News You Choose - Friday, July 10 2020 - Principal's Message

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Happy Friday Wolverines!

Virtual Parent Meeting: Reopening of School

Just a friendly reminder of our virtual meeting on Monday at 6pm to discuss the reopening of school.  Please

read the parent FAQs and complete this google form by Sunday evening.  I will send out a BbCU link on Monday morning for the meeting. You must complete the google form to receive the link. 

New AP Announcement

It is with great pleasure that I would like to introduce you to our new AP Christina “Chris” Cashman.  She will be replacing Ms. Statz who will be going to Hayfield Secondary School.  Ms. Statz and Ms. Cashman are both amazing veteran APs so it is bittersweet for West Potomac.  We will definitely miss Ms. Statz, but you will see her at many Hayfield/West Po events.  We wish her well at her new school!

Ms. Cashman will be joining the West Potomac team effective July 20. Christina has 20 years of educational experience in FCPS, including being a classroom teacher at Frost MS, serving as School Based Technology Specialist and Assessment Coach at Kilmer MS, and most recently as Assistant Principal at Hayfield Secondary.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History at James Madison University and her Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision (PreK-12) from George Mason University. Ms. Cashman grew up in the Alexandria area and lives with her husband and two elementary-aged children in Fairfax County. She is an avid Washington Nationals fan and enjoys reading and going to her kids’ sports events in her spare time. Welcome to the Wolverine Family Ms. Cashman!

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News You Choose- Principal's Message - Monday, June 29, 2020

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Good Afternoon West Potomac,

I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying your summer. This past Tuesday, the School Board provided consensus regarding our plans to return to school in the fall.  There are still many questions that have yet to be answered.  When more clarity is provided, we will provide more information to you.  For now, please see Dr. Brabrand’ s letter to the staff and community can be found here in case you missed it.  The entire presentation to the school board can be found here

Families will have the option of sending their students to school two days a week with two days a week of asynchronous instruction or opting to remain 100% virtual (4 days a week).  In both cases, Monday’s are reserved for students who may need additional help/resources and teacher planning.  Students who wish to come in for face-to-face instruction would be grouped so that each class meeting is within the guidelines and allows us to socially distance to the greatest extent possible in the classrooms.  Facilities will be working with us to look at our current school footprint, to include changes for construction and our overcapacity status, to identify classroom spaces.  

Families will be asked to select the type of learning option that best meets the needs of their family. These preferences must be collected by all families by July 10.  This deadline is crucial, please be on the lookout for this from FCPS.  Without it, we will be unable to plan accordingly.  The number of students opting for face-to-face instruction vs. virtual will drive our staffing model and our ability to design appropriate schedules for students.    

We understand that for many families this may present as a difficult decision to make. As a school, we will continue to provide as many details as we have available through communications to ensure that you feel you are able to make the most informed decision. We will be taking safety and health precautions very seriously, and I will share those measures as they unfold. 

To create a master schedule for the 2020-2021 school year based on these preferences will be a huge undertaking, and one that we have not done before. The information from the community and staff will drive all of these decisions and we will work as fast as humanly possible to get you updates as it relates to your student’s schedule. 

I thank you in advance for your continued patience and support as we continue to navigate through these new developments. 

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

 

 

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20-21 Dual Enrollment Registration Update

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Wolverine Community,

  • If your child is taking a West Potomac Dual Enrollment class for the 20-21 school year, please review this important update.  The list of West Potomac HS, Academy courses, and online campus Dual Enrollment classes is at the bottom of this email.  
  • Due to the school closure, NOVA has updated their process for dual enrollment registration.  Please follow the below instructions if you have registered to take a Dual Enrollment course for the 2020-2021 academic school year. 

1. Intent to Register for a Dual Enrollment Course

NOVA has collaborated with Dualenroll.com to automate the dual enrollment registration process.  To register you will first need to apply to NOVA. Please write down your NOVA Emplid ID (you will receive this once you apply to NOVA), you will need the Emplid ID to register for your dual enrollment class. 

After creating an account with NOVA you will need to create a DualEnroll.com account. Once you select your high school, the DE class offerings will populate for you to select. The system then allows virtual communication to be shared back and forth between NOVA and the high school, ensuring all the necessary items are needed to register. 

