WPHS News You Choose - 1/21/22

GovDelivery1 day 3 hours ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principals Message
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • Class of ’22 Updates
  • Student Services/College and Career Center Updates 
  • Athletics Reminders
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • FCPS Opportunities and Quick Links

January 24:  Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

January 25 – Feb 4: Rising 12th Grade Course Selection through English Classes

January 26:   West Potomac Academy Virtual Open House, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

February 4:  WPHS Leadership Training Application Due

February 4:  Rising Stars Celebration

February 7 – 18: Rising 11th Grade Course Selection through PE 10

February 7:   PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM

February 8:   All A Honor Roll Celebration

February 9:   Domino’s Pizza Restaurant Night, PTSA Fundraiser

February 11:  Moe’s Chip/Queso Honor Roll Recognition

February 22 – March 4: Rising 10th Grade Course Selection through PE 9

June 3:   Class of ’22 Graduation- WPHS Stadium

Happy Long Weekend Wolverines!

Well, we made it through our first virtual snow day. Thank you to staff who were prepared and ready to receive our students. Thank you to our students, who by all accounts were, logged in, cameras on, and ready to go.  I wonder if a two hour and forty-five minute school day had anything to do with that 😊. 

Next week we begin 3rd quarter, believe it or not.  We will also begin our new Student Support Time, to allow students to get help from teachers during the school day.  Please take 5 minutes to watch the video below for an overview of the process.  We will be presenting this to all students during advisory next week and will begin on January 27th. 

https://youtu.be/PVtgHtNmN_U

Enjoy your long weekend!

Ms. Millard

PTSA Updates

Save the date:  Next PTSA Membership Meeting, February 7 at 6:30 PM

Student Recognition - Second Quarter Events:

The West Potomac PTSA and Student Services are proud and excited to host the following events to celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of our students!

  • Feb 4:  Rising Stars Celebration - The Rising Stars is a celebration of students who have been identified by a Wolverine Faculty member for showing great effort or improvement during the previous quarter. Students will be notified by their counselor and the event includes a short ceremony and doughnuts!
  • Feb 8:  All A Honor Roll Celebration - The All A Honor Roll celebrates students who have earned All A/A- during the “quarter”. Although grades are no longer calculated by the quarter, the cut off is the same and if a student has all A/A- in the grade book as of the end of this quarter they will be notified by student services by email. The celebration includes a quick ceremony and free doughnuts for all attendees!
  • Feb 11:   Moe’s Chip/Queso Honor Roll Recognition - This very popular event celebrates all students who have earned all As or A/Bs as of the end of the second quarter grading period. It occurs during all four lunch periods and is hosted by the PTSA and catered by Moe’s with free chips and guac/salsa for students who qualify! Students check in during their lunch period for a ticket and can go through the line.
  • The Moe’s Chip/Queso bar takes many volunteers. A sign-up genius link will be posted in February. It takes about 14 people for this to run smoothly and it is a great way to meet and chat with parents and see how grateful and wonderful the students at WP are IN PERSON (masked of course!). Thank you in advance for considering.
  • We will also hold a raffle for $5 gift cards to students who qualify during the lunch periods! We are asking for monetary donations to help purchase the gift cards and the PTSA will purchase the physical gift cards.  

 To donate:  https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

School News

WPHS Leadership Training Application Information: 

  • 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/WP9thgradeLship  that is due by FEBRUARY 4th at 11:59 PM.  
  • For rising 10th-12thgraders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: https://tinyurl.com/WPLship2022 and is due Friday February 4th at 11:59 PM.
  • Questions? Please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Steve Przywara at [email protected].

West Potomac Academy Virtual Open House

  • West Potomac Academy invites you to attend our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 26th from 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM. You will have the opportunity to hear from our Administrator and other staff, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses! We encourage you to visit our website in advance (https://westpotomacacademy.fcps.edu/) so you can spend your time with the classes and teachers that are of most interest to you.
  • Please complete the short Google RSVP formin the (also listed on the Open House Flyer). A link to join our open house will be emailed to you Wednesday morning, January 26th. If you have questions, please contact Nora Covert, West Potomac Academy Counselor at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to West Potomac Academy!
  • 2021 – 2022 WPHS Yearbooks on Sale now – click here!

 WPHS Dance Team Fundraiser:  

 Early Spring Cleaning to Help the WP Dance Team

  • Clean out your closets for a good cause! On Sunday, January 30 between 9:00 and 9:30 am, the West Potomac Dance Team will be collecting clean, gently used clothing and soft furnishings (bedding, pillows, etc.). These items will be donated to the Unique thrift store in Falls Church. Proceeds from that donation will go to the Dance Team based on the total weight of the items donated, so more is definitely better!  Pack items in clean trash bags and drop them off at the big blue bin outside entrance 3A of the Springbank building at West Potomac. Tax receipts will be available at drop-off. Please share this information with others! Contact Carrie Sessine at [email protected].

Class of 22 Updates

 Message from WPHS Student Services

  • Hello students and families of Class of 2022,The counseling staff had planned to go to advisories for a brief presentation the first week we returned from break, but due to inclement weather, we are unable to reschedule before the end of 2nd quarter. Included is a link to the presentation with important updates on mid-year college reports and upcoming events. This information is important so please take some time to review the 5-minute video and reach out to your counselor if you have any questions. Presentation link: https://youtu.be/ufRC9d_lgLM
  • Class of 22 Direct Donation Campaign
    • The Senior Celebration Committee seeks your financial support for several ideas and events designed to celebrate our Seniors. With the outbreak of Covid-19, the past two graduating classes have missed out on many traditional senior events. The Senior Celebration Committee is hopeful the Class of 2022 will be able to experience a few of the traditional year-end events that make graduation so special Let's work together to celebrate each graduate and to honor their hard work while at WPHS. Final events will be based on funds raised. Class of 2022 Direct Donation Flyer.

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

Course Selection / Virtual Curriculum Website

  • This week students watched a YouTube Recording that goes over the enter 2022-23 academic advising and course selection process. The video and additional resources are available on the West Potomac Virtual Curriculum Website: https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/curriculumfair

College and Career Center Updates

Happy New Year!  Please take a moment to check out the latest updates in the West Potomac College & Career Center monthly newsletter.

#WhatsYourCareerWolverines Events:  Jan 26: Careers in federal law enforcement

  • What’s Your Career Wolverines is a series of interactive career talks with local professionals. It’s a great way for students to learn about different careers and the paths to get there. To date we’ve had a clinical psychologist and real estate agent to visit WPHS. Presentations take place in the College & Career Center during all lunches. Pre-registration is not required and all grade levels are welcome to attend. Our next event will be on 1/26 and highlight the Academy Arts program. Speakers to discuss careers in federal law enforcement is on the horizon with a date to be finalized.

Naval Academy Summer Programs:

  • Registration for summer programs at the U.S. Naval Academy is now open. Each program is a weeklong residential experience held on the Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, MD. The Summer Seminar is for rising 12th graders. It is designed for students who are seriously considering the USNA as their college of choice with the goal of giving participants an idea of life at the USNA. The Summer Seminar application also starts the application journey for an appointment to the Academy. The Summer Stem Program is for rising 9th, 10th & 11th graders interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Visit the website for specific information regarding dates, cost for each of the residential programs and Covid vaccination requirements. If you are interested, get your applications in early so that you don’t miss this opportunity!!! To learn more or register, go to: https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/index.php

Scholarship Opportunity at George Washington University:

  • For all high school students interested in a health career, we are now accepting applications for our Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP). This program offers scholarships/stipends, mentors, and education/advisement as students embark on the journey of becoming health professionals. HCOP is a federally funded program by HRSAand its mission is to develop and guide individuals with disadvantaged backgrounds through the educational pipeline of a health profession. Flyer for program.
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - Early Decision Submission Deadline
    • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - Regular Decision Submission Deadline
  • If you have questions about our program or would like a presentation, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].  For more information about HCOP, visit http://smhs.gwu.edu/hcop.

WPHS Athletics Reminders:

Want to Play a Spring Sport? You Need to...
  1. Turn in a VHSL Physical Form
  2. Register in our Athlete Registration System
  3. Turn in a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Card, Medical Exemption Form, or the Religious Exemption Form
  4. Vaccination is not required for students under the age of 16
  5. Unvaccinated Students will be tested weekly for COVID-19 in order to participate in their chosen sport. If you would like to be tested at West Potomac you must register here

SAT/ACT TEST PREP 

Parents – We need someone to take over the test prep program next school year! The program is in a great place for a new leader. No test prep experience needed, just strong organization skills. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more.

Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here.  All on-campus events are in Gunston, Room 190 pod. Park in academy lot, enter door 10/Academy.

 

Next mocks:

ACT 1/22, 2/12, 3/5

SAT 1/22, 2/12, 3/12

 

Winter Classes:

ACT starts 1/22/22

SAT started 12/11/21 Registration closed.

Spring Classes:

SAT and ACT start 3/12/22

 

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected] or [email protected]

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

Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.

Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others. The e-book is delivered to your Applerouth account.

New Applerouth Webinars

  • College & Money Series Let’s not mince words: college is expensive. The latest data show the average annual cost of tuition + fees at public four-year colleges is almost $30K for in-state students and over $44K for out-of-state students. For those attending private four-year colleges, the average cost is over $55K. Don’t let cost be the reason you don’t continue your education. Applerouth has the information you need to make 2022 the year you make a plan for college affordability. Sign up for the whole series or just the events that are of interest to you. If you can’t make it live, Applerouth will send you a recording after.
    • Financial Aid 101 Wednesday, January 26th at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT Don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from Chanell Thomas on how to apply for need-based financial aid and get all of your college affordability questions answered.
    • How to Get a Scholarship Wednesday, February 2nd at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT Scholarships can help you pay for college and minimize student loan debt. In this workshop, Will Geiger will teach you about how to find and win best-fit scholarships.

FCPS News and Links:

Free Home COVID-19 Tests Available

  • Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests, completely free. Visit covidtests.gov to order your free at-home tests and find free testing locations in your area.

Annual Operational Back2Fairfax Seminar virtual event on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 5-8 PM.

  • Attendees will have an opportunity to network with current employees in various operational and administrative positions. Attendees can view a live operational employee panel and attend breakout sessions on various topics including Apprenticeship 101, Computer Hardware Repair, Network Engineering, Technology Support, Trade Careers, and more.
  • Current FCPS juniors, seniors, and recent FCPS graduates considering an operational career with Fairfax County Public Schools are welcome to join this event..  To register/more info:  https://www.fcps.edu/news/annual-operational-back2fairfax-seminar
Quick Links:

 

 

 

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

Course Selection 2022-23

GovDelivery4 days 4 hours ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Academic Advising / Course Selection for 2022-23

The West Potomac Virtual Curriculum Website is now live for Current 9th-11th graders.  You can access it here: https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/curriculumfair

Tomorrow in Advisory students will review the following resources:

Over the next couple days our Core Departments will be hosting Office Hours in the event you or your child has any questions about classes for next year.  You are welcome to login and attend or email your child’s teacher in the coming days/weeks. 

  • English Office Hour – Wednesday January 19 from 5-6pm at this link.
  • Social Studies Office Hour – Wednesday January 19 from 7:30-8:30pm at this link
  • Science Office Hour – Thursday January 20 from 5-6pm at this link
  • Math Office Hour – Wednesday January 19 from 6-7pm at this link
  • A reminder that:
    • January 25 – Feb 4: Rising 12thGrade Course Selection through English Classes
    • February 7 – 18: Rising 11thGrade Course Selection through PE 10
    • February 22 – March 4: Rising 10thGrade Course Selection through PE 9
    • March 11 – Priority Registration Deadline for Academy Courses
    • May 13 – Deadline for Dual Enrollment Students to be registered with NOVA.

Over the coming weeks, if you have any questions you are welcome to contact myself, or your child’s school counselor.

Thank you,

Kevin McMahon ([email protected])

Director of Student Services

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

WPHS News You Choose - 1/14/22

GovDelivery1 week 1 day ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

WPHS Chorus students help end our celebration of Virginia Principal Appreciation Week with a live performance for our amazing Principal!

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • FCPS Opportunities and Quick Links

January 17:  Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday – Holiday

January 18: Virtual 10th-12th Grade Curriculum/Academic Advising Resources Go Live on website - Email will be sent when all materials are available.

January 19: Academic Advising/Course Selection Presentation to Students in Advisory

January 20:  End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21:  Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

January 24:  Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

January 25 – Feb 4: Rising 12th Grade Course Selection through English Classes

January 26:  West Potomac Academy Virtual Open House, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

February 7 – 18: Rising 11th Grade Course Selection through PE 10

February 7:  PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM

February 9:   Domino’s Pizza Restaurant Night, PTSA Fundraiser

February 22 – March 4: Rising 10th Grade Course Selection through PE 9

TGIF Wolverines!

I want to express a sincere thank you for all who have reached out throughout the week expressing your appreciation of me.  I am so grateful for our community.  I cannot do what I do without everyone’s care and support.  We are so lucky to be on this journey together and from the bottom of my heart, I love you all.

Despite all our challenges this week, we made it through strong.  Although we have averaged about 20 teachers out per day, we have been able to provide the necessary coverage with out pooling multiple classes together.  We will continue to do our best to provide coverage that will not create large disruptions in students’ day.

I am sure you have received communication from FCPS regarding the Inclement Weather Virtual Instruction Plan.  As I mentioned last week in a communication, we have exhausted all our traditional snow days (5) during the storms last week.  Any additional days of poor weather that requires the physical building to close, we will have a full day of virtual synchronous instruction.  Your children will need to have their laptops to log in to Zoom links for class and to complete assignments in Schoology.

The bell schedule can be found on our webpage along with instructions for how to log on to Zoom and attendance reminders.

https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/announcements/inclement-weather-virtual-learning-information

  1. Attendance will be taken for all classes
  2. If a student can not log on due to power or wifi outages, please call/email attendance.  Students will be excused and will have the opportunity to make up any work.
  3. If a teacher is unable to log in due to power or wifi outages, there will be posted in Schoology asynchronous work that students will complete on their own
  4. Inclement Weather Virtual Learning Bell Schedule: although the FCPS information used the term 2 hour delay-that is not correct.  2 hr delay schedule is specific to a in person delayed opening.  The virtual schedule allows for a 2 hr teacher preparation time, a 45 min common lunch time and 55 minutes for class.  This is the same for all high schools in FCPS.

Period

Start

End

Class Time

1st Block

10:10

11:05

55 Minutes

2nd Block

11:15

12:10

55 Minutes

Lunch

12:10

12:55

45 Minutes

3rd Block

12:55

1:50

55 Minutes

4th Block

2:00

2:55

55 Minutes

Thank you,

Tanganyika H. Millard

Principal, West Potomac H.S.

PTSA Updates

Thank you to the families who joined us this past Monday for the January PTSA meeting with a special thank you to Mr. Kevin McMahon, WPHS, Director of Student Services, for the helpful information regarding course selection for the 2022-2023 school year.  Meeting minutes can be found here

Jan 10 Zoom recording:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/pcquM4mo4NPcoShI9ndK85whdcWhtlK0H_jTJEUEUn3m6zdlW8JaJp0Jh1apeWjf.U2gCVi_zNNs004Jg 

Passcode: =%10ZOq1

  • Save the date: Next PTSA Membership Meeting, February 7 at 6:30 PM

 

  • AmazonSmileAmazon donates 0.5%of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well.  Happy Shopping!

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/WP9thgradeLship  that is due by FEBRUARY 4th at 11:59 PM.  

For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: https://tinyurl.com/WPLship2022 and is due Friday February 4th at 11:59 PM.

If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Steve Przywara at [email protected].

 

West Potomac Academy Virtual Open House, January 26, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

 

What is West Potomac Academy?

  • West Potomac Academy, housed within WPHS, is a Governor's Health & Medical Sciences Academy and offers outstanding opportunities for FCPS high school students with career interests in health & medical sciences, communications & arts, and social services. Students attending WP Academy explore college and career options, develop marketable career skills for entry level work, participate in career experiences, earn college credit and real-world career certifications, and build an academic foundation that prepares them for success in college. We believe every student should have the opportunity to pursue electives that give career-oriented education and skills that last a lifetime. West Potomac Academy is one of six career and technical education centers in FCPS offering elective courses with a career emphasis.
  • West Potomac Academy invites you to attend our Virtual Open House on Wednesday, January 26th from 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM. You will have the opportunity to hear from our Administrator and other staff, meet our instructors and current students, and learn more about our incredible courses! We encourage you to visit our website in advance (https://westpotomacacademy.fcps.edu/) so you can spend your time with the classes and teachers that are of most interest to you.
  • Please complete the short Google RSVP formin the (also listed on the Open House Flyer). A link to join our open house will be emailed to you Wednesday morning, January 26th. If you have questions, please contact Nora Covert, West Potomac Academy Counselor at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to West Potomac Academy!

