Summer Update #1

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  • Principal Message
  • Save the Dates
  • Laptop Distribution Information
  • Summer Hours Reminder
  • Student Schedules 2019-20
  • Summer Assignments
  • Email Subscriptions

Happy Summer Wolverines!

I hope you all are having a wonderful, fun and relaxing summer so far.  We are hard at work getting things ready to kick off an exciting 2019-2020 school year.  To that end, I wanted share some important information/dates.  We are still on track for our summer laptop distribution days (see below) and prepared for a smooth transition to a blended learning environment. 

I know Juniors and Seniors have been waiting patiently for information regarding online parking pass registration.  Before you will be able to receive a pass, all you school obligations must be fulfilled. 

The financial obligation letters were mailed last week, so please be sure to contact the finance office to clear any obligations.  The live online parking link will be available on West Potomac Website.  Seniors ONLY will have access to registration beginning on August 1st -August 4th.  Juniors will have access beginning August 5th until sold out.  The online system records registrations on a first come first serve basis and reserves your pass.   Passes will distributed during the week of Aug. 19th at the safety and security office.  You must have a valid license, NOT court documents, in order to reserve your space.  The online process will reserve your parking pass by collecting all required information and processing your payment.  Parking passes will be issued upon verification of your driver’s license, insurance, payment and obligations.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer and see you soon!

Ms. Millard

Save the dates

  • August 22 – New Student/9th grade Orientation – 8:10-12pm
  • August 22 – Wolverine Welcome Family Resource Fair – 3:30-6pm
  • August 26 – First day of School
  • August 30 – No School
  • September 2 – No School (Labor Day)
  • September 11 – Back to School Open House, 4-7pm

WP Laptop Distribution

  • All laptops will distributed in the small gym
  • Laptops not picked up during summer distribution will be distributed the first two weeks of school during advisory time.

Summer Hours

A reminder that our school summer hours are from 9am-1pm.  Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. 

Student Schedules

All students and parents will be able to see class schedule on Thursday, August 22, at 6am on ParentVue/StudentVue.  If you do not currently have an account you can visit this website to create one.  Schedules will not be finalized/available to view until August 22. 

Summer Assignments

A reminder to review this website for any summer assignments including the reading for all English courses. 

Email Subscriptions

Summer time is a great time to view/update your “News You Choose” emails.  Visit this website to review your current subscriptions and sign up for any other WPHS emails you may be interested in.

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19-20 Peer Mentors Needed

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Attention Rising 11th and 12th Graders!! 

We are still in need of additional Peer Mentors to support our rising 9th graders this Fall!  Please review the application here and drop it off or scan and email the application to Mr. McMahon in Student Services (kjmcmahon@fcps.edu).  All mentor trainings are during the school day with the exception of our required August 20 training to prepare for Freshman Orientation on August 22.

Peer mentors will work as teams visiting 9th grade Advisory classrooms throughout the school year to support 9th graders transition to West Potomac.

Since our Faculty are now gone for the summer, applicants should return the recommendation with their application just listing who they were planning to ask to complete the recommendation.  You do not need to reach out to the teacher.

Please drop off an application by Friday, June 21!

Questions?  Contact Mr. McMahon or Ms. Millians (eemillians@fcps.edu)

Thank you!

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News You Choose - Friday, June 14, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • School News
  • ANG Update
  • Band Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • June 14: RENT School Edition 2:00 and 7:00 pm
  • August 26: First day of School (too soon?)

 

Do you like Chipotle?? Then READ this summer!!

If you read at least 10 hours this summer, you can win a buy-one-get-one-free Chipotle card! Just keep track of the books you read and how much time you spent reading each one, and after you come back to school, just fill out the online google form! https://forms.gle/skVTmvpdXzhJTKvT9

 

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Congratulations Class of 2019 - May the wind always be at your back.

We had a phenomenal All Night Grad celebration! 100+ of our 2019 Graduates registered to attend this event and nearly $6,000 was given away in prizes. All Night Grad would not have been possible without the incredible support of 70 local businesses and organizations and the dozens of amazing parents who came forward to volunteer. We are especially grateful for the assistance of WP underclassmen parents and, parents who worked tirelessly for this event even though they do not have a WP student. You are absolutely amazing. 

Parents and future grads, we encourage you to embrace this special opportunity to celebrate you. Buy your ticket at the lowest price at the beginning of the school year.  ALL WP Parents, please raise your hand to help plan this incredible event, starting now for the Class of 2020.  

To everyone that attended, assisted and experienced this incredible event, thank you.

Visit our list of sponsors on our website www.AngcWestPotomac.com  

WPHS ANGC Committee 2019

Band Update

Band Camp Dates:  

Band Camp will begin for percussion and guard August 5 - 9. New marchers will meet August 8 and 9. Full Band Camp will be August 12 -16 and August 19 - 23.   

Check www.wolverineband.com for updates throughout the summer.  

If you want to be added to the 2019-20 band email list please enter your email here.

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Test prep schedule and registration open for 2019/20!! Check the schedule now and plan over the summer for your SAT/ACT classes and mocks tests. Register here

Summer test prep classes and mocks are open for enrollment. Register here. Summer mocks and classes start July 27 and target prep for the August/September official tests. 

If your student will be entering grade 11 and has completed Algebra 2, consider getting test prep done before the 2019-20 school year gets into full swing! Spring of junior year is crazy enough. Prep and test early if you have the math needed (Algebra 2).

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

 

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!  

FCPS Cares

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End of Year Reminders

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A reminder that tomorrow, our last day of school, we will dismiss at 10:10am. Due to the two hour school day the cafeteria will be closed so there will be no grab and go breakfast or lunch.   Please remind your student to have everything removed from his/her locker by the end of day tomorrow.  Any remaining items when they are cleaned by our custodial staff will be discarded or donated.  Please see below additional end of year reminders:

  • August Save the Dates
  • Summer Office Hours
  • Report Cards
  • Summer Assignments
  • Summer School Information
  • End of Year Medication Disposal Guidelines
  • G Suite Access and Preview August Laptop Distribution
  • Message from Ms. Knudson

August Save the Dates

  • August 5 - Fall Sports Begins (Golf Begins August 1st)
  • August 22 - New Student Orientation, 8:10-12pm
  • August 22 - Wolverine Welcome, 3:30-5:30pm
  • August 26 - First Day of School
  • September 11 - Back to School Night Open House

Summer Office Hours

Beginning Monday, June 17 through the summer, West Potomac Office Hours will be 9am-1pm.  

Report Cards

Report Cards will be printed and mailed during the week of June 17. 

Summer Assignments

Please review the Summer Reading and Assignments website.  It contains the summer reading assignment for each grade level as well as some AP Summer Assignments. 

Summer School

Thank you to all those who have visit our Summer School registration Open House Today.  Counselors will be available in the Career Center until 7pm this evening to assist with summer school enrichment or credit recovery registration.  After today, families can continue to register via the FCPS website.

Registration is open for the following FCPS summer academic programs: Credit Recovery Academy, SOL Programs, Summer Online Campus High School, and ESOL Online, and more. Please visit the Summer Learning Programs page for more information including registration deadlines. Register early to ensure space is still available. 

End of Year Medication Disposal Guidelines

All medication stored in the school health room must be picked up by a parent or guardian tomorrow. Any medications which are not picked up on the last day of school will be discarded.