2. Placement Testing

During the 2020 COVID-19 emergency, NOVA has temporarily approved Dual Enrollment Student Admissions. This measure adds flexibility to use additional measures for dual enrollment admission and placement. The policy may be used only for admission and placement for the 20-21 school year.

Students can use PSAT, SAT and ACT scores for placement for this fall. They can also use a 3.0 GPA. Or they can take the VPT practice tests. Only one placement is required.

Details for Dual Enrollment Placement can be found here: https://www.nvcc.edu/dual-enrollment/fall-2020-policy.html

  • Also, please take notice of the following FCPS dual enrollment google site which you can reference for assistance.  This site includes links to online registration, testing qualifications, and a list of dual enrollment classes by school.
  • FCPS Student Dual Enrollment Google Site- https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/dual-enrollment-student-site/home 
  • School Counselors will be available for questions via email tomorrow and Thursday.  After Thursday, any further questions can be directed in August when school counselors return to the office.  
  • While we encourage all students to complete this process over the next couple days, the registration due date has been extended till September 1st

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News You Choose - 6/12/2020 - Yearbooks/Food Distribution

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Good Afternoon Wolverines,

 

Yearbooks will be arriving mid-August and we will reach out closer to that time for a distribution plan.

If you ordered a yearbook, please fill out the Google form below with contact information of where you will be mid-August. This is VERY important for our Seniors who will be off doing great things and may be harder to track down.

Yearbook Purchasers - Contact Form

If you did not purchase a yearbook but would still like to, it is not too late!

You can still order one from Walsworth at yearbookforever.com. The cost is $80.

Happy last day of school!

Please contact Susie Britton, Assistant Principal, if you have any questions, at:

smbritton@fcps.edu

Thank you!

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Buenas tardes Wolverines,

 

Los anuarios llegarán a mediados de agosto y cuando estamos más cerca de la fecha les comunicaremos el plan de distribución.

Si solicitó un anuario, complete el siguiente formulario de Google con la información de contacto de dónde estará a mediados de agosto. Esto es MUY importante para nuestros Seniors, que estarán haciendo cosas fantásticas y pueden ser más difíciles de localizar.

Yearbook Purchasers - Contact Form

Si no compró un anuario pero aún así lo desea, ¡no es demasiado tarde!

Todavía puede pedir uno de Walsworth en yearbookforever.com. El costo es de $ 80.

¡Feliz último día de escuela!

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Susie Britton, Subdirectora.

smbritton@fcps.edu

Gracias!

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Food will continue to be distributed through                                     June 30th

 

Bucknell ES

Ft Belvoir Upper School

Hybla Valley ES

Hollin Meadows ES 

Mt Vernon Woods ES

Meals are available Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

  Pop Ups - trucks stop at the following locations:

Audubon Park 10:00-1030

Gum Springs Community Center 11:00 am-11:30 am

Mount Eagle ES 12:00 pm -12:30 pm

 

 

 

 

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WPHS 20-21 Staffing Updates

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Wolverine Community,

As we continue through our last week of school for the 2019-20 school year we wanted to share two staffing updates.  As you may know, Ms. Janice Monroe will be retiring after 26 years of service to the West Potomac community and 30 years of service in FCPS.  In addition, one of our school counselors, and WPHS Alum, Ms. Alma Castro will be leaving as she moves out of state.  While we wish them both the best, we also wanted to introduce our new Assistant Principal and School Counselor.

Ms. Belinda Williams

Belinda is a returning Wolverine who was an English teacher at WP in the late 90s early 2000s.  Although no one can replace our beloved Janice, Belinda will be an outstanding addition to our team.  Here is a brief message from her and you will “meet” her soon. 

  • I am most humbled to return to West Potomac, where I began my years as a teacher in Virginia upon leaving Prince George’s County schools.  Originally from Michigan, a proud Howard University Bison, I have been an administrator 17 of my 24 years in education both at the middle and high school levels.   I most recently served as an Assistant Principal at Key Middle School.  I look forward to re-connecting with the students, staff, and community members of West Potomac.

