Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for November 21

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Many students will be enjoying the state semi-final game for soccer Friday and continuing traditional Turkey Day activities. We are getting even closer with ticket sales, hall decorations, and game prep are underway. I am excited to see the process and pageantry in my current role and location. While the pep rally, ChiliFest, and game are eagerly anticipated, I may be the best prepared for any day of my brief tenure on Tacky Day (plenty of red and white attire to be found). We invite all to join us on Wednesday night for ChiliFest, followed by our community pep rally in Roberts Gym at 7 PM, and then again for the game at Kirkwood at noon. Have a great Thanksgiving!


Matt Irvin

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • Monday is a Day 4, NOT a late-start! Hallway Decorations for students after school until 7:00 PM
  • November 25: Theme Day
  • November 26: Choir Assembly, 3rd hour; Turkey Day Assembly, 7th hour
  • November 27-29: NO SCHOOL
  • November 27: WGHS ChiliFest, 5 p.m.; Pep Rally, 7 p.m.; Bonfire, 8 p.m.
  • November 28: Turkey Day Game, 12 p.m., KHS
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Boys' Soccer Advances to State Final Four

WGHS Parents,

We are excited for and proud of our boys soccer team qualifying for the state final four again this year. The schedule for their state semifinal playoff game this Friday creates a unique situation. Our team is scheduled to play this Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton. The last time this same scenario happened was in 2015 and we had a large number of students who wanted to attend the game to support our team.

Since this event is so close to Webster, the venue is large enough to accommodate a bigger crowd, and the timing of the game allows for us to get students there and back to within the school day, we have arranged a field trip opportunity for any students that are interested.

Attached you will find a document explaining the steps that students need to follow to attend the game and also a permission form that will need to be signed by both the parent and student and returned to the activities office at the high school. We will also have copies of the permission form in the activities office to give to students.

Please let us know if you have any questions and GO STATESMEN!

Jerry Collins, CAA

Activities Director

Webster Groves High School

100 Selma Ave.

Webster Groves, MO 63119



Field Trip Permission Form Soccer State Game Nov 22, 2019.pdf

2019 Soccer Final Four Field Trip Plan.pdf

If you are releasing your child to attend the soccer game (and they are not going as part of the field trip), please call your child's AP prior to 10:45 a.m. on Friday.

2019-20 Late-Start Days

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Critical Information Needed from Parents

In the next few days, we will be sending a letter and survey to all parents regarding additional funding available to our school district if either parent was active duty military, employed by the federal government, or otherwise worked on federal property on 9/25/19. We are asking all parents to complete the survey, even if the above does not apply. Please look for this in your mailbox soon!

Late Starts Due to Inclement Weather

Webster Groves High School starts at 9:25 a.m. on late-start inclement weather days.

The Webster Groves School District will consider opening schools with a “late start” on inclement days when roads are expected to be cleared within a few hours. This option would keep children off the street during the busy morning rush hour. A late start would mean that WGHS would open an hour and 30 minutes later than our usual start time. Quick breakfasts would be available a half hour before the late start opening. Students should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the start of school. Morning Adventure Club will be cancelled during late start days.

All schools and Adventure Club would close at their regular times.

Other school start times can be found here.

** Late starts will be announced through the same communication outlets listed above **

Late Start Bus Times

With a late start, bus schedules will run one hour and 15 minutes later than the regularly scheduled time.


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

Did You Know?

Even if your child turned 18, parents must approve of all absences, unless the child is legally emancipated.

A Message from Our Parents' Club

We hope your fall is going well and that your students are excited for all of the Turkey Day and Holiday Season festivities!

As you enjoy this season of gratitude, giving and family - please join us for some wonderful community events and opportunities to support WGHS students, faculty and staff by helping the WGHS Parents' Club fulfil our mission:

  • To provide opportunities for parents of Webster Groves High School students to network and exchange ideas.
  • To work together on projects to benefit Webster Groves High School students, including funding for Student and Faculty Enrichment Grants.
  • To build working relationships with Webster Groves High School faculty and staff, that benefit the students.
  • To raise money for scholarships to be awarded each year to graduating Webster Groves High School seniors.
  • To raise money for and sponsor a WGHS Senior Graduation Celebration, free of charge to all graduating students.

