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 

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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.

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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College Planning Night

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College Planning Night for Juniors and Families

  • 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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News You Choose - Friday, February 7, 2020

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PTSA Update

All Night Grad Celebration Update

Engineering Team Update

Beyond the Page

College and Career

SAT/ACT PREP

Important Dates:

Feb 6-8: Monty Python’s Edukational Show

Feb 13: 9:50am – Rising Stars Reception

Feb 14: 8:00 pm – Valentine’s Day Jazz Dance

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

 

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 Night Grad (ANG) Celebration Update

 

Next meeting Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 pm. Hosted by Elisa Schlacter, 8536 Riverside Rd 22308. Please plan to attend, we need your help to make this event 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.

 

Valentine's Day Jazz Dance: February 14 8pm, Springbank Auditorium Stage- Grab your sweetie and come dance to some jazz standards courtesy of the West Potomac Jazz Bands. See any Jazz Band student for tickets. Price of admission is $10.

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Engineering Team Update

Fun Fly

Saturday, February 8th 2020, is West Potomac High School’s Fun Fly. This is for RC and Free Flight models, as in past years.

8 am to 2 pm • West Potomac High School – Main Gym 

$5 to fly for the day, Spectators free. Concessions will be available.

We like to have models of any kind to display for the community, to show the scope of the hobby. If we get enough display models there will be a Static Display Prize.  People have asked about selling items. Typically there is a 15% fee that goes to the school, but we aregoing to waive that. So if you have some items you want to sell, we can set up a table for those items.

Kids glider table will be set up. Contact Joe Franco with any questions.

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Beyond the Page Theater Company

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School continues it’s 35th Season: From Across the Pond with Monty Python’s Edukational Show from February 6-8.

"Monty Python's Edukational Show" is the only authorized collection of Monty Python sketches and songs available for performance by young actors in North America. This brand new show offers up the genius of Monty Python in a hilarious 80-minute musical revue. Enjoy “Cheese Shop,” “Argument Clinic,” “Gumby Flower Arranging,” “Lumberjack Song,” “Dead Parrot,” “Galaxy Song” and many more Python gems, with a decidedly irreverent "edukational" theme.

For tickets visit us at westpotomactheatre.org

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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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Community Update

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Good afternoon West Potomac community,

For your awareness, I want to inform you of an incident that took place at our school this morning. An erratic driver struck a parked car in front of the school and several police officers responded to the incident. The driver, who was not a student, was arrested in front of the school. Due to the police presence, several students observed this activity and may have felt concerned.

There were no injuries.

Thank you.

Tanganyika H. Millard

Principal, West Potomac H.S.

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Attendance Update

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Wolverine Community,

Due to problems with SIS county-wide, excused absences and/or tardies were not entered in SIS prior to the 10am robo calls/text messages.  If you sent in a message or note excusing your student’s absence or tardy and received the robo call/text messages, please ignore it.   Thank you.

West Potomac Administration

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News You Choose - 2/1/20

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All-District Jazz Band: Eight band students were selected to participate in District 10's All-District Jazz Ensemble this past week at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes: Oscar Muendel, Sammy Nelson, Matthew Verich, Wes Hutcherson, Kenny Krogh, Weston Ward, Griffin Keightley, and Luke Giglio

  • PTSA Update
  • Congratulations/West Potomac Artists
  • Band Announcement
  • Engineering Team Update
  • Beyond the Page
  • College and Career
  • SAT/ACT PREP
  • Class of 2022
  • Orchestra Blankets.

Important Dates:

Feb 3: 6:30 PTSA Meeting in the library

Feb 6-8: Monty Python’s Edukational Show

Feb 13: 9:50am – Rising Stars Reception

Feb 17: School Holiday/Presidents’ Day

Feb 20: 9:50am - All A Reception

Feb 21: 11:15am – A/B Honor Roll Raffle

Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship.  Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!  If you have any questions feel free to contact our West Potomac school psychologists!

PTSA Update

February PTSA Meeting - Monday, Feb. 3 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the library

Plan to attend the general membership PTSA meeting where the special topic will be Academic Advising and Graduation Requirements. Ms. Millard will also attend and will be available to answer any questions.

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 Night Grad (ANG)

Help spread the excitement for the Class of 2020 All Night Grad Celebration!  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!  To volunteer please contact Rebecca Losee at angcwestpo2020@gmail.com.

Congratulations West Potomac Artists!

