News You Choose - Friday, April 3, 2020 - Important Information

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Hello West Potomac--

I am hopeful that you all are staying safe and doing well.  This week has been very busy for the WP teachers and staff.  You should have started to hear from your teachers. You will likely hear from some over next week as well during spring break.  We are ready and excited to begin the DLP on April 14th

Thank you,

Tangy 

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Class of 2020

Please take a moment and watch this video created by Ms. Borghard from your teachers and administrators.  It is just a little something to let you know we are thinking of you.

https://youtu.be/wZNGL3pTfmM

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Grading and Assessment in the DLP

Here is a presentation to explain the grading and assessment that will be followed for the DLP at West Potomac and the attached document to help students prepare for the DLP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk6AjDRzls0

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Library Services 

The library staff is looking forward to supporting students and teachers as we move to distance learning. Mrs. Landon will be holding virtual office hours for students on from 10:00-11:00 on Monday, and from 9:00-10:00 on Wednesday/Friday.  Mrs. Rice’s virtual office hours are from 1:00-2:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  If those times don’t work for students, please email either one of us to set up a time that works for them (jllandon@fcps.edu or wsrice@fcps.edu).

We have placed a number of “how to” videos in the 2019-2020 WPHS Library Blackboard course. These include, accessing ebooks, searching the catalog, working in databases, and using NoodleTools for citing sources.

The county and the West Potomac HS library subscribe to a number of databases.  The databases contain vetted information and sources.  Passwords to all of the databases can be found in the 2019-2020 WPHS Library Blackboard in the “information section.” Please remember that these are for the use of students of West Potomac HS and/or FCPS and they should not be shared with anyone else.

Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue and they can be returned when school buildings re-open.

We look forward to working with students virtually for the remainder of the school year. Please feel free to reach out to either one or both of us to help.

Ms Landon and Ms. Rice

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News You Choose- WPHS Distance Learning Plan-Monday, March 30, 2020

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Good Morning West Potomac Community!

Please take a moment and follow the link below for and overview of the West Potomac Distance Learning Plan (DLP). 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17qYo1A4khpVfCpLb7ZhMzaI_r_Rrl7WM/view?usp=sharing

Thank you, 

Ms. Millard

 

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News You Choose - Principal's Message - Friday, March 27, 2020

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Hello West Potomac Families!

I hope that you have had an opportunity to read the Distance Learning Plan information (fcps.edu) sent out by Dr. Brabrand yesterday. 

Beginning this Monday, March 30,teachers will participate in a week long professional development plan. West Potomac faculty and staff will be preparing for synchronous (virtual teacher directed) and asynchronous (subject area office hours-student directed) instruction, which will begin after spring break on Tuesday,  April 14th. Also, will begin working with students to update their grades/work for 3rd quarter (up to 3/13).The goal is to continue to give students and teachers time to finalize 3rd quarter grades.  This opportunity will be available to the students  through April 24th.  Many teachers have already begun this process with students via Google Classroom. 

Beginning Tuesday April 14th after spring break, new daily instruction will begin. On Monday, March 30th we will post the virtual bell schedule for West Potomac. As stated in Dr. Brabrand’s letter, the goal of the distance learning plan is not to recreate the normal school day but it is to establish daily routines and expectations while supporting the continuation of learning. 

West Potomac has been closely following the guidance and expectations outlined by Dr. Brabrand and VDOE regarding instruction since the beginning of our closure. New instruction was not authorized during that time. Only, as I have stated in all my communications, make up work from 3rd quarter (3/13) and prior was authorized.

Some of you may have seen that other schools were reaching out to students virtually using unauthorized applications like Zoom and Google Meets. This was not sanctioned by FCPS. We will be using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to have our virtual classes because it is the student information secured site  that FCPS IT sanctions. Teachers will continue to use Google Classroom as the primary classroom online environment while maintaining their Blackboard sites to provide parents with and overview of weekly learning, deadlines, and overall expectations.

As always, please continue to stay safe and healthy as the world navigates this pandemic. 

Ms. Millard

 

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News You Choose- Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - Principal's Message

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Good Evening Wolverines!

By now you have all heard the disappointing news that we will not be returning to West Po for the remainder of the school year.  This decision while completely understood and necessary, is a tough one to take.  We all miss you very much. 

I know there are many unanswered questions but I want to continue to reach out and let you know where we are with next steps.

    • FCPS Leadership is reviewing guidance handed down from the Governor and VDOE as to how we are to proceed with continuation of learning
    • The distance learning plan is being finalized with the new guidance from VDOE in a few days
    • Grading and Reporting plans will also be forthcoming and dictated by VDOE
    • College Board emailed AP students directly with online resources and their plans for online testing all who were registered to test.  The actual testing calendar will be released on April 3rd.  SATs have been cancelled through May 2nd.
    • All FCPS sponsored activities and athletics are cancelled through June 30th that includes prom.

In the meantime, your teachers will begin to reach out to all of you  and continue to do so to insure that you are completing all of your make up work from 3rd quarter up to the day of closure 3/13.  They will also continue to offer review materials for any concepts, skills, knowledge from the beginning of the school year through 3/13.  Again, the instruction plan for distance learning is coming soon!

Class of 2020

I really struggle to find the words. I am so sorry that your senior year has evolved the way that it has, but I remain thankful for all of you and thankful for your safety and health. I still have hope and some good news.  Graduation ceremony has not been cancelled at this time.  FCPS is still looking into options with the Health Department’s guidance.

The Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, James Lane announced today that high school seniors who were on track to earn a diploma later this spring will be able to graduate.

High school seniors in the following categories will be able to graduate on time:

  • Seniors currently enrolled in a course for which they need a standard or verified credit in order to graduate (verified credits are earned by passing a required course and also passing the associated Standards of Learning test);
  • Seniors who have successfully completed a course required for graduation, but have not earned the associated verified credit; 
  • Seniors who have not passed a required student-selected SOL test;

Flexibility also is available for seniors who have not earned a required career and technical education credential, seniors who have not completed a fine or performing arts course or CTE course, seniors who were unable to complete sequential course requirements, and seniors who have not completed a course in economics and personal finance.

Please continue to stay home as much as you can, practice social distancing if you must go out, take care of yourselves!

Until our next correspondence,

Ms. Millard

 

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News You Choose - Thursday, March 19, 2020 - Principal's Message

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Good Morning Wolverine Families!

It has been a week since we have been together and I really do miss you all!  I continue to hope and pray that everyone is doing well, staying healthy, and taking care of one another. 

My thoughts are especially with the Class of 2020. I am acutely aware of how difficult this time may be for all of you. At this point, there have been NO cancellations to prom and graduation.

You may have heard from the news that the Virginia State Superintendent is working with the USDOE as well as within the state to support seniors and graduation. We are still waiting for guidance and will certainly provide that information as soon as it is available. 

The most updated information will still be on the fcps.edu site.

Just know that I am thinking about you, Class of 2020, I love you all and I am hoping for the best possible outcomes for you. 

The food distribution sites have doubled since the beginning of the week. 

Please go to the link below for detailed information.

https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources

 

New Pop Up sites (FCPS food trucks) have been added as of yesterday.

