West Potomac Weekly News

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Hello Wolverine Community,

 

Thank you to everyone’s patience as we review in person requests to move from 2 to 4 days.  It has been a time intensive process that we will continue to work through.  This morning the first 252 requests of the 324 requests submitted so far, received notification that they can begin 4 days next week if they can provide their own transportation.  We hope transportation will be available for these students beginning the following week. We have also welcomed back to 4 days another 108 students for additional supports.

 

This week, students (and their parents) who are eligible for an end of course SOL test received a notice via email outlining the tests they are eligible to take and the process to notify us if they are choosing to refuse or defer their SOL this year.  Please remember that SOL graduation requirements have not been waived.  So, if a student needs the SOL for graduation and choses to defer or refuse their test this year, they will need to test in a new SOL class next year or take their SOL for this year’s class next year.  We realize there is a lot of information around testing.  Please read all the resources included in the testing notice.   We also developed these slides to help understand May SOL Testing information.  Those who received testing notices must notify us by Thursday April 22 via the google form in the testing notice if they plan to refuse or defer their SOL test.  This is because we must submit transportation needs for SOL testing by Friday April 23. 

 

A complete calendar of end of year testing to include SOL, AP, and Final exams is now published on our West Potomac website.  You can find it on our West Potomac website via this link. We will be taking SOLs on May 13 (Science SOLs), May 17 (Reading SOLs), and May 19 (Math SOLs).  As a result, only those testing will report to school on those days.  School will be asynchronous on those days for students who are not taking an SOL.  Again, please reference your testing notice this week to determine if you are eligible for an SOL on any of these days. 

 

Wishing everyone a grade weekend. 

 

 

 

  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

April 16:               Senior’s Drive-In Movie:  8:00 PM at WPHS, Sign-up required

April 19:               PSAT for Pre-Registered Sophomores

April 23:               DC Slices – PTSA Fundraiser

May 3:                   PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting

May 22:                Seniors Prom-A-Nade, Sign-up to follow

June 3:  Seniors Graduation, at Hayfield Secondary School, 9:00 am

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Spring Wolverine Spirit Wear:

https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/west-potomac-high-school?_k=1m9f23

Items include long sleeve t, short sleeve t, hoodies, shorts, face masks and more.

Spirit wear will be delivered directly to the address you provide to the website.

If you still need to pick up spirit wear from the fall, please text Bell Andrzejuk at 703-209-4913 to arrange pick up.  Questions? Email Nicole Borghard (nmborghard@fcps.edu)

 

Senior’s Drive-In Movie, April 16, 8:00 p.m. at WPHS - Movie: “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Please sign up through Class of 2021 Google Classroom.

 

FCPS Summer School:  With the help of Federal CARES Act and ESSAR funds, FCPS will be increasing summer school offerings by an increase of 10 times.  A wide range of remediation opportunities will be provided at each of our schools.  Please contact your school counselor about the opportunities available.   Additionally, students looking for enrichment opportunities will be able to enroll in a limited number of slots for the summer institute for the arts, technology and more.  Your student can also take a self-directed personal finance course online as well.  The link for these programs can be found here:   https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning and https://www.fcps.edu/registration/adult-and-community-education-registration.

 

PTSA UPDATES:

Assistant Principals, We Appreciate You! – Last week was Assistant Principals Appreciation Week.  Thank you to our fabulous West Potomac Assistant Principals for all they do: Sylinda Banks, Susie Britton, Christina Cashman, Ivan Johnson, and Belinda Williams. You Rock!

PTSA Officers Elections Coming Up, May 3rd – The PTSA Nominating Committee has presented the slate for our upcoming election.  Thank you for a job well done to this committee – Felicia Moore, Kendra Chambers, and Elise Bengston.  The vote will be held at our next PTSA membership meeting on May 3.  The slate presented is below.  Thank you to these parents for being willing to serve our PTSA:

 

President-Elect:  Tracy Dunn

1st Vice President-Academic Recognition, Teacher/Staff Enrichment:  Sandy Bodner

2nd Vice President-Fundraising:  Laura Catron

3rd Vice President-Volunteer Coordinator:  Jen Price

Treasurer:  Rachel Meadows

Recording Secretary:  Kenyatta Williams

Corresponding Secretary:  Liz Ver Hage

 

Please note that the candidate for President-Elect is agreeing to serve as President the following year, per our bylaws; therefore, PTSA members need only vote for the President-Elect position each year. We are thrilled and lucky that Tanya Stamos, our current President-Elect, will automatically move to the President position with no additional vote necessary. Thank you, Tanya!

 

WP Car Magnets - Show off your Wolverine Pride - Car magnets are $5 each and can be ordered on the PTSA website.  The PTSA will mail or deliver magnets to your home.  https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store/store.   

 

DC Slices Fundraiser:   Friday, April 23rd at Waynewood Rec Association 

20% of order goes to PTSA. Stay tuned - PTSA will be sending out an e-mail with more info and pre-order. 

 

Special Thank You!   Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Potomac Valley/Riverbend Civic Association, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

 

Check out this month’s College and Career Center.  Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

April 2021 CCCNewsletter.pdf

 

Seniors - Scholarship Awards – Seniors, please forward copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center via email  eecarter@fcps.edu  by May 14th. We MUST have documentation of scholarship awards to include them in the convocation awards program. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Carter.

 

NOVA JumpStart Summer Program Offers Free Classes for Graduating Seniors

This summer, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will offer a selection of online, tuition-free classes to Northern Virginia high school graduating seniors. Students must meet placement requirements and understand there may be textbooks or other material fees associated with courses. Since these classes are all online, students will need access to a computer and the internet. Students may take a maximum of two JumpStart courses. Important dates:

  • JumpStart applications are open and will close April 30.
  • Classes will run from June 1 until August 9.

Details about the JumpStart Summer Program, including placement requirements and material fees, are available online.

 

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

 

SAT & ACT TEST PREP MOCKS AND GROUP CLASSES – 2020/21

Summer schedule will be available soon! View full schedule and Register Here.  

 

Sophomores – determine your test preference to make Junior year less hectic.

Juniors – get one more practice test in before your official test!

 

                                                Mock SAT – 5/8

                                                Mock ACT – 4/17, 5/15

 

Need Flexibility? SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars* - Register Here!

*All webinar registrants get an emailed copy of the webinar a few days after the scheduled event in case they can't attend that exact evening.

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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West Potomac High School Weekly News

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Happy Friday Wolverines!

 

I would like to share with you a few updates regarding construction, end of year grading, going to 4 days a week, 3 feet social distancing and the new instructional calendar.

 

Construction

Good news, construction has fully begun and is going well.  As we stated prior to break, the back parking lot is no longer available.  The back gate will now be OPEN for the remainder of the year.  Our construction team has made a way to keep it open until school ends in June.  That area may have limited access over the summer but will reopen regularly in the Fall. 

Prior to Spring Break, Dr. Brabrand also released updated end-of-year grading policies. That letter can be found in its entirety here.  Below I have further clarified what these options mean to your students.   

Grading Policy Changes for High School

In response to family feedback and student check-in results, FCPS will be seeking to lessen the stress and anxiety posed for some students who have been challenged by the virtual learning environment during the past (and ongoing) pandemic year. FCPS is further adjusting its grading policy for SY2020-21 to ensure students are not penalized by the challenges brought by pandemic learning. 

Key options for high school students are:

  • Use of No Mark (NM) instead of F grades for all courses. 
    • In these cases, students would not have an F factored into their GPA.  However, they would still be required to retake the course if it was a graduation requirement.  The course could be taken over the summer, if offered, or the following school year.  
  • Final Exam flexibility that ensures an exam can only serve to improve a student’s grade for the year. 
    • Collaborative teacher teams will discuss if a final exam opportunity will be made available to students.  If a final exam is offered, it can only serve to improve a student’s final grade, not hinder it.  
    • Some teachers do culminating activities, this does not apply to those.
  • Allowing students/families  to choose a mark of “P”  (pass) instead of passing letter grades (C’s or D’s, for example) as their final mark in up to two courses.
    • We are currently awaiting updated guidance around this option and will share with the community as soon as it is available.  We want to be sure to provide the best guidance possible around how the “P” will be viewed by college and university admissions so families can make the most informed decision around the use of this option.  
    • We will hold a parent / student information session once we have more information to share. 

4 day a week instruction and 3ft Social Distancing

 

All current 2 day a week in-person students are now eligible to request 4 day a week instruction.  You should have received an eNotify message to your email earlier today with more details and direction for the process.

 

We will also, as needed, move our classroom spaces to 3 ft starting 4/20/21.  Our cafeteria space, however, will maintain the 6 ft social distancing requirements as students will not have on masks while eating.

 

Impact of new FCPS Instructional Calendar

FCPS School Board recently approved the 21-22 school year calendar.  The new calendar includes several religious observance days.  We will have the first of those days starting next week.  On these days teachers are directed to refrain from new graded assignments or activities; tests, quizzes, or other assignments on the following dates based on the new approved 21-22SY calendar that is in effect NOW:

 

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

 

  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

April 12:               West Po Clubs and Activities Guest Speaker Series, 11 a.m.

April 12:               PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

April 13:               WPHS – College 101 Information Session, 7 p.m. (Pre-registration required.)

April 19:               PSAT for Pre-Registered Sophomores

April 23:               DC Slices – PTSA Fundraiser

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

WP Clubs and Activities Guest Speaker Series, April 12, 11 a.m. - Cindy Morgan-Jaffe, Guest Speaker – Ms. Morgan-Jaffe is the founder of the financial education program Pizza Money.  Join us to learn more about her journey!  Monday, April 12, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration needed to receive BBCU link: https://forms.gle/tQRdE51Tid1JuprLA

West Potomac HS – College 101:  APRIL 13, 2021 7:00-8:00PM VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Mark your Calendars:  Inviting our Freshmen and Sophomore students and parents to learn about the college search, preparing for college, the college application and review process, SAT/ACT, and MORE! 

 April 13 - 10th Grade College Night . English.pdf                                  

Pre-registration is required – New Link: https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8QufQ97qT_24Gb6ms2c7bw

 

ESCUE LA SECU N DARIA DE W EST POTOMAC:  UNIVERSIDAD 101

Los Alumnos de 9th y 10th grados y los Padres estan invitados a aprender acerca de la busqueda de Universidad, su preparacion, la aplicacion y la revision del proceso SAT/ACT y MAS!

 April 13 - 10th Grade College Night. Spanish Version.pdf                  

Haga click en este link: https://radford.zoom.us/j/96711781645

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, Monday, April 12, 6:30 – 8 p.m., via Zoom and Facebook Live – Ms. Millard will join us to share the latest updates at West Po.  Zoom link will be emailed to PTSA members in advance of the meeting.  It will also be shown on the West Po PTSA Facebook page.

