UPDATED WPHS News You Choose 9/30/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

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

Important Dates

  • October 1: Mock SAT and ACT Test Administered by Applerouth *see details below for registration
  • October 3: PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 in the library
  • October 4: PTSA Fundraiser: Gifts For Good, (entry ticket purchase required).  Ticket and venue details below.
  • October 5: Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)
  • October 7 & 8: HBCU Festival (see details below)
  • October 10: Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • October 15: Homecoming
  • October 16: FCPS Annual College Fair
  • October 17:  PTSA speaker series "Elevate, Educate and Enlighten" for students and families. "The Sobering Power of Choice" (Kogelman Theater).
  • October 20: Paying for College-The Financial Aid Process for Seniors @ John Lewis High School

 

  • October 22: Mock SAT and ACT Test Administered by Applerouth *see details below for registration
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 27: Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations at West Potomac at 6:30 PM
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release

Principal Message

 

 

Happy Rainy Weekend Wolverines,

As we are at the midpoint of quarter 1, I would like to encourage you to connect with your child and discuss how school is going for them.  Look over their current progress in Parent Vue and Schoology.  We will begin West Potomac Student Support Time (WSST).  Starting Tuesday, students will be able to move after advisory to teachers for additional support.  This time is a huge advantage for students to get help during the school day.  When coupled with late bus days that started a couple of weeks ago, students can effect significant change and improvement in their mastery of content. 

 

We are now two weeks into our new parking and kiss and ride.  Things have improved significantly now that people have had time to adjust.  Starting next week, we will be looking at the student parking waitlist to offer passes to some.  We also have begun mass ticketing of cars that are not authorized to park in student/staff parking areas.  Please be sure to park in your designated space.  If someone is parked in your space, go to a visitor or staff space at door 1.  Go into security and alert them that someone is in your space, and they will follow up with ticketing.

 

Please stay dry and safe this weekend!

 

Dr. Millard 

 

PTSA News

The PTSA invites you to join us for our second general meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30PM in the school library.  You won’t want to miss it!  Karen Young, who heads the College and Career Center, will be on hand to discuss all the opportunities she can assist students with getting prepared for college applications!  Please attend!

 

Gifts for Good

Gifts for Good Fundraiser:  Tuesday, October 4 from 7-10 PM at The Fazackerley's Home (8418 Stable Drive, Alexandria VA).

Supporting, Swapping, Shopping!  The West Potomac community and the WP PTSA invite you to the 2nd Annual Gifts For Good, swap-n-shop open house! Join us for a great night of shopping, friendship, fundraising, and live music by Borrowed Players.

Your $25.00 Entry Fee includes the swap-n-shop gift exchange, eight local artisan pop-up shops, snacks, drinks, and more. To purchase tickets:  https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store .  FREE Jute shopping bag donated by Blue Atlas Marketplace to the first 50 tickets sold. 

Donations/Volunteer needs: Looking to bring new bling to your home but need to make some space, need a reason to find your inner Marie Kondo - this is THE FABULOUS event you have been waiting for.  Please check out the flyer for swap decor/items donations needed and click on the volunteer spot for beverage donations, gift cards, sign-ups etc. WPHS students and teachers need our support more than ever. Please help us blow the roof off this event - #WolverineProud#

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA5A829A57-gifts

 

The PTSA will be offering a quarterly speaker series "Elevate, Educate and Enlighten" for students and families.  Our first speaker is Martha Carucci discussing "The Sobering Power of Choice" on Monday, October 17th at 7PM in the Kogelman Theater.

 

PTSA DONATION

Please help support the PTSA this year so that we can provide our students and staff with support this year!  There are 2 EASY ways!

DIRECT DONATION:

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/735410

AMAZON SMILE:  Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit the PTSA?  Just go to smile.amazon.com and select "West Potomac High School PTSA" as your charitable organization.  The PTSA will receive a percentage of all your shopping, which you can also set up on your phone if you have an Amazon app.  Shop away and feel good about it!

School News

Superintendent Community Conversations – October 27th at West Potomac at 6:30

Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Events will be held at the high school in each pyramid through November. Each Community Conversation will be held in person, allowing Dr. Reid an opportunity to better connect with participants. If you are unable to attend your pyramid's event, please consider attending another one.

See the full schedule and register.

Homecoming Week

 

Homecoming Week is approaching! Here are some of the week’s events:

 

Friday October 7th - Tropical Day

Monday October 10th – Indigenous People’s Day – No School

Tuesday October 11th - Western Wear Day

Tuesday October 11th – Field Hockey Senior Night at 7:30 pm (with senior night festivities starting at 7)

Wednesday October 12th - Road Trip Fit (PJ Day)

Wednesday October 12th - PSAT/SAT Early Release (no school for seniors not signed up for the SAT, no school for freshmen)

Wednesday October 12th – FREE Outdoor Movie Night (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) at sundown in the Senior Lot (Taco truck 6-8pm, bring money)

Thursday October 13th - Adam Sandler Day

Thursday October 13th – Dig Pink Volleyball Games starting at 5 pm

Friday October 14th - Stunt Double Day (Twin Day)

Friday October 14th – Pep Rally during 3rd period (end of the day)

Friday October 14th – Homecoming Tailgate in the senior lounge area from 4-6 pm, food trucks, activities, prizes!

Friday October 14th – Homecoming Football game at 7 pm, Homecoming royalty announced at Halftime

Saturday October 15th – Homecoming Dance from 8-11pm in the Main Gym, tickets are $20 and will be on sale Homecoming week

If students want to bring a student from another school to the dance, a guest form must be turned in by Thursday October 13th. The guest form can be found on the All Student Schoology.

 

We are in need of CHAPERONES for the dance! Please fill out this signupgenius if you are interested: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba4a72ea7f5c34-homecoming

 

The SGA is collecting new or slightly used dresses and new makeup for the second annual Homecoming Dress Drive! Please consider donating dresses to be distributed to West Potomac students in the weeks leading up to Homecoming. Donation bins will be located in the front office, Gunston lobby, and room 447. We will be collecting donations from September 12-October 6! For any questions email [email protected]. Please use a personal email address instead of your School email.

 

El SGA está colectando vestidos nueve o poco utilizados y maquillaje para la segunda annual de vestido de Homecoming! Por favor considere donar vestidos y maquillaje para ser distribuidos a los estudiantes de West Potomac en las semanas previas a Homecoming. Las cajas de donaciones estarán en la oficina del frente, el pasillo  de Gunston y en el cuarto número 447. Vamos a estar recolectando donaciones desde el 12 de septiembre hasta el 6 de octubre. Para preguntas por favor mande un email a [email protected] , por favor use su email personal y no su email que usa en la escuela. 

Crew Team News

The crew team will hold a student interest meeting in the Aux Gym at 3:00 on October 6th. 

 

FOOD FOR NEIGHBORS:

Would you like to help students in our area receive the healthy food they need to succeed in school? We’re partnering with Food For Neighbors to stock the food pantry in our school and supply supplemental weekend food to our students who struggle with food insecurity outside of school hours.  

FFN is looking for Red Bag Donors to donate food 5 times per school year, volunteers to drive and pick up the food and sorters to help organize and pack the food on event days. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and can make a huge difference in the lives of local teens! Visit the website at foodforneighbors.org/get-involvedto donate food and volunteer. Thanks for your support! 

College and Career Center Updates

Fall is college application season for seniors who plan on attending college after high school.  It is also the time of year that seniors complete their application for financial aid which opens on October 1st.  The FCPS School Counseling Office and College Access Fairfax will offer financial aid programs for FCPS seniors and their families. College Access Fairfax is a community partner and free resource committed to helping FCPS students with the complex task of acquiring financial aid for post-secondary education.

 

Seniors and families can attend one of the upcoming Paying for College financial aid seminars.  Topics to be covered include understanding financial aid, how the financial aid process works, and the steps that families need to take to secure financial aid.  Preregistration is not required. While families are encouraged but not required to attend our Region 3 event, please select the seminar date that works best for your family.

 

Region 3 Event:  Paying for College-The Financial Aid Process for Seniors

Date:   Thursday, October 20

Location:  Lewis High School

Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm

 

 

College Access Fairfax also provides West Potomac High School with a Financial Aid Champion to assist students and families with their financial aid applications. Ms. Katrina Rowsey is our Financial Aid Champion.  Beginning in October, she will be in the Career Center weekly during the lunch periods to answer questions and assist students with their financial aid applications.  A schedule of Ms. Rowsey’s weekly visits was emailed to all seniors and parents.  Please visit the College Access Fairfax website https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  to see a full description and details of all the services they offer.

 

ASBC 20th Annual HBCU Festival:

DATE:  October 7-8, 2022

LOCATION:  University of DC-Van Ness Campus

This event will bring 83 historically Black colleges & universities to the area. For students attending this hybrid event, some colleges will offer onsite admissions decisions, music auditions, scholarships & seminars. There will be giveaways for the virtual audience, too. Pre-registration is required.

 

FCPS 2022 Look to the Future Week Events:

Students & families are invited to attend these annual FCPS events. Pre-registration is required for all events, including the college fair.   Please see flyers for details and to register.

 

FCPS College Fair:

DATE:  October 16, 2022

TIME:  4 PM – 7 PM

LOCATION:  Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University

Approximately 250 colleges will be represented at this annual college fair held on the campus of George Mason University.

 

FCPS Postsecondary Week:

DATE:  October 17 – October 20, 2022

TIME:  5 PM – 8 PM Daily

LOCATION:  Virtual

Students & families can attend virtual events each evening to learn about and better prepare for the different types of post-secondary options students may consider.

 

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Walk-In registration for mocks available as space allows ($28.00).

Mock SAT Date: 10/01/22 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm Sign Up Mock ACT Date: 10/01/22 Saturday Time: 9:15am - 1:30pm Sign Up Mock SAT Date: 10/22/22 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm Sign Up Mock SAT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm Sign Up Mock ACT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:15am - 1:30pm Sign Up

 

SAT Group Class First Mock Test: 12/10/22 Sessions: 01/07/23 - 02/25/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule) Max Class Size: 15 Sign Up

 

Applerouth’s PSAT Prep Rally - free online prep for the PSAT/NMSQT - from September 24-October 9. From opening the doors to National Merit Scholarships to understanding their competitive edge for college admissions, this event will get your students in gear for the big test! 

Registration is open for one, two, or all three types of sessions: 

  • Mathlete: Students will flex their math muscles in this dynamic, 1-hour online event! 
  • Cheer-Reading and Writing: Get high-flying tips about reading and writing from an expert tutor!
  • Game Day: Take a full-length official PSAT/NMSQT practice test online or in person. We’ll keep score and send a detailed report with all your stats.

 

Please share the website (https://www.applerouth.com/preprally/) with your students or encourage them to schedule a free call with a Program Advisor

 

The Last Paper PSAT: What You Need to Know  by Matthew Kiesner

It’s the last paper-based PSAT. What does this mean for juniors, sophomores, and freshmen taking this year’s PSAT?  Read More

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS News You Choose 9/30/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • September 26 –Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 5: Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)
  • October 10: Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • October 15: Homecoming
  • October 16: FCPS Annual College Fair
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release

Principal Message

 

Happy Rainy Weekend Wolverines,

As we are at the midpoint of quarter 1, I would like to encourage you to connect with your child and discuss how school is going for them.  Look over their current progress in Parent Vue and Schoology.  We will begin West Potomac Student Support Time (WSST).  Starting Tuesday, students will be able to move after advisory to teachers for additional support.  This time is a huge advantage for students to get help during the school day.  When coupled with late bus days that started a couple of weeks ago, students can effect significant change and improvement in their mastery of content. 

 

We are now two weeks into our new parking and kiss and ride.  Things have improved significantly now that people have had time to adjust.  Starting next week, we will be looking at the student parking waitlist to offer passes to some.  We also have begun mass ticketing of cars that are not authorized to park in student/staff parking areas.  Please be sure to park in your designated space.  If someone is parked in your space, go to a visitor or staff space at door 1.  Go into security and alert them that someone is in your space, and they will follow up with ticketing.

 

Please stay dry and safe this weekend!

 

Dr. Millard 

 

PTSA News

Please mark your calendars for our next meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30pm.

 

Gifts for Good

Gifts For Good Fundraiser:  Tuesday, October 4 from 7-10 PM at The Fazackerley's Home (8418 Stable Drive, Alexandria VA).