 

Pop-Up Sites

Audubon Park Neighborhood - 10:00-10:30 am

Bailey’s CC - 10:00-10:30 am

Gum Springs CC - 11:00-11:30 am

Willston Multicultural Center - 11:00-11:30 am

James Lee CC - 12:00-12:30 pm

 

Academic expectations have not changed at this time.  Students may still access the optional non-graded activities through blackboard. 

Again, FCPS is working to determine what the next steps will be regarding 3rd quarter grading and distance learning.  Given the changing landscape of this crisis, FCPS is trying to make the most informed, inclusive decisions for students and those decisions are not easy or speedy.  We are truly in unprecedented times. 

 

Information for Parents and Students

The Virginia Department of Education has recommended that all public school systems provide continuity of learning programming for the next three weeks. FCPS will promote digital and online resources to FCPS students that will help to continue student learning.This work will not be required and it is non graded.  These optional learning activities by course and subject area are available on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) . Simply login to your account and click the Middle and High School resources button in the upper left-hand corner.

Additionally, FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

Comcast and Cox are providing free or low-cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more:

Comcast Free Internet

Cox Free Internet

During these uncertain times, students and families may be feeling anxious. Mental Health Resources and 24/7 Emergency Numbers are:

Try these tips for supporting a friend or family member

  • Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline at or call them at 703-527-4077
  • Chat online with a specialist at CrisisChat.org or ImAlive.org
  • Call an emergency mental health center at 703 573-5679 (Merrifield Center), 703-536-2000 (Dominion Hospital),

         or 703-289-7560 (INOVA emergency services)

  • Go to the nearest emergency room at your local hospital
  • Call 911

Below are some additional resources to help guide families. 

Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.  Stay healthy until we are all together again.

Ms. Millard

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News You Choose - March 15, 2020 - Principal's Message

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Good Afternoon West Potomac,

As we all continue to navigate new guidance and developments with COVID-19, FCPS has now decided to close all school and administrative buildings until further notice.  

This means that West Potomac will NOT be opening tomorrow as previously communicated.  If you have things in the school that you were planning on getting tomorrow, you will NOT be able to get into the building at this time.  The school will be closed to everyone including staff. We will keep you posted as to when the building will re-open.

As explained in the FCPS letter on Friday, FCPS has made plans to provide continuity of learning during this break. The goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu.   Again, these activities are not required, nor graded. 

Beginning tomorrow, March 16, we are expanding the grab and go food distribution sites to a total of 18 locations.  The food distribution is set up outside the schools.   Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the locations listed below:

Annandale Terrace ES,  7604 Herald St., Annandale

Bailey's Primary ES, 6111 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church

Braddock ES,  7825 Heritage Dr., Annandale

Brookfield ES, 4200 Lees Corner Rd, Chantilly

Burke School, 9645 Burke Lake Rd., Burke

Centre Ridge ES, 14400 New Braddock Rd., Centreville

Crestwood ES, 6010 Hanover Ave., Springfield

Cunningham Park ES, 1001 Park St., Vienna

Dogwood ES, 12300 Glade Dr., Reston

Garfield ES, 7101 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield 

Graham Road  Community Center,  3036 Graham Rd., Falls Church

Fort Belvoir Upper ES, 5980 Meeres Rd., Fort Belvoir

Hutchison ES, 13209 Parcher Ave., Herndon

Hybla Valley ES, 3415 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria 

London Towne ES, 6100 Stone Rd., Centreville

Mount Vernon Woods ES, 4015 Fielding St., Alexandria

Providence ES, 3616 Jermantown Rd., Fairfax

Weyanoke ES, 6520 Braddock Rd., Alexandria

Some of you have inquired about helping out with food distribution.  Thank you to those who would like to help and continue our tradition of supporting our community and one another. 

Due to state training requirements for food distribution, we are encouraging those interested in helping to contact one of our community partners. These partners are in continuous support of our FCPS families and are connected with the larger effort of Fairfax County,  Their contact information is available at this link:

https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-support

Lastly, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to you all during this time. Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families.  Stay healthy, and be safe until we are all together again.

Ms. Millard

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News You Choose - Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Principal's Message

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Good Afternoon Wolverines--

I wanted to provide a bit more detailed information for this coming Monday March 16th.

Again, the building will be open starting at 8 am to 3 pm to allow for you to pick up anything that you will need for the coming weeks.  It will not be a time to hang around the school.  You will need to come in, get what you need and leave.  All administrators will be available starting at 10 am, if you need to get a confiscated cell phone.

If you need technology help, issues with your laptop or if you need a MiFi for internet access, our technology team will be available in room 131 from 8:00 am  to 11:30 am.

You will be receiving more information from FCPS regarding learning opportunities moving forward. Continue to refer to the FCPS website for updates and emails.

I know that students may be reaching out to their teachers asking to do make up work and to come in to school on Monday and work directly with teachers.  We are no longer under a closed status for teacher planning meetings, we are now officially closed for COVID-19.  These are the efforts taken to limit the spread of the virus.  As a result, we will NOT have students or staff in to work or do the business of school on Monday. Students and teachers are only coming in to pick up things that you will need during the close. 

Stay tuned for updates regarding work.  For now, no new, graded assignments are being expected.  If students want to use the time to complete work from earlier in the quarter (make up work), it would all presumably have been assigned and available to them via Google Classroom.  Students can access that work and complete it.  However, no new-graded-work will be assigned by teachers at this time.  

Again, please take care of yourselves.

Ms. Millard

 

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News You Choose - Friday, March 13, 2020 - Additional Information

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Principal’s message

Feedback on Family Engagement Policy

West Po Do You Know

PTSA Update

Orchestra Blanket

Dance Team Camps

All Night Grad Celebration Update

College and Career

SAT/ACT PREP

Yearbooks

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

Beyond the Page

 

Important Dates:

March 16: School holiday for students

March 18: Moe’s Night

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Greetings WP Community--

As you may have seen Dr. Brabrand’s message, decisions are rapidly evolving as new developments arise.  Schools will be closed for students through April 10th.  The most important thing to keep in mind is the health and well-being of our staff and students. This is driving every decision.  Please take care of yourself and your family.

On this coming Monday March 16th, the building will be open starting at 8 am to 3 pm to allow for you to pick up anything that you will need for the coming weeks.  It will not be a time to hang around the school.  You will need to come in, get what you need and leave.  All administrators will be available starting at 10 am, if you need to get a confiscated cell phones.

You will be receiving more information from FCPS regarding learning opportunities moving forward. Continue to refer to the FCPS website for updates and emails.

Please stay healthy and safe.   

Ms. Millard

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Feedback on Family Engagement Policy

  • FCPS families, staff, students and community members are invited to attend any of the Family Engagement Policy open meetings to provide feedback on the draft Family Engagement Policy. Stakeholders can also participate virtually in each of these meetings.
  • One of these meetings will occur in the West Potomac Auditorium on March 30 from 7-8pm.  See the attached flyer for more information. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kdVjDeISWMv2aE-mfJmzLvES30TImemR/view?usp=sharing

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West Po, Do You Know?

