Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for March 10
Hello WGHS Families,
In the midst of all the whirling information on changes in weather and school schedules, time marches on. We have entered into or finished the post-season of winter sports with basketball, wrestling, and swimming. This week saw our first induction of students into the National Technical Honor Society in content areas such as engineering, FACS, computing, and entrepreneurship. Those transitions and milestones are also paired with event planning for other end-of-the-year moments such as Graduation. While we still have a quarter to go and we cannot yet see the finish line, it is certainly on our mind. We conjure the end, not as a way to forget the beginning but to recall how far we have come.
Our staff looks forward to discussing your student's progress during our virtual Parent Conferences next week.
Next Week's Schedule:
Tuesday: B Day
Wednesday: Early Dismissal C Day (dismissal at 12:05)
Thursday: Assembly Schedule
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 3/14: 4th Quarter Bus Money Due
- 3/14 & 3/15: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., via Zoom
- 3/16: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., via Zoom
- 3/16: WGHS Parents for Racial Equity, 7 p.m., Library
- 3/17: Spring Activities Assembly, 7th hour
- 3/18: NO SCHOOL
2021-22 Late-Start Days
March 6-12 is School Board Recognition Week. Thanks to our amazing School Board for their support of WGHS!
Winter Post-Season Athletic Celebrations
State Wrestling: Congratulations to senior Alex Turley on placing 3rd at 126 lbs and winning a state medal for the 3rd year in a row!
State Swim: Our 200 Medley Relay team of Libby Seitz, Chloe Hagemann, Katie Downey, and Lili Gregov took 6th place!
State Swim: Lili Gregov finished in a tie for 3rd place in the 50 yard freestyle! She also broke her own school record that she set at the state meet last year. Her time today was 24.46!
State Swim: Our 200 Freestyle Relay team of Katie Downey, Margaret Siener, Libby Seitz, and Lili Gregov took 3rd place!
State Swim: In the final event our 400 Freestyle Relay team of Lili Gregov, Margaret Siener, Libby Seitz, and Katie Downey took 5th place!
Spring Parent Conferences
Please join us! March 14, 15, and 16 via Zoom
Monday, March 14 & Tuesday, March 15
4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
(Departments will have a rotating 10-minute break on Monday/Tuesday evening.)
We're looking forward to meeting with you virtually. This spring, all conferences will be held virtually via Zoom and scheduled using PTCFast.com.
The purpose of the conference is to give parents and teachers an opportunity to discuss student progress and to work together to ensure student achievement. Parents should know the names of the teachers they wish to visit within each department. We urge you to schedule as many of your child’s teachers as time permits. Up to SEVEN minutes will be allotted for each conference.
We will be using the PTCFast system for scheduling conferences. Please see instructions below on how to schedule conference times.
As you prepare for conferences, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Teachers will call all parents who they have the greatest need to meet.
- Teachers who are with us part-time or work at other schools in the district may only be available one evening during conferences. PTCFast will only display available times.
- Please check your child's progress online in the Parent Portal. This will assist in determining whether you need to schedule a conference/meet with a teacher.
- You may choose not to see all or any of your child's teachers, depending on their progress.
- For specific questions, an email to the teacher may suit your needs.
We look forward to meeting with you via Zoom. If you desire more than the seven minutes allowed at these conferences, please set up an individual teacher conference.
How to Schedule Conferences with Your Child's Teachers
Conferences will be scheduled online using www.ptcfast.com. Please note that you must have a personal email account (ex. Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.) in order to schedule a conference for your student. Conferences will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register your student for each teacher with whom you wish to meet.
1. Please click on or enter the following web address into your browser window to get started: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Webster_Groves_High_School_1
2. Next, select your child's teacher; you can select more than one if applicable to your family.
3. You will then register your child's name, then your name and contact information. This creates a registration for each child and sends you a confirmation email with a link to choose a conference time for that teacher. It is a two-step process, as the first registration just gets you into the system. Going to the email that is generated from your registration and clicking on the active link will allow you to choose a conference time for the teacher.
4. Once you have chosen a time for each teacher with whom you wish to visit, you will receive a confirmation email with the schedule.
Teachers will send the Zoom link via email to all parents, and post the link on their Canvas page.
2022-23 Bus Transportation
The Webster Groves School District is currently determining transportation needs for the fee-based service for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 school year.
Application deadline is May 15, 2022.
Summer School Learning/Opportunities at WGHS
WGHS 2022 Summer School Opportunities/Program Information and Expectations
Summer School Session: June 6 - July 8, 2022 (Monday - Friday)
The online application for WGHS Summer School will open on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 8:30 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 2022 Summer School program. Courses with fewer than 15 students will not be offered.
You will receive an email regarding your enrollment status (enrolled or wait listed) by the beginning 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.
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.
ALL WGHS SCHOOL RULES WILL BE ENFORCED DURING SUMMER SCHOOL
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).
