News You Choose - Friday, October 18, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Federal Aid Survey Forms
  • The College Admission Process
  • Booster Pass
  • Science Fair
  • Avid Tutors Needed
  • PTSA Updates
  • Yearbooks
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Newsletter/October
  • Orchestra Update
  • Mamma Mia!

 

Important Dates:

Oct. 19: 8:00pm-12:00am – Homecoming Dance, West Potomac HS Gym

Oct. 21: 7:00 pm- Partners for Safe Teen Driving, Springbank

Oct. 23: 7:00 pm – Senior Parents Meeting, Library

Nov. 1: End of 1st Quarter

Nov. 4 & 5: Student Holidays/Teacher Workdays

Nov. 11: 6:30pm - PTSA Meeting, Library

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Happy Homecoming!

We look forward to seeing everyone out tonight for our homecoming match up against Annandale.  Our student government has worked hard to have a fun homecoming week and we look forward to tomorrow night's dance.

Last weekend we celebrated our inaugural class of the West Potomac Hall of Fame.  It was truly a moving event and we appreciate all those who supported the process and festivities.

Please remember we are nearing the end of the first quarter.  Reach out to your children's teachers if you have questions regarding their progress.  Gradebooks are being updated regularly.  Also, it is Impact Aid season.  Below you will find information about the important process.  Please follow through with completing the form once it is sent home.  FCPS benefits yearly from funds we receive from the federal government through this process. 

Have a great homecoming weekend!

Ms. Millard

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Impact Aid Survey

Beginning on October 21, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Video link - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

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The College Admission Process

Jed Applerouth, Doctor of Educational Psychology and founder of Applerouth Tutoring Services, will be hosting a free seminar on the college admissions process at West Potomac on Monday, October 28th from 7:00pm-9:00pm.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and to register.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oZ_W9m5cM5LlnCtgWlT5x4Kt9ZxdN0Su/view?usp=sharing

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Booster Pass

Booster pass members please take your cards with you to all WP home games, names will no longer be looked up at the ticket booths.  If you do not have your pass with you, tickets are $5 for students and $6 for adults.  Thank you for helping to make game nights run more smoothly.  If you have questions, please contact the WP Boosters. 

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Science Fair The West Potomac High School Science Fair is coming Jan 11, 2020 and we need about 30 community volunteers to serve as judge/consultants to make it happen. No experience necessary; just a willingness to listen and encourage young people towards evidence-based thought and research. Judge consultants select approximately 20 best projects for regional competition later in the year. Please email the Science Fair Coordinator Ed Chapman to sign up. Date: 1/11/2020, Time: 8am-12pm, Location: WPHS cafeteria

Avid Tutors Needed West Potomac is currently looking for additional AVID Tutors to support the program. This is a paid position through Fairfax County Public Schools. For more information on the position click here.

PTSA Update Federal Employee? The West Potomac PTSA is an approved Combined Federal Campaign Charity. Federal, civilian, postal and military donors may use CFC #62964 to contribute to the West Potomac PTSA. Visit http://www.cfcnca.org/ for more information. Contact Robyn Zevin, with questions or for our Tax ID number for your company’s match.

Senior Parent Meeting — October 23, 7:00 pm. All Night Grad (ANG) Chair/Co-Chair-This person(s) would initiate planning for "All Night Grad” for Class of 2020 that should start as soon as possible to guarantee vendors for the celebration graduation night. The ANG celebration brings the school's graduating seniors together. ANG is a fun and safe alternative for our kids on graduation night. More information will be available at the Senior Parents Meeting on October 23 at 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend to help plan this great event for our seniors. Have you joined the PTSA yet? To join online: visit westpotomacptsa.ptboard.com Our school code is: Q89YT5. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our membership chair, Tanya Stamos.

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

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Events

Huge News for the ACT – Please click on the following link: ACT ANNOUNCES BIG CHANGES FOR 2020 PSAT Pep Rally – Free PSAT Prep using the following link: PSAT PEP RALLY! Test Prep School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is now available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests. PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff  Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter

Yearbooks Purchase your student's yearbook.  Order online anytime! https://yearbookforever.com

Orchestra Update

Pies and Blankets Orchestra Pie sale is on! Let us help take some of the stress off the holidays with our delicious, ready to bake pies! All proceeds benefit the WPHS Orchestra program. Pies are available to order through October 18, and orders will be delivered on or after November 6. Payment is due at the time of order. Please copy and paste the links below for menu of options.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qhE8oDdXT2N8psVib4XYsbATCGn3UNDF/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hFeu6euV8lut 0rEISBRxL2FEz7oSOWS/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13Qxjhm7dQx2_gK0cbOM5oN6FqLPR3SsO/view?usp=sharing

 For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee. Cold weather is coming! One of the best ways to keep warm and show your team spirit is with a Wolverine Pride throw! All purchases benefit the orchestra and its programs! To order, click here.

Mamma Mia! Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School kicks off its 35th Season: From Across the Pond with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, dazzling audiences on stage from November 2 – 9. Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music which makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny, funny, international sensation unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's hit songs that include “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” and “SOS,” combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Performances will be held in the West Potomac High School’s Kogelman Theatre on Nov 2 (2pm & 7pm) Nov 3 (2pm*) Nov 7 (7pm*) Nov 8 (7pm) Nov 9 (2pm & 7pm). As if Mamma Mia! weren’t already giddy and shameless, here comes more musical silliness: November 3 and 7 are singalong performances with a Mamma Mia Mock-tail Party directly following the November 3 performance.  That’s correct, audience members will be able to sing along with the cast to ABBA’s hits during these special performances. It’s become clear just how much these songs mean to people. Our singalong nights will be a celebration of that; a chance for our energetic, passionate audiences to be a step closer to our talented cast RATING: MAMMA MIA! is rated PG. For tickets and additional information, visit westpotomactheatre.org

 

 

 

 

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Homecoming Week & Pep Rally on Friday, October 18, 2019

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Happy Homecoming week!

