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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 bawilliams1@fcps.edu

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 (mrunion@fcps.edu), Stephanie Bluestein (smbluestein@fcps.edu), Sara Brewer (sbrewer1@fcps.edu), and Debora Yoon (dyoon1@fcps.edu)

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 @ elizabethbraga@aol.com  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 carriesessine@gmail.com.

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 MearesTeam@gmail.com.
  • 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 kshuffman@fpcs.edu 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 martha.reed@fairfaxcounty.gov 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 info@collegeaccessfairfax.org.  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 appointments@collegeaccessfairfax.org
  • 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 kbyoung1@fcps.edu 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, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.
  • Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, kbyoung1@fcps.edu
  • 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.

 

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Tomorrow - PSAT/SAT Testing Schedule

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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

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West Potomac HS Weekly News

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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 carriesessine@gmail.com.

 

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 MearesTeam@gmail.com.

 

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 kshuffman@fpcs.edu 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 martha.reed@fairfaxcounty.gov 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 info@collegeaccessfairfax.org.  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 appointments@collegeaccessfairfax.org

 

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 kbyoung1@fcps.edu 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, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, kbyoung1@fcps.edu

 

 

 

 

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.

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West Potomac HS Weekly News

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Happy Homecoming Friday!

 

It has been a very busy last two weeks.  The effects and realities of children having been out of school for 18 months are surfacing.  The academic struggles and relational struggles are more evident than ever, and it has been very challenging for everyone.  The reality is that most of our 9th graders were last in school in 7th grade and were 12 years old.  They have missed a lot. We are trying to set expectations for all students but need to be more clear and consistent than ever before.  I am sure that you have heard about the Tik Tok challenges that are encouraging kids to engage in activities that are just simply criminal.  Although we had some students remove soap dispensers from bathrooms, most students did not participate in any way with these challenges.  I am confident in our kids that they will continue to be above doing things that would harm others or themselves.  Please reinforce this thinking as you speak with your children this weekend. 

 

We are midway through the first quarter.  This is an excellent time to review with your child their Schoology and SIS grades.  All students have until the end of the quarter to make up work but if they wait until the last week of the quarter, the grades may not go into the gradebook until next quarter.  If you have questions about your child’s grades, please reach out directly to their teachers via email for clarification and support.  We do have late bus days on Monday and Thursday every week.  Students can stay after school to get additional help with their teachers. 

 

I hope to see you during our homecoming festivities.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

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

 

Important Dates:

October 4 :    PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM

                       (Zoom and Face Book live)       

October 6:     WPHS National Honor Society Application deadline                                                        

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

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

 

WPHS HOMECOMING - THIS WEEKEND!

 

Homecoming Dance Chaperones Needed- October 2nd from 7:00-10:00 pmTo volunteer, please click on the sign-up genius link. Thank you for your support.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040549adaa2ca46-chaperones4

WPHS National Honor Society:  NHS applications are now being accepted for current juniors and seniors who have a 3.5 GPA or higher.  Application deadline is October 6th by 3:30 PM.  Questions?  Please email Jamie Carfang at jacarfang@fcps.edu or Sarah Newton at sabuchkowski@fcps.edu  Please use this link below to access application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-NwDfdzOO0UCLsGNboxMziY2haXFCxW6_fbuB_SBr4gIN_Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

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.

 

Parent/Guardian to one of our Amazing Class of 2022 Seniors?  Join the private Senior parent FB group to connect with other senior families, ask and/or help answer questions. Discuss senior activities (like college applications, special dates, events, etc.) 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 @ elizabethbraga@aol.com  https://www.facebook.com/groups/wposeniors22/

Class of 2022 Parents and Guardians - several updates for your senior:

 

  • Additional Senior Portraits Make-Up Dates. Lifetouch will be scheduling 5 additional dates for seniors to take their portraits in November or December to accommodate over 250 seniors still needing to take their pictures. Once the dates are confirmed, information to schedule an appointment will be shared.
  • Graduation Cap & Gown. Jostens will be in the cafeteria during lunches on Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Thursday, September 30 to collect graduation orders. Students will be required to order their cap, gown, and tassel unit (cost is included in senior dues). Additional items such as announcements or senior apparel can be ordered. Everything can be ordered online at jostens.com. If you have questions, please call 1-800-JOSTENS (567-8367) Monday through Friday from 9:00am-6:00pm.
  • Senior dues.Senior dues have not been determined. We are waiting on guidance; however, caps and gowns will be covered in the fee.
  • Graduation Date. Graduation will be on Friday, June 3rdat 9am on the WPHS Campus at Dietze Football Stadium. If needed, the rain date will be Saturday June 4th at 9am.
  • Class of 2022 Schoology Page. Seniors can get updates by visiting the Class of 2022 Schoology page located under the Student Services Course, Folder - Class of 2022Folder - Class Activities and Updates.

Support WP Band:  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 our great football games, indoor study sessions, and make great gifts!  All proceeds benefit the orchestra.  Please see attached flyer for details.

WP Band. Wolverine Pride Stadium Throw.pdf

PTSA UPDATES:

 

PTSA Membership Meeting, October 4th at 6:30 PM – (Zoom and Face Book live)

WP Administration will be on hand to provide school updates.  Mr. Chris Jones (WP History & Social Studies Teacher) along with another speaker will discuss an exciting “study abroad” program that will allow one FCPS student to attend a high school internship at the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. for one semester.

 

PTSA Direct Donation Campaign: 

The PTSA is seeking your support with donations for instructional resources. Every donation counts.  It only takes a minute – and 100% of your donation is tax deductible! Thank you.

PTSA Direct Donation Flyer.Final.jpg   

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                  WPHS PTSA MEMBERSHIP – PLEASE HELP US MEET OUR GOAL

100 More memberships needed.

Your WPHS PTSA membership and tax-deductible donation supports academic enhancements and programs, helps promote student welfare, enriches classroom environment, supports extracurricular activities, and more.

 

Please join online today at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store.  At the site, you can purchase memberships, contribute to our Direct Donation campaign, and purchase WPHS car magnets.   Questions? Contact Libby at MearesTeam@gmail.com.

 

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

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. Please direct any questions about Virtual College Week to Karen Huffman at kshuffman@fpcs.edu

 

SENIORS & JUNIORS:  Over 70 colleges and universities have registered to visit WPHS.  This is a great opportunity for students to hear directly from college representatives about admissions requirements, financial aid, campus life and much more. 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.                                  

 

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 for any of the sessions listed.   If your family was unable to attend the webinar Paying for College: The Financial Aid Process for Seniors held earlier this week for Region 3 families, there are two more opportunities to attend this informative session on either 10/5 or 10/14 . Simply click on the event link in the Paying for College-Region 3 flyer. 

