Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for January 20

Hello Parents and Guardians,

We are entering into an important phase in our year when we are charged to replace teachers that are retiring, moving, or otherwise not joining us for the next year. Part of our process is to have the candidates teach mini-lessons in a class with our students in the content they are studying, as has been the practice for many years here at Webster. After the lesson, we debrief the students on what resonated and what they might need further clarity on to better understand the topic that was shared. Previously, the students have proven very insightful in their observations and questions as we began our search for the best candidates. They have proven to be great ambassadors at Webster Groves High School. I am excited for where we are and where we are headed.



Best,

Matt Irvin

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

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • 1/24: Late-Start A Day; School starts at 9:15; doors open at 8:30
  • 1/28: Renaissance Recognition
  • 1/28: Winter Activities Assembly, 7th hour
  • 1/28: Mx Webster Pageant, 7:30pm, Virtual

2021-22 Late-Start Days

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Winter Activities Assembly Adjustments Due to COVID

The Winter Pep Assembly on January 28 will include the entire student body in Roberts Gymnasium. Students that do not wish to participate in the pep assembly must wait in Knight Auditorium until the conclusion of the assembly. Per the assembly schedule, 7th period will begin at 1:59pm and last 45 minutes. All students must report to their 7th hour class. Once dismissed for the assembly, those who wish not to participate shall head directly to the Auditorium.


Due to CDC and STL County Health Department recommendations, we will allow 30 minutes of assembly time within Roberts Gymnasium. We will release all winter varsity student-athletes, scholar bowl team, chess team, robotics team, cheerleaders and dance team at the end of 7th period in order to get them to their seats promptly for introductions.

ECHO Receives Honors

The National Scholastic Press Association awarded the WG Echo's Online version of the WG Echo a First Class Rating with marks of distinction for:
  • Interactivity & Community
  • Breaking News


The Echo staff earned 453 on a 500 point scale. The judge said, "From the moment a reader goes to The Echo, they are engulfed by a site that brings a lot of great, concise content that provides the latest information in a timely fashion. The addition of video and podcasts helps the site take advantage of being a digital publication and that's vital in 2022. What's perhaps the most impressive is that all this is being done with a fairly small staff." Congratulations, Echo staff!

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Who will be the next Mx. Webster?

Coming soon to home theaters near you...

Log on to watch the Youtube Premier of the Mx.Webster Virtual Pageant on January 28 at 7:30pm! Support our ten talented seniors who will entertain you with a free family-friendly performance. This event is sponsored by several amazing local businesses: O+O Pizza, Tsquared, Mash Pit, and KimHec. We, the WGHS Marketing Students, can’t wait to showcase these students’ hard work, and for you to vote on the next Mx. Webster. Connect to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MxWebsterGroves/ and our Instagram @mx.webster2022. Thank you!

School Closing Information Due to Inclement Weather

Communication

Should bad weather or other adverse conditions prompt us to consider closing schools, the District will make a decision as early as possible. Information will be available through the following outlets:


Late Start due to Inclement Weather

The District will consider opening schools with a late start or calling for an early dismissal depending on weather conditions. A late start would keep children off the street during the busy morning rush hour if roads are expected to be clear within a few hours; early dismissal would allow students to get home safely before bad weather moves into the area. Quick breakfasts would be available when school doors open before classes begin. Students should arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of school. (This doesn’t include Ambrose Preschool children.)


All schools would close at their regular times and there would be no Adventure Club.


School Start Time Staff Arrival Time Student Arrival Time

Webster Groves High School Start Time: 9:40 a.m.

Staff arrival time: 9:10 a.m.

Student arrival time: 9:25 a.m.

Early Dismissal: 12:30 p.m.


All other schools 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.

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Did You Know?

Parents of Seniors: Local Scholarships Now Available!


Friendly reminder that local scholarships are currently available on the Counseling Center's web page under the Local Scholarships tab (https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/Page/22965). These are scholarships provided by locally affiliated groups/organizations specifically for WGHS students. Don't miss this great opportunity for additional funding for college! Applications (with the exception of the Howard A. Latta Scholarship which is to be mailed by the student) are to be submitted to Mrs. Adams in the Main Office by Friday, February 22, 2022.

To Report an Absence, Please Call:

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Counseling Office Updates

College Admissions Testing

We have fielded a lot of questions regarding the ACT and SAT lately. Here's an article with answers to some of the top questions we hear.


Missouri Department of Higher Ed Rolls Out New Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment Scholarship for Juniors and Seniors

Beginning with the spring (January) 2022 semester, high school juniors and seniors may be eligible to receive a scholarship that covers the tuition and fees for their dual credit or dual enrollment courses. The priority application deadline is February 1st. Click here for more information and to access the application.


2022-2023 Course Selections

Counselors are meeting individually with all students (during their Science class) to review student transcripts and finalize course requests for the 2022-2023 school year. Parents can view their child’s course requests in the parent portal by selecting the 2022-2023 school year (dropdown menu in upper right hand corner) and selecting “Course Requests” (menu on left). Please reach out to your child’s counselor if you have any questions.


College and Career Night is February 8th from 6:00-8:00pm

All students and their parents (grades 9-12) are invited to join us for College and Career Night on February 8th from 6:00-8:00pm. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a number of sessions on a variety of topics related to college and career planning. Stay tuned as format (in person or virtual) is TBD.


Upcoming ACT and SAT National Test Dates (Saturdays)

Junior parents: Is your child planning to attend a four year college or university? While many colleges have been “test optional” for the past two years as a result of covid, plans for next year are not yet clear and many colleges will still require ACT or SAT scores for admission and/or scholarships. Here are the ACT and SAT test dates for the rest of the school year.

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Please support our THRIVE student businesses!

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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 https://wghsparentsclub.org/collections.


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

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