WPHS News You Choose - 2/3/23

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • February 4: AS YOU LIKE IT - THE MUSICAL 1 PM and 7 PM Kogelman Theatre
  • February 6: PTSA Meeting at 6:30 PM in library
  • February 9 and 10: AS YOU LIKE IT - THE MUSICAL 7 PM Kogelman Theatre
  • February 10: West Potomac Band - Jazz Band Annual Valentine's Dance 7 PM
  • February 10: Pyramid Night - West Potomac Girls Basketball 7:30 PM
  • February 11; Dance Team Soft Goods and Books Drive 8 – 10:30 AM
  • February 11: AS YOU LIKE IT - THE MUSICAL 1 PM and 7 PM Kogelman Theatre
  • February 13 – 16: Instruction 2 Industry: A live, virtual career expo for high school students
  • February 14: Class of 2024 fundraiser at Chipotle on February 14th from 4 – 8 PM
  • February 17: All A and A/B Honor Roll Celebration – Volunteers Needed
  • February 18: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • February 20: Student Holiday – President’s Day
  • March 2: Two-Hour Early Release
  • March 3: Student Holiday
  • March 6 PTSA Meeting at 6:30 PM in library
  • March 11: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth & Applerouth SAT and ACT group class begins
  • April 3 – 7: Spring Break
  • April 10: PTSA Meeting at 6:30 PM in library
  • April 13: End of Third Quarter

 

PTSA News

Join us at West Potomac High School for Pyramid Night!

The West Potomac PTSA along with the other local PTAs in our pyramid, warmly invites you to join us at West Potomac High School on Friday, February 10 for "Pyramid Night", to cheer on the West Potomac Girls Basketball team play against Woodson HS. It is also West Potomac's senior night so please come cheer on these special girls! The main event will start at 7:30pm, and there will be a DJ, prizes, and the opportunity to preorder an exclusive West Potomac Pyramid t-shirt! This is a great event to meet other local families, as well as Principals, students and PTA leaders from our neighboring schools. Entry is just $5 per person. We encourage anyone attending from our school to wear their favorite spiritwear to represent our BELOVED WEST POTOMAC. Look out for more information and details next week. We hope to see you there!

Please join us THIS coming Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm in the library. In addition to updates from Dr. Millard and the PTSA, we welcome Jessica Kidwell who will speak on Neurodiversity. Jessica is the host of the podcast, Neuroversity, a space to learn about and elevate the stories of the neurodivergent community.  As the mother of an autistic daughter and a son who has ongoing issues with anxiety, she found herself looking for sources of information that could help her understand how to be a better advocate and ally for them both.  She is also the co-host of the podcast We Should Talk About That, which aims to connect people by having hard conversations about uncomfortable topics in a vulnerable and safe way.  

 

Second Quarter A and A/B Honor Roll Celebration – Volunteers Needed

 

Help us celebrate the hard work of our all As and A/B 2nd quarter student(s)!  We will be serving up a Chips and Queso bar from Moe’s, a student favorite, on Friday, February 17th during all four lunches.  We need volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up.  No experience is necessary and it is a great way to meet other parents and students. 

 

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Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

 

 

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

West Potomac PTSA is looking for a 2023 – 2024 Test Prep Chair!

 

Best Volunteer Opportunity EVER!  Do you have freshman and/or younger students? Well, SAT/ACT tests are in your future. Be on the cutting edge of changes to the official tests and college admissions by chairing the PTSA’s Test Prep Program! No test prep experience is needed just strong organization and customer service skills. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more about managing this rewarding program.

School News

West Potomac Band

West Potomac Band - Jazz Band Annual Valentine's Dance, Friday, Feb. 10, 7 - 9 p.m., Tickets required, $5.00/each.

 

Come out to the Springbank Auditorium Jazz Club on Friday, Feb. 10 to listen to some fun, jazzy tunes and celebrate Valentine's Day early!  Springbank Auditorium stage will be transformed to our own jazz club for our two jazz bands and guest student vocalists. This is not your ordinary concert, folks. This is a chance to listen to some toe tappin music, hang out with friends, and do a little dancing, if you like. Tickets are required. They are $5.00 and will be on sale at lunches next week and at the door on Feb. 10. 

 

Beyond The Page Theatre Company

Beyond the Page Theatre Company presents: 

“AS YOU LIKE IT - THE MUSICAL” 

at West Potomac High School

 

Come see Shaina Taub’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. “After being banished from Court, Rosalind and her cousin, Celia escape into the forest of Arden where they bump into Orlando, Rosalind's crush. Disguised as a shepherd boy, Rosalind teaches Orlando how to woo her with the help of a bunch of eccentric characters.” Come check out this romantic-comedy, leading up to the day of LOVE!!!

 

Purchase your tickets in advance at westpotomactheatre.org.  Remaining seats will be sold at the door.

 

Where:

West Potomac High School

Kogelman Theatre | Springbank Building 

 

When:

FEB 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 (7:00PM)

FEB 4, 11 (1:00PM)

 

Tickets:

Adults: $15

Students: $10

Come support the Class of 2024 at Chipotle on February 14th from 4 – 8 PM!!!! 

Donations of Soft Goods and Books to Benefit the Dance Team

The West Potomac Dance Team is collecting (1) bags of clothes and soft household goods and (2) books to donate to a local thrift organization.  The team makes money based on the weight of the donations, so the more the better!  This time book donations are permitted and should help increase the weight of the collection.  You can drop off bags/containers of soft goods and books at the blue bin by the side Springbank entrance at West Potomac on Saturday, February 11 from 8:00 to 10:30 am.  Donation receipts will be available.  Thank you for supporting the Dance Team!

 

 

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) at the Mount Vernon District Station

 

H.I.P.S. is a community awareness program to educate parents on signs of risky behavior.

Join us on Saturday, February 18th at 12:00PM for "Hidden in Plain Sight" at the Mount Vernon District Station.

You must register to attend this free event. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hidden-in-plain-sight-mount-vernon-district-tickets-529379066037

The Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more. This is a hands-on learning experience for PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. We include up to date statistics and local trends, and law enforcement officers will share their experiences they have had in our community identifying risky behavior and helping to put kids on the right path to a healthy life. Let’s open the door to communicating with our teens!

 

 

College and Career Center Updates

Wolverines!  Several great upcoming community opportunities for students!

Instruction 2 Industry: A career expo for high school students:

During the week of February 13-16, 2023, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and school divisions across the region are hosting a Career Fair with panel discussions.  Industry experts in multiple fields will be speaking about their professional journeys and providing valuable insight into how to achieve your own success. A live, virtual event Instruction 2 Industry is free to all Northern Virginia high school students. 

For more information about the schedule and to register for the event, access the QR code in the 2023 Instruction 2 Industry Event flyer in English or Spanish .  Questions? Email [email protected]

 

Camp Corral Summer Camp:

Over the last 12 years, Camp Corral has served more than 30,000 military-connected children from across the country. Our one-of-a-kind program is tailored to address the most common needs and concerns of military children to include finding peer connections, creating support systems, building confidence, and learning coping skills. Children who participate in our programs experience adventure, test their limits, challenge their fears, celebrate their accomplishments, and make life affirming friendships that assure them they are not alone.

Camp Corral is open to children ages 8-15 who have a guardian that is a wounded, ill or injured military/veteran. This is a one-week summer camp that is NO COST to the families.

 

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

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!

 

Mock (Practice) Tests:

Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows. Checks should be payable to WPHS PTSA.

Mock ACT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 1:15pm, $23 Sign Up Mock SAT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up Mock SAT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up Mock ACT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:15am - 1:30pm, $23 Sign Up

 

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.”

Increase Your College Choices

 

Now is the time to find out where you are missing the most points on your SAT or ACT.  Take a mock and use the individualized score report to focus your limited study time.  Report includes suggested “homework” in popular prep books.  

