Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for September 30

Hello Parents and Guardians,

We are excited by the collaborative work from our staff on behalf of students that is materializing this fall. Much of the work is generated in our Late Start mornings--thanks to all for accommodating that time for our staff to think deeply about the learning experiences and supports for classes.

Have a great week. We will be sending out information about sign-ups for Parent-Teacher Conferences soon! Please let us know how we can work to support each other going forward.


Matt Irvin

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

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • 10/6: MOACAC College Fair, 6 pm (Lindbergh High School)
  • 10/6: Parents' Club Meeting, 7 pm, Library
  • 10/7: Experiential Learning Fair, 6-8 pm, along Selma Avenue
  • 10/8: Progress 1 Grades on Portal
  • 10/9: Friendship Dance, 7-9 pm, WGHS Courtyard

2021-22 Late-Start Days

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Register for Virtual Gifted Info Night, Sept. 30, 5:30-6:15 pm

Parents/Guardians will meet WGSD Gifted Department and have the option to go into breakout rooms for a brief Q&A with gifted specialists based on the grade(s) of their child(ren). A zoom link will be sent to registered emails the afternoon of September 30.
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Did You Know?

You can use the Parent Portal to email your child's teachers.

Once you log in to the Parent Portal, follow these steps to email your child's teachers:

1. Click on "Student Schedule" on the menu to the left of your screen.

2. Click on the class within the schedule of the teacher you wish to email.

3. Click on the blue "Email teacher" link.

4. Use the script editor to email the teacher!

Counseling News

Washington University in St. Louis’ College Prep Program is accepting nominations for the next cohort of its innovative college readiness initiative.

Nominees must be ninth-grade students from the St. Louis region who are invested in learning, will be a first-generation college student and have limited financial resources. The nomination deadline is Oct. 15. Learn more on the College Prep website.

McCarthy Construction Hosting Workshop for Girls Interested in Careers in Construction

McCarthy Construction 101 is an interactive opportunity for young women to learn new skills and about the wealth of careers in the construction industry. Working alongside experienced industry leaders and trade contractors, participants will spend the day collaborating on a variety of hands on construction activities while gaining firsthand insight into various construction career paths, developing a safety-first mindset and building self-confidence they can apply in all aspects of life.

For more information and to register visit

The annual Webster-Kirkwood-Lindbergh-Mehlville-Oakville College Fair is Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm in the gym at Lindbergh High School. Students should register ahead of time at to receive a barcode to share with college reps. For a listing of colleges currently registered to attend, click here.

Common Application Workshops During Academic Networking

Many seniors will use the Common Application to apply to college. While it is not particularly difficult, it can be a little confusing and hard to navigate sometimes. Students--please join us for a Common Application Workshop during Academic Networking time in September and October to learn how to complete your applications via the Common App. Sign up using the links below:

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College Admissions Representative Visits are Back!

After a year of virtual visits, we are welcoming college admissions representatives back in the building to meet with interested juniors and seniors. A list of colleges visiting will be posted on our Counseling Department calendar, in Naviance, and shared in our daily announcements. Students should stop by the Counseling Center to sign up and to receive a pass to be excused from class. Be sure to check the calendar regularly as visits are being updated daily.

College Fair

Our Webster-Kirkwood-Lindbergh-Mehlville-Oakville College Fair is set for October 6, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm at Lindbergh High School. We typically have 100+ college admissions representatives in person to tell you about their schools and to answer any questions you may have about their application process. A complete list of attending colleges will be shared closer to the event. All students and their parents are welcome to attend!

Individual Senior Planning Conferences

Seniors and senior parents! Would you like to meet to ask questions specific to your needs? We will begin hosting individual meetings with students (in-person) and their parents (either in-person or via Zoom) following Senior Parent Night and our visits with senior English classes. Schedule using the links below:

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Sophomore Parents!

South Tech is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year! Students are STRONGLY encouraged to apply during first semester to increase their chances of acceptance.

All of South Tech’s courses are listed here and available to you as electives. Tech provides the REAL WORLD experience and hands-on skills you need to make solid choices about your future while you earn high school and college credit. Tech also offers certifications and licenses that open doors for internships, employment, and advanced placement. We offer everything from Automotive to Veterinary, Health Sciences to Welding, and Firefighting to Web & Computer Programming. With 26 different programs, Tech likely has a class for you!

Transportation is provided and classes are TUITION FREE! To get started on your application today, click here.

We are asking all parents to follow these attendance procedures when your child is absent or leaving/arriving late.

Please do not call the main high school number to report an absence. Instead, call your child's Assistant Principal's office directly to report an absence, late arrival, or early departure. We suggest saving the number in your phone from the chart below for quick access!

Checking out early? When leaving school during the day, students must check out through the assistant principal’s office.

Student Early Release:

  1. We require at least one hour notice when calling your student out early. Call the Assistant Principal's office before the designated time and report the absence. You may also send a note with the student to be presented to the Assistant Principal's office before school.

  2. At the designated time, your student will receive a pass to check out if you called ahead. The student will check out in the Assistant Principal's office.

  3. You will NOT enter the building if you have called the absence in and communicated a pick-up location with your child. However, if you choose to pick up your child in the building, you must do so at the main entrance on Selma Avenue. Upon entering the building, check in with the receptionist. Please bring your driver's license if you are checking in. The receptionist will contact the Assistant Principal’s office to send for your student. Please be aware that not calling ahead to schedule an early release can take up to 30 minutes to send for a student.

Is your student texting you from class because they're not feeling well?

Any student who feels ill at school must request to see the nurse. If your student texts you that they're not feeling well and wants you to pick them up, please ask them to go see the nurse. All students should be practicing self-advocacy! The nurse will call you if the illness warrants an early dismissal. Please do not contact your child's Assistant Principal's office to come pick up your child if they have not seen the nurse.

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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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