G Suite for Education Summer Access and August Laptop Distribution

G Suite for Education is available to students over the summer. All files created by, or shared with, students will continue to be available to them. Explore what your student is working on in G Suite for Education by having your student log in to his or her FCPS G Suite for Education account at home. Your student will use his or her network login credentials to access G Suite for Education. Students have the ability to reset their password using the Account Recovery service, even over the summer. However,recovery options must be set up in advance. Your student can set up those options by logging into the FCPS Account Manager. Summer is also the perfect time to revisit the rules in your household for technology and media use, and set clear expectations for your child. The FCPS Digital Citizenship website has Device Contracts and Family Media Agreements that can help you guide family conversations. There is also a free online Digital Citizenship course available for parents and their children to work through together. More information on G Suite for Education can be found on the FCPS Website.

Please see the message below from Ms. Knudson, the West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.  If you ever have any questions, you are welcome to contact her at eaknudson@fcps.edu

Parents Matter

Parents, while it’s true that your child is developing and part of that development includes placing more importance on peer relationships, you still matter a great deal to your child and their continued healthy development. The Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) provides invaluable information about what parents can do to support students’ development. The FCYS identifies six assets that lead to greater success outcomes. The six assets are:

  • Having Parents Available for Help
  • Participating in After School Activities
  • Having Community Adults to Talk to
  • Accepting Responsibility for Actions
  • Having Teachers Recognize Good Effort
  • Having Family Members Respect Each Other

Students who have three or more of these assets are significantly less likely to use alcohol or drugs and they are significantly less sad and hopeless, which can often fuel substance use. In addition to assets, your attitudes about alcohol and drug use matter to students. The data shows that parents who believe alcohol and drug use is wrong or very wrong and share that belief with their child have children who are less likely to use drugs or alcohol. So parents, what you share with you children matters and developing a relationship built on respect and communication matters! I encourage you to use this summer break to have conversations with your child and encourage their interests, so they will be ready for what lies ahead in the next school year. Have a great Summer Break!

Here’s a free resource to keep them busy! https://www.planetfitness.com/TeenSummerChallenge

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Lockdown Drill Complete

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Wolverine Community,

This morning we had our fourth of four state mandated lockdown drills.  I thank all of our students and staff for acting appropriately and safely during today’s drill.  As always we appreciate you reinforcing with your child the importance of the drills to ensure we all know what to do in an emergency.  We do not want students to be frightened, but ask that you reinforce with your child(ren) the importance of taking drills seriously and to follow the directions of the staff.

Thank you,

Tangy Millard, Principal

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Reminder - Summer School Registration Open House

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Summer School Registration Open House

Tomorrow, the Student Services Department will be hosting an Open House to assist students and parents in registering for Summer School Classes.  A representative will be available from 7am to 7pm in the College and Career Center.  

If you would like to attend, although not required, it would be appreciated if you could please email or call your student’s counselor a time frame of when you would be attending so we can ensure that we have enough laptops available.

If you do not want/need assistance in applying the links to register are below.

Credit Recovery Academy Summer School (Courses at Lee High School)

Summer Enrichment (ONLINE) Courses

Credit Recovery Summer School

Summer School Credit Recovery Classes are offered at Lee High School from July 8-July 26, 2019 from 8am to 1pm.  The Credit Recovery Academy provides an opportunity for students to recover one high school course credit. Students may not take these courses for new course credit. Students are eligible to enroll in a Credit Recovery Academy course if they have previously received a grade of F. However, students who have passed Algebra 1 may take the Credit Recovery Academy course to improve their understanding and skills before the next school year. No additional course credit will be awarded to these students. Transportation will be provided from West Potomac to Lee High School and back.  Students must find their own transportation to and from West Potomac. 

Courses Available for Summer School Credit Recovery are:

Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, World History & Geography 1, World History and Geography 2, VA/US History, VA/US Government, English 9/English 9 for English Learners (ELs), English 10/English 10 for ELs, English 11/English 11 for Els, English 12

Enrichment Summer School

Summer School Enrichment Courses are for an Initial Credit.  Courses are fully online and there is a charge for the course.  Tuition varies but does take Lunch Status into account.  For specific information regarding pre-requisites, dates, times and fees please use the following link.

Courses offered:

Algebra 2 Head Start, Economics and Personal Finance, Health and Physical Education (HPE) 9, Health and Physical Education (HPE) 10, Geometry Honors, English 10, English 11, English 12, Geometry, Algebra 2, Chemistry, Physics, Geosystems, World History and Geography 1 World History and Geography 2, VA/US History VA/US Government, Spanish 2, Spanish 3

School Counselors’ Contact information 

Lauren Creighton Student Last Names: A -  BAR 703-718-2579 | lccreighton@fcps.edu

Anthony Moore Student Last Names: BAS – CN 703-718-2558 | atmoore@fcps.edu

Holly Williman Student Last Names: CO – FJ 703-718-2559 | hmwilliman@fcps.edu

Michael Shapiro Student Last Names: FL – HEP 703-718-2555 | mrshapiro@fcps.edu

Keri O'Connor Student Last Names: HEQ – KOJ 703-718-2698 | kmoconnor@fcps.edu

Alma Castro Student Last Names: KOK – MCG 703-718-2554 | alcastro@fcps.edu

Shirnesha Simpkins-Church Student Last Names: MCH – ORE      703-718-2557 | sasimpkinsch@fcps.edu

Kazue Watlington Student Last Names: ORF – RODD 703-718-2571 | kowatlington@fcps.edu

Jennifer Piechoski Student Last Names: RODE – TAV 703-718-2556 | jlpiechoski@fcps.edu

Charlette Jefferson-Dixon Student Last Names: TAW – Z 703-718-2651 | cjjeffersond@fcps.edu

Miguel Arroyo ESOL School Counselor (10 - 12 - EL Levels 1 & 2, 9th - L1-3)

703-718-2607 | maarroyo1@fcps.edu

Thank you,

West Potomac Student Services Team

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WPHS Summer School Registration Open House

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On Wednesday, June 12th, the Student Services Department will be hosting an Open House to assist students and parents in registering for Summer School Classes.  A representative will be available from 7am to 7pm in the College and Career Center.  

If you would like to attend, although not required, it would be appreciated if you could please email or call your student’s counselor a time frame of when you would be attending so we can ensure that we have enough laptops available.

If you do not want/need assistance in applying the links to register are below.

Credit Recovery Academy Summer School (Courses at Lee High School)

Summer Enrichment (ONLINE) Courses

Credit Recovery Summer School

Summer School Credit Recovery Classes are offered at Lee High School from July 8-July 26, 2019 from 8am to 1pm.  The Credit Recovery Academy provides an opportunity for students to recover one high school course credit. Students may not take these courses for new course credit. Students are eligible to enroll in a Credit Recovery Academy course if they have previously received a grade of F. However, students who have passed Algebra 1 may take the Credit Recovery Academy course to improve their understanding and skills before the next school year. No additional course credit will be awarded to these students. Transportation will be provided from West Potomac to Lee High School and back.  Students must find their own transportation to and from West Potomac. 

Courses Available for Summer School Credit Recovery are:

Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, World History & Geography 1, World History and Geography 2, VA/US History, VA/US Government, English 9/English 9 for English Learners (ELs), English 10/English 10 for ELs, English 11/English 11 for Els, English 12

Enrichment Summer School

Summer School Enrichment Courses are for an Initial Credit.  Courses are fully online and there is a charge for the course.  Tuition varies but does take Lunch Status into account.  For specific information regarding pre-requisites, dates, times and fees please use the following link.