Supporting, Swapping, Shopping!  The West Potomac community and the WP PTSA invite you to the 2nd Annual Gifts For Good, swap-n-shop open house! Join us for a great night of shopping, friendship, fundraising, and live music by Borrowed Players.

Your $25.00 Entry Fee includes the swap-n-shop gift exchange, eight local artisan pop-up shops, snacks, drinks, and more. To purchase tickets:  https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store .  FREE Jute shopping bag donated by Blue Atlas Marketplace to the first 50 tickets sold. 

Donations/Volunteer needs: Looking to bring new bling to your home but need to make some space, need a reason to find your inner Marie Kondo - this is THE FABULOUS event you have been waiting for.  Please check out the flyer for swap decor/items donations needed and click on the volunteer spot for beverage donations, gift cards, sign-ups etc. WPHS students and teachers need our support more than ever. Please help us blow the roof off this event - #WolverineProud#

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA5A829A57-gifts

 

The PTSA will be offering a quarterly speaker series "Elevate, Educate and Enlighten" for students and families.  Our first speaker is Martha Carucci discussing "The Sobering Power of Choice" on Monday, October 17th at 7PM in the Kogelman Theater.

 

PTA DONATION

Please help support the PTSA this year so that we can provide our students and staff with support this year!  There are 2 EASY ways!

DIRECT DONATION:

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/735410

 

AMAZON SMILE:  Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit the PTSA?  Just go to smile.amazon.com and select "West Potomac High School PTSA" as your charitable organization.  The PTSA will receive a percentage of all your shopping, which you can also set up on your phone if you have an Amazon app.  Shop away and feel good about it!

School News

 

National Merit Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to West Potomac’s Fiona French and Saira Nagda who were named National Merit Semifinalists!

Representing 18 high schools in Fairfax County, 237 students were announced last week as National Merit Semifinalists. 

All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth nearly $28 million, to be awarded in spring 2023. Semifinalists advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other requirements including a recommendation from a high school official. View the full list of semifinalists on our website. 

 

 

Substance Abuse Prevention

RAINBOW FENTANYL

 

The DEA has issued a public warning educating the community about rainbow fentanyl. These particular pills are targeted to youth and young adults by its colorful candy-like appearance making them look harmless. Rainbow Fentanyl resembles playground chalk before it is pressed into pills and has been found in 18 states including West Virginia and New York and are sold as low as $17 (Hawaii) per pill making them affordable. In August of 2022 47,000 pills were confiscated at the Arizona border  as well as 186,000 “Perc 30’s” or “Blues”, another popular synthetic opioid found in our county. 

The trend, as reported by users, is to crush the pills, smoke it off of a piece of aluminum foil, with the theory that it is “safer” than snorting. When burned, it often gives off a distinct odor of burned rubber. While we have not seen Rainbow Fentanyl yet, Perc 30’s or Blues are popular among adolescents and young adults in Fairfax County and the surrounding areas. Fentanyl is also found in counterfeit prescription pills, cocaine, Xanax, and other licit and illicit drugs.

The Medical Examiner from the Virginia Department of Health recently released its 1st quarter data for 2022 stating 483 people have died from fatal fentanyl overdoses in the state. For Fairfax County data and additional information on youth substance use, please see the Fairfax County Youth Substance Trends webinar linked below.

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists (SAPS) provide Tier 1 support throughout FCPS. Each high school pyramid is assigned a SAPS who conducts brief interventions, psychoeducation, and presentations to students, staff, families, and community members. Topics of discussion include alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) as well as current trends on substances. For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources:

DEA Rainbow Fentanyl Press Release

DEA Fentanyl Gallery

Narcan Training (English & Spanish)

Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends

Homecoming

Homecoming Week is approaching – October 10-15th! Here are some of the week’s events:

 

Monday October 10th – Indigenous People’s Day – No School

Tuesday October 11th – Field Hockey Senior Night at 7:30 pm (with senior night festivities before)

Wednesday October 12th – Outdoor Movie Night at sundown in the Senior Lot (movie being voted on)

Thursday October 13th – Dig Pink Volleyball Games starting at 5 pm

Friday October 14th – Pep Rally during 3rd period

Friday October 14th – Homecoming Tailgate in the senior lounge area from 4-6 pm

Friday October 14th – Homecoming Football game at 7 pm, Homecoming royalty announced at Halftime

Saturday October 15th – Homecoming Dance from 8-11pm in the Main Gym

 

Stay tuned for more specific information on the week!

 

We need CHAPERONES for the dance! Please fill out this signup genius if you are interested: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba4a72ea7f5c34-homecoming

 

The SGA is collecting new or slightly used dresses and makeup for the second annual Homecoming Dress Drive! Please consider donating dresses to be distributed to West Potomac students in the weeks leading up to Homecoming. Donation bins will be located in the front office, Gunston lobby, and room 447. We will be collecting donations from September 12-26! For any questions email [email protected]. Please use a personal email address instead of your school email.

 

El SGA está colectando vestidos nueve o poco utilizados y maquillaje para la segunda annual de vestido de Homecoming! Por favor considere donar vestidos y maquillaje para ser distribuidos a los estudiantes de West Potomac en las semanas previas a Homecoming. Las cajas de donaciones estarán en la oficina del frente, el pasillo  de Gunston y en el cuarto número 447. Vamos a estar recolectando donaciones desde el 12 de septiembre hasta el 26 de septiembre. Para preguntas por favor mande un email a [email protected] , por favor use su email personal y no su email que usa en la escuela. 

West Potomac Band

It is competition season for marching band. We’ll be competing this Saturday at The Herndon Showcase at Herndon HS. Come out and see our expanded show, as well as many other marching bands perform. For schedule and other details, click here: 

https://www.herndonband.org/showcase 

Dance Team Fundraisers

Mum Sale

This Saturday -- Mum Sale and Car Wash!

 

Stop by the Aldersgate Church Parking Lot on Saturday, September 24 starting at 10:00 am to purchase 8-inch and 10-inch potted mums -- yellow, bronze/orange, pink/purple, and red/burgundy.  After your car is loaded up, swing by the car wash and leave for home with wonderful Fall decor and a clean car!  Proceeds benefit the West Potomac Dance Team.

FOOD FOR NEIGHBORS: Would you like to help students in our area receive the healthy food they need to succeed in school? We’re partnering with Food For Neighbors to stock the food pantry in our school and supply supplemental weekend food to our students who struggle with food insecurity outside of school hours.  

FFN is looking for Red Bag Donors to donate food 5 times per school year, volunteers to drive and pick up the food and sorters to help organize and pack the food on event days. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and can make a huge difference in the lives of local teens! Visit the website at www.foodforneighbors.org/get-involved to donate food and volunteer. Thanks for your support! 

 

Parent Project is a 10-week parenting class that gives tools to our families to build structure and discipline in a loving environment. This program is targeted for parents with children that are 10 years old and up that display strong-willed, negative, or uncontrollable behaviors at home. This class creates outreach opportunities for the school to connect, honor, and welcome the families within your school community.

 

College and Career Center Updates

ASBC 20th Annual HBCU Festival:

DATE:  October 7-8, 2022

LOCATION:  University of DC-Van Ness Campus

This event will bring 83 historically Black colleges & universities to the area. For students attending this hybrid event, some colleges will offer onsite admissions decisions, music auditions, scholarships & seminars. There will be giveaways for the virtual audience, too. Pre-registration is required.

 

FCPS 2022 Look to the Future Week Events:

Students & families are invited to attend these annual FCPS events. Pre-registration is required for all events, including the college fair.   Please see flyers for details and to register.

 

FCPS College Fair:

DATE:  October 16, 2022

TIME:  4 PM – 7 PM

LOCATION:  Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University

Approximately 250 colleges will be represented at this annual college fair held on the campus of George Mason University.

Click to edit this placeholder text.FCPS Postsecondary Week:

DATE:  October 17 – October 20, 2022

TIME:  5 PM – 8 PM Daily

LOCATION:  Virtual

Students & families can attend virtual events each evening to learn about and better prepare for the different types of post-secondary options students may consider.

 

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS - News You Choose 9/24/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Superintendents WP Pyramid Community Conversation
  • Congratulations WPHS National Merit Semi-Finalist!
  • PTSA News
  • Update from WPHS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
  • School News Update
  • Student Services / College and Career Center Updates 
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • September 26 –Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 5: Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)
  • October 10: Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • October 14-15: Homecoming Weekend
  • October 16: FCPS Annual College Fair
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 27: WP Pyramid Community Conversation with Dr. Reid, 6:30pm
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release

West Potomac Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

Dr. Reid, FCPS Superintendent, is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. The West Potomac Pyramid Community Conversation will occur Thursday evening, October 27 at 6:30pm in Kogelman Theatre, Springbank Building.  Each Community Conversation will be held in person, allowing Dr. Reid an opportunity to better connect with participants. If you are unable to attend our pyramid's event, please consider attending another one. Registration information can be found hereInterpretation services, child care, and light refreshments will be provided.

West Potomac National Merit Semi-finalists

Congratulations to Saira Nagda and Fiona French, two of two hundred thirty-eight students from 18 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) who are among the semifinalists named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2023.   All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth nearly $28 million, to be awarded in spring 2023. Semifinalists advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other requirements including a recommendation from a high school official.  You can read more here

PTSA News

Please mark your calendars for our next meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30pm.

Gifts for Good

Gifts For Good Fundraiser:  Tuesday, October 4 from 7-10 PM at The Fazackerley's Home (8418 Stable Drive, Alexandria VA).

Supporting, Swapping, Shopping!  The West Potomac community and the WP PTSA invite you to the 2nd Annual Gifts For Good, swap-n-shop open house! Join us for a great night of shopping, friendship, fundraising, and live music by Borrowed Players.

Your $25.00 Entry Fee includes the swap-n-shop gift exchange, eight local artisan pop-up shops, snacks, drinks, and more. To purchase tickets:  https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store .  FREE Jute shopping bag donated by Blue Atlas Marketplace to the first 50 tickets sold. 

Donations/Volunteer needs: Looking to bring new bling to your home but need to make some space, need a reason to find your inner Marie Kondo - this is THE FABULOUS event you have been waiting for.  Please check out the flyer for swap decor/items donations needed and click on the volunteer spot for beverage donations, gift cards, sign-ups etc. WPHS students and teachers need our support more than ever. Please help us blow the roof off this event - #WolverineProud#

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA5A829A57-gifts

The PTSA will be offering a quarterly speaker series "Elevate, Educate and Enlighten" for students and families.  Our first speaker is Martha Carucci discussing "The Sobering Power of Choice" on Monday, October 17th at 7PM in the Kogelman Theater.

PTSA DONATION

Please help support the PTSA this year so that we can provide our students and staff with support this year!  There are 2 EASY ways!

DIRECT DONATION:

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/735410

AMAZON SMILE:  Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit the PTSA?  Just go to smile.amazon.com and select "West Potomac High School PTSA" as your charitable organization.  The PTSA will receive a percentage of all your shopping, which you can also set up on your phone if you have an Amazon app.  Shop away and feel good about it!

WPHS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Update

Rainbow Fentanyl

The DEA has issued a public warning educating the community about rainbow fentanyl. These particular pills are targeted to youth and young adults by its colorful candy-like appearance making them look harmless. Rainbow Fentanyl resembles playground chalk before it is pressed into pills and has been found in 18 states including West Virginia and New York and are sold as low as $17 (Hawaii) per pill making them affordable. In August of 2022 47,000 pills were confiscated at the Arizona border  as well as 186,000 “Perc 30’s” or “Blues”, another popular synthetic opioid found in our county. 

The trend, as reported by users, is to crush the pills, smoke it off of a piece of aluminum foil, with the theory that it is “safer” than snorting. When burned, it often gives off a distinct odor of burned rubber. While we have not seen Rainbow Fentanyl yet, Perc 30’s or Blues are popular among adolescents and young adults in Fairfax County and the surrounding areas. Fentanyl is also found in counterfeit prescription pills, cocaine, Xanax, and other licit and illicit drugs.

The Medical Examiner from the Virginia Department of Health recently released its 1st quarter data for 2022 stating 483 people have died from fatal fentanyl overdoses in the state. For Fairfax County data and additional information on youth substance use, please see the Fairfax County Youth Substance Trends webinar linked below.