Emily Drotos, Brian McNamara, Bea Heratsch and Katie Wells

You are invited to view the Gold & Silver Key Artworks on display at the Scholastic Art Exhibition at the Ernst Cultural Center, NVCC, Annandale Campus February 6 - March 15. Gold & Silver Key winners will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on March 4 at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:00pm. 

https://westpotomachs.fcps.edu/features/congratulations-2020-scholastic-artists

Band Announcements

All-District Jazz Band: Eight band students were selected to participate in District 10's All-District Jazz Ensemble this past week at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes: Oscar Muendel, Sammy Nelson, Matthew Verich, Wes Hutcherson, Kenny Krogh, Weston Ward, Griffin Keightley, and Luke Giglio.  See attachment!

Valentine's Day Jazz Dance: February 14th 8pm, Springbank Auditorium Stage- Grab your sweetie and come dance to some jazz standards courtesy of the West Potomac Jazz Bands. See any Jazz Band student for tickets. Price of admission is $10.

Engineering Team Update

Fun Fly

Saturday, Feburary 8th 2020, is West Potomac High School’s Fun Fly. This is for RC and Free Flight models, as in past years.

8 am to 2 pm • West Potomac High School – Main Gym 

$5 to fly for the day, Spectators free. Concessions will be available.

We like to have models of any kind to display for the community, to show the scope of the hobby. If we get enough display models there will be a Static Display Prize.  People have asked about selling items. Typically there is a 15% fee that goes to the school, but we aregoing to waive that. So if you have some items you want to sell, we can set up a table for those items.

Kids glider table will be set up.

Contact Joe Franco with any questions.

Beyond the Page Theater Company

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School continues it’s 35th Season: From Across the Pond with Monty Python’s Edukational Show from February 6-8.

"Monty Python's Edukational Show" is the only authorized collection of Monty Python sketches and songs available for performance by young actors in North America. This brand new show offers up the genius of Monty Python in a hilarious 80-minute musical revue. Enjoy “Cheese Shop,” “Argument Clinic,” “Gumby Flower Arranging,” “Lumberjack Song,” “Dead Parrot,” “Galaxy Song” and many more Python gems, with a decidedly irreverent "edukational" theme.

For tickets visit us at westpotomactheatre.org

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.

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 

Class of 2022

Attention Class of 2022! Show your school spirit and purchase a Class of 2022 t-shirt for $20! All proceeds will go to the Class of 2022 to fund future class activities. Please follow the attached link to view the t-shirt design and to complete your order form.

Orchestra Blankets

Brrr...just Brrr!.....Our blankets are just what you need to stay warm and cozy all winter long!  Click here to order.

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News You Choose - Friday, January 24, 2020

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Important Dates

Principal’s Message

Science Department News

PTSA Update

Beyond the Page

College and Career

SAT/ACT PREP

Dance Team/Moe’s Night

Class of 2022

Orchestra Blankets

 

Important Dates:

Jan. 24: End of Second Quarter

Jan. 27-28: Teacher Workday/Staff Development:  No School for Students

Feb 3: 6:30 PTSA Meeting in the library

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Happy Friday!

As we settle in to a four day student weekend, we come to the end of second quarter and the first semester.  Students should take the opportunity to rest, refocus, and power up for the second half of the year.  Pleas encourage your students to stay focused and understand that there is time to improve in any area before the end of the year. 

We are in a time where school safety is at the forefront of our community concerns.  Our goal is to create a safe environment at school and we will be adding a much needed 7th security person within the next couple of weeks.  This will allow us to better monitor the external areas of our campus.

We are also asking that your emergency care information is up to date including anyone who you would like to be able to pick up your student. It is important students are being released to those who you have deemed responsible and trusted.

Outside of school we want to remind students to make safe choices as well.  See something, say something is important, when walking in the community traveling in groups and openly communicating with family about where you are going and who you are with are all best practices for safety.  It take as a village and West Potomac is one of the strongest villages in our district.

We so appreciate the opportunities our students are afforded to interact and learn from our government representatives. Thanks to Representative Beyer who spent time with a group of our students answering their tough questions and engaging them in dialogue about our community, and shout out to our social studies department for organizing the event.

Have a safe long weekend!

Ms. Millard

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Congratulations to our Science Department Students - First Place Science Fair Winners!

The first-place winners, listed below, will now go on to the Regional Science Fair at Robinson Secondary School, which will run from March 20-22.

