FREE Food Distribution Drive Thru Events

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FREE Food Distribution Drive Thru Events
  • Thursday, May 28 at 1 p.m.
    Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Thursday, June 4 at 1 p.m.
    Thursday, June 11 at 1 p.m.
    Thursday, June 18 at 1 p.m.
  • All at Gerry Hyland Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria,VA 22309

     

  • Thursday, June 25 at 1 p.m.

    The Journey Church, 6427 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150

    If you are unable to pick up food, contact Maria Franco-Nativi at
    703-704-6700 to determine if you qualify for delivery.
  • Reasonable accommodations made upon request; call 703-704-6700. 
    No eligibility required. Contact-free distribution.
    Please wear face coverings to pick up dairy, milk and produce.
  • For detail information please refer to the attached flyer:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1i82oWIujCGnskkn74X4_HCcukdyzCYtB/view?usp=sharing

 

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Locker Item Pick Up/Textbook-Library Book Drop Off - Reminder

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Wolverine Community,

Just a reminder that today and Friday we have locker item pick up and textbook/library book drop off for all 9th-11th graders from 9-2pm.

Details are below.

Take care,

West Potomac Administration

 

Student Locker Item Pick Up

When:             Wednesday May 27th or Friday May 29th      

                         9 am-2 pm

Where: 

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gzeSr0jbnLYvpLjBVSgIN8aySi7FDzcR/view?usp=sharing

 

What:              Drop off Textbooks and Library books at Door 14

                        Pick up Gunston/Quander/Gym locker belongings at Cafeteria                            Patio

                        Pick up Springbank locker belongs at Door 4A in the junior                                parking lot

How:               Curbside Drop Off / Pick Up (social distancing guidance                                      requires you stay in your car  or if you are walking stand at                                least  6 ft apart). 

If you had belongings in a Quander, Gunston or Springbank locker you were emailed directly to your fcpsschools.net accounts. If you do not get an email, we did not find anything in your locker.  If you had belongings in a gym locker you will not receive an email, you will have to come to the school to identify your belongings.

All 9-11th Graders will keep their laptops over the summer.

 

 

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News You Choose - Locker Item Pick Up/Textbook-Library Book Drop Off

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Happy Saturday West Potomac!

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday weekend.  Below is a reminder of information that was shared last week.

Student Locker Item Pick Up

When:             Wednesday May 27th or Friday May 29th      

                         9 am-2 pm

Where: 

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gzeSr0jbnLYvpLjBVSgIN8aySi7FDzcR/view?usp=sharing

 

What:              Drop off Textbooks and Library books at Door 14

                        Pick up Gunston/Quander/Gym locker belongings at Cafeteria                            Patio

                        Pick up Springbank locker belongs at Door 4A in the junior                                parking lot

How:               Curbside Drop Off / Pick Up (social distancing guidance                                      requires you stay in your car  or if you are walking stand at                                least  6 ft apart). 

If you had belongings in a Quander, Gunston or Springbank locker you were emailed directly to your fcpsschools.net accounts. If you do not get an email, we did not find anything in your locker.  If you had belongings in a gym locker you will not receive an email, you will have to come to the school to identify your belongings.

All 9-11th Graders will keep their laptops over the summer.

 

 

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News You Choose - Saturday, May 16, 2020

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Happy Saturday WPHS Families!

I hope you all are safe and enjoying this mini burst of summer weather this weekend.  I would like to update you on a few things:

  • Student Locker Item Pick Up
  • Summer Learning/Laptops
  • Virtual Principal Class Meetings
  • Quarantine can’t stop Wolverine Creativity

Student Locker Item Pick Up

We have spent this past week opening lockers, cleaning them out and organizing student belongings found in the lockers.

If you had belongings in a Quander, Gunston or Springbank locker you will be emailed directly to your fcpsschools.net accounts. If you do not get an email, we did not find anything in your locker.  If you had belongings in a gym locker you will not receive an email, you will have to come to the school on the designated pick up days (below) to identify your belongings.

There were only 176 lockers total across all locations with items in them.  The vast majority of lockers were empty. 

