WPHS News You Choose - 5/18/19

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Congratulations to all Wolverines who participated in Districts this week and wishing a great week of Regional competition next week!

  • Important Dates
  • Student Services News
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • Applerouth Free Webinars
  • College and Career Center
  • Band Update
  • Orchestra Update
  • Dance Team Info
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • May 18: Band Car Wash
  • May 21: Spring Band Concert 7:30 pm
  • May 22: PTSA Pyramid meeting on Capacity Enhancements 7:00 pm
  • May 27: Memorial Day - Student Holiday
  • May 29: Pyramid Pops Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm
  • May 30: Percussion Concert 7:30 pm
  • May 31: Jazz Band Spring Dance 8:00 pm

Student Services News

The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.

Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson

PTSA Update

West Potomac High School Pyramid Meeting to Address Ongoing Overcrowding and Security Issues at WPHS - May 22 7:00 pm, Main Auditorium.

On behalf of the West Potomac High School Design and Construction Committee, the WPHS PTSA invites the community to attend a meeting to learn about and discuss the planned solutions to the ongoing overcrowding and security issues at West Potomac High School. Our elected school board members, Karen Corbett Sanders and Tammy Derenak Kaufax, and FCPS officials will provide an update on the planned Capacity Enhancements for WPHS. 

West Potomac is currently one of the most overcrowded high schools in FCPS. WPHS has been overcrowded for more than five years and is getting worse each year, projected to be at 124% of capacity by 2021. In addition, West Potomac, unlike any other high school in Fairfax County, faces unique security challenges due to its current configuration of 3 separate buildings and 18 trailers. This means that between 600-800 students are outside during class changes and at lunches.  

The West Potomac PTSA along with the WPHS Design and Construction Committee have been advocating on behalf of the West Potomac community for solutions to these issues for the past three years. Construction is scheduled to begin on an addition to WPHS in Fiscal Year 2022 (School Year 2021-22) with a scheduled completion date of FY23 (SY 22-23), however, no plans have been shared with the WPHS community. In fact, the planned addition has already been delayed a year. Our students and teachers deserve a safe and secure school with enough classrooms, not trailers or teachers on carts, to teach our growing student population.    

Bring your questions and learn about the planned solutions to West Potomac’s security and overcrowding issues. These issues affect ALL of our students and your voice is needed to ensure that these issues are addressed and workable solutions are shared with the community.

Please encourage and invite your neighbors and friends to attend this very important meeting on May 22 at 7 pm in the West Potomac Main Auditorium. See the flyer with additional information about the meeting.

Class of 2019 Graduation Countdown!

Graduation and the Senior Party are in less than 3 weeks!

Buy an All Night Grad (ANG) party ticket now.

A HUGE celebration is planned for our 2019 Graduates.  

Seniors must pre-register so we can plan enough FUN, FOOD and PRIZES.

PRIZES? Yes!  We have thousands in prize giveaways planned!

FUN? Yes!  Six casino tables, 85 foot obstacle course, bumper cars, mechanical bull, DC DJ, a conversation pit, unlimited photo booth, games, a professional hypnotist show - plus more!

FOOD? Yes!  And beverages - from iced coffee to donuts, sandwiches to sushi - plus more food in between!

We have been working to make this event ALL NEW, all fun and all inclusive! Thank you to all who have given of their time and resources so far to make this huge event a success.  We still need volunteers and donations. See the sign ups on our website.  

Register online www.AngcWestPotomac.com  Cost $75 thru June 2.  

Financial challenge? Students should contact their counselor BEFORE June 1.

This is a fun and safe celebration planned for the WPHS Class of 2019. Buy a ticket to this 30+ year SMART tradition and encourage your child to come have fun with their friends at this special event.

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes and mocks are open for enrollment. Register here. Summer mocks and classes start July 27 and target prep for the August/September official tests. 

If your student will be entering grade 11 and has completed Algebra 2, consider getting test prep done before the 2019-20 school year gets into full swing! Spring of junior year is crazy enough. Prep and test early if you have the math needed (Algebra 2).

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

Free Applerouth Webinars

Time to Start Thinking About College Essays! 

Date: May 21, 7PM

Register: https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=344603

It's time to start thinking about college essays. Join Kim Lifton, President of Wow Writing Workshop, as she goes over the 2018-19 Common App prompts, and shares her best tips to get your child thinking about the college essay.

Five Ways to Create a College Application in Less Time (and How to Finish Over the Summer) Date: June 12, 7PM Register: https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=344605 Join Ethan Sawyer to learn all about how to create a college application in less time. He will be covering: - Four Ways to Know If Your Personal Statement Is Amazing  - Three Differences Between a Regular and an Amazing Supplemental Essay  - Five Ways to Up-Level the Activities and Awards List  - Why the Additional Info Section Could Make a Huge Difference 

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

WP Band Car Wash – this Saturday (May 18)

Come support our school’s award-winning band and get a clean car in return! 10 am to 3 pm at Nativity Lutheran Church (at the corner of Fort Hunt and Collingwood Roads).

Orchestra Update

Graduation is fast approaching!  Say "Congratulations, Grad!"  with a Wolverine Spirit blanket! See attached form to order in time for graduation!

2019-20 - West Potomac Dance Team Tryouts

The West Potomac Dance Team will be holding tryouts for thier 2019-20 Dance Team May 20, 21, and 22

Location - West Potomac Dance Studio

Time - 3:30-5:30

Who - Rising 9th-12th grade girls and boys

No dance experience necessary - We will teach you how to dance!  Wear comfortable clothing you can move in.  Bring an emergency care form.

More information - email wpdanceteam8@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

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News You Choose - Friday, May 10, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • May 11: ANGC Car Show 9:00 - 1:00
  • May 11: Prom 8:00 pm
  • May 22: PTSA Pyramid meeting on Capacity Enhancements 7:00

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

 

We have had a very smooth start to AP testing this week.  Thanks to those of you who have volunteered for proctoring and supporting our staff and students in such an important way.  You allow teachers to continue instruction in their other classes, preparing for SOLs and final grading instead of proctoring exams.  It also is a huge financial support to our school budget as I do not have to fund substitutes in order for teachers to proctor.  So again, THANK YOU!

Speaking of SOLs, they begin in full force on Monday.  As always, continue to encourage daily attendance, and positive supportive discussions with your students regarding their ability to do well.  They have worked hard all year and this is just about showing what they know. 

We had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week this week.  Thanks to all of your many expressions of appreciation throughout the week.  Thanks to our amazing PTSA who once again hosted our delicious BBQ (yummy!).  We have such outstanding educators here at West Po who go above and beyond daily for our kids and I am blessed to work alongside them.

Enjoy your weekend and take care!

 

Ms. Millard

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Student Services News

Senior Convocation

Attention SENIORS - Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5, 9:00-11:00 AM, Springbank Auditorium. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship received. PLEASE turn in copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college Fall 2019 to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center (Rm 332) by May 22nd. I must have documentation of scholarship awards in order to include in awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter. Thank you!

The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.

Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson

Vaping Education

Is that Spring I smell in the air? No, unfortunately it’s the smell of strawberry e-juice. You may have noticed that vaping and e-cigarettes have been in the news the last year due to its meteoric rise in popularity among adolescents in the United States over the last three years. Fairfax County and the WPHS community have not been immune to the vaping trend. The percent of WPHS students who reported using an e-cigarette or vaping device rose from 2.9 percent in 2016 to 13.9 percent in 2017. That is over a 350% increase! This appears to match the rise in popularity of the JUUL. According to the most recent research by Stanford Medicine, a single JUUL pod contains the equivalent nicotine of 41 cigarettes. This is significantly higher than the originally thought 20 cigarettes. The JUUL is currently banned in Europe due to its high levels of nicotine. According to Dr. Glantz of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Research Control and Education, the EU has mandated a limit of 20 mg/ml of nicotine. The JUUL contains 41.3 mg/ml of nicotine. Nicotine use by adolescents is especially concerning because their brains are still under construction and nicotine use can disrupt that development. I just want to remind parents that you and your opinion about vaping matters to your child. Don’t be afraid to talk with them about your concerns and provide education. The sooner that substance use is stopped, the better the outcome for the student. Parents and students, if you would like more information about nicotine or any other substance, please don’t hesitate to contact me at eaknudson@fcps.edu or 703.718.2749.

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School Information and News

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

 

PTSA Update

West Potomac High School Pyramid Meeting to Address Ongoing Overcrowding and Security Issues at WPHS - May 22 7:00 pm, Main Auditorium.

On behalf of the West Potomac High School Design and Construction Committee, the WPHS PTSA invites the community to attend a meeting to learn about and discuss the planned solutions to the ongoing overcrowding and security issues at West Potomac High School. Our elected school board members, Karen Corbett Sanders and Tammy Derenak Kaufax, and FCPS officials will provide an update on the planned Capacity Enhancements for WPHS. 

West Potomac is currently one of the most overcrowded high schools in FCPS. WPHS has been overcrowded for more than five years and is getting worse each year, projected to be at 124% of capacity by 2021. In addition, West Potomac, unlike any other high school in Fairfax County, faces unique security challenges due to its current configuration of 3 separate buildings and 18 trailers. This means that between 600-800 students are outside during class changes and at lunches.  

The West Potomac PTSA along with the WPHS Design and Construction Committee have been advocating on behalf of the West Potomac community for solutions to these issues for the past three years. Construction is scheduled to begin on an addition to WPHS in Fiscal Year 2022 (School Year 2021-22) with a scheduled completion date of FY23 (SY 22-23), however, no plans have been shared with the WPHS community. In fact, the planned addition has already been delayed a year. Our students and teachers deserve a safe and secure school with enough classrooms, not trailers or teachers on carts, to teach our growing student population.    

Bring your questions and learn about the planned solutions to West Potomac’s security and overcrowding issues. These issues affect ALL of our students and your voice is needed to ensure that these issues are addressed and workable solutions are shared with the community.Please encourage and invite your neighbors and friends to attend this very important meeting on May 22 at 7 pm in the West Potomac Main Auditorium.  A flyer with additional information about the meeting is attached.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EtdsPwZVbS5MzHN5Wgn1cNQFEhQvOxdz/view?usp=sharing

 

Class of 2019 Graduation Countdown!

Graduation and the Senior Party is in 26 days.

HAVE YOU...

  • Bought a celebration ticket?  The Hypnotist Show is a one-time only show - don't miss it!
  • Volunteered? We need help!  Lots of opportunities at the celebration. Signup online.

All Night Grad party tickets and volunteer sign up on our website  WWW.ANGCWESTPOTOMAC.COM

Need financial assistance? Contact your counselor for help. We want EVERY senior to attend!

This is a fun and safe celebration and send-off event planned for the WPHS Class of 2019.  

Buy a ticket to this 30+ year SMART tradition and encourage your child to come have fun.

Food, casino, challenge courses, mechanical bull, tattoos, DJ with light show, games, hypnotist show and prizes. Win a tv, laptop, portable speakers, headphones, King's Dominion tickets, gift cards, cash plus more! We have been working all year to make this event ALL NEW, all fun and all inclusive!  

CAR SHOW this SATURDAY!! Calling all cars and trucks! FREE for spectators or enter the WPHS Car Show for just $20 and show off your car, talk with enthusiasts, win door prizes or trophies for Best Engine or Diamond in the Rough. Just pull up to WPHS by 9am May 11 to register your car - Open to all - teachers, staff, students, families, neighbors, enthusiasts!  Come hungry - hamburgers, hot dogs and concessions for purchase. Collectible Tshirts for sale, music, 50/50 raffle plus more prizes***

May 8-11 - Shop for the perfect Mother's Day gift at Top It Off on Fort Hunt Rd.  Mention "ANG" and a percentage of the sale will be donated to the Class of 2019!

We live in such a great community ~ Thank you to all those who have generously supported our ANG mission. See our full list of sponsors on our website. We live in such a great community ~ Hats off to our recent ANG sponsors - Jack Taylor Toyota, Dominion Design Associates, Famous Dave's and King's Dominion. See our full list of generous sponsors on our website.   

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. Register here. The registration and schedule should be posted this week. Classes start with benchmark mock on July 27.