 

*Please note the presentation will be available in Spanish for the event held on October 14, 2021.  Questions? Please contact College Access Fairfax at info@collegeaccessfairfax.org or Karen Huffman at kshuffman@fcps.edu.

 

 

October 16th OR November 9th:  FAFSA Line-By-Line:  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  opens on 10/1.   It is the form colleges utilize to determine if a student will receive financial aid to help pay for college.  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.*

 

November 17th OR December 11th:  Scholarship 101:  Learn about the different kinds of scholarships that are offered, where to locate scholarship opportunities, and how to best complete scholarship applications.  *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 info@collegeaccessfairfax.org

 

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 appointments@collegeaccessfairfax.org

 

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 kbyoung1@fcps.edu or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

 

 

 

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

 

 SAT and ACT Test Prep   

 

Fall Prep Classes started 9/25/21

View full schedule and Register Here.  

 

Worth the time - Applerouth Resources and Webinars

  • Applerouth’s Virtual Bookshelf - all of Applerouth’s most popular free resources on college admissions testing, academic tutoring, and more. To access the free materials, please sign into your Applerouth account or create one. The Junior Jumpstart is especially helpful!

 

  • For upcoming free webinars, learn more at com/events

 

Get pumped-up for the PSAT at Applerouth’s annual Prep Rally!

The PSAT will be here soon, and it can lead to major scholarship opportunities. Applerouth’s FREE Prep Rally gives students the confidence they need for test day! Participants learn strategies from expert tutors and take an official, proctored practice test. We'll grade your test and send detailed score reports. Sessions will be offered from September 25 - October 10 — Sign-up at applerouth.com/preprally, and see all upcoming free webinars at applerouth.com/events

 

 

 

 

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, kbyoung1@fcps.edu

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West Potomac HS Weekly News

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

 

Important Dates:

September  27 – Oct 2nd :  HOMECOMING WEEK                                          

September  27:  Paying for College: The Financial Aid Process for Seniors, Virtual Seminar

September 30:  Moe’s Restaurant Night, 5:00 to 9:00 PM – PTSA Fundraiser                

October 4 :    PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM (Zoom and Face Book live)                                                         

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

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

WPHS National Honor Society:  Interested in applying to the WP National Honor Society?  NHS applications are now being accepted for current juniors and seniors who have a 3.5 GPA or higher.  Application deadline is October 6th by 3:30 PM.  Please use this link for the application:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-NwDfdzOO0UCLsGNboxMziY2haXFCxW6_fbuB_SBr4gIN_Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Questions?  Please email Jamie Carfang at jacarfang@fcps.edu or Sarah Newton at sabuchkowski@fcps.edu     

Parent/Guardian to one of our Amazing Class of 2022 Seniors?  Join the private Senior parent Facebook group to connect with other senior families, ask and/or help answer questions like what I am missing? 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 @ elizabethbraga@aol.com  https://www.facebook.com/groups/wposeniors22/

WPHS HOMECOMING WEEK - SAVE THE DATE: Sept 27-Oct 2nd

Homecoming Dance Chaperones Needed- October 2nd from 7:00-10:00 pmPlease support this memorable WPHS tradition with your time.  Our students are getting so excited – we need parents/guardians to sign up and help make this event truly awesome. 

HOCO dance is on October 2nd from 7-10pm at the Stadium field. To volunteer, please click on the sign-up genius link. Thank you for your support.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040549adaa2ca46-chaperones4

Please click on attached flyer for additional details about the spirit week days and other fun activities. English Version: HOCO Flyer. English Version.pdf, Spanish Version: HOCO Flyer. Spanish Version.pdf

If you have any questions about Homecoming, contact SGA Co-Sponsor Nicole Borghard at nmborghard@fcps.edu.

Support WP Band:  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.

WP Band. Wolverine Pride Stadium Throw.pdf

PTSA UPDATES:

 

Moe’s Restaurant Night – September 30, 5:00-9:00 PM

Order up your favorite meal kit or meal and Moe’s will donate a portion of all proceeds back to WP PTSA to help fund student and teacher supported programs.  Meal kits need to be pre-ordered by 9/29 at 4:00 PM.  https://form.jotform.com/212553115425144. Not interested in a meal kit? Moe’s delicious menu is also available for purchase.  To receive the fundraising money, Event Flyer 09.30.21. Moe's PTSA Resteraunt Night.pdf  must be presented with order either on your phone or hard copy, so please let them know your there to support the WPHS PTSA ! 

 

PTSA Direct Donation Campaign: 

Welcome back to a new school year Wolverine Families! This new school year is also filled with many challenges and unknowns as WPHS navigates balancing the accommodations necessary to provide our students and staff with a safe and stable learning environment. In order to do this, the PTSA is seeking your support with donations for instructional resources. Every donation counts.  It only takes a minute - just click a button! Don't forget that 100% of your donation is tax deductible! Please donate what you can so that we can make this the best year possible for our students. Thank you for your help!  PTSA Direct Donation Flyer.Final.jpg 

 https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

 

WPHS PTSA MEMBERSHIP – PLEASE JOIN

Thank you to the over 200 Families/Teacher’s/Students who have joined.  Your WPHS PTSA membership and tax-deductible donation supports academic enhancements and programs, helps promote student welfare, enriches classroom environment, supports extracurricular activities, and more.

 

Please join online today at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store.  At the site, you can purchase memberships, contribute to our Direct Donation campaign, and purchase WPHS car magnets.

 

Membership dues are as follows: 

  • Household Membership (all adults and WPHS students living at same address): $20
  • Student Membership: $10
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $5
  • Direct Donation: any amount appreciated

  Questions? Contact Libby at MearesTeam@gmail.com.

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

The College & Career Center has been busy hosting College Admissions Representatives!  Seniors & Juniors remember to pre-register for college visits and come prepared to ask questions.   Students must ask their teacher’s permission at least 2 days prior to the college visit.  A screenshot of the confirmation page when registering will be used as the pass on the day of the visit.  Continue 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.                                  

SENIORS & SENIOR PARENTS:

In partnership with FCPS, College Access Fairfax is presenting information sessions to help seniors and families learn about paying for college, including information on completing the FAFSA and Scholarships.  Mark your calendars & plan to attend one of these informative sessions.   Registration is not required for any of the sessions listed. 

September 27th:  Paying for College: The Financial Aid Process for Seniors:  A virtual seminar for Region 3 families will be held from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Simply click on the event link in the Paying for College-Region 3 flyer.  If you are unable to attend our Region 3 event, families can attend one of the other regional events listed. Questions? Please contact College Access Fairfax at info@collegeaccessfairfax.org or Karen Huffman at kshuffman@fcps.edu.