2021 – 2022 WPHS Yearbooks on Sale now – click here!

Class of 22 Direct Donation Campaign:

  • The Senior Celebration Committee seeks your financial support for several ideas and events designed to celebrate our Seniors. With the outbreak of Covid-19, the past two graduating classes have missed out on many traditional senior events. The Senior Celebration Committee is hopeful the Class of 2022 will be able to experience a few of the traditional year-end events that make graduation so special Let's work together to celebrate each graduate and to honor their hard work while at WPHS. Final events will be based on funds raised. Class of 2022 Direct Donation Flyer.

College and Career Center Updates

Seniors:

Are you planning on attending NOVA in the fall and need help in completing your application?  Register to attend our next on-site NOVA application completion event in the WPHS Career Center on Thursday, 1/27/2022 at 3:00 pm.  Seniors check your fcpsschools.net email for details and the registration link.  Pre-registration is required!

SAT/ACT:

Wolverines, if you are planning to take the SAT or ACT this spring, now is the time to register.  The next scheduled date for the SAT is March 12, 2022.  The ACT is scheduled to be offered February 12, 2022.  Go to collegeboard.org or act.org to register and to see a full list of dates/locations for each test. 

Students can access a list of free, on-line test prep resources by visiting Schoology>Student Services Course>College & Career Center Folder>Test Prep Resources Folder

For students who are interested in an in-person test prep resource, Applerouth/PTSA Test Prep will offer numerous mock tests and three class sessions during the school year. Classes target prep for March/April, and June official tests. The full schedule and registration can be found on https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/

Questions about the program? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].

Test fee waivers and WPHS student need-based scholarships for the prep class are available.  Contact the WPHS College and Career Specialist Mrs. Young at [email protected].

 

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter for the latest updates @wphsccc.

SAT/ACT TEST PREP 

Parents – We need someone to take over the test prep program next school year! The program is in a great place for a new leader. No test prep experience needed, just strong organization skills. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more.

Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here.  All on-campus events are in Gunston, Room 190 pod. Park in academy lot, enter door 10/Academy.

 

Next mocks:

ACT 1/22, 2/12, 3/5

SAT 1/22, 2/12, 3/12

 

Winter Classes:

ACT starts 1/22/22

SAT started 12/11/21 Registration closed.

Spring Classes:

SAT and ACT start 3/12/22

 

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected] or [email protected]

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

Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.

Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others. The e-book is delivered to your Applerouth account.

New Applerouth Webinars

  • College & Money Series Let’s not mince words: college is expensive. The latest data show the average annual cost of tuition + fees at public four-year colleges is almost $30K for in-state students and over $44K for out-of-state students. For those attending private four-year colleges, the average cost is over $55K. Don’t let cost be the reason you don’t continue your education. Applerouth has the information you need to make 2022 the year you make a plan for college affordability. Sign up for the whole series or just the events that are of interest to you. If you can’t make it live, Applerouth will send you a recording after.
  • How to Make College Affordable Wednesday, January 19th at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT College in the US is expensive, but it does not have to be out of reach for anyone. Join Claire Law for an in-depth conversation about the cost of college and how to find your family's path to an affordable degree.
  • Financial Aid 101 Wednesday, January 26th at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT Don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from Chanell Thomas on how to apply for need-based financial aid and get all of your college affordability questions answered.
  • How to Get a Scholarship Wednesday, February 2nd at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT Scholarships can help you pay for college and minimize student loan debt. In this workshop, Will Geiger will teach you about how to find and win best-fit scholarships.

FCPS Opportunities and Links:

Annual FCPS Operational Back2Fairfax Seminar virtual event on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 5-8 p.m.

Attendees will have an opportunity to network with current employees in various operational and administrative positions. Attendees can view a live operational employee panel and attend breakout sessions on various topics including Apprenticeship 101, Computer Hardware Repair, Network Engineering, Technology Support, Trade Careers, and more.

Current FCPS juniors, seniors, and recent FCPS graduates considering an operational career with Fairfax County Public Schools are welcome to join this event.  To register and learn more:  https://www.fcps.edu/news/annual-operational-back2fairfax-seminar

Become a FCPS Substitute Teacher.  Attend the Virtual Substitute Job Fair on January 18
  • Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Fairfax County Public Schools is looking for enthusiastic, engaged, and dedicated substitute teachers. Starting pay is $17.79 per hour for short-term subs; $23.91 per hour for long-term subs. 
  • Substitutes help our students thrive when their teacher must be out of the classroom and are essential members of every school’s team. If you are interested, FCPS is holding a virtual Substitute Job Fair on Tuesday, January 18, from 9 to 11 a.m.Learn more about the fair, as well as how to apply, prepare, register, and attend.
Quick Links:

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

WPHS News You Choose - 1/7/22

GovDelivery2 weeks 1 day ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

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

January 10:  PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM, Virtual – Zoom and FB Live

January 11:  Rising 9th Grade Family Night – Virtual 

January 12:  Domino’s Pizza Restaurant Night, PTSA Fundraiser

January 17:  Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday – Holiday

January 18: Virtual 10th-12th Grade Curriculum/Academic Advising Resources Go Live on website

January 19: Academic Advising/Course Selection Presentation to Students in Advisory

January 20:  End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 21:   Student Holiday/Teacher Work Day

January 24:   Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

January 25 – Feb 4: Rising 12th Grade Course Selection through English Classes

February 7 – 18: Rising 11th Grade Course Selection through PE 10

February 22 – March 4: Rising 10th Grade Course Selection through PE 9

PTSA Updates

Please join us for our next PTSA Meeting: January 10 at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will take place virtually via Zoom and FB live) Mr. Kevin McMahon, WPHS, Director of Student Services will be our guest speaker to provide Academic Advising / Course Selection information for the 2022-23 school year.

  • Zoom Meeting link: link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89841419100?pwd=ZDFMNlRQYVVqeTIxdW1wWWpJay9Wdz09
  • FB Live: https://www.facebook.com/WestPotomacPTSA/
  • Domino’s Pizza Restaurant Night, Jan 12.  Who doesn't love pizza for dinner!  With the PTSA's new partnership with Domino's pizza, PTSA will receive 20% back on the 2nd Wednesday of EVERY MONTH.  In order for PTSA to receive fundraising credit, please use CODE DN3 when you order!  Domino's pizza freezes beautifully so order an extra to freeze slices for a quick snack, lunch or dinner reheat.  Enjoy and thank you for supporting the PTSA.
  • AmazonSmileAmazon donates 0.5%of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well.  Happy Shopping!

School Activities/News Updates

WPHS Orchestra News:

Brrr...  Let us help keep you warm and dry with our Wolverine Pride throw!  See link for details.

2021 – 2022 WPHS Yearbooks on Sale now – click here!

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

Rising 9th Grade Family Virtual Family Night – January 12, 2022 6pm

  • We invite all Rising 9thGrade Families to join us for a livestream on January 11, 2022 at 6pm for an overview on Academic Advising and Course Selection.
  • The event will go live on Mr. McMahon’s YouTube Channel which can be found at this link. Please note, you won’t see the event at the link until Tuesday evening. 
  • Come join us to learn about how to select classes in StudentVue, as well as resources to support students and families select courses for 22-23 school year.
  • Additional links will be sent out/available to provide information on Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and World Language Offerings.
  • Unsure of what elective to choose for 22-23?  A link to our our Electives Fair Flip Grid will be sent out Tuesday as well.
  • The livestream will be recorded so if you are unable to join us on Tuesday evening, feel free to refer back to the link above where the recording will be available.
  • Questions about the event?  Contact Kevin McMahon at [email protected].

College Access Fairfax Financial Aid Presentations

  • College Access Fairfax and FCPS are offering a “day” of presentations to address any questions you still have regarding financial aid.  These will be the last informational sessions provided by College Access Fairfax for the Class of 2022.  Pre-registration is not required.
  • Join virtually on Saturday, January 8, 2022 for one, two, or three sessions.
    • 9:00-10:00 AM:        Paying for College - Learn about the financial aid process and what you need to do in order to determine your student's eligibility for financial aid. 
    • 10:30-11:30 AM:      FAFSA Line-by-Line - Walk through the FAFSA with a description of what information you will need to provide in order to complete and submit the form. 
    • 1:00-2:00 PM:          Scholarship 101 - Learn what kinds of scholarships are available, where to find them, and suggestions on how to complete scholarship applications.
  • Find the Zoom links at https://www.collegeaccessfairfax.org

If you need one on one assistance in completing you FAFSA, our College Financial Aid Champion Mrs. Katrina Rowsey is available virtually.  Please contact her at  [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter for the latest updates @wphsccc 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP 

Parents – We need someone to take over the test prep program next school year! The program is in a great place for a new leader. No test prep experience needed, just strong organization skills. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more.

Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here.  All on-campus events are in Gunston, Room 190 pod. Park in academy lot, enter door 10/Academy.

 

Next mocks:

ACT 1/22, 2/12, 3/5

SAT 1/22, 2/12, 3/12

 

Winter Classes:

ACT starts 1/22/22

SAT started 12/11/21 Registration closed.

Spring Classes:

SAT and ACT start 3/12/22

 

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected] or [email protected]

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

Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.

Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others. The e-book is delivered to your Applerouth account.

New Applerouth Webinars – College & Money Series:

  • Let’s not mince words: college is expensive. The latest data show the average annual cost of tuition + fees at public four-year colleges is almost $30K for in-state students and over $44K for out-of-state students. For those attending private four-year colleges, the average cost is over $55K. Don’t let cost be the reason you don’t continue your education. Applerouth has the information you need to make 2022 the year you make a plan for college affordability. Sign up for the whole series or just the events that are of interest to you. If you can’t make it live, Applerouth will send you a recording after.
  • How to Make College Affordable Wednesday, January 19th at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT College in the US is expensive, but it does not have to be out of reach for anyone. Join Claire Law for an in-depth conversation about the cost of college and how to find your family's path to an affordable degree.
  • Financial Aid 101 Wednesday, January 26th at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT Don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from Chanell Thomas on how to apply for need-based financial aid and get all of your college affordability questions answered.
  • How to Get a Scholarship Wednesday, February 2nd at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT Scholarships can help you pay for college and minimize student loan debt. In this workshop, Will Geiger will teach you about how to find and win best-fit scholarships.
 

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

WPHS News You Choose - 12/17/21

GovDelivery1 month ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

WPHS Orchestra, Band, Guitar, and Chorus joined together on Thursday evening for our annual Winter Concert. They again performed the concert twice today for our students and faculty! Great job to all students involved!!

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • School News Update
  • Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Class of ’22 Updates
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

December 17-22: To support the SIS upgrade over Winter Break, SIS, ParentVUE, and StudentVUE will be unavailable for all users from Friday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. until Wednesday, December 22 at 6:00 a.m. for system updates.

December 20 – 31: Holiday Winter Break – West Potomac HS Offices will be Closed

January 3, 2022:    Classes Resume

January 11, 2022: Rising 9th Grade Family Night

January 10, 2022:  PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM

Happy Holidays Wolverines!

I don’t know about you all, but I am so looking forward to the holiday, resting and spending time with family.  I want to thank you all for your continued support of the WPHS community.  We look forward to the new year with new hope and positivity.   I pray that you and your family have joy and peace to close out 2021.  Be safe in all your travels and we will see you all in 2022!

Happy Holidays from our Admin Family to Yours!

Thank you,

Tanganyika H. Millard

Winter Break Reminder

  • Please note that West Potomac Offices will be closed from December 20-31.  They will reopen with school on January 3, 2022.  Thank you.

PTSA Updates

We wish you a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Thank you for your participation in our school programs, meetings, and events. There is still time to make a 2021 donation to the West Potomac PTSA at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store.

  • We look forward to seeing you at our January 10, 2022 meeting!
  • The WP PTSA Board says...Go Wolverines! 🎄
  • Next PTSA Meeting: 10 January – Academic Advising / Course Selection - Mr. McMahon
  • Krispy Kreme Donuts - Combine the joy of Krispy Kreme Original Glazed® Doughnuts while supporting the WPHS PTSA! New contactless Digital Dozens are a fast and convenient way to get your hands on Original Glazed Doughnuts and support the PTSA at the same time. Once you purchase one (or many!) Digital Dozens, you'll receive it by email to redeem for an Original Glazed Dozen the next time you visit Krispy Kreme. Did you know that $6.50 from every (1) Digital Dozen ordered is paid back to the PTSA.? 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

  • Teacher gifts! Gifts for friends! Gifts for neighbors!  An email is sent to the recipient - they can enjoy donuts at their leisure. Don’t delay!  Order today!
  • AmazonSmileAmazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into amazon.com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well.  Happy Shopping!

College and Career Center Updates

Seniors: 

  • In between resting and recharging during the next two weeks, it’s also a great time to apply for scholarships.   Remember to review and apply for scholarships by logging into Naviance Student>CollegesScholarship & Money>Scholarship List

FAFSA Resource: 

  • Seniors who still need to complete FAFSA for college next year can use this great guide for students & families. It is available in ten different languages at 

https://understandingfafsa.org/get-the-guide/

Wishing all students and families a wonderful winter break!  I look forward to continuing to share helpful and timely information from the College & Career Center in 2022!!! – Mrs. Young

School Activities/News Updates

Academic Awards  

  • Congratulations to all students who were recognized this past Wednesday at the Academic Awards Ceremony.  Thank you to Mr. O’Grady for serving as our faculty guest speaker and sharing a wonderful message to our students in his remarks.  If you were unable to watch the ceremony on our live stream you can find a recording of it here.  The issue with the sound goes away after the first few moments of the recording.

West Potomac Rising 9th Grade Family Night

  • We invite all Rising 9th Grade Families to West Potomac on January 11, 2021 for an overview on Academic Advising and Course Selection.
  • The Flyer for the evening can be found here
  • Come join us to learn about how to select classes in StudentVue, as well as resources to support students and families choose the right classes.
  • Breakout sessions will be available to discuss Math, Science, English, Social Studies, World Language, and Special Education offerings. 
  • Unsure of what elective to choose for 22-23?  Walk our Electives Open House in the cafeteria and learn about the courses as well as have the opportunity to ask questions!
  • We look forward to welcoming our future Wolverine Families to campus!
  • While this event is targeted for our Rising 9th grade families, all are welcome to attend if interested.
  • A reminder, masks will be required indoors for all who attend.
  • Questions about the event?  Contact Kevin McMahon at [email protected].

Early Online College – Spring 2022

  • Do you have a junior or senior who is planning on taking college courses after graduation?  The Early Online College program at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) may be for you.  This program allows juniors and seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition-free courses this spring. 
  • Early Online College courses for the spring semester begin on February 1, 2022, and end on April 25, 2022.  These are for college credit only and designed to jumpstart your students' college experience.  Whether they are planning on going to NOVA or another college/university, the courses were selected because they meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s associate degrees as well as being highly transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities.  The deadline is quickly approaching on January 14, 2022.  
  • We have attached two documents to help you better understand the benefits of the Early Online College program.  The flyer and brief slideshow provide much of the same information that you will find on the NOVA Early College website. In addition, the FCPS Early College Website has Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).  If you are interested in your  junior or senior participating, please contact their school counselor or NOVA at [email protected].

  WPHS Science Fair Judges Needed:

  • WPHS needs YOU to volunteer for our Science Fair – Jan. 29, 2022
  • Judges do not need any scientific background.  The whole process starts at 8 am and is over by 12pm.
  • Judges get to meet some of the best students here at WPHS, encourage them to engage in science, and collaborate with other judges.
  • Judges help us select projects to send on to the regional science fair to represent WPHS.
  • Questions should be directed to: [email protected]
  • Please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094fabae2fa46-wphs2

Job Opportunity – AVID Tutor

  • AVID is looking for adult and college students to help facilitate tutorials during the school day. The AVID College Readiness System is designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school. AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 middle or high school students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).  The class is led by a trained teacher and may include 2-4 tutorial groups (depending on class size).  These groups use higher order questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Tutors may work 1 to 25 hours per week, depending on tutor availability and openings in select Fairfax County public schools.  They earn $17.71 per hour.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in college or be college graduates. They should be willing to serve as positive role models for middle and high school students.  Comfort with higher-level math is especially needed, though not required. Finally, tutors must have reliable transportation as most of our schools are not accessible using public transport. Interested applicants should send a resume to Bridget Wright at [email protected].

2021 – 2022 WPHS Yearbooks on Sale now – click here!