Last Chance to take a mock test this school year!!

ACT Mock Tests offered May 11.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June Climate Survey

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Wolverine Community,

As part of our commitment to ensuring that West Potomac is a community where all students feel welcomed, valued and respected, we have been participating in a multi-year project with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to enhance school climate, and build a tiered system of academic, behavioral and mental wellness interventions. This includes a brief survey to determine how students, teachers and administrators view our current school climate. The survey has been re-administered periodically over the last few years so we can evaluate the impact of our efforts.

The survey asks questions about student relationships with peers and adults, adult relationships with peers and students, student voice, support for diversity, look and feel of the school, emotional experiences, sense of purpose, and how the school handles problems that arise. Parents and guardians can review the survey online at:

English version: http://www.fcps.edu/climatesurvey

Spanish version: http://www.fcps.edu/climatesurveyspanish

The survey takes about 10 minutes. It will be administered on June 12 during Advisory (3rd period).  Students will complete the survey online using computers or mobile devices at school. Students will not give their names on the survey and all answers are anonymous (no one will know how your child answered the survey). Summarized results will be reported to the school principal shortly after the survey window closes. The school will not receive a copy of your son or daughter’s individual answers to the survey.

Your youth may benefit by being able to provide information to school administrators about how the climate of the school is perceived by students. Student and adult survey results can be compared to determine if there is agreement on what areas of school climate need the most improvement, and used to help improve communication and collaboration. The survey is voluntary and your youth will be asked whether he or she is willing to participate. No action will be taken against the school, you, or your youth if your child does not participate.

If you do not wish for your youth to participate, please notify the school by emailing Mr. McMahon, Director of Student Services by June 7. 

Thank you for your cooperation in this important study of school climate.

West Potomac Administration

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SOL Testing

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SOL Testing 

With SOL Testing arriving (2019 SOL Calendar), we wanted to share a few reminders: 

  • The SOL testing policy states that students cannot use unauthorized electronic devices of any kind during the testing session.  Prior to SOL testing, every student will check the box on the Electronics Policy stating they understand that cell phones are prohibited in the exam rooms. This policy also includes MP3 players, electronic translators, cameras, ebook readers, portable listening or recording devices, smart watches, handheld gaming systems, fitness trackers and any other type of electronic or communication devices. Students should consider leaving these devices at home on testing days.
  • Students caught accessing a cell phone and/or other electronic device during SOL testing (including during a bathroom break or after their test has been submitted in testing room) will have the SOL score voided.  They may receive a discipline consequence from their administrator, may be required to retake the SOL test, or may receive a zero on the SOL test. This testing irregularity may result in consequences determined above the school level.
  • The SOL schedule can be found on the West Potomac HS webpage
  • We have distributed individual test schedules via student fcpsschools.net email account and distributed paper copies during advisory today.  Our main test window is May 13 through June 5 which includes expedited retakes. It is important that your child attend school on these days and have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing.  If your child has an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, they will be moved to a makeup date within the test window.
  • The Virginia Department of Education requires high school students enrolled in an SOL course to take the EOC test if the student needs a verified credit for graduation or if the student has not yet met federal testing requirements (1 Math, Reading, and Biology SOL attempt taken during grade 9-12).  Students who have met the testing requirements for graduation and federal accountability are not allowed to test.  
  • If your student has multiple “choice” tests (SOLs that are options to meet their student selected SOL graduation requirement – only applies to some 10-12 graders), we will honor their choice but did proactively schedule all choice options. Upon passing of their first choice SOL, they do not test for any other choice SOLS. 
  • If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s school counselor.

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AP Testing Volunteers Still Needed!

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AP Testing Volunteers

While AP Testing started today, we are still in need of Parent Volunteers to support testing over the next two weeks! Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

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AP Testing/DE 19-20 Deadline

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Student Services Updates
  • AP Testing Reminders
  • Dual Enrollment Deadline Approaching

AP Testing begins Tomorrow

With AP Testing beginning tomorrow here are a few reminders for those testing:

  • All students taking AM tests should be at the testing location no later than 7:45am. Students taking PM tests should arrive to their testing location no later than 11:45am. Testing locations can be found here.
  • Please remember all rules and policies including what can and cannot be in the testing room that you reviewed in your Bulletin for AP Student and Parents.  Page 5 has a helpful list of what to bring and what NOT to bring. 
  • No electronic devices (including phones and smart watches) are allowed in the testing room (unless the test has an approved calculator).  Please remember NOT to bring devices to your AP Test. 

Dual Enrollment Forms DUE Friday MAY 10

  • Students who signed up for a Dual Enrollment class, such as English 12 DE, US History DE, and Latin 4 DE must complete all required forms and placement testing and return the forms to Student Services by this Friday May 10.
  • If you are waiting for SAT results from yesterday’s SAT test, or an SOL score from this month’s SOL testing to complete the NOVA form, you must return your NOVA form by Friday and alert your counselor for the score/test results you are waiting for.
  • For English 12 DE, US History DE, and Latin 4 DE, Northern Virginia Community College requires every student in the class to have completed NOVA DE requirements. Therefore, students who have not followed up with forms or notified their counselor of a new course option for 19-20 will be dropped from the course and placed in the on-level version of the course (English 12/US History). 
  • Contact your school counselor with any questions. Due to counselors proctoring AP Testing, it may be easiest to email questions.  You can find counselor contact information here

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News You Choose - Friday, May 3, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
  • Substance Abuse Update
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • National Honor Society Update
  • Beyond The Page Theatre Update
  • Choir Update
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • April 26 - May 4: Spring Musical ‘Cinderella’
  • May 6: May PTSA meeting 6:30 pm
  • May 8: Spring Guitar Concert 7:00 pm
  • May 11: ANGC Car Show 9:00 - 1:00
  • May 11: Prom 8:00 pm
  • May 22: PTSA Pyramid meeting on Capacity Enhancements 7:00

 

Happy Friday!

Starting Monday the 6th we will officially enter spring testing season.  AP testing begins and soon to follow will be school wide SOL testing.  Attendance during tis is time is crucial.  Also getting enough rest and eating prior to tests is extremely important.  Lastly, your support and encouragement of your student to stay focused but calm is key to helping decrease the natural stress of standardized and state testing.  Remind students that they have worked hard all year and the test is simply showing what they have learned. 

As I am sure most everyone is aware, we have limited parking at WP.  As a result, some students have begun parking in a nearby park.  I would like to caution any students who are parking there that FCPD parking enforcement may periodically patrol that area and may issue tickets for cars who are parking and not for purposes of using the park.

On a much lighter and happier note we are also in senior countdown to include prom on May 11th, SHOUT Week and GRADUATION!!!  Continue to talk with your children about being wise and staying safe as they begin celebrations.  I strongly encourage senior parents to participate in All Night Grad.  It is the safest way for students to celebrate on the night of graduation. This is my favorite time of year and it is even more special for me this year because I also have a graduating senior at home.  Parents, WE are almost there 😊.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Millard

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Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

To all our wonderful volunteers: You are invited to a delicious breakfast

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Where: Career Center

Time: 8:00am – 10:00am

Reservations: Joanna(Yanna) Copeland at: 703-718-2504 or jcopeland@fcps.edu;     

By Monday, May 6, 2019 – Please refer to the invitation/flyer below: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TAg5A40p0zdn_jQufP3YULQTGAuZZKD4/view?usp=sharing

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Substance Abuse Update

Spring break is QUICKLY approaching and can be a great time for students to recharge and refocus to finish out the school year strong. However, Spring Break is also often associated with an increase in substance use by adolescents. I just wanted to provide a little information for students and parents to discuss prior to departing for any tropical destinations. The good news is that overall underage drinking trends are down nationally. However, according to Youth Survey 2017 statistics, in our WPHS community 22.3 percent of students reported using alcohol in the last 30 days. This is higher than the Fairfax County statistic of 15.5 percent. Adolescents are also more likely to engage in binge drinking, which is consuming 4 (women) or 5 (men) drinks in a short period of time. According to the CDC, binge drinking is responsible for an estimated 4,300 deaths among youth under 21 every year.

It is very important for parents to know that there is a steep increase in the number of students using substances from 10th grade to 12th grade. For example, in 2017, 5.5 percent of WPHS Pyramid 8th graders reported using alcohol in the last 30 days compared to 20 percent of WPHS 10th graders and compared to 43.9 percent of WPHS 12th graders. Parents, please keep talking with your children because your attitude toward alcohol and substance use makes a difference. For information about the effects of alcohol use on the teenage brain and body and how to talk with adolescents about them, there are many great sources such as www.responsibility.org and www.drugabuse.gov. If you have any questions or want to refer your student to speak with me please reach out to me at eaknudson@fcps.edu or 703.718.2749. If you have an 11th or 12th grader that you would like to have more information about the dangers of binge drinking in college there are still two sessions remaining in the Lunch and Learn: The College Experience and Substance Safety Series. The remaining sessions will be April 30, 2019 and May 28, 2019 in the College and Career Center during lunch.

Elizabeth Knudson

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

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Student Services News

Senior Convocation

Attention SENIORS - Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5, 9:00-11:00 AM, Springbank Auditorium. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship received. PLEASE turn in copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college Fall 2019 to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center (Rm 332) by May 22nd. I must have documentation of scholarship awards in order to include in awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter. Thank you!

The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods. A reminder of our last Session date: Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson

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School Information and News

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

AP Pre-arranged Absence Form

AP students who wish to leave immediately after a morning AP exam, or come-in late for an afternoon AP exam, must submit an AP pre-arranged absence form to their Alpha-Administrator, no later than April 26. Pre-arranged students will be able to leave campus immediately after the exam, instead of going to the attendance office to “check-out”. Students who test in the afternoon, will be able to go directly to their test site as opposed to having to “check-in” at attendance. See your Alpha-Administrator or the West Potomac Home Page for more detail.

Forms are available in Student Services, and on the West Potomac Home Page under Announcements: AP Exam Schedule and Pre-Arranged Absence Form. Or see this flyer

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PTSA Update:

Please join us for the next PTSA Meeting on Monday, May 6 at 6:30 pm in the library. Ms. Koszelak, our school psychologist, will discuss and answer questions about student health and wellness and present the results of the Student Youth Survey.

We will also vote for the incoming 2019-2020 PTSA Board. We are still seeking nominees for the corresponding secretary position. If you enjoy staying on top of the current happenings and have an interest in serving, please contact Tanya Stamos. Duties of the corresponding secretary include: gather information for the weekly News You Choose, send out announcements, calendar events via PTBoard communication, and handle incoming and outgoing correspondence.

 

The slate is as follows:

President: Sue Capper

President Elect: Sally Murphy

Vice President: Kendra Chambers

Vice President: Kathy Penkiunas

Vice President: Julia MacDonald

Treasurer: Frida Hopper

Recording Secretary: Jen Price

Corresponding Secretary: OPEN

WP Teacher & Staff Appreciation BBQ

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and we could use your help to thank our amazing teachers and staff. PTSA is providing a catered BBQ for all staff on Friday, May 10th. Please volunteer to help with providing fruit trays or dessert, set up or clean up, help with serving lunch. Sign up here.

West Potomac High School Pyramid Meeting-May 22 7:00 pm, Main Auditorium

Our elected school board members Karen Corbett Sanders, Tammy Derenak Kaufax, and FCPS officials will provide an update on the planned Capacity Enhancements for West Potomac High School needed to address overcrowding and security concerns. Bring your questions and learn about planned solutions to West Potomac’s security and overcrowding issues.

 

Class of 2019 Graduation Countdown!

Graduation and the Senior Party is in 33 days

HAVE YOU...

  • Bought a celebration ticket?  The Hypnotist Show is a one-time only show - don't miss it!
  • Entered to reserve a seat?  Walk into graduation to premium reserved seats for your family!
  • Volunteered? We need every family to help out!  Lots of opportunities at the celebration and at our Car Show.

ANG Tickets sold during lunch on May 8, 9, 10 or NOW online.  Information, reserved seat lottery and volunteer signups are on our website  WWW.ANGCWESTPOTOMAC.COM

Need financial assistance? Contact your counselor for help. We want EVERY senior to attend!

