West Potomac Weekly News

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Happy Friday West Potomac!

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

 

Intervention Groups:            (School selected students)                    February 1st

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

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

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

 

FREE Parking Passes for In Person Juniors and Seniors

 

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

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

 

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

 

Important Dates:

January 2               End of the Second Quarter  

January 25:         Student Holiday/ Teacher Workday

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

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

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

February 15:      Holiday, President’s Day

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

From West Potomac Student Services to Class of 2021:

Hello Class of 2021 Families:

Student Services would like to celebrate the Class of 2021!

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

 

West Potomac Academy Open House

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

 

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

 

WPHS Leadership Training, 2021-22 School Year:  The focus of the Leadership Training course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Student Enrichment Program Opportunities: 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep Info.

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

 

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

 

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

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

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

 

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

 

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 

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West Potomac High School Weekly News

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Happy Friday West Potomac,

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

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

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

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

Community Spread CLOSED.pdf

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

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

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

 

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

 

Important Dates:

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

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

January 20:                         Student Holiday, Inauguration Day

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

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

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

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

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

 

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

For more information see attached link 2021 yearbook info.docx

 

WPHS Leadership Training - Important Course Info:  The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.

 

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

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

      

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

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

 

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

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

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

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

 FAFSAQuickFacts .Doc..pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep Info

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

 

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

 

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

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

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Dear West Potomac Family,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Take Good Care,

Ms. Millard

 

 

Return to School

 

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

 

January 11th                       Teacher Prep Day

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

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

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

catch up on work)

 

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

 

 

Important Dates:

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

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

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

January 15:         FCCPTA $500 mini-grant application deadline

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

January 20:         Student Holiday, Inauguration Day

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

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

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

 

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

Drugs and the Teenage Brain

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

PTSA UPDATES:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 January 2021. CCCNewsletter.pdf

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

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

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars!

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

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

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

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Happy Holidays Wolverines!

 

I wish you and your families a blessed holiday and winter break.  I emphasize the work BREAK as we all need it more than ever.  Attached you will find a memo explaining the adjusted bell schedule that will begin in January for the Return to School.  I also sent out yesterday in an eNotify, a Return to School Updates presentation which you can find below.

 

WPHS RTS Updates 12/16/20 - recording_6

 

We had a wonderful evening last night as we celebrated our Fall Academic Award honorees.  Please check out the link below.  We also had a festive time at our Winter Choir and Orchestra Concerts.  You can check out the holiday cheer in the links below as well!  We really look forward to SEEING you in the new year!

 

Fall Academic Awards Celebration - recording_1

 

Loose Canons/Grace Notes:  https://youtu.be/n_YXYpwZo00

 

Harmonics:  https://youtu.be/LlOhrE2OR7A

 

Bella Voce:  https://youtu.be/pLmR7wWGCmc

 

Combined Holiday Sing-along (We had 26 choir families participate!!!):  https://youtu.be/Km6CkUl4wSQ

 

Winter Orchestra Concert:           https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/15a943eec424496bb9bd88c51428384f

 

Take Good Care!

Ms. Millard

 

 

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

 

 

Important Dates:

December 21 - January 1, 2021: Winter Break

January 4, 2021:                Teacher Prep Day, No Asynchronous Assignments

January 14:                         PTSA Moe’s Restaurant Night Fundraiser

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

January 19:                         Asynchronous Learning, Teacher Prep Day

January 20:                         Holiday, Inauguration Day

January 21:                         Asynchronous Learning, Teacher Prep Day

January 22:                         End of Second Quarter, 7 Period Schedule, Two-Hour Early Release                      

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising drive for scholarships and program activities.  We are selling handmade music note masks in West Potomac colors, water bottles, and magnets.  Donations can also be made online.  Fundraising link is live!  Contactless delivery.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4DA4AB2AA31-westpo

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

 

12th Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker - This year the 12th Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker will go on, but without a live audience.  Your family can STILL enjoy this magical and timeless story by purchasing a digital link to the video performance of this year’s Nutcracker for $16.  As with past years, the cast includes many of our talented WP students.  Purchase your link today and then sit back and let the wonder of this beautiful story unfold.  Check out https://www.artspireva.com/ for more info or see attached flyer.

12th Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker Flyer..pdf

 

Support the WP Orchestra – Wolverine Pride Gifts still available - See attached flyer for additional info.

Orchestra. GIFT FLYER (ornament. blanket, key chain).pdf

 

Drugs and the Teenage Brain, Webinar, January 11, 7pm - Please join Elizabeth Knudson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for West Potomac, for the 2nd session in her 3-session series.  The presentation is approximately 45 minutes; questions welcomed.  Please RSVP to Elizabeth Knudson at eaknudson@fcps.edu.

 

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

Drugs and the Teenage Brain

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

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

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

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Thank you to all who have joined the PTSA so far this year.  We now have 400 members!  We only need 100 more to reach our goal of 500.  There is still plenty of time to join and support our school and the PTSA.  Membership is $15 for adults and $5 for students and faculty/staff.  Join online at https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store.  Please note that the site charges a small admin fee.  You can also join by check or cash and avoid the fee.  Libby Meares, Membership Chair, 8501 Cyrus Place, Alexandria, 22308, MearesTeam@gmail.com.

 

No January 2021 PTSA Membership Meeting - Wishing you and your family a relaxing winter break.

 

Re-Design in a Day Fundraiser, Through Sunday, December 20:  Come check out this great local store, “Re-Design in a Day,” for unique gifts, including locally sourced soaps, candles, jewelry, pottery & more.  Peruse a great selection of home decor, painted furniture using all-natural chalk paint, and vintage finds.  Located in the Hollin Hall Shopping Center, 7942 Fort Hunt Rd. (Near the Barber Shop).  Please mention you are there to support WP PTSA, and a portion will be donated back.

2020. ReDesign. WP Fundraiser.pdf

 

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

 

Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop Christmas cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. This special offer is available through December 2020.  WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back!  Promo code: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

 

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

 

Harris Teeter - link your VIC card to WPHS PTSA- account # 3602 to help earn money for the school.  Every time you purchase Harris Teeter brand products, the PTSA will earn 5%of the purchase price.

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

WPHS – December 2020 College and Career Center newsletter.

Do you know about BLAST – Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology?  Interested in becoming a High School Diplomat?  Check out this month’s newsletter for great enrichment program opportunities, in addition to scholarships and a wealth of other information.  As always, please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 Dec. 2020 WPHS College and Career Center info..pdf

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

Are you wondering if your student should take the SAT or ACT? – Please click to read more and check out all the great Applerouth resources below.

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars!

  

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

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

 

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

Upcoming event dates below - View full schedule and Register Here. 

SAT CLASSES start 12/5/20 and 3/6/21

ACT CLASS starts 1/9/21

Mock SAT – 12/5, 2/6, 2/27, 3/6, 4/10, and 5/8

Mock ACT – 12/5, 1/9, 2/6, 3/13, 4/10, and 5/8

 

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

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

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

 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com. Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

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Happy “Almost Winter Break Wolverines”!

Winter is here.  As you may know, we have begun Winter Sports this week.  Our school board met last evening and there were many components of the return to school shared.  As is my process, I will send out a recorded presentation to update you on where we are with return to school.  I will get that out to you before the end of next week.  I appreciate your continued support as a community, and I hope you all are doing well and staying safe. 

 

Take good care,

Ms. Millard

 

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

 

 

Important Dates:

December 14:                  The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips 3 Part Series, Part 1

December 17 & 18:      Wolverine Work days

December 21 – January 1, 2021:        Winter Break – School Office Closed

January 4, 2021:          Classes Resume - No Asynchronous learning this day

January 18, 2021:       Student Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 20, 2021:       Student Holiday, Inauguration Day

January 22, 2021:       End of the Second Quarter, Two-Hour Early Release                                  

Student Activities/School News Updates:

Student Services – College Transcripts Request Deadline:  For January 1st admissions application deadlines, transcript request forms must be turned into your school counselor no later than Monday, December 14th to allow time for processing prior to winter break. Transcript fees are paid via www.myschoolbucks.com in the School Store.  Per the transcript request form published timelines, a $5.00 late fee will now be applied to requests for January 1st deadlines.  No transcript requests will be processed or sent over winter break.

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

Drug and Alcohol Series for Parents - from the Office of Student Safety and Wellness:  The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips 3 Part Series. Please join Elizabeth Knudson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, to learn about the teenage brain, the effect of drugs on the teenage brain, and current trends in substance abuse by teenagers.  Strategies and tips for parents included in each part of the three-session series.  All sessions will be conducted virtually.  Links will be provided after RSVP is received.  Please RSVP to Elizabeth Knudson at eaknudson@fcps.edu.