Sept. 27. Paying for College - Region 3. Virtual Webinar.pdf

 *Please note the presentation will be available in Spanish at the event held on October 14, 2021.

October 16th OR November 9th:  FAFSA Line-By-Line:  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on 10/1.   It is the form colleges utilize to determine if a student will receive financial aid to help pay for college.  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.*

 November 17th OR December 11th:  Scholarship 101:  Learn about the different kind of scholarships that are offered, where to locate scholarship opportunities, and how to best complete scholarship applications.  *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 info@collegeaccessfairfax.org

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 appointments@collegeaccessfairfax.org

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 kbyoung1@fcps.edu or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

 

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

 

 SAT and ACT Test Prep   

 

Fall Prep Classes start 9/25/21

Classes and mock tests (on campus) start 9/25/21! View full schedule and Register Here.  

 

Worth the time - Applerouth Resources and Webinars

  • Applerouth’s Virtual Bookshelf - all of Applerouth’s most popular free resources on college admissions testing, academic tutoring, and more. To access the free materials, please sign into your Applerouth account or create one. The Junior Jumpstart is especially helpful!

 

  • For upcoming free webinars, learn more at com/events

 

Get pumped-up for the PSAT at Applerouth’s annual Prep Rally!

The PSAT will be here soon, and it can lead to major scholarship opportunities. Applerouth’s FREE Prep Rally gives students the confidence they need for test day! Participants learn strategies from expert tutors and take an official, proctored practice test. We'll grade your test and send detailed score reports. Sessions will be offered from September 25 - October 10 — Sign-up at applerouth.com/preprally, and see all upcoming free webinars at applerouth.com/events

 

 

 

 

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, kbyoung1@fcps.edu

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Student Services Updates

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Congratulations to our four National Merit Semi-finalist!! #WolverinePride

West Potomac would like to congratulate our four National Merit Semi-finalist!

Congratulations to (from left to right) Grant Hamilton, Matthew Morris, Geoffrey Dubay, Cara Omohundro!!  These students represent less than 1 percent of the nation's high school graduating seniors who have qualified as Semifinalist for the National Merit Program.  These students now have an opportunity to advance in the competition for some 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards.

They were highlighted recently in this patch article: https://patch.com/virginia/greateralexandria/national-merit-semifinalists-named-west-potomac-high

Word Language Credit Exam

  • The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS.
  • Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 
  • *Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International
  • If your child is interested in participating in one of these exams, they must contact their school counselor by Monday October 11 to be registered.
  • More information about the World Language Credit Exam can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

Transcript Requests

  • A reminder that Student Services needs advanced notice in order to ensure all transcript materials are sent in time for college application deadlines. Our first deadline, October 1st, for November 1st college deadlines, is approaching quickly.
  • Please be sure to review our transcript request dates and forms on our website.

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West Potomac HS Weekly News

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Happy Friday West Potomac!

We will begin our new bell schedule this Monday, September 20th.  We are hopeful that this will take out some of the stress in getting from one class to the next for students and staff.

Have a great weekend,

Ms. Millard

 

Student Monitor Position Available

West Potomac HS, and schools across the school division, have the opportunity to hire hourly positions to help with assorted functions.  If you, or someone you know, is looking for hourly work please share this. 

Student Monitor

Description:   Provides supervision of students throughout the school day to include, but not limited to, the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.   

Qualifications:  Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Hourly Band 4:     $15.73/hr 

At West Potomac we have a few options for the Student Monitor position(s):

  • Full day position from 7:30- 4:00 (8-hour day plus 30-minute break)
  • Part-time option 1:  One shift from 10:30AM – 2:00PM 
  • Part-time option 2:  One shift from 10:30AM – 4:00PM
  • Part-time option 3:  Two days a week (Monday and Thursday) from 2:00 – 5:30PM.  This role will primarily support supervision at dismissal and after school including late buses. 

 

How to Apply:  Apply online through FCPS at https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?PageType=JobDetails&partnerid=25103&siteid=5042&jobid=1412690#home

AND

Email your resume and which option (full-time, part-time #1, 2 or 3) you are interested in to lldesanteswa@fcps.edu

 

 

 

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

 

Important Dates:

September 20:  First Late Bus – Monday  

September 20 – 24: 12th grade 1 on 1 meetings with school counselors

September 20:  WP NHS Interest Meeting from 3-3:15 in Rm# 128

September 23:  Religious Observance Day (Yom Kippur)                              September 23:  First Late Bus - Thursday

Sept. 27 – Oct 2nd :  HOMECOMING WEEK                             

September 30:  Moe’s Restaurant Night, 5:00 to 9:00 PM – PTSA Fundraiser                                                                                                   October 11:  Student Holiday (Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day) 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

WPHS National Honor Society Meeting:  Interested in applying to the WP National Honor Society? NHS is open to current juniors and seniors that have a minimum 3.5 GPA.  Please make arrangements to attend an interest meeting on Monday, Sept 20th from 3-3:15 in room 128.  The application requirements and process will be discussed.  If you can’t make the meeting, or have questions, please email Jamie Carfang at jacarfang@fcps.edu or Sarah Newton at sabuchkowski@fcps.edu     

WPHS HOMECOMING WEEK - SAVE THE DATE: Sept 27-Oct 2nd:

HOMECOMING DANCE CHAPERONES NEEDED!  The dance will be October 2nd from 7-10pm at the Stadium field. We are in need of parents to chaperone to make it a fun and safe event. To volunteer, please click on the sign-up genius link. Thank you for your support.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040549adaa2ca46-chaperones4

Please click on attached flyer for additional details about the spirit week days and other fun activities. English Version:  HOCO Flyer. English Version.pdf, Spanish Version:  HOCO Flyer. Spanish Version.pdf  

If you have any questions about Homecoming, contact SGA Co-Sponsor Nicole Borghard at nmborghard@fcps.edu.

 

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

Moe’s Restaurant Night – September 30, 5:00-9:00 PM

Delicious Food, Clean Kitchen - all for a great cause.  Order up your favorite meal kit or meal and Moe’s will donate a portion of all proceeds back to WP PTSA to help fund student and teacher supported programs.  Meal kits need to be pre-ordered by 9/29 at 4:00 PM.  https://form.jotform.com/212553115425144. Not interested in a meal kit? Moe’s delicious menu is also available for purchase.  To receive the fundraising money, Event Flyer must be presented with order either on your phone or hard copy, so please let them know your there to support the WPHS PTSA ! 09.30.21. Moe's PTSA Resteraunt Night.pdf

 

PTSA Direct Donation Campaign: 

Welcome back to a new school year Wolverine Families! Your support of instructional resources is needed and appreciated This new school year is also filled with many challenges and unknowns as WPHS navigates balancing the accommodations necessary to provide our students and staff with a safe and stable learning environment. In order to do this, the PTSA is seeking your support with donations for instructional resources. Every donation counts and every single student and staff member benefits from your help! It only takes a minute and we've made it as easy as possible; just click a button! Don't forget that 100% of your donation is tax deductible! Please donate what you can so that we can make this the best year possible for our students. Thank you for your help!  