West Potomac High School's Pep Rally will take place tomorrow,Friday, October 18,during the last block.

All students should report to their advisory class and will be released to the pep rally via PA announcement.

There will be NO last minute early dismissals. 

No notes, phone calls or emails will be accepted for students to check out after 11:30 am. 

If students have arranged for early dismissal, they will have a pass from the attendance office otherwise students will attend the pep rally or go to the library.

Thank you, 

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Potomac HS Athletic Newsletter

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Stadium Expectations

 

Dear Wolverines,

 

This Friday, October 18th, West Potomac will host Annandale at The Jeffery C. Dietze Stadium. It is our Homecoming Game so please plan to arrive early. Here are a few reminders about Friday’s game to ensure all our patrons, students and parents enjoy the true spirit of the event.

 

  • Varsity Football Games will start at 7:00 PM. We will open our ticket gates at 6:00 PM. The ticket gate is the main entrance to the stadium. Admissions is $5 for Students and $6 for Adults. Admission is free for patrons over the age of 65 and under 6.
  • WABC members please bring your WABC Membership Pass to the game. You will have to purchase a ticket if you do not have your pass at the gate.
  • West Potomac High School is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free zone. Adults and students who are determined to be in violation of regulations restricting the possession or being under the influence of drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco will be dealt with accordingly, including being subject to arrest by police.
  • Parking is available in front and behind the Spring Bank building. Parking is also available by the auxiliary turf field behind the Gunston Building. Please do not park in fire lanes or other restricted areas.
  • No re-entry into the game. If you leave the game and wish to return, you will need to purchase another ticket.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with athletic equipment such as bats, balls, sticks, etc.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with containers such as water, bottles, cups, cans, etc.
  • Backpacks will not be allowed in the stadium
  • Wolverine fans are asked to demonstrate good citizenship and sportsmanship towards our opponents and officials. Any clothing that includes negative references to opposing teams/schools will not be tolerated. We encourage you to cheer loudly and positively for the Wolverines.
  • Parents, we are asking that you start arriving at 9:00 PM in front of the school to pick your child up when the game is over.

 

We look forward to seeing each of you this Friday at the game!

 

LET’S GO WOLVERINES!!!

 

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News You Choose - Friday, October 11, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • PSAT Day Reminder
  • Technology Student Association (TSA) Update
  • Science Fair
  • Avid Tutors Needed
  • PTSA Updates
  • Yearbooks
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Newsletter/October
  • Orchestra Update
  • Mamma Mia!

 

Important Dates:

Oct. 14: School Holiday

Oct. 16: 8:10 – 12:55 PSAT/NMSQT, early release day, no school for seniors

Oct. 18: 7:00 pm - Homecoming Football Game

Oct. 19: 8:00 pm - 12:00 am - Homecoming Dance

Oct. 21: 7:00 pm- Partners for Safe Teen Driving, Springbank

Oct. 23: 7:00 pm – Senior Parents Meeting, Library

Nov. 1: End of 1st Quarter

 

PSAT DAY Reminder – Wednesday, October 16, 2019:

Wednesday October 16, 2019 we will have a two-hour early dismissal as we are administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders.  9th graders. All these students will report to their advisory and participate in a morning of freshman transition activities.  Since regular classes will not be scheduled due to testing, 12th graders are not expected to report to school and will be considered EXC for the day.  We encourage them to be academically engaged in ways such as working on college applications, visiting a college, working on job applications or post-secondary plans, service-learning activities or working on their FAFSA application. 

Technology Student Association (TSA) Update

Reminder, this Saturday, October 12 is the Radio Control Auction.

Come help support West Potomac High Schools Technology Student Association (TSA) as we host The Northern Virginia Radio Control Club. Everyone is welcome to buy, sell or just come to check it out. See here for more information.

Science Fair The West Potomac High School Science Fair is coming Jan 11, 2020 and we need about 30 community volunteers to serve as judge/consultants to make it happen. No experience necessary; just a willingness to listen and encourage young people towards evidence-based thought and research. Judge consultants select approximately 20 best projects for regional competition later in the year. Please email the Science Fair Coordinator Ed Chapman to sign up. Date: 1/11/2020, Time: 8am-12pm, Location: WPHS cafeteria

Avid Tutors Needed West Potomac is currently looking for additional AVID Tutors to support the program. This is a paid position through Fairfax County Public Schools. For more information on the position click here.

PTSA Updates The PTSA is looking for volunteers for the following: Senior Parent Meeting All Night Grad (ANG) Chair/Co-Chair-This person(s) would initiate planning for "All Night Grad” for Class of 2020 that should start as soon as possible to guarantee venders for the celebration graduation night. The ANG celebration brings the school's graduating seniors together. ANG is a fun and safe alternative for our kids on graduation night. More information will be available at the Senior Parents Meeting on October 23 at 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend to help plan this great event for our seniors. Baccalaureate Chair — We are looking for a Junior or Senior parent to plan and manage the Baccalaureate Ceremony (a non-denominational service before graduation) honoring the graduating Class of 2020.  We welcome back the PTSA members who have already signed up to help this year and encourage all West Potomac families to join the PTSA. To join online: visit westpotomacptsa.ptboard.com Our school code is: Q89YT5. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our membership chair, Tanya Stamos.

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

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Events Huge News for the ACT – Please click on the following link: ACT ANNOUNCES BIG CHANGES FOR 2020 PSAT Pep Rally – Free PSAT Prep using the following link: PSAT PEP RALLY! Test Prep School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is now available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests. PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff  Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter

Yearbooks Pre-purchase your student's yearbook and $AVE!  Order online anytime! https://yearbookforever.com

Orchestra Update Pies and Blankets Orchestra Pie sale is on! Let us help take some of the stress off the holidays with our delicious, ready to bake pies! All proceeds benefit the WPHS Orchestra program. Pies are available to order through October 18, and orders will be delivered on or after November 6. Payment is due at the time of order. Please see attached for menu of options.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qhE8oDdXT2N8psVib4XYsbATCGn3UNDF/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hFeu6euV8lut-0rEISBRxL2FEz7oSOWS/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13Qxjhm7dQx2_gK0cbOM5oN6FqLPR3SsO/view?usp=sharing

For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee. Cold weather is coming! One of the best ways to keep warm and show your team spirit is with a Wolverine Pride throw! All purchases benefit the orchestra and its programs! To order, click here.