The science fair’s 1st place award winners and their projects are:

Chemistry

  • Booran Dhaba, Jackson Mayo: Electrolyte Challenge
  • Nicole Jones:Boom’n Algae: The Effect of Nutrient Rich Pollutants on Algae Growth

Physics and Astronomy

  • Evan Bednarek, Robert Lamb, Adam Bao: The Effect of External Airbags on Car Crash Force

Environmental Engineering

  • Owen Barr, Mike Oelschlager: The Effect of Wind Turbine Blade Area on Power Output
  • Jack Taylor, Jake Cooper, Reilly Clautice: The Effect of Different Dispersants on the Concentration of Oil in Water

Earth and Environment Sciences

  • Carson Marshall: The Effect of Water Source on the Chemical Components of Water
  • Andrei Zaitsev, Evelyn Mulhern: The Effect of Urban Areas on Nitrate Levels in Adjacent Waterways
  • Elizabeth Montoya-LaPorte, Callie Miller: The Effect of Cattails and the Forest on Water Quality
  • Issac James: How usable are vertical wind turbines in taking a city off the grid?
  • Brady Hoey, Alyssa Nolan, Ave Clyburn: The effect of water on plant growth

Energy: Chemical

  • Mark Belle-Isle, Dylan Black, Charlie Ruppe: The Effect of electrical current on the pH salt water solutions

Biochemistry

  • Sophia Cicero, Renee Temple, Macy Lindblom: The effect of varying pH levels on the denaturation rate of protein

Engineering Mechanics

  • Grant Hamilton, Jr Dunn: The effect of Dielectric contamination on the capacitance of a basic capacitor

Energy: Physical

  • Sam Watterson, Sam Bachmore, Carter Hamilton: The effect of magnets on generator output

Biomedical and Health Sciences

  • Wes Hutcherson, Ethan Hanson, Chris Hewitt: The Effect of Liquid Solutions on Air Pressure

Plant Sciences

  • Aaron Kopp, Ethan Brodie, Michael Weinraub: The Effect of Different Plants on the Amount of CO2 in the Air

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PTSA Update

February PTSA Meeting - Monday, Feb. 3 -  6:30 to 8:00 pm in the library

Plan to attend the general membership PTSA meeting where the special topic will be Academic Advising and Graduation Requirements.

All Night Grad (ANG)

Help spread the excitement for the Class of 2020 All Night Grad Celebration!  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!  To volunteer please contact Rebecca Losee at angcwestpo2020@gmail.com.

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Beyond the Page Theater Company

Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School continues it’s 35th Season: From Across the Pond with Monty Python’s Edukational Show from February 6-8.

"Monty Python's Edukational Show" is the only authorized collection of Monty Python sketches and songs available for performance by young actors in North America. This brand new show offers up the genius of Monty Python in a hilarious 80-minute musical revue. Enjoy “Cheese Shop,” “Argument Clinic,” “Gumby Flower Arranging,” “Lumberjack Song,” “Dead Parrot,” “Galaxy Song” and many more Python gems, with a decidedly irreverent "edukational" theme.

For tickets visit us at westpotomactheatre.org

_______________________________________________________________________________

SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

Test Prep 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.  Winter SAT Class starts January 4 and preps for the official SAT in March.  We will have summer SAT and ACT classes. The summer schedule will be posted to the test prep web page and announced in the NYC when finalized.

Upcoming Test Prep Events:

Mock SAT, 01/04/20, 9:00am - 1:30pm Mock ACT, 01/04/20, 9:15am - 1:30pm SAT Group Class starts with the 01/04/20 mock tests and preps for 03/14/20 official SAT test. Please use the following link to learn more about Understanding your PSAT scores.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff 

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

Class of 2022

Attention Class of 2022! Show your school spirit and purchase a Class of 2022 t-shirt for $20! All proceeds will go to the Class of 2022 to fund future class activities. Please follow the attached link to view the t-shirt design and to complete your order form.

_______________________________________________________________________________

Orchestra Blankets

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News You Choose - Friday, January 17, 2020

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Important Dates

Principal’s Message

PTSA Update

SAT/ACT PREP

Dance Team/Moe’s Night

Class of 2022

Orchestra Blankets

 

Jan. 20: School Holiday/Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 22: Dance Team/Moe’s Night

Jan. 24: End of Second Quarter

Jan. 27-28: Teacher Workday/Staff Development:  No School for Students

Feb 3: 6:30 PTSA Meeting in the library

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Greetings to ALL and a Reminder regarding Martin Luther King Day of Service: 

Because of our strong military connection and our joy of doing good in the world, Region 3 schools are partnering with America's Adopt A Soldier for a day of service on Monday, January 20, 2020!