PTSA Direct Donation Flyer.Final.jpg    

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WPHS PTSA MEMBERSHIP – PLEASE JOIN

Thank you to the Families/Teacher’s/Students who have joined.  Not yet a member?  Please become one today!  Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our school community. The PTSA serves as the Academic Booster Club at WPHS and supports academic success and enrichment, offers education grants to support our teachers, and offers affordable ACT/SAT Test Prep with Applerouth. 

You can join online at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store.   At the site you can purchase memberships, make tax deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets.

 

Membership dues are as follows: 

  • Household Membership (all adults and WPHS students living at same address): $20
  • Student Membership: $10
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $5
  • Donations: any amount appreciated

 

You can also join by check payable to “West Potomac PTSA.” Please indicate the following:

 

First and Last Name of Member:

 

Student Name(s) and Year(s) in School:      

 

Email/Phone:

 

Address (if ordering a magnet): 

 

Mail form and check to Libby Meares, Membership Chair, 8501 Cyrus Place, Alexandria, VA 22308.  Questions? Contact Libby at MearesTeam@gmail.com.

 

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

Fall is college admissions season!  For seniors who are planning on attending college after graduation, we have over 60 college and university representatives registered to visit YOU in our Career Center!  Check Naviance for the most up-to-date list of colleges coming to visit WPHS. Seniors and juniors are eligible to attend visits and must register for each visit they will attend.

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

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

***Students must ask teachers to be excused 2 days in advance of the visit as well as check in with their teacher for attendance before coming to the Career Center.  Also bring your laptop to all visits.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

*September 19 -20:  PCACAC Fall College Fair

If you are unable to attend when the college representative visits or if the school you are interested in has not registered to visit WPHS, registration is open for the virtual PCACAC Fall College Fair.  You will have the opportunity to connect with colleges and universities across the U.S. and abroad.  Choose who you’d like to network with when registering for each session. 

Learn more and register at www.strivescan.com/pcacac!

Questions?  Please send an email to info@pcacac.org or contact Rhonda Douthit, Executive Assistant and Site Director at 434-989-7557

 

SAVE THE DATE:   Thursday, September 23, 2021   4pm - 4:45pm

Seniors, do you have questions as you are completing your Common Application?  Join the Common App team for a live Q &A. This session is for FCPS students at Bryant, Edison, Hayfield, Lewis, Mount Vernon, South County, and West Potomac high schools. Come with your questions!

A link for the virtual session will be emailed to seniors via their fcpsschools.net account the day of the event.

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 kbyoung1@fcps.edu or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

 

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

 

   SAT and ACT Test Prep  

 

Fall Prep Classes start 9/25/21

Classes and mock tests (on campus) start 9/25/21! View full schedule and Register Here.  View our 2021/22 flyer attached to these WestPo Updates!

 

Worth the time - Applerouth Resources and Webinars

  • Applerouth’s Virtual Bookshelf - all of Applerouth’s most popular free resources on college admissions testing, academic tutoring, and more. To access the free materials, please sign into your Applerouth account or create one. The Junior Jumpstart is especially helpful!

 

  • For upcoming free webinars, learn more at com/events

 

Get pumped-up for the PSAT at Applerouth’s annual Prep Rally!

 

The PSAT/NMSQT is more than a practice SAT. Your scores can lead to major scholarships and teach you a lot about yourself as a college applicant and test taker. In order to help you get the most out of this experience, we’re kicking off the school year with FREE online strategy sessions and official, full-length PSAT/NMSQT practice tests: 9.17.21 Applerouth Test Prep Welcome Packet Flyer.pdf

 

 

 

Reserve My Spot

https://www.applerouth.com/preprally/

 

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the WPHS College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B. Young, kbyoung1@fcps.edu

 

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West Potomac High School Weekly News

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Happy Friday West Potomac!

 

I hope you all are well and your children are settling in to the routines of school.  You all should have received an email from me earlier today alerting you of positive COVID cases.  I will send that same letter on Fridays.  The letter will cover any positive cases from the week.  We will no longer send letters for every individual case as many parents across the county reported confusion with all the multiple letters.  Please take a moment to read the letter so that you are familiar with the language and definitions of close contacts.  Essentially the process for confirmed positive cases is as follows:

 

  • Student/Staff/Visitor/Health Dept reports a confirmed positive case to the school
  • School administration is responsible for determining if the person(s) were infectious during the last time they were on school grounds
    • If they were not infectious no further action needs to be taken as a spread would not have happened
    • If they were infections the contact tracing begins
  • School administration determines any and all close contacts and officially reports all information to the FCHD via the Redcap reporting system
  • School administration contacts parents of all close contacts to temporarily PAUSE their school attendance (a pause letter is given to each close contact explaining the process for being cleared to return to school)
    • Most close contacts who are asymptomatic and are fully vaccinated have been able to quickly (within a day or two) be cleared by the FCHD to return
  • FCHD reaches out to all close contacts to determine IF quarantining or clearance is the next step

 

We continue to encourage you to keep your children home if they are not feeling well.  This will make sure that any illness is not spread to anyone else.  This is crucial to West Potomac staying in-person and not having to pause or quarantine individuals, classes, or the entire school.  We have to be in this together or it will not work.  Our students continue to be mindful and cooperative regarding their proper wearing of masks which has drastically reduced large scale pausing due to our positive cases. 

 

I am sure you have heard from your students how difficult it is since construction to move around in between classes within the 8 minutes of passing time allotted.  As a result, we looked at our bell schedule and was able to take some time away from our breakfast break in the morning and redistribute it to passing time.  We did NOT take time from instructional periods.  The bell schedule below represents 10 minutes of passing time.  We will begin this new schedule starting Monday September 20th.  We will be messaging this out to kids throughout next week so that they can begin the following week.  We are hopeful that this will take out some of the stress in getting from one class to the next for students and staff.

 

Have a great weekend,

Ms. Millard

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WPHS Message from Principal Millard

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Happy Thursday West Potomac!

