Notes from Dr. Irvin

Your WGHS Weekly eNews for January 16

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I do want to share some good news on behalf of our faculty and students. We recently shared that Webster Groves High School was recognized as one of 7 schools in Missouri recognized for increasing access to AP courses and maintaining or improving scores of three or higher on AP exams. We know that engaging in rigorous learning settings is critical for students for post-secondary preparation. In addition to this news, we reduced the number of students that failed courses in the first semester in comparison to last school year. Public schools should reach to challenge students to think deeply about complex issues and topics, and yet find ways to reach all students. While we certainly have not completed our work and still have challenges to confront, we are glad to share the good news from our staff's work with our students.


Matt Irvin

A Peek at the Week Ahead

  • January 20: NO SCHOOL (MLK Day)
  • January 22: Class of 2024 Information Night, 7 p.m.
  • January 24: Winter Sports Assembly, 6th hour
  • January 25: Winter Formal, 7 p.m., Roberts Gym

2019-20 Late-Start Days

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  • Our winter athletic teams are doing terrific. Please come out and root for our Statesmen! Check for all of the latest scores and schedules.

  • The February 1st Food, Fun, and Fitness Event unfortunately has been canceled. Hopefully the event can take place in the future.

  • OPUS, the parent organization for our orchestra program, is hosting a trivia night and silent auction to be held on February 1 at Shrewsbury Community Center. The event is a fundraiser for general orchestra program needs and orchestra trips. For more details and to sign up online, visit

Did You Know?

Parents of Seniors: Local Scholarships Now Available!

Friendly reminder that local scholarships are currently available on the Counseling Center's web page under the Local Scholarships tab ( These are scholarships provided by locally affiliated groups/organizations specifically for WGHS students. Don't miss this great opportunity for additional funding for college! Applications (with the exception of the Howard A. Latta Scholarship which is to be mailed by the student) are to be submitted to Ms. Hill in the Counseling Center by Friday, February 14, 2020.

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

The College Search: A Program for Juniors and Their Parents

Reminder: “The College Search”, a program for junior students and parents, is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Auditorium. We have a dynamic group of college admissions representatives from a variety of schools joining us for the evening. Parents and students who have attended this program in the past have reported it to be very helpful as they navigate through the college search. We will also dedicate time reviewing a college planning/admissions timeline and will provide information about upcoming college admissions testing.

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.

Band-Aides Trivia Night

The Band Aides, the 501(c)(3) group dedicated to supporting the band program at Webster Groves School District, has announced their annual Trivia Night will be held on Friday, January 31st at White Cliff Community Center in Crestwood. St. Louis newscaster, celebrity, and advocate for music education, Art Holliday, will be the host.

Trivia Night Details

Theme: Mardi Gras! When The Saints Go Marchin’ In


  • Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Doors open at 6:00 pm, trivia starts at 6:30 pm

Crestwood Community Center
9245 Whitecliff Park Lane, Crestwood, MO 63126

Food & Drink:
BYOB and shareable food for each table


  • $200 per team, 8 people per table with online registration available above. Reservation is final when payment is received.
  • No table? Buy a single ticket for $25, and we’ll add you to a friendly group.
  • $100 of each table registration will go to the Student account(s) specified on your registration; if you are a senior, and won’t be using any more student account funds, your portion will help with Band Camp and trip scholarships for students in the future.


  • Bring cash or checkbook for between-round activities.
  • $100 from each table registration and funds raised during the event will benefit the WGHS Band General Fund.

Thank you for your support!

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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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