Did you know that West Potomac HS has an academic booster?  The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) serves as the academic booster organization for our students and teachers. Here are a few examples of the PTSA at work: 

  • The PTSA organizes the student academic recognition celebrations each quarter – All A Honor Roll – Krispy Kreme, All A& B Honor Roll – Moe's Chips, Queso/Guacomole, as well as gift card raffles, and Rising Stars – special breakfast, and in the fall with academic awards. 
  • The PTSA provides funding for one of the two late buses offered to all students each week (M/Th) so that they can have the chance to see a teacher after school, attend clubs or honor societies, etc., as needed. 
  • This academic year, as in the past several years, the PTSA has a budget of $5,000 to fund teacher grant applications to help with field trips, projects, and the like that serve to amplify and enrich the academic experiences of our students. 
  • Teacher and staff appreciation endeavors are planned and funded by the PTSA.  
  • The PTSA has a small budget set aside to assist with staff development. 
  • The Applerouth SAT/ACT test prep courses and mock tests at West Potomac are run by the PTSA and course fee assistance is available when needed.

The PTSA is funded primarily through membership dues and fantastic support from our business community through sponsorships, as well as with restaurant nights. Thank you for joining the PTSA! Please continue to support the PTSA throughout the year however you can - by attending monthly meetings, filling volunteer slots and donation requests, participating in fundraisers, and – yes - taking on leaderships roles! It truly makes a difference in our school as we all work together to make West Potomac HS the best it can be.

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PTSA Update

Like to serve on the PTSA Board next year? Positions available are: President-Elect, VP of Fundraising, VP of Volunteer Coordinator, VP of Teacher/Student Enrichment and Activities, and Treasurer. If you are interested in helping our would like more information, please contact the nominating committee-Cathy Hosek, Katie Savage or Kathy Penkuinas.

Princess for a Night Prom Pop Up

Please support the Princess for a Night Prom Pop Up!  This event provides prom dresses, shoes, bags, make up and accessories to West Potomac and other area high schoolers at no cost to help alleviate some of the expenses of attending prom!  We are looking for donations of formal dresses, shoes, bags, new unopened make up and jewelry. You may drop donations at Just Dance in Belleview, Top It Off in Hollin Hall, the West Potomac office, or contact Kendra Chambers at kendrajanedc@gmail.com for other locations.  

Moe’s Night

Moe's PTSA Restaurant Night - March 18th.  Time:  5:00 - 8:00 PM.   Please see the attached flyer.  20% of profits go back to PTSA.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dhD9So5iYJU1lioEbWwNSjez_VPVza7z/view?usp=sharing

Swap and Shop Fundraiser, DATE: TBD

PTSA “FUN-RAISER”- Swap and Shop, a night of unbelievable shopping for like new boutique style clothing and accessories with refreshments, silent auction items and a live local band! DATE: TBD., 8481 Stable Drive. $40 cash entry at the door. Gather your unwanted, like new, women’s wear (dresses, jeans, jackets, shirts, skirts, pants, formal wear, sweaters, jewelry, hats, sports gear, etc) and small household gifts such as candles, notecards, perfume, etc, and drop them in a donation bin at 8418 Stable Drive.  On the date of the event, pay your entry fee and enjoy a fun night of shopping in the “boutique”! To receive an official e-vite (but you can show up without it!), email Amy Fazackerly at Amy@layngo.com.  Thank you for supporting the PTSA! 

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Orchestra Blanket

Keep yourself warm and comfortable with our one-of-a-kind Wolverine Spirit throws!  Made in the USA, 100% cotton, machine wash and dry!  Great for outdoor sporting events, makes a great gift!  See attached form to order.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qxq_xW1Xirc2bFdKM6ZU9GtfcnumBATm/view?usp=sharing

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Dance Team Camps

The Dance Team will be hosting three week long camps this summer!  Click here for flyer with details.

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All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) Update-Next Meeting March 19

We need your help to make the ANGC a success!  Please join us for our next meeting on March 19th at 7 PM at 8536 Riverside Rd, 22308. We are looking for UNDERGRAD PARENTS to help the day of with set up and chaperone events during the evening, such as raffles, games, and food. Please visit our website at angcwestpotomac.com or contact Rebecca Losee at angcwestpo2020@gmail.com  for more information.

To purchase tickets and Class of 2020 yard signs, or to make a greatly appreciated contribution, visit our website at angcwestpotomac.com

Please refer to the attached flyer for fun activities and details :

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wm9s5IQKnUiZT2XL42Skr8wgsAIXVsbT/view?usp=sharing

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College and Career Center Please click here for the March College and Career Newsletter.

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SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

Test Prep Classes School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests. 

Spring SAT and ACT Classes start  April 25 and prep for the official SAT or ACT in June. We will have summer SAT and ACT classes. These classes usually start near the end of July. The summer schedule will be posted to the test prep web page and announced in the NYC when finalized.

Set Your Testing Date:

Juniors who participate in extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged to look ahead at their activities schedule to determine the dates they are available to take the official SAT or ACT. Most students take the official tests more than once. Plan ahead and register early for most convenient testing locations!

Decide on Your Test Prep Strategy:

Once the testing date is set, determine your strategy for test prep. Self-directed free resources are available on Blackboard and the official testing sites. For those students who work better in a more structured classroom environment, the PTSA sponsors an on-campus test prep program (through Applerouth Tutoring).

Upcoming Mock Tests- Register https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/:

Mock SAT, 9:00am - 1:30pm, Room 438:

04/25/2020

05/16/2020

Mock ACT, 9:15am - 1:30pm, Room 437:

04/25/2020

05/16/2020 

Why Take a Mock SAT or ACT? 

Did you know that 54% of students show a natural increase the second time they take a real test? Use the mock to practice test time management skills – see if you have the ability to apply the content and strategies learned while studying when in an official test environment.  Test your mental endurance.  Earn confidence for the “real thing.”

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

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff 

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Yearbooks

It's 3rd quarter already!  Don't forget to purchase your student's 2020 yearbook. It's bound to be full of memories!  Order online today.

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West Potomac High School Students to Compete in 2020 School Food Culinary Challenge March 21 at Hayfield Secondary School

Students from West Potomac High School will compete in the 8th annual Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge, sponsored by Silver Diner. The event is free to the public, but registration is required. Doors open at 10:45 AM, with a Public Tasting of students’ dishes at 11:00 AM.

The student “challenge” at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and appealing menu items that conform to USDA school meal guidelines. Winners in the lunch category are featured in school cafeterias across the National Capital Region the following year.

Entries are judged by a panel of celebrity chefs, school food professionals, students and local luminaries. This year 21 teams from 7 school districts will participate.

For more information please visit: 

https://realfoodforkids.z2systems.com/np/clients/realfoodforkids/event.jsp?event=45&

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Beyond the Page

Beyond the Page Theatre is pleased to present the rock musical, We Will Rock You, opening Friday, May 1st, in the Kogelman Theatre at West Potomac High School. Based on the music of rock band, Queen, We Will Rock You tells the story of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks, and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. With more than 24 of Queen's biggest hits, including "We Will Rock You," "Somebody to Love," "Another One Bites the Dust," and "Bohemian Rhapsody," this musical reflects the scale and spectacle that earned the band its pinnacle position in rock history. Under the direction and choreography of Peelee Clark, with music direction by Cathy Manley, Savannah O’Leary and Gracie Schaub star as Galileo and Scaramouche respectively. Galileo and Scaramouche are both outcasts; Galileo hearing lyrics of long-lost rock songs in his head and Scaramouche chastised by her peers for her looks. Together they escape the conforms of mainstream society, under the rule of musical tyrant Killer Queen, played by Dabney Murphy, and discover their destiny. See why the legendary music of Queen has sustained itself through multiple generations of rock lovers.