 

Week 2 is in the books!  Students continue to be vigilant with following the mask mandates and it has helped us to continue to have no major disruptions.  After careful thought and consultation with region leadership and our PTSA Board, we have decided to cancel the in-person portion of our Back to School Open House.  With the consistent rise in COVID cases in our community, and the fact that so far we have not had major disruptions due to COVID, we feel it is prudent to not expose teachers and others unnecessarily.  We will maintain our virtual component and it will be posted to our webpage on Sept. 8th. Teachers will have introductory videos and PowerPoint presentations with their important course information.  You may at any time reach out directly to teachers with questions. 

 

Arrival, dismissal, and lunch has steadily improved and we will continue to make adjustments as needed to support teaching and learning in the safest way possible. 

 

Thank you all for your continued support and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend.

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

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West Potomac HS Weekly News

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

 

Important Dates:

September 3:    Holiday - No School

September 6:    Labor Day - No School

September 7:    Religious Observance Day (Rosh Hashanah)

September 7:    Gradebook in ParentVue/StudentVue goes live for viewing.

September 8:    Back to School Open House

September 8 & 10:  Counselors visit 9th Grade Advisory/Homerooms

September 13:  PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM (WPHS library and streamed)

September 16:  Religious Observance Day (Yom Kippur)

September 20:  First Late Bus Monday

September 20 – 24: 12th grade 1 on 1 meetings with school counselors

September 20:  WP NHS Interest Meeting at 3:00 PM

September 23:  First Late Bus Thursday 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Follow @WPHSSS for the latest news and updates related to WPHS Student Services

WPHS National Honor Society Meeting:  Interested in applying to the WP National Honor Society?  Please make arrangements to attend an interest meeting on Monday, Sept 20th from 3-3:15 in room 128.  The application requirements and process will be discussed! 

Question?  Please email Jamie Carfang at jacarfang@fcps.edu or Sarah Newton at sabuchkowski@fcps.edu       https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/event/nhs-interest-meeting-1

WPHS Seniors: SAT School Day Intent to Participate: On Wednesday, October 13, twelfth graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day. The test will be administered in-person at WPHS.  The essay option and subject area tests are not available during SAT School Day.  To reserve a seat for your 12th grader to take this exam and ensure appropriate test materials are available, families are asked to complete the intent to participate form below by Wednesday, September 8. This is a hard deadline that we will not be able to extend.  It is important that your student uses his or her @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form. 

 

West Potomac HS: SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form

A translated version of the intent to participate form content may be found on the SAT School Day Intent Form webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43896). West Potomac HS and other FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

 

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at West Potomac High School, please contact Mr. Easter, WPHS Assessment Coach, at raeaster@fcps.edu or 703-718-2532. 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

PTSA Membership Meeting - September 13th at 6:30 PM – We are excited to announce that the PTSA will once again meet in person in the WPHS Library.  As part of the evening, WP Administration will be on hand to provide a Wolverine Welcome and share back to school news. Streaming options will also be available and a link will be sent to all 2021- 22 registered PTSA members- have yet to join?  Please see below….

 

** Please note future PTSA meetings will normally be held on the first Monday of the month.

 

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN

 

Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. You can join online at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store.   At the site you can purchase memberships, make tax deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets.

 

Membership dues are as follows: 

  • Household Membership (all adults and WPHS students living at same address): $20
  • Student Membership: $10
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $5
  • Donations: any amount appreciated

 

You can also join by check payable to “West Potomac PTSA.” Please indicate the following:

 

First and Last Name of Member:

 

Student Name(s) and Year(s) in School:      

 

Email/Phone:

 

Address (if ordering a magnet): 

 

Mail form and check to Libby Meares, Membership Chair, 8501 Cyrus Place, Alexandria, VA 22308.  Questions? Contact Libby at MearesTeam@gmail.com.

 

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

 

Let’s please welcome Mrs. Karen Young – she is the new WPHS College & Career Center Specialist.  As some of you may know, Mrs. Elizabeth Carter retired at the end of last year.

 

Need help with making plans after high school graduation?  Mrs. Young partners with school counselors, teachers, and staff members to help students make informed decisions about post-secondary opportunities.

 

CCC Hours: Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. Mrs. Young is available to meet with students and parents virtually or by phone. To schedule, please send an email to Mrs. Young at kbyoung1@fcps.edu or she can be reached via phone at 703-718-2548.

 

Attached, please find the September 2022 CCC newsletter.

WPHS CCC September 2021.pdf

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

 

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

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WPHS Student Services Updates

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Student Services Updates

Upcoming Events

  • 8/30-9/2 - Elective Change Window
  • 8/31 and 9/2 - Counselors visit 12th Grade Advisory/Homerooms
  • 9/8 and 9/10 – Counselors visit 9th Grade Advisory/Homerooms
  • 9/8 – 4-7pm - Back to School Night Open House
      • More Details to come!
  • 9/20-9/24 - 12th grade 1 on 1 meetings with school counselor

Welcome Back!

What a great first week!  Student Services is excited to support all our Wolverines this school year.  As a reminder the alphabet is posted on our website along with all our emails. 

A reminder to follow @WPHSSS for the latest news and updates related to WPHS Student Services

Appointments/Communication

  • Although all counselors and student services professionals will work to meet with parents and students on a drop-in basis, this sometimes is not possible due to prior commitments. To ensure that your needs are met in the best fashion, an appointment is encouraged. Students make appointments by emailing their counselor or by signing in on the counselor’s door sign-in sheet. Parents/guardians make appointments by calling the counselor’s direct phone line or through email. Parents who wish to speak with a specific teacher should contact the teacher directly.
  • For concerns about a specific course, such as questions about grading or information about homework, the course teacher should be the first contact. For assistance with other concerns related to school performance or the well-being of a student, consultation with a school counselor is appropriate and encouraged.

Schedules - Elective Change Window

  • As we enter the second week of school, School Counselors are working to ensure that each student has a complete schedule with the appropriate courses.  If for any reason, a student’s schedule is missing a course, a graduation requirement or they are enrolled in a course they already completed, the student needs to come to Student Services during the class period that is impacted to fix their schedule.
  • The second week of school also begins the Elective Change Window. Only lateral changes (electives within the same period), that are not at capacity will be considered.  Core (non-elective) AP/HNs drops are unavailable until Monday, October 4, 2021.  At that time, the Advanced Academics Schedule Change Packet will be available and those requests will be reviewed and considered on a space availability basis. 
  • Students who wish to explore dropping an elective during the elective change window should see their counselor during the period of the elective they are looking to drop. After reporting to class and being marked present for attendance, they can ask their teacher for a pass to see their counselor to explore another elective.

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West Potomac Weekly News

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

 

Important Dates:

September 3:    Holiday - No School

September 6:    Labor Day - No School

September 7:    Religious Observance Day (Rosh Hashanah)

September 7:    Gradebook in ParentVue/StudentVue goes live for viewing.