 

Session 1 - December 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM

The Teenage Brain: Building Connections

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/9155f3d9613441f498809dc384312f65

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

Drugs and the Teenage Brain

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

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

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

 

Wolverine Work Days, December 17 and 18:  These are regular class days.  Students will log in to their regular classes for that day to complete any work and to get help from teachers.  

 

WPHS Crew Team – Wreath Fundraiser at Hollin Hills Pool: Wreaths are still available for purchase this weekend beginning at 10:00 am at the Hollin Hills pool until they run out.  Payment can be made by credit card on your mobile phone and drive through for contactless purchase.  The crew team does not receive funding from Fairfax County and relies on your support to help the team purchase, maintain and store equipment, participate in regattas, as well as support students and families who are unable to cover their dues. For those families, who pre-ordered wreaths– please keep an eye out for an email for a separate date and location for pick up.

 

12th Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker - This year the 12th Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker will go on, but without a live audience.  Your family can STILL enjoy this magical and timeless story by purchasing a digital link to the video performance of this year’s Nutcracker for $16.  As with past years, the cast includes many of our talented WP students.  Purchase your link today and then sit back and let the wonder of this beautiful story unfold.  Check out https://www.artspireva.com/  for more info. or attached flyer.

12th Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker Flyer..pdf

 

Support the WP Orchestra – Exclusive Wolverine Pride Gifts available and Poinsettias Sales Fundraiser - Final days to order poinsettias – sale ends December 14th.  Contact-free delivery directly to your home.  See attached flyer for additional info.

Orchestra. GIFT FLYER (ornament. blanket, key chain).pdf

 

 WP Orchestra- Poinsettia 2020 Fundrasier.pdf

 

PTSA UPDATES:

________________________________________________________________________

 

No January Meeting - There will not be a January 2021 PTSA Membership Meeting.  Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday.

 

Re-Design in a Day Fundraiser, December 16 – 20:  Come check out this great local store, “Re-Design in a Day,” for unique gifts, including locally sourced soaps, candles, jewelry, pottery & more.  Peruse a great selection of home decor, painted furniture using all-natural chalk paint, and vintage finds.  Located in the Hollin Hall Shopping Center, 7942 Fort Hunt Rd. (Near the Barber Shop).  Please mention you are there to support WP PTSA, and a portion will be donated back.

 

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

 

Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop Christmas cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. This special offer is available through December 2020.  WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back!  Promo code: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

 

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

 

Harris Teeter - link your VIC card to WPHS PTSA - account # 3602 - to help earn money for the school.  Every time you purchase Harris Teeter brand products, the PTSA will earn 5%of the purchase price.

____________________________________________________________________________

 

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

 

December 2020 College and Career Center newsletter - Do you need help with making plans after high school graduation? Looking to understand more about the FAFSA or how to search and apply for Scholarships. The West Potomac College and Career Center is a wonderful resource. Check out December’s scheduled events. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 Dec. 2020 WPHS College and Career Center info..pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

Are you wondering if your student should take the SAT or ACT? – Please click to read more and check out all the great Applerouth resources below.

 

 Applerouth Info Flyer. NYC 12.11.2020.docx

 

Free Online Applerouth Webinars!

How to Supercharge Your Students' Executive Function - 5 Key Strategies for Parents and Educators, 12/15/20, 8:00pm; Repeat Session on 01/12/21, 8:00pm, Duration: one hour

 

All About PSAT, SAT, & ACT 12/16/20, 8:00pm, Duration: one hour

 

Navigating the College Admissions Process with Jed Applerouth 04/15/21, 7:00pm Duration:  Two hours

 

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

Upcoming event dates below - View full schedule and Register Here. 

SAT CLASSES start 12/5/20 and 3/6/21

ACT CLASS starts 1/9/21

Mock SAT – 2/6, 2/27, 3/6, 4/10, and 5/8

Mock ACT – 1/9, 2/6, 3/13, 4/10, and 5/8

 

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

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

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

 

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 

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

 

 

Important Dates:

December 7:                      PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30-8pm

 

December 14:    The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips 3 Part Series, Part 1

 

December 21 –

January 1, 2021:               School Holiday, Winter Break

 

January 4, 2021:                Classes Resume                               

 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Drug and Alcohol Series for Parents - from the Office of Student Safety and Wellness:

The Teenage Brain, Drug Trends, and Parent Tips 3 Part Series. Please join Elizabeth Knudson to learn about the teenage brain, the effect of drugs on the teenage brain, and current trends in substance abuse by teenagers. Strategies and tips for parents included in each part of the three-session series.  (Dates below).  All sessions will be conducted virtually, and links will be provided after RSVP is received.  Please RSVP to Elizabeth Knudson at eaknudson@fcps.edu.

 

Session 1-December 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM

The Teenage Brain: Building Connections

 

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

Drugs and the Teenage Brain

 

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

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

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

 

WP Crew Team – Wreath Fundraiser at Hollin Hills Pool - Did you miss the pre-order window to order your wreath?  You’re in luck – the WP Crew Team wreath fundraiser continues.  Wreath purchases are available on weekends at the Hollin Hills pool until they run out.  Pay by credit card on your mobile phone and drive through for contactless purchase. The WP Crew Team does not receive any funding from Fairfax County.  Your support helps the team purchase, maintain and store equipment, participate in competitions, as well as support students and families who are unable to cover their dues.  For families who pre-ordered wreaths, please keep an eye out for an email with a separate date and location for pick up.

 

12th Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker - This year the 12th Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker will go on, but without a live audience.  Your family can STILL enjoy this magical and timeless story by purchasing a digital link to the video performance of this year’s Nutcracker for $16.  As with past years, the cast includes many of our talented West Potomac students.  Purchase your link today and then sit back and let the wonder of this beautiful story unfold.  Check out https://www.artspireva.com/  for more info. or attached flyer.

12th Annual Alexandria Community Nutcracker Flyer..pdf

 

Support the WP Orchestra – Exclusive Wolverine Pride Gifts available and Poinsettias Sales Fundraiser:  Great items available - Wolverine Stadium Throw - Great for outdoor sporting events, a Performing Arts ornament, or limited Wolverine Key Ring – special gifts!  See attached flyer for additional info.

Orchestra. GIFT FLYER (ornament. blanket, key chain).pdf

Poinsettias Sales Fundraiser:  November 23rd - December 14th.  Contact-free delivery directly to your home.  See attached flyer for additional info.

 WP Orchestra- Poinsettia 2020 Fundrasier.pdf

 

COVID Testing Sites

Please see attached flyer for information on COVID testing sites.

 COVID testing sites flyer.pdf

 

PTSA UPDATES:

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PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, December 7, 6:30-8pm, Zoom and Facebook Live:  Special Topics - Substance Abuse Prevention and West Potomac Construction Plan Update.  This Monday we will welcome West Potomac’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Elizabeth Knudson, who will talk about strategies and programs to help our families, especially during these crazy times and winter break approaching.  At 7:00pm the FCPS construction team managing West Potomac’s capacity enhancement/addition will give us a final plan overview.  Construction is expected to begin phasing by March 1, 2021. 

 

Congratulations to All A/B Honor Roll Students!  For the 1st Quarter 718 Wolverines achieved the All A/B Honor Roll.  220 of those students were randomly selected to receive gift cards from our All A/B Honor Roll raffle.  Thank you to our PTSA members and to Burke & Herbert Bank for helping to make the celebration possible.

 

Give “HIGH FIVES” to West Po Teachers, Counselors, Admin, and Others!  Our West Potomac staff is doing an amazing job during this crazy time.  Send a positive message or “High Five” to any staff for doing something you have appreciated this year.  This could be for anything!   Students have already received their own link in Google Classroom and the response has been awesome!  Parents/Guardians, you can get in the game, too, by completing this simple Google form: https://bit.ly/3pK9h0r.  

 

 Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop Christmas cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. This special offer is available from October to December 2020.  WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back!  Promo Code: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

 

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

 

Harris Teeter - link your VIC card to WPHS PTSA- account # 3602 to help earn money for the school.  Every time you purchase Harris Teeter brand products, the PTSA will earn 5%of the purchase price.

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Special Thank You!

Thank you HOLLIN HALL AUTOMOTIVE, The Moery Company, and Topper’s Pizza for supporting of PTSA efforts this year, and to Burke & Herbert Bank and Safeway, as well.

