Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for January 26
Hello WGHS Families,
I like to provide some insight into decisions around WGHS and communication to our students and families.
We have adopted the default stance of "how might maximize opportunities for teaching and learning with the given conditions?” In the last several years we either move forward on plans, adjust aspects, or cancel the event. Those decisions are impacted by timing of external events, trajectory of public health concerns, and flexibility of the programing. Most, if not all, are done in consultation with district leadership, other educators in the region, staff, and students.
Most recently we have weighed the merits of adjusting our schedule if we miss a block day (93-minute classes) and resultant instructional imbalance it would create. We shared information when final determinations were made.
This is not perfect, surely, with continued challenges ahead, but hopefully we can arrive at school programing that maximizes learning and activities on behalf of students.
Reminder: Tomorrow is a B Day!
Next Week's Schedule: Assembly Schedule, A, B, C, A
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 1/26 - 1/27: Winter Play (Dracula), 7pm, Auditorium
- 1/28: WGHS Blizzard Ball, 7-9pm, Roberts Gym
- 1/30: Winter Activities Assembly, 7th hour (students only)
- Echo just received its National Scholastic Press Association critique for its website. The judge awarded the staff a First Class rating!
The Deadline to Purchase Tickets is Today!
Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, January 16 through Thursday January 26. Tickets WILL NOT be available at the door.
Link for purchasing tickets: https://statesmensports.org/partner/28/event/256/buy-tickets (MUST USE STUDENT LOGIN)
In order to attend this event, students must not have an outstanding school fine. If you do, your lunch PIN will not work. Students can stop by the Athletic Office, or parents/guardians can pay online through the parent portal. You must let the Athletic Office know you have paid online, in order for them to release your code.
OUTSIDE GUEST INFORMATION:
Any outside guest must have a completed guest form on file, before being allowed to purchase a ticket. These forms can be found attached or in the Athletic Office. Please return completed forms to Kim Edwards in the Athletic Office as soon as possible.
Once approved, a code will be distributed to the student. All outside guests must be accompanied by a WG student.
Our normal school dress code is enforced for dances. The Winter 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, a tie or bow tie, and a 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.
Lastly, All students & guests must show an ID or student ID and ticket for admittance.
Last Chance to Order a Yearbook
The deadline to order a 2022-23 Yearbook is Friday, January 27. This is the LAST DAY to guarantee your child will get a yearbook. Quantities after this date are not guaranteed. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com to place your order today. Not sure if you've already bought? Go to the website above and click "Find Existing Order."
Did You Know?
Parents of Seniors: Local Scholarships Now Available!
Friendly reminder that local scholarships are currently available on the Counseling Center's web page under the Local Scholarships tab (https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/Page/22965). These are scholarships provided by locally affiliated groups/organizations specifically for WGHS students. Don't miss this great opportunity for additional funding for college! Applications are to be submitted to Mrs. Adams in the Main Office by Friday, February 21, 2023.
Spring Dual Credit Registration
While most dual credit registration occurs in the fall, there are some classes that have spring registration, too.
List of Second Semester Courses Available for Dual Credit (if a year-long class isn't listed, no spring registration required)
Registration Links and Windows:
MO State: www.dualcredit.missouristate.edu (January 9-February 10)
UMSL: www.umsl.edu/acp (January 3-February 3)
SLU: https://www.slu.edu/1818/registration.php (January 12-February 13)
Scholarship Opportunities and Searches:
Most applications for the 2022-2023 Webster Groves local scholarships are now available and are due in February. We will post the rest as soon as they are available.
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.
2022-23 Late-Start Days
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 https://wghsparentsclub.org/collections.
Every time you shop at the Spirit Store, you are supporting student scholarships and teacher grants!