Class of 2022 - Direct Donation Campaign

  • The Senior Celebration Committee seeks your financial support for several ideas and events designed to celebrate our Seniors. With the outbreak of Covid-19, the past two graduating classes have missed out on many traditional senior events. The Senior Celebration Committee is hopeful the Class of 2022 will be able to experience a few of the traditional year-end events that make graduation so special Let's work together to celebrate each graduate and to honor their hard work while at WPHS.

Class of ‘22 Signs

  • Santa is on his way – show off your Senior to Rudolph and the gang with a WP Class of ’22 sign.  Signs come with a metal stand to push into the ground or can be hung up with adhesive.
  • Cost is $20. https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store  All proceeds go to raising funds to plan Senior Celebration events.  Pick-up details will be provided once the sign you order arrives.  Questions: Contact Shauna Hamilton at [email protected]

One Love Student Group

  • Kudos to the One Love Student Group who galvanized the West Potomac Community and received hundreds of gifts and gift cards to give to families in need our community.  Great job Wolverines!!

Class of ’22 Updates: 

  • Senior Dues. Senior dues will be $50 which can be paid on myschoolbucks.com. The fee supports graduation and covers the cost of the cap and gown unit and senior t-shirt. ** This cost will be supplemented by FCPS county
  • https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ 
  • After logging into your acct.- click on School Fees Tab (School Store payments).  Click on Browse All Items to locate the Class of 22 Senior Dues Tab
  • Senior Portrait Make-Up Dates. Seniors can take portraits on January 19 – 21 and 24. Lifetouch will be sending an email in January for students to schedule appointments. 
  • Graduation Cap & GownSeniors are required to order their cap, gown, and tassel unit (cost is included in senior dues) online at jostens.com. Additional items such as announcements or senior apparel can be ordered. All items must be purchased online.
  • To order a cap & gown
      • Go to jostens.com
      • Click on “shop your school”
      • Enter West Potomac High School
      • Click on “West Potomac Shop School”
      • Click on “Graduation”
      • Shop the packages and order a package (if you desire)
      • To order the cap & gown (only)
        • Click on “Shop Graduation Products”
        • Scroll down to Cap & Gown Unit only (cost $0.00)
  • If you have questions, please call 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Prom Date:   West Potomac Prom 2022 will be held on April 30. Save the date!

  • Location: Renaissance Arlington Capitol View hotel in Crystal City
    • No additional details yet about theme, tickets costs or sales, or other event details

Graduation Date.

  • Graduation will be on Friday, June 3rd at 9:00 am on the WPHS Campus at Dietze Football Stadium. If needed, the rain date will be Saturday, June 4th at 9:00 am.

Class of 2022 Schoology Page. 

  • For updates, seniors can visit the Class of 2022 Schoology page located under the Student Services Course, Folder - Class of 2022Folder - Class Activities and Updates.
  • Additional Note: Through the coordination of WP Class of ’22 Teacher/Faculty Sponsors and Senior Parent/Guardian volunteers, it is the hope to host Class of ’22 (Senior) Celebrations to commemorate their final days at WPHS. As per tradition (Pre-Covid), a Senior graduation party event is being discussed and fundraising activities will be needed. Please reach out to Liz Ver Hage at [email protected] to support Celebration planning and fundraising.  Thank you!

SAT/ACT TEST PREP

  • Parents – We need someone to take over the test prep program next school year! The program is in a great place for a new leader. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more.
  • Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here.  All on-campus events are in Gunston, Room 190 pod. Park in academy lot, enter door 10/Academy.

Next mocks:

ACT 1/22/22, 2/12/22     , 3/5/22

SAT 1/22/22, 2/12/22, 3/12/22

Winter Classes:

ACT starts 1/22/22

SAT started 12/11/21 Online registration closed.

Spring Classes:

  • SAT and ACT start 3/12/22
  • More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page
  • Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, [email protected]
  • Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.
  • Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others. The e-book is delivered to your Applerouth account.

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

WPHS News You Choose - 12/10/21

GovDelivery1 month 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

This past week WPHS Belle Voce Choir visit the Willard for some caroling! They'll be back at the Willard this Tuesday at 5:30pm!

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Students Services and College and Career Center Updates 
  • Class of ’22 Updates
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

December 10:    Youth Basketball Night, WPHS Gym, hosted by WPHS Girls Basketball

December 11:    Breakfast with Santa, 7:30 – 10:30 am, WPHS Cafeteria, Class of ’23 Fundraiser

December 12:    WPHS Mattress Sale Fundraiser, to benefit WPHS Athletics, 10 AM – 5 PM

December 14:    Five Guys Fundraiser, 3:30 to 7:30 PM, Class of ’22 Senior Celebrations Fundraiser

December 15:    Academic Award Ceremony

December 16:    WPHS  Music Department Holiday Bazaar and Concert, 5:30 PM, Springbank Bldg.

December 17-22: To support the SIS upgrade over Winter Break, SIS, ParentVUE, and StudentVUE will be unavailable for all users from Friday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. until Wednesday, December 22 at 6:00 a.m. for system updates.

December 20 – 31: Holiday Winter Break – West Potomac HS Offices will be Closed

January 3, 2022:    Classes Resume

January 10, 2022:  PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM

Winter Break Reminder

  • Please note that West Potomac Offices will be closed from December 20-31.  They will reopen with school on January 3, 2022.  Thank you.

PTSA Updates

  • Thank you for attending the December 6th WP PTSA General Meeting. We had a terrific presentation from Ms. Knudson on substance abuse, and what to watch out for at home and at school in 2021-2022!!  Times have changed, sneaky teenagers have not. If you see the tell-tale signs of drugs or alcohol use in your student or if you have any questions or would like a medication lockbox or an alcohol bottle lock, please contact Ms. Elizabeth [email protected]or 703.718.2749.
  • Click here for Dec. 6th Meeting Minutes 
  • Next PTSA Meeting: 10 January – Academic Advising / Course Selection - Mr. McMahon
  • Krispy Kreme Donuts - Combine the joy of Krispy Kreme Original Glazed® Doughnuts while supporting the WPHS PTSA! New contactless Digital Dozens are a fast and convenient way to get your hands on Original Glazed Doughnuts and support the PTSA at the same time. Once you purchase one (or many!) Digital Dozens, you'll receive it by email to redeem for an Original Glazed Dozen the next time you visit Krispy Kreme. Did you know that $6.50 from every (1) Digital Dozen ordered is paid back to the PTSA.? 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

  • Teacher gifts! Gifts for friends! Gifts for neighbors!  An email is sent to the recipient - they can enjoy donuts at their leisure. Don’t delay!  Order today!
  • Domino’s Pizza Fundraiser:  "Who doesn't love pizza for dinner!  The PTSA has a new partnership with Domino's pizza who will be contributing 20% back to our PTSA the 2nd Wednesday of EVERY MONTH, starting Wednesday, December 15!!  Make sure to use CODE DN3 when you order.  Domino's pizza freezes beautifully so order an extra to freeze slices for a quick snack, lunch or dinner reheat on those days where the holidays just keep you too busy!" Enjoy and thank you for supporting the PTSA, Eat. More. Pizza!
  • AmazonSmileAmazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into amazon.com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well.  Happy Shopping!

School Activities/News Updates

Academic Awards:  

  • On Wednesday December 15, during Advisory and S Rotation (10am start time) we will be holding the Academic Awards Ceremony. This ceremony honors student achievement from the 2020-21 school year.  Students who earned a GPA average of 3.8 or higher for the 20-21 school year will be recognize for earning their academic letter.  We will also celebrate AP Scholars, National Merit Scholars, and those selected for Governor’s School last summer.  Students being recognized will receive an email this afternoon and a reminder email on Tuesday.
  • Due to our limitations with parking, the event will only be in person for students. On Tuesday parents of those being recongized will be sent a link if they are interested in watching the live stream. 
  • After winter break, we will hold the Academic Letter and Academic Bar distribution during lunch. We will be sure to email students the date for that so they can stop by and pick up their letter/bar. 

Volunteers needed for the Academic Awards Ceremony

  • When: During Advisory/S Rotation Wednesday 12/15
  • Time Requirement: 9:20 to 11:20 am
  • We are looking for 12 volunteers to help set up - and be set up to see the ceremony - in shifts because we will need to watch the tables.  Clean up after should be quick and easy. Please click on the link below to sign up. Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094FABAE2FA46-academic

Academic Award Ceremony - Sign-up to donate store-bought baked goods 

  • We are in need of store-bought baked goodsto serve to our students at the Academic Award Ceremony on December 15th.  Donations need to be dropped off by Tuesday, December 14th, so that we can ensure that we have enough items. 
  • Drop off will be coordinated once we receive your signup confirmation.
  • Please click on the link below to sign up. Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094FABAE2FA46-baked

 WPHS Science Fair Judges Needed:

  • WPHS needs YOU to volunteer for our Science Fair – Jan. 29, 2022
  • Judges do not need any scientific background.  The whole process starts at 8 am and is over by 12pm.
  • Judges get to meet some of the best students here at WPHS, encourage them to engage in science, and collaborate with other judges.
  • Judges help us select projects to send on to the regional science fair to represent WPHS.
  • Questions should be directed to: [email protected]

Please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094fabae2fa46-wphs2

 

2021 – 2022 WPHS Yearbooks on Sale now – click here!

 

WPHS Holiday Concert - Thurs., Dec. 16th, WPHS Springbank Building

  • The West Potomac Music Department invites you to celebrate the Holidays! Please join us this Thursday, December 16th for the annual Holiday Bazaar on the night of the Fine Arts Holiday Extravaganza Concert. Shop from local vendors before and after enjoying holiday music from our talented students.
  • Holiday Bazaar begins at 5:30 pm and includes many great vendors. The Concert is scheduled from 7:00 PM -8:30 PM. http://www.westpotomacorchestra.org/events.   See the attached flyer for more details.  Happy Holidays!

 

Breakfast with Santa event sign-up and food/drink donation sign-up, Class of 2023 Fundraiser

  • Breakfast with Santa, this Sat, Dec 11 from 7:30 – 10:30 am. Bring your friends and family and join the West Potomac Class of 2023 for a holiday tradition that is sure to please!  Tickets are $30 per family and include a family picture with Santa.
  • All proceeds will be used to support WP Class of 2023 activities. Checks can be made out to West Potomac High School and mailed c/o Alicia Day Javkhlan. 6500 Quander Rd. Alexandria, VA 22307.  Cash or Check is also welcome on the day of the event.  Sign up here! Happy Holidays! Breakfast with Santa Flyer.
  • Class of 2023Parents, we would welcome donations for the event as well!  We are still needing fruit, drinks, donuts, muffins, etc. – please click on the link to see the full list, sign up here if you can help!  Thank you for your support!

Class of 2022 - Direct Donation Campaign

  • The Senior Celebration Committee seeks your financial support for several ideas and events designed to celebrate our Seniors. With the outbreak of Covid-19, the past two graduating classes have missed out on many traditional senior events. The Senior Celebration Committee is hopeful the Class of 2022 will be able to experience a few of the traditional year-end events that make graduation so special Let's work together to celebrate each graduate and to honor their hard work while at WPHS.

Five Guys – Senior Celebration Fundraiser: Tuesday, December 14, 3:30 to 7:30 PM

  • Yummy Food, clean kitchen, wonderful cause. Mark your calendars and plan on picking up or dining in at Five Guys (Hybla Valley and Quander Rd location on 12/14).  A portion of the sales will be donated back to the WP Class of “22 - Class of 2022 Five Guys Fundraiser Flyer.

Graduation Yard Signs

    • Got a Senior?  Celebrate your senior’s accomplishment with a graduation yard sign! Signs come with a metal stand to push into the ground. Limited Quantities now available - Order yours today. Cost is $20. https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store   Pick-up details will be provided once the sign you order arrives.  Questions: Contact Shauna Hamilton at [email protected]

 WPHS Band News:

  • Congratulations to West Potomac HS band students that participated in last Saturday’s District Band auditions, an annual event that judges students from our region on their playing ability.  At this year’s audition, there were a total of 348 participants from around Fairfax County, with 50 students from West Potomac.  The results are in and this year we have 31 WPHS students that have earned a chair in the All District Band!  We have six students with the highest score out of everyone in their instrument and two who placed second.  See the list of these students below.  In early February the All District Band will come together for a two-day period to rehearse with a guest conductor and perform a concert.  
  • WPHS All District Band Students: Abigail Schumann. Cami Holmes #1

    Ronny Gattuso #2, David Rubinstein #1,Kye Greenfeld, Caty Campbell

    Reanna Anthony, Elizabeth Montoya-La Porte, Jessica Vasquez-Luna

    Ginny Nelson, Jack Siegfried #1, Stephanie Kulinski, Lorelei Dean, Nick Ray, Fiona Houlgate, Colin Baxter, Harry Shinkle, Matthew Rusten, Grant Hamilton, Ethan Warco, Luke Giglio, Stuart Murphy #2, Weston Ward #1, Kenny Krogh, Tyler Siegfried, Matthew Verich #1, Alex Ferrari, Andy Helvey, and Dashiell Stribling

WPHS Orchestra News:

  • Ho Ho Ho!  The Orchestra has Great Gifts for your favorite Wolverine!  Check out our blankets, keyrings, and (music department) ornaments, all made in the USA.  Email Rebecca Losee at [email protected]to order.  

 WPHS Dance Team Fundraiser: Noodles & Company Fundraiser -- Dine In or Take Out

  • Take a break from the school and holiday rush and have dinner on Monday, December 13 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm from Noodles & Company -- a nice option at the start of a busy week with proceeds going to the West Potomac Dance Team.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Athletics Information and WPHS Athletics Fundraisers

Youth Basketball Night Hosted by West Potomac HS Girls Basketball – Tonight - Friday, Dec 10th

  • West Potomac Girls vs. Mt Vernon High School at the Wolverdome!
  • Youth wearing a basketball shirt from any league (Fort Hunt, LMV, Mt Vernon, CYO, etc.) get in free with a paying adult.
  • Boys and girls Invited. Highlights include a Free throw shootout at halftime for all youth attendees, the Girls Varsity team will autograph pictures after their game, a raffle to win your team practicing and eating pizza with the varsity team, and many other prizes and events at all three games.

Support WPHS Athletes:  

  • Mattress Sale Fundraiser:  NEW Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021 10am – 5 pm @6500 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA. More information is available on our flyer.

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

PSAT/NMSQT Score Update

  • October 2021 PSAT/NMSQT scores were released on Monday, December 6, through student College Board accounts.  If you have difficulty accessing your account, please look for an email from Mr. Easter dated December 6, and follow the instructions in his email.  If you tested and you didn’t get an email from Mr. Easter, please contact him at [email protected].
  • Students interested in receiving their PSAT test book back can stop by the assessment office, room 303H in the library during, lunchtime before December 17.

FAFSA Resource: 

Seniors who still need help in completing FAFSA for college next year can use this great guide for students & families. It is available in ten different languages at https://understandingfafsa.org/get-the-guide/

 

Reminder: Upcoming College Access Fairfax Event

  • Scholarship 101: Get information on what kind of scholarships are available, where to find them, and how best to complete scholarship applications:

December 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93263391710

Slides for this presentation are available at: https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Scholarship-101_v2.pdf

No registration is required.  Simply click on the links above to participate in the session. Questions? Contact College Access Fairfax at either: [email protected] or [email protected].

 

 Fourth Annual Back2Fairfax Teacher Seminar:

  • Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will host the Fourth Annual Back2Fairfax Teacher Seminar virtual event. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • This event will give FCPS high school juniors, seniors, graduates, and former Teachers for Tomorrow or Early Childhood Careers students an opportunity to network with teachers, administrators, and professional groups in Fairfax County Public Schools.
  • Please register or email any questions about the event to [email protected].

Class of ’22 Updates: 

  • Senior Dues. Senior dues will be $50 which can be paid on myschoolbucks.com. The fee supports graduation and covers the cost of the cap and gown unit and senior t-shirt. ** This cost will be supplemented by FCPS county
  • https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ 
  • After logging into your acct.- click on School Fees Tab (School Store payments).  Click on Browse All Items to locate the Class of 22 Senior Dues Tab
  • Senior Portrait Make-Up Dates. Seniors can take portraits on January 19 – 21 and 24. Lifetouch will be sending an email in January for students to schedule appointments. 
  • Graduation Cap & Gown. Seniors are required to order their cap, gown, and tassel unit (cost is included in senior dues) online at jostens.com. Additional items such as announcements or senior apparel can be ordered. All items must be purchased online.
    • To order a cap & gown
      • Go to jostens.com
      • Click on “shop your school”
      • Enter West Potomac High School
      • Click on “West Potomac Shop School”
      • Click on “Graduation”
      • Shop the packages and order a package (if you desire)
      • To order the cap & gown (only)
        • Click on “Shop Graduation Products”
        • Scroll down to Cap & Gown Unit only (cost $0.00)
      • If you have questions, please call 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Prom Date:   West Potomac Prom 2022 will be held on April 30. Save the date!