 

Group Classes:

SAT Group Class, First Mock Test: 03/11/23, Sessions: 03/18/23 - 05/20/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule), Max Class Size: 15, $425 Sign Up

SAT Group Class First Mock Test: 03/11/23, Sessions: 03/18/23 - 05/20/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule), Max Class Size: 15, $425 Sign Up

ACT Group Class First Mock Test: 03/11/23, Sessions: 03/25/23 - 05/27/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule), Max Class Size: 15, $425 Sign Up

 

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars: 

Recording of the webinar sent to all registrants so no worries if you can’t attend!

Applerouth's College Night for Juniors: How to Get on Track for Early and Regular Decision 01/30/23, 8:00pm Sign Up Test Optional: Myths and Facts 02/07/23, 8:00pm Sign Up Navigating the College Admissions Process 02/16/23, 8:00pm Sign Up  

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarships!  Need-based scholarships to mocks and classes are available to WPHS students. Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

Best Volunteer Opportunity EVER!  Do you have freshman and/or younger students? Well, SAT/ACT tests are in your future. Be on the cutting edge of changes to the official tests and college admissions by chairing the PTSA’s Test Prep Program! No test prep experience is needed just strong organization and customer service skills. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more about managing this rewarding program.

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS News You Choose - 1/27/23

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  • Important Dates
  • Wellness Day 2023 - Thank you!
  • FCPS Strategic Plan
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • January 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • January 30-February 3: Rising 12th Grade Academic Advising Continues
  • February 1: Gap Year 6:30 PM at West Springfield HS
  • February 3: Leadership Application deadline
  • February 6: ParentVue/StudentVue Gradebook returns
  • February 6: PTSA Meeting at 6:30 PM in library
  • February 6-February 17: Rising 11th Grade Academic Advising
  • February 10: 2nd Quarter Report Cards Distributed in Advisory
  • February 21-March 3: Rising 10th Grade Academic Advising
  • February 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • March 11: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth & Applerouth SAT and ACT group class begins

Wellness Day 2023 – THANK YOU!

  • A huge thank you to all who made West Potomac’s first Wellness Day a huge success. Thank you to our volunteers, those who donated and a huge thank you to Ms. Babic, Ms. Knudson, and Ms. Mason who led the organization and planning of the event.  It was a great day! 

FCPS Strategic Plan - Feedback

Strategic Plan: Make Your Students’ Voice Count! Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. Please encourage your students to participate in this unique opportunity to share their voices.

FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting four virtual focus groups for secondary students in February and March:

  • February 9, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.
  • March 16, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected].  

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.

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Plan Estratégico: ¡Haga que la voz de sus estudiantes cuente! El proceso de planificación estratégica de FCPS incorporará opiniones del personal escolar, familias, estudiantes, y socios y organizaciones de la comunidad. FCPS actualmente está buscando estudiantes de secundaria en grados 7-12 que estén interesados en participar en un grupo de enfoque del Plan Estratégico. Por favor anime a su(s) estudiante(s) a participar en esta oportunidad única de compartir sus voces.

Este grupo de enfoque provee una oportunidad de compartir opiniones en un grupo pequeño con otros estudiantes de FCPS y un facilitador entrenado. FCPS está organizando cuatro grupos de enfoque virtuales para estudiantes de secundaria en Febrero y Marzo:

  • 9 de Febrero, 3:30-5 p.m. o 5:30-7 p.m.
  • 16 de Marzo, 3:30-5 p.m. o 5:30-7 p.m.

Los estudiantes que estén interesados deben revisar su correo electrónico para obtener un formulario para inscribirse en un grupo de discusión. Se pedirá a los estudiantes que proporcionen su identificación de estudiante, para que sus padres/cuidadores puedan ser identificados y contactados para pedirles su consentimiento para participar.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los grupos de discusión de estudiantes o desea obtener más información sobre esta oportunidad, póngase en contacto con [email protected]  

¡Inscríbase Ahora para Asistir a un Foro Comunitario de Planificación Estratégica! 

Consulte el calendario de Foros Comunitarios para inscribirse en el que más le convenga. Los Foros Comunitarios proveerán a cada residente una oportunidad de participar e influenciar la dirección del Plan Estratégico de FCPS, antes de su finalización y adopción formal por la Junta Escolar. Aprenda más sobre nuestro proceso de planificación estratégica.

PTSA News

  • The next PTSA meeting will be on Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm in the library. In addition to updates from Dr. Millard and the PTSA, we welcome Jessica Kidwell who will speak on Neurodiversity. Jessica is the host of the podcast, Neuroversity, a space to learn about and elevate the stories of the neurodivergent community.  As the mother of an autistic daughter and a son who has ongoing issues with anxiety, she found herself looking for sources of information that could help her understand how to be a better advocate and ally for them both.  She is also the co-host of the podcast We Should Talk About That, which aims to connect people by having hard conversations about uncomfortable topics in a vulnerable and safe way.  

Amazon Smile

  • Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

West Potomac PTSA is looking for a 2023 – 2024 Test Prep Chair!

  • Best Volunteer Opportunity EVER!  Do you have freshman and/or younger students? Well, SAT/ACTtests are in your future. Be on the cutting edge of changes to the official tests and college admissions by chairing the PTSA’s Test Prep Program! No test prep experience is needed just strong organization and customer service skills. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more about managing this rewarding program.

School News

How to Talk About Alcohol Safety

  • Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one another. The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on your child. Although difficult, conversations about alcohol safety are necessary. When consuming alcoholic beverages around young people, consider the message you would like for them to receive. Have you caught yourself saying any of the following: “I need a drink,” “a drink would help me relax,” or “wine helps me sleep better at night”. These statements could inadvertently cause your child to believe that alcohol is a suitable replacement for healthy coping strategies. 
  • It’s never too early to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about alcohol. About 10% of children say they have tried alcohol and that number increases to 50% by the time they are 15 (SAMHSA). Early and frequent conversations about alcohol and other drugs tend to be more effective than having “the talk” once. If you choose to not have the conversation with your child as a parent, they will still have the conversion with their peers. Silence communicates as loudly as a verbal conversation, so it’s up to you to decide what message is explicitly shared. 
  • For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270
  • Sources & Resources

Come support the Class of 2024 at Chipotle on February 14th from 4 – 8 PM!!!! 

Donations of Soft Goods and Books to Benefit the Dance Team

  • The West Potomac Dance Team is collecting (1) bags of clothes and soft household goods and (2) books to donate to a local thrift organization.  The team makes money based on the weight of the donations, so the more the better!  This time book donations are permitted and should help increase the weight of the collection.  You can drop off bags/containers of soft goods and books at the blue bin by the side Springbank entrance at West Potomac on Saturday, February 11 from 8:00 to 10:30 am.  Donation receipts will be available.  Thank you for supporting the Dance Team!

WPHS Leadership Training: 

  • The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.
  • For rising Freshman: if you are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a mandatory application that can be found at https://tinyurl.com/WPLeadershipRising9 that is due by Friday February  3rd at 11:59 PM.  
  • For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student Schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: https://tinyurl.com/WPLeadership2023 and is due Friday February 3rd at 11:59 PM. 
  • If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Joe Petrucelli at [email protected].

FCPS High School Academy Open House

  • FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.
  • A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will have opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.
  • Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service Opportunities

  • FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Scholastic Art Winners

College and Career Center Updates

Please visit this link to view the January CCC Newsletter and review lots of great College and Career Center updates.

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

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!

Mock (Practice) Tests:

  • Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows. Checks should be payable to WPHS PTSA.
  • Mock SAT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $28 – walk in available
  • Mock ACT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday, 9:15am - 1:30pm, $28 - walk in available 
  • Mock ACT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 1:15pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock SAT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock SAT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock ACT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:15am - 1:30pm, $23 Sign Up

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.”

