Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for February 3

Hello WGHS Families,

I hope you are warm and enjoying some additional time with your high school student with our consecutive snow days. Snow days can be "found money" and allow a time to pause in between demands to allow us to be in each other's company without the felt demands of our normal day. With one child out of the house and one still home, we have stolen a moment with each snow this year to shovel a driveway together, build a fire, have formal "family movie night," or make a meal in time that would have gone to a practice, work, or something else that felt urgent in the moment. I am sure that we have not always taken full advantage of those opportunities when they were granted to my regret. My hope is we all take advantage of those moments as they come along.


Matt Irvin

Next Week's Schedule: Late-Start A, A, B, C, A

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • 2/7: Late-Start A Day; School starts at 9:15, and doors open at 8:30
  • 2/8: WGHS College and Career Night (Virtual); 6 pm (check your email for details)
  • 2/10: End of Progress Period
  • 2/12: ACT Test

2021-22 Late-Start Days

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Student Celebrations

  • Echo just received its Gold Medalist Rating for its College/Scholastic Hybrid News Critique from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The judge said, "Overall, The Echo website offers a multifaceted platform for news coverage that covers a wide range of news coverage and opinion for its community. Notably, the Voices of Webster section presents a wonderful example of how to integrate audio elements into digital platforms."

The Echo is also a CSPA Crown Finalist and will receive either a Gold or Silver Crown Award at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 98th annual Scholastic Convention on Friday, March 18.

Echo finally received its National Scholastic Press Association critique of its 2020-21 Print Version. The students earned a First Class Rating!

  • The 2021 Scholastic Art Awards were announced, and three of our students received a total of four awards.
-Senior Rachel Sebastian-Asbed received a Silver Key for her Portfolio Fleeting Moments, a collection of 6 graphite drawings.
-Senior Isabella Pirozzi received an Honorable Mention for her ceramic piece Caught in a Web.
-Junior Norah Rohlfing received an Honorable Mention for her painting All Eyes on Me and a Silver Key for her illustration Roadkill Tribunal.

Statesmen Service Awards

Spring will be here soon and so will the annual Statesmen Service Awards - our celebration of students who are aware, thoughtful, and committed to making a difference in their community through volunteering.

So now is the time for our students to take full advantage of giving to others so they can be honored for all that they do for other people. We understand that this year has not allowed for as many in-person volunteer opportunities so the minimum number of hours required for the award are 25 (50 hours were required pre-Covid).

Forms are due by 3/17/22 – just before Spring Break. Questions? Contact Julie Simonson, Administrative Assistant, ( or John M. Thomas, Assistant Principal. Forms are in Office 124.

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WGHS Parents' Club Challenges You to Show the Love!

Show the Love

The Parents' Club's virtual fundraising event is going on now through February 14! Through Show the Love we hope to raise AWARENESS about the impact you've made for the students of Webster Groves High School by sharing positive stories and raise FUNDS to continue our tradition of excellence to support educational enrichment grants, student scholarships, and a safe and fun Senior party!

How do I donate?

You can donate on the Parents' Club website. When donating, you can do so in recognition of a class. Second, you can send us a name or kind note to be shared on walls of WGHS!

Why is This Important?

Webster Groves High School thrives because of the strong support shown by families, friends, and alumni. 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. In the midst of a pandemic, the students and staff of WGHS need your support now more than ever.

To Show the Love, go to

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Did You Know?

Do you have a WGSD learning device at home? 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.

School Closing Information Due to Inclement Weather


Should bad weather or other adverse conditions prompt us to consider closing schools, the District will make a decision as early as possible. Information will be available through the following outlets:

Late Start due to Inclement Weather

The District will consider opening schools with a late start or calling for an early dismissal depending on weather conditions. A late start would keep children off the street during the busy morning rush hour if roads are expected to be clear within a few hours; early dismissal would allow students to get home safely before bad weather moves into the area. Quick breakfasts would be available when school doors open before classes begin. Students should arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of school. (This doesn’t include Ambrose Preschool children.)

All schools would close at their regular times and there would be no Adventure Club.

School Start Time Staff Arrival Time Student Arrival Time

Webster Groves High School Start Time: 9:40 a.m.

Staff arrival time: 9:10 a.m.

Student arrival time: 9:25 a.m.

Early Dismissal: 12:30 p.m.

All other schools can be found here.

** Late starts will be announced through the same communication outlets listed above **

Late Start Bus Times

With a late start, bus schedules will run one hour and 15 minutes later than the regularly scheduled time.

To Report an Absence, Please Call:

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Counseling Office Updates

Mentors4College Hosting Webinar on College Admissions Testing

What is the best way to prepare for the ACT/SAT? Do I take both exams? When should the ACT/SAT be taken? How many times should it be taken? Should I send my test scores to colleges? How do test scores impact college admissions and scholarships? Is Test Optional admission different from Test Blind admission? If you are a freshman, sophomore or junior, these may be questions you are asking. Join Mentors 4 College for a brief webinar on Thursday, February 10 to get answers to these questions related to standardized testing and college admissions!

Mentors 4 College Zoom Webinar-Thursday, February 10; 5:30-6:00 pm CST
ACT/SAT and College Admissions
Register here for the webinar:

College Admissions Testing

We have fielded a lot of questions regarding the ACT and SAT lately. Here's an article with answers to some of the top questions we hear.

2022-2023 Course Selections

Counselors are meeting individually with all students (during their Science class) to review student transcripts and finalize course requests for the 2022-2023 school year. Parents can view their child’s course requests in the parent portal by selecting the 2022-2023 school year (dropdown menu in upper right hand corner) and selecting “Course Requests” (menu on left). Please reach out to your child’s counselor if you have any questions.

College and Career Night is February 8th from 6:00-8:00pm

All students and their parents (grades 9-12) are invited to join us for a virtual College and Career Night on February 8 from 6:00-8:00pm. Stay tuned for more information! We'll send out a separate email to families with details.

Upcoming ACT and SAT National Test Dates (Saturdays)

Junior parents: Is your child planning to attend a four year college or university? While many colleges have been “test optional” for the past two years as a result of covid, plans for next year are not yet clear and many colleges will still require ACT or SAT scores for admission and/or scholarships. Here are the ACT and SAT test dates for the rest of the school year.

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Please support our THRIVE student businesses!

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Shop the Parents' Club Spirit Store!

The Spirit Store is open! Hours are 8-9:15 a.m. daily.

The online store is open 24 hours a day at

Every time you shop at the Spirit Store, you are supporting student scholarships and teacher grants!

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