WPHS News You Choose - 2/17/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information

Important Dates

  • February 16-23: Orchestra Booster Pie Fundraiser – Kiwi Pies
  • February 17: Mock SAT and Mock ACT
  • February 19: School Holiday – President’s Day
  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night, 4:00-8:00 pm, Richmond Highway (see flyer for code)
  • February 22: Orchestra Booster Restaurant Night Fundraiser – Five Guys (Quander Road & Hybla Valley Locations), 4:00-8:00 pm
  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration (volunteers and donations needed – see below)
  • February 28: West Potomac Academy Open House, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • March 12: PTSA Meeting, WPHS Library 6:00-8:00 pm

Principal’s Message

Happy Friday Wolverines,

Just a few reminders/updates for the week.  We all need to keep the importance of attendance in mind each day.  Along with report cards, we produced attendance report cards that we sent out this past Monday.  Below are attendance reminders:

In addition, I was able to attend a few classes this week.  I am proud of all the engaging instruction I am seeing at West Potomac.  Ms. Pendleton had a highly engaged group of students in her Human Anatomy class:

Lastly, in the next couple weeks we will be analyzing our halls and procedures, more closely.  Please help us remind students that they should be in class and on time, each period.  I hope you all have a wonderful, long weekend celebrating President’s Day on Monday.

Jessica Statz, Principal

SCHOOL NEWS

West Potomac Academy Open House

You’re Invited to West Potomac Academy’s Open House on Wednesday, February 28th from 6-8 PM. West Potomac Academy is a Governor’s Health and Medical Sciences Academy and offers outstanding opportunities and classes with career interests in health and medical sciences, communications and arts, social services, and industrial trades. These are advanced career elective choices that incorporate the latest industry technology and instructional techniques. Come tour our classrooms, meet our teachers and support staff, hear from current students, and learn about our specialized classes and programs!

Academic Advising and Course Selection 2024-2025

  • Course Selection in StudentVue is now live with directions posted on our website. Students are encouraged to login and select their preferred  classes before their one on one meeting with their school counselor.
  • School counselor meetings are ocurring on the following dates:
    • Rising 11th graders – February 12-23 – through PE 10
    • Rising 10th graders – Feb 20 – March 1 – through PE 9
  • A reminder Parents can view courses selected in the ParentVue account.

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

NOVA Virtual Information Session:

Northern Virginia Community College will host its virtual information session in Spanish on Tuesday, 2/20 at 7:00 p.m.  The session is designed to highlight the numerous opportunities, services & resources available to help get students connected to the NOVA community.  See the flyer to register & receive Zoom link.

Northern Virginia Regional College Fair (HS)

The Office of Admissions at George Mason University invites students & families to the 37th annual Northern Virginia Regional College Fair (NVRCF).  You will have the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from more than 200 colleges and universities. 

Northern Virginia Regional College Fair  

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 

EagleBank Arena, George Mason University –Fairfax Campus 

Families are encouraged to pre-register. For more information ND LINKS regarding this college fair please see flyer below

PTSA NEWS

PTSA MEMBERSHIP – JOIN TODAY!

  • The PTSA is an integral part of West Potomac including parents, educators and students. The PTSA helps support our academic enrichment programs and is an important way to be an active member of the Wolverine community. It is not too late to join! Go to: Givebacks (memberhub.com) and select the membership that best suits you. Working together, we can help our school community feel supported and appreciated. 

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

Register now for spring classes and mocks!

CLASSES OFFERED:

SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). FCPS Laptops required for classes and mocks.

ACT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.

Mock SAT and ACT available 2/17 before the start of our spring classes.

MOCK TESTS OFFERED: NOW is the time to determine test preference! Take a mock of each test to find your strength before registering for a class. SAT (digital) and ACT mock test schedule HERE  Mock SAT and ACT available 2/17 before the start of our spring classes.

Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application.

Read this recent news about Darthmouth’s reasons for reinstating the SAT/ACT score submission requirement - ABC News Dartmouth

Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here.

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS

WPHS Orchestra

Restaurant Night at Five Guys on Thursday, 22 February, 4-8 pm. Support the orchestra program by grabbing a burger, dog, milkshake, or other freshly made entree at the Quander Road (6210 Quander Road) or Hybla Valley (7622 Richmond Highway) location.

WPHS Orchestra

Celebrate the upcoming Pi Day with a pie! Choose from a variety of sweet and savory pies between now and Friday, 23 March, with a delivery date of Tuesday, March 12. To order or for additional information, contact WPHS Orchestra Director at [email protected]

 

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

February 21: Next Wednesday Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night

February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration

(There’s still a need for volunteers and donations for our 100 day Countdown Celebration happening next Thursday, the 22nd. Please click on the link below to help us fill in the blanks.)

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. Rain date is June 6th. 

SIGN-UP GENIUS FOR REMAINING UPCOMING SENIOR ‘24 EVENTS

We’d love any and all help we can get to support our seniors, and if you can’t physically be present, there is also a link to donate funds.  Thank you in advance and looking forward to a great last few months together! This link will be periodically updated as needs arise. Please sign up to support these special moments for our seniors:

 

Class of 2024 Yard Signs are sold out, but more are on the way! Preorder yours at this link for delivery in a couple of weeks. 

 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

 westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2024 SENIOR SPONSORS 

Activities:

Feb 16th 7:30 – 9:30: Cosmic bowling at Ft. Myer.  $7/ game that includes shoe rental ! Sign up by emailing Ms Simpson at [email protected]  or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

Contact:

Senior Sponsors; Ms. Simpson at  [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

CLASS OF 2025

  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr

This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join.

SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory!

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WPHS News You Choose - 2/10/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information

Important Dates

  • February 10: “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • February 15: Deadline for Senior Dues (must be paid to attend prom and graduation)
  • February 13: PTSA Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm, WPHS Library - Guest Speaker, Nora Covert, West Potomac Academy Counselor
  • February 16: All A’s and A/B Honor Roll Second Quarter Student Celebration (Chips and Queso Bar)
  • February 17: Mock SAT and Mock ACT
  • February 19: School Holiday – President’s Day
  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night, 4:00 - 8:00 pm, Richmond Highway
  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration
  • February 28: West Potomac Academy Open House

Principals Message

Dear Wolverine Community,

This has been a busy but great week in the Wolverine Community.  The play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” was very powerful.  The students, cast and crew, did a fabulous job.  The play is still running through today, February 10.  We have had some great activities honoring Black History Month and those activities will continue through the month.  One highlight, Mr. Cooper, one of our amazing educators has an extensive exhibit set up in the building honoring Black History Month.

I have been able to attend two partial days at Region Wrestling and multiple senior nights for different sports teams. I am so proud of our student athletes with all their hard work and dedication.

A few reminders:

  • I have been communicating through messages and in announcements about no longer allowing students to have 3rd party delivery companies delivering food on campus. We will now begin to confiscate the food and throw it away.  It is a safety issue as we have students propping doors open to let the delivery folks walk right into our building.  If a parent/guardian would like to bring a lunch, (example, their student forgot at home), the parent/guardian should come to Door 1 and go through the main office. 
  • The PTSA is an integral part of West Potomac including parents, educators and students. The PTSA helps support our academic enrichment programs and is an important way to be an active member of the Wolverine community. It is not too late to join! Go to: Givebacks (memberhub.com) and select the membership that best suits you. Working together, we can help our school community feel supported and appreciated. 
  • Parents and Guardians, please make sure students are coming to school each day!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Jessica Statz, Principal

Please help your students remember to come to school CHARGED to learn!

  • Students are expected to come to school with a charged Chromebook every day.  At the beginning of the year, all students were issued one Chromebook and one charger.  If your student has lost their charger, a replacement one can be purchased for $23 on My School Bucks.  Your student can stop by the technology office with questions or concerns.  
  • Please encourage your student to charge their Chromebook at home rather than bringing the charger to school.  All of the chargers look the same and are not able to be traced back to a specific student.  A charged Chromebook will last more than 12 hours, so please encourage your student to charge their Chromebook at home before coming to school.

SCHOOL NEWS

A & A/B Honor Roll Celebration

Help us celebrate the hard work of our All A’s And A/B Honor Roll 2nd Quarter students! We will be serving up a Chips and Queso Bar from Moe’s (a student favorite) on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 during all four lunches. We need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up. No experience is necessary, and it is a great way to meet other parents and West Po students!
West Potomac High School PTSA: WPHS Quarter2 All As & A/B Student Celebration (signupgenius.com)

Library

The library has transitioned to an electronic lunch pass. During advisory this week students went over the new pass system. We have also been piloting the new system with students during all lunches this week. Starting Monday, February 12th, students planning to visit the library during lunch must fill out the Google form.  A new form will be posted to the Library Schoology page every Monday. Students can sign up for a pass daily or fill the form out Monday morning for the entire week. Should your student have questions, please send them to the library and we can direct them to the form.

Beyond the Page Theatre Company presents: 

"Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" 

About the Play:

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School is thrilled to present “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon. The story follows Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old mathematical genius with an extraordinary perspective on life. When he discovers that the neighbor's dog has been murdered, Christopher embarks on a journey to solve the mystery, discovering family secrets along the way. This captivating production promises an evening filled with mystery, emotion, and self-discovery. Expect to be immersed through mesmerizing projections, dynamic lighting, and evocative soundscapes.

Location:

Kogelman Theater

West Potomac High School

6500 Quander Road

Alexandria, VA 22307

Dates/Times:

February 10th @ 1 pm and 7 pm

Ticket Information:

  • $10 for students
  • $15 for adults

Secure your ticket at: www.westpotomactheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the Box Office before each show. 

Disclaimer:

This play contains strong language and explores adult situations.

Academic Advising and Course Selection 24-25

  • Please visit our West Potomac Academic Advising website for a variety of resources and information.
  • Did you miss Curriculum Night? Presentations are now posted on the advising website. 
  • Course Selection in StudentVue is now live with directions posted on our website. Students are encouraged to login and select their preferred
  • classes before their one on one meeting with their school counselor.  School counselor meetings will occur on the following dates:
    • Rising 11th graders – February 12-23 – through PE 10
    • Rising 10th graders – Feb 20 – March 1 – through PE 9
  • A reminder Parents can view courses selected in the ParentVue account.

PTSA NEWS

  • February 13: PTSA Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 PM, WPHS Library.  Did you know our WP was one of 6 FCPS High Schools with an Academy?   Your PTSA is excited to host Guest Speaker, Nora Covert, from the West Potomac Academy Counselor to help us all learn more about the different academy classes at WP and at other FCPS locations. Academy Class electives include Music and Computer Technology, Global STEM Challenges Program, Health and Medical Sciences , Television Production and more….  Mark your Calendars! See you there!

PTSA MEMBERSHIP – JOIN TODAY!

  • The PTSA is an integral part of West Potomac including parents, educators and students. The PTSA helps support our academic enrichment programs and is an important way to be an active member of the Wolverine community. It is not too late to join! Go to: Givebacks (memberhub.com) and select the membership that best suits you. Working together, we can help our school community feel supported and appreciated. 

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

L&L: How to Find Scholarships:

Students can bring their lunch to the College & Career Center to learn tips and resources for finding scholarships.  The lunch & learn workshops will be held on Monday, 2/12 & Tuesday, 2/27 during every lunch period.  Students in all grades are welcome to attend.  Registration is not required.

NOVA Virtual Information Session:

Northern Virginia Community College will host its virtual information session in Spanish on Tuesday, 2/20 at 7:00 p.m.  The session is designed to highlight the numerous opportunities, services & resources available to help get students connected to the NOVA community.  See the flyer to register & receive Zoom link. 

February is Skilled Trades Month in the CCC:

Skilled trades are in high demand.  Students who are interested in learning about the skilled trades can attend one of the upcoming sessions highlighting electricians, HVAC technicians, plumbing , and carpentry.  Seniors and juniors must register in Naviance under College Visits or see Mrs. Young in the College & Career Center to register.

Career Expo Quickly Approaching!

In February, school divisions across the region are teaming up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This FREE in-person Career Expo event will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 1-4 p.m., in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center.   Students should register today on the Instruction 2 Industry Events Page

Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Series

Looking for a job or volunteer opportunity? All students are invited to attend the 2024 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Series and Career Building Workshops sponsored by Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity with FCPS kicking off Saturday, March 2nd from 11am to 1pm at Chantilly High School and on Saturday, March 9th at West Springfield High School from 11am to 1pm. At each fair, students will have the opportunity to engage with employers offering part-time, full-time, seasonal, and volunteer positions. During the fairs, students will also be able to attend career-building workshops like Resume Building and Interviewing 101. Most positions at the fair are geared toward students age 16+, but some opportunities for younger students may be available with parental consent. Registration is free here and at the fairs. For more information, or to register, please visit the Teen Job Fair webpage.

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

February 21Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night

February 22: Class of 2024 

100 Day Celebration (Parents please be on the lookout for our sign-up genius on our FB page & on Insta to see the various ways you can help!)

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 6 (tentatively): Class of 2024 Senior Bash

SIGN-UP GENIUS FOR REMAINING UPCOMING SENIOR ‘24 EVENTS

We’d love any and all help we can get to support our seniors, and if you can’t physically be present, there is also a link to donate funds.  Thank you in advance and looking forward to a great last few months together! This link will be periodically updated as needs arise. Please sign up to support these special moments for our seniors: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class#/

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2024 SENIOR SPONSORS

Cap and Gown Orders:

We are still missing a lot of cap and gown orders!! If you haven’t submitted your height and weight yet to Ms. Simpson , please do it ASAP so that they can be ordered in time !! Please email Ms. Simpson at [email protected]   your child’s name, height and weight.

Senior Dues:

 

Activities:

Feb 16th 7:30 – 9:30: Cosmic bowling at Ft. Myer.  $7/ game that includes shoe rental ! Sign up by emailing Ms Simpson at [email protected]  or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

Contact:

Senior Sponsors; Ms. Simpson at  [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

CLASS OF 2025

  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr

This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join

SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory!