We will be creating care packages and you can support by either providing donations from the attached list and or attending the day to put together the packages. Please see the information below.If you would like to drop off donations you can bring the items to Hayfield on the day of service.

For details, please refer to this attachment:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aBDDmkjPZOQ-Zeef8GDyyRzS8zMPDDzR/view?usp=sharing

Date: Monday 20 January 2020 

Where: Hayfield Secondary School ~ 7630 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22315

Event Start: 9:00 AM

Event End: 12:00 PM

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Making a difference in the lives of our Veterans, Homeless Veterans, Service Members and their Families”

Ms. Millard

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PTSA Update

February PTSA Meeting - Monday, Feb. 3 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the library

Plan to attend the general membership PTSA meeting where the special topic will be Academic Advising and Graduation Requirements.

ANG (All Night Grad)

The All Night Grad committee is working hard to make this year’s ANG party the most special ever!  You can buy your tickets now: https://www.angcwestpotomac.com.  Please contact Rebecca Losee if you are able to volunteer to help before, during or after (clean up) for the event.  angcwestpo2020@gmail.com

SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

Test Prep 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.  Winter SAT Class starts January 4 and preps for the official SAT in March.  We will have summer SAT and ACT classes. The summer schedule will be posted to the test prep web page and announced in the NYC when finalized.

Upcoming Test Prep Events:

Mock SAT, 01/04/20, 9:00am - 1:30pm Mock ACT, 01/04/20, 9:15am - 1:30pm SAT Group Class starts with the 01/04/20 mock tests and preps for 03/14/20 official SAT test. Please use the following link to learn more about Understanding your PSAT scores.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff 

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

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Dance Team/Moe’s Night

Come support the WP Dance Team at Moe's Restaurant night on January 22 from 5-8pm.  Bring a copy of the attached flyer and deposit your receipt in the collection box at the register.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EEazfPmlVfyFEZoLj3A2zr2irrohjAOp/view?usp=sharing

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Class of 2022

Attention Class of 2022! Show your school spirit and purchase a Class of 2022 t-shirt for $20! All proceeds will go to the Class of 2022 to fund future class activities. Please follow the attached link to view the t-shirt design and to complete your order form.

___________________________________________________________________________

Orchestra Blankets

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News You Choose - Saturday, January 11, 2020 - Principal's Message

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Dear West Potomac Families,

At the conclusion of last night’s boys basketball game, an adult male was arrested inside the gym for having a gun in his possession. The individual is not a current FCPS student. We appreciate the quick response of our SROs to make the arrest and contain the situation. No one was injured. The matter remains under investigation and we will provide you additional information, as needed. 

Sincerely,

Ms. Millard

 

 

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Course Selection 2020-21/Curriculum Night

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Happy Friday Wolverines,

A reminder that our Curriculum Night is Monday, January 13, beginning at 6pm. 

  • Here is our agenda
  • Use this link to review our breakout sessions available between 7-830pm.
  • Rising 10th-12th grade families will begin in the Kogelman Theatre. This presentation will also be available in Spanish in the library.
  • WPHS Special Education Overview - Families are welcome to come early and meet our Special Education Department Administrator Dr. Banks, and our Special Education Department Chairs, Ms. Sheri Been and Ms. Stephanie Kohn, in the library from 5:15pm-5:50pm

We look forward to seeing you Monday evening!

Take care,

Kevin McMahon

Director of Student Services

Academic Advising 2020-21

Important dates

  • January 13 – Distribution of Course Selection Information and Materials via Advisory
  • January 13 - Curriculum Night, Electives Open House, West Potomac Academy Open House – 6pm
  • January 15 – Electives Fair During Advisory (Bell Schedule 1, 7, 5, 3)
  • January 16 and 17 – Academic Days of Emphasis – Teachers take a moment in classes to provide feedback to students regarding 2020-2021 courses
  • January 23 – February 4 - Rising 12th Grade Course Selection Meetings with School Counselors via English Classes.
  • February 5 – February 14 - Rising 11th Grade Course Selection Meetings with School Counselors via PE 10 Classes
  • February 18- February 28 – Rising 10th Grade Course Selection Meetings with School Counselors via PE 9

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News You Choose - Friday, January 10, 2020

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Curriculum Night and Rising 9th Grade Parent Night
  • Class of 2022
  • SAT/ACT PREP
  • Orchestra Blankets

 

Important Dates:

Jan. 13: 6:00pm: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Parent Night/Electives Fair

Jan. 20: School Holiday/Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 24: End of Second Quarter

Jan. 27-28: Teacher Workday/Staff Development:  No School for Students

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Happy New Year Wolverines!