Courses offered:

Algebra 2 Head Start, Economics and Personal Finance, Health and Physical Education (HPE) 9, Health and Physical Education (HPE) 10, Geometry Honors, English 10, English 11, English 12, Geometry, Algebra 2, Chemistry, Physics, Geosystems, World History and Geography 1 World History and Geography 2, VA/US History VA/US Government, Spanish 2, Spanish 3

School Counselors’ Contact information 

Lauren Creighton Student Last Names: A -  BAR 703-718-2579 | lccreighton@fcps.edu

Anthony Moore Student Last Names: BAS – CN 703-718-2558 | atmoore@fcps.edu

Holly Williman Student Last Names: CO – FJ 703-718-2559 | hmwilliman@fcps.edu

Michael Shapiro Student Last Names: FL – HEP 703-718-2555 | mrshapiro@fcps.edu

Keri O'Connor Student Last Names: HEQ – KOJ 703-718-2698 | kmoconnor@fcps.edu

Alma Castro Student Last Names: KOK – MCG 703-718-2554 | alcastro@fcps.edu

Shirnesha Simpkins-Church Student Last Names: MCH – ORE      703-718-2557 | sasimpkinsch@fcps.edu

Kazue Watlington Student Last Names: ORF – RODD 703-718-2571 | kowatlington@fcps.edu

Jennifer Piechoski Student Last Names: RODE – TAV 703-718-2556 | jlpiechoski@fcps.edu

Charlette Jefferson-Dixon Student Last Names: TAW – Z 703-718-2651 | cjjeffersond@fcps.edu

Miguel Arroyo ESOL School Counselor (10 - 12 - EL Levels 1 & 2, 9th - L1-3)

703-718-2607 | maarroyo1@fcps.edu

Thank you,

West Potomac Student Services Team

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News You Choose - Friday, June 7, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • Applerouth Free Webinar
  • College and Career Center
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • June 7: Jazz Band Performance at Grist Mill
  • June 7: RENT School Edition 7:00 pm
  • June 8: RENT School Edition 2:00 and 7:00 pm
  • June 10: Underclass Finals 1,5, dismiss at 11:30 am
  • June 11: Underclass Finals 6,8, dismiss at 11:30 am
  • June 12: Underclass Finals 7, HR, dismiss at 11:30 am
  • June 13: Last Day of School, dismiss at 10:15 am
  • June 13: RENT School Edition 7:00 pm
  • June 14: RENT School Edition 2:00 and 7:00 pm
  • August 26: First day of School (too soon?)

 

Greeting WP Community !

We had another amazing West Potomac graduation yesterday!  The Class of 2019 represented themselves and their families with excitement and grace.  Special thanks to all who worked many hours to make the event special and all who attended to celebrate our graduates. 

Next week, we will be hosting our rising 9 Wolverines and we will be finalizing the year with our underclassmen.  The week will fly by, but check in with your students to make sure that they have turned in all their final projects and are studying for any final exams.  If you have any questions, please reach out to their teachers for support. 

Lastly, after a year of hard work by WP faculty and staff on behalf of our students, we are fully accredited in English, Math and Science!  Thank you parents for your support of your children doing their best every day, in and out of the classroom.  Go West Po!!!

Ms. Millard

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PTSA Update

Thanks to all the parents, teachers, staff and businesses that have supported the PTSA efforts this year! Have a great summer and take time to rest and recharge! 

Thank you to the All Night Grad chairs Christine Nelson, Sue Freewalt and treasurer, Caroline Tringali for their dedication and planning all year long for a special event to celebrate our Class of 2019! And thank you to all the parent volunteers and businesses that have contributed to the success of this event. We couldn’t have done it without you!

ANG 2020-We are in search of parents to help plan the All Night Graduation celebration for 2020. The summer is great for planning before the school year gets busy! Contact Sue Capper.

 

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Test prep schedule and registration open for 2019/20!! Check the schedule now and plan over the summer for your SAT/ACT classes and mocks tests. Register here

Summer test prep classes and mocks are open for enrollment. Register here. Summer mocks and classes start July 27 and target prep for the August/September official tests. 

If your student will be entering grade 11 and has completed Algebra 2, consider getting test prep done before the 2019-20 school year gets into full swing! Spring of junior year is crazy enough. Prep and test early if you have the math needed (Algebra 2).

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

Free Applerouth Webinar

Five Ways to Create a College Application in Less Time (and How to Finish Over the Summer) Date: June 12, 7 PM Register: https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=344605 Join Ethan Sawyer to learn all about how to create a college application in less time. He will be covering: - Four Ways to Know If Your Personal Statement Is Amazing  - Three Differences Between a Regular and an Amazing Supplemental Essay  - Five Ways to Up-Level the Activities and Awards List  - Why the Additional Info Section Could Make a Huge Difference 

College and Career Center

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FCPS Cares

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Attendance E-mails /Calls - Today, Thursday, June 6, 2019

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Good morning WPHS Wolverine Community!

Due to the large volume of phone calls/ e-mails received today excusing student absences and due to an 11:00 am early dismissal, please disregard all phone calls and e-mails you received already or you will be receiving shortly.

Please do not resend an e-mail or call the main office /attendance office regarding this issue today!

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing our senior parents, guardians and families this afternoon at our seniors graduation!

Go Wolverines!

 

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News You Choose, Friday, May 31, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • Applerouth Free Webinar
  • College and Career Center
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • June 1: Choir Car Wash 9:00 – 1:30 pm
  • June 2: Baccalaureate 2:00 pm
  • June 3: Senior Class trip 7:15 am
  • June 3: PTSA Meeting 6:30 pm
  • June 3: Spring Band Awards
  • June 4: Seniors Cap and Gown pickup (cafeteria 3:15 – 5:15)
  • June 5: Convocation (Senior Awards Ceremony) 9:00 am
  • June 5: Senior Luncheon 11:00 to 12:00. Rehearsal 12:00
  • June 5: Five Guys PTSA Fundraiser 4:00 – 9:00 pm
  • June 5: Choir Moe’s Fundraiser 5:00 - 8:00 pm
  • June 6: Graduation Day 2:00 pm 
  • All Night Graduation Celebration 9:30 pm
  • June 7: Jazz Band Performance at Grist Mill
  • June 13: Last Day of School (Students are released at 10:10 am)

Student Services News

SENIORS……Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5th 9:00-11:00 am Springbank Auditorium. Please plan to arrive by 8:30 am to prepare for line up and procession. You are required to wear your graduation gown only NO cap for ceremony. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship(s) received. Seniors scheduled to be recognized include scholarship recipients, department award recipients and honor graduates. Honor graduates will receive an “Honor Medal” to wear graduation day June 6. PARENTS AND FAMLIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND!

Questions contact Mrs. Carter eecarter@fcps.edu Thank you!

PTSA Update

PTSA Meeting - June 3, Monday 6:30 pm in the library. Please join the PTSA as we thank our wonderful volunteers (Treats served!). We will also host Ms. Millard who will give us the last update for the year; she will share important dates for the summer, too (where to pick up laptops, etc.). And we will welcome our new PTSA Board into service. We hope to see you all there!

Baccalaureate June 2, 2:00 pm. Reception 3:00 pm.

The West Potomac Baccalaureate is an interdenominational worship service celebrating West Potomac High School’s graduating senior class. All graduates, their families and friends of all faiths are welcome. The worship service will include music and speakers from our 2019 graduating class as well as a reflection by Sherylin Miller, class advisor. A reception will follow the service. Aldersgate Church is located at 1301 Collingwood Rd, Alexandria 22308.

Dinner Night Out! June 5, 4:00 to 9:00 pm. Join us on June 5 from 4:00 – 9:00 pm at Hybla Valley and Quander Road. Please present the attached flyer.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oVplWrNFbAsjF1JCoxZ88SqIDJVCQoD9/view?usp=sharing

Thank you to all the volunteers that gave a snack for the Math SOL! Your contributions were overwhelming.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Help With Cap & Gown Distribution - June 4, 3:15pm - 5:15pm

Volunteers are needed to help with cap and gown distribution to our graduating Senior Class, Tuesday, June 4 in the cafeteria. Sign up here.