DC Slices Fundraiser - Friday, April 23rd at Waynewood Rec Association:  

20% of order goes to the PTSA. Stay-tuned for more info and pre-order link next week.

Special Thank You!   Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Potomac Valley/Riverbend Civic Association, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

Senior Convocation – Date TBD:  Convocation is our Senior Honors and Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship awards. Honor graduates will also be recognized and receive an “honor medal” to wear on graduation day. An Honor Graduate is a senior who has earned an overall cumulative grade point average of 4.0 and higher over their entire high school career. 

Scholarship Awards – Seniors, please forward copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center via email by May 14th at eecarter@fcps.edu. We MUST have documentation of scholarship awards to include them in the convocation awards program. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Carter.

 

April Newsletter - Do you need help with making plans after high school graduation? Interested in learning more about Military Service and Academy Information? Check out this month’s College and Career Center newsletter for lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid help, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships, and other opportunities.  Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist, with any questions,  eecarter@fcps.edu. April 2021 CCCNewsletter.pdf

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

 

SAT & ACT TEST PREP MOCKS AND GROUP CLASSES – 2020/21

View full schedule and Register Here.  Summer schedule will be available soon!

 

                                                Mock SAT – 4/10, 5/8

                                                Mock ACT – 4/17, 5/15

 

Need Flexibility? SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars* - Register Here!

*All webinar registrants get an emailed copy of the webinar a few days after the scheduled event, in case they can't attend that exact evening.

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

 

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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West Potomac HS Weekly News

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  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

March 26:            End of Third Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

March 29 – April 2:          Holiday, Spring Break 

April 5:  Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

April 8:  WPHS Orchestra - Moe’s Fundraiser

April 12:               PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

April 13:               WPHS – College 101 Information Session (Pre-registration required)

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Support the West Potomac Orchestra -Moe’s Fundraiser:  April 8 – 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Welcome to Moe’s - Make it an easy dinner night while supporting WP Orchestra. 15% of sales will be earned – please show attached flyer with your mobile device or paper flyer.

Moes. WP Orchestra Fundraiser. April 8.pdf

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

Special Thank You!   Potomac Valley River Bend Civic Association - our newest corporate sponsor and to our other corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

 

West Potomac HS – College 101April 13, 2021 7:00-8:00 p.m., VIRTUAL via ZOOM

Mark your Calendars:  Inviting our Freshmen and Sophomore students and parents to learn about the college search, preparing for college, the college application and review process, SAT/ACT, and MORE!  College 101. April 13. Zoom Educational Session.pdf                                     

Pre-registration is required – New Link: https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8QufQ97qT_24Gb6ms2c7bw

 

ESCUE LA SECU N DARIA DE W EST POTOMAC:  UNIVERSIDAD 101

Los Alumnos de 9th y 10th grados y los Padres estan invitados a aprender acerca de la busqueda de Universidad, su preparacion, la aplicacion y la revision del proceso SAT/ACT y MAS! ESCUE LA SECU N DARIA DE WEST POTOMAC (Spanish Version). 13th de Abril.pdf                                    

Haga click en este link: https://radford.zoom.us/j/96711781645

 

WPHS – March 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.

Check out this month’s College and Career Center newsletter for lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid help, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships and other opportunities. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

3.2021 . March College and Career Center Updates.pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

Need Flexibility? SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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2-hour early release this Friday, March 26th

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Just a quick reminder, Friday the 26th is a two-hour early release schedule.

 

March 26 Two Hour Early Release Schedule

Period 2

8:20-9:17am

57 minutes

Period 4

9:25-10:22am

57 minutes

Period 6

10:30-11:27am

57 minutes

Period 8

11:35-12:32pm

57 minutes

Grab and Go Lunch (Cafeteria and Gym Lobby)

12:32pm-12:50pm

18 minutes

March 24th/March 25th are Wolverine Workdays.  Students will attend school and or log in as normal.  Students will use this time to catch up on any work from 3rd quarter.

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West Potomac HS Weekly News

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Happy Friday West Potomac!

One of the best things about West Potomac is that we are a true representation of our nation.  All types of peoples with diverse backgrounds, mindsets, and experiences.  Over this past year, we have had very trying and tragic events that have required taking a look at ourselves as a nation and as a school community.  This week’s tragedy of a mass shooting and murders of women of Asian descent has again uniquely placed our community to come together and support our students and families who share a personal connection.  As a community, we stand with one another and for one another especially when dealing with racial trauma.  Our West Potomac Student Equity Coalition has posted several resources to their sites to provide a safe space for the voices of our Asian-American, Asians, and Pacific Islander students.

We would like to continue to provide resources during difficult times like these. The information below was shared by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and American School Counseling Association (ASCA):

From VDOE - The following resources are meant to support stakeholders in their efforts to condemn anti-Asian racism and address racial trauma: 

From ASCA - Anti-racism resources:  https://www.schoolcounselor.org/Publications-Research/Publications/Free-ASCA-Resources/Anti-Racism-Resources

 

Updates S-Rotation Attendance

S-rotation has shifted slightly since returning to in-person learning.  In an effort to limit movement from classroom to classroom, no in-person students physically move to their S rotation class.  Instead, students physically stay in their advisory class where attendance is taken.  S rotation, moving forward, will function as office hours.  Allowing student choice and teacher direction.  If a teacher needs to see a student during their assigned S rotation they will let the student know ahead of time and will require them to either complete work and turn it in or ask them to log into their office hour link during S rotation.  Otherwise, students can use the time to work with a different teacher or study independently.  The only time a teacher will mark a student CUT is if the student did not complete work assigned or did not log into their S rotation teacher’s office hours as expected. 

 

Take good care,

Ms. Millard

 

 

Important Dates

  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

March 19 & 20:  WPHS Theatre Production – “Check Please: Stay at Home Edition”

March 22:  WP Clubs and Activities Guest Speak Series - Blayne Smith - Pre-Registration Required

March 26:  End of Third Quarter – Two-Hour Early Release

March 29 – April 2:  Holiday, Spring Break

April 5:  Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

April 8:  WPHS Orchestra - Moe’s Fundraiser

April 12:  PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

April 13:  College 101 Information Session, Pre-Registration Required

April 19:  PSAT for West Potomac Sophomores, Student Pre-Registration Required by 3/19

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 WP Clubs and Activities Guest Speaker Series:  “How Did You Get Where You Are Today and What Have You Learned from the Global Pandemic?  Guest Speaker:  Blayne Smith – West Point Graduate, Former Green Beret & Army Ranger.  Bio:  Led over 200 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As first Executive Director of Team Red, White and Blue (Team RWB), he scaled a hyper inclusive, national community-based organization from 3 to 212 cities across the United States, delivering 45,000 events per year, enriching the lives of over 150,000 veterans. Guest Speaker Series. Blayne Smith . March 22.pdf

Date:  Monday, March 22     Time:   11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Register to receive BBCU link:   https://forms.gle/VeEgDVXPEGjcFsam7

 

Beyond The Page Presents – West Potomac’s award-winning Beyond the Page Theatre Company announces its newest production: “Check Please: Stay at Home Edition.”   Enjoy a light-hearted laugh through the relatability of Zoom calls. Bringing light to life in a pandemic as we explore the world of online dating with some peculiar individuals  

Remaining Shows:  March 19th 7:00pm * March 20th 2:00pm & 7:00pm Location: Streaming on West Potomac Theatre’s YouTube Page

Class of 2021 - “Senior Pi(e) Day” - New Date: Monday, March 22 , 11 a.m.-1 p.m., West Po Football Stadium: Music, snacks and camaraderie guaranteed!  Thank you to all the families who have already signed up to volunteer and/or provide item donations:  Please drop off contributions to the front office by Monday, 3/22, 9:30 a.m., marked for "Senior Pi(e) Day".   Parents who are interested in donating items or their time, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BAFAF29A02-senior

 

What is “Pi(e) Day”?  Seniors, come on out to the stadium to see some of your favorite Wolverine staff members being “pied” and watch your classmates compete in a socially distanced pie eating contest. 

Wear Green: Don’t forget to show your community how lucky we are to have you as a member of the Senior class by wearing Green to show your Spirit and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Feeling lucky? Gift cards will be raffled off to those in attendance.

 

Support the West Potomac Orchestra – Wolverine Pride Gifts:  Wolverine Cotton Throw and limited Wolverine Key Ring available for purchase.  Please click her for ordering details

WP Orchestra Fundraiser - Throw and Keychains _.pdf 

Also for sale - WPHS Orchestra face masks – to order: WP Orchestra. Face Masks.pdf    For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee at craig.rebecca@verizon.net  See attached flyer for additional info.

 

West Po Orchestra Moe’s Fundraiser:  April 8, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. - Welcome to Moe’s - Make it an easy dinner night while supporting WP Orchestra. 15% of sales will be earned – please show attached flyer with your mobile device or paper flyer. Moes. WP Orchestra Fundraiser. April 8.pdf

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

Special Thank You!   Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

 

 

West Potomac HS – College 101:  April 13, 2021, 7:00-8:00 p.m., VIRTUAL via ZOOM -

Freshmen and Sophomores, mark your calendars:  students and parents will learn about the college search, preparing for college, the college application and review process, SAT/ACT, and MORE!   College 101. April 13. Zoom Educational Session.pdf                                     

Pre-registration is required: https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8QufQ97qT_24Gb6 ms2c7bw

 

ESCUE LA SECU N DARIA DE W EST POTOMAC:  UNIVERSIDAD 101

Los Alumnos de 9th y 10th grados y los Padres estan invitados a aprender acerca de la busqueda de Universidad, su preparacion, la aplicacion y la revision del proceso SAT/ACT y MAS! ESCUE LA SECU N DARIA DE WEST POTOMAC (Spanish Version). 13th de Abril.pdf                                    

Haga click en este link: https://radford.zoom.us/j/96711781645

 

WPHS – March 2021 College and Career Center newsletter: Check out this month’s College and Career Center newsletter for lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid help, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships and other opportunities. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

3.2021 . March College and Career Center Updates.pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

Need Flexibility? SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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West Potomac Weekly News

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It’s FRIDAY West Po!

 

And another successful return to school week.  It was really nice to see more students in-person.  Please commend your child if they are in-person on doing an excellent job with proper wearing of their masks, sanitizing and distancing.  I am so proud of them. 

 

We are continuing to process requests for in-person instruction.  Thank you for your patience.  We are notifying you of your status daily as we are able to review schedules. 

 

SENIOR GRADUATION UPDATE

As many of you may have heard we will not be graduating from Eagle Bank Arena this year, due to it being used as a state mass vaccination site.  As of yesterday, principals received updated options from Dr. Brabrand.  All schools have the following options:

                Jiffy Lube Stadium

                Outdoor School Stadium

                Indoor School Gym

There are costs associated with each option with the School Stadium option being the most expensive and similar to that of Eagle Bank ($20K range).  There are capacity limitations for all options as well.  It has been my understanding from our senior community that we would prefer the School Stadium option.  Now that we know this is something available to us, we can begin planning.  I will be meeting with the school graduation team and the senior parent graduation/activities team to look at multiple plans for how we would be able to have our graduation at West Po.  We will be communicating our plans with everyone in the next couple of weeks.