We Will Rock You: School Edition runs May 1, 2, 7*, 8, 9 at 7pm and May 2 ,9* at 2pm. For more information on tickets visit us at westpotomactheatre.org.

Tickets are very limited for this year’s spring musical production so don’t delay.

As if We Will Rock You: High School Edition weren’t already shameless enough, here comes more musical silliness: May 7 at 7pm & 9 at 2pm. That’s correct, audience members will be able to sing along with the cast to Queen’s hits during these special performances. It’s become clear just how much these songs mean to people. Our sing-a-long nights will be a celebration of that; a chance for our energetic, passionate audiences to be a step closer to our talented cast.

You will not want to miss out on the fun, so make sure you attend Sing-A-Long We Will Rock You on May 7 & 9.

 

 

 

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News You Choose - Friday, March 13, 2020 - Food Distribution & SAT Testing

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Good Day Wolverines!

One Day At A Time!  Please have self-care while we are all navigating COVID-19.  Again, all is well here at West Potomac. 

For now, we expect that teachers will be here on Monday for planning in the event we close for a longer period of time. I am confident that we will be able to support distance learning as many of the essential components for such work are already being implemented at West Potomac since going 1:1.  We will have more direct information for parents and students on Monday.  In the meantime, I would like to provide you with some housekeeping information.

The most up to date information regarding FCPS response to COVID-19 can be found at the link below

https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update

 

FCPS FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Fairfax County Public Schools will be providing emergency grab and go lunches at no cost for students at five sites today and Monday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. 

School-age students are welcome to come to any of the five sites to pick up a lunch during that time period.

Grab and go lunches will be served at the following sites today at 11:30 a.m.:

  • Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church
  • Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon
  • Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria
  • London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville
  • Burke Center, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under. Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

Retrieval of Things from School

We are providing access to the building on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students to quickly come in and retrieve what they need from their lockers. Security Staff will be available to help.  Please report to the main office.

Take good care this weekend!

Ms. Millard

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SAT Testing - Important!

The SAT scheduled for any FCPS location tomorrow, Saturday, March 14, has been cancelled.

Any student who was registered to test will receive information directly from College Board.

Due to the high volume of closures, communication from College Board regarding this cancellation will likely be delayed.

 

 

 

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Principal's Message to WP Community - Thursday, March 12, 2020

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Good afternoon WP community!

Reportedly there is a large commercial fire at an apartment complex on Richmond Highway, blocks from West Potomac HS. There is currently no direct impact for West Potomac. Just wanted to make you aware that there will be increased fire and police activity around the school this afternoon. 

Again, there is no direct impact to West Potomac, we are safe and will continue our day as usual.

Thank you,

Tanganyika H. Millard

Principal, West Potomac H.S.

 

 

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News You Choose - Thursday, March 12, 2020 - Principal's Message

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Good Afternoon West Potomac Families--

I am sure you are aware of the ongoing updates from Dr. Brabrand regarding COVID-19.  I just wanted to make sure you had the link to all the ongoing updates ready and available.  

https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update

All is well here at school.  I made an announcement to students yesterday to help them understand the decision process for school closings related to COVID-19.  As you know, there is a student holiday on Monday to allow teachers the opportunity to prepare distance learning in the event of a closing.  The schools are not closing at this time for COVID-19. 

There are no hard and fast rules on what the Fairfax County Health Department will recommend if we do start to see cases of Covid-19 directly impact our schools.  It is entirely situational, and we would be focused on containment and mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of disease.

Most schools directly impacted elsewhere are closing for one or two days for deep cleaning and disinfecting and then reopening based on guidance from their Health Department.  Other districts are closing schools for an extended period of time.

The Fairfax County Health Dept has not recommended closing schools at this time. They are in the process of reviewing and updating our existing response plan. FCPS will share the approved plan with the public in the next few days.

The plan addresses the specific activities necessary to keep schools open and operating while providing a clean and safe environment during an outbreak and the essential functions that must be performed by FCPS, if schools are closed.

If you have any other questions beyond what is being provided via the above webpage link, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the administrators here at West Potomac.

Thank you,

Ms. Millard, Principal 

West Potomac High School

 

 

 

 

 

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3/6/20 - News You Choose

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  • Student Services Message
  • Junior College Night Follow Up
  • Feedback on Family Engagement Policy
  • Out of the Darkness Walk
  • PTSA Update: Princess for the Night/ Moe’s Night/Swap and Shop
  • Dance Team Camps
  • All Night Grad Celebration Update
  • College and Career
  • SAT/ACT PREP
  • Yearbooks
  • Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

Important Dates:

March 12-7:00 pm: Partners for Safe Teen Driving Night in Springbank

March 18: Moe’s Night

March 19: Pyramid Art Show Reception

March 26: PTSA Swap and Shop

March 28: Out of the Darkness Walk

Happy Friday West Potomac!

Below are three quick updates/reminders:

  1. Beginning Monday, through March 16 all students in English 11 courses will be taking the Writing SOL. This is one of the two English SOLs required for Graduation – the other being the Reading SOL which 11th graders will take in May.  Students will be testing on their FCPSOn Laptop and it is critical that all testers bring a charge laptop to school.  A reminder we ask all students to bring a charged laptop to school every day.  Thank you for reinforcing this message at home!
  2. Monday, March 9 is the last day to make any changes to 2020-21 course requests. Changes should be sent directly to your child’s school counselor.  Students can access their current requests via their StudentVue account and parents/guardians can access these requests on their ParentVue account.  A reminder to login via a web browser to view the courses.  Beginning March 10, we will have a freeze on changes through Spring Break as we work to staff the school based on these requests.  From April 14 – May 15 we’ll accept adjustments to course requests on a space available basis. 
  3. There will be an interest meeting on Monday March 16 at 6:30pm in the cafeteria for students and families to learn more about two of our College Success Programs.  A brief overview of AVID can be found here and an overview of College Partnership Program can be found here.  Please join us to hear about two great programs that support students as they plan for life after West Potomac!

Wishing you a great weekend!

Kevin McMahon

Director of Student Services

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our College Planning Night last week (2/25/20).  There was such a great turn out for our College Panel.  If you attended, please take a moment to complete this survey that will give us valuable feedback as we plan future events! 

Feedback on Family Engagement Policy

  • FCPS families, staff, students and community members are invited to attend any of the Family Engagement Policy open meetings to provide feedback on the draft Family Engagement Policy. Stakeholders can also participate virtually in each of these meetings.
  • One of these meetings will occur in the West Potomac Auditorium on March 30 from 7-8pm.  See the attached flyer for more information. 

 Out of the Darkness Walk: March 28th

  • Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. Join us on March 28th, 2020 at West Potomac High School for our first-ever Out of the Darkness Walk as we walk to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health. Be a part of the movement turning hope into action and create a culture that’s smart about mental health. Funds raised at the walks will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Everyone is welcome to participate! 

