, or U. B stands for Team Bravery, I stands for Team Integrity, and U stands for Team Unity.

To contact your grade level team:

6th grade administrator: Ben Flunker; flunker.benjamin@wgmail.org

6th grade counselor: Scharma Banks; banks.scharma@wgmail.org

7th grade administrator: Mike Hazelton; hazelton.mike@wgmail.org

7th grade counselor: Emily Bardot; bardot.emily@wgmail.org

8th grade administrator: Aimee Vogt; vogt.aimee@wgmail.org

8th grade counselor: Constance West; west.constance@wgmail.org

Camp Wyman Informational Meeting

We will host an informational meeting about Camp Wyman AT Camp Wyman for 6th grade parents/guardians only (no students, please) on August 29, 2023 fro 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn all about Camp Wyman, tour camp grounds, and participate in some of the activities that your students will get to enjoy when they attend! Due to limited parking at Camp Wyman, we will be offering shuttle bus service to and from Wyman that evening. Please click the button below to register for the shuttle bus by August 18, 2023. Space is limited so be sure to sign up as soon as possible!
Shuttle Bus Sign Up

Click here to sign up to ride the shuttle bus service. Space is limited, so act fast!

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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!


(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

PTO Updates

Wanna Make Hixson Happen for your student? Last year’s dynamic and dedicated PTO provided a lot of FUNDS and FUN for Hixson’s kids, and we want to keep that momentum going. Your PTO needs you – your support, your time, your energy, your creativity. Please reach out to hixsonmiddlepto@gmail.com or look for our table at Open House to find out how you can help Make Hixson Happen again this year!

Changing by the Minute Documentary Screening-Save the Date!

We will be offering another event to help all Hixson parents/guardians learn all about middle school on September 27, 2023! Changing by the Minute is a documentary that is all about what it is like to be a middle schooler in a middle school that follows a completely different structure than Hixson. During this event, we will watch the documentary together in the Auditorium and then engage in a panel discussion about how to best support our middle school students. Save the date and please consider joining us! More details to come!
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Team & Department Newsletters

updated every 2 weeks


Banks (6th), Bardot (7th), West (8th), Bodi (building)

6 Bravery

O'Brien (ELA), Childress (ELA), Lopez (SS), Meyer (Science), Gulve/Skoglund (Math), Cochran (SSD)

6 Integrity

Duncan (ELA), Childress (ELA), Mangrich (SS), Gibson (Math), Vorel (Science)

6 Unity

Finocchiaro (ELA), Childress (ELA), Pingel (SS), Williams (Science), McMahon (SSD)

7 Bravery

Day (ELA), Goosen (ELA & SS), Gasparovic (SS), Oliver (Science), Chambers (Math)

7 Integrity

Camden (ELA), Kanallakan (Math), Tobey (Science), McGinnis (SS)

7 Unity

Jones (ELA), James (Math), Groene (SS), Creath (Science), Hake (SSD)

8 Bravery

Wells, S. (ELA), Gasparovic (ELA), Geringer (Science), Rachal, S. (SS), Hill (Math)

8 Integrity

Sbisa (ELA), Cahn (SS), Garwood (Science), Hobold (Math)

8 Unity

Lowe (ELA), Kenney (Science), Ward (SS), Gelb (Math)

Resource Teachers

Reyes, Garcia, Pangelinan, Downey, Hennekes, Hake, McMahon, Cochran, Walters, Maguire, Mullin, McGuire


Bennett, Lewis, Mitchell, Banks, H., Laue, Hummert, Wells, B., Raimondo

Library Media Center

Haddock, Quain, Corby

Fine Arts

Mahacek (Band 6), Stevison (Band 7/8), Tokos (Band 7/8), Grubb (Orchestra), Pursley (Choir & Music Discovery), Hannel (Art), Conners (Drama)


Schroeder (Gifted Social Studies), Wetter (Gifted Social Studies), Reichold (Gifted Fine Arts), Marks (Gifted Fine Arts)

World Languages

Warneke (Spanish), Norman (Spanish), Hudson (German & World Languages), Spangler (German), Nazemi (French)

Practical Arts

Burton (FACS), Hertlein (FACS), Hayes (Sustainability), Davis (Makerspace & Robotics), Mason (Computer Science), Kramer (Engineering), Doner (Industrial Tech), Rachal,R. (Digital Multimedia Arts & Thrive, Jr.)