Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your Weekly eNews for August 15

Our First Day

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Hello Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope you're as excited as we are as the new school year begins. I've witnessed considerable preparation and devotion from parents, teachers, coaches, and support staff to get ready for the school year. We are excited to have our students back in the building today as I am writing this entry. So much happens in a high school during the summer--it never truly stops during the summer--but students bring increased energy to us all.

Each week, you'll receive the Weekly eNews via email, which contains the latest news, important reminders, celebrations, and information about upcoming events. The email you'll receive will also have a link to my "News with Dr. Irvin" page of our website, which includes my weekly note and other important news. Parents don't need to subscribe to this service; as long as you've provided an email address in our school database, you'll receive this link. Please remember to add us to your safe sender list.

Looking ahead, I invite you to our Open House on Wednesday, August 28. From 5:45 - 6:30, you're invited to purchase spirit wear at the new Parents' Club Spirit Store. At 6:30 p.m., we'll have a general meeting in the Auditorium, followed by visits to each of your student's classrooms. You'll receive detailed information about this via email soon.

Don't hesitate to call us at 314.963.6400 with any questions you may have. We are always here to assist.


Matt Irvin

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • August 16: Activities Fair, 6 p.m./Pep Assembly, 6:30 p.m./Selma Street Dance, 7:30 p.m.
  • August 19: Late Start (8:57 a.m.); building will be open at 8 a.m.
  • August 20: Senior College Night/Financial Aid Program, 6:30 p.m.

Late-Start Schedule Begins Next Week

School begins at 8:57 a.m. on late-start days.

This is just a reminder that we will have a late-start schedule on Monday, August 19. Students will miss two class periods to accommodate time for teachers to meet in their PLCs, or Professional Learning Communities. For all late-start schedules, school will begin at 8:57 a.m., and two class periods will be dropped.

On Monday’s Late Start, the building opens at 8:00 a.m. Students should enter through the Senior Entrance. Between 8-8:30, students may go to the library or cafeteria. After 8:30, students may enter the building via the Senior, Junior or Roberts entrance and transition to their regular morning routine. Please see the schedule below for a Day 4-5:

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2019-20 Late-Start Days

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All A.M. district bus pass holders will receive an email with their late-start pick-up times prior to Monday. Thank you for your patience!

Other Important News

  • Only students who have purchased a 2019-20 parking permit may park in student Lot A/B and Bradford Lot. Any other students/vehicles that are parked without a valid parking permit will be issued a parking ticket.

  • Did you know that the Webster Groves School District Foundation gave over $36,000 in grants to district teachers last school year? These grants have helped bring innovative projects and teaching to your child's school! The Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising events (Webster on Wheels, Run for Webster and more). If you have time to give or want to learn more about the Foundation please email

  • Camp Wyman Applications are available for students to pick up in the Activities Office. If you think your student would like to be a counselor for the week please have them pick up an application. They would be at Camp Wyman the entire week if selected. Camp Wyman is the first 4 weeks of October. If you have any questions contact Cliff Ice at 314-918-4185 or

Did You Know?

Call your child's AP office to report an absence, late arrival, or early departure.

Checking out early? When leaving school during the day, students must check out through the assistant principal’s office.

1. Call the Assistant Principal's office before the designated time and report the absence. You may also send a note with the student to be presented to the Assistant Principal's office before school.

2. At the designated time, your student will receive a pass to check out if you called ahead. The student will check out in the Assistant Principal's office.

3. You do not need to enter the building if you have called the absence in and communicated a pick-up location with your child. However, if you choose to pick up your child in the building, you must do so in the Assistant Principal's office. Upon entering the building, check in with the receptionist, and proceed to the Assistant Principal's office. Please bring your driver's license if you are checking in.

Join Us for Senior Parent Night

Please join us!

College Application & Financial Aid Night

For Seniors & Their Parents

Tuesday, August 20

6:30-8:30pm in the Auditorium

The Agenda:

6:30-7:30pm--"The College Application Process"

Presented by Jennedy Lombard and Karen Verstraete, College and Career Counselors, Webster Groves High School

  • Where? When? How?
  • Essays, Resumes, Letters of Recommendations
  • Test Scores and Transcripts
  • And more!

7:30-8:30pm--"Financial Aid 101"

Presented by David Rice, Associate Director, Student Financial Services, St. Louis University

  • What is financial aid?
  • When and how do I apply?
  • What is an Expected Family Contribution?
  • What is an Award Letter?
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