 

WPHS – December 2020 College and Career Center newsletter - Do you need help with making plans after high school graduation? Looking to understand more about the FAFSA or how to search and apply for Scholarships?  Our College and Career Center is a wonderful resource. Check out December’s scheduled events. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

Dec. 2020 WPHS College and Career Center info..pdf

 

Langley HS PTSA Free Live Webinar, “The Future of College Admissions,” Tuesday, December 8, 7pm:   Langley HS PTSA is pleased to invite your high school to participate in our upcoming free live webinar, "The Future of College Admissions," presented by Jeff Selingo, best-selling author and college admissions expert.  His latest book is Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions.  To register for this webinar, click link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2IJwKzGRTVKzdec8QVGDUQ

 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) R2L NextGen Leadership Experience - Have you ever dreamed of visiting our nation’s capital and learning about how our government works? CHCI has an all-expenses paid leadership experience designed just for Latino high school students.  Applications due Feb. 16, 2021. Program dates are June and July 2021.  Find more info at https://chci.org/programs/r2l-nextgen/?utm_source=CHCI+General&utm_campaign=4f35239d23-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_18_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7757f87d2-4f35239d23-26068449

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

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

View full schedule and Register Here. Upcoming event dates:

SAT CLASSES start 12/5/20 and 3/6/21

ACT CLASS starts 1/9/21

Mock SAT – 12/5, 2/6, 2/27, 3/6, 4/10, and 5/8

Mock ACT – 12/5, 1/9, 2/6, 3/13, 4/10, and 5/8

 

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

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

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

 

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

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Happy Thanksgiving West Potomac!

I hope and pray you all have a safe and restful holiday next week.

I have made a recorded presentation of  WPHS 2nd Quarter Updates - recording_1

Please take time (1 hour long but you can fast forward 😊) and listen as there is quite bit of important information detailed which was too much to put in a News You Choose message.

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday Nov. 23rd is a regular synchronous instructional day

Monday Nov. 30th no asynchronous Monday work due to the holiday

Monday Jan 4th no asynchronous Monday work due to the winter break

 

Take good care,

Ms. Millard

 

 

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

 

 

Important Dates:

November 20:           Dance Team Fundraiser – DC Slices Food Truck

 

November 23:           Orchestra Poinsettia Fundraiser – 1st Day

 

November 25-27:      Student Holiday - Thanksgiving 

 

December 7:             Virtual PTSA Membership Meeting, 6:30-8pm

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Attendance Reminder!

PLEASE NOTE:  If you receive a message from FCPS regarding your student’s absence for a specific period, and it is an error, please email the teacher directly to follow up and not the attendance office. The message is dictated by FCPS and does not accurately reflect the process at the high school level. The attendance office cannot override marks entered by teachers without verification. The teacher will communicate with the attendance office regarding any necessary changes.

 

Excused absences:

  • If your student is unable to attend any of their synchronous class sessions, you must notify the Attendance Office at 703-718-2528 or by submitting the online form.
  • Please include the following:
    • your name and contact information
    • student’s name
    • student’s ID number
    • reason for the absence (if your student is sick, please be specific about the symptoms)  
    • date(s) and period(s) of absence (indicate specific periods that will be missed or if it will be an all-day absence)

 

WPHS National Honor Society - Warmest congratulations to the 2020 National Honor Society newest members. https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/node/3446

 

Substance Abuse Prevention Announcement - Please take a moment to read the attached flyer to learn more on the FCPS support program(s) available for substance abuse. If you have questions, want more information, or want to refer your student for a substance abuse assessment, please reach out to Elizabeth Knudson at eaknudson@fcps.edu

Nov. 20 NYC - Substance Abuse Prevention Announcement.pdf

 

Support the WP Orchestra – Exclusive Wolverine Pride Gifts available and Poinsettias Sales Fundraiser:  Order now before all these great items are gone - One-of-a-kind Wolverine Stadium Throw - Great for outdoor sporting events, a Performing Arts ornament or limited Wolverine Key Ring, makes for special gifts!  See attached flyer for additional info.

Orchestra. GIFT FLYER (ornament. blanket, key chain).pdf

Poinsettias Sales Fundraiser:  November 23rd - December 14th.  Contact-free delivery directly to your home.  See attached flyer for additional info.

 WP Orchestra- Poinsettia 2020 Fundrasier.pdf

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising efforts for scholarship and program effort. Fundraising link is live!

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

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

 

WP Dance Team Fundraiser – Tasty Food for the Family Tonight, Friday 11/20!  Order online from the DC Slices food truck and pick it up at the Waynewood Recreation Center pool parking lot this afternoon between 4:00 and 7:30 pm.  Pre-orders recommended at https://tinyurl.com/goodfyndwphsdance, but walk up orders are fine too.  You’ll need to select the Waynewood truck location after you choose your food items.  See attached flyer.

 11.20.20 Dance Team Fundraiser - DC Slices Flyer.pdf

Class of 2021 Wolverines Yard signs available for sale - Celebrate your Senior by purchasing a yard sign for $15.00 - order yours today at https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store/items/191467

 

Parent/Guardian to one of our Amazing Class of 2021 Seniors?  Join the private Senior parent Facebook group to connect with other senior families, learn info. regarding senior activities.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/606433970299624 

 

Class of 2021 Thanksgiving Project - 21 Gift Cards for 21 Families - The West Potomac Senior Class is looking for monetary donations to help with its 21 Family Thanksgiving Project. They have been collecting food donations and are still in need of monetary donations to provide 21 gift cards for 21 families to include in the food donation baskets in the spirit of the Class of 2021!  They are accepting donations until this Saturday. Donations can be made in the school store section of www.myschoolbucks.com.  For further information please contact Mr. Cooper, lcooper@fcps.edu.

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

Give “HIGH FIVES” to West Po Teachers, Counselors, Admin, and Others!  Our West Potomac staff is doing an amazing job during this crazy time.  Send a positive message or “High Five” to any staff for doing something you have appreciated this year.  This could be for anything!   Students have already received their own link in Google Classroom and the response has been awesome!  Parents/Guardians, you can get in the game, too, by completing this simple Google form: https://bit.ly/3pK9h0r.   “High Five” to Jessica Landon, Head Librarian, for getting this up and running.

 

Congratulations to All A Honor Roll Students!  This morning 295 Wolverines were recognized for achieving the All A Honor Roll for the 1st Quarter – the highest number in recent memory!  Way to go, Wolverines!  Let’s keep it going.  Included in the celebration was a gift card raffle. Thank you to our PTSA members and to Burke & Herbert Bank for helping to make the celebration possible.

 

PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, December 7, 6:30-8pm:  Special Topics - West Potomac Construction Plan Update; Substance Abuse Prevention.  At our next meeting, we will hear a plan overview from the FCPS construction team managing West Potomac’s capacity enhancement/addition.  Construction is expected to begin phasing by March 1, 2021.  Also, we will welcome West Potomac’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Elizabeth Knudson, who will talk about strategies and programs to help our families, especially during these crazy times and winter break approaching.

 

AR Workshop Alexandria Holiday Kit Fundraiser, Thru November 29:  DIY Holiday Ornament Kits!  There are many designs to choose from.  A 7th exclusive design - WPHS or Class of 2021 - ornament will be included as part of this special promotion.  Two pick-up dates: order by 5pm, Sunday, 11/22, for pick-up on Friday, 11/27.  Orders received after 5pm on 11/22 will be ready Friday, 12/4.  

To order:  https://www.arworkshop.com/event/?loc=alexandria&ev=200363 . Questions, contact Laura Colligan at laurawtwins@yahoo.com or Liz Ver Hage at elizabethbraga@aol.com

 

Top It Off Fundraiser - Now through this Sunday, 11/22:  Top It Off is a perfect destination to find new fall arrivals, including hats/gloves, holiday jewelry, specialty gifts and much more.  10% of all purchases will be donated back to the WP PTSA.  Please mention us. As a special bonus, get a free mask with any purchase during this fundraiser. Check out this wonderful store located at the Hollin Hall Shopping Center - 7968 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria.

 

Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop Christmas cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. This special offer is available from October to Dec 2020.  WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back!  Promo Code: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

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Special Thank You!

Thank you to HOLLIN HALL AUTOMOTIVEThe Moery CompanyTopper’s Pizza, Burke & Herbert Bank, and Safeway for their support of the PTSA this year.

WPHS – November 2020 College and Career Center newsletter - Looking for guidance on topics like scholarships or college essay writing?  Our College and Career Center is a wonderful resource. Check out upcoming events in the newsletter attached. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

Nov. 2020 CCCNewsletter.pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

Learn about Applerouth’s free resources, SAT & ACT Mock Tests, and other helpful tools.  Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com. Please see flyer for additional info: 

 Applerouth. NYC Info 11.20.20.docx

 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) R2L NextGen Leadership Experience - Have you ever dreamed of visiting our nation’s capital and learning about how our government works? CHCI has an all-expenses paid leadership experience designed just for Latino high school students.  Applications due Feb. 16, 2021. Program dates are June and July 2021.  Find more info at https://chci.org/programs/r2l-nextgen/?utm_source=CHCI+General&utm_campaign=4f35239d23-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_18_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7757f87d2-4f35239d23-26068449

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Happy Thanksgiving West Potomac!