All Night Grad Volunteers Need! June 6.

Please volunteer and whether your child is a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior you'll get to see how great the All Night Grad party is! Volunteers need to be 21 or older. All Night volunteers will be entered to win adult raffle prizes! Come see what All Night Grad is - volunteer today! Sign up here!

Class of 2019 Graduation Countdown! June 6.

Graduation and the Senior Party are in less than 1 week!

Register for an All Night Grad (ANG) party ticket now.

This is a GREAT celebration planned for our 2019 Graduates.  

Seniors must pre-register so we can plan enough FUN, FOOD and PRIZES.

Wondering if you registered? Check the registered guest list on our website.

PRIZES? Yes! We have thousands in prizes to give away - be there to win!

FUN? Yes! Six casino tables, 85 foot obstacle course, bumper cars, mechanical bull, DC DJ, a conversation pit, unlimited photo booth, games, a professional hypnotist show - plus more!

FOOD? Yes! And beverages - from iced coffee to donuts, sandwiches to sushi - plus more food in between!

We have been working to make this event ALL NEW, all fun and all inclusive!  Thank you to all who have given of their time and resources so far to make this huge event a success.  We still need volunteers and donations.  See the sign ups on our website.  www.AngcWestPotomac.com

Register online www.AngcWestPotomac.com  Cost $75 thru June 2.  

Financial challenge? Students should contact their counselor BEFORE June 1.

This is a fun and safe celebration planned for the WPHS Class of 2019. Buy a ticket to this 30+ year SMART tradition and encourage your child to come have fun with their friends at this special event.    

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes and mocks are open for enrollment. Register here. Summer mocks and classes start July 27 and target prep for the August/September official tests. 

If your student will be entering grade 11 and has completed Algebra 2, consider getting test prep done before the 2019-20 school year gets into full swing! Spring of junior year is crazy enough. Prep and test early if you have the math needed (Algebra 2).

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

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Free Applerouth Webinar

Five Ways to Create a College Application in Less Time (and How to Finish Over the Summer) Date: June 12, 7PM Register: https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=344605 Join Ethan Sawyer to learn all about how to create a college application in less time. He will be covering: - Four Ways to Know If Your Personal Statement Is Amazing  - Three Differences Between a Regular and an Amazing Supplemental Essay  - Five Ways to Up-Level the Activities and Awards List  - Why the Additional Info Section Could Make a Huge Difference 

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!  

Choir Update

Car Wash

The West Potomac Choir will be having a fundraiser car wash at Aldersgate Methodist Church on June 1, 2019 from 9:00-1:30 pm. Come get your car washed and support the Choirs! Dinner Night Fundraiser-Moe’s June 5, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

The choir will be having a Moes restaurant night on June 5, 2019. Just come between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, show the attached flier and West Potomac Choir will receive 20% of the purchase price!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gr_uwj_LTnGSlXJxEMcaWtG5acuI39RV/view?usp=sharing

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bell Schedule/SOL Testing Update

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Wolverine Community,

Thank you for everyone’s flexibility and support as we have moved through this month of AP and SOL Testing.  Today was our last modified 3 block bell schedule.  Tomorrow we return to our traditional bell schedule with a few small adjustments.

Please note, the start time for school is 8:10am for the remainder of the year.  The posted testing schedule has been updated to make that clear.  You can access it here

Our period rotation up until Underclass Final exams is as follows:

  • Friday, May 31 – 1, S8, 5, 7 (no advisory)
  • Monday, June 3 – 2, 4, 6, 8
  • Tuesday June 4 – 1, Advisory, 5, 7 (no S rotation)
  • Wednesday June 5 – 2, 4, 6, 8
  • Thursday June 6 – 1, 5, 7, with an 11am dismissal and Graduation to begin at 2pm at Eagle Bank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.

SOL Make up and Retakes

  • Friday, May 31 – Science
  • Monday, June 3 – Social Studies
  • Tuesday, June 4 – Reading and Math Make Ups and Reading Retakes
  • Wednesday June 5 – Math Retakes

As students who are testing arrive to school, please review your FCPSschools google email to confirm your testing location.  Students testing over the next four days should access breakfast before school.  

Thank you! 

Kevin McMahon, Director of Student Services

Russell Easter, Assessment Coach

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News You Choose - Friday, May 24, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • Applerouth Free Webinar
  • College and Career Center
  • Orchestra Update
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • May 27: Memorial Day - Student Holiday
  • May 29: Pyramid Pops Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm
  • May 31: Jazz Band Spring Dance 8:00 pm
  • June 3: Spring Band Awards
  • June 5: Convocation (Senior Awards Ceremony)
  • June 6: Graduation Day 2:00pm and All Night Graduation Celebration 9:30 pm
  • June 7: Jazz Band Performance at Grist Mill
  • June 13: Last Day of School (Students Dismiss at 10:10am)

Student Services News

SENIORS……Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5th 9:00-11:00 am Springbank Auditorium. Please plan to arrive by 8:30 am to prepare for line up and procession. You are required to wear your graduation gown only NO cap for ceremony. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship(s) received. Seniors scheduled to be recognized include scholarship recipients, department award recipients and honor graduates. Honor graduates will receive an “Honor Medal” to wear graduation day June 6. 

PARENTS AND FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND!

Questions? contact Mrs. Carter eecarter@fcps.edu 

Thank you!

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PTSA Update

PTSA Meeting - June 6, Monday 6:30 pm in the library. Please plan to attend this meeting so we can thank all of our wonderful volunteers (treats served!!)

Volunteer Opportunities:

-Food Donations For Students During The Math SOL

The West Potomac Math Department is collecting snack food for the students to eat during their Standards of Learning (SOL) Math testing next week. Donations can be dropped off at the Front Office NLT May 28th (before school). Please leave a note "Math Department Attn:  Lyndsey Reinheimer". Any/all contributions are appreciated. Thank you for your generous assistance!  Sign up here.

-Class of 2019 Baccalaureate

Please help our senior parents and students celebrate Baccalaureate Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 pm. The PTSA provides food for the reception. The event will be at Aldersgate Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd, Alexandria 22308. Sign up here.

Design and Construction Renovation Committee Update

On Wednesday, May 22, School Board Members Karen Corbett-Sanders and Tammy Derenak Kaufax provided an update on the plan to expand West Potomac's capacity to 3000 students. Plans will be presented in the Fall of 2019 to the community. Construction will begin on February 2021 and end by Fall 2022. FCPS will expand the cafeteria and add 28 classrooms, 6 science labs, and more parking. All trailers will be removed. NOTE: We need your help to get FCPS to connect the three buildings (Gunston, Quander, and Springbank) to increase student safety and security.

Please email Brady Rauch at bbrauch@fcps.edu (and please cc Katie Savage at savage03@verizon.net).

Class of 2019 Graduation Count down!

Graduation and the Senior Party are in less than 2 weeks!

Register for an All Night Grad (ANG) party ticket now.

This is a GREAT celebration planned for our 2019 Graduates.  

Seniors must pre-register so we can plan enough FUN, FOOD and PRIZES.

Wondering if you registered? Check the registered guest list on our website.

PRIZES? Yes!  We have thousands in prizes to give away - be there to win!

FUN? Yes!  Six casino tables, 85 foot obstacle course, bumper cars, mechanical bull, DC DJ, a conversation pit, unlimited photo booth, games, a professional hypnotist show - plus more!

FOOD?  Yes!  And beverages - from iced coffee to donuts, sandwiches to sushi  - plus more food in between!