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
Attendance | Web | Twitter

National School Counseling Week

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National School Counselor Week

This week (February 5-9, 2024) is National School Counseling Week! National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  School counselors are engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; work in partnership with families as they encounter challenges of raising children in today’s world; focus on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, career, and social/emotional development; and work with teachers and other educators to provide an education system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

The West Potomac School Counseling Team is made up of 11 school counselors, 1 On-Time Graduation Counselor, and our College and Career Center Specialists. 

Parents, students, WPHS Community – if you want to send your school counselor a quick note of appreciation, you can fill out this google form

 

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West Potomac HS Athletic Newsletter

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THE WOLVERINE WEEKLY ATHLETIC NEWSLETTER

2/5/2024

Please use the following link to access the most recent West Potomac Athletic Newsletter.

https://sites.google.com/view/athletics-update/home

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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WPHS - News You Choose 2/2/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information

Important Dates

  • February 2: “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” 7:00 pm
  • February 3: “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • February 7: PTSA Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • February 7: Band Noodles & Company Restaurant Night, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
  • February 8: Crew Honeygrow Restaurant Day, 10:30 am -10:00 pm
  • February 8 & 9: “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” 7:00 pm
  • February 10: “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • February 15: Deadline for Senior Dues (must be paid to attend prom and graduation)
  • February 13: PTSA Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm, WPHS Library - Guest Speaker, Nora Covert, West Potomac Academy Counselor
  • February 17: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • February 19: School Holiday – President’s Day
  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night
  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration
  • February 28: West Potomac Academy Open House

SCHOOL NEWS

Beyond the Page Theatre Company presents: 

"Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" 

About the Play:

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School is thrilled to present “Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon. The story follows Christopher Boone, a fifteen-year-old mathematical genius with an extraordinary perspective on life. When he discovers that the neighbor's dog has been murdered, Christopher embarks on a journey to solve the mystery, discovering family secrets along the way. This captivating production promises an evening filled with mystery, emotion, and self-discovery. Expect to be immersed through mesmerizing projections, dynamic lighting, and evocative soundscapes.

Location:

Kogelman Theater

West Potomac High School

6500 Quander Road

Alexandria, VA 22307

Dates/Times:

February 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th @ 7 pm

February 3rd and 10th @ 1 pm and 7 pm

Ticket Information:

  • $10 for students
  • $15 for adults

Secure your ticket at: www.westpotomactheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the Box Office before each show. 

Disclaimer:

This play contains strong language and explores adult situations.

Band Fundraiser - Restaurant Night at Noodles & Company

  • 7702 B Richmond Highway 4-8 pm
  • If ordering in person, just mention the band and this fundraiser
  • If ordering online, use coupon code Giving25 at checkout
  • 25% of qualifying sales go to the band
  • Our goal is to get 75 people over to Noodles & Co. to dine in or order out - please bring a friend, share with a family member, tell your neighbors!

Academic Advising and Course Selection 24-25

  • Please visit our West Potomac Academic Advising website for a variety of resources and information.
  • Did you miss Curriculum Night? Presentations are now posted on the advising website. 
  • Course Selection in StudentVue is now live with directions posted on our website. Students are encouraged to login and select their preferred
  • classes before their one on one meeting with their school counselor.  School counselor meetings will occur on the following dates:
    • Rising 12th graders – January 29- Feb 9 – through English 11 classes
    • Rising 11th graders – February 12-23 – through PE 10
    • Rising 10th graders – Feb 20 – March 1 – through PE 9
  • A reminder Parents can view courses selected in the ParentVue account. 

PTSA NEWS

It's Five Guys time! Delicious Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and so much more. 

Join us for our first Five Guys fundraiser of 2024! February 7th from 4:00-8:00 PM at either Quander Road or Hybla Valley location. 

Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our Five Guys Restaurant Nights, your participation helps the PTSA raise money used for academic enrichment programs.

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN!

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.
  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

Register now for spring classes and mocks - https://applerouth.onecanoe.com/school/8946

CLASSES OFFERED:

SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). FCPS Laptops required for classes and mocks.

ACT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.

 

MOCK TESTS OFFERED: NOW is the time to determine test preference! Take a mock of each test to find your strength before registering for a class. SAT (digital) and ACT mock tests are offered through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE 

Mock SAT and ACT available 2/17 before the start of our spring classes.

  • Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].
  • Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application
  • Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course 
  • PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

Career Exploration Events for Students:

In February, school divisions across the region will team up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event invites high school students to connect virtually and in person with more than 60 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields. 

These free career exploration events aim to provide students with opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today. 

Virtual sessions will be held Monday, February 5, through Thursday, February 8, 4-7 p.m., and the in-person Career Expo and Job Fair will be held Saturday, February 17, 1-4 p.m., in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center

Students should register today on the Instruction 2 Industry Events webpage.

Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs:

The 2024 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs have been announced- there will be two events this spring.  The fairs are open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.  Please keep checking the event webpage for additional details!

Save the Dates:

Saturday, March 2 from 11:00am- 1:00pm @ Chantilly HS

Saturday, March 9 from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. @ West Springfield HS

CLASS OF 2024 Important Dates:

February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night

February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration (Parents please be on the lookout for our sign-up genius on our FB page & on Insta to see the various ways you can help!)

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 6: Class of 2024 Senior Bash

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

 

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

Our Direct Donations link is an easy way to help the Class of 2024. All donations will be used to offset the costs of the planned events throughout the school year for the Class of 2024. No donation is too big or too small! Thank you for supporting the Class of 2024! Please scan the below QR code.

CLASS OF 2024 SENIOR SPONSORS

Cap and Gown Orders:

We are still missing a lot of cap and gown orders!! If you haven’t submitted your height and weight yet to Ms. Simpson , please do it ASAP so that they can be ordered in time !! Please email Ms. Simpson at [email protected]   your child’s name, height and weight.

Senior Dues:

Activities:

Feb 16th 7:30 – 9:30: Cosmic bowling at Ft. Myer.  $7/ game that includes shoe rental ! Sign up by emailing Ms Simpson at [email protected]  or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

Contact:

Senior Sponsors; Ms. Simpson at  [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

CLASS OF 2025

  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr

This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join

  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory!

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WPHS - News You Choose 1-26-24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Community Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information

Important Dates

  • January 27: Class of 2024 Sponsors - Bob and Edith’s (5918 N Kings Hwy) 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • January 27: Mock SAT No Essay
  • January 30: Gap Year Fair, George C Marshall High School, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • January 30: Principal Coffee - WPHS Library - 6:00-7:30pm
  • January 31: Principal Coffee - Sandburg Middle - 6:00-7:30pm
  • February 1: Class of 2024 Honeygrow Restaurant Day 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 pm – Richmond Highway
  • February 1: Class of 2024 e-deadline to pay senior dues
  • February 2:  Leadership Applications Due
  • February 7: PTSA Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
  • February 7: Band Restaurant Night at Noodles & Company, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
  • February 13: PTSA Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm, WPHS Library
  • February 17: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • February 19: School Holiday – President’s Day
  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night
  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration

Principal Message

Wolverine Community,

Thank you to all those who volunteered time and supplies to make our Wellness Day a success.  As we look to next week I hope you can join me at one of the Principal Coffee and Conversations on Tuesday (WPHS 6-7:30pm) or Wednesday (Sandburg Middle 6-7:30pm).  Finally, as we look to start the 3rd quarter on Monday please take a moment and reflect on your child’s 1st semester attendance.  A reminder that the state defines Chronic Absenteeism as missing 18 or more full school days for any reason (excused or unexcused) over the entire school year.   Regular school attendance is not only important for students to be successful academically, but it is also important for our school as it is one of the measures for annual accreditation.   

Wishing you a great weekend.

Jessica Statz

Principal

SCHOOL NEWS

Band Fundraiser - Restaurant Night at Noodles & Company - February 7

  • 4:00-8:00 pm
  • 7702 B Richmond Highway
  • If ordering in person, just mention the band and this fundraiser
  • If ordering online, use coupon code Giving25 at checkout
  • 25% of qualifying sales go to the band
  • Our goal is to get 75 people over to Noodles & Co. to dine in or order out - please bring a friend, share with a family member, tell your neighbors!

Academic Advising and Course Selection 24-25

  • Please visit our West Potomac Academic Advising website for a variety of resources and information.
  • Did you miss Curriculum Night? Presentations are now posted on the advising website. 
  • Course Selection in StudentVue is now live with directions posted on our website. Students are encouraged to login and select their preferred
  • classes before their one on one meeting with their school counselor.  School counselor meetings will occur on the following dates:
    • Rising 12th graders – January 29- Feb 9 – through English 11 classes
    • Rising 11th graders – February 12-23 – through PE 10
    • Rising 10th graders – Feb 20 – March 1 – through PE 9
  • A reminder Parents can view courses selected in the ParentVue account.

11th Grade Students – Girls and Boys State

  • Virginia Girls and Boys State are week-long summer programs that focus on governmental affairs held at a university.  Candidates must be currently in their junior year and applicants will be evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics.
  • Boys State is held at Radford University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vaboysstate.org 
  • Girls State will be held at Longwood University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vagirlsstate.org   
  • The Applications for Girls and Boys State are available at the Post 24 Website: https://valegionpost24.com/youth-programs 
  • Please note that the Girls State application is due on January 31, 2024!
  • Delegates who attend Girls and Boys State who meet eligibility criteria may also be considered for special university scholarships for undergraduate studies.

WPHS Leadership Training: 

  • The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.
  • For rising Freshman: if you are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a mandatory application that can be found at http://tinyurl.com/WPLshipRising9 that is due by Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM.  
  • For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student Schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: http://tinyurl.com/WPLeadership2024 and is due Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM. 
  • If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Joe Petrucelli at [email protected].

 

PTSA NEWS

It's Five Guys time! Delicious Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and so much more. 

Join us for our first Five Guys fundraiser of 2024! February 7th from 4:00-8:00 PM at either Quander Road or Hybla Valley location. 

Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA.

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our Five Guys Restaurant Nights, your participation helps the PTSA raise money used for academic enrichment programs.

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN!

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.

At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

CLASSES OFFERED:

  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). FCPS Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • ACT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.

MOCK TESTS OFFERED: NOW is the time to determine test preference! Take a mock of each test to find your strength before registering for a class. SAT (digital) and ACT mock tests are offered through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE

Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].

What the PTSA’s Test Prep Program Offers

  • Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application
  • Mock Tests – Find out how you’d score! Mock Tests ($23.00): Practice your skills under realistic testing conditions. Take mocks of both ACT and Digital SAT relatively close together to determine your test strength/preference. Focus your test prep on your strength!
  • SAT & ACT Test Prep Classes Group classes ($425.00): Students receive a 15-hour, structured review of major Digital SAT or ACT concepts and strategies from a premium tutor trained to deliver content in efficient and interesting ways. Test guides & session notes are provided to help simplify the studying process. Additionally, after each mock test, you will receive a detailed results analysis to help you chart your own unique course towards mastering the test. Online class license is included. Minimum enrollment is 15 students.
  • Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here.
  • Supercharge your study skills! Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! More details about this e-book content available here.

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

 Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo:

In February, school divisions across the region will team up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event will allow high school students to connect virtually and in person, with more than 60 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields. 

The purpose of these FREE career exploration events is to provide students with opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today. 

Virtual sessions will be held on February 5-8, from 4-7 p.m., and the in-person Career Expo and Job Fair event will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 1-4 p.m., in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center. 

2024 Gap Year Fair:

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair for high school students and families on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.  The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., with representatives from over 30 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available.

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit: USA Gap Year Fairs or contact Pamela White, Postsecondary Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected]  or 571-393-1102. 

**In the event of inclement weather on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the same time and location.  

Class of 2024:

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Application Sessions:  

The NOVA rep will be in the College & Career Center each month for a series of workshops that will focus on a different topic.  The workshops are designed to help support a smooth transition to NOVA. Seniors who are planning to attend NOVA next year are highly encouraged to attend and will need to register under College Visits in Naviance to attend the sessions.  

Seniors who need assistance completing their NOVA application must register in Naviance for the final January session on January 30th at 10:00 am. Seniors who registered to attend the January 19th event that was canceled due to snow must register for this final session.  Current DE students do not need to attend an application session.

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

February 1: Class of 2024 Honeygrow Restaurant Day 10:30am to 10:00pm. Just Use the promo code of "GIVE149" any way you choose to order. 

February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night

February 22: Class of 2024 

100 Day Celebration (Parents please be on the look out for our sign-up genius on our FB page & on Instagram to see the various ways you can help!)

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 6: Class of 2024 Senior Bash

Interested in donating to the Class of 2024 events? You can make a direct donation at this link and share the link with anyone who may be interested in supporting your senior!

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/957736

All donations will be used to offset the costs of the events planned throughout the school year for the Class of 2024. No donation is too big or too small! Thank you for supporting the Class of 2024! 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

 

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2024 SENIOR SPONSORS

Cap and Gown Orders:

We are still missing a lot of cap and gown orders!! If you haven’t submitted your height and weight yet to Ms. Simpson , please do it ASAP so that they can be ordered in time !! Please email Ms. Simpson at [email protected]   your child’s name, height and weight.

Senior Dues:

Activities:

Feb 16th 7:30 – 9:30: Cosmic bowling at Ft. Myer.  $7/ game that includes shoe rental ! Sign up by emailing Ms Simpson at [email protected]  or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

Contact:

Senior Sponsors; Ms. Simpson at  [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

CLASS OF 2025

  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr

This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join

  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory!