  • Location: Renaissance Arlington Capitol View hotel in Crystal City
    • No additional details yet about theme, tickets costs or sales, or other event peripheries

Graduation Date.

  • Graduation will be on Friday, June 3rd at 9:00 am on the WPHS Campus at Dietze Football Stadium. If needed, the rain date will be Saturday, June 4th at 9:00 am.

Class of 2022 Schoology Page. 

  • For updates, seniors can visit the Class of 2022 Schoology page located under the Student Services Course, Folder - Class of 2022Folder - Class Activities and Updates.
  • Additional Note: Through the coordination of WP Class of ’22 Teacher/Faculty Sponsors and Senior Parent/Guardian volunteers, it is the hope to host Class of ’22 (Senior) Celebrations to commemorate their final days at WPHS. As per tradition (Pre-Covid), a Senior graduation party event is being discussed and fundraising activities will be needed. Please reach out to Liz Ver Hage at [email protected] to support Celebration planning and fundraising.  Thank you!

SAT/ACT TEST PREP

  • Parents – We need someone to take over the test prep program next school year! The program is in a great place for a new leader. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more.
  • Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here. All on-campus events are in Gunston, Room 190 pod. Park in academy lot, enter door 10/Academy.

     Next mocks -         Mock ACT 1/22/22              Mock SAT 1/22/22

      Winter Classes – ACT starts 1/22/22       SAT starts 12/11/21 Online                                                                                         registration closed.

 

  • Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, [email protected]
  • Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.
  • Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others. The e-book is delivered to your Applerouth account.

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

WPHS News You Choose - 12/4/21

GovDelivery1 month 2 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

This past week we celebrated over 200 students who earned All As for the 1st Quarter! Way to go Wolverines! Thank you to WPHS PTSA and Burke & Herbert Bank for supporting our Student Recognition Celebrations!

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Students Services and College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

December 6:      PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM – (In-Person and Virtual)

December 7:      WPHS Choir Boosters Meeting, 7 PM (Zoom – link below)

December 8:      Noodles & Company, PTSA Restaurant Night Fundraiser, 4:00 – 8:00 PM

December 12:    WPHS Mattress Sale Fundraiser, to benefit WPHS Athletics, 10 AM – 5 PM

December 14:    Five Guys Fundraiser, 3:30 to 7:30 PM, Class of ’22 Fundraiser

December 20 – 31: Holiday Winter Break

January 3, 2022:    Classes Resume

January 10, 2022:  PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM

Happy Weekend West Potomac

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break.  As winter break approaches, we will be entering the half way mark for second quarter.  This will be a good benchmark to check in with your child on how they are doing in school and how they are doing personally.  We are here to support you and our students so please feel free to reach out to teachers, counselors and administrators if you have any concerns. 

In an effort to maintain a safe campus, we want to remind you and our students that ordering food from a food delivery service is not permissible.  We cannot have multiple cars and people on campus who have not gone through the process of checking in through our visitor management system.  Frankly, we do not know who any of these people are and what they could be delivering to our students.  This is a definite safety and management issue that cannot continue.  We will begin monitoring cars that are entering campus by closing the Springbank driveway entrance (not the exit) and having security monitor the Gym driveway entrance during lunches (11:30-1:30) daily.  Essentially there will be only one way entry to our campus during lunches so that we can monitor the traffic and visitors.  In the meantime, if deliveries are made or if students have delivered food, the food will be confiscated by security and administration.  School lunch is free this year for all students. 

Have a great weekend!

Ms Millard

PTSA Updates

  • Please join us this Monday, Dec 6 for our next PTSA meeting.  The meeting will be held in-person in the West Potomac Library and virtual (Facebook and Zoom). Ms. Elizabeth Knudson, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist will be presenting. Click here for Agenda
    • Zoom Meeting link: link:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89841419100?pwd=ZDFMNlRQYVVqeTIxdW1wWWpJay9Wdz09 
    • If attending the PTSA meeting in person – please consider bringing along a new, unwrapped toy to support Toys for Tots.
    • Class of ’22 Senior Signs will be available, payable by check – no cash.
  • Noodles and Co. -  December 8, PTSA Restaurant Night Fundraiser
    • "Take a break from holiday shopping and cooking and come get your noodle on at Noodles and Co. Next Wednesday, December 8! From 4-8 pm Noodles and Co. will donate back 25% of all purchases to our PTSA!"  Order ahead and your food will be ready for you. Be sure to enter code “GIVING25” and hit apply-look for the red checkmark for confirmation and proceed to checkout. Noodles and Co PTSA Fundraiser Flyer.
  • Top it Off Fundraiser - December 9
    • "Shop til you drop with everything under $25 at Top it Off, this Thursday, December 9 from 11a.m.-8p.m.  At this price and for this cause, you can sneak in a few gifts for yourself!"
    • 10% of all purchase proceeds will be donated back to the PTSA.  Top It Off Fundraiser Flyer
  • AmazonSmile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into amazon.com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well.  Happy Shopping!

School Activities/News Updates

 Substance Abuse Update

  • Hello WPHS parents and community! There have been a lot of changes in the laws regarding marijuana over the last few years. Here is a video from the Office of Student Safety and Wellness that outlines the law changes and how this impacts our students. Please remember to get in touch with me, Elizabeth Knudson, if you have any questions or would like a medication lock box or an alcohol bottle lock. [email protected]or 703.718.2749.  I will also be presenting this Monday at the PTSA Meeting in the West Potomac Library.
  • English: https://youtu.be/CpmUJ_s2ddw 
  • Spanish: https://youtu.be/140V-Tu6oRQ

Toys for Tots Drive at WPHS - Please Donate!

  • It's time for the annual Toys for Tots campaign by the United States Marine Corp and this year WP students involved with the Travis Manion Club at WP are coordinating a Toys for Tots Toy Drive at the school. Let's support our students and our community and let’s overfill the 3 collection boxes at WPHS with new, unwrapped gifts (toys/lego's/books/puzzles for all ages/gender) and help spread the magic of Christmas. If you need your new/ unwrapped toys picked up, that can be arranged. More information can be viewed at this link!

Class of 2022 - Direct Donation Campaign

  • The Senior Celebration Committee seeks your financial support for several ideas and events designed to celebrate our Seniors. With the outbreak of Covid-19, the past two graduating classes have missed out on many traditional senior events. The Senior Celebration Committee is hopeful the Class of 2022 will be able to experience a few of the traditional year-end events that make graduation so special Let's work together to celebrate each graduate and to honor their hard work while at WPHS.
    • Please help us raise funds to celebrate the amazing Class of 2022! Final Senior Class events will depend on how much we raise.  Thank you in advance for your generosity. 
    • https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/625132
    • Five Guys Fundraiser: December 14, 3:30 to 7:30 PM Yummy Food, clean kitchen, wonderful cause. Mark your calendars and plan on picking up or dining in at Five Guys (Hybla Valley and Quander Rd location on 12/14).  A portion of the sales will be donated back to the WP Class of “22 – Class of 2022 Five Guys Fundraiser Flyer.
  • Graduation Yard Signs
    • Got a Senior?  Celebrate your senior’s accomplishment with a graduation yard sign! Signs come with a metal stand to push into the ground. Limited Quantities now available - Order yours today. Cost is $20. https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store   Pick-up details will be provided once the sign you order arrives.  Questions: Contact Shauna Hamilton at [email protected]

WPHS Orchestra News:

  • Congratulations to the following students for their successful audition and acceptance into District X Honors Orchestra;
    • Sydney Ashworth, Zorig Javkhlan, Jonathan Larkin, Lily Mizoe, Luis Nestares, & Miguel Tsang.
    • The concert for the event will take place on Saturday, January 15th, 2021, at 3 pm @ Hayfield SS.
  • Ho Ho Ho!  The Orchestra has great gifts for your favorite Wolverine!  Check out our blankets, keyrings, and (music department) ornaments, all made in the USA.  Email Rebecca Losee at [email protected]to order.  

Class of 2023:

  • Join The West Potomac Class of 2023 for Breakfast with Santa! Bring your friends and family for a holiday tradition that is sure to please! Tickets are $30 per family and include a family picture with Santa. All proceeds will be to fund the West Potomac class of 2023 activities. Checks can be made out to West Potomac High School and mailed c/o Alicia Day Javkhlan. 6500 Quander Rd. Alexandria, VA 22307.  Cash or Check is also welcome on the day of the event.  Sign up here! Happy Holidays!  Breakfast with Santa Flyer.
  • Class of 2023 Parents, we would welcome donations for the event as well! Please sign up here if you can help!

WPHS Choir Boosters

  • WPHS Choir Boosters is dedicated to helping enrich students’ music experience.  Our next booster meeting will be held via Zoom on December 7 at 7pm.   Boosters help with chorus activities and fundraising events.  You can join boosters at link:  https://forms.gle/VricURxaZbx86C7VA .  Support your West Potomac choir student by displaying a West Potomac Choir Yard Sign.  Please contact Rhonda Brown at [email protected] to purchase.

2021 – 2022 WPHS Yearbooks on Sale now – click here!

 

Athletics Information and WPHS Athletics Fundraisers

Youth Basketball Night Hosted by West Potomac HS Girls Basketball – Friday, Dec 10th

  • Youth wearing a basketball shirt from any league (Fort Hunt, LMV, Mt Vernon, CYO, etc.) get in free with a paying adult. Come early to watch warm-ups and cheer on your Lady Wolverines!
  • WP Girls vs. Mt Vernon High School at the Wolverdome!
  • Freshmen Game 4:30pm, Junior Varsity Game 5:45pm, Varsity Game 7:30pm
  • Highlights include a Free throw shootout at halftime for all youth attendees, the Girls Varsity team will autograph pictures after their game, a raffle to win your team practicing and eating pizza with the varsity team and many other prizes and events at all three games…but you’ll have to attend to see them!

Support WPHS Athletes:  

  • Mattress Sale Fundraiser:  NEW Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021 10am – 5 pm @6500 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA. More information is available on our flyer.

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

ON-SITE APPLICATION COMPLETION EVENT

  • As part of DECEMBER IS NOVA MONTH IN THE CCC!!! our NOVA Admissions Representative will be on-site at WPHS to meet with SENIORS who need assistance completing their NOVA application.  If your senior missed the first on-site opportunity, the next application completion event is coming up.  Students must bring their laptop to this event.     
  • Pre-registration is required – you can register here
  • WHEN: Thursday, 12/9   TIME:  10:00 am – 10:45 am. LOCATION:  Career Center

#WHATSYOURCAREERWOLVERINES

  • All students are welcome to attend the next installment of the #WHATSYOURCAREERWOLVERINES career series. Our next career professional will share information about jobs in the real estate industry.  All students are welcome to attend and pre-registration is not required.
  • WHEN:  Monday, 12/6     TIME:  All Lunches   LOCATION:  Career Center

2021 Parent Workshop: Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Disabilities

  • Join FCPS Career & Transition Services to learn about postsecondary education options available for students with disabilities.  Topics include, but are not limited to disclosure, accessing accommodations, disability support services, and other pathways to success.
  • Date:  December 9, 2021   Location:  Virtual event from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Register Online Now: https://bit.ly/3bBNDV
  • Postsecondary Education Options

Spanish Webinars on College Financing and Admissions

  • Would you or someone you know benefit from watching a live College Financing or College Admissions webinar in Spanish? MEFA Pathway will be holding one of each in December. Special guest Andrea Keenan of Excel Academy will cover current trends in admissions and the different components of the college application, while Carmen Pineda of MassEdCO will discuss financial aid applications and types of financial aid available, all in Spanish. Register for both of these webinars below. 
  • Register for College Admissions in Spanish on December 9that 4:00 PM

SAT/ACT TEST PREP

  • Parents – We need someone to take over the test prep program next school year! Managing the program is a great way to learn about the official tests and college admissions for your own student while helping other students. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more.
  • Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here.  All on-campus events are in Gunston, Room 190 pod. Park in academy lot, enter door 10/Academy.

Next mocks -     Mock ACT 1/22/22                     Mock SAT 12/11/21

Winter Classes – ACT starts 1/22/22                   SAT starts 12/11/21 Register NOW!

  • More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page
  • Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].
  • Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, [email protected]
  • Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.
  • Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others. The e-book is delivered to your Applerouth account.

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

News You Choose - 11/23/21

GovDelivery1 month 4 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Wishing our entire Wolverine Community a very Happy Thanksgiving!

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose

  • Important Dates
  • School News
  • FCPS Cares - Give Thanks!  

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

November 29 – During S1 1st Quarter All A Honor Roll Reception

November 29 - All 10th and 12th Graders participate in the Fairfax County Youth Survey.  Parents/Guardians of 10th and 12th graders previously received information.

December 1, 3, 7, and 9 – 11th Grade SOS Program

December 5 - WPHS Mattress Sale Fundraiser, to benefit WPHS Athletics, 10 AM – 5 PM

December 6 - PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM – (In Person and Virtual)

December 7 – During Advisory - Rising Stars Reception

December 8 - Bodhi Day - Religious and Cultural Observance Day

December 9 - FCPS Career Transition Services Parent Workshop - Postsecondary Education Options for Student with Disabilities, Register Here

December 20-31 - Winter Break

January 3 2022 - Classes Resume

School News:

Student Recognition

  • We will celebrate our 1st Quarter All A Honor Roll students on Monday November 29 during S rotation. Students who earned all As for the 1st Quarter received an email today from Mr. McMahon with details. 
  • We enjoyed celebrating our All A and A/B Honor Roll students this past Friday during lunches! Our thanks to WPHS PTSA Volunteers who made the event possible and Moe’s and Burke & Herbert Bank for their support of our PTSA Academic Boosters!
  • Our 1st Quarter Rising Stars Celebration will be on Tuesday December 7. Those being recognized will receive an email next week!

FCPS Cares - Give Thanks!

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

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

WPHS News You Choose - 11/19/21

GovDelivery2 months ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Congratulations to all our Wolverines inducted into National Honor Society at this week’s ceremony!

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Students Services and College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

November 21 - WPHS Boys Basketball Team Leaf Raking Fundraiser, 11am - 3pm

November 22 - Haute Dogs Fundraiser, to benefit WP Dance Team, 4-8 PM

November 22 - SAT vs ACT: The differences, webinar 8-9 PM,   ZOOM

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

December 5 - WPHS Mattress Sale Fundraiser, to benefit WPHS Athletics, 10 AM – 5 PM

December 6 - PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM – (In Person and Virtual)

December 7 - WPHS Choir Boosters Meeting, 7 PM (Zoom – link below)

December 9 - FCPS Career Transition Services Parent Workshop - Postsecondary Education Options for Student with Disabilities, Register Here

December 20 – 31 - Holiday Winter Break

January 3 2022 - Classes Resume

PTSA Updates

  • The next PTSA meeting will be Dec 6, 2021– in person in the WP library and virtually. Topics: “Study in DC” Presentation, Substance Abuse Prevention, Holiday Philanthropy.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you then!  Here you can find the minutes from the Nov 8th meeting.
  • Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop senior portrait cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. Use PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC.  WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back!     
  • Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into smile.amazon.com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well!

School Activities/News Updates

WP Class of 2022 Yard Signs

  • We have a little over 60 left. Be sure to order yours today. Cost is $20.    https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store   Pick-up details will be provided once the sign you order arrives.  Note: all profits from signs go directly to support the class of 2022 graduation celebrations and scholarships."   Questions: Contact Shauna Hamilton at [email protected]

Yearbook

  • It's time to order your 2021-2022 West Potomac High School Yearbook.  Please click this link to see different yearbook package options and to learn more on how you can create a personal ad for your student.

WPHS Orchestra

  • Chick Fil A Fundraiser Monday, Nov 22nd, WPHS Door 2A from 4pm - 7pm. Give yourself a pre-Thanksgiving cooking break on Monday, November 22nd.  We will have a Chick-fil-A drive-through beginning at 4 PM at the Spring Bank Building, Door 2A. They will go fast so place your order here in advance,  https://forms.gle/22Sdb6tyJogtKJBp6  Deadline for pre-orders end on Sat., Nov. 19th at 5 pm. For more information review our updated flyer!

WPHS Choir Boosters

  • WPHS Choir Boosters is dedicated to helping enrich student’s music experience.  Our next booster meeting will be held via Zoom on December 7 at 7pm.   Boosters help with chorus activities and fundraising events.  You can join boosters at link:  https://forms.gle/VricURxaZbx86C7VA .  Support your West Potomac choir student by displaying a West Potomac Choir Yard Sign.  Please contact Rhonda Brown at [email protected] to purchase.