Mamma Mia! Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School kicks off its 35th Season: From Across the Pond with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, dazzling audiences on stage from November 2 – 9. Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music which makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny, funny, international sensation unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's hit songs that include “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” and “SOS,” combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Performances will be held in the West Potomac High School’s Kogelman Theatre on Nov 2 (2pm & 7pm) Nov 3 (2pm*) Nov 7 (7pm*) Nov 8 (7pm) Nov 9 (2pm & 7pm). As if Mamma Mia! weren’t already giddy and shameless, here comes more musical silliness: November 3 and 7 are singalong performances with a Mamma Mia Mock-tail Party directly following the November 3 performance.  That’s correct, audience members will be able to sing along with the cast to ABBA’s hits during these special performances. It’s become clear just how much these songs mean to people. Our singalong nights will be a celebration of that; a chance for our energetic, passionate audiences to be a step closer to our talented cast RATING: MAMMA MIA! is rated PG. For tickets and additional information, visit westpotomactheatre.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Potomac HS Athletics Newsletter

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Stadium Expectations

Dear Wolverines,

 

This Friday, October 11th, West Potomac will host Mount Vernon at The Jeffery C Dietze Stadium. Here are a few reminders about Friday’s game to ensure all our patrons, students and parents enjoy the true spirit of the event.

  • Varsity Football Games will start at 7:00 PM. We will open our ticket gates at 6:00 PM. The ticket gate is the main entrance to the stadium. Admissions is $5 for Students and $6 for Adults. Admission is free for patrons over the age of 65 and under 6.
  • West Potomac High School is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free zone. Adults and students who are determined to be in violation of regulations restricting the possession or being under the influence of drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco will be dealt with accordingly, including being subject to arrest by police.
  • Parking is available in front and behind the Spring Bank building. Parking is also available by the auxiliary turf field behind the Gunston Building. Please do not park in fire lanes or other restricted areas.
  • No re-entry into the game. If you leave the game and wish to return, you will need to purchase another ticket.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with athletic equipment such as bats, balls, sticks, etc.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with containers such as water, bottles, cups, cans, etc.
  • Backpacks will not be allowed in the stadium
  • Wolverine fans are asked to demonstrate good citizenship and sportsmanship towards our opponents and officials. Any clothing that includes negative references to opposing teams/schools will not be tolerated. We encourage you to cheer loudly and positively for the Wolverines.

 

We look forward to seeing each of you this Friday at the game!

 

LET’S GO WOLVERINES!!!

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News You Choose- Friday, October 4, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • PSAT DAY Reminder
  • College and Career Newsletter/October
  • Science Fair
  • Club Fair
  • Avid Tutors Needed
  • New Library Information
  • PTSA Updates
  • Yearbooks
  • Orchestra Blankets
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • WABC Update

 

Important Dates:

 

Oct. 7: 6:30 – 8:00 pm – October PTSA meeting

Oct. 11: Club Fair (Homeroom, S2 and 5th period lunches)

Oct. 14: School Holiday

Oct. 16: 8:10 – 12:55 PSAT/NMSQT, early release day, no school for seniors

Oct. 18: 7:00 pm - Homecoming Football Game

Oct. 19: 8:00 pm - 12:00 am - Homecoming Dance

Oct. 21: 7:00 pm Partners for Safe Teen Driving, Springbank

Nov. 1: End of 1st Quarter

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PSAT DAY Reminder – Wednesday, October 16, 2019:

Wednesday October 16, 2019 we will have a two-hour early dismissal as we are administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders9th graders. All these students  will report to their advisory and participate in a morning of freshman transition activities.  Since regular classes will not be scheduled due to testing, 12th graders are not expected to report to school and will be considered EXC for the day.  We encourage them to be academically engaged in ways such as working on college applications, visiting a college, working on job applications or post-secondary plans, service-learning activities or working on their FAFSA application. 

 

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College and Career

College and career newsletter :  College and Career Center Newsletter

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Science Fair

The West Potomac High School Science Fair is coming Jan 11, 2020 and we need about 30 community volunteers to serve as judge/consultants to make it happen.

No experience necessary; just a willingness to listen and encourage young people towards evidence-based thought and research.

Judge consultants select approximately 20 best projects for regional competition later in the year. Please email the Science Fair Coordinator Ed Chapman to sign up.

Date: 1/11/2020, Time: 8am-12pm, Location: WPHS cafeteria

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Club Fair

Students are invited to come to the West Potomac Club Fair on Friday, October 11th during homeroom, S2 (rotating period) and all 5th period lunches.  Click here for information!

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Avid Tutors Needed

West Potomac is currently looking for additional AVID Tutors to support the program.  This is a paid position through Fairfax County Public Schools. For more information on the position click here. 

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New Library Updates

It may be fall, but the library is still sizzling from all of our updates. We have a new catalog system, allowing West Potomac students and staff online access from anywhere at any time. Think of a book when you’re home after school and want to know if we have it? Just grab your phone and click on the “Library” tab at the top of the West Potomac home page to search. How cool is that? Students can renew books and place holds from any personal device if the books are currently checked out. For more information please contact a member of the library staff.