We have been working to make this event ALL NEW, all fun and all inclusive!  Thank you to all who have given of their time and resources so far to make this huge event a success.  We still need volunteers and donations.  See the sign ups on our website.  www.AngcWestPotomac.com

Register online www.AngcWestPotomac.com  Cost $75 thru June 2.  

Financial challenge? Students should contact their counselor BEFORE June 1.

This is a fun and safe celebration planned for the WPHS Class of 2019. Buy a ticket to this 30+ year SMART tradition and encourage your child to come have fun with their friends at this special event.    

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes and mocks are open for enrollment. Register here. Summer mocks and classes start July 27 and target prep for the August/September official tests. 

If your student will be entering grade 11 and has completed Algebra 2, consider getting test prep done before the 2019-20 school year gets into full swing! Spring of junior year is crazy enough. Prep and test early if you have the math needed (Algebra 2).

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

Free Applerouth Webinar

Five Ways to Create a College Application in Less Time (and How to Finish Over the Summer) Date: June 12, 7PM Register: https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=344605 Join Ethan Sawyer to learn all about how to create a college application in less time. He will be covering: - Four Ways to Know If Your Personal Statement Is Amazing  - Three Differences Between a Regular and an Amazing Supplemental Essay  - Five Ways to Up-Level the Activities and Awards List  - Why the Additional Info Section Could Make a Huge Difference 

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!  

Orchestra Update

Graduation is fast approaching!  Say "Congratulations, Grad!"  with a Wolverine Spirit blanket! See attached form to order in time for graduation!

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FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WPHS News You Choose - 5/18/19

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Congratulations to all Wolverines who participated in Districts this week and wishing a great week of Regional competition next week!

  • Important Dates
  • Student Services News
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • Applerouth Free Webinars
  • College and Career Center
  • Band Update
  • Orchestra Update
  • Dance Team Info
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • May 18: Band Car Wash
  • May 21: Spring Band Concert 7:30 pm
  • May 22: PTSA Pyramid meeting on Capacity Enhancements 7:00 pm
  • May 27: Memorial Day - Student Holiday
  • May 29: Pyramid Pops Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm
  • May 30: Percussion Concert 7:30 pm
  • May 31: Jazz Band Spring Dance 8:00 pm

Student Services News

The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.

Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson

PTSA Update

West Potomac High School Pyramid Meeting to Address Ongoing Overcrowding and Security Issues at WPHS - May 22 7:00 pm, Main Auditorium.

On behalf of the West Potomac High School Design and Construction Committee, the WPHS PTSA invites the community to attend a meeting to learn about and discuss the planned solutions to the ongoing overcrowding and security issues at West Potomac High School. Our elected school board members, Karen Corbett Sanders and Tammy Derenak Kaufax, and FCPS officials will provide an update on the planned Capacity Enhancements for WPHS. 

West Potomac is currently one of the most overcrowded high schools in FCPS. WPHS has been overcrowded for more than five years and is getting worse each year, projected to be at 124% of capacity by 2021. In addition, West Potomac, unlike any other high school in Fairfax County, faces unique security challenges due to its current configuration of 3 separate buildings and 18 trailers. This means that between 600-800 students are outside during class changes and at lunches.  

The West Potomac PTSA along with the WPHS Design and Construction Committee have been advocating on behalf of the West Potomac community for solutions to these issues for the past three years. Construction is scheduled to begin on an addition to WPHS in Fiscal Year 2022 (School Year 2021-22) with a scheduled completion date of FY23 (SY 22-23), however, no plans have been shared with the WPHS community. In fact, the planned addition has already been delayed a year. Our students and teachers deserve a safe and secure school with enough classrooms, not trailers or teachers on carts, to teach our growing student population.    

Bring your questions and learn about the planned solutions to West Potomac’s security and overcrowding issues. These issues affect ALL of our students and your voice is needed to ensure that these issues are addressed and workable solutions are shared with the community.

Please encourage and invite your neighbors and friends to attend this very important meeting on May 22 at 7 pm in the West Potomac Main Auditorium. See the flyer with additional information about the meeting.

Class of 2019 Graduation Countdown!

Graduation and the Senior Party are in less than 3 weeks!

Buy an All Night Grad (ANG) party ticket now.

A HUGE celebration is planned for our 2019 Graduates.  

Seniors must pre-register so we can plan enough FUN, FOOD and PRIZES.

PRIZES? Yes!  We have thousands in prize giveaways planned!

FUN? Yes!  Six casino tables, 85 foot obstacle course, bumper cars, mechanical bull, DC DJ, a conversation pit, unlimited photo booth, games, a professional hypnotist show - plus more!

FOOD? Yes!  And beverages - from iced coffee to donuts, sandwiches to sushi - plus more food in between!

We have been working to make this event ALL NEW, all fun and all inclusive! Thank you to all who have given of their time and resources so far to make this huge event a success.  We still need volunteers and donations. See the sign ups on our website.  

Register online www.AngcWestPotomac.com  Cost $75 thru June 2.  

Financial challenge? Students should contact their counselor BEFORE June 1.

This is a fun and safe celebration planned for the WPHS Class of 2019. Buy a ticket to this 30+ year SMART tradition and encourage your child to come have fun with their friends at this special event.

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes and mocks are open for enrollment. Register here. Summer mocks and classes start July 27 and target prep for the August/September official tests. 

If your student will be entering grade 11 and has completed Algebra 2, consider getting test prep done before the 2019-20 school year gets into full swing! Spring of junior year is crazy enough. Prep and test early if you have the math needed (Algebra 2).

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

Free Applerouth Webinars

Time to Start Thinking About College Essays! 

Date: May 21, 7PM

Register: https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=344603

It's time to start thinking about college essays. Join Kim Lifton, President of Wow Writing Workshop, as she goes over the 2018-19 Common App prompts, and shares her best tips to get your child thinking about the college essay.

Five Ways to Create a College Application in Less Time (and How to Finish Over the Summer) Date: June 12, 7PM Register: https://www.applerouth.com/signup/?scheduleid=344605 Join Ethan Sawyer to learn all about how to create a college application in less time. He will be covering: - Four Ways to Know If Your Personal Statement Is Amazing  - Three Differences Between a Regular and an Amazing Supplemental Essay  - Five Ways to Up-Level the Activities and Awards List  - Why the Additional Info Section Could Make a Huge Difference 

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

WP Band Car Wash – this Saturday (May 18)

Come support our school’s award-winning band and get a clean car in return! 10 am to 3 pm at Nativity Lutheran Church (at the corner of Fort Hunt and Collingwood Roads).

Orchestra Update

Graduation is fast approaching!  Say "Congratulations, Grad!"  with a Wolverine Spirit blanket! See attached form to order in time for graduation!

2019-20 - West Potomac Dance Team Tryouts

The West Potomac Dance Team will be holding tryouts for thier 2019-20 Dance Team May 20, 21, and 22

Location - West Potomac Dance Studio

Time - 3:30-5:30

Who - Rising 9th-12th grade girls and boys

No dance experience necessary - We will teach you how to dance!  Wear comfortable clothing you can move in.  Bring an emergency care form.

More information - email wpdanceteam8@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

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News You Choose - Friday, May 10, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • May 11: ANGC Car Show 9:00 - 1:00
  • May 11: Prom 8:00 pm
  • May 22: PTSA Pyramid meeting on Capacity Enhancements 7:00

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

 

We have had a very smooth start to AP testing this week.  Thanks to those of you who have volunteered for proctoring and supporting our staff and students in such an important way.  You allow teachers to continue instruction in their other classes, preparing for SOLs and final grading instead of proctoring exams.  It also is a huge financial support to our school budget as I do not have to fund substitutes in order for teachers to proctor.  So again, THANK YOU!