Christmas Wreaths! West Potomac Crew Team fundraiser

  • IN PERSON Wreath Sales in December! The West Potomac Crew Team is happy to announce that it will be selling wreaths in person at two locations this year between November 30 and December 15! Look for us at Hollin Hills Pool (December 4, 5, 11 & 12) and at St Luke's Episcopal Church (Nov 30 - December 1 and December 6-10). Please come by and pick out a farm fresh, fragrant wreath for your door. Thank you for your support!

 

Take a Break on Monday with Dinner from Haute Dogs and Fries:

  • The West Potomac Dance Team hopes you'll take a cooking / shopping / prepping break on Monday, November 22 to come out to Old Town to support the team!   Eat inside or order online to go between 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Online ordering for pickup may be helpful because street parking might be a bit tricky.  Please do not use extra services such as Grub Hub, etc.  See flyer for more details. 

 Alexandria Community Nutcracker - Tickets are now available:

  • For the 13th year, dancers from West Potomac and other FCPS and local schools will perform together in the Alexandria Community Nutcracker. All ages will be swept away by the Christmas magic of the party scene and the enchanting dances in the Land of Sweets. The performance includes ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, gymnastics, and Irish dancing. Shows are at Mount Vernon High School this year because of the construction at West Potomac. The performance dates with tickets remaining are Thursday December 2 at 5:30 pm, Friday December 3 at 6:30 pm, and Saturday December 4 at both 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Proceeds from Nutcracker ticket sales will support an arts scholarship program that FCPS students benefit from. Other items sold at the show will support the West Potomac Dance Team. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to artspireva.com

Athletics Information and WPHS Athletics Fundraisers

  • Support WPHS Athletes:  Mattress Sale Fundraiser:  Sunday, December 5, 2021 10am - 5pm @6500 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA. More information available on our flyer!

COVID-19 Screening Testing for Student Athletes

  • As a reminder, FCPS requires student-athletes to be fully vaccinated or provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test to participate in VHSL winter and spring sports or any activity requiring a physical. 
  • COVID-19 screening testing for student-athletes began November 18. Testing time will be between 7:30 and 9:00 am and will be located in the Athletic Training Room. Preregistration continues to be open for families of students requiring a weekly test for athletic participation. 
  • Student-athletes ages 16 and older are required to be fully vaccinated or have a medical or religious exemption. 
  • Student-athletes ages 16 and older with a medical or religious vaccination exemption will be required to provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test.
  • Student-athletes ages 16 and older who are not fully vaccinated and do not have an exemption may not participate in the activity.
  • Student-athletes ages 12-15 who are not fully vaccinated by choice or due to a medical or religious exemption will be required to provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student-athlete to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the secure online portal.

Testing details include: 

  • Student-athletes will receive PCR tests using the Anterior Nares Swab (shallow swab).
  • Student-athlete testing is provided by Aegis Sciences Corporation, a partner in the Virginia Department of Health’s VIssTA program.
  • Testing takes place at all traditional high school sites (after school to the maximum extent possible). 
  • Test results will be kept confidential and made available to parents and guardians Student-athlete test results will be provided to the Director of Student Activities and other designated FCPS personnel if parent/guardian consent is provided for the disclosure.
  • Student-athletes participating in screening testing will not be part of the school’s random sample for weekly testing.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 testing webpage.

If you have questions about COVID-19 screening testing for your student-athlete, please contact Aaron B. Helmick, Director of Student Activities at ABHelmick@fcps.edu or ph. 703-718-2560

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

Fairfax County Youth Survey

  • We previously communicated with all 10th and 12th grade parents and guardians that the Fairfax County Youth Survey Administration would occur with all 10th and 12th graders on Monday November 22. It will now occur on Monday November 29.  We will accept opt outs through Tuesday November 23 via this link.

DECEMBER IS NOVA MONTH IN THE CCC:

  • Are you a senior planning on attending Northern Virginia Community College next year?  Do you need help completing your application?
  • Our NOVA admissions representative is coming to the WPHS Career Center to assist students who need help completing their application.  Northern Virginia Community College recommends that students complete their application for admission between November 15th and March 1st. 
  • Pre-registration is REQUIRED & the registration link has been sent to seniors via their fcpsschools.net email account.  Seniors can attend only ONE application completion event. Students must get prior permission from your teacher to attend this event.  All students who pre-register will receive an email from Mrs. Young prior to the day of the event to use as a pass.  Dates:  12/1 OR 12/9 Location:  WPHS Career Center

Lunch & Learn:  George Mason ADVANCE Program

  • Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and George Mason University created the ADVANCE program to streamline the journey toward a bachelor's degree & help students by providing the support they need to earn a bachelor's degree within four years.  The GMU Advance representative is coming to WPHS to talk with students about this program.  Students do not need to pre-register for this event.
  • Date:  12/3 Location:  WPHS Career Center during all lunches

2021 Parent Workshop:  Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Disabilities

  • Join FCPS Career & Transition Services to learn about postsecondary education options available for students with disabilities.  Topics include, but are not limited to disclosure, accessing accommodations, disability support services, and other pathways to success.
  • Date:  December 9, 2021  Location:  Virtual event from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m
  • Register Online Now: https://bit.ly/3bBNDVZ 
  • Postsecondary Education Options

Spanish Webinars on College Financing and Admissions

Applerouth is hosting free practice tests & webinars for students!

  • SAT vs ACT: The differences, the timelines, and the expectations of colleges Monday, November 22nd, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM Virtual, via Zoom
  • What’s the difference?  Join us to learn about the SAT vs. ACT, as well as up-to-the-minute updates on the test administrations.  How can you decide which one is better for your child, when to take them and how much to prepare for them?  Hear about how your child's strengths can favor one test or the other. Learn about what college admissions officers expect from students and what you need to plan for. Register to join us at: https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=428168 Registration URL for ALL free, upcoming webinars: applerouth.com/events
  • Free Proctored Practice Tests for SAT or ACT Every weekend in November (except the weekend after Thanksgiving) Virtual, via Zoom It's the perfect time for juniors to evaluate the tests and establish a baseline score. Students can register at applerouth.com/mocks

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

  • Parents – We need someone to take over the test prep program next school year! Managing the program is a great way to learn about the official tests and college admissions for your own student while helping other students. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more.
  • Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here. All on-campus events are in Gunston, Room 190 pod. Park in academy lot, enter door 10/ Academy.
  • Next Mocks   Mock ACT 1/22/22   Mock SAT 12/11/21
  • Winter Classes – ACT starts 1/22/22                   SAT starts 12/11/21
  • More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page
  • Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].
  • Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, [email protected]
  • Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.
  • Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others.

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

WPHS News You Choose - 11/12/21

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

WPHS JROTC represents our Wolverine Community and Fairfax County at the New York City Veterans Day Parade!

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • WPHS Grading Practices Q&A
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Students Services and College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

November 13:       ParentVUE and StudentVUE access resumes at 6am

November 16:       Report Cards Distributed in Advisory

November 18:       WPHS Grading Practices Q &A (see principal message for more information)

November 18:       PTSA Fundraiser – Five Guys, 3:30 – 7:30 PM, two Alexandria locations  

November 21:       WPHS Boys Basketball Team Leaf Raking Fundraiser, 11am - 3pm

November 24-26:  Thanksgiving Break

December 5:         WPHS Mattress Sale Fundraiser, to benefit WPHS Athletics, 10 AM – 5 PM

December 6:         PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM – (In Person and Virtual)

December 7:         WPHS Choir Boosters Meeting, 7 PM (Zoom – link below)

Principal Message:

Happy Friday Wolverines!

I wanted to take a moment to share some information and concerns regarding student behaviors.  About a month ago, I sent a brief message reminding us all of the need to work together to support positive student behaviors and choices at school.  I mentioned the reality of our freshmen having not been in a typical school setting since the spring of their 7th grade year.  The challenges of norming their learning expectations along with behavior expectations has been challenging to say the least.  We were managing issues like multiple school fights and class cuts.  I am happy to report that those behaviors have significantly improved and we want to keep the momentum as we are a community that strives to care for one another and to hold high expectations for our students and staff.

What is of significant concern in the past few weeks has been marijuana and alcohol use at school.  Specifically, use of edibles and THC vape pens.  We have confiscated marijuana and THC products weekly and have unfortunately had 5 different students in 4 different incidents need medical care as a result of their use at school.  Thankfully, none of them were injured and were able to return to school within a few days.   These activities are on the rise across FCPS. Over the past two years, the FCPS Student’s Rights and Responsibilities (the regulation that governs overall student rights and rights within the discipline process) has changed in so far as the level of discipline that can be given for possession, use and distribution of marijuana/THC.  These infractions are no longer eligible for a referral to the hearings office with possible removal from West Potomac.  Only cases that cause a “major school disruption” can be considered for the referral process.  Most students involved in these infractions will receive some form of suspension up to 5 days and are referred to our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Ms. Knudson, who provides education and support to the students and their families. Ms. Knudson will be presenting at our December PTSA meeting so please mark your calendars to join us.  This is a serious community concern because our students do not realize how detrimental their use and distribution of these unregulated products can be.  Students are unaware of what may be in these products besides marijuana or THC that can cause serious illness and possible death.  Please have very clear conversations with your children. Let them know where you stand as their parents and what you expect of them, especially at school.  Yes, they are teenagers and yes, they often seem to not be listening. Trust me, they are listening.

At the end of the day, WE ARE WEST POTOMAC!  We will tackle this just as we do any thing else that comes our way.  We will work together to support our kids, academically, socially and emotionally. 

Please have a safe and wonderful weekend,

Ms. Millard

WPHS Grading Practices Q&A hybrid Q/A meeting will be on Thursday, November 18th (this is a change in date) at 6 pm in our Auditorium.  You may also participate virtually at the zoom link below (Spanish translation will be available in the zoom link as well).  Please watch/listen to the grading recording that was sent out a couple of weeks ago and also linked below, prior to the Nov 18th meeting as some of the general questions/concerns are addressed there.  That way we will have time for other questions during the Q/A.  I hope that you all have a wonderful Fall weekend.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Nov 18, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: WPHS Grading Practices Q &A

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91976069083?pwd=M1J4QjhIcm5pSUVWUnlvWWVGSFdmQT09

Passcode: 247972

Topic: WPHS Grading Presentation 10-22-21

Start Time: Oct 22, 2021 04:59 PM

Link to previous Grading Recording from Principal Millard:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/share/PpYecD66tO4G_Dw8FaMJH1uIcn0hqPQRVzQzpFzCu1YIN-0mDBvz0CFXWYPZc9VV.8tQlFFwQeKmNin0T

Thank you,

Ms. Millard

PTSA Updates

  • Thank you to all who joined the November 8 virtual PTSA meeting to meet our wonderful WPHS student counselors!  We heard from Ms. Millard about the concerns regarding the increase of drug and alcohol related instances at school.  In addition, we discussed Fairfax County’s plan to build a homeless shelter for single adults on the site of the old Hybla Valley Nursery on Beacon Hill Rd.  It is currently slated to permit rehabilitation privileges to convicted sex offenders and violent criminals. The proposed site sits within 1000 feet of West Potomac High School’s athletic fields. Here is a link to a letter submitted to Supervisor Dan Storck on behalf of our WP concerned parents.  
  • The next PTSA meeting will be Dec 6, 2021– in person in the WP library and virtually. Topics: “Study in DC” Presentation, Substance Abuse Prevention, Holiday Philanthropy.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you then!
  • "Poinsettias are coming!  Nothing screams holiday cheer like these bright red plants!  Because of the predicted nationwide shortage of poinsettias this year, we decided to grab up a bunch, so our WPHS families don't miss out!   Pre-orders end on November 17th – order yours today   https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store   Pickup will be on Dec. 2 from 5-8p.m. at the WPHS cafeteria (enter through back parking lot).  Hurry! With a limited supply, these beautiful plants will go fast!" For more information review our flyer here!
  • Five Guys Fundraiser, Nov 18th:  "Who doesn't love a good burger and fries! Take a night off from cooking and help out our PTSA by eating at Five Guys on November 18, anytime between 3:30 and 7:30 and mention the West Potomac PTSA!  You can also take a picture of the flyer and show it to the cashier. Thank you for your support!"   
  • Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop senior portrait cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. Use PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC.  WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back!                                                      

School Activities/News Updates

“One Love” Club 

  • The “One Love" Student Club was recently highlighted in this amazing article! Take a moment to read about the great work being done by this Club. 

WPHS Volleyball Team Picture after a recent game highlighting the work of the "One Love" Club.

  • Request from WPHS English Dept:  We are seeking parent volunteers to read books that members of our English department would like to get approved through the Book Approval process. Parents can volunteer to read as little or as many books as they would like. The committee consists of two English teachers, two parents and a principal designee. We welcome as many parent volunteers as are willing. Thank you in advance for your help! Please contact Susie Britton, Assistant Principal, at [email protected] or (703)718-2610.
  • MOE'S CHIP AND QUESO BAR IS BACK!!! The PTSA and Student Services are happy to announce that we will once again host a celebration for the students who earned all A's or A/B for the first quarter with Moe's chips/queso and guac!. The celebration this year will be on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19TH during all four lunches. This year we will be setting up outside on the senior patio and masks will be required even outdoors.  We need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up. No experience is necessary and it is a great way to meet other parents and see the kids in school again.
    • Sign-up here - A & A/B Honor Roll - Moe's Chip/Dip Celebration
    • Due to recent changes, we will postpone the 1st Qtr gift card raffle.   We will hold on to those gift cards for the 2nd Qtr, thank you for the families who have already donated gift cards.

WPHS Band:

  • Congratulations to band students Matthew Verich and Weston Ward for being named to the 2021 Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra. They were one of 103 students in FCPS schools named to this honor.  Ronnie Gattuso and David Rubenstein were named as alternates.
  • The Senior Regional Orchestra event is a state-sponsored audition group and it will be the first collaborative concert since March 2019. The public is invited to the group’s performance at Westfield High School on Saturday, November 13, at 2:30 p.m. The concert is free and masks are required. The Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra is led by Maestro James Ross of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

WPHS Orchestra

  • Chick Fil A Fundraiser Monday, Nov 22nd, WPHS Door 2A from 4pm - 7pm. Give yourself a pre-Thanksgiving cooking break on Monday, November 22nd.  We will have a Chick-fil-A drive-through beginning at 4 PM at the Spring Bank Building, Door 2A. They will go fast so place your order here in advance,  https://forms.gle/22Sdb6tyJogtKJBp6  Deadline for pre-orders end on Sat., Nov. 19th at 5 pm. For more information review our flyer!

WPHS Choir Boosters

  • WPHS Choir Boosters is dedicated to helping enrich student’s music experience.  Our next booster meeting will be held via Zoom on December 7 at 7pm.   Boosters help with chorus activities and fundraising events.  You can join boosters at link:  https://forms.gle/VricURxaZbx86C7VA .  Support your West Potomac choir student by displaying a West Potomac Choir Yard Sign.  Please contact Rhonda Brown at [email protected] to purchase.

WP Class of 2022 Yard Signs

  • We have a little over 100 left. Be sure to order yours today. Cost is $20.    https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store     Pick-up details will be provided once the sign you order arrives.  Note: all profits from signs go directly to support the class of 2022 graduation celebrations and scholarships."   Questions: Contact Shauna Hamilton at [email protected]

Christmas Wreaths! West Potomac Crew Team fundraiser

  • IN PERSON Wreath Sales in December! The West Potomac Crew Team is happy to announce that it will be selling wreaths in person at two locations this year between November 30 and December 15! Look for us at Hollin Hills Pool (December 4, 5, 11 & 12) and at St Luke's Episcopal Church (Nov 30 - December 1 and December 6-10). Please come by and pick out a farm fresh, fragrant wreath for your door. Thank you for your support!

Alexandria Community Nutcracker - Tickets are now available:

  • For the 13th year, dancers from West Potomac and other FCPS and local schools will perform together in the Alexandria Community Nutcracker. All ages will be swept away by the Christmas magic of the party scene and the enchanting dances in the Land of Sweets. The performance includes ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, gymnastics, and Irish dancing. Shows are at Mount Vernon High School this year because of the construction at West Potomac. The performance dates with tickets remaining are Thursday December 2 at 5:30 pm, Friday December 3 at 6:30 pm, and Saturday December 4 at both 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Proceeds from Nutcracker ticket sales will support an arts scholarship program that FCPS students benefit from. Other items sold at the show will support the West Potomac Dance Team. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to artspireva.com

Athletics Information and WPHS Athletics Fundraisers

  • WP Boys Basketball Team Leaf Raking Fundraiser:  One Day Only!  Sunday, November 21st from 11am - 3pm.  Please consider supporting the WP Boys Basketball Team with their efforts to raise funds for team gear/equipment and participation in the Holiday Tournament in Falls Church, VA December 2021.  
    • $300 for 4 hours of Leaf Raking Services • Groups of 4 players with 1 parent leader • 4-hour time slots available OR split the cost with a close walking distance neighbor (boys will rake for 2 hours then walk to your neighbor’s house for 2 hours). You will only need to provide the leaf bags! Basketball players will bring rakes and gloves. Please email Angela Barr your name, home address, phone number, email address   to [email protected].  A confirmation email will be sent to the email provided above. Thank you in advance for your support!
  • Support WPHS Athletes:  Mattress Sale Fundraiser:  Sunday, December 5, 2021 10am - 5pm @6500 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA. More information available on our flyer!
  • Looking for more information and weekly updates regarding our athletics program?  Be sure to subscribe to the WPHS Athletics Weekly News You Choose!  Visit the FCPS News You Choose Subscriber Preferences Pageand find West Potomac High School.  There you can select the Athletics Weekly News You Choose and stay up to date on all things athletics!

