Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for April 20
Hello WGHS Families,
A candidate for a teaching position asked our committee to identify a unique attribute of Webster Groves High School. My response is that our size allows many academic, athletic, or club options for students to pursue, yet small enough for a student to find a role in one or more of those settings. A student may be a musician and part of an athletic team or be in a dramatic production coupled with membership in STUCO. I am resharing one of my favorite examples of this below, embodied by a graduate that was a scholar, an athlete, and an active member of several school organizations:
In baseball, stealing home is a play of equal parts audaciousness and good fortune. However, there is a bit more to behind the heroics of that particular game. John Porthouse (class of 2019) by all accounts had demonstrated himself to be a good student in his time at WG and knew the likelihood of completing the play against a left-handed pitcher (indirect view of the base runner on third) with a slower delivery, two outs in a one run, late inning of the game, his own speed on the bases, and having a right handed batter to obstruct vision and play of the catcher. As Louis Pasteur noted, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Clearly, John’s understanding of the circumstances and his or his coach’s analysis fostered the boldness of the play and potential to have a favorable outcome.
As a secondary school, we cannot know our students' destinations, yet we can “prepare” their mind. The prepared mind has the ability to observe, make sense, arrive at decisions and act across complex environments. That preparation happens at Webster when our students find the right balance of comfort and challenge in multiple settings. Bravo to you and our staff for creating deeper learning opportunities that permit them to seek greater understanding, partnerships, and relevance that will undoubtedly allow them the tools to navigate circumstances they will encounter.
Next Week's Schedule: Late-Start A, B, C, B, C
Please note the modified schedule due to EOC Week.
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 4/21-22: Spring Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time7pm, Black Box Theatre
- 4/24: Late-Start A Day. School starts at 9:40; Doors open at 9:25
- 4/25: Spring Jazz Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
- 4/26: NHS Induction Ceremony, 7pm, Roberts Gym
- 4/28: Best Buddies Ball, 6-8pm, PV Commons
End-of-Course Exams Continue Through April 28
The End-of-Course exams are scheduled at WGHS from April 17-28. We have a modified schedule to accommodate testing (below). The schedule for each week will be BCBCA, with some periods being reversed during the second week to accommodate longer testing periods.
The Senior Scoop
- Click here for the latest Graduation updates and important dates.
- Click here for information on Senior Check-out.
- Click here for information about sending final/dual credit transcripts and AP scores
The Deadline to Order Senior Ads is Monday!
Senior Parents: Now's Your Chance to Buy the ECHO Senior Ad
Here is your chance to congratulate your favorite senior by placing an ad in the May 2023 SENIOR issue of the echo. Click on the button below to place an order (we also accept camera ready ads and photos). If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 963-6400 ext. 11157 or firstname.lastname@example.org. *All mailed photos will be returned when we are finished.
The ads are due by Monday, April 24. Sample Ads can be seen here
Payments can be mailed to Echo Newspaper, Webster Groves High School, 100 Selma Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119.
Size (on page) and Special Senior Ad prices:
- 1/16 $25
- 1/8 $40
- 1/4 $60
- 1/2 $100
- Full $175
Click the link below to order your Senior Ad.
NSPA Leadership Award/Quill and Scroll Honorees
National Scholastic Press Association released its list of NSPA Leadership Award in Student Journalism recipients. Four Webster Groves High School seniors received the award: Owen Crews, Maren DeMargel, Izzy Poole and Lydia Urice.
Quill and Scroll has released the winners of its Writing, Photo, Multimedia Contests. Junior Hadley Hoskins won First Place for the Health, Science, and Agriculture Writing "Type 1 diabetes affects every aspect of life," and Hoskins and junior Sam Klein won Third Place for the Audio Podcast: Single Episode for "Schools should not ban books."
22nd Annual Jim Schoemehl Run is May 6
The 22nd Annual Jim Schoemehl Run will be held on Saturday, May 6 at Webster Groves High School. The 2023 beneficiary is Djenad Novalic and all proceeds will be donated to him, as well as his family. Participants are able to sign up, donate, and learn more about the history of the Jim Schoemehl Run at jims5k.org.
BRIDGing Our Stories
The BRIDGING Our Stories - (Building.Relationships.Inclusion.Diversity.Growth) program allows WGSD middle and high students and staff to tell their stories through art. Students and staff members can express themselves through art such as poetry, photography, music, dance, painting, etc. These creative expressions will be placed in a Community Gallery for the public to view, learn, and appreciate. In addition, the art will be used in a professional development session for staff to learn about the power of storytelling, relationship building, and building community. The grants are able to cover funding for some art supplies. Students will be asked a year later to share how being a part of the project impacted their classroom experiences. This program is grant-funded by the WGSD Foundation and Lindenwood University.
Your student can register by clicking HERE. All artwork must be submitted by May 1, 2023. For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. Williamson at email@example.com.
University of Notre Dame, Washington University, Johns Hopkins, and Emory University are hosting an event for prospective students and their families on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 7:00pm at Washington University. Click here to register.
Scholarship Opportunities and Searches:
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 national scholarship databases out there. While it can seem a little overwhelming, it can be rewarding if you put some time into it.
National Scholarship Searches
College Board’s Big Future
2023-24 Transportation Application Now Available
The Webster Groves School District is currently determining transportation needs for the fee-based service for the 2023-2024 school year. If your student will be attending Webster Groves High School or Hixson Middle School and you would like bus transportation for your student for the 2023-2024 school year, you must complete the application at the link below. Even if your student rode the bus last year, you must fill out a new application for the 2023-2024 school year. Please read the information in the link and fill out the form if you want your student to ride the bus for the 2023-2024 school year.
Please note the criteria needed to get free bus transportation.
Application deadline is May 15, 2023.
News from the Chelsea Center: WGHS’ In-house Experiential Learning Center
The Anytown Leadership Institute, a program of NCCJ St. Louis, is a unique 7-day residential program for high-school-aged youth. Anytown's goal is to prepare youth to be effective leaders and change agents who are dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and oppression. Youth participate in experiential learning activities and dialogue sessions designed to increase their understanding of human relations issues and of their own responsibility to create a community based on inclusion, trust, and mutual respect. The Chelsea Center can provide funding for up to 3 students selected for this program who are also willing to simultaneously enroll in a Chelsea Center course.
Looking for other experiences?
If your child is looking to explore a passion area or career, have them visit the Chelsea Center to learn more about local opportunities, ways they might earn credit for engaging in these opportunities, and potential funding available to support experiential learning in the summer as well! Students can access wgsd.givepulse.com with their school Gmail account information to explore upcoming experiences as well.
Did You Know?
Reminder for early dismissal requests:
We require at least one-hour notice before a dismissal can take place. Please keep in mind our unit offices are closed for 30 minutes during lunchtime.
It is less disruptive to the class if students that must leave school early depart at the time of the bell, between classes. If that is the case, after you call the unit office, please tell your student to head to their unit office when the bell rings. However, we understand that sometimes that cannot always happen.
Please call or email your unit office for any early dismissal requests at 314-963-6400:
A-D last name students - ext. 11910 firstname.lastname@example.org
E-K last name students - ext. 11911 email@example.com
L-Ri last name students - ext. 11906 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ro-Z last name students - ext. 11918 email@example.com
2022-23 Late-Start Days
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WGHS Attendance Contacts
Webster Groves High School
Location: 100 Selma Avenue, Webster Groves, MO, USA
Phone: (314) 963-6400