Curbside Drop Off / Pick Up (social distancing guidance requires you stay in your car or if you are walking stand at least 6 ft apart). 

You will be able to drop off any textbooks that you may have and pick up any of your locker items on Wednesday May 27th and Friday May 29th between the hours of 9:00am-2: 00pm. 

Please refer to the attached map for guidance for drop off and pick up.

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gzeSr0jbnLYvpLjBVSgIN8aySi7FDzcR/view?usp=sharing

All textbooks will be dropped off at Door 14, Quander and Gunston (including the gym lockers) Locker Item Pick Up will be at Door 2 (cafeteria patio) and all Springbank Locker Items will be picked up at Door 4A in the junior parking lot.

Summer Learning/Laptops

You may have read the letter sent yesterday by FCPS regarding summer learning.  West Potomac will be offering a compliment of virtual summer learning to include credit recovery for students who have failed a course, continuity of learning for identified students who have passed a course but still may need additional supports to prepare for next year, and some identified rising 9th graders who will be taking advanced courses for the first time next year.  FCPS will be offering summer learning for second language learners and some special education students.  FCPS will also offer optional materials for a self- directed summer continuity of learning that will help students practice their skills and retain knowledge for a smoother transition to next year.  As a result, all 9-11th grade students will keep their laptops for the summer.

Virtual Principal Class Meetings

I will be hosting Virtual Class Meetings through BbCU next week starting with the Class of 2020 on Tuesday at 3 pm followed by the Class of 2023 on Wednesday at 3pm, the Class of 2021 on Thursday at 3pm, and lastly the Class of 2022 on Friday at 3 pm.  Please follow this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/14dI5uHCLjsh6YCZtomIbVkhc5AI8zuVqK5lxalcUUWo/edit?usp=sharing for directions to log into the meeting.  You will also receive information from your class sponsors to submit questions to a google form.

Quarantine can’t stop Wolverine Creativity

Check out this fun replication of great works of art.  https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/features/wp-getty-challenge

Have  a great weekend, 

Ms. Millard

 

 

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Course Requests 20-21 and Student Intention Form

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Rising 9th - 12th Parent/Guardian:                                                                       

  • This is a reminder to please be sure to review your child’s 2020-21 course requests in ParentVue/StudentVue this week.  The last day to request a change to 2020-21 course requests has been extended to Tuesday, May 19.  This is also the last date that 2020-21 course requests will be viewable in ParentVue/StudentVue.  A reminder that courses in ParentVue/StudentVue are not a schedule for next year, just a list of the courses requested.  If you do not have an active ParentVue account, please contact Darlene Snyder (DMSnyder@fcps.edu).  
  • Staffing decisions for the 2020-21 school year were based on the course selections made by our students.  As a result, updates and/or changes to course requests can be done so on a limited and space available basis.  Any requests should be made to the high school alpha counselor by Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
  • Parents of 8th grade students currently enrolled in a high school course (World Language, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry) may request that the final grades for these courses be omitted from their students’ high school transcript.  You must fill out the Request to Expunge High School Credited Courses Taken in Middle School form and return it prior to the end of the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year.  Those interested in completing this form can email it to your alpha assigned high school counselor.   
  • Finally, if your child will not be returning to West Potomac for the 20-21 school year, it is important that you complete a Student Intention form which you can access at this link.  Only complete this form if your child will not attend West Potomac High School next year.  Completed forms should be returned to Leslie Dorsey (ladorsey@fcps.edu) by Friday, May 29, 2020. 
  • Again, please carefully check your student’s course request list.  If you have any questions concerning your child’s 2020-21 course selections, please contact your alpha assigned high school counselor.  Also, if you would like to keep up with the latest Student Services programs and opportunities, follow us on twitter @WPHSSS.

Thank you,

Kevin McMahon

Director of Student Services

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News You Choose - Friday, May 8, 2020

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Happy Friday West Potomac Community!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing West Potomac Moms!  We appreciate you and all that you do at home and in the community.