 

NEW ATTENDANCE CODE (UPDATE from Last week)

Last week we shared with you that you may see a new attendance code if your child is in person but doesn’t come to school on any given day and logs into virtual instruction.  Starting on 3/15 that code will be SYV.  The SYV code means your child did log in for virtual classes but did NOT come to school physically.  You will receive an automated attendance call if this code is entered.  The code is a positive attendance code, but the call is just to alert you that your student is logged in but did not come to the school building for that period or day. 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Ms. Millard

 

 

  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

March 15:  Class of 2021 - “Pi(e) Day”

March 15:  WP Clubs and Activities Guest Speaker Series - Details below

March 15-17: School Picture Days

March 17:  FCPS Seniors’ March Madness Talent Show Submissions Due                      

March 26:  End of Third Quarter – Two-hour Early Release

March 29 – April 2:  No School, Spring Break 

April 5:  Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Attention 9th, 10th and 11th grade students!

It is not too late to signup up for upperclassmen photos at West Potomac on March 15th, 16th and 17th from 3:30-8:30 pm.

The link to sign up is below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E44ABAA2FA64-2021

Contact Susie Britton at smbritton@fcps.edu or (703)718-2613 with any questions!

 

WP Clubs and Activities Guest Speaker Series:

“How Did You Get Where You Are Today and What Have You Learned from the Global Pandemic?   Guest Speaker:  Shin Fujiyama – Founder of Students Helping Honduras. Bio: N. VA native, CNN Heroes Award recipient.  Hear what it’s like to be living in Honduras when the pandemic shut down the world. As if this wasn’t enough to deal with, imaging your country is then hit by TWO major hurricanes. Hear Shin’s words…ask him questions.

March 15th - Shin Fujiyama Founder of Students Helping Honduras. Guest Speaker Series.pdf

Date/Time:  Monday, March 15 Time: 11:00-12:00

Registration needed to receive BBCU link:  https://forms.gle/WfMTFsD47mpqsfVx8

 

WPHS Theatre - The award-winning Beyond the Page Theatre Company announces its newest production – Check Please: Stay at Home Edition.  Enjoy a light-hearted laugh through the relatability of Zoom calls.  Bringing light to life in a pandemic as we explore the world of online dating with some peculiar individuals.  

Available: March 18th 7:00pm * March 19th 7:00pm * March 20th 2:00pm & 7:00pm Location: Streaming on West Potomac Theatre’s YouTube Page

 

Class of 2021 March Activities: Attention Parents – Two Things!

 

1) Monday, March 15th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.*, West Po Football Stadium: “Pi(e) Day”- Music, Snacks and Camaraderie guaranteed!  DONATIONS and VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BAFAF29A02-senior

What is “Pi(e) Day” for our Seniors?  Seniors come on out to Dietze stadium to see some of your favorite Wolverine staff members get pied and watch your classmates compete in a socially distanced pie eating contest. 

Wear Green: Don’t forget to show your community how lucky we are to have you as a member of the Senior class by wearing GREEN to show your spirit and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a tad early. Feeling lucky? Gift cards will be raffled off to those in attendance.

*Rain date: Monday, March 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  A message will be sent out on 3/15 by 9am if we need to reschedule.

 

2) FCPS Senior March Madness Talent Show - Interested Seniors can submit a video via the Class of 2021 Google Classroom page for a chance to represent West Potomac High School against all FCPS high schools in a talent show. More details on submission to follow on March 12th via Google Classroom. All submissions are due March 17th.

 

Huge Shout-Out for West Potomac Band - 30 Students made District Band this year!

 

Wind EnsembleAmanda Hail (flute), David Rubinstein (bassoon), Caty Campbell (Bb clarinet), Elizabeth Montoya-LaPorte (Bb clarinet), Cameron Homes (bass clarinet), Danny Jurta (alto saxophone), Sammy Nelson (tenor saxophone), Oscar Muendel (baritone saxophone), Nicholas Ray (horn), Fiona Houlgate (horn), Wes Hutcherson (trumpet), Tyler Sigfried (trumpet), Weston Ward (trombone), Jack Sigfried (euphonium)

 

Symphonic BandMegan Shoemaker (flute), Lorelei Dean (flute), Harry Shinkle (oboe), Will Sullivan (bassoon), Janna Helvey (Bb clarinet), Evie Mulhern (Bb clarinet), Ginny Nelson (Bb clarinet), Kye Greenfeld (Bb clarinet), Evelyn Medrano (Bb clarinet), Reanna Anthony (Bb clarinet), Henry Raman (alto saxophone), Andrei Zaitsev (horn), Matthew Verich (trumpet), Griffin Keightley (trombone), Ronny Gattuso (bass trombone), Andy Helvey (tuba). 

 

Support the West Potomac Orchestra – Wolverine Pride Gifts:  Wolverine Cotton Throw and limited Wolverine Key Ring available for purchase.  Please click her for ordering details:  WP Orchestra Fundraiser - Throw and Keychains _.pdf

 Also for sale - WPHS Orchestra face masks. To order, see flyer: WP Orchestra. Face Masks.pdf 

Any questions, please contact Rebecca Losee at craig.rebecca@verizon.net 

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

PTSA Nominating Committee:  The PTSA Nominating Committee is working on a slate for the 2021-22 PTSA officers. Please forward nominations to any of the Nominating Committee members: Felicia Moore, fbmoore96@gmail.com ; Kendra Chambers, kendrajanedc@aol.com; Elise Bengston, elisebengston@gmail.com.

 

Special Thank You!   Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

WPHS – March 2021 College and Career Center newsletter: Check out this month’s College and Career Center newsletter for lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid help, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships and other opportunities. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

3.2021 . March College and Career Center Updates.pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

See attached for info for schedules and free online Applerouth webinars.

 AppleRouth. SAT and ACT Test Prep.pdf

Need Flexibility? SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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West Potomac Weekly News

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Happy First Week of #R2WP!

 

I am pleased to report that we had a great week with our return to West Po!  Our students were fantastic!  Our staff was amazing.  I am grateful for our community.  There were literally hundreds of man hours put into planning for this return and it has paid off.  Concurrent instruction is very new, and frankly difficult to accomplish but our teachers and students were patient and caring throughout.  Know that everyone involved is doing their best and we will finish out this school year strong. 

 

If you have a virtual student, you should have received an eNotify on yesterday with information on how to sign up for CONSIDERATION of changing your status to in person.  Please follow that information if you are interested.

 

We have a new attendance code- SYC- that teachers will use if an in-person student does NOT come to school BUT DOES log in virtually.  If you see this code for your in-person student’s attendance it means they did not come to school physically and did participate virtually.

 

As always, thank you all for your support and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Take good care,

Ms. Millard

 

 

  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

March 5:  Two-Hour Early Release

March 8:  Student Holiday, Staff Development Day

March 9:  Toppers Pizza PTSA Fundraiser (all day)

March 9:  10th and 11th grade students who designated "In Person" learning return this week to WP on their specified days based on last name.

March 10:  College Planning Night for Juniors and Parents, Class of 2022, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

March 15-17:  School Picture Days

March 26:  End of Third Quarter – Two-Hour Early Release

March 29-April 2:  Holiday, Spring Break 

April 5:  Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Attention Parents of 9th, 10th and 11th Grade Students!

School Picture Day is right around the corner. Lifetouch/Prestige Portraits will be on-campus at West Potomac HS on March 15, 16th, and 17th in the evening from 3:30-8:30 pm. Please schedule your student’s preferred 15-minute slot at the SignUp Genius below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E44ABAA2FA64-2021

 

College Planning Night for Juniors and Parents - Class of 2022

Event Date March 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Session will be held virtually with panel of college admissions representatives presenting information on the college admissions review process, college search process-finding the right fit, Application sources: Common Application and Coalition Application, SAT/ACT tests, community college option and financial aid/scholarships. Plan to attend and learn more about the college admissions process! Pre-registration Required – please RSVP using this link.

 

Noche de Planificación Universitaria para estudiantes Junior y Padres, Promoción de 2022

Fecha del evento 10 de marzo, 6: 30-8: 00 p.m.

La sesión será en español y se llevará a cabo virtualmente con un representante de admisiones a la universidad que presentará información sobre el proceso de admisión a la universidad, el proceso de búsqueda de la universidad para encontrar la opción adecuada, cómo postular a la universidad, exámenes SAT/ACT, opción de colegio comunitario y ayuda financiera / becas.  Planee asistir y aprender más sobre el proceso de admisión a la universidad! Preinscripción:

https://forms.gle/4jMvgD64vkRw8b3s6 Ver el adjunto para más información

 

 

WPHS Library Update:

Overdue Books:  The library is still attempting to collect overdue library books. Students were sent overdue notices to their FCPSSCHOOLS.net email on Thursday, 2/25/21. Please check with your student to see if they have any overdue materials. For students remaining virtual, there will be a bin outside of the main entrance on every Monday from 8:30-2:30. For students returning to in-person learning, there will be a bin outside of the library every day. If you have books from another FCPS school, you may return them to West Po. I will get the books to the correct school for you. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Landon (jllandon@fcps.edu) or Mrs. Rice (wsrice@fcps.edu).

 

Second Quarter Honor Roll – Recognition Date TBD:  Thank you to everyone who has donated towards the 2nd Quarter Student Recognition!  Rest assured that all donations will be for the celebration of students who earned a spot on the all A or A/B Honor Roll during the second quarter. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Bodner at spbodner@yahoo.com

 

School Picture Days Coming Up! – Lifetouch School Photography will be at West Potomac March 15 – 17 to take school pictures.  More details will be coming soon.

 

Support the West Potomac Orchestra – Wolverine Pride Gifts: Wolverine Cotton Throw and limited Wolverine Key Ring available for purchase.  For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee at craig.rebecca@verizon.net  See attached flyer for additional info.

WP Orchestra. Cotton Throw and Key Ring Fundraiser.pdf

Class of 2021 Parents/Guardians - connect with other Senior parents by joining the private Facebook group to learn info regarding senior activities and support one another.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/606433970299624 

 

2021 FCPS Summer Learning Information: Many students participate in summer learning opportunities to advance academically, to sharpen their skills, or to learn something new. This summer, FCPS will offer a variety of opportunities including the Online Campus. Information regarding additional opportunities will be announced on the FCPS Summer Learning webpage as they become available.

Online Campus:  Registration: Monday, February 8-Friday, June 11.  Examples of courses:  Honors Geometry, Algebra 2 Head Start, CTE, EPF, English 10, English 12, Spanish and others.

