Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your Weekly eNews for March 11

Hello Parents and Guardians,

In the midst of all the whirling information on changes in weather and school schedules, time marches on. We have entered into the post-season of winter sports with women's basketball and wrestling (a second and third place finisher with more to come!). Those transitions are also paired with event planning for other end-of-the-year moments such as Graduation. While we still have a quarter to go and we cannot yet see the finish line, it is certainly on our mind. We conjure the end, not as a way to forget the beginning but to recall how far we have come.

In gratitude,

Matt Irvin

Important Graduation Announcement

We are committed to holding a graduation observance on Friday, May 14. The location has yet to be determined, but we would suggest that due to capacity restrictions and safety limitations at any location, we will limit the number of guests per graduate. We will share more details on this in the near future as we firm up details.

Next Week: Tuesday, March 16 is virtual (follows Term 3 Wed virtual schedule). Wednesday, March 17 is NOT virtual. Students will follow the M, T, TH, F schedule.

Next Week's Schedule

Tuesday, March 16 will now be a virtual learning day and will follow the Term 3 Wednesday virtual schedule. The district is using our building to offer vaccination opportunities for all district staff that day.

We also want to remind you that the end of Term 3 is March 18. This allows students to complete Term 3 final assessments prior to Spring Break. Final assessments take place next week, with most Term 3 courses giving an assessment on March 17 and 18.

The schedule for next week is as follows:

  • March 16 is a virtual day (see schedule below).
  • March 17 is no longer an early release or virtual learning day. Students will follow the normal daily schedule for M,T,TH,F.
  • Final Assessments for Term 3 will occur on March 17 and 18.
  • There is no school on March 19.
  • Term 4 begins on March 29. We will share detailed information on the Term 4 schedule very soon.

Term 3 Important Dates--March 15-April 1

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Juniors Taking ACT on Tuesday, March 30

All juniors will take the ACT on March 30 from 8:30am-noon. Detailed information about test administration and testing locations will be emailed to students and parents prior to Spring Break. Prior to April 1, all students should enter their “Student Code” in their MyACT account. Please refer to an email sent by Karen Verstraete on 2/25/21 for directions and your child’s individual Student Code.

Missouri Scholars 100 Students Named from WGHS

Congratulations to Justin Barker and Erica Magee for being selected for the 2021 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2021. Justin and Erica will be recognized by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals at a luncheon in Columbia, MO on April 25.


  • Congratulations to our DECA students for their placement at the District competition:

Henry Merli & Harrison Moriarity – 3rd Place Travel and Tourism Marketing

Nora Marcinkiewicz & Macie Savala – Finalist Hospitality Services Marketing

Jylian Martin – 2nd Place Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Susannah Egley & Reagan Austin 4th Place Hospitality Services Marketing

Ava Falkenrath – Finalist Restaurant and Food Services Marketing

Jenna Clark – 1st Place Sales Project

Madeleine Collier & Scarlett Hovermale – 3rd Place Hospitality Services Marketing

Emily Goben & Naia Kniker – 2nd Place Entrepreneurship Marketing

Claire McCarthy – 1st Place Apparel and Accessories Marketing
  • Webster Groves High School senior Anna Tetreault has received national recognition. She has been chosen by the National Youth Orchestra to be an apprentice orchestra librarian and earned a national honorable mention for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

    Anna is currently designing a computer program to write music as part of her Passion Pursuits class in the Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center.

  • Congratulations to the following students for completing the 2020-21 UMSL Bridge Program Saturday Academy:

    Kolby Cunningham, 12th Grade

    Jocelyn Hill, 12th Grade

    Elijah Huston, 10th Grade

    Aaliyah Keith, 12th Grade

    Mallory Stewart, 11th Grade

Fine Arts Gallery Walk, Part 2

Showcasing our visual artists and musicians

Statesmen Service Awards Update

Spring is coming and so are the annual Statesmen Service Awards!! We understand that this year has not allowed for as many in person volunteer opportunities so we are decreasing the minimum number of hours required to 25 (instead of last year’s 50 hours). So now is the time for your student to take full advantage of their generosity to others and submit their 25+ volunteer hours so they can be honored for their awesomeness!!! Forms are due by 3/18 – just before Spring Break. Forms are in Office 124. Questions? Contact Julie Simonson, Administrative Assistant, ( or John E. Thomas, Assistant Principal.