Speaking of SOLs, they begin in full force on Monday.  As always, continue to encourage daily attendance, and positive supportive discussions with your students regarding their ability to do well.  They have worked hard all year and this is just about showing what they know. 

We had a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week this week.  Thanks to all of your many expressions of appreciation throughout the week.  Thanks to our amazing PTSA who once again hosted our delicious BBQ (yummy!).  We have such outstanding educators here at West Po who go above and beyond daily for our kids and I am blessed to work alongside them.

Enjoy your weekend and take care!

 

Ms. Millard

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Student Services News

Senior Convocation

Attention SENIORS - Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5, 9:00-11:00 AM, Springbank Auditorium. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship received. PLEASE turn in copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college Fall 2019 to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center (Rm 332) by May 22nd. I must have documentation of scholarship awards in order to include in awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter. Thank you!

The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.

Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson

Vaping Education

Is that Spring I smell in the air? No, unfortunately it’s the smell of strawberry e-juice. You may have noticed that vaping and e-cigarettes have been in the news the last year due to its meteoric rise in popularity among adolescents in the United States over the last three years. Fairfax County and the WPHS community have not been immune to the vaping trend. The percent of WPHS students who reported using an e-cigarette or vaping device rose from 2.9 percent in 2016 to 13.9 percent in 2017. That is over a 350% increase! This appears to match the rise in popularity of the JUUL. According to the most recent research by Stanford Medicine, a single JUUL pod contains the equivalent nicotine of 41 cigarettes. This is significantly higher than the originally thought 20 cigarettes. The JUUL is currently banned in Europe due to its high levels of nicotine. According to Dr. Glantz of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Research Control and Education, the EU has mandated a limit of 20 mg/ml of nicotine. The JUUL contains 41.3 mg/ml of nicotine. Nicotine use by adolescents is especially concerning because their brains are still under construction and nicotine use can disrupt that development. I just want to remind parents that you and your opinion about vaping matters to your child. Don’t be afraid to talk with them about your concerns and provide education. The sooner that substance use is stopped, the better the outcome for the student. Parents and students, if you would like more information about nicotine or any other substance, please don’t hesitate to contact me at eaknudson@fcps.edu or 703.718.2749.

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School Information and News

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

 

PTSA Update

West Potomac High School Pyramid Meeting to Address Ongoing Overcrowding and Security Issues at WPHS - May 22 7:00 pm, Main Auditorium.

On behalf of the West Potomac High School Design and Construction Committee, the WPHS PTSA invites the community to attend a meeting to learn about and discuss the planned solutions to the ongoing overcrowding and security issues at West Potomac High School. Our elected school board members, Karen Corbett Sanders and Tammy Derenak Kaufax, and FCPS officials will provide an update on the planned Capacity Enhancements for WPHS. 

West Potomac is currently one of the most overcrowded high schools in FCPS. WPHS has been overcrowded for more than five years and is getting worse each year, projected to be at 124% of capacity by 2021. In addition, West Potomac, unlike any other high school in Fairfax County, faces unique security challenges due to its current configuration of 3 separate buildings and 18 trailers. This means that between 600-800 students are outside during class changes and at lunches.  

The West Potomac PTSA along with the WPHS Design and Construction Committee have been advocating on behalf of the West Potomac community for solutions to these issues for the past three years. Construction is scheduled to begin on an addition to WPHS in Fiscal Year 2022 (School Year 2021-22) with a scheduled completion date of FY23 (SY 22-23), however, no plans have been shared with the WPHS community. In fact, the planned addition has already been delayed a year. Our students and teachers deserve a safe and secure school with enough classrooms, not trailers or teachers on carts, to teach our growing student population.    

Bring your questions and learn about the planned solutions to West Potomac’s security and overcrowding issues. These issues affect ALL of our students and your voice is needed to ensure that these issues are addressed and workable solutions are shared with the community.Please encourage and invite your neighbors and friends to attend this very important meeting on May 22 at 7 pm in the West Potomac Main Auditorium.  A flyer with additional information about the meeting is attached.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EtdsPwZVbS5MzHN5Wgn1cNQFEhQvOxdz/view?usp=sharing

 

Class of 2019 Graduation Countdown!

Graduation and the Senior Party is in 26 days.

HAVE YOU...

  • Bought a celebration ticket?  The Hypnotist Show is a one-time only show - don't miss it!
  • Volunteered? We need help!  Lots of opportunities at the celebration. Signup online.

All Night Grad party tickets and volunteer sign up on our website  WWW.ANGCWESTPOTOMAC.COM

Need financial assistance? Contact your counselor for help. We want EVERY senior to attend!

This is a fun and safe celebration and send-off event planned for the WPHS Class of 2019.  

Buy a ticket to this 30+ year SMART tradition and encourage your child to come have fun.

Food, casino, challenge courses, mechanical bull, tattoos, DJ with light show, games, hypnotist show and prizes. Win a tv, laptop, portable speakers, headphones, King's Dominion tickets, gift cards, cash plus more! We have been working all year to make this event ALL NEW, all fun and all inclusive!  

CAR SHOW this SATURDAY!! Calling all cars and trucks! FREE for spectators or enter the WPHS Car Show for just $20 and show off your car, talk with enthusiasts, win door prizes or trophies for Best Engine or Diamond in the Rough. Just pull up to WPHS by 9am May 11 to register your car - Open to all - teachers, staff, students, families, neighbors, enthusiasts!  Come hungry - hamburgers, hot dogs and concessions for purchase. Collectible Tshirts for sale, music, 50/50 raffle plus more prizes***

May 8-11 - Shop for the perfect Mother's Day gift at Top It Off on Fort Hunt Rd.  Mention "ANG" and a percentage of the sale will be donated to the Class of 2019!

We live in such a great community ~ Thank you to all those who have generously supported our ANG mission. See our full list of sponsors on our website. We live in such a great community ~ Hats off to our recent ANG sponsors - Jack Taylor Toyota, Dominion Design Associates, Famous Dave's and King's Dominion. See our full list of generous sponsors on our website.   

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. Register here. The registration and schedule should be posted this week. Classes start with benchmark mock on July 27.

Last Chance to take a mock test this school year!!

ACT Mock Tests offered May 11.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter

College and Career Center

For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June Climate Survey

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Wolverine Community,

As part of our commitment to ensuring that West Potomac is a community where all students feel welcomed, valued and respected, we have been participating in a multi-year project with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to enhance school climate, and build a tiered system of academic, behavioral and mental wellness interventions. This includes a brief survey to determine how students, teachers and administrators view our current school climate. The survey has been re-administered periodically over the last few years so we can evaluate the impact of our efforts.

The survey asks questions about student relationships with peers and adults, adult relationships with peers and students, student voice, support for diversity, look and feel of the school, emotional experiences, sense of purpose, and how the school handles problems that arise. Parents and guardians can review the survey online at:

English version: http://www.fcps.edu/climatesurvey

Spanish version: http://www.fcps.edu/climatesurveyspanish

The survey takes about 10 minutes. It will be administered on June 12 during Advisory (3rd period).  Students will complete the survey online using computers or mobile devices at school. Students will not give their names on the survey and all answers are anonymous (no one will know how your child answered the survey). Summarized results will be reported to the school principal shortly after the survey window closes. The school will not receive a copy of your son or daughter’s individual answers to the survey.

Your youth may benefit by being able to provide information to school administrators about how the climate of the school is perceived by students. Student and adult survey results can be compared to determine if there is agreement on what areas of school climate need the most improvement, and used to help improve communication and collaboration. The survey is voluntary and your youth will be asked whether he or she is willing to participate. No action will be taken against the school, you, or your youth if your child does not participate.

If you do not wish for your youth to participate, please notify the school by emailing Mr. McMahon, Director of Student Services by June 7. 