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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WPHS - Mid - Week Reminders

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Table of Contents:

  • Upcoming Principal Coffees
  • Wellness Day
  • Non-FCPS Prospective Student Open House

Upcoming Principal Coffee and Conversations

  • A reminder – please join our Principal, Ms. Statz are one of next week’s Principal Coffee and Conversations! They are scheduled for Tuesday January 30 at WPHS Library from 6-7:30pm and Wednesday January 31 at Sandburg Middle from 6-7:30pm. 

Wellness Day – Thursday January 25

  • Thursday we will host our Wellness Day.  For those not familiar, this was an event we started last year.  Today in Advisory students had the opportunity to select four sessions/workshops exploring a variety of ways to nurture their social, emotional, and physical wellness.  Students who may have been absent or did not select sessions today can do so tomorrow. Instructions are posted in Schoology. 
  • We will have a special bell schedule and students will attend their sessions throughout the morning.  Upon arrival Thursday students should report to 3rd Period for attendance. As its an Early Release Day we will dismiss at 12:55pm.  The full Bell Schedule is below.  We look forward to a great day! 
  • A reminder that you can support Wellness Day via the donation drive/link below!  Thank you for your support!

    West Potomac High School: Student Wellness Day (signupgenius.com)

Prospective Student (Non-FCPS family) Open House

  • Do you know a family who is considering enrolling their child at West Potomac for the 2024-25 school year and currently isn’t enrolled in an FCPS school? Please share with them that on Thursday January 25 from 2-3:30pm we will be holding an open house to learn more about West Potomac!
  • Interested families are asked to RSVP using this link although not required.
  • The event will occur in our school library just inside Door 1. 
  • If you have any questions, please email Kevin McMahon at [email protected]

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News You Choose - 1/19/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Community Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information

Important Dates

  • January 22: Senior Celebrations Committee Meeting (if you’re interested in helping in any way with Class of 2024 special events, please join us!) 7:00 pm, WPHS Library
  • January 23: FAFSA/VASA completion workshop at West Potomac High School 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • January 27: Class of 2024 Sponsors - Bob and Edith’s (5918 N Kings Hwy) 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • January 27: Mock SAT No Essay
  • January 30: Gap Year Fair, George C Marshall High School, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • January 30: Principal Coffee - WPHS Library - 6:00-7:30pm
  • January 31: Principal Coffee - Sandburg Middle - 6:00-7:30pm
  • February 1: Class of 2024 Honeygrow Restaurant Day 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Richmond Highway
  • February 1: Class of 2024 e-deadline to pay senior dues
  • February 2:  Leadership Applications Due
  • February 13: PTSA Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm, WPHS Library
  • February 17: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • February 19: School Holiday – President’s Day
  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night
  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration

Community Message

Wolverine Community,

Happy Snow Day!  A few reminders as we head into next week:

  • Next week is the last week of the quarter. We have an early release on Thursday and no school on Friday January 26 as it is a teacher workday.  Thursday we will host our Wellness Day.  For those not familiar, this was an event we started last year.  On Tuesday in Advisory students will have the opportunity to select four sessions/workshops exploring a variety of ways to nurture their social, emotional, and physical wellness.  We will have a special bell schedule and students will attend their sessions through out the morning.  We look forward to a great day! 
  • As it is the end of the quarter a reminder that ParentVue/StudentVue Gradebook and Report Card is blocked from January 25 (4pm) – February 5 (6am). Teachers will finalize 2nd quarter and 1st semester grades – a reminder that with rolling gradebook 2nd quarter and 1st semester grades will be identical.  While grades will be viewable in ParentVue/StudentVue on February 5 we will print a hard copy of report cards and distribute those in Advisory on February 9.
  • Finally, a reminder that Academic Advising and Course Selection for 24-25 begins with WP students January 29 as 11th graders will begin their one on one meetings with their school counselor (through English 11 courses). 10th graders will start meeting with counselors February 12 (through PE 10) and 9th graders will meet with counselors starting February 26 (through PE).  Please visit our West Potomac Academic Advising website for a variety of helpful resources!

Wishing you a great weekend!

West Potomac Administration

SCHOOL NEWS

Student Wellness Day

Donations needed to make Wellness Day a success! Please click on the link below and see how you can help!

West Potomac High School: Student Wellness Day (signupgenius.com)

Academic Advising and Course Selection 24-25

  • Please visit our West Potomac Academic Advising website for a variety of resources and information.
  • Did you miss Curriculum Night? Presentations are now posted on the advising website. 
  • Course Selection in StudentVue is now live with directions posted on our website. Students are encouraged to login and select their preferred classes before their one on one meeting with their school counselor.  School counselor meetings will occur on the following dates:
    • Rising 12th graders – January 29- Feb 9 – through English 11 classes
    • Rising 11th graders – February 12-23 – through PE 10
    • Rising 10th graders – Feb 20 – March 1 – through PE 9
  • A reminder Parents can view courses selected in the ParentVue account.

11th Grade Students – Girls and Boys State

  • Virginia Girls and Boys State are week-long summer programs that focus on governmental affairs held at a university.  Candidates must be currently in their junior year and applicants will be evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics.
  • Boys State is held at Radford University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vaboysstate.org 
  • Girls State will be held at Longwood University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vagirlsstate.org   
  • The Applications for Girls and Boys State are available at the Post 24 Website: https://valegionpost24.com/youth-programs 
  • Please note that the Girls State application is due on January 31, 2024!
  • Delegates who attend Girls and Boys State who meet eligibility criteria may also be considered for special university scholarships for undergraduate studies.

WPHS Leadership Training: 

  • The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.
  • For rising Freshman: if you are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a mandatory application that can be found at http://tinyurl.com/WPLshipRising9 that is due by Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM.  
  • For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student Schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: http://tinyurl.com/WPLeadership2024 and is due Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM. 

If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Joe Petrucelli at [email protected].

PTSA NEWS

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN!

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.

At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

Classes Offered:

  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mock ACT
  • Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.
  • MOCK TESTS OFFERED: SAT and ACT mock tests are offered through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE
  • Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application

Mock Tests – Find out how you’d score! Mock Tests ($23.00): Practice your skills under realistic testing conditions. Take mocks of both ACT and Digital SAT relatively close together to determine your test strength/preference. Focus your test prep on your strength!

Students from other schools’ welcome – invite your friends!

More details on the PTSA TEST PREP web page.

PTSA Test Prep Chair – Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

 FAFSA Completion Session:

In partnership with College Access Fairfax, West Potomac will hold a FAFSA Completion Night on Tuesday, January 23 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in the WPHS Library.  Before attending our FAFSA Completion Event:

1) Read the requirements for attendees.

2) Complete the Event Registration Form This will enable us to contact you in the case of any unanticipated FAFSA system or weather issues, and ensure we have adequate staff on hand.

3) Student & a parent should get a verified FSA ID prior to attending a FAFSA Completion Event.

Please go to https://www.collegeaccessfairfax.org for a complete list of completion events at neighboring FCPS high schools.  Families are welcome to attend whichever event fits your family’s schedule.

2024 Gap Year Fair:

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair for high school students and families on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.  The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., with representatives from over 30 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available.

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit: USA Gap Year Fairs or contact Pamela White, Postsecondary Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected]  or 571-393-1102. 

**In the event of inclement weather on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the same time and location.

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

January 22: Senior Celebration Committee meeting at 7:00pm - WPHS library

February 1: Class of 2024 Honeygrow Restaurant Day 10:30am to 10:00pm. Just Use the promo code of "GIVE149" any way you choose to order. 

February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night

February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration (Parents please be on the lookout for our sign-up genius on our FB page & on Insta to see the various ways you can help!)

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 6: Class of 2024 Senior Bash

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

Our Direct Donations link is also up and running for the Class of 2024. All donations will be used to offset the costs of the events planned throughout the school year for the Class of 2024. No donation is too big or too small! Thank you for supporting the Class of 2024! Please scan the below QR code.

CLASS OF 2024 SENIOR SPONSORS

Cap and Gown Orders:

We are still missing a lot of cap and gown orders!! If you haven’t submitted your height and weight yet to Ms. Simpson , please do it ASAP so that they can be ordered in time !! Please email Ms. Simpson at [email protected]   your child’s name, height and weight.

Senior Dues:

Activities:

Feb 16th 7:30 – 9:30: Cosmic bowling at Ft. Myer.  $7/ game that includes shoe rental ! Sign up by emailing Ms Simpson at [email protected]  or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

Contact:

Senior Sponsors; Ms. Simpson at  [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

CLASS OF 2025

  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr

This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join

  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory!

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information

Important Dates

  • January 13: Class of 2024 - Five Guys Restaurant Night – 4-8 pm (Quander Road & Hybla Valley Locations)
  • January 13: District 10 Honors Orchestra Concert at 3:00 pm – Hayfield Secondary School
  • January 15: Dance Team – El Paso Restaurant Night, Richmond Highway Location, All Day
  • January 15: School Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • January 18: Orchestra Booster Restaurant Night Fundraiser – Five Guys (Quander Road & Hybla Valley Locations), 4-8 pm
  • January 22:Senior Celebrations Committee Meeting (if you’re interested in helping in any way with Class of 2024 special events, please join us!) 7:00 pm, WPHS Library
  • January 23: FAFSA/VASA completion workshop at West Potomac High School 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • January 27: Class of 2024 Sponsors - Bob and Edith’s (5918 N Kings Hwy) 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • January 27: Mock SAT No Essay
  • January 30: Gap Year Fair, George C Marshall High School, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • January 30: Principal Coffee - WPHS Library - 6:00-7:30pm
  • January 31: Principal Coffee - Sandburg Middle - 6:00-7:30pm
  • February 1: Class of 2024 e-deadline to pay senior dues
  • February 2: Leadership Applications Due
  • February 17: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • February 19: School Holiday – President’s Day
  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night
  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration

Wolverines,

Thank you to everyone who participated in and attended our Curriculum Night last night.  It was great to meet more families and students.  Keep an eye out for my Principal’s Coffee and Conversations on Jan 30, here from 6-7:30 and Jan 31 at Sandburg from 6-7:30.   Please be on the lookout for postcards with the Principal’s Coffee and Conversation information.  Have a great weekend. 

Jessica Statz, Principal

West Potomac High School

SCHOOL NEWS

11th Grade Students – Girls and Boys State

  • Virginia Girls and Boys State are week-long summer programs that focus on governmental affairs held at a university.  Candidates must be currently in their junior year and applicants will be evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics.
  • Boys State is held at Radford University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vaboysstate.org 
  • Girls State will be held at Longwood University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vagirlsstate.org   
  • The Applications for Girls and Boys State are available at the Post 24 Website: https://valegionpost24.com/youth-programs 
  • Please note that the Girls State application is due on January 31, 2024!
  • Delegates who attend Girls and Boys State who meet eligibility criteria may also be considered for special university scholarships for undergraduate studies.

WPHS Leadership Training: 

  • The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.
  • For rising Freshman: if you are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a mandatory application that can be found at http://tinyurl.com/WPLshipRising9 that is due by Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM.  
  • For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student Schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: http://tinyurl.com/WPLeadership2024 and is due Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM. 
  • If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Joe Petrucelli at [email protected].

PTSA NEWS

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN!

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.

At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

Classes Offered:

  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mock ACT
  • Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.
  • MOCK TESTS OFFERED: SAT and ACT mock tests are offered through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE
  • Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application

Mock Tests – Find out how you’d score! Mock Tests ($23.00): Practice your skills under realistic testing conditions. Take mocks of both ACT and Digital SAT relatively close together to determine your test strength/preference. Focus your test prep on your strength!

Students from other schools’ welcome – invite your friends!

More details on the PTSA TEST PREP web page.

PTSA Test Prep Chair – Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

 2024 Gap Year Fair:

  • FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseasare co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair for high school students and families on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.  The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., with representatives from over 30 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available.
  • Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit: USA Gap Year Fairs or contact Pamela White, Postsecondary Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected]or 571-393-1102. 
  • **In the event of inclement weather on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the same time and location.

Class of 2024:

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Application Sessions:  

  • Beginning in January, the NOVA rep will be in the College & Career Center each month for a series of workshops that will focus on a different topic.  The workshops are designed to help support a smooth transition to NOVA. Seniors who are planning to attend NOVA next year are highly encouraged to attend and will need to register under College Visits in Naviance to attend the sessions.  
  • January sessions will focus on completing the NOVA application and seniors can register to attend one of the next dates/times:  1/19 - 10:00 am or 1/30 - 10:00 am.  

FAFSA/VASA Completion Session:

  • In partnership with College Access Fairfax, West Potomac will hold a FAFSA/VASA Completion Night on Tuesday, January 23 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in the WPHS Library.  Please go to https://www.collegeaccessfairfax.org to register and read the requirements for attendees.  Please see the website for a complete list of completion events at neighboring FCPS high schools.  Families are welcome to attend whichever event fits your family’s schedule.

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

January 13Class of 2024 Five Guys Restaurant Night

January 22: Senior Celebration Committee Meeting (If you’re interested in helping in any way with Class of 2024 special events, please join us!)

Time: 7:00pm

Where: WPHS Library 

February 21Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night

February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 6: Class of 2024 Senior Bash

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

 

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Our Direct Donations link is up and running for the Class of 2024. All donations will be used to offset the costs of the events planned throughout the school year for the Class of 2024. See events listed above. No donation is too big or too small! Thank you for supporting the Class of 2024! Please scan the QR code below.

CLASS OF 2024 SENIOR SPONSORS

Senior Dues:

Activities:

  • Fundraiser at Bob and Edith’s 5918 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303. On January 27th from 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Bowling trip is coming in February!

Contact:

Senior Sponsors; Ms. Simpson at  [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected] 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS

WPHS Orchestra

  • Restaurant Night at Five Guys on Thursday, 18 January, 4-8 pm. Support the orchestra program by grabbing a burger, dog, milkshake, or other freshly made entree at the Quander Road (6210 Quander Road) or Hybla Valley (7622 Richmond Highway) location.