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PTSA Updates Our next PTSA meeting is on Monday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 - 8:00 pm. The special topic is the update to the FCPS Student Discipline Policy Update and how this affects your student. The PTSA is looking for volunteers for the following:

 

Senior Parent Meeting All Night Grad (ANG) Chair/Co-Chair-This person(s) would initiate planning for "All Night Grad” for Class of 2020 that should start as soon as possible to guarantee venders for the celebration graduation night. The ANG celebration brings the school's graduating seniors together. ANG is a fun and safe alternative for our kids on graduation night. More information will be available at the Senior Parents Meeting on October 23 at 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend to help plan this great event for our seniors.

 

Baccalaureate Chair — We are looking for a Junior or Senior parent to plan and manage the Baccalaureate Ceremony (a non-denominational service before graduation) honoring the graduating Class of 2020. 

 

We welcome back the PTSA members who have already signed up to help this year and encourage all West Potomac families to join the PTSA. To join online: visit westpotomacptsa.ptboard.com Our school code is: Q89YT5. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our membership chair, Tanya Stamos.

 

West Potomac Magnets WP magnets are for sale for $5 – show your school spirit and get yours now! Magnets are available for sale at all PTSA meetings.

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Yearbooks

Pre-purchase your student's yearbook and $AVE!  Order online anytime! https://yearbookforever.com

______________________________________________________________________________

Orchestra Blankets

Cold weather is coming! One of the best ways to keep warm and show your team spirit is with a Wolverine Pride throw! All purchases benefit the orchestra and its programs! To order, click here. ____________________________________________________________________________ SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Events PSAT Pep Rally – Free PSAT Prep using the following link: PSAT PEP RALLY!

Test Prep School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is now available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com

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

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Wolverine Athletic Boosters Club Update

Wolverine Athletic Passes

The Wolverine Athletic Boosters Club (WABC) offers family and student membership options that provide entry to all home events. All athletic events cost $6 for adults and $5 for kids. Get the family pass or student pass now and never have to dish out money to enter any home game this year. Any season. Any home sport. All year long!

All card holders will also receive WABC emails and a 5% discount on Christmas Tree and Mulch Sales for the 2019-2020 school year.

This is the largest fundraiser the WABC has and it benefits your family and our athletes.

www.supportwestpotomac.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FCPS Youth Survey - Grades 10 and 12

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2019 Fairfax County Youth Survey

West Potomac High school will be administering to 10th and 12th graders the annual Fairfax County Youth Survey between November 13-15, 2019. The survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health, and safety. Parents and guardians have the right to preview and opt out of the survey. For further information and to access the opt-out form, please click on the link below in your preferred language. Opt-out forms must be returned to Mr. McMahon in Student Services no later than November 5, 2019.  For more information on this survey including the survey questions please visit this link

 

Fairfax County Youth Survey Parent Letter and Opt-Out Form (MS/HS) - English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Vietnamese

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Student Services October Newsletter

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October 2019 - West Potomac Student Services Newsletter

  • WP Counseling Intern Introduction
  • Look back on September
  • College and Career Newsletter
  • October Hispanic Summit Meeting
  • 9th Grade S.O.S.
  • College Application Reminders
  • ACT/SAT Upcoming Dates
  • World Language Credit Exam Information

WP Counseling Intern

  • Have you seen a new person in Student Services over the last month? We’d like to formally introduce Ms. Debora Yoon, our school counseling intern.  Ms. Yoon is finishing her Master in School Counseling at Johns Hopkins University this December.  She is in the office supporting our team five days a week!  Ms. Yoon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea.   Welcome Ms. Yoon!

Looking back on September

  • 9th Grade Advisory Check-Ins
    • Counselors visited all 9th grade advisory classes in September to introduce themselves and share about resources available to West Potomac students.  Counselors reviewed with students important people in the building, classroom and technology reminders, and reasons to access their school counselors.
  • 12th Grade Senior Meetings
    • Counselors met with their respective 12th grade students to review their progress towards graduation and any remaining graduation requirements to meet.  Students and counselors completed graduation agreements which will be mailed home to parents by mid-October.

Have you reviewed the October College and Career Center Updates?  If not, click here!

Upcoming in October

  • Hispanic Summit Meeting
    • We want to invite you to the West Potomac HS Library on October 3, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm for our first Hispanic Summit meeting of the school year! This will be the first out of 3 meetings held this school year. If you are new to the West Potomac community and are interested in learning more about West Potomac High School please join us! We will be presenting on information that all families should know about in regards to helping you and your student feel supported, involved and welcomed to West Potomac HS.
    • ¡Queremos invitarlo a la biblioteca de West Potomac HS el 3 de octubre de 2019 de 6: 30-8: 00pm para nuestra primera reunión de la Cumbre Hispana del año escolar! Esta será la primera de las 3 reuniones que se llevarán a cabo este año escolar. Si eres nuevo en la comunidad de West Potomac y estás interesado en aprender más sobre West Potomac High School ¡únete a nosotros! Vamos a presentar información que todas las familias deben conocer con respecto a ayudarlos a usted y a su hijo a sentirse apoyados, involucrados y bienvenidos en West Potomac HS.
  • 9th Grade SOS
    • In order to proactively address the issue of teen depression, on October 22 and 24 all 9th graders will receive information about adolescent depression and suicide and learn what do if they have concerns about themselves or a friend.  Students absent from their session will be invited to a make up session on October 30.  The Signs of Suicide (SOS) prevention program has been used by many FCPS schools and is proven successful at increasing the number of students seeking help. All 9th graders will view a video and will then be given the Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression (BSAD). Any students who indicate symptoms of suicidality or evidence of elevated depression scores will be seen immediately by a member of the mental health team and parents will be contacted. More information, including opt out information, was send to all 9th grade parents today. 
  • College Application Reminders
    • Seniors!  Counselors enjoyed meeting with you last month to go over your graduation requirements and discuss your post-HS plans.  Please keep in mind the upcoming college application deadlines:
    • WP Transcript Request Deadline – October 11 (for the November 1 college application deadline)
    • WP Transcript Request Deadline – October 25 (for the November 15 college application deadline)
      • Keep in mind that you can apply Early Decision to only ONE school.  Why?  Because Early Decision is binding (if you get accepted, great, but you MUST attend that school).  If you are not ready to commit to one school, consider Early Action (not binding).