Thanks to all who were able to attend the parent coffees this week. It was so nice to connect with all of you and we will do more coffees before school is out to share information and answer questions. The PowerPoint presentations will be posted on the west Potomac webpage under the Distance Learning Plan button on the homepage. 

Grades will be posted and available in SIS Parent Vue by 6:00 am tomorrow.   Again, please encourage your students to take full advantage of 4th quarter learning to improve their overall final grade.  The year is not over and students have the opportunity to improve their current grade significantly. 

Wolverines CARE

Our students are caring and they use their power, knowledge and influence to solve problems toward positive change. 

Juliette Fore supporting our community during the COVID-19 crisis and many of our students supported this campaign. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-school-activities.html

Sam Watterson creating protective mask “ear saver” using his 3D Printer

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

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AP Testing Resources/Reminders

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AP Testing Reminders

As many students prepare for AP Testing at home, for those testing, its important to take time this week to ensure they are ready for this year's exams.  The 2020 AP Testing schedule begins on Monday, May 11.  Please take a moment to review the important information below shared by College Board:

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News You Choose - Friday, May 1st, 2020

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Happy Friday West Potomac!

 

Thank you all for your support and hard work this week during our first FULL week of virtual learning. Having the opportunity to virtually drop in on classes has truly been a joy. Classes were well attended and students were actively engaged. As you know, today is the last day of 3rd quarter and teachers will begin finalizing report card grades. Please refer the DLP grading information here

As we transition fully into 4th quarter, students have the opportunity to raise their overall final transcript grade by demonstrating mastery in 4th quarter learning opportunities.  So, regardless of their 3rd quarter or semester grades encourage them to KEEP WORKING -  it will pay off in the final marks in June. 

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Class of 2020 Updates

On Friday, May 1st, all FCPS seniors are invited and encouraged to share their plans for life after high school on social media.  We want to celebrate all future careers, military enlistments, gap year plans, and college acceptances. 

Please use #ourFCPS and #CelebrateYourPlan when posting to social media and tag @theWPboard and @WPHSSS on Twitter.

FCPS is narrowing down options for graduation.  Before any final decisions are made, additional community input will be gathered.  Thank you to those who provided input for WP.  The next level of input will be gathered centrally from FCPS to all seniors across the county. 

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Let’s Go West Po!!-Community Highlights

Today’s Science students are tomorrow’s leaders.  West Potomac had a strong final showing in the regional science fair.  Take a moment to read the attached press release and join me in congratulating our students and teachers.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1raall2Fi3eEeYJTL3reaR6llcDx1ot3W/view?usp=sharing

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WP teachers and students supporting their community.  Check them out!

A Teacher to Trip the Imagination

Student Voice: Hear from a West Potomac Student 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

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Virtual Principal Coffees Rescheduled!

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Good  Afternoon West Potomac Parents/Guardians--

I am able to reschedule the virtual parent coffees. Please complete Parent Coffee Invitation form to receive the link for your meeting. 

All virtual coffee meetings will take place on Wednesday, May 6 at the following times :

Class of 2023 (Freshmen)        9:00 am – 10:00 am

Class of 2022 (Sophomores)   10:30 am – 11:30 am

Class of 2021 (Juniors)             12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Class of 2020 (Seniors)             2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thank you,

Ms. Millard

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Student Services Updates/Newsletter

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  • School Counseling Resources
  • ParentVue/StudentVue and 3rd Quarter Report Card Reminders
  • Senior Updates
  • NOVA Jump Start

School Counseling Resources

  • West Potomac School Counselors are working daily to support our Wolverines during distance learning. If students or parents/guardians need any support or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor. 