I hope that everyone entered the new year with happiness, health and love. I enjoyed the holiday with my family and feel energized for the second half of the year.  

We often have so much to be proud of with our students, teachers and programs.  Please take a few minutes to look at the FOX5 News link below highlighting our amazing students in our TV production program.

https://www.fox5dc.com/video/640545

The West Potomac Family is GROWING as we are experiencing a baby boom in our staff family. We have eight teachers who are having or have just had babies this school year.  We have been very fortunate to secure licensed and reliable long term subs for each of these positions.  Please congratulate Ms. Ashton and Ms. Hedenberg who will be going out in the spring, Ms. Romeo and Ms. Kim who are out now, Ms. Boutilier who will be out in February, Mr. Walter any day now and welcome back Ms. Davis (Mr. Bishop) who has been out since last quarter. 

Martin Luther King Day of Service: 

Because of our strong military connection and our joy of doing good in the world, Region 3 schools are partnering with America's Adopt A Soldier for a day of service on Monday, January 20, 2020!

We will be creating care packages and you can support by either providing donations from the attached list and or attending the day to put together the packages.  Please see the information below.  If you would like to drop off donations you can bring them to our main office by Friday Jan. 17th or you can bring the items to Hayfield on the day of service.

For details, please refer to this attachment:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aBDDmkjPZOQ-Zeef8GDyyRzS8zMPDDzR/view?usp=sharing

Date: Monday 20 January 2020 

Where: Hayfield Secondary School ~ 7630 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22315

Event Start: 9:00 AM

Event End: 12:00 PM

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Making a difference in the lives of our Veterans, Homeless Veterans, Service Members and their Families”

Ms. Millard

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Curriculum Night

Save the Date – January 13, 2020 – Curriculum Night and Rising 9th Grade Parent Night. For more information click here. Spanish version here.

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Class of 2022

Attention Class of 2022! Show your school spirit and purchase a Class of 2022 t-shirt for $20! All proceeds will go to the Class of 2022 to fund future class activities. Please follow the attached link to view the t-shirt design and to complete your order form.

_____________________________________________________________________________

SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

Test Prep 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.  Winter SAT Class starts January 4 and preps for the official SAT in March.  We will have summer SAT and ACT classes. The summer schedule will be posted to the test prep web page and announced in the NYC when finalized

Upcoming Test Prep Events:

Mock SAT, 01/04/20, 9:00am - 1:30pm Mock ACT, 01/04/20, 9:15am - 1:30pm SAT Group Class starts with the 01/04/20 mock tests and preps for 03/14/20 official SAT test. Please use the following link to learn more about Understanding your PSAT scores.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff 

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

_____________________________________________________________________________ 

Orchestra Blankets

Brrr...just Brrr!.....Our blankets are just what you need to stay warm and cozy all winter long!  Click here to order.

 

 

 

 

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Lockdown Drill Complete

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Wolverine Community,

This morning at approximately 845am we had the third of our four state mandated lockdown drills.  We thank all our students and staff for acting appropriately and safely during today’s drill.  As always, we appreciate you reinforcing with your child the importance of the drills to ensure we all know what to do in an emergency.  We do not want students to be frightened, but ask that you reinforce with your child(ren) the importance of taking drills seriously and to follow the directions of the staff.

Thank you,

West Potomac Administration

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Course Selection 2020-21/Curriculum Night

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Academic Advising 2020-21

Important dates

  • January 13 – Distribution of Course Selection Information and Materials via Advisory
  • January 13 - Curriculum Night, Electives Open House, West Potomac Academy Open House – 6pm
  • January 15 – Electives Fair During Advisory (Bell Schedule 1, 7, 5, 3)
  • January 16 and 17 – Academic Days of Emphasis – Teachers take a moment in classes to provide feedback to students regarding 2020-2021 courses
  • January 23 – February 4 - Rising 12th Grade Course Selection Meetings with School Counselors via English Classes.
  • February 5 – February 14 - Rising 11th Grade Course Selection Meetings with School Counselors via PE 10 Classes
  • February 18- February 28 – Rising 10th Grade Course Selection Meetings with School Counselors via PE 9

Happy New Year Wolverines!