Increase Your College Choices

  • Now is the time to find out where you are missing the most points on your SAT or ACT.  Take a mock and use the individualized score report to focus your limited study time.  Report includes suggested “homework” in popular prep books.  

Group Classes:

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars: 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarships!  Need-based scholarships to mocks and classes are available to WPHS students. Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

Best Volunteer Opportunity EVER!  Do you have freshman and/or younger students? Well, SAT/ACT tests are in your future. Be on the cutting edge of changes to the official tests and college admissions by chairing the PTSA’s Test Prep Program! No test prep experience is needed just strong organization and customer service skills. Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected], to learn more about managing this rewarding program.

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS - News You Choose 1-20-22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Scholastic Art Winners
  • Prospective Student (Non-FCPS) Open House
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • January 25: West Potomac Wellness Day, end of 2nd quarter, 2 hour early release
  • January 26 & 27: Student holiday
  • January 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • February 1: Gap Year 6:30 PM at West Springfield HS
  • February 3: Leadership Application deadline
  • February 6: PTSA Meeting at 6:30 PM in library
  • February 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • March 11: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth & Applerouth SAT and ACT group class begins

Scholastic Art Winners

  • Congratulations to Perrin Ash, Nikol Brodovska, Reese Haggerty, Fatima Khalid, Olivia Myers, Monica Palacios, Piero Roque, Faren Sachs, Morgan Sheedy, and Lauren Studdiford who were recently selected for 2023 Scholastic Art Recognition!  
  • Please visit this link on our West Potomac website to see their award winning art work!

Prospective Student (Non-FCPS family) Open House

  • Do you know a family who is considering enrolling their child at West Potomac for the 2023-24 school year and currently isn’t enrolled in an FCPS school? Please share with them that on Wednesday January 25 from 2-3:30pm we will be holding an open house to learn more about West Potomac!
  • Interested families are asked to RSVP using this link.
  • If you have any questions, please email Kevin McMahon at [email protected]

PTSA News

  • We will resume our monthly PTSA meetings on Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm in the school library. 
  • On Wednesday, January 25, the early release day at the end of the quarter, West Potomac High School will be hosting a Wellness Day for all students. The day will consist of opportunities for students to explore their wellness in a variety of ways. Teachers will be leading sessions focusing on creativity, community engagement, physical wellness, and strategies to nurture good mental health habits. There will be something for everyone! This is a big undertaking, and in order to help the day run smoothly the staff has requested parent volunteers to assist in some of the more involved sessions. There are also needs for donations to support the day and its events.
  • Please sign up to assist in person or by making a donation if you can. Thank you so very much for your continued support of the mighty mighty Wolverines.

The WPHS PTSA Board

Amazon Smile

  • Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

School News

Come support the Class of 2024 at Chipotle on February 14th from 4 – 8 PM!!!! 

Donations of Soft Goods and Books to Benefit the Dance Team

  • The West Potomac Dance Team is collecting (1) bags of clothes and soft household goods and (2) books to donate to a local thrift organization.  The team makes money based on the weight of the donations, so the more the better!  This time book donations are permitted and should help increase the weight of the collection.  You can drop off bags/containers of soft goods and books at the blue bin by the side Springbank entrance at West Potomac on Saturday, February 11 from 8:00 to 10:30 am.  Donation receipts will be available.  Thank you for supporting the Dance Team!

WPHS Leadership Training: 

  • The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.
  • For rising Freshman: if you are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a mandatory application that can be found at https://tinyurl.com/WPLeadershipRising9 that is due by Friday February  3rd at 11:59 PM.  
  • For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student Schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: https://tinyurl.com/WPLeadership2023 and is due Friday February 3rd at 11:59 PM.
  • If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Joe Petrucelli at [email protected].

FCPS High School Academy Open House

  • FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.
  • A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will have opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.
  • Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service Opportunities

  • FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

College and Career Center Updates

  • Enrichment programs are an opportunity for students to explore their interests or learn new skills. Programs are held on a variety of topics throughout the year, including the summer.  Students can utilize Naviance to explore different programs, including instructions on how to apply.  Below are a few of the programs currently posted.  Students can go to Naviance Student>CollegesResearch Colleges>Enrichment Programs.

BLAST Summer Program for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

  • Application Deadline: February 1st
  • Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) offers an exciting way for rising 9th and 10th grade students to spend three days of summer! Participating students get to stay in a college dorm and see what campus life is like on-site at one of our three partner universities: Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech, or the University of Virginia. Each day of BLAST is jam-packed with science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) activities and demonstrations led by faculty of the university. Students come away from BLAST with a greater sense of curiosity, deeper insight about the variety of careers that exist in STEM, and enhanced readiness for advanced STEM programs.
  • The BLAST program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Engineering Summer Academy at Penn

  • Application Deadline: April 1st
  • The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) welcomes highly motivated and talented students to explore Engineering at the college level. The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies. Work with leading faculty while earning college credit, live on Penn’s historic campus, and connect with new friends from around the world.

Veterinary Medicine Careers Exploration

  • Program Date:  March 4th
  • Attention high school students. Have you ever wondered what it is like to practice veterinary medicine? Are you thinking about veterinary medicine as a possible field of study? Are you familiar with the multitude of career choices within the field of veterinary medicine? Veterinarians with specialties in wildlife and emergency and critical care will discuss their work and their educational and professional journeys. Plus, a surgical and ophthalmology veterinary nurse, who transitioned to veterinary equipment supply and sales, will share her experiences. Students will explore Veterinary Medicine Careers with experts in the field. Three speakers will share their experiences and expertise during the two-hour workshop. Students will gain a greater understanding of the many different opportunities within the veterinary medicine field and have an opportunity to have their questions answered.

(Disclaimer: Enrichment programs offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.)

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Mock (Practice) Tests:

Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows. Check should be payable to WPHS PTSA.

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.”

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!

Group Classes:

SAT Group Class, First Mock Test: 03/11/23, Sessions: 03/18/23 - 05/20/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule), Max Class Size: 15, $425 Sign Up

SAT Group Class First Mock Test: 03/11/23, Sessions: 03/18/23 - 05/20/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule), Max Class Size: 15, $425 Sign Up

ACT Group Class First Mock Test: 03/11/23, Sessions: 03/25/23 - 05/27/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule), Max Class Size: 15, $425 Sign Up

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars: 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarships!  Need-based scholarships to mocks and classes are available to WPHS students. Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS News You Choose 1/13/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • January 16: Student Holiday
  • January 18: Career Expo for military families 10 AM at the National Museum of the US Army
  • January 25: End of 2nd quarter, 2 hour early release
  • January 25: West Potomac Wellness Day!
  • January 26 & 27: Student holiday
  • January 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • February 1: Gap Year 6:30 PM at West Springfield HS
  • February 6: PTSA Meeting at 6:30 PM in library
  • February 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • March 11: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth & Applerouth SAT and ACT group class begins

PTSA News

We look forward to seeing you at our monthly PTSA meetings next month on Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm in the school library.  

West Potomac is holding its first Wellness Day on January 25th.  This is a great opportunity for students to take a deep breath, have some fun and explore a new interest.  West Potomac can use our help to pull off this fun activity!  Please signup to contribute!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA5A829A57-wellness

It's FIVE GUYS time, the more burgers you eat, the more money you help us raise for the PTSA!  Grab your Five Guys after school snack and/or dinner on Wednesday, January 18 from 3:30-7:30 PM and Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA! I think they should rename themselves the COOL GUYS, don't you?!

Amazon Smile

Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

School News

WPHS Leadership Training: 

The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.

For rising Freshman: if you are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a mandatory application that can be found at https://tinyurl.com/WPLeadershipRising9 that is due by Friday February  3rd at 11:59 PM.  

For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: https://tinyurl.com/WPLeadership2023 and is due Friday February 3rd at 11:59 PM.