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists (SAPS) provide Tier 1 support throughout FCPS. Each high school pyramid is assigned a SAPS who conducts brief interventions, psychoeducation, and presentations to students, staff, families, and community members. Topics of discussion include alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) as well as current trends on substances. For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources:

DEA Rainbow Fentanyl Press Release

DEA Fentanyl Gallery

Narcan Training (English & Spanish)

Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends

Homecoming

Homecoming Week is approaching – October 10-15th! Here are some of the week’s events:

Monday October 10th – Indigenous People’s Day – No School

Tuesday October 11th – Field Hockey Senior Night at 7:30 pm (with senior night festivities before)

Wednesday October 12th – Outdoor Movie Night at sundown in the Senior Lot (movie being voted on)

Thursday October 13th – Dig Pink Volleyball Games starting at 5 pm

Friday October 14th – Pep Rally during 3rd period

Friday October 14th – Homecoming Tailgate in the senior lounge area from 4-6 pm

Friday October 14th – Homecoming Football game at 7 pm, Homecoming royalty announced at Halftime

Saturday October 15th – Homecoming Dance from 8-11pm in the Main Gym

Stay tuned for more specific information on the week!

We need CHAPERONES for the dance! Please fill out this signup genius if you are interested: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba4a72ea7f5c34-homecoming

The SGA is collecting new or slightly used dresses and makeup for the second annual Homecoming Dress Drive! Please consider donating dresses to be distributed to West Potomac students in the weeks leading up to Homecoming. Donation bins will be located in the front office, Gunston lobby, and room 447. We will be collecting donations from September 12-26! For any questions email [email protected]. Please use a personal email address instead of your school email.

El SGA está colectando vestidos nueve o poco utilizados y maquillaje para la segunda annual de vestido de Homecoming! Por favor considere donar vestidos y maquillaje para ser distribuidos a los estudiantes de West Potomac en las semanas previas a Homecoming. Las cajas de donaciones estarán en la oficina del frente, el pasillo  de Gunston y en el cuarto número 447. Vamos a estar recolectando donaciones desde el 12 de septiembre hasta el 26 de septiembre. Para preguntas por favor mande un email a [email protected] , por favor use su email personal y no su email que usa en la escuela. 

West Potomac Band

It is competition season for marching band. We’ll be competing today at The Herndon Showcase at Herndon HS. Come out and see our expanded show, as well as many other marching bands perform. For schedule and other details, click here: 

https://www.herndonband.org/showcase 

Dance Team Fundraisers

Mum Sale

This Saturday -- Mum Sale and Car Wash!

Stop by the Aldersgate Church Parking Lot on Saturday, September 24 starting at 10:00 am to purchase 8-inch and 10-inch potted mums -- yellow, bronze/orange, pink/purple, and red/burgundy.  After your car is loaded up, swing by the car wash and leave for home with wonderful Fall decor and a clean car!  Proceeds benefit the West Potomac Dance Team

Class of 2023 Senior Information

Thank you for joining us for our Senior Information Night earlier this month. Counselors also visited 12th grade homerooms for Senior Advisory presentations this month and individual senior meetings are in progress! 

Please see below presentations and important college documents that have been shared this month:

If you have any questions, please reach out to your school counselor. We look forward to supporting you all in your post-graduation plans!

College and Career Center Updates

ASBC 20th Annual HBCU Festival:

DATE:  October 7-8, 2022

LOCATION:  University of DC-Van Ness Campus

This event will bring 83 historically Black colleges & universities to the area. For students attending this hybrid event, some colleges will offer onsite admissions decisions, music auditions, scholarships & seminars. There will be giveaways for the virtual audience, too. Pre-registration is required.

FCPS 2022 Look to the Future Week Events:

Students & families are invited to attend these annual FCPS events. Pre-registration is required for all events, including the college fair.   Please see flyers for details and to register.

FCPS College Fair:

DATE:  October 16, 2022

TIME:  4 PM – 7 PM

LOCATION:  Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University

Approximately 250 colleges will be represented at this annual college fair held on the campus of George Mason University.

FCPS Postsecondary Week:

DATE:  October 17 – October 20, 2022

TIME:  5 PM – 8 PM Daily

LOCATION:  Virtual

Students & families can attend virtual events each evening to learn about and better prepare for the different types of post-secondary options students may consider.

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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WPHS - News You Choose - 9/16/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • New Kiss and Ride Reminders
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • PTSA News
  • Student Services Parent/Guardian Needs Assessment
  • Student Services / College and Career Center Updates 
  • School News Update
  • Class of ’23 Updates
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • September 19: New Kiss and Ride goes LIVE
  • September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 5: Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)
  • October 10: Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • October 15: Homecoming
  • October 16: FCPS Annual College Fair
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release

Kiss and Ride Start Date – 9-19-22

A reminder that our Kiss and Ride goes live Monday, September 19!  Please be sure to review the website for the new traffic pattern.  The new lot will be open this weekend and families are encouraged to take a ride through to become familiar with it this weekend.  Please note tomorrow morning they will be striping the Academy lot, so if you have plans to drive through tomorrow, please aim for after 1pm.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 10, falls within this 30 day period.

Ms. Rodriguez’ Spanish 5 class will be helping us celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month.  Starting this week we will be celebrating one of the 22 Hispanic countries during our school announcements.  Spanish classes are also decorating our sidewalks with positive messages in Spanish this week.  We will also have our Annual Hispanic Interactive Wax Museum in October, details to come soon.  Stay tuned for more celebrations!

¡Qué viva la hispanidad!”

PTSA News

Thank you to all who came out on Monday evening for our first PTSA general meeting!

Please mark your calendars for our next meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30pm.

The PTSA will be offering a quarterly speaker series "Elevate, Educate and Enlighten" for students and families.  Our first speaker is Martha Carucci discussing "The Sobering Power of Choice" on Monday, October 17th at 7PM in the Kogelman Theater.

 

Five Guys PTSA Fundraiser

It's FIVE GUYS time, the more burgers you eat, the more money you help us raise for the PTSA!  Grab your Five Guys after school snack and/or dinner on Wednesday, September 21 from 3:30-7:30 PM and Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA! I think they should rename themselves the COOL GUYS, don't you?!

Gifts for Good

Gifts For Good Fundraiser:  Tuesday, October 4 from 7-10 PM at The Fazackerley's Home (8418 Stable Drive, Alexandria VA).

Supporting, Swapping, Shopping!  The West Potomac community and the WP PTSA invite you to the 2nd Annual Gifts For Good, swap-n-shop open house! Join us for a great night of shopping, friendship, fundraising, and live music by Borrowed Players.

Your $25.00 Entry Fee includes the swap-n-shop gift exchange, eight local artisan pop-up shops, snacks, drinks, and more. To purchase tickets:  https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store .  FREE Jute shopping bag donated by Blue Atlas Marketplace to the first 50 tickets sold. 

Donations/Volunteer needs: Looking to bring new bling to your home but need to make some space, need a reason to find your inner Marie Kondo - this is THE FABULOUS event you have been waiting for.  Please check out the flyer for swap decor/items donations needed and click on the volunteer spot for beverage donations, gift cards, sign-ups etc. WPHS students and teachers need our support more than ever. Please help us blow the roof off this event - #WolverineProud#

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA5A829A57-gifts

WPHS PTSA MEMBERSHIP – Join Today

Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. The PTSA at WPHS acts as the Academic Booster Club and supports our students and teachers throughout the year.  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.

Questions? Contact Libby at [email protected].

PTA DONATION

Please help support the PTSA this year so that we can provide our students and staff with support this year!  There are 2 EASY ways!

DIRECT DONATION:

AMAZON SMILE:  Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit the PTSA?  Just go to smile.amazon.com and select "West Potomac High School PTSA" as your charitable organization.  The PTSA will receive a percentage of all your shopping, which you can also set up on your phone if you have an Amazon app.  Shop away and feel good about it!

West Potomac Student Services Parent Needs Assessment

  • In order to plan helpful and needed programming, our Counseling Team is conducting a needs assessment with stakeholders (students, faculty and parents/guardians) in our community. Below is a link to the West Potomac Parent/Guardian Needs Assessment. The entire needs assessment should take no more than five minutes.  Thank you for providing us with valuable information as we support our students this school year. 
  • Student Services Parent/Guardian Needs Assessment


Student Services / College and Career Center Updates 

College Representatives are Coming to WPHS!!!

  • College representatives are starting their fall visits to high schools.  Our first college representative visit was on September 14th and visits will continue daily through the beginning of November.  Each visit lasts approximately 30 minutes. This is an excellent opportunity for seniors & juniors to hear information about a specific college, including the admissions process directly from the college representative.
  • Who can attend? Senior and Junior students are eligible to attend college representative visits.
  • What must a student do to attend a visit? Students must register in advance in Naviance Student AND speak with the teacher(s) whose class they will miss at least 24 hours prior to the college rep visit.  Additional details regarding attending the visit are outlined on the registration page.
  • How does a student register for a visit? Seniors & juniors register in Student Naviance at fcps.edu/Naviance. Once in Naviance, select: Colleges>Research Colleges>College Visits> View Details>Register.
  • Questions?  Students can see Mrs. Young in the Career Center for additional assistance.

SAVE THE DATE - Upcoming Fall Events:

*October 16th: FCPS Annual College Fair

*October 17th – 20th: FCPS Virtual Post-Secondary Week

*October 20th: Region 3 Financial Aid Information Night

Mock ACT now available on 10/1/22!

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

School News

Homecoming

  • Homecoming Week is approaching – October 10-15th! Here are some of the week’s events:
    • Monday October 10th – Indigenous People’s Day – No School
    • Tuesday October 11th – Field Hockey Senior Night at 7:30 pm (with senior night festivities before)
    • Wednesday October 12th – Outdoor Movie Night at sundown in the Senior Lot (movie being voted on)
    • Thursday October 13th – Dig Pink Volleyball Games starting at 5 pm
    • Friday October 14th – Pep Rally during 3rd period
    • Friday October 14th – Homecoming Tailgate in the senior lounge area from 4-6 pm
    • Friday October 14th – Homecoming Football game at 7 pm, Homecoming royalty announced at Halftime
    • Saturday October 15th – Homecoming Dance from 8-11pm in the Main Gym
  • Stay tuned for more specific information on the week!

We need CHAPERONES for the dance! Please fill out this signup genius if you are interested: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba4a72ea7f5c34-homecoming

  • The SGA is collecting new or slightly used dresses and makeup for the second annual Homecoming Dress Drive! Please consider donating dresses to be distributed to West Potomac students in the weeks leading up to Homecoming. Donation bins will be located in the front office, Gunston lobby, and room 447. We will be collecting donations from September 12-26! For any questions email [email protected]. Please use a personal email address instead of your school email.
  • El SGA está colectando vestidos nueve o poco utilizados y maquillaje para la segunda annual de vestido de Homecoming! Por favor considere donar vestidos y maquillaje para ser distribuidos a los estudiantes de West Potomac en las semanas previas a Homecoming. Las cajas de donaciones estarán en la oficina del frente, el pasillo  de Gunston y en el cuarto número 447. Vamos a estar recolectando donaciones desde el 12 de septiembre hasta el 26 de septiembre. Para preguntas por favor mande un email a [email protected] , por favor use su email personal y no su email que usa en la escuela. 

Chorus Boosters News

Chorus Boosters will be holding a car wash at Aldersgate Church on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Please spread the word and come out to support the Chorus Program.  All donations are welcome and appreciated!  Proceeds will help support our scholarship program and clinician-provided workshops. Location: 1301 Collingwood Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308.

Dance Team Fundraisers

Mum Sale

Next Saturday -- Mum Sale and Car Wash!

Stop by the Aldersgate Church Parking Lot on Saturday, September 24 starting at 10:00 am to purchase 8-inch and 10-inch potted mums -- yellow, bronze/orange, pink/purple, and red/burgundy.  After your car is loaded up, swing by the car wash and leave for home with wonderful Fall decor and a clean car!  Proceeds benefit the West Potomac Dance Team.

Class of 2023 – Seniors News

Don’t forget to order your yard signs online now!  They look fantastic, thanks to our very own 2023 senior, Peter Rainey.  They are a great fundraiser for our class as well!  Click here to order!