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

Toppers Pizza Fundraiser – Tuesday March 9th.  Take a break from cooking this Tuesday by ordering your delicious lunch/dinner or both from Toppers. Toppers will donate to the PTSA - 20% of sales from every order that shows attached flyer or when this WP PTSA fundraiser is mentioned.  Thank you for your support!

Toppers. March 9th. Restaurant Night Fundraiser.pdf

PTSA Nominating Committee:  The PTSA Nominating Committee is working on a slate for the 2021-22 PTSA officers. Please forward nominations to any of the Nominating Committee members: Felicia Moore, fbmoore96@gmail.com ; Kendra Chambers, kendrajanedc@aol.com; Elise Bengston, elisebengston@gmail.com.

 

Special Thank You!   Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

 

WPHS – March 2021 College and Career Center Newsletter.

Check out this month’s College and Career Center newsletter for lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid help, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships and other opportunities. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

3.2021 . March College and Career Center Updates.pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

Spring Prep Classes Starting! - This Saturday, 3/6, for SAT and next Saturday, 3/13, for ACT.  See attached for info for schedules, registration, and free online Applerouth webinars.  Please call Applerouth directly if attempting to register past the published deadlines.

 3.5.21 AppleRouth. SAT and ACT Test Prep.pdf

Need Flexibility? SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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West Potomac Weekly News

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Happy Friday West Potomac,

 

It’s a great day to be a Wolverine!  Our teachers and staff have returned to full time work at the building this week and the energy and the buzz of West Potomac has returned.  We are excited about the transition to the return to school and look forward to our in-person students returning beginning next week.  As a reminder, the return to school staggered schedule is as follows:

 

In-person 9th and 12th grade students with last names beginning with A-K will return on Tuesday March 2nd.

In-Person 9th and 12 grade students with last names beginning with L-Z will return on Thursday March 4th. 

In-person 10th and 11th grade students with last names beginning with A-K will return on Tuesday March 9th.

In-person 10th and 11th grade students with last names beginning with L-Z will return on Thursday March 11th.

 

All in-person students only attend school 2 days per week based on their alpha last name.  A-K students attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  L-Z students attend on Thursdays and Fridays.

 

The FCPS school calendar has a 2-hour early release on this Friday March 5th.  The bell schedule will be as follows:

 

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

March 1:  PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

March 2:  9th and 12th grade students who designated "In Person" learning return to WP on their specified days based on last name.

March 3:  Class of 2021 – PTSA Senior Celebration Committee - Parents Zoom Meeting, 7:00 p.m.                            

March 5:  Two Hour Early Release

March 8:  Student Holiday, Staff Development Day

March 9:  10th and 11th grade students who designated "In Person" learning return to WP on their specified days based on last name.

March 10:  College Planning Night for Juniors and Parents, Class of 2022, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

WP Clubs and Activities Guest Speaker Series:

“How Did You Get Where You Are Today and What Have You Learned from the Global Pandemic?  Monday, March 1, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Open to WP students and staff

Please see BBCU link to attend.                              

 

Guest Speaker: Brady Dalton Richards – Making his Broadway debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy. “Raised smack in the center of Maryland, encouraged by family and Howard County arts programs toward creative-personing. His craft furthered and fine-tuned at Syracuse University’s School of Drama, earning his BFA in Acting. While there, he was able to sample living in both NYC and LA, work in a professional theatre company, devise and perform original work, make movies, run a radio show, and marinate in a primordial ooze of developing artists on a college campus.”

 

Scan the QR code QR Code.JPG  or click on link, https://forms.gle/DfrRheH58VmkVXyK6 to complete this Google Form to attend.   A BBCU link will be emailed to you that morning.

 

WPHS Library Update - Overdue Books:  The library is still attempting to collect overdue library books. Students were sent overdue notices to their FCPSSCHOOLS.net email on Thursday, 2/25/21. Please check with your student to see if they have any overdue materials. For students remaining virtual, there will be a bin outside of the main entrance on every Monday from 8:30-2:30. For students returning to in-person learning, there will be a bin outside of the library every day. If you have books from another FCPS school, you may return them to West Po. We will get the books to the correct school for you. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Landon, jllandon@fcps.edu; or Mrs. Rice, wsrice@fcps.edu.

 

World Language Credit Exam - Each year FCPS offers the World Language Credit Exam that assesses proficiency in a variety of languages.  Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass or fail credits in the language.  The Fall 2020 assessment was postponed to this Spring.  Please visit this link (scroll down to Spring 2021) to learn more.  If you would like your child to participate please contact your child school counselor.  The deadline to contact your counselor and enroll is tonight, February 28th. 

 

2021 FCPS Summer Learning Information:  Many students participate in summer learning opportunities to advance academically, to sharpen their skills, or to learn something new. This summer, FCPS will offer a variety of opportunities including the Online Campus. Information regarding additional opportunities will be announced on the FCPS Summer Learning webpage as they become available.

Online Campus:   Registration: Monday, February 8-Friday, June 11.  Examples of courses:  Honors Geometry, Algebra 2 Head Start, CTE, EPF, English 10, English 12, Spanish and others.

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, Monday, March 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m.: Please join us this Monday via Zoom or Facebook Live.  Ms. Millard will join us to share the latest Return to School details. Zoom link will be emailed to current PTSA members. To join the PTSA, please click here:  https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store/store

 

Second Quarter Honor Roll:  We will be celebrating our Rising Stars, All-A, and All A/B honor roll students for the 2nd quarter. Like First Quarter, we will hold raffles of $5 gift cards for each group. We are asking for donations towards purchasing the gift cards so we will have as many as possible to increase everyone's chance of winning something. We are asking for monetary donations instead of actual cards this time to minimize contact with the cards and each other.  Please consider donating through our PTSA Member Hub Store https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store/store - all donations will be used for the 2nd quarter gift card raffles to be held later in March. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Bodner at spbodner@yahoo.com

 

PTSA Senior Celebration Committee Zoom meeting – Please join us March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. to hear from parent volunteers re: Senior celebration ideas.  With almost 100 days to graduation, connect with other parents to discuss on how to make special memories for our awesome seniors. Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/74812863272?pwd=elpHd1Blek5lamRaajlMcnp4VDcyUT09

 

Class of 2021 Parent/Guardian - connect with other Senior parents by joining the private Facebook group to learn info regarding senior activities and support one another.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/606433970299624 

 

 

PTSA Nominating Committee:  The PTSA Nominating Committee is working on a slate for the 2021-22 PTSA officers. Please forward nominations to any of the Nominating Committee members: Felicia Moore, fbmoore96@gmail.com ; Kendra Chambers, kendrajanedc@aol.com; Elise Bengston, elisebengston@gmail.com .

 

 

Help the PTSA Raise Funds:  Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA.  Log into Smile.amazon.com and designate WPHS PTSA as the charity you would like to donate

 

Special Thank You!   Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

Lights, Camera, Save! – Burke & Herbert Bank video contest, March 1 deadline – Burke & Herbert is sponsoring a video contest for teens ages 13-18 years old.  Create a 30-second video promoting a positive money management message and submit it by March 1.  Top prize - $5000 in cash!  Many other cash prizes available from $50-$2000. Click here for more info –

https://www.burkeandherbertbank.com/burke-herbert-bank-encourages-financial-readiness-youth-contest/

 

WPHS – February 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.

Check out this month’s College and Career Center newsletter for lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid help, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships, and other opportunities. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 Feb '21 - WP College and Career Center Updates_.pdf

College Planning Night for Juniors and Parents, Class of 2022 - March 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Session will be held virtually with panel of college admissions representatives presenting information on the college admissions review process, college search process-finding the right fit, Application sources: Common Application and Coalition Application, SAT/ACT tests, community college option and financial aid/scholarships. Plan to attend and learn more about the college admissions process! More detailed information coming soon!

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

SAT & ACT TEST PREP MOCKS AND GROUP CLASSES – 2020/21

View full schedule and Register Here. Upcoming event dates:

 

SAT CLASS - 3/6/21                                          Mock SAT – 3/6, 4/10, 5/8

ACT CLASS – 3/13/21                                      Mock ACT –3/13, 4/17, 5/15

 

Need Flexibility? SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars* - Register Here!

 

Navigating the College Admissions Process - 03/02/21, 8:00pm   What Parents Need to Know Now: SAT and ACT - 03/08/21, 7:00pm   How to Supercharge Your Students' Executive Function - 5 Key Strategies for Parents and Educators - 03/10/21, 8:00pm

*All webinar registrants get an emailed copy of the webinar a few days after the scheduled event in case they can't attend that exact evening.

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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West Potomac High School Weekly News

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Happy Snowy Friday West Potomac!

We are on the road to returning to school and are excited to welcome those who are in person back.  I wanted to make sure students have an opportunity to meet with me and ask questions.  See the information below to sign up for a link that was sent out to in person students last week. 

Ms. Millard will offer student town halls for 9th/12th graders on Monday Feb. 22nd at 9 am and for 10th/11th graders at 1 pm. Please complete WPHS Student RTS Town Hall to receive a BBCU link emailed to your fcpsschools.net email account.

As a reminder, Feb. 25th and 26th are both asynchronous days for all students in FCPS as they will be teacher prep days for the return to school.

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

 

 

 Important Dates

  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

February 23:       Rising 10th grade Academic Advising Virtual Town Hall, 6 p.m. (Rescheduled from 2/18.)

February 25:  Lunch & Learn with Mrs. Carter - Financial Aid and Scholarships

March 1:  PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

March 2:  9th and 12th grade students who chose “In-Peron” return to WP. Days based on last name.

March 5:  Two-Hour Early Release for Students

March 8:  Student Holiday, Staff Development Day

March 9:  10th and 11th grade students who chose "In Person" return to WP. Days based on last name.

March 10:  College Planning Night for Juniors and Parents, Class of 2022, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

World Language Credit Exam - Each year FCPS offers the World Language Credit Exam that assesses proficiency in a variety of languages.  Students who take the exam may earn up to three pass or fail credits in the language.  The Fall 2020 assessment was postponed to this Spring.  Please visit this link (scroll down to Spring 2021) to learn more.  If you would like your child to participate, please contact your child school counselor.  The deadline to contact your counselor and enroll is next Friday, February 28th. 

 

2021-22 Academic Advising and Course Selection:

February 23, 6:00 p.m.:  Rising 10th Grade Question/Answer Academic Advising Town Hall

The originally scheduled February 18th 10th Grade Academic Advising Town Hall has been postponed to Tuesday, February 23rd due to the weather-related school closure on the 18th.  Mr.  Kevin McMahon, Director of Student Services, will answer questions during the town hall that have been previously submitted and any other questions you might have.  A link will be emailed to those who have RSVP’d on Monday, February 22.  To register:  RSVP LINK .  Please note that if you are unable to attend on Tuesday, the session will be recorded and sent out on Wednesday, February 24.  

  

As a reminder, on March 1st academic advising appointments begin with school counselors for our Rising 10th graders. 