Remaining 2019 Testing Dates

  • SAT – October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th
  • ACT – October 26th, December 14th
  • PSAT – October 16th

World Language Credit Exam Registration

  • The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency. Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam, including: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish languages will be tested using the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), which is a timed test and has a format distinct from the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam. More information on the WPT is available here: https://www.languagetesting.com/actfl-writing-proficiency-test-wpt Registration is open now and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. If you are interested in registering for the exam, please see your school counselor starting Monday, Sept. 9th. Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

 

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Marijuana use and Vaping

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Happy Fall everyone!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), marijuana is the most commonly used psychoactive drug worldwide. This is also the case in the West Potomac Community. While alcohol is still the most commonly abused drug in the WPHS Pyramid, marijuana is the most commonly used psychoactive drug. According to the 2017 Fairfax County Youth Survey data, 24.8 percent of twelfth graders reported using marijuana in the last 30 days, which is nearly 7 percent higher than the Fairfax County average. When you look deeper into the data, there is a large leap in marijuana use from middle school to high school. In 2017, 2.4 percent of 8th graders reported marijuana use in the last 30 days and 11.2 percent of 10th graders reported marijuana use. Parents, it is incredibly important that you have conversations with your child about the dangers of marijuana use and equip them with the knowledge they need to make good decisions.

Recently, there have been numerous news articles about lung illnesses and deaths related to vaping. The current data from the CDC lists 530 cases of lung illness and seven deaths. The CDC is investigating these illnesses but has not released any definitive answers. There is speculation that some of the illnesses are related to vaping THC oil. Vaporizing THC oil and “dabs” has grown in popularity with many believing it is a “safer” way to consume marijuana. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), since the 90’s there has been a steep increase in THC levels found in marijuana. THC oil or “dabs” concentrates the THC even further and creates oils with over 50 percent THC concentration and higher! Just to provide perspective, the average concentration of THC in marijuana in the 90’s was 3.7 percent. These high levels of THC are sending students to the Emergency Room with symptoms of Acute Cannabis Intoxication such as tachycardia, high blood pressure, increased respiration, and slurred speech. According to the Nurse Practitioners Journal, patients with a history of regular marijuana use are also being diagnosed with Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS). Symptoms of CHS include severe episodes of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and compulsive bathing in hot water to relieve symptoms. The early phase of this syndrome can last months or years with patients feeling nauseated in the morning or having abdominal pain but maintaining normal eating patterns. If your student is struggling with unexplained nausea or abdominal pain, consider talking with them about substance use or having them speak with their doctor about substance use.

If you have any questions or want to refer your student to me do not hesitate to contact me at eaknudson@fcps.edu.

 

 

 

 

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AP Test Opt Out Information

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AP Opt Out Form Distribution

  • Beginning yesterday, September 27, and continuing over the next ten days, AP Opt Out forms will be distributed by Ms. Watt, West Potomac AP Test Coordinator, to all Wolverines enrolled in an AP Class.  Ms. Watt is visiting each advisory class and handing these directly to students. 
  • If your child chooses to opt out of any of their AP exams for May 2020 testing, they must return the form to Kevin McMahon in Student Services no later than October 25, 2019. 
  • Each form has additional information about this process on the back.  The information on the back of each students form is also listed below. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Watt at rwatt@fpcs.edu

Information included on the back of each AP Testing Opt Out Form

As part of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2018 Approved Budget, FCPS adopted new fees for high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. These fees remain in effect for the 2019-2020 school year. Complete information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/activityandtestfees

AP  Test Fees

  • The fees for the first six AP tests taken by each student for courses in which they are also enrolled for high school credit or are auditing will be paid by FCPS. The number of AP tests is cumulative over a student’s academic career in FCPS and this year’s count will include all previously funded exams. AP tests taken outside of FCPS are not included in the cumulative count.
  • Students who choose to take one or more AP tests beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of $94 per AP test.
  • Students taking one or more AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding course will be responsible for the test fee(s) and these test(s) will not count towards their six FCPS-funded tests.
  • Opt-outs after October 25, 2019 and course drops after November 4, 2019, and/or exam day no-shows:
    • Will be charged $40 each for the FCPS-funded tests.
    • Will be charged $94 each if beyond the six FCPS-funded tests.

Fee Payment

  • AP test fees will be billed in December 2019.
  • Parents/guardians can pay fees online using a debit or credit card or electronic check through MySchoolBucks (http://www.myschoolbucks.com).
  • Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program and have submitted the consent to share their free and reduced-price status will not be charged for these fees.
  • Students and families who are undergoing economic hardships and are financially unable to pay the student fees may be eligible for assistance per Regulation 2135, Assistance to Students, and must contact Principal Tangy Millard by November 9, 2019.

Opting Out

While FCPS encourages all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled, students will have the opportunity to opt out of the test(s) using the form on the reverse side of this letter and according to the process below.

  • By Friday, October 4, 2019, students will be provided with the opt-out form and a report of their current and cumulative AP/IB test history to assist in the decision-making process.
  • Completed opt-out forms must be returned to Kevin McMahon in Student Services NO LATER THAN 3:00pm on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019. Classroom teachers cannot collect the forms.
  • Students who do not return a signed opt-out form by October 25, 2019 will be registered for all AP/IB tests associated with current courses and will be charged fees as outlined above.

 

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News You Choose - Friday, September 27, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Hispanic Summit Meeting
  • Science Fair
  • Club Fair
  • Avid Tutors Needed
  • New Library Information
  • PTSA Updates
  • Yearbooks
  • Junior West Potomac Dance Team
  • Orchestra Blankets
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • NHS Update
  • WABC Update

 

Important Dates:

  • 9/30: National Honor Society applications due
  • 10/7: 6:30 – 8:00 pm – October PTSA meeting
  • 10/14: School Holiday
  • 10/18: 7:00 pm - Homecoming Football Game
  • 10/19: 8:00 pm- 12:00 am - Homecoming Dance
  • 11/1: End of 1st Quarter

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It is a great day to be a Wolverine!

