WPHS News You Choose - 6-8-24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • School News 
  • PTSA News
  • Class of 2025

Important Dates

  • June 6-10: Underclass Culminating Activity - 11:30am Dismissal
  • June 10: Class of 2024 Senior Awards Program – 10:00am Springbank
  • June 10-11: Underclass laptop collection, Cafeteria
  • June 11: Early Dismissal 10:30am -  Class of 2024 Graduation - George Mason University, 2:00 PM 
  • June 12: Last day of School 10:15am Dismissal
  • August 15: 9th Grade and New Student Orientation 8:10-12:00pm
  • August 16: Wolverine Welcome Open House 3-5pm
  • August 19: First Day of School 24-25

Happy Weekend Wolverines!

On Tuesday, June 11, at 2 pm we will have our graduation for the amazing Wolverine Class of 2024 at EagleBank Arena.  We will be dismissing at 10:30 am that day for everyone to make it to venue. 

Senior Nairi Masih is the newly named recipient of the 2024 Laura Ashley Piper Scholarship given out by the FCPS School Board. Laura Ashley Piper served as student representative to the Fairfax County School Board from 1986 to 1987. She graduated from Robinson Secondary School and the Air Force Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. She was killed in action over northern Iraq in April 1994. To honor her strong commitment to student participation and to recognize her high standards of achievement and involvement, and her willingness to continually accept responsibility throughout her lifetime, the School Board established the annual $1,000 Laura Ashley Piper Scholarship. In 2007, Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation began its endowment of the scholarship, providing $1,000 annually.  Each year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) high schools may nominate one senior student who exemplifies the “attributes of personal excellence and commitment to student government” of Piper for the AWARD.  Nairi will be recognized publicly at the School Board meeting on June 27 at 7 pm.  Nairi will be attending Cornell in the fall. 

June 10 will be an 11:30 am dismissal and a required Exam Days for underclassman students.  Please remember to encourage students to come to school over the final days for culminating activities. 

Our last day of school, Wednesday June 12 will be a 10:10 am dismissal. 

Last Day of School- On the last day of school, we are making a change to the bell schedule. This change is necessary due to an increase in unfortunate student behaviors in the halls and bathrooms over the few weeks. Administration feels it's necessary to ensure the last day is more structured than the original proposal that included multiple transitions during the morning.  

Upon arriving on June 12, all students report to the main gym instead of going through all periods.  Please be advised a few things about our last day:

  • Students will not be able to get passes to see a faculty member and leave the gym. Faculty members will be rotating through the gym in the morning and students can check in with them at that time as needed. 
  • Counselors will be in the gym from 8:30-9:00am for questions or summer school follow up. 
  • Only breakfast will be served and can be picked up in the café upon arrival.  There is no grab and go lunch on the last day of school.   

Obligations - Students, please make sure you are turning in books, laptops and such.  Remember that your school laptop and charger belong to West Potomac High School.

  • A lost charger costs $23
  • A lost laptop is $444
  • Items must be paid via my school bucks com

To help the collection process run more smoothly, the device should be clean, charger cords tightly wrapped, and stickers or personal dongles removed.

Collection is during school hours in the Tech Office (Rm 311). The last day to return is June 11th.

RETURNING TO WP NEXT YEAR?

Students must FILL OUT A FORM found in Schoology to check out their laptop for the summer. You can only check out your laptop if you are returning to West Potomac High School for the 2024-25 school year.

NOTE: If your plans change over the summer and you leave WPHS or your laptop is not working, the laptop and charger must be returned to the Main Office Monday-Thursday between 9am-12pm.

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer break.  Please be on the lookout for my summer letter in early August. 

Thanks!

Jessica Statz

Proud Principal

Senior Awards

  • On Monday June 10, we will celebrate the Class of 2024 at Senior Awards.  This event begins at 10:00am in the Springbank Auditorium.  Families are encouraged to carpool since parking is limited to the senior lot.  Seniors will sit together and there will be labeled reserve seating for them.  All seniors are welcome to attend.  Students and Parents/Guardians of those who will be recognized received an email invitation. 

SCHOOL NEWS

Library books Due

  • We are so thankful that students have been checking books out this school year. The time has now come for all books to be returned. Overdue notices were sent to students on Monday, May 20th around 2:45 pm. Please check with your student and encourage them to turn in their books. There is a cart just outside the library doors. Questions, please email [email protected]. Thank you - Mrs. Landon and Mrs. Rice

Laptop Collection

  • Remember that your school laptop and charger belong to West Potomac High School. A lost charger costs $23 which can be paid via MySchoolBucks. When returning your laptop, it should be clean and sticker free.
  • STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT A FORM found in Schoology to check out their laptop for the summer. You can only check out your laptop if you are returning to West Potomac High School for the 2024-25 school year. NOTE: If your plans change over the summer and you leave WPHS, the laptop and charger must be returned to the Main Office Monday-Thursday between 9am-12pm.
  • ALL SENIORS must return their laptop. Seniors should go to the Tech office (Room 311) if an extension is needed past May 24th.

 Collection dates:

  • Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311) - June 6-7 -Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11

PTSA NEWS

  • At our last PTSA General Membership meeting of the year, we elected many new members for 2024 - 2025 WPHS PTSA Board and they are AMAZING!  We are still seeking a President.  The position may be held by one person or shared by you and a friend. The board positions filled are Treasurer, Secretary and 5 Vice Presidents positions, each with specific responsibilities.  The WP PTSA Pres is supported by a great team and an amazing Principal.  The Executive Board meets monthly with Principal Statz and participates in 6 General Membership Meetings within the school year.  Please consider bringing your voice on the Board and supporting our hardworking educators and students.  To learn more please e-mail Liz Ver Hage a [email protected]

SAT Test Prep Summer and 2024/25 School Year

Registration now open!

SAT GROUP CLASSES ($475.00) target prep for the 10/5/24, 3/8/25, or 6/7/25 official SAT test dates. Full schedule HERE

Did you know the School Day SAT and PSAT/NMSQT are 10/9/24? The summer group class is perfectly timed to score your best on these tests.

SAT MOCK TESTS ($23.00) Mock test schedule HERE  

SAT Mock Tests scheduled starting 7/27/24 through 5/10/25

Scholarships WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, [email protected]. Please apply for summer scholarships before the end of the school year.

Will Test-Optional or Test-Required be the norm?

Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application.

What We’ve Learned about Test-Optional and Test-Required Admissions - Jed Applerouth, PhD

Cornell Is Next in Line to Reinstate Testing Requirementsby Jed Applerouth, PhD

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

  • The W.I.S.H. Center at Hybla Valley Community Center is a unique, first of its kind workforce and innovation center.  It helps community residents by equipping participants with job skills and supportive services that helps participants find jobs.  Inova Pairing Day will be held On June 20th from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who’s looking for a job, including graduates from the Class of 2024.  See the flyer for more information.  

Also, please make sure to check out the final newsletter of this school year from the College & Career Center.  Wishing all our Wolverines a safe and great summer break!

CLASS OF 2025 

Thank you to our amazing Class of 2025 President, Class of 2025 Officers, parents, administration, teachers, security and staff members that helped make Prom 2024 a huge success! We are entering the end of the year and more activities will be popping up for our class of soon to be rising seniors!!

Next Up: Class of 2025 T-Shirt & Yard Sign Design Competition – details coming soon!

We will be looking for members to be a part of our Senior Celebration Committee. Please consider donating your time for the many upcoming activities. Sign ups will be coming soon.

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA” https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/

 

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students.

 

Please reach out to Class of 2025 Sponsors, Sejal Parekh [email protected] and Tracy Scheel [email protected] with any questions.

Other News Worth Sharing

EXCITING NEWS for West Potomac High School students: We’re traveling to Greece in Spring 2025! Ms. Vannatta and Ms. Drescher will be hosting an informational meeting to learn more.  

Please use this link to register:  https://bit.ly/4b3daUQ

Please note: This is a non-school sponsored trip through EF Tours

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WPHS News You Choose - 5/31/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • School News 
  • PTSA News
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2025

Important Dates

  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6
  • June 4: Spring Sports Awards Ceremony, 6:30 pm, Auditorium
  • June 6-7: Underclass laptop collection, Room 311
  • June 6-10: Underclass Culminating Activity - 11:30am Dismissal
  • June 10: Class of 2024 Senior Awards Program – 10:00am Springbank
  • June 10: End Date for Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser
  • June 10-11: Underclass laptop collection, Cafeteria
  • June 11: Early Dismissal 10:30am -  Class of 2024 Graduation - George Mason University, 2:00 PM 
  • June 12: Last day of School 10:15am Dismissal
  • August 15: 9th Grade and New Student Orientation 8:10-12:00pm
  • August 16: Wolverine Welcome Open House 3-5pm
  • August 19: First Day of School 24-25

Principal’s Message

Wolverine Community,

Congratulations to all our graduating AVID students.  We are proud of all their handwork and dedication to the amazing program.  It was a delight to see the handful of our Wolverines representing us at the AVID Certification Ceremony at Sandburg this morning.  They are amazing role models for our feeder schools.  And another “shout-out” to all our Avid Teachers!

We only have seven more school days till graduation at Eagle Bank Arena on Tuesday June 11 at 2:00 pm.  That day of school will be an early dismissal of 10:30 am for students, faculty, and staff to be able to attend graduation.   Our last day of school, Wednesday June 12 will be a 10:10 am dismissal.  June 6, 7, and June 10 will be an 11:30 am dismissal and required Exam Days for your underclassman students.  Please remember to encourage students to come to school those days for your culminating activity. 

Below are pictures of some of our seniors working on their SHOUT Projects!  We are truly proud of all our seniors!

The Senior Bash is on Monday! Volunteers Needed!

Please consider volunteering to help at the bash. We currently do not have enough volunteers to run all the attractions, we cannot make this event happen without your help! Please consider donating some of your time between 6:30 pm and 10:30 pm on Monday. Volunteer Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class#/

  • Don't miss out; get your tickets today!
  • The bash is open to all West Potomac High School Seniors, but you must purchase a ticket to attend! 
  • The Bash will include DJ Juicee, a taco bar, chips and salsa from Anita’s, Mister Softee ice cream truck, an airbrush tattoo artist, a caricaturist, a photo booth, lawn games, a mechanical bull, a zipline – you name it!
  • Raffle prizes include a JBL speaker, a Yeti cooler, Visa gift cards, a TV, an iPad, an Apple watch, Beats headphones, a Keurig, Visa gift cards, and more.
  • Each ticket purchased includes ten raffle tickets.

Senior Bash Tickets: https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

Boost your chances at the raffles by purchasing some extra tickets. Each purchase gives you five extra chances to win!   Extra raffle   tickets: https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/1027548

Remember! We also have an opportunity to win reserved VIP seating at graduation! Grab the best seat in the house without having to get there early! Tickets for Drawing for Reserved VIP Seats: https://westpotomacptsa.givebacks.com/store/items/1027558

We Need a PTSA President for next school year!

HELP! We need a PTSA President for the 2024-2025 School Year.  If you are interested, please reach out to the outgoing President, Ms. Liz Verhage, [email protected] 

This is a great group of parents, and I would love to see even more participation!

Thank you and I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Jessica Statz, Principal

End of Year Calendar

  • On our website you can find our end of year testing to include culminating activity schedule, early dismissals and alternate bell schedules. 
  • As we start senior exams, please remember that unless a senior is excused from school for SHOUT, they are expected to attend all of their classes for the full school day until Wednesday June 5.

Senior Awards

  • On Monday June 10, we will celebrate the Class of 2024 at Senior Awards.  This event begins at 10:00am in the Springbank Auditorium.  Families are encouraged to carpool since parking is limited to the senior lot.  Seniors will sit together and there will be labeled reserve sitting for them.  All seniors are welcome to attend.  Parents/Guardians of those who will be recognized will receive an email invitation. 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Library books Due

  • We are so thankful that students have been checking books out this school year. The time has now come for all books to be returned. Overdue notices were sent to students on Monday, May 20th around 2:45 pm. Please check with your student and encourage them to turn in their books. There is a cart just outside the library doors. Questions, please email [email protected]. Thank you - Mrs. Landon and Mrs. Rice

Laptop Collection

  • Remember that your school laptop and charger belong to West Potomac High School. A lost charger costs $23 which can be paid via MySchoolBucks. When returning your laptop, it should be clean and sticker free.
  • STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT A FORM found in Schoology to check out their laptop for the summer. You can only check out your laptop if you are returning to West Potomac High School for the 2024-25 school year. NOTE: If your plans change over the summer and you leave WPHS, the laptop and charger must be returned to the Main Office Monday-Thursday between 9am-12pm.
  • ALL SENIORS must return their laptop. Seniors should go to the Tech office (Room 311) if an extension is needed past May 24th.

Collection dates:

  • Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311) - June 6-7 -Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11

PTSA NEWS

  • At our last PTSA General Membership meeting of the year, we elected many new members for 2024 - 2025 WPHS PTSA Board and they are AMAZING!  We are still seeking a President.  The position may be held by one person or shared by you and a friend. The board positions filled are Treasurer, Secretary and 5 Vice Presidents positions, each with specific responsibilities.  The WP PTSA Pres is supported by a great team and an amazing Principal.  The Executive Board meets monthly with Principal Statz and participates in 6 General Membership Meetings within the school year.  Please consider bringing your voice on the Board and supporting our hardworking educators and students.  To learn more please e-mail Liz Ver Hage a [email protected]

SAT Test Prep Summer and 2024/25 School Year

Registration  now open!

  • SAT Group Classes target prep for the following official SAT test dates. Full schedule HERE
  • 10/5/24, 3/8/25, 6/7/25

SAT MOCK TESTS Mock test schedule HERE  

SAT Mock Tests scheduled starting 7/27/24 through 5/10/25

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

Test optional does not mean test blind!

Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application.

What We’ve Learned about Test-Optional and Test-Required Admissions

  • Jed Applerouth, PhD
Cornell Is Next in Line to Reinstate Testing Requirements
  • by Jed Applerouth, PhD 

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

 Important Announcements for the Class of 2024

  1. Each year, every graduating senior must complete the FCPS Senior Survey. The survey gathers post-graduation plans & other important information, including where to send final transcripts for college bound seniors.  Seniors who need to edit or still need to complete their FCPS Senior Survey are reminded to stop by the College & Career Center. 
  2. Save the Date! On June 10th we will celebrate the Class of 2024 at our Senior Awards Program.  Seniors who would like to be recognized for the scholarships they have earned and will use, acceptance into an apprenticeship program or committing to military service must complete the WPHS C/O 2024 Senior Awards Program google form by 5/31/2024.  The form was emailed on 5/6/2024 and is also located in the Schoology’s WP Student Services Course>Seniors (Class of 2024)  

CLASS OF 2024 NEWS

June 3rd: 6:30-10:30p.m. Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. Rain Date is June 6th.

All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

Seniors will enjoy bumper cars, mechanical bull rides, a slam dunk contest, a photo booth, a Zipline, an obstacle course, DJ Juice, a buffet dinner, dessert, and great raffle prizes! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

Click the link below to purchase extra Raffle Tickets.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/1027548

Looking for the best seats in the house at GRADUATION?  Look no further. Senior Celebration Committee has the answer. Enter to win 4 premium reserved seats for your family at Eagle Bank Arena. 3 opportunities to win! Don’t miss out! Click the  below to purchase your tickets for a chance to win. Winners will be announced June 6th.

https://westpotomacptsa.givebacks.com/store/items/1027558

 

The final countdown is on!  In less than 2 weeks our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below. We are still in NEED of volunteers and/or contributions to the Class of 2024 Senior Bash.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class#/

Our Flocking Fundraiser is a HUGE Flocking Success! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, for the soon-to-be-graduate, or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the remaining Senior Celebration event, the Senior Bash on June 3rd.

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

Senior Parents: It's not too late! Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on graduation information & opportunities that pertain to the upcoming Bash & Raffle Sales. We still have several volunteer opportunities for help with fundraising & helping plan for the Bash, as well as helping out on the day of the Bash. We want this to be the BEST event for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2025 

Thank you to our amazing Class of 2025 President, Class of 2025 Officers, parents, administration, teachers, security and staff members that helped make Prom 2024 a huge success! We are entering the end of the year and more activities will be popping up for our class of soon to be rising seniors!!

Next Up: Class of 2025 T-Shirt & Yard Sign Design Competition – details coming soon!

We will be looking for members to be a part of our Senior Celebration Committee. Please consider donating your time for the many upcoming activities. Sign ups will be coming soon.

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA” https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students.

Please reach out to Class of 2025 Sponsors, Sejal Parekh [email protected] and Tracy Scheel [email protected] with any questions.

Other News Worth Sharing

EXCITING NEWS for West Potomac High School students: We’re traveling to Greece in Spring 2025! Ms. Vannatta and Ms. Drescher will be hosting an informational meeting to learn more.  Our first meeting will be on May 21st at West Potomac High School, room 607 at 7:00 PM.

Please use this link to register:  https://bit.ly/4b3daUQ

First 10 students/families to register for the meeting receive a special Greece goodie bag!

Please note: This is a non-school sponsored trip through EF Tours

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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WPHS NYC 5/24/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • School News 
  • PTSA News
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2025

Important Dates

  • May 30: Senior Trip – Kings Dominion 
  • May 30: Next Level Signing Ceremony, 3:30 pm. Main Gym
  • May 31: Class of 2024 Senior Awards Google form due
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6
  • June 4: Spring Sports Awards Ceremony, 6:30 pm, Auditorium
  • June 6-7: Underclass laptop collection, Room 311
  • June 10: Class of 2024 Senior Awards Program
  • June 10: End Date for Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser
  • June 10-11: Underclass laptop collection, Cafeteria
  • June 11: Class of 2024 Graduation - George Mason University, 2:00 PM 

Prinicipal's Message

Wolverine Families,

Wow, only 11 mores days until graduation.  This is such an exciting time for our students and families. 

I want to congratulate all the students on their AP exams and SOL tests the last few weeks.  Your students have really worked hard, and we cannot wait to see the positive results of all their hard work and dedication.

This week we had our Parent Project graduation for our pyramid.  We had 45 parents participate and receive their certification.  Shout-out to our own, Ms. Rosa Rapavi, Parent Liaison, who helps with this awesome program.  In addition, some of our own Wolverine students volunteer each week at Hybla Valley ES to help set-up and assist for the Parent Project classes.  These students are pictured below:

Principal Statz and Parent Project Student Volunteers

 

This was a busy week with honor society inductions. See some pictures below to highlight the week. 