 

Below are several resources to support you and your family with this process.

Academic Advising and Course Selection Parent/Guardian Overview (14:56)

Virtual Curriculum Website

10th-12th Grade Course Offerings Sheet

Instructions on how to select classes in StudentVue

 

 

Parent Series on the Teenage Brain and Substance Use:  Did you know that secure attachment (the biological urge to connect with other human beings) is a protective factor against mental illness and substance abuse?  Secure attachment helps a child or parent feel loved, safe, and helps them manage their emotions in a healthier way. As parents and guardians of teenagers, you can help them form secure attachments and develop healthy relationships and one of the best ways to celebrate love for your child is to be a positive, supportive and consistent person in their life.

 

Listed below are links to the Parent Series I presented on the Teenage Brain and Substance Use. Please take a minute and check them out when you can. As always, if you have a question or want to refer your student please feel free to reach out to me - Elizabeth Knudson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for West Potomac Pyramid

eaknudson@fcps.edu

 

Links:

Video 1: The Teenage Brain: Building Connections https://youtu.be/5UQkCbKUWPI

Video 2: Drugs and the Teenage Brain https://youtu.be/RCyO1Yl-m9I

Video 3: Current Drug Trends in Teens  https://youtu.be/mXHwcMzHta8

 

 

Support the West Potomac Orchestra – Wolverine Pride Gifts

Wolverine Cotton Throw and limited Wolverine Key Ring available for purchase.  For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee at craig.rebecca@verizon.net  See attached flyer for additional info. WP Orchestra. Cotton Throw and Key Ring Fundraiser.pdf

 

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising drive for scholarships and program activities.  We are selling handmade music note masks in WP colors, water bottles, and magnets.  Donations can also be made online.  Fundraising link is live!  Contactless deliveryFor a limited time, we are offering a free mask with every mask or water bottle purchase.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4DA4AB2AA31-westpo

We also invite chorus parents to join the Boosters. For information, please contact Denise Theunissen, Chorus Booster President at Dgt2224@yahoo.com.

 

 

Calling all WP Wolverine Football Fans!  Countdown 'til game time is here! Wolverine Fan Masks for Sale - $15Masks will also be available for purchase at home games. You can also complete this Google Form to purchase: https://forms.gle/ZoivXjmtYcNNagFj7

 

Support the West Potomac Dance Team: Stock up on the popular WP reusable face masks - order by Sunday, February 21!  Masks are $10 each and feature the "WP" claw logo on one cheek and "Wolverines " on the other.  See the attached flyer for a photo and order details.  Purchase a few for your student and consider donating one or more masks to other WP high school students.  Go Wolverines!

WP. Dance Team Mask Order Fundraiser. Feb 12 2021.pdf

 

PTSA UPDATES:

________________________________________________________________________

 

Special Thank You!   Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

Lights, Camera, Save! – Burke & Herbert Bank video contest – Burke & Herbert is sponsoring a video contest for teens ages 13-18 years old.  Create a 30-second video promoting a positive money management message and submit it by March 1.  Top prize - $5000 in cash!  Many other cash prizes available from $50-$2000. Click here for more info –

https://www.burkeandherbertbank.com/burke-herbert-bank-encourages-financial-readiness-youth-contest/

WPHS – February 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.

Check out this month’s College and Career Center newsletter for lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid help, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships and other opportunities. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

Feb '21 - WP College and Career Center Updates_.pdf

February 25th Lunch & Learn (11:15-11:50 a.m.) Financial Aid and Scholarships (review)

Mrs. Carter will be available to answer questions on financial aid and will also review how to search for scholarships. Plan to attend and learn about financial aid award types and more new scholarships!! Please complete this form no later than Wednesday, February 24th by 3:00 pm. in order to receive email with link to join.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7MXWFMohw0CQ7FtVgouBd6DUX1wwps10orsp2oP58UXDtQg/viewform

Scholarship Tip Sheet - 2.19.21 NYC.pdf

College Planning Night for Juniors and Parents, Class of 2022 - March 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Session will be held virtually with panel of college admissions representatives presenting information on the college admissions review process, college search process-finding the right fit, application sources: Common Application and Coalition Application, SAT/ACT tests, community college option and financial aid/scholarships. Plan to attend and learn more about the college admissions process! More detailed information coming soon!

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

SAT & ACT TEST PREP MOCKS AND GROUP CLASSES – 2020/21

View full schedule and Register Here. Upcoming event dates:

 

SAT CLASS - 3/6/21                                          Mock SAT – 3/6, 4/10, 5/8

ACT CLASS – 3/13/21                                      Mock ACT –3/13, 4/17, 5/15

 

Need Flexibility? SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars* - Register Here!

 

Navigating the College Admissions Process - 03/02/21, 8:00pm   What Parents Need to Know Now: SAT and ACT - 03/08/21, 7:00pm   How to Supercharge Your Students' Executive Function - 5 Key Strategies for Parents and Educators - 03/10/21, 8:00pm

*All webinar registrants get an emailed copy of the webinar a few days after the scheduled event, in case they can't attend that exact evening.

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

February 15:       No School, President’s Day

February 16:       New Bell Schedule Starts

February 18:       Rising 10th Academic Advising Virtual Town Hall, 6:00pm

March 1:              PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30pm

March 2:              9th and 12th students who designated "In Person" learning return to WP

March 5:              Students – Two-Hour Early Release

March 8:              Student Holiday, Staff Development Day

March 9:              10th and 11th students who designated "In Person" learning return to WP

March 10:            College Planning Night for Juniors and Parents, Class of 2022, 6:30-8:00pm

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Congrats Lady Wolverines!

The West Potomac Lady Wolverines basketball team beat Robinson 62-24 last night. An impressive win over a solid team!

REGIONAL finals tonight (Friday) at 7pm against West Springfield.  Watch at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmVUUzUcJN1LwL_d7DQT4bg

Spread the word and "Let's go Wolverines!!"

 

2021-22 Academic Advising and Course Selection:

Below are several resources to support you and your family with this process.

Academic Advising and Course Selection Parent/Guardian Overview (14:56)

Virtual Curriculum Website

10th-12th Grade Course Offerings Sheet

Instructions on how to select classes in StudentVue

 

  • Rising 10thQuestion/Answer Academic Advising Town Hall – February 18, 6pm – RSVP LINK

 

Please note one correction to something shared during the town hall.  I incorrectly shared that courses meeting the sequential elective requirement could not be also used for the fine arts or CTE requirement.  That is incorrect.  After double-checking the requirements, I confirmed that a course used to fulfill the sequential elective requirement MAY also be used to meet fine arts or CTE requirement.  I apologize about any confusion that I might have created. 

 

Super Transition Week: K-12 and Beyond will offer Transition Planning for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students with Disabilities. The kick-off will be Monday, February 22, 2021. This event is for families, caretakers, and educators of students receiving special education services in Fairfax County Public Schools.  Please see the attached flier for details about this exciting event!

 

Attachments: Super Transition Week Flyer FINAL.pdf PRCSuper Transition Week FlyerUrdu.pdf PRCSuper Transition Week FlyerKorean.pdf PRCSuper Transition Week FlyerFarsi.pdf PRCSuper Transition Week FlyerChinese.pdf PRCSuper Transition Week FlyerArabic.pdf PRCSuper Transition Week FlyerAmharic.pdf PRCSuper Transition Week Flyer Spanish.pdf

 

 

Support the West Potomac Dance Team:  Stock up on the popular WP reusable face masks - order by Sunday, February 21!

Masks are $10 each and feature the "WP" claw logo on one cheek and "Wolverines " on the other.  See the attached flyer for a photo and order details.  Purchase a few for your student and consider donating one or more masks to other WP high school students.  Go Wolverines! WP. Dance Team Mask Order Fundraiser. Feb 12 2021.pdf

 

Support the West Potomac Orchestra – Wolverine Pride Gifts

Wolverine Cotton Throw and limited Wolverine Key Ring available for purchase.  For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee at craig.rebecca@verizon.net.  See attached flyer for additional info. WP Orchestra. Cotton Throw and Key Ring Fundraiser.pdf

 

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising drive for scholarships and program activities.  We are selling handmade music note masks in WP colors, water bottles, and magnets.  Donations can also be made online.  Fundraising link is live!  Contactless deliveryFor a limited time, we are offering a free mask with every mask or water bottle purchase.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4DA4AB2AA31-westpo

We also invite chorus parents to join the Boosters. For information, please contact Denise Theunissen, Chorus Booster President at Dgt2224@yahoo.com.

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

________________________________________________________________________

 

Special Thank You!  Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

Lights, Camera, Save! - Burke & Herbert Bank video contest - Burke & Herbert is sponsoring a video contest for teens ages 13-18 years old.  Create a 30-second video promoting a positive money management message and submit it by March 1.  Top prize - $5000 in cash!  Many other cash prizes available from $50-$2000. Click here for more info -

https://www.burkeandherbertbank.com/burke-herbert-bank-encourages-financial-readiness-youth-contest/

 

WPHS – February 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.

Check out this month’s College and Career Center newsletter for lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid help, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships and other opportunities. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist, with any questions at eecarter@fcps.edu.

Feb '21 - WP College and Career Center Updates..pdf

College Planning Night for Juniors and Parents, Class of 2022 - March 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Session will be held virtually with panel of college admissions representatives presenting information on the college admissions review process, college search process, finding the right fit, application sources: Common Application and Coalition Application, SAT/ACT tests, community college option and financial aid/scholarships. Plan to attend and learn more about the college admissions process! More detailed information coming soon!

 

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars* - Register Here!

  ·         Motivating Neurodiverse Kids to Do No-Fun, Boring and Tough Stuff: From remote learning to household chores, helping children and teens get started, persist and finish tasks -02/16/21, 8:00pm ·         Tame Your Test Anxiety: Strategies that Work - 02/17/21, 8:00pm ·         SAT vs ACT: The differences, the timelines, and the expectations of colleges

02/18/21, 8:00pm

*All webinar registrants get an emailed copy of the webinar a few days after the scheduled event, in case they can't attend that exact evening.

 

SAT & ACT TEST PREP MOCKS AND GROUP CLASSES – 2020/21

View full schedule and Register Here. Upcoming event dates:

 

SAT CLASS - 3/6/21                                          Mock SAT – 3/6, 4/10, 5/8

ACT CLASS – 3/13/21                                      Mock ACT –3/13, 4/17, 5/15

 

Need Flexibility? SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

February 8:    Advanced Academics Virtual Meeting, 7:00 PM (RSVP Link Below)

February 10:  PTSA Chick-Fil-A Pop-Up Drive Thru Fundraiser (Pre-order Event)

February 11:  Rising 11th Gr. Question/Answer Academic Advising Virtual Town Hall              6:00 PM - (RSVP Link Below)

February 18:  Rising 10th Gr. Question/Answer Academic Advising Virtual Town Hall –      6:00 PM (RSVP Link Below)

February 15:  Holiday, President’s Day

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

West Potomac Academy Open House

West Potomac Academy invites you to attend its virtual open house on Monday, February 8th from 6:15pm – 7:30pm! Come learn about our courses, meet Academy teachers, and connect with current students! Please register by completing this short form, and a link will be sent to you prior to the event: https://forms.gle/fwSFAjUdGntxxwPj6 We encourage you to visit our website in advance to plan which four programs you would like to visit: https://westpotomacacademy.fcps.edu/ We look forward to welcoming you to West Potomac Academy!