Ms. Stephanie Bluestein

Stephanie Bluestein will be our new school counselor beginning in August.  Stephanie brings to our team six years of high school counselor experience.  She most recently spent a year at Parkway North High School in St. Louis, MO where she served as a college, career and transition counselor.  Prior to that she served as a school counselor at Saranac Lake High School in Saranac Lake, NY.  She is well versed in all aspects of school counseling and has experience as a PSAT and AP Coordinator.  She has experience with Naviance and Google which will help ease her transition into our school community.  Ms. Bluestein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam and a Master of Education in School Counseling from SUNY Buffalo.  She will be relocating this summer to our area and is excited to begin meeting her caseload this August!  Welcome Ms. Bluestein!

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News You Choose - Saturday, June 7, 2020

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Dear West Potomac Pyramid Families,

The following message was sent last week to all West Po pyramid schools.  I wanted to wait to send this to you because I had two specific messages for our high school community that needed to be sent first.  I wanted clarity around where we are here at West Potomac HS.  Please see the message below as my part in the commitment to the entire West Potomac Pyramid community as well.

As we continue to witness the deeply disturbing images of hate, racism, and violence that are unfolding across our country, the West Potomac Pyramid Principals, collectively, want to share our sadness and outrage.

We acknowledge that these events are painful—particularly for our Black and African American community members. We acknowledge that there are feelings of fear, anger, confusion, uncertainty, and desperation.  As members of the West Potomac Pyramid Community, we see you and stand with you. Racism and hate have no place in the world and no place in the West Potomac Pyramid.  Diversity makes us stronger, and we are proud to lead a diverse community. 

In response to these events, our teachers will support students as they have questions and concerns. We understand that conversations build relationships and relationships are essential to developing respect, understanding, and appreciation for one another’s unique and beautiful differences.   When we look to our students, we see hope in our future.  We know that every student is important and has great potential.  We as educators nurture and protect that potential so that it may be actualized in our students’ future selves.  Hope moves us forward. 

Our work will move beyond this school year, as our schools continue to receive professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices.  We are committed to furthering our learning in order to dissolve racism and injustice while promoting inclusive school communities where diversity is valued, appreciated and celebrated.

We hope that you and your children are OK.  If you’re looking for ways to help your child considering current events, we offer you these online resources:

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us during this time should you need additional support.  The West Potomac Pyramid will always be a safe place for students and staff to learn and grow.

 

Respectfully,

 

Tom Kuntz, Belle View Elementary

Chris Larrick, Bryant Alternative High School

LaRonda Peterson, Bucknell Elementary

Tim Slayter, Fort Hunt Elementary

Jim Swoger, Groveton Elementary

Jon Gates, Hollin Meadows Elementary

Lauren Sheehy, Hybla Valley Elementary

Lonnie Bickel, Pulley Center

Darwin Barker, Sandburg Middle School

Kevin Morris, Stratford Landing Elementary

Frank Tranfa, Quander Road School

Tangy Millard, West Potomac High School

Katie Cachine, Waynewood Elementary

 

 

 

 

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Parent Presentation on Trends in Teenage Substance Use

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Title: Recent Trends in Teenage Substance Use

When: June 10, 2020 @7 pm

Where: Please RSVP to eaknudson@fcps.edu and a link will be provided.

 

Hi West Potomac Pyramid Parents!

Please join me for a discussion about substance use trends you need to be aware of as a parent of a teenager. I will be discussing over-the-counter (OTC) medications, alcohol, and some illicit drugs.  Please come with questions you might have. If you want to email me a question or topic ahead of time, that would be helpful so I can include it in my presentation and discussion. I hope to see you soon!

Elizabeth Knudson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, eaknudson@fcps.edu.

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News You Choose - Friday, June 5, 2020

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Happy Friday West Potomac!

This has been a week of many highs and lows.  Out of some painful and negative circumstances have come some powerful and happy moments.  Our seniors commemorated their graduation yesterday with a celebration at school.  Expressions of care and support were continuous throughout the week and many open thoughtful conversations were had in and out of the classroom.

Our students from all backgrounds have reached out to me directly to express their concerns and their need for action toward tearing down cultures of silence at West Potomac and building up a culture of transparency, dialogue, understanding through education, and inclusion. I have also received many emails of support from parents and community members. I have had the opportunity to exchange emails, phone calls and BbCU meetings with individual students and student groups to discuss, process, understand, and plan.  One significant outcome is that we will be creating a student coalition to take on the hard work of transforming our school culture. That will begin with student leaders from every student voice and special interest group that we have at West Po  (https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/clubs-and-activities).  We will have our first meeting this summer.   