ParentVue/StudentVue

  • ParentVue/StudentVue will be down for end of quarter grading beginning Friday May 1 at 4pm through Saturday May 9 at 6am. 3rd quarter grades will be accessible when it returns on May 9.  Report Cards will be mailed to any family that has not selected the paperless option in their ParentVue account.  Since mailing is being done centrally due to the school closures, it is likely 3rd report cards will not arrive until late May.  Parents/Guardians should access their ParentVue account beginning May 9 to access 3rd quarter grades.  If you do not have a ParentVue account set up or need assistance with your account contact Darlene Snyder (DMSnyder@fcps.edu)

Senior Updates:

  • A reminder that ALL seniors MUST complete a senior survey through their Naviance account. This is important for a number of reasons including its how you tell Student Services where to send your final senior transcript in June.  Seniors should have received information in via email or they can visit their Class of 2020 Google Classroom for detailed information.  Please complete your senior survey as soon as possible!!
  • Class of 2020 Virtual Senior Awards Celebration!!! We are currently developing a way to celebrate our seniors since we will not be able to gather for our annual Senior awards ceremony. PLEASE email any scholarship award(s) you will be using to attend college this fall to Mrs. Carter eecarter@fcps.edu. We will need this information in order to create an awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter eecarter@fcps.edu.  Thank you!
  • Seniors - No matter where you are in developing your plan for the Fall, visit this Class of 2020 google website - it is a great resource for solidifying your plan, documenting your plan, and celebrating your plan!

NOVA Jump Start

During a time of unusual uncertainty, Northern Virginia Community College is pleased to announce a new program to help students JumpStart their college education. This summer, NOVA will offer a selection of online, tuition-free classes to 3,500 qualified rising high school seniors and those graduating this spring. Students must meet eligibility to apply for federal financial aid, meet placement requirements and understand there may be textbook or other material fees associated with certain courses.  Since these classes are all online, students will need access to a computer and the internet.    The online courses in the new JumpStart summer program have been selected because they fulfill NOVA degree requirements and transfer well to other colleges and universities. Also, in a new collaboration with Amazon Web Services, the JumpStart offerings will include an online course in Cloud Computing, providing students with their first step onto an in-demand, high-tech career pathway. These online courses are not intended to replace any 2020-2021 classes for which your student is already registered at their high school. Instead, the program provides an accelerated, accessible opportunity to earn transferable college only credits. JumpStart courses will not transfer to the FCPS transcript. Details about the JumpStart Program including placement requirements and material fees can be found by visiting the NOVA website Here.The first step is to apply to NOVA here. Students who have applied to NOVA previously may proceed directly to the JumpStart application. Within a day or so after students complete their NOVA application, they can use their assigned student ID number, username and password to apply to the JumpStart Program. 

We hope students will take advantage of this great opportunity. If you have any questions about this new program, email JumpStart@nvcc.edu. Here are the courses available in NOVA’s new JumpStart Online Program:

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News You Choose- Friday, April 24, 2020

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Good Morning Wolverines!

Please read the attached letter containing important updates for DLP Grading.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/14cQ2EQAt9GWXhnsGwCs-jVLOeWSsZI5n/view?usp=sharing

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Class of 2020 Updates

Thank you senior families for completing the graduation survey.  Your feedback was given to the FCPS c/o 2020 graduation planning committee.  A meeting will be held today to consider your ideas and to begin finalizing the plan for graduation.  As soon as final decisions and plans are available I will share them immediately.  The vast majority of seniors across the district have expressed wanting to have some form of a live graduation.  The options for this are being explored by the committee

For now, we have purchased caps and gowns, cords, and diploma covers.  These items will be available to you regardless of the form graduation will take.  Once the final plans for graduation are complete we will know what the final costs will be for the senior class.  All unused senior dues will be reimbursed.

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Reimbursements/Refunds

Parking passes and field trip fees will be refunded.  The process will take time as all refunds will be by check.  Parking fees will be prorated and refunded by FCPS. No additional steps will need to be taken by you.

Field Trip Refund Request Process

FCPS understands this is a difficult time financially for many of our families. The Department of Financial Services has received various inquiries from schools and parents about the refund process for canceled field trips due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures.  Any field trip related reimbursements to FCPS are subject to contracts terms with travel brokers/vendors and non-refundable fees. These factors must be evaluated to determine potential balances available for refunds to students and parents. 

WPHS will settle each field trip with the travel broker/vendor to determine the amount (if any) available for field trip refunds. 

