Hixson Highlights Week of 1-17-17

Good Evening,

This is Dr. Smith with a few messages for the week of January 17th, 2017.

I hope you were all able to stay warm and safe during the ice storm this weekend.  I am certain we will get a 5 day school week in very soon!

There is NO SCHOOL Monday, January 16th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.  School will resume Tuesday, January 17th.

Due to the inclement weather the WGSD Foundation has decided to reschedule the Party at the Pageant. The event will take place just one week later on January 21st.  
We hope those of you that have already registered for the event will be able to attend on the 21st.  
There will be the same FANTASTIC restaurants and the same FABULOUS musicians.
For those of you who have not registered yet, you can still purchase tickets at https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/OTkyNw==\
We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you on the 21st for a great Party at the Pageant!
If you have any questions, please email info@wgsdfoundation.org
Thank you

Hixson students are attending the movie Hidden Figures this week on a field trip.  8th grade students are attending on Tuesday the 17th and 7th grade students are attending on Friday the 20th.  (a description of the movie is in tonight’s email)

Hidden Figures
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
Our school and district celebrates cultural diversity and promotes equity in education.  Hidden Figures supports and enhances our curricular learning in the following areas:
·         Social Studies: Civil Rights
·         Science: Universe and space
·         English: vocabulary and comprehension
·         Synthesis of learning: students are able to apply what they have learned to new situations/circumstances
·         STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
So what is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. These four symbols represent the different areas of STEM education.

STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations. A lesson or unit in a STEM class is typically based around finding a solution to a real-world problem and tends to emphasize project-based learning.


8th Grade High School Informational Meeting
On January 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Webster Groves High School will hold an informational meeting for the parents of 8th grade students who plan to begin high school in August.  Although students are welcome to attend this event, all students will receive the same information from the WGHS counselors during the enrollment process.  (Please see tonight’s email for more information and the agenda for this event.)
Agenda for the evening:
630-7 Information tables will be available at Senior entrance regarding student activities
7-810 Orientation meeting in the auditorium
815-845 Meet the counselor and assistant principal
  • Last name A-E- PV commons
  • F-K- cafeteria
  • L-R- library
  • S-Z- auditorium
  • Students currently attending private schools- Room 284
810-845 Members of WGHS faculty will be available to answer questions at senior entrance

On January 19th and 20th, WGHS counselors will visit Hixson 8th graders to provide students with information and guidance in course selection.  Course selections are due by January 29th to Hixson.

Parents needed!  Are you interested in the opportunity to serve on some important committees at Hixson this semester?  I would like to increase parent participation and solicit parent feedback on interview teams, Hixson’s School Improvement team, and our 8th grade celebration planning team.  Please click on the links in tonight’s email for more information and to add your name to the Google doc sign up.  Thank you to the volunteers we have so far!

Interview team interest (for open positions), click here
Hixson’s School Improvement team parent sign up, click here
8th grade celebration parent sign up, click here

Dismissal:
Thank you for your cooperation to help make student dismissal organized and safe for students.  For parent pick-up, splitting the line into two lines has helped with a more effecient traffic flow.  After passing through the gates, you will see me directing some cars to the circle drive line and some cars to the second line on the other side of the greenspace where Mr. Griffard stands, thank you for so kindly keeping both lines moving so we do not block Ambrose and Elm for any extended period of time.

Students need to be off campus by 3:30 Mondays and Fridays and by 4:10 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays if they are signed up for an after school activity.  If you are going to be any later than 4:10, your students should walk to the rec center to be picked up from there as there is no supervision for students on campus after 4:10.  Thank you for your cooperation.

We are looking forward to getting back to our learning this week!

Thank you for your continued support of your child and Hixson Middle School, have a great week!