 

2021-22 Academic Advising and Course Selection Process Underway.  Rising 10th -12th Grade Families, during advisory this week your students were introduced to the 2021-22 Academic Advising and Course Selection Process.

 

Below are several resources to support you and your family with this process.

Academic Advising and Course Selection Parent/Guardian Overview (14:56)

Virtual Curriculum Website

10th-12th Grade Course Offerings Sheet

Instructions on how to select classes in StudentVue

 

In order to support any questions, you may have about this process, I’ve scheduled grade level parent/guardian Town Halls.  You can RSVP and submit any questions you might have via the following links.

 

There will also be an Advanced Academics Meetings on February 8, at 7pm.  If you are interested in learning more about the variety of advanced academics offered at West Potomac you can RSVP here. Questions?  Please reach out to your child’s high school counselor or Kevin McMahon, Director of Student Services at (kjmcmahon@fcps.edu)

 

A common question this past week was helping clarifying the differences between an Advanced Placement (AP) course and a Dual Enrollment (DE) Course.  Here is a brief overview with links to additional resources:

 

Dual Enrollment (DE) courses are taught at WP and other FCPS high schools by an FCPS teacher and students who participate can earn both High School and College Credit.  Students who wish to take a dual enrollment course must meet the criteria set by the college or university for admission into the course.  Currently there is no tuition for DE courses at NOVA.  Dual Enrollment Course options available to WPHS students can be found here.  Complete instructions on how to register on the NOVA side (required in addition to requesting course on WPHS side) can be found here but does require a student to login with their FCPS google account. 

 

The Advanced Placement® (AP) Program is a challenging academic program taught by FCPS teachers and approved by the College Board to offer motivated high school students with college-level academic courses in the major subject fields. AP classes emulates introductory college courses, preparing students for selective universities and colleges.  At the successful completion of the course, enrolled students will take an AP Test, at many colleges and universities, a high enough AP score will earn the student college credit.  The best resource to see the many AP courses offered at WPHS to Rising 10th-12th Graders would be our course offerings sheet for 21-22

 

 

FCPS Grading policy – Parents/Guardians/Students, under recently revised FCPS grading policies, all test re-takes must allow the student to receive the higher grade of the two scores.  If you are having problems with this policy or other grading issues, it is imperative that you reach out to your teacher and to Ms. Millard so that any issues can be resolved accordingly.

PSAT for Sophomores, April 19th – The PSAT for Sophomores at West Potomac is currently scheduled for April 19th at school.  Stay-tuned for further info.

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising drive for scholarships and program activities.  We are selling handmade music note masks in WP colors, water bottles, and magnets.  Donations can also be made online.  Fundraising link is live!  Contactless deliveryFor a limited time, we are offering a free mask with every mask or water bottle purchase.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4DA4AB2AA31-westpo

We also invite chorus parents to join the Boosters. For information, please contact Denise Theunissen, Chorus Booster President at Dgt2224@yahoo.com.

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

________________________________________________________________________

Chick-Fil-A Pop-Up Drive Thru Fundraiser:  Wednesday, Feb 10th:  4:45 – 5:45 PM. Sandwiches and meals will be sold via paid pre-orders only.

Pre-order link:  https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store

 

Pick-up location:  Waynewood Recreational Pool Parking Lot - 1027 Dalebrook Drive, Alexandria, VA.  Pre-order Deadline - Sunday, February 7 at 10:00 PM.   Please see flyer for additional info. February 10th WP PTSA CFA.pdf

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Special Thank You!  Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

Nominating Committee – A Nominating Committee has been formed to work on a slate for the 2021-22 PTSA Executive Board.  Please forward any nominations to any or all of the following Nominating Committee members:  Felicia Moore, fbmoore96@gmail.com; Kendra Chambers, kendrajanedc@aol.com; Elise Bengston, elisenbengtson@gmail.com.

National School Counseling Week – We are coming to the end of National School Counseling Week.  Thank you, counselors, for all you do for our students and families! The PTSA will be celebrating you when the staff returns to school.

Class of 2021 - Senior Yard Signs:  The first order of signs sold out.  The Senior Celebration Committee is gauging interest for a second order.  Please email marasteng@yahoo.com if you are interested in getting a yard sign. Please put “Senior Sign” in the subject line.

Lights, Camera, Save! - Burke & Herbert Bank video contest - Burke & Herbert is sponsoring a video contest for teens ages 13-18 years old.  Create a 30-second video promoting a positive money management message and submit it by March 1.  Top prize - $5000 in cash!  Many other cash prizes available from $50-$2000. Click here for more info -

https://www.burkeandherbertbank.com/burke-herbert-bank-encourages-financial-readiness-youth-contest/

__________________________________________

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars* - Register Here!

  The Impact of COVID-19 on College Admissions and Testing for the Class of 2022 & Beyond  02/07/21, 5:00pm, Duration: 1h 00m   Help Your Student Thrive: Strategies to Reduce Anxiety, Increase Motivation, and Study Smarter  02/11/21, 8:00pm, Duration: 1h 00m   Motivating Neurodiverse Kids to Do No-Fun, Boring and Tough Stuff: From remote learning to household chores, helping children and teens get started, persist and finish tasks  02/16/21, 8:00pm, Duration: 1h 00m   SAT vs ACT: The differences, the timelines, and the expectations of colleges  02/18/21, 8:00pm, Duration: 1h 00m

 

*All webinar registrants get an emailed copy of the webinar a few days after the scheduled event, in case they can't attend that exact evening.

 

Check out Applerouth’s “Back-To-School Bookshelf” with their most popular handouts and information on the SAT and ACT – including test accommodations!

 

SAT & ACT TEST PREP MOCKS AND GROUP CLASSES – 2020/21

View full schedule and Register Here. Upcoming event dates:

SAT CLASS - 3/6/21

ACT CLASS – 3/13/21

Mock SAT – 2/6, 2/27, 3/6, 4/10, 5/8

Mock ACT – 2/6, 3/13, 4/17, 5/15 (note date changes for April and May)

 

SELF-DIRECTED CLASSES OFFERED THIS YEAR ($125.00)

The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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Happy Friday!

Can you believe it? It looks like we will get some snow this weekend!  I want to thank all of you for so many well wishes and kind words of support this National Principal Appreciation Week.  The show of care and love for me has been overwhelming and I am so blessed to be in this community.

As you know, the school board will be voting of the return to school timeline on Tuesday.  Once the dates are fully finalized, I will be providing you with a detailed town hall to review next steps in the return to school process for West Potomac. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get to play in the snow!

Take Good Care,

 

Ms. Millard

 

 

  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

January 30:         Virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line workshop for FCPS Seniors

February 1:         PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting at 6:30pm

February 5:         Application Deadline for students interested in WPHS Leadership Training

February 10:       Chick-Fil-A Pop-Up Drive Thru Fundraiser (Pre-order Event)

February 15:       Holiday, President’s Day

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Deadline Approaching - 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 who are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a Mandatory application that can be found at https://tinyurl.com/leadership2025, due by February 5th at 11:59pm.  If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at nmborghard@fcps.edu or Steve Przywara at scprzywara@fcps.edu.

 

Rising 10th-12th graders:  Interested in taking Leadership?  Check out your grade level Google Classroom for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: www.tinyurl.com/WPHSLeadership2021 and is due Friday, February 5th at 11:59pm.

 

Advanced Academics Information Meeting

Parents of students interested in taking their first Honors or Advanced Placement class are invited to attend an informational meeting on February 8 at 7:00 pm.  Teachers and counselors will be present to share information about the Advanced Academics program pathways, benefits, and available student supports at West Potomac High School. Please RSVP to receive a link to the online meeting. Spanish language translation will also be available.  

RSVP 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiDndeSqn-TXKWkiLoku1pimPCNVZSH_MT39h9b7tSbWn5rA/viewform?usp=pp_url

 

Student Services would like to celebrate the Class of 2021!

 

We’ve created a social media template to highlight our Seniors’ recent accomplishments and interests. If your Senior would like to be featured in one of our upcoming posts, they can submit their template via an assignment on the Class of 2021 Google Classroom. The assignment went live on Monday, January 25th, and will only be accessible by students logging into their fcpsschools.net account.  Sample posts are included in the assignment instructions.   Follow us on Twitter (@wphsss) and/or Instagram (@wphsstudentservices) to keep an eye out for your Seniors’ posts! Please note that all submitted material will be subject to review before posting. By submitting the assignment, students will be giving consent for information to be posted on our public accounts. For any immediate concerns, please reach out to your student’s school counselor. 

 

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising drive for scholarships and program activities.  We are selling handmade music note masks in WP colors, water bottles, and magnets.  Donations can also be made online.  Fundraising link is live!  Contactless deliveryFor a limited time, we are offering a free mask with every mask or water bottle purchase.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4DA4AB2AA31-westpo

We also invite chorus parents to join the Boosters. For information, please contact Denise Theunissen, Chorus Booster President at Dgt2224@yahoo.com.

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

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PTSA Meeting – February 1st:  Please join us for our membership meeting on Monday, February 1, 6:30pm via Zoom and Facebook Live.  We will hear from our Director of Student Services, Kevin McMahon, about course selection for next year, and from our Principal, Tangy Millard, with Return to School updates.  Zoom link will be sent to PTSA members prior to the meeting. 

The PTSA continues to welcome memberships. We’re all in this together! Thank you for your support. To join the PTSA, go to https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store/store

 

Chick-Fil-A Pop Up, Pre-Order Drive Thru Fundraiser, Wednesday, February 10, 4:45-5:45pm:  Sandwiches and meals will be sold via PRE-ORDERS only for pick up at Waynewood Recreational Pool Parking Lot, 1027 Dalebrook Drive, Alexandria.

Pre-Order Deadline – Sunday, February 7th, 10:00pm.  Please see flyer for more info.

 February 10th WP PTSA CFA.pdf

Pre-order link: https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store

 

Cheers to Principal Millard! – This week was designated as Principal Appreciation Week in Virginia.  We cannot say enough how much we appreciated our principal, Tangy Millard.  We are lucky to have her at West Potomac. 