If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Joe Petrucelli at [email protected].

FCPS High School Academy Open House

FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. 

A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will have opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.

Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service Opportunities

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

College and Career Center Updates

Northern VA Community College (NOVA) Senior Focused Events:

  1. Application Completion Event: NOVA Admissions Representatives will visit the WPHS College & Career Center on Thursday, 1/19 from 9:45 am – 11:00 am to assist seniors in completing their NOVA applications.  Seniors must register for this event by going into Naviance > Colleges> College Visits.  ***Students who are in a DE class and already have a NOVA ID do not need to complete an application.***
  2. Virtual Info Sessions:  NOVA will hold virtual information sessions for seniors & parents to learn about opportunities, services & resources designed to get students connected to the NOVA community.  Sessions will be held in English and Spanish.  Please see the flyer for dates and registration links.  Questions?  Please contact [email protected] .

Apprenticeship 101:  FCPS Adult & Community Education (ACE) will offer a 12 week introduction to construction skills program.  It’s an excellent opportunity for seniors who are interested in exploring opportunities in a trade after high school.  Students earn 80 hours of apprenticeship related instruction, industry recognized credentials and can connect with employers.  See the flyer for additional detail. 

2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and their Families

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.

The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., by Julia Rogers, Founder of EnRoute Consulting and Gap Year Association Board President. Immediately following, the program fair will be in the cafeteria from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m., with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities. Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available.

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  Please see the flier for additional information .  2023 FCPS Gap Year Fair Flier

For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431.

**In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.**

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Mock (Practice) Tests:

Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows. Check should be payable to WPHS PTSA.

Mock SAT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up

Mock ACT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday, 9:15am - 1:30pm, $23 Sign Up

Mock ACT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 1:15pm, $23 Sign Up Mock SAT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up

Mock SAT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up

Mock ACT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:15am - 1:30pm, $23 Sign Up

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.”

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!

 

Group Classes:

SAT Group Class, First Mock Test: 03/11/23, Sessions: 03/18/23 - 05/20/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule), Max Class Size: 15, $425 Sign Up

SAT Group Class First Mock Test: 03/11/23, Sessions: 03/18/23 - 05/20/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule), Max Class Size: 15, $425 Sign Up

ACT Group Class First Mock Test: 03/11/23, Sessions: 03/25/23 - 05/27/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule), Max Class Size: 15, $425 Sign Up

 

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars: 

SAT vs ACT: The differences, the timelines, and the expectations of colleges

12/13/22 Sign Up

Your PSAT Scores Are Back: Now What? 12/14/22, 10:00pm Sign Up

Test Optional: Myths and Facts 12/15/22, 8:00pm Sign Up A

Applerouth's College Night for Sophomores: How to Get Set for Success

01/26/23, 8:00pm Sign Up

Applerouth's College Night for Juniors: How to Get on Track for Early and Regular Decision 01/30/23, 8:00pm Sign Up

 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

 

Scholarships!  Need-based scholarships to mocks and classes are available to WPHS students. Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS News You Choose - 1/7/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Curriculum Night – Tuesday January 10, 6pm
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • January 7: Applerouth SAT Prep Class Begins
  • January 10: Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Curriculum Night / Electives Open House
  • January 16: Student Holiday
  • January 18: Career Expo for military families 10 AM at the National Museum of the US Army
  • January 25: End of 2nd quarter, 2 hour early release
  • January 26 & 27: Student holiday
  • January 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • February 1: Gap Year 6:30 PM at West Springfield HS
  • February 6: PTSA Meeting at 6:30 PM in library
  • February 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • March 11: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth & Applerouth SAT and ACT group class begins

Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House

  • On Tuesday, January 10 we will have Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House.
    • 6-6:50pm
      • Rising 9th Grade Presentation – Springbank Auditorium
      • Rising 10th-12th Grade Presentation – Kogelman Theatre
    • 7-8:15pm
    • This is a great opportunity to learn about courses and plan for 23-24 Course Selection.
    • We will start academic advising this month so that we are prepared for FCPS Staffing meetings the end of March. Below are the dates school counselors will be meeting with students.
      • Rising 9th graders – Jan 12, 13, 23, 24 - @Sandburg Middle School
      • Rising 12th graders – Jan 17-20, Jan 30-Feb 3 – through English 11 classes
      • Rising 11th graders – Feb 6-17 – through PE 10
      • Rising 10th graders – Feb 21-March 3 – through PE 9
      • Course adjustments/changes are due by March 10.

There are no changes after March 10th as we prepare for staffing meetings.

PTSA News

  • We hope everyone had an enjoyable Winter break.  We will resume our monthly PTSA meetings next month on Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm in the school library.  

Amazon Smile

  • Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

School News

West Potomac Band Boosters Chipotle Fundraiser 

  • Mark your calendar - January 10th, Chipotle Fundraiser, 4-8pm. Please come eat at Chipotle to help the Band Boosters raise money for the band. Tell them you’re there for the fundraiser. Online ordering, please use code 6CZJ7CF

WPHS Leadership Training: 

  • The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.
  • For rising Freshman: if you are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a mandatory application that can be found at https://tinyurl.com/WPLeadershipRising9 that is due by Friday February  3rd at 11:59 PM.  
  • For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: https://tinyurl.com/WPLeadership2023 and is due Friday February 3rd at 11:59 PM.
  • If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at [email protected] or Joe Petrucelli at [email protected].

FCPS High School Academy Open House

  • FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.
  • A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will have opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.
  • Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service Opportunities

  • FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

College and Career Center Updates

Happy New Year wishes to our Wolverine families! 

  • Northern Virginia Community College will offer several virtual information sessions for current seniors & parents/guardians to learn about the opportunities, services & resources available.  The sessions will be offered in English & Spanish.  Please see the flyer for registration information.  Questions?  Please contact [email protected] .

Apprenticeship 101 

  • FCPS Adult & Community Education (ACE) will offer a 12 week introduction to construction skills program.  It’s an excellent opportunity for seniors who are interested in exploring opportunities in a trade after high school.  Students earn 80 hours of apprenticeship related instruction, industry recognized credentials and can connect with employers.  See the flyer for additional detail. 

 

  • Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Mock (Practice) Tests:

  • Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows. Check should be payable to WPHS PTSA.
  • Mock SAT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock ACT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday, 9:15am - 1:30pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock ACT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 1:15pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock SAT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock SAT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up
  •  Mock ACT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:15am - 1:30pm, $23 Sign Up

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.”

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!

Group Classes:

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars: 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarships!  Need-based scholarships to mocks and classes are available to WPHS students. Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS - News You Choose

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
    • Winter Break Office Hours
    • Rising 9th Family Night / Curriculum Night / Electives Open House
    • Orchestra Update
    • Wellness Day - January 25, 2023
    • Winter Weather Reminders
    • Academy Information
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • December 19 – January 2: Student Holiday
  • January 3: Classes Resume
  • January 7: Applerouth SAT Prep Class Begins
  • January 10: Rising 9th Family Night / Curriculum Night / Electives Open House
  • January 16: Student Holiday
  • January 18: Career Expo for military families 10 AM at the National Museum of the US Army
  • January 25: Wellness Day
  • January 25: End of 2nd quarter, 2 hour early release
  • January 26 & 27: Student holiday
  • January 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • February 1: Gap Year 6:30 PM at West Springfield HS
  • February 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • March 11: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth & Applerouth SAT and ACT group class begins

Principal Message

As we head to winter break, I want to wish all of you a wonderful winter break and Happy Holidays.  I hope everyone gets some rest and look forward to a wonderful 2023 for our school community! 

Take care,

Dr. Millard

Congratulations to WP Chorus for a wonderful Winter Concert this past Tuesday!

PTSA News

The West Potomac PTSA wishes you a wonderful holiday season and looks forward to seeing you in February at our next monthly meeting.