Math Honor Society Inductees

Senior Math Honor Society Members

 

Spanish Honor Society Induction pictures: 

 

Our sports teams are also doing well.  We still have a few teams left in the playoffs.  We wish softball, baseball, boys lacrosse, and the track athletes competing in the States an exuberant Good Luck!

Lastly, I want to reiterate the importance of attendance for the last couple weeks of school.  We need students in every day, including the final exam days. 

I hope you all have a great, long Memorial Day weekend!

-Jessica Statz, Principal

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Library books Due

We are so thankful that students have been checking books out this school year. The time has now come for all books to be returned. Overdue notices were sent to students on Monday, May 20th around 2:45 pm. Please check with your student and encourage them to turn in their books. There is a cart just outside the library doors. Questions, please email [email protected].

Thank you

Mrs. Landon and Mrs. Rice

 

End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection

  • On our website you can now find our end of year testing to include testing dates, early dismissals and alternate bell schedules.  A reminder that students received SOL testing notices to their fcpsschools email and will continue to receive updates regarding make up and retake SOL testing.  

 

Laptop Collection

Remember that your school laptop and charger belong to West Potomac High School. A lost charger costs $23 which can be paid via MySchoolBucks. When returning your laptop, it should be clean and sticker free.

STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT A FORM found in Schoology to check out their laptop for the summer. You can only check out your laptop if you are returning to West Potomac High School for the 2024-25 school year. NOTE: If your plans change over the summer and you leave WPHS, the laptop and charger must be returned to the Main Office Monday-Thursday between 9am-12pm.

ALL SENIORS must return their laptop. Seniors should go to the Tech office (Room 311) if an extension is needed past May 24th.

Collection dates:

-Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311) - June 6-7 -Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11

 

PTSA NEWS

At our last PTSA General Membership meeting of the year, we elected many new members for 2024 - 2025 WPHS PTSA Board and they are AMAZING!  We are still seeking a President.  The position may be held by one person or shared by you and a friend. The board positions filled are Treasurer, Secretary and 5 Vice Presidents positions, each with specific responsibilities.  The WP PTSA Pres is supported by a great team and an amazing Principal.  The Executive Board meets monthly with Principal Statz and participates in 6 General Membership Meetings within the school year.  Please consider bringing your voice on the Board and supporting our hardworking educators and students.  To learn more please e-mail Liz Ver Hage a [email protected]

 

Test optional does not mean test blind!

Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application.


What We’ve Learned about Test-Optional and Test-Required Admissions

Jed Applerouth, PhD

 

Cornell Is Next in Line to Reinstate Testing Requirements

by Jed Applerouth, PhD 

 

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

 Important Announcements for the Class of 2024

  1. Each year, every graduating senior must complete the FCPS Senior Survey. The survey gathers post-graduation plans & other important information, including where to send final transcripts for college bound seniors.  Seniors who need to edit or still need to complete their FCPS Senior Survey are reminded to stop by the College & Career Center. 
  2. Save the Date! On June 10th we will celebrate the Class of 2024 at our Senior Awards Program.  Senior who would like to be recognized for the scholarships they have earned and will use, acceptance into an apprenticeship program or committing to military service must complete the WPHS C/O 2024 Senior Awards Program google form by 5/31/2024.  The form was emailed on 5/6/2024 and is also located in the Schoology’s WP Student Services Course>Seniors (Class of 2024)  

 

CLASS OF 2024 NEWS

May 25th: Price of Senior Bash Tickets Goes Up!

 

June 3rd: 6:30-10:30p.m. Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. Rain Date is June 6th.

All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

 

 

Seniors will enjoy bumper cars, mechanical bull rides, a slam dunk contest, a photo booth, a Zipline, an obstacle course, DJ Juice, a buffet dinner, dessert, and great raffle prizes! 

*Purchase your tickets now to the Senior Bash for $30 before prices go up on May 25th to $35. You will receive 10 raffle tickets with the purchase of every Bash ticket and if you purchase your ticket before prices go up on the 25th, you will receive 5 additional raffle tickets. Please follow the link below.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

Click the link below to purchase extra Raffle Tickets.

https://westpotomacptsa.givebacks.com/store/items/1027548

 

Looking for the best seats in the house at GRADUATION?  Look no further. Senior Celebration Committee has the answer. Enter to win 4 premium reserved seats for your family at Eagle Bank Arena. 3 opportunities to win! Don’t miss out! Click the  below to purchase your tickets for a chance to win. Winners will be announced June 6th.

https://westpotomacptsa.givebacks.com/store/items/1027558

 

The final countdown is on! We are in the last 2 weeks of school before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below. We are still in NEED of volunteers and/or contributions to the Class of 2024 Senior Bash.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

 

Our Flocking Fundraiser is a HUGE Flocking Success! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, for the soon-to-be-graduate, or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the remaining Senior Celebration event, the Senior Bash on June 3rd.

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

 

Senior Parents: It's not too late! Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on graduation information & opportunities that pertain to the upcoming Bash & Raffle Sales. We still have several volunteer opportunities for help with fundraising & helping plan for the Bash, as well as helping out on the day of the Bash. We want this to be the BEST event for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

 

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

 

                    

CLASS OF 2025 

Thank you to our amazing Class of 2025 President, Class of 2025 Officers, parents, administration, teachers, security and staff members that helped make Prom 2024 a huge success! We are entering the end of the year and more activities will be popping up for our class of soon to be rising seniors!!

 

Next Up: Class of 2025 T-Shirt & Yard Sign Design Competition – details coming soon!

We will be looking for members to be a part of our Senior Celebration Committee. Please consider donating your time for the many upcoming activities. Sign ups will be coming soon.

 

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA” https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students.

Please reach out to Class of 2025 Sponsors, Sejal Parekh [email protected] and Tracy Scheel [email protected] with any questions.

 

Other News Worth Sharing

EXCITING NEWS for West Potomac High School students: We’re traveling to Greece in Spring 2025! Ms. Vannatta and Ms. Drescher will be hosting an informational meeting to learn more.  Our first meeting will be on May 21st at West Potomac High School, room 607 at 7:00 PM.

Please use this link to register:  https://bit.ly/4b3daUQ

First 10 students/families to register for the meeting receive a special Greece goodie bag!

Please note: This is a non-school sponsored trip through EF Tours

 

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WPHS NYC 5/17/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection
  • School News 
  • PTSA News
  •  School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2025

Important Dates

  • May 18: Concept to Catwalk - Fashion Marketing Fashion Show, 6:00 pm
  • May 22: Choral Boosters – Honeygrow Restaurant Day, 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
  • May 21: Spring Jazz Concert, 7:00 pm, Springbank Auditorium
  • May 23: Spring Band Concert, 7:00 pm, Springbank Auditorium
  • May 23: Class of 2024 - Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • May 30: Senior Trip – Kings Dominion 
  • May 30: Next Level Signing Ceremony, 3:30 pm. Main Gym
  • May 31: Class of 2024 Senior Awards Google form due
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6
  • June 4: Spring Sports Awards Ceremony, 6:30 pm, Auditorium
  • June 10: Class of 2024 Senior Awards Program
  • June 10: End Date for Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser
  • June 11: Class of 2024 Graduation - George Mason University, 2:00 PM 

 

 

 

Principal’s Message

Wolverine Families,

West Potomac has been in full effect with testing the past few weeks.  As we are winding down, I am excited to see how well our students performed on the AP exams and SOL exams!  Many of our AP Students are taking AP Exams and still working in other classes.  All these students are putting in a great amount of time for testing. 

Recently, West Potomac students had a 5th place finish at the TSA Technosphere in Hampton.  West Po’s entry in Children’s Stories by the team of Sophie Webster & Hadley Batchelor ended up in 5th place, which is another awesome accomplishment.   

We had amazing performances in the Spring Choral Concert Battle! 

Graduation is right around the corner.  Our stellar Seniors will graduate on June 11th at 2 pm at Eagle Bank Arena.  We will have a modified schedule that day and will dismiss at 10:30 am in order to get our faculty and staff to graduation.   

 

I stopped by Mr. Barnett’s Pre-Algebra class.  All the students were engaged and learning.

 

Fashion Show- There is still time to get tickets for our Fashion Show on Saturday.  The students involved have worked hard on their designs and the production of the show.  See below:

 

FCPS Cares:  Congratulations! The following staff members have been recognized as employees who show that FCPS CARES.

Recipients:

Sadia Faisal, Rahellah Saleh, Amel M Saad, Silvia K Kim, Tony M Jackson, Iman K Hashim, Flor Y Villatoro, JaMia M Boston, Betelehem Berhe, Uzma I Aziz, Angelina Asibu

FCPS CARES submission:

Instructional assistants in the Cat B program at West Potomac High School raised money for one of their colleagues that has a chronic health condition and takes continuous medication more than $600.00 in less than a week.  This information is posted on the FCPS CARES webpage, accessible at https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-cares-may-2024.

 

Recipient:

Randi E Greene

FCPS CARES submission:

I’m writing to recognize the wonderful caring work of Ms. Randi Greene and the Cat B team in the special education department at West Potomac High School. Ms. Greene is extremely thoughtful and compassionate. Ms. Greene provides additional homework and often reaches out to share an antidote or story from the day. She and her team make a big deal out of birthdays and organize a “party”. They buy balloons and sing. This group of kids has very limited social activities outside school, so this is a big deal. She has helped orchestrate opportunities for parents to connect with other parents. These introductions have led to more extracurricular activities and social interactions. Most of all Ms. Greene and the Cat B team have stayed positive and supportive of my son, despite some challenging behavior flare ups. Thank you❤️.

 

Even in the last few weeks, please remember to send students to school each and every day! 

Have a great weekend,

Jessica Statz, Principal

 

End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection

  • On our website you can now find our end of year testing to include testing dates, early dismissals and alternate bell schedules.  A reminder that students received SOL testing notices to their fcpsschools email and will continue to receive updates regarding make up and retake SOL testing.  

 

Laptop Collection

Remember that your school laptop and charger belong to West Potomac High School. A lost charger costs $23 which can be paid via MySchoolBucks. When returning your laptop, it should be clean and sticker free.

STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT A FORM found in Schoology to check out their laptop for the summer. You can only check out your laptop if you are returning to West Potomac High School for the 2024-25 school year. NOTE: If your plans change over the summer and you leave WPHS, the laptop and charger must be returned to the Main Office Monday-Thursday between 9am-12pm.

ALL SENIORS must return their laptop. Seniors should go to the Tech office (Room 311) if an extension is needed past May 24th.

Collection dates:

  • Senior Laptop Collection (Room 311) - May 20-24
  • Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311)
  • June 6-7 -Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11

SCHOOL NEWS

 

Please join the West Potomac Jazz and Concert Bands for their final concerts of the school year. 

These are always special concerts as we will recognize our seniors and their contributions and dedication to West Potomac Bands over the past four years. 

  • Spring Jazz Concert: May 21, 7pm, Springbank Auditorium
  • Spring Band Concert: May 23, 7pm, Springbank Auditorium

As always, the concerts are free and everyone is invited to attend. If you love great music, then these are don't miss events!

 

Fashion Marketing Fashion Show:

 

Get ready for an unforgettable showcase of fashion! On May 18, 2024, West Potomac High School's Fashion Marketing class proudly presents the "Concept to Catwalk" Fashion Show. The excitement kicks off at 6:00 PM, with doors opening at 5:30 PM.

Tickets are available for purchase through multiple convenient channels: online via MySchoolBucks, during all lunch periods, or at the door on the day of the event. Prices are as follows: $10 for students, $15 for adults, and $25 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets come with fantastic perks including VIP preferred seating, access to the VIP Reception, and an exclusive VIP Gift Bag.

If you missed last year's show, you don't want to make that mistake again! Join us for an evening of style, creativity, and inspiration. See you there!

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/checkout/getproduct?clientKey=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8&buttonID=4770393c-35f4-4bf9-b330-a120f201409d

 

VIDEO LINK:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oVj4eTjIuR4DzZOJJDzZ26-NYCmveZjV/view?usp=sharing

PTSA NEWS 

At this week’s, PTSA General Membership meeting we elected many new members for 2024 - 2025 WPHS PTSA Board and they are AMAZING!  We are still seeking a President.  The position may be held by one person or shared by you and a friend. The board positions filled are Treasurer, Secretary and 5 Vice Presidents positions, each with specific responsibilities.  The WP PTSA Pres is supported by a great team and an amazing Principal.  The Executive Board meets monthly with Principal Statz and participates in 6 General Membership Meetings within the school year.  Please consider bringing your voice on the board and supporting our hardworking educators and students.  To learn more please e-mail Liz Ver Hage a [email protected]

 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

Important Announcements for the Class of 2024

  1. Each year, every graduating senior must complete the FCPS Senior Survey. The survey gathers post-graduation plans & other important information, including where to send final transcripts for college bound seniors.  Seniors who need to edit or still need to complete their FCPS Senior Survey are reminded to stop by the College & Career Center. 
  2. Save the Date! On June 10th we will celebrate the Class of 2024 at our Senior Awards Program.  Senior who would like to be recognized for the scholarships they have earned and will use, acceptance into an apprenticeship program or committing to military service must complete the WPHS C/O 2024 Senior Awards Program google form by 5/31/2024.  The form was emailed on 5/6/2024 and is also located in the Schoology’s WP Student Services Course>Seniors (Class of 2024)  

 

 

NOVA Early Online College Info Session:

 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Early Online College (EOC) allows current high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take up to 2 tuition free college courses. Courses are asynchronous, online, and for college credit only. 13 different courses are offered along with courses that fulfill the IT Technical Support Career Studies CertificateEarly Online College courses are selected because they meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s Associate degrees as well as being highly transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities. Students must meet eligibility requirements (GPA or available test scores) to take EOC courses.

NOVA is hosting a virtual information session for Fall 2024 Early Online College

Date: Tuesday, May 21

Time: 6pm-7pm

Where: Zoom

Zoom Registration Link: https://bit.ly/4bv6UVZ

 For additional information, visit FCPS Site - Early Online College Information

 

CLASS OF 2024 NEWS

Important Dates:

May 23rd: Restaurant Night at Five Guys 4:00-8:00 pm

 

May 25th: Price of Senior Bash Tickets Goes Up!

June 3rd: 6:30-10:30p.m. Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. 

Rain Date is June 6th.

 

All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

 

Yearbooks

Yearbooks will be distributed in the cafeteria during all lunches on May 20-22 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday). There will be a limited number of books for sale during distribution - $80, cash only, and first come, first served. 

 

Seniors will enjoy bumper cars, mechanical bull rides, a slam dunk contest, a photo booth, a Zipline, an obstacle course, DJ Juice, a buffet dinner, dessert, and great raffle prizes! 

*Purchase your tickets now to the Senior Bash for $30 before prices go up on May 25th to $35. You will receive 10 raffle tickets with the purchase of every Bash ticket and if you purchase your ticket before prices go up on the 25th, you will receive 5 additional raffle tickets. Please follow the link below.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

 

Click the link  below to purchase extra Raffle Tickets.

https://westpotomacptsa.givebacks.com/store/items/1027548

 

The final countdown is on! We are in the last few weeks of school before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below. We are still in NEED of volunteers and/or contributions to the Class of 2024 Senior Bash.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

 

Our Flocking Fundraiser is a HUGE Flocking Success! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, for the soon-to-be-graduate, or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the remaining Senior Celebration event, the Senior Bash on June 3rd.

 

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

 

Looking for the best seats in the house at GRADUATION?  Look no further. Senior Celebration Committee has the answer. Enter to win 4 premium reserved seats for your family at Eagle Bank Arena. 3 opportunities to win! Don’t miss out! Click the link below to purchase your tickets for a chance to win. Winners will be announced June 6th.

https://westpotomacptsa.givebacks.com/store/items/1027622

 

Senior Parents: It's not too late! Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on graduation information & opportunities that pertain to the upcoming Bash & Raffle Sales. We still have several volunteer opportunities for help with  fundraising & helping plan for the Bash, as well as helping out on the day of the Bash. We want this to be the BEST event for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

 

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

 

CLASS OF 2025 

Thank you to our amazing Class of 2025 President, Class of 2025 Officers, parents, administration, teachers, security and staff members that helped make Prom 2024 a huge success! We are entering the end of the year and more activities will be popping up for our class of soon to be rising seniors!!

 

Next Up: Class of 2025 T-Shirt & Yard Sign Design Competition – details coming soon!

 

We will be looking for members to be a part of our Senior Celebration Committee. Please consider donating your time for the many upcoming activities. Sign ups will be coming soon.

 

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA” https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students.

Please reach out to Class of 2025 Sponsors, Sejal Parekh [email protected] and Tracy Scheel [email protected] with any questions.

 

Other News Worth Sharing

EXCITING NEWS for West Potomac High School students: We’re traveling to Greece in Spring 2025! Ms. Vannatta and Ms. Drescher will be hosting an informational meeting to learn more.  Our first meeting will be on May 21st at West Potomac High School, room 607 at 7:00 PM.

Please use this link to register:  https://bit.ly/4b3daUQ

First 10 students/families to register for the meeting receive a special Greece goodie bag!

Please note: This is a non-school sponsored trip through EF Tours

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WPHS NYC 5/10/2024

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection
  • School News 
  • School Fundraisers
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2025

Important Dates

  • May 11: West Potomac Marketplace, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Main Gym
  • May 14: PTSA Meeting, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Library
  • May 15: Orchestra – Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
  • May 16: PTSA – Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
  • May 18: Concept to Catwalk - Fashion Marketing Fashion Show, 6:00 pm
  • May 22: Choral Boosters – Honeygrow Restaurant Day, 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
  • May 23: Class of 2024 - Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • May 30: Senior Trip – Kings Dominion 
  • May 30: Next Level Signing Ceremony, 3:30 pm. Main Gym
  • May 31: Class of 2024 Senior Awards Google form due
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6
  • June 4: Spring Sports Awards Ceremony, 6:30 pm, Auditorium
  • June 10: Class of 2024 Senior Awards Program
  • June 10: End Date for Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser

 

Principal’s Message

Happy Friday Wolverines,

This has been a wonderful Staff Appreciation Week.  I want to give a huge “Shout-Out” to our PTSA and to Senior Parent, Greg Dushaw, Northside 10 owner and Southside 815 co-owner, for treating all of us on Wednesday as a part of Staff Appreciation Week.

 

 

I also want to thank our SGA, Ms. Borghard, and Mr. Petrucelli for all the little things throughout the week.  It was a great way to thank all of our Wolverine Faculty and Staff!

On top of Staff Appreciation Week, we also had some other highlights. I want to give a huge KUDOS to the West Potomac Hall of Fame Committee and to our own Track and Field Team for working with our feeder elementary schools to put on the Running is Elementary track meet this week.  Our coaches and students did a fabulous job with all the little athletes.   