This is a fun and safe celebration and send-off event planned for the WPHS Class of 2019.  

Buy a ticket to this 30+ year SMART tradition and encourage your child to come have fun.

Food, casino, challenge courses, mechanical bull, tattoos, DJ with light show, games, hypnotist show and prizes. Win a tv, laptop, portable speakers, headphones, King's Dominion tickets, gift cards, cash plus more! We have been working all year to make this event ALL NEW, all fun and all inclusive!  

Calling all cars and trucks! Enter the WPHS Car Show for just $20 - show off your car, talk with enthusiasts, win door prizes or trophies for Best Engine or Diamond in the Rough. Just pull up to WPHS by 9am May 11 to register your car - Open to all - teachers, staff, students, families, neighbors, enthusiasts!  

**WPHS Car Show needs your help on May 11.  Volunteer anytime between 9am-1pm.  Sign up on our website to donate or lend items, sell concessions/tshirts, register vehicles, direct traffic.  Students earn service hours.  This is a fun community event.  Free to spectators.  Come hungry - hamburgers, hot dogs and concessions for purchase.  Collectible Tshirts for sale, music, 50/50 raffle plus more prizes***

We live in such a great community ~  Hats off to our recent ANG sponsors -

Jack Taylor Toyota, Dominion Design Associates, Famous Dave's and King's Dominion.

See our full list of generous sponsors on our website.   

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. Register here. The registration and schedule should be posted this week. Classes start with benchmark mock on July 27.

Last Chance to take a mock test this school year!!

SAT Mock Test offered May 4.

ACT Mock Tests offered May 11.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

________________________________________________________________________________ College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

National Honor Society Update

If you need help with a subject, National Honor Society tutors are here to help! For more information and to sign up.  

Beyond the Page Theatre Update

THE SLIPPERS ARE BACK!

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac HS is once again opening the curtain on their annual spring musical.

Cinderella  -  April 26th and runs on select days through May 4th. Tickets are available here.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, as well as some new characters and surprising twists.

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was twice re-made, first in 1965 for Lesley Ann Warren and then again in 1997 featuring Brandy and Whitney Houston. The original Broadway production opened in 2013 and starred Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris.

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including one intermission.

Choir Update

The Choir Spring Show will be a Friday, May 10 at 7:00 pm in the Spring Bank Auditorium. The performance will include song and dance numbers. Come join us. Admission is free!!

Lacrosse Update

WOLVERINE TRASH CAN LAX TOURNEY: Sunday, May 5th 2:30-5:30 pm, WPHS Aux Turf field. Games run every 30 min. $10 fee benefits the Travis Manion Foundation & WPHS Boy’s Lacrosse Team fund - Games every 30 min. No contact rules and soft balls Boys, Girls, Adults, ALL ages. NO EXPERIENCE OR EQUIPMENT REQUIRED (loaner sticks available). Prizes!! See flyer.

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FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attendance Notification during Testing

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Suspension of Attendance Notifications for Testing Windows at Middle and High Schools

The morning attendance telephone calls, texts and e-mails for reporting student absences will not occur for middle and high schools during AP, IB and SOL testing beginning this week through Friday, June 7, 2019. Students involved in testing are often in designated testing sites within the school during the normal attendance-taking time, so morning attendance notifications will be suspended. The evening attendance notifications will remain in place.

A reminder a spring testing calendar is available on our West Potomac website.

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News You Choose - Friday, April 26, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • National Honor Society Update
  • Beyond The Page Theatre Update
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • April 11 - 26: Senior Art Show (Library)
  • April 26 - May 4: Spring Musical ‘Cinderella’
  • May 6: May PTSA meeting 6:30 pm
  • May 8: Spring Guitar Concert 7:00 pm
  • May 11: ANGC Car Show 9:00 - 1:00
  • May 11: Prom 8:00 pm

Dear West Potomac Family,

 

This has been a very difficult week as I am sure can imagine, but we have come together as a community.  I just want to take a moment to recognize and thank our staff and students.  I am so proud of the relationships that our staff has developed with our students as I saw, time and again throughout this week, students and staff taking care of one another and providing safe spaces to talk about their feelings.  We will continue to pull together and strive to be a community where everyone feels valued and we take care of one another.  Our prayers, thoughts and support continue to be with Clint, Rachel and William Robinson and their extended family.

We would like to remind you of community services that are available to you and our students.

The National Association of School Psychologists has a website with excellent resources: https://www.nasponline.org/  

Local emergency resources:

  • Dominion Hospital Emergency: 703-536-2000
  • Merrifield Center Emergency: 703-573-5679
  • Inova Emergency: 703-289-7560
  • CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077
  • CrisisText: Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Tips:

Thank you for your continuous support,

Ms. Millard

___________________________________________________________________

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As you know, the Fairfax County School Board has directed Superintendent Brabrand to incorporate necessary funding in his FY 2020 Proposed Budget for FCPSOn’s expansion to all high schools. FCPSOn is a digital transformation initiative that provides students with access to one device to use for learning.  FCPSOn was launched during the 2016-2017 school year to all schools in the Chantilly HS Pyramid, as well as five high schools that receive funds as part of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) e-Learning Backpack Grant

Our faculty has been preparing for this extraordinary opportunity that provides equitable access to technology and instructional practices that support their development of Portrait of a Graduate attributes including communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Employers will expect these skills, along with tech fluency and innovation, from tomorrow's workforce. FCPSOn helps prepare students to meet those demands.

I recognize the incredible responsibility that comes with a digital transformation and I recognize that some questions have developed as we prepare for this learning transformation. I would like to invite you to attend an FCPSOn information session on Thursday, May 9 at 6:30pm in the library.  You will have the opportunity to hear more about the initiative from members of our technology support team and learn about the logistics and support plans in place to encourage more purposeful and collaborative learning experiences in the coming school years. 

If you are unable to attend the information session, you will find information about the initiative at the FCPSOn webpage.  Information specific to the West Potomac distribution schedule will be emailed throughout the summer.  Feel free to contact me or School Based Technology Specialist Janet Babic with questions.

Sincerely,

 

Ms. Millard

Principal

West Potomac High school

 

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Student Services News

Senior Convocation

Attention SENIORS - Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5, 9:00-11:00 AM, Springbank Auditorium. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship received. PLEASE turn in copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college Fall 2019 to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center (Rm 332) by May 22nd. I must have documentation of scholarship awards in order to include in awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter. Thank you!

The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods

A reminder of our 2nd and 3rd Session dates:

Session 2: April 30—Bring your lunch and come discuss how alcohol and other chemicals impact our bodies, brains, and college success. Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.

Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson

School Information and News

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

AP Pre-arranged Absence Form

AP students who wish to leave immediately after a morning AP exam, or come-in late for an afternoon AP exam, must submit an AP pre-arranged absence form to their Alpha-Administrator, no later than April 26. Pre-arranged students will be able to leave campus immediately after the exam, instead of going to the attendance office to “check-out”. Students who test in the afternoon, will be able to go directly to their test site as opposed to having to “check-in” at attendance. See your Alpha-Administrator or the West Potomac Home Page for more detail.

Forms are available in Student Services, and on the West Potomac Home Page under Announcements: AP Exam Schedule and Pre-Arranged Absence Form. Or see this flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PTSA Update

Please join us for the next PTSA Meeting on Monday, May 6 at 6:30 pm in the library. Ms. Koszelak, our school psychologist, will discuss and answer questions about student health and wellness and present the results of the Student Youth Survey.

We will also vote for the incoming 2019-2020 PTSA Board. We are still seeking nominees for the corresponding secretary position. If you enjoy staying on top of the current happenings and have an interest in serving, please contact Tanya Stamos. Duties of the corresponding secretary include: gather information for the weekly News You Choose, send out announcements, calendar events via PTBoard communication, and handle incoming and outgoing correspondence.

The slate is as follows:

President: Sue Capper

President Elect: Sally Murphy

Vice President: Kendra Chambers

Vice President: Kathy Penkiunas

Vice President: Julia MacDonald

Treasurer: Frida Hopper

Recording Secretary: Jen Price

Corresponding Secretary: OPEN

Volunteer Opportunities

WP Teacher & Staff Appreciation BBQ

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and we could use your help to thank our amazing teachers and staff. PTSA is providing a catered BBQ for all staff on Friday, May 10th. Please volunteer to help with providing fruit trays or dessert, set up or clean up, help with serving lunch. Sign up here.

3rd Quarter Honor Roll Chips & Queso Bar

We would like to recognize all of our Honor Roll students (those who made straight A's or all A's and B's) with a Honor Roll Chips and Queso Bar on Friday, May 3, in the College and Career Center. We need volunteers to help set up and serve chips & queso to the students.

Donations of $5 gift cards to recognize students who made 2nd Quarter Honor Roll. We will Raffle off these gift cards during all lunches on Friday, May 3rd. Sign up here.

West Potomac Senior Lunch Celebration - May 2nd.

The West Potomac Class of 2019 is planning a Senior Lunch Celebration. This will take place Thursday, May 2, during lunch time. The Senior Class is asking for desserts. Drop off at main office between May 1st and 10am on May 2nd. Please attach note, attn: Senior Class Officers. Sign up here.

Junior Parent Volunteer Needed for Baccalaureate, June 2.

 

We need the parent of a current Junior student to help with organizing the Baccalaureate Ceremony, June 2. The Junior parent is mainly in charge of setting up and collecting food for the reception at 2:00, June 2. The PTSA sends out a volunteer request for reception food.

The Baccalaureate is a one-hour interdenominational service honoring the graduating Senior class. We rely on parent involvement to continue this tradition. Please reply to Julia MacDonald.  

FCPS Parents: Do You Want Healthy School Food?

Real Food for Kids unites parents and local leaders to improve school meals. We change school menus AND build a lasting commitment from administrators and elected officials to put our kids’ health first when making decisions around school food.

Now, we are launching a Parent Action Team in your community! Come learn more about Real Food for Kids and what is happening to improve food in YOUR schools.

Monday, May 13; 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Sherwood Hall Regional Library Thursday, May 30; 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Herndon Fortnightly Library

Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas about school meals. Together, we can improve the health and wellbeing of every kid today and for years to come! Questions: contact@realfoodforkids.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Class of 2019 Countdown 

Graduation is in 40 days!

HAVE YOU...

  • Bought a ticket?
  • Entered to reserve a seat?
  • Volunteered? We NEED every family to help out!

Tickets sold in school on April 30, May 1, May 8, May 9, May 10 or NOW online

ALL info, tickets, reserved seat lottery and volunteer signups are on our website  WWW.ANGCWESTPOTOMAC.COM

 

We live in such a great community!  Hats off to our recent sponsors -

Woodlawn Auto, Costco, Family Air, Famous Dave's, Cold Stone Creamery, Mamma's Kitchen.

DO YOU REALIZE.... more than 50 businesses have given to support the WPHS Class of 2019 All Night Grad event? 

 

Even if your child does not recognize the importance of this fun and safe send-off and congratulatory event, recognize it for them. Don't miss out - buy a ticket. See our full list of amazing sponsors on our website.  

 

Reminder: CAR WASH April 27 at St Luke's 8am-1pm

Volunteer on our website for fun or to earn hours - Bring your pollen covered autos to get washed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

 

Online Applerouth College Night, May 2 at 8:00 PM

Register and use event code: M343816

Get the inside scoop on admissions testing, college essays, financing college, and the admissions process from an expert in each field. Our founder Dr. Jed Applerouth, college essay expert Ethan Sawyer, Financial Planning Specialist Stuart Canzeri, and former Duke Senior Admissions Office Ginger Fay will share advice and answer your application-related questions! 

 

 

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. Register here. The registration and schedule should be posted this week. Classes start with benchmark mock on July 27.

 

Last Chance to take a mock test this school year!!

SAT Mock Test offered May 4.

ACT Mock Tests offered May 11.

 

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

 

 

 

 

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

National Honor Society Update

If you need help with a subject, National Honor Society tutors are here to help! For more information and to sign up.  

Beyond the Page Theatre Update

THE SLIPPERS ARE BACK!

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac HS is once again opening the curtain on their annual spring musical.