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

Don’t forget to pay your senior dues which are $75.  This money covers their grad cap and gown, two T-shirts and their diploma cover.    https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

We have a Facebook group filled with information with all things pertaining to this year.  Please join here to stay up to date on things!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2375133515962843

Finally, if you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas, please email us at [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

Virtual Back to School Night / Kiss and Ride Updates

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Virtual Back To School Night (BTSN)

Kiss and Ride Updates - with MAP

  • We have been informed that our new Kiss n’ Ride and staff parking lot will be completed this weekend!  This is great news.  Starting Monday 9/19, we will have wide scale changes in the way that we drop off and pick up as well as park at West Potomac.  A major part of the renovation plans involved creating new traffic patterns to help with congestion on campus as well as along Quander Road.  I do want to reiterate before providing you information that, all students are assigned a school bus in Fairfax County.  Therefore, if the Kiss n’ Ride is a challenge or a strain for you as a parent dropping off their child, you can allow your student to ride the bus. 
  • A map showing the new routes is now available here. The main thing to pay attention to is that there will now be THREE separate entrances and exits to our campus. 
  • The main entrance that includes the Gym, Entrance Door (1), and the bus loop, will now ONLY be a bus loop.  The loop will close off to staff and any other car drivers every morning by 7:30 am and every afternoon by 2:30 pm.  This is to allow for busses to drop off and pick up. The loop WILL be open to car traffic from 8:00 to 2:30 pm.
  • The entrance near Springbank and the Senior parking lot will ONLY be accessible to staff and students with parking lanyards/hang tags on their mirrors.  This access will be restricted starting at 7:30 am and 2:30 pm.  Again, this is to allow for arrival and dismissal.  This area WILL be open from 8:10 am to 2:30 pm.
  • The new Kiss n’ Ride entrance will be at the far end of the school (old Academy entrance and Pully).  All Kiss n Ride vehicles must enter here drive through the front parking lot around the side of the school to the back new staff parking lot area.  Those vehicles will loop around the perimeter of the lot and drop off students at the back doors (multiple doors in this area will be accessible) where they can enter.
  • To help with the transition we will have a soft opening of the new Kiss n Ride starting Friday afterschool.  I encourage you, if you are a Kiss n Ride parent, to come by over the weekend and drive the new area so that you can get familiar with the pattern and signage.  There will be limited access on Saturday morning due to striping of the front Academy lot.  It may be best if you want to come on Saturday to come after 2pm. 
  • It is important that we follow these traffic patterns as the renovation was designed and contingent on these new patterns.  I thank you in advance for your patience and support during this transition.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the main office and reach out to our security staff. 

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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WPHS - News You Choose - 9/9/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • ACT/SAT Test Prep
  • Class of ’23 Updates
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

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Important Dates

  • September 15: Virtual Back to School Night
  • September 26 –Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 5: Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)
  • October 10: Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • October 15: Homecoming
  • October 16: FCPS Annual College Fair
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release

Principal Message

Hello Wolverines!

What a great week 3!  We worked to establish a welcoming environment for all our students as well as establish routines and expectations.  Yesterday we had our first fire drill and will have our first lockdown drill next week.  Our students and staff did an excellent job with quick and orderly evacuation of the building for the fire drill.  I am confident we will have the same for our upcoming lockdown drill. 

Virtual Back To School Night (BTSN)

As instruction is ramping up, our virtual asynchronous BTSN will open on Thursday September 15th.  All teachers will provide videos to introduce themselves and their courses.  The videos will be housed on their schoology class pages that you have access to via your Parent Vue and Student Vue accounts.  Here is some helpful information for accessing your accounts.

The SIS ParentVUE Account is the FCPS secure solution for accessing information about your child's attendance, discipline, class performance, and demographic data. Your SIS ParentVUE Account login credentials are also used to access a link to Schoology, where you can see announcements and assignments for all of your student’s classes.

If you do not yet have a Parent Vue account, please use this link to request an account: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/parent/.

Once you request an account, an activation code will be emailed to you and you will be able to access SIS and Schoology.

If you have a Parent Vue account please reference the information below:

Log in to Schoology here using your Parentvue login and password

Need help resetting your Parentvue password?  

Schoology account information

Differences between parent and student accounts

Helpful videos:

              How do I log in to Schoology?

              What will I find in my account?

              How do I see my child’s account?

If you run into any difficulties with this, please email Ms. Babic [email protected]

Construction, Kiss and Ride, and Parking Passes Updates

Work continues on our Springbank connector, cafeteria expansion, and kiss and ride.  We are excited to see significant progress and we are getting closer to completion with our Kiss and Ride.  Starting early next week, we will send messaging that will provide maps for our new kiss and ride, bus loop, and student/staff parking routes.  We will have a soft opening which will allow you a weekend to come to the school and ride through the new patterns and observe new signage at your leisure.   At the same time, we will resume parking pass distribution to the students who have been allotted a pass but had to wait until the new staff parking lot was complete.  Those students will receive email messaging with details on how and when to pay and pick up their passes. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. Millard

 

PTSA News

We cannot wait to see you at our first WP PTSA General Meeting this coming Monday, September 12th at 6:30 pm in the school library.  The Board will discuss exciting initiatives happening for the year, approve the 2022-2023 budget and answer any questions.  Principal Dr. Millard will make staff introductions and give a discussion on the overall state of the school. 

WPHS PTSA MEMBERSHIP – Join Today

Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. The PTSA at WPHS acts as the Academic Booster Club and supports our students and teachers throughout the year.  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.

  • Household Membership: $20 (all adults and WPHS students living at same address)
  • Student Membership: $10 (not necessary if you have a Household Membership)
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $5 

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 requested information and check to Libby Meares, Membership Chair, 8501 Cyrus Place, Alexandria, VA 22308.  Questions? Contact Libby at [email protected].

 

PTA DONATION

Please help support the PTSA this year so that we can provide our students and staff with support this year!  There are 2 EASY ways!

DIRECT DONATION:

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/735410

AMAZON SMILE:  Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit the PTSA?  Just go to smile.amazon.com and select "West Potomac High School PTSA" as your charitable organization.  The PTSA will receive a percentage of all your shopping, which you can also set up on your phone if you have an Amazon app.  Shop away and feel good about it!

School News

How to Receive FCPS Messages in Other Languages

You may wish to read FCPS messages in a language other than English. There are several ways you can receive or view our communications in a different language. 

FCPS This Week is distributed in other languages to parents/guardians who have filled out the Home Language Survey form and selected a language supported by FCPS as their preferred language for communication. Home Language Survey forms are available in the following languages: Amharic | Arabic (العربية) | Chinese (中文) | Farsi (فارسی) | Korean (한국어) | Spanish (español) | Urdu (اردو) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

Learn more about other communications that are translated. 

Performing Arts News

Annual TAG Day, Saturday, Sept. 10, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

Today West Potomac students from band, orchestra, chorus, and guitar will be out canvassing our neighborhoods seeking donations for our Performing Arts programs. As you may know, FCPS fees that these students pay to participate in these activities do not begin to cover the full cost of operating the programs. Each year the various programs join together to work on this direct donation campaign, TAG Day, seeking funds to help cover the costs.  Your donations and your kindness to our Performing Arts students this Saturday will be greatly appreciated. Donations can also be made online anytime via the Wolverine Band website. Visit www.wolverine band and click the yellow "Donate" button. Thank you for your support. 

Chorus Boosters News

Chorus Boosters will be holding a car wash at Aldersgate Church on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Please spread the word and come out to support the Chorus Program.  All donations are welcome and appreciated!  Proceeds will help support our scholarship program and clinician-provided workshops. Location: 1301 Collingwood Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308.

Dance Team Fundraisers

Mum Sale

The West Potomac Dance Team is having its annual mum sale!  Please see attached flyer and consider supporting our dancers as you beautify your yard and front stoop.  Thank you and good luck with the school year. 

https://forms.gle/RHEz2ufw9NCMxXJUA

To order, follow this link:  https://forms.gle/RHEz2ufw9NCMxXJUA

Also, there will be a Dance Team car wash at Aldersgate during the pick-up window for the mums.

Cow Bells & Bows

Show your school spirit at West Potomac sports games this year by purchasing a hand-painted cow bell and a beautiful hair bow.  At the game this Friday, check out the display of bells and bows on a table to your left once you enter the football stadium.  Proceeds benefit the West Potomac Dance Team.

Enjoy dinner out on Monday, September 12 at McAlister's!

Support the West Potomac Dance Team and enjoy the delicious offerings at McAlister's in Mount Vernon Plaza this Monday between 4:00 and 8:00 pm.

College and Career Center Updates

Do you need help making plans for what you would like to do after high school? I partner with school counselors, teachers, and staff members to help students make informed decisions about post-secondary opportunities.

The CCC is open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4 pm. Ms. Young is available to meet with students or with students/parents in person, virtually, or by phone.  To schedule - please send an email to Mrs. Young at [email protected] or by phone at 703-718-2548.

SAVE THE DATE – Upcoming Fall Events:

*October 16th: FCPS Annual College Fair

*October 17th – 20th: FCPS Virtual Post-Secondary Week

*October 20th: Region 3 Financial Aid Information Night

Please see the September College & Career Center newsletter for additional updates including important upcoming events, scholarship opportunities and enrichment programs.  The attachment includes details on all the following topics.

  • SAT/ACT Support: For students who are interested in a test prep class, Applerouth Test Prep partners with our WPHS PTSA to offer test preparation at a discounted rate for WPHS students. They offer mock tests and group class sessions during the school year. The full schedule and registration can be found on http://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/
  • College Information Sessions: College Representatives are visiting West Potomac, more than 40 college visits are already scheduled for September, October and November.  See the attachment for registration details.
  • Financial Aid information: The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid will open on October 1.  See the attachment for details on information and FREE services available to help students complete the financial aid process. 
  • Scholarship opportunities are available to FCPS students to review and apply to through Naviance Student. Students review and apply for scholarships by logging into Naviance Student>Colleges> Scholarship & Money>Scholarship List. See below for a list of scholarships with deadlines through the end of December. This site is updated WEEKLY and students are ENCOURAGED to review on a regular basis as deadline dates are critical. Detailed application instructions for all scholarships listed below are in “Naviance Student.”

SAT/ACT Prep

Fall SAT Prep Class!

Group Tutoring sessions begin 09/10. View all our events and register at applerouth.com/schools/8946/.  Students from other schools are welcome - invite some friends to join you!

Mock ACT now available on 10/1/22!

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

Class of 2023 – Seniors News

Don’t forget to order your yard signs online now!  They look fantastic, thanks to our very own 2023 senior, Peter Rainey.  They are a great fundraiser for our class as well!  Click here to order!

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

Don’t forget to pay your senior dues which are $75.  This money covers their grad cap and gown, two T-shirts and their diploma cover.    https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

We have a Facebook group filled with information with all things pertaining to this year.  Please join here to stay up to date on things!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2375133515962843

Finally, if you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas, please email us at [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

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6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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WPHS - News You Choose - 9-1-22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • PTSA News
  • Student Services and College and Career Center Updates
  • Class of ’23 Updates
  • ACT/SAT Test Prep
  • Hidden In Plain Sight (HIPS) – Education to Recognize Risky Behavior in Teens
  • Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • September 2: No School, Labor Day
  • September 5: No School, Labor Day
  • September 7: Senior Information Night, 6-8pm
  • September 15: Virtual Back to School Night
  • September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 5: Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)
  • October 10: Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • October 15: Homecoming
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release

PTSA News

Looking forward to seeing you all at our first PTSA meeting on Monday, September 12th at 6:30pm in the school library.  Dr. Millard will speak on hot topics for the year and the 2022-2023 PTSA will be introduced and will be discussing fun initiatives we have planned-- you don't want to miss these interactive and informative meetings!

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN

Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. The PTSA at WPHS acts as the Academic Booster Club and supports our students and teachers throughout the year.  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 remain the same as last year:

  • Household Membership: $20 (all adults and WPHS students living at same address)
  • Student Membership: $10 (not necessary if you have a Household Membership)
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $5 

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 requested information and check to Libby Meares, Membership Chair, 8501 Cyrus Place, Alexandria, VA 22308.  Questions? Contact Libby at [email protected].

 

PTA DONATION

Please help support the PTSA this year so that we can provide our students and staff with support this year!  There are 2 EASY ways!

  1. DIRECT DONATION:

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/735410

  1. AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit the PTSA?  Just go to amazon.com and select "West Potomac High School PTSA" as your charitable organization.  The PTSA will receive a percentage of all your shopping, which you can also set up on your phone if you have an Amazon app.  So shop away and feel good about it!

