Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for October 17

Hello Parents and Guardians,

Thanks to all that have either attended conferences last week or reached out to our staff to support your students. I am confident that investment of time will pay dividends going forward as I am confident our staff are very much engaged in trying to problem-solve on behalf of students.

As we close in on the end of the quarter, we see wrap-up of some fall sports, concerts, and fall musical. I hope that you will get a chance to enjoy our students in one of those activities.


Matt Irvin

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • October 17: 2nd Quarter Bus Money is Due
  • October 19: Ivory Crockett Run for Webster
  • October 19: Band Aids Mattress Sale, Roberts Gym, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • October 21: Late Start, 6/7: School starts at 8:57 a.m.
  • October 22: Fall Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium
  • October 24-26: Fall Musical: Chicago, 7 p.m., Auditorium

2019-20 Late-Start Days

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Monday, October 21 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, October 21. 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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Statesmen Showcase Coming Soon!

To show our appreciation...

The students and staff welcome the entire Webster Groves School District community to engage in interactive activities, explore our programs and spaces, and imagine thriving in the

Statesmen experience.

Sunday, November 3

1 - 3 p.m.

Webster Groves High School

German American Partnership Program

On Saturday, October 19, 12 students from Germany and two of their teachers will be arriving in Webster Groves as part of the German American Partnership Program. This program allows students from the German classes at WGHS to host an exchange student in the fall for two and a half weeks. While the German students are in the United States, they will visit NYC and Chicago, and while in St. Louis, they will shadow their host student at WGHS. The WGHS students will in turn visit Germany this summer with Mr. Mackey and Mr. Kraus from the high school. They will stay with the families of the students they hosted this fall.

School Board Seeks Applicants to Fill Vacancy

The Board of Education is seeking applicants who would like to serve on the board until an election can be held in April to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Arnold Stricker, who has resigned. The board is asking interested persons to submit a cover letter and resume. You can find details at this link.

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!

Other Important News

WGSD Parent Safety Information Night

What: The Webster Groves School District will provide families with information about district safety initiatives, including:

  • WGSD School Resource Officers will present an overview of 4E (intruder) training that we conduct with district staff and preview an elementary student presentation
  • WGSD Superintendent Dr. John Simpson will provide updates on Prop E safety, accessibility, and space measures

When: Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00

Where: Steger Auditorium

701 N. Rock Hill Road

Did You Know?

Students may check out a laptop from the library.

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Ivory Crockett Run for Webster

The annual Ivory Crockett Run for Webster is quickly approaching. We are in need of Race Day Volunteers! If you can volunteer on Saturday, October 19th, please click here, or go to the Webster Groves School District Foundation website, click on “Community Events” and then select “Run for Webster” from the drop-down menu. You will find the volunteer link on that page.

You will be contacted with your placement and responsibilities the week before the race. If there is a particular volunteer role or course monitor location that you would like to do, please email me directly ( Also, if there is a person that you want to volunteer with the day of the event, email me that as well.

Races will start and end on Selma, right in front of Webster Groves High School. The pancake breakfast and activity fair will take place inside the high school. More information can be found on the Webster Groves School District Foundation’s website, including online registration and the race routes.

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Food collected will benefit our WGHS community closet and/or WRHM!