For complete details, please refer to the attached letter and form:

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/14PYd0jOXMBfx-NiJb_pz5LdEVC36qFwy/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_gXRxCGT9i14rQJszHx7g92e4J1B3tTB/view?usp=sharing

Have a great weekend and stay safe!

Ms. Millard

 

 

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3rd Quarter is Extended to May 1st !

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Good Afternoon West Potomac Community--

FCPS had extended 3rd quarter until May 1st.This is due to the missed virtual instruction days last week and this week.  Please continue to complete any 3rd quarter assignments.  If you are unclear about what you need to complete for 3rd quarter, email your teacher directly for guidance. 

Ms. Millard

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News You Choose- Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - WPHS UPDATED DLP

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Good Afternoon Wolverines!

Thank you all for actively engaging your google classrooms today.  You all have been beyond patient while all the issues with virtual learning have developed over the past week.  Today, Principals were given options to proceed with live virtual instruction; continue with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or move completely over to Google Classrooms using Google Meets. 

West Potomac has chosen to continue our instruction in Google Classroom with Google Meets.  We have made this decision based on several factors relating to the functionality/dependability as well as the ease of use for students and staff. Some teachers have already begun this afternoon with virtual sessions.

Google Classroom/Meets

  • Students will need to log in to their Google Classroom through their fcpsschools.net accounts - their participation will not be anonymous
  • Students will not have access to the Google Meets session until the teacher opens it
  • Students are NOT required to have their videos on to participate
  • Teachers will have the ability to mute and remove students from sessions
  • Teachers will record and post all sessions
  • All administrators have access to all virtual sessions and will “drop in” to class sessions

After the student logs in to google classroom, they need to open their class and the code appears in the class banner (see below).  They can click on it and they will go into the live session.  If the teacher is not there, they will not be able to access the session.

Our goal is to have virtual sessions begin as early as tomorrow for office hours but given this is yet another pivot and new platform it is possible that not all sessions will be live tomorrow.  Your teachers will communicate directly through Google Classroom to let you know if it will be a live session or if they will be available through email.  Again, office hours (schedule here) are optional for those who need additional support or to ask questions of their teachers.  Over the next few days, more and more classes will be live.

 

Reminders of Virtual Learning Environments Expectations

Parents/Guardians, we have greatly appreciated your support throughout these past weeks.  We ask that you continue to be active in engaging your child WHILE they are in the virtual environment.  Check in on them, make sure they are actively engaging their learning.  Your presence is a POWERFUL motivator to your child.

Students:

  • Follow the best practices that your teacher establishes for participating in the class
  • Participate fully and appropriately (just as you would if you were physically at school) in your virtual classes
  • The FCPS SR&R is still the governing document for your rights and your responsibility
  • If a teacher writes a referral for your behavior in the virtual environment, your AP will schedule a discipline meeting with you and your parent/guardian via Google Meets
  • If your behaviors are negatively impacting the virtual learning environment, your google account will be suspended.  Your work will be provided to your parents/guardian via email for you to complete.

We all look forward to consistent virtual learning opportunities.

 

Library Office Hours

The library staff is looking forward to supporting students and teachers as we move to distance learning. Mrs. Landon will be holding virtual office hours for students on from 10:00-11:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Mrs. Rice’s virtual office hours are from 1:00-2:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  If those times don’t work for students, please email either one of us to set up a time that works for them (jllandon@fcps.edu or wsrice@fcps.edu).  A link to the library Google Classroom has been posted in each Grade Level Classroom.

Again, thank you all for your support and please stay safe, stay healthy.

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

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News You Choose - Monday, April 20, 2020 - Principal's message - IMPORTANT!

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Good Day Wolverines!

It seems the blackboard updates were ineffective today.  Thankfully, West Potomac teachers are prepared to continue instruction/learning activities via Google Classroom as we did last week.

Tomorrow we will have students log in to their google classrooms for Silver day (1,3,5,7) classes.  Please follow virtual bell schedule found here.

This will allow teachers the opportunity to use live applications like google questions (discussion board), quizlet, flipgrid, and padlet.  These apps allow student and teachers to have live interactions. There will also be recorded videos available for some classes.  Teachers will still be available via email as well.

