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From the District May 28, 2021
Have a Wonderful Summer!
District To Be Closed June 18 for Juneteenth Holiday
The Webster Groves School District will be closed June 18 in honor of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom or Emancipation Day. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas Union General Gordon Granger shared the news with enslaved Americans that they were free and the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect. This news spread among the South and more enslaved Americans began to realize freedom as a true reality.
The Webster Groves School District’s Board of Education approved Juneteenth as a recognized and honored holiday in 2020. It is our hope that all will begin to discuss and/or celebrate this historic event in time. Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, this will be a paid holiday for all 12-month employees.
A Quilt of Warm Memories for Bristol
Bristol alumna Mia Eickhoff looked at her collection of school t-shirts and had an idea. Why not make them into a quilt for the school? She enlisted the help of her talented grandmother and voila, several years of Bristol shirts turned into a colorful display of school spirit: Blacktop Ball, Fall Festival, Stu-Serve and more make up the piece of art.
Mia and her grandmother, Rosemary Emnett, presented Bristol Principal Bill Senti with the quilt. “I’m very thankful to have had a chance to go to Bristol for my elementary years and this quilt is a way to show how thankful I am," said Mia.
Hixson Teacher Writes Novel on Fatherlessness
Jarrod Jones, an English language arts teacher at Hixson Middle School, has written a novel for young adults about fatherlessness. “My Invisible Father” follows the lives of three teens with missing fathers. The book can be preordered on Amazon or through Jones’ website https://jaerarmsteadjones.com/store-2/my-invisible-father-novel/
In addition, he's produced a six-song soundtrack titled “Invisible,” which goes with the book. The music, he said, gives teens an opportunity to enjoy reading in a unique way. Jones originally became interested in the subject as a nonfiction book and began researching the importance of fatherhood, stepfathers and father figures. He ultimately decided to write a novel.
Beginning June 7, Masks Not Required Outdoors in School Settings
Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, state and local public health authorities as well as a review of local data related to the spread of COVID-19, the Webster Groves School District will make mask wearing optional for students and staff members outdoors, with appropriate social distancing, beginning June 7 with summer school. Masks will still be required inside classrooms, hallways, restrooms etc.
Facility Rental Update
Beginning July 1, the Webster Groves School District will permit rental of district facilities. All Centers for Disease Control guidelines, including social distancing and wearing of masks, must be followed by those using district property. For further information, please call Nicole Leigh at 918-4011.
Steger "Legacy Class" of 2020-21 Plant Garden for Givens School
This year's sixth-grade students planted a butterfly garden as a gift to Givens School and students. Each sixth grader also decorated a four-inch by four-inch tile for an art project above the double doors to the school auditorium.
Next year's sixth grade students will attend Hixson Middle School and Givens Elementary School will encompass the entire Steger/Givens campus.