 

Lights, Camera, Save! - Burke & Herbert Bank video contest - Burke & Herbert is sponsoring a video contest for teens ages 13-18 years old.  Create a 30-second video promoting a positive money management message and submit it by March 1.  Top prize - $5000 in cash!  Many other cash prizes available from $50-$2000. Click here for more info -

https://www.burkeandherbertbank.com/burke-herbert-bank-encourages-financial-readiness-youth-contest/

 

PSAT for Sophomores, April 19th – The PSAT for Sophomores at West Potomac is currently scheduled for April 19th at school.  Stay-tuned for further info.

 

FCPS Grading policy – Parents/Guardians/Students, under recently revised FCPS grading policies, all test re-takes must allow the student to receive the higher grade of the two scores. In addition, no student should receive a score lower than a 50 for any assignment.  If you are having problems with this policy, it is imperative that you reach out to your teacher and to Ms. Millard so that any issues can be resolved accordingly.

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Special Thank You!  Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

 

WPHS – January 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.

 

Please see attached for information on the College and Career Center, lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships and other opportunities. 

January 2021. CCCNewsletter.pdf

College Access Fairfax Virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line Workshop:  FCPS School Counseling Services and College Access Fairfax is offering a virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line workshop for FCPS seniors and their families via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. A flyer with more information and the registration links can be found in the January 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.

 

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep Info.

 

SAT & ACT Test Prep Mocks and Group Classes - View full schedule (link)

 Applerouth SAT and ACT Test Prep. Jan 15 newsletter.pdf

NEW SELF-DIRECTED CLASSES OFFERED THIS YEAR ($125.00) -The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at  PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

Check out Applerouth’s “Back-To-School Bookshelf” with their most popular handouts and information on the SAT and ACT – including test accommodations!

 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

 

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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West Potomac Weekly News

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Happy Friday West Potomac!

Yesterday, Dr. Brabrand presented a new return to school timeline.  The school board will vote on this timeline on Feb. 2nd at their next meeting. It is not yet approved but I wanted to share with you the highlights for in-person:

 

Intervention Groups:            (School selected students)                    February 1st

Groups 1-4:                         (CTE/Academy, Cat B Sped)                 February 16th (New Bell Schedule Begins)

Group 8:                              (9th and 12th Grades)                             March 2nd                                           

Group 8:                               (10th and 11th Grades)                           March 9th

 

FREE Parking Passes for In Person Juniors and Seniors

 

We are now ready to take requests for parking passes for juniors and seniors who have chosen In-Person return to school.  Parking passes are free this school year.  Although we have limited spaces, we are hoping to provide passes for those who will be driving in daily for school. Please use  WPHS Parking Pass Request  to request a pass.  We will contact you as space is available to arrange for you to bring in the supporting paperwork and pick up your pass.  Depending on the number of requests, you may be sharing a space with another student who attends on the alternate days from you.  So, for example, you may be assigned pass 1A for Tues/Wed in person classes and someone else will use the same space with pass 1B for Thurs/Friday in person classes.  The only student IDs available on the request form are those of juniors and seniors who have requested in-person return to school in October. Please contact Mr. Walls with questions concerning your parking pass- jhwalls@fcps.edu.

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

 

  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

January 2               End of the Second Quarter  

January 25:         Student Holiday/ Teacher Workday

January 30:        Virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line workshop for FCPS Seniors

February 1:        PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30pm

February 5:        Application Deadline for next year’s WPHS Leadership Training

February 15:      Holiday, President’s Day

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

From West Potomac Student Services to Class of 2021:

Hello Class of 2021 Families:

Student Services would like to celebrate the Class of 2021!

We’ve created a social media template to highlight our Seniors’ recent accomplishments and interests. If your Senior would like to be featured in one of our upcoming posts, they can submit their template via an assignment on the Class of 2021 Google Classroom. The assignment will go live on Monday, January 25th, and will only be accessible by students logging into their fcpsschools.net account. Sample posts are included in the assignment instructions.   Follow us on Twitter (@wphsss) and/or Instagram (@wphsstudentservices) to keep an eye out for your Seniors’ posts! Please note that all submitted material will be subject to review before posting. By submitting the assignment, students will be giving consent for information to be posted on our public accounts. For any immediate concerns, please reach out to your student’s school counselor. 

 

West Potomac Academy Open House

West Potomac Academy invites you to attend its virtual open house on Monday, February 8th from 6:15pm – 7:30pm! Come learn about our courses, meet Academy teachers, and connect with current students! Please register by completing this short form, and a link will be sent to you prior to the event: https://forms.gle/fwSFAjUdGntxxwPj6 We encourage you to visit our website in advance to plan which four programs you would like to visit: https://westpotomacacademy.fcps.edu/ We look forward to welcoming you to West Potomac Academy!

 

WPHS Library:   The library is still attempting to collect overdue library books. Students were sent overdue notices to their FCPSSCHOOLS.net email on Thursday, 1/21/21. Please check with your student to see if they have any overdue materials. There will be a bin outside of the main entrance on Monday, January 25th from 8:30-2:30. If you have books from another FCPS school, you may return them to West Po and the books will be returned to the correct school for you.

 

WPHS Leadership Training, 2021-22 School Year:  The focus of the Leadership Training 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 – Rising freshmen who are interested in taking Leadership Training must submit a Mandatory application that can be found at https://tinyurl.com/leadership2025 ,  due by February 5th at 11:59pm.  If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at nmborghard@fcps.edu or Steve Przywara at scprzywara@fcps.edu.

Rising 10th-12th graders:  Interested in taking Leadership next year?  Check out your grade level Google Classroom for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: www.tinyurl.com/WPHSLeadership2021 and is due Friday February 5th at 11:59pm.

 

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising drive for scholarships and program activities.  We are selling handmade music note masks in WP colors, water bottles, and magnets.  Donations can also be made online.  Fundraising link is live!  Contactless delivery. For a limited time, we are offering a free mask with every mask or water bottle purchase.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4DA4AB2AA31-westpo

We also invite chorus parents to join the Boosters. For information, please contact Denise Theunissen, Chorus Booster President at Dgt2224@yahoo.com.

 

Support the WP Orchestra – Exclusive Wolverine Pride Stadium Throws available for purchase.  For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee at craig.rebecca@verizon.net  See attached flyer for additional info. Wolverine Pride Stadium Blanket. Orchestra. Jan 2021.pdf

 

Student Services – College Transcripts Request Deadline: For February 1st admissions application deadlines, transcript request forms were due on January 7th to your school counselor.  Transcript fees are paid via www.myschoolbucks.com in the School Store.  Per the transcript request form published timelines, a $5.00 late fee will now be applied to requests for February 1st deadlines.

Please note:  To order and pay for the February 1st deadline transcript request is a two-step process on MySchoolBucks:   1) Please order the number of transcripts needed via Transcript Request button and add to basket   2) Then, please pay for late fee by clicking on Transcript Request Late Fee and add to basket for total and complete your transaction. Thank you.

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

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PTSA Meeting – February 1st:  Please join us for our membership meeting on Monday, February 1, 6:30pm via Zoom and Facebook Live.  We will hear from our Director of Student Services, Kevin McMahon, about course selection for next year, and from our Principal, Tangy Millard, with Return to School updates.  Zoom link will be sent to PTSA members prior to the meeting.  To join the PTSA, go to https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store/store

 

Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA.  Log into Smile.amazon.com and designate WPHS PTSA as the charity you would like to donate

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Special Thank You! Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

WPHS – January 2021 College and Career Center newsletter - Please see attached for information on the College and Career Center, lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships, and other opportunities. January 2021. CCCNewsletter.pdf

 

College Access Fairfax Virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line Workshop:  FCPS School Counseling Services and College Access Fairfax is offering a virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line workshop for FCPS seniors and their families via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:00am. A flyer with more information and the registration links can be found in the January 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.

 

Student Enrichment Program Opportunities: 

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program - deadline March 10, 2021 - event date June 21 - July 2, 2021 or July 12 - 23, 2021 or Aug. 2 - 13, 2021. https://girlswhocode.com/programs/summer-immersion-program   

 

Carnegie Mellon’s Summer Academy for Math and Science - deadline March 17, 2021 - event date July 3 - Aug. 14, 2021.  https://www.cmu.edu/pre-college/academicprograms/sams.html

 

Black College Institute (at VA Tech) - deadline April 1, 2021 - event date June 13 - 16, 2021 and June 20 - 23, 2021 for Seniors June 27 - 30, 2021 for Juniors. https://vt.edu/admissions/black-college-institute.html

 

Additional opportunities can be found in January 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep Info.

 Applerouth SAT and ACT Test Prep. Jan 15 newsletter.pdf

 

SAT & ACT Test Prep Mocks and Group Classes - View full schedule https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/

 

NEW SELF-DIRECTED CLASSES OFFERED THIS YEAR ($125.00) -The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at  PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

Check out Applerouth’s “Back-To-School Bookshelf” with their most popular handouts and information on the SAT and ACT – including test accommodations!

 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

 

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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West Potomac High School Weekly News

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Happy Friday West Potomac,

I hope you all are doing well and plan to have a relaxing long weekend.  As we await a revised/updated timeline for Return to School (RTS), I wanted to keep you updated on West Potomac’s progress toward RTS.  Many faculty and staff have begun registration to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination.  This has been a welcomed and highly anticipated opportunity and we are thankful for the efforts of our school board, led by Karen Corbett Sanders, to have educators moved up in the state vaccination timeline.  We are also grateful to FCPS leadership for partnering with INOVA Fairfax on a quick turnaround plan to begin the vaccination process.  This process is helping West Potomac to alleviate our staffing challenges; however, we do still need to hire 6 more monitors.  We are continuing to interview and make offers daily. 

Our capacity issues have been solved due to the hard work of our custodial staff and Mr(s). McMahon and Johnson systematically and methodically going through every instructional space meticulously moving around and moving out furniture to meet the 6 ft requirements. 

We started our virtual intervention program for students needing additional support on Monday.  Dr. Brabrand will be presenting a revised RTS timeline to our school board and I am hopeful that we will begin to move forward with in-person intervention and ultimately, concurrent instruction.  I will provide more details on specifics for West Potomac RTS in a Town Hall presentation very soon. 

Attached is a follow up community letter closing the student athlete case that I informed you of earlier in the week via eNotify. 

Community Spread CLOSED.pdf

Remember Monday Jan. 18, and Wednesday Jan. 20 are both FCPS Holidays.  Jan. 19th and 22nd will be Wolverine Workdays to close out 2nd qtr.

I appreciate your continued care and support; you all are the best school community in FCPS!

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

 

  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

Important Dates:

January 18:                         Student Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 19:                                      Wolverine Catch Up Day - students log in to Silver Day synchronous schedule to work with teachers and catch up on work.

January 20:                         Student Holiday, Inauguration Day

January 22:                         Wolverine Catch Up Day – students log in to Blue Day synchronous schedule to work with teachers and catch up on work.