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

  • Interested in Governor World Language Academy? 
    • Do you love learning another language and have the emotional maturity, stability, stamina, and self-discipline to live outside your home for three weeks?  Are you an 11th grader or mature 10th grader?  Please access the following GWLA Overview Slides for more info or watch the  GWLA Overview Recorded Presentation (6 minute video with audio). 
    • After you read/watch the slides and recording above, spoke with your parents/guardians and your World Language teacher, and feel this is for you, fill out this Governor Academy Interest 2021-2022 From by November 26th.  If you have any questions please see Ms. Rodriguez in Room 454 or email her at [email protected] . 
  • College and Career Center: Upcoming events in the College & Career Center:
    • Supply Chain Management Careers Webinar: On Monday, November 15, 2021 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, FCPS will host a virtual career webinar about Supply Chain Management Careers specifically for FCPS middle and high school students. Students in attendance will hear from Mr. Irvin Varkonyi, Supply Chain Management professional, and Dale Chrystie, FedEx Services Representative. The webinar will highlight opportunities in supply chain management careers and include time for questions.
      • Students must register by Friday, November 12th.  Please see the flyer for registration details.
      • If you have questions about this student opportunity, email Matt Bechtel at [email protected].
    • College Access Fairfax Scholarship 101 Webinar: Seniors can attend this virtual event to learn about the different kinds of scholarships that are offered, where to locate scholarship opportunities, and how to best complete scholarship applications.  Prior registration is not required.  (This event will be repeated in the Spring for underclassmen.)  The event will be on November 17th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm using the link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/99796214655
  • FAFSA Assistance: Seniors with questions about the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) can come to the Career Center to get assistance from our CAF Financial Aid Champion Mrs. Rowsey.  She will be available during each lunch period every week to answer questions regarding FAFSA, including this Monday, November 15th.  No appointment necessary!
    • Mrs. Rowsey can also be contacted at [email protected] for families who would like to schedule appointments for assistance.
  • ASVAB Test: Each year West Potomac High School offers students the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). The ASVAB is a multi‐aptitude battery of tests that helps in identifying different skills and competencies.  Test results provide a snapshot of current knowledge and skills. The scores can be compared with the educational or job requirements for occupations of interest to students. The ASVAB is also used as the entrance exam for the military.
    • The ASVAB will be administered to interested seniors and juniors on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in the WPHS Career Center from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.  Seniors or juniors interested in taking the ASVAB test must complete the Google form online NO LATER THAN Thursday, November 18th at 4:00 pm: https://forms.gle/BG74E5CNv5UPrK2e6.  This deadline will NOT be extended. 
  • CCC Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. Mrs. Karen Young, WPHS College & Career Center Specialist, is available to meet with students and parents virtually or by phone. To schedule, please send an email to Mrs. Young at [email protected] or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

  • Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here.  
    • Next mocks -     Mock ACT 11/20/21  - Mock SAT 12/11/21
    • Winter Classes – ACT starts 1/22/22 - SAT starts 12/11/21
  • More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page
  • Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].
  • Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, [email protected]
  • Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.
  • Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others.

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

Veterans Day Message and Reminder

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Veterans Day - November 11, 2021
  • In advance of Veterans Day tomorrow, we would like to take a moment to recognize the many faculty, parents, and members of our community who have served our great nation faithfully and honorably.  Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your sacrifice and service!
  • Tomorrow morning at 8:25am The Travis Manion Club, West Potomac Chorus and Band will have a brief ceremony on the Wolverine Green to honor our West Potomac Faculty and Staff who are Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

  • A reminder that West Potomac High School will dismiss two hours early tomorrow in honor of Veterans Day.  Our 2 Hour Early Release Schedule can be found here

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

WPHS Weekly News You Choose - 11/6/2021

GovDelivery2 months 2 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

After school this past Thursday was the WP Activities Club Fair in our cafeteria.

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • Athletics Reminder
  • Students Services and College and Career Center Updates (November Newsletter) including a message from Ms. Knudson, our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

November 6:         Final Showings of Beyond the Page Theatre Company Night of the Living Dead (1pm, 4pm, and 7pm).  Buy Tickets here!

November 7:         WP Dance Fundraiser – Nutcracker Tea Party, 2-4pm

November 8:          PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM – (Zoom and Face Book live) and PTSA Fundraiser:  Poinsettia sales, pre-orders begin

November 8:           Winter Sports Tryout Begins

November 8, 10, 12, and 16: 9th Grade S.O.S Program through Advisory

November 11:         Veteran's Day - 2-Hour Early Release

November 13:         ParentVUE and StudentVUE access resumes at 6am

November 16:         Report Cards Distributed in Advisory

November 18:         WPHS Grading Practices Q &A (see principal message for more information)

November 18:         PTSA Fundraiser – Five Guys, two Alexandria locations  

November 24-26:    Thanksgiving Break

Principal Message:

Happy Fall Weekend West Potomac!

I don’t know about you, but I love the turn of seasons.  We finally have some color in our foliage and it is beautiful.  We have also made it to the turn of the quarter.  As we enter 2nd quarter, we will continue on our journey with equitable grading practices.  As promised we will have a hybrid Q/A meeting on Thursday, November 18th (this is a change in date) at 6 pm in our Auditorium.  You may also participate virtually at the zoom link below (Spanish translation will be available in the zoom link as well).  If you have not already had time to listen to the grading recording that was sent a couple of weeks ago, it is also linked below.  I encourage you to watch/listen to it as some of the general questions/concerns are addressed there.  That way we will have time for other questions during the Q/A.  I hope that you all have a wonderful Fall weekend.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Nov 18, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: WPHS Grading Practices Q &A

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91976069083?pwd=M1J4QjhIcm5pSUVWUnlvWWVGSFdmQT09

Passcode: 247972

Topic: WPHS Grading Presentation 10-22-21

Start Time: Oct 22, 2021 04:59 PM

Link to previous Grading Recording from Principal Millard:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/share/PpYecD66tO4G_Dw8FaMJH1uIcn0hqPQRVzQzpFzCu1YIN-0mDBvz0CFXWYPZc9VV.8tQlFFwQeKmNin0T

Thank you,

Tangy Millard

Principal, West Potomac H.S.

PTSA Updates

  • Next PTSA meeting: November 8 - at 6:30 PM – (Zoom and Face Book live):  Topics: Meet the Counselors, Academic Support, PTSA news.  https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/resources/ptsa                                                  
  • Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop senior portrait cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. Use PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 
  • WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts15% will be donated back!                                                      
  • Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into smile.amazon.com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well!

School Activities/News Updates

MOE'S Chip and Queso Bar Is Back to Celebrate Students! 

  • The PTSA and Student Services are happy to announce that we will once again host a celebration for the students who earned all A's or A/B for the first quarter with Moe's chips/queso and guac! The celebration this year will be on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19TH during all four lunches.This year we will be setting up outside on the senior patio and masks will be required even outdoors.  We need volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up. Look out for a sign-up genius so we can bring this popular celebration back to our hard-working kids. No experience is necessary, and it is a great way to meet other parents and see the kids in school again.
  • We also like to hold a raffle for $5 gift cards (Trop Smoothie, Dunkin, Starbucks are very popular, but any will do!) -at each lunch too. If you would like to donate $5 gift cards you can drop them off at my house (8438 Porter Lane Alexandria VA) or at the school office in an envelope marked "PTSA RAFFLE". Stay tuned for information about making cash donations so we can purchase them for you - we will let you know next week if we can set that up.
  • Thank you. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

"Poinsettias are coming!   

  • Nothing screams holiday cheer like these bright red plants!  Because of the predicted nationwide shortage of poinsettias this year, we decided to grab up a bunch, so our WPHS families don't miss out!   Pre-order now, https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store for pickup on Dec. 2 from 5-8p.m. at the WPHS cafeteria (enter through back parking lot).  Hurry! With a limited supply, these beautiful plants will go fast!"
  • PTSA Fundraiser . Poinsettia Sales Flyer.pdf

WP Class of 2022 Yard Signs for Seniors are IN

  • The first batch of signs have arrived from the printers.  We have a little over 100 left and will not be doing a 2nd Be sure to order yours today. Cost is $20.    https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store     Pick-up details will be provided once the sign you order arrives.  Note: all profits from signs go directly to support the class of 2022 graduation celebrations and scholarships."   Questions: Contact Shauna Hamilton at [email protected]

Support the Class of 2023

  • Join the Class of 2023 at Chipotle, Wednesday Nov. 10th4-8pm. See attached flyer for details. Order online with the code DRTGX4P or remember to show the flyer to the cashier in order for our class of 2023 to receive credit. Thanks for your support! Mrs. Alicia Day Javkhlan & Mr. Garth Porter, Class of 2023 Sponsors.
  • WP Juniors. Class of '23 Fundraiser.pdf

West Potomac High School Boys Basketball Team Leaf Raking Fundraiser

  • Please consider supporting the West Potomac High School Boys Basketball Team with their efforts to raise funds for team gear/equipment and participation in the Holiday Tournament in Falls Church, VA December 2021. Thank you in advance for your support!
  • One Day Only!  Sunday November 21st  11am - 3pm
  • $300 for 4 hours of Leaf Raking Services • Groups of 4 players with 1 parent leader • 4-hour time slots available OR split the cost with a close walking distance neighbor (boys will rake for 2 hours then walk to your neighbor’s house for 2 hours)
  • You will only need to provide the leaf bags! Basketball players will bring rakes and gloves.
  • Please email Angela Barr your name, home address, phone number, email address to [email protected].  A confirmation email will be sent to the email provided above.

Final Three Shows: Night of the Living Dead at Beyond the Page Theatre Company at WPHS.  Night of the Living Dead Production _.png

  • Based on George A. Romero's 1968 original classic masterpiece horror genre film of the same title, Night of the Living Dead pits the dead against the living in a struggle for survival. Assigned seating for all shows are $10 and can purchased in advance at org.  Any remaining seats will be sold at the door.
  • Where:  WPHS - Springbank Building Dates: Sat:  November 6 - 1pm; 4pm; 7pm

WPHS Choir Yard Signs for Sale

WPHS Orchestra – Chick Fil A Fundraiser

Christmas Wreaths! West Potomac Crew Team fundraiser.

  • WP Crew Team continues its tradition of selling beautiful holiday wreaths.  Please use the link below to order your items ahead of time for local pickup in Alexandria, VA, near Thanksgiving time, or purchase an item for direct delivery to a loved one.  PLEASE NOTE: Online orders are due by end of day Saturday, November 6.However, if you are local there's still time after that to go and visit one of our sales locations along Ft.  Hunt road locally, we will be selling in the coming weeks. Because we do not receive funding from Fairfax County, your wreath purchase helps us cover our expenses.  In particular, costs to purchase, maintain, and store our equipment; participate in regattas (competitions), and support students and families who are unable to cover their dues. Thank you for your support, you are helping to ensure our rowers have another great year on the water! https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/wpcrew

Tickets are now available for the Alexandria Community Nutcracker!

  • For the 13th year, dancers from West Potomac and other FCPS and local schools will perform together in the Alexandria Community Nutcracker. All ages will be swept away by the Christmas magic of the party scene and the enchanting dances in the Land of Sweets. The performance includes ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, gymnastics, and Irish dancing. Shows are at Mount Vernon High School this year because of the construction at West Potomac. The performance dates with tickets remaining are Thursday December 2 at 5:30 pm, Friday December 3 at 6:30 pm, and Saturday December 4 at both 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm. Proceeds from Nutcracker ticket sales will support an arts scholarship program that FCPS students benefit from. Other items sold at the show will support the West Potomac Dance Team. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to artspireva.com

Athletics Information

  • Looking for more information and weekly updates regarding our athletics program?  Be sure to subscribe to the WPHS Athletics Weekly News You Choose!  Visit the FCPS News You Choose Subscriber Preferences Page and find West Potomac High School.  There you can select the Athletics Weekly News You Choose and stay up to date on all things athletics!
  • You can also visit https://www.westpotomacsports.net 
  • Good luck to all our winter athletes beginning Try Outs on Monday! 

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

A Message from Ms. Knudson, WP Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:

  • Hi West Potomac Community! I wanted to make you aware that the students were given a lesson in Advisory this week that focused on Opioids. The students learned what they are, the dangers of abusing them, and about their link to overdoses nationally and here in Fairfax County. Deaths due to overdose are the highest that they have ever been and now is the leading cause of unnatural death in the state of Virginia.

  • Parents, please speak with your students about these drugs and make sure you keep your prescription drugs locked up. I have medicine lock boxes available for free for anyone who would like one. As we are entering the holiday season, more people may be in and out of your house so make sure your prescription drugs, tobacco products, vaping devices, and any over the counter medicine that can be abused like Robitussin or Benadryl are locked up.

  • Contact Elizabeth Knudson at [email protected] for a Medicine Lock Box or with questions.

9th Grade S.O.S. Program and Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression

  • Beginning on Monday Student Services will begin the Signs of Suicide (S.O.S.) Program and administer the Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression following the presentation with all 9th graders.  We will be meeting with about seven advisory classes each day beginning Monday and continuing November 10, 12, and 16.  9th Grade Parents and Guardians previously received information about this program via an e-notify sent on October 18.  Based on responses given on the screener Student Services will be following up with students individually and if your child is met with based on their responses, you will receive a call from one of our team members. 
  • Through the program, students learn: 
    • that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help  
    • how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend 
    • to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend 
    • who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it.
  • For awareness we will also be implementing this program with our 11th graders on December 1, 3, 7 and 9.  11th grade parents and guardians received information about the program via an e-notify on November 2.

Interested in Governor World Language Academy? 

  • Do you love learning another language and have the emotional maturity, stability, stamina, and self-discipline to live outside your home for three weeks?  Are you an 11th grader or mature 10th grader?  Please access the following GWLA Overview Slides for more info or watch the  GWLA Overview Recorded Presentation (6 minute video with audio). 
  • After you read/watch the slides and recording above, spoke with your parents/guardians and your World Language teacher, and feel this is for you, fill out this Governor Academy Interest 2021-2022 From by November 26th.  If you have any questions please see Ms. Rodriguez in Room 454 or email her at [email protected]

College and Career Center:

  • Please see November’s College & Career Center Newsletter for updates, upcoming events, scholarship, and enrichment program opportunities.
  • Nov. 21 WP CCC newsletter.pdf
  • November 8th Military Academies Virtual Fair:
    • Are you interested in learning how to prepare and apply to a U.S. Service Academy, Senior Military College or ROTC? Join the virtual meeting on Nov. 8th from 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm. The meeting is open to 9th – 11th graders and families. Pre-registration is required & you must register to receive login information. https://bragg.armymwr.com/calendar/event/virtual-military-academies-fair/5328741/31224
    • To sign up for a college visit, log into Naviance: fcps.edu/Naviance    
      • Select: Colleges>College Visits> View Details>Register
  • CCC Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. Mrs. Karen Young, WPHS College & Career Center Specialist, is available to meet with students and parents virtually or by phone. To schedule, please send an email to Mrs. Young at [email protected] or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

SAT/ACT TEST PREP

  • More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page
  • Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].
  • Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, [email protected]
  • Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.
  • Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others.

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

West Potomac HS Weekly News

GovDelivery2 months 3 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

 

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

 

Important Dates:

Nov. 1 & 2:    Student Holiday (Teacher WorkDay)

Nov. 3            WP Orchestra Fundraiser - McAlister's Deli, 4- 8 PM

Nov. 7:           WP Dance Fundraiser - Nutcracker Tea Party, 2 – 4 PM

Nov.  8:          PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM 

                       (Zoom and Face Book live)

Nov. 11:         2 - HR Early Release – Veterans Day

Nov. 18:         PTSA Fundraiser – Five Guys, two Alexandria locations

Nov. 24- 26:  Thanksgiving Break

 

Student Activities/School News Updates:                                                     

 

Support WP Orchestra:

Nov 3rd: McAlister's Deli Fundraiser Night, 4:00 – 8:00 PM.  Please show attached flyer and/or mention you there to support WP Orchestra.