September 8:    Back to School Open House

September 13:  PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 PM (WPHS Library and streamed)

September 20:  First Late Bus Monday

September 23:  Religious Observance Day (Yom Kippur)

September 23:  First Late Bus Thursday 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Parental Consent for Software/Applications

  • As part of our commitment to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  For ease of access, an online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting. 
  • To learn more about this process and to digitally give consent, please visit our website. The form to complete the parental consent process is currently live.

Forms

  • Health Information Form and Emergency Care Form – Required Update each school year
    • These are required and provide us with necessary health and emergency contact information for your child. The forms can be filled out via weCare@School, which can found in SIS ParentVUE. Instructions on how to fill them out can be found at the link above. If you need a hard copy of either form please contact Leslie Dorsey at ladorsey@fcps.edu

Optional Forms

Here are some optional forms that parents/guardians can choose to fill out at the beginning of the school year. Any complete optional forms should be return to Kevin McMahon (kjmcmahon@fcps.edu) in Student Services.

  • FLE Opt Out Forms
    • These are optional if you want your child to opt out of Family Life Education. Go to the link above and print out the form for your child's grade level. A hard copy of this form must be returned to Kevin McMahon in Student Services.
  • The 2021-22 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms
    • These are various forms related to your child's records and privacy that are located on the main FCPS website.
    • The link above provides instruction on how to access and fill out these forms.
    • These forms are good for the 2021-22 school year only. If you filled out these forms in a previous year, you will need to resubmit.
  • Free/Reduced Application information and forms for qualified families
    • While breakfast and lunch will be provided for free during the 2021-22 school year, we encourage you to sign up for this if eligible as it will make you eligible for other reduced fee programs. 

 

Support the West Potomac Dance Team:  Please see attached flyer for a Dance Team Fundraiser – Monday, Aug. 30th at McAlister’s Deli.

Aug 30th. Dance team flyer.pdf

PTSA UPDATES:

 

Save the date:  PTSA Membership Meeting, September 13th at 6:30 PM – We are excited to announce that the PTSA will once again meet in person in the West Potomac HS Library.  As part of the evening, WP Administration will be on hand to provide a Wolverine Welcome and share back to school news. Streaming options will also be available and a link will be sent to all 2021- 22 registered PTSA members- have yet to join?  Please see below….

 

** Please note future PTSA meetings will normally be held on the first Monday of the month.

 

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN

 

Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. You can join online at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store.   At the site you can purchase memberships, make tax deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets.

 

Membership dues are as follows: 

  • Household Membership (all adults and WPHS students living at same address): $20
  • Student Membership: $10
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $5
  • Donations: any amount appreciated

 

You can also join by check payable to “West Potomac PTSA.” Please indicate the following:

 

First and Last Name of Member:

 

Student Name(s) and Year(s) in School:      

 

Email/Phone:

 

Address (if ordering a magnet): 

 

Mail form and check to Libby Meares, Membership Chair, 8501 Cyrus Place, Alexandria, VA 22308.  Questions? Contact Libby at MearesTeam@gmail.com.

 

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER:

 

 

 

SAT/ACT TEST PREP:

 

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

 

 

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Dismissal Procedures

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Dear West Potomac Community:

Good afternoon. During the end of school yesterday, we experienced significantly more parents coming to West Potomac HS to pick up their son or daughter than we typically expect. Being a very large high school and only having one access point to our kiss and ride at dismissal, the result was gridlock and delayed school buses.  Please help us expedite the end of the school day by doing the following:

  • Please encourage your son or daughter to walk or ride their bike to school if possible.
  • If you plan to come to West Potomac to pick up your son or daughter each day, please wait until 3:20 PM to do so. If you come earlier, our kiss and ride can become backed up and prevent buses from getting on campus and cause overall gridlock.   
  • A reminder that at the front of the school there are two kiss and ride lanes.  The right lane is a thru lane.  If you arrive early and are in the right lane you will be directed to continue moving and loop around by exiting campus and then re-entering at the video board entrance.  Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.  To avoid this, we encourage you aiming for an 3:20pm pick up.
  • A general overview of our kiss and ride path can be found here.
  • As always please follow the direction of WPHS security and staff during dismissal as we work to ensure a safe dismissal each afternoon.

Tangy Millard

Principal

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West Potomac HS Town Hall Tonight At 6:00 PM

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Hello Wolverine Families,

 

Just a Friendly Reminder to join us in our beginning of the year Town Hall.

 

Please join us in this Zoom link today, Wednesday August 18th at 6 pm.

 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91936864525?pwd=K2pyMGM4SHVFVk5rUmtnK2pyaWR6QT09

 

Unfortunately, the Zoom license we currently have with the county can only accommodate 300 people.  So, if you are unable to get into the link above, the Town Hall will also be streamed live on YouTube.  Here is the link

 

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En la computadora-



 

En el teléfono/aplicación-

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Back to School Annoucements

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Yesterday we welcomed our amazing Wolverine Faculty back for the 21-22 school year!

Overview

  • Important Dates
  • 2021-22 Forms
  • 9th/10th Grade Orientation and New 11th/12th Grade Orientation
  • Wolverine Welcome Open House/Resource Fair
  • Class of 2022 College Planning Night
  • Laptop Distribution
  • Parental Consent for Software/Applications

 

Important Dates

  • August 19 - 9th/10th and New Student Orientation - 8:10am
  • August 19 - Wolverine Welcome Open House/Resource Fair - 3:30-5:30pm
  • August 19 - Class of 2022 College Planning Night - 6pm - Springbank
  • August 23 - First Day of School
  • September 3: Holiday - No School

  • September 6: Labor Day - No School

  • September 7: Religious Observance Day (Rosh Hashanah)

  • September 7: Gradebook in ParentVue/StudentVue goes live for viewing.

  • September 8: Back to School Open House

  • September 20: First Late Bus Monday

  • September 23: Religious Observance Day (Yom Kippur)

  • September 23: First Late Bus Thursday 

Forms

  • Health Information Form and Emergency Care Form – Required Update each school year
    • These are required and provide us with necessary health and emergency contact information for your child. The forms can be filled out via weCare@School, which can found in SIS ParentVUE. Instructions on how to fill them out can be found at the link above. If you need a hard copy of either form please contact Leslie Dorsey at ladorsey@fcps.edu

Optional Forms

Here are some optional forms that parents/guardians can choose to fill out at the beginning of the school year. Any complete optional forms should be return to Kevin McMahon (kjmcmahon@fcps.edu) in Student Services.

