Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your Weekly eNews for March 4

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I am very grateful for our students' and families' patience and support as we have navigated our shared circumstances this year. We have changed and revised most everything except the name of the school this year in the effort to continue our work on behalf of students. I am sure when we have the benefit of hindsight, we will see where we might have done better. I know that we have earnestly engaged in effort earnestly and humbly weighing safety and educational needs of students at the forefront. We will have more terrain to navigate in the coming months with the same priority in mind.

Spring sports began this week, and we could not have had a better week relative to weather. I have also noted some classes taking advantage of the opportunity to head out to the courtyard when lessons allow them to do so. With the CDC recently advocating for bringing outdoor air as in as much as possible to classrooms or to move activities outside, this rite of spring has taken on increased value this year. Let's hope for and take advantage of the better days ahead.

In gratitude,

Matt Irvin

Reminder About Term 3 Finals Schedule

Reminder that we are moving the end of Term 3 to March 18. This move allows students to complete Term 3 final assessments prior to Spring Break.

  • March 17 is no longer an early release or virtual learning day. Students will follow the normal daily schedule for M,T,R,F.
  • Final Assessments for Term 3 will now occur on March 17 and 18.
  • Term 4 begins on March 29.

Term 3 Important Dates--March 15-April 1

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Seniors: Last Date to Order Cap & Gown is March 8 (Monday)!

Herff-Jones has notified us that the last date to order the graduation cap and gown is Monday, March 8. To order please visit

Click on Webster Groves High School, select Senior Cap and Gown to order. You should receive an emailed receipt after the order is complete. Please contact Roro Cotner at with any questions.

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Juniors Taking ACT on Tuesday, March 30

All juniors will take the ACT on March 30 from 8:30am-noon. Detailed information about test administration and testing locations will be emailed to students and parents prior to Spring Break. Prior to April 1, all students should enter their “Student Code” in their MyACT account. Please refer to an email sent by Karen Verstraete on 2/25/21 for directions and your child’s individual Student Code.


  • The Statesbots Orange Team 8905 came in 9th out of 30 teams in the league championship, and the Statesbots Black Team 6285 came in 11th. Statesbots Orange took home the “Collins Aerospace Innovate Award” for their ingenuity, creativity, and inventiveness in designing and building their robot for this year’s competition. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to Sloane Carfield and Julia Fowler for the President's Volunteer Service Award through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards! Sloane and Julia are commended for their commitment to community service and volunteer hours.
  • Seven Echo staffers have been approved for membership for Quill and Scroll, the international honorary society for high school journalists. The new Quill and Scroll members are junior Zeke La Mantia, sophomore Calvin Lescher, junior Ava Musgraves, senior Addie Palmquist, junior Jackson Parks, sophomore Lydia Urice and senior Kelly Woodyard. Quill and Scroll was founded at the University of Iowa in 1926 to encourage and recognize “individual student achievement in journalism and scholastic publication,” according to its website.

  • Webster Groves High School senior Anna Tetreault has received national recognition. She has been chosen by the National Youth Orchestra to be an apprentice orchestra librarian and earned a national honorable mention for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

    Anna is currently designing a computer program to write music as part of her Passion Pursuits class in the Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center.

  • Please click on our "Fine Arts Gallery Walk" below to see an excellent showcase of work completed by our art, drama, and choir students!

Fine Arts Gallery Walk

Check out this showcase of recent work by our art, drama, and choir students.

Summer School Information

WGHS 2021 Summer School Opportunities/Program Information and Rules

Summer School Session: June 7th - July 9th 2021 Monday - Friday


The application for WGHS Summer School opened on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:30 a.m.

Completing an application does not guarantee enrollment as enrollment is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that we will be offering online (100% asynchronous) and in-person courses at WGHS for the 2021 Summer School program. Courses with fewer than 15 students will not be offered.

Notification Process

You will receive an email regarding your enrollment status (enrolled or wait listed) by the end of April. If enrolled, a course schedule with teacher information will be mailed home one week prior to the start of summer school with classroom numbers.

Attendance Policy

During the summer session, attendance is most important because of the condensed period in which we have to work. Doctor appointments are unexcused for summer school and count towards absences and tardies.

With this in mind, the following attendance regulations have been adopted:

  • A student may not accumulate more than 3 absences in a class.

  • Any students arriving after the start of a class (5 minutes) will be considered tardy.

  • Any students leaving prior to the end of class (less than 30 minutes) will be considered tardy.

  • Any student arriving/leaving more than 30 minutes after the start/end of a class will be given an absence for the class even if he or she remains/stays the rest of the class period.

  • Three (3) tardies to a class will be equal to one absence.

  • Any student exceeding the three (3) absences for a class will receive a grade of “F” for the class and will be withdrawn from the class with no credit.

  • Any student who is withdrawn from a class after three (3) days of summer school will be issued and “F” for the specified class.

  • PE - Students will be graded on attendance and participation. Due to the length of summer school classes, please note that if a student sustains an injury while enrolled in PE and needs to miss more than 3 days of class participation due to the injury the student will need to be withdrawn from the summer PE course.


Please note that consequences for discipline issues may be increased due to the short length of summer school. Disciplinary infractions may include withdrawal from summer school. If withdrawn, students will receive no credit for their course(s).

Link for course descriptions here

Link for application here

Link for PE Field trip permission form here

For additional questions please contact

Mrs. Smith, Summer School Secretary, at 963-6400 ext. 11917 ( or

Ms. Cunningham at 314-963-64100 ext. 11913 (

Statesmen Service Awards Update

Spring is coming and so are the annual Statesmen Service Awards!! We understand that this year has not allowed for as many in person volunteer opportunities so we are decreasing the minimum number of hours required to 25 (instead of last year’s 50 hours). So now is the time for your student to take full advantage of their generosity to others and submit their 25+ volunteer hours so they can be honored for their awesomeness!!! Forms are due by 3/18 – just before Spring Break. Forms are in Office 124. Questions? Contact Julie Simonson, Administrative Assistant, ( or John E. Thomas, Assistant Principal.