PTSA Update

Princess for a Night Prom Pop Up

Please support the Princess for a Night Prom Pop Up!  This event provides prom dresses, shoes, bags, make up and accessories to West Potomac and other area high schoolers at no cost to help alleviate some of the expenses of attending prom!  We are looking for donations of formal dresses, shoes, bags, new unopened make up and jewelry. You may drop donations at Just Dance in Belleview, Top It Off in Hollin Hall, the West Potomac office, or contact Kendra Chambers at kendrajanedc@gmail.com for other locations.  

 

Swap and Shop Fundraiser, Thursday, March 26, 7-10 pm

SAVE THE DATE!  PTSA “FUN-RAISER”- Swap and Shop, a night of unbelievable shopping for like new boutique style clothing and accessories with refreshments, silent auction items and a live local band! Thursday, March 26, 7-10 pm., 8481 Stable Drive. $40 cash entry at the door. Gather your unwanted, like new, women’s wear (dresses, jeans, jackets, shirts, skirts, pants, formal wear, sweaters, jewelry, hats, sports gear, etc) and small household gifts such as candles, notecards, perfume, etc, and drop them in a donation bin at 8418 Stable Drive between now and March 25.  Then show up on the 26th, pay your entry fee and enjoy a fun night of shopping in the “boutique”! To receive an official e-vite (but you can show up without it!), email Amy Fazackerly at Amy@layngo.com.  Thank you for supporting the PTSA!

 

Moe’s Night

Moe's PTSA Restaurant Night - March 18th.  Time:  5:00 - 8:00 PM.   Please see the attached flyer.  20% of profits go back to PTSA.

 

Dance Team Camps

The Dance Team will be hosting three week long camps this summer!  Click here for flyer with details.

All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) Update-Next Meeting March 19

We need your help to make the ANGC a success!  Please join us for our next meeting on March 19th at 7 PM at 8536 Riverside Rd, 22308.We are looking for UNDERGRAD PARENTS to help the day of with set up and chaperone events during the evening, such as raffles, games, and food. Please visit our website at angcwestpotomac.com or contact Rebecca Losee at angcwestpo2020@gmail.com  for more information. To purchase tickets and Class of 2020 yard signs, or to make a greatly appreciated contribution, visit our website at angcwestpotomac.com

College and Career Center Please click here for the March College and Career Newsletter.

SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

Test Prep Classes School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests. 

Spring SAT and ACT Classes start March 21 and prep for the official SAT or ACT in June. We will have summer SAT and ACT classes. These classes usually start near the end of July. The summer schedule will be posted to the test prep web page and announced in the NYC when finalized.

Set Your Testing Date:

Juniors who participate in extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged to look ahead at their activities schedule to determine the dates they are available to take the official SAT or ACT. Most students take the official tests more than once. Plan ahead and register early for most convenient testing locations!

Decide on Your Test Prep Strategy:

Once the testing date is set, determine your strategy for test prep. Self-directed free resources are available on Blackboard and the official testing sites. For those students who work better in a more structured classroom environment, the PTSA sponsors an on-campus test prep program (through Applerouth Tutoring).

Upcoming Mock Tests- Register https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/:

Mock SAT, 9:00am - 1:30pm, Room 438:

03/21/2020

04/25/2020

05/16/2020

Mock ACT, 9:15am - 1:30pm, Room 437:

03/21/2020

04/25/2020

05/16/2020 

Why Take a Mock SAT or ACT? 

Did you know that 54% of students show a natural increase the second time they take a real test? Use the mock to practice test time management skills – see if you have the ability to apply the content and strategies learned while studying when in an official test environment.  Test your mental endurance.  Earn confidence for the “real thing.”

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

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff 

Yearbooks

It's 3rd quarter already!  Don't forget to purchase your student's 2020 yearbook. It's bound to be full of memories!  Order online today.

West Potomac High School Students to Compete in 2020 School Food Culinary Challenge March 21 at Hayfield Secondary School

Students from West Potomac High School will compete in the 8th annual Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge, sponsored by Silver Diner. The event is free to the public, but registration is required. Doors open at 10:45 AM, with a Public Tasting of students’ dishes at 11:00 AM.

The student “challenge” at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and appealing menu items that conform to USDA school meal guidelines. Winners in the lunch category are featured in school cafeterias across the National Capital Region the following year.

Entries are judged by a panel of celebrity chefs, school food professionals, students and local luminaries. This year 21 teams from 7 school districts will participate.

For more information please visit: 

https://realfoodforkids.z2systems.com/np/clients/realfoodforkids/event.jsp?event=45&

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News You Choose - Friday, February 28, 2020

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Important Dates

Principal’s Message

West Po – Do You Know? 

Out of the Darkness Walk

PTSA Update

Dance Team Camps

All Night Grad Celebration Update

College and Career

SAT/ACT PREP

Yearbooks

Fort Hunt or Groveton Grad? 

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

 

Important Dates:

March 2 6:30pm:  PTSA Meeting/Library

March 3: School Planning Day/No School for Students

March 12-7:00 pm: Partners for Sage Teen Driving Night in Springbank

March 19-Pyraimd Art Show Reception

March 28: Out of the Darkness Walk

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Happy Friday!

I hope you all will enjoy the extra day of the year tomorrow. Since it is extra, I suggest you enjoy it! 

Our student services office has been hard at work finalizing student course selections and it is going very well.  If you have any questions regarding the choices your students have made, please refer to your Parent Vue in SIS to view their selections.

We have posted the May/June Calendars on our WPHS webpage for your information.  These calendars will highlight all AP and SOL testing dates, final exam schedules and bell schedules for the end of the year.

We are moving into the 5th full week of 3rd quarter grading period.  At this time, your student should have at least 4 grades in their gradebooks (in SIS) for each of their classes.  This would be a good time to check in with your student about their grades and any supports they may need.  Please reach out directly to your student’s teachers if you have questions. 

Have a wonderful leap year weekend!

Ms. Millard

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West Po – Do You Know? 

Did you know that the monthly College and Career Center newsletter contains information about available internships, scholarships for college, employment and training programs for jobs straight after high school, summer and school year enrichment opportunities for our students, and more? Each month the newsletter is updated with the latest opportunities available and applicable deadlines. Click here for the March newsletter and you will find information on upcoming teen job fairs, two internship programs, 34 scholarship opportunities and 15 enrichment/training opportunities with open deadlines. Take a look and encourage your students to read, as well.

Past newsletters are archived here.  Kudos to Ms. Carter, Career Center Specialist, for writing this monthly newsletter.

West Potomac High School has partnered with Food for Neighbors to help feed our students who deal with food insecurity because even in a county as wealthy as Fairfax, one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

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

For more information regarding the Food for Neighbors, please refer to the attached fliers:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hXMA3DVw4_2eee_dQMTZjOMY8GogrHYQ/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BsfDK-qcZc3NVqa2GQiRgpn-NZviuFA6/view?usp=sharing

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 Out of the Darkness Walk: March 28th

  • Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. Join us on March 28th, 2020 at West Potomac High School for our first-ever Out of the Darkness Walk as we walk to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health. Be a part of the movement turning hope into action and create a culture that’s smart about mental health. Funds raised at the walks will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Everyone is welcome to participate! 
  • Click on the link to sign up for the opportunity to make a difference in your community. 
  •  We are also in need of volunteers to help.