Form and additional information can be found HERE:

Did You Know?

Stay up-to-date on events by visiting our school calendar.

Sadly, so many events have been canceled this year due to COVID. We update our school calendar regularly to reflect last-minute and monthly changes. Please visit our official School Calendar on our website to stay informed.

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Bus Payment for Semester 2 Due March 18

Bus Payment for semester 2 is due by March 18. Checks can be written to the WGSD and mailed in or dropped off by your student to Leigh McKittrick in Office 308.

One way bus transportation is $80, and AM/PM transportation is $160. This fee is prorated to only reflect our in person days this semester. If you have any further questions, please email or call Leigh McKittrick at or 918-4139.

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.

A Note from the Nurse

  1. Please keep your student home if notified they were exposed to COVID-19
  2. Please keep your student home if a COVID-19 test is pending in student or household member
  3. Please keep your student home if your student OR another member of your household, including siblings, is exhibiting symptoms that need to be verified as non-COVID-19 versus COVID-19.
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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

The 2021 Missouri Public Affairs Academy will be a virtual program (July 12-16) that brings together talented upcoming high school seniors who have an interest in making a difference in their world through leadership and community engagement.

The Academy offers a variety of experiences related to public affairs. Participants will learn from guest speakers from the not-for-profit community, government, Missouri State University faculty, and each other. They will also engage in dialogue and service projects with each other, and each will develop a written plan for a positive community change.

Cost and College Credit

The Missouri Public Affairs Academy is free! In addition to learning materials, speakers, etc., participants will earn one college credit from Missouri State University at no charge.

Application Process

Find the online application here. The application deadline is April 1, 2021.

The deadline to register for the April 17th ACT is Friday, March 12th. Register at

Interested in applying to a Highly Selective College? Washington University is hosting a “Road to College: Navigating Selective Admissions” webinar next Wednesday, March 17th from 6:00-6:45pm. Click here to register.

Attention Sophomores! The deadline to apply for South Technical High School for the 2021-2022 school year is April 15th. They are currently accepting applications for Auto Collision Repair, Cisco Networking Academy, Construction Innovations, Design and Entrepreneurship, Electronics/Robotics Engineering, Pharmacy Sciences, and Precision Machining. For more information about South Tech and to apply visit

Juniors Taking ACT on Tuesday, March 30

All juniors will take the ACT on March 30 from 8:30am-noon. Detailed information about test administration and testing locations will be emailed to students and parents prior to Spring Break. Prior to April 1, all students should enter their “Student Code” in their MyACT account. Please refer to an email sent by Karen Verstraete on 2/25/21 for directions and your child’s individual Student Code.

Exploring Career Speakers Series

The Greater St. Louis Area Exploring Program is excited to offer young adults ages 14-20 the opportunity to virtually meet and network with professionals from a variety of career fields. What education or training do you need for this career? What does a typical day look like? What do you like most about your job? These are just a few examples of what you might learn in the career workshops. The workshops are free and you may attend as many as you like.

All virtual programs will start at 5:00pm

· Wednesday, March 24th- Working with Animals Careers

· Wednesday, April 7th- First Responders Careers

· Wednesday, April 14th-Meet the CEO's of companies in St. Louis

· Wednesday, April 28th-Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

· Wednesday, May 12th -No College required-careers not requiring at college degree

Visit to register.

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

Upcoming College Admissions Testing

The SAT—Saturday, March 13, 2021 (WGHS not a test center)

Register at by February 12, 2021.

As a reminder, all juniors will take the ACT at school on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Test fees are paid for by WGSD and no registration on your part is required.

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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