I hope and pray you all have a safe and restful holiday next week.

I have made a recorded presentation of  WPHS 2nd Quarter Updates - recording_1

Please take time (1 hour long but you can fast forward 😊) and listen as there is quite bit of important information detailed which was too much to put in a News You Choose message.

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday Nov. 23rd is a regular synchronous instructional day

Monday Nov. 30th no asynchronous Monday work due to the holiday

Monday Dec. 7th no asynchronous Monday work due to the winter break

 

Take good care,

Ms. Millard

 

 

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

 

 

Important Dates:

November 20:           Dance Team Fundraiser – DC Slices Food Truck

 

November 23:           Orchestra Poinsettia Fundraiser1st Day

 

November 25-27:      Student Holiday - Thanksgiving 

 

December 7:             Virtual PTSA Membership Meeting, 6:30-8pm

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Attendance Reminder!

PLEASE NOTE:  If you receive a message from FCPS regarding your student’s absence for a specific period, and it is an error, please email the teacher directly to follow up and not the attendance office. The message is dictated by FCPS and does not accurately reflect the process at the high school level. The attendance office cannot override marks entered by teachers without verification. The teacher will communicate with the attendance office regarding any necessary changes.

 

Excused absences:

  • If your student is unable to attend any of their synchronous class sessions, you must notify the Attendance Office at 703-718-2528 or by submitting the online form.
  • Please include the following:
    • your name and contact information
    • student’s name
    • student’s ID number
    • reason for the absence (if your student is sick, please be specific about the symptoms)  
    • date(s) and period(s) of absence (indicate specific periods that will be missed or if it will be an all-day absence)

 

WPHS National Honor Society - Warmest congratulations to the 2020 National Honor Society newest members. https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/node/3446

 

Substance Abuse Prevention Announcement - Please take a moment to read the attached flyer to learn more on the FCPS support program(s) available for substance abuse. If you have questions, want more information, or want to refer your student for a substance abuse assessment, please reach out to Elizabeth Knudson at eaknudson@fcps.edu

Nov. 20 NYC - Substance Abuse Prevention Announcement.pdf

 

Support the WP Orchestra – Exclusive Wolverine Pride Gifts available and Poinsettias Sales Fundraiser:  Order now before all these great items are gone - One-of-a-kind Wolverine Stadium Throw - Great for outdoor sporting events, a Performing Arts ornament or limited Wolverine Key Ring, makes for special gifts!  See attached flyer for additional info.

Orchestra. GIFT FLYER (ornament. blanket, key chain).pdf

Poinsettias Sales Fundraiser:  November 23rd - December 14th.  Contact-free delivery directly to your home.  See attached flyer for additional info.

 WP Orchestra- Poinsettia 2020 Fundrasier.pdf

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising efforts for scholarship and program effort. Fundraising link is live!

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

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

 

WP Dance Team Fundraiser – Tasty Food for the Family Tonight, Friday 11/20!  Order online from the DC Slices food truck and pick it up at the Waynewood Recreation Center pool parking lot this afternoon between 4:00 and 7:30 pm.  Pre-orders recommended at https://tinyurl.com/goodfyndwphsdance, but walk up orders are fine too.  You’ll need to select the Waynewood truck location after you choose your food items.  See attached flyer.

 11.20.20 Dance Team Fundraiser - DC Slices Flyer.pdf

Class of 2021 Wolverines Yard signs available for sale - Celebrate your Senior by purchasing a yard sign for $15.00 - order yours today at https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store/items/191467

 

Parent/Guardian to one of our Amazing Class of 2021 Seniors?  Join the private Senior parent Facebook group to connect with other senior families, learn info. regarding senior activities.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/606433970299624 

 

Class of 2021 Thanksgiving Project - 21 Gift Cards for 21 Families - The West Potomac Senior Class is looking for monetary donations to help with its 21 Family Thanksgiving Project. They have been collecting food donations and are still in need of monetary donations to provide 21 gift cards for 21 families to include in the food donation baskets in the spirit of the Class of 2021!  They are accepting donations until this Saturday. Donations can be made in the school store section of www.myschoolbucks.com.  For further information please contact Mr. Cooper, lcooper@fcps.edu.

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

Give “HIGH FIVES” to West Po Teachers, Counselors, Admin, and Others!  Our West Potomac staff is doing an amazing job during this crazy time.  Send a positive message or “High Five” to any staff for doing something you have appreciated this year.  This could be for anything!   Students have already received their own link in Google Classroom and the response has been awesome!  Parents/Guardians, you can get in the game, too, by completing this simple Google form: https://bit.ly/3pK9h0r.   “High Five” to Jessica Landon, Head Librarian, for getting this up and running.

 

Congratulations to All A Honor Roll Students!  This morning 295 Wolverines were recognized for achieving the All A Honor Roll for the 1st Quarter – the highest number in recent memory!  Way to go, Wolverines!  Let’s keep it going.  Included in the celebration was a gift card raffle. Thank you to our PTSA members and to Burke & Herbert Bank for helping to make the celebration possible.

 

PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, December 7, 6:30-8pm:  Special Topics - West Potomac Construction Plan Update; Substance Abuse Prevention.  At our next meeting, we will hear a plan overview from the FCPS construction team managing West Potomac’s capacity enhancement/addition.  Construction is expected to begin phasing by March 1, 2021.  Also, we will welcome West Potomac’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Elizabeth Knudson, who will talk about strategies and programs to help our families, especially during these crazy times and winter break approaching.

 

AR Workshop Alexandria Holiday Kit Fundraiser, Thru November 29:  DIY Holiday Ornament Kits!  There are many designs to choose from.  A 7th exclusive design - WPHS or Class of 2021 - ornament will be included as part of this special promotion.  Two pick-up dates: order by 5pm, Sunday, 11/22, for pick-up on Friday, 11/27.  Orders received after 5pm on 11/22 will be ready Friday, 12/4.  

To order:  https://www.arworkshop.com/event/?loc=alexandria&ev=200363 . Questions, contact Laura Colligan at laurawtwins@yahoo.com or Liz Ver Hage at elizabethbraga@aol.com

 

Top It Off Fundraiser - Now through this Sunday, 11/22:  Top It Off is a perfect destination to find new fall arrivals, including hats/gloves, holiday jewelry, specialty gifts and much more.  10% of all purchases will be donated back to the WP PTSA.  Please mention us. As a special bonus, get a free mask with any purchase during this fundraiser. Check out this wonderful store located at the Hollin Hall Shopping Center - 7968 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria.

 

Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop Christmas cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. This special offer is available from October to Dec 2020.  WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back!  Promo Code: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Special Thank You!

Thank you to HOLLIN HALL AUTOMOTIVE, The Moery Company, Topper’s Pizza, Burke & Herbert Bank, and Safeway for their support of the PTSA this year.

WPHS – November 2020 College and Career Center newsletter - Looking for guidance on topics like scholarships or college essay writing?  Our College and Career Center is a wonderful resource. Check out upcoming events in the newsletter attached. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

Nov. 2020 CCCNewsletter.pdf

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

Learn about Applerouth’s free resources, SAT & ACT Mock Tests, and other helpful tools.  Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com. Please see flyer for additional info: 

 Applerouth. NYC Info 11.20.20.docx

 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) R2L NextGen Leadership Experience - Have you ever dreamed of visiting our nation’s capital and learning about how our government works? CHCI has an all-expenses paid leadership experience designed just for Latino high school students.  Applications due Feb. 16, 2021. Program dates are June and July 2021.  Find more info at https://chci.org/programs/r2l-nextgen/?utm_source=CHCI+General&utm_campaign=4f35239d23-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_18_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7757f87d2-4f35239d23-26068449

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

 

 

Important Dates:

November 18:      Top It Off Fundraiser Kick-off

 

November 20:      Dance Team Fundraiser – DC Slices Food Truck

 

November 23:      Orchestra Poinsettia Fundraiser1st Day

 

November 25-27:   Student Holiday - Thanksgiving 

 

 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Support the West Po Orchestra – Exclusive Wolverine Pride Gifts available and Poinsettias Sales Fundraiser:  Order now before all these great items are gone - One-of-a-kind Wolverine Stadium Throw - Great for outdoor sporting events, a Performing Arts ornament or limited Wolverine Key Ring, makes for special gifts!  See attached flyer for additional info.

Orchestra. GIFT FLYER (ornament. blanket, key chain).pdf

Poinsettias Sales Fundraiser:  November 23rd - December 14th.  Contact-free delivery directly to your home.  See attached flyer for additional info.

 WP Orchestra- Poinsettia 2020 Fundrasier.pdf

 

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising efforts for scholarship and program effort. Fundraising link is live!

