Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for October 14

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I hope you have had the chance to connect with your child's teacher over this week. If you are unable to do so, please reach out via phone or email to support the shared work in the classroom. It is our collective hope that students do more than achieve the scholarly minimum but rather to have our students thrive--be engaged with others around shared passions and be prepared for all they will encounter.

Thanks to all our parent volunteers that have made such a difference on behalf of our staff and students. The Spirit Store, athletics, and activities are enriched with the talent and time so generously shared. Many thanks to all that have and will participate.




Next Week's Schedule: Late Start A, A, B, C, A

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • 10/20: Orchestra Concert, 7 pm, Webster Groves Presbyterian Church
  • 10/20: WGHS Parents for Racial Equity, 7 pm, Library
  • 10/22: Second Quarter Bus Money Due. To pay:
-Click on Webster Groves High School (NOT Transportation)
- Select one of the four options for WGHS Bus Fee
- Fill out your student’s Last and First Name
- Check out
  • 10/23: ACT Testing

2021-22 Late-Start Days

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Social Emotional Learning Survey

In support of our efforts to better care for the well-being of our students and nurture the most welcoming and inclusive environments possible, we will administer a brief, online and anonymous survey to all high school students between October 18 - 29. What they share, next week and in a follow-up survey this spring, will help guide and assess our efforts to better care for high school students in the WGSD. Please reach out to your student's principal with any questions.

City of Webster Groves Survey

The City of Webster Groves is committed to creating an environment where everyone can be their authentic selves and succeed. To assist us with achieving this goal, we want to hear directly from you! Please take a few minutes to click the link below and complete a survey asking about your perception of Webster Groves as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Seniors: Everything you Need to Know About Your Senior Year

Senior Parents: Everything you need to know about graduation and your child's senior year can be found here.

Did You Know?

We hate to sound like a broken record, but. . .

If you are checking your student out of school early, your child should bring a written, signed note from a parent stating the time at which they are to check out. Students should present their request to the assistant principal’s office before school. Parents may also call in to the Assistant Principal's office ahead of time and have students check out at the designated time. When leaving school during the day, students must check out through the assistant principal’s office. If students do not follow this procedure, their absence will be considered cutting class. In case of sickness, students check out through the school nurse. In case of emotional upset, students should see their counselors or an administrator to discuss whether or not to remain in school.

When students need to check out of school early:

  1. We require at least one hour notice when calling your student out early. 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 will NOT 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 at the main entrance on Selma Avenue. Upon entering the building, check in with the receptionist. Please bring your driver's license if you are checking in. The receptionist will contact the Assistant Principal’s office to send for your student. Please be aware that not calling ahead to schedule an early release can take up to 30 minutes to send for a student.

All attendance procedures are outlined in detail in the Student Handbook. To report your child's absence, please call your child's assistant principal's office directly:

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Counseling News

AP Exam Registration is open and due by Thursday, November 11th.

Students enrolled in AP courses should register now for AP Exams that will be held on May 2nd- 13th in-person at WGHS.

Taking the Advanced Placement exam is an important part of all AP courses, but ultimately optional. If you have questions about whether or not to take the AP Exam, please contact your AP teacher.

The AP exam registration process is two steps, but both can be completed in one sitting when the student and parent/guardian do this together.

Step 1: If you haven’t already, you will need to create an account in AP Classroom and use a “Join Code” to be added to your class section. This Join Code should have been provided by your AP teacher. You will use your join codes and directions to complete the second required step in Total Registration.

Step 2: Visit to register and pay for your AP exams. Exam fees will be paid online so be sure to have a debit card or credit card available before beginning registration. This year each AP exam costs $96.00 + ($4 non-refundable processing fee per student). Registrations made after November 11th will incur a $40 late fee per test.

Students who qualify for Free/Reduced lunch, will pay a reduced fee of $54/per exam.

Please contact Mrs. Jennedy Lombard, AP Coordinator at, if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any other AP related questions.

Washington University in St. Louis’ College Prep Program is accepting nominations for the next cohort of its innovative college readiness initiative.

Nominees must be ninth-grade students from the St. Louis region who are invested in learning, will be a first-generation college student and have limited financial resources. The nomination deadline is Oct. 15. Learn more on the College Prep website.

McCarthy Construction Hosting Workshop for Girls Interested in Careers in Construction

McCarthy Construction 101 is an interactive opportunity for young women to learn new skills and about the wealth of careers in the construction industry. Working alongside experienced industry leaders and trade contractors, participants will spend the day collaborating on a variety of hands on construction activities while gaining firsthand insight into various construction career paths, developing a safety-first mindset and building self-confidence they can apply in all aspects of life.

For more information and to register visit

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:

Last Names A-K

Last Names L-Z

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:

Last Names A-K (Verstraete)

Last Names L-Z (Lombard)

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.

The online store is open 24 hours a day at

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

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