Student Services and College and Career Center Updates

Class of 2023 Senior Information Night

  • Student Services will be hosting Senior Information Night for the Class of 2023 on Wednesday, September 7th  from 6 pm - 8 pm. The focus of the event is to provide students and families with information about post-secondary options.  Our Student Services team will present important information regarding the college process at West Potomac.  The evening will include breakout sessions with college representatives to present information on the admissions process for 2- or 4-year colleges and the financial aid process.  We will also offer sessions for students who are interested in exploring options other than college such as the military, apprenticeships and CTE programs.  Sessions will be offered in English and most in Spanish.

Class of 2023 – Seniors News

Don’t forget to order your yard signs online now!  They look fantastic, thanks to our very own 2023 senior, Peter Rainey.  They are a great fundraiser for our class as well!  Click here to order!

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

Don’t forget to pay your senior dues which are $75.  This money covers their grad cap and gown, two T-shirts and their diploma cover.    https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

We have a Facebook group filled with information with all things pertaining to this year.  Please join here to stay up to date on things!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2375133515962843

Finally, if you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas, please email us at [email protected]

SAT/ACT Prep

Last Call for Fall SAT Prep Class!

The new deadline for students to register is 09/07. For the first (benchmark) mock exam, students will take an online, self-proctored exam by 09/06. Group Tutoring sessions begin 09/10. View all our events and register at applerouth.com/schools/8946/.  Students from other schools are welcome - invite some friends to join you! We need one more student to enroll for the class to run!

Mock ACT now available on 10/1/22!

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) –

Tuesday, September 6 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Hybla Community Center (7950 Audubon Ave, Alexandria)

The Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, vaping, mental health and behavioral concerns, risky sexual behaviors, trending "challenges" and more.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a “show and tell” of “red flags” that can indicate risky behavior in teens.

That is followed by an educational portion that includes a PowerPoint presentation detailing more "red flags" and how they are indicative of — or used in — risky behavior. We include up-to-date statistics and local trends, and law enforcement officers will share their experiences they have had in our community identifying risky behaviors and helping to put kids on the right path to a healthy life. Let’s open the door to communicating with our teens!

(Warrenton Lifestyle, 2019) - https://piedmontlifestyle.com/uncategorized/hidden-in-plain-sight/

Register here: https://bit.ly/mtvhips22

Questions? [email protected]

Oculto a Simple Vista (HIPS) - Martes 6 de Septiembre | 6:30 pm. a 20:45 Hybla Valley Community Center (7950 Audubon Ave, Alexandria)

El programa” Oculto a Simple Vista: o Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) es un programa interactivo PRESENCIAL para educar a los adultos sobre los indicios de conductas de riesgo en adolescentes y adultos jóvenes. Trata sobre el consumo de drogas y alcohol, el vapeo, problemas de conducta y salud mental, los comportamientos sexuales de riesgo, los "retos" en tendencia y más.

¡Esta es una aventura de aprendizaje práctico SOLO PARA PADRES Y TUTORES LEGALES! Lo guiaremos a través de una presentación que le abre los ojos y le ayudará a ver lo que está frente a usted. Este programa comienza con un "demostrar y contar" de "señales de alerta" que pueden indicar un comportamiento de riesgo en los adolescentes. Los tiempos han cambiado desde que éramos adolescentes.

A esto le sigue una parte educativa que incluye una presentación de PowerPoint que detalla más "señales de alerta" y cómo son indicativas de, o se usan en, un comportamiento de riesgo. Incluimos estadísticas actualizadas y tendencias locales, y los oficiales de la policía, compartirán las experiencias que han tenido en nuestra comunidad identificando comportamientos de riesgo y ayudando a poner a los niños en el camino correcto hacia una vida saludable. ¡Abramos la puerta a la comunicación con nuestros adolescentes!

(Warrenton Lifestyle, 2019) - https://piedmontlifestyle.com/uncategorized/hidden-in-plain-sight/

Registrarse aquí: https://bit.ly/mtvhips22

Preguntas? [email protected]

WPHS Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers

Dance Team Fundraisers

Mum Sale

The West Potomac Dance Team is having its annual mum sale!  Please see attached flyer and consider supporting our dancers as you beautify your yard and front stoop.  Thank you and good luck with the school year. 

https://forms.gle/RHEz2ufw9NCMxXJUA

To order, follow this link:  https://forms.gle/RHEz2ufw9NCMxXJUA

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS News You Choose - 8-26-22

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A few pictures from the new addition that welcomed students into the rooms for the first time this week!

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • Student Services and College and Career Center Updates 
  • Class of ’23 Updates
  • ACT/SAT Test Prep
  • WPHS Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • September 2: No School
  • September 5: No School, Labor Day
  • September 7: Senior Information Night – 6PM – Springbank
  • September 12: September PTSA Meeting 6:30pm Library
  • September 26 –Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day – Rosh Hashanah

Principal Message

Happy First Friday Wolverines!

Wow, what an awesome first week!  Despite our challenges leading up to the first day of school, we had a wonderful start to our 22-23 school year.  Our staff and students have been excited to reconnect.  The first two weeks of school are about establishing relationships, routines and expectations, settling in, and reviewing/assessing current content knowledge and skills.  This time is essential for student’s long-term success in academics and supporting student wellness.    

Virtual Back To School Night (BTSN)

Our virtual asynchronous BTSN will open on Thursday September 25th.  All teachers will provide videos to introduce themselves and their courses.  The videos will be housed on their schoology class pages that you have access to via your Parent Vue and Student Vue accounts.  Here is some helpful information for accessing your accounts.

Log in to Schoology here using your Parentvue login and password

Need help resetting your Parentvue password?  

Schoology account information

Differences between parent and student accounts

Helpful videos:

              How do I log in to Schoology?

              What will I find in my account?

              How do I see my child’s account?

If you run into any difficulties with this, please email Ms. Babic [email protected]

Construction and Parking Updates

Work continues on our spring bank connector, cafeteria expansion, and kiss and ride.  There are two shifts of workers, day and evening, working to complete our project.  I do not have any solid completion dates but I am hopeful seeing progress daily.  As we are getting closer to completion of the kiss and ride, we will continue to distribute parking passes to those who have reservations.  Once that is complete we will move to the waitlist.  At this time, we are no longer able to take any additional requests for parking.  Also, we will provide you with maps for our new kiss and ride, bus, loop and student/staff parking routes prior to opening the new parking areas.  In the meantime, if you are visiting our campus during the school day, please only park in designated visitor parking available in the front of the school at the door 1 entrance.  Please do not park in the senior or junior parking lots.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you,

Tanganyika H. Millard, Ed.D.

Principal, West Potomac H.S.

PTSA News

  • Mark your calendars!  The PTSA will have its first monthly meeting on Monday, September 12th at 6:30 PM in the school library.  There will be a lot of good information to help get everyone pointed in the right direction for a successful year.  Please join us!

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN

Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. The PTSA at WPHS acts as the Academic Booster Club and supports our students and teachers throughout the year.  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 remain the same as last year:

  • Household Membership: $20 (all adults and WPHS students living at same address)
  • Student Membership: $10 (not necessary if you have a Household Membership)
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $5 

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 requested information and check to Libby Meares, Membership Chair, 8501 Cyrus Place, Alexandria, VA 22308.  Questions? Contact Libby at [email protected].

 

PTA DONATION

Please help support the PTSA this year so that we can provide our students and staff with support this year!  There are 2 EASY ways!

  1. DIRECT DONATION:

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/735410

  1. AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit the PTSA?  Just go to amazon.com and select "West Potomac High School PTSA" as your charitable organization.  The PTSA will receive a percentage of all your shopping, which you can also set up on your phone if you have an Amazon app.  So shop away and feel good about it!

Student Services/College and Career Center Updates

Class of 2023 College Information Night

  • Save the date!  Student Services will be hosting a college information night for the Class of 2023 on Wednesday, September 7, starting at 6pm.  More details to come! 

College and Career Center

The first Lunch & Learn of 2022-2023 will be held in the College & Career Center on Tuesday, 8/30.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about all the resources available in the College & Career Center folder in Schoology on topics like the college application process, financial aid & scholarship resources, career resources, military resources & much more!   All students are welcome to bring their lunch and attend the presentation during their lunch period.  Registration is not required.

Kind Regards,

Karen B. Young

College & Career Center

Class of 2023 – Seniors News

Don’t forget to order your yard signs online now!  They look fantastic, thanks to our very own 2023 senior, Peter Rainey.  They are a great fundraiser for our class as well!  Click here to order!

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

Don’t forget to pay your senior dues which are $75.  This money covers their grad cap and gown, two T-shirts and their diploma cover.    https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

We have a Facebook group filled with information with all things pertaining to this year.  Please join here to stay up to date on things!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2375133515962843

Finally, if you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas, please email us at [email protected]

SAT/ACT Prep

Last Call for Fall SAT Prep Class!

The new deadline for students to register is 09/07. For the first (benchmark) mock exam, students will get to choose whether they want to take an online proctored via Zoom on Saturday, 08/27, or a self-proctored exam by 09/06. Group Tutoring sessions begin 09/10. View all our events and register at applerouth.com/schools/8946/

New Test Prep Program Contact

Liz Maurer now oversees the test prep program for the WPHS PTSA. Welcome on board, Liz!

Questions about the program? Contact Liz at [email protected]

Scholarships for Mock Tests and Group Classes

Need-based scholarships for WPHS students are available! Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, at [email protected]

WPHS Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers

WABC Membership

Dear Wolverine Fans,

It is the very best time of the year! The 2022-2023 sports season has begun and the WABC is launching our annual Membership Drive. This year we are offering three different levels of Membership. Students, families, and fans can show their support by purchasing; a Family Pass ($175 for up to six family members including WP students), a Student Pass ($25), or an Individual Family Member Pass ($75).  All purchases are made via Paypal at https://www.supportwestpotomac.com/membership.html

Pass holders will receive free admission to all regular season home games. District, regional, and state tournaments will charge an entry fee. This pass provides HUGE savings over the course of the school year and is one of the best ways to show your Wolverine pride! Each pass holder will receive a personalized card and should remember to bring it to all events for admission. Cards will be available for pick up at the first home game for each team. Passes may be mailed to home addresses by request.

Questions may be directed to Wendy Joachim at 703-889-0086.

Let's Go Wolverines! 

Buy your All Sports Pass Here!

Dance Team Fundraisers

Cow Bells & Bows

Show your school spirit at West Potomac sports games this year by purchasing a hand-painted cow bell and a beautiful hair bow.  Starting this Friday, check out the display of bells and bows on a table to your left once you enter the football stadium.  Proceeds benefit the West Potomac Dance Team.

FUNDrive

Do a last-minute closet clean-out and donate your gently used clothing and soft household goods to raise funds for the West Potomac Dance Team!  Drop-off is between 8:00 and 10:00 am this Saturday, August 27 at the big blue bin around the corner of the Springbank building at West Potomac. Tax receipts will be available at drop-off. See attached flyer for more details.

Mum Sale

The West Potomac Dance Team is having its annual mum sale!  Please see attached flyer and consider supporting our dancers as you beautify your yard and front stoop.  Thank you and good luck with the school year:

To order, follow this link:  https://forms.gle/RHEz2ufw9NCMxXJUA

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS - News You Choose - 8/20/22

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FCPS parents, students, and staff members are invited to share their favorite pictures or videos from the first day of school on social media using the hashtag #FirstDayFairfax

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Message from WPHS Administration
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Application Information
  • Student Services / College and Career Center Updates
  • PTSA News
  • Class of ’23 Updates
  • ACT/SAT Test Prep
  • Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • August 22:   First Day of School
  • September 2: No School
  • September 5: No School, Labor Day
  • September 26 –Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day – Rosh Hashanah

Message from WPHS Administration

We are so excited to welcome all our Wolverines to campus on Monday morning.  A big thank you to all who came to Wolverine Welcome yesterday.  A reminder to please review the email you received from FCPS Food Services that includes your child’s lunch number.  School lunches are no longer free for all students, so everyone will need to know their lunch number on Monday.  If you may be eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch and have not applied, please do so as soon as possible.  More information on how to apply is below. 