 

As we close on the fifth week of school, we hit the midway mark for the quarter.  Last week we began late buses, so please encourage your child to stay after school if they need support from their teachers.  Late buses are on Monday and Thursday (thanks to our PTSA for funding the second late bus day). 

At this point in the quarter, there should be a minimum of 3-5 grades in each gradebook for your child.  Please reach out  to your teachers if you have any questions or concerns. 

West Potomac High School has partnered with Food for Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity because even in a county as wealthy as Fairfax, one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting food from our community via the Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to the students on Friday afternoons and through our food pantry.

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months. The first Red Bag Program event will be held on Saturday, October 26 at Walt Whitman Middle School.

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food for Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day. (Collection dates are also listed on the tag.)

 

Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house and the food delivered to Whitman MS and then distributed to students in need through a Weekend Snack Program.

As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here.

Other volunteer opportunities include Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact WPHS social workers, Whitney McDonough wjmcdonough@fcps.edu or Lauren Heslep lmheslep@fcps.edu or Laura Wainwright (FFN parent liaison) laura@foodforneighbors.org

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Millard

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Hispanic Summit Meeting

We want to invite you to the West Potomac HS Library on October 3, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm for our first Hispanic Summit meeting of the school year! This will be the first out of 3 meetings held this school year.

If you are new to the West Potomac community and are interested in learning more about West Potomac High School please join us. We will be presenting on information that all families should know in regards to helping you and your student feel supported, involved and welcomed at West Potomac HS.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, October 3, 2019!

Hola Comunidad West Potomac,

¡Queremos invitarlo a la biblioteca de West Potomac HS el 3 de octubre de 2019 de 6: 30-8: 00 pm para nuestra primera reunión de la Cumbre Hispana del año escolar! Esta será la primera de las 3 reuniones que se llevarán a cabo este año escolar. Si eres nuevo en la comunidad de West Potomac y estás interesado en aprender más sobre West Potomac High School ¡únete a nosotros! Vamos a presentar información que todas las familias deben conocer con respecto a ayudarlos a usted y a su hijo a sentirse apoyados, involucrados y bienvenidos en West Potomac HS.

¡Esperamos verlos a todos el Jueves, 3 de octubre!

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Science Fair

The West Potomac High School Science Fair is coming Jan 11, 2020 and we need about 30 community volunteers to serve as judge/consultants to make it happen.

No experience necessary; just a willingness to listen and encourage young people towards evidence-based thought and research.

Judge consultants select approximately 20 best projects for regional competition later in the year.

Please email the Science Fair Coordinator Ed Chapman at jchapman1@fcps.edu to sign up.

Details:

Date: 1/11/2020

Time: 8 am-12 pm

Location: WPHS cafeteria

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Club Fair

Students are invited to come to the West Potomac Club Fair on Friday, October 11th during homeroom, S2 (rotating period) and all 5th period lunches.  Click the attachment for info!

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qnys2nDoq4AVOmKEF5hoGjNGBQot1ePS/view?usp=sharing

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Avid Tutors Needed

West Potomac is currently looking for additional AVID Tutors to support the program.  This is a paid position through Fairfax County Public Schools.  For more information on the position click on the Avid flyer attached. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S2lpTwdRhw4hI7tolOzzSzG-x7Om-nVW/view?usp=sharing

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New Library Updates

It may be fall, but the library is still sizzling from all of our updates.  We have a new catalog system, allowing West Potomac students and staff online access from anywhere at any time. Think of a book when you’re home after school and want to know if we have it? Just grab your phone and click on the “Library” tab at the top of the West Potomac home page to search. How cool is that? Students can renew books and place holds from any personal device if the books are currently checked out.  For more information please contact a member of the library staff.

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PTSA Updates Our next PTSA meeting is on Oct. 7 at 6:30. The special topic is the update to the FCPS Student Discipline policy. The PTSA is looking for volunteers for the following:

All Night Grad Chair/Co-Chair- This person(s) would initiate planning for "All Night Grad” for Class of 2020.  The ANG celebration brings the school's graduating seniors together.  ANG is a fun and safe alternative for our kids on graduation night.  

Baccalaureate Chair — We are looking for a Junior or Senior parent to plan and manage the Baccalaureate Ceremony (a non-denominational service before graduation) honoring the graduating Class of 2020. 

We welcome back the PTSA members who have already signed up to help this year and encourage all West Potomac families to join the PTSA. To join online: visit westpotomacptsa.ptboard.com Our school code is: Q89YT5. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our membership chair, Tanya Stamos.

West Potomac Magnets WP magnets are for sale for $5 – show your school spirit and get yours now! Magnets are available for sale at all PTSA meetings.

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Yearbooks

Pre-purchase your student's yearbook and $AVE!  Today is the last day for the $65 price.  Order online anytime! https://yearbookforever.com

 

Junior West Potomac Dance Team

Come be a member of the Junior WP Dance Team and perform at halftime of the WP Freshman football game on Thursday, October 3rd.  Please sign up using the form attached.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l3Ez0oLpeXaIJglMtkORBP5WWf3s--Hi/view?usp=sharing

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Orchestra Blankets

Cold weather is coming!  One of the best ways to keep warm and show your team spirit is with a Wolverine Pride throw!  All purchases benefit the orchestra and its programs!   

To order, please see the form attached.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vdQKOTty80Ez1Hv-H34s4ICHvchxZPqJ/view?usp=sharing

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SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Events PSAT Pep Rally – Free PSAT Prep using the following link: PSAT PEP RALLY!