For additional questions please contact
Ms. Stacia Giulvezan Summer School Principal, 314-918-4118 or email email@example.com
News from the Chelsea Center: WGHS’ In-house Experiential Learning Center
What is Experiential Learning?
Experiential Learning (ExL) is the process of creating knowledge from direct experience. Chelsea Center students engage in ExL learning through community-based experiences & reflection on those experiences.
How can my child get involved?
All students now have access to a Chelsea Center course that connects them to our new online platform, GivePulse. Within GivePulse, students can search for opportunities in service learning, internships, and leadership programming, as well as summer opportunities. We also meet with students one on one and in small groups to coach them through finding the just-right experiences for them. We are in Room 200 at WGHS and are eager to help!
Check out these new opportunities available through GivePulse via the Chelsea Center Canvas course.
**APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY** Summer Camp for Future Medical Professionals
This five-day overnight camp is for Missouri high school rising seniors who are interested in a career in medicine. Students will attend lectures and do the same Patient Based Learning (PBL) curriculum that our medical students do. We will have a lot of hands-on experiences, and social events in the evenings. This is a great experience for anyone who is considering medical school after college. The application opens on February 7, 2022, and is due March 11, 2022.
Washington University – Lab Internships
Is your child interested in science & looking for some hands-on experiences in a lab this summer? Washington University provides rising juniors and seniors from Webster Groves High School the chance to engage in research under a professor and a team of researchers. Students will gain valuable experience using laboratory methods and equipment and working with a team of researchers on a specific study being done by a professor at Washington University. Students interested in this opportunity should complete the interest form available in GivePulse or come to the Chelsea Center for help completing the form. You will then be contacted with your next steps in the process, as spaces are limited.
Did You Know?
Stay up-to-date on events by visiting our school calendar.
We update our school calendar regularly to reflect last-minute and monthly changes. Please visit our official School Calendar on our website to stay informed.
To Report an Absence, Please Call:
Statesmen Service Awards
Spring will be here soon and so will the annual Statesmen Service Awards - our celebration of students who are aware, thoughtful, and committed to making a difference in their community through volunteering.
So now is the time for our students to take full advantage of giving to others so they can be honored for all that they do for other people. We understand that this year has not allowed for as many in-person volunteer opportunities so the minimum number of hours required for the award are 25 (50 hours were required pre-Covid).
Students can find a variety of service opportunities (as well as internships, summer programs and more!) via a new online platform called GivePulse. Students (and parent observers) can access GivePulse via the Chelsea Center Canvas page, which is on every WGHS student's Canvas dashboard.
Forms are due by 3/17/22 – just before Spring Break. Questions? Contact Julie Simonson, Administrative Assistant, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John M. Thomas, Assistant Principal. Forms are in Office 124.
Counseling Office Updates
Digital Strike Will Award Online Google Career Certificates
Local digital marketing firm, Digital Strike, has announced they will be awarding 20 area high school students an opportunity to complete an online Google Career Certificate.
Upon completion, this certificate will propel students on the fast track to in-demand jobs within fields that are and will continue to be crucial to our country’s economy, including technology, science, business, finance, energy, and more.
For more information and to apply visit https://www.digitalstrike.com/google-growth-with-digital-strike/
RGA Hosting Actuarial Day for High School Students, Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 3:30-5:00pm (via Zoom)
Do you love Math? High school students interested in learning about the actuarial field should consider attending RGA's Actuarial Day. They will hear presentations by RGA actuaries and have opportunities for Q&A via Zoom. To register, click here.
College Admissions Testing
We have fielded a lot of questions regarding the ACT and SAT lately. Here's an article with answers to some of the top questions we hear.
2022-2023 Course Selections
Counselors are meeting individually with all students (during their Science class) to review student transcripts and finalize course requests for the 2022-2023 school year. Parents can view their child’s course requests in the parent portal by selecting the 2022-2023 school year (dropdown menu in upper right hand corner) and selecting “Course Requests” (menu on left). Please reach out to your child’s counselor if you have any questions.
In Person College Visits are Back
Beginning this week, admissions representatives will visit to meet with prospective juniors and seniors to share information about their institutions. Students who would like to meet with admissions representatives should sign up in the counseling office ahead of time and will receive a pass from class. To visit the full calendar, click here. Check back frequently as visits are being added daily.
College and Career Night Recordings
Thanks to those who joined us for College and Career Night on February 8. Couldn’t make it? Here’s a link to view the recorded sessions.
Upcoming ACT and SAT National Test Dates (Saturdays)
Junior parents: Is your child planning to attend a four year college or university? While many colleges have been “test optional” for the past two years as a result of covid, plans for next year are not yet clear and many colleges will still require ACT or SAT scores for admission and/or scholarships. Here are the ACT and SAT test dates for the rest of the school year.
Summer Job Opportunities for Students
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!