Our students have also been involved in organizing and executing several peaceful community protests.  There is another planned for tomorrow starting at 4:30 in the parking lot of  Heritage Church.  Another is planned for Tuesday June 9th at 4 pm starting at Walt Whitman MS parking lot.

Final Week of 19-20 SY

This week is the last week of school for all of our underclassmen.  They have persevered through a very difficult spring semester so encourage them to push through to the end. Please be sure to check your student and parent SIS accounts to make sure assignments given in 4th quarter are complete to the best of your students’ ability. The goal is to have 2s and 3s on all assignments.  If you have questions or concerns please reach out immediately to your child’s teacher. 

Virtual Summer School

West Potomac will be offering a site based virtual summer school program for all students.  Students may take courses to recover credits from failed classes or courses to support continued learning for those who pass courses but would like to strengthen skills and knowledge to be prepared for next year.  We will begin full registrations next week so stay tuned for that information. 

Attached is some important information from Ms. Knudson our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.

Alcohol in the time of COVID-19

With all the attention being paid to opioids and opiates, it may be easy to forget that alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Teenagers especially, are most likely to abuse alcohol because it is fairly easy to obtain and is more socially normalized. While many of us are either quarantined or spending more time at home due to social distancing restrictions amid COVID-19 concerns, alcohol sales have nearly doubled.

Teenagers being the resourceful and savvy beings that they are, are finding ways to obtain alcohol even in quarantine. Some recent trends include alcohol delivery via Drizly and other services and apps like GrubHub where they may not enforce policies around checking identification. Some states have loosened restrictions around carryout/takeout alcohol and are allowing restaurants to sell pre-made cocktails for carryout. It is especially important as parents to monitor receipts, credit card statements, apps, and orders placed.

Another issue to be mindful of is how easily fake IDs are obtained. Many fake IDs look real and are easily bought from the internet. There are a number of websites dedicated to providing anyone with a fake ID. However, we won’t list them here because we do not want to encourage students to access these sites, which are likely to cause computer viruses. So, check your and your student’s internet histories regularly on all personal devices.

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with me, Elizabeth Knudson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the West Potomac Pyramid at eaknudson@fcps.edu.

Please have a joyful and safe weekend!

Ms. Millard

 

 

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Class of 2020 - Laptop/Textbook Drop Off and Graduation Tote Bag Pick Up

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Wolverine Community,

Just a reminder we are excited to see all our Wolverine Graduates tomorrow with our Laptop/TextBook Drop Off and Graduation Tote Bag Pick Up!  

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!!

 

Senior Laptop/Textbook Drop Off and Graduation Tote bag Pick Up

TOMORROW, Thursday, June 4th 9am-5pm  your original date for graduation, you will come to West Po to drop off your laptops/textbooks and pick up ALL your graduation belongings. 

Your graduation tote bag will include your cap and gown/tassel, graduation program, any service cords or honor stoles and medals, new senior t-shirt, diploma cover, diploma, report card, final transcript and a copy of your immunizations.  It will be a driving (or walking if you can’t come in a car) procession through the front loop and senior parking lot (stay in your cars or 6 ft apart as social distancing rules will still apply) and we are planning a celebration that is West Po/Wolverine Nation specific! Decorate your cars, decorate yourselves and get ready for some celebrating WPHS Class of 2020 style! 

Please see link below for the traffic flow tomorrow.  Below will be the schedule that must be followed to help with traffic flow.  You are able to have more than one graduate to a vehicle and may come during any of the alpha time slots that match the last name of at least one of the graduates. 

Traffic Loop for Class of 2020 – June 4, 2020

Abdi-----------Batten                             9-10 am

Beckett-------Davis                              10-11 am

Dawitt---------Funez Euceda               11-12 pm

Gaetjen-------Jackson                         12-1 pm

Jaimes--------Masood                          1-2 pm

Mata Molina------Oelshchlager            2-3 pm

Offee----------Ryan                               3-4 pm

Sadiq---------Zheng                              4-5pm

We are excited to see you all tomorrow!!

