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Happy Friday West Potomac!
Yesterday, Dr. Brabrand presented a new return to school timeline. The school board will vote on this timeline on Feb. 2nd at their next meeting. It is not yet approved but I wanted to share with you the highlights for in-person:
Intervention Groups: (School selected students) February 1st
Groups 1-4: (CTE/Academy, Cat B Sped) February 16th (New Bell Schedule Begins)
Group 8: (9th and 12th Grades) March 2nd
Group 8: (10th and 11th Grades) March 9th
FREE Parking Passes for In Person Juniors and Seniors
We are now ready to take requests for parking passes for juniors and seniors who have chosen In-Person return to school. Parking passes are free this school year. Although we have limited spaces, we are hoping to provide passes for those who will be driving in daily for school. Please use WPHS Parking Pass Request to request a pass. We will contact you as space is available to arrange for you to bring in the supporting paperwork and pick up your pass. Depending on the number of requests, you may be sharing a space with another student who attends on the alternate days from you. So, for example, you may be assigned pass 1A for Tues/Wed in person classes and someone else will use the same space with pass 1B for Thurs/Friday in person classes. The only student IDs available on the request form are those of juniors and seniors who have requested in-person return to school in October. Please contact Mr. Walls with questions concerning your parking pass- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take Good Care,
- Important Dates
- School News Update
- PTSA Updates
- College and Career Center
- SAT/ACT Test Prep
January 2 End of the Second Quarter
January 25: Student Holiday/ Teacher Workday
January 30: Virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line workshop for FCPS Seniors
February 1: PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30pm
February 5: Application Deadline for next year’s WPHS Leadership Training
February 15: Holiday, President’s Day
Student Activities/School News Updates:
From West Potomac Student Services to Class of 2021:
Hello Class of 2021 Families:
Student Services would like to celebrate the Class of 2021!
We’ve created a social media template to highlight our Seniors’ recent accomplishments and interests. If your Senior would like to be featured in one of our upcoming posts, they can submit their template via an assignment on the Class of 2021 Google Classroom. The assignment will go live on Monday, January 25th, and will only be accessible by students logging into their fcpsschools.net account. Sample posts are included in the assignment instructions. Follow us on Twitter (@wphsss) and/or Instagram (@wphsstudentservices) to keep an eye out for your Seniors’ posts! Please note that all submitted material will be subject to review before posting. By submitting the assignment, students will be giving consent for information to be posted on our public accounts. For any immediate concerns, please reach out to your student’s school counselor.
West Potomac Academy Open House
West Potomac Academy invites you to attend its virtual open house on Monday, February 8th from 6:15pm – 7:30pm! Come learn about our courses, meet Academy teachers, and connect with current students! Please register by completing this short form, and a link will be sent to you prior to the event: https://forms.gle/fwSFAjUdGntxxwPj6 We encourage you to visit our website in advance to plan which four programs you would like to visit: https://westpotomacacademy.fcps.edu/ We look forward to welcoming you to West Potomac Academy!
WPHS Library: The library is still attempting to collect overdue library books. Students were sent overdue notices to their FCPSSCHOOLS.net email on Thursday, 1/21/21. Please check with your student to see if they have any overdue materials. There will be a bin outside of the main entrance on Monday, January 25th from 8:30-2:30. If you have books from another FCPS school, you may return them to West Po and the books will be returned to the correct school for you.
WPHS Leadership Training, 2021-22 School Year: The focus of the Leadership Training course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.
For rising Freshman – Rising freshmen who are interested in taking Leadership Training must submit a Mandatory application that can be found at https://tinyurl.com/leadership2025 , due by February 5th at 11:59pm. If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at email@example.com or Steve Przywara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rising 10th-12th graders: Interested in taking Leadership next year? Check out your grade level Google Classroom for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: www.tinyurl.com/WPHSLeadership2021 and is due Friday February 5th at 11:59pm.
The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising drive for scholarships and program activities. We are selling handmade music note masks in WP colors, water bottles, and magnets. Donations can also be made online. Fundraising link is live! Contactless delivery. For a limited time, we are offering a free mask with every mask or water bottle purchase.
We also invite chorus parents to join the Boosters. For information, please contact Denise Theunissen, Chorus Booster President at Dgt2224@yahoo.com.
Support the WP Orchestra – Exclusive Wolverine Pride Stadium Throws available for purchase. For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee at email@example.com See attached flyer for additional info. Wolverine Pride Stadium Blanket. Orchestra. Jan 2021.pdf
Student Services – College Transcripts Request Deadline: For February 1st admissions application deadlines, transcript request forms were due on January 7th to your school counselor. Transcript fees are paid via www.myschoolbucks.com in the School Store. Per the transcript request form published timelines, a $5.00 late fee will now be applied to requests for February 1st deadlines.
Please note: To order and pay for the February 1st deadline transcript request is a two-step process on MySchoolBucks: 1) Please order the number of transcripts needed via Transcript Request button and add to basket 2) Then, please pay for late fee by clicking on Transcript Request Late Fee and add to basket for total and complete your transaction. Thank you.
PTSA Meeting – February 1st: Please join us for our membership meeting on Monday, February 1, 6:30pm via Zoom and Facebook Live. We will hear from our Director of Student Services, Kevin McMahon, about course selection for next year, and from our Principal, Tangy Millard, with Return to School updates. Zoom link will be sent to PTSA members prior to the meeting. To join the PTSA, go to https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store/store
Amazon Smile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your Amazon Smile purchases to the PTSA. Log into Smile.amazon.com and designate WPHS PTSA as the charity you would like to donate
Special Thank You! Thank you to our corporate sponsors: Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, Hollin Hall Automotive, The Moery Group, Toppers Pizza, and Applerouth.
WPHS – January 2021 College and Career Center newsletter - Please see attached for information on the College and Career Center, lunch and learn sessions, college information sessions, financial aid, test prep programs, career information sessions, selected scholarships, and other opportunities. January 2021. CCCNewsletter.pdf
College Access Fairfax Virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line Workshop: FCPS School Counseling Services and College Access Fairfax is offering a virtual FAFSA Line-by-Line workshop for FCPS seniors and their families via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:00am. A flyer with more information and the registration links can be found in the January 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.
Student Enrichment Program Opportunities:
Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program - deadline March 10, 2021 - event date June 21 - July 2, 2021 or July 12 - 23, 2021 or Aug. 2 - 13, 2021. https://girlswhocode.com/programs/summer-immersion-program
Carnegie Mellon’s Summer Academy for Math and Science - deadline March 17, 2021 - event date July 3 - Aug. 14, 2021. https://www.cmu.edu/pre-college/academicprograms/sams.html
Black College Institute (at VA Tech) - deadline April 1, 2021 - event date June 13 - 16, 2021 and June 20 - 23, 2021 for Seniors June 27 - 30, 2021 for Juniors. https://vt.edu/admissions/black-college-institute.html
Additional opportunities can be found in January 2021 College and Career Center newsletter.
SAT and ACT Test Prep Info.
SAT & ACT Test Prep Mocks and Group Classes - View full schedule https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/
NEW SELF-DIRECTED CLASSES OFFERED THIS YEAR ($125.00) -The test prep program is offering self-directed online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Class licenses expire 7/31/21. Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.
FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES
Check out Applerouth’s “Back-To-School Bookshelf” with their most popular handouts and information on the SAT and ACT – including test accommodations!
Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, email@example.com.