Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for September 5

Hello Parents and Guardians,

As we enter into September, calendars are getting more crowded with national testing dates, litany of high school activities, and numerable community options. Please take time for yourself and your child to slow down, to linger, to connect. Parents of a high school students often scurry from one event to another and have not prioritized the time we have remaining to see and listen to each other. Our high school student in the last year has started driving and had his first real job in the last year--the time has gotten away from us in our home, it feels. I hope you take the time to count the cost of each item you and your child say yes to in your day. Engage in those you select, and do not look back on those you declined.



Best,

Matt Irvin

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • September 9: Late Start: School starts at 8:57 a.m. (doors open for students at 8 a.m.)
  • September 12: Fall Sports Assembly, 7th hour
  • September 14: ACT
  • September 16: Late Start: School starts at 8:57 a.m. (doors open for students at 8 a.m.)

2019-20 Late-Start Days

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Monday, September 9 is a Late-Start Day

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, September 9. 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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All Write Festival Needs Your Help!

The All Write planning committee is now fundraising for our 2020 writers festival planned for this March at WGHS. We would appreciate your generous, tax-deductible donation in making this one-of-a-kind programming available to our students. For more information and to donate, go to www.tinyurl.com/allwrite2020. Questions? Contact English teacher Katie Guymon at guymon.katie@wgmail.org. Thank you in advance for your support!

Important 2019-20 Athletic Event Information--click on picture for details

PSAT Registration Now Open for Juniors!

WHAT IS THE PSAT?

The PSAT is a standardized test for juniors administered by the College Board each year that serves two purposes:

  1. The PSAT is a practice SAT college admissions test. After taking the PSAT, students will have an idea of how they might perform on the SAT.
  2. The PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Juniors must take the PSAT to enter the competition. National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students will be announced in September 2020.


TEST DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am at Webster Groves High School

Students will be excused from periods 1, 2 and 3.


TEST FEE: $17.00

Juniors who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch may be eligible for a fee waiver. See your counselor for details.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

Unfortunately, test availability cannot be guaranteed for students who register after this date.


SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: To receive accommodations on the PSAT, a student with a documented disability must submit a “Student Eligibility Form” and be approved by The College Board. Please contact your child’s SSD case manager (students with an IEP) or College Counselor (students with a 504 plan) to request that this form be submitted on your child’s behalf. The completed form must be submitted online to The College Board by August 26, 2019.


To Register:

  1. Complete form at https://forms.gle/ATE3iaQ878zmi2Ce6
  2. Submit payment of $17 to Ms. Hill in the Counseling Office. Make checks payable to Webster Groves High School.


QUESTIONS?

Contact:

Brittany Hill, Counseling Center PSAT Coordinator

(314) 963-6400 ext. 11907 or hill.brittany@wgmail.org

Celebrations

  • High School juniors Grace Patrick and Simon Glarner have been chosen following applications and interviews as the Board of Education’s student advisors for 2019-2020. Congratulations, Grace and Simon!

Other Important News

  • 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 info@wgsdfoundation.org.

Did You Know?

Kids forget stuff--often. If you need to drop anything off for your student, please check in at the reception desk and bring your delivery to the main office.



Parents often deliver lunches, instruments, athletic gear, and even clean socks for students. Deliveries should be marked with your student's name, and they will be placed on a table in the main office for pick-up. Please text your student that their delivery is here, since we often do not have student assistants to deliver the items.


Have medication?

We cannot deliver medication to students. You must hand-deliver the medication or take it to the nurse.


Thinking of ordering out for lunch?

We do not allow restaurant deliveries for students, including third party deliveries like DoorDash. Only those food deliveries brought in by family members will be accepted.


Thank you for your assistance with this.

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