 

In addition, thank you to our theater group, Beyond the Page.  Mr. Omar and Mr. Deiter worked with our theater students and put on another fabulous musical, Kinky Boots!  I attended opening night and loved every minute of the show. 

Last Friday afternoon, we hosted the opening of another outdoor learning space and pond rededication.  Mr. Cooper and Mr. McFarland have been working hard with their students to get the space up and running.  We had many special guests.  It was a lovely evening.  

 

 

Congratulations to West Potomac's own Lucy Marshall.  Lucy is a National Merit Scholarshop WINNER!  We are very proud of her hard work and dedication.

 

This weekend, May 11, is the West Potomac Market Place in the Main Gym from 10am-4pm.  Come out and buy some great items while supporting our West Potomac Athletic Boosters.  Here are a few other important dates from our Activities Office: 

May 30:  Next Level Signing Ceremony-3:30pm in the Main Gym. 

June 4: Spring Sports Awards Ceremony-6:30pm in the Auditorium. 

This weekend the TSA team competed at the State level in Hampton, VA.  West Potomac impressed by taking 1st Place in Virginia State for Animatronics, 2nd Place in Virginia State for Data Science and Analytics and 3rd Place in the State for Architectural Design.  Way to go Wolverines! 

 

We have amazing students at West Potomac High School. This morning a wonderful senior student dropped off flowers to me from my senior class sponsors and the senior class.  Jean-Marie Simpson and Carinne Hackshaw, senior class sponsors, have been working tirelessly for the class of 2024.  We are excited for them all as we countdown to graduation in June!

 

I hope everyone has a lovely Mother’s Day weekend.  West Potomac is lucky to have all the supportive people in our student’s lives.

Fondly,

Jessica Statz, Principal

 

 

 

 

 

End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection

  • On our website you can now find our

end of year testing to include testing dates, early dismissals and alternate bell schedules. This week we start AP Testing and on Wednesday May 8 is our Math SOL test date.  A reminder that students received SOL testing notices to their fcpsschools email and will continue to receive updates regarding make up and retake SOL testing.  

 

Laptop Collection

Remember that your school laptop and charger belong to West Potomac High School. A lost charger costs $23 which can be paid via MySchoolBucks. When returning your laptop, it should be clean and sticker free.

STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT A FORM found in Schoology to check out their laptop for the summer. You can only check out your laptop if you are returning to West Potomac High School for the 2024-25 school year. NOTE: If your plans change over the summer and you leave WPHS, the laptop and charger must be returned to the Main Office Monday-Thursday between 9am-12pm.

ALL SENIORS must return their laptop. Seniors should go to the Tech office (Room 311) if an extension is needed past May 24th.

Collection dates:

  • Senior Laptop Collection (Room 311) - May 20-24
  • Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311)
  • June 6-7 -Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11

SCHOOL NEWS

Fashion Marketing Fashion Show:

 

Get ready for an unforgettable showcase of fashion! On May 18, 2024, West Potomac High School's Fashion Marketing class proudly presents the "Concept to Catwalk" Fashion Show. The excitement kicks off at 6:00 PM, with doors opening at 5:30 PM.

Tickets are available for purchase through multiple convenient channels: online via MySchoolBucks, during all lunch periods, or at the door on the day of the event. Prices are as follows: $10 for students, $15 for adults, and $25 for VIP tickets. VIP tickets come with fantastic perks including VIP preferred seating, access to the VIP Reception, and an exclusive VIP Gift Bag.

If you missed last year's show, you don't want to make that mistake again! Join us for an evening of style, creativity, and inspiration. See you there!

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/checkout/getproduct?clientKey=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8&buttonID=4770393c-35f4-4bf9-b330-a120f201409d

VIDEO LINK:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oVj4eTjIuR4DzZOJJDzZ26-NYCmveZjV/view?usp=sharing

 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS

 

Restaurant Night at Five Guys on Wednesday, 15 May, 4-8 pm. Support the orchestra program by grabbing a burger, dog, milkshake, or other freshly made entree at the Quander Road (6210 Quander Road) or Hybla Valley (7622 Richmond Highway) location.

 

PTSA NEWS

Join the 2024- 2025 WPHS PTSA BOARD

We are so excited to announce that we only have one remaining position to fill on the 2024-2025 WPHS PTSA Board!  We are still seeking a President! The position may be held by one person or shared by you and a friend. As the Academic Booster Club, the PTSA supports Teacher/Faculty grants, celebrates students through teacher grants, supports the purchasing of needed school items, and much more.  The Executive Board meets monthly with Principal Statz and participates in the once-a-month General Membership Meetings.  Your involvement and support will directly impact the success of our school and support our students becoming their full potential! To learn more please e-mail Liz Ver Hage at [email protected]

 

 

It's Five Guys time again! Join us for one of our last Five Guys fundraisers of the school year! Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our Five Guys Restaurant Nights, your participation helps the PTSA raise money used for academic enrichment programs.

Delicious Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and so much more. Head to Five Guys - May 16th from 4:00-8:00 PM at either the Quander Road or Hybla Valley location. Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA. 

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

 

Important Announcements for the Class of 2024

  1. Each year, every graduating senior must complete the FCPS Senior Survey. The survey gathers post-graduation plans & other important information, including where to send final transcripts for college bound seniors.  Seniors who need to complete or edit their FCPS Senior Survey will be notified next week by Mrs. Young via their school email with details on how to complete the survey. 
  2. Save the Date!  On June 10th we will celebrate the Class of 2024 at our Senior Awards Program.  Senior who would like to be recognized for the scholarships they have earned and will use, acceptance into an apprenticeship program or committing to military service must complete the WPHS C/O 2024 Senior Awards Program google form by 5/31/2024.  The form was emailed on 5/6/2024 and is also located in the Schoology’s WP Student Services Course>Seniors (Class of 2024) Folder.  

 

Questions: Seniors can see Mrs. Young in the College & Career Center or email [email protected]

 

Six Colleges in Northern Virginia:

On Monday, May 13th students and families are invited to attend this event to hear from six colleges: Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, Williams.  Representatives will discuss the value & affordability of the liberal arts and provide specific information about each individual institution.

 

The event will be held at Madison High School, 2500 James Madison Dr, Vienna, VA.  For additional details & to rsvp, please visit link here .

 

Now Hiring FCPS DIT Interns! 

 

The FCPS Department of Information Technology is now hiring for their paid internship program for Session 1: July 1 - December 31, 2024. The following positions are available for current and FCPS graduates for hire during the 2024-2025 school year:

 

Cybersecurity

  • Enterprise Information Services and Assessment
  • Information Technology Operations
  • Integrated Digital Technology Services

 

For more information about the High-Quality Work-Based Learning program, refer to the FCPS DIT Internship Website and apply by the May 17th, 2024 deadline

 

 

CLASS OF 2024 NEWS

 

Important Dates:

 

May 23rd: Restaurant Night at Five Guys 4:00-8:00 pm

 

May 24th: Price of Senior Bash Tickets Goes Up!

 

June 3rd: 6:30-10:30p.m. Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. 

Rain Date is June 6th.

All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

 

Purchase your tickets now to the Senior Bash for $30 before prices go up on May 24th to $35. You will receive 5 raffle tickets with the purchase of every Bash ticket and if you purchase your ticket before prices go up on the 24th, you will receive 5 additional raffle tickets. Please follow the link below.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

 

Our Flocking Fundraiser is a HUGE Flocking Success! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, for the soon-to-be-graduate, or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the remaining Senior Celebration event, the Senior Bash on June 3rd.

 

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

The countdown is on! We are in the last few weeks of school before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below. We still have several opportunities for you to volunteer or contribute to the Class of 2024 Senior Bash.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

Senior Parents: It's not too late! Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on graduation information & opportunities that pertain to the upcoming Bash. We still have several volunteer opportunities for help with fundraising & helping plan for the Bash, as well as helping out on the day of the Bash. We want this to be the BEST event for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

 

 

 

 

CLASS OF 2024 SPONSORS 

Senior trip to Kings Dominion is on May 30th !!!  Cost is $75 that includes transportation by motorcoach and ticket. Payment can be made via MySchoolBucks  … search senior trip to Kings Dominion or in 718 and 605.  It closes May 2nd .  Questions? Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected] 

CLASS OF 2025 

 

Class of 2025 Donation:

My School Bucks Donation

Please email Class of 2025 sponsors with any questions:

Sejal Parekh [email protected] and/or Tracy Scheel [email protected] 

 

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA

https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/ 

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr 

This is a private group for parents and students. 

 

Other News Worth Sharing

EXCITING NEWS for West Potomac High School students: We’re traveling to Greece in Spring 2025! Ms. Vannatta and Ms. Drescher will be hosting an informational meeting to learn more.  Our first meeting will be on May 21st at West Potomac High School, room 607 at 7:00 PM.

Please use this link to register:  https://bit.ly/4b3daUQ

First 10 students/families to register for the meeting receive a special Greece goodie bag!

Please note: This is a non-school sponsored trip through EF Tours

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection
  • School News 
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2025

Important Dates

  • May 3 – May 4: Kinky Boots (Spring Musical)
  • May 5: Seniors interested in speaking at graduation – application deadline
  • May 6:  Class of 2024 Tulip sale (pre-order online starting April 29th)
  • May 11: West Potomac Marketplace, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Main Gym
  • May 14: PTSA Meeting, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Library
  • May 23: Class of 2024 - Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • May 30: Senior Trip – Kings Dominion 
  • May 30: Next Level Signing Ceremony, 3:30 pm. Main Gym
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6
  • June 4: Spring Sports Awards Ceremony, 6:30 pm, Auditorium
  • June 10: End Date for Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser

Principal’s Message

Dear Wolverines,

Faculty Appreciation Week is next week.  We have some exciting events, activities and gifts for West Potomac’s amazing faculty and staff.  Please reach out to a faculty or staff member and thank them for all their hard work and dedication to the students and school community here at WPHS!  I am truly proud to be the principal of this incredible school and the community!

Our Wolverines have had another impressive week.  Below are a few highlights. 

Students from 26 Fairfax County public schools have been named recipients of the 2024 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County, designed to recognize young people who work as peacemakers. 

The Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County began in 2006 as a way to encourage people to think more about peace as both a means and an end, and to recognize young people who work as peacemakers. Every year, the high schools in Fairfax County are asked to select one junior or senior, or a group of students, whose work has promoted peace. The project is organized by volunteers and funded by donations from 17 secular and religious sponsoring organization.  One of our own Wolverines is a recipient of this amazing award.

Congratulations to 11th grader, Eli Kopp, West Potomac High School. Eli is a founding member and current president of the Jewish American Club (JAC) at West Potomac. When antisemitic graffiti marred West Potomac’s 2023 graduation ceremony, he vowed to make every effort to bring peace to the school through cross-cultural contact and education. A goal of the Club is to involve students who do not know about Jewish people and help them to learn about their culture and customs. Eli is also a student-to-student ambassador with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, whose goal is to counter bigotry and stereotypes by providing personal contacts and descriptions of life as a Jew. 

Eli has also participated in the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar, a program in which students discuss issues such as reproductive choices, LGBTQ rights, climate change, and health care, and he spoke to his representatives on Capitol Hill, advocating for laws to end gun violence.     https://fairfax.studentpeaceawards.org/eli-kopp/

In addition, we celebrated the AP/Senior Art show this week.  The talent in the room was truly amazing.  Below are a few of our artists and their work.

This week we started our intensive SOL testing.  Testing season is in full force.  I hope everyone is rested and ready.  I want to thank all the faculty, staff, and parent volunteers for all their help preparing for this testing season!

Here are a few important reminders from our amazing activities office:

May 11th:  West Potomac Market Place- 10am-4pm- Main Gym

May 30th:  Next Level Signing Ceremony-3:30pm- Main Gym

June 4th:  Spring Sports Awards Ceremony- 6:30pm- Auditorium

I wish everyone a wonderful weekend!

Jessica Statz, Principal

End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection

  • On our website you can now find our

    end of year testing to include testing dates, early dismissals and alternate bell schedules. This week we start AP Testing and on Wednesday May 8 is our Math SOL test date.  A reminder that students received SOL testing notices to their fcpsschools email and will continue to receive updates regarding make up and retake SOL testing.  

  • AP Testing reminders can be found here

Laptop Collection

Remember that your school laptop and charger belong to West Potomac High School. A lost charger costs $23 which can be paid via MySchoolBucks. When returning your laptop, it should be clean and sticker free.

STUDENTS MUST FILL OUT A FORM found in Schoology to check out their laptop for the summer. You can only check out your laptop if you are returning to West Potomac High School for the 2024-25 school year. NOTE: If your plans change over the summer and you leave WPHS, the laptop and charger must be returned to the Main Office Monday-Thursday between 9am-12pm.

ALL SENIORS must return their laptop. Seniors should go to the Tech office (Room 311) if an extension is needed past May 24th.

Collection dates:

  • Senior Laptop Collection (Room 311) - May 20-24
  • Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311)
  • June 6-7 -Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11

SCHOOL NEWS

Dear Theatre Arts Patrons, Beyond the Page Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our spring musical production of Kinky Boots, in collaboration with FCPS Pride! This 2013 Tony Award winning musical celebrates the beauty of accepting others for who they are despite our differences. And remember, “You really CAN change the world when you change your mind!”

  • Location: Auditorium Theatre - West Potomac High School (Door 5)
  • Dates/Times: Friday, May 3 (7pm) Saturday, May 4 (1pm) and (7pm)
  • Tickets:  $10 students / $15 adults (Available at westpotomactheatre.org)

This musical contains strong language and mature content.

 

 AP Test Proctors/Monitors Volunteers Needed!

  • We have a few openings left!  We need your help!  With AP tests starting Monday, it’s important we always meet the required number of proctors in the room required by college board.  Please consider volunteering for an exam!  By utilizing parent volunteers we will require less counselors in the gym and allow them to continue to work with their students during the school day.
    • What is required of me? For morning tests arrive approximately 7:40am and follow the directions of the lead proctor.  This might include passing out tests, pencils, assisting with bathroom breaks or just supervising.  During the test you’ll supervise the students by circulating through out the gym.  At the conclusion of the test you’ll assist the lead proctors in collecting materials. 
    • How long will the test run? Traditionally morning test end around 12pm, but could go slightly longer or end earlier.  Afternoon proctors should arrive approximately 11:45am and end around 4pm but again could go slightly longer or end earlier.
    • I can help, where do I sign up?   Here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0845ACAA2AA0FCC61-49036911-wphs#/ 
    • I can help support but I would need to leave a few minutes early, can I still help? YES!  Please email Mr. McMahon and he can coordinate with you ([email protected]).
    • Please remember: Parent volunteers may not proctor a test that their child is taking.  Also, a parent volunteer cannot be a teacher of the class assigned to the AP Exam (For example an AP Biology teacher cannot volunteer to proctor the AP Biology exam).

PTSA NEWS

Join the 2024- 2025 WPHS PTSA BOARD

We are excited to announce that the WP PTSA Board is currently seeking nominations for open board positions for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year.   Open positions include President, President-Elect, and VP Student Recognition (well loved Moe’s celebration for All A’s, A/B Honor Roll). We are also seeking Chair(s) for Teacher Appreciation Events.  As the Academic Booster Club, the PTSA supports Teacher/Faculty grants, celebrates students through teacher grants, supports the purchasing of needed school items, and much more.  The Executive Board meets monthly with Principal Statz and participates in the once-a-month General Membership Meetings.  Your involvement and support will directly impact the success of our school and support our students becoming their full potential.  To learn more about a position, please e-mail Liz Ver Hage at [email protected]

Visits the WPHS Test Prep Page for more details about test prep and events!

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

This week’s highlight of great opportunities for students!

Now Hiring FCPS DIT Interns! 

The FCPS Department of Information Technology is now hiring for their paid internship program for Session 1: July 1 - December 31, 2024. The following positions are available for current and FCPS graduates for hire during the 2024-2025 school year:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Enterprise Information Services and Assessment
  • Information Technology Operations
  • Integrated Digital Technology Services

For more information about the High-Quality Work-Based Learning program, refer to the FCPS DIT Internship Website and apply by the May 17th, 2024 deadline

ACE: Health & Medical Scholarships

The Adult Education Foundation (ACE) has received a generous donation which is earmarked for Health and Medical Scholarships for ACE students. ACE can fund partial scholarships for their Health and Medical 101 course this summer.  This is an introductory course to help high school students get started in the Health and Medical field and a great opportunity for graduating Seniors. 

Also, ACE will have Scholarship opportunities available for Health and Medical certification courses (CNA, CCMA, EMT, Phlebotomy, Dental Tech, and more) in the Fall.  The Foundation will accept new applications beginning June 15, 2024. See flyer for more details!!

Gaithersburg Architectural Millwork Job Fair (HS)

Gaithersburg Architectural Millwork is offering a Job Fair event on May 22, 2024, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at 4338 Aiken Drive, Warrenton, VA. The event will allow for opportunities to meet with hiring managers face-to-face and learn about open positions in Engineering, Cabinet Making, Finish Department, and Administrative.

See the event flyer.  Visit this website to learn more about the company hosting this event.

CLASS OF 2024 NEWS

Important Dates:

May 23rd: Restaurant Night at Five Guys 4:00-8:00 pm

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. Rain date is June 6th.

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash from 6:30-10:30 pm on the WPHS practice turf fields. All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

(Rain date is June 6th.) Purchase your tickets now to the Senior Bash for $30 before prices go up on May 24th to $35. You will receive 5 raffle tickets with the purchase of every Bash ticket and if you purchase your ticket before prices go up on the 24th, you will receive 5 additional raffle tickets. Please follow the link below.

PTSA Member Hub

Our Flocking Fundraiser is in Full Swing! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, for the soon-to-be-graduate, or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the Senior Celebration events held in April and June. 

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

PTSA Member Hub

 

The countdown is on! We are in the last 5 weeks of school before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below. We still have plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer or contribute to the remaining Class of 2024 events.

Class of 2024 Volunteer Events

 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, graduation information & opportunities that pertain to the upcoming Bash. We still have several volunteer opportunities for help with fundraising & helping plan the Bash, as well as helping out on the day of the Bash. We want this to be the BEST event for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/243963098187262/?ref=share&mibextid=K35XfP&rdid=lYFRw1hoDjrWalCf&share_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fshare%2FiTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd%2F%3Fmibextid%3DK35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2024 SPONSORS 

Seniors: Interested in speaking at graduation? If so, please submit your speech to the google form (using your fcpsschools.net account) NO LATER THAN MAY 5TH . Senior Graduation Speaker Interest Form

Class of 2024 - 3rd annual Tulip sale is happening the week of May 6th. Cost is $10 for a tulip plant for Mother's Day. Tulip pick up will happen on May 9 and 10th during school hours. Pre order your tulips starting on April 29 via my school bucks (3rd Annual Tulip sale) or via cash in Room 718 or 605. Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected]  or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]  to order ! 