Cinderella  -  April 26th and runs on select days through May 4th. Tickets are available here.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, as well as some new characters and surprising twists.

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was twice re-made, first in 1965 for Lesley Ann Warren and then again in 1997 featuring Brandy and Whitney Houston. The original Broadway production opened in 2013 and starred Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris.

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including one intermission.

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share

 

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AP Testing Reminders

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With Advanced Placement Testing quickly approaching, we wanted to provide a few reminders:

  • AP Exams begin Monday May 6th.  Students should try to arrive by 7:45 AM, for morning exams, and 11:45 AM, for afternoon exams.
  • If a student has not completed their pre-registration yet, they must contact Ms. Meeks (ammeeks@fcps.edu) to schedule a time to complete it.  All students must complete their pre-registration before their exam.  Students who did not opt-out of their AP Exams are obligated to sit for their AP exams. Students who do not sit for their exam will be assessed $15.00, for each unused exam.   
  • AP Students who wish to leave immediately after an AP Exam, or come in late before an afternoon AP Exam must complete a pre-arranged absence form. Forms are available from Student Services, the Attendance Office, online on the WPHS Home Page under announcements, or by using this link. The purpose of the form is to mark the student Pre-Arranged absent in SIS, prior to the exam date, thus precluding untimely phone calls home.  Tomorrow is the last day to turn in this form to your student’s Alpha Administrator.   
  • Please contact Adriana Meeks ammeeks@fcps.edu with any AP questions or concerns.

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Community Loss

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Dear West Potomac Family and Community

I am deeply saddened to report to you the unexpected death of  Sammy Robinson, a senior at West Potomac High School.  Sammy passed away on Thursday. Sammy was an outstanding member of the West Potomac community, a passionate Wolverine wrestler, and well-liked by all who knew him.  He will be greatly missed by our school community.   

I have been in contact with the Robinson family to offer our condolences and support.  Sammy’s parents, Clint and Rachel, along with his brother, William, have allowed me to share the news of his passing with you so that you may be prepared to support your children.  We will take every step we can to be responsive to the needs of our students and their families.  Today, our counselors along with an FCPS crisis team are available to meet with any students or staff who need support in processing this news.

Understanding death, especially the death of a classmate, can be a very difficult experience.  For that reason, we hope that you will listen to your son or daughter as well as discuss with them their feelings and reactions to our loss within the West Potomac family.  Please keep us informed if there are ways we can support you.

The National Association of School Psychologists has a website with excellent resources: https://www.nasponline.org/   Below are additional local emergency resources:

  • Dominion Hospital Emergency: 703-536-2000
  • Merrifield Center Emergency: 703-573-5679
  • Inova Emergency: 703-289-7560
  • CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077
  • CrisisText: Text NEEDHELP to 85511

On behalf of all members of the school staff, our deepest condolences are with Sammy’s family and friends during this difficult time. 

Thank you for your understanding as we support the Robinson family.

Sincerely,

Ms. Millard

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News You Choose - Friday, April 12, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • National Honor Society Update
  • Beyond The Page Theatre Update
  • Choir Update
  • FCPS Cares
  • West Potomac High School Predator Yearbook Info

Important Dates:

  • April 15 - 19: Spring Break

Happy Spring Break West Potomac Families!

 

Whew!!! Are you ready for some downtime with family and friends?  I know I am 😊.  When we return from break the mad dash to the end of the year will begin.  Please encourage your students to get some rest over break in order to end the year on a strong note.  It will be extremely important that students are attending school daily during 4th quarter as we will also be entering testing season.  Enjoy your Spring Break!

Ms. Millard

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Student Services News

Senior Convocation

Attention SENIORS - Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5th 9:00-11:00AM Springbank Auditorium. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship received. PLEASE turn in copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college Fall 2019 to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center (Rm 332) by May 22nd. I must have documentation of scholarship awards in order to include in awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter. Thank you!

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The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods

Thank you to those students who participated in Session 1 this past week. A reminder of our 2nd and 3rd Session dates:

Session 2: April 30— Bring your lunch and come discuss how alcohol and other chemicals impact our bodies, brains, and college success. Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.

Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson   

Spring break is quickly approaching and can be a great time for students to recharge and refocus to finish out the school year strong. However, Spring Break is also often associated with an increase in substance use by adolescents. I just wanted to provide a little information for students and parents to discuss prior to departing for any tropical destinations. The good news is that overall underage drinking trends are down nationally. However, according to Youth Survey 2017 statistics, in our WPHS community 22.3 percent of students reported using alcohol in the last 30 days. This is higher than the Fairfax County statistic of 15.5 percent. Adolescents are also more likely to engage in binge drinking, which is consuming 4 (women) or 5 (men) drinks in a short period of time. According to the CDC, binge drinking is responsible for an estimated 4,300 deaths among youth under 21 every year.

It is very important for parents to know that there is a steep increase in the number of students using substances from 10th grade to 12th grade. For example, in 2017, 5.5 percent of WPHS Pyramid 8th graders reported using alcohol in the last 30 days compared to 20 percent of WPHS 10th graders and compared to 43.9 percent of WPHS 12th graders. Parents, please keep talking with your children because your attitude toward alcohol and substance use makes a difference. For information about the effects of alcohol use on the teenage brain and body and how to talk with adolescents about them, there are many great sources such as www.responsibility.org and www.drugabuse.gov. If you have any questions or want to refer your student to speak with me please reach out to me at eaknudson@fcps.edu or 703.718.2749. If you have an 11th or 12th grader that you would like to have more information about the dangers of binge drinking in college there are still two sessions remaining in the Lunch and Learn: The College Experience and Substance Safety Series. The remaining sessions will be April 30, 2019 and May 28, 2019 in the College and Career Center during lunch.

 

School Information and News

FCCLA Chapter Update

The West Potomac FCCLA chapter earned the silver medal at the state competition this past weekend in Virginia Beach! Winnie Mikulski, Carolena Schlater, Isabella Irwin and Henry Porter have qualified to compete in the National FCCLA competition in Anaheim in July!!

AP Pre-arranged Absence Form

AP students who wish to leave immediately after a morning AP exam, or come-in late for an afternoon AP exam, must submit an AP pre-arranged absence form to their Alpha-Administrator, no later than April 26. Pre-arranged students will be able to leave campus immediately after the exam, instead of going to the attendance office to “check-out”. Students who test in the afternoon, will be able to go directly to their test site as opposed to having to “check-in” at attendance. See your Alpha-Administrator or the West Potomac Home Page for more detail.

Forms are available in Student Services, and on the West Potomac Home Page under Announcements: AP Exam Schedule and Pre-Arranged Absence Form. 

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

 

PTSA Update

We need a Corresponding Secretary for the 2019-20 PTSA Board. The vote will take place at the May 6 meeting. Please contact Tanya Stamos. This position can be mostly done at your home or other place of convenience. Duties include:

  • Gather information for the weekly News You Choose.
  • Send out announcements, calendar events via PTBoard communication.
  • Handle incoming and outgoing correspondence and other items as delegated.
  • Provide advance notice to members of regular and special general membership meetings.
  • Notify the executive committee in advance of its meeting.

Junior Parent Volunteer Needed for Baccalaureate, June 2.

We need the parent of a current Junior student to help with organizing the Baccalaureate Ceremony, June 2. This parent will observe and learn the ropes from the current Senior-parent organizers, with the intent to lead Baccalaureate ceremony planning next year. The Junior parent is mainly in charge of setting up and collecting food for the reception at 2:00, June 2. The PTSA sends out a volunteer request for reception food.

The Baccalaureate is a one-hour interdenominational service honoring the graduating Senior class. We rely on parent involvement to continue this tradition. Please reply to Julia MacDonald.  

Princess For A Night Update

We want to thank everyone who helped support our tremendously successful 2019 Princess For a Night event. To all those who donated beautiful dresses (we collected well over 600!), business wear, shoes and accessories, the 104 girls we served truly appreciated the vast selection. To get an idea of the scale, see photos here. A special thank you to our neighborhood and business drop-off sites, which made it convenient for donors to get merchandise to us, including:

  • Top It Off fashion accessories, 7968 Fort Hunt Road
  • Just Dance studio, 1606 Belle View Blvd.
  • Planet Fitness gym, 5960 Richmond Highway

We would also like to extend our thanks for support from:

  • West Potomac High School administration
  • West Potomac High School PTSA
  • Katie Basinski, Mount Vernon High School, who supports many local PFN programs
  • Belle View Jewelers, 1604 Belle View Blvd.
  • South Valley Cleaners, 7732 Richmond Highway
  • Zips Cleaners, 6216 North Kings Highway
  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road
  • Fazackerley family for hosting a successful PTSA fundraiser event that also brought in many makeup donations that the students loved, including lots from the local Beautycounter team, as well as a large assortment of casual clothing and business wear.

We could not have offered the students such an inviting, free pop-up Prom shop without our many volunteers (you know who you are, would hate to leave anyone out!) who helped us publicize, set up, assist “shoppers,” defray expenses, and clean up afterward. In addition to serving our student population, we donated leftover items to:

  • Groveton Baptist Church, less than 2 miles from WPHS – casual clothing and jewelry for their weekly clothes closet
  • Fairfax County Police Department – business wear for its teen business clothing drive
  • WPHS’ Beyond the Page Theatre Company – some dresses for its Cinderella production
  • Heart of God International Church in Springfield – some jewelry and handbags for a similar event for high schoolers

Margaret Rizzi and Christy O’Farrell, Princess For a Night co-chairs

 

Class of 2019 Update 

All the info you need for Graduation Night is on our website. Check it out!

www.AngcWestPotomac.com

AP Review Sessions by Applerouth

AP Exams are just around the corner and our team of AP experts is here to help your students get ready for test day! To help students kick-start their study process, we’re hosting live online AP Review Sessions throughout the month of April. Register here. Cost is $125.00

Each session covers test-specific strategies that will enable students to prepare effectively and excel on test day.

 

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. Register here. The registration and schedule should be posted this week. Classes start with benchmark mock on July 27.

Last Chance to take a mock test this school year!!

SAT Mock Tests offered April 6 and May 4.

ACT Mock Tests offered April 13 and May 11.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

 

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

National Honor Society Update

If you need help with a subject, National Honor Society tutors are here to help! For more information and to sign up.  

Beyond the Page Theatre Update

THE SLIPPERS ARE BACK!

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac HS is once again opening the curtain on their annual spring musical.

Cinderella  -  April 26th and runs on select days through May 4th. Tickets are available here.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, as well as some new characters and surprising twists.

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was twice re-made, first in 1965 for Lesley Ann Warren and then again in 1997 featuring Brandy and Whitney Houston. The original Broadway production opened in 2013 and starred Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris.

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including one intermission.

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FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share

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From the West Potomac High School Predator Yearbook Staff

Dear Parents and Guardians of West Potomac Students,

These are the days your teen will want to remember forever. Help make the year unforgettable by purchasing a 2018-19 West Potomac High School Yearbook!

For only $80 your child will have a book that will be enjoyed now and forever. Our books are created by a dedicated staff of your student’s peers who work hard all year long.

You can buy your book online with credit card, debit card or PayPal at yearbookforever.com or at school with a check in at the Publications Lab (Room 418). If you are ordering online, all you have to do is go to the website yearbookforever.com, and search for West Potomac High School. Order now, so your teen won’t miss out when the yearbook is distributed in the end of May, when the price increases to $85.

As an adult, you know how important high school memories become. Don’t let your child’s memories fade; make sure they get a yearbook!

 

 

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Robo Calls -Today, Friday, April 12, 2019 & Spring Break

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  Good morning West Potomac Community--

 

Due to the high volume of e-mails, phone calls, walk ins and notes, we kindly ask to please disregard all robocalls you will be receiving today, as we won't be able to enter them all in by the time the robocalls are scheduled to go out.

We also ask to please not to call the attendance or main offices today regarding this issue.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

On another note, the main office and most offices will be closed during Spring break - April 15-19, 2019.

 

On behalf of all of us at WPHS, we would like to wish you a restful and joyful

Spring break!