CLASS OF 2025

  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr

This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join

  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory!

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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WPHS NYC 1/5/2024

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Curriculum Night / Academic Advising 2024
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information

Important Dates

  • January 12: 24-25 Electives Fair and Class of 2024 Town Hall Meeting – Class picture will be taken (During 3rd Period – 1, 7, 5, 3 Bell Schedule)
  • January 9: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Family Night/Electives Open House
  • January 12: Boys and Girls State Interest Meeting during all 4 lunches – College & Career Center
  • January 13: Class of 2024 Five Guys Restaurant Night
  • January 13: District 10 Honors Orchestra Concert at 3:00 pm – Hayfield Secondary School
  • January 15: School Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • January 22: Senior Celebrations Committee Meeting at 7:00 pm in the WPHS Library
  • January 23: FAFSA/VASA completion workshop at West Potomac High School 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • January 27: Mock SAT No Essay
  • January 30: Gap Year Fair, George C Marshall High School, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • February 1: Class of 2024 e-deadline to pay senior dues
  • February 2: Leadership Applications Due
  • February 17: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • February 19: School Holiday – President’s Day
  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night
  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration
  • April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast
  • June 6: Class of 2024 Senior Bash

Principal’s Message

 

Happy Friday Wolverines,

I hope everyone was able to get back into school mode successfully.  As we move closer to the semester, I want to reiterate a few points that need addressing.  First, we cannot allow students to order Door Dash, Uber Eats or any of the delivery food companies.  If a student forgets their lunch, a parent can drop lunch off in the main office.  We cannot have adults that we do not know come in and out of our building; it is a safety issue.  Other schools in FCPS have been throwing the delivered food away and while I am not a fan of waste, if the deliveries continue, we will have to do so as well. 

As a school community, I want to remind families that it is imperative for students to be present all day and in class.  There is a direct correlation with absences and lower grades.  We want all our Wolverines to graduate and follow whatever path they choose as adults.  The first step is to be in school and in all classes each day. 

Beginning next Monday (1/8), students who are parking without a permit on campus will be ticketed.  If you receive a ticket and wish to dispute it, please contact Mr. Walls in the security office located next to the main office.

Lastly, FCPS is hosting an Opioid Awareness and Community Conversation.  Please see the information below.  I have attended as a parent, and it has valuable information for ALL parents. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 

Fondly,

Jessica Statz, Principal

 

 

Opioid Awareness and Community Conversation

Event Webpage 

Event Flyers: English  I   Spanish   I   Arabic   I  Chinese   I   Korean    I  Urdu      Vietnamese

 

  • Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.
  • Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 
  • The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   
  • FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse. 

 

Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Curriculum Night /

Electives Open House / Academic Advising 2024-25

10th-12th Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House

  • On January 9 (snow dates 11th and 17th) we will have Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House.
    • 6-6:50pm
      • Rising 9th Grade Presentation – Springbank Auditorium
      • Rising 10th-12th Grade Presentation – Kogelman Theatre
    • 7-8:15pm
      • Break out sessions by department
      • Electives Open House in Cafeteria
    • This is a great opportunity to learn about courses and plan for 24-25 Course Selection.
    • We will start academic advising in January so that we are prepared for FCPS Staffing meetings the end of March. Below are the dates school counselors will be meeting with students.
      • Rising 9th graders – January 16-19 - @Sandburg Middle School
      • Rising 12th graders – January 29- Feb 9 – through English 11 classes
      • Rising 11th graders – February 12-23 – through PE 10
      • Rising 10th graders – Feb 20 – March 1 – through PE 9
    • Our Academic Advising / Course Selection website will go live January 8 – stay tuned for more information!
  • In addition, West Potomac 9th-11th graders will receive information after winter break about the January 12th in person electives fair.  Students will be able to choose three electives they’d like to learn more about.  They’ll receive a schedule to visit those classes during advisory and on January 12 our period schedule will be 1, 7, 5, 3 and we’ll finish the day visiting elective sessions.  There will also be quiet studying sessions if students already know what electives they want to select.  Then on January 17 during advisory students will review a video from Mr. McMahon going over the course selection process.  More information to come in 2024!

 

School News

Congratulations to 7 members of the Wolverine Orchestra who will represent WP at District 10 Honors Orchestra! These students successfully auditioned and were accepted into this prestigious group. 

Sean Collins

Zorig Javkhlan

Hana Keenan

Jonathan Larkin

Glenn Lobo

Luis Nestares

Miguel Tsang 

The concert will be held January 13, 2024, 3pm at Hayfield Secondary School. 

Way to go Students! 

11th Grade Students – Girls and Boys State

There will be an interest meeting for Girls and Boys State on Friday, January 12th during all four lunches in the college and career center.  Virginia Girls and Boys State are week-long summer programs that focus on governmental affairs held at a university.  Candidates must be currently in their junior year and applicants will be evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics.  Please plan to attend the interest meeting to learn more about Girls and Boys State programs.

Boys State is held at Radford University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vaboysstate.org

Girls State will be held at Longwood University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vagirlsstate.org  

The Applications for Girls and Boys State are available at the Post 24 Website: https://valegionpost24.com/youth-programs

Please note that the Girls State application is due on January 31, 2024!

Delegates who attend Girls and Boys State who meet eligibility criteria may also be considered for special university scholarships for undergraduate studies.

WPHS Leadership Training:  The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.

For rising Freshman: if you are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a mandatory application that can be found at http://tinyurl.com/WPLshipRising9 that is due by Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM.  

For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student Schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: http://tinyurl.com/WPLeadership2024 and is due Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM.

If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Joe Petrucelli at [email protected].

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

CLASSES OFFERED:

  • SAT Winter Group Class starts 12/2/23 and preps for 3/9/24 official SAT test (digital version). Register NOWYou can always take the 12/2 mock test online “on-demand” over winter break if you have a schedule conflict on 12/2. Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mocks.ACT
  • Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.
  • MOCK TESTS OFFERED: SAT and ACT mock tests are offered starting 12/2/23 through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE
  • Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application

Mock Tests – Find out how you’d score! Mock Tests ($23.00): Practice your skills under realistic testing conditions. Take mocks of both ACT and Digital SAT relatively close together to determine your test strength/preference. Focus your test prep on your strength!

Students from other schools’ welcome – invite your friends!

More details on the PTSA TEST PREP web page.

PTSA Test Prep Chair – Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

AVID TUTORS

  • Looking for a flexible and part-time position at West Potomac High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2023-2024 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.97 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at [email protected] or [email protected]

College and Career Center 

Happy New Year wishes from the College & Career Center! 

2024 Gap Year Fair:

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair for high school students and families on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.  The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., with representatives from over 30 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available.

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit: USA Gap Year Fairs or contact Pamela White, Postsecondary Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected]  or 571-393-1102.

**In the event of inclement weather on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the same time and location

 

 Class of 2024:

Senior Dues:

Activities:

  • Fund raiser at Bob and Edith’s 5918 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303. On January 27th from 8:30 am  – 11:30 am

                 Bowling trip is coming in February!

Contact:

Senior Sponsors; Ms. Simpson at  [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected] 

 

 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Application Sessions:  

Are you considering or have you already decided to attend Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) next year?  Beginning in January, the NOVA rep will be in the College & Career Center each month for a series of workshops that will focus on a different topic.  Seniors will need to register under College Visits in Naviance to attend the sessions.  

January sessions will focus on completing the NOVA application. Seniors can register for one of the following date/time:  1/11 - 3:00 pm,  1/19 - 10:00 am or 1/30 - 10:00 am.  

FAFSA/VASA Completion Session:

In partnership with College Access Fairfax, West Potomac will hold a FAFSA/VASA Completion Night on Tuesday, January 23 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in the WPHS Library.  Please go to https://www.collegeaccessfairfax.org to register and to see a complete list of completion events at neighboring FCPS high schools.  Families are welcome to attend whichever event fits your family’s schedule.

PTSA News

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN 

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.
  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

School Fundraisers  

 

Class of 2024

Important Dates:

January 13: Class of 2024 Five Guys Restaurant Night

January 22: Senior Celebration Committee Meeting

Time: 7:00pm

Where: WPHS Library 

February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night

February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 6: Class of 2024 Senior Bash

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

 

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

 

Our Direct Donations link is up and running for the Class of 2024. All donations will be used to offset the costs of the events planned throughout the school year for the Class of 2024. No donation is too big or too small! Thank you for supporting the Class of 2024! Please scan the QR code below.

 

Class of 2025 News

  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr

This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join

  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory!

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
Attendance | Web | Twitter

WPHS Winter Break Updates

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  • Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House

Happy Winter Break Wolverines! 

I am happy to announce our two new Assistant Principals joining us in January:

  • Janet Babic will be joining the West Potomac administration as an Assistant Principal, serving the English and ESOL departments, the Library, as well as students with the last names A-Carc.  Ms. Babic’s educational career began at West Potomac High School in 2006, when she completed her student teaching.  She then spent 12 years as a social studies and leadership teacher at Hayfield Secondary.  Ms. Babic returned to West Potomac in 2018 as the School Based Technology Specialist and has spent the last five years supporting teachers and students with instructional technology.  Ms. Babic holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, a masters in curriculum and instruction from George Washington University, and a masters in administration and supervision from George Mason University.  She lives in Lorton with her husband Chris, and two children, Kenny and Ginny.  She is thrilled to be able to serve the West Potomac community as an assistant principal.  She will start her new position on January 2.
  • Katie Raffaelli will also be joining the West Potomac Administration as an Assistant Principal, supervising World Languages, supporting Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), as well as students with the last names Fot-Kh.  Ms. Raffaelli grew up in Northern Virginia and is a graduate from Alexandria City High (formerly TC Williams). During her career in FCPS she has worked at Edison High School, Annandale High School, and Woodson High School.  Since 2015, Ms. Raffaelli has been at Hayfield Secondary where she supported students, families and teachers as the Lead Middle School Counselor and Middle School Test Coordinator. Ms. Raffaelli holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, a masters degree in public relations from Syracuse University, a masters degree in School Counseling from Marymount University, and completed the Educational Leadership program at Longwood University. She lives in Arlington with her boyfriend and three dogs. She is thrilled to be joining the Wolverine family!  Her tentative start date is Tuesday January 16. 

Wishing all of you a restful remainder of winter break.  We look forward to seeing all our Wolverines in 2024!

Take care,

Jessica Statz

WPHS Principal

Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Curriculum Night /

Electives Open House / Academic Advising 2024-25

10th-12th Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House

  • On January 9 (snow dates 11th and 17th) we will have Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House.
    • 6-6:50pm
      • Rising 9th Grade Presentation – Springbank Auditorium
      • Rising 10th-12th Grade Presentation – Kogelman Theatre
    • 7-8:15pm
      • Break out sessions by department
      • Electives Open House in Cafeteria
    • This is a great opportunity to learn about courses and plan for 24-25 Course Selection.
    • We will start academic advising in January so that we are prepared for FCPS Staffing meetings the end of March. Below are the dates school counselors will be meeting with students.
      • Rising 9th graders – January 16-19 - @Sandburg Middle School
      • Rising 12th graders – January 29- Feb 9 – through English 11 classes
      • Rising 11th graders – February 12-23 – through PE 10
      • Rising 10th graders – Feb 20 – March 1 – through PE 9
    • Our Academic Advising / Course Selection website will go live January 8 – stay tuned for more information!
  • In addition, West Potomac 9th-11th graders will receive information after winter break about the January 12th in person electives fair.  Students will be able to choose three electives they’d like to learn more about.  They’ll receive a schedule to visit those classes during advisory and on January 12 our period schedule will be 1, 7, 5, 3 and we’ll finish the day visiting elective sessions.  There will also be quiet studying sessions if students already know what electives they want to select.  Then on January 17 during advisory students will review a video from Mr. McMahon going over the course selection process.  More information to come in 2024!

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WPHS - News You Choose 12/15/23

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • WPHS Offices - Winter Break
  • Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Curriculum Night / Academic Advising 2024
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information

Important Dates

  •  January 2: Deadline to by tickets to the Wizards/Suns game – Class of 2024
  • January 3: Virtual Opioid Overdose & Naloxone Education training, 6:00 pm
  • January 12: 24-25 Electives Fair and Class of 2024 Town Hall Meeting – Class picture will be taken (During 3rd Period – 1, 7, 5, 3 Bell Schedule)
  • January 9: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Family Night/Electives Open House
  • January 13: Class of 2024 Five Guys Restaurant Night
  • January 15: School Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • January 23: FAFSA/VASA completion workshop at West Potomac High School 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • January 27: Mock SAT No Essay
  • January 30: Gap Year Fair, George C Marshall High School, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • February 1: Class of 2024 e-deadline to pay senior dues
  • February 17: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • February 19: School Holiday – President’s Day
  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night
  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration

Principal’s Message

Happy Friday Wolverines! 

I had a great week visiting classes and attending evening events.  I truly enjoyed my time with the PTSA on Tuesday night and the faculty/staff holiday celebration on Thursday was a hit.  I hope the faculty and staff enjoyed the food, prizes, and time to just relax and talk with one another.  Although this message will be short, I hope everyone has a restful and relaxing winter break.  The offices will be closed all of winter break.  I hope this allows the entire school community to rest and recharge!  I wanted to include a fun picture.  On Tuesday while walking in the halls, I ran into an amazing teacher and students spreading some positivity.  They were going from office to office singing Feliz Navidad while, Spanish Teacher, Ms. Yamalie Rodriguez Figueroa played the guitar.  It was so nice!

Have a safe and restful Winter Break, Wolverines!

Fondly,

Jessica Statz

Meet Ms. Statz - English Subtitles

Meet Ms. Statz - Spanish Subtitles 

West Potomac Offices - Winter Break

  • Please note that West Potomac Offices will be closed December 18 - January 1, 2024.  Wishing you a great break and a Happy New Year!

Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Curriculum Night /

Electives Open House / Academic Advising 2024-25

10th-12th Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House

  • On January 9 (snow dates 11th and 17th) we will have Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House.
    • 6-6:50pm
      • Rising 9th Grade Presentation – Springbank Auditorium
      • Rising 10th-12th Grade Presentation – Kogelman Theatre
    • 7-8:15pm
      • Break out sessions by department
      • Electives Open House in Cafeteria
    • This is a great opportunity to learn about courses and plan for 24-25 Course Selection.
    • We will start academic advising in January so that we are prepared for FCPS Staffing meetings the end of March. Below are the dates school counselors will be meeting with students.
      • Rising 9th graders – January 16-19 - @Sandburg Middle School
      • Rising 12th graders – January 29- Feb 9 – through English 11 classes
      • Rising 11th graders – February 12-23 – through PE 10
      • Rising 10th graders – Feb 20 – March 1 – through PE 9
    • Our Academic Advising / Course Selection website will go live January 8 – stay tuned for more information!
  • In addition, West Potomac 9th-11th graders will receive information after winter break about the January 12th in person electives fair.  Students will be able to choose three electives they’d like to learn more about.  They’ll receive a schedule to visit those classes during advisory and on January 12 our period schedule will be 1, 7, 5, 3 and we’ll finish the day visiting elective sessions.  There will also be quiet studying sessions if students already know what electives they want to select.  Then on January 17 during advisory students will review a video from Mr. McMahon going over the course selection process.  More information to come in 2024!

School News

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Down Time

  • ParentVUE and StudentVUE will experience downtime from Friday, December 15, at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, December 20, at 6 a.m. 
  • Grade Book progress reports will not be emailed to parents/guardians during winter break. Emails will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Winter Resources

  • Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit our winter resources webpage for links to academic support; mental health support; and food, clothing, housing, and other county resources. 

Promoting Mental Wellness During Winter Break

  • Although mental health indicators have improved over the past year, Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) data suggest that more than 25% of students in 8th to 12th grade feel sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more in a row. The holidays can be a time to reduce stress, but they can also contribute to it. Here are some tips for making winter break a positive time for the young people in your life.

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

CLASSES OFFERED:

  • SAT Winter Group Class starts 12/2/23 and preps for 3/9/24 official SAT test (digital version). Register NOW! You can always take the 12/2 mock test online “on-demand” over winter break if you have a schedule conflict on 12/2. Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mocks.ACT
  • Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.
  • MOCK TESTS OFFERED: SAT and ACT mock tests are offered starting 12/2/23 through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE
  • Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application

Mock Tests – Find out how you’d score! Mock Tests ($23.00): Practice your skills under realistic testing conditions. Take mocks of both ACT and Digital SAT relatively close together to determine your test strength/preference. Focus your test prep on your strength!

Students from other schools welcome – invite your friends!

More details on the PTSA TEST PREP web page.

PTSA Test Prep Chair – Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

AVID TUTORS

  • Looking for a flexible and part-time position at West Potomac High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2023-2024 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.97 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at [email protected] or [email protected]

College and Career Center 

Check out the College & Career Center’s December newsletter.  If you happen to miss a newsletter or want to review information from a previous month, all newsletters will be archived on the WPHS College & Career Center website.  Wishing all our Wolverines a winter break full of good memories with family and friends!

2024 FCPS Gap Year Fair:

The FCPS School Counseling Services Office and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.  The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., with representatives from over 30 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their families are encouraged to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available. 

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  For more information, visit: USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair.

**In the event of inclement weather on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the same time and location.

New Date Added for Apprenticeship 101: 

Do you have a senior or junior interested in the skilled trades?  Apprenticeship 101 is a pre-apprenticeship class for construction offered by FCPS Adult & Community Education (ACE).  Topics will include basic safety, hand & power tools, introduction to construction drawings, construction careers and more. Call ACE Registration at 703-658-1201 to take advantage of the reduced rate.  Students can register for the winter or summer session. See the flyer for additional details.

FAFSA/VASA Resource:

The Office of Federal Student Aid announced that the FAFSA will open by December 31, 2023.  Our Financial Aid Champion Mrs. Rowsey will be in the College & Career Center every Thursday during each lunch to help seniors set up their FSA ID. Seniors will need their computer and social security number.  Appointments are not required. See the flyer for Ms. Rowsey’s weekly visit schedule. 

 

Save the Date:  FAFSA/VASA Completion Event

College Access Fairfax will host a FAFSA/VASA completion workshop at West Potomac High School on January 23rd from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  It is being offered to seniors and parents of seniors who may need assistance in completing the student’s 2024-2025 FAFSA or VASA financial aid application.  The event will be held in the West Potomac HS library. Seniors and parents can go to the College Access Fairfax website at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  for details about the event. 

 Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Info Sessions:

NOVA will host virtual sessions to give an opportunity for seniors and their families to learn about the numerous opportunities, services & resources offered. Please see the flyer for registration links.

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • December 12, 2023 (7:00pm)
  • January 23, 2024 (4:30pm)
  • February 20, 2024 (7:00pm) (Spanish Session)
  • March 19, 2024 (4:30pm)

PTSA News

The PTSA is thrilled to announce that this holiday season, we are bringing you a special way to show your school spirit and add a festive touch to your decorations. Introducing the West Potomac HS Ornaments!

Ornament Details:

  • Price: $15 per ornament
  • Ornament Style: 3-inch full-color round ceramic
  • Comes with a silver cord for easy hanging.
  • Ornaments are in stock and available for pick up, just in time to kick off the holiday season with a touch of WP spirit.

Don't miss this opportunity to adorn your home with West Potomac pride. These ornaments are in limited supply, so be sure to order yours soon!

Pick-up details will be sent after purchase. To place your order, please click below: https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/948818

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN 

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.
  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

School Fundraisers  

Orchestra Fundraiser:

Class of 2025 News

  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr

This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join

  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/23 at the Torpedo Factory!

Class of 2024

Important Dates:

  • January 1: Donation challenge - We are challenging all Senior families to donate $24 for their student! Please consider donating to our $24 before ‘24! Campaign. Help the Class of 2024 raise funds for the Senior Bash in June by donating $24 before January 1, 2024! Help us achieve our goal by clicking on the link below to donate today!
  • January 12: Town Hall Meeting -  we will take a class picture for the yearbook

  • January 13: Class of 2024 Five Guys Restaurant Night 

  • February 1: - e deadline to pay senior dues is on February 1st . Cost is $80 via my school bucks . My school bucks -> store -> West Potomac High school -> search Seniors Class of 2024. 

  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night 

  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration 

  • April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast 

  • June 6: Class of 2024 Senior Bash 

  • Please consider supporting our Wolverine Seniors by purchasing a WPHS Class of 2024 Christmas ornament. Your purchase directly benefits the Class of 2024 events.

  • Tickets to the Wizards/Suns game are still on sale until Jan 2nd . Cost is $65 and can be paid via my school bucks. Look for the Wizards Logo ! Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] if you have any questions .  My school bucks -> CLASS OF 2024 store-> West Potomac High school -> search Wizards game

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WPHS - News You Choose 12/8/23

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Important Impact Aid Updates
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers

Important Dates

  • December 9th: Class of 2025 Parents Night Out 5:00-8:30 (flyer below)
  • December 12th:  PTSA December Meeting - 6:30 PM, WP Library
  • December 14th:  Class of 2024 McAllister’s Restaurant Night
  • December 14th: 7:00 PM - West Potomac Music Department holiday concert with performances from the orchestra, chorus, band, and guitar programs.  There will be a Holiday Market taking place before and after the concert, to allow concertgoers to shop and socialize!
  • December 14th: Virtual Opioid Overdose & Naloxone Education training, 1:00 pm
  • December 15th: Last day of Class of 2024 Krispy Kreme fundraiser
  • January 3rd: Virtual Opioid Overdose & Naloxone Education training, 6:00 pm
  • January 9th: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Family Night/Electives Open House
  • January 23rd: FAFSA/VASA completion workshop at West Potomac High School 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • January 27th: Mock SAT No Essay
  • January 30th – Gap Year Fair, George C Marshall High School, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • February 17th: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • ACT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.

Principal’s Message

Dear Wolverines,

Wow, only a week left till Winter Break.  I feel truly lucky to be back at West Potomac in this fabulous school community. 

 

This week, I have been able to get into more classes and see all the amazing things our teachers are doing to help our students be successful.  As I think about everything going on in our nation, I would like to focus on the amazing instruction and relationship building I have seen each day.  West Potomac has wonderful students and fabulous teachers.  We are truly lucky. 

Congratulations to our folks that were acknowledged by FCPS Cares:

  •  Alicia Day Javkhlan- Day led her orchestra in a fantastic holiday celebration as part of the community Nutcracker performance. The orchestra performed while students danced, and it was such a beautiful way to highlight the incredible talent at West Potomac HS. Ms. Day is selfless with her time and talent to showcase our students and community. Thanks for all you do!
  •  Courtney Betzel- Courtney has been working all fall to prepare her students to be highlighted in the community presentation of the Nutcracker. For many of these students, this is a unique opportunity to showcase their talents and is an invaluable experience as they learn how productions are formed from conception of ideas and choreography to production of the incredible show. Courtney is not only empowering students to showcase their talents, but she is giving them real world opportunities in the arts, opportunities that they would not have without the academy program. Her choreography is incredible but her dedication to the students is the most special part of the program, and they all shine on stage and off. Thank you, Courtney!

This information is posted on the December 2023 FCPS CARES webpage, accessible at https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-cares-december-2023   . Thank you for your excellent service to FCPS and best wishes for continued success.

Below is a reminder from FCPS: 

  • Winter break will be held from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1. To help make sure our families have a restful break, we ask that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break — allowing students to practice time management skills — but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. 

As we move into our final week before the winter break, I hope we can all think about putting kindness at the forefront of who we are as Wolverines.    I am so proud to lead this school community and cannot wait for more visits to classes and future events.  I will be at the PTSA meeting on Tuesday December 12 at 6:30 here at West Potomac High School. Come out and say hello.  After break, I will host a couple more events to introduce myself to more students, parents and staff.  Have a great weekend!

Jessica Statz, Principal

#WolverinePride!

Important Impact Aid Updates

  • Did you know that Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students?
  • The grants from these programs are critical to ensuring that all children in FCPS receive an excellent education. FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources.
  • The Student- Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid can be accessed online this year through ParentVUE, and a paper copy has been given to students to bring home.  
  • Please help us by completing the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid online or, by completing and returning the paper copy to school by Monday, December 11.

School News

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

CLASSES OFFERED:

  • SAT Winter Group Class starts 12/2/23 and preps for 3/9/24 official SAT test (digital version). Register NOW! You can always take the 12/2 mock test online “on-demand” over winter break if you have a schedule conflict on 12/2. Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mocks.ACT
  • Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.
  • MOCK TESTS OFFERED: SAT and ACT mock tests are offered starting 12/2/23 through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE
  • Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application

Mock Tests – Find out how you’d score! Mock Tests ($23.00): Practice your skills under realistic testing conditions. Take mocks of both ACT and Digital SAT relatively close together to determine your test strength/preference. Focus your test prep on your strength!

Students from other schools welcome – invite your friends!

More details on the PTSA TEST PREP web page.

PTSA Test Prep Chair – Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

AVID TUTORS

  • Looking for a flexible and part-time position at West Potomac High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2023-2024 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.97 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at [email protected] or [email protected]

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team 2023-24

Family Member Application

Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

  • One in four Americans suffer from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental health challenges will not receive treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 19% of adults in the United States (47.6 million) dealt with a mental health challenge, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). People often turn to alternative methods to cope with issues that are uncomfortable topics to speak about. These reasons include turning to drugs, alcohol, food, etc. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage difficult situations or high stress levels. These mind-altering substances are sometimes used as coping mechanisms for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, focusing, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary moment away from the reality of everyday life. Substances can enhance the feelings of pleasure, decrease feelings of anxiety and restraint. Substance use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Not all coping mechanisms are destructive or fail to provide appropriate or adequate adjustment to the environment or situation; however, addiction is both.
  • Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The main goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. Schedule a visit to your Primary Care Physician and a Professional Counselor if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in the stabilization of a healthy mind. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and good examples. Keep in mind that finding balance in life is an ongoing process. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

For further information & support:

Elizabeth Knudson, MA, NCC, LPC

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

[email protected]

College and Career Center 

2024 FCPS Gap Year Fair:

The FCPS School Counseling Services Office and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.  The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., with representatives from over 30 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their families are encouraged to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available. 

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  For more information, visit: USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair.

**In the event of inclement weather on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the same time and location.

New Date Added for Apprenticeship 101: 

Do you have a senior or junior interested in the skilled trades?  Apprenticeship 101 is a pre-apprenticeship class for construction offered by FCPS Adult & Community Education (ACE).  Topics will include basic safety, hand & power tools, introduction to construction drawings, construction careers and more. Call ACE Registration at 703-658-1201 to take advantage of the reduced rate.  Students can register for the winter or summer session. See the flyer for additional details.

FAFSA/VASA Resource:

The Office of Federal Student Aid announced that the FAFSA will open by December 31, 2023.  Our Financial Aid Champion Mrs. Rowsey will be in the College & Career Center every Thursday during each lunch to help seniors set up their FSA ID. Seniors will need their computer and social security number.  Appointments are not required. See the flyer for Ms. Rowsey’s weekly visit schedule. 

 

Save the Date:  FAFSA/VASA Completion Event

College Access Fairfax will host a FAFSA/VASA completion workshop at West Potomac High School on January 23rd from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  It is being offered to seniors and parents of seniors who may need assistance in completing the student’s 2024-2025 FAFSA or VASA financial aid application.  The event will be held in the West Potomac HS library. Seniors and parents can go to the College Access Fairfax website at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  for details about the event. 

 Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Info Sessions:

NOVA will host virtual sessions to give an opportunity for seniors and their families to learn about the numerous opportunities, services & resources offered. Please see the flyer for registration links.

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • December 12, 2023 (7:00pm)
  • January 23, 2024 (4:30pm)
  • February 20, 2024 (7:00pm) (Spanish Session)
  • March 19, 2024 (4:30pm)

PTSA News

PTSA Meeting:  Dec. 12, 2023 - 6:30 PM   WPHS Library. 

  • Ho Ho Ho from Quander Pole. Please join us at our last PTSA meeting of 2023.  Principal Jessica Statz will be in attendance to meet our many amazing Wolverine families and students.  Mr. McMahon will provide updates on academic advising and course selection for 2024-25 SY which begins in January - in addition to the core classes, did you know that WP offers a vast selection of electives including visual arts, marketing education, music, TV & Media production, and so much more.   Free candy canes to the first 50 Wolverine elves.  Can't wait to see you all....

The PTSA is thrilled to announce that this holiday season, we are bringing you a special way to show your school spirit and add a festive touch to your decorations. Introducing the West Potomac HS Ornaments!

Ornament Details:

  • Price: $15 per ornament
  • Ornament Style: 3-inch full-color round ceramic
  • Comes with a silver cord for easy hanging.
  • Ornaments are in stock and available for pick up, just in time to kick off the holiday season with a touch of WP spirit.

Don't miss this opportunity to adorn your home with West Potomac pride. These ornaments are in limited supply, so be sure to order yours soon!

Pick-up details will be sent after purchase. To place your order, please click below: https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/948818

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN 

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.
  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

School Fundraisers  

Orchestra Fundraiser:

Class of 2025 News

  • SIGN UP TODAY!! The Junior class will be hosting a Parents’ Night Out on December 9th. All proceeds will benefit the Class of 2025.

  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025”

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr

    This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join
  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/23 at the Torpedo Factory!

Class of 2024

Class of 2024 Krispy Kreme fundraiser : 11/21 – 12/15 .. Pick up donuts for your holiday parties and support the Class of 2024 at the same time!!!  Scan the qr code, place your order, pick it up on the way to your holiday party and support the class of 2024 at the same time!!!

  • McAllister’s Restaurant Night on Wednesday, December 13th! Take a night off from cooking and help us raise funds for our upcoming Senior Class events.
  • Senior Dues : $80 .. pay via my school bucks. Hard deadline to pay is May 1st. Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]  if you have any questions
  • Cap and Gown orders : Don’t forget to place your cap and gown order by December 15th ! Fill out the google form to place your order !
  • We are challenging all Senior families to donate $24 for their student! Please consider donating to our $24 before ‘24! Campaign. Help the Class of 2024 raise funds for the Senior Bash in June by donating $24 before January 1, 2024! Help us achieve our goal by clicking on the link below to donate today!
  • https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/963987

    $24 before ‘24 CHALLENGE

Senior Parents:

  • Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr 

  • Please also consider supporting our Wolverine Seniors by purchasing a WPHS Class of 2024 Christmas ornament. Your purchase directly benefits the Class of 2024 events

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WPHS - News You Choose 12/1/23

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers

Important Dates

  • December 1st and 2nd: Orchestra Fundraiser, Poinsettia Sale, Alexandria Community Nutcracker performances
  • December 2nd: SAT Winter Group Class and preps for 3/9/24 official SAT test (digital version). Register NOW!
  • December 2nd: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • December 5th: Class of 2024 Wendy’s Fundraiser
  • December 6th: Region 3 Post-Secondary Planning Night - in Spanish - Hybla Valley Community Center
  • December 6th: PTSA Five Guys Restaurant Night
  • December 9th: Class of 2025 Parents Night Out 5:00-8:30 (flyer below)
  • December 14th:  Class of 2024 McAllister’s Restaurant Night
  • December 14th: 7:00 PM - West Potomac Music Department holiday concert with performances from the orchestra, chorus, band, and guitar programs.  There will be a Holiday Market taking place before and after the concert, to allow concertgoers to shop and socialize!
  • December 15th: Last day of Class of 2024 Krispy Kreme fundraiser
  • January 9th: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Family Night/Electives Open House
  • January 27th: Mock SAT No Essay
  • February 17th: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • ACT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.

Principal’s Message

Dear Wolverine Community,

My name is Jessica Statz, and I am your new principal.  I am elated to be back in this amazing community.  I served as an assistant principal from 2016-2020.  I left for an opportunity to grow as a leader and now I am back home!  My goal is to meet as many students, parents, and community members as possible.  I plan to be at the PTSA meeting, here, at West Potomac on December 12.  After Winter Break, I will host a variety of “Get to Know the New Principal” meetings.  My first, after winter break will be on a late bus day for students, faculty and staff.  I will also host a few more evening events in order to meet as many community members as possible.  Stay tuned for the upcoming dates.  I am truly looking forward to leading our school and displaying my Wolverine Pride each day! 

School News

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

CLASSES OFFERED:

  • SAT Winter Group Class starts 12/2/23 and preps for 3/9/24 official SAT test (digital version). Register NOW! You can always take the 12/2 mock test online “on-demand” over winter break if you have a schedule conflict on 12/2. Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mocks.ACT
  • Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.
  • MOCK TESTS OFFERED: SAT and ACT mock tests are offered starting 12/2/23 through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE
  • Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application

Mock Tests – Find out how you’d score! Mock Tests ($23.00): Practice your skills under realistic testing conditions. Take mocks of both ACT and Digital SAT relatively close together to determine your test strength/preference. Focus your test prep on your strength!

Students from other schools welcome – invite your friends!

More details on the PTSA TEST PREP web page.

PTSA Test Prep Chair – Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

 

AVID TUTORS

  • Looking for a flexible and part-time position at West Potomac High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2023-2024 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.97 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at [email protected] or [email protected]

College and Career Center 

WPHS Lunch & Learn: Paying for College

Scholarships, grants, loans, work study, FAFSA, VASA….what do they all mean?  Students can bring their lunch to the College & Career Center on Monday, 12/4 for a presentation on paying for college.    All students are welcome to attend. The presentation will be held during every lunch and registration is not required.

 FAFSA/VASA Resource:

The Office of Federal Student Aid announced that the FAFSA will open by December 31, 2023.  Our Financial Aid Champion Mrs. Rowsey will be in the College & Career Center every Thursday during each lunch to help seniors set up their FSA ID. Seniors will need their computer and social security number.  Appointments are not required. See the flyer for Ms. Rowsey’s weekly visit schedule. 

 Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Info Sessions:

NOVA will host virtual sessions to give an opportunity for seniors and their families to learn about the numerous opportunities, services & resources offered. Please see the flyer for registration links.

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • December 12, 2023 (7:00pm)
  • January 23, 2024 (4:30pm)
  • February 20, 2024 (7:00pm) (Spanish Session)
  • March 19, 2024 (4:30pm)

Apprenticeship 101: 

Do you have a senior interested in the skilled trades?  Apprenticeship 101 is a pre-apprenticeship class for construction offered by FCPS Adult & Community Education (ACE).  Topics will include basic safety, hand & power tools, introduction to construction drawings, construction careers and more. Call ACE Registration at 703-658-1201 to take advantage of the reduced rate.  See the flyer for additional details.

PTSA News

  • The PTSA is thrilled to announce that this holiday season, we are bringing you a special way to show your school spirit and add a festive touch to your decorations. Introducing the West Potomac HS Ornaments!

Ornament Details:

  • Price: $15 per ornament
  • Ornament Style: 3-inch full-color round ceramic
  • Comes with a silver cord for easy hanging.
  • Ornaments are in stock and available for pick up, just in time to kick off the holiday season with a touch of WP spirit.

Don't miss this opportunity to adorn your home with West Potomac pride. These ornaments are in limited supply, so be sure to order yours soon!

Pick-up details will be sent after purchase. To place your order, please click below: https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/948818

It's Five Guys time again! 

  • Join us for the last Five Guys fundraiser of 2023! Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our Five Guys Restaurant Nights, your participation helps the PTSA raise money used for academic enrichment programs.
  • Delicious Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and so much more. Head to Five Guys - December 6th from 4:00-8:00 PM at either the Quander Road or Hybla Valley location. Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA. 

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN 

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.
  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

School Fundraisers  

Orchestra Fundraiser:

  • Poinsettias are available for sale at this weekend's Alexandria Community Nutcracker performances (November 29th - December 2nd). They make spectacular additions to your Holiday display and wonderful gifts this season. They can be pre-ordered or purchased at the show. Here's the link to order online: https://checkout.square.site/buy/4TXGORQOCHVOJOBVHUEPRZJ5.

Class of 2025 News

  • SPREAD the Word! The Junior class will be hosting a Parents’ Night Out on December 9th from 5-8:30. See Flyer Below! Please look out for ways that parents can help. All proceeds will benefit the Class of 2025.
  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join.
  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/23 at the Torpedo Factory!

Class of 2024

Class of 2024 Krispy Kreme fundraiser : 11/21 – 12/15 .. Pick up donuts for your holiday parties and support the Class of 2024 at the same time!!!  Scan the qr code, place your order, pick it up on the way to your holiday party and support the class of 2024 at the same time!!!

Class of 2024 Wendy’s Fundraiser : 12/5  ALL DAY LONG!  Show the flyer when you order and 20% of sales goes to the class of 2024!!!

  • McAllister’s Restaurant Night on Wednesday, December 13th! Take a night off from cooking and help us raise funds for our upcoming Senior Class events.
  • Senior Dues : $80 .. pay via my school bucks. Hard deadline to pay is May 1st. Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]  if you have any questions
  • Cap and Gown orders : Don’t forget to place your cap and gown order by December 15th ! Fill out the google form to place your order !
  • We are challenging all Senior families to donate $24 for their student! Please consider donating to our $24 before ‘24! Campaign. Help the Class of 2024 raise funds for the Senior Bash in June by donating $24 before January 1, 2024! Help us achieve our goal by clicking on the link below to donate today!
  • https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/963987

    $24 before ‘24 CHALLENGE

Senior Parents:

  • Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr 

  • Please also consider supporting our Wolverine Seniors by purchasing a WPHS Class of 2024 Christmas ornament. Your purchase directly benefits the Class of 2024 events

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WPHS News You Choose 11/18/2023

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers

Important Dates

  • November 18: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Scholarship 101 – An Overview of the Process for Applying for Outside Scholarships
  • November 20: Fall Sports Awards Night, 6:30pm, Auditorium
  • November 21: Class of 2024 Five Guys Fundraiser, 4-8
  • November 22-24: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 28: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM - Scholarship 101 – An Overview of the Process for Applying for Outside Scholarships
  • December 5: Class of 2024 Wendy’s Fundraiser

Save the date:

  • January 9, 2024: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Family Night/Electives Open House

Principal’s Message

Wolverine Community,

Happy Weekend.  Below are a few brief reminders I wanted to share with you:

  • ParentVue/StudentVue have been back up since Tuesday. Gradebooks within these applications are the best way to view your child’s current progress.  Yesterday students received a hard copy of their report cards in Advisory.  If you’d like to review their grades as of November 3rd your child should have it with them this weekend. 
  • Attendance Report Cards – all families should have received your child’s attendance report card via email. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our school-based team.  There were links to Administration and Student Services within the report card.  We’ll continue to send updates later in the school year as we work to reduce chronic absenteeism at West Potomac.
  • As we start the second quarter, please take a moment to review our arrival and dismissal kiss and ride procedures. Note the green on the map shows where only staff and student drivers should be entering campus.  All student drop offs should be occurring on the orange route.  Please never allow your child to exit your vehicle while on Quander Road.  We appreciate everyone’s support as we work to ensure a safe arrival and departure every day at West Potomac! 
  • Finally, yesterday we shared with our Faculty some bittersweet news as Ms. Belinda Williams, Assistant Principal, has accepted a position as Assistant Principal at Bryant High School.  Ms. Williams has served the West Potomac Community in two capacities – first as an English teacher from 1998-2003 and then returning in 2020 as assistant principal. I know on behalf of our entire community we thank her all she has done for our students and faculty and wish her the best in her new position.  Ms. Williams last day at West Potomac will be December 8. 

Wishing you a great weekend.

Take care,

Kevin McMahon

Interim Principal

School News

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

Registration now open for winter and spring classes and mocks - https://applerouth.onecanoe.com/school/8946

CLASSES OFFERED:

  • SAT Winter Group Class starts 12/2/23 and preps for 3/9/24 official SAT test (digital version). Register soon! You can always take the 12/2 mock test online over winter break if you have a schedule conflict on 12/2. Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • ACT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.

MOCK TESTS OFFERED: SAT and ACT mock tests are offered starting 12/2/23 through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE

Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected].

What the PTSA’s Test Prep Program Offers

  • Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application
  • Mock Tests – Find out how you’d score! Mock Tests ($23.00): Practice your skills under realistic testing conditions. Take mocks of both ACT and Digital SAT relatively close together to determine your test strength/preference. Focus your test prep on your strength!
  • SAT & ACT Test Prep Classes Group classes ($425.00): Students receive a 15-hour, structured review of major Digital SAT or ACT concepts and strategies from a premium tutor trained to deliver content in efficient and interesting ways. Test guides & session notes are provided to help simplify the studying process. Additionally, after each mock test, you will receive a detailed results analysis to help you chart your own unique course towards mastering the test. Online class license is included. Minimum enrollment is 15 students.
  • Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here. 
  • Supercharge your study skills! Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! More details about this e-book content available here.

  • PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

AVID TUTORS

  • Looking for a flexible and part-time position at West Potomac High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2023-2024 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.97 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at [email protected] or [email protected]

College & Career Center

ASBC 21st Annual HBCU College Festival:

  • The ASBC 21st Annual Historically Black College & University (HBCU) Festival is a hybrid event being held November 17-18, 2023. This event is open to all high school students and will be held at The St. James Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  The festival is dedicated to connecting high school students and their families to HBCUs, and scholarship opportunities. Approximately 80 colleges and universities will be represented during the two-day event.  Students and their families are encouraged to register at https://hbcufest.alfredstreet.org/e/hbcu-fest

Scholarship 101 Virtual Workshops:

  • College Access Fairfax (CAF) partners with FCPS to provide invaluable resources on financial literacy regarding paying for college to students & families. Please visit CAF’s website  https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  to see a full description and details of all the services they offer, including videos of previous workshop presentations and scholarships available to FCPS students.

See below the upcoming virtual workshops for students and parents:

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA):

  • NOVA will host virtual sessions to give an opportunity for seniors and their families to learn about the numerous opportunities, services & resources offered. Please see the flyer for registration links.

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS:

  • December 12, 2023 (7:00pm)
  • January 23, 2024 (4:30pm)
  • February 20, 2024 (7:00pm) (Spanish Session)
  • March 19, 2024 (4:30pm)

SAVE THE DATE - 2024 Gap Year Fair

  • FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.   This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Student registration will open on November 20, 2023. Contact Pamela White, Postsecondary Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-393-1102 if you have any questions.

PTSA News 

Get into the Holiday Spirit with West Potomac High School Ornaments

  • The PTSA is thrilled to announce that this holiday season, we are bringing you a special way to show your school spirit and add a festive touch to your decorations. Introducing the West Potomac HS Ornaments!
  • Ornament Details:
    • Price: $15 per ornament
    • Ornament Style: 3-inch full-color round ceramic
    • Comes with a silver cord for easy hanging.
  • Ornaments will be available for pick up in mid-November, just in time to kick off the holiday season with a touch of WP spirit. 
  • Don't miss this opportunity to adorn your home with West Potomac pride. These ornaments are in limited supply, so be sure to order yours soon!
  • To place your order, please click here. Pick-up details will be sent after purchase. 

Thank you for your continued support of our school community. 

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN 

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.
  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

 

School Fundraisers  

Class of 2025 News

  • SPREAD the Word! The Junior class will be hosting a Parents’ Night Out on December 9th from 5-8:30. More details to follow! Please look out for ways that parents can help. All proceeds will benefit the Class of 2025.
  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join.
  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/23 at the Torpedo Factory!

Class of 2024

$24 before ‘24 CHALLENGE

  • We are challenging all Senior families to donate $24 for their student! Please consider donating to our $24 before ‘24! Campaign. Help the Class of 2024 raise funds for the Senior Bash in June by donating $24 before January 1, 2024! Help us achieve our goal by clicking on the link below to donate today!
  • https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/963987

SENIOR DONUT DAY!! 

Date: 11/30/23

Where: WPHS Cafeteria

When: During Advisory Period

Seniors, be sure to pop in to the cafeteria during your advisory period for a Krispy Kreme treat. There will be Door Prizes!! 

*Parents and families, we will be in need of help to pass out donuts and are also looking for donations of granola bars. Please click the sign-up genius below if you’re able to help out. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0A4EA5A82AA02-46183057-class#/

Please also consider donating to help us offset the cost of the donuts. westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/964009

Senior Parents:

  • Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!
  • https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

Please also consider supporting our Wolverine Seniors by purchasing a WPHS Class of 2024 Christmas ornament. Your purchase directly benefits the Class of 2024 events.

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We appreciate your interest in attending this event. The game will be held on January 7th, 2023. The cost of the ticket for seniors is $69.00. Please keep in mind the following items when deciding to attend the game:

  • Tickets are only for students in the Class of 2024
  • West Potomac High School is not providing any transportation to and from the game. You must get to the game on your own.
  • Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Seniors can only purchase one ticket.
  • Tickets will be sold through myschoolbucks and in room 718.
  • Cash, check, and credit card are acceptable forms of payment.
  • Tickets are final sale.
  • The time of the game has not been determined. Therefore, the game can be at 1pm, 4pm, or 8pm.
  • Seniors must pay for their tickets by Friday, November 1st, 2023. After November 1st, tickets will be made available to parents and teachers.

If you decide to return your ticket, you must return it to Ms. Simpson or Ms. Hackshaw. You cannot sell the ticket to anyone else. This is a senior event and can only be transferred to a West Potomac senior.

Cost of the tickets : $69.00

End Zone Sections:   411, 412, 413, 416 & 417

Email:[email protected] & [email protected]

Drop Off: UBER AREA near the red zone lot

Meeting Time:  TBD

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Hacksaw and Ms. Simpson. We are located in room 718( Hackshaw) & Simpson ( 605)

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Carinne Hackshaw

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WPHS NYC 11/10/2023

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Information
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2024 Fundraisers

Important Dates

  • November 12: Nutcracker Tea Party, 2 – 4 p.m. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Alexandria
  • November 14: Gradebook becomes available again in StudentVue/ParentVue
  • November 14:  Orchestra Booster Restaurant Night Fundraiser – Five Guys (Quander Road & Hybla Valley Locations), 4-8pm
  • November 14: PTSA Meeting, 6:30, Library (date may change)
  • November 14: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Paying for College – An Overview of the Financial Aid Process Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • November 18: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Scholarship 101 – An Overview of the Process for Applying for Outside Scholarships
  • November 20: Fall Sports Awards Night, 6:30pm, Auditorium
  • November 22-24: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 28: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM - Scholarship 101 – An Overview of the Process for Applying for Outside Scholarships

Save the date:

  • January 9, 2024: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Family Night/Electives Open House

Principal’s Message

Happy Friday Wolverine Community,

While it was a short week, it was a busy one and we were excited to welcome back our Wolverines to start the 2nd Quarter.  I want to start by thanking all the Veterans in our West Potomac Community for their service today and every day.  Thank you to all those who participated in our Veterans Day celebration this morning on campus!

Yesterday we held our annual Fall Academic Awards Ceremony during Advisory.  Congratulations to over 500 Wolverines who were recognized for their academic accomplishments during the 2022-23 school year.  You can view a few photos below.  In addition, the program for the event is here.  Congratulations again to our students - We are proud of you!

Yesterday our community also received exciting news as Ms. Jessica Statz was introduced as the next principal of West Potomac High School!  Ms. Statz, a former assistant principal at West Potomac, will return to West Potomac as principal on November 20th.  I know we look forward to welcoming her back to the Wolverine Community! 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Take care,

Kevin McMahon

Interim Principal

Congratulations to all those recognized at the 2023 Fall Academic Awards!

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards - Now Accepting Nominations! 

  • We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building. Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles.  We hope you will help us to celebrate the amazing work done every day at West Potomac High School by highlighting some of our amazing staff members!
  • To nominate a West Potomac HS staff member, please complete the Nomination Form .  If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Website.  Nominations are due by 3pm November 17. Contact Mike Henrich at [email protected] or 703-218-2679 with any questions.

We are accepting nominations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding New Teacher
    • Has 1-3 years of teaching experience in any school/district.
  • Outstanding Teacher
    • Has 4 or more years of teaching experience in any school/district. Librarians are included in this category.
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
    • Has worked at least one year in a non-instructional position that supports school leadership. School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialists, System of Support Advisor, On Time Graduation Coordinator, Dean of Students, Dean of Instruction, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologists, Social Workers, School Counselors, and the Safety and Security Specialist are included in this category.
  • Outstanding Operational Employee
    • Has at least 1 year of experience in their current position. This category includes Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistants, Custodians, Food Service Staff, IAs, PHAs, PHTAs, and Parent Liaisons.
  • Outstanding Leader 
    • Has worked at least one year in an administrative position other than principal.

Nomination Form

School News

Attention Class of 2026 Parents (current sophomores)! Please join the WEST POTOMAC HS CLASS OF 2026 PARENTS AND FAMILIES Facebook page!

  • This page will serve as a virtual community where parents or guardians of WPHS Class of 2026 can come together to share news, information, and comments about some of the great things happening at WP in a safe, positive, fun, engaging, and unbiased space. Please note, this is NOT a site for WP students.

Governor’s World Language Academies (GWLA)

  • West Potomac process for nomination info link> WestPo Student Guide to Governor Academy for World Languages
  • Who can apply?
    • Interest and emotional maturity, stability, stamina and self-discipline
    • 11th graders or mature 10th graders
    • Nominated by school & recommended by 2 teachers (must fill out our interest form by November 16th to be considered)
    • Apply to 1 Governor’s summer residential program or GWLA and may attend one in their HS career
    • Ambassador to their school & FCPS
  • Full-Immersion> French, German, Spanish: 3+ years of language, not a native/near-native speaker, good proficiency, use target language for all social and academic interactions 
    • Latin: 2+ years of Latin
    • Partial-Immersion> Japanese: 2+ years of ANY world language, not a fluent or proficient speaker of Japanese

AVID TUTORS

  • Looking for a flexible and part-time position at West Potomac High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2023-2024 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.97 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at [email protected] or [email protected]

College & Career Center

FCPS Virtual Event Recordings:

  • In October 2023, FCPS students and families had the opportunity to attend 12 virtual sessions related to postsecondary success during our Two-Night Postsecondary Virtual Event. If you were unable to attend, please see the flyer with recordings for each session.

Moving on to Life in the Community Resource Fair:

  • Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) for the annual Moving on to Life in the Community Resource Fair!  This event is designed for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities who will need continuing support after they exit FCPS.  It will be held on Thursday, November 9th, 2023, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Annandale High School (Cafeteria), 4700 Medford Dr., Annandale, VA 22003.  Students and families can learn about supported employment options, day support programs, recreation/leisure activities, residential living options, travel training supports, advocacy, funding, and more!  Register online: https://tinyurl.com/ycx4bwec

ASBC 21st Annual HBCU College Festival:

  • The ASBC 21st Annual Historically Black College & University (HBCU) Festival is a hybrid event being held November 17-18, 2023. This event is open to all high school students and will be held at The St. James Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  The festival is dedicated to connecting high school students and their families to HBCUs, and scholarship opportunities. Approximately 80 colleges and universities will be represented during the two-day event.  Students and their families are encouraged to register at https://hbcufest.alfredstreet.org/e/hbcu-fest

College Access Fairfax (CAF) is a community organization & free resource for FCPS students and families.  They partner with Fairfax County Public Schools to provide invaluable resources on financial literacy regarding paying for college to students & families. Please visit CAF’s website https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  to see a full description and details of all the services they offer, including videos of previous workshop presentations and scholarships available to FCPS students.

PTSA News 

Get into the Holiday Spirit with West Potomac High School Ornaments

  • The PTSA is thrilled to announce that this holiday season, we are bringing you a special way to show your school spirit and add a festive touch to your decorations. Introducing the West Potomac HS Ornaments!
  • Ornament Details:
    • Price: $15 per ornament
    • Ornament Style: 3-inch full-color round ceramic
    • Comes with a silver cord for easy hanging.
  • Ornaments will be available for pick up in mid-November, just in time to kick off the holiday season with a touch of WP spirit. 
  • Don't miss this opportunity to adorn your home with West Potomac pride. These ornaments are in limited supply, so be sure to order yours soon!
  • To place your order, please click here. Pick-up details will be sent after purchase. 

Thank you for your continued support of our school community. 

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN 

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.
  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

 

Class of 2024

Senior Photos Update

  • Additional dates for Senior Photos coming up on November 15, 16 and 17, 3:30-8:30 in the Cafeteria.
  • Seniors can access the scheduling site either through the customized link provided or by visiting the Legacy Studios website and searching by school.
  • Both the school customized link and a link to the Legacy Studios website are provided here: https://seniors.legacystudios.com/
  • https://seniors.legacystudios.com/west-potomac-hs-alexandria-va-2/
  • Below is the contact information for customer care service in case you require any assistance. 

Chat: https://seniors.legacystudios.com

School Fundraisers  

WPHS Orchestra

Restaurant Night at Five Guys on Tuesday, 14 November, 4-8 pm. Support the orchestra program by grabbing a burger, dog, milkshake, or other freshly made entree at the Quander Road (6210 Quander Road) or Hybla Valley (7622 Richmond Highway) location.

CHRISTMAS PLANNING IN NOVEMBER

  • Why not get a jump on the season ... AND help West Po Crew with critical fundraising to support our coaches, equipment, and regatta fees!
  • We are selling fresh holiday evergreens handcrafted from the boughs of trees grown high in the Cascade Mountains. They’re full, fragrant, and rich in color—perfect for your front door or above the mantel. They also make great gifts! Your support makes a big difference. Click the link below to place your order! https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/wpcrew

For LOCALS:  You've got options!

    • You can shop our BOOTH SALES, which will run on Saturdays and Sundays from November 25th through December 17th (earlier if we sell out) at Hollin Hills Pool. We'll sell two sizes of wreaths, plus garland.
    • Want even more products to choose from? Order ONLINE!
    • Note: If you order online AND the items you want are available for “Local Delivery”, please choose this option! This means your order comes to the team, and we'll bring it to you. Why does it matter? For some reason, we make more money this way!

CLASS OF 2024 

Senior Grab and Go Breakfast Date: 11/30/23

Where: WPHS Cafeteria

When: During Advisory Period

Seniors, be sure to pop in during your advisory period for a quick grab and go breakfast. 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will also be looking for volunteers to sign-up for Senior events throughout the school year. If you are available, we still need several volunteers for our upcoming 11/30 Senior breakfast. 

 

Our Direct Donations link is also up and running for the Class of 2024. All donations will be used to offset the costs of the events planned throughout the school year for the Class of 2024. No donation is too big or too small! Thank you for supporting the Class of 2024! Please scan the below QR code.

Please also consider supporting our Wolverine Seniors by purchasing a WPHS Class of 2024 Christmas ornament. Your purchase directly benefits the Class of 2024 events.