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

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

Tasty Pizza Dinner for the Family!  The West Potomac Dance Team has an upcoming fundraiser where you can take care of dinner and show support for the Dance Team.  Order pizza for the family from the DC Slices food truck and pick up at the Waynewood Recreation Center parking lot the afternoon of Friday, November 20.  We recommend pre-ordering on Friday, November 20th on the DC Slices website ...dcslicestogo.square.site Walk up orders are fine too.  See attached flyer.

11.20.20 Dance Team Fundraiser - DC Slices Flyer.pdf

 

Class of 2021 Wolverines Yard signs available for sale - Celebrate your Senior by purchasing a yard sign for $15.00 - order yours today at https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store/items/191467

 

Parent/Guardian to one of our Amazing Class of 2021 Seniors?  Join the private Senior parent Facebook group to connect with other senior families, learn info. regarding senior activities (like college applications, events, etc.) https://www.facebook.com/groups/606433970299624 

 

Be The Good Project -Winter Holiday Food Care Packages – You can sign up today to help meet the 300+ “Winter Holiday Care Packages” goal. In partnership with Fairfax County Schools, these donated packages will help families in our FCPS community with supplemental groceries.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baca62aaafb6-winter 

 

Reading is Fundamental

Sophomore Addie Clift is hosting a book drive for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) which is an organization that provides books for children in need.  The local chapter works with children along the Route One corridor. Please see flyer below.

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

First Quarter Honor Roll Celebrations!  They are happening!  First Quarter Rising Stars were celebrated today. We will be celebrating our All-A and All A/B honor roll students soon.  We cannot hold our usual celebrations with doughnuts or Moe’s Queso/Guac bar this quarter, but we will hold raffles of $5 gift cards for each group. Please help - We are asking for donations towards purchasing the gift cards so we will have as many as possible to increase everyone's chance of winning something. We usually have over 800 students on the all A and A/B Honor Roll every quarter!  We are asking for monetary donations instead of actual cards this time to minimize contact with the cards and each other dropping things off.

Please consider donating online through our PTSA MemberHub store site: https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store.  All donations made will be used for the first quarter gift card raffles which will be held later in November.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Bodner at spbodner@yahoo.com.

 

AR Workshop Fundraiser:  Order your DIY Ornament Kits. A 7th exclusive design -WPHS or Class of 2021 ornament will be included as part of this special promotion.  https://www.arworkshop.com/event/?loc=alexandria&ev=200363 or scan the QR code to go straight to the link.

 

Top It Off Fundraiser, November 18 -22 - Are you looking for that perfect gift or ready to add some new accessories to your own wardrobe?  Located in Hollin Hall Shopping Center, 7968 Fort Hunt Road, Top It Off has great new fall arrivals including hats, gloves, holiday jewelry, specialty gifts and much more. 10% of all purchases will be donated back to the PTSA. As a special bonus, get a free mask with any purchase during this fundraiser!  Also, November 18th is the Wine Wednesday Kick Off.  To allow for social distancing at this Nov. 18 event, sign up is required:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa2da75-topitoff2

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Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.   Shop Christmas cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. This special offer is available from October to December 2020. 

PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back!

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Special Thank You!

Thank you to Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, The Moery Company, and Topper’s Pizza for their support of the PTSA this year.

College and Career Center News - Looking for guidance on how to search and apply for scholarships, or how to make your college essay great?  The College and Career Center is a wonderful resource for this and more. Check out November’s news and events: https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center. Please reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

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

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

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

View full schedule and Register Here  Fall mock test dates are 11/14 and 12/5. Winter SAT prep class starts 12/5.

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) R2L NextGen Leadership Experience - Have you ever dreamed of visiting our nation’s capital and learning about how our government works? CHCI has an all-expenses paid leadership experience designed just for Latino high school students.  Applications due Feb. 16, 2021. Program dates are June and July 2021.  Find more info at https://chci.org/programs/r2l-nextgen/?utm_source=CHCI+General&utm_campaign=4f35239d23-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_18_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7757f87d2-4f35239d23-26068449

 

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

 

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

 

 

            FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

 

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

 

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Happy Veterans’ Day West Po!

 

I hope you all are staying well. Traditionally for the past 4 yrs. West Potomac has partnered with the Travis Manion Foundation to honor our veterans and our community with a day of service. The heart and spirit of our veterans are pillars of the West Po culture. We miss spending the day with you all this year, but our thoughts, prayers and thanks are with you.

 

Happy Veterans’ Day and thank you for your sacrifice and service!

 

Ms. Millard and the WP Wolverines.

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

 

Important Dates:

November 6:             Final Day to update preference for Virtual or In-Person Instruction

November 6:             AR Workshop PTSA Holiday Fundraiser Kick-Off 

November 9:             PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting, 6:30pm

 

November 11:           Veterans’ Day, Two-Hour Early Release

 

November 14:              Dance Team BBQ Dinner Fundraiser (Must be pre-ordered.)

 

November 18:           Top It Off Fundraiser Kick-off

 

November 25-27:      Student Holidays - Thanksgiving 

 

 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Today, November 6th, is the deadline to update your preference for your child’s education for the Return to School plan by using this link: enrollment link

 

Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview – SIS provides online access to information about your child’s attendance, class performance, demographic data and course materials.  To sign up for this account, please click on link below: 

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parent-account-overview

 

 WPHS Stadium Blankets – Help the West Potomac Orchestra: Keep yourself warm and comfortable with our one-of-a-kind Wolverine Spirit throw!  Made in the USA, 100% cotton; machine wash and dry!  Great for outdoor sporting events. Makes a great gift!  See attached form to reserve yours today.

Orchestra. Stadium Throw Fundraiser.pdf

 

Tasty BBQ Dinner for the Family! - The West Potomac Dance Team has an upcoming fundraiser where you can take care of dinner and show support for the Dance Team.  Sign up by November 11 to pre-order your Family Pack of delicious barbecue food from Fired Up to Help hot off the grill.  Pick-up on the afternoon of Saturday, November 14. Only 100 Family Packs available – See attached flyer.

Nov. 14th . Dance Team Fundraiser.pdf

 

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters invite all to participate in our fundraising efforts for scholarship and program effort. Fundraising link is live!

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

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

 

 

Are You a Parent/Guardian to one of our Amazing Class of 2021 Seniors?  Join the private Senior Parent Facebook group to connect with other senior families and learn info regarding senior activities like college applications, events, etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/606433970299624 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

PTSA Meeting – November 9th:  Please join us for our virtual membership meeting on Monday, November 9th, 6:30-8pm. Our very own Ms. Carter, College and Career Specialist, will be with us and has invited a college admissions colleague to join us, as well - Luis Portillo.  Luis is the Assistant Director-DC & Virginia Regional, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Delaware.  He is also very active with state, regional and national admissions organizations and is well versed in current trends in college admissions.  Ms. Carter and Mr. Portillo will do their best to answer all your questions about the college admissions process for grades 9-12.  A Zoom link will be emailed to current PTSA members and the meeting will be shown live on the West Potomac PTSA Facebook page.  Submit questions in advance by email to ptsa.westpotomac@gmail.com 

 

 

Speaking of PTSA emails…PTSA members, please check your email inbox carefully. About 30-40% of our messages to our membership via our MemberHub web platform are going unopened.  We are all getting bombarded with emails these days.  We don’t want you to miss out on important PTSA info and meeting details.  Thank you for being a member!  We are always welcoming new members.  For membership questions, contact our Membership Chair, Libby Meares, mearesteam@gmail.com

 

First Quarter Honor Roll Celebrations!  They are happening!  We will still be celebrating our Rising Stars, All-A and All A/B honor roll students for the first quarter of 2020. We usually distribute doughnuts for the Rising Stars and All-A students and, of course, everyone loved the Moe's Chip/Queso/Guac bar at lunch for the A/B students. Unfortunately, we will not be able to host that this quarter.  Instead, we will hold raffles of $5 gift cards for each group. Please help - We are asking for donations towards purchasing the gift cards so we will have as many as possible to increase everyone's chance of winning something. We usually have over 800 students on the all A and A/B Honor Roll every quarter!  We are asking for monetary donations instead of actual cards this time to minimize contact with the cards and each other dropping things off.

 

Please consider donating online through our PTSA MemberHub store site: https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store.  All donations made will be used for the first quarter gift card raffles which will be held later in November.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Bodner at spbodner@yahoo.com.

 

Class of 2021 Wolverines Yard signs available for sale - Celebrate your Senior by purchasing a yard sign for $15.00 - order yours today at https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store/items/191467

 

Holiday Fundraisers – As we head into the holiday season, the PTSA is partnering with local community businesses and online vendors to help you get you ready for the holidays while helping our PTSA:

 

AR Workshop Fundraiser:  Order your DIY Ornament Kits. A 7th exclusive design -WPHS or Class of 2021 ornament - will be included as part of this special promotion.  https://www.arworkshop.com/event/?loc=alexandria&ev=200363 or scan the QR code to go straight to the link. 