Senior trip to Kings Dominion is on May 30th !!!  Cost is $75 that includes transportation by motorcoach and ticket. Payment can be made via MySchoolBucks  … search senior trip to Kings Dominion or in 718 and 605.  It closes May 2nd .  Questions? Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected] 

CLASS OF 2025 

Class of 2025 Donation:

My School Bucks Donation

Please email Class of 2025 sponsors with any questions: Sejal Parekh [email protected] and/or Tracy Scheel [email protected] 

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA

https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/ 

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr 

This is a private group for parents and students. 

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WPHS News You Chose 4/26/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection
  • School News 
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2025

Important Dates

  • April 26 – May 4: Kinky Boots (Spring Musical)
  • April 28: Band Car Wash, starts at 1:00 p.m., Aldersgate Church
  • April 29: Pre-Orders begin for Class of 2024 Tulip Sale
  • May 5: Seniors interested in speaking at graduation – application deadline
  • May 6:  Class of 2024 Tulip sale (pre-order online starting April 29th)
  • May 14: PTSA Meeting, 6:30 – 8:00, Library
  • May 23: Class of 2024 - Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • May 30: Senior Trip – Kings Dominion 
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6
  • June 10: End Date for Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser

 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

 

Dear Wolverine Community,

 

First and foremost, I want to say THANKS to all your students.  When we had the threat this week, our students were fantastic.  They cooperated and took it very seriously.  We were outside for a long time, but your students were gracious and super well-behaved.  I am so very proud to be their principal!

 

Staff Appreciation Week is just around the corner.  It is May 6-10.    I am honored to celebrate all of our amazing faculty and staff that help keep our school running each day. 

 

From the Student Government Association:  Below is a Google Form where students, parents, and fellow staff can write anonymous compliments and words of appreciation for any social studies teacher.  Please feel free to write something nice to a favorite social studies teacher.  

https://forms.gle/qYTJYJq87rx6tvQAA

In addition, I would like to share a couple FCPS Cares submissions to brag about some of our faculty and staff. 

FCPS CARES submissions:

Congrats Nathan Bush:  Nathan goes above and beyond in his kindness and flexibility in helping others. He’s very supportive of coworkers and students and always does what he can to help those around him. His great rapport with everyone at West Potomac is obvious!

 

Congrats Elba Washington and Pat Jackson:  I would like to nominate both Mrs. Elba Washington, the cafeteria manager, and Mrs. Pat Jackson, a member of the Custodial Team, for the FCPS Cares award. West Potomac is a recipient of the Super Snack program, and despite the direct involvement of three staff members in distributing snacks, two individuals behind the scenes play crucial roles in supporting the program. Mrs. Pat Jackson, a member of the custodial staff, ensures the smooth operation of snack distribution by taking snacks out of the freezer and placing them by the door, thereby facilitating timely delivery. Additionally, Mrs. Elba Williams, the cafeteria manager, significantly contributes to the program's success through her support. She provides extra boxes for the team on days when athletic teams forget to bring them and assists with paperwork as needed. These individuals are the true unsung heroes, and their dedication to the Super Snack program at West Potomac deserves recognition through the FCPS Cares award.

 

This information is posted on the FCPS CARES webpage, accessible at https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-cares-april-2024.

 

Below are some important dates from our Student Activities Office.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

 

Jessica Statz, Principal

 

Important Dates:

Friday Message Community

May 11th:

West Potomac Market Place, 10am-4pm.  Main Gym

 

May 30th:

Next Level Signing Ceremony-3:30pm. Main Gym

 

June 4th

Spring Sports Awards Ceremony-6:30pm. Auditorium

 

 

End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection

  • On our website you can now find our end of year testing to include testing dates, early dismissals and alternate bell schedules. This week your child should have received an email with details on any SOL Tests they may be scheduled for this Spring. If they did not or have questions, please have them speak with their teacher. 
  • We have also published our laptop collection dates:
    • Note: If a senior needs to keep their laptop later to finish class requirements they can do so and return it to our tech team prior to Graduation
    • Senior Laptop Collection (Room 311) - May 20-24
    • Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311) - June 6-7
    • Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11
 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Dear Theatre Arts Patrons,
Beyond the Page Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our spring musical
production of Kinky Boots, in collaboration with FCPS Pride! This 2013 Tony Award winning musical celebrates the beauty of accepting others for who they are despite our differences. And remember, “You really CAN change the world when you change your mind!”

Location:
Auditorium Theatre - West Potomac High School (Door 5)

Dates/Times:
Thursday, April 25 (7pm)
Friday, April 26 (7pm)
Saturday, April 27 (1pm) and (7pm)
Thursday, May 2 (7pm)
Friday, May 3 (7pm)
Saturday, May 4 (1pm) and (7pm)

Tickets:  $10 students / $15 adults
(Available at westpotomactheatre.org)

This musical contains strong language and mature content.

 

Talkback with FCPS Pride

Join us for a discussion with FCPS Pride, where we'll explore the significance of producing LGBTQ+ plays/musicals, delve into drag history, and explore ways to support the LGBTQ+ community.

  • Location: Auditorium Theatre - West Potomac High School (Door 5)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 27 (AFTER our 1pm show!)
  • Duration: 30 minutes

Drag Brunch

Join us for delicious brunch and witty entertainment from some of DC’s most

fabulous performers: Dixie Crystal, Pirouette, and Orpheus Rose.

  • Location: Kogelman Theatre - West Potomac High School (Door 5)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 4 at 12pm (BEFORE our 1pm show!)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Tickets: (Available at the door.)

○ $15 for 1 person

○ $25 for 2 people

○ $35 for 3 people

 

RSVP by Thursday, May 2nd!

 

Email the # of tickets you would like to purchase to [email protected]

using “DRAG BRUNCH” as the subject. You can also pay in advance at

https://form.jotform.com/212997681677173, or at the door with cash or check.

Our drag brunch will be a family friendly event, intended to expand upon our show’s message of accepting people for who they are despite our differences. By creating an environment that is inclusive and supportive students can learn different forms of artistic expression, while learning the importance of embracing one’s true identity.

Warm regards,

Beyond the Page Theatre Company

 

AP Test Proctors/Monitors Volunteers Needed!

  • We need your help!  With AP tests around the corner, it’s important we always meet the required number of proctors in the room required by college board.  Please consider volunteering for an exam!  By utilizing parent volunteers we will require less counselors in the gym and allow them to continue to work with their students during the school day.
    • What is required of me? For morning tests arrive approximately 7:40am and follow the directions of the lead proctor.  This might include passing out tests, pencils, assisting with bathroom breaks or just supervising.  During the test you’ll supervise the students by circulating through out the gym.  At the conclusion of the test you’ll assist the lead proctors in collecting materials. 
    • How long will the test run? Traditionally morning test end around 12pm, but could go slightly longer or end earlier.  Afternoon proctors should arrive approximately 11:45am and end around 4pm but again could go slightly longer or end earlier.
    • I can help, where do I sign up? HERE
    • I can help support but I would need to leave a few minutes early, can I still help? YES!  Please email Mr. McMahon and he can coordinate with you ([email protected]).
    • Please remember: Parent volunteers may not proctor a test that their child is taking.  Also, a parent volunteer cannot be a teacher of the class assigned to the AP Exam (For example an AP Biology teacher cannot volunteer to proctor the AP Biology exam).

 

PTSA NEWS

Join the 2024- 2025 WPHS PTSA BOARD

We are excited to announce that the WP PTSA Board is currently seeking nominations for open board positions for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year.   Open positions include President, President-Elect, and VP Student Recognition (well loved Moe’s celebration for All A’s, A/B Honor Roll). We are also seeking Chair(s) for Teacher Appreciation Events.  As the Academic Booster Club, the PTSA supports Teacher/Faculty grants, celebrates students through teacher grants, supports the purchasing of needed school items, and much more.  The Executive Board meets monthly with Principal Statz and participates in the once-a-month General Membership Meetings.  Your involvement and support will directly impact the success of our school and support our students becoming their full potential.  To learn more about a position, please e-mail Liz Ver Hage at [email protected]

 

Please support this year’s Teachers Appreciation Luncheon on May 8th and help us recognize our Hard Working, Amazing WPHS Educators and Faculty.  

West Potomac High School: WP/Teachers/Faculty Appreciation Luncheon (signupgenius.com)

Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’sSelf-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here. 

 

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application. 

Read this recent news about Darthmouth’s reasons for reinstating the SAT/ACT score submission requirement - ABC News Dartmouth 

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected] 

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

Cyber Fortress 2045 Capture the Flag:

Interested in the Cyber industry?  The Cyber Fortress 2045 Capture the Flag event will be on Saturday, May 4, 2025 at the Fairfax Armory in Fairfax, VA.  Presented by the Virginia Army National Guard, this free event is designed to help high school & college students learn about the cyber industry and discover career opportunities.  Lunch will be provided & prizes are available!  See the flyer to register & for additional details. 

Union Jobs & Career Fair

This is a great opportunity for students to discover the path to a union career! This one-day event will be held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission is free. For more information, visit the event webpage at: https://dullesexpo.com/event/union-jobs-career-fair/ 

JumpStart2NOVA:

JumpStart2NOVA is available this summer for qualified seniors graduating in June and considering Northern Virginia Community College this fall. Students may select one 3- or 4-credit approved course plus SDV 100: College Success Skills, at no tuition!  The application for JumpStart2NOVA closes at 5pm on Friday, May 10, 2024.

To learn more about JumpStart2NOVA, including course offerings, minimum qualifying scores, and details on how to apply, visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/admissions/dual-enrollment/jumpstart.html

 

Please Note: This opportunity is for current 12th grade students only. Students in grades 9-11are not permitted to participate in this specific program

 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS 

WestPo Band Car Wash – This Sunday!

If your car is a lovely pollen shade of green, come to the West Potomac Band's Car Wash this Sunday starting at 1pm, at Aldersgate Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. 

Students will be ready with suds and towels to return your car to return it to its original color. Donations of any amount are welcome!

 

CLASS OF 2024 NEWS

Important Dates:

May 23rd: Restaurant Night at Five Guys 4:00-8:00 pm

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. Rain date is June 6th.

 

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash from 6:30-10:30 pm on the WPHS practice turf fields. All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

(Rain date is June 6th.)  We are now pre-selling tickets to the Senior Bash. Purchase your tickets now for $30 before prices go up to $35 in late May. Please follow the link below.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

 

Our Flocking Fundraiser is in Full Swing! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, for the soon-to-be-graduate, or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the Senior Celebration events held in April and June. 

 

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

 

The countdown is on! We are officially in the last 6 weeks of school before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below. We still have plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer or contribute to the remaining Class of 2024 events.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, graduation information & opportunities that pertain to the upcoming Bash. We still have several volunteer opportunities for help with fundraising & helping plan the Bash, as well as helping out on the day of the Bash. We want this to be the BEST event for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

 

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

 

 

CLASS OF 2024 SPONSORS 

 

Seniors: Interested in speaking at graduation? If so, please submit your speech to the google form (using your fcpsschools.net account) NO LATER THAN MAY 5TH . https://forms.gle/bSwVkctqQfCjUJof7

 

Class of 2024 - 3rd annual Tulip sale is happening the week of May 6th. Cost is $10 for a tulip plant for Mother's Day. Tulip pick up will happen on May 9 and 10th during school hours. Pre order your tulips starting on April 29 via my school bucks (3rd Annual Tulip sale) or via cash in Room 718 or 605. Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected]  or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]  to order ! 

 

Senior trip to Kings Dominion is on May 30th !!!  Cost is $75 that includes transportation by motorcoach and ticket. Payment can be made via MySchoolBucks  … search senior trip to Kings Dominion or in 718 and 605.  It closes May 2nd .  Questions? Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected] 

CLASS OF 2025 

 

Class of 2025 Donation:

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/checkout/getproduct?clientKey=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8&buttonID=26571b29-ac2a-40c3-b579-5d309820cb02  

Please email Class of 2025 sponsors with any questions: Sejal Parekh [email protected] and/or Tracy Scheel [email protected] 

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA”https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/ 

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students. 

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We Need You Help - AP Proctoring

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AP Test Proctor/Monitor Volunteers Needed!

  • We need your help! To date we have only received two volunteers for our 19 needed volunteer spots.  Please consider volunteering to support AP Test Proctoring.
  • Its important we always meet the required number of proctors in the room required by college board.  Please consider volunteering for an exam!  By utilizing parent volunteers we will require less school counselors in the gym and allow them to continue to work with their students during the school day.
    • What is required of me? For morning tests arrive approximately 7:40am and follow the directions of the lead proctor.  This might include passing out tests, pencils, assisting with bathroom breaks or just supervising.  During the test you’ll supervise the students by circulating through out the gym.  At the conclusion of the test you’ll assist the lead proctors in collecting materials. 
    • How long will the test run? Traditionally morning tests end around 12pm, but could go slightly longer or end earlier.  Afternoon proctors should arrive approximately 11:45am and end around 4pm but again could go slightly longer or end earlier.
    • I can help, where do I sign up? HERE
    • I can help support but I would need to leave a few minutes early, can I still help? YES!  Please email Mr. McMahon and he can coordinate with you ([email protected]).
    • Please remember: Parent volunteers may not proctor a test that their child is taking.  Also, a parent volunteer cannot be a teacher of the class assigned to the AP Exam (For example an AP Biology teacher cannot volunteer to proctor the AP Biology exam)

Thank you!

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WPHS News You Choose - 4/19/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection
  • Prom Reminders
  • School News 
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2025

Important Dates

  • April 18: WPHS Annual Job Fair – Cafeteria
  • April 19: Honeygrow Restaurant Night – PTSA Fundraiser 
  • April 20: PROM, Torpedo Factory, 8:00 - 11:00 pm
  • April 22: Purple Star Club El Fresco Restaurant Night 
  • April 24: Five Guys Restaurant Night – Class of 2024
  • April 25 – May 4: Kinky Boots (Spring Musical)
  • April 28: Band Car Wash, starts at 1:00 p.m., Aldersgate Church
  • May 14: PTSA Meeting,6:30 – 8:00, Library
  • May 30: Senior Trip – Kings Dominion 
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6
  • June 10: End Date for Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser

Principal’s Message

Wolverine Community,

This year is flying.  We only have 36 more school days till graduation!  I think we are all getting excited for summer now that the temperatures are starting to warm up a bit. 

Please remember that every day in school is important and we truly want your students here, in class, as much as possible.  As we approach exam days, FCPS requires classes to have some type of culminating activity.  That being said, students should be coming those days as well.  We are day-to-day with chronic absenteeism, and we will have to keep up our positive momentum.

On Thursday, Supervisor Lusk made a visit to our school.  He walked around and met staff and students.  We were able to talk with Mr. Cooper’s class and learn about all the cool projects the students were working on in school. 

FCPS CARES submission:

Congrats Chau Kin Poon!

Mr. Poon genuinely cares about the students and staff at West Potomac. On Friday afternoon, I started to leave work and noticed that I had a flat tire. I backed my car up so that I was safely out of the way. While pulling the spare tire and jack out of my car, I noticed someone else backing up. Mr. Poon was ready and willing to assist me on a Friday afternoon. He immediately pulled an air pump out of his car and got to work on filling up my tire. Because of Mr. Poon I was able to make it safely to the repair shop.

 This information is posted on the FCPS CARES webpage, accessible at https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-cares-april-2024.

Prom is this weekend at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town hosted by the Junior Class.  We are excited to celebrate with many juniors and seniors.  I absolutely love prom and seeing our students dressed to the 9’s.  As a partnership, let’s try to keep all your students safe, and spread the word to make good decisions when coming to a school sponsored event.  I am looking forward to all the culminating activities leading up to graduation and summer break.

Parking Lots- Parents and guardians, please remember to not park in assigned spaces in the morning while you wait to drop off your student.  The student lots are reserved and paid for by families.  The faculty lots need to remain open so I can get my faculty and staff in to run our school.   There has been an uptick recently in complaints about folks parking in assigned spots.  Thank you for helping me with this issue. 

I hope everyone has a restful weekend. 

Fondly,

Jessica Statz, Principal

End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection

  • On our website you can now find our

    end of year testing to include testing dates, early dismissals and alternate bell schedules. This week your child should have received an email with details on any SOL Tests they may be scheduled for this Spring. If they did not or have questions, please have them speak with their teacher. 

  • We have also published our laptop collection dates:
    • Note: If a senior needs to keep their laptop later to finish class requirements they can do so and return it to our tech team prior to Graduation
    • Senior Laptop Collection (Room 311) - May 20-24
    • Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311) - June 6-7
    • Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11

We are ready for an Enchanting Evening!

  • WHEN: Saturday, April 20th
  • WHERE: Torpedo Factory (Old Town, Alexandria)
  • TIME: 8pm-11pm
  • Thank you to all that have purchased tickets. We look forward to seeing you Saturday. Ticket sales are over and no refunds will be issued.

NOTES:

  • You may NOT bring backpacks or bags into the prom.
  • Please have your ID/Ticket for entry 
  • You may only ENTER ONCE. If you leave, you cannot come back.

PARKING INFORMATION

Please email Class of 2025 sponsors with any questions: Sejal Parekh [email protected] and/or Tracy Scheel [email protected]

Purple Up!

  • Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Purple Up Day on Wednesday!  Members of our faculty wore purple on Wednesday, as FCPS celebrated “Purple Up” to show support for military connected youth.  Our Purple Star Club organized a “Purple Up” Potluck.  Thanks to all our military connected students and families who were able to join our celebration! 

SCHOOL NEWS

AP Test Proctors/Monitors Volunteers Needed!