Test Prep School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is now available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com

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

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National Honor Society Update

NHS applications are available online or students can pick up a copy outside of room 128. They are due after school on September 30. If students would like to turn them in prior to September 30, they may stop by room 128 before or after school. Applications will not be accepted during the school day. Questions? Please email sabuchkowski@fcps.edu or jacarfang@fcps.edu

Wolverine Athletic Boosters Club Update

Wolverine Athletic Passes

The Wolverine Athletic Boosters Club (WABC) offers family and student membership options that provide entry to all home events. All athletic events cost $6 for adults and $5 for kids. Get the family pass or student pass now and never have to dish out money to enter any home game this year. Any season. Any home sport. All year long!

All card holders will also receive WABC emails and a 5% discount on Christmas Tree and Mulch Sales for the 2019-2020 school year.

This is the largest fundraiser the WABC has and it benefits your family and our athletes.

www.supportwestpotomac.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Information to Share

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Dear West Potomac Parents and Guardians,

I am reaching out to dispel rumors related to an incident that took place at our school last week. Last Wednesday 9/18/19, two students were involved in a fight that took place in a hallway in the Quander building. After the fight was broken up, a student who was not involved reported hearing that one of the students who took part in the altercation planned to bring a weapon to school for self-defense, if needed. 

This information was immediately reported to our School Resource Officer (SRO) and the Fairfax County Police Department. The SRO spoke with the student. The student did not have a weapon.

Additionally, the police made contact with the student and the student’s family, and did not believe there was a risk to the school at that time. The police investigation has concluded.

Our primary responsibility is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Every student must understand the value of appreciating each other's differences, extending common courtesy, and treating each other with respect. We will also continue to encourage students to notify a teacher, administrator, and/or a member of West Potomac’s security team any time they have information which could potentially compromise the safety and security of our school.

Please contact me or a member of my administrative team with questions. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Tangy Millard

Principal 

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WPHS & Food For Neighbors Partnership

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West Potomac High School has partnered with Food for Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity because even in a county as wealthy as Fairfax, one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting food from our community via the Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to the students on Friday afternoons and through our food pantry.

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months. The first Red Bag Program event will be held on Saturday, October 26 at Walt Whitman Middle School.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food for Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day. (Collection dates are also listed on the tag.)

Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house and the food delivered to Whitman MS and then distributed to students in need through a Weekend Snack Program. As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here.

Other volunteer opportunities include Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact WPHS social workers, Whitney McDonough wjmcdonough@fcps.edu or Lauren Heslep lmheslep@fcps.edu or Laura Wainwright (FFN parent liaison) laura@foodforneighbors.org

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support!

What we do:  Please check this flyer for more info:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hXMA3DVw4_2eee_dQMTZjOMY8GogrHYQ/view?usp=sharing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall Academic Awards Celebration and Reception - Tomorrow!

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Fall Academic Awards Celebration and Reception

         A reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, September 25 during Advisory, we will celebrate all students who earned their Academic Letter, First Bar, or Second Bar for the 2018-19 school year.  We will start at 10am.  This honor is earned when a student receives a final Grade Point Average of 3.8 or higher for the entire school year.  Students who earn this recognition for a second time receive their academic bar to be pinned to their letter and those earning the recognition for a third time receive a second bar for their letter.  Students being recognized received an invitation mailed home to their house and can be found here

       We will have a brief ceremony in Springbank Auditorium and we are excited to welcome Assistant Superintendent for Region 3 Dr. Nardos E. King, who will share a few remarks.  We will then have a reception where students can pick up their awards and enjoy some refreshments.  Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend. Students being honored should report directly to Springbank Auditorium at the start of Advisory.  

Congratulations to all our Wolverines being honored!  We are proud of you!

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PSAT Day Information

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PSAT Day Information

On Wednesday, October 16, West Potomac High School will have a 2-hour early release day for all students.  High school academy courses will not be held. 

  • 9th Graders will participate in a morning of activities to support their transition to high school.  Student Services will provide more information to students, including where to report, in their Advisory class on October 7. 
  • 10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam.  Please see below for more information.  Students will receive specific testing day information including testing locations in Advisory on October 7.
  • Since regular classes will not be scheduled due to testing, 12th graders are not expected to be in the building and will be considered EXC the day PSAT is administered.  We encourage them to be academically engaged in one of the following ways:
    • Go on a college visit (not everyone has the day off so tours might be smaller)
    • Work on college applications
    • Work on job applications or other post-secondary plans
    • Service learning activities.  Use x2VOL to submit any completed hours
    • Start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Need assistance?  Join us as West Potomac hosts the Region 3 Financial Aid Night on Thursday September 26, 2019 at 630pm. 

PSAT/NMSQT

Students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT.  FCPS is covering the cost of the assessment for these students.  Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice. More information about these tests is available on the CollegeBoard website: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/  Results will be distributed electronically by CollegeBoard with an access code emailed in December 2019. 

PSAT Pre-Survey

At the beginning of the PSAT, students are presented with a voluntary pre-survey that asks questions about a variety of topics. Parents/guardians may view the pre-survey questions and access information on how to opt out on the PSAT Pre-Survey Opt-Out Policy public webpage at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/36639. Pre-survey opt-out forms must be returned to Russell Easter, Assessment Coach, at West Potomac High School by Monday, September 30, 2019. If you choose to opt your student out of the pre-survey, please be sure your student knows they should not answer the pre-survey questions at the beginning of the test.

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Fall Academic Awards Celebration and Reception

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Fall Academic Awards Celebration and Reception

          On Wednesday, September 25 during Advisory, we will celebrate all students who earned their Academic Letter, First Bar, or Second Bar for the 2018-19 school year.  We will start at 10am.  This honor is earned when a student receives a final Grade Point Average of 3.8 or higher for the entire school year.  Students who earn this recognition for a second time receive their academic bar to be pinned to their letter and those earning the recognition for a third time receive a second bar for their letter.  Students being recognized received an invitation mailed home to their house and can be found here

       We will have a brief ceremony in Springbank Auditorium and we are excited to welcome Assistant Superintendent for Region 3 Dr. Nardos E. King, who will share a few remarks.  We will then have a reception where students can pick up their awards and enjoy some refreshments.  Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend. 