  • FLE Opt Out Forms
    • These are optional if you want your child to opt out of Family Life Education. Go to the link above and print out the form for your child's grade level. A hard copy of this form must be returned to Kevin McMahon in Student Services.
  • The 2021-22 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms
    • These are various forms related to your child's records and privacy that are located on the main FCPS website.
    • The link above provides instruction on how to access and fill out these forms.
    • These forms are good for the 2021-22 school year only. If you filled out these forms in a previous year, you will need to resubmit.
  • Free/Reduced Application information and forms for qualified families
    • While breakfast and lunch will be provided for free during the 2021-22 school year, we encourage you to sign up for this if eligible as it will make you eligible for other reduced fee programs. 

 

9th/10th Grade and New Student Orientation

  • We are excited to welcome 9th and 10th graders to Orientation on Thursday August 19, 2021.  Our day will begin at 8:10am and conclude at 12:00pm.  Our schedule for the morning is below.  A reminder schedules will be available beginning on August 19 and will go live in ParentVue and StudentVue at 6am that morning.  Students will report to their 3rd period class at 8:10am to start the day and will receive more information when they arrive at 3rd period (Advisory/Homeroom) class.  
  • All new 11th and 12th graders for the 21-22 school year AND 10th and 11th graders who were new to WPHS last year (20-21) school year are welcome to attend an upper class New Student Orientation on 8-19-21.  If you plan to attend, please complete the RSVP and join us in the library at 8:10am.
  • Transportation – While all the regular bus routes will not be active, we have arranged for multiple bus stops including at every elementary feeder school. 
    • 7949 Janna Lee Ave – Pick up time: 7:20am
    • Stork Rd and the Playground – Pick up time: 7:20am
    • Poinsettia Dr & the playground – Pick up time: 7:20am
    • Belford Dr & the playground – Pick up time: 7:20am
    • Elementary Stops - Belle View, Bucknell, Fort Hunt, Groveton, Hollin Meadows, Hybla Valley, Stratford Landing, and Waynewood – Pick up time: 7:40am
    • Additional Stops:
  • Schedule for 9th/10th Grade Orientation
    • 8:10-9:35am - Period 3 - Advisory (Students will receive tour of building during advisory)
    • 9:35-11:13am - Simulated Bell Schedule
      • 9:41-9:49 - Period 1
      • 9:55-10:03 - Period 5
      • 10:09-10:17 - Period 7
      • 10:23-10:31 - Period 2
      • 10:37-10:45 - Period 4
      • 10:51-10:59 - Period 6
      • 11:05-11:13am - Period 8
    • 11:20-12:00pm - Closing Pep Rally in Gym

Wolverine Welcome Open House and Resource Fair - August 19

  • We are excited for the return of our annual Back to School Kick Off event – Wolverine Welcome.  It will occur on Thursday, August 19 from 3:30-5:30pm.
  • What can you do during Wolverine Welcome?
    • Attend Student Activities/Club/Sports Fair - Aux Gym
    • Visit WPHS Resource Fair – Main Gym          
      • Confirmed resources include: Gum Springs Community Center, Anthem Health Keepers Plus, FCPS Parent Resource Center, Financial Empowerment Center, South County Teen Center, FCPS Department of Family Services, United Healthcare Community Plan, Second story, Post 2252 Fairfax County Public Safety Cadets and Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy.
    • Pick up your child's laptop
    • Walk the building to find classrooms and lockers (All 9th and 10th graders are issued a locker)
    • The Clinic will be available to drop off any medication
    • Foods Services available to add money to lunch accounts
    • Sign up to receive a Fairfax County Bus Pass
  • After Wolverine Welcome, beginning at 6:00pm our Student Services team will be hosting Class of 2022 College Planning Night in the Springbank Building.

Laptop Distribution 

  • There will be several opportunities to pick up your student laptop prior to the first day of school.  All students can begin picking up their laptop tomorrow 8/18.  We will also be distributing laptops during Orientation and Wolverine Welcome.  Students who are unable to pick up their laptops during the summer distribution will be able to pick up their laptops during the first week of school. 

2021-2022 Student laptop Distribution

Some important things to keep in mind:

    • Enter through Door 13 (gym lobby).  (Keep in mind that the building is currently under construction. You may need to park in the junior/senior lots and walk to door 13).
    • Students will be issued a laptop and charger.  Read more about care, lost or damaged procedures and potential fees here.
    • Laptops will only be issued to enrolled students who are present (you can not pick up a laptop for another student). 
    • Before students take the laptop home, they will log in to the computer to make sure the passwords are up to date- plan for approximately 45 minutes for this process, including potential wait and troubleshooting time. 
    • Students are expected to bring a charged laptop to school daily (including the first day!)
  • Now is a good time to begin talking to your student about how this laptop will be used to enhance their learning and discuss routines such as charging and safely storing the laptop.  FCPSOn family resources can be found here.

Parental Consent for Software/Applications

  • As part of our commitment to protect student data, FCPS is required to secure parental permission for student use of software/applications for which FCPS does not have a confidentiality agreement.  For ease of access, an online process has been developed to collect this information digitally and provide school-based reporting. 
  • To learn more about this process and to digitally give consent, please visit our website. The form to complete the parental consent process is currently live.

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West Potomac HS News

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Happy Summer Wolverines!

 

One more week and we ARE BACK!  LIVE and in person.  We are so excited to welcome you all back.  I hope you are enjoying the last week of summer.  Our teaching staff will be back on Monday working furiously to be ready for your return.  I would like to offer a Town Hall for all families to get updates on COVID protocols, construction, the new FCPS school calendar and grading.  There are a lot of changes that are constantly in flux however, I will do my best to give you the most up to date information at that time. 

 

Please join us in this Zoom link on Wednesday August 18th at 6 pm.

 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91936864525?pwd=K2pyMGM4SHVFVk5rUmtnK2pyaWR6QT09

 

Unfortunately, the Zoom license we currently have with the county can only accommodate 300 people.  So, if you are unable to get into the link above, the Town Hall will also be streamed live on YouTube.  Here is the link

 

In the meantime, enjoy the remainder of your summer and see you soon!

 

Ms. Millard

 

¡Feliz verano, Wolverines!

 

¡Una semana más y ESTAMOS DE VUELTA! EN VIVO y en persona. Estamos muy emocionados de darles la bienvenida a todos. Espero que estéis disfrutando de la última semana de verano. Nuestro personal docente estará de regreso el lunes trabajando furiosamente para estar listo para su regreso. Me gustaría ofrecer un Ayuntamiento para que todas las familias reciban actualizaciones sobre los protocolos COVID, la construcción, el nuevo calendario escolar de FCPS y las calificaciones. Hay muchos cambios que cambian constantemente, sin embargo, haré todo lo posible para brindarle la información más actualizada en ese momento.