  • We need your help!  With AP tests around the corner, its important we always meet the required number of proctors in the room required by college board.  Please consider volunteering for an exam!  By utilizing parent volunteers we will require less counselors in the gym and allow them to continue to work with their students during the school day.
    • What is required of me? For morning tests arrive approximately 7:40am and follow the directions of the lead proctor.  This might include passing out tests, pencils, assisting with bathroom breaks or just supervising.  During the test you’ll supervise the students by circulating through out the gym.  At the conclusion of the test you’ll assist the lead proctors in collecting materials. 
    • How long will the test run? Traditionally morning test end around 12pm, but could go slightly longer or end earlier.  Afternoon proctors should arrive approximately 11:45am and end around 4pm but again could go slightly longer or end earlier.
    • I can help, where do I sign up? HERE
    • I can help support but I would need to leave a few minutes early, can I still help? YES!  Please email Mr. McMahon and he can coordinate with you ([email protected]).
    • Please remember: Parent volunteers may not proctor a test that their child is taking.  Also, a parent volunteer cannot be a teacher of the class assigned to the AP Exam (For example an AP Biology teacher cannot volunteer to proctor the AP Biology exam).

PTSA NEWS

Please support this year’s Teachers Appreciation Luncheon on May 8th and help us recognize our Hard Working, Amazing WPHS Educators and Faculty.  

West Potomac High School: WP/Teachers/Faculty Appreciation Luncheon (signupgenius.com)

Join the 2024- 2025 WPHS PTSA BOARD

We are excited to announce that the WP PTSA Board is currently seeking nominations for open board positions for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year.   Open positions include President, President-Elect, VP of Fundraising, VP Student Recognition, Treasurer, and Secretary. We are also seeking Chair(s) for Teacher Appreciation Events.  As the Academic Booster Club, the PTSA supports Teacher/Faculty grants, celebrates students through various programs including the very popular Moe’s Honor Roll celebrations, supports the purchasing of needed school items, and much more.  The Executive Board meets monthly with Principal Statz and participates in the once-a-month General Membership Meetings.  Your involvement and support will directly impact the success of our school and support our students becoming their full potential.  To learn more about a position, please e-mail Liz Ver Hage at [email protected]

Honeygrow Restaurant Night:  TONIGHT - April 19th - Come out and support WPHS PTSA Event runs from 10:30 AM-10:00 PM.  20% of your purchase goes directly back to the PTSA. Funds raised will be used for academic enrichment programs, grants, and more.  

Use promo code GIVE149 on the honeygrow app, at honeygrow.com, or in-store, located at Mount Vernon Plaza (near Moe’s) at the kiosk before checking out.  If ordering in person, please mention West Potomac High School PTSA.in order for PTSA to earn funds

FREE AP Test Prep 

Applerouth is offering free graded practice AP tests in a wide range of popular subjects this spring. These tests are an excellent tool to help students gauge their progress, focus their efforts, and achieve success on the official AP exams in May. West Po. students can use promo code APMC20 to gain access to: 

  • FREE multiple-choice section grading (regularly priced $20) 
  • Optional detailed FRQ feedback for $50 per test 

Contact us at (866)-789-PREP (7737), or visit here to get started. 

Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’sSelf-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here. 

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application. 

Read this recent news about Darthmouth’s reasons for reinstating the SAT/ACT score submission requirement - ABC News Dartmouth 

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected] 

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

Senator Mark Warner Military Academy Day

Interested in attending a U.S. Military Academy?  Senator Mark R. Warner invites high school and middle school students along with their parents or guardians to Academy Day 2024 on Saturday, 4/20/24.  The event will be held on the campus of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Families can register at  https://senwarner.ticketbud.com/acadday24 .

NOVA Medical Education Campus Open House & Health Expo

Northern Virginia Community College will hold their annual Open House & Health Expo showcasing the Medical Education Campus (MEC) on Saturday, 4/20/24 from 11 AM-2 PM at 6699 Springfield Center Drive in Springfield, VA.

Students can learn about associate degrees and certificate programs offered at the MEC, chat with NOVA's Office of Recruitment and Admissions, get free screenings and testing done by VHC Health and NovaSalud, Inc., and more!  Register here: https://bit.ly/43JJRnK

NOVA STEM Day – Alexandria Campus

STEM Day at Northern Virginia Community College is a showcase of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.  The event will be held at the Alexandria Campus on Saturday, 4/20/24 from 1 PM – 2PM.  Students can participate in microscope sessions, interactive science labs & demonstrations, dissection opportunities and hands on physics, geology, chemistry, and biology experiments.

This free event is for students who are inquisitive about how things work and want to discover the fun of STEM!   Questions? Contact Dr. Teba Aljumaili at [email protected] .

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS 

WestPo Band Car Wash - April 28

If your car is a lovely pollen shade of green, come to the West Potomac Band's Car Wash on April 28, starting at 1pm, at Aldersgate Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. 

Students will be ready with suds and towels to return your car to return it to its original color. Donations of any amount are welcome!

CLASS OF 2024 NEWS

Important Dates:

April 24: Five Guys Restaurant Night from 4:00-8:00pm

April 25: Northside 10 BBQ sandwich fundraiser at Boys Lacrosse Senior Night 6:30-8:30pm. We are also pre-selling sandwiches for $6 each. Please follow the link below to pre-purchase.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/1019049 

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. Rain date is June 6th.

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash from 6:30-10:30 pm on the WPHS practice turf fields. All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

(Rain date is June 6th.)  We are now pre-selling tickets to the Senior Bash. Purchase your tickets now for $30 before prices go up to $35 in late May. Please follow the link below.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

Our Flocking Fundraiser is in Full Swing! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, a promposal or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the Senior Celebration events held in April and June. 

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

The countdown is on! We are officially in the last 7 weeks of school before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below. We still have plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer or contribute to the remaining Class of 2024 events.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, graduation information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We still have several volunteer opportunities for the remaining two Senior events & activities this school year. We want this to be the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2024 SPONSORS 

Senior trip to Kings Dominion is on May 30th !!!  Cost is $75 that includes transportation by motorcoach and ticket. Payment can be made via MySchoolBucks  … search senior trip to Kings Dominion or in 718 and 605.  It closes May 2nd .  Questions? Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected] 

CLASS OF 2025 

Class of 2025 Donation:

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/checkout/getproduct?clientKey=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8&buttonID=26571b29-ac2a-40c3-b579-5d309820cb02  

Please email Class of 2025 sponsors with any questions: Sejal Parekh [email protected] and/or Tracy Scheel [email protected] 

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA”https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/ 

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students. 

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WPHS News You Choose - 4/12/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection
  • School News 
  • PTSA News  
  • College & Career Center
  • School Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2025 – Prom Information 

Important Dates

  • April 16: WPHS 9th & 10th Grade College Night 101 - Cafeteria
  • April 17: Panera Restaurant Night – Choral Boosters
  • April 17: Purple Up Pot Lock – Military Families - Cafeteria 
  • April 18: WPHS Annual Job Fair – Cafeteria
  • April 19: Honeygrow Restaurant Night – PTSA Fundraiser 
  • April 19: Last day to purchase Prom tickets
  • April 20: PROM, Torpedo Factory, 8:00-11:00 pm
  • April 22: Purple Star Club El Fresco Restaurant Night 
  • April 24: Five Guys Restaurant Night – Class of 2024
  • April 25 – May 4: Kinky Boots (Spring Musical)
  • May 30: Senior Trip – Kings Dominion 
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6
  • June 10: End Date for Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser

Principal’s Message

Dear Wolverine Community,

Happy Friday everyone. 

I am learning why I love this community so much.  Recently, I have been able to interact with some amazing students and families that really love West Potomac and truly show their Wolverine Pride!  It makes me proud. 

As we move closer to graduation and testing season let’s keep our students showing up every day!  

Below are a few ways we can all give back whether it is through the PTSA or Food for Neighbors. 

Join the 2024- 2025 WPHS PTSA BOARD

We are excited to announce that the WP PTSA Board is currently seeking nominations for open board positions for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year.   Open positions include President, President-Elect, VP of Fundraising, VP Student Recognition, Treasurer, and Secretary. We are also seeking Chair(s) for Teacher Appreciation Events.  As the Academic Booster Club, the PTSA supports Teacher/Faculty grants, celebrates students through various programs including the very popular Moe’s Honor Roll celebrations, supports the purchasing of needed school items, and much more.  The Executive Board meets monthly with me and participates in the once-a-month General Membership Meetings.  Your involvement and support will directly impact the success of our school and support our students becoming their full potential.  To learn more about a position, please e-mail Liz Ver Hage at [email protected] or [email protected].    #Go Wolverines#. 

West Potomac High School has been partnering with Food For Neighbors since 2018 to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity.  Even in a county as wealthy as Fairfax, one in three kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting and toiletries from our community via their Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to the students in need through our food pantry.

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months. 

 Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food For Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food and toiletry items that are listed on a tag on that bag. 
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day. (Collection dates are also listed on the tag.)

Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house and the food delivered to Whitman MS and then distributed to our school so we can share with students in need through our pantry.  As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here.

Other volunteer opportunities include driving to pick up filled Red Bags and sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to Laura Wainwright (FFN Ft. Hunt Area Manager) [email protected]

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need this extra support! 

Lastly, I was able to attend the PTSA Meeting on Tuesday.  We had an awesome group of seniors that sat on a panel to discuss their experiences deciding what to do after high school.  It was very informative and great to see our students in action. 

Fondly,

Jessica Statz, Principal

End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection

  • On our website you can now find our end of year calendar to include testing dates, early dismissals and alternate bell schedules. In the coming days you and your child will receive an individual email with details on any SOL Tests they may be scheduled for this Spring. 
  • We have also published our laptop collection dates:
    • Senior Laptop Collection (Room 311) - May 20-24
      • Note: If a senior needs to keep their laptop later to finish class requirements they can do so and return it to our tech team prior to Graduation
    • Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311) - June 6-7
    • Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11

SCHOOL NEWS

AP Test Proctors/Monitors Volunteers Needed!

  • We need your help!  With AP tests around the corner, its important we always meet the required number of proctors in the room required by college board.  Please consider volunteering for an exam!  By utilizing parent volunteers we will require less counselors in the gym and allow them to continue to work with their students during the school day.
    • What is required of me? For morning tests arrive approximately 7:40am and follow the directions of the lead proctor.  This might include passing out tests, pencils, assisting with bathroom breaks or just supervising.  During the test you’ll supervise the students by circulating through out the gym.  At the conclusion of the test you’ll assist the lead proctors in collecting materials. 
    • How long will the test run? Traditionally morning test end around 12pm, but could go slightly longer or end earlier.  Afternoon proctors should arrive approximately 11:45am and end around 4pm but again could go slightly longer or end earlier.
    • I can help, where do I sign up? HERE
    • I can help support but I would need to leave a few minutes early, can I still help? YES!  Please email Mr. McMahon and he can coordinate with you ([email protected]).
    • Please remember: Parent volunteers may not proctor a test that their child is taking.  Also, a parent volunteer cannot be a teacher of the class assigned to the AP Exam (For example an AP Biology teacher cannot volunteer to proctor the AP Biology exam).

Military Families:

West Potomac High School’s Purple Star Club is hosting a Purple Up Pot Luck on April 17th starting at 6:30PM in the cafeteria at West Potomac High School.  April 17th, 2024 is also designated as “Purple Up! For Military Kids Day” by VDOE.

Parents/Guardians: Please use this link to RSVP and to sign up for an item to bring and share at this event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4FABAB22A0FEC70-48853726-purple

RSVP by Wednesday, April 10th.

  • Please email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer to support some of the logistical needs of this event on April 17th.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have a cooler that we can borrow for this event. 

Attention All Freshmen & Sophomores!

There will be a College 101 Night for all Class of 2026 & Class of 2027 students and families on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30pm in the school cafeteria. We will have a workshop with college representatives from various colleges and members of our Student Services team. Please see attached flyer for more details.

 

Thank you,

WPHS Student Services

PTSA NEWS

Join the 2024- 2025 WPHS PTSA BOARD

We are excited to announce that the WP PTSA Board is currently seeking nominations for open board positions for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year.   Open positions include President, President-Elect, VP of Fundraising, VP Student Recognition, Treasurer, and Secretary. We are also seeking Chair(s) for Teacher Appreciation Events.  As the Academic Booster Club, the PTSA supports Teacher/Faculty grants, celebrates students through various programs including the very popular Moe’s Honor Roll celebrations, supports the purchasing of needed school items, and much more.  The Executive Board meets monthly with Principal Statz and participates in the once-a-month General Membership Meetings.  Your involvement and support will directly impact the success of our school and support our students becoming their full potential.  To learn more about a position, please e-mail Liz Ver Hage at [email protected]

Honeygrow Restaurant Night:  April 19th - Come out and support WPHS PTSA Event runs from 10:30 AM-10:00 PM.  20% of your purchase goes directly back to the PTSA. Funds raised will be used for academic enrichment programs, grants, and more.  

Use promo code GIVE149 on the honeygrow app, at honeygrow.com, or in-store, located at Mount Vernon Plaza (near Moe’s) at the kiosk before checking out.  If ordering in person, please mention West Potomac High School PTSA.in order for PTSA to earn funds

FREE AP Test Prep 

Applerouth is offering free graded practice AP tests in a wide range of popular subjects this spring. These tests are an excellent tool to help students gauge their progress, focus their efforts, and achieve success on the official AP exams in May. West Po. students can use promo code APMC20 to gain access to: 

  • FREE multiple-choice section grading (regularly priced $20) 
  • Optional detailed FRQ feedback for $50 per test 

Contact us at (866)-789-PREP (7737), or visit here to get started. 

Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’sSelf-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here. 

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application. 

Read this recent news about Darthmouth’s reasons for reinstating the SAT/ACT score submission requirement - ABC News Dartmouth 

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected] 

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER NEWS

Wolverines!

Please take note of upcoming opportunities for students and families.

WPHS 9th & 10th Grade College 101 Night

Students and parents/guardians are invited to join us for our College 101 workshop with college representatives and our Student Services Team.  The

event will be held on 4/16/24 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the WPHS cafeteria.  Registration is not required to attend.

WPHS Annual Job Fair - 4/18

The West Potomac HS Annual Job Fair will be held on Thursday, 4/18/24 from 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. in the WPHS cafeteria.  Local employers will be onsite to hire students for summer and post high school jobs.  All students are welcome to attend; however, most job opportunities will be for students 16+ years old.  Registration is not required to attend.

Senator Mark Warner Military Academy Day

Interested in attending a U.S. Military Academy?  Senator Mark R. Warner invites high school and middle school students along with their parents or guardians to Academy Day 2024 on Saturday, 4/20/24.  The event will be held on the campus of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Families can register at  https://senwarner.ticketbud.com/acadday24 .

NOVA Medical Education Campus Open House & Health Expo

Northern Virginia Community College will hold their annual Open House & Health Expo showcasing the Medical Education Campus (MEC) on Saturday, 4/20/24 from 11 AM-2 PM at 6699 Springfield Center Drive in Springfield, VA.

Students can learn about associate degrees and certificate programs offered at the MEC, chat with NOVA's Office of Recruitment and Admissions, get free screenings and testing done by VHC Health and NovaSalud, Inc., and more!  Register here: https://bit.ly/43JJRnK

NOVA STEM Day – Alexandria Campus

STEM Day at Northern Virginia Community College is a showcase of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.  The event will be held at the Alexandria Campus on Saturday, 4/20/24 from 1 PM – 2PM.  Students can participate in microscope sessions, interactive science labs & demonstrations, dissection opportunities and hands on physics, geology, chemistry, and biology experiments.

This free event is for students who are inquisitive about how things work and want to discover the fun of STEM!   Questions? Contact Dr. Teba Aljumaili at [email protected] .

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS 

CLASS OF 2024 NEWS

Important Dates:

April 24: Five Guys Restaurant Night from 4:00-8:00pm

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. Rain date is June 6th.

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash from 6:30-10:30 pm on the WPHS practice turf fields. All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

(Rain date is June 6th.)  We are now pre-selling tickets to the Senior Bash. Purchase your tickets now for $30 before prices go up to $35 in late May. Please follow the link below.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

Our Flocking Fundraiser is in Full Swing! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, a promposal or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the Senior Celebration events held in April and June. 

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

The countdown is on! Not to cause a panic, but we are officially in the last 8 weeks of school before our seniors graduate!

Parents, please check out our Sign-Up Genius below. We still have plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer or contribute to the remaining Class of 2024 events.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, graduation information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We still have several volunteer opportunities for the remaining two Senior events & activities this school year. We want this to be the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2024 SPONSORS 

Senior trip to Kings Dominion is on May 30th !!!  Cost is $75 that includes transportation by motorcoach and ticket. Payment can be made via MySchoolBucks  … search senior trip to Kings Dominion or in 718 and 605.  It closes May 2nd .  Questions? Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected] 

CLASS OF 2025 

The Class of 2025 is hosting JUNIOR & SENIOR WPHS PROM 2024!!

Please join us for an Enchanting Evening

WHEN: Saturday, April 20th

WHERE: Torpedo Factory (Old Town, Alexandria)

TIME: 8pm-11pm

TICKET SALES

LAST CHANCE FOR THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL -Go to MySchoolBucks Ticket Price $70 until 4/14!!! (preferred method) Once paid, you can pick up your ticket in the Cafeteria.  -Ticket prices will go up to $80 the week before Prom! Ticket LUNCH SALES will end on Friday, April 19th Cash/Check sales will be $80 (please bring exact change, checks made payable to WPHS)  -NOTE: ALL Guest Forms were due Friday 4/12. No more guest forms will be handed out.

PARKING INFORMATION

-The front of the Torpedo Factory will be cleared for Bus, Uber, Lyft, Taxi Parent drop off.  PLEASE CONSIDER CARPOOLING/DROP OFF/UBER/LYFT/Public Transport since we are so close to home!  -There are many parking garages near the Torpedo Factory where students can park. Prices range from $5 - $14 as the weekend rate. (students have a link with detailed garage information)  -ParkMobile App can be used to pay/refill metered parking spots.

PARENT HELP

PARENTS! PROM is fast approaching!  

Please consider helping with your time. On the day of Prom we will need help setting up, chaperoning and cleaning up.  Click Here to sign up or see link below. We are also looking for donations for decorations and snacks for our chaperones. Donations can be made via MySchoolBucks  (please note you may have to copy and paste links)

Help with Prom  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094FA4AE2CA64-48644019-prom

Class of 2025 Donation:

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/checkout/getproduct?clientKey=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8&buttonID=26571b29-ac2a-40c3-b579-5d309820cb02  

Please email Class of 2025 sponsors with any questions: Sejal Parekh [email protected] and/or Tracy Scheel [email protected] 

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA”https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/ 

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students. 

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Wednesday, April 10th, is a FCPS holiday for students and staff in honor of Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic celebration for the breaking of the fast at the end of Ramadan.