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PTSA Update

March PTSA Meeting - Monday, March 2, 6:30 pm in the library

Plan to attend the general membership PTSA meeting where the special topic will be Managing the High School Timeline. Ms. Watts will present information about AP classes and testing. Ms. Aboff will present about SAT vs. ACT testing and also about test prep classes from Applerouth sponsored by the PTSA. Mr. Johnson will be available as our principal designee in Ms. Millard’s absence.

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Dance Team Camps

The Dance Team will be hosting three weeklong camps this summer!  Please see the attached flyer for details.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kzVfK-QdF62J5o9HPnQew-GVe0o4Xcr_/view?usp=sharing         

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All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) Update

We need your help to make the ANGC a success!  Please join us for our next meeting on March 19th at 7 PM at 8536 Riverside Rd, 22308.

We are looking for JUNIOR PARENTS to help the day of with set up and chaperone events during the evening, such as raffles, games, and food.  Please visit our website at angcwestpotomac.com or contact Rebecca Losee at angcwestpo2020@gmail.com  for more information.

To purchase tickets and Class of 2020 yard signs, or to make a greatly appreciated contribution, visit our website at angcwestpotomac.com 

____________________________________________________________________________

College and Career Center Please click here for the March College and Career Newsletter.

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SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

Test Prep Classes School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests. 

Spring SAT and ACT Classes start March 21 and prep for the official SAT or ACT in June. We will have summer SAT and ACT classes. These classes usually start near the end of July. The summer schedule will be posted to the test prep web page and announced in the NYC when finalized.

Set Your Testing Date:

Juniors who participate in extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged to look ahead at their activities schedule to determine the dates they are available to take the official SAT or ACT. Most students take the official tests more than once. Plan ahead and register early for most convenient testing locations!

Decide on Your Test Prep Strategy:

Once the testing date is set, determine your strategy for test prep. Self-directed free resources are available on Blackboard and the official testing sites. For those students who work better in a more structured classroom environment, the PTSA sponsors an on-campus test prep program (through Applerouth Tutoring).

Upcoming Mock Tests- Register https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/:

Mock SAT, 9:00am - 1:30pm, Room 438:

03/21/2020

04/25/2020

05/16/2020

Mock ACT, 9:15am - 1:30pm, Room 437:

03/21/2020

04/25/2020

05/16/2020 

Why Take a Mock SAT or ACT? 

Did you know that 54% of students show a natural increase the second time they take a real test? Use the mock to practice test time management skills – see if you have the ability to apply the content and strategies learned while studying when in an official test environment.  Test your mental endurance.  Earn confidence for the “real thing.”

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

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff 

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Yearbooks

It's 3rd quarter already!  Don't forget to purchase your student's 2020 yearbook. It's bound to be full of memories!  Order online today.

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Fort Hunt or Groveton Grad?

Are you an alumni of Fort Hunt or Groveton High School, or simply a fan of history? If so, we have great news for you!  The Fairfax County Public Library borrowed our archived yearbooks and was able to digitize them so that they will be preserved forever. Yearbooks prior to 1977 can be found by scrolling to the appropriate school on this site.

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West Potomac High School Students to Compete in 2020 School Food Culinary Challenge March 21 at Hayfield Secondary School

Students from West Potomac High School will compete in the 8th annual Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge, sponsored by Silver Diner. The event is free to the public, but registration is required. Doors open at 10:45 AM, with a Public Tasting of students’ dishes at 11:00 AM.

The student “challenge” at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and appealing menu items that conform to USDA school meal guidelines. Winners in the lunch category are featured in school cafeterias across the National Capital Region the following year.

Entries are judged by a panel of celebrity chefs, school food professionals, students and local luminaries. This year 21 teams from 7 school districts will participate.

For more information please visit: 

https://realfoodforkids.z2systems.com/np/clients/realfoodforkids/event.jsp?event=45&

 

 

 

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Student Services Newsletter - February

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February 2020 - West Potomac Student Services Newsletter

Academic Advising

  • Counselors have been meeting with students individually since mid-January to discuss and select courses for next year. If students were absent for their advising meeting, their counselor will send a pass to meet.  Students are also encouraged to follow up with their school counselor.
  • Parents can review course selection for 2020-21 via their ParentVue account - be sure to login using a web browser (not available on mobile app version) and look under "course requests."
  • All course requests must be in by March 9th. At that point there will be a freeze on 2020-21 class changes through spring break for staffing purposes.  Students may make adjustments to their course requests on a space available basis from April 14 – May 15.  All requests are final as of May 15th.
  • The priority deadline to register for Academy courses is February 28th.  If a student missed their counselor appointment for any reason and wish to sign up for an academy course, they need to see their counselor by February 28.
  • Students who have chosen to take a Dual Enrollment course next year must turn in their Intent form by April 9th. For any questions about the Dual Enrollment process, students should see their school counselor.

Academic Spotlight

  • On February 13, we celebrated 48 1st Quarter Rising Stars. Congratulations to all those recognized!
  • We also celebrated 206 All A Honor Roll students and 675 A/B Honor Roll students. 
  • Thank you to our WPHS PTSA Academic Boosters and Burke & Herbert Bank for making our celebrations posisble.  

Upcoming Events

  • Save the Date: Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00pm: College 101 for Freshmen and Sophomore Students and Families
    • Freshmen and sophomore students and parents are invited to learn about the college search, preparing for college, the college application and review process, SAT/ACT, and more.

2020 Testing Dates

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College Planning Night - Tonight!

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College Planning Night for Juniors and Families - Tonight!

  • West Potomac Student Services will host its College Planning Night for Juniors and their families tonight at 6:30pm, in the Kogelman Theater.  We will have a panel of college admissions representatives who will present information on the college admissions review process, finding the right fit, making the most of a college visit, application processes, community college option and financial aid/scholarships. Plan to attend and learn more about the college admissions process! Bring your questions to ask the invited professionals! We are excited to welcome a panel of admission representatives from York College of PA, Radford University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Roanoke College, and Northern Virginia Community College. 
  • There will be a simultaneous presentation in Spanish in the Springbank Room 507 starting at the same time, 6:30pm.

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College Planning Night - Tuesday 2/25

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College Planning Night for Juniors and Families - This Tuesday!

  • West Potomac Student Services will host its College Planning Night for Juniors and their families on Tuesday February 25th at 6:30pm, in the Kogelman Theater.  We will have a panel of college admissions representatives will present information on the college admissions review process, finding the right fit, making the most of a college visit, application processes, community college option and financial aid/scholarships. Plan to attend and learn more about the college admissions process! Bring your questions to ask the invited professionals! We are excited to welcome a panel of admission representatives from York College of PA, Radford University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Roanoke College, and Northern Virginia Community College. 
  • There will be a simultaneous presentation in Spanish in the Springbank Room 507 starting at the same time, 6:30pm.