 

Top It Off Fundraiser, November 18 -22 - Are you looking for that perfect gift or ready to add some new accessories to your own wardrobe?  Located in Hollin Hall Shopping Center, 7968 Fort Hunt Road, Top It Off has great new fall arrivals including hats, gloves, holiday jewelry, specialty gifts and much more. 10% of all purchases will be donated back to the PTSA. As a special bonus, get a free mask with any purchase during this fundraiser!  Also, November 18th is the Wine Wednesday Kick Off.  To allow for social distancing at this Nov. 18 event, sign up is required:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa2da75-topitoff2

 

Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.  Shop Christmas cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. This special offer is available from October to December 2020.  WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts and 15% of your purchase will be donated back!  

PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

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Special Thank You!

Thank you to Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, and The Moery Company for their support of the PTSA this year

 

College and Career Center

 

Upcoming “Lunch and Learn” Sessions for Students – Did you know Ms. Carter hosts Lunch and Learn sessions throughout the year for our students?  Upcoming topics: How to search and apply for scholarships; and Your College Essay – Make it Great.  These sessions are advertised to your students via Google Classroom.  For more info, upcoming virtual college rep visits, college search tips and more be sure to read the November 2020 College and Career Center newsletter, CCCNewsletter November 2020.pdf. As always, reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.  She is here to help you with your post-secondary opportunities!

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

FREE APPLEROUTH RESOURCES

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

 

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

 

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

View full schedule and Register Here  Fall mock test dates are 11/14 and 12/5. Winter SAT prep class starts 12/5.

 

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 

 

 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) R2L NextGen Leadership Experience - Have you ever dreamed of visiting our nation’s capital and learning about how our government works? CHCI has an all-expenses paid leadership experience designed just for Latino high school students.  Applications due Feb. 16, 2021. Program dates are June and July 2021.  Find more info at https://chci.org/programs/r2l-nextgen/?utm_source=CHCI+General&utm_campaign=4f35239d23-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_18_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7757f87d2-4f35239d23-26068449

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

 

 

Important Dates:

October 30:               Two-Hour Early Release (First Quarter Extended to Nov. 2, 5pm.)

 

October 31:               All Day, Beyond the Page Theatre Production:  The Hitchhiker

 

November 2:             5pm, End of First Quarter (Extended for Completion of Assignments.)

 

November 3:             Student Holiday/Election Day

 

November 5:             West Potomac’s Outstanding Employee Awards Nomination Deadline

 

November 9:             6:30pm, PTSA Virtual Membership Meeting

 

November 11:           Veteran’s Day, Two-Hour Early Release Scheduled

 

November 18:           Top It Off Fundraiser Kick-off

 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Beyond the Page Theatre Presents:  The Hitchhiker, October 31st, all day on YouTube -  

WP families gather around this All Hallows' Eve and be prepared to be mesmerized by the award-winning Beyond the Page Company’s newest production. The Hitchhiker is a radio play for all written by Lucille Fletcher in 1941. This spooky story will transport you back to the golden age of radio. We hope you’ll hitch a ride and tune in to the WP Theater Youtube channel. on October 31st!

 10.31.2020 The HitchHiker . Beyond the Page Event.jpg

 

West Potomac’s Outstanding Employee Awards - Nominations are now open!

Parents, guardians and students – please take a moment to recognize an outstanding WP employee by completing the nomination form found here at this link  in any of the categories listed below. 

All nominations must be submitted by 3pm on Thursday, November 5, 2020If your nominee is selected, you may be contacted to complete a nomination packet for the next level of the competition. Please contact Emily Millians at eemillians@fcps.edu with questions.

 

Outstanding New Teacher - Has 1-3 years of teaching experience in any school/district.

Outstanding Teacher - Has 4 or more years of teaching experience in any school/district. Librarians are included in this category.

Outstanding Professional Employee - Has worked at least one year in a non-instructional position that supports school leadership. Ex. School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialists, System of Support Advisor, On Time Graduation Coordinator, Dean of Students, Dean of Instruction, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologists, Social Workers, School Counselors, and the Safety and Security Specialist.

Outstanding Operational Employee - Has at least 1 year of experience in their current position. This category includes Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistants, Custodians, Food Service Staff, IAs, PHAs, PHTAs, and Parent Liaisons.

Outstanding Leader - Has worked at least one year in an administrative position other than principal.

 

 

The West Potomac Chorus Boosters – We invite all to participate in our fundraising efforts to help support scholarship and programs.  Fundraising link is live!

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

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

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

PTSA Meeting – November 9th:  Please join us for our membership meeting on Monday, November 9th, 6:30pm via Zoom and Facebook Live.  Ms. Carter from our College and Career Center (CCC) will be joining us along with a current college admissions professional to take your questions about college prep, the app process, COVID effects, etc. Please be sure to read the CCC monthly newsletters and look over the many resources on the West Po CCC web site https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center. Bring your questions to the meeting. You can presubmit questions to ptsa.westpotomac@gmail.com

 

 

Class of 2021 Wolverines Yard Signs - Celebrate your Senior by purchasing a yard sign for $15.00.  Order yours today at https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store/items/191467

 

 

First Quarter Academic Recognition – The PTSA will recognize the All A Honor Roll, All A/B, and Rising Stars students from the First Quarter.  We are finalizing plans. Please be assured that no matter what the learning scenarios our students must deal with we will continue to recognize student academic achievement and hard work.  Thanks to your membership and donations, as well as our corporate sponsors and fundraisers, we can continue to support and recognize our hard-working students.

 

 

Holiday Fundraisers – As we head into the holiday season, the PTSA is partnering with local community businesses and online vendors to help you get you ready for the holidays while helping our PTSA:

 

Top It Off Fundraiser, November 18 -22 - Are you looking for that perfect gift or ready to add some new accessories to your own wardrobe?  Located in Hollin Hall Shopping Center, 7968 Fort Hunt Road, Top It Off has great new fall arrivals including hats, gloves, holiday jewelry, specialty gifts and much more. 10% of all purchases will be donated back to the PTSA. As a special bonus, get a free mask with any purchase during this fundraiser!  Also, November 18th is the Wine Wednesday Kick Off.  To allow for social distancing at this Nov. 18 event, sign up is required:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0949a9aa2da75-topitoff2

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Minted Fundraiser:  https://www.minted.com.  Shop Christmas cards, holiday photo cards, wedding stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. This special offer is available from October to December 2020.  WPHS families receive 20% off holiday cards and gifts and 15% of your purchase will be donated back!  

PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC. 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

Special Thank You!

Thank you to Burke & Herbert Bank, Safeway, and The Moery Company for their support of the PTSA this year.

 

SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

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

Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

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

View full schedule and Register Here  Fall mock test dates are 11/14, and 12/5.

 

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 

Gum Springs Community Center Now Open!

See flyer below for more information.

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Good Afternoon WP Family!

Town Hall

I hope you will get out and enjoy this beautiful weekend!  Thanks to all of you who took the time to join me at our Town Hall last night.  If you were unable to attend, below is the link to the recording.  I strongly suggest you and your students take some time to listen as there is important information regarding our current operations in the virtual as well as next steps toward in-person learning options.  You all will be receiving communication from me, hopefully next week, confirming your July 15th choice and giving you an opportunity to keep or modify your choice. 

 

WPHS Town Hall 10/22 Link 1 - recording_1

 

First Quarter Progress Ending with the Rolling Gradebook

 

We are also approaching the end of the quarter next week. Due to the dynamic learning conditions this school year, I want to remind you of West Potomac’s adjustment to our approach to calculating and reporting student grades this school year, to create more flexibility and equity in our practices.  Beginning this year, all West Potomac High School teachers are using a rolling (cumulative) gradebook.  We believe this shift will better meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all students by allowing more flexibility and increased opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery, complete make-up work, and retake assessments.  To learn more, please review the following video. In addition, course-specific grading policies can be found in each teacher’s syllabus.  Please contact your child’s teacher with questions.

 

October 29th PSAT for Juniors and October 30th 2-hour Early Release

 

On Thursday Oct. 29th all students will be asynchronous as we will be administering the PSAT to our juniors.  Since many teachers will be involved in the proctoring, we will not be able to have synchronous instruction.  Juniors taking the PSAT will not be required to complete asynchronous work.  Teachers will use that day to begin closing out the quarter allowing time for students to catch up, complete and turn in missing assignments.  Some may offer additional office hours on that day to support students finalizing their quarter progress. 