Thank you,

West Potomac Administration

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News You Choose -June 2

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Dear West Potomac Students and Parents,

   

I am reaching out to acknowledge the range of difficult experiences and feelings experienced by our West Potomac community in the past few days. It pains our entire staff that we cannot be present in-person to support our students and their families through the many, varied emotions of anxiety, sadness and/or grief, anger and fear that we are all collectively feeling.  Some of you may be aware of a recent social media incident that highlighted these feelings and concerns. 

 

One of the main reasons I chose to come to West Potomac three years ago was because we are a representative microcosm of our nation.  Every language, religion, race and ethnicity and diverse identities exist at West Potomac.  I firmly believe that if we can “get it right” as a learning community, we will be an exemplar for our nation.  When we experience difficulties in our school community that reflect the difficulties in our nation, I feel a unique responsibility to “get it right”.  Our students, families and staff need to feel respected and supported and when we have interactions that make individuals feel isolated and disrespected, we must work together to make a change.  It all starts with having courageous conversations around topics like racism, forms of privilege, antisemitism, xenophobia, homophobia, and sexism. All these topics are relevant for West Potomac and are concerns for many of our students. The time is now to talk, listen, learn and lead real systemic change. Our students are good about leading change, but they are still young and need the support of the adults in their lives to guide as to the best ways to achieve change.

 

Please know that West Potomac staff are here to support you.  Our staff has been focused on issues surrounding equity, and its importance, for several years. Today, many teachers took the time to facilitate discussions that allowed students’ varied opinions, feelings and perspectives to be heard and valued.  We do not, and will not, support negative bias or inequity in any form but we are not unrealistic and realize that these things do exist at West Potomac. We must be committed to the work of eradicating it. I would like to partner with all of you to make this happen.  I will be reaching out to you for your thoughts and to develop some live community discussions with students, staff and families so that we can create a plan for moving forward with purpose, vision and hope.

 

We are here for you. Reach out to any of us at any time. We have teachers, administrators, counselors and many resources if you need help or just want to talk.  

 

Here are some timely and relevant resources that you can access for support or to help you with your student for the immediacy of the moment. 

 

Wolverine Nation Stand Up!

Ms. Millard

 

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FREE Food Distribution Drive Thru Events

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FREE Food Distribution Drive Thru Events
  • Thursday, May 28 at 1 p.m.
    Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, VA 22042
  • Thursday, June 4 at 1 p.m.
    Thursday, June 11 at 1 p.m.
    Thursday, June 18 at 1 p.m.
  • All at Gerry Hyland Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria,VA 22309

     

  • Thursday, June 25 at 1 p.m.

    The Journey Church, 6427 Franconia Road, Springfield, VA 22150

    If you are unable to pick up food, contact Maria Franco-Nativi at
    703-704-6700 to determine if you qualify for delivery.
  • Reasonable accommodations made upon request; call 703-704-6700. 
    No eligibility required. Contact-free distribution.
    Please wear face coverings to pick up dairy, milk and produce.
  • For detail information please refer to the attached flyer:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1i82oWIujCGnskkn74X4_HCcukdyzCYtB/view?usp=sharing

 

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Locker Item Pick Up/Textbook-Library Book Drop Off - Reminder

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Wolverine Community,

Just a reminder that today and Friday we have locker item pick up and textbook/library book drop off for all 9th-11th graders from 9-2pm.

Details are below.

Take care,

West Potomac Administration

 

Student Locker Item Pick Up

When:             Wednesday May 27th or Friday May 29th      

                         9 am-2 pm

Where: 

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gzeSr0jbnLYvpLjBVSgIN8aySi7FDzcR/view?usp=sharing

 

What:              Drop off Textbooks and Library books at Door 14

                        Pick up Gunston/Quander/Gym locker belongings at Cafeteria                            Patio

                        Pick up Springbank locker belongs at Door 4A in the junior                                parking lot

How:               Curbside Drop Off / Pick Up (social distancing guidance                                      requires you stay in your car  or if you are walking stand at                                least  6 ft apart). 

If you had belongings in a Quander, Gunston or Springbank locker you were emailed directly to your fcpsschools.net accounts. If you do not get an email, we did not find anything in your locker.  If you had belongings in a gym locker you will not receive an email, you will have to come to the school to identify your belongings.

