Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for February 6

Hello Parents and Guardians,

We had a unique day yesterday in more than one way as we shared the documentary, Angst, with all of our classes except Juniors, as we lost our afternoon due to the early dismissal. We will look to connect Juniors later this month in a manner that will not be too disruptive, as our feedback from students and counselors indicated it was a worthy use of time. Thanks to all our community members and parents that joined us for the evening showing and panel on Tuesday night.



A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • February 8: ACT Testing
  • February 12: Orchestra Pops Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium
  • February 13: End of Progress Period
  • February 13: Jazz Band Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium
  • February 14: NO SCHOOL; PD Day for Staff

2019-20 Late-Start Days

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Senior Parents: Get Your Dancing Shoes On!

Senior Parents: It’s a WGHS tradition for the senior parents to put on a line dance at the graduation lock-in. This is a great chance to spend that last bit of time with the other 2020 parents — and maybe embarrass your graduate a little in the process. No dance background or rhythm needed. It’s all for fun! The lock-in is overnight May 12/13, and the dance is expected to happen at about 12:45 a.m. We will offer several rehearsals after spring break so that hopefully anyone interested in participating can make it to at least a couple. If you want to join in this fun tradition, let us know via email ( so we can add you to our list.


Did You Know?

It's flu season!

This week several of our schools have seen an increase in the number of flu-like illnesses. This note is a reminder of the symptoms, care and prevention of the “flu.”

People with the flu are most contagious in the first three to four days after their illness begins but may infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. We are asking that you keep your child home if they are sick until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Along with fluids and rest, prescription antiviral medication can be used to treat flu illness. This treatment works best when started soon after flu illness begins. When treatment is started within two days of becoming sick with flu symptoms, this medication can lessen fever and flu symptoms, and shorten the duration of illness by about one day. They may also reduce the risk of complications such as ear infections in children, respiratory complications requiring antibiotics, and hospitalization in adults. The schools will continue to guard against the spread of the disease by keeping surfaces clean, encouraging proper hand hygiene and reminding students to “cover their coughs”, but your help in managing the spread of this infectious disease is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your assistance,

Rachel Huertas, RN

Webster Groves High School

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Delayed Start Times Due to Inclement Weather

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Junior Post-High School Planning Conferences

Reminder! Mrs. Lombard and Ms. Verstraete have invited juniors and their parents to schedule their individual Post-High School Planning Conference. This 45-60 minute meeting will be devoted to your family for the purpose of helping you make plans for life after Webster Groves High School.

Conferences are catered to the needs of each individual family. Some of the topics we can discuss include:

· transcript review/check for graduation requirements

· strength/interest areas/career planning

· post-secondary education planning/developing a list of schools that fit your needs

· testing information

· developing your "to-do" list

Please email Ms. Verstraete (students with last names A-K) at or Mrs. Lombard (students with last names L-Z) at for information about scheduling your appointment.

Other Counseling News

Summer Programs

Summer time is a great time for students to explore colleges and potential majors. Many colleges across the country offer summer programs for high school students on their campus. We have compiled a list of some of these programs on the Counseling Department website. Check back as we update this list regularly.

PSAT10 Registration Now Open (For sophomores)

Registration for the PSAT10 is now open. The PSAT10 is a practice PSAT. In fact, it is the same test our juniors took last October. The “real” PSAT (practice SAT and qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Competition will be administered to juniors in October).

Date and time: Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8am-noon (sorry, there is not an alternative test date)

Location: WGHS (rooms tba)

Cost: $17.00

To register: Click here

Registration deadline: 02/21/2020 (sorry, we cannot guarantee a test after this date)

For more information about the PSAT and PSAT10 visit

Dual Credit Registration Reminder
If your child is enrolled in one or more of these classes this semester and meets the minimum GPA requirement, they are eligible to earn college credit in addition to their high school credit.

· Advanced Forensic Science (FRSC 2600 @ SLU)

· AP English Language (ENG 1120 @ UMSL)

· AP Honors US History (History 1002 @ UMSL)

· Ceramics I (Art 2270 @ UMSL)

· Ceramics II (Art 1130 @ UMSL)

· Drawing and Painting I (Art 1140 @ UMSL)

· Drawing and Painting 2 (ART 1150 @ UMSL)

· Game Design and C# (CSC 125 @ Missouri State)

· Honors US Studies-Luparell (HIST 1002 @ UMSL)

· Honors US Studies-Moore (ENG 1120 @ UMSL)

· Oceanography (EAS 1050 @ SLU)

· Personal Finance (Fin 150 @ Missouri State)

· Thrive (ITC 200 OR MKT 150 @ Missouri State)

· Women, Gender, & Diversity (GS 2102 @ UMSL)

Directions to register:

Step 1: Identify which college is offering credit for your class(es)—see college name listed next to course title above.

Step 2: Follow the directions below to register with that college.

Step 3: Do not send payment. You will be billed by the university.

Missouri State

Cost: $70/credit hour

To register: visit

Registration deadline: January 24, 2020

Saint Louis University

Cost: $65/credit hour

For more information and to register: visit

Registration deadline: February 22, 2020


Cost: $68/credit hour

For more information and to register: visit

Registration Deadline: February 2, 2020

"Show the Love" Virtual Fundraiser for WGHS

Webster Groves High School thrives because of the strong support shown by families, friends, and alumni like you! From February 1st to February 14th, the Parents' Club will Show the Love by flooding our community with positive stories about the great things we do and raise funds to continue supporting teacher grants, student scholarships, and a safe senior celebration at the high school. For decades we have been a school that provides a wide array of opportunities, thanks to a strong partnership between teachers and the community of Webster Groves. Will you join us to Show the Love for Webster Groves High School? Visit our website at and follow hashtag #STLoveWGHS to get involved!

Shop at Our Spirit Store and Support Funding for Scholarships!

The Webster Groves Spirit Wear Store is open to all Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members. Shop the Spirit Store for all your Webster Groves Apparel and Accessories.

Spirit Store Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Late Start Monday: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

All Spirit Wear Apparel and Accessories are also available online at the Parents Club website.

Orders placed online will be available for pick up at the WGHS Front Office.

(for a fee all items can be shipped to your home)

WGHS Front Office Hours: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

You can also find Spirit Wear at our “Pop-Up” Shops at many school sponsored events.

Thanks for your support!

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