Nov 3. McAlister's Flyer. WP Orchestra.pdf

WP Orchestra is offering you delicious Pies with their latest fundraiser - Chef Pierre's Ready to Bake pies will be available for sale, a great time saver for the busy holiday seasons. For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee at [email protected]

 

WP Class of 2022 Yard Signs for Seniors are now available for pre-order! 200 available. Check out the new design. Cost is $20. Order yours today and please consider sponsoring a sign for a fellow Wolverine.  

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store     Pick-up details will be provided once signs are received.  

Note: all profits from signs go directly to support the class of 2022 graduation celebrations and scholarships."   Questions: Contact Shauna Hamilton at [email protected]

 

Parent/Guardian to one of our Amazing Class of 2022 Seniors? 

Join the private Senior parent FB group to connect with other senior families. Please copy link below on search engine and it should take you to page.  If you are unable too, please reach out to

Liz Ver Hage @ [email protected] 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wposeniors22/

 

THEATRE IS BACK IN THE FLESH! - Night of the Living Dead at Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School.

Night of the Living Dead Production_.png 

Based on George A. Romero's 1968 original classic masterpiece horror genre film of the same title, Night of the Living Dead pits the dead against the living in a struggle for survival. There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The story follows a group of people who barricade themselves into an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh-eating monsters. Its blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending.  Assigned seating for all shows are $10 and can purchased in advance at westpotomactheatre.org.  Any remaining seats will be sold at the door.

Where:  WPHS  - Springbank Building Dates:    October 28 - 7pm, October 30 - 1pm; 4pm; 7pm November 5 – 7pm  November 6 - 1pm; 4pm; 7pm

 

Support WP Dance Team: 

Nutcracker Tea Party

Children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy the holiday fun of a Nutcracker Tea Party on Sunday, November 7 from 2 to 4 pm.  There will be a reading of the Nutcracker story, dance performances by Alexandria Community Nutcracker dancers, light snacks & sweets, and a craft.  Proceeds benefit the West Potomac Dance Team.  For more details and to purchase a ticket, please see the attached invitation.

Nov 7. Nutcracker Tea Party Invitation. WP Dance FR_.pdf 

 

Christmas Wreaths! West Potomac Crew Team fundraiser.

WP Crew Team continues its tradition of selling beautiful holiday wreaths.  Please use the link below to order your items ahead of time for local pickup in Alexandria, VA, near Thanksgiving time, or purchase an item for direct delivery to a loved one.  Online orders are due by November 10. Because we do not receive funding from Fairfax County, your wreath purchase helps us cover our expenses.  In particular, costs to purchase, maintain, and store our equipment; participate in regattas (competitions), and support students and families who are unable to cover their dues. Thank you for your support, you are helping to ensure our rowers have another great year on the water! https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/wpcrew

  Share Your Feedback on the FCPS 2022-23 School Year Calendar

Families and staff received an email this week from [email protected] with a link to the FCPS Calendar Survey. The survey will also be available in other languages. If you did not see the survey in your in-box, check your spam/junk folders.

We encourage you to complete the survey at your earliest convenience. The results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff as well as the Fairfax County School Board as they work to adopt the 2022-23 calendar. All responses are confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please email [email protected].  

Also, mark your calendars for a virtual Calendar Community Meeting on Monday, November 8, 7-8 p.m. Stay tuned for more details.  

This year, FCPS is using a different process to develop the calendar. Learn about the criteria being used in the development of the 2022-23 calendar.

   

PTSA UPDATES:

Next PTSA meeting: November 8 (Virtual Only): Topics: Mental Health, Meet the Counselors, Academic Support, PTSA news.  https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/resources/ptsa                                               

*****************************************************************************

Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop senior portrait cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. Use PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts15% will be donated back!

 Minted Holiday 2021 Flyer. PTSA Fundraiser.pdf

*****************************************************************************

                                                          

Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into smile.amazon.com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well!

 

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

SENIORS:  Do you need help completing FAFSA?  Mark your calendars!  Our College Access Fairfax Financial Aid Champion Ms. Rowsey will be in the Career Center each week during all lunch periods to answer questions/provide assistance with completing FAFSA.  No appointments are necessary, Seniors can come by during their lunch.  If families need one-on-one help completing their financial aid forms, appointments can be requested with Financial Aid Champions by sending an email to [email protected] or by contacting our WPHS Financial Aid Champion Ms. Rowsey at [email protected].

FAFSA Support . Dates Ms Rowset will be Career Center.pdf

College Access Fairfax also offers scholarships.  Click here 2021-22 CAF Scholarships.pdf to see the list of scholarships available to FCPS students.  Don’t forget to visit https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  to learn more about College Access Fairfax and all of the resources available to FCPS families.

Want to stay up to date on important information from the WPHS Career Center?  The CCC is on Twitter!!!  Follow @wphsccc

 

SENIORS & JUNIORS:  Seniors & juniors should continue to pre-register for college visits and come prepared to ask questions.  College representatives are still scheduling visits so please encourage students to check Naviance for the most up-to-date list of colleges coming to visit WPHS.  

To sign up for a college visit, log into Naviance: fcps.edu/Naviance    

Select: Colleges>College Visits> View Details>Register.

 

CCC Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. Mrs. Karen Young, WPHS College & Career Center Specialist, is available to meet with students and parents virtually or by phone. To schedule, please send an email to Mrs. Young at [email protected] or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

SAT and ACT Test Prep  

 

Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here.  

Next mocks -   Mock SAT 10/23             Mock ACT 10/30

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].

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

 

Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.

Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others.

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

West Potomac HS Weekly News

GovDelivery3 months ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Happy Friday West Potomac!

 

I wanted to give you a quick update on student parking passes.  We have FINALLY completed distribution of all available passes.  There are no more on campus spaces available at this time. We look forward to a much-improved parking outcomes next school year with the completion of our construction.

 

Also, I know that many of you were looking forward to our grading discussion this week.  I am sending out information regarding grading and the rescheduled date via eNotify this evening.  I want to make sure all West Potomac families receive it and eNotify is the best form of delivery to insure it is received.  Stay tuned…

 

Have a great weekend.

Ms. Millard

 

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

 

Important Dates:

October 27:    Underclassmen Pictures - Make-up Day

                        (8:00 am – 12 noon)

October 29:    End of 1st Quarter (2 HR Early Release)

Nov. 1 & 2:    Student Holiday (Teacher Work Day)

Nov.  8:          PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM 

                       (Zoom and Face Book live)

Nov. 11:         2 - HR Early Release – Veterans Day

Nov. 24- 26:  Thanksgiving Break

 

 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

THEATRE IS BACK IN THE FLESH! - Night of the Living Dead at Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School.  

Night of the Living Dead Production_.png

Based on George A. Romero's 1968 original classic masterpiece horror genre film of the same title, Night of the Living Dead pits the dead against the living in a struggle for survival. There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The story follows a group of people who barricade themselves into an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh-eating monsters. This gripping terror-filled play brings all the fright of the cult classic film to life. Its blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending.

Night of the Living Dead was previously performed by WPHS students in 2013 & 2017. It was such a hit back then that we simply had to bring it back to life, much like the real zombies themselves! The current production gives a special nod to its BTPTC predecessors yet has many updated surprises.  Assigned seating for all shows are $10 and can purchased in advance at westpotomactheatre.org.  Any remaining seats will be sold at the door.

Where:  WPHS  - Springbank Building Dates:    October 28 - 7pm,  October 30 - 1pm; 4pm; 7pm November 5 – 7pm  November 6 - 1pm; 4pm; 7pm

WPHS Underclass Pictures - Did you take your school picture?  Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors can take make-up pictures on October 27, 2021 between 8 am - 12n in the auditorium.

Message from WPHS Band Boosters: Congratulations to the Wolverine Marching Band for their fourth-place finish in their class at this past weekend's Parade of Champions band competition held at James Madison University!  The Wolverines were also voted "Fan Favorite!" This Saturday, the marching band will have its Virginia assessment performance at Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, VA at 4:15 p.m.  Spectators are welcome!

Support WP Orchestra:  Our Wolverine Pride blankets are perfect for outdoor events, indoor study sessions, and make great gifts!  All proceeds benefit the orchestra.  Please see attached flyer for details

WP Orchestra. Wolverine Pride Stadium Throw 2021.pdf

 

Chorus Yard Signs for Sale

Show your support for your West Potomac choir student by displaying a WP Chorus Yard Sign.  You can purchase online by going to: http://west-potomac-high-school-choral-boosters.square.site/  If you prefer to pay cash, please contact Rhonda Brown at [email protected].  Chorus water bottles and car magnets are also available.  All proceeds support the chorus program.

 

Christmas Wreaths! West Potomac Crew Team fundraiser.

The West Potomac Crew Team continues its tradition of selling beautiful holiday wreaths.  Please use the link below to order your items ahead of time for local pickup in Alexandria, VA, near Thanksgiving time, or purchase an item for direct delivery to a loved one.  Online orders are due by November 10. Because we do not receive funding from Fairfax County, your wreath purchase helps us cover our expenses.  In particular, costs to purchase, maintain, and store our equipment; participate in regattas (competitions), and support students and families who are unable to cover their dues. Thank you for your support, you are helping to ensure our rowers have another great year on the water! https://sherwoodfundraiser.com/wpcrew

 

Support WP Dance Team: 

Carwash!  Saturday, October, 23 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Aldersgate Church, 1301 Collingwood  Road.  Proceeds support the West Potomac Nationals Dance Team.

Eat out or pick up dinner from Moe’s and help the Dance Team!  Meal kits can be pre-purchased by Tuesday, October 26 at 4:00 pm -- nacho ($32.99), taco ($37.99), or fajita ($42.99).  Dine in available on Wednesday, October 27 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  See attached flyer for details.

 Dance Team - Moe's Fundraiser Flyer. October 27 2021.png  

 

Clean out your closets for a good cause! On Saturday, October 23 between 8:30 and 9:00 am, the West Potomac Dance Team will be collecting clean, gently used clothing and soft furnishings (bedding, pillows, etc.). These items will be donated to the Unique thrift store in Falls Church. Proceeds from that donation will go to the Dance Team based on the total weight of the items donated, so more is definitely better!  Pack items in clean trash bags and drop them off at the big blue bin outside entrance 3A of the Springbank building at West Potomac. Tax receipts will be available at drop-off. Please share this information with others! Contact Carrie Sessine at [email protected].

 

Operation Warm

Every year West Potomac High School receives a generous donation of coats from Operation Warm.  Please consider donating to support the fantastic cause. 

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/operation-warm-inc/join-firefighter-friends-to-the-rescue-and-fairfax-county-fire-rescue-department-to-give-coats-to-kids-in-need

 

2022 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School (SRGS)

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers the opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to apply to attend summer residential Governor’s schools in academics and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Students who are accepted into one of the programs will live in residence halls in one of the state colleges in VA for four weeks in the June - late July timeframe. To learn more about SRGS opportunities and the application process, visit the VDOE website and view the promotional video

 

To be considered for an academic or VPA Governor’s school, students must complete the steps below.

 

  1. Complete the interest form linked below for either Academics or VPA. The form is a required part of the application process and is due November 9th. No late entries will be accepted. When completing the form, enter a personal email address and do NOT use an fcpsschools.net email address. VDOE cannot send communications to the fcpsschools.net domain.

 

  1. Attend our school interest meeting which will take place during all lunch blocks on Wednesday, November 3rd and Friday, November 5th. Attendance at the meeting is optional but strongly encouraged.

 

  1. Complete the application for the specific program you wish to apply to and return to Mr. Shapiro or Ms. Bluestein in Student Services (students may only apply to one program).
  • Academic applications are due to the school on December 7, 2021
  • VPA applications are due to the school on January 28, 2022.

     

  1. Any questions related to Governor’s school please contact:

Michael Shapiro                                                Stephanie Bluestein       

[email protected]                                     [email protected]

703-718-2555                                                     703-718-2554

 

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

Next PTSA meeting: November 8 (Virtual Only): Topics: Mental Health, Meet the Counselors, Academic Support, PTSA news.  https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/resources/ptsa                                               

*****************************************************************************

Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop senior portrait cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. Use PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts15% will be donated back!

*****************************************************************************

                                                          

Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into smile.amazon.com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well!

 

PTSA Direct Donation Campaign:  The PTSA’s Direct Donation campaign is in full swing!  Gifts to PTSA campaign will impact every student and enhance many areas of the school experience including academics, arts, extra-curricular activities, technology, and student life. 100% of your donation is tax deductible!         PTSA Direct Donation Flyer.Final.jpg  

 https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

The first months of school have been busy in the College & Career Center.  Check out the October newsletter

CCC October 2021.pdf 

for the latest updates, upcoming events and more.

 

SENIORS:  Do you need help completing FAFSA?  Remember College Access Fairfax offers one-on-one help to families who need assistance in completing their financial aid forms.  Appointments can be requested with Financial Aid Champions by sending an email to [email protected] or by contacting our WPHS Financial Aid Champion Ms. Rowsey at [email protected].

College Access Fairfax also offers scholarships.  Click here 2021-22 CAF Scholarships.pdf to see the list of scholarships available to FCPS students.  Don’t forget to visit https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  to learn more about College Access Fairfax and all of the resources available to FCPS families.

Want to stay up to date on important information from the WPHS Career Center?  The CCC is on Twitter!!!  Follow @wphsccc

SENIORS & JUNIORS:  Seniors & juniors should continue to pre-register for college visits and come prepared to ask questions.  College representatives are still scheduling visits so please encourage students to check Naviance for the most up-to-date list of colleges coming to visit WPHS.  

To sign up for a college visit, log into Naviance: fcps.edu/Naviance    

Select: Colleges>College Visits> View Details>Register.

CCC Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. Mrs. Karen Young, WPHS College & Career Center Specialist, is available to meet with students and parents virtually or by phone. To schedule, please send an email to Mrs. Young at [email protected] or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

 

 SAT and ACT Test Prep  

 

Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here.  

Next mocks -   Mock SAT 10/23             Mock ACT 10/30

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].

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

 

Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.

Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others.

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

West Potomac Weekly NYC

GovDelivery3 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Pictures: Dental Careers and Medical Assistant students in our WP Academy sharing their cultures and heritage through presentations, food, music, and native clothing.   Mr. Guerrero, our Dental Careers teacher stated, “When you are in the dental office, you will have the opportunity to interact with all types of people and cultures. We must learn and seek to understand everyone’s background in order to provide patients high quality dental care.”

Happy Weekend West Potomac,

Below are a few important updates to share:

  • The October 19 Grading for Equity Q/A Panel has been postponed. We will share the new date early next week. 
  • Preprinted Federal Impact Aid forms will be coming home today, Friday, October 15th with each of your students here at West Potomac. Please complete and return the form to your student’s Advisory teacher right away. You will need to complete one form per student. Yes, we need one form per student filled out exactly the same for each of your students. Please fill them out whether you are federally connected or not. These forms take only a few minutes to fill out and can help to earn federal grant money for our school. All information on the forms will be treated confidentially. There is an explanation letter from the county attached with the forms coming home, and I have included a county video below. Thank you for your prompt turn-around, this is a big help to our school and our school system. Federal Impact Aid video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xRtyRxco_U

  • As shared last week, we will not be allowing students to move during S rotation. For example, a student must stay with their S2 teacher during S2 and cannot go see another teacher.  Beginning next week teachers may offer virtual office hours during S rotation, allowing students who are available to login from their assign class and get questions answered from another teacher.  For example: During S2 a student’s 4th period teacher offers virtual office hours.  That student can login from their S2 location and speak with their 4th period teacher.
  • Next week is our first SEL screener administration.  This will occur Tuesday October 19, during Advisory.  Parents previously received information via an e-notify to include an opt out form.  For those students whose parent submitted an opt out form, you will not have an SEL Screener loaded in your schoology.  For awareness our additional SEL screener administration dates are January 27 (snow date of Jan 31) and April 29. 
  • If you or someone you know is interested in substituting for three sections of Chemistry team taught with a second teacher, please contact Belinda Williams at [email protected]

Wishing you a great weekend!!!

WPHS Administration

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

School News Updates:

Student Services Group

  • West Potomac High School will be running a Grief and Loss support group for student who have experienced any type of loss - group meetings will take place in the College and Career Center once a month on Mondays after school. The next meeting is October 25th. If you believe your student may benefit, please encourage them to attend. For more information, you can reach out to the following faculty: Megan Runion ([email protected]), Stephanie Bluestein ([email protected]), Sara Brewer ([email protected]), and Debora Yoon ([email protected])

Underclass Pictures

  • Did you take your school picture?  Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors can take make-up pictures on October 27, 2021 between 8 am 12n in the auditorium.