 

Ms. Millard

 

 

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News You Choose - Thursday, April 4, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Attendance Reminders
  • Yearbook Message
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • National Honor Society Update
  • Beyond The Page Theatre Update
  • Choir Update
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • April 5: Student Holiday
  • April 6 - 8: Princess For A Night
  • April 9: 10th Grade College 101 Program 6:00 pm
  • April 9: Choir Fundraiser at Toppers
  • April 10: Dance/Film Festival
  • April 11: Senior Parent Meeting 6:30 and 7:30 om
  • April 15 - 19: Spring Break

Happy Thursday Wolverine Community!

A gentle reminder---No School Tomorrow and it is the end of the quarter.  Students and teachers have been working hard to close out the quarter on a strong,  positive note, so if your students wants to sleep in tomorrow they do need a break and some rest. 😊. 

April is the Month of the Military Child.  Please check out the FCPS site on resources to support our military families and students https://www.fcps.edu/registration/military-families .  We are so fortunate to have 85 families, roughly 3%  of our school as military connected youth. On today, April 4th, the School Board will recognize our military students and their families at the School Board meeting beginning at 7 pm at Luther Jackson MS.  If you are able to attend, military students and families will be recognized, and have their picture taken with Dr. Brabrand and our School Board.

Celebrate Assistant Principals Week this April 8–12! West Potomac has the hardest working, most committed APs in the district!  Please send them a note of thanks and appreciation if you have a moment next week.

Thank you to our small but mighty WP Athletics Booster and our coaches, athletes and parents for a hugely successful Mulch Sale.  Over $13,000 was raised to support our amazing athletic programs!

As always, please have a great weekend and reenergize for 4th quarter to end the school year #westpostrong!

Ms. Millard

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Attendance Reminders – please reference the Attendance “Quick Guide” on the website

https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/announcements/attendance-update

Checking in Tardy:

Please notify the attendance office if your student will be late by either calling the attendance line, sending an email or sending a note with your student.  Please include the student’s name, student ID # and reason for the tardy.  Students must check in at the Attendance Office regardless of the time they arrive at school (even if between classes).  The student’s attendance record will be updated to “excused” when they arrive at school not when the message or email is sent.  For example, if you call or email at 7am but your student does not check in until 11a.m., their attendance will not be updated until they check in at the Attendance  Office to receive their blue tardy pass.

Checking Out Early:

If your student does not check out properly per the policy and the student leaves campus, it may result in a class cut and considered a disciplinary matter. Phone calls/emails or notes after the fact to excuse the absence on an unauthorized check out will be followed up by your student’s administrator.   If the case of an emergency, the student can always come to the attendance office and we can try to contact the parent.  If a student becomes ill during the school day, they can get a pass to go to the clinic.

While we recognize it is not always possible to send a note phone call or email in advanced, last minute phone calls and emails may not get processed in a timely manner and may result in a student not being able to be contacted for the early dismissal. please help us by keeping phone calls or emails for last minute early releases to a minimum. 

Thank you,

The Attendance Office

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Yearbook Message:

West Potomac High School Parents,

The Predator Yearbook is on sale for $80 NOW. The price will go up to $85 by distribution in May so get it now.

Go to //yearbookforever.com  & search West Potomac High School to purchase! The book has been worked on over the past six months by students passionate about memorializing their high school experience.  

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Student Services News

Senior Convocation

Attention SENIORS - Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5th 9:00-11:00AM Springbank Auditorium. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship received. PLEASE turn in copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college Fall 2019 to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center (Rm 332) by May 22nd. I must have documentation of scholarship awards in order to include in awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter. Thank you!

The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods

Thank you to those students who participated in Session 1 this past week. A reminder of our 2nd and 3rd Session dates:

Session 2: April 30— Bring your lunch and come discuss how alcohol and other chemicals impact our bodies, brains, and college success. Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.

Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson

19-20 Dual Enrollment Students

Students - are you taking a Dual Enrollment class next year like English 12 DE, US VA History DE or another course?  You MUST complete all required paperwork, including applying to NOVA, by May 2. All West Potomac High School Dual Enrollment students who have not completed this process will receive a pass on 4/9 to attend an information session in the cafeteria during advisory. Questions? See your School Counselor!

10th Grade College 101 Program 

Are you beginning to think about life after high school? Does the college admissions process leave you confused or stressed? West Potomac Student Services has answers for you! Erin Slater, Director of Admissions at Randolph-Macon College, will present “College 101,” an interactive workshop that explains how to find the right college match for you or your student. All sophomore students, parents and guardians are invited to hear “College 101” at our Sophomore Parent Night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 pm in Kogelman Theatre. No RSVP is necessary. 

School Information

Senior Parent meeting April 11, 6:30 and 7:30 pm.

Senior parents please attend the Senior Parent Night on April 11. We are offering two sessions: 6:30 and 7:30 pm. The meeting will be in the library. Topics to include Graduation, SHOUT, Convocation, Baccalaureate, and All Night Grad.

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AP Pre-arranged Absence Form

AP students who wish to leave immediately after a morning AP exam, or come-in late for an afternoon AP exam, must submit an AP pre-arranged absence form to their Alpha-Administrator, no later than April 26.  Pre-arranged students will be able to leave campus immediately after the exam, instead of going to the attendance office to “check-out”.  Students who test in the afternoon, will be able to go directly to their test site as opposed to having to “check-in” at attendance. See your Alpha-Administrator or the West Potomac Home Page for more detail.

Forms are available in Student Services, and on the West Potomac Home Page under Announcements: AP Exam Schedule and Pre-Arranged Absence Form. Or see flyer below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gHIRwwWo9_prRnuiC1y4SH-XouNuCGbY/view?usp=sharing

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West Potomac Dance/Film Festival

West Potomac Academy’s 10th annual Dance/Film festival is upon us. Teachers and students will be able to attend any one of three 30-minute shows on Wednesday, April 10 in the Kogelman. Teachers, look for the Google sign up form here and in a Nice To Know as well. Only 10 classes per show can fit in the Kogelman, so sign up fast! Experience the power and awesomeness that emerges from uniting art forms of film and dance. Artistry and amazement await you. Plus, some of your colleagues dance!

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Trip to New York City to see To Kill A Mockingbird - May 4 See flyer for details.

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

PTSA Update

We need a Corresponding Secretary for the 2019-20 PTSA Board. The vote will take place at the May 6 meeting.

We need a volunteer to fill the Corresponding Secretary position for the PTSA Board next year. This position can be mostly done at your home or other place of convivence. Duties include:

  • Gather information for the weekly News You Choose.
  • Send out announcements, calendar events via PTBoard communication.
  • Handle incoming and outgoing correspondence and other items as delegated.
  • Provide advance notice to members of regular and special general membership meetings.
  • Notify the executive committee in advance of its meeting.

Junior Parent Volunteer Needed for Baccalaureate, June 2.

We need the parent of a current Junior student to help with organizing the Baccalaureate Ceremony, June 2nd. This parent will observe and learn the ropes from the current Senior-parent organizers, with the intent to lead Baccalaureate ceremony planning next year. They are mainly in charge of setting up and collecting food for the reception at 2:00, June 2.

The Baccalaureate is a one-hour interdenomination service honoring the graduating Senior class. We rely on parent involvement to continue this tradition. Please reply to Julia MacDonald if you're interested.  

Princess For a Night Boutique Opens This Saturday, April 6!

The Princess For a Night (PFN) committee urgently needs your help at our dress giveaway free “shopping” days – Saturday, April 6 and Monday, April 8. Please come see how rewarding it can be to help students find prom dresses and accessories, and outfits to prepare them for job interviews, college functions and other events. We need about six to 10 people (during each of three shifts) to make this a positive experience for the students.

Sign up here to join the fun. Please contact Christy for information about volunteer shifts and other needs.

PFN collects donated prom dresses and accessories for West Potomac and other area high school students to make Prom more affordable and also offers young women less formal dresses and outfits suitable for many other occasions. 

All students are welcome to visit the PFN Pop-up Boutique at West Potomac in the Girls Team Locker Room (Gunston building, Room 111) on our two free “shopping” dates: this Saturday, April 6, 10 am - 3 pm and Monday, April 8, 3-5 pm (late bus day). Please help us publicize the event so we get a great turnout by sharing the flyer linked below with your student(s) and other interested young women, on social media if you like. See flyer for more details.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tQwN0-AfcUWaOhE_uT3h5EMXuV-pcpoJ/view?usp=sharing

Invitation from Hayfield PTSA

Hayfield Secondary School PTSA has partnered with the local Ethiopian-Eritrean Community to host a cultural performance by Ethiopian-Eritrean High School students from our area. The event was created to provide a meaningful program that supports diversity and inclusion while sharing the mission of the PTA to support student success by engaging and empowering families and communities.

West Potomac is cordially invited to Embracing Our Culture on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 6-9 pm at Hayfield Secondary School – 7630 Telegraph Rd. Alexandria, VA 22315. The show will feature cultural dance, fashion show and mini-dramas performed by students from your school community.

For more information see the flyer, or visit, or call 571-882-8115.

Class of 2019 Update 

PLEASE HELP us raise money for this great event!  Several ways to help: 

DONATE a GIFT CARD for a Grad.  We are requesting donations of gift cards valued at $5-15.  Sign up here. 

BUY YOUR SENIOR's TICKET: There are only 61 days until All Night Grad! Don't miss out on the Class of 2019 Graduation Night celebration at West Potomac.  Hypnotist - Casino - Chris Styles DJ - plus lots more! Buy your ticket today. Price increases Apr 22. Tickets will also be sold during lunch in April/early May. Dates TBD - look for us with Prom ticket sales.  Cash and checks accepted at school sales or buy online.  

CAR WASH

APRIL 27 at St Luke's on Fort Hunt Road, 8am-1pm.  VOLUNTEERS and dirty cars needed. Teens/adults sign up here to volunteer to help or provide supplies.  Please spread the word! Sign up here.

TOP IT OFF fundraiser, 7966 Fort Hunt Rd 

MAY 8 - Perfect time for Mother's Day shopping!  Just mention WPHS ANG when you check out and we will receive a portion of the sale.  Mark your calendar and tell some friends!

Calling all cars and spectators! Join us MAY 11 at WPHS from 9am-1pm for our popular Car Show. Food, music, raffles and cool cars!  Spectators are free. Food and our newly designed Tshirt will be available for purchase. Don't miss this fun event.  Senior names can be added to our cool car t-shirt for $20 - deadline is April 12.  For more information or email ANGVolunteer here please!

The lottery to win the opportunity to buy reserved graduation seats is OPEN on our website. Tickets for graduation are not necessary. This is a fundraiser and lottery winners have the opportunity to buy premium RESERVED seating.  

WP families, PLEASE support all of our fabulous sponsors as they are supporting our entire school community!  An ENORMOUS THANK YOU to area businesses that have recently donated to help make the Class of 2019 All Night Grad a success. This week we tip our hats to: Hollin Hall Automotive, Firestone, Sugar House, Solace Day Spa, West Marine, Staples and Michael's.  We truly appreciate their willingness to support us!  A complete listing of generous 2019 ANGC sponsors can be found on our website.  If you would like to see your business listed, email us!  Your donation is 100% tax deductible and sponsors get their name or logo on our Car Show Tshirt!

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. Register here. The registration and schedule should be posted this week. Classes start with benchmark mock on July 27.

Last Chance to take a mock test this school year!!

SAT Mock Tests offered April 6 and May 4.

ACT Mock Tests offered April 13 and May 11.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

National Honor Society Update

If you need help with a subject, National Honor Society tutors are here to help! For more information and to sign up.  

Beyond the Page Theatre Update

THE SLIPPERS ARE BACK!

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac HS is once again opening the curtain on their annual spring musical.

Cinderella  -  April 26th and runs on select days through May 4th. Tickets are available here.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, as well as some new characters and surprising twists.

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was twice re-made, first in 1965 for Lesley Ann Warren and then again in 1997 featuring Brandy and Whitney Houston. The original Broadway production opened in 2013 and starred Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris.

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including one intermission.

