Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your Weekly eNews for May 20

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I am sharing the video recently put out recognizing two local teachers, including our very own Mrs. Jessica Haskins. Mrs. Haskins is both a graduate of WGHS and one of our many talented adults working with students.

If you have the chance to know her, you know Mrs. Haskins is a humble person, but allow me to speak to her talents. Her informed use of varied instructional methods is a reflection of her desire to grow as a teacher of mathematics. She is a reflective practitioner, seeking formal and informal feedback from her students in the effort to adapt to student needs. Additionally, she has helped to create a new algebra support class that she volunteered to teach after researching other schools' successful programs. Mrs. Haskins has led our math department for three years and has been a key leader of instruction in our building as we implement Professional Learning Communities, serving as a resource to administrators and teachers alike. She was recognized last year with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

She is one of the most intentional adult learners I have been in contact with in all my years in education. She is constantly hunting the best idea via social media, the next concept across the board to improve the art and science of her teaching. She is relentless in working to devise methods to use assessments to ensure students are not just passive recipients but supported to engage fully in the learning. She leads our new teacher cohort and has lead teacher-learning in our building around formative and summative assessments, as well as appropriate interventions for students that have demonstrated the need for support.

Please join me in both recognizing Mrs. Haskins and celebrating each of our staff members that share their talents each day.

In gratitude,

Matt Irvin

Semester 2/Term 4 Final Exams

Final exams are scheduled for May 27-28. School will be dismissed at 11:40 a.m. both days. Students will not take finals in Academic Lab, student assistant periods, Peer Tutoring, or Study Hall. A 90-minute final exam will occur in all other classes. On May 27-28, students should not be in the building if they do not have an exam or are not studying in Academic Lab; otherwise, they will be assigned to a supervised study hall. Activity buses are for athletes only. Everyone else should promptly exit the building. Students are also prohibited from going to Hixson.
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Freestyle Pool Passes

Dear Families,

In February, the Webster Groves City Council made a significant change to the Aquatic Center’s admission policy --they removed the requirement that non-Webster Groves residents could only access the pool if they had a Webster Groves sponsor. Now, everyone (regardless of residency) can access the pool and there is a resident and non-resident daily admission rate. In support of creating a consciously inclusive community, Webster Rock Hill Ministries, The Alliance for Interracial Dignity, and the Webster Groves School District have joined together to create the Freestyle Pool Pass. The Freestyle Pool Pass strives to remove barriers to the community swimming pool by providing free daily passes for individuals and families (WG residents and non-residents) who require financial assistance. A special “thanks” to our community members who believe in this initiative because we have reached our fundraising goal of $10,000. The pool will open on May 29, 2021, and additional passes will be available (as long as funds are available) at the Recreation Complex front desk this summer.

To those families who may currently be in need of financial support to access the pool, our goal (pending funding) is to provide:

  • WGSD PreK – 6th grade students: 4 Freestyle Pool Passes per student upon request
  • WGSD 7th – 12th grade students: 2 Freestyle Pool Passes per student upon request
  • If you have more than one child attending the same WGSD school, then you will receive a family pack of Freestyle Pool Passes.

If you currently are in need of financial assistance and are interested in receiving Freestyle Pool Passes (each is good for one daily admission), then please complete this FORM by May 24, 2021, or call your child’s counselor. The passes will be given to your child on May 26, 2021.

We look forward to seeing you at the pool this summer!


Dr. Shane Williamson


Farrell Carfield and Elyssa Sullivan


Emerson Smith


**Families who are residents of the city of Webster Groves may also consider applying for a city recreational scholarship at

Summer Reading Information

Summer Reading expectations have returned to Webster Groves High School, and each student will be expected to read a book over the summer. By setting expectations for summer reading, we are supporting our district-wide initiative to build life-long, independent learners.

Students will be assigned reading in connection with their next year’s English class, and they may check out their texts from the high school Library beginning Monday, May 24th. See this PDF for a comprehensive list of all courses and summer reading selections:

Course-specific summer reading handouts and/or assignments will be available as a hard copy in the Library and on the Library home page by next Monday:

Happy Reading!

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Term 4 Schedule

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Term 4 Schedule for Virtual Program

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Did You Know?

The 2021-22 school year starts on August 23. Sports dead week is August 2-6, and fall sports begin on August 9.

The full 2021-22 calendar will be published on our website in late May/early June.

Learning at WGHS

Please visit our website for all the latest information regarding in-person learning, the virtual program, schedules, and support for our students and families.

Free Breakfast and Lunch Available for All WGSD Students

During in person learning and distance learning, Webster Groves Students will continue to have access to FREE breakfast and FREE lunch Monday-Friday.

Meals are available for pick-up at Webster Groves High School and home delivery. Students who have opted for in person learning, will be able choose their meal choice daily in the classroom.

For home delivery or meal pick up , please sign up using the below link .

Please contact us at with any questions.

Check out our menus at or download the Nutrislice app!

Counseling Department Updates

Scholarship Information for Seniors

St. Louis Area Scholarship Search St. Louis Graduates Scholarship Central (Note: Many of these applications have not opened up yet so keep checking back.) This is also where you can apply for Interest Free Student Loans from Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

Where can you find other scholarships? There are a number of scholarship databases out there. While it can seem a little overwhelming, it can be very rewarding if you put some time into it.

National Scholarship Searches
College Board’s Big Future

As a reminder, WGHS school counselors and social workers are working to support the academic, social and emotional, and post-secondary planning needs of our students. If you or your child are having difficulties or need assistance, please reach out to their counselor or social worker.

School Counselors

A-E Alex King (

F-K Ken Winingham (
L-R Joe Hepfinger (
S-Z Simone Cunningham (

College and Career Counselors
A-K Karen Verstraete (
L-Z Jennedy Lombard (

School Social Workers
Anne Gibbs (
Anne Marie Guntli (SSD) (


For students or families having technology issues, please do the following:

  • For specific Canvas issues, contact Ms. Liz Forderhase at or call her at 314.963.6400, ext. 11928.
  • Below is a link to the technology support ticket system we are utilizing to help give our learners and families the most efficient system to help us keep track of technology support requests. Use this site to submit when you are having technology difficulties with your child's equipment/access/accounts/etc.

As always, you are welcome to contact us at 314.963.6400 for assistance.

COVID-19 Information

We have now moved all COVID-19 information to a separate link. We will update this as we receive new information.

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