Best,

Jessica Statz

Principal

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates 
  • Principal’s Message 
  • End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection
  • School News 
  • PTSA News  
  • School Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers 
  • Class of 2025 – Prom Information 

Important Dates

  • Now thru June 10:  Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser 
  • April 5 – April 19:  Prom ticket lunch sales 
  • April 9: PTSA Meeting, 6:30 – 800, WPHS Library 
  • April 11: Pupusas Express Restaurant Night – WP Guitar Fundraiser 
  • April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast 
  • April 16: WPHS 9th & 10th Grade College Night 101 
  • April 17: Panera Restaurant Night – Choral Boosters 
  • April 18: WPHS Annual Job Fair 
  • April 19: Honeygrow Restaurant Night – PTSA Fundraiser 
  • April 20: PROM, Torpedo Factory, 8:00-11:00 pm (tickets on sale 
  • May 30:Senior Trip – Kings Dominion 
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6th

Principal’s Message

Dear Wolverine Community,

I hope everyone is rested after Spring Break.  Testing season is approaching and before we know it, graduation will be upon us.  I am very excited to have my first graduation as the principal at West Potomac High School. 

Please remember, attendance each day is crucial.

I am thrilled to announce our own, Ms. Symone Jenkins has been selected as Region 3, New Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Jenkins is a dynamic English teacher that is truly invested in the West Potomac School community.  We are proud of her and will be cheering for her as she competes at the county level next. 

Ms. Jenkins, Region 3 New Teacher of the Year with our Principal, Jessica Statz, Region 3 Assistant Superintendent, Ray Lonnett and Executive Principal Ingrid Bynum

Today! Our West Potomac Academy 9-1-1 Dispatch, EMT and Criminal Justice classes in partnership with Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications, Fairfax Fire & Rescue and Fairfax Police Department will be participating in an emergency simulation exercise on this morning at West Potomac High School from 8am-12pm. This notice is to inform the community this learning exercise will include emergency responders and emergency apparatus such as fire engines, ambulances and police cars.

The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award:  Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.

  • This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.
  • Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.
  • Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website         Deadline Date:   Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse:  A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 pm and end around 4:32 pm, with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 pm.  Because the timing overlaps with some school dismissals, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage schools and families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. 

Lastly, I was able to get into a handful of classes this week.  It was wonderful to see such engaging instruction across our building.

Clockwise starting top left: Ms Weech’s class, Ms. Greer’s class, Ms. Tripp’s class and finally Mr. Johnson and Ms. Loza’s class.

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit:  Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 am-1 pm, at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic PlanSpanish: Pending and Korean: Pending

👗 Prom Dress Shop Opens with Hundreds of Dresses:  The annual Prom Dress Shop opens for the season on Friday, April 5, at Centreville High School. Any area student — not just those from Fairfax County Public Schools — who do not have the funds to purchase a prom dress may choose from hundreds of new dresses donated by Macy’s. Learn more and see shop hours.

Fondly,

Jessica Statz, Principal

End of Year Exam/Testing Calendar and Laptop Collection

  • On our website you can now find our end of year calendar to include testing dates, early dismissals and alternate bell schedules. In the coming days you and your child will receive an individual email with details on any SOL Tests they may be scheduled for this Spring. 
  • We have also published our laptop collection dates:
    • Senior Laptop Collection (Room 311) - May 20-24
      • Note: If a senior needs to keep their laptop later to finish class requirements they can do so and return it to our tech team prior to Graduation
    • Underclass Laptop Collection (Room 311) - June 6-7
    • Underclass Laptop Collection (Cafeteria) - June 10-11

SCHOOL NEWS

Military Families:

West Potomac High School’s Purple Star Club is hosting a Purple Up Pot Luck on April 17th starting at 6:30PM in the cafeteria at West Potomac High School.  April 17th, 2024 is also designated as “Purple Up! For Military Kids Day” by VDOE.

Parents/Guardians: Please use this link to RSVP and to sign up for an item to bring and share at this event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4FABAB22A0FEC70-48853726-purple

RSVP by Wednesday, April 10th.

  • Please email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer to support some of the logistical needs of this event on April 17th.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have a cooler that we can borrow for this event. 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER: 

Northern Virginia Regional College Fair – 4/10:  

The Office of Admissions at George Mason University invites students attend the 37th annual Northern Virginia Regional College Fair (NVRCF)! Students will have the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities. 

The fair will be held on Wednesday, 4/10/24 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and parking is available, free of charge in Parking Lots A and L directly across from Eaglebank Arena.  Students are strongly encouraged to pre-register for a barcode at https://app.strivescan.com/registration.  

WPHS 9th & 10th Grade College 101 Night – 4/16: 

Students and parents/guardians are invited to join us for our College 101 workshop with college representatives and our Student Services Team.  The event will be held on 4/16/24 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the WPHS cafeteria.  Registration is not required to attend. 

WPHS Annual Job Fair - 4/18: 

The West Potomac HS Annual Job Fair will be held on Thursday, 4/18/24 from     3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. in the WPHS cafeteria.  Local employers will be onsite to hire students for summer and post high school jobs.  All students are welcome to attend; however, most job opportunities will be for students 16+ years old.  Registration is not required to attend. 

Military Academy Day – 4/20: 

Interested in attending a U.S. Military Academy?  Senator Mark R. Warner invites high school and middle school students along with their parents or guardians to Academy Day 2024 on Saturday, 4/20/24.  The event will be held on the campus of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Families can register at  https://senwarner.ticketbud.com/acadday24

PTSA NEWS

April 9:  PTSA Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Please join us this Tuesday for a special meeting with a group of our Class of ’24 Seniors who will share some of their reflections and part some advice. The high school experience is unique for every student, but before you know it, four years have passed.  We encourage parents/guardians to attend this special encore event with their student(s) Questions are encouraged!   

HoneyGrow Restaurant Night:  April 19th - Come out and support WPHS PTSA Event runs from 10:30 AM-10:00 PM.  20% of your purchase goes directly back to the PTSA. Funds raised will be used for academic enrichment programs, grants, and more.  

Use promo code GIVE149 on the honeygrow app, at honeygrow.com, or in-store, located at Mount Vernon Plaza (near Moe’s) at the kiosk before checking out.  If ordering in person, please mention West Potomac High School PTSA.in order for PTSA to earn funds.

PTSA Board Openings - 2024- 25: 

PTSA Board and Committee openings for its 2024-’25 School YR Board.  The open board positions include President and President Elect. PTSA Treasurer and some committee chair positions.  Love to help keep people organize and fancy taking notes, please consider to PTSA Corresponding Secretary position, which is also open? Please e-mail  Liz Ver Hage at  [email protected] or [email protected] to learn more about open board positions and to add your name to the Election Slate .  

 

As the academic booster club for WPHS, the role of the PTSA is integral part of our school. The PTSA board supports teachers grants, students recognition events, teacher appreciation events and more. WE need YOU !  

 

FREE AP Test Prep 

Applerouth is offering free graded practice AP tests in a wide range of popular subjects this spring. These tests are an excellent tool to help students gauge their progress, focus their efforts, and achieve success on the official AP exams in May. West Po. students can use promo code APMC20 to gain access to: 

  • FREE multiple-choice section grading (regularly priced $20) 
  • Optional detailed FRQ feedback for $50 per test 

Contact us at (866)-789-PREP (7737), or visit here to get started. 

Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’sSelf-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here. 

 

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application. 

Read this recent news about Darthmouth’s reasons for reinstating the SAT/ACT score submission requirement - ABC News Dartmouth 

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected] 

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS 

The Low Incidence Program (Cat B) and various West Potomac environmental/gardening clubs are excited about potting herbs and other plants to sell for a Mother's Day fundraiser.  We need your help to make this possible.  We are asking for donations of: 

  • Gently used flowerpots (terracotta, sturdy plastic, or any planter you are no longer using.  All sizes accepted, though 3-10 inch  diameter would be best) 
  • Herb plants (started at home from seed is fine, sage, parsley, cilantro, dill.  We do not need rosemary or basil at this time) 
  • Potting soil (any size, partial or full bags) 
  • Gift card donations to Home Depot or Lowes to purchase supplies 
  • Donation needed by April 19, 2024. 

Please reach out to Danielle Tapsobaat[email protected] to schedule drop off for the pots, gift cards or if you have further questions.  You may also drop off soil and flowerpot donations on the porch of 7913 Candlewood Dr.  Thank you!

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates: 

April 12:Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast with burritos from Anita’s. This will be our last school day event for the Class of 2024. This event is costly and we appreciate any donations to offset the costs. If you are able to contribute, please follow this link: 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998627 

June 3rd:Class of 2024 Senior Bashfrom 6:30-10:30 pm on the WPHS practice turf fields. All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited! 

(Rain date is June 6th.)  We are now pre-selling tickets to the Senior Bash. Purchase your tickets now for $30 before prices go up to $35 in late May. Please follow the link below. 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651 

 

Our Flocking Fundraiser is in Full Swing! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, a promposal or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the Senior Celebration events held in April and June.  

All flocking’s will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned! 

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635 

The countdown has begun! Not to freak anyone out, but we are officially in the last 10 weeks before our seniors graduate! 

Parents, please check out our Sign-Up Genius below. We still have plenty of opportunities for you to volunteer or contribute to the remaining Class of 2024 events. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class  

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, graduation information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We still have several volunteer opportunities for the remaining two Senior events & activities this school year. We want this to be the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!! 

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP 

westpo24_seniorcelebrations 

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr 

CLASS OF 2024 SPONSORS 

Senior trip to Kings Dominion is on May 30th !!!  Cost is $75 that includes transportation by motorcoach and ticket. Payment can be made via MySchoolBucks  … search senior trip to Kings Dominion or in 718 and 605.  It closes May 2nd .  Questions? Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected] 

CLASS OF 2025 

The Class of 2025 is hosting JUNIOR & SENIOR WPHS PROM 2024!! 

Please join us for an Enchanting Evening 

WHEN: Saturday, April 20th 

WHERE: Torpedo Factory (Old Town, Alexandria) 

TIME: 8pm-11pm 

  

TICKET SALES   

-Go to MySchoolBucks Ticket Price $70 CATCH THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ON SALE NOW!!! (preferred method) Once paid, you can pick up your ticket in the Cafeteria beginning April 5th. 

-Ticket LUNCH SALES will begin on Friday, April 5th until Friday, April 19th Cash/Check sales will be $75 (please bring exact change, checks made payable to WPHS) 

-Ticket prices will go up to $80 the week before Prom! Buy yours early!! 

NOTE: If you are bringing a guest from outside of WPHS, you MUST fill out a guest form. Pick one up in Rm 311 (Tech Office) 

PARKING INFORMATION 

The front of the Torpedo Factory will be cleared for Bus, Uber, Lyft, Taxi Parent drop off.   PLEASE CONSIDER CARPOOLING/DROP OFF/UBER since we are so close to home! 

There are many parking garages near the Torpedo Factory where students can park. Prices range from $5 - $14 as the weekend rate. (students have a link with detailed garage information) 

ParkMobile App can be used to pay/refill metered parking spots 

PARENT HELP 

-PARENTS! PROM is fast approaching!  

Please consider helping with your time. We need help with tickets sales before the Prom. On the day of Prom we will need help setting up, chaperoning and cleaning up.  

We are also looking for donations for decorations and snacks for our chaperones. Donations can be made via MySchoolBucks  

Help with ticket sales & Prom https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094FA4AE2CA64-48644019-prom  

Class of 2025 donation: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/checkout/getproduct?clientKey=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8&buttonID=26571b29-ac2a-40c3-b579-5d309820cb02  

Please email Class of 2025 sponsors with any questions: Sejal Parekh [email protected] and/or Tracy Scheel [email protected] 

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA”https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/ 

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students. 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 – Prom Information

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Now thru April 5: Prom tickets on sale via MySchoolBucks (early bird special)
  • Now thru June 10:  Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser
  • March 25-29: Spring Break
  • March 26: Class of 2024 Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00 – 8:00 pm (Quander Rd. & Hybla Valley Locations)
  • April 5 – April 19:  Prom ticket sales – lunch
  • April 9: PTSA Meeting, 6:30 – 8:30, WPHS Library
  • April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast
  • April 19: Donation deadline for Mother’s Day Fundraiser (potted plant and herb sale)
  • April 20: PROM, Torpedo Factory, 8:00-11:00 pm (tickets currently on sale via MySchoolBucks)
  • May 30: – Senior Trip – Kings Dominion
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6th

 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

 

Dear Students and Families,

This was another great week for our Wolverines.  I am elated to have had my debut appearance as a guest conductor for our band’s March Madness concert on Thursday.  This concert was a fundraiser for their Cutting Fund, to help support students with private lessons, sectionals, etc. and might not be able to access them.

Conductor Statz at March Madness Concert

 

As the days grow longer and the weather warms, I'm excited to announce that spring break is here and runs through March 29 with Teacher Workdays April 1 and 2.  Offices are closed March 25-March 29.   Students return on April 3. This well-deserved break provides a fantastic opportunity for students and teachers to recharge, relax, and spend quality time with loved ones.

For our students, I encourage them to use this time to:

  • Catch up on rest: A refreshed mind is a ready mind! Prioritize getting enough sleep and taking a break from the academic grind.
  • Explore your interests: Pursue hobbies, volunteer in your community, or even take a small trip.
  • Spend time with family and friends: Strengthen your connections and create lasting memories.

Important Reminders:

  • Schoolwork: While taking a break, remember to set aside some time to complete any outstanding assignments or projects.
  • Safety: Please prioritize your safety and well-being throughout the break. Be responsible, make good choices, and follow all local laws.
  • Upcoming Events: Don't forget to mark your calendars for important school events happening after spring break.
  • Attendance:  Once we retrain from break, let’s remember that daily attendance is still extremely important.

I wish everyone a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable spring break! We look forward to seeing you all refreshed and ready to learn after spring break.

Sincerely,

Jessica Statz, Principal

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

 

TUTORS NEEDED:

We are looking to hire a few high impact tutors to support our students who will be preparing for and remediating for reading exams this spring.

More information, including pay rate can be found here:

https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/fcps-person-high-impact-tutoring

This may be a great fit for you if you…

  • Have completed 30 college credits OR if you are enrolled in a teacher preparatory program.
  • Are able to pass an FCPS background check.
  • Are able to work 3 days a week for approximately 4 hours a day- up to 29 hours a week.   

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Janet Babic who can provide more information about how to apply for this opportunity.

Thank you!

PTSA NEWS

PTSA Board Openings - 2024- 25:

As we head towards Spring Break, wanted to share some more exciting news - PTSA Board is announcing openings for its 2024-’25 board.   As the academic booster club for WPHS, the role of the PTSA is integral part of our school. The PTSA board supports teachers grants, students recognition events, teacher appreciation events and more.  The open board positions include President and President Elect.  Budget more your love language? - the PTSA Treasurer position is open. Love to help keep people organize and fancy taking notes, please consider to PTSA Corresponding Secretary position? Please e-mail me at Liz Ver Hage - [email protected] or [email protected] to learn more about open board positions and to add your name to the Election Slate . Thank you for your consideration to be a volunteer on next year's board and supporting the Wolverine community.  

 

Let’s Spring into Action - PTSA Direct Donation Campaign: 

As the Academic Booster Club for West Potomac High School, our guiding principle is to directly fund educational resources and programs that enrich the educational experience for our children. Our success hinges on the support of our Wolverine families. Please help us finish the year strong.  Every dollar received is invested into West Potomac. Please donate today at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/996440

Thank you for your support of your students WPHS Education!

 

PTSA MEMBERSHIP – JOIN TODAY!

The PTSA is an integral part of West Potomac including parents, educators and students. The PTSA helps support our academic enrichment programs and is an important way to be an active member of the Wolverine community. It is not too late to join! Go to: Givebacks (memberhub.com) and select the membership that best suits you. Working together, we can help our school community feel supported and appreciated. 

 

FREE AP Test Prep

Applerouth is offering free graded practice AP tests in a wide range of popular subjects this spring. These tests are an excellent tool to help students gauge their progress, focus their efforts, and achieve success on the official AP exams in May. West Po. students can use promo code APMC20 to gain access to:

  • FREE multiple-choice section grading (regularly priced $20)
  • Optional detailed FRQ feedback for $50 per test

Contact us at (866)-789-PREP (7737), or visit here to get started.

 

Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here.

 

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application.

Read this recent news about Darthmouth’s reasons for reinstating the SAT/ACT score submission requirement - ABC News Dartmouth

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events

 

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS

The Low Incidence Program (Cat B) and various West Potomac environmental/gardening clubs are excited about potting herbs and other plants to sell for a Mother's Day fundraiser.  We need your help to make this possible.  We are asking for donations of:

  • Gently used flowerpots (terracotta, sturdy plastic, or any planter you are no longer using.  All sizes accepted, though 3-10 inch  diameter would be best)
  • Herb plants (started at home from seed is fine, sage, parsley, cilantro, dill.  We do not need rosemary or basil at this time)
  • Potting soil (any size, partial or full bags)
  • Gift card donations to Home Depot or Lowes to purchase supplies
  • Donation needed by April 19, 2024.

Please reach out to Danielle Tapsoba at [email protected] to schedule drop off for the pots, gift cards or if you have further questions.  You may also drop off soil and flowerpot donations on the porch of 7913 Candlewood Dr.  Thank you! 

CLASS OF 2024

Important Dates:

March 26 – Five Guys Restaurant Night

 

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast with burritos from Anita’s. This will be our last school day event for the Class of 2024. This event is costly and we appreciate any donations to offset the costs. If you are able to contribute, please follow this link:

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998627

 

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash from 6:30-10:30 pm on the WPHS practice turf fields. All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

(Rain date is June 6th.)  We are now pre-selling tickets to the Senior Bash. Purchase your tickets now for $30 before prices go up to $35 in late May. Please follow the link below.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

 

Our Flocking Fundraiser is in Full Swing! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the Senior Celebration events held in April and June. 

 

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

 

Last chance to order your Class of 2024 Yard Signs! We are placing our last order with our vendor so order yours by March 22nd (final extension) at this link for delivery within 2 weeks. We will not be purchasing extras, this is a preorder event only. Don’t miss out! Click the link to get yours today! All proceeds go towards our senior celebration events!

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/882682

 

 

The countdown has begun! We are officially in the last 3 months before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below for ways that you can volunteer or contribute to the remaining Class of 2024 events.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

 

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

 

CLASS OF 2024 SPONSORS

 

Senior trip to Kings Dominion is on May 30th !!!  Cost is $75 that includes transportation by motorcoach and ticket. Payment can be made via MySchoolBucks  … search senior trip to Kings Dominion or in 718 and 605.  It closes May 2nd .  Questions? Contact Ms. Simpson at [email protected] or Ms. Hackshaw at [email protected]

 

CLASS OF 2025

 

The Class of 2025 is hosting JUNIOR & SENIOR WPHS PROM 2024!!

