Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for November 9
Hello WGHS Families,
I have recently connected with a book called Deeper Learning, written by researchers Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine, in which they conducted observations and interviews of students and staff over six years from purportedly successful innovative high schools that were suggested as “leaders” in preparing students for the demands of twenty-first century life.
Sadly, they noted most students experienced lack of engagement, and “bored, disengaged compliance” during their day. However, in these recommended model schools, pockets of vibrant learning settings and a “hidden curriculum” in extra-curricular and electives that allowed students to do deep learning and rise above the norm with intellectually dynamic experiences. Mehta and Fine observed “…we stumbled into spaces that initially lay outside of our study—art classes, debate club meetings, newspaper, Model UN, athletic practices—these same students looked and sounded totally different. In these spaces, they were actively engaged and eagerly assuming roles as leaders.” Yesterday we celebrated multiple student-athletes who signed their letter of intent and will open Neil Simon’s Rumors on stage later this month. We know we are only sharing a chapter in their growth and development as scholars and performers in their realm. My belief is that these students have had exposure to an alchemy that will serve them well--we are as optimistic as we are proud.
Last weekend, I attended the Webster Groves Wall of Fame induction program, where our most honored alum spoke of their transformative experiences in the classroom and in the co-curricular realms.
A parent previously shared their impression of their child’s experience at the end of four years in a fall activity. They shared their appreciation of the program and its leader’s intentionality in the development of participants’ character and creating a belonging, inclusive community. I am hopeful that this thoughtful note is representative of many extracurricular settings that act as additional well-designed learning environments for our students. Additionally, we are adding an event where we will feature our curricular and activity opportunities for prospective students in early December. Cheers to all that participate, mentor, and support "the show" with a gaze that moves from the immediacy of the scoreboard to the promise of the horizon.
Next Week's Schedule:
Late-Start A, A, B, C, A
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 11/10: End of Progress Period
- 11/13: Late-Start A Day; school starts at 9:40 a.m., and doors open to students at 9:25.
- 11/13: NHS Fall Blood Drive
- 11/16: Club and Winter Sports Photos
- 11/16 - 11/18: Fall Play: Rumors, 7pm, Auditorium
- 11/18: Progress grades available on Parent Portal
- 11/19 - 11/21: Spirit Week/Turkey Day Week
Please join us for our 1st annual Curriculum & Preview Night!
This dynamic event is especially designed for prospective, incoming freshmen, and current WGHS families, as well as for our entire WGSD community!
Amazing things happen at Webster Groves High School when students are allowed to discover their passions and work with caring staff who foster their tenacious will to become scholars, craftsmen, and artisans. Our staff has that same drive and passion and are experts in their subject areas. At WGHS, we strive to offer intellectually dynamic experiences.
On December 5, you’re invited to:
- See student demonstrations, performances, and rehearsals
- Catch a varsity basketball game, with FREE admission
- Tour the building
- Attend informational sessions regarding curriculum and general information about WGHS
- Shop in the Spirit Wear Store
- Witness our THRIVE student businesses deliver their pitches in the Digital Strike Pitch Competition
- Learn more information about WGHS clubs, activities, and sports
Science Fair Information
Tickets sold at the door.
AP Exam Registration ends on Nov. 10th
AP Exams are offered May 6-17th to students enrolled in eligible courses. Please be sure to register in both MyAP and Total Registration by the deadline on Nov.10th. Any registrations after Nov. 10th will have an additional $40 late fee assessed per test.
Please contact the student’s AP teacher or Jennedy Lombard, AP Coordinator with any questions.
*Students who are already enrolled in Dual Credit for their AP courses, do NOT need to take an AP Exam.
College Application deadlines are here!
Please reference this document to make requests for materials that may need to accompany your application two weeks prior to your deadline. Questions? Please contact Ellen Silverstrand (A-K) or Jennedy Lombard (L-Z) with any questions.
Do you have or know an alum who graduated between 2019-2023? Please pass this exciting opportunity along!
Congratulations to our Chelsea Student Spotlight of the week, Patrick Brown.
Patrick is a part of the Chelsea Center Teaching and Learning Cohort, a dual-credit course offered in partnership with Webster University that helps WGHS students interested in becoming teachers get hands-on experience in that career. Patrick describes the class as part learning 'what makes good teachers' and good teaching and part 'hands-on learning.' His favorite part of the class is visiting the elementary schools and working with the kids, like [in recent weeks] when they read aloud diverse texts to students at Edgar Road Elementary School. Patrick's interest in becoming a teacher was ignited when he coached swim team this past summer and realized how much he loves working with kids. In addition to teaching, Patrick also hopes to coach football in the future. We hope Patrick returns to WGSD to teach!
WGHS Attendance Procedures
Call your child's AP office to report an absence, late arrival, or early departure. Checking out early? When leaving school during the day, students must check out through the assistant principal’s office.
Student Early Release:
We require at least one hour notice when calling your student out early. Call the Assistant Principal's office before the designated time and report the absence. You may also send a note with the student to be presented to the Assistant Principal's office before school.
At the designated time, your student will receive a pass to check out if you called ahead. The student will check out in the Assistant Principal's office.
You will NOT enter the building if you have called the absence in and communicated a pick-up location with your child. However, if you choose to pick up your child in the building, you must do so at the main entrance on Selma Avenue. Upon entering the building, check in with the receptionist. Please bring your driver's license if you are checking in. The receptionist will contact the Assistant Principal’s office to send for your student. Please be aware that not calling ahead to schedule an early release can take up to 30 minutes to send for a student.
Webster Groves School District uses ParentSquare for school communication, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified.
Create a Canvas Account to Stay Connected
To stay connected with the learning in our classrooms, please create a Canvas Observer Account which is our district's learning management system. You will find three helpful documents below:
- Canvas Informational Letter
- Creating an Observer Account, Logging into Canvas, and Setting Notifications
- Student Accessing Canvas
If you have any questions please contact Tim Brown, Director of Student Assessment, Data and Learning Technologies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop the Parents' Club Spirit Store!
The Spirit Store is open! Hours are 8-9:15 a.m., Tuesday - Friday.
The online store is open 24 hours a day at https://www.wghsparentsclub.org/spiritwear.
Every time you shop at the Spirit Store, you are supporting student scholarships and teacher grants!