Amazon Smile

Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

Our Annual Music Department Holiday Concert was a complete success! Our Orchestra, Band, Chorus, and Guitar Students sounded amazing Thursday night and again today! Well done to all!

School News

Winter Break Hours

  • West Potomac Offices will be closed December 19 through January 2. Offices will open again on the 3rd of January as school resumes. Have a wonderful winter break!

Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House

  • On January 10 (snow dates 12th and 17th) we will have Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House.
    • 6-6:50pm
      • Rising 9th Grade Presentation – Springbank Auditorium
      • Rising 10th-12th Grade Presentation – Kogelman Theatre
    • 7-8:15pm
      • Break out sessions by department
      • Electives Open House in Cafeteria
    • This is a great opportunity to learn about courses and plan for 23-24 Course Selection.
    • We will start academic advising in January so that we are prepared for FCPS Staffing meetings the end of March. Below are the dates school counselors will be meeting with students.
      • Rising 9th graders – Jan 12, 13, 23, 24 - @Sandburg Middle School
      • Rising 12th graders – Jan 17-20, Jan 30-Feb 3 – through English 11 classes
      • Rising 11th graders – Feb 6-17 – through PE 10
      • Rising 10th graders – Feb 21-March 3 – through PE 9
      • Course adjustments/changes are due by March 10.
      • There are no changes after March 10th as we prepare for staffing meetings.

Orchestra Update:

  • Congratulations to The Following students who were selected for District 10 Honors Orchestra;
    • Sydney Ashworth
    • Luis Nestares
    • Jonathan Larkin
    • Hana Keenan
    • Miguel Tsang

These Students will perform a Concert on Saturday January 14, 2023, 3pm at South County High School.

 

Coming SOON!  West Potomac Wellness Day!

  • We will be setting aside a day to focus on Wolverine Wellness on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.   This day is on the student schedule as a 2-hour early release day.   The day will consist of opportunities for students to explore their wellness in a variety of ways.  Teachers will be leading sessions focusing on creativity, community engagement, physical wellness, and strategies to nurture good mental health habits.  You can preview the schedule in this advertisement.  Students will be given a complete list of available sessions in their advisory classes when the new year begins and will sign up for sessions of their choice.  Attendance will be taken to confirm students attendance throughout the day, but there will be no new instruction or graded work.   Students who do not wish to pursue the available sessions will be permitted to sign up for quiet rooms supervised by content teachers.  There will be something for everyone!

FCPS Weather Information

  • With winter weather on the horizon, please take a moment to watch this video detailing how weather-related closing decisions are made
  • FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated
  • Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Parents/caregivers should confirm their contact information is up-to-date in [email protected] (or, if you are an Employee, UConnect), in order to receive emails and text messages from FCPS. Bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

FCPS Academy Information

  • FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.
  • A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.
  • Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

College and Career Center Updates

2022 Virtual Postsecondary Week Recordings

  • In October 2022, FCPS students and families had the opportunity to attend 21 virtual sessions related to postsecondary success. The recordings of the sessions can be found in the flyer. To access individual sessions, click the linked title of the session or enter the URL into your preferred internet browser.

Tutor.com

  • Free on-line tutoring is available to all FCPS K-12 students in Schoology.  Middle & High School students can get free help with homework, challenging classes, test preparation, writing and more.  Tutors are available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin/Chinese.  Please visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/online-tutoring-services for full list of the tutoring services offered, frequently asked questions and additional information about Tutor.com.

Wishing all of our Wolverines and Wolverine families a wonderful holiday season from the College & Career Center.  See you in 2023!

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Mock (Practice) Tests:

Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows. Check should be payable to WPHS PTSA.

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.”

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!

Group Classes:

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars: 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarships!  Need-based scholarships to mocks and classes are available to WPHS students. Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

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WPHS - News You Choose 12/9

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House
  • District Band
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • December 10: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • December 12: Choir Winter Concert 7pm
  • December 15: Elevate Educate Enlighten on neurodiversity with speaker Jessica Kidwell 6:30 PM in Kogelman Theater
  • December 15: Holiday Concert and Bazaar in Springbank Auditorium 5:30 PM (bazaar) and 7 (concert)
  • December 19 – January 3: Student Holiday
  • January 7: Applerouth SAT Prep Class Begins
  • January 10: Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House
  • January 16: Student Holiday
  • January 18: Career Expo for military families 10 AM at the National Museum of the US Army
  • January 25: End of 2nd quarter, 2 hour early release
  • January 26 & 27: Student holiday
  • January 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • February 1: Gap Year 6:30 PM at West Springfield HS
  • February 28: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • March 11: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth & Applerouth SAT and ACT group class begins

Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House

  • On January 10 (snow dates 12th and 17th) we will have Curriculum Night / Rising 9th Grade Family Night / Electives Open House.
    • 6-6:50pm
      • Rising 9th Grade Presentation – Springbank Auditorium
      • Rising 10th-12th Grade Presentation – Kogelman Theatre
    • 7-8:15pm
      • Break out sessions by department
      • Electives Open House in Cafeteria
    • This is a great opportunity to learn about courses and plan for 23-24 Course Selection.
    • We will start academic advising in January so that we are prepared for FCPS Staffing meetings the end of March. Below are the dates school counselors will be meeting with students.
      • Rising 9th graders – Jan 12, 13, 23, 24 - @Sandburg Middle School
      • Rising 12th graders – Jan 17-20, Jan 30-Feb 3 – through English 11 classes
      • Rising 11th graders – Feb 6-17 – through PE 10
      • Rising 10th graders – Feb 21-March 3 – through PE 9
      • Course adjustments/changes are due by March 10.
      • There are no changes after March 10th as we prepare for staffing meetings.

Our Band had a great winter concert on Wednesday! Be sure to join us next week for our Winter Chorus Performance on Monday evening and our Music Department Holiday Concert on Thursday!

District Band

Congratulations to all our Band students who auditioned for District Band! West Potomac had an impressive TWENTY SIX selected for District Band!

Students selected for the First Band:

  • Oboe- Harry Shinkle*
  • Bassoon- David Rubinstein*
  • Clarinet- Ginny Nelson, Kye Greenfeld, Jessica Vasquez-Luna
  • Tenor Sax- Stuart Murphy*
  • Horn- Nick Ray*
  • Trumpet- Alex Ferrari
  • Trombone- Abby LaFleur*
  • Euphonium- Jack Siegfried*
  • Tuba- James Leggett*

Students selected for the Second Band:

  • Flute- Stephanie Kulinski, Piper Qutub
  • Clarinet- Delia Scott
  • Tenor Sax- Josh Thomann
  • Trumpet- Tyler Siegfried, Joseph Rastovski
  • Trombone- Jack Siegfried, Nicolas Ries, Karanda Duncans
  • Tuba- Andy Helvey
  • Percussion- Eva Joshua, Luke Giglio

Students selected as Alternates:

  • Trombone and Euphonium- Anna Rathfon
  • Percussion- Joel Simpson

Students with an asterisk next to their name are eligible for an All-State audition! Once again congratulations to EVERYONE who participated in the process! You did West Potomac proud!

PTSA News

Please join us for our next Elevate, Educated and Enlighten guest speaker, Jessica Kidwell, on Thursday, December 15th at 7pm in the Kogelman Theater.  Jessica will address the audience on neurodiversity.  You won't want to miss this!

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Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

School News

Join the WPHS Music Department for an unforgettable Holiday Concert and Bazaar. December 15th Springbank auditorium. 5:30-9 Holiday Market & 7pm-8:30pm Concert.

Wellness:  Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

 

FCPS Inclement Weather Policy

  • In case you missed it last week, here’s a reminder of FCPS’ inclement weather procedures. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will hold virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous (live) instruction following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule which includes a two-hour delay.
  • Consider bookmarking FCPS' Weather Cancellation Procedures to stay informed in case of winter weather or other emergency situations.

