Sunday, March 26, 2017

Monday Memo 3-27


Morning Announcement and Pledge Schedule this week:
3-27  Ms. Hannel
3-28  Mr. Ward
3-29  Mr. Jones
3-30  Mr. Cahn
3-31  Ms. Slaughter

Faculty Meeting today at 3:30 in the cafeteria.  Topic: Innovation Hour

Thanks to the Hixson PTO and the WGSD Foundation, we have some funding to go to IH learning. If some money could assist your IH students in their exploration, please fill out the form (by using the link above) in order for us to evaluate needs and allocations.  Please have this application completed by  Monday, April 3rd for consideration.  Thank you!

PTO Spring Grant Applications are coming soon!  Be thinking about your requests.  Application information will follow.

If you would take a moment to complete this survey for Dr. Roberts, he would appreciate the feedback.
Here is the link:


Please contact the tech center for any problems or paper needs for the copier.  Jason Heisel is available through Google Hangouts anytime as well.  

  • Wednesday, May 24th both 7th and 8th grade students will go to Six Flags for the end of year trip
  • Thursday, May 25th is a half-day.  This day will be utilized for students to present on their innovation hour explorations and activities.
  • We are looking into a suggestion from staff to potentially move track day to the last half day of school and utilize the track day date for innovation hour presentations- we will need to discuss with the PE department

PTAC (Principal-teacher advisory council):
Our next meeting is this Wednesday, March 29th.  Please share concerns with representatives from the team.  Here are concerns which were addressed at our last meeting on Feb.22nd and responses:

Issue brought:
Parents should be more in the “know” with what our district and school does on PD days
Great idea!  We will include this information to parents in an email after our PD
Is the main office also trying to conserve paper?  If so, how?  Report cards were not printed front to back
Yes!  We now only mail semester report cards to parents.  Parents this year, look on the portal to see the other progress grades for term.

The office will now be printing report cards front to back : )
Teacher is having trouble printing 2 sided copies directly
Tech is working to address the issue for this teacher
How will we replace Willie?  We will miss him!  We want to make sure we have a quick process in place to hire a new custodian
We love Willie!  Happy for him and his new position, but he will be missed.  I emailed Matt Palmer to ask about the process timeline.
Can we spray for bugs early and set out more mouse traps?  Can we do something about the gnat problem?!?!
I emailed Todd this information to get to the bug guys.  Let Ms. Hunter know if you need mouse traps please
Scheduling concerns for 17-18 with 6th grade parent night coming Tuesday the 28th
Made a scheduling decision after considering feedback and communicated it in this memo this evening

Teachers, please remember to continue to walk your after school activity students out to the main entrance after ASA has ended.  Thank you for keeping up with this, it is having a huge impact on student supervision.

Monday, 3/27
Dr. Smith out of building- please email, call, or text if you need me
3:30- Faculty meeting in the cafeteria- Innovation Hour

Tuesday, 3/28- Happy Birthday LP!
12:45- Mrs. Edwards
1:00- Mr. Heisel

Wednesday, 3/29
4:10- Principal-teacher advisory team
6pm-8th grade celebration planning meeting

Thursday, 3/30

Friday, 3/31
Innovation Hour Day- community visitors

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Monday Memo 3-13-17

Monday Memo Week of March 13th, 2017


  • There are NO after school activities this week due to conferences.
  • PTO will be providing dinner for staff Tuesday afterschool at around 3:00
  • SPRING CONFERENCES are Tuesday March 14th and Thursday March 16th from 4:00-8:00 PM
  • There is NO SCHOOL Friday, March 17th- Spring Break begins.  School resumes Monday, March 27th
  • PTO MEETING is Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm in the library for meeting, 6:00 pm for principal search discussion (see below).  All are welcome!

We want your opinion. The Webster Groves School District is seeking input from parents in connection with the search for a new principal for Hixson Middle School. Hx parents are invited to attend a meeting to take part in the development of a leadership profile that will be used in the search process. DATE: 6-7 p.m. March 15, before the PTO meeting PLACE: Hixson library Please plan to attend this important meeting. We hope to see you there!

Come See What’s Happening in Our Schools Today! The Webster Groves School District community is invited to visit classrooms and see the innovative teaching and learning taking place each day. On March 29 and 31, WGSD is opening its doors to welcome the public! Don’t miss this opportunity to get a first-hand look  at the direction of learning here. The day will begin at the district’s central office at 400 E. Lockwood Ave., where participants will board a bus for the tour.  The tour is broken up into morning and afternoon sessions. You can sign up for the full day or part of the day, depending on which buildings you’d like to see. As part of the experience, you’ll also hear from curriculum coordinators, who will fill you in on student expectations and take your questions. Please rsvp by March 27! We’d love to show you our schools! You can view each day’s itinerary and sign up at this link
For additional information, please e-mail Melissa Hellwig at

Parents, please make sure students have earbuds with them for testing.  They will need the earbuds for portions of the assessment.  If you need assistance with earbuds, please contact your grade level counselors.
Andromeda, Orion, Phoenix-April 10-14 (Schedule Flipped, Testing in the Morning) 
Monoceros-April 17-21 (Regular Schedule, Testing in the Afternoon)
Sequoia & Willow-April 17 & 18 (Regular Schedule, Testing in the Morning)
Oak & Hickory-April 19 & 20 (Regular Schedule, Testing in the Morning)

***In addition those students in Algebra will be taking the EOC on April 25 or 26. Thanks. 

Week of Monday 3-13
3/13/17-Dr. Smith- off campus, afternoon