Upcoming Family Events:

Best Seats in the House Raffle - $10 for one raffle ticket or 15 tickets for $100

Chilifest - this is the link for information and to purchase tickets - Tickets are also available at local businesses or at the WGHS Office.

All you can eat Pancakes and PJ's on December 1st - link to pre-order tickets (you can drop a check at WGHS or pay by Cash/Check/CC at the door)

DID YOU KNOW - All Turkey Day football game tickets that you purchase prior to game day are only $7.00 and ALL of the proceeds stay with WGHS Athletics - if you purchase your ticket at the game on Thanksgiving (@ Kirkwood - noon kickoff) the tickets are $10 and the proceeds are split 50/50 with Kirkwood HS. Tickets are available at WGHS Main Office or at the Activities office through Tuesday 11/26 and also at WGHS Parents' Club Chilifest on 11/27! Get out there and support all our student athletes and cheerleaders by purchasing your game day ticket at home!!


  • Spiritwear is seeking volunteers to help with Turkey Day Shirt distribution on November 21st and 22nd.
  • Chilifest is seeking short term volunteers to Help at Chilifest.
  • The PC is seeking long term volunteers to help with Chilifest Committee for 2020, to help manage the Spiritwear Store in 2020, to fill the role of the Chair, Vice Chair or Membership Chair in 2020/2021, and to help chair the Senior Graduation Party in 2021 (would need to work with the 2020 committee to "learn")

To volunteer - contact Ginger Krueger @ the email below.

Join Us for our next Parent Club meeting on December 4th at 6pm at the WGHS Library.

Ginger Fletcher Krueger

WGHS Parents Club Chair


The ChiliFest Needs Your Help!

The Chilifest committee NEEDS HELP! Students and parents alike - please visit this link and see how you can help -

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Gifted Program Deadline Approaching

Student nominations for both the Academic and Fine Arts Gifted programs are due December 16, 2019. Anyone may nominate a student. The district has four universal screenings of students in grades 4th, 6th, 8th (this year) and 2nd grade (beginning the fall of 2020). The district allows one* parent nomination during a child’s tenure in the WGSD. Additional information about the WGSD Gifted Programs may be found online. *To honor the prior policy that allowed two parent nominations for a student, and if a student was nominated by a parent prior to the 2019-2020 school year, a second parent/guardian nomination will be accepted until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

The Academic Gifted Program services students in 2nd - 12th grade. Students turning in forms by the deadline will be evaluated for academic program services this school year. Nominations received after 12/16/19 for the academic program will be accepted but students will only be evaluated for services this school year if time allows.

The Gifted Fine Arts Program services students in 3rd - 8th grade. Screening for the Gifted Fine Arts program is held once a year in the winter. This year, the Gifted Arts Evaluation dates are February 27 and 28, 2020 during the school day with transportation provided to the Service Center. Therefore, second grade students interested in the program for third grade must be nominated in second grade. Please note that Gifted Fine Arts nominations will only be accepted by the Dec. 16th deadline.

Forms for both programs may be obtained from the gifted specialist at your child’s school, or online through the district website. You may also nominate online, using these direct links: Academic Gifted nomination and Gifted Fine Arts nomination.

Feel free to contact the gifted specialist at your child’s school or me if you have any questions,

Pam Washington, Ph.D.

District Gifted Coordinator

Shop at Our Spirit Store and Support Funding for Scholarships!

The Webster Groves Spirit Wear Store is open to all Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members. Shop the Spirit Store for all your Webster Groves Apparel and Accessories.

Spirit Store Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Late Start Monday: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

All Spirit Wear Apparel and Accessories are also available online at the Parents Club website.

Orders placed online will be available for pick up at the WGHS Front Office.

(for a fee all items can be shipped to your home)

WGHS Front Office Hours: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

You can also find Spirit Wear at our “Pop-Up” Shops at many school sponsored events.

Thanks for your support!

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