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College Planning Night /Chick Fill- A PTSA Fundraiser - Correction

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Please Note:

 

College Planning Night is Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and not  Thursday, February 27, 2020!!

Chick Fill- A PTSA fundraiser is Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and not Thursday, February 27, 2020!!

Please accept our apologies  for the duplicate News You Choose.

Thank you!

 

 

 

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News You Choose - Friday, February 21, 2020

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Important Dates

West Po – Do You Know? 

Celebrating Black History Month

Out of the Darkness Walk

PTSA Update

All Night Grad Celebration Update

College and Career

SAT/ACT PREP

Yearbooks

Fort Hunt or Groveton Grad? 

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

 

Important Dates:

Feb. 27-6:30 pm: College Planning Night for Juniors and families in Kogelman

Feb 27: Chick-Fil-A PTSA fundraiser 5:30

March 2 6:30pm:  PTSA Meeting/Library

March 3: School Planning Day/No School for Students

March 12-7:00 pm: Partners for Sage Teen Driving Night in Springbank

March 19-Pyraimd Art Show Reception

March 28: Out of the Darkness Walk

 

West Po – Do You Know? 

Did you know that there is a page on the West Potomac HS web site that contains links to basic essential information like emergency care forms, info re SIS, clinic forms, bus info, Administration contacts, PTSA contacts, sports info, opt out forms, SR&R, and much more?  Go to the "Essential West Po" page on the West Potomac High School website: https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/resources/essential-westpo  You will find a whole host of useful information at your fingertips.

 

Greetings WP Community!

Sharing some highlights from the Black History Month celebrations taking place at WPHS!

Please refer to the link below -  watch channel 7's special report highlighting two of our teachers!

https://wjla.com/news/local/va-teacher-uses-black-history-collection-to-educate-students

Ms. Millard

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 Out of the Darkness Walk: March 28th

  • Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. Join us on March 28th, 2020 at West Potomac High School for our first-ever Out of the Darkness Walk as we walk to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health. Be a part of the movement turning hope into action and create a culture that’s smart about mental health. Funds raised at the walks will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Everyone is welcome to participate! 
  •  

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PTSA Update

CHICK-FIL-A Next Tuesday, February 25, 5:30-8 pm

Pick up something to eat before heading into the Junior College Night Presentation or just grab some sandwiches on your way home from work without even leaving your car! Sandwiches $5, Water $1.  Help support the PTSA and students and teachers of West Potomac! Questions, contact Kendra Chambers, kendrajanedc@gmail.com or 703-966-2973.

Want to serve on the PTSA Nominating Committee?

If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee for next year’s PTSA Board, reach out to Sue Capper. This entails reaching out to parents for leadership roles for the PTSA next year. We need a committee in place by the March 2 PTSA meeting.

Thank you to everyone that donated gift cards for the All A/B Honor Roll student recognition during all lunches today. West Potomac had its 3rd highest honor roll!

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All Night Grad Celebration (ANGC) Update

We need your help to make the ANGC a success!  Please join us for our next meeting on March 19th at 7 PM at 8536 Riverside Rd, 22308.

We are looking for JUNIOR PARENTS to help the day of with set up and chaperone events during the evening, such as raffles, games, and food.  Please visit our website at angcwestpotomac.com or contact Rebecca Losee at angcwestpo2020@gmail.com  for more information.

To purchase tickets and Class of 2020 yard signs, or to make a greatly appreciated contribution, visit our website at angcwestpotomac.com 

_____________________________________________________________________________

College and Career Center Please click here for the February College and Career Newsletter.

_________________________________________________________________________

SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

Test Prep Classes School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests. 

Spring SAT and ACT Classes start March 21 and prep for the official SAT or ACT in June. We will have summer SAT and ACT classes. These classes usually start near the end of July. The summer schedule will be posted to the test prep web page and announced in the NYC when finalized.

Set Your Testing Date:

Juniors who participate in extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged to look ahead at their activities schedule to determine the dates they are available to take the official SAT or ACT. Most students take the official tests more than once. Plan ahead and register early for most convenient testing locations!

Decide on Your Test Prep Strategy:

Once the testing date is set, determine your strategy for test prep. Self-directed free resources are available on Blackboard and the official testing sites. For those students who work better in a more structured classroom environment, the PTSA sponsors an on-campus test prep program (through Applerouth Tutoring).

Upcoming Mock Tests- Register https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/:

Mock SAT, 9:00am - 1:30pm, Room 438:

02/22/2020 – additional slots available, no longer at capacity!

03/21/2020

04/25/2020

05/16/2020

Mock ACT, 9:15am - 1:30pm, Room 437:

03/21/2020

04/25/2020

05/16/2020 

Why Take a Mock SAT or ACT? 

Did you know that 54% of students show a natural increase the second time they take a real test? Use the mock to practice test time management skills – see if you have the ability to apply the content and strategies learned while studying when in an official test environment.  Test your mental endurance.  Earn confidence for the “real thing.”

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

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff 

 

Yearbooks

It's 3rd quarter already!  Don't forget to purchase your student's 2020 yearbook. It's bound to be full of memories!  Order online today.

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Fort Hunt or Groveton Grad?

Are you an alumni of Fort Hunt or Groveton High School, or simply a fan of history? If so, we have great news for you!  The Fairfax County Public Library borrowed our archived yearbooks and was able to digitize them so that they will be preserved forever. Yearbooks prior to 1977 can be found by scrolling to the appropriate school on this site.

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West Potomac High School Students to Compete in 2020 School Food Culinary Challenge March 21 at Hayfield Secondary School

Students from West Potomac High School will compete in the 8th annual Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge, sponsored by Silver Diner. The event is free to the public, but registration is required. Doors open at 10:45 AM, with a Public Tasting of students’ dishes at 11:00 AM.

The student “challenge” at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and appealing menu items that conform to USDA school meal guidelines. Winners in the lunch category are featured in school cafeterias across the National Capital Region the following year.

Entries are judged by a panel of celebrity chefs, school food professionals, students and local luminaries. This year 21 teams from 7 school districts will participate.

For more information please visit: 

https://realfoodforkids.z2systems.com/np/clients/realfoodforkids/event.jsp?event=45&

 

 

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News You Choose - Friday, February 14, 2020

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Happy Valentine's Day!!

 

Out of the Darkness Walk

PTSA Update

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge

Yearbooks

Fort Hunt or Groveton Grad? 

All Night Grad Celebration Update

College and Career

SAT/ACT PREP

 

Important Dates:

Feb 17: School Holiday/Presidents’ Day

Feb 20: 9:50am – All A Reception

Feb 21: All lunches – A/B Honor Roll Raffle and Moe’s Chip and Dip bar

March 28: Out of the Darkness Walk

 

Out of the Darkness Walk: March 28th

  • Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you. Join us on March 28th, 2020 at West Potomac High School for our first-ever Out of the Darkness Walk as we walk to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health. Be a part of the movement turning hope into action and create a culture that’s smart about mental health. Funds raised at the walks will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Everyone is welcome to participate! 
  • Click on the link to sign up for the opportunity to make a difference in your community. 
  •  We are also in need of volunteers to help.

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PTSA Update

Want to serve on the PTSA Nominating Committee?