 

Please join us for an Enchanting Evening

WHEN: Saturday, April 20th

WHERE: Torpedo Factory (Old Town, Alexandria)

TIME: 8pm-11pm

 

TICKET SALES  

-Go to MySchoolBucks Ticket Price $70 CATCH THE EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ON SALE NOW!!! (preferred method) Once paid, you can pick up your ticket in the Cafeteria beginning April 5th.

-Ticket LUNCH SALES will begin on Friday, April 5th until Friday, April 19th Cash/Check sales will be $75 (please bring exact change, checks made payable to WPHS)

-Ticket prices will go up to $80 the week before Prom! Buy yours early!!

NOTE: If you are bringing a guest from outside of WPHS, you MUST fill out a guest form. Pick one up in Rm 311 (Tech Office)

 

PARKING INFORMATION

The front of the Torpedo Factory will be cleared for Bus, Uber, Lyft, Taxi Parent drop off.   PLEASE CONSIDER CARPOOLING/DROP OFF/UBER since we are so close to home!

There are many parking garages near the Torpedo Factory where students can park. Prices range from $5 - $14 as the weekend rate. (students have a link with detailed garage information)

ParkMobile App can be used to pay/refill metered parking spots

 

PARENT HELP

-PARENTS! PROM is fast approaching! Please consider helping with your time. We need help with tickets sales before the Prom and set up, chaperones and clean up help on the day of Prom.

Click here to Volunteer

-We are also looking for donations for decorations and snacks for our chaperones. Donations can be made via MySchoolBucks. Click here to donate to the Class of 2025

 

Here are the links in case you need to copy and paste:

Sign Up Genius - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094FA4AE2CA64-48644019-prom

Class of 2025 Donation - https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/checkout/getproduct?clientKey=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8&buttonID=26571b29-ac2a-40c3-b579-5d309820cb02

 

Please email Class of 2025 sponsors with any questions: Sejal Parekh [email protected] and/or Tracy Scheel [email protected]

 

 

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA”https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students.

 

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WPHS News You Choose - 3/16/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • FCPS News
  • Family Engagement Survey Reminder
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers

Important Dates

  • Now thru June 10:  Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser
  • March 19: NACAC National College Fair, 4:00 – 8:00, Boyd, MD
  • March 20: FCPS Virtual Military Night, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • March 21: March Madness Concert, 7:00 pm, Springbank Auditorium (fundraiser - the Christopher J. Cutting Memorial Scholarship Fund)
  • March 21: WP Choir & Guitar Coffeehouse, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Cafeteria
  • March 25-29: Spring Break
  • March 26: Class of 2024 Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00 – 8:00 pm (Quander Rd. & Hybla Valley Locations)
  • April 9: PTSA Meeting, 6:30 – 8:30, WPHS Library
  • April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast
  • April 19: Donation deadline for Mother’s Day Fundraiser (potted plant and herb sale)
  • April 20: PROM, Torpedo Factory, 8:00-11:00 pm (tickets on sale via MySchoolBucks)
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6th

Principal’s Message

Happy Friday Wolverines,

On Monday, March 18, West Potomac’s parents/guardians will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback matters!

Parents and Guardians-Please see the message below about an event on Monday March 18.  As a parent in FCPS, I will be attending this event.  I think we ALL should attend and bring our children!

As we are winding down to Spring Break, please help remind students about being in school, not leaving the grounds, and making good choices.   

On Thursday night, I attended the Pyramid Art Show.  We had a packed house.  It was amazing to see all the wonderful art produced from students here at WPHS and all our feeder schools!

Recently, we have had an influx of parents/guardians parking in Staff and Student parking in the morning to wait to drop off students.  Please do not park in spots marked as Staff or Student Parking.

This was a great week because I was able to get into many classes.  Below are just a few highlights from my visits:

Master Sergeant Hernandez JROTC Class

Mr. Baldwin’s mock Supreme Court

Ms. Lara’s Medical Asst. class

Mr. Cooper and students in the garden

I hope you all have a great weekend. 

Jessica Statz, Principal

FCPS News

Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Monday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14.

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.  

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grade 6 and higher. Together, as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and sometimes fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online.

Below is more information from FCPS:

Measles Is Preventable

  • Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region.
  • The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

  • To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:
  • Thursday, March 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Joseph Willard Health Center. Walk-ins are accepted until 7 p.m.

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

Inclusion Award - Nominations Open for First Class Award for Inclusion 

  • The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First Class Awards. The awards are presented annually to educators, administrators, and students who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students. The ACSD will recognize award winners at the Family Summit on Saturday, April 20.
  • Nominate an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools by Friday, March 22. Email [email protected] with questions.

The Annual Family Engagement Survey is in full progress, and we need your support! If you haven’t already, please take a moment to complete this important survey: https://bit.ly/FCPS2024FESurvey  The survey closes Friday March 22.

 

Thank you!

DECA VA State Championships

Four West Po Students recently went to Virginia Beach to compete against 4000+ students in the DECA Virginia state championships.  Tristan Schnieder, Jack Sutton, Isabella Martin, and Sabrina Fseisi  were tasked with various business problems centered around the Hospitality sector.  Isabella and Sabrina medaled as they solved a business problem around driving traffic to a new hotel application. They were quick on their feet, illustrated the app, promoted it with a major artist, and informed the hotel manager to stop doing business with OTA’s (Online Travel Agents).  They were one of 10 chosen out of 106 competitors for their business presentation and got to walk on stage in front of 4000 students with a medal around their neck!  AMAZING JOB Wolverine!! 

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SCHOOL NEWS

The West Potomac High School band will perform the annual March Madness Concert on Thursday, March 21, at 7:00 pm in West Potomac’s Springbank Auditorium, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria, VA.

This concert is unique: it serves as a fundraiser to support the Christopher J. Cutting Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in 1976 in loving memory of a Fort Hunt High School drum major, Christopher Cutting, by his parents who wished to leave a legacy of financial support for music students at West Potomac.

The entire community is invited to the March Madness Concert to enjoy a selection of energetic, toe-tapping marches performed by West Potomac Band students and local professional and retired musicians under the direction of West Potomac Band Director, Joseph Antonucci and special guests. As part of the fundraiser, a live auction and raffle will be held, the winners of which will be invited to conduct the band as they play a selection of tunes. 

Join us on March 21 for the WPHS March Madness Concert! 

West Potomac Choir & Guitar are teaming up to host a Coffeehouse this Thursday, March 21st from 6-8 PM in the Cafeteria.

Bring cash for a “pay what you like” donation admission at the door & bake sale. We hope you'll stop by as you can that evening for some great music & a hot drink!   

The Low Incidence Program (Cat B) and various West Potomac environmental/gardening clubs are excited about potting herbs and other plants to sell for a Mother's Day fundraiser.  We need your help to make this possible.  We are asking for donations of:

  • Gently used flowerpots (terracotta, sturdy plastic, or any planter you are no longer using.  All sizes accepted, though 3-10 inch  diameter would be best)
  • Herb plants (started at home from seed is fine,  sage, parsley, cilantro, dill.  We do not need rosemary or basil at this time)
  • Potting soil (any size, partial or full bags)
  • Gift card donations to Home Depot or Lowes to purchase supplies
  • Donation needed by April 19, 2024.

Please reach out to Danielle Tapsoba at [email protected] to schedule drop off for the pots, gift cards or if you have further questions.  You may also drop off soil and flowerpot donations on the porch of 7913 Candlewood Dr.  Thank you! 

TUTORS NEEDED:

We are looking to hire a few high impact tutors to support our students who will be preparing for and remediating for reading exams this spring.

More information, including pay rate can be found here:

https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/fcps-person-high-impact-tutoring

This may be a great fit for you if you…

  • Have completed 30 college credits OR if you are enrolled in a teacher preparatory program.
  • Are able to pass an FCPS background check.
  • Are able to work 3 days a week for approximately 4 hours a day- up to 29 hours a week.   

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Janet Babic who can provide more information about how to apply for this opportunity.

Thank you!

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

NACAC National College Fair

The NACAC National College Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 19th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.in Boyds, MD. This is a great opportunity for students to connect face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of colleges and universities. Admissions representatives from across the United States will be in attendance. For additional information and to register for this event, go to https://www.nacacattend.org/24MontgomeryCounty.  Questions? Please contact [email protected]

2024 FCPS VIRTUAL MILITARY NIGHT!

FCPS School Counseling Services is hosting a Virtual Military Night. This virtual event will be on March 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  It is designed for high school students and their families who are interested in learning more about the military pathways and opportunities. Enlistment, service academies and ROTC pathways will be represented.   See the flyer for details.

EXPLORE THE SKILLED TRADES:

Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Carpentry, Welding…the skilled trades are in high demand. There are upcoming opportunities for students who are interested in exploring the skilled trades.

  • Holder RISE High School Internship Program

The Holder RISE High School Internship Program is for students ages 16-17 years old and focuses on opportunities in construction.  See flyer for more info!

  • FCPS Trades 4 Tomorrow Youth Registered Apprenticeships:

Applications are now open for FCPS Trades 4 Tomorrow Youth Registered Apprenticeships. Paid positions include HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Cabinetry, Welding & Sheet Metal, Outdoor Equipment Repair & Carpentry/Flooring.  Students must be 16 years or older. (Current seniors are not eligible to apply.)  See the flyer for additional details. 

  • Class of 2025: Google STAR Program for Construction Career Paths

The Google STAR program is a 5-week intensive training course for those 18+ who are looking to jump start their careers in construction. STAR program graduates have the opportunity to begin their careers with a full-time job in the construction trades on a Google jobsite in Manassas, VA.  See the flyer for more information.

  • Class of 2025: ACE Apprenticeship 101

Apprenticeship 101 is a program that students for apprenticeship classes in Electrical, HVAC & plumbing.  Students can earn 80 hours of apprenticeship related instruction & industry recognized credentials.  The flyer includes additional information and pricing.

PTSA NEWS

With less than 100 school days remaining - Let’s Spring into Action.

As the Academic Booster Club for West Potomac High School, our guiding principle is to directly fund educational resources and programs that enrich the educational experience for our children. Our success hinges on the support of our Wolverine families. Please help us finish the year strong and help make the following possible:

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon in May. (A favorite for all)

PTSA Scholarship - Rising Stars: The PTSA is excited to announce that this year, 2 - $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to 2 Class of '24 Seniors and we would love to increase the award amount to $750.00 each.

Teacher Grant's: Grant requests have increased - The school has very limited local funding, an integral part of the PTSA mission is to be a bridge to provide a financial resource to help teachers purchase classroom items, subsidize field trips, attend professional workshops, etc. More funding is needed to continue to support.

Student Appreciation Events.

Every dollar received is invested into West Potomac. Please donate today at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/996440

Thank you for your support of your students WPHS Education

PTSA MEMBERSHIP – JOIN TODAY!

The PTSA is an integral part of West Potomac including parents, educators and students. The PTSA helps support our academic enrichment programs and is an important way to be an active member of the Wolverine community. It is not too late to join! Go to: Givebacks (memberhub.com) and select the membership that best suits you. Working together, we can help our school community feel supported and appreciated. 

 

FREE AP Test Prep

Applerouth is offering free graded practice AP tests in a wide range of popular subjects this spring. These tests are an excellent tool to help students gauge their progress, focus their efforts, and achieve success on the official AP exams in May. West Po. students can use promo code APMC20 to gain access to:

  • FREE multiple-choice section grading (regularly priced $20)
  • Optional detailed FRQ feedback for $50 per test

Contact us at (866)-789-PREP (7737), or visit here to get started.

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

March 26: Five Guys Restaurant Night

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast with burritos from Anita’s. This will be our last school day event for the Class of 2024. This event is costly and we appreciate any donations to offset the costs. If you are able to contribute, please follow this link:

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998627

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash from 6:30-10:30 pm on the WPHS practice turf fields. All Members of the WPHS Class of 2024 are invited!

(Rain date is June 6th.)  We are now pre-selling tickets to the Senior Bash. Please follow the link below.

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/998651

Our Flocking Fundraiser is in Full Swing! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the Senior Celebration events held in April and June. 

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

The countdown has begun! We are officially in the last 3 months before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below for ways that you can volunteer or contribute to the remaining Class of 2024 events.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2025

Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory from 8pm-11pm! Tickets are on sale via MySchoolBucks. If you are bringing an outside guest to Prom, come to Rm 311 (Tech Office) for the mandatory guest permission form. More information coming soon!

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA”https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students.

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WPHS News You Choose - 3/9/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • West Potomac Pyramid Art Show
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2024 Info & Fundraisers

Important Dates

  • Now thru June 10:  Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser
  • March 9: SAT & ACT Spring Group Class start
  • March 12: PTSA Meeting, WPHS Library 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • March 12: PTSA Chipotle Night, 4:00 – 8:00 pm (Richmond Hwy)
  • March 13: Class of 2025 College Planning Night, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • March 16: WABC Mulch Sale Pick Up/Delivery Date, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm (Sandburg MS)
  • March 16: Financial Literacy Workshop 12:00 - 2:00 pm (Gum Springs Community Center)
  • March 19: NOVA Spanish Information Session, 4:30 pm
  • March 20: FCPS Virtual Military Night, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • March 25-29: Spring Break
  • April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast
  • April 17: NOVA Vision 2024 (opportunities for students with disabilities),4:00 – 6:00 pm, Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale Campus
  • April 20: PROM, Torpedo Factory, 8:00-11:00 pm (tickets on sale via MySchoolBucks)
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6th

 

Principal’s Message

Happy Weekend Wolverines,

On Monday, March 18, West Potomac’s parents/guardians will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback matters!

As we navigate this exciting academic year, I want to take a moment to emphasize the importance of consistent daily attendance for all our students. While unforeseen circumstances may occasionally arise, making school a priority is crucial for maximizing success.

In addition, student absenteeism is an accreditation measure with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Like so many schools in the region, state, and nationally, West Potomac has seen increasing rates of student absenteeism, defined as missing 10% or more of the school year. Students’ presence in school is important for their future and the future of the school.

Why Daily Attendance Matters for Students:  Regular attendance is not just about being present in the classroom, it's about:

  • Building a Strong Foundation: Each day in class is a building block towards academic achievement. Missing even a few days can create gaps in understanding that can be difficult to bridge later.
  • Staying Engaged: Active participation in class discussions, labs, and group projects fosters deeper learning and a sense of belonging within the school community.
  • Developing Habits for the Future: Consistent attendance is a valuable life skill. It builds responsibility, time management, and a strong work ethic – all essential qualities for future success in college and careers.

Working Together for Success

We understand that life happens, and there will be times when students need to miss school due to illness or emergencies. However, open communication between parents, students, and teachers is key. Please notify the school promptly of any absences and work with your child's teachers to catch up on missed work.

Additional Resources:  We have resources available to help support consistent attendance, including:

  • Attendance Website: Our school website provides detailed information on attendance policies, reporting procedures, and resources for excused absences.  In addition, I sent attendance procedures home via News You Choose last week.
  • Teacher Communication: Teachers are happy to work with students who have missed class to ensure they stay on track.

By working together, we can create a culture that values daily attendance and empowers all students to reach their full potential.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's education.

Sincerely,

Jessica Statz

Principal, West Potomac High School

SCHOOL NEWS

Student Services - Academic Advising

  • A reminder that Monday, March 11 is the last day to request initial changes to 24-25 Course Requests. We will then have a freeze as we hold our staffing meetings for 24-25.  A reminder of this timeline and the upcoming window to make requests on a space available basis is below.
  • A reminder that 24-25 course requests are viewable on ParentVue and StudentVue under course requests

We are looking to hire a few high impact tutors to support our students who will be preparing for and remediating for reading exams this spring.

More information, including pay rate can be found here:

https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/fcps-person-high-impact-tutoring

 

This may be a great fit for you if you…

  • Have completed 30 college credits OR if you are enrolled in a teacher preparatory program.
  • Are able to pass an FCPS background check.
  • Are able to work 3 days a week for approximately 4 hours a day- up to 29 hours a week.   

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Janet Babic who can provide more information about how to apply for this opportunity.

Thank you!

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

CLASS OF 2025 COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT:

Student Services will host our Class of 2025 College Planning Night program on March 13th from 6 – 8 PM.  Admissions representatives from 2- & 4-year colleges will provide information on all aspects of the college admissions and financial aid application process. We look forward to hosting students and families at this informative event! 

2024 VIRTUAL MILITARY NIGHT:

FCPS School Counseling Services is hosting a Virtual Military Night! This event is designed for high school students and their families who are interested in learning more about the military pathways and opportunities. Enlistment, service academies and ROTC pathways will be represented.  This virtual event will be on March 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  See the flyer for details.

 

COLLEGE FAIRS:

  • Colleges That Change Lives Information Session and College Fairwill be held at the Westin in Washington D.C. Downtown on Monday, 3/11th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. with a 30-minute information session. The college fair follows immediately afterwards, lasting approximately 1.5 hours.  The fair provides students & families an opportunity to connect directly with admission officers from the CTCL member schools.  To register go to https://ctcl.org/info-sessions/ .
  • The NACAC National College Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 19th from 6:30 – 8:00pm in Boyds, MD. This is a great opportunity for students to connect face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of colleges and universities. Admissions representatives from across the United States will be in attendance. For additional information and to register for this event, go to https://www.nacacattend.org/24MontgomeryCounty.  Questions? Please contact [email protected]
  • The Northern Virginia Regional College Fair (NVRCF)will be held on April 10th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.  The fair is designed for current high school students.  Registered students will have an opportunity to visit with over 200 colleges and universities.  For more information regarding this college fair, visit the NVRCF landing page. 

SAVE THE DATE!

  • FCPS and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities interested in attending NOVA to learn about available options. The orientation will include presentations from Accommodations and Accessibility Services and Counseling Services, a mock NOVA classroom experience for students, and a NOVA student panel with Q&A session. It will be held at NOVA’s Annandale Campus on Wednesday, April 17th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Register at: https://forms.gle/APmHVBU7bBko6Fvs8 . See flyer for additional information.
  • Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options is an event designed to provide students with disabilities seeking a standard or advanced diploma and their families an introduction to options available after high school. Representatives from adult education, employment, and community programs will host information tables.  It will be held in the Annandale High School Cafeteria on April 25th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Register at: https://forms.gle/bN367QWBHpVMUuNq7 
Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS secondary schools can enroll in the Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a two- or three-week summer Arts enrichment program for students in rising 7th through 12th grades. Students create their own schedules in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance from nearly 60 courses offered. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

PTSA NEWS

March 12: PTSA Meeting, WPHS Library 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Eat at Chipotle and help support the West Potomac PTSA on March 12th! Chipotle will give back 33% of all sales but you must show the fundraiser flyer (hard copy or on your phone) or tell the cashier at checkout that you are there for a fundraiser before you pay! If you would like to place an online order be sure to use promo code X3QZP88. Fundraisers like these are an important way to raise money for West Potomac HS to help provide school improvements, teacher grants, and more. Take the night off from cooking and support your PTSA!