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We appreciate your interest in attending this event. The game will be held on January 7th, 2023. The cost of the ticket for seniors is $69.00. Please keep in mind the following items when deciding to attend the game:

  • Tickets are only for students in the Class of 2024
  • West Potomac High School is not providing any transportation to and from the game. You must get to the game on your own.
  • Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Seniors can only purchase one ticket.
  • Tickets will be sold through myschoolbucks and in room 718.
  • Cash, check, and credit card are acceptable forms of payment.
  • Tickets are final sale.
  • The time of the game has not been determined. Therefore, the game can be at 1pm, 4pm, or 8pm.
  • Seniors must pay for their tickets by Friday, November 1st, 2023. After November 1st, tickets will be made available to parents and teachers.

If you decide to return your ticket, you must return it to Ms. Simpson or Ms. Hackshaw. You cannot sell the ticket to anyone else. This is a senior event and can only be transferred to a West Potomac senior.

Cost of the tickets : $69.00

End Zone Sections:   411, 412, 413, 416 & 417

Email:[email protected] & [email protected]

Drop Off: UBER AREA near the red zone lot

Meeting Time:  TBD

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Hacksaw and Ms. Simpson. We are located in room 718( Hackshaw) & Simpson ( 605)

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Carinne Hackshaw

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Information
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2024 Fundraisers

Important Dates

  • November 6-7: No School for Students, School Planning Day/Teacher Workday
  • November 8, 9, and 13: The 2023 World Languages Credit Exam 
  • November 9: Moving on to Life in the Community Resource Fair, 6:30-8:30
  • November 9: Fall Awards Ceremony – Advisory Period
  • November 9: ESOL Family Night, 7pm Library
  • November 12: Nutcracker Tea Party, 2 – 4 p.m. Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  • November 14: PTSA Meeting, 6:30, Library
  • November 14: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Paying for College – An Overview of the Financial Aid Process Saturday, November 18 at 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  •  November 18: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Scholarship 101 – An Overview of the Process for Applying for Outside Scholarships
  • November 20: Fall Sports Awards Night, 6:30pm, Auditorium
  • November 22-24: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 28: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM - Scholarship 101 – An Overview of the Process for Applying for Outside Scholarships

Principal’s Message

Wolverine Community,

We have made it to the end of the 1st Quarter!  As a reminder, there is no school for Students on Monday and Tuesday.  Over the coming days teachers will be posting first quarter grades.  As a result, ParentVue and StudentVue access to gradebook and report card went down this afternoon at 4pm and will return on 11/14 at 6am.  You can see 1st quarter grades when it becomes available on 11/14 and a paper copy will be distributed to students in advisory on Friday November 17.  Please remember that with a rolling gradebook, report cards are just a snapshot of your child’s grade as of the end of the 1st quarter.  When ParentVue/StudentVue become available, the gradebook is the best resource for your child’s current progress.

Earlier today about 500 students received an email on the fcpsschools.net account from our Interim Director of Student Services, Ms. Bowdring, inviting them to our Fall Awards Ceremony during Advisory on Thursday.  At this student celebration, we recognize those who earned their Academic Letter for 2022-23 school year (3.8 GPA or higher), 2023 AP Scholars, students who earned National Merit recognitions, those accepted to Governor’s School this past year and those who earned College Board National Recognition.  Students will learn exactly what they are recognized for via the virtual program available on Thursday.  We will share a link to the program next week.  Congratulations to those being recognized – check your student fcpsschools.net email!  

I wanted to let you know that we are finalizing a new layer of communication.  Later this month all parents and guardians will receive an emailed 1st Quarter Attendance Report Card.  This is meant to be just another layer of communication as we continue to encourage students to be at school every day. You will receive a similar update after the 2nd and 3rd Quarter.  A reminder that a student who has 18 or more excused and unexcused full day absences for the entire school year meets the definition of Chronically Absent.  Part of our West Potomac School Innovation and Improvement Plan is to reduce our chronic absenteeism rate.  

Finally, congratulations to our West Potomac Marching Band on earning a rating of "SUPERIOR" (the highest rating) this past Saturday at the 2023 VBODA State Marching Assessment.  The band receive this rating from all five judges!!  Congratulations to our Marching Band on a fantastic season!  

Wishing you a great weekend.

Take care,

Kevin McMahon

Interim Principal

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards - Now Accepting Nominations! We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building. Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles.  We hope you will help us to celebrate the amazing work done every day at West Potomac High School by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! 

To nominate a West Potomac HS staff member, please complete the Nomination Form .  If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Website.  Nominations are due by 3pm November 17. Contact Mike Henrich at [email protected] or 703-218-2679 with any questions.

We are accepting nominations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding New Teacher
    • Has 1-3 years of teaching experience in any school/district.
  • Outstanding Teacher
    • Has 4 or more years of teaching experience in any school/district. Librarians are included in this category.
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
    • Has worked at least one year in a non-instructional position that supports school leadership. School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialists, System of Support Advisor, On Time Graduation Coordinator, Dean of Students, Dean of Instruction, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologists, Social Workers, School Counselors, and the Safety and Security Specialist are included in this category.
  • Outstanding Operational Employee
    • Has at least 1 year of experience in their current position. This category includes Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistants, Custodians, Food Service Staff, IAs, PHAs, PHTAs, and Parent Liaisons.
  • Outstanding Leader 
    • Has worked at least one year in an administrative position other than principal.

Nomination Form

School News

ESOL Family Night - November 9, 7pm Library

  • The ESOL Department is hosting an information night for families of English Learners on November 9th at 7pm in the library.  Please join us to learn about our school community and ESOL programming.

Attention Class of 2026 Parents (current sophomores)! Please join the WEST POTOMAC HS CLASS OF 2026 PARENTS AND FAMILIES Facebook page!

  • This page will serve as a virtual community where parents or guardians of WPHS Class of 2026 can come together to share news, information, and comments about some of the great things happening at WP in a safe, positive, fun, engaging, and unbiased space. Please note, this is NOT a site for WP students.

Governor’s World Language Academies (GWLA)

  • West Potomac process for nomination info link> WestPo Student Guide to Governor Academy for World Languages
  • Interest Meeting November 9th at 3pm in Room 454
  • Who can apply?
    • Interest and emotional maturity, stability, stamina and self-discipline
    • 11th graders or mature 10th graders
    • Nominated by school & recommended by 2 teachers (must fill out our interest form by November 16th to be considered)
    • Apply to 1 Governor’s summer residential program or GWLA and may attend one in their HS career
    • Ambassador to their school & FCPS
  • Full-Immersion> French, German, Spanish: 3+ years of language, not a native/near-native speaker, good proficiency, use target language for all social and academic interactions 
    • Latin: 2+ years of Latin
    • Partial-Immersion> Japanese: 2+ years of ANY world language, not a fluent or proficient speaker of Japanese

PSAT / SAT October Follow Up Information

  • SAT School Day Scores Are Available for Families on November 8 - Students who participated in the School Day SAT on October 11, 2023 will be able to access scores via their College Board accounts beginning August 8. Students who participated in the SAT on October 26 will have access to scores on November 16. A video tutorial for accessing and understanding SAT scores is available on the College Board website. Families can reach out to their student’s school SAT coordinator if they have questions regarding SAT School Day score reporting.
  • Digital PSAT Score Release and National Merit Scholarship Information November 6 - Students who participated in the Digital PSAT on October 11, 2023 will be able to access scores via the College Board BigFuture School App or their College Board accounts beginning November 6. A video tutorial for accessing and understanding Digital PSAT scores is available on the College Board website. Eleventh grade students who participate in the PSAT may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program and can find additional information on the National Merit Scholarship Corporation website. Families can reach out to their student’s school PSAT coordinator (Ms. Rebecca Watt) if they have questions regarding Digital PSAT score reporting or the National Merit Scholarship Program.  

Last Chance to See Carrie: The Musical - Tonight and Tomorrow!

Stephen King’s classic tale comes to life on stage at West Potomac High School.

Just in time for Halloween, Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School presents Carrie: The Musical, running October 26 - November 5. 

Carrie White is a teenage outcast who longs to fit in. At school, she’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's dominated by her loving but cruelly controlling mother. What none of them know is that Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

Adapted from Stephen King’s debut novel, Carrie: The Musical presents a fresh take on a horror classic. Featuring a book by original screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen and score by Academy Award winners Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose), Carrie premiered on Broadway in 1988. Long after its notoriously short run, bootlegs of the production gained a cult following online, and the musical was revamped in 2012 with an updated script and new songs. The revival received multiple award nominations and was named Best Off-Broadway Musical. 

Assigned seating for all shows is $10 for students and $15 for adults, available online at www.westpotomactheatre.org. Any remaining seats will be available at the door one hour before performances.

Disclaimer: This musical contains strong language and adult situations. For mature audiences only.

Where:

Kogelman Theater

West Potomac High School

6500 Quander Road

Alexandria, VA 22307

Remaining Shows:

November 3rd, and 4th @ 7pm

November 4th @ 1pm

Congratulations to our Band Program on a great Fall Concert last night!

AVID Tutors

  • Looking for a flexible and part-time position at West Potomac High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2023-2024 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.97 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at [email protected] or [email protected]

College & Career Center

FCPS Virtual Event Recordings:

In October 2023, FCPS students and families had the opportunity to attend 12 virtual sessions related to postsecondary success during our Two-Night Postsecondary Virtual Event. If you were unable to attend, please see the flyer with recordings for each session.

 

Moving on to Life in the Community Resource Fair:

Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) for the annual Moving on to Life in the Community Resource Fair!  This event is designed for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities who will need continuing support after they exit FCPS.  It will be held on Thursday, November 9th, 2023, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Annandale High School (Cafeteria), 4700 Medford Dr., Annandale, VA 22003.  Students and families can learn about supported employment options, day support programs, recreation/leisure activities, residential living options, travel training supports, advocacy, funding, and more!  Register online: https://tinyurl.com/ycx4bwec

 

ASBC 21st Annual HBCU College Festival:

The ASBC 21st Annual Historically Black College & University (HBCU) Festival is a hybrid event being held November 17-18, 2023. This event is open to all high school students and will be held at The St. James Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  The festival is dedicated to connecting high school students and their families to HBCUs, and scholarship opportunities. Approximately 80 colleges and universities will be represented during the two-day event.  Students and their families are encouraged to register at https://hbcufest.alfredstreet.org/e/hbcu-fest

College Access Fairfax (CAF) is a community organization & free resource for FCPS students and families.  They partner with Fairfax County Public Schools to provide invaluable resources on financial literacy regarding paying for college to students & families. Please visit CAF’s website https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  to see a full description and details of all the services they offer, including videos of previous workshop presentations and scholarships available to FCPS students.

 

PTSA News 

Get into the Holiday Spirit with West Potomac High School Ornaments

  • The PTSA is thrilled to announce that this holiday season, we are bringing you a special way to show your school spirit and add a festive touch to your decorations. Introducing the West Potomac HS Ornaments!
  • Ornament Details:
    • Price: $15 per ornament
    • Ornament Style: 3-inch full-color round ceramic
    • Comes with a silver cord for easy hanging.
  • Ornaments will be available for pick up in mid-November, just in time to kick off the holiday season with a touch of WP spirit. 
  • Don't miss this opportunity to adorn your home with West Potomac pride. These ornaments are in limited supply, so be sure to order yours soon!
  • To place your order, please click here. Pick-up details will be sent after purchase. 

Thank you for your continued support of our school community. 

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN 

  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.
  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 

Class of 2024

Senior Photos Update

School Fundraisers 

CHRISTMAS PLANNING IN NOVEMBER

  • Why not get a jump on the season ... AND help West Po Crew with critical fundraising to support our coaches, equipment, and regatta fees!
  • We are selling fresh holiday evergreens handcrafted from the boughs of trees grown high in the Cascade Mountains. They’re full, fragrant, and rich in color—perfect for your front door or above the mantel. They also make great gifts! Your support makes a big difference. Click the link below to place your order! https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/wpcrew
  • Remember the ONLINE sale closes October 29! Why so early? This gives our vendor, Sherwood Forest, enough time to send the items by Thanksgiving.
  • For LOCALS:  You've got options!
    • You can shop our BOOTH SALES, which will run on Saturdays and Sundays from November 25th through December 17th (earlier if we sell out) at Hollin Hills Pool. We'll sell two sizes of wreaths, plus garland.
    • Want even more products to choose from? Order ONLINE!
    • Note: If you order online AND the items you want are available for “Local Delivery”, please choose this option! This means your order comes to the team, and we'll bring it to you. Why does it matter? For some reason, we make more money this way!

Class of 2024 Fundraisers

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We appreciate your interest in attending this event. The game will be held on January 7th, 2023. The cost of the ticket for seniors is $69.00. Please keep in mind the following items when deciding to attend the game:

  • Tickets are only for students in the Class of 2024
  • West Potomac High School is not providing any transportation to and from the game. You must get to the game on your own.
  • Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Seniors can only purchase one ticket.
  • Tickets will be sold through myschoolbucks and in room 718.
  • Cash, check, and credit card are acceptable forms of payment.
  • Tickets are final sale.
  • The time of the game has not been determined. Therefore, the game can be at 1pm, 4pm, or 8pm.
  • Seniors must pay for their tickets by Friday, November 1st, 2023. After November 1st, tickets will be made available to parents and teachers.

If you decide to return your ticket, you must return it to Ms. Simpson or Ms. Hackshaw. You cannot sell the ticket to anyone else. This is a senior event and can only be transferred to a West Potomac senior.

Cost of the tickets : $69.00

End Zone Sections:   411, 412, 413, 416 & 417

Email:[email protected] & [email protected]

Drop Off: UBER AREA near the red zone lot

Meeting Time:  TBD

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Hacksaw and Ms. Simpson. We are located in room 718( Hackshaw) & Simpson ( 605)

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Carinne Hackshaw

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
Attendance | Web | Twitter

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