Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for May 4
Hello WGHS Families,
Anthony Kennedy served as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court after Reagan nominated him from 1988 until stepping down in 2018. After retiring, he spoke of a “crisis of civility” facing our nation, a lack of devotion to responsibility and rationality. Historically when the nation has been in a real or perceived predicament, education has served to salvage our republic. Part of the effort relates to the developing character in individuals and the collective community we share. However, character cannot be downloaded; it resists swift attainment in spite of the desire by caring adults and schools. Character is "engraved," "deeply etched,” according to Kierkegaard and the product of years of imprinting through experiences, both good and bad.
That imprinting happens in small moments, guiding conversations, and in response to difficult events in life and in schools. Those moments happen at WGHS, fostered in the classroom, outside during athletics and activities, and at times, completely independent of us. This work and responsibility is so much larger in scope then preparing for an intervening period of four years to attend a university, enter a career, or calling to service. We work with our students with ambition of launching a life of purpose.
Last weekend, seniors Ian Mccann and Eric Miranda were recognized at the Missouri Scholars 100. This program celebrates “exceptional scholarship, citizenship, and reliability." Like many of our students, they have spent years devoted to service, arts, and schooling. They possess both the capacity and will to not only continue to be virtuously marked but to leave their mark on Webster and the wider community. In this week alone, we had students working to plan service events for later this month and serving our community through our Chelsea Center experiences. As we wrap up with our seniors, I am heartened by the journey our students are on at Webster Groves.
Next Week's Schedule: Late-Start A, AAAA
All days are A days due to Senior Finals Week.
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 5/1 - 5/12: AP Testing
- 5/4: Senior Awards Night, 7pm, Roberts Gym
- 5/6: 22nd Annual Jim Schoemehl Run for ALS, 7:30am, WGHS
- 5/8: Late-Start A Day. School starts at 9:40 am; doors open for students at 9:25.
- 5/9 - 5/12: Senior Final Exams
- 5/10: Parents' Club Meeting, 7pm, Library
- 5/10: Spring One-Acts, 7pm, Black Box Theatre
- 5/10: STUCO Banquet, 5-8pm, PV Commons
- 5/11: Statesmen Sports Awards, 7pm, Roberts Gym
- 5/12: Seniors' last day; Senior Checkout is from 10:20 - 3:25.
Lucy Kroenung Receives Honors for Photo
Congratulations to Lucy Kroenung for receiving "Honorable Mention" from the Missouri Interscholastic Journalism Association for her photograph from our spring play!
Orchestra State Competition Results
Congratulations to our Orchestra students for their fine performances at the state competition!
Yuki Ishiyama, Violin
Celia Alexander, Violin
Silas Garrett, Cello
Isabella Pantano, Viola
Ethan Sanders, Violin
Amelia Kirsch, Violin
Joshua Delay, Violin
Ashlyn Parikh, Violin
Hannah Silverman, Cello
String Quartet No. 1- Celia Alexander, Silas Garrett, Isabella Pantano, Ethan Sanders
String Quartet No. 2- Joshua Delay, Yuki Ishiyama, Enkela Ndoni, Hannah Silverman
Violin Duet: Lia Fairbanks, Cassidy Fischer
String Quartet No. 3- Amelia Kirsch, Delaney Sullivan, Essence Williams, Madelynn Wood
String Quartet No. 4-- Owen Barrs, Katherine Downey, Sonora Haake, Andrew Stewart
String Quartet No. 5- Carina Dickie, Claire Miller, Ashlyn Parikh, Piper Westendorf
String Quartet No. 6:- Dylan Hulsizer, Eric Miranda, Eli Suppelsa, Gabriel Wright
Violin Duet and Piano- Dominic Buckman, Paul Castleman, Sebestian Macaire
Choir Performs Well at MSHSAA State Solo & Ensemble Contest at Mizzou
Fourteen choral students attended the MSHSAA State Solo & Ensemble Contest at Mizzou University. Five students received a GOLD rating (1st place), while the other nine students place silver (2nd place)! This is a huge accomplishment for the Vocal Music Program.
Freestyle Pool Pass
The Freestyle Pool Pass is BACK for 2023, after seeing 56% growth in usage last summer. The Freestyle Pass removes barriers to the community swimming pool by providing free daily swim passes for individuals and families that require financial assistance. Thanks to the generosity of this community, 944 pool passes were used last summer.
If you currently are in need of financial assistance and are interested in receiving Freestyle Pool Passes (each is good for one daily admission), then please complete the WGSD Free Style Pool Pass Request Form by May 12, 2023, or contact your child’s counselor. The passes will be given to your child the week of May 22nd. During the pool season, Freestyle Pool Passes will also be available at Webster Rock Hill Ministries and inside the Rec Center front desk.
Founded in 2021, the Freestyle Pass program is a joint effort of the Webster Groves School District, the City of Webster Groves, the Alliance for Interracial Dignity, and Webster Rock Hill Ministries.
The Senior Scoop
Senior Finals Week is May 8-12. Senior Checkout is on Friday, May 12 from 10:20 - 3:25. Don't forget to review the information here.
To help your senior be ready to check-out next Friday, you can:
- Check the Parent Portal to see if your senior has any fines. Fines can be paid directly through the Portal.
- Encourage your senior not to attend checkout right at 10:20, to avoid long lines!
Stay up-to-date on the latest senior news, updates, and dates!
- 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
Senior Finals Schedule
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.
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.
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!
WGHS Attendance Contacts
Webster Groves High School
Location: 100 Selma Avenue, Webster Groves, MO, USA
Phone: (314) 963-6400