Free, On-Demand, Online Tutoring

FCPS students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback:

  • “This tutor was very helpful! She didn't tell me the answers. When needed, she helped me solve them! She was very kind and she really helped me!” –Elementary Math Student
  • “This was an awesome tutor! She explained why I needed to do specific steps, and she gave me practice problems! Best tutor I have had!” –IB Chemistry Student

Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers.

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage.

College and Career Center Updates

Mark your calendars and ‘Save the Date’ for two great upcoming events:

“Growing Your Career” Career & Education Expo for Military Families

This event is for transitioning service members, military spouses, dependents, and veterans. It will include opportunities for summer hire for military dependents. There will be 12 colleges/universities present, and 12 agencies that will be hiring for summer and other employment. The event will also touch on how to apply for GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program as well.

The event will be held at the National Museum of the United States Army (Ft. Belvoir) on January 18, 2023 from 10 am-2 pm.  For more information and to register, please see the event flier

2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and their Families

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.

The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., by Julia Rogers, Founder of EnRoute Consulting and Gap Year Association Board President. Immediately following, the program fair will be in the cafeteria from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m., with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities. Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available.

Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  Please see the flier for additional information.  2023 FCPS Gap Year Fair Flier

For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-4431.

**In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.*

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Mock (Practice) Tests:

Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows. Check should be payable to WPHS PTSA.

  • Mock SAT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm - walk-in available
  • Mock ACT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:15am - 1:30pm – walk-in available
  • Mock SAT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock ACT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday, 9:15am - 1:30pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock ACT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 1:15pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock SAT Date: 02/18/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock SAT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:00am - 12:45pm, $23 Sign Up
  • Mock ACT Date: 03/11/23 Saturday, 9:15am - 1:30pm, $23 Sign Up

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.”

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!

Group Classes:

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars: 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarships!  Need-based scholarships to mocks and classes are available to WPHS students. Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

Quick Links:

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

WPHS News You Choose - 12/2/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Announcement
  • PTSA News
  • School News
  • Senior Updates
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • December 5th: Revive Training at 5:30 in rooms 316 & 317 & PTA Board Meeting at 6:30 in the library
  • December 10: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • December 15th: Elevate Educate Enlighten on neurodiversity with speaker Jessica Kidwell 6:30 in the library
  • December 19 – January 3: Student Holiday
  • January 7: Applerouth SAT Prep Class Begins
  • January 16: Student Holiday

Announcement

  • We are excited to share that our extended cafeteria and Springbank Connector is completed! Beginning Monday we will be “under one roof.” 
  • We will now become a fully inside contained school; no trailers, no need to walk outside during class exchange, and a cafeteria big enough to accommodate our lunches.
  • Please see Dr. Millard’s email sent earlier this afternoon for more information.

PTSA News

Poinsetta Pick Up: Thank you for supporting the PTA, you can pick up poinsettias this Saturday, December 3rd from 11:30 AM – 2 PM in Hollin Hills pool parking lot.

 

Please mark your calendars for this coming Monday, December 6th at 6:30pm.  We will be holding our monthly PTSA meeting in the school library.  Elizabeth Knudson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist in the 

Student Safety and Wellness Office, will be our guest speaker.  You won't want to miss this!  Elizabeth is a wealth of knowledge and information. 

 

Please mark your calendars for our second ELEVATE EDUCATE ENLIGHTEN speaker, Jessica Kidwell, who will come talk to our community about neurodiversity on Thursday, December 15th at 7pm in Kogelman Theater.  Kids and families are encouraged to attend!  

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Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

School News

Congratulations to all of our fall athletes who were honored at the fall sports banquet this week.  Arleigh Hanson and Charlie Armstrong received the Scholar Athlete Award. 228 West Potomac student athletes earn a B+ or higher and three varsity teams, field hockey, golf and volleyball, had every player earn B+ or higher.  Congrats to the many players who earned All District and All Region honors.  Congrats to Arleigh Hanson for her signing to play volleyball for the Naval Academy and to Samantha Dorn for her signing to play volleyball for Christopher Newport.

Cross Country

MVP: Molly Weisel and Gavin Brown

Coach Award: Natalie Goel and Jack Lohmann

Field Hockey

MVP:  Addison Clift

Varsity Coach Award:  Riley Mote

JV Coach Award: Nora Adkins

Football

MVP:  Emmanuel Annor

Coach Award:  Charlie Armstrong

JV Coach Award: Jonathan Bhojwani

Freshman Coach: Award: Brent Forti

Golf

MVP: James Bransford

Coach Award: Christina Fuentes

Volleyball

MVP:  Samantha Dorn

Coach Award: Caroline Christensen

JV Coach Award:  Valen Hanson

Freshman Coach Award:  Olivia Clautice

 

15th Annual FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition

  • We are excited to share that this year WPHS has THREE Art Teachers who are being featured at this year’s FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition. Congratulations to Kristina Nosal, Adam Sanchez, and Amy Stoll!
  • This year’s exhibition is titled TextMessages: the Art of Con{text}. You can view the exhibit through Sunday at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

VJCL Latin Convention

  • Earlier this month, WPHS Latin students attended the VJCL Conference! Congrats to those recognize with awards at the conference.
    • Creative Arts (Latin Oratory & Storytelling) —a fantastic 2nd place showing for Claire Jagow!
    • Graphic Arts – many awards were won for various projects: painting, pen & ink, children’s book, ornament, watercolor
    • Many students placed in the Academics Category which includes Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Derivatives, Vocabulary, Mythology, Roman Life, and Geography.
    • Laura Altwies, 11th grade - won a prestigious Sweepstakes Award

Senior Families:

  • SENIOR PICTURE UPDATE
    • If you were not able to schedule your senior’s portrait session, additional dates have been added on January 17, 19, and 20. Appointments can be made using this LINK.
  • GRADUATION CAP & GOWN ORDER
    • Please make sure that your senior has completed the order form for their graduation cap and gown. Students need to be logged into their school email account in order to complete survey. Parents are unable to complete the survey for the students. The form is set to collect their school email address and send a copy of the responses to them. It would be a good idea to save that email! You will only be allowed to complete the form one time to avoid duplicates in the data.
      • You will need to know the following information to complete the form:
        • Student ID
        • Advisory teacher
        • Weight (in pounds)
        • Height (in feet and inches)
        • The survey will CLOSE on Thursday, December 8. Every Senior must complete the survey by that date.

