Notes from Dr. Irvin
Your WGHS Weekly eNews for April 27
Hello WGHS Families,
Last night I spoke at the NHS induction ceremony for many of our junior students that applied and met the qualifications. In my comments, I noted the manner in which the class of 2024 started at WGHS, virtual and methodically more in-person as the year concluded. The unknown and unsettling nature of their first year was mitigated by their ability to embrace the illumination that education affords along with the art, athletics, and activities that enrich the academic experiences. They found refuge in the connections and community with classmates and our staff that provided the needed balance of challenge and support.
As we look forward with our junior students, their paths will begin to diverge after their graduation in 13 months. Options of colleges, careers, or service settings all have innumerable pathways of their own. Once again, uncertainty reigns.
It's my hope that our students will recall their successful experiences of their freshmen year, and it serves as a compass to navigate to their next destination. The recognition and implementation of their abilities in such moments when clarity is not present is one of many gifts I hope they take with them.
Next Week's Schedule: AABCA
A Peek at the Week Ahead
- 4/28: Best Buddies Ball, 6-8pm, PV Commons
- 5/1 - 5/12: AP Testing
- 5/2: Spring Orchestra Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
- 5/3: Spring Band Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
- 5/4: Senior Awards Night, 7pm, Roberts Gym
- 5/6: 22nd Annual Jim Schoemehl Run for ALS, 7:30am, WGHS
Poetry Contest Semifinalists Announced
Congratulations to the following students for being selected as semifinalists in the 2023 Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest through the St. Louis Poetry Center:
DECA International Competition Results
Congratulations to our DECA students for earning silver medals in their competitions, meaning they scored in the top 25%! Katie Downey and Grace Ensor competed in travel and tourism team decision making, and Ava Lamitola and Juli Fowler competed in buying and merchandising team decision making.
The Senior Scoop
- Click here for the latest Graduation updates and important dates.
- Click here for information on Senior Check-out.
- Click here for information about sending final/dual credit transcripts and AP scores
22nd Annual Jim Schoemehl Run is May 6
The 22nd Annual Jim Schoemehl Run will be held on Saturday, May 6 at Webster Groves High School. The 2023 beneficiary is Djenad Novalic and all proceeds will be donated to him, as well as his family. Participants are able to sign up, donate, and learn more about the history of the Jim Schoemehl Run at jims5k.org.
BRIDGing Our Stories
The BRIDGING Our Stories - (Building.Relationships.Inclusion.Diversity.Growth) program allows WGSD middle and high students and staff to tell their stories through art. Students and staff members can express themselves through art such as poetry, photography, music, dance, painting, etc. These creative expressions will be placed in a Community Gallery for the public to view, learn, and appreciate. In addition, the art will be used in a professional development session for staff to learn about the power of storytelling, relationship building, and building community. The grants are able to cover funding for some art supplies. Students will be asked a year later to share how being a part of the project impacted their classroom experiences. This program is grant-funded by the WGSD Foundation and Lindenwood University.
Your student can register by clicking HERE. All artwork must be submitted by May 1, 2023. For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Notre Dame, Washington University, Johns Hopkins, and Emory University are hosting an event for prospective students and their families on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 7:00pm at Washington University. Click here to register.
Scholarship Opportunities and Searches:
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.
National Scholarship Searches
College Board’s Big Future
2023-24 Transportation Application Now Available
The Webster Groves School District is currently determining transportation needs for the fee-based service for the 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 school year.
Please note the criteria needed to get free bus transportation.
Application deadline is May 15, 2023.
News from the Chelsea Center: WGHS’ In-house Experiential Learning Center
The Anytown Leadership Institute, a program of NCCJ St. Louis, is a unique 7-day residential program for high-school-aged youth. Anytown's goal is to prepare youth to be effective leaders and change agents who are dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and oppression. Youth participate in experiential learning activities and dialogue sessions designed to increase their understanding of human relations issues and of their own responsibility to create a community based on inclusion, trust, and mutual respect. The Chelsea Center can provide funding for up to 3 students selected for this program who are also willing to simultaneously enroll in a Chelsea Center course.
Looking for other experiences?
If your child is looking to explore a passion area or career, have them visit the Chelsea Center to learn more about local opportunities, ways they might earn credit for engaging in these opportunities, and potential funding available to support experiential learning in the summer as well! Students can access wgsd.givepulse.com with their school Gmail account information to explore upcoming experiences as well.
2022-23 Late-Start Days
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!
WGHS Attendance Contacts
Webster Groves High School
Location: 100 Selma Avenue, Webster Groves, MO, USA
Phone: (314) 963-6400