-WPHS Administration

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available 

  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.
  • We encourage all interested families to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application as soon as possible to begin receiving benefits. Applications and information are available on the FCPS website
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. In order to receive these benefits, you must complete the consent form.
  • Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

  • WPHS Student Services is excited to welcome our students back for the 22-23 School Year. A reminder, two of our counselors are on leave to start the year and since we have been unable to secure substitute counselors, we have divided their alpha amongst the team.  Those that work with Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Bluestein can review the alpha breakdown below regarding who to contact.  Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. McMahon ([email protected]). 
  • As we begin school on Monday we are only making schedule changes next week for the following reasons:
    • Too few or too many classes
    • Absence of required course for graduation
    • Inaccurate placement by grade or course level
  • The elective change window will be the second week of school August 29 - September 1.  During that week, students who are interested in making an elective change should report to their elective class for attendance and then ask for a pass to see their counselor.  Changes will be available based on space availability and only in the same period of their current elective.  

College and Career Center Updates:

  • Welcome back to all Wolverines and families from the College & Career Center!  My name is Karen Young and I am the College & Career Center Specialist here at WPHS.
  • I partner with school counselors, teachers, and staff members to help students make informed decisions about post-secondary opportunities. Throughout the school year there will be a variety of opportunities for students to learn information to assist in that planning.  There are multiple ways for students and families to learn about the upcoming events in the College & Career Center…News You Choose, Monthly Newsletters, Schoology, and email.  Don’t forget to follow on Twitter @wphsccc for great information as well. 
  • I am looking forward to a great school year and supporting all students in reaching their highest potential! 

Kind Regards,

Karen B. Young

PTSA News

WEST POTOMAC HIGH SCHOOL PTSA MEMBERSHIP – EASY TO JOIN

Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. The PTSA at WPHS acts as the Academic Booster Club and supports our students and teachers throughout the year.  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 remain the same as last year:

  • Household Membership: $20 (all adults and WPHS students living at same address)
  • Student Membership: $10 (not necessary if you have a Household Membership)
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $5 

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 requested information and check to Libby Meares, Membership Chair, 8501 Cyrus Place, Alexandria, VA 22308.  Questions? Contact Libby at [email protected].

 

"Let's start this school year with a donation to the West Potomac High School PTSA!  As the Academic Booster Club for the school, some of our goals include providing support for students and staff when it comes to needed or improving equipment providing teacher grants, after school buses for students that stay late, and so much more!  No amount is too small.  PLEASE DONATE and thank you for helping us provide our students and staff with an awesome year!"

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/735410

Class of 2023 – Seniors News

Welcome back to our fantastic class of 23 seniors!  We are so excited for the year ahead and wanted to give a few reminders.  First up, order your yard signs online now!  They look fantastic, thanks to our very own 2023 senior, Peter Rainey.  Click here to order!

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

If you have not submitted your senior’s t-shirt size, we have one more week to do it.  Please fill out the google form here! https://forms.gle/Adj8FynJNBtMngaLA

If you are a parent and want to order a shirt for yourself, please visit the store to order.  They are $23 and MUST BE ORDERED THIS WEEK!!!

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store

We have a Facebook group filled with information with all things pertaining to this year.  Please join here to stay up to date on things!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2375133515962843

Finally, our committee is coming together but we could really use a Fundraising chair!  Please let us know if you are interested. Our email is [email protected]

Have a great last weekend of summer!

SAT/ACT Prep:

Time to think test prep!  Are the Official Tests Still Relevant?

Test optional does not mean test blind! Check the websites of your favored colleges to see their admissions policy and check the scholarship pages to see if test scores are used for admissions, scholarships or class placement. Test optional mean YOU get to choose to send your score.

 

Fall SAT Class and Mocks Start Soon!Register at http://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/

 

Class

Start Date

Mock Test

Date

SAT FALL CLASS

8/27/2022

Mock SAT no essay

8/27/2022

   

Mock SAT no essay

10/1/2022

   

Mock SAT no essay

10/22/2022

                   

Rising Juniors:  Think ahead to your junior year and all the AP classes, activities, and college research. When is the best time for you to prep and test?  Once you’ve completed Algebra 2, you’re ready to test.

You have time to take a fall, winter, or spring prep class! Just remember to plan your testing and prep schedule around the sports/extracurricular activities! Plan on taking the official test three times. If you are taking Algebra 2 during junior year, target the June official test as your first attempt.

The Fall SAT Class preps for the November 5th official test and can take a whole load of stress off your junior year. Studies show that waiting until later in your junior year does not increase scores. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the bulk of your official testing completed before winter break of junior year? Not to mention that the prep will help with your PSAT/NMSQT scores!

Check out our WPHS test prep schedule! 

Test Preference/Mocks:  If you still need to take mock tests to determine test preference before registering for a class, all our events can be found on our WPHS test prep schedule.

Rising Seniors:  Fall mock tests and an SAT prep class are available to prepare you for the November 5th SAT test! Take advantage of the opportunity to boost your score before college applications! Note that many schools will accept test scores after the application is submitted.

PTSA Test Prep Program Contact:  The above are general guidelines. If you would like to discuss your student’s testing plan options in more detail, jet an email my way! I’m always happy to talk test prep - Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Need Flexibility? Try a SELF-PACED ONLINE CLASS:  For only $125.00, the test prep program is offering self-paced 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. Purchase on PTSA's MemberHub Store. The class will be loaded into your Applerouth account within a few days.

Worth the time - Applerouth Resources and Webinars:  Brush up on anything and everything related to college admissions with Applerouth’s resources, all in one place. Check them out (especially the Junior Jumpstart) at applerouth.com/bookshelf.   For upcoming free webinars, learn more at applerouth.com/events

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected].

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

WABC Membership

Dear Wolverine Fans,

It is the very best time of the year! The 2022-2023 sports season is about to begin and the WABC is launching our annual Membership Drive. This year we are offering three different levels of Membership. Students, families, and fans can show their support by purchasing; a Family Pass ($175 for up to six family members including WP students), a Student Pass ($25), or an Individual Family Member Pass ($75).  All purchases are made via Paypal at https://www.supportwestpotomac.com/membership.html

Pass holders will receive free admission to all regular season home games. District, regional, and state tournaments will charge an entry fee. This pass provides HUGE savings over the course of the school year and is one of the best ways to show your Wolverine pride! Each pass holder will receive a personalized card and should remember to bring it to all events for admission. Cards will be available for pick up at the Wolverine Welcome on August 19th and also at all of the first home games for each team. Passes may be mailed to home addresses by request.

The price for the Family Pass increases to $200 on the first day of school (8/22) so order yours today!

Questions may be directed to Wendy Joachim at 703-889-0086.

Let's Go Wolverines! 

Buy your All Sports Pass Here!

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Wolverine Welcome 2022 - TODAY!

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Wolverine Welcome 2022 – Open House

  • Wolverine Welcome 2022 is today, Friday August 19 from 3:30-5:30pm.  Following Wolverine Welcome we hope you stay and join us as our Football Team hosts a home scrimmage and our Marching Band performs at halftime of the scrimmage! 
  • What is Wolverine Welcome?  Wolverine Welcome is our annual school year kickoff event where families can come to campus and participate in a number of activities:
    • The new wing (Room 600s and 700s) will not be open this afternoon.  Teachers who are in the 600s and 700s can be found in the gym.  In addition, floating teachers locations (teachers with more than one room) can be found using this guide.
      • At the bottom of the link also lists teachers who will not be in attendance this afternoon.
    • In the cafeteria, have you child’s schedule printed and activate your ParentVue account.  Please note that because of schedules being accessible on ParentVue and StudentVue app we will not be printing all schedules, but anyone who does not have the app, we will print your child’s schedule and assist you in activating your ParentVue account.
    • The building will be open and faculty will be on campus in their classrooms so it’s a great opportunity to walk your schedule, practice your locker combination, and meet your teachers!  
    • PTSA and WABC Membership – Our PTSA and WABC will be available in the cafeteria to answer questions.
    • Be sure to visit the cafeteria where we will have a number of community resources as well as Student Services team members.
    • Pick up your laptop in the Auxiliary Gym
    • The WP Clinic will be open should a parent want to check in with our Clinic or drop of medicine.
    • Parking will be available on campus in the Senior and Junior Parking Lots.  Overflow parking will also be available at the Quander Road School.

We hope to see you this afternoon!

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New Student Orientation / Wolverine Welcome

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9th Grade and New Student Orientation

  • 9th Grade Orientation is tomorrow Thursday, August 18, beginning at 8:10am and concluding at 12pm. This event is for students.  Parents are encouraged to come to campus Friday for Wolverine Welcome.   
  • Transportation - While all bus routes will not be running, we want to ensure students who do not have a ride to school that morning can still access Orientation.  As a result, students who need transportation to West Potomac for Orientation can report to the closest elementary school listed below or 7949 Jana Lee Ave. 
    • Bus Transportation will be available at the following elementary schools: Belle View, Bucknell, Fort Hunt, Groveton, Hollin Meadows, Hybla Valley, Stratford Landing, and Waynewood. 
    • All busses will pick up at elementary schools at 7:40am.
    • The pick up time for 7949 Janna Lee Ave is at 7:20am.
    • Busses will drop off at the same locations after orientation at approximately 12:30pm.
  • All 9th Graders will report to their Advisory/3rd Period at the start of Orientation (listed as 3rd period on their schedule).  Class Schedules become available at 6am tomorrow on ParentVue and StudentVue.  Adults in the hallways will also have a list of everyone’s 3rd period Advisory location for students who do not have the app. We will have many adults and student leaders in the building to help everyone find their correct location!
  • New 10th-12th Graders should report directly to the library.  
  • Each student will receive a paper copy of their schedule when they arrive to their 3rd period advisory class.  
  • We are excited to share that our new addition will be open and accessible for students and staff tomorrow (Rooms 600s and 700s).  There are still some last minute items that are being finished for example flooring in the hallway, etc.  The area is safe for students and staff and everything will be finished for Monday. 
  • Orientation will include an opportunity for 9th graders to meet their peer mentor, advisory teacher, tour the building as well as go through their class schedule!  We look forward to seeing all our 9th graders tomorrow!

Wolverine Welcome 2022 – Open House

  • Wolverine Welcome 2022 will be Friday August 19 from 3:30-5:30pm.  Following Wolverine Welcome we hope you stay and join us as our Football Team hosts a home scrimmage and our Marching Band performs at halftime of the scrimmage! 
  • What is Wolverine Welcome?  Wolverine Welcome is our annual school year kickoff event where families can come to campus and participate in a number of activities:
    • Have you child’s schedule printed and activate your ParentVue account.  Please note that because of schedules being accessible on ParentVue and StudentVue app we will not be printing all schedules, but anyone who does not have the app, we will print your child’s schedule and assist you in activating your ParentVue account.
    • The building will be open and faculty will be on campus in their classrooms so it’s a great opportunity to walk your schedule, practice your locker combination, and meet your teachers!  
    • PTSA Membership – Our PTSA will be available to answer questions and help you complete your 2022-23 membership form
    • The WP Clinic will be open should a parent want to check in with our Clinic or drop of medicine.
    • We will also have a number of community resources on site and available to families.

We hope to see you on Friday afternoon August 19!

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WPHS News You Choose - 8-13-22

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In this week's News You Choose

  • Important dates
  • Principal Message
  • Student Services Updates
  • Registrations/Withdrawals
  • 9th Grade and New Student Orientation
  • Wolverine Welcome
  • Laptop Distribution
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications - Now Available!
  • WABC Membership Information
  • 12th Grade Immunization Requirement 
  • 2022-2023 Opt Out Forms
  • Update your "News You Choose" Settings

Important Dates

  • August 18 - 9th Grade/New Student Orientation, 8:10-12pm
  • August 19 – Wolverine Welcome, 3:30-5:30pm
  • August 22 - First Day of 2022-23 School Year
  • September 2 – No School
  • September 5 – No School, Labor Day
  • September 26 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day – Rosh Hashanah

Principal Message

Happy Saturday Wolverines!

One.More.Week!  We are looking forward to your return.  Our teachers will be back in force on Monday.  I just want to give a quick update on staffing.  We have made major progress in the past week.  As of today we only have the following vacancies:

3 Main Office (we are actively interviewing so this is going well – should have some hires this coming week)

2 Nursing

1 EMT

1 911

1 JROTC

Thank you for those who reached out to connect us with possible candidates.  We have also hired 1 Student Monitor but we are looking for 3 more, so please continue to put the word out. 