Choir Update

Join the West Potomac Choir on April 9 at Toppers (6676 Richmond Highway) for a Dough-Nation night!! Just mention West Potomac or bring in a hard copy or E-copy of this flier anytime between 10:00 am and 12:00 am, and they will give the choir 30% of the purchase price!!!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T5j6aNIMFlhsSk1J41AyM91VyxxbAlMS/view?usp=sharing

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News You Choose - Friday, March 29, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • National Honor Society Update
  • Winterguard Update
  • FCPS Cares

 

Important Dates:

  • March 29: Winterguard Performance 8:00 pm
  • April 1: PTSA Meeting 6:30 pm
  • April 5: Student Holiday
  • April 6 - 8: Princess For A Night
  • April 9: 10th Grade College 101 Program 6:00 pm
  • April 15 - 19: Spring Break

Student Services News

Senior Convocation

Attention SENIORS - Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5th 9:00-11:00AM Springbank Auditorium. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship received. PLEASE turn in copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college Fall 2019 to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center (Rm 332) by May 22nd. I must have documentation of scholarship awards in order to include in awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter. Thank you!

The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods

Thank you to those students who participated in Session 1 this past week. A reminder of our 2nd and 3rd Session dates:

Session 2: April 30— Bring your lunch and come discuss how alcohol and other chemicals impact our bodies, brains, and college success. Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.

Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson

19-20 Dual Enrollment Students

Students - are you taking a Dual Enrollment class next year like English 12 DE, US VA History DE or another course?  You MUST complete all required paperwork, including applying to NOVA, by May 2. All West Potomac High School Dual Enrollment students who have not completed this process will receive a pass on 4/9 to attend an information session in the cafeteria during advisory. Questions? See your School Counselor!

10th Grade College 101 Program 

Are you beginning to think about life after high school? Does the college admissions process leave you confused or stressed? West Potomac Student Services has answers for you! Erin Slater, Director of Admissions at Randolph-Macon College, will present “College 101,” an interactive workshop that explains how to find the right college match for you or your student. All sophomore students, parents and guardians are invited to hear “College 101” at our Sophomore Parent Night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 pm in Kogelman Theatre. No RSVP is necessary. 

Summer Course Registration - Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance Class

For those seeking to take Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance over the summer: Registration will be open March 11-April 12 for session 1 and March 11-June 14 for session 2. You can find summer self-directed EPF registration information here.

School Information

West Potomac Dance/Film Festival

West Potomac Academy’s 10th annual Dance/Film festival is upon us. Teachers and students will be able to attend any one of three 30-minute shows on Wednesday, April 10 in the Kogelman. Teachers, look for the Google sign up form here and in a Nice To Know as well. Only 10 classes per show can fit in the Kogelman, so sign up fast! Experience the power and awesomeness that emerges from uniting art forms of film and dance. Artistry and amazement await you. Plus, some of your colleagues dance!

 

Trip to New York City to see To Kill A Mockingbird - May 4 See flyer for details.

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

PTSA Update

PTSA Meeting April 1, 6:30 in the library. Come and hear a school update from Principal Millard. The Nominating Committee will also present the slate for next year’s board.

Princess For a Night

The Princess For a Night (PFN) dress giveaway, which collects donated prom dresses and accessories for West Potomac and other area high school students, opens at WPHS in just two weeks! The free “shop” to make Prom more affordable also will offer young women less formal dresses and outfits suitable for job interviews, social gatherings, college functions and other occasions.

All students are welcome to visit the PFN Pop-up Boutique at West Potomac in the Girls Team Locker Room (Gunston building, Room 111) on our two “shopping” dates: Saturday, April 6, 10 am - 3 pm and Monday, April 8, 3 - 5 pm (late bus day). Please help us publicize the event so we get a great turnout by sharing the flyer with your student(s) and others interested, on social media if you like.

To ensure this is a successful event, we need many volunteers to help at, or contribute toward, the PFN Pop Up Boutique Friday, April 5 – Monday April 8. Sign up here to join the fun.

Please contact Christy for information about volunteer shifts and other needs.

Finally, our dress and accessory donation collection continues through Friday, March 29. If you’re cleaning out your closet, please consider giving clean, unstained formal dresses, especially for petite and full-figured students; other dresses and outfits; like-new shoes; handbags; jewelry including hair accessories; and NEW, un-used makeup. See the flyer for more details about where to drop off donations.

Invitation from Hayfield PTSA

Hayfield Secondary School PTSA has partnered with the local Ethiopian-Eritrean Community to host a cultural performance by Ethiopian-Eritrean High School students from our area. The event was created to provide a meaningful program that supports diversity and inclusion while sharing the mission of the PTA to support student success by engaging and empowering families and communities.

West Potomac is cordially invited to Embracing Our Culture on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 6-9 pm at Hayfield Secondary School – 7630 Telegraph Rd. Alexandria, VA 22315. The show will feature cultural dance, fashion show and mini-dramas performed by students from your school community.

For more information see the flyer, or visit, or call 571-882-8115.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uQnB-OS3_mr_wH9SJ8HUL--RB66MCbm2/view?usp=sharing

 

 

Class of 2019 Update 

PLEASE HELP us raise money for this great event!  Several ways to help: 

RESTAURANT NIGHT

Noodles and Co Restaurant Night is WED, APR 3 from 5-8pm. WPHS ANG will receive 25% of ticket sales if you mention us!!  Mark your calendar and eat at Noodles by Home Depot on APRIL 3.

CAR WASH

APRIL 27 at St Luke's on Fort Hunt Road, 8 am-1 pm. VOLUNTEERS and grimy cars needed. Email to help out (teens and adults). Spread the word!

TOP IT OFF fundraiser, 7966 Fort Hunt Rd 

MAY 8 - Perfect time for Mother's Day shopping! Just mention WPHS ANG when you check out and we will receive 10% of the sale. Mark your calendar and tell some friends!

LAST CALL for Senior 2019 yard signs! Orders accepted through midnight Sat, March 30 via our website  $17    

Only 68 days until All Night Grad!  Don't miss out on the Class of 2019 Graduation Night celebration at West Potomac. Hypnotist - Casino - Chris Styles DJ - plus lots more! Buy your ticket today. Price increases on April 22. Tickets will also be pre-sold in school - look for us with Prom ticket sales!  Cash and checks accepted at school sales

Calling all cars and spectators!  Join us MAY 11 at WPHS from 9am-1pm for our popular WPHS Spring Car Show. Food, music, raffles and awesome automobiles! Spectators are free. Concessions and our newly designed Tshirt will be available for purchase. Don't miss it. More info here. Senior names can be added to our t-shirt for $20 - deadline is April 9.  See website for details or email.

The lottery to win the opportunity to purchase premium graduation seats is NOW OPEN. Visit our website. Tickets for graduation are not necessary. This is a fundraiser and lottery winners have the opportunity to purchase premium reserved seating.  www.angcWestPotomac.com

An ENORMOUS THANK YOU to area businesses that have recently donated to help make the Class of 2019 All Night Grad a success.  This week we tip our hats to: Hollin Hall Automotive, Rebecca LG Bostick Architects, CrossFit Old Town, River Bend Bistro, UnWined and, Robin Arnold - McEnearney Associates. We truly appreciate their generosity!  

WP families, PLEASE support all of our fantastic sponsors, as they are committed to supporting OUR school community!   

A complete listing of generous 2019 ANGC sponsors can be found on our website. If you would like to see your business listed here and, on our website, contact us!  We need sponsors for the ANG! event and our Car Show. Email us. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and sponsors get their name or logo on our Car Show Tshirt!

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

 

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. Register here. The registration and schedule should be posted this week. Classes start with benchmark mock on July 27.

 

Last Chance to take a mock test this school year!!

SAT Mock Tests offered April 6 and May 4.

ACT Mock Tests offered April 13 and May 11.

 

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

National Honor Society Update

If you need help with a subject, National Honor Society tutors are here to help! For more information and to sign up.  

Winterguard Update

We will be having a Championship send-off community performance on March 29 at 8:00 pm in the main gym at WPHS! Admission is free! The Winterguard will be performing their steam punk inspired 2019 show. Come join us!!!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attendance Quick Guide/AP Testing Letter/AP Pre- Arranged Absences

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West Potomac High School 2018-2019

Attendance Procedures for Parents and Students

QUICK GUIDE  

  

 

Attendance Office Contact Information   

Email - WestPotomacHigh.Attendance@fcps.edu  Do not email attendance employees’ FCPS email.

Phone – 703-718-2528

Location – Room 301A, Inside Main Office                 

 

 

What is Excused?

Illness, medical appointment, religious holiday, death in the family, and suspension

 

 

ALL DAY ABSENCE - Excused

Parent/guardian must provide a written note, call, or email the attendance office within 3 days of the absence. After 3 days, Assistant Principal’s approval is required.

Include This Information:

Student Name, Student ID Number, Reason for Absence, Parent/Caller Name, Contact Number for questions

 

 

LATE CHECK IN - Excused

Same communication requirements as all day excused absence.

STUDENTS MUST CHECK IN AT THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE UPON ARRIVAL, even if they arrive between classes. If parent has provided communication to excuse the late arrival, attendance will be updated from “unverified” to “excused” in SIS when the student checks in. If a student checks in after 10:00 a.m., parent should expect to receive the morning automated attendance call/text/email.

 

 

PLANNED EARLY CHECK OUT - Excused

Same communication requirements as all day excused absence.

STUDENTS MUST GET A CHECK OUT PASS FROM THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE BEFORE LEAVING CAMPUS.  Best practice is for student to bring note to attendance office by 9:45 a.m. to receive their pass. Once student has their pass, they simply show it to the teacher at the beginning of the period in which they are leaving. If communication is received via email or phone, the student must stop by the attendance office to pick up the pass before the period in which they are leaving. If student does not check out properly, their absence will not be excused.

 

 

UNPLANNED EARLY CHECK OUT

Parent will need to come to the office to check the student out. Please allow 15 minutes for check out. Photo ID is required. Student will be called from class to meet parent in the office. Please know unplanned check outs interrupt class instruction and should be avoided if possible. In person early check out must be done before 2:30 p.m. to avoid hindering bus traffic. Students may not leave campus without checking out through the attendance office or the absence will not be excused.

 

 

SICK STUDENT EARLY CHECK OUT

STUDENTS MUST GO TO THE CLINIC TO CHECK OUT OF SCHOOL SICK.

This helps us identify outbreaks of which our community should be advised. Parent will need to come to the office with photo ID. Please allow 5 minutes for check out from the clinic.

 

 

Prearranged Absences

If a student knowingly will miss multiple days of school, a Prearranged Absence Form must be used. The form is available online (https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se289.pdf) or in the main office. The completed form is turned in to the student’s Assistant Principal for approval.

 

 

What is Unexcused?

Car trouble, power outage, traffic, parking, vacations, sibling running late, missed bus, oversleeping, child care situations and any other reason unacceptable to the Principal or her designee.

 

 

Unexcused Tardy LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL

Students arriving late without a note report to the SWEEP station closest to their class during the first 15 minutes of school. After 8:25 a.m., students report to the attendance office for an unexcused pass.

 

 

Unexcused Tardy BETWEEN CLASSES

Students arriving late to class within 15 minutes after class change report to the SWEEP station nearest their class. If arriving late from lunch, students report to the lunchroom administrator (or to the SWEEP station if late from D lunch.) After SWEEP stations close, students report to the attendance office.

 

 

SIS Parent Accounts

Parents need to have an active Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account to be able to login to FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View. Parents can track attendance in real time and email the teachers through their SIS Parent account. FCPS 24-7 Learning provides parents access to weCare@school to view and update Emergency Care information. Contact Darlene Snyder at 703-718-2591 or Dmsnyder@fcps.edu if you need to set up a SIS Parent Account.

 

 

ROBO CALLS

These automated calls/emails/texts are generated from the SIS records and sent to the contact email/phone on record.  Please check SIS Parent to see the attendance details that generated the call. Often a student is marked “unverified/absent” and later changed to “tardy” or present by the end of the class period. You will receive an additional evening call if there is still an “unverified” absence and the attendance office did not receive communication about why your child was not in school.

For questions regarding single period absences, contact the teacher directly via email.

 

 

Excessive Absences/Tardies

Absences are cumulative during a school year and intervention will be initiated at 5 absences.