January 22:                         End of the Second Quarter - Two-Hour Early Release                                                 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Student Services – College Transcripts Request Deadline:  For February 1st admissions application deadlines, transcript request forms were due on January 7th to your school counselor.  Transcript fees are paid via www.myschoolbucks.com in the School Store.  Per the transcript request form published timelines, a $5.00 late fee will now be applied to requests for February 1st deadlines.

Please note:  To order and pay for the February 1st deadline transcript request is a two-step process on MySchoolBucks:   1) Please order the number of transcripts needed via Transcript Request button and add to basket   2) Then, please pay for late fee by clicking on Transcript Request Late Fee and add to basket for total and complete your transaction. Thank you.

 

ATTENTION WEST POTOMAC WOLVERINES!   2021 Yearbooks are now on sale!

For more information see attached link 2021 yearbook info.docx

 

WPHS Leadership Training - Important Course Info:  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 who are interested in taking Leadership Training next year, there is a MANDATORY application that can be found at https://tinyurl.com/leadership2025.  The application is due by February 5th at 11:59pm.  If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at nmborghard@fcps.edu or Steve Przywara at scprzywara@fcps.edu.

For current WPHS students - Stayed tuned for additional information coming out next week

      

Parents! See anything wrong with this picture? Come to the 1/19 Webinar!

 

Drug Trends in Teens: Identifying Common Household Substances and Drug Culture, Webinar, January 19th, 7:00pm - Please join Elizabeth Knudson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at West Potomac, for the last session of her Three Part Series on The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips.  Questions or to register, please contact Elizabeth Knudson at eaknudson@fcps.edu.

 

Link to join:  https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/8f2937d043b74edf95bbab8843fcaecd

 

Support the WP Orchestra – Exclusive Wolverine Pride stadium throws available for purchase.  For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee at craig.rebecca@verizon.net. See attached flyer for additional info.  Wolverine Pride Stadium Blanket. Orchestra. Jan 2021.pdf

 

10 Day Kindness Blitz Donation Drive - Let's start the year right - 10 days - 100 bags of food! Join WP Clubs & Teams on our mission to #LoveBetter this Winter! As Covid-19 spikes in our West Po community, students and their families have been hit particularly hard. Please support our drive to ensure that every family has what they need to get through these hard times.  Donations needed by 1/22/21.  See flyer for additional details. 10 Day Kindness Blitz Donation Dr. (Jan 15 newsletter).pdf

 

 

Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance: Current grades 8-12

Session 1: Monday, April 19- Friday, June 18 (Registration -Monday, January 11-Friday, April 9)

Session 2: Monday, June 28-Friday, July 30 (Registration - Monday, Jan. 11-Friday, June 11

This online course is for current FCPS students only and is pass/fail only. Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance requires students to complete work without direct teacher support. Students will access content for this course through an FCPS Canvas online environment. The course was updated in September 2020. The new course features include updated curriculum, interactive modules, and exit tickets. Students will read through 14 modules, complete 140 exit tickets, 14 module tests, and a final exam. This course does not meet face-to-face.

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

 

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

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Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA.  Log into Smile.amazon.com and designate WPHS PTSA as the charity you would like to donate

 

Give “HIGH FIVES” to West Po Teachers, Counselors, Admin, and Others!  Our West Potomac staff is doing an amazing job during this crazy time.  Send a positive message or “High Five” to any staff for doing something you have appreciated this year.  This could be for anything!   Simply complete this Google form: https://bit.ly/3pK9h0r

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Special Thank You! Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

WPHS – January 2021 College and Career Center newsletter:  Please see attached for information on the College and Career Center, lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships and other opportunities. January 2021. CCCNewsletter.pdf

FAFSA Fact Sheet:  Seniors, interested in applying for financial aid to attend college fall 2021?  See attached flyer for step-by step directions and helpful hints to complete the FAFSA.

 FAFSAQuickFacts .Doc..pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep Info

 SAT & ACT Test Prep Mocks and Group Classes - View full schedule Applerouth SAT and ACT Test Prep. Jan 15 newsletter.pdf

 

NEW SELF-DIRECTED CLASSES OFFERED THIS YEAR ($125.00) -The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at  PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES - Check out Applerouth’s “Back-To-School Bookshelf” with their most popular handouts and information on the SAT and ACT – including test accommodations!

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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West Potomac Weekly News

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Dear West Potomac Family,

 

It has taken me a couple of days to capture my thoughts.  I am sure there are those in our community who, like me, were personally affected by the tragic events at our US Capitol on Wednesday.  My husband is a Sgt with Capitol Police and was involved with protecting the Capitol on Wednesday. Thankfully, by God’s grace, he only suffered a fractured finger.  I am heartbroken for the family of one of his colleagues who has since passed away.  Wednesday was the longest day of my family’s life as we waited for hours to hear from him and for him to come home.

 

As we all have slowly begun to process what happened, many students have wanted to talk, express their feelings, and make sense.  Our teachers have always done an amazing job with sensitive topics, giving students a safe space to discuss and grapple.  Teachers were provided resources for having discussions and were free to use them as they saw fit or as the occasion arose in their classes.  We will continue to provide our students with a firm understanding of the structures of our democracy, how to appropriately have their voices heard and how to be agents of change.  I continue to be proud of them and our teachers. 

 

We are here for you as well.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for support.  I am resending the family resources that Dr. Brabrand sent here. I encourage you to take some time to process as a family and be there for one another.  I do not know what the future holds for our country, but we feel a responsibility to prepare our students for that future and to be full productive citizens within it.

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

 

 

Return to School

 

As of Tuesday’s school board meeting, the return to school plan and process is on pause.  As revised plans are developed, I will keep you updated.  I hope to have new information in the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, there have been some adjustments to the January calendar (see below).  We are still in need of classroom monitors for the return so if you know of anyone who is looking for a full time hourly position and has, at minimum, a high school diploma, please have them reach out to Ms. DeSantes at lldesanteswa@fcps.edu.

 

January 11th                       Teacher Prep Day

January 13th / 14th           Normal Synchronous Instruction (Wolverine Work Days Cancelled)

January 19th                       Wolverine Workdays (students log in to silver day synchronous schedule to work with teachers and catch up on work)

January 22nd                       Wolverine Workday/Two Hour Early Release Schedule (students log in to blue day synchronous schedule to work with teachers and

catch up on work)

 

  • Important Dates
  • School News Update
  • PTSA Updates
  • College and Career Center
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

 

 

Important Dates:

January 11:         Drugs and the Teenage Brain Webinar, 7:00pm

January 14:         PTSA Moe’s Restaurant Night Fundraiser, 4:00 - 9:00pm

January 14:         Career Options with a High School Diploma Webinar, 6:30pm

January 15:         FCCPTA $500 mini-grant application deadline

January 18:         Student Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 20:         Student Holiday, Inauguration Day

January 22:         End of the Second Quarter, Two-Hour Early Release                                     

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Drugs and The Teenage Brain – Webinar, Monday, January 11, 7pm:  Please join Elizabeth Knudson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at West Potomac, to learn more about the effect of drugs on the teenage brain in this second session of a three part series.  Strategies and tips for parents included.  All are welcome for this virtual session.  See below.  Questions and to register, please reach out to Elizabeth Knudson at eaknudson@fcps.edu.

 

Session 2 - January 11, 2021 at 7:00pm

Drugs and the Teenage Brain

Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/5d85bd0fe6f64d59b013cc952d6d4c7d

 

Session 3 - January 19, 2021 at 7:00pm

Drug Trends in Teens: Identifying Common Household Substances and Drug Culture

 

 The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips, 3 Part Series. Flyer.pdf

 

PTSA UPDATES:

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Moe’s Restaurant Night – January 14th, 4:00-9:00 pm - Delicious food, clean kitchen and all for a great cause.  Order up your favorite meal or meal kit and Moe’s will donate a portion of all proceeds back to the PTSA to help fund student and teacher supported programs.  Flyer must be presented with order either on your phone or hard copy, and please let them know you’re there to support the PTSA!  Flyer avail soon!

 

Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA.  Log into Smile.amazon.com and designate WPHS PTSA as the charity to which you would like to donate.

 

Give “HIGH FIVES” to West Po Teachers, Counselors, Admin, and Others!  Our West Potomac staff is doing an amazing job during this crazy time.  Send a positive message or “High Five” to any staff for doing something you have appreciated this year.  This could be for anything!   Simply complete this Google form: https://bit.ly/3pK9h0r.  

 

FCCPTA 2020-21 Student Technology Mini-Grant Program:  Through a generous donation from the Fairfax County NAACP, the Fairfax County Council of PTAs (FCCPTA) is offering FCPS students in grades 3-11 an opportunity to obtain a $500 mini-grant for the purchase of a computer and/or technology-related device or equipment.

 

There are six (6) mini-grants available. In order to apply, the student or their parent/guardian MUST be a member of a PTA/PTSA.  Application deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021.   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLhE2DEwKPYLVo8N3HXylQXV-1KAa_Yo71d_xdGLqhyQE5UQ/viewform

 

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Special Thank You! Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.

January 2021 College and Career Center Newsletter:  Greetings West Potomac students and families!  Please read our latest newsletter for information on the College and Career Center, lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships and other opportunities. 

 January 2021. CCCNewsletter.pdf

 

Information Session: “Career Options with a High School Diploma,” Thursday, January 14th, 6:30pm - Region 3 high schools are facilitating this virtual information session to educate students about career opportunities available after graduation and the financial benefits of earning a high school diploma in order to work and/or learn a skill. This session is specifically for seniors and families who are choosing to learn more about other options with a high school diploma after graduation.  Presenters include: ACE, Job Corps, CET ,WIOA, and more.. with Management Training, Apprentice and short-term training options!!  Google Meet link: meet.google.com/xcw-tunb-wvo

 Jan, 14th Career Options with High School Diploma.pdf

 

FAFSA- Line-by-Line, January 30th, 10am:  The FCPS School Counseling Office and College Access Fairfax will offer the next virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line programs for FCPS seniors and their families on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Please see flyer for additional info and to register.  FAFSA Winter Presentations.pdf

 Jan 30th. FAFSA. Line By Line . Virtual.pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

New ACT Class Starts THIS Saturday, January 9th – Still time to register!  Students can still register by contacting Applerouth's Christine Ingari, cingari@applerouth.com, for late registration.

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars!

How to Supercharge Your Students' Executive Function - 5 Key Strategies for Parents and Educators 01/12/21, 8:00pm, Duration: 1h 00m

Navigating the College Admissions Process with Jed Applerouth 04/15/21, 7:00pm Duration: 2h 00m

 

SAT & ACT Test Prep Mocks and Group Classes - View full schedule and Register Here Upcoming mock test dates include 2/6, 2/27, 3/6 and 3/13.

 

NEW SELF-DIRECTED CLASSES OFFERED THIS YEAR ($125.00) -The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at  PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

Check out Applerouth’s “Back-To-School Bookshelf” with their most popular handouts and information on the SAT and ACT – including test accommodations!

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

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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