The following day Oct. 30th is a two-hr. early release (Please find the bell schedule below and at the link, https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedules ).  Monday Nov. 2nd and 3rd are student “holidays”; however, teachers may offer additional office hours to support student’s completion of first quarter progress.

Take good care,

Ms. Millard

 

 Important Dates

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

 

 

Important Dates:

October 24:             Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout Event, 10am to 2pm

 

October 27:            College Admissions in the Time of Social Distancing (Zoom)

 

October 29:            PSAT Day For Juniors (Must have pre-registered)

 

October 30:            End of First Quarter

 

October 31:            WPHS Beyond the Page Theatre Production:  The Hitch Hiker

 

November 9:         PTSA Membership Meeting

 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout, October 24, 10am – 2pm, Mount Vernon and Franconia District Stations - Hi West Potomac Pyramid Community!  While you are decorating your home to celebrate the festivities of fall, remember that you can do something easy to make your home safer for your own ghouls and goblins. CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET!  Many students have access to powerful prescription drugs like Xanax, Adderall, and Opioids because they are stored in an unlocked medicine cabinet.

For more information or to refer your student, please contact me, Elizabeth Knudson, MA, NCC, Resident in Counseling, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, eaknudson@fcps.edu.

Please see attached flyer for additional info, including drop off locations for medicine disposal.  Stay safe!  Sincerely, Ms. Knudson

Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout Event Flyer.pdf

 

Beyond the Page Theatre Announcement - click here…if you dare:

The HitchHiker. WPHS Production. 10.31.jpg

 

Class of 2021 Wolverines Yard Signs For Sale - Celebrate your senior by purchasing a yard sign for $15.00 (designed by one of the talented members of the Class of 2021).  Over 130 have already been ordered - order yours today at https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store/items/191467

 

WPHS Library Update - The library has extended the hours for curbside pick-up. Students can now pick-up items from 1:00-5:00 pm on Mondays. For more information, please email Mrs. Landon (jllandon@fcps.edu) or Mrs. Rice (wsrice@fcps.edu). Please see attached flyer.

Library curbside pickup instruction flyer.pdf

WPHS Spirit Wear Merchandise Available for Purchase - The West Potomac Online School Store is now open until November 2nd!  Everything from shirts to sweatpants to hats is available. To shop go to https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/WPSGA2020 and get your West Po merch today! 

WPHS Merchandise. SGA.pdf

Looking for a way to support families in our community this holiday season?

Since 2016, Food For Neighbors (FFN) has been providing holiday meals to families of middle and high school students who live throughout Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Please consider making a donation.  Through your generosity, students throughout our community will be able to experience a joy during what has been a difficult year. Thank you for your generosity. https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

PTSA Membership - Feel like you’re forgetting something?  Have you become a PTSA member yet? Join today: https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store 

 

Help with Return to School – Donate Disposable Masks and Disinfectant WipesWe now have a small number of students learning in person at West Po and will have a few more smaller groups returning in the next couple of weeks. To help with PPE supplies, please consider donating disposable masks and disinfectant wipes to the school.  Order from Amazon with your West Po PTSA designated Amazon Smile account, Smile.amazon.com, and your donation goes even further. (Packages must be addressed to West Potomac HS as recipient.) Disinfectant wipes and masks are also returning to store shelves.  Next time you’re out, please consider picking up some to donate.  See attached flyer for details re drop off and shipping.

 PTSA- WIPES AND MASKS Donations.pdf

If you have additional questions, please contact Tracy Dunn at tdunn@mcenearney.com.

 

Help the PTSA Raise Funds - Holiday Cards and Gifts - This holiday season, the PTSA is partnering with Minted to help us fundraise while also offering our WPHS families 20% off holiday cards and gifts - 15% will be donated back!  Check out Minted at https://www.minted.com.  Shop holiday cards, stationery, fine art, personalized gifts, and more designed by independent artists. This special offer is available from October to December 2020. 

PTSA's promo code is: FUNDRAISEPOTOMAC

 

Special Thank You!

Thank you to Burke & Herbert Bank and Safeway for their support of the PTSA this year.

 

WPHS College and Career Center Updates - October 2020

Greetings West Potomac students and families! Please click below for information on the College and Career Center, upcoming virtual college rep visits, college fairs, NOVA Pathways, financial aid help, test prep programs, selected scholarships, and other opportunities.  As always, reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

WPHS College and Career Center Oct 2020 Newsletter.pdf

 

2021 Virginia Summer Governor’s School 

Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching Virginia program designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a challenging summer experience.  Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences.  These residential programs run from late June to late July and are four weeks in length.  Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply. To learn more about SRGS, view the video. 

If you want to learn more please register for a WP Governor’s School informational session

To attend the informational session, you must first register using the link above. You will receive an email to your school email the morning of the session. There will be 3 sessions available for you to choose from:

  • Wednesday, 10/28 at 11:15am
  • Wednesday, 11/4 at 11:15am
  • Thursday, 11/5 at 3:00pm

To apply for Governor’s School, please complete the steps below:   

  1. Complete the Google Form link below to declare your interest for the 2021 Summer Residential Governor’s School by November 9th, 2020 

You must fill all sections and complete for the following reasons: 

  • The form establishes your contact details for your High School governor’s school representative. Find your school’s SRGS representative  
  • This will provide district level communication to both you and your designated school contact to allow for an efficient application process.  
  1. Fill out the appropriate application.  Use the links below to take you to the program you would like to apply to for the summer of 2021. 

This fillable application form needs to be completed and set to your school level governor’s school contact by December 7, 2020. 

Link to the applications:

For the Application timeline for Virginia summer Residential Governor’s Schools see the FCPS Governor’s School site.

General information about Summer Residential Governor’s Schools-from the VA DOE website

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. 

Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.

 

 

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SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

Applerouth Tutoring Services  is excited to partner with West Potomac PTSA to provide free, live online, information sessions this semester!

 

Tuesday, Oct. 27th  - "College Admissions in the Time of Social Distancing"                     (Online via ZOOM, 7-8 PM)

 

West Potomac and Applerouth Tutoring Services invite you to join Dr. Jed Applerouth, Ph.D., live online on Tuesday evening! Learn how to best navigate the college admissions process, as well as what we have learned about colleges' reaction to the global health crisis. Jed will arm you with crucial information and timelines, provide the latest expectations of college admissions offices, and discuss optimizing your test scores and grades for admissions, in order to ease any anxiety about the process. Log on and join us, to get your questions answered, and leave prepared to navigate your own college admissions process with confidence! (Zoom link to be emailed to you, following online registration.

Applerouth.com event code: M416205)  Sign Up HERE, to register for this free event.

 

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

Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

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

View full schedule and Register Here  Fall mock test dates are 11/14, and 12/5.

 

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

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Happy Weekend Eve!

I hope everyone has been doing well over the past few weeks while I have been out on planned medical leave.  I am doing well and thanks to the leadership of my amazing Admin Team, have been able to follow doctor’s orders and successfully heal. 

 

Well, a lot has developed over the past few weeks including a school board meeting last evening that went well into the early hours of the morning.  I am sure you all have many questions and it is my hope to provide clarity in the coming days.  I would like to hold another WPHS Town Hall on Thursday October 22nd at 6 pm to discuss the next steps toward the reopening of school and to review where we currently are with virtual learning.   Please register HERE and you will receive a link to the meeting on the morning of the meeting.

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Ms. Millard

 

  

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

 

 

Important Dates:

October 21:            Senior Day – Drive thru/Pick-up Textbook(s), Supplies, Pre-ordered      Class of 2021 Yard Signs

October 22:            Chick-Fil-A Pop-Up Drive Thru Fundraiser (Pre-order link below)

October 27:            College Admissions in the Time of Social Distancing (Zoom)

October 29:            PSAT Day For Juniors (Must have pre-registered)

October 30:            End of First Quarter

November 9:         PTSA Membership Meeting

 

Student Activities/School News Updates:

 

PSAT Day For Juniors – October 29, 2020:

Thursday, October 29, WP Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT.  FCPS will cover the test cost for any 11th gr. student.  To be eligible – students must have pre- registered. 

 

Digital Resources at West Potomac High School - Parent Consent

Fairfax County Public Schools uses a variety of resources to support student learning. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

WPHS Library Update - The library has extended the hours for curbside pick-up. Students can now pick-up items from 1:00-5:00 on Mondays. For more information, please email Mrs. Landon (jllandon@fcps.edu) or Mrs. Rice (wsrice@fcps.edu). Please see attached flyer.

Library curbside pickup instruction flyer.pdf

 

Still have textbooks and library books from last school year?   They can be returned on Monday’s from 8:00 am-3:00 pm.  Look for the bins outside the main entrance (door #1) under the awning.  There will be one bin for textbooks/reading books and a separate bin for library books. Please make every effort to return the books you have at home.  Students who have library books from the Sandburg library may also return to WPHS and we will return them for you.

