Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for September 29
Hello WGHS Families,
We are excited by the collaborative work from our staff on behalf of students that is materializing this fall. Much of the work is generated in our Late-Start mornings--thanks to all for accommodating that time for our staff to think deeply about the learning experiences and supports for classes.
We are excited to team up with our Chelsea Center to host the WGHS Community Open House and Chelsea Center Learning in Action Street Fair on Thursday, October 6 from 6 - 8 p.m. This fun, interactive event allows you to get a glimpse of all of the exciting opportunities available at WGHS, watch learning in action with several student demonstrations, take guided tours of the building, and enjoy performances by our talented fine arts students. If you know of a student that is weighing their high school options, this would be great event to gather more information about the great things at Webster Groves High school. We hope to see you there!
In case you missed it, we sent information about sign-ups for Parent-Teacher Conferences! We've included a link below. Please let us know how we can work to support each other going forward. Have a great week.
Next Week's Schedule: AABCA
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 9/30: End of Progress Period
- 10/5: College Fair @ Lindbergh High School, 6pm
- 10/6: WGHS Community Open House/Chelsea Center Learning in Action Street Fair, 6 pm
- 10/7: Progress grades available on Parent Portal
National Custodial Appreciation Day is October 2
Important Calendar Change
We recently learned from DESE that we need to administer an EOC testing window in the fall. Due to some changes from DESE, our students will benefit from taking the math EOC before the end of 2022. We will need to give approximately 500 students the math EOC before the end of the semester.
To accomplish this, we are modifying the school calendar during the weeks of November 28 and December 5 to accommodating testing. Please see the attached EOC calendar for details.
Week of November 28: Late-Start A,B,C,B,C
Week of December 5: B,C,B,C,A (B days will be 1,3,7,5; C days will be 2,AN,6,4)
Two Juniors Selected as Student Advisors to the Board of Education
WGHS Juniors Janya Johnson and Jonathan Bass were selected as Student Advisors to the Board. The purpose of having students serve in this capacity is to help ensure the “student voice” is present when the Board of Education and district administration are in discussions or making decisions which will ultimately affect students. Student representatives will attend Board meetings, meet regularly with Dr. Simpson, and represent the voice of students, not exclusively themselves, on matters related to the high school and/or school district.
Fall Parent Conferences
Tuesday, October 11
In-person at WGHS, scheduled
4 - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12
Virtual, via Zoom
1:10 - 3:10 p.m.
Thursday, October 13
Virtual, via Zoom
4 - 8 p.m.
This fall, conferences will be held in person on Tuesday evening and virtually via Zoom on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening. All conferences are scheduled using PTCFast.com.
The purpose of the conference is to give parents and teachers an opportunity to discuss student progress and to work together to ensure student achievement. Parents should know the names of the teachers they wish to visit within each department. We urge you to schedule as many of your child’s teachers as time permits. Up to SEVEN minutes will be allotted for each conference.
We will be using the PTCFast system for scheduling conferences.
As you prepare for conferences, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Teachers will call all parents who they have the greatest need to meet.
- Please check your child's progress online in the Parent Portal. This will assist in determining whether you need to schedule a conference/meet with a teacher.
- You may choose not to see all or any of your child's teachers, depending on their progress.
- For specific questions, an email to the teacher may suit your needs.
We look forward to meeting with you. If you desire more than the seven minutes allowed at these conferences, please set up an individual teacher conference by contacting the teacher directly.
The Webster Groves School District Foundation is accepting preliminary applications for Innovation grants. Grants are available to any teacher, staff member, parent or student of the Webster Groves School District. Students and parents interested in applying for an Innovation grant must have a teacher or principal as the grant contact for each application.
Have grant ideas or questions? Join the foundation at their open house on October 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., at the WG Service Center. Learn more and apply today!
2022-23 Late-Start Days
Run for Webster
The Webster Groves School District Foundation is hosting the Ivory Crockett Run for Webster, Saturday, October 15 at 8:30 a.m. in both 5k and 1-mile fun run options. The 5k route is here. Please register by September 28 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.
In addition, there is also a series of virtual 5k runs, with one starting from every WGSD school and a special Ivory Crockett Challenge 5k, starting from Ivory Crockett Park in historic North Webster. Registration for all activities begins on September 1.
You can learn more and register here.
Did You Know?
You can use the Parent Portal to email your child's teachers.
Once you log in to the Parent Portal, follow these steps to email your child's teachers:
1. Click on "Student Schedule" on the menu to the left of your screen.
2. Click on the class within the schedule of the teacher you wish to email.
3. Click on the blue "Email teacher" link.
4. Use the script editor to email the teacher!
Webster, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Oakville College Fair is next Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Please join us for our annual College Fair at Lindbergh HS next Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 6:00-7:30 pm @ Lindbergh HS Click here for list of attending colleges. Students can register ahead of time at https://app.strivescan.com/students.
Junior Parent Night: College Planning Kickoff Follow Up
We were happy to see so many junior parents on Tuesday, September 27. For those who missed it, here is a copy of our presentation.
Senior Parent Night Follow Up
Thanks to all of the senior parents who were able to make it to Senior Parent Night on Tuesday, September 13th. It was great to see so many of you in person! For those who missed it, here are links to view the presentations:
College Application Workshops
Seniors! Do you need help completing your college applications? Sign up for our College Application Workshops held during Academic Networking. Sign up for one or both Academic Networking sessions. Workshops will be held in computer lab 320 and are limited to 20 students per session. Click here to register.
College Admissions Representative Visits
Juniors—are you ready to start learning about colleges? Seniors—do you have questions about the application process for schools on your list? College representatives will visit WGHS through November 1st. This is a great opportunity to hear from colleges all across the country in the comfort of your own school. 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 to meet with schools they are interested in and to receive a pass to be excused from class. Be sure to check the calendar regularly as visits are being updated daily.
The St. Louis Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Alumni Association’s 5th Annual Scholarship Summit is November 5th
You are invited to the St. Louis Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Alumni Association’s 5th Annual Scholarship Summit on Saturday, November 05, 2022 at the Harris Stowe State University Community Impact Education Center. Morning sessions will include student and parent workshops on essay writing, ACT/SAT prep and finding scholarships. Afternoon sessions include an HBCU panel and an HBCU fair with local HBCU Alumni representatives. The Scholarship Summit is fun, educational, free and open to the public. For more information and to register visit http://www.stlhbcualumni.org/ by October 31, 2022.
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 https://wghsparentsclub.org/collections.
Every time you shop at the Spirit Store, you are supporting student scholarships and teacher grants!
October 28: Last Day for $60 Early Bird Pricing
January 27: Last Day for $65 Pricing
January 27: Last Day for Guaranteed Pre-Order
Important Senior Dates & Links
October 28: Senior Quotes Due (Click here to submit)
Senior Baby Photo Submission Form
Senior Quote Form