Form and additional information can be found HERE:

Term 3 Schedule

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Did You Know?

Next week is School Social Workers Week.

Thanks to Anne Gibbs and Ann Marie Guntli for everything you do!

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United Nations Association of St. Louis Seeking Student Leaders

The United Nations Association of St. Louis is seeking area students to participate in the SDG Changemakers Youth Action Program. This program is specifically designed for high school students.

Program Dates
July 12-16 & July 19-23

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Deadlines & Cost
Advance Application Deadline · March 12 · $400

General Application Deadline · May 1 · $500
Late Registration · $600

*A limited number of scholarships are available

As a result of the program, students will be equipped with the insights, relationships and tools in being a changemaker for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More detailed information can be found on the application form. Apply here.

Bus Payment for Semester 2 Due March 18

Bus Payment for semester 2 is due by March 18. Checks can be written to the WGSD and mailed in or dropped off by your student to Leigh McKittrick in Office 308.

One way bus transportation is $80, and AM/PM transportation is $160. This fee is prorated to only reflect our in person days this semester. If you have any further questions, please email or call Leigh McKittrick at or 918-4139.

Learning at WGHS

Please visit our website for all the latest information regarding in-person learning, the virtual program, schedules, and support for our students and families.

A Note from the Nurse

  1. Please keep your student home if notified they were exposed to COVID-19
  2. Please keep your student home if a COVID-19 test is pending in student or household member
  3. Please keep your student home if your student OR another member of your household, including siblings, is exhibiting symptoms that need to be verified as non-COVID-19 versus COVID-19.
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Free Breakfast and Lunch Available for All WGSD Students

During in person learning and distance learning, Webster Groves Students will continue to have access to FREE breakfast and FREE lunch Monday-Friday.

Meals are available for pick-up at Webster Groves High School and home delivery. Students who have opted for in person learning, will be able choose their meal choice daily in the classroom.

For home delivery or meal pick up , please sign up using the below link .

Please contact us at with any questions.

Check out our menus at or download the Nutrislice app!

Counseling Department Updates

The St. Louis Area Regional Representatives (STARR) group has teamed up with Darr Tutoring to offer free ACT prep prior to the ACT on 3/30. Students can register for as many sessions as they’d like to attend.

Math Section – Monday, February 22nd from 6:00pm-7:30pm

English Section – Thursday, February 25th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Science Section – Monday, March 1st from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Reading Section – Thursday, March 4th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Register Here:

Juniors Taking ACT on Tuesday, March 30

All juniors will take the ACT on March 30 from 8:30am-noon. Detailed information about test administration and testing locations will be emailed to students and parents prior to Spring Break. Prior to April 1, all students should enter their “Student Code” in their MyACT account. Please refer to an email sent by Karen Verstraete on 2/25/21 for directions and your child’s individual Student Code.

Exploring Career Speakers Series

The Greater St. Louis Area Exploring Program is excited to offer young adults ages 14-20 the opportunity to virtually meet and network with professionals from a variety of career fields. What education or training do you need for this career? What does a typical day look like? What do you like most about your job? These are just a few examples of what you might learn in the career workshops. The workshops are free and you may attend as many as you like.

All virtual programs will start at 5:00pm

· Wednesday, March 10th-Wide World of Sports Careers

· Wednesday, March 24th- Working with Animals Careers

· Wednesday, April 7th- First Responders Careers

· Wednesday, April 14th-Meet the CEO's of companies in St. Louis

· Wednesday, April 28th-Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

· Wednesday, May 12th -No College required-careers not requiring at college degree

Visit to register.

Scholarship Information for Seniors

St. Louis Area Scholarship Search St. Louis Graduates Scholarship Central (Note: Many of these applications have not opened up yet so keep checking back.) This is also where you can apply for Interest Free Student Loans from Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

Where can you find other scholarships? There are a number of scholarship databases out there. While it can seem a little overwhelming, it can be very rewarding if you put some time into it.

National Scholarship Searches
College Board’s Big Future

Upcoming College Admissions Testing

The SAT—Saturday, March 13, 2021 (WGHS not a test center)

Register at by February 12, 2021.

As a reminder, all juniors will take the ACT at school on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Test fees are paid for by WGSD and no registration on your part is required.

As a reminder, WGHS school counselors and social workers are working to support the academic, social and emotional, and post-secondary planning needs of our students. If you or your child are having difficulties or need assistance, please reach out to their counselor or social worker.

School Counselors

A-E Alex King (

F-K Ken Winingham (
L-R Joe Hepfinger (
S-Z Simone Cunningham (

College and Career Counselors
A-K Karen Verstraete (
L-Z Jennedy Lombard (

School Social Workers
Anne Gibbs (
Anne Marie Guntli (SSD) (


For students or families having technology issues, please do the following:

  • For specific Canvas issues, contact Ms. Liz Forderhase at or call her at 314.963.6400, ext. 11928.
  • Below is a link to the technology support ticket system we are utilizing to help give our learners and families the most efficient system to help us keep track of technology support requests. Use this site to submit when you are having technology difficulties with your child's equipment/access/accounts/etc.

As always, you are welcome to contact us at 314.963.6400 for assistance.

COVID-19 Information

We have now moved all COVID-19 information to a separate link. We will update this as we receive new information.

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