I will be putting out a new Construction update eNotify on Monday after getting a update from FCPS Design and Construction.

Take care and enjoy this beautiful weekend.

Dr. Millard

Student Services Updates

  • WPHS Student Services is excited to welcome our students back for the 22-23 School Year. Two of our counselors will be on leave to start the year and at this time we have been unable to secure substitute counselors.  Therefore, we have divided their alpha amongst the team.  Those that work with Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Bluestein can review the alpha breakdown below regarding who to contact.  Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. McMahon ([email protected]). 
  • Please understand that school counselors are focused on ensuring every student has a complete schedule for the first day of school.  Requests to change classes will be reviewed to the best of our ability but are not guaranteed.  Changes are only on a space available basis.  Schedule changes are not available after school starts except for our elective change window.
  • The elective change window will be the second week of school August 29 - September 1.  During that week, students who are interested in making an elective change should report to their elective class for attendance and then ask for a pass to see their counselor.  Changes will be available based on space availability and only in the same period of their current elective.  

Registrations/Withdrawals

  • Have you recently moved and will not be attending West Potomac this school year? Are you new to the area and need to register for school?  Please contact WPHS Registrar Leslie Dorsey as soon as possible to update our records or schedule a registration appointment.  She is available at [email protected] and 703-718-2551.

9th Grade and New Student Orientation

  • 9th Grade and New Student (Grades 10-12) Orientation will be this Thursday, August 18, beginning at 8:10am and concluding at 12pm. This event is for students.  Parents are encouraged to come to campus Friday for Wolverine Welcome.   
  • Transportation - While all bus routes will not be running, we want to ensure students who do not have a ride to school that morning can still access Orientation.  As a result, students who need transportation to West Potomac for Orientation can report to the closest elementary school listed below or 7949 Jana Lee Ave where buses will be picking up students at 7:40am at elementary schools and 7:20am at 7949 Janna Lee Ave and returning students after Orientation approximately 12:30pm.
    • Bus Transportation will be available at the following elementary schools: Belle View, Bucknell, Fort Hunt, Groveton, Hollin Meadows, Hybla Valley, Stratford Landing, and Waynewood. 
  • All 10-12th new students should report to the library upon arriving for Orientation.
  • All 9th Graders will report to their Advisory/3rd Period at the start of Orientation (listed as 3rd period on their schedule).  Class Schedules become available at 6am the morning of Orientation.  Adults in the hallways will also have a list of everyone’s 3rd period Advisory location for students who do not have the app. We will have many adults and student leaders in the building to help everyone find their correct location!
  • Each student will receive a paper copy of their schedule when they arrive to their 3rd period advisory class.  
  • Orientation will include an opportunity for 9th graders to meet their peer mentor, advisory teacher, tour the building as well as go through their class schedule!

Wolverine Welcome 2022 – Open House

  • Wolverine Welcome 2022 will be Friday August 19 from 3:30-5:30pm.  Following Wolverine Welcome we hope you stay and join us as our Football Team hosts a home scrimmage and our Marching Band performs at halftime of the scrimmage! 
  • What is Wolverine Welcome?  Wolverine Welcome is our annual school year kickoff event where families can come to campus and participate in a number of activities:
    • Have you child’s schedule printed and activate your ParentVue account.  Please note that because of schedules being accessible on ParentVue and StudentVue app we will not be printing all schedules, but anyone who does not have the app, we will print your child’s schedule and assist you in activating your ParentVue account.
    • The building will be open and faculty will be on campus in their classrooms so it’s a great opportunity to walk your schedule, practice your locker combination, and meet your teachers!  
    • PTSA Membership – Our PTSA will be available to answer questions and help you complete your 2022-23 membership form
    • The WP Clinic will be open should a parent want to check in with our Clinic or drop of medicine.
    • We will also have a number of community resources on site and available to families.
    • We hope to see you on Friday afternoon August 18!

Laptop Distribution

  • Laptop Distribution will begin this week! Below are the dates and locates where you can pick these up. 
    • Tuesday 8/16 – 9am-12pmin the Aux Gym 
    • Wednesday 8/17 – 9am-12pmin the Aux Gym
    • Thursday 8/18 – 12pm - 1:30 after 9th/New Students Orientation in the Aux Gym
    • Friday 8/19 -  3:30pm-5:30pmduring Wolverine Welcome - Aux Gym 

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available 

  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.
  • We encourage all interested families to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application as soon as possible to begin receiving benefits. Applications and information are available on the FCPS website
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. In order to receive these benefits, you must complete the consent form.
  • Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

WABC Membership

Dear Wolverine Fans,

It is the very best time of the year! The 2022-2023 sports season is about to begin and the WABC is launching our annual Membership Drive. This year we are offering three different levels of Membership. Students, families, and fans can show their support by purchasing; a Family Pass ($175 for up to six family members including WP students), a Student Pass ($25), or an Individual Family Member Pass ($75).  All purchases are made via Paypal at https://www.supportwestpotomac.com/membership.html

Pass holders will receive free admission to all regular season home games. District, regional, and state tournaments will charge an entry fee. This pass provides HUGE savings over the course of the school year and is one of the best ways to show your Wolverine pride! Each pass holder will receive a personalized card and should remember to bring it to all events for admission. Cards will be available for pick up at the Wolverine Welcome on August 19th and also at all of the first home games for each team. Passes may be mailed to home addresses by request.

The price for the Family Pass increases to $200 on the first day of school (8/22) so order yours today!

Questions may be directed to Wendy Joachim at 703-889-0086.

Let's Go Wolverines! 

Buy your All Sports Pass Here!

12th Grade Immunization requirement

  • Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of senior year.

If you have not already done so, please provide one of the following documents to West Potomac High School Student Services (Leslie Dorsey – [email protected]) ­­­as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at this link

2022-23 Opt Out Forms

Beginning Friday, July 15, parents the following opt-out forms became available to families via SIS ParentVue: 

  • Tutor.com Access
  • SEL Screener Participation
  • Counseling Opt-Out
  • Transportation Intent
  • Accept FCPS Device
  • Home Internet Access

Any parent/guardian associated with a student, and has a SIS ParentVue account, can update these opt-outs as needed by going to the "Student Info" tab and clicking "Edit Information" in the top left-hand corner.  The parent/guardian must have both "Contact Allowed" and "Records Access Rights" to see and update student information. More information is provided within ParentVue to assist you in your decision making for your child.  

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WPHS - News You Choose 8-5-22

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In this week's News You Choose

  • Important dates
  • Principal Message
  • Student Parking Information
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications - Now Available!
  • WABC Membership Information
  • 12th Grade Immunization Requirement 
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Parents/Guardians
  • 2022-2023 Opt Out Forms
  • Update your "News You Choose" Settings

Important Dates

  • August 18 - 9th Grade/New Student Orientation, 8:10-12pm
  • August 19 – Wolverine Welcome, 3:30-5:30pm
  • August 22 - First Day of 2022-23 School Year
  • September 2 – No School
  • September 5 – No School, Labor Day
  • September 26 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day – Rosh Hashanah

Happy Friday Wolverines,

Countdown to first day of school is officially on!  We had a great start to our fall sports try outs.  It was nice to have kid energy back on campus.  We have been advertising our Wolverine Welcome on 8/19 from 3:30-5:30pm.  We are excited to announce a new feature of Wolverine Welcome, a teacher meet and greet!  All of our faculty and staff will be on campus in their rooms during Wolverine Welcome.  I want to encourage you to attend.  It will be a great opportunity to:

  • Walk the building following your schedule
  • Meet in-person your teachers
  • Pick up your laptop
  • Purchase a PE uniform
  • Attend a football scrimmage

Later in September we will have a virtual asynchronous course information site (aka virtual back to school night) where you will get presentations of course logistics and expectations from your child’s teachers in an online on demand format.

Staffing Updates

We continue to make progress on our vacancies.  As of today, we still have the vacancies listed below and are actively advertising and interviewing for these positions.

  • 1 Social Studies
  • 1 Mathematics (Geometry)
  • 2 Office Assistants (main office)
  • 1 Administrative Assistant (attendance office)
  • 2 Nursing
  • 1 EMT
  • 1 911
  • 1 JROTC
  • 4 Student Monitors (needed to help with hallways and bathrooms)
  • 2 long term school counseling substitutes
  • 5 Food Services professionals (see flyer below)

Construction Updates

We were given an update on Monday/Tuesday regarding our renovation project.  The new addition of 32 classrooms AND our new Kiss -n- Ride will be completed in/on time for school opening.  That is the good news—no more trailers.  The not so good news is, the connector to Springbank and the Cafeteria expansion will NOT be complete in time for opening of school.  As of now, the project managers are projecting completion on those areas by the end of September.  Given these constraints, we will need to continue to travel outside in between classes in order to access Springbank.  As soon as the connector and cafeteria are done, we will be a fully internally contained school having entry to the building all go through door 1 and door 1 only.  If you have been on campus in the last week, you may have noticed that doors have been renumbered from 1 (main entrance) all the way around the building to 28. 

Continue to enjoy your final days of summer and we will see your soon!

Dr. Millard

Senior/Junior Parking

We will have student parking.  What we are waiting on is knowing exactly how many additional spaces will be added.  In the meantime, we can begin our process to collect names of those who would like to be considered for a parking pass.  As a reminder, the initial step is to sign up for consideration, it is NOT a guarantee of a parking pass.  We will collect and compile the list, on a first come first serve basis with Seniors having priority.  You can find the parking information on the West Potomac Homepage

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available 

  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.
  • We encourage all interested families to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application as soon as possible to begin receiving benefits. Applications and information are available on the FCPS website
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. In order to receive these benefits, you must complete the consent form.
  • Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

WABC Membership

Dear Wolverine Fans,

It is the very best time of the year! The 2022-2023 sports season is about to begin and the WABC is launching our annual Membership Drive. This year we are offering three different levels of Membership. Students, families, and fans can show their support by purchasing; a Family Pass ($175 for up to six family members including WP students), a Student Pass ($25), or an Individual Family Member Pass ($75).  All purchases are made via Paypal at https://www.supportwestpotomac.com/membership.html

Pass holders will receive free admission to all regular season home games. District, regional, and state tournaments will charge an entry fee. This pass provides HUGE savings over the course of the school year and is one of the best ways to show your Wolverine pride! Each pass holder will receive a personalized card and should remember to bring it to all events for admission. Cards will be available for pick up at the Wolverine Welcome on August 19th and also at all of the first home games for each team. Passes may be mailed to home addresses by request.

The price for the Family Pass increases to $200 on the first day of school (8/22) so order yours today!

Questions may be directed to Wendy Joachim at 703-889-0086.

Let's Go Wolverines! 

Buy your All Sports Pass Here!

12th Grade Immunization requirement

  • Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of senior year.
  • Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

If you have not already done so, please provide one of the following documents to West Potomac High School Student Services (Leslie Dorsey – [email protected]) ­­­as soon as possible and no later than August 5th, 2022:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at this link

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – For WPHS Parents/Guardians

  • This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
  • WPHS will be offering the class on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 8-4pm. Attendance for the full day is required for those participating. 
  • Class size is limited to 30 members. Sign up using this link!
  • Learn more at http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org

2022-23 Opt Out Forms

Beginning Friday, July 15, parents the following opt-out forms became available to families via SIS ParentVue: 

  • Tutor.com Access
  • SEL Screener Participation
  • Counseling Opt-Out
  • Transportation Intent
  • Accept FCPS Device
  • Home Internet Access

Any parent/guardian associated with a student, and has a SIS ParentVue account, can update these opt-outs as needed by going to the "Student Info" tab and clicking "Edit Information" in the top left-hand corner.  The parent/guardian must have both "Contact Allowed" and "Records Access Rights" to see and update student information. More information is provided within ParentVue to assist you in your decision making for your child.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the News You Choose Newsletter

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WPHS - News You Choose 7/29/22

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Happy Summer Daze Wolverines!

I truly hope you all have been enjoying your summer!  For the fall athletes I know you all will be back in full swing next week.  I wanted to reach out to share with you several important updates.