LINK TO FORM: https://forms.gle/FdFUo2BJ7T77bJSp8

College and Career Center Updates

  • Enrichment programs are an opportunity for students to explore their interests and learn new skills.  Enrichment programs that encompass a variety of topics are posted throughout the year in Naviance for students and families to explore. Examples of some of the enrichment programs currently posted are highlighted below.  Go to Naviance>Colleges>Research Colleges>Enrichment Programs to see a full list of the current programs posted, including additional information and application instructions for the programs highlighted below.
  • HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY INTERNSHIPS | This Way Onward
    • The Gap Family of Brands is proud to present its new High School Internship program, This Way Onward with Old Navy. The High School Internship Program is for high school students at least 16 years of age that are looking for real-world experiences in the fashion industry. The Internship Program will offer students the opportunity to gain relevant work experience while contributing to a global brand. Interns are eligible for future hiring opportunities and staff discounts at all brands in the GAP family.  Interested students should apply as soon as possible.
  • The NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (NGA) has several opportunities currently available.  Interested students must apply by the December 10, 2022 deadline. 
  • HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM | NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (NGA)
    • The High School Internship Program is for high school juniors and seniors that are looking for real-world experience. The Internship Program will offer students the opportunity to gain relevant work experience while contributing to an important and purposeful mission. Participants who graduate are eligible to apply for scholarship programs (i.e., the Undergraduate Scholarship Program, GEO-Scholar) offered by the NGA.
  • UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM | NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (NGA)
    • The Undergraduate Scholarship Program is based on the Stokes Scholarship Program and offers students tuition reimbursement and an exciting and purposeful internship opportunity while pursuing their bachelor’s degree. Scholars will attend a qualifying educational institution full-time and report to an NGA facility during their summer breaks to work alongside experienced NGA staff and GEOINT experts. Upon graduation, successful interns may be offered the opportunity to non-competitively convert to full-time employment.
  • GEO SCHOLAR PROGRAM | NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-NTELLIGENCE AGENCY (NGA)
    • The GEO-Scholar Program offers students tuition reimbursement and an exciting and purposeful internship opportunity while pursuing their bachelor’s degree. Scholars will attend a qualifying educational institution full-time and report to an NGA facility during their summer breaks to work alongside experienced NGA staff and GEOINT experts. Upon graduation, successful interns may be offered the opportunity to non-competitively convert to full-time employment. 
  • The Children’s Science Center’s goal is to inspire a love of STEM. They have a variety of interesting programs for students to explore.  Programs currently accepting applications include:
    • Latina SciGirls Internship (HS) Spring 2023
      • Latina SciGirls (LSG), the PBS-designed program showcases STEM learning in Latinas through the incorporation of hands-on activities, multi-media tools, and exposure to accomplished Latina STEM mentors. Over the course of nine weeks, thirty participants in grades 3-6 from a Northern Virginia elementary school will convene to investigate STEM topics ranging from recycling to animal habitats to forensic science. The LSG Interns will work alongside lab staff interacting with LSG participants, facilitating experiments, and leading groups and individuals through explorations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics concepts.  Applications are due by 5:00 pm on December 16, 2022.
    • Animal Husbandry Internship (HS)Rolling Application
      • The Animal Husbandry Internship will provide a well-rounded experience for individuals actively pursuing a career in animal care and education. The internship will cover topics including best practices in animal welfare, zoonotic diseases, training, AZA/SSP information, USDA requirements, recording keeping, etc. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows.

The Digital SAT is coming, but will it affect your testing plan?  Current juniors don’t need to think about it at all! But, if you’re a sophomore (or younger), you’ll want to know about the digital test. 

First Impressions of the New Digital SAT  by Jed Applerouth, PhD

With the release of the first full-length digital adaptive SAT on College Board’s new testing app, Bluebook, students and educators can now get a clearer sense of the SAT of the future. 

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars – All start at 8:00pm unless otherwise noted

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

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WPHS - News You Choose 11/22/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • November 23 - 25: Student Holiday
  • December 5th: Revive Training at 5:30 in rooms 316 & 317 & PTA Board Meeting at 6:30 in the library
  • December 10: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • December 19 – January 3: Student Holiday
  • January 7: Applerouth SAT Prep Class Begins
  • January 16: Student Holiday

PTSA News

Save the date for the next PTSA meeting on December 5th after the Revive training. 

There are so many ways to help our PTSA this holiday season!  

Poinsettia Sale:

  • Nothing screams the holidays like bright red Poinsettia plants and do we have some gorgeous ones for you!  The PTSA will be taking online pre-orders for these beauties from November 14-Dec. 1 with pickup on Dec. 3.  The location is TBD and will be sent out closer to the date. Make sure to place your order early as these sold out FAST last year.  These make the perfect gifts for clients, dinner parties, housewarming, office decoration, churches, pre-schools and your own home! Thank you in advance for your support of the PTSA!

Amazon Smile

Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

School News

West Potomac Crew Wreath sales at Hollin Hills Pool parking lot, 1602 Paul Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA.  November 25-27, December 3-4 or until sold out. 9-5 each day. Student athletes are ready to help you choose the perfect wreath! 

FCPS News /Quick Links

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WPHS NYC 11/19/2022

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • November 23 - 25: Student Holiday
  • December 5th: Revive Training at 5:30 in rooms 316 & 317 & PTA Board Meeting at 6:30 in the library
  • December 10: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • December 19 – January 3: Student Holiday
  • January 7: Applerouth SAT Prep Class Begins
  • January 16:  Student Holiday

 

Principal Message

 

Happy Thanksgiving Season!

 

I am hopeful that you will have time with family and friends in all the coming weeks.  As I prepare to host Thanksgiving with my family in a few days, I find myself very reflective this year on the overwhelming feelings of gratitude.  Beyond health, home, family, and friends, I am grateful for my West Potomac community.  I am grateful for my faculty and staff who come together daily and sacrificially give to our kiddos and one another.  It goes far beyond teaching and learning and goes deep into caring and loving. I am grateful for my students who give me hope, joy and purpose.  I am grateful for my parents who choose to partner with me in every way to make sure that every Wolverine is receiving all that they need to be successful.  I am grateful that WE ARE WEST POTOMAC, and THIS IS US! 

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Dr. Millard

 

PTSA News

Save the date for the next PTSA meeting on December 5th after the Revive training.  The PTSA continues to look for ways to support our teacher and students.  Next week the PTSA will sponsor a celebration for the four advisory classes which participated in a Veterans Day Project, “Operation Gratitude”, writing letters of appreciation to our Veterans. 

 

There are so many ways to help our PTSA this holiday season!  

 

Poinsettia Sale:

 

Nothing screams the holidays like bright red Poinsettia plants and do we have some gorgeous ones for you!  The PTSA will be taking online pre-orders for these beauties from November 14-Dec. 1 with pickup on Dec. 3.  The location is TBD and will be sent out closer to the date. Make sure to place your order early as these sold out FAST last year.  These make the perfect gifts for clients, dinner parties, housewarming, office decoration, churches, pre-schools and your own home! Thank you in advance for your support of the PTSA!

 

 

Amazon Smile

 

Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

 

 

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

School News

On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 95 students were inducted into the West Potomac High School National Honor Society.  We are excited to see how these students will accomplish the pillars of NHS this year.

Congratulations! Go Wolverines!

President—Mike Mears; Vice President—Sydney Dockter; 

Secretary—Somayya Chaudhry Treasurer—Abigail Beatty

 

 

Seniors!

It’s finally time to order your CAP and GOWN for the Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony on June 7, 2023. You must answer all the questions for the submission to be complete. You must be logged into your school gmail account to complete the survey. The form is set to collect your school email address and send a copy of your responses to you. It would be a good idea to save that email! You will only be allowed to complete the form one time to avoid duplicates in the data.

You will need to know the following information to complete the form:

  1. Student ID
  2. Advisory teacher
  3. Weight (in pounds)
  4. Height (in feet and inches)

The survey will CLOSE on Thursday, December 8. Every Senior must complete the survey by that date.

LINK TO FORM: https://forms.gle/FdFUo2BJ7T77bJSp8

Questions? Please contact Christina Cashman, Senior Administrator, at [email protected] 

 

Substance Abuse Prevention:  Alcohol & The Holidays

The holidays usually involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. Alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and when ABC stores were deemed essential it didn’t help lower those rates (ABC News, September 29, 2020). Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal” and are still reeling from the consequences of so much isolation and loss. Increased alcohol consumption is one of those consequences to our communities. If you choose to drink, I invite you to drink responsibly this holiday season and talk with your child about the dangers of underage alcohol and substance use.

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

  1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?
  2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with them?
  3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol realistic?
  4. Do my conversations with others reinforce alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?
  5. What messages am I sending my underage child if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Info to consider:

“One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students.” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)

“Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020).

Resources:

Holiday Stress

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs 

Substance Abuse Prevention (Spanish)

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

Revive Training

West Potomac is hosting REVIVE! Training (Narcan) on December 5 right before the PTSA meeting that evening. The training is for anyone (regardless of age) who wants to learn about spotting signs of an overdose and how to administer Narcan. Students, parents, and community members are welcome to sign-up. Participants will receive a free dose of Narcan.