Tardies are cumulative for each calendar month and consequences begin at 7 tardies.

Important: Any student absent from school for 15 consecutive days, regardless of reason, will be withdrawn from the school. Parents will then need to reenroll the student.

 

 

FCPS Attendance Regulations – https://www.fcps.edu/policies-and-regulations

The current version of Reg #2234, Student Absences and Attendance Regulations

2018-2019 Student Rights and Responsibilities Booklet, Reg #2601

 

 

 

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March 28, 2019

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 

Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered at West Potomac HS from May 6 through May 17, 2019. During that time, teachers will continue to present new material in their courses; hence administration and faculty will expect students to attend all of their classes during exam weeks. However, we recognize that students who will be taking multiple exams, or have exams scheduled on back-to-back days, may need time to prepare for, or recover from, their testing situations. During AP exam weeks, we are providing a pre-arranged absence opportunity, for those students to be dismissed for part of the day. The following exam conditions will be considered for a maximum of four, half-day, pre-arranged excused absences:

 

Please discuss with your child the times when he/she would need to be absent during the AP exam weeks, and determine if you believe a pre-arranged absence is warranted. To comply with FCPS attendance guidelines, please complete the form on the reverse side. It can also be found on the West Potomac HS homepage

 

In order to request an excused absence for the selected dates, the form must be returned to the student’s Administrator’s office no later than April 26, 2019.

 

If your child has a doctor’s appointment during exam weeks, you will need to provide a doctor’s office note to verify the absence, and have your child excused for it.  

 

This pre-arranged absence procedure will provide valuable information to teachers for planning purposes. Given the increased stress on students taking AP exams, our faculty will make a conscious effort to cut back on assigned-homework during the AP testing weeks.

 

Please keep in mind, with a pre-arranged absence, that you (parents/guardians) are responsible for your child’s activities once you dismiss him/her from school. All students with approved pre-arranged absences will be expected to leave the school grounds. In addition, please be advised that even when students are absent during exam weeks, they will remain accountable for all work assigned in other classes.

 

For student athletes: The FCPS “participation pledge” attendance policy for student athletes remains in effect during AP exam weeks. Student athletes are permitted to be absent and participate in athletics only if they submit this pre-arranged absence form by April 26, 2019. If your child has not submitted this form, or has an absence that was not pre-arranged on the form, the student will be ineligible to play on the afternoon/evening of the date of absence, unless the student has direct clearance from a physician.

 

Thank you in advance for assisting us with this process. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s Administrator: A-Chap: Ms. Jessica Statz (jnstatz@fcps.edu);  Chaq-Ham: Dr. Sylinda Banks (sgbaks@fcps.edu);  Han-Mar: Ms. Susan Britton (smbritton@fcps.edu);  Mas-Ras: Mr. Ivan Johnson (idjohnson@fcps.edu), Rat-Was: Ms. Janice Monroe (jmonroe@fcps.edu), Wat-Z: Ms. Kathy Bowdring (KBowdring@fcps.edu).

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Tanganyika H. Millard

Principal, West Potomac High School

 

 

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AP TESTING PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCE FORM

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENTS NAME_____________________________________ ID # ________________

 

Each student will be allowed to take a half-day absence for each day they are scheduled to take an AP exam.  This signed permission slip is required for each student.

 

Directions:  If you give permission for your student to come late or leave early on their testing day, please CIRCLE the test below and return the form to the correct alpha Administrator, no later than April 26th.

                               Last Name                             Administrator                        Room

A - CHAP                                Ms. Statz                                                Room 539

CHAQ – HAM                        Dr. Banks                                               Room 307

HAN – MAR                           Ms. Britton                                            Room 539

MAS – RAS                            Mr. Johnson                                          Room 307

RAT – WAS                            Ms. Monroe                                          Room 179

WAT - Z                                  Ms. Bowdring                                        Room 157

 

The WPHS 2019 AP testing schedule is as follows:

 

Test Dates

Morning Session – 8:00 AM

Afternoon Session – 12 Noon

Monday, May 6

US Government & Politics

  Environmental Science

Tuesday, May 7

Spanish Language

Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Wednesday, May 8

English Literature & Composition

European History

French Language & Culture

Thursday, May 9

Chemistry

German Language & Culture

Psychology

Friday, May 10

US History

 

Week 2

Morning Session – 8:00 AM

Afternoon Session – 12 Noon

Monday, May 13

Biology

 

Physics C: Mechanics

Tuesday, May 14

Calculus AB & BC

Human Geography

Wednesday, May 15

English Language & Composition

 

Macroeconomics

Thursday, May 16

Comparative Government & Politics

World History

Statistics

Friday, May 17

Microeconomics

Computer Science A

                                   

 

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 Student Signature                                                            Date           

 

 

 

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News You Choose - Friday, March 22, 2019

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  • Principal’s message
  • Important Dates
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • National Honor Society Update
  • Winterguard Update
  • FCPS Cares

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Spring Has Sprung!

March and spring seems to be coming in like a lion.  Spring brings great things.  I would like to shout out

Science Dept for an amazing showing at the Regional Science Fair taking a first place in Chemistry!

Visual Arts Dept for one of the largest turnouts for our Annual Pyramid Art Show!

Coaching Staff for a great start to the spring season-Go Wolverines!

We are approaching the last two weeks in third quarter.  At this point, each of your students’ classes should have at least 6-7 significant grades listed in their grade reports.  As you are following up with your students please reach out to any teachers if you have questions or concerns.  Encourage your students to use S rotation and after school for support from their teachers as we close out the quarter on April 4th. 

Please participate in the WPHS Annual Blood Drive sponsored by National Honor Society and the Student Government Association on Friday March 29th. There is a blood and plasma shortage as a result of cancelled drives during the government shut down. We are looking for donors (students, staff, and parents) and volunteers (adults) to help check in students and verify age.   The parental consent for students who are under the age of 18 can be found here. Also below please find the links to sign up for a donor slot or to volunteer for check in.  Spread the word!

Blood Donation:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44aeaf22a2f58-blood

Volunteer:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44aeaf22a2f58-sign

Ms. Millard

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Important Dates:

  • March 27: March Madness Concert 7:30 pm
  • March 28: SWAP-N-SHOP PTSA Adult Shopping Night Out “Fun-raiser”
  • March 29: Winterguard Performance 8:00 pm
  • April 1: PTSA Meeting 6:30 pm
  • April 5: Student Holiday
  • April 6 - 8: Princess For A Night
  • April 9: 10th Grade College 101 Program 6:00 pm

Student Services News

10th Grade College 101 Program 

Are you beginning to think about life after high school? Does the college admissions process leave you confused or stressed? West Potomac Student Services has answers for you! Erin Slater, Director of Admissions at Randolph-Macon College, will present “College 101,” an interactive workshop that explains how to find the right college match for you or your student. All sophomore students, parents and guardians are invited to hear “College 101” at our Sophomore Parent Night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 pm in Kogelman Theatre. No RSVP is necessary. 

Summer Course Registration - Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance Class

For those seeking to take Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance over the summer: Registration will be open March 11-April 12 for session 1 and March 11-June 14 for session 2. You can find summer self-directed EPF registration information here.

School Information

Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to the West Potomac students that earned awards at the Regional Science Fair. First place in Chemistry category to Grace Wolfenbarger, Second place in Physics & Astronomy category to Danny Jurta, Second place in Systems Software to Henry Raman, Honorable mention in Chemistry category to Janna Helvey and Gracie Schaub, and Microbiology category to Colin Dockter and Ben Prater. Organization awards in the Aerospace category to Henry Raman with an invitation to present at Robert Herndon Science Competition, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) to Henry Ramen Certificate of Merit, Society of Women Engineers to Janna Helvey and Gracie Schaub Promising Engineering award $15.00 gift card.

Trip to New York City to see To Kill A Mockingbird - May 4 See flyer for details.

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

PTSA Update

PTSA Meeting April 1, 6:30 in the library. The Nominating Committee will present the slate for next year’s board.

Take the FCPS Family Engagement Survey!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) needs to hear from every parent and guardian in the school division’s 2019 Family Engagement Survey. Check your email for a link to the survey the week of March 24.

2019 FCCPTA Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors are invited to apply for one of five $1,000 Fairfax County Council of PTA (FCCPTA) Scholarships. Application deadline is March 30. Learn more and apply here. Questions? Contact Jen Lieberman.

Princess For a Night

The Princess For a Night (PFN) dress giveaway, which collects donated prom dresses and accessories for West Potomac and other area high school students, opens at WPHS in just two weeks! The free “shop” to make Prom more affordable also will offer young women less formal dresses and outfits suitable for job interviews, social gatherings, college functions and other occasions.

All students are welcome to visit the PFN Pop-up Boutique at West Potomac in the Girls Team Locker Room (Gunston building, Room 111) on our two “shopping” dates: Saturday, April 6, 10 am - 3 pm and Monday, April 8, 3 - 5 pm (late bus day). Please help us publicize the event so we get a great turnout by sharing the flyer with your student(s) and others interested, on social media if you like.

To ensure this is a successful event, we need many volunteers to help at, or contribute toward, the PFN Pop Up Boutique Friday, April 5 – Monday April 8. Sign up here to join the fun.

Please contact Christy for information about volunteer shifts and other needs.

Finally, our dress and accessory donation collection continues through Friday, March 29. If you’re cleaning out your closet, please consider giving clean, unstained formal dresses, especially for petite and full-figured students; other dresses and outfits; like-new shoes; handbags; jewelry including hair accessories; and NEW, un-used makeup. See the flyer for more details about where to drop off donations.

Save The Date: Thursday, March 28, 7:00-10:00 pm - Spring SWAP-N-SHOP PTSA Adult Shopping Night Out “Fun-raiser”

Simply gather your unwanted “LIKE NEW” boutique style women’s items (dresses, jeans, shirts, jackets, skirts, pants, formal wear, sweaters, shoes, bags, jewelry, hats, sports gear, etc..) and donate them to this great cause! We will collect these like-new items during the month of March. At the end of the month, the PTSA will host an unbelievable SHOPPING SPREE NIGHT that will include: “Like New - Boutique Style” clothing and accessories, snacks and drinks, fabulous curated silent auction items and a LIVE local band. $20/cash at the door to swap, along with a $5 NEW (un-opened) make-up donation that will be collected for the Spring Prom PFN event. 

Drop Off: 8418 Stable Drive Alexandria, VA 22308. Drop off is from March 1- March 25 – Look for the bins marked SWAP-N-SHOP on the front porch.

Why: PTSA “FUN-RAISER” The funds raised, and items collected, through this Spring PTSA Fundraiser, will go to help the following: 

  • Educational Supplies for the Science, Arts and Engineering Departments.  
  • West Potomac’s Princess for a Night (PFN) Prom Program. See above for PFN information.

If you are interested in this event, please email amy@layngo.com. You will be added to our formal SWAP-N-SHOP EVITE that will include more details about this fun evening out on March 28. We hope to see you there!

Class of 2019 Update 

Only 75 days until All Night Grad! Don't miss out on the Class of 2019 Graduation Night celebration at West Potomac. Casino - hypnotist - plus lots more! Buy your ticket ptoday www.angcWestPotomac.com  Price increases on April 22. Buy now. Tickets will also be sold in school - look for us with Prom ticket sales! Cash and checks accepted. 

Volunteers are needed from 9th, 10th and 11th grade families for 1+ hour shifts. Senior families are needed to volunteer the night of the event. The ANG is a community congratulatory send-off event for our children, our graduates. MANY adult volunteers are needed - Please help. Lots of fun - super easy. Sign up on the ANGC website.  

Noodles and Co Restaurant Night is Wed, April 3, from 5-8pm. ANG will receive 25% of ticket sales if you mention us!!  Mark your calendar and eat at Noodles APRIL 3.

Senior yard signs are popping up all over. Orders accepted only through Mar 29 via our website.  $17. Class of 2019 magnets are $5 each. Be proud and officially show off your Senioritis. Purchase one by emailing. Magnets will also be available at school when ANG tickets are sold.  