I wanted to reach out and remind all families of current 9th-11th graders that Curriculum Night, which includes an Electives Fair Open House and West Potomac Academy Open House, is next Monday evening.  Here is a flyer for the event. The agenda is below.  With course selection beginning later this month, this is an important opportunity to gather information about classes, ask teachers questions, and hear from our Student Services Department about Graduation Requirements.  New this year, we will also be going over how students will be making their course selections on their StudentVue account.  Students are invited to attend with their parents. 

Breakout Session information for the second part of the evening will be sent out later this week.

We look forward to seeing you next Monday night!

Kevin McMahon

Director of Student Services 

Agenda - January 13, 2020

5:15-5:50pm – WPHS Special Education Overview – Library

  • Families are welcome to come early and meet our Special Education Department Administrator Dr. Banks, and our Special Education Department Chairs – Ms. Sheri Been and Ms. Stephanie Kohn

6:00-7:00pm

  • Rising 9th Academic Advising Presentation
    • Springbank Auditorium
  • Rising 10th-12th Academic Advising Presentation
    • Kogelman Theatre
  • Spanish Academic Advising Presentation – All Grade Levels
    • Library

7:00-8:20pm

  • Curriculum/Advanced Academic Presentations
  • Electives Fair Open House

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News You Choose - Friday, December 20, 2019

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  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Holiday Greeting
  • WPHS Offices – Dec. 23, 2019 - Jan. 3, 2020
  • Emergency Care Form Important Information
  • College and Career Center
  • Class of 2022 T-shirts
  • PTSA Updates/Curriculum Night Coming Soon
  • SAT PREP

 

Important Dates:

Dec.: 23-Jan. 3: Winter Holiday

Jan. 6: School Resumes

Jan. 13: 6:00 pm: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Parent Night/Electives Fair

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Happy Holidays Wolverine Family!!!!

I hope you have a restful winter break full of family and friends.  I am thankful for our community and I pray that your new year brings you peace, joy and love!

Ms. Millard

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Main Office and other WPHS Offices

WPHS main office and most offices will be closed during the Holidays – December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020.

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Emergency Care Form Important Information:

Please be advised that NO students will be released to any person not listed in the emergency care form.

If you need to add any relatives/friends or neighbors, please complete the attached form and bring it to student services. Ms. Dorsey will update the emergency contacts in SIS.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12PEE2n953sp6Nqs5Kcudh6ee3p7ug2sw/view?usp=sharing

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Save the Date – January 13, 2020 – Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Parent Night. Please see attached flyers.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NutW1OKPFI6pWBiwL5hMO6rb9Jd545sG/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UMsvSXSEBoafqo5Rt6DQWs6vZ6lNPyM8/view?usp=sharing      

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College and Career Center

Please see attached for the College and Career Center’s December 2019 Newsletter.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P8KZOX2qVPCqaKX-gJKTOUT4l7gujMSJ/view?usp=sharing

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Class of 2022

Attention Class of 2022! Show your school spirit and purchase a Class of 2022 t-shirt for $20! All proceeds will go to the Class of 2022 to fund future class activities. Please follow the attached link to view the t-shirt design and to complete your order form.

_________________________________________________________________________

PTSA Update

Enjoy your winter break! There will not be a PTSA meeting in January.

Use Amazon Smile as opposed to Amazon for your online shopping!

Please go to smile.amazon.com and register West Potomac PTSA as the organization you would like to support-Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the PTSA. Amazon smile has the same products and Prime advantages as Amazon, it is just the charitable arm of the organization!  

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SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

Test Prep 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.  Winter SAT Class starts January 4 and preps for the official SAT in March.  We will have summer SAT and ACT classes. The summer schedule will be posted to the test prep web page and announced in the NYC when finalized.

 

Upcoming Test Prep Events:

Mock SAT, 01/04/20, 9:00am - 1:30pm

Mock ACT, 01/04/20, 9:15am - 1:30pm

SAT Group Class starts with the 01/04/20 mock tests and preps for 03/14/20 official SAT test.

Please use the following link to learn more about Understanding your PSAT scores: 

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff 

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

 

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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Message From The Attendance Office - Thursday, December 19, 2019

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Message from the attendance office

Due to the large volume of voice messages, emails and notes today 12/19/19 and tomorrow 12/20/19, the attendance office may be unable to enter all the excused absences in SIS prior to the 10:00am robo calls/text messages.  We will do our best to enter all absences by the end of the school day -  so, please do not e-mail/call the attendance or main office.If, however, you receive the robo calls/text messages again at 6:00pm,feel free to contact the attendance office as instructed. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season with your family and friends and a happy New Year!

 

 

6500 Quander Road Alexandria, VA 22307  | Main Office: 703-718-2500
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