Congratulations to all our Wolverines being honored!  We are proud of you!

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News You Choose - Friday, October 20, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • New Library Information
  • PTSA Updates
  • Yearbooks
  • Junior West Potomac Dance Team
  • Orchestra Blankets
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • NHS Update
  • WABC Update

 

Important Dates:

  • 29: National Honor Society applications due
  • 7: 6:30 – 8:00 pm – October PTSA meeting
  • 14: School Holiday
  • 18: 7:00pm - Homecoming Football Game
  • 19: 8:00pm- 12:00am - Homecoming Dance
  • 1: End of 1st Quarter

 

New Library Updates

It may be fall, but the library is still sizzling from all of our updates.  We have a new catalog system, allowing West Potomac students and staff online access from anywhere at any time. Think of a book when you’re home after school and want to know if we have it? Just grab your phone and click on the “Library” tab at the top of the West Potomac home page to search. How cool is that? Students can renew books and place holds from any personal device if the books are currently checked out.  For more information please contact a member of the library staff.

PTSA Updates Our next PTSA meeting is on Oct. 7 at 6:30. The special topic is the update to the FCPS Student Discipline policy. The PTSA is looking for volunteers for the following:

All Night Grad Chair/Co-Chair- This person(s) would initiate planning for "All Night Grad” for Class of 2020.  The ANG celebration brings the school's graduating seniors together.  ANG is a fun and safe alternative for our kids on graduation night.  

Baccalaureate Chair — We are looking for a Junior or Senior parent to plan and manage the Baccalaureate Ceremony (a non-denominational service before graduation) honoring the graduating Class of 2020. 

We welcome back the PTSA members who have already signed up to help this year and encourage all West Potomac families to join the PTSA. To join online: visit westpotomacptsa.ptboard.com Our school code is: Q89YT5. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our membership chair, Tanya Stamos.

West Potomac Magnets WP magnets are for sale for $5 – show your school spirit and get yours now! Magnets are available for sale at all PTSA meetings.

Yearbooks

Pre-purchase your student's yearbook and $AVE!  Pay $65 thru Friday Sep 20.  Order online anytime! https://yearbookforever.com

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Junior West Potomac Dance Team

Come be a member of the Junior WP Dance Team and perform at halftime of the WP Freshman football game on Thursday, October 3rd.  Please sign up using this form: Click Here!

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Orchestra Blankets

Cold weather is coming!  One of the best ways to keep warm and show your team spirit is with a Wolverine Pride throw!  All purchases benefit the orchestra and its programs!  Click Here! to order.

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Events PSAT Pep Rally – Free PSAT Prep using the following link: PSAT PEP RALLY!

Test Prep School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is now available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com

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

National Honor Society Update

NHS applications are available online or students can pick up a copy outside of room 128. They are due after school on September 30. If students would like to turn them in prior to September 30, they may stop by room 128 before or after school. Applications will not be accepted during the school day. Questions? Please email sabuchkowski@fcps.edu or jacarfang@fcps.edu

Wolverine Athletic Boosters Club Update

Wolverine Athletic Passes

The Wolverine Athletic Boosters Club (WABC) offers family and student membership options that provide entry to all home events. All athletic events cost $6 for adults and $5 for kids. Get the family pass or student pass now and never have to dish out money to enter any home game this year. Any season. Any home sport. All year long!

All card holders will also receive WABC emails and a 5% discount on Christmas Tree and Mulch Sales for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

This is the largest fundraiser the WABC has and it benefits your family and our athletes.

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Lockdown Drill Complete

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Wolverine Community,

This morning at approximately 9am we had the second of our four state mandated lockdown drills.  We thank all of our students and staff for acting appropriately and safely during today’s drill.  As always we appreciate you reinforcing with your child the importance of the drills to ensure we all know what to do in an emergency.  We do not want students to be frightened, but ask that you reinforce with your child(ren) the importance of taking drills seriously and to follow the directions of the staff.

Thank you,

West Potomac Administration

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Lockdown Drill Complete

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Wolverine Community,

This afternoon we had the first of our four state mandated lockdown drills.  We thank all of our students and staff for acting appropriately and safely during today’s drill.  As always we appreciate you reinforcing with your child the importance of the drills to ensure we all know what to do in an emergency.  We do not want students to be frightened, but ask that you reinforce with your child(ren) the importance of taking drills seriously and to follow the directions of the staff.

Thank you,

West Potomac Administration

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Robo Calls /Check-Outs/Emergency Care /Health Information Form

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  • Robo Calls
  • Check-Outs
  • Emergency Care
  • Health Information Form

 

  • If you receive the 10:00 am. robocall, please ignore it and DO NOT CALL the main office or attendance office. All calls and e-mails are entered by the time the second robocall goes out around 6:00pm.
  • Main office and attendance office personnel CAN'T change student's attendance - If a teacher reported your student absent from his/her class, please contact your student's teacher via e-mail. The teacher will notify the attendance office if a correction is needed.
  • NOTE: Parents (NOT STUDENTS) must report any absences to the attendance office by phone (703-718-2528), e-mail Attendance@fcps.edu; or a signed note.
  • NOTE: Students may not call or check themselves out.
    • Students won’t be released to any person NOT listed in the emergency care form.
    • Only those on Emergency Contact form may check out a student
  • To update the Emergency Contact form:
  • Update through weCare@schoolon FCPS 24-7) Please update the ECF online or  print out the emergency care form-link attached, update it and bring it to the main office.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12PEE2n953sp6Nqs5Kcudh6ee3p7ug2sw/view?usp=sharing

Emergency care form must be updated on line or return a hard copy to the main office by Friday, September 27, 2019.

Address changes need to be made in person in student services department

Health Information Form:

Please print out the health Information form – link attached - Completed forms must be returned to your student’s advisory teacher by Friday, September 27. 2019

 

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