If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee for next year’s PTSA Board, reach out to Sue Capper. This entails reaching out to parents for leadership roles for the PTSA next year. We need a committee in place by the March 2 PTSA meeting.

All A/B Honor Roll Raffle and Moe’s Chip and Dip Bar

We would like to recognize all of our Honor Roll students (those who made straight A's or all A's and B's) for their hard work on 2nd Quarter.

Honor Roll Chips & Queso Bar will be held on Friday, February 21st, in the College and Career Center during all lunches.  Please sign up here if you can help in any of these areas:

  • Volunteers to help set up and serve chips & queso to the students.
  • Donations of $5 gift cards to recognize students who made 2nd Quarter Honor Roll. We will raffle off these gift cards during all lunches on Friday, February 21st.  

For more information please contact, Kathy Penkiunas.

 

West Potomac High School Students to Compete in 2020 School Food Culinary Challenge March 21 at Hayfield Secondary School

Students from West Potomac High School will compete in the 8th annual Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge, sponsored by Silver Diner. The event is free to the public, but registration is required. Doors open at 10:45 AM, with a Public Tasting of students’ dishes at 11:00 AM.

The student “challenge” at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and appealing menu items that conform to USDA school meal guidelines. Winners in the lunch category are featured in school cafeterias across the National Capital Region the following year.

Entries are judged by a panel of celebrity chefs, school food professionals, students and local luminaries. This year 21 teams from 7 school districts will participate.

For more information please visit: 

https://realfoodforkids.z2systems.com/np/clients/realfoodforkids/event.jsp?event=45&

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Yearbooks

It's 3rd quarter already!  Don't forget to purchase your student's 2020 yearbook. It's bound to be full of memories!  Order online today  https://yearbookforever.com  

_____________________________________________________________________________

Fort Hunt or Groveton Grad?

Are you an alumni of Fort Hunt or Groveton High School, or simply a fan of history? If so, we have great news for you!  The Fairfax County Public Library borrowed our archived yearbooks and was able to digitize them so that they will be preserved forever. Yearbooks prior to 1977 can be found by scrolling to the appropriate school on this site: https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/local-history/school-yearbooks.

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All Night Grad (ANG) Celebration Update

We need your help to make All Night Grad (ANG) a success!

Here are a few ways you can help with a minimum time commitment:

  • Donate a monetary contribution
  • Planning theme and decorations
  • Selecting entertainment
  • Organizing raffles and prizes
  • as well as many other opportunities 

Visit our website at angcwestpotomac.com to purchase tickets and Class of 2020 yard signs, or to make a greatly appreciated contribution to help us make this a graduation night celebration to remember! Contact Rebecca Losee at angcwestpo2020@gmail.com for more information.

 

College and Career Center Please click here for the February College and Career Newsletter.

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SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

Test Prep Classes School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is available to view and register! Visit https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/ to see dates for classes and mock tests. Spring SAT and ACT Classes start March 21 and prep for the official SAT or ACT in June. We will have summer SAT and ACT classes. These classes usually start near the end of July. The summer schedule will be posted to the test prep web page and announced in the NYC when finalized.

Upcoming Mock Tests- Register https://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/:

Mock SAT, 9:00am - 1:30pm, Room 438:

02/01/2020

02/22/2020

03/21/2020

04/25/2020

05/16/2020

Mock ACT, 9:15am - 1:30pm, Room 437:

02/01/2020

03/21/2020

04/25/2020

05/16/2020 

Do You Know Your Test Preference?

Most students will show a strong preference for either the SAT or ACT format.This preference usually results in students naturally testing the SAT equivalent of 100 points higher on their preferred test.Sponsored by PTSA, mock tests are offered on campus to help students determine their preferred format and establish baseline test scores – not to mention the benefits of practice. Sophomores can make their junior year less hectic by determining test preference now! Juniors, get a little extra practice!

Top 7 Reasons to Take the ACT

  1. Accepted Everywhere
  2. It’s Concrete. The SAT can be abstract, but the ACT is more straightforward. It’s clear what you’re being asked without the added step of interpreting the question. Whether you’re applying to your local college or an Ivy League school, a school that focuses on STEM or the most artsy of liberal arts, the ACT can get you there. Every college accepts it without prejudice.
  3.  No Hunting for Specific Lines There are no multi-step questions in the Reading section. This means you don’t have to spend time hunting for evidence in specific lines.
  4.  Less Fatigue The sections of the ACT are short. You don’t have to worry that your focus will fade or that boredom will set in!
  5.  Aggressive Guessing Yields High Scores. The ACT is fast paced but you don’t have to be perfect to be impressive. You can guess on select problems and do great.
  6. Word Problems are less wordy! If pulling equations out of narratives sounds like a chore, ACT word problems are simple and the correct operations are more obvious than on the SAT.
  7.  Not-So-Mad Scientist - Don’t be afraid of the science section. You don’t need to be a master of the Periodic Table. The questions are based on your ability to move quickly through charts, tables, and graphs.

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

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff 

 

 

 

 

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Announcing WPHS New Football Head Coach!

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Good evening WP Community!!

As many of you may know, for the past two weeks, we have been interviewing candidates for our vacant head football coach position.  After a very intensive three tiered process, I decided on the candidate that I believe aligns with our values about student athletes, represents strong character and integrity, is a scholar of the game and has a healthy winning attitude, has impeccable references both coaching and teaching, understands our diversity, and most importantly will place the over all wellbeing and development (on and off the field) of our children first.  

With wisdom and laser focus to the details of each candidate, I have selected Mr. Albert Song as the next coach of WPHS Wolverine Football.  Coach Song brings 15 years of coaching experience with two years as a head coach. His teaching (English) and coaching experience includes working in a diverse array of environments, from the majority minority Seneca Valley in Maryland, to the affluent Winston Churchill High School also in Maryland, to the elite private college preparatory Harvard-Westlake Upper School in Los Angeles, and most recently at Fairfax High School, a Title I School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

His championship-level experience began with six years of coaching and mentorship at 12-time Maryland state champion, Seneca Valley High School, which has had a winning season every year in its program history except one.  He went on to become the head coach at Winston Churchill High School, where he successfully implemented a winning culture for character development of student athletes in the classroom and the community based on what he calls his five pillars – desire, devotion, discipline, determination and details. For the first time in six years, student athletes were held accountable for their academics, achieving an overall team GPA of 3.5.  Coach Song also partnered with a 27–member booster club board to fundraise over $100,000 in two years from multiple revenue sources solely for the benefit of the football program. His collaborative efforts brought about some of the largest annual increases in school history, bringing them out of a budget deficit.

I would like to take a moment to express my deepest appreciation for Coaches Carfang, Grafton, LaGow, Radoski, and Roach for staying committed to our students during this time into the transition over the next few few months and beyond. They will be working closely with Coach Song to make sure that our students will not miss a beat during this spring off season.  

Coach Song will be traveling from California monthly and will be fully moved here in June living 10 minutes from West Potomac.  His first visit will be on Friday February 28th when he will meet with the team and coaches.  We will host a meet and greet for the community as well so stay tuned for more details for that event.  

Thank you all for your continued support of our school community as we look forward to a new era in West Potomac Football. Join me in welcoming Coach Song----LET”S GO WEST PO!!

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