All 9-11th Graders will keep their laptops over the summer.

 

 

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News You Choose - Locker Item Pick Up/Textbook-Library Book Drop Off

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Happy Saturday West Potomac!

I hope you all are enjoying your holiday weekend.  Below is a reminder of information that was shared last week.

Student Locker Item Pick Up

When:             Wednesday May 27th or Friday May 29th      

                         9 am-2 pm

Where: 

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gzeSr0jbnLYvpLjBVSgIN8aySi7FDzcR/view?usp=sharing

 

What:              Drop off Textbooks and Library books at Door 14

                        Pick up Gunston/Quander/Gym locker belongings at Cafeteria                            Patio

                        Pick up Springbank locker belongs at Door 4A in the junior                                parking lot

How:               Curbside Drop Off / Pick Up (social distancing guidance                                      requires you stay in your car  or if you are walking stand at                                least  6 ft apart). 

If you had belongings in a Quander, Gunston or Springbank locker you were emailed directly to your fcpsschools.net accounts. If you do not get an email, we did not find anything in your locker.  If you had belongings in a gym locker you will not receive an email, you will have to come to the school to identify your belongings.

All 9-11th Graders will keep their laptops over the summer.

 

 

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News You Choose - Saturday, May 16, 2020

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Happy Saturday WPHS Families!

I hope you all are safe and enjoying this mini burst of summer weather this weekend.  I would like to update you on a few things:

  • Student Locker Item Pick Up
  • Summer Learning/Laptops
  • Virtual Principal Class Meetings
  • Quarantine can’t stop Wolverine Creativity

Student Locker Item Pick Up

We have spent this past week opening lockers, cleaning them out and organizing student belongings found in the lockers.

If you had belongings in a Quander, Gunston or Springbank locker you will be emailed directly to your fcpsschools.net accounts. If you do not get an email, we did not find anything in your locker.  If you had belongings in a gym locker you will not receive an email, you will have to come to the school on the designated pick up days (below) to identify your belongings.

There were only 176 lockers total across all locations with items in them.  The vast majority of lockers were empty. 

Curbside Drop Off / Pick Up (social distancing guidance requires you stay in your car or if you are walking stand at least 6 ft apart). 

You will be able to drop off any textbooks that you may have and pick up any of your locker items on Wednesday May 27th and Friday May 29th between the hours of 9:00am-2: 00pm. 

Please refer to the attached map for guidance for drop off and pick up.

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gzeSr0jbnLYvpLjBVSgIN8aySi7FDzcR/view?usp=sharing

All textbooks will be dropped off at Door 14, Quander and Gunston (including the gym lockers) Locker Item Pick Up will be at Door 2 (cafeteria patio) and all Springbank Locker Items will be picked up at Door 4A in the junior parking lot.

Summer Learning/Laptops

You may have read the letter sent yesterday by FCPS regarding summer learning.  West Potomac will be offering a compliment of virtual summer learning to include credit recovery for students who have failed a course, continuity of learning for identified students who have passed a course but still may need additional supports to prepare for next year, and some identified rising 9th graders who will be taking advanced courses for the first time next year.  FCPS will be offering summer learning for second language learners and some special education students.  FCPS will also offer optional materials for a self- directed summer continuity of learning that will help students practice their skills and retain knowledge for a smoother transition to next year.  As a result, all 9-11th grade students will keep their laptops for the summer.

Virtual Principal Class Meetings

I will be hosting Virtual Class Meetings through BbCU next week starting with the Class of 2020 on Tuesday at 3 pm followed by the Class of 2023 on Wednesday at 3pm, the Class of 2021 on Thursday at 3pm, and lastly the Class of 2022 on Friday at 3 pm.  Please follow this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/14dI5uHCLjsh6YCZtomIbVkhc5AI8zuVqK5lxalcUUWo/edit?usp=sharing for directions to log into the meeting.  You will also receive information from your class sponsors to submit questions to a google form.

