Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for November 2
Hello WGHS Families,
This weekend marks another round of Daylight Savings, and November is a busy time at WGHS. Recently, members of our administrative team clandestinely conspired to dress as “versions of Matt” for Halloween. While I am not entirely sure it was intended as a compliment, I have labelled it in that manner. One person had contacted my wife and wore my high school letter jacket as ‘High School Matt.” That image made me consider our students that are now seniors and the version of themselves that they currently occupy.
Four years ago, many of them may have had a specific vision of what their high school experience was going to be and who they were going to become. And I bet today, many would acknowledge that their time at WGHS was very different from what they or you would have imagined. Friends, interests, and outcome goals may have mutated many times--all of which is part of the delightful journey toward independence and adulthood. We know they will continue to emerge each day we share until graduation and beyond after we part.
We believe our school is a special place--we are a community committed to growth and to the relationships found at the center of learning. We are starting a new event later this month to connect with young alumni from the classes of 2019-2023 and are eager to see and celebrate their current selves.
Next Week's Schedule:
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 11/2: Senior Panoramic Photo (during Advisory)
- 11/4: Friendship Dance, 7-10pm, WGHS
- 11/6: Veterans Day Program
- 11/6: First day of girls' swimming/diving and boys' wrestling
- 11/8: Parents' Club Meeting, 7pm, Library
- 11/10: End of Progress Period
Science Fair Information
Friendship Dance Information
DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
TIME: 7-10 PM
LOCATION: WEBSTER GROVES HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM
- Tickets will be on sale Monday, October 23, 12:00am - Thursday, November 2 at 11:59pm.
- ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT Friendship Dance 2023.
- Students will use their LUNCH PIN when purchasing tickets online and tickets will NOT be sold at the door.
In order to attend this event, students must NOT have an outstanding school fine. If they do, their lunch PIN will not be active when attempting to purchase a ticket. You must stop by the Athletic Office to pay your fine or pay it online through the SIS portal. If you pay online, please email the athletic office at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by, to let them know it was paid, allowing us to activate your code. If you are uncertain of your fines status, please login to your SIS account and check before trying to purchase tickets.
OUTSIDE GUEST TICKET INFORMATION for Non-WGHS Students:
There will be up to 75 outside guest tickets allowed for this event. Any outside guest must have a completed outside guest form on file before being allowed to purchase a ticket. This form can be found attached to this email or in the Athletic Office. Please return completed forms to Kim Edwards in the Athletic Office once tickets go on sale. After an outside guest form is approved, a code will be distributed to the student to purchase their outside guest ticket online. *All outside guests must be accompanied by the WG student who purchased their ticket.
Friendship Dance is a semi-formal event and you are expected to wear semi-formal attire. Examples of semi-formal attire may include a dress, dress pants, suitcoat, tie, or collared shirt. Dresses may be strapless (if they fit properly) or include spaghetti straps. Head coverings must be appropriate for the occasion. Inappropriate attire would include jeans of any color, shorts of any type, t-shirts or baseball caps. If a student or guest is not within the dress code they will be asked to change before being admitted to the dance. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
We look forward to a fantastic & memorable evening for everyone.
For Juniors planning on taking an ACT this year:
ACT is offering a FREE ACT to any student who registers for the December 9th, 2023 test. The deadline to register for the December test is this Friday, November 3rd. Please see the ACT.org website for more details on this BOGO offer and to register. This is a great opportunity for Juniors who plan to take an ACT in the coming months.
AP Exam Registration ends on Nov. 10th
AP Exams are offered May 6-17th to students enrolled in eligible courses. Please be sure to register in both MyAP and Total Registration by the deadline on Nov.10th. Any registrations after Nov. 10th will have an additional $40 late fee assessed per test.
Please contact the student’s AP teacher or Jennedy Lombard, AP Coordinator with any questions.
*Students who are already enrolled in Dual Credit for their AP courses, do NOT need to take an AP Exam.
College Application deadlines are here!
Please reference this document to make requests for materials that may need to accompany your application two weeks prior to your deadline. Questions? Please contact Ellen Silverstrand (A-K) or Jennedy Lombard (L-Z) with any questions.
Parent Prom is back! All WGHS parents are invited to attend this fun evening of music and dancing to raise money for faculty grants, student scholarships, and the senior party. More details to come, but for now, mark your calendars for APRIL 6 and start planning your fabulous prom attire.
Thank you to Mash Pit by Zoey's Attic for being our title sponsor. We are looking for volunteers to help plan, donations for raffle items and food/drink, and more sponsors!! Please contact Tracy Brangle (email@example.com) if you are interested in being a part of this special night.
Here is this week's highlighted Chelsea Center opportunity:
To get your student involved, or to learn more, have them follow this link and log in with their school-district gmail account: https://wgsd.givepulse.com/group/518837-Webster-Groves. Keep in mind, the website is accessible to students only and they must log in with a wgcloud.org email address to gain access.
Student Service Opportunity
The Webster Groves, Shrewsbury, Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce is seeking Course Marshal volunteers in need of Statesmen Service Hours for this year’s Santa’s On The Loose 5K Run / 1 mile Walk.
- When: Dec 2, 2023, from 7:15am to 9:30am.
- Where: We will meet on the front steps at Webster Groves Public Library. We will have a brief meeting to discuss safety, responsibilities, and assign posts on the course, located in Webster Park, directly north of the library.
- Point of Contact: Katherine Poppen – 314-520-5469
- Students should register as course marshals at https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MO/SaintLouis/SantasOnTheLoose The sooner the better so we can be sure we have enough volunteers.
- Optional: Student should consider dressing in fun, bright, silly attire or costumes and bring noise makers to cheer on the runners. Motivational Signs are also welcomed!
- Our goal is to have at least 25 Course Marshals consisting of a mix of community members, chamber members, and student volunteers.
WGHS Attendance Procedures
Call your child's AP office to report an absence, late arrival, or early departure. Checking out early? When leaving school during the day, students must check out through the assistant principal’s office.
Student Early Release:
We require at least one hour notice when calling your student out early. Call the Assistant Principal's office before the designated time and report the absence. You may also send a note with the student to be presented to the Assistant Principal's office before school.
At the designated time, your student will receive a pass to check out if you called ahead. The student will check out in the Assistant Principal's office.
You will NOT enter the building if you have called the absence in and communicated a pick-up location with your child. However, if you choose to pick up your child in the building, you must do so at the main entrance on Selma Avenue. Upon entering the building, check in with the receptionist. Please bring your driver's license if you are checking in. The receptionist will contact the Assistant Principal’s office to send for your student. Please be aware that not calling ahead to schedule an early release can take up to 30 minutes to send for a student.
Webster Groves School District uses ParentSquare for school communication, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified.
Create a Canvas Account to Stay Connected
To stay connected with the learning in our classrooms, please create a Canvas Observer Account which is our district's learning management system. You will find three helpful documents below:
- Canvas Informational Letter
- Creating an Observer Account, Logging into Canvas, and Setting Notifications
- Student Accessing Canvas
If you have any questions please contact Tim Brown, Director of Student Assessment, Data and Learning Technologies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop the Parents' Club Spirit Store!
The Spirit Store is open! Hours are 8-9:15 a.m., Tuesday - Friday.
The online store is open 24 hours a day at https://www.wghsparentsclub.org/spiritwear.
Every time you shop at the Spirit Store, you are supporting student scholarships and teacher grants!