Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for January 5
Hello WGHS Families,
We have passed a milestone in the year--second semester has begun. Whether you have a freshman with greater confidence as they enter a more familiar space or a senior that is running on fumes (or all points in between), we hope they enter each day with hope and belief: Hope and belief that they are gaining clarity in who they are and are becoming, hope and belief that they will be people of impact in the world around them, and hope and belief that Webster Groves High school is a place that moves them forward. My time around our students certainly instills more hope and belief in me that their work as scholars, artisans, and citizens will be for the betterment of our collective future.
We are excited for what lies ahead in the second semester.
Next Week's Schedule: Late-Start A, A, B, C, A
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 1/6: First semester grades on Parent Portal
- 1/9: Late-Start A Day; School starts at 9:40, and doors open at 9:25.
- 1/11: Class of 2027 Preview Night, 7pm, Auditorium
- 1/11: Parents' Club Meeting, 7pm, Library
- 1/16: NO SCHOOL; Martin Luther King Day
Welcome, Officer Bell!
WGHS welcomes our new School Resource Officer, Officer Fred Bell, from the Webster Groves Police Department. Officer Bell replaces Officer Cassidy Thompson, who accepted another position within the WGPD. Special thanks to Officer Thompson for her service to WGHS!
MIJA December of the Month Honorable Mention
Senior Eleanor Kanerva earned an honorable mention in MIJA's December Photo of the Month with her photo "Freshman Jeni Carr-Schwartz performs at the WGHS A Cappella Winter Concert on Friday, Dec. 9 in Knight Auditorium. Photo by Eleanor Kanerva."
Juniors and Seniors! The Regular Deadline to Register for the February ACT is tomorrow, January 6.
Students should register online at www.myact.org
Test Date: February 11, 2023
Test Fee: $64 (no writing) $88 (with writing)
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)
Course Selection for 2023-2024
The course selection process for the 2023-2024 school year has begun! Students received their Course Selection Form along with a timeline and explanation of the process during Advisory on December 8. The deadline for students to input their course requests in the SIS student portal is Friday, January 13, 2023. Counselors will meet individually with all students (during their Math class) during the last two weeks of January to review graduation requirements, answer questions, and finalize course requests.
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.
Inclement Weather Procedures
'Tis the season for inclement weather to impact school. Please refer to the information below for delayed start and school closing information due to inclement weather.
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:
- Phone calls to all families through School Messenger
- Local media: KMOV TV (Channel 4), KSDK TV (Channel 5), KTVI (Channel 2) and KMOX radio (AM 1120)
- District website www.webster.k12.mo.us
- Twitter @WebsterGrovesSD
Late Start due to Inclement Weather
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 Start Time: 9:40 a.m.
Staff Arrival Time: 9:10 a.m.
Student Arrival Time: 9:25 a.m.
Early Dismissal: 12:30 p.m.
All other schools can be found here.
** Late starts will be announced through the same communication outlets listed above **
Late Start Bus Times
With a late start, bus schedules will run one hour and 15 minutes later than the regularly scheduled time.
2022-23 Late-Start Days
Did You Know?
Please note that the school is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
Recently, lost Airpods are becoming a daily problem. Please encourage your child to leave their Airpods at home! At the very least, please enable location tracking for your Apple devices. It's also helpful to keep serial numbers of all electronic devices available to assist in location tracking/owner identification.
It is also important to note that lockers, as the property of the school, may be searched by school personnel for a reasonable cause.
LOST AND FOUND
“Lost and Found” is maintained in the hallway on the south side of the Cafeteria. To guard your student against loss, please encourage them to:
- not bring items of unusual value to school
- label your possessions with your name and address
- lock your locker
- take reasonable care of your belongings
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!