Quarantine can’t stop Wolverine Creativity

Check out this fun replication of great works of art.  https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/features/wp-getty-challenge

Have  a great weekend, 

Ms. Millard

 

 

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Course Requests 20-21 and Student Intention Form

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Rising 9th - 12th Parent/Guardian:                                                                       

  • This is a reminder to please be sure to review your child’s 2020-21 course requests in ParentVue/StudentVue this week.  The last day to request a change to 2020-21 course requests has been extended to Tuesday, May 19.  This is also the last date that 2020-21 course requests will be viewable in ParentVue/StudentVue.  A reminder that courses in ParentVue/StudentVue are not a schedule for next year, just a list of the courses requested.  If you do not have an active ParentVue account, please contact Darlene Snyder (DMSnyder@fcps.edu).  
  • Staffing decisions for the 2020-21 school year were based on the course selections made by our students.  As a result, updates and/or changes to course requests can be done so on a limited and space available basis.  Any requests should be made to the high school alpha counselor by Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
  • Parents of 8th grade students currently enrolled in a high school course (World Language, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry) may request that the final grades for these courses be omitted from their students’ high school transcript.  You must fill out the Request to Expunge High School Credited Courses Taken in Middle School form and return it prior to the end of the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year.  Those interested in completing this form can email it to your alpha assigned high school counselor.   
  • Finally, if your child will not be returning to West Potomac for the 20-21 school year, it is important that you complete a Student Intention form which you can access at this link.  Only complete this form if your child will not attend West Potomac High School next year.  Completed forms should be returned to Leslie Dorsey (ladorsey@fcps.edu) by Friday, May 29, 2020. 
  • Again, please carefully check your student’s course request list.  If you have any questions concerning your child’s 2020-21 course selections, please contact your alpha assigned high school counselor.  Also, if you would like to keep up with the latest Student Services programs and opportunities, follow us on twitter @WPHSSS.

Thank you,

Kevin McMahon

Director of Student Services

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News You Choose - Friday, May 8, 2020

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Happy Friday West Potomac Community!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing West Potomac Moms!  We appreciate you and all that you do at home and in the community.

Thanks to all who were able to attend the parent coffees this week. It was so nice to connect with all of you and we will do more coffees before school is out to share information and answer questions. The PowerPoint presentations will be posted on the west Potomac webpage under the Distance Learning Plan button on the homepage. 

Grades will be posted and available in SIS Parent Vue by 6:00 am tomorrow.   Again, please encourage your students to take full advantage of 4th quarter learning to improve their overall final grade.  The year is not over and students have the opportunity to improve their current grade significantly. 

Wolverines CARE

Our students are caring and they use their power, knowledge and influence to solve problems toward positive change. 

Juliette Fore supporting our community during the COVID-19 crisis and many of our students supported this campaign. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-school-activities.html

Sam Watterson creating protective mask “ear saver” using his 3D Printer

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

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AP Testing Resources/Reminders

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AP Testing Reminders

As many students prepare for AP Testing at home, for those testing, its important to take time this week to ensure they are ready for this year's exams.  The 2020 AP Testing schedule begins on Monday, May 11.  Please take a moment to review the important information below shared by College Board:

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News You Choose - Friday, May 1st, 2020

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Happy Friday West Potomac!

 

Thank you all for your support and hard work this week during our first FULL week of virtual learning. Having the opportunity to virtually drop in on classes has truly been a joy. Classes were well attended and students were actively engaged. As you know, today is the last day of 3rd quarter and teachers will begin finalizing report card grades. Please refer the DLP grading information here

As we transition fully into 4th quarter, students have the opportunity to raise their overall final transcript grade by demonstrating mastery in 4th quarter learning opportunities.  So, regardless of their 3rd quarter or semester grades encourage them to KEEP WORKING -  it will pay off in the final marks in June. 

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Class of 2020 Updates

On Friday, May 1st, all FCPS seniors are invited and encouraged to share their plans for life after high school on social media.  We want to celebrate all future careers, military enlistments, gap year plans, and college acceptances. 

Please use #ourFCPS and #CelebrateYourPlan when posting to social media and tag @theWPboard and @WPHSSS on Twitter.

FCPS is narrowing down options for graduation.  Before any final decisions are made, additional community input will be gathered.  Thank you to those who provided input for WP.  The next level of input will be gathered centrally from FCPS to all seniors across the county. 