Thank you for your cooperation in this important study of school climate.

West Potomac Administration

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SOL Testing

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SOL Testing 

With SOL Testing arriving (2019 SOL Calendar), we wanted to share a few reminders: 

  • The SOL testing policy states that students cannot use unauthorized electronic devices of any kind during the testing session.  Prior to SOL testing, every student will check the box on the Electronics Policy stating they understand that cell phones are prohibited in the exam rooms. This policy also includes MP3 players, electronic translators, cameras, ebook readers, portable listening or recording devices, smart watches, handheld gaming systems, fitness trackers and any other type of electronic or communication devices. Students should consider leaving these devices at home on testing days.
  • Students caught accessing a cell phone and/or other electronic device during SOL testing (including during a bathroom break or after their test has been submitted in testing room) will have the SOL score voided.  They may receive a discipline consequence from their administrator, may be required to retake the SOL test, or may receive a zero on the SOL test. This testing irregularity may result in consequences determined above the school level.
  • The SOL schedule can be found on the West Potomac HS webpage
  • We have distributed individual test schedules via student fcpsschools.net email account and distributed paper copies during advisory today.  Our main test window is May 13 through June 5 which includes expedited retakes. It is important that your child attend school on these days and have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing.  If your child has an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, they will be moved to a makeup date within the test window.
  • The Virginia Department of Education requires high school students enrolled in an SOL course to take the EOC test if the student needs a verified credit for graduation or if the student has not yet met federal testing requirements (1 Math, Reading, and Biology SOL attempt taken during grade 9-12).  Students who have met the testing requirements for graduation and federal accountability are not allowed to test.  
  • If your student has multiple “choice” tests (SOLs that are options to meet their student selected SOL graduation requirement – only applies to some 10-12 graders), we will honor their choice but did proactively schedule all choice options. Upon passing of their first choice SOL, they do not test for any other choice SOLS. 
  • If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s school counselor.

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AP Testing Volunteers Still Needed!

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AP Testing Volunteers

While AP Testing started today, we are still in need of Parent Volunteers to support testing over the next two weeks! Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

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AP Testing/DE 19-20 Deadline

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Student Services Updates
  • AP Testing Reminders
  • Dual Enrollment Deadline Approaching

AP Testing begins Tomorrow

With AP Testing beginning tomorrow here are a few reminders for those testing:

  • All students taking AM tests should be at the testing location no later than 7:45am. Students taking PM tests should arrive to their testing location no later than 11:45am. Testing locations can be found here.
  • Please remember all rules and policies including what can and cannot be in the testing room that you reviewed in your Bulletin for AP Student and Parents.  Page 5 has a helpful list of what to bring and what NOT to bring. 
  • No electronic devices (including phones and smart watches) are allowed in the testing room (unless the test has an approved calculator).  Please remember NOT to bring devices to your AP Test. 

Dual Enrollment Forms DUE Friday MAY 10

  • Students who signed up for a Dual Enrollment class, such as English 12 DE, US History DE, and Latin 4 DE must complete all required forms and placement testing and return the forms to Student Services by this Friday May 10.
  • If you are waiting for SAT results from yesterday’s SAT test, or an SOL score from this month’s SOL testing to complete the NOVA form, you must return your NOVA form by Friday and alert your counselor for the score/test results you are waiting for.
  • For English 12 DE, US History DE, and Latin 4 DE, Northern Virginia Community College requires every student in the class to have completed NOVA DE requirements. Therefore, students who have not followed up with forms or notified their counselor of a new course option for 19-20 will be dropped from the course and placed in the on-level version of the course (English 12/US History). 
  • Contact your school counselor with any questions. Due to counselors proctoring AP Testing, it may be easiest to email questions.  You can find counselor contact information here

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News You Choose - Friday, May 3, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
  • Substance Abuse Update
  • Student Services News
  • School Information
  • PTSA Update
  • Senior Class Update
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Center
  • National Honor Society Update
  • Beyond The Page Theatre Update
  • Choir Update
  • FCPS Cares

Important Dates:

  • April 26 - May 4: Spring Musical ‘Cinderella’
  • May 6: May PTSA meeting 6:30 pm
  • May 8: Spring Guitar Concert 7:00 pm
  • May 11: ANGC Car Show 9:00 - 1:00
  • May 11: Prom 8:00 pm
  • May 22: PTSA Pyramid meeting on Capacity Enhancements 7:00

 

Happy Friday!

Starting Monday the 6th we will officially enter spring testing season.  AP testing begins and soon to follow will be school wide SOL testing.  Attendance during tis is time is crucial.  Also getting enough rest and eating prior to tests is extremely important.  Lastly, your support and encouragement of your student to stay focused but calm is key to helping decrease the natural stress of standardized and state testing.  Remind students that they have worked hard all year and the test is simply showing what they have learned. 

As I am sure most everyone is aware, we have limited parking at WP.  As a result, some students have begun parking in a nearby park.  I would like to caution any students who are parking there that FCPD parking enforcement may periodically patrol that area and may issue tickets for cars who are parking and not for purposes of using the park.

On a much lighter and happier note we are also in senior countdown to include prom on May 11th, SHOUT Week and GRADUATION!!!  Continue to talk with your children about being wise and staying safe as they begin celebrations.  I strongly encourage senior parents to participate in All Night Grad.  It is the safest way for students to celebrate on the night of graduation. This is my favorite time of year and it is even more special for me this year because I also have a graduating senior at home.  Parents, WE are almost there 😊.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Millard

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Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

To all our wonderful volunteers: You are invited to a delicious breakfast

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Where: Career Center

Time: 8:00am – 10:00am

Reservations: Joanna(Yanna) Copeland at: 703-718-2504 or jcopeland@fcps.edu;     

By Monday, May 6, 2019 – Please refer to the invitation/flyer below: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TAg5A40p0zdn_jQufP3YULQTGAuZZKD4/view?usp=sharing

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Substance Abuse Update

Spring break is QUICKLY approaching and can be a great time for students to recharge and refocus to finish out the school year strong. However, Spring Break is also often associated with an increase in substance use by adolescents. I just wanted to provide a little information for students and parents to discuss prior to departing for any tropical destinations. The good news is that overall underage drinking trends are down nationally. However, according to Youth Survey 2017 statistics, in our WPHS community 22.3 percent of students reported using alcohol in the last 30 days. This is higher than the Fairfax County statistic of 15.5 percent. Adolescents are also more likely to engage in binge drinking, which is consuming 4 (women) or 5 (men) drinks in a short period of time. According to the CDC, binge drinking is responsible for an estimated 4,300 deaths among youth under 21 every year.

It is very important for parents to know that there is a steep increase in the number of students using substances from 10th grade to 12th grade. For example, in 2017, 5.5 percent of WPHS Pyramid 8th graders reported using alcohol in the last 30 days compared to 20 percent of WPHS 10th graders and compared to 43.9 percent of WPHS 12th graders. Parents, please keep talking with your children because your attitude toward alcohol and substance use makes a difference. For information about the effects of alcohol use on the teenage brain and body and how to talk with adolescents about them, there are many great sources such as www.responsibility.org and www.drugabuse.gov. If you have any questions or want to refer your student to speak with me please reach out to me at eaknudson@fcps.edu or 703.718.2749. If you have an 11th or 12th grader that you would like to have more information about the dangers of binge drinking in college there are still two sessions remaining in the Lunch and Learn: The College Experience and Substance Safety Series. The remaining sessions will be April 30, 2019 and May 28, 2019 in the College and Career Center during lunch.

