Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your Weekly eNews for February 25

Hello Parents and Guardians,

We hope that you have been able to connect with staff for conferences this week. Please reach out if you need additional time or time windows to your student’s teacher or any of our administrative team to support that process. Additionally, I hope you have helped us by responding to a recent survey sent out by the district to better understand how schooling is going this year and how you may be thinking about schooling options next year. As we are approaching a transition from Term 3 to Term 4, we are working to consider what our final months of the year may look like. Safety during a longer school day and lunch are part of our planning, and we will send future communication if there will be changes.

In gratitude,

Matt Irvin

Congratulations, National Merit Finalists!

Congratulations to our National Merit Finalists: Justin Barker, Caitlin Noel, and Fiona Smith! Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarship awards to be offered in 2021.

Progress 3 Grades Available in Parent Portal

How to access and view your child's progress report:

1. Log into your parent portal account at

2. Click on "Grades" to the left of the screen, or click on the "Go to Grades" button in the blue Grades box.

3. By default you should see your student’s grades. If you do not see the P1 (Progress 1), P2, P3, P4 columns please check the box at the bottom right hand corner that says "Show Progress Grades."

Summer School Information

WGHS 2021 Summer School Opportunities/Program Information and Rules

Summer School Session: June 7th - July 9th 2021 Monday - Friday


The application for WGHS Summer School will open on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:30 a.m.

Completing an application does not guarantee enrollment as enrollment is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that we will be offering online (100% asynchronous) and in-person courses at WGHS for the 2021 Summer School program. Courses with fewer than 15 students will not be offered.

Notification Process

You will receive an email regarding your enrollment status (enrolled or wait listed) by the end of April. If enrolled, a course schedule with teacher information will be mailed home one week prior to the start of summer school with classroom numbers.

Attendance Policy

During the summer session, attendance is most important because of the condensed period in which we have to work. Doctor appointments are unexcused for summer school and count towards absences and tardies.

With this in mind, the following attendance regulations have been adopted:

  • A student may not accumulate more than 3 absences in a class.

  • Any students arriving after the start of a class (5 minutes) will be considered tardy.

  • Any students leaving prior to the end of class (less than 30 minutes) will be considered tardy.

  • Any student arriving/leaving more than 30 minutes after the start/end of a class will be given an absence for the class even if he or she remains/stays the rest of the class period.

  • Three (3) tardies to a class will be equal to one absence.

  • Any student exceeding the three (3) absences for a class will receive a grade of “F” for the class and will be withdrawn from the class with no credit.

  • Any student who is withdrawn from a class after three (3) days of summer school will be issued and “F” for the specified class.

  • PE - Students will be graded on attendance and participation. Due to the length of summer school classes, please note that if a student sustains an injury while enrolled in PE and needs to miss more than 3 days of class participation due to the injury the student will need to be withdrawn from the summer PE course.


Please note that consequences for discipline issues may be increased due to the short length of summer school. Disciplinary infractions may include withdrawal from summer school. If withdrawn, students will receive no credit for their course(s).

Link for course descriptions here

Link for application here Will become available on March 1st at 7:30 a.m.

Link for PE Field trip permission form here

For additional questions please contact

Mrs. Smith, Summer School Secretary, at 963-6400 ext. 11917 ( or

Ms. Cunningham at 314-963-64100 ext. 11913 (

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:

Term 3 Important Dates--March 15-April 1

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Term 3 Schedule

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Did You Know?

If the District calls an "Inclement Weather Day," WGHS students will complete asynchronous learning. In order to meet DESE state-required hours of instructional time, any inclement weather days are to be conducted at WGHS as asynchronous virtual learning days. There will be no live Zooms; rather, teachers will assign work to be done independently.​​​​​​​ The only exception to this is a "late start" on M, T, TH, or F. See the graphic below for details.

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Inclement Weather and School Closing Information

Although we've had a mild winter thus far, please be mindful of the procedures for school closings due to inclement weather. Please visit our district website for detailed information.

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:

Early Dismissal
The Webster Groves School District will consider closing schools early due to emerging weather and/or road conditions that will make it unsafe for children to be dismissed at the regular time. If school is dismissed early, all after school programs and activities, including Adventure Club, will be canceled. Non-district related events will also be canceled (ex: YMCA’s Hoopsters).

Transportation provided by First Student, the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation, and ZipCare will transport children home at dismissal.

Unless special circumstances exist, the high school will be dismissed at 12 p.m.

Delayed School Start Time
The Webster Groves School District will consider opening schools with a “late start” on inclement days when roads are expected to be cleared within a few hours. This option would keep children, families and staff off the roads during the busy morning rush hour. A late start would mean that all schools would open one hour and thirty minutes later than their usual start times. A quick breakfast would be available for students. Transportation provided by First Student, the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation, and ZipCare will be scheduled to pick up students one hour and thirty minutes later than their regular pick up times.

All schools and Adventure Club would close at their regular times.

WGHS Delayed Start Time:

Student Arrival Time: 9:10 a.m.

School Start Time: 9:25 a.m.

WGHS Term 3 Blended 4x4 Daily Schedule Delayed Start due to Inclement Weather

This schedule is only applicable in the event of an announcement by the district of an inclement weather delayed start on M, T, TH, or F.

Building opens at 9:10 a.m. for Morning Session

Building opens at 12:30 for Afternoon Session

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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 St. Louis Area Regional Representatives (STARR) group has teamed up with Darr Tutoring to offer free ACT prep prior to the ACT on 3/30. Students can register for as many sessions as they’d like to attend.

Math Section – Monday, February 22nd from 6:00pm-7:30pm

English Section – Thursday, February 25th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Science Section – Monday, March 1st from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Reading Section – Thursday, March 4th from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Register Here:

Juniors! Mark Your Calendars

All juniors will take the ACT on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. This is at no cost to students and no registration on your part is necessary. More information will be shared as we get closer to the test date.

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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