When: March 12th from 4:00 -8:00 PM 

Where: Chipotle - 6700 Richmond Highway

With less than 100 school days remaining - Let’s Spring into Action.

As the Academic Booster Club for West Potomac High School, our guiding principle is to directly fund educational resources and programs that enrich the educational experience for our children. Our success hinges on the support of our Wolverine families. Please help us finish the year strong and help make the following possible:

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon in May. (A favorite for all)

PTSA Scholarship - Rising Stars: The PTSA is excited to announce that this year, 2 - $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to 2 Class of '24 Seniors and we would love to increase the award amount to $750.00 each.

Teacher Grant's: Grant requests have increased - The school has very limited local funding, an integral part of the PTSA mission is to be a bridge to provide a financial resource to help teachers purchase classroom items, subsidize field trips, attend professional workshops, etc. More funding is needed to continue to support.

Student Appreciation Events.

Every dollar received is invested into West Potomac. Please donate today at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/996440

Thank you for your support of your students WPHS Education

PTSA MEMBERSHIP – JOIN TODAY!

  • The PTSA is an integral part of West Potomac including parents, educators and students. The PTSA helps support our academic enrichment programs and is an important way to be an active member of the Wolverine community. It is not too late to join! Go to: Givebacks (memberhub.com) and select the membership that best suits you. Working together, we can help our school community feel supported and appreciated. 

FREE AP Test Prep

Applerouth is offering free graded practice AP tests in a wide range of popular subjects this spring. These tests are an excellent tool to help students gauge their progress, focus their efforts, and achieve success on the official AP exams in May. West Po. students can use promo code APMC20 to gain access to:

  • FREE multiple-choice section grading (regularly priced $20)
  • Optional detailed FRQ feedback for $50 per test

Contact us at (866)-789-PREP (7737), or visit here to get started.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS

Saturday, keep a lookout for West Potomac Crew Team in your neighborhood. They will be delivering tags and collecting donations for their annual TAG DAY fundraiser. To donate, please follow the QR code on the flyer below or click the ‘donate button’ at wpcrew.org

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. Rain date is June 6th. 

Our Flocking Fundraiser has officially begun! Flock your student to celebrate a birthday, a milestone, or just for fun! Flock your friends, your neighbors, or anyone who needs a laugh. All proceeds will go directly to the Senior Celebration events held in April and June. 

All flockings will take place in the cover of darkness so be forewarned!

Click this link to pick your date! 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

 

Last chance to order your Class of 2024 Yard Signs! We are placing our last order with our vendor so order yours by March 15th at this link for delivery by the end of March. We will not be purchasing extras; this is a preorder event only. Don’t miss out! Click the link to get yours today! All proceeds go towards our senior celebration events!

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/882682

The countdown has begun! We are officially in the last 100 days before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below for ways that you can volunteer or contribute to the remaining Class of 2024 events.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2025

Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory from 8pm-11pm! Tickets are on sale via MySchoolBucks. If you are bringing an outside guest to Prom, come to Rm 311 (Tech Office) for the mandatory guest permission form. More information coming soon!

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA”https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students.

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WPHS News You Choose - 3/2/24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • West Potomac Scholastic Artists
  • Winter Formal Reminders
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers

Important Dates

  • February 26 – June 10:  Class of 2024 Flamingo Fundraiser
  • March 1: Order Deadline for Wolverine Athletic Booster Club Mulch Sale
  • March 5: Student Holiday
  • March 4: Choral Boosters Panera Restaurant Night, 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Richmond Highway
  • March 9: SAT & ACT Spring Group Class start
  • March 12: PTSA Meeting, WPHS Library 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • March 13: Class of 2025 College Planning Night, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • March 16: WABC Mulch Sale Pick Up/Delivery Date, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm (Sandburg MS)
  • March 16: Financial Literacy Workshop 12:00 - 2:00 pm (Gum Springs Community Center)
  • March 19: NOVA Spanish Information Session, 4:30 pm
  • March 20: FCPS Virtual Military Night, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • March 25-29: Spring Break
  • April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast
  • April 17: NOVA Vision 2024 (opportunities for students with disabilities),4:00 – 6:00 pm, Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale Campus
  • April 20: PROM, Torpedo Factory, 8:00-11:00 pm (tickets on sale via MySchoolBucks)
  • June 3: Class of 2024 Senior Bash - WPHS Auxiliary Field. Rain date is June 6th.

Principal’s Message

Happy Friday Wolverines,

This has been an exciting week at West Potomac High School.  We have made some adjustments to our halls to help students arrive to class on time.  Please encourage your students to get to class as quickly as possible.  I would like to reiterate another reminder of the importance of attendance each day in every class.  Please work hard to get your students in school each day.  I truly want ALL Wolverines to be successful in school and once they move on after graduation. 

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools students. This information may be found at eating disorders

I want to congratulate Mr. Antonucci and the West Potomac Band for their performances in the VBODA All-State Band event.   We are excited to share four students from West Potomac who placed in an All-State ensemble!

 

All- Virginia Wind Symphony:          

Abby Lafleur (3rd in state)

Nic Ries (2nd in state)

 

All- Virginia Concert Band:

Molly Mead (19th in State)

 

First Alternate:

Stephanie Kulinski (Piano) (4th in state)

 

We have another celebration for performing arts.  Two choir students placed in the All-Virginia choirs as well! Congratulations to Chorus and Ms. Solares

 

Sophia Argueta (SSAA choir)

Annalise Grindstaff (SATB choir)

 

We also had two alternates:

Jeremy Lacey-Kline (first alternate)

James Schwartzman (second alternate)

 

Please come out and support the West Potomac Pyramid Art Show March 6-14.

FCPS Cares:

Katherine Lodge

Katherine is an outstanding person to work with. She shows compassion and care for all of her students. All around just a genuine person.

Mike Henrich

Mike is an outstanding leader. He is someone that is truly here for the students and know how to put teachers in the right places at the right times to be successful. It is always a pleasure to work with Mr. Henrich and I appreciate everything he does.

Morgan Ball

Driving to school the other morning I witnessed a homeless lady with a sign asking for food or help while at the stop light across from Five Guys. Upon sitting there, I witnessed Morgan Ball get out of her car and bring this woman a bag of supplies. You could see the woman's face light up and I could tell she was appreciative. I know a lot of people pass this woman on their way to school (including myself) but Morgan decided to do something about it and I know she cares.

Shanette Yao

I wanted to recognize Shanette Yao, as a vital support in my first year as a teacher. Her dedicated work, responsibility, patience, and advocacy has allowed me to navigate this year with peace, good leaning process and maximized my professional journey in FCPS. Thank you!

This information is posted on the February 2024 FCPS CARES webpage, accessible at https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-cares-february-2024 .  Thank you for your excellent service to FCPS and best wishes for continued success.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend. 

Jessica Statz, Principal

Congratulations West Potomac Scholastic Artists!

Faren Sachs, Aria Flora, Sophia Fowler, Annalise Grindstaff, Hannah Hogan, Rhiannon Hughes, Emma Kapiotis, Chris Lee, Citlaly Maldonado, Hawah Nasseri, Emma Parker, Carlos Ramirez Ortega, Jonathan Sorli, Chloe Stuart, Hanlin Zhang, Monica Palacios

You are invited to view the Gold & Silver Key Artworks on display at the Scholastic Art Exhibition at the Ernst Cultural Center, NVCC, Annandale Campus February 28 - March 14th. Gold & Silver Key winners will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on March 6 at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm. 

https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/features/2024-scholastic-artists

Winter Formal Reminders

WINTER FORMAL INFORMATION

SATURDAY MARCH 2ND@ 8PM-10PM

Our SGA/Class of 2026 is planning a beautiful dance this evening.  The dance will take place in the Main Gym between the hours of 8:00pm and 10:00pm.  We look forward to seeing as many Wolverines as possible.   To make it a positive experience for all who are in attendance, we have outlined a few guidelines that everybody must adhere to in order to participate.

  • Doors will open at 7:50pm. There will no admittance to the building before that time unless specifically permitted by a school official.
  • Entrance to the dance will be through Door 27 only. When leaving the dance, you must exit through Door 27.
  • There will be no admission to the dance after 9:00pm. Doors will be locked.
  • The dance will end promptly at 10:00pm. The building will close right away, please make arrangements for transportation off campus at that time.
  • No tickets will be sold at the door.
  • Student ID must be presented at the gate for admission.
  • No bags or purses will be permitted into the dance.
  • small bags the size of a clutch (5-by-9-by-2 inches) are PERMITTED.
  • No personal items of any kind will be allowed to be brought in unless specifically permitted by school officials.
  • No outside food/drinks will be allowed.
  • We ask that all attendees behave themselves in an appropriate manner. Please treat all other guests with respect.  School officials do reserve the right to remove anybody for inappropriate or unruly behavior. 
  • All tickets sales are final. No refunds

If all attendees follow these guidelines, the dance will be a success.  We are looking forward to a fun and exciting Winter Formal dance!

Thank you,

Matt MacDonald

Director of Student Activities

West Potomac High School

SCHOOL NEWS

We are looking to hire a few high impact tutors to support our students who will be preparing for and remediating for reading exams this spring.

More information, including pay rate can be found here:

https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/tutoring-options-fcps/fcps-person-high-impact-tutoring

This may be a great fit for you if you…

  • Have completed 30 college credits OR if you are enrolled in a teacher preparatory program.
  • Are able to pass an FCPS background check.
  • Are able to work 3 days a week for approximately 4 hours a day- up to 29 hours a week.   

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Janet Babic who can provide more information about how to apply for this opportunity.

Thank you!

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER

Save the Date - Class of 2025 College Planning Night:

Student Services will host our Class of 2025 College Planning Night program on March 13th from 6 – 8 PM.  Admissions representatives from 2- & 4-year colleges will provide information on the college application process, the college admissions review process as well as information about scholarships and the financial aid process.  We look forward to hosting our students and families at this informative event. 

Northern Virginia Community College Sessions:

RESCHEDULED:  NOVA Spanish Information Session to March 19th

Due to unforeseen circumstances, NOVA canceled the Spanish Information Session on 2/20. The session has been rescheduled to March 19 at 4:30 PM which is also the date of the next Information Session in English. Sessions will run concurrently. All interested attendees should register here:  https://tinyurl.com/March-19-2024

NOVA Vision 2024

FCPS and NOVA are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities interested in attending NOVA to learn about available options. The orientation will include presentations from Accommodations and Accessibility Services and Counseling Services, a mock NOVA classroom experience for students, and a NOVA student panel with Q&A session.

The session will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale Campus.

All interested attendees should register here: https://forms.gle/APmHVBU7bBko6Fvs8

2024 FCPS Virtual Military Night

Fairfax County Public Schools students and families are invited to virtually attend FCPS Military Night on Wednesday, March 20th from 6 - 8 PM.  Students and families will have the opportunity to learn about the various military pathways available to high school graduates.  All presentations will be virtual.  Registration is not required.  See the flyer for additional details.

Questions?  Please email [email protected]

PTSA NEWS

  • March 12: PTSA Meeting, WPHS Library 6:30 - 8:30 pm

PTSA MEMBERSHIP – JOIN TODAY!

  • The PTSA is an integral part of West Potomac including parents, educators and students. The PTSA helps support our academic enrichment programs and is an important way to be an active member of the Wolverine community. It is not too late to join! Go to: Givebacks (memberhub.com) and select the membership that best suits you. Working together, we can help our school community feel supported and appreciated. 

FREE AP Test Prep

Applerouth is offering free graded practice AP tests in a wide range of popular subjects this spring. These tests are an excellent tool to help students gauge their progress, focus their efforts, and achieve success on the official AP exams in May. West Po. students can use promo code APMC20 to gain access to:

  • FREE multiple-choice section grading (regularly priced $20)
  • Optional detailed FRQ feedback for $50 per test

Contact us at (866)-789-PREP (7737), or visit here to get started.

SAT and ACT Test Prep

Register by MARCH 3 for spring classes and mocks!

CLASSES OFFERED:

SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). FCPS Laptops required for classes and mocks.

ACT Spring Group Class CANCELLED

MOCK TESTS OFFERED: Mock test schedule HERE 

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

Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application.

Read this recent news about Darthmouth’s reasons for reinstating the SAT/ACT score submission requirement - ABC News Dartmouth

Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here.

PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events

SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS

We are excited to announce the WABC Annual Mulch Sale, our fundraiser for school athletic programs! Supporting our student athletes has never been easier or more important than now.

By purchasing your mulch from West Potomac High School, you are directly contributing to the success of our Wolverines. Your support enables us to provide essential resources and opportunities for our student athletes.

ORDER DEADLINE: Friday, March 1

Distribution Date: March 16, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Carl Sandburg MS

Order Online: www.SupportWestPotomac.com 

Price: Each bag of mulch is only $6

Free Delivery: Orders over 25 bags will receive free delivery.

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 3rd: Class of 2024 Senior Bash to be held on the West Potomac Aux field. Rain date is June 6th. 

 

We’ve launched our Class of 2024 Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser! Please scan the QR code on the attached flyer or simply click the link below. 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/983635

The countdown has begun! We are officially in the last 100 days before our seniors graduate!

Parents please check out our Sign-Up Genius below for ways that you can volunteer or contribute to the remaining Class of 2024 events.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4EACA82CAAFBC52-47711568-class 

 

Class of 2024 Yard Signs are sold out but more are on the way! Preorder yours at this link for delivery in a couple of weeks. 

https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/882682

 

Senior Parents: Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!

https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

 

westpo24_seniorcelebrations

https://instagram.com/westpo24_seniorcelebrations?igshid=M2RkZGJiMzhjOQ%3D%3D&utm_source=qr

CLASS OF 2025

Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory from 8pm-11pm! Tickets are on sale via MySchoolBucks. If you are bringing an outside guest to Prom, come to Rm 311 (Tech Office) for the mandatory guest permission form. More information coming soon!

JOIN our Instagram page! “WestPo2025SGA”https://www.instagram.com/westpo2025sga/

JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1097261814782770/?mibextid=uJjRxr This is a private group for parents and students.

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VHSL State Basketball Tournament

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VHSL State Basketball Tournament Tuesday, February 27 Oscar Smith @ West Potomac - 6:30 PM Ticket Sales and Parking Information

Good Morning Wolverine Nation. On Tuesday, February 27, 2024 our Varsity Boys Basketball Team will be hosting Oscar Smith HS in the Quarterfinals of the VHSL Class 6 State Tournament @ 6:30 pm.  

This is a VHSL Event and there are strict guidelines in place that we must follow.  Everyone must pay to enter the game.  This includes family members, F/JV Basketball players, faculty, staff, and senior citizens.  The only passes that will be accepted are the approved 2023-24 VHSL Administrator and Coaches Passes.

All media must be approved by the VHSL. Please contact Mike McCall, Director of Communications, at [email protected] to submit credential requests. If you are not on the approved list and do not have a ticket, you will not be allowed into the game.

Tickets are $11.50 each ($10 ticket and $1.50 fee) and must be purchased online through GOFan! Tickets will be sold at the door for $12 (Cash). Children 6 and under get in free with a paying adult.

You will only be able to purchase tickets with this specific link: https://gofan.co/event/1428839?schoolId=VHSL

Each ticket can only be activated once. If you do not have a Smart Phone, please bring a printed copy of your email confirmation.

For safety reasons, you may not leave and re-enter the event.  We recommend arriving early to avoid delays and long lines.

Concessions will be open and bathrooms will be available.  For those that cannot make the game, you can watch the game on the NFHS Network.  Click on this LINK to view.  You will need to have a subscription to stream the game. There is a charge for post season play.

Thank you for supporting our WOLVERINES, school, and community!

Click Here for Parking Map Gates will open at 5:30 pm.  We are expecting a very large crowd so please arrive early to avoid long lines. Fans will enter through Door 18 & 27 into the Main Gym Hallway. Please park in properly marked spaces.

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THE WOLVERINE WEEKLY ATHLETIC NEWSLETTER

2/26/2024

STATE BASKETBALL INFORMATION OSCAR SMITH @ WEST POTOMAC

 

Good Morning Wolverine Nation. On Tuesday, February 27, 2024 our Varsity Boys Basketball Team will be hosting Oscar Smith HS in the Quarterfinals of the VHSL Class 6 State Tournament @ 6:30 pm.  

This is a VHSL Event and there are strict guidelines in place that we must follow.  Everyone must pay to enter the game.  This includes family members, F/JV Basketball players, faculty, staff, and senior citizens.  The only passes that will be accepted are the approved 2023-24 VHSL Administrator and Coaches Passes.

All media must be approved by the VHSL. Please contact Mike McCall, Director of Communications, at [email protected] to submit credential requests. If you are not on the approved list and do not have a ticket, you will not be allowed into the game.

Gates will open at 5:30 pm.  We are expecting a very large crowd so please arrive early to avoid long lines. Fans will enter through Door 18 & 27 into the Main Gym Hallway. Please park in properly marked spaces.

Tickets are $11.50 each ($10 ticket and $1.50 fee) and must be purchased online through GOFan! Tickets will be sold at the door for $12 (Cash). Children 6 and under get in free with a paying adult.

 

You will only be able to purchase tickets with this specific link: https://gofan.co/event/1428839?schoolId=VHSL

 

This West Potomac specific link and code will become INACTIVE on Monday, February 26 at 11:59 pm.

IF there are any tickets left, the public link on the GoFan webpage will be available Tuesday, February 27 at 12:01 am.

Each ticket can only be activated once. If you do not have a Smart Phone, please bring a printed copy of your email confirmation.

For safety reasons, you may not leave and re-enter the event.  We recommend arriving early to avoid delays and long lines.

Concessions will be open and bathrooms will be available.  For those that cannot make the game, you can watch the game on the NFHS Network.  Click on this LINK to view.  You will need to have a subscription to stream the game. There is a charge for post season play.

Thank you for supporting our WOLVERINES, school, and community!

Please use the following link to access the most recent West Potomac Athletic Newsletter.

https://sites.google.com/view/athletics-update/home

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