 

Únase a nosotros en este enlace de Zoom el miércoles 18 de agosto a las 6 pm.

 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91936864525?pwd=K2pyMGM4SHVFVk5rUmtnK2pyaWR6QT09

 

Desafortunadamente, la licencia de Zoom que tenemos actualmente con el condado solo puede acomodar a 300 personas. Entonces, si no puede ingresar al enlace anterior, el Ayuntamiento también se transmitirá en vivo en Youtube. Here is the link

 

Mientras tanto, disfrute el resto de su verano y ¡nos vemos pronto!

 

Sra. Millard

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West Potomac HS Athletic Newsletter

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ALL ABOUT WOLVERINE ATHLETICS Fall Information Night: Thursday, July 29th
  • Individual Team Meetings - 8:00-8:30 PM
  • General Information Session - 8:30 PM
Registration and Physical Turn-in

Fall Sports are fast approaching. Here is what you need to complete in order to participate on August 2nd.

  • Register for the sports you are interested in playing: https://westpotomac-ar.rschooltoday.com/
  • Turn in your VHSL Physical Form, dated after May 21st, 2021
    • The Activities Office is open daily from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Physical Drop-Off Night: July 29th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
  • See the tryout schedule below.
TRYOUT SCHEDULE Monday, August 2nd

Team

Location

Time

Cross Country

Stadium

7:00 - 9:30 AM

Cheer

Aux Gym

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Field Hockey

Stadium

7:00 - 9:00 AM

Football

Stadium

3:00 - 7:30 PM

Freshman Football

Stadium

6:30-9:30

Golf

Laurel Hill | Belle Haven

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Volleyball

Main Gym

9:45 AM-9th/10th Grade Check-in
10-11AM-9th/10th Grade Fitness Test
11:15-11:30-11th/12th Grade Check-in
11:30-12:30-11th/12th Grade Fitness Test
6:00-8:00 PM All Level Tryout

Tuesday, August 3rd

Team

Location

Time

Cross Country

Stadium

7:00 - 9:30 AM

Cheer

Aux Gym

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Field Hockey

Stadium

7:00 - 9:00 AM

Football

Stadium

3:00 - 7:30 PM

Freshman Football

Stadium 6:30-9:30

Golf

Laurel Hill | Belle Haven

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Volleyball

Main Gym

3:00-5:00 PM Freshman Tryout

5:30-6:00 PM Setters and Liberos

6:00-8:30 PM JV/Varsity Tryout

Wednesday, August 4th

Team

Location

Time

Coss Country

Stadium

7:00 - 9:30 AM

Cheer

Aux Gym

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Field Hockey

Stadium

7:00 - 9:00 AM

Football

Stadium

3:00 - 7:30 PM

Freshman Football

Stadium 6:30-9:30

Golf

Laurel Hill | Belle Haven

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Volleyball

Main Gym

3:00-5:00 PM Freshman Tryout

5:30-6:00 PM Setters and Liberos

6:00-8:30 PM JV/Varsity Tryout

Coaches Contact Team / Coaches Name Contact Information Cross Country: Jack Coffey jcoffey@rpb-law.com Cheer: Tracy Copley tjcopley@fcps.edu Field Hockey: Dana Hubbard dahubbard@fcps.edu Football: Chad Louisville cdlouisville@fcps.edu Freshman Football: Dale Roach coachroachjr@gmail.com Golf: Henry Appel happel@bellehavencc.com Volleyball: Amy Skidmore skidsie12@gmail.com

The WABC is a parent run organization that helps support athletics at West Potomac High School. Please click the link below to learn more about the WABC and what you can help support Wolverine Athletics.

WABC Website

Follow the Wolverine Nation

Website:

https://www.westpotomacsports.net/

Social Media:

Twitter: @WestPoAthletics

Instagram: westpoathletics

NFHS Network:

https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/west-potomac-high-school-alexandria-va

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News You Choose - 7/2/21

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Construction continues through out campus all summer!

In this Issue:

  • Save the dates
  • General Information
  • Mental Wellness Consultations
  • Late Registration for Advanced Academics Summer Program
  • Withdrawal and New Registration Procedures
  • FCPS Cares
  • How to Modify/Unsubscribe your News You Choose emails

Upcoming Dates:

  • August 19 - 9th, 10th, and New 11th/12th Grade Student Orientation 8:10-12pm
  • August 19 - Wolverine Welcome Open House – 3:30-5:30pm
  • August 19 – Senior College Planning Night – 6pm
  • August 23 - First Day of School
  • September 3 and 6 – No School, Labor Day Holiday

General Information

  • Over the next several weeks, West Potomac Main Office will be operating on summer hours in the main office. The main office will be available 9am-2pm. 
  • Due to construction, West Potomac main entrance at the video board is now two way traffic. Please drive slowly on campus as we navigate a new traffic pattern for the summer.  The entrance by the video board must be used to access the main office.
  • The Main Office/WPHS Building will be closed Monday, July 5, 2021 for the 4th of July Holiday.

Mental Wellness Consultations

  • This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 28  through August 6, 2021.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference.
  • All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation or leaving a message at 571-423-4276.

Late Registration for Advanced Academics Summer Program.

  • If your student has not already registered for the virtual Advanced Academic Boost Camp, there are spaces still available.
  • The summer program aims to support students registered for the following courses in the fall of 2021. The camp allows students to review core skills and establish relationships with prospective teachers before the new school year begins. The Strategies for Success session is designed to help students with time management, organization, and other skills that support academic success as they transition back to in-person learning. This program is free to all WPHS students.  All sessions will be held on Zoom as the WPHS is undergoing construction. Session lengths vary by subject, but students should expect to be online with teachers between 1.5 - 3 hours each day.
  • Expectations for students - Students are expected to engage positively and participate responsibly with teachers and other participants. Students will attend the entire session that they registered for. Students will use personal devices to access online sessions.

  • Please use this link to register for any session no later than midnight before the session begins.  

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Weech at mcweech@fcps.edu.   

Withdrawing Student

  • If your child will not be returning to West Potomac for the 2021-22 school year please complete this link and return it to Leslie Dorsey in Student Services as soon as possible.
New Registrations
  • Do you know someone registering this summer for the upcoming school year?  Summer Registration appointment are available – please have any new families joining West Potomac for the upcoming school year complete this link

FCPS Cares

  • Do you know a West Potomac or FCPS employee who has gone above and beyond to help other and share they care? Consider recognizing them through the FCPS Cares Program! 

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the West Potomac News You Choose

To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to another WPHS list such as our Athletics list) you can manage your subscription to West Potomac messages here.

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