 

Staffing at West Potomac

 

As you may have read yesterday, Dr. Reid sent some information regarding teacher staffing in the county.  The teacher/staff shortage has had a major impact at West Potomac and many other schools across the district.  97% of the district being staffed does not equate to 97% of an individual school nor does it include other vacancies beyond teachers that are crucial to the functioning of a school.  Since April, we have attended all the county job fairs, we have reached out to universities and other professional networks, and we have contacted retirees.  Those efforts have yielded great results and closed our staffing gaps significantly, however, we do still have several vacancies.  As I write this, we are still interviewing with the goal of having all vacancies filled.  If we are unable to fill these positions by the first day of school, we are working to have long term subs who are certified in the content area.  Some courses in our Academy will need to have certified teachers. If we are unable to secure them, the county will need to make decisions about those courses. Currently, we have the following vacancies:

 

  • 2 math (Alg 1, Geometry)
  • 1 Social Studies
  • 1 Special Education and 1 Public Health Aide
  • 1 Spanish
  • 2 Practical Nursing
  • 1 EMT and 911
  • 1 JROTC
  • 3 Main Office Personnel (Office Assistances and Attendance Admin Assistant)

 

If you know of anyone who may be a great fit for West Potomac, please encourage them to apply.

 

Construction Update

 

We continue to get excited about our new space.  A lot of work has been happening since June.  As far as we have been updated, we are on target for opening the school year in our new facilities including parking and kiss n ride.  We will let you know if anything changes between now and Aug. 22nd.

 

Senior/Junior Parking

 

We will have student parking.  What we are waiting on is knowing exactly how many additional spaces will be added.  In the meantime, we can begin our process to collect names of those who would like to be considered for a parking pass.  As a reminder, the initial step is to sign up for consideration, it is NOT a guarantee of a parking pass.  We will collect and compile the list, on a first come first serve basis with Seniors having priority.  You can find the parking information on the West Potomac Homepage by 3 pm today.  The google form to sign up will go LIVE on Monday Aug. 1st at 9 AM.  If you will receive a pass, you will be contacted directly by Aug. 15th and you will be assigned a day to pick up your pass during the week of Aug. 15th. 

                 

 

Thank you,

 

Tanganyika H. Millard, Ed.D.

 

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WPHS News You Choose 7/26/22

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In this week's News You Choose

  • Important dates
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications - Now Available!
  • New Parent/Guardian Summer Series
  • 12th Grade Immunization Requirement 
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Parents/Guardians
  • 2022-2023 Opt Out Forms
  • Update your "News You Choose" Settings

Important Dates

  • Tomorrow - July 27 - New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - more info below
  • August 1 – Fall Sports Tryouts Begin; Marching Band Begins
  • August 18 - 9th Grade/New Student Orientation, 8:10-12pm
  • August 19 – Wolverine Welcome, 3:30-5:30pm
  • August 22 - First Day of 2022-23 School Year
  • September 2 – No School
  • September 5 – No School, Labor Day
  • September 26 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day – Rosh Hashanah

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available 

  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.
  • We encourage all interested families to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application as soon as possible to begin receiving benefits. Applications and information are available on the FCPS website
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. In order to receive these benefits, you must complete the consent form.
  • Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

New West Potomac Parent/Guardian Summer Series – Final Meeting Tomorrow

  • Thank you to all our new families who have participated in our July New Parent/Guardian Summer Series.  Tomorrow evening is our final presentation.  Below are the details.  We hope to see you tomorrow evening!
  • When: Wednesday July 27, 2022
  • Where: WPHS Library
  • Time: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Topics
    • College and Career Center Overview, Mrs. Karen Young, College and Career Center Specialist
    • Back to School Prep – Schoology, ParentVue, and more! Janet Babic, School Based Technology Specialist and Brian Valentine, West Potomac Assistant Principal

12th Grade Immunization requirement

  • Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of senior year.
  • Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

If you have not already done so, please provide one of the following documents to West Potomac High School Student Services (Leslie Dorsey – [email protected]) ­­­as soon as possible and no later than August 5th, 2022:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at this link.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – For WPHS Parents/Guardians

  • This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
  • WPHS will be offering the class on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 8-4pm. Attendance for the full day is required for those participating. 
  • Class size is limited to 30 members. Sign up using this link!
  • Learn more at http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org

2022-23 Opt Out Forms

Beginning Friday, July 15, parents the following opt-out forms became available to families via SIS ParentVue: 

  • Tutor.com Access
  • SEL Screener Participation
  • Counseling Opt-Out
  • Transportation Intent
  • Accept FCPS Device
  • Home Internet Access

Any parent/guardian associated with a student, and has a SIS ParentVue account, can update these opt-outs as needed by going to the "Student Info" tab and clicking "Edit Information" in the top left-hand corner.  The parent/guardian must have both "Contact Allowed" and "Records Access Rights" to see and update student information. More information is provided within ParentVue to assist you in your decision making for your child.  

How to Modify or Unsubscribe to the News You Choose Newsletter

  • To modify your membership to our messages (or to add yourself to the WPHS Athletics Newsletter!) you can manage your subscriptions by visiting this link.

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WPHS News You Choose - 7/19/22

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In this week's News You Choose

  • Important dates
  • Summer Office Hours
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications
  • Summer Meals Info
  • 12th Grade Immunization Requirement 
  • Mental Wellness Consultations
  • New Parent/Guardian Summer Series
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Parents/Guardians

Important Dates

  • Tomorrow - July 20 - New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - more info below
  • July 27 - New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - more info below
  • August 1Fall Sports Tryouts Begin; Marching Band Begins
  • August 18 - 9th Grade/New Student Orientation, 8:10-12pm
  • August 19 – Wolverine Welcome, 3:30-5:30pm
  • August 22 - First Day of 2022-23 School Year

Summer Office Hours

  • Our main office is currently operating with summer hours.  During the summer the main office will be available 9am-2pm. 

Plan to Submit Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications This Summer

  • Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. In order to receive these benefits, you must complete the consent form.
  • Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

Summer Meals

  • Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times. 

12th Grade Immunization requirement

  • Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of senior year.
  • Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

If you have not already done so, please provide one of the following documents to West Potomac High School Student Services (Leslie Dorsey – [email protected]) ­­­as soon as possible and no later than August 1st, 2022:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at this link.

Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  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. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520.

New West Potomac Parent/Guardian Summer Series

  • This summer we are excited to start a new Summer Educational Series for new West Potomac Parents and Guardians.  The goal of this program is to share a variety of information with our new families to help prepare for a great 2022-23 School year.  Each evening will have two presenters who will share information on two topics.  There will be time for questions on both the topics as well as general West Potomac questions.
  • Families are welcome to attend as many sessions as they are interested in.  Spanish translation will be available at all sessions.  We hope to see you this month!
  • When: Every Wednesday in July
  • Where: WPHS Library
  • Time: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Topics
    • West Potomac Wellness  – Ms. Whitney McDonough, WP Social Worker
    • Substance Abuse Prevention – Ms. Elizabeth Knudson, WP Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
    • College and Career Center Overview
    • Back to School Prep - ParentVue, forms, and more!
    • Wednesday, July 20, 2022
    • Wednesday July 27, 2022

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – For WPHS Parents/Guardians

  • This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
  • WPHS will be offering the class on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 8-4pm. Attendance for the full day is required for those participating. 
  • Class size is limited to 30 members. Sign up using this link!
  • Learn more at http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org

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New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - Tonight

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New West Potomac Parent/Guardian Summer Series

  • A reminder that tonight is our second of four New West Potomac Parent/Guardian Summer Series.  Tonight we welcome Assistant Principal Susie Britton to discuss the administrators role in the school along with the Students Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R).  We also welcome Colin O’Grady, a WPHS English Teacher to give a general look inside a WP Classroom. 
  • The goal of this Summer Series is to share a variety of information with our new families to help prepare for a great 2022-23 School year.  Every Wednesday in July will have two presenters who will share information on two topics.  There will be time for questions on both the topics as well as general West Potomac questions.
  • Families are welcome to attend as many sessions as they are interested in.  Spanish translation will be available at all sessions.  We hope to see you this month!
  • When: Every Wednesday in July
  • Where: WPHS Library
  • Time: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Topics
    • Tonight - Wednesday, July 13, 2022
      • Administration Overview - SR&R
      • What to expect in the classroom - a general overview from a WPHS Teacher
    • Wednesday, July 20, 2022
      • West Potomac Wellness Resources
      • Substance Abuse Prevention
    • Wednesday July 27, 2022
      • College and Career Center Overview
      • Back to School Prep - ParentVue, forms, and more!

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WPHS News You Choose - 7/8/22

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Trailers have been moved and construction continues!

In this week's News You Choose

  • Important dates
  • Summer Office Hours
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications
  • Summer Meals Info
  • Advanced Academic Boost Camp
  • Behind the Wheel Classes
  • 12th Grade Immunization Requirement 
  • Mental Wellness Consultations
  • New Parent/Guardian Summer Series

Important Dates

  • July 13 - New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - more info below
  • July 20 - New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - more info below
  • July 27 - New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - more info below
  • August 18 - 9th Grade/New Student Orientation, 8:10-12pm
  • August 19 – Wolverine Welcome, 3:30-5:30pm
  • August 22 - First Day of 2022-23 School Year

Summer Office Hours

  • Our main office has shifted to summer hours.  During the summer the main office will be available 9am-2pm. 

Plan to Submit Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications This Summer

  • Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. In order to receive these benefits, you must complete the consent form.
  • Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

Summer Meals

  • Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times. 

WPHS Advanced Academic Boost Camp 2022 

  • West Potomac High School invites you to enroll in the Advanced Academic Boost Camp. Students registered to take any courses below in the fall of 2022 are invited to participate in the sessions below. The camp sessions allow students to preview and review the requisite academic skills needed for success. All sessions will take place between July 25 and August 4, 2022.
  • Please use this link to register for any session no later than July 23, 2022.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please  contact Michelle Weech at [email protected].

Behind the Wheel Classes

12th Grade Immunization requirement

  • Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of senior year.
  • Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

If you have not already done so, please provide one of the following documents to West Potomac High School Student Services (Leslie Dorsey – [email protected]) ­­­as soon as possible and no later than August 1st, 2022:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at this link.   

Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  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. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520.

New West Potomac Parent/Guardian Summer Series

  • This summer we are excited to start a new Summer Educational Series for new West Potomac Parents and Guardians.  The goal of this program is to share a variety of information with our new families to help prepare for a great 2022-23 School year.  Each evening will have two presenters who will share information on two topics.  There will be time for questions on both the topics as well as general West Potomac questions.
  • Families are welcome to attend as many sessions as they are interested in.  Spanish translation will be available at all sessions.  We hope to see you this month!
  • When: Every Wednesday in July
  • Where: WPHS Library
  • Time: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Topics
    • Wednesday, July 13, 2022
      • Administration Overview - SR&R
      • What to expect in the classroom - a general overview from a WPHS Teacher
    • Wednesday, July 20, 2022
      • West Potomac Wellness Resources
      • Substance Abuse Prevention
    • Wednesday July 27, 2022
      • College and Career Center Overview
      • Back to School Prep - ParentVue, forms, and more!

 

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Reminder - New Parent/Guardian Series starts tomorrow!

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Wolverine Community,

This summer we are excited to start a new Summer Educational Series for new West Potomac Parents and Guardians.  The goal of this program is to share a variety of information with our new families to help prepare for a great 2022-23 School year.  Each evening will have two presenters who will share information on two topics.  There will be time for questions on both the topics as well as general West Potomac questions.

Families are welcome to attend as many sessions as they are interested in.  Spanish translation will be available at all sessions.  We hope to see you next month!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kevin McMahon, Director of Student Series ([email protected]). 

New West Potomac Parent/Guardian Summer Series

When: Every Wednesday in July

Where: WPHS Library

Time: 5:00-6:30pm

Topics

  • Wednesday, July 6, 2022
    • Overview of Attendance Policies at WPHS
    • Activities and Athletics
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022
    • Administration Overview - SR&R
    • What to expect in the classroom - a general overview from a WPHS Teacher
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022
    • West Potomac Wellness Resources
    • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Wednesday July 27, 2022
    • College and Career Center Overview
    • Back to School Prep - ParentVue, forms and more!

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Advanced Academic Boost Camp

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WPHS Advanced Academic Boost Camp 2022 

  • West Potomac High School invites you to enroll in the Advanced Academic Boost Camp. Students registered to take any courses below in the fall of 2022 are invited to participate in the sessions below. The camp sessions allow students to preview and review the requisite academic skills needed for success. All sessions will take place between July 25 and August 4, 2022.

 

  • Please use this link to register for any session no later than July 23, 2022.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please  contact Michelle Weech at [email protected].

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