Calling all cars and spectators! On May 11th our popular WPHS Spring Car Show returns.  Plan to join us at this fun event 9am-1pm. Food, music, raffles and awesome automobiles!  Our newly designed limited edition Tshirt will be available for purchase.  Don't miss it. More info here. Senior names can be added to our t-shirt for $20. See website for details or email.

Graduation seat lottery. The lottery to win the opportunity to purchase premium graduation seats will open on March 22. Visit our website for more info. Tickets for graduation are not necessary. This is a fundraiser and lottery winners have the opportunity to purchase premium reserved seating.  

A big THANK YOU to area businesses that have recently donated to help make the Class of 2019 All Night Grad a success. A shout out goes to:  T.J. Fannon and Sons, The West Potomac Wolverine Band community, Strategic Action Public Affairs, South Block and Dishes of India. We truly appreciate your support! WP families, please support our generous sponsors. Links to our sponsors can be found on our website. If you would like to see your business listed here and on our website, contact us! We need sponsors for the ANG! event and our Car Show. Email us. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and sponsors get their name or logo on our Car Show Tshirt!

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. The schedule is in the works, but usually starts the last week of July and meets M/W/F mornings with Sat morning mocks. When the teachers return in mid-August, everything switches to Saturday mornings only. Stay tuned!

An afternoon Spring Test Prep Class has just been added starting March 16 (benchmark mock 3/9/19) targeting prep for the June official SAT/ACT. More details and registration click here. More seats are available for the SAT mocks in April and May. Registration will remain open for those. Test Prep is now in Quander Building, Rooms 437/438/439 - Enter Door 1. 

See the attached flyers for SAT and ACT Test Prep and the Applerouth recent presentation, Everything College Admissions. Great information on both! Visit to see dates for classes and mock tests.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

National Honor Society Update

If you need help with a subject, National Honor Society tutors are here to help! For more information and to sign up.  

Winterguard Update

We will be having a Championship send-off community performance on March 29 at 8:00 pm in the main gym at WPHS! Admission is free! The Winterguard will be performing their steam punk inspired 2019 show. Come join us!!!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • March 27: March Madness Concert 7:30 pm
  • March 28: SWAP-N-SHOP PTSA Adult Shopping Night Out “Fun-raiser”
  • March 29: Winterguard Performance 8:00 pm
  • April 1: PTSA Meeting 6:30 pm
  • April 5: Student Holiday
  • April 6 - 8: Princess For A Night
  • April 9: 10th Grade College 101 Program 6:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Services News

10th Grade College 101 Program 

Are you beginning to think about life after high school? Does the college admissions process leave you confused or stressed? West Potomac Student Services has answers for you! Erin Slater, Director of Admissions at Randolph-Macon College, will present “College 101,” an interactive workshop that explains how to find the right college match for you or your student. All sophomore students, parents and guardians are invited to hear “College 101” at our Sophomore Parent Night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 pm in Kogelman Theatre. No RSVP is necessary. 

Summer Course Registration - Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance Class

For those seeking to take Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance over the summer: Registration will be open March 11-April 12 for session 1 and March 11-June 14 for session 2. You can find summer self-directed EPF registration information here.

School Information

Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to the West Potomac students that earned awards at the Regional Science Fair. First place in Chemistry category to Grace Wolfenbarger, Second place in Physics & Astronomy category to Danny Jurta, Second place in Systems Software to Henry Raman, Honorable mention in Chemistry category to Janna Helvey and Gracie Schaub, and Microbiology category to Colin Dockter and Ben Prater. Organization awards in the Aerospace category to Henry Raman with an invitation to present at Robert Herndon Science Competition, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) to Henry Ramen Certificate of Merit, Society of Women Engineers to Janna Helvey and Gracie Schaub Promising Engineering award $15.00 gift card.

Trip to New York City to see To Kill A Mockingbird - May 4 See flyer for details.

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

PTSA Update

PTSA Meeting April 1, 6:30 in the library. The Nominating Committee will present the slate for next year’s board.

Take the FCPS Family Engagement Survey!

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) needs to hear from every parent and guardian in the school division’s 2019 Family Engagement Survey. Check your email for a link to the survey the week of March 24.

2019 FCCPTA Scholarship

Graduating high school seniors are invited to apply for one of five $1,000 Fairfax County Council of PTA (FCCPTA) Scholarships. Application deadline is March 30. Learn more and apply here. Questions? Contact Jen Lieberman.

Princess For a Night

The Princess For a Night (PFN) dress giveaway, which collects donated prom dresses and accessories for West Potomac and other area high school students, opens at WPHS in just two weeks! The free “shop” to make Prom more affordable also will offer young women less formal dresses and outfits suitable for job interviews, social gatherings, college functions and other occasions.

All students are welcome to visit the PFN Pop-up Boutique at West Potomac in the Girls Team Locker Room (Gunston building, Room 111) on our two “shopping” dates: Saturday, April 6, 10 am - 3 pm and Monday, April 8, 3 - 5 pm (late bus day). Please help us publicize the event so we get a great turnout by sharing the flyer with your student(s) and others interested, on social media if you like.

To ensure this is a successful event, we need many volunteers to help at, or contribute toward, the PFN Pop Up Boutique Friday, April 5 – Monday April 8. Sign up here to join the fun.

Please contact Christy for information about volunteer shifts and other needs.

Finally, our dress and accessory donation collection continues through Friday, March 29. If you’re cleaning out your closet, please consider giving clean, unstained formal dresses, especially for petite and full-figured students; other dresses and outfits; like-new shoes; handbags; jewelry including hair accessories; and NEW, un-used makeup. See the flyer for more details about where to drop off donations.

Save The Date: Thursday, March 28, 7:00-10:00 pm - Spring SWAP-N-SHOP PTSA Adult Shopping Night Out “Fun-raiser”

Simply gather your unwanted “LIKE NEW” boutique style women’s items (dresses, jeans, shirts, jackets, skirts, pants, formal wear, sweaters, shoes, bags, jewelry, hats, sports gear, etc..) and donate them to this great cause! We will collect these like-new items during the month of March. At the end of the month, the PTSA will host an unbelievable SHOPPING SPREE NIGHT that will include: “Like New - Boutique Style” clothing and accessories, snacks and drinks, fabulous curated silent auction items and a LIVE local band. $20/cash at the door to swap, along with a $5 NEW (un-opened) make-up donation that will be collected for the Spring Prom PFN event. 

Drop Off: 8418 Stable Drive Alexandria, VA 22308. Drop off is from March 1- March 25 – Look for the bins marked SWAP-N-SHOP on the front porch.

Why: PTSA “FUN-RAISER” The funds raised, and items collected, through this Spring PTSA Fundraiser, will go to help the following: 

  • Educational Supplies for the Science, Arts and Engineering Departments.  
  • West Potomac’s Princess for a Night (PFN) Prom Program. See above for PFN information.

If you are interested in this event, please email amy@layngo.com. You will be added to our formal SWAP-N-SHOP EVITE that will include more details about this fun evening out on March 28. We hope to see you there!

Class of 2019 Update 

Only 75 days until All Night Grad! Don't miss out on the Class of 2019 Graduation Night celebration at West Potomac. Casino - hypnotist - plus lots more! Buy your ticket ptoday www.angcWestPotomac.com  Price increases on April 22. Buy now. Tickets will also be sold in school - look for us with Prom ticket sales! Cash and checks accepted. 

Volunteers are needed from 9th, 10th and 11th grade families for 1+ hour shifts. Senior families are needed to volunteer the night of the event. The ANG is a community congratulatory send-off event for our children, our graduates. MANY adult volunteers are needed - Please help. Lots of fun - super easy. Sign up on the ANGC website.  

Noodles and Co Restaurant Night is Wed, April 3, from 5-8pm. ANG will receive 25% of ticket sales if you mention us!!  Mark your calendar and eat at Noodles APRIL 3.

Senior yard signs are popping up all over. Orders accepted only through Mar 29 via our website.  $17. Class of 2019 magnets are $5 each. Be proud and officially show off your Senioritis. Purchase one by emailing. Magnets will also be available at school when ANG tickets are sold.  

Calling all cars and spectators! On May 11th our popular WPHS Spring Car Show returns.  Plan to join us at this fun event 9am-1pm. Food, music, raffles and awesome automobiles!  Our newly designed limited edition Tshirt will be available for purchase.  Don't miss it. More info here. Senior names can be added to our t-shirt for $20. See website for details or email.

Graduation seat lottery. The lottery to win the opportunity to purchase premium graduation seats will open on March 22. Visit our website for more info. Tickets for graduation are not necessary. This is a fundraiser and lottery winners have the opportunity to purchase premium reserved seating.  

A big THANK YOU to area businesses that have recently donated to help make the Class of 2019 All Night Grad a success. A shout out goes to:  T.J. Fannon and Sons, The West Potomac Wolverine Band community, Strategic Action Public Affairs, South Block and Dishes of India. We truly appreciate your support! WP families, please support our generous sponsors. Links to our sponsors can be found on our website. If you would like to see your business listed here and on our website, contact us! We need sponsors for the ANG! event and our Car Show. Email us. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and sponsors get their name or logo on our Car Show Tshirt!

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

 

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. The schedule is in the works, but usually starts the last week of July and meets M/W/F mornings with Sat morning mocks. When the teachers return in mid-August, everything switches to Saturday mornings only. Stay tuned!

An afternoon Spring Test Prep Class has just been added starting March 16 (benchmark mock 3/9/19) targeting prep for the June official SAT/ACT. More details and registration click here. More seats are available for the SAT mocks in April and May. Registration will remain open for those. Test Prep is now in Quander Building, Rooms 437/438/439 - Enter Door 1. 

See the attached flyers for SAT and ACT Test Prep and the Applerouth recent presentation, Everything College Admissions. Great information on both! Visit to see dates for classes and mock tests.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

National Honor Society Update

If you need help with a subject, National Honor Society tutors are here to help! For more information and to sign up.  

Winterguard Update

We will be having a Championship send-off community performance on March 29 at 8:00 pm in the main gym at WPHS! Admission is free! The Winterguard will be performing their steam punk inspired 2019 show. Come join us!!!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WPHS Blood Drive - 3/29

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WPHS Annual Blood Drive – 3/29

      Please participate in the WPHS Annual Blood Drive sponsored by National Honor Society and the Student Government Association on Friday March 29th. There is a blood and plasma shortage as a result of cancelled drives during the government shut down. We are looking for donors (students, staff, and parents) and volunteers (adults) to help check in students and verify age.   The parental consent for students who are under the age of 18 can be found here. Also below please find the links to sign up for a donor slot or to volunteer for check in.  Spread the word!

Blood Donation:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44aeaf22a2f58-blood

Volunteer:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d44aeaf22a2f58-sign

 

Thank you for your support!  

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College Planning Night - Tonight

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College Planning Night-TONIGHT

  • College Planning Night for Juniors and Parents-Class of 2020! Tonight, March 19, 6:30 PM in Kogelman Theater. Panel of college admissions representatives will present information on the college admissions process, Common Application/Coalition Application, SAT/ACT tests, community college options and financial aid/scholarships. Plan to attend to learn more about the college admissions process! Bring your questions to ask the admissions professionals! (Spanish version will be presented in Springbank Room 507 6:30PM) See flyer for more details.
  • Noche de Planificación Universitaria para Jóvenes y Padres- Clase de 2020!  (La versión en español se presentará en la sala de Springbank Salón 507  a las 6:30 pm ) Sera el 19 de Marzo a las 6:30 pm en el teatro Kogelman. El Panel de representantes de admisión a la universidad presentará información sobre el proceso de admisión a la universidad, la Solicitud común / Solicitud de coalición, las pruebas SAT / ACT, las opciones de universidad comunitaria y la ayuda financiera / becas. ¡Planea asistir para aprender más sobre el proceso de admisión a la universidad! Traiga sus preguntas para que sean absueltas por los profesionales de admisiones!

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End of Day Fire Alarm

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Wolverine Community,

Shortly before dismissal today a special needs student pulled the fire alarm. Per protocol for when the fire alarm goes off, the entire school building was evacuated. Being so close to dismissal once the building was cleared, students were able to return to gather their things and board the buses. Buses were slightly delayed leaving the building. All students and faculty are safe and we thank our students for following directions during this event.


Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

WPHS Administration

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