 Senior Updates:

  • Senior Portraits make up dates are January 18 – 24 & 25. Lifetouch will be sending an email to schedule an appointment in December.
  • Order your cap & gown by visiting  com
    • Click on “Shop Your School”
    • Enter West Potomac High School
    • Cap & Gown cost is included in senior dues (Dues has not been determined yet)

 

Parent/Guardian to one of our Amazing Class of 2022 Seniors? 

  • Join the private/unofficial  Senior parent Facebook group to connect with other senior families, discuss senior activities (like college applications, events, etc.) and more.  Please copy link below on search engine and it should take you to page.  If you are unable too, please reach out to Liz Ver Hage @ [email protected]  https://www.facebook.com/groups/wposeniors22/

Chorus Yard Signs for Sale

Support WP Orchestra

  • Our Wolverine Pride blankets are perfect for outdoor events, indoor study sessions, and make great gifts!  All proceeds benefit the orchestra.  Please see attached flyer for details

Support WP Dance Team: 

  • Clean out your closets for a good cause! On Saturday, October 23 between 8:30 and 9:00 am, the West Potomac Dance Team will be collecting clean, gently used clothing and soft furnishings (bedding, pillows, etc.). These items will be donated to the Unique thrift store in Falls Church. Proceeds from that donation will go to the Dance Team based on the total weight of the items donated, so more is definitely better!  Pack items in clean trash bags and drop them off at the big blue bin outside entrance 3A of the Springbank building at West Potomac. Tax receipts will be available at drop-off.  Please share this information with others! Questions? Contact Carrie Sessine at [email protected].

PTSA Updates

  • Thank you to the many families who joined us for the Oct.  PTSA meeting, pls see minutes for topics discussed: October PTSA Meeting Minutes.  To become a member, join online today at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store.  Questions? Contact Libby at [email protected].
  • Next meeting: November 8 (Virtual Only): Mental Health, Meet the Counselors, Academic Support.  https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/resources/ptsa                                             
  •  We’re bringing delicious Chick Fil A sandwiches to WP on October 20th!  Pre-order only event – order today, so don’t miss out!  Deadline for pre-orders - Sunday, October 17 at 10:00 P.M.  Pick-up will be at the WP “Kiss and Ride” from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20.  Order at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store 
  • Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop senior portrait cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. Use PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts15% will be donated back!         
  • Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA!  Log into smile.amazon.com and designate “West Potomac High School PTSA” as the charity you would like to support. Works on your Phone App as well!
  • PTSA Direct Donation Campaign:  The PTSA is seeking your support with donations for instructional resources. Every donation counts.  100% of your donation is tax deductible! (Please insert Direct Donation flyer here) https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

College and Career Center Updates

  • FCPS VIRTUAL COLLEGE WEEK will take place Monday, October 18 - Thursday, October 21, 2021. FCPS families are invited to attend virtual sessions on a variety of topics, including how to pay for college, dual enrollment, AP/IB, how to apply to a military academy, and college essay writing. Registration is now open, and students and families can sign-up for as many sessions as they wish. Don’t forget to check out the FCPS Virtual College Week webpage for updates and to learn about various college fairs available to students.  Contact Karen Huffman at [email protected] if you have questions about Virtual College Week. 
  • JUNIORS:  The Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program is designed to educate and motivate high school juniors to become engaged citizens and leaders in the community. Please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget/youth-leadership for more information.
  • If you are interested, apply by Nov. 5 using this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcylp/. Email [email protected] with questions.           
  • SENIORS & SENIOR PARENTS: In partnership with FCPS, College Access Fairfax is presenting information sessions to help seniors and families learn about paying for college.  Registration is not required. 
    • October 16th OR November 9th:  FAFSA Line-By-Line Webinar:  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on 10/1.  Plan to join one of the virtual sessions to find out what questions are asked and what information will be needed to complete the FAFSA.  *Seniors, check your fcpsschools.net email account for Zoom links for each session.  Zoom links for each session were also emailed to any senior parent with an email address on file with FCPS.*
    • Remember College Access Fairfax is a free and available resource to answer questions about the financial aid process.  Please don’t hesitate to contact them at [email protected].  College Access Fairfax also offers one-on-one help to families who are interested in receiving assistance in completing their financial aid forms.  Appointments can be requested with Financial Aid Champions by sending an email to [email protected]
  • SENIORS & JUNIORS:  Seniors & juniors should continue to pre-register for college visits and come prepared to ask questions.  College representatives are still scheduling visits so please encourage students to check Naviance for the most up-to-date list of colleges coming to visit WPHS.  
    • To sign up for a college visit, log into Naviance: fcps.edu/Naviance Select: Colleges>College Visits> View Details>Register.
  • CCC Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. Mrs. Karen Young, WPHS College & Career Center Specialist, is available to meet with students and parents virtually or by phone. To schedule, please send an email to Mrs. Young at [email protected] or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

 SAT and ACT Test Prep  

  • Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here
  • Next mocks:
    • Mock SAT 10/23
    • Mock ACT 10/30
  • More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page
  • Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].
  • Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, [email protected]
  • Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.
  • Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others.

 

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

Tomorrow - PSAT/SAT Testing Schedule

GovDelivery3 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

PSAT/SAT Day Tomorrow – Reminders  

Wolverine Community,

  • A reminder that tomorrow, October 13 is a 2 Hour Early Release for Testing.  All 10th and 11th graders should report to school for the PSAT.  Students and Parents of 10th and 11th graders have received emails from Mr. Easter regarding your testing room number.  12th graders who have signed up to take the SAT should also report to school.  Those who have signed up have received an email from Mr. Easter with their testing room number.
  • 9th graders and 12th graders who have not signed up for the SAT should not report to school tomorrow. 
  • A Student Services activity has been posted in the Student Services Schoology Page for 9th graders to become more familiar with the many resources within Naviance Student.  Seniors not taking the SAT are encouraged to use the time to support post-secondary planning – college applications, scholarship research, or resume building.  A reminder that Naviance is a great resource for all of those activities.
  • Since we will be testing, we are giving students additional time to access breakfast (until 8:20 a.m.) as there will be no additional breakfast break afterwards.  All students must report to their testing location by 8:20am.

Thank you,

WPHS Administration

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

West Potomac HS Weekly News

GovDelivery3 months 2 weeks ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Happy Friday Wolverines,

 

LATE CAR RIDER PROCEDURE

 

After much discussion and brainstorming (thanks Ms. S.) we have developed a workable plan for car riders who are late due to excessive traffic moving forward.  We already provide late bus passes to students at Door 1 when busses come in late.  This will be our marker for car riders as well.  An administrator, usually Mr. Henrich, is posted outside daily to provide these passes.  If he is out when you arrive, he will provide you a pass.  We will use the marker; if at least two busses are late, we can safely assume car riders will also be late and caught in the line.  If there is no administrator at Door 1 by the time you come in, that means you are late and will need to check in either at the sweep station or the main office if it is past 8:25 am. 

 

S ROTATION PROCEDURES

 

We are now at mid quarter and this is usually the time that we begin to allow students to move during S rotation.  For those new to WPHS S rotation happens every Silver/ODD day after Advisory.  In the past, students could arrange with their teachers to move from their assigned class to another teacher to get help, make up or retake tests, etc.  Giving our constraints with COVID, we are responsible for contact tracing, and that would be almost impossible with students freely moving.  Instead, starting the week of 10/18, teachers will have Office Hour Zoom links available in their class Schoology.  Students will stay in Advisory and log on to zoom if they need support from their subject area teachers.  If they need to make up or retake tests, teachers will arrange for students to report to the cafeteria (testing center) where they will take their tests and be monitored by staff.  We will be able to keep records of who was in the testing center allowing us to contact trace there if necessary.  We know this is not a perfect solution, but we believe it is a viable stop gap to still allow students to get help while keeping us all safe following COVID protocols. 

 

GRADING FOR EQUITY Q/A PANEL

 

As we continue our grading practices for equitable grading, I would like for you to save the date of Tuesday October 19th at 6 pm.  We will host an Equitable Grading Q/A Panel.  We are planning for it to be hybrid; you can come in person or join us on zoom.  We will give a brief overview of the why, what, and how of our journey and then open up to questions for our teacher panel.  There will be teachers representing each department to allow for specific questions and answers.  Stay tuned we will provide a location and a link later next week. 

 

Have a safe weekend and take good care,

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

 

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

 

Important Dates:

October 11:     Student Holiday (Prof. Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day)    

October 13:     WPHS will be administering the PSAT 10 and 11 to all 10th and 11th graders and administering the SAT to 12th graders who have pre-registered.  (2 HR Early Release)                        

October 13:     9th Graders will not report to school this day

October 16:     FAFSA Line-By-Line, Virtual Session

October 19:     Q&A panel with Ms. Millard and school community to discuss new grading

October 20:     PTSA – Chick Fil A Fundraiser – see details for ordering

October 27:     Underclassmen Pictures Make-up Day  (8:00 am – 12 noon)

October 29:     End of 1st Quarter (2 HR Early Release)

Nov. 1 & 2:      Student Holiday (Teacher Work Day)

November 8:   PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM – (Zoom and Face Book live)

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Share the Joy of Thanksgiving with a Neighbor! What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Visiting with loved ones? Watching parades and football? Enjoying the sights, smells, and flavors of some favorite foods? Help create these memories for one or more school families who struggle with food security. Donate to the Food For Neighbors Holiday Meals Program! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ West Potomac HS is partnering with Food For Neighbors to provide some of our students and families with a $50 gift card to a local grocery store. Your gift will help your neighbors to put food on their tables this Thanksgiving. The goal is to raise enough money for Food For Neighbors to provide a total of nearly 700 of the $50 grocery store gift cards to 24 participating schools, which includes ours! Donate: https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/ Thank you for anything you can do. Every donation counts. Together, we can make a big difference!

 

Message from WPHS Band Boosters:

Wolverine Band Sandburg Night, Friday, 10/8 - At this Friday's football game we will welcome Sandburg band students for Sandburg Band Night. The Sandburg band students will shadow Wolverine Band members to get a taste of all the fun and spirit involved at Friday Night Lights at Dietze Stadium, including marching in, sitting in the stands with the band, and playing pep songs.  We look forward to welcoming our future Wolverines! 

 

Join Choir Boosters!

WPHS Choir Boosters is dedicated to helping enrich student’s music experience.  Boosters help with chorus activities and fundraising events.  You can join boosters or make a donation by following link:  https://forms.gle/VricURxaZbx86C7VA  Donations support ongoing program activities as well as our annual scholarships for graduating seniors.  Boosters meet monthly – invites are sent to all booster members.

Support WP Orchestra:  Ad astra, et calidum!  As the temperature starts dropping, let us help you stay warm and comfortable amongst the stars!  Our Wolverine Pride blankets are perfect for outdoor events, indoor study sessions, and make great gifts!  All proceeds benefit the orchestra.  Please see attached flyer for details.  Planning to watch the Wolverines win the game this Friday?  Blankets will be available for sale during the game!  Please see attached flyer for details.

WP Orchestra. Wolverine Pride Stadium Throw 2021.pdf 

Support WP Dance Team:  Clean out your closets for a good cause! On Wednesday, October 13 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, the West Potomac Dance Team will be collecting clean, gently used clothing and soft furnishings (bedding, pillows, etc.). These items will be donated to the Unique thrift store in Falls Church later in the month. Proceeds from that donation will go to the Dance Team based on the total weight of the items donated, so more is definitely better!  Pack items in clean trash bags and drop them off during that time window at the big blue bin outside entrance 3A of the Springbank building at West Potomac. Tax receipts will be available at drop-off. Please share this information with others! If 10/13 is too soon, drop off items at the same location on Saturday, October 23 between 8:30 and 9:00 am. Questions? Contact Carrie Sessine at [email protected].

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

Are you a new family to WP?  Wondering what is the PTSA – PTSA stands for Parent, Teacher, Student Association – through the collection of member dues and fundraising, PTSA supports academic enhancements and programs, helps promote student welfare, provides teachers grants to enriches classroom environment and more.  Please join online today at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store.  Questions? Contact Libby at [email protected].

 

Check out what your PTSA has planned…

PTSA Event Highlights.pdf

 

October 20Chick Fil A PTSA Fundraiser:  Pre-order only event, orders due by 10:00 p.m. October 17. Pickup will be at WPHS “Kiss and Ride” from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

October 20. PTSA Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser.pdf

November 8th - PTSA Membership Meeting, (Zoom and Face Book live).

Topics: “Study in DC” Presentation, Mental Health, Meet the Counselors, Academic Support

** Nov. meeting was originally scheduled for Nov 1st.  Due to student holiday- this meeting has now been r/s for Nov 8th. 

 

Thank you to many families who joined us for the OCT PTSA meeting, if you missed it, click here to catch up on what happened : 

Oct. 4. 21 PTSA Membership Meeting Minutes.pdf

 

 

PTSA Direct Donation Campaign:  The PTSA is seeking your support with donations for instructional resources. Every donation counts.  100% of your donation is tax deductible!

PTSA Direct Donation Flyer.Final.jpg

 https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

 

Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Minted offers beautiful senior announcements, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists! WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back.  Use PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

 

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

 

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE CAREER WEBINAR:  The Virginia Tech Landscape Architecture Program is hosting a career webinar about Landscape Architecture Careers specifically for FCPS middle and high school students. The session will be presented by Mr. Chuck Ware, Landscape Architect. The session will highlight  opportunities in landscape architecture careers and include time for questions. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 12, from 7-8 pm. Students need to register using the google form linked in the program flyer. Registration deadline is Monday, October 11.

 

 

FCPS VIRTUAL COLLEGE WEEK will take place Monday, October 18 - Thursday, October 21, 2021. FCPS families are invited to attend virtual sessions on a variety of topics, including how to pay for college, dual enrollment, AP/IB, how to apply to a military academy, and college essay writing. Registration is now open, and students and families can sign-up for as many sessions as they wish. Don’t forget to check out the FCPS Virtual College Week webpage for updates and to learn about various college fairs available to students.  Contact Karen Huffman at [email protected] if you have questions about Virtual College Week. 

 

JUNIORS:  The Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program is designed to educate and motivate high school juniors to become engaged citizens and leaders in the community. Please visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget/youth-leadership for more information.

If you are interested, apply by Nov. 5 using this link: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcylp/. Email [email protected] with questions.           

 

SENIORS & SENIOR PARENTS:

In partnership with FCPS, College Access Fairfax is presenting information sessions to help seniors and families learn about paying for college.  Registration is not required.   

 

October 16th OR November 9th:  FAFSA Line-By-Line Webinar:  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  opened on 10/1.  Plan to join one of the virtual sessions to find out what questions are asked and what information will be needed to complete the FAFSA.  *Seniors, check your fcpsschools.net email account for Zoom links for each session.  Zoom links for each session were also emailed to any senior parent with an email address on file with FCPS.*

 

Remember College Access Fairfax is a free and available resource to answer questions about the financial aid process.  Please don’t hesitate to contact them at [email protected].  College Access Fairfax also offers one-on-one help to families who are interested in receiving assistance in completing their financial aid forms.  Appointments can be requested with Financial Aid Champions by sending an email to [email protected]

 

SENIORS & JUNIORS:  Seniors & juniors should continue to pre-register for college visits and come prepared to ask questions.  College representatives are still scheduling visits so please encourage students to check Naviance for the most up-to-date list of colleges coming to visit WPHS.  

To sign up for a college visit, log into Naviance: fcps.edu/Naviance    

Select: Colleges>College Visits> View Details>Register.

 

 

CCC Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. Mrs. Karen Young, WPHS College & Career Center Specialist, is available to meet with students and parents virtually or by phone. To schedule, please send an email to Mrs. Young at [email protected] or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

 

Test Prep Classes and Mock Tests - View full schedule and Register Here.  

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].

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

 

 

 

 

Need Flexibility? Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore.

This comprehensive online course gives you everything you need to raise your SAT or ACT score, stay motivated, and have fun doing it—all from the comfort of home and on your own schedule.

  • Video lessons for every section of the SAT or ACT
  • Thousands of practice problems & solutions
  • 3 full practice tests to track your score
  • Customized lesson plan based on your results
  • Includes 900+ page Applerouth study guide
  • More details about content for SAT course available here.
  • More about the ACT course

 

Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills!

This 88-page guide teaches students how to take control of their learning and understand why some habits are better than others.

  • Improve the skill of learning
  • Take control of your memory
  • Conquer stress & anxiety
  • Take better notes
  • Master test strategies
  • More details about content available here.

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

26 minutes 17 seconds ago
West Potomac High School News and announcements
http://www.fcps.edu/index.shtml Subscribe to GovDelivery feed