We have developed some optional Wellness Block (3rd pd) activities thanks to our amazing Student Services Team.  Please visit your Class of Google Classroom tomorrow for a variety of links/resources.  These will also be shared with teachers and may be available in your Advisory Google Classroom.  Videos range from self-care and tips for online learning to a college financial aid overview and college application process overview.  If your child has any questions, please encourage them to email their counselor.

I hope all continues to be well for you and your family and we will continue to move forward with learning opportunities at West Potomac.

Thank you,

Ms. Millard

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News You Choose- Thursday, April 16, 2020 - Principal's message

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Good Evening WPHS 

Thank you for logging into your google classrooms to continue with learning activities.  Tomorrow would be an office hour day.  Blackboard is still down for the maintenance/upgrades therefore, virtual office hours are not a possibility.  So, if you need help with anything you are working on, please email your teachers directly.  They will be available throughout the day to support you.  You do not need to follow the office hour schedule. 

We hope to “see” you all again on Tuesday for our Silver day classes.  I will update you about next week as that information is available. 

Take care and be safe,

Ms. Millard

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Clarification on WPHS DLP

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Good Morning Wolverines,

Just a quick clarification on my message from last evening.

Blackboard is not available today or tomorrow.

West Potomac will use google classroom.

Today, log into your Blue day (2,4,6,8) google classrooms.  Follow the DLP schedule.  Teachers will have learning activities for you to continue learning while blackboard is down.

We will update you on any changes as we receive them.

Ms Millard

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News You Choose - Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - Principal's Message

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Good Evening West Potomac Wolverines!

Yesterday, it was so wonderful to reconnect with our students.  We really miss them and look forward to getting back to virtual learning. 

While the vast majority of classes yesterday were successful, there were students and others throughout FCPS who displayed inappropriate offensive behaviors. I would like to personally apologize for the behavior that some students and teachers experienced yesterday during their class time. In order to support students learning synchronously in a safe environment, FCPS added enhanced security to our Blackboard Collaborate platform to limit participation to only the students in a given class.  Students must log in under their SIS class list name to access the session.  As a result, teachers at West Potomac attended an all staff meeting at 9:30 am to hear an overview of the enhancements and the steps needed to be completed today to prepare for tomorrow.  Our technology specialist provided several training sessions throughout the day for teachers to learn the new enhancement and to create their individual Blackboard Collaborate sessions.  Also, teachers were available via email for any office hour questions. 

I am so proud of the West Potomac faculty and staff. They worked hard all day today to hurry and get ready for our kids. We were ready for tomorrow so it is very disappointing for us not to move forward at this time. Throughout the day, teachers messaged to students that we would move forward with Blackboard, but they also messaged a contingency plan as I was concerned there may be lingering problems with blackboard.

West Potomac’s  contingency plan for tomorrow is google classroom.This will not be a virtual live learning experience, but teachers are prepared to offer learning activities via google classroom.  Students should log in to google classroom during the scheduled class time following the DLP Blue (2,4,6,8) day schedule.  Teachers will also be available to communicate via emails.

This plan is specific to West Potomac so you may not hear of this at other schools. 

I appreciate your continued patience, understanding and support.

Ms. Millard

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News You Choose- Wednesday, April 15, 2020- Principal's Message

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Good Morning West Potomac Community--

As you may have read in the letter sent last night from FCPS leadership, there were issues with security/control of the Blackboard Collaborate session links.  FCPS IT turned on a component of collaborate late yesterday evening that will add the necessary security and controls. The new process will allow teachers to build individual class sessions that must be accessed via their  FCPS blackboard log in.  Students will automatically log in to sessions that will display their names as they are found in the SIS class lists.  The links for the sessions are not shareable and will not allow access to anyone but the students in the class.

Unfortunately the lack of timeliness in opening this component in blackboard requires teachers to be trained on how to set up the new sessions today to be prepared for Thursday virtual classes.  So for today, office hours will not be live/virtual.  If students have questions for their teachers, they will need to email them directly.  Teachers will do their best to respond today given the constraints of training and setting up the new sessions. 