Elizabeth Knudson

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

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Student Services News

Senior Convocation

Attention SENIORS - Class of 2019 Convocation Ceremony June 5, 9:00-11:00 AM, Springbank Auditorium. Convocation is our Senior Honors and Department Awards ceremony where seniors are recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarship received. PLEASE turn in copies of scholarship awards you will be using to attend college Fall 2019 to Mrs. Carter in the College and Career Center (Rm 332) by May 22nd. I must have documentation of scholarship awards in order to include in awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter. Thank you!

The College Experience and Substance Safety Series

Where: Career Center Room 332 Time: During all lunch periods. A reminder of our last Session date: Session 3: May 28—Accepted: Now What? - Bring your lunch and come discuss “the college experience” and how to make it a safe and successful college experience that YOU determine.Questions? Contact our West Potomac Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Elizabeth Knudson

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School Information and News

AP Testing Volunteers

AP Testing is quickly approaching. In addition to the counselors, who act as lead proctors, the Student Services department needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to serve as proctors for the duration of each AP test. Your support is essential to our test security and ability to implement a successful program. 

Please review the AP Testing Schedule and consider signing-up via the PTSA volunteer web-page. Except for Comparative Government, all exams will be held in the Main Gym. Please note: You may not proctor your own child during an exam. Please feel free to contact Adriana Meeks, the AP Testing Coordinator with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you for your continuous support.

AP Pre-arranged Absence Form

AP students who wish to leave immediately after a morning AP exam, or come-in late for an afternoon AP exam, must submit an AP pre-arranged absence form to their Alpha-Administrator, no later than April 26. Pre-arranged students will be able to leave campus immediately after the exam, instead of going to the attendance office to “check-out”. Students who test in the afternoon, will be able to go directly to their test site as opposed to having to “check-in” at attendance. See your Alpha-Administrator or the West Potomac Home Page for more detail.

Forms are available in Student Services, and on the West Potomac Home Page under Announcements: AP Exam Schedule and Pre-Arranged Absence Form. Or see this flyer

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PTSA Update:

Please join us for the next PTSA Meeting on Monday, May 6 at 6:30 pm in the library. Ms. Koszelak, our school psychologist, will discuss and answer questions about student health and wellness and present the results of the Student Youth Survey.

We will also vote for the incoming 2019-2020 PTSA Board. We are still seeking nominees for the corresponding secretary position. If you enjoy staying on top of the current happenings and have an interest in serving, please contact Tanya Stamos. Duties of the corresponding secretary include: gather information for the weekly News You Choose, send out announcements, calendar events via PTBoard communication, and handle incoming and outgoing correspondence.

 

The slate is as follows:

President: Sue Capper

President Elect: Sally Murphy

Vice President: Kendra Chambers

Vice President: Kathy Penkiunas

Vice President: Julia MacDonald

Treasurer: Frida Hopper

Recording Secretary: Jen Price

Corresponding Secretary: OPEN

WP Teacher & Staff Appreciation BBQ

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and we could use your help to thank our amazing teachers and staff. PTSA is providing a catered BBQ for all staff on Friday, May 10th. Please volunteer to help with providing fruit trays or dessert, set up or clean up, help with serving lunch. Sign up here.

West Potomac High School Pyramid Meeting-May 22 7:00 pm, Main Auditorium

Our elected school board members Karen Corbett Sanders, Tammy Derenak Kaufax, and FCPS officials will provide an update on the planned Capacity Enhancements for West Potomac High School needed to address overcrowding and security concerns. Bring your questions and learn about planned solutions to West Potomac’s security and overcrowding issues.

 

Class of 2019 Graduation Countdown!

Graduation and the Senior Party is in 33 days

HAVE YOU...

  • Bought a celebration ticket?  The Hypnotist Show is a one-time only show - don't miss it!
  • Entered to reserve a seat?  Walk into graduation to premium reserved seats for your family!
  • Volunteered? We need every family to help out!  Lots of opportunities at the celebration and at our Car Show.

ANG Tickets sold during lunch on May 8, 9, 10 or NOW online.  Information, reserved seat lottery and volunteer signups are on our website  WWW.ANGCWESTPOTOMAC.COM

Need financial assistance? Contact your counselor for help. We want EVERY senior to attend!

This is a fun and safe celebration and send-off event planned for the WPHS Class of 2019.  

Buy a ticket to this 30+ year SMART tradition and encourage your child to come have fun.

Food, casino, challenge courses, mechanical bull, tattoos, DJ with light show, games, hypnotist show and prizes. Win a tv, laptop, portable speakers, headphones, King's Dominion tickets, gift cards, cash plus more! We have been working all year to make this event ALL NEW, all fun and all inclusive!  

Calling all cars and trucks! Enter the WPHS Car Show for just $20 - show off your car, talk with enthusiasts, win door prizes or trophies for Best Engine or Diamond in the Rough. Just pull up to WPHS by 9am May 11 to register your car - Open to all - teachers, staff, students, families, neighbors, enthusiasts!  

**WPHS Car Show needs your help on May 11.  Volunteer anytime between 9am-1pm.  Sign up on our website to donate or lend items, sell concessions/tshirts, register vehicles, direct traffic.  Students earn service hours.  This is a fun community event.  Free to spectators.  Come hungry - hamburgers, hot dogs and concessions for purchase.  Collectible Tshirts for sale, music, 50/50 raffle plus more prizes***

We live in such a great community ~  Hats off to our recent ANG sponsors -

Jack Taylor Toyota, Dominion Design Associates, Famous Dave's and King's Dominion.

See our full list of generous sponsors on our website.   

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Mocks, Classes and Events

Summer test prep classes WILL be offered. Register here. The registration and schedule should be posted this week. Classes start with benchmark mock on July 27.

Last Chance to take a mock test this school year!!

SAT Mock Test offered May 4.

ACT Mock Tests offered May 11.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff

Test Prep Scholarships: WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Liz Carter.

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For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

National Honor Society Update

If you need help with a subject, National Honor Society tutors are here to help! For more information and to sign up.  

Beyond the Page Theatre Update

THE SLIPPERS ARE BACK!

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac HS is once again opening the curtain on their annual spring musical.

Cinderella  -  April 26th and runs on select days through May 4th. Tickets are available here.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, as well as some new characters and surprising twists.

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was twice re-made, first in 1965 for Lesley Ann Warren and then again in 1997 featuring Brandy and Whitney Houston. The original Broadway production opened in 2013 and starred Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris.

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including one intermission.

Choir Update

The Choir Spring Show will be a Friday, May 10 at 7:00 pm in the Spring Bank Auditorium. The performance will include song and dance numbers. Come join us. Admission is free!!

Lacrosse Update

WOLVERINE TRASH CAN LAX TOURNEY: Sunday, May 5th 2:30-5:30 pm, WPHS Aux Turf field. Games run every 30 min. $10 fee benefits the Travis Manion Foundation & WPHS Boy’s Lacrosse Team fund - Games every 30 min. No contact rules and soft balls Boys, Girls, Adults, ALL ages. NO EXPERIENCE OR EQUIPMENT REQUIRED (loaner sticks available). Prizes!! See flyer.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sgzLNKO_j4TErnfJL4N_gIf4Xgp_Kdtv/view?usp=sharing

FCPS Cares

Do you know a West Potomac HS or FCPS employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Attendance Notification during Testing

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Suspension of Attendance Notifications for Testing Windows at Middle and High Schools

The morning attendance telephone calls, texts and e-mails for reporting student absences will not occur for middle and high schools during AP, IB and SOL testing beginning this week through Friday, June 7, 2019. Students involved in testing are often in designated testing sites within the school during the normal attendance-taking time, so morning attendance notifications will be suspended. The evening attendance notifications will remain in place.

A reminder a spring testing calendar is available on our West Potomac website.

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