Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for February 27

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Each year, schools fret the public “ranking” that appears in media outlets that lays out a perception of a school hierarchy in our state and region. This often acts to facilitate a more robust conversation on the quality of schooling but acts to limit and further impoverish the dialogue. Most quantification of high schools is based around standardized tests that are administered in one day as well as other easily measured but arguably less important metrics. These customary measurements of students and schools often travel with parents’ educational and income levels and distort the work being done in schools. The lament of one’s zip code being destiny is too often played out in our educational system with glaring disparities in resources and opportunity, further compounded by limted information.

The current measurements miss the point that the value of a school is multi-dimensional: school safety and climate, creating a more just and civic culture, student engagement, student wellness, or requirements of critical thinking around important questions. An ideal high school requires an articulated school culture that is safe and connected, where students and adults are known and work collaboratively around declared shared values. Deep, meaningful relationships that make academics, the arts, and athletics richer and in service to life-long impact, to protect well-being for the school experience. The Athenian Oath taken at age 18 called for citizens to make their city-state more beautiful, more safe, and more free for their children. I sense that is a good message for Webster Groves and more specifically, our high school.


Matt Irvin

Congratulations to our State Champs!

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • March 2: Late-Start; School starts at 8:57 a.m.
  • March 2: First day of spring sports
  • March 4 - 6: All Write Festival
  • March 4: Parents' Club Meeting, 6 p.m., Library
  • March 5: Missouri Artists Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium

Monday, March 2 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, February 3. 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 6/7:

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2019-20 Late-Start Days

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ESY (Extended School Year) Registration

Monday, March 2nd, 7:30am

This is an online event.

The school year continues to fly by and it is time to think about Extended School Year (formerly known as Summer School) opportunities!

The ESY application opens Monday, March 2, 2020 at 7:30am. For more information, about course offerings and the application process visit

Please contact me (( or ext. 11917)) if you have any questions.


Barb Smith

ESY Secretary

P.S. Looking for information about experiential learning opportunities? Visit the

Chelsea Center’s website. Additional information will be available March 27.

Contact Dana Miller ( or 11200)

or Dr. Kerry Ahrens ( or 11960)

with any questions about these offerings.

Did You Know?

Camp All Write is almost here!

The WGHS English Department is excited to host 2020 Camp All Write, our school's 6th annual writing festival running March 4th through March 6th. At the festival, we celebrate the power of the written word in all its various forms. This year we are excited to welcome professional authors such as sports journalist Ben Hochman from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, filmmaker Frank Popper, who will be screening his documentary Gentlemen of Vision, novelists Abbigail Rosewood, Sonali Dev, and Elizabeth McCracken, and many, many more. For more information, please visit or email English teacher Katie Guymon at


At the end of the annual All Write festival, the committee honors our top student writer of the year with the Jonathan Franzen Excellence in Student Writing award. The recognition also comes with a $100 prize. Congratulations to the 2020 semifinalists who will be reading their original pieces over the course of the festival, running March 4th to March 6th. They are Yan Er, Isabella Gaines, Caroline Gillow, Eleanor Gilstrap, Rawsthorne Grundy, Lily Johnston, Sarah Kaul, Yensen LeBeau, Lillian Maynor, Claire McCarthy, Gabriella Ramirez, Camryn Riley, Taliyah Roash, Sawyer Stein, Mallory Stewart, Sophia Wilson, and Kwan Willhoft.

All Write pages will be selling sweatshirts at our merch stand next week. Show your support for All Write by wearing yours to the festival! [artwork attached]

$20 each in grey / hot pink or lagoon blue / white

Cash, Check, or Venmo

Questions? See Ms. Keane in Room 222.

Statesmen Service Award Forms Now Available

Statesmen Service Award forms can now be submitted from students who have completed 50+ hours of service hours or projects through classes, clubs, youth groups, organizations or individually as long as the service is for a non-profit agency and participant is not compensated for work. Completed forms are due before Spring Break. Last year’s award winner recipients, don’t forget to turn in your hours for this school year!

This is a great way for WGHS to honor students who are aware, thoughtful, and committed citizens who make a difference in their community. The Statesmen Service Award Ceremony is scheduled for April 10, 2020 at 7 am.

Forms are in Office 124. Further questions, please contact John E. Thomas, Asst. Principal 314-918-4175 or Julie Simonson, Administrative Asst. 314-918-4131.

Senior Parents: Get Your Dancing Shoes On!

Senior Parents: It’s a WGHS tradition for the senior parents to put on a line dance at the graduation lock-in. This is a great chance to spend that last bit of time with the other 2020 parents — and maybe embarrass your graduate a little in the process. No dance background or rhythm needed. It’s all for fun! The lock-in is overnight May 12/13, and the dance is expected to happen at about 12:45 a.m. We will offer several rehearsals after spring break so that hopefully anyone interested in participating can make it to at least a couple. If you want to join in this fun tradition, let us know via email ( so we can add you to our list.

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Delayed Start Times Due to Inclement Weather

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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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