Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for December 2

Hello Parents and Guardians,

We've had a big week with EOC testing and adjusted schedules to accommodate the blocks of time needed to administer the End-of-Course exams in the approved windows. We want our students to do their best on assessments but recognize results provide some information but not complete picture on students learning and progress.

We changed our overall schedule this year after many changes last year in the effort to foster teacher and student support meetings and other programming. Changes to a high school schedule can bring with it a clamorous response and incurs a cost. While no schedule is perfect or permanent, we have experienced some of the benefits we sought when we started on the process almost two years ago.

Staff requests for individual or small group academic support for students average over 600 each week during Academic Networking. We feel those opportunities have been very helpful in promoting student academic success here at WGHS. This week we held Academic Networking twice and the additional time allowed 9th grade advisories to travel to elective course spaces and learn about potential courses to schedule in the coming years (pictures below). One staff member that serves as the advisor to our virtual students put her laptop on a cart and Zoomed students into the Elective Showcase. It was an effort organized by and conducted by our teachers, and likely left our students with more courses they would want to take in their schedule. Sophomores will get the same opportunity later this month.

Next week is host to several musical concerts--we hope you have an opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of our students and the culmination of their hard work and preparation.



This Week's Elective Showcase

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Next Week's Schedule: EOC Week--BCBCA

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • 12/4: SAT Testing
  • 12/6 - 12/10: EOC (End-of-Course Exams) testing
  • 12/7: Orchestra Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
  • 12/9: Holiday Band Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
  • 12/10: A Cappella Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
  • 12/11: ACT Testing

2021-22 Late-Start Days

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2022-2023 Scheduling and Course Information Night for Parents

It’s hard to believe but students will choose their classes for the 2022-2023 school year beginning in December. Please join the WGHS Counseling Team for a live, 30 minute, grade-specific Zoom meeting on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Topics will include:

  • A review of WGHS graduation requirements
  • An overview of course offerings and descriptions by academic departments
  • An overview of college credit opportunities (AP vs. Dual Credit) at WGHS
  • A timeline and explanation of the course selection process for students
  • Session Times and Zoom Information

6:00-6:30—Class of 2023 (

6:30-7:00—Class of 2025 (

7:00-7:30—Class of 2024 (

While your child is of course welcome to join you, they will hear the same information in Advisory earlier that day.

Can’t make it? A recording of each session will be shared on the Counseling Department webpage on Friday, 12/3.

Chelsea Center Informational Sessions

At the end of each session with counselors, Kerry Arens and Jenny Willenborg invite you to a zoom presentation to learn about opportunities such as internships, personal employment, service learning, and passion pursuits through the Chelsea Center.


We are excited to announce that we've moved on to Phase III of our baseball field renovations! Many heartfelt thanks to our alumni, family, business, and resident supporters who have donated to this long-awaited project. Please visit for more information and to donate!

Did You Know?

EOC: End-of-Course assessments are taken when a student has received instruction on the course-level expectations for an assessment, regardless of grade level (but typically in high school). EOC tests are required for the courses of Algebra I, Biology, English II, and Government.

To Report an Absence, Please Call:

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Counseling News

Common Application Workshops During Academic Networking

Many seniors will use the Common Application to apply to college. While it is not particularly difficult, it can be a little confusing and hard to navigate sometimes. Students--please join us for a Common Application Workshop during Academic Networking time in September and October to learn how to complete your applications via the Common App. Sign up using the links below:

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College Admissions Representative Visits are Back!

After a year of virtual visits, we are welcoming college admissions representatives back in the building to meet with interested juniors and seniors. A list of colleges visiting will be posted on our Counseling Department calendar, in Naviance, and shared in our daily announcements. Students should stop by the Counseling Center to sign up and to receive a pass to be excused from class. Be sure to check the calendar regularly as visits are being updated daily.

Individual Senior Planning Conferences

Seniors and senior parents! Would you like to meet to ask questions specific to your needs? We will begin hosting individual meetings with students (in-person) and their parents (either in-person or via Zoom) following Senior Parent Night and our visits with senior English classes. Schedule using the links below:

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Sophomore Parents!

South Tech is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year! Students are STRONGLY encouraged to apply during first semester to increase their chances of acceptance.

All of South Tech’s courses are listed here and available to you as electives. Tech provides the REAL WORLD experience and hands-on skills you need to make solid choices about your future while you earn high school and college credit. Tech also offers certifications and licenses that open doors for internships, employment, and advanced placement. We offer everything from Automotive to Veterinary, Health Sciences to Welding, and Firefighting to Web & Computer Programming. With 26 different programs, Tech likely has a class for you!

Transportation is provided and classes are TUITION FREE! To get started on your application today, click here.

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Shop the Parents' Club Spirit Store!

The Spirit Store is open! Hours are 8-9:15 a.m. daily.

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Every time you shop at the Spirit Store, you are supporting student scholarships and teacher grants!

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