Teachers will communicate directly to their students once the new links are created.  Communications will be posted in google classroom and on their class blackboard sites.

Also as a result, the principal virtual coffees I planned for today will be postponed and I will communicate new dates and times soon.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Ms. Millard

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Student Services Updates

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Student Services Updates:

  • Virtual WPHS Student Services
  • DE 20-21 Course Info
  • Mental Wellness Consultations
  • College and Career Center Newsletter

Virtual West Potomac Student Services

  • We look forward to supporting all Wolverines as we transition to distance learning. Please reference this one pager that should be used to connect with school counselor office hours.  We are also encouraging students to review this brief video during their wellness period tomorrow! 

Registering for Dual Enrollment Courses for the 2020-2021 School Year

  • At this time, we are asking all students to hold on to their “intent to pursue dual enrollment” forms.  We will provide new information to students and their families once we receive updated information regarding new guidelines, timelines, in addition to methods for how to register for next year. 

Mental Wellness Consultation

  • With the governor’s order that Virginia schools remain closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, FCPS has resources available to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students.   Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school.  Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available.  To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click the following link: https://forms.gle/WKchwGnv4LkezQwG8.
  • This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health supportif there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

College and Career Center Newsletter

  • The April College and Career Center Newsletter can be found here.

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News You Choose - Friday, April 10, 2020

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Good Day West Potomac Community!

I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and healthy.  Next week we will begin the full implementation of the Distance Learning Plan.  For the most up to date information please go to our DLP page on our website.

https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning

Also, next week on Wednesday,  April 15th I will be hosting class level parent coffees. Please  join me for an opportunity to ask questions and reconnect on all things West Potomac.  The blackboard collaborate links are below. 

April 15th Parent Coffees

 9:00 am - Class of 2020 Parents

 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/fdb9316326b5413ea00034dd184efdec

 

10:00 am - Class of 2021 Parents

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/cba84f3465704ecd8f6f54182ea4f6ea

 

11:00 am - Class of 2022 Parents

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/3d00ae162e074bf083bcda4d986a6f9f

 

1:00 pm - Class of 2023 Parents

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/3ff99bb664e1449faf6b750d858f08d4

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From Ms. Knudson our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Hello West Potomac community! I hope all of you are staying healthy and well. I wanted to provide some information about vaping and drugs that is relevant to what we are experiencing right now with COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently updated their website to include information about smoking/vaping and COVID-19. The WHO states that “smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19.” The full statement can be found here.  A recent article from CNN Health detailed how vapers may be at increased risk for more serious complications due to COVID-19. It also discusses the concern that use of other drugs specifically opioids and methamphetamine may increase users risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. The full article can be found here.

Unfortunately, substance use and addiction don’t stop for a pandemic. If you need support with your child please feel free to reach out to me at eaknudson@fcps.edu. Additionally, the Community Services Board (CSB) is still providing mental health and substance abuse services. Their information can be found here. If there are any parents trying to have conversations about addiction, drugs, and alcohol while your child is a captive audience and you need material please let me know.

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Out of the Darkness Walk

The Out of the Darkness Walk that was scheduled on March 28th will now happen virtually on Saturday, April 11 at 11:30 am.  For more information please visit afsp.org/WestPotomacHS 

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Scientists Thrive at WP

We have several students place in the category awards and honorable mentions of the regional virtual science fair.  Congratulations to our winners. Check them out here:

https://www.fcps.edu/node/35728

Evelyn Mulhern, Andrei Zaitsev Owen Barr & Mike Oelschlager

Ethan Brodie, Aaron Kopp & Michael Weinraub

Reilly Clautice, Jake Cooper, Jack Taylor Sophia Cicero, Macy Lindblom & Renee Temple

Nicole Jones

Sam Bachmore, Carter Hamilton & Sam Watterson

Adam Bao, Evan Bednarek & Robert Lamb

Ethan Hanson, Chris Hewitt & Wes Hutcherson

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Creativity Thrives at WP

Artist:  Lily Jagow

 

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