Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for January 23

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.

I shared last night a concept of "tradition and trajectory" with our current 8th grade parents. We proudly celebrate our history and aspire for more in ways of continually improving our practices and meeting students' needs. I am grateful our staff has embodied that stance each day.

Your feedback is important to me. Please take a moment to complete the survey on my performance at the link below. Thank you.


Matt Irvin

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • January 24: Winter Sports Assembly, 6th hour
  • January 25: Winter Formal, 7 p.m., Roberts Gym
  • January 27: Late Start, 8:57 a.m. (Day 1/2) Doors open at 8 a.m.
  • January 28: The College Search (Juniors and their parents), 7 p.m., Auditorium

Monday, January 27 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, January 13. 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 1/2:

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2019-20 Late-Start Days

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Get your free tickets for Angst here!


  • Congratulations to the ECHO for the recent success: The National Scholastic Press Association gave the WG Echo’s online platform a First Class rating with a mark of distinction for Interactivity & Community. Also, Lindsey Bennett, senior, won second place for MIPA’s Photo of the Month.

  • Our winter athletic teams are doing terrific. Please come out and root for our Statesmen! Check for all of the latest scores and schedules.

  • The February 1st Food, Fun, and Fitness Event unfortunately has been canceled. Hopefully the event can take place in the future.

  • OPUS, the parent organization for our orchestra program, is hosting a trivia night and silent auction to be held on February 1 at Shrewsbury Community Center. The event is a fundraiser for general orchestra program needs and orchestra trips. For more details and to sign up online, visit

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Lindsey Bennett's 2nd Place MIPA Photo of the Month

Senior Elisabeth Ragan swims against Hazelwood West at Webster University on Dec. 5. This was women's swimming team's first win of the season with a final score of 131-37. "Last year we got third in State and this year we hope that we can win," Ragan said.

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 ( 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 Ms. Hill in the Counseling Center by Friday, February 14, 2020.

Delayed Start Times Due to Inclement Weather

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Junior Post-High School Planning Conferences

Reminder! Mrs. Lombard and Ms. Verstraete have invited juniors and their parents to schedule their individual Post-High School Planning Conference. This 45-60 minute meeting will be devoted to your family for the purpose of helping you make plans for life after Webster Groves High School.

Conferences are catered to the needs of each individual family. Some of the topics we can discuss include:

· transcript review/check for graduation requirements

· strength/interest areas/career planning

· post-secondary education planning/developing a list of schools that fit your needs

· testing information

· developing your "to-do" list

Please email Ms. Verstraete (students with last names A-K) at or Mrs. Lombard (students with last names L-Z) at for information about scheduling your appointment.

Other Counseling News

The College Search: A Program for Juniors and Their Parents

Reminder: “The College Search”, a program for junior students and parents, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Auditorium. We have a dynamic group of college admissions representatives from a variety of schools joining us for the evening. Parents and students who have attended this program in the past have reported it to be very helpful as they navigate through the college search. We will also dedicate time reviewing a college planning/admissions timeline and will provide information about upcoming college admissions testing.

Summer Programs

Summer time is a great time for students to explore colleges and potential majors. Many colleges across the country offer summer programs for high school students on their campus. We have compiled a list of some of these programs on the Counseling Department website. Check back as we update this list regularly.

Dual Credit Registration Reminder
If your child is enrolled in one or more of these classes this semester and meets the minimum GPA requirement, they are eligible to earn college credit in addition to their high school credit.

· Advanced Forensic Science (FRSC 2600 @ SLU)

· AP English Language (ENG 1120 @ UMSL)

· AP Honors US History (History 1002 @ UMSL)

· Ceramics I (Art 2270 @ UMSL)

· Ceramics II (Art 1130 @ UMSL)

· Drawing and Painting I (Art 1140 @ UMSL)

· Drawing and Painting 2 (ART 1150 @ UMSL)

· Game Design and C# (CSC 125 @ Missouri State)

· Honors US Studies-Luparell (HIST 1002 @ UMSL)

· Honors US Studies-Moore (ENG 1120 @ UMSL)

· Oceanography (EAS 1050 @ SLU)

· Personal Finance (Fin 150 @ Missouri State)

· Thrive (ITC 200 OR MKT 150 @ Missouri State)

· Women, Gender, & Diversity (GS 2102 @ UMSL)

Directions to register:

Step 1: Identify which college is offering credit for your class(es)—see college name listed next to course title above.

Step 2: Follow the directions below to register with that college.

Step 3: Do not send payment. You will be billed by the university.

Missouri State

Cost: $70/credit hour

To register: visit

Registration deadline: January 24, 2020

Saint Louis University

Cost: $65/credit hour

For more information and to register: visit

Registration deadline: February 22, 2020


Cost: $68/credit hour

For more information and to register: visit

Registration Deadline: February 2, 2020

Band-Aides Trivia Night

The Band Aides, the 501(c)(3) group dedicated to supporting the band program at Webster Groves School District, has announced their annual Trivia Night will be held on Friday, January 31st at White Cliff Community Center in Crestwood. St. Louis newscaster, celebrity, and advocate for music education, Art Holliday, will be the host.

Trivia Night Details

Theme: Mardi Gras! When The Saints Go Marchin’ In


  • Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Doors open at 6:00 pm, trivia starts at 6:30 pm

Crestwood Community Center
9245 Whitecliff Park Lane, Crestwood, MO 63126

Food & Drink:
BYOB and shareable food for each table


  • $200 per team, 8 people per table with online registration available above. Reservation is final when payment is received.
  • No table? Buy a single ticket for $25, and we’ll add you to a friendly group.
  • $100 of each table registration will go to the Student account(s) specified on your registration; if you are a senior, and won’t be using any more student account funds, your portion will help with Band Camp and trip scholarships for students in the future.


  • Bring cash or checkbook for between-round activities.
  • $100 from each table registration and funds raised during the event will benefit the WGHS Band General Fund.

Thank you for your support!

"Show the Love" Virtual Fundraiser for WGHS

Webster Groves High School thrives because of the strong support shown by families, friends, and alumni like you! From February 1st to February 14th, the Parents' Club will Show the Love by flooding our community with positive stories about the great things we do and raise funds to continue supporting teacher grants, student scholarships, and a safe senior celebration at the high school. For decades we have been a school that provides a wide array of opportunities, thanks to a strong partnership between teachers and the community of Webster Groves. Will you join us to Show the Love for Webster Groves High School? Visit our website at and follow hashtag #STLoveWGHS to get involved!

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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