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Let’s Go West Po!!-Community Highlights

Today’s Science students are tomorrow’s leaders.  West Potomac had a strong final showing in the regional science fair.  Take a moment to read the attached press release and join me in congratulating our students and teachers.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1raall2Fi3eEeYJTL3reaR6llcDx1ot3W/view?usp=sharing

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WP teachers and students supporting their community.  Check them out!

A Teacher to Trip the Imagination

Student Voice: Hear from a West Potomac Student 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Millard

 

 

 

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Virtual Principal Coffees Rescheduled!

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Good  Afternoon West Potomac Parents/Guardians--

I am able to reschedule the virtual parent coffees. Please complete Parent Coffee Invitation form to receive the link for your meeting. 

All virtual coffee meetings will take place on Wednesday, May 6 at the following times :

Class of 2023 (Freshmen)        9:00 am – 10:00 am

Class of 2022 (Sophomores)   10:30 am – 11:30 am

Class of 2021 (Juniors)             12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Class of 2020 (Seniors)             2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thank you,

Ms. Millard

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Student Services Updates/Newsletter

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  • School Counseling Resources
  • ParentVue/StudentVue and 3rd Quarter Report Card Reminders
  • Senior Updates
  • NOVA Jump Start

School Counseling Resources

  • West Potomac School Counselors are working daily to support our Wolverines during distance learning. If students or parents/guardians need any support or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor. 

ParentVue/StudentVue

  • ParentVue/StudentVue will be down for end of quarter grading beginning Friday May 1 at 4pm through Saturday May 9 at 6am. 3rd quarter grades will be accessible when it returns on May 9.  Report Cards will be mailed to any family that has not selected the paperless option in their ParentVue account.  Since mailing is being done centrally due to the school closures, it is likely 3rd report cards will not arrive until late May.  Parents/Guardians should access their ParentVue account beginning May 9 to access 3rd quarter grades.  If you do not have a ParentVue account set up or need assistance with your account contact Darlene Snyder (DMSnyder@fcps.edu)

Senior Updates:

  • A reminder that ALL seniors MUST complete a senior survey through their Naviance account. This is important for a number of reasons including its how you tell Student Services where to send your final senior transcript in June.  Seniors should have received information in via email or they can visit their Class of 2020 Google Classroom for detailed information.  Please complete your senior survey as soon as possible!!
  • Class of 2020 Virtual Senior Awards Celebration!!! We are currently developing a way to celebrate our seniors since we will not be able to gather for our annual Senior awards ceremony. PLEASE email any scholarship award(s) you will be using to attend college this fall to Mrs. Carter eecarter@fcps.edu. We will need this information in order to create an awards program. Questions contact Mrs. Carter eecarter@fcps.edu.  Thank you!
  • Seniors - No matter where you are in developing your plan for the Fall, visit this Class of 2020 google website - it is a great resource for solidifying your plan, documenting your plan, and celebrating your plan!

NOVA Jump Start

During a time of unusual uncertainty, Northern Virginia Community College is pleased to announce a new program to help students JumpStart their college education. This summer, NOVA will offer a selection of online, tuition-free classes to 3,500 qualified rising high school seniors and those graduating this spring. Students must meet eligibility to apply for federal financial aid, meet placement requirements and understand there may be textbook or other material fees associated with certain courses.  Since these classes are all online, students will need access to a computer and the internet.    The online courses in the new JumpStart summer program have been selected because they fulfill NOVA degree requirements and transfer well to other colleges and universities. Also, in a new collaboration with Amazon Web Services, the JumpStart offerings will include an online course in Cloud Computing, providing students with their first step onto an in-demand, high-tech career pathway. These online courses are not intended to replace any 2020-2021 classes for which your student is already registered at their high school. Instead, the program provides an accelerated, accessible opportunity to earn transferable college only credits. JumpStart courses will not transfer to the FCPS transcript. Details about the JumpStart Program including placement requirements and material fees can be found by visiting the NOVA website Here.The first step is to apply to NOVA here. Students who have applied to NOVA previously may proceed directly to the JumpStart application. Within a day or so after students complete their NOVA application, they can use their assigned student ID number, username and password to apply to the JumpStart Program. 

We hope students will take advantage of this great opportunity. If you have any questions about this new program, email JumpStart@nvcc.edu. Here are the courses available in NOVA’s new JumpStart Online Program:

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