 

WPHS Spirit Wear Merchandise Available for Purchase - The West Potomac Online School Store is now open until November 2nd! Everything from shirts to sweatpants to hats is available. To shop go to https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/WPSGA2020 and get your West Po merch today! 

WPHS Merchandise. SGA.pdf

Looking for a way to support families in our community this holiday season?

Since 2016, Food For Neighbors (FFN) has been providing holiday meals to families of students in middle and high schools throughout Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Please consider making a donation that would provide a special meal at this special time of the year when families come together.  Through your generosity, students throughout our community will be able to experience a joy during what has been a difficult year. Thank you for your generosity. https://www.foodforneighbors.org/home/holiday-meals/

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

PTSA MEMBERSHIP – PLEASE JOIN

Please help us reach our goal of 500 by becoming a member today.  At this writing we have 354 members. We need your support as members. Your membership directly supports instruction for our students through education grants, enrichment programs, affordable ACT/SAT Test Prep with Applerouth, and more. 

Don’t miss out – join today:   https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store 

 

Class of 2021 Wolverines Yard Signs For Sale - Celebrate your Senior by purchasing a sign (designed by one of the talented members of the Class of 2021). Pre-ordered signs will be ready for pickup at the Senior Day scheduled on Wednesday, October 21 at 4:00 PM at WPHS.  #WolverinePride

Pre-order yours today at https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store/items/191467

 

 

Chick-Fil-A Pop-Up Drive Thru Fundraiser – Thursday, October 22nd,  4:45 – 6:00 PM (or until sandwiches run out).  Location:  Waynewood Recreational Pool Parking Lot (1027 Dalebrook Dr, Alexandria, VA)    Pre-order at https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store

Pre-order Deadline:  Tuesday, October 20 at 5:00 PM

Pre-ordering is highly encouraged as there will be limited sandwiches for sale.  Please see flyer for additional info.

October 22nd WP PTSA CFA.pdf

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

 

PTSA Item Donation Request - disposable masks and disinfectant wipes: 

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS:  Please click on the flyer attached to make a BIG difference once schools reopen in person.  Please note:  Any shipments of supplies to the school MUST be addressed to West Potomac High School as the recipient, ATTN: PPE supplies.    Questions? Contact Tracy Dunn at tdunn@mcenearney.com.

PTSA- WIPES AND MASKS Donations.pdf

 

 

Special Thank You!

Thank you to Burke & Herbert Bank and Safeway for their support of the PTSA this year.

 

 WPHS College and Career Center Updates - October 2020

Greetings West Potomac students and families! Please click below for information on the College and Career Center, upcoming virtual college rep visits, college fairs, NOVA Pathways, financial aid help, test prep programs, selected scholarships, and other opportunities.  As always, reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

WPHS College and Career Center Oct 2020 Newsletter.pdf

 

 

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SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

College Admissions in the Time of Social Distancing

The PTSA is proud to bring you a virtual seminar via Zoom with Dr. Jed Applerouth on Tuesday, October 27th at 7 PM. As we know, applying to college is stressful under normal circumstances and knowing how the global pandemic has changed the process is vital. Join us to learn all you need to know to navigate the college admissions process in these changing times. Click here to reserve your spot today: The College Admissions Process in the Time of Social Distancing. 

 

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

Register at PTSA's MemberHub Store.

 

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

View full schedule and Register Here  Fall mock test dates are 10/17, 11/14, and 12/5.

 

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

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

 

 

Important Dates:

October 9:               PSAT Day For Juniors - Intent to Participate deadline

October 12:            Student Holiday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 14:            National Honor Society Application Deadline

October 21:            Senior Day to pick-up Textbook/Supplies

October 27:            College Admissions in the Time of Social Distancing (Zoom)

October 29:            PSAT Day For Juniors

October 30:            End of First Quarter

 

Student Activities/School News Updates

WPHS Library Curbside Side Pick-Up - The library continues with its Curbside Pick-Up for books. Students place a hold in Destiny (online catalog), Pick-Up:  Mondays between 12:30-3:00pm.  Additional details posted on the Library Google Classroom.  Questions?  Email Mrs. Landon (jllandon@fcps.edu) or Mrs. Rice (wsrice@fcps.edu).

 

National Honor Society (NHS) - Applications for juniors and seniors wishing to join the NHS will be accepted until 3pm on Wednesday, October 14.  Students must use their fcpsschools.net email address to access this link - https://forms.gle/6iKBe2mJ1Yf95eif6.  Questions?  Reach out to the NHS advisors, Ms. Carfang at jacarfang@fcps.edu or Ms. Newton at sabuchkowski@fcps.edu.

 

PSAT Day For Juniors – Intent to participate deadline, October 9th

11th Grade Parents/Guardians, on Thursday, October 29, West Po Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT.  FCPS will cover the test cost for any 11th grade student.   To be eligible – students need to register by completing the Intent to Participate form by today - Friday, October 9.  Intent to Participate form can be found in the Class of 2022 Google classroom (must be accessed using their fcpsschools.net Google accounts).

 

West Potomac Masks for Sale -- only 5 left!

Show your Wolverine pride and support West Potomac's Dance Team by purchasing one or more washable face masks ($10 each) for yourself or to donate to WP students. Email Gina Almeida at WPDanceTeam2020@gmail.com before they are all gone!  Pay through Venmo or Paypal, cash or a check. 

Order form attached:  WP Mask Order Form . Dance Team.pdf

 

 

PTSA UPDATES:

 

PTSA MEMBERSHIP – PLEASE JOIN  - We now have close to 350 members! Thank you!  If you haven’t joined yet, please help us reach our goal of 500 by becoming a member today.  The PTSA brings together parents, teachers and students who strive towards better education, communication and community involvement.  Your membership directly supports funding education grants, enrichment programs, academic assemblies in addition to offering affordable ACT/SAT Test Prep with Applerouth.  Become a member today by clicking here: https://westpotomacptsa.new.memberhub.store/store

 

Help the PTSA Raise Funds:

Craving Chick-Fil-A fundraisers - We are ready to serve.  At this time we are unable to use WPHS school grounds to hold this popular fundraiser -  please      e-mail Laura Colligan at laurawtwins@yahoo.com if you have a private community lot we could use to set up a pop-up Chick-Fil-A.  Help the PTSA earn funds while we provide a tasty dinner option for our West Po families and community. "Eat Mor Chikin,"

 

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

 

Harris Teeter - link your VIC card to WPHS PTSA- account # 3602 to help us earn $$ for our school.  Did you know …. every time you purchase Harris Teeter brand products, the PTSA earns 5% of the purchase price?

 

PTSA Donation Request - disposable masks and disinfectant wipes -   

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS:  Please click on the flyer attached for an easy way to make a BIG difference once schools reopen in person.  Please note:  Any shipments of supplies to the school MUST be addressed to West Potomac High School as the recipient, ATTN: PPE supplies.  Thank you for your help in keeping our students, teachers and staff well stocked with supplies to keep them all safe.

Questions? Contact Tracy Dunn at tdunn@mcenearney.com.  

PTSA- WIPES AND MASKS Donations.pdf

 

Special Thank You!

Thank you to Burke & Herbert Bank and Safeway for their support of the PTSA this year.

 

 WPHS College and Career Center Update - October 2020

 

Greetings West Potomac students and families! Please click below for information on the College and Career Center, upcoming virtual college rep visits, college fairs, NOVA Pathways, financial aid help, test prep programs, selected scholarships and other opportunities.  As always, reach out to Mrs. Carter, College and Career Specialist with any questions, eecarter@fcps.edu.

 WPHS College and Career Center Oct 2020 Newsletter.pdf

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SAT and ACT Test Prep

 

College Admissions in the Time of Social Distancing - The PTSA is proud to bring you a virtual seminar via Zoom with Dr. Jed Applerouth on Tuesday, October 27th at 7pm. As we know, applying to college is stressful under normal circumstances and knowing how the global pandemic has changed the process is vital. Join us to learn all you need to know to navigate the college admissions process in these changing times. Click here to reserve your spot today: The College Admissions Process in the Time of Social Distancing. 

 

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

 

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

View full schedule and Register Here  Fall mock test dates are 10/17, 11/14, and 12/5.

 

PSAT/NMSQT FREE ONLINE PREP OFFERED BY APPLEROUTH 9/26/20 - 10/11/20 - You’re invited to Applerouth’s PSAT Prep Rally! Students can join online strategy sessions to prep and then take a full-length proctored practice PSAT/NMSQT - for free. After the practice test, students will receive a detailed score report that highlights both their strengths and areas for growth. [Learn More & Register]

 

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

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter, eecarter@fcps.edu.

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