 

College and Career Center Updates

Reminder: Junior & Sophomore Wolverines Interested in the U.S. Naval Academy: 

Major Rocky Dobson will visit the College & Career Center on Tuesday, 11/22 from 9:00 am-9:30 am. He is the Blue & Gold Navy Officer assigned to WPHS as a resource to students throughout the application process for the U.S. Naval Academy.  Current midshipmen will also attend the visit to share their experiences and answer questions regarding the student experience.  For students interested in the U.S. Naval Academy as an option after high school, this is a great opportunity to learn about the academy and its application process.  

Registration for this event will close on Monday, 11/21 at 9 am.   A google link to register was emailed to each junior and sophomore students’ fcpsschools.net account on 11/4 at 11:00 am.  Students should see that email to register.

 

ASVAB Test:

The ASVAB will be administered to interested seniors and juniors in the College & Career Center on December 12th from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.  

 

Students who would like to take the ASVAB must register NO LATER THAN Tuesday, November 22nd at 4:00 pm.  There will be NO EXTENSIONS of this deadline as the tests must be ordered several days in advance. 

 

Please see the 11/2 email sent to all seniors, juniors (fcpsschools.net account) and parents/guardians with detailed registration instructions, link and study guide resources attached. 

 

Northern Virginia Community College Application Bootcamp:

The NOVA application for the Fall, 2023 semester is open!  Seniors can complete their applications on the Northern Virginia Community College website.

 

Seniors who have questions or may need additional assistance in completing their application should mark their calendars for the first NOVA Application Completion Bootcamp.  Seniors will need to bring their computer, social security number or permanent residence number, & questions.  Students must also have a personal email account.

 

Seniors ONLY can sign up for this event via Naviance> College Rep Visits.  Registration is required. 

 

Date:     12/2/2022

Time:     10:00 am – 11:15 am

Location:  WPHS Career Center

 

November/December Events:

11/22:  U.S. Naval Academy Info Session at WPHS

12/2:    Northern Virginia Community College Application Completion Bootcamp

12/12:  ASVAB Test

 

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows.

Mock SAT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm Sign Up Mock ACT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:15am - 1:30pm Sign Up SAT Group Class First Mock Test: 12/10/22 Sessions: 01/07/23 - 02/25/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule) Max Class Size: 15 Sign Up

The Digital SAT is coming, but will it affect your testing plan?  Current juniors don’t need to think about it at all! But, if you’re a sophomore (or younger), you’ll want to know about the digital test. 

First Impressions of the New Digital SAT  by Jed Applerouth, PhD

With the release of the first full-length digital adaptive SAT on College Board’s new testing app, Bluebook, students and educators can now get a clearer sense of the SAT of the future. 

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars – All start at 8:00pm unless otherwise noted

  Navigating the College Admissions Process 11/21/22 Sign Up Applerouth's College Night for Juniors: How to Get on Track for Early and Regular Decision 11/30/22 Sign Up Your PSAT Scores Are Back: Now What? 12/07/22 Sign Up SAT vs ACT: The differences, the timelines, and the expectations of colleges

12/13/22 Sign Up

 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

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WPHS Outstanding Employee Awards

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Wolverine Community,

Friday is the deadline to submit a nomination for one of our Outstanding Employee Awards.  We have not received any parent nominations to date so we wanted to share a final reminder that nominations must be submitted by Friday. Below is the previous message sent.

Thank you!

WPHS Administration

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Dear West Potomac Community,

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards - Now Accepting Nominations! We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building. Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles.  We hope you will help us to celebrate the amazing work done every day at West Potomac High School by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! 

To nominate a West Potomac HS staff member, please complete the Nomination Form .  If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Website.  Nominations are due by Friday, November 18. Contact Mike Henrich at [email protected] or 703-218-2679 with any questions.

We are accepting nominations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding New Teacher
    • Has 1-3 years of teaching experience in any school/district.
  • Outstanding Teacher
    • Has 4 or more years of teaching experience in any school/district. Librarians are included in this category.
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
    • Has worked at least one year in a non-instructional position that supports school leadership. School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialists, System of Support Advisor, On Time Graduation Coordinator, Dean of Students, Dean of Instruction, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologists, Social Workers, School Counselors, and the Safety and Security Specialist are included in this category.
  • Outstanding Operational Employee
    • Has at least 1 year of experience in their current position. This category includes Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistants, Custodians, Food Service Staff, IAs, PHAs, PHTAs, and Parent Liaisons.
  • Outstanding Leader 
    • Has worked at least one year in an administrative position other than principal.

Nomination Form

Thank you,

WPHS Administration Team

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WPHS - News You Choose 11/11/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Highlights
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • Class of 2023 Information
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Highlights

  • Congratulations to all who were recognized at this week’s Fall Awards Recognition.  You can review the program here.  Our thanks to Dr. Weech who served as the faculty guest speaker.  Students who earned an Academic Letter or Bar and haven’t picked them up yet should stop by the College and Career Center next week.

National School Psychologist Week November 7-11

  • This past week was National School Psychologist Week.  We are thankful for the important work school psychologists do to help all students thrive. We are very appreciative for Dr. Megan Runion and Mr. Freddie King our West Potomac School Psychologist.  Learn more from the National Association of School Psychologists.

PTSA News

  • We had a wonderful turn out for our November PTSA meeting centered around Fentantyl use in Fairfax County schools.  Our panel was excellent at providing valuable, potentially life-saving information, and we had our biggest PTSA turnout ever - over 77 people (kids & adults) in attendance.  Look for more critical content coming in future meetings as well.
  • There are so many ways to help our PTSA this holiday season!  

Five Guys:

  • It's FIVE GUYS time again! The more burgers you eat, the more money you help us raise for the PTSA!  Grab your Five Guys after school snack and/or dinner on Wednesday, November 16 from 3:30-7:30pm and Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA! I think they should rename themselves the COOL GUYS, don't you?!

Poinsettia Sale:

  • Nothing screams the holidays like bright red Poinsettia plants and do we have some gorgeous ones for you!  The PTSA will be taking online pre-orders for these beauties from November 14-Dec. 1 with pickup on Dec. 3.  The location is TBD and will be sent out closer to the date. Make sure to place your order early as these sold out FAST last year.  These make the perfect gifts for clients, dinner parties, housewarming, office decoration, churches, pre-schools and your own home! Thank you in advance for your support of the PTSA!

Amazon Smile

  • Did you know that your Amazon shopping during this holiday season benefits the PTSA as well?  Just make sure to list "West Potomac High School PTSA) as the Charity under "Charity List" and Amazon will give back 0.05% to our PTSA for all qualifying purchases!  And since Amazon shopping is a part of most of our routine (no shame😉), it's the easiest way to help the PTSA!

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

A and A/B Honor Roll Celebration

  • Come help us celebrate the hard work of our First Quarter A & A/B Honor Roll students!  On Friday, November 18 our honor roll students will be recognized with a Moe’s Chips & Queso bar during all four lunches and are looking for volunteers to help with set up, service, and clean up from 10:30 am- 1:30 pm.  Please see the SignUp Genius link below for more information and sign up if you are able.  Thank you!
  • https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA5A829A57-wphs

West Potomac Orchestra

  • Congratulations to David Rubinstein for being selected to participate in the 2022 Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra. The public is invited to the group’s performance at West Potomac’s Springbank auditorium on Saturday, November 12, at 2:30 p.m. 

West Potomac Wellness Committee

  • The WPHS Wellness Committee invites you and your family to attend a screening of a documentary called Speaking Grief. This event is being held for our community to come together to learn and talk about grief. It will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 6-8 pm at West Potomac High School in the library with light refreshments, the documentary screening, and a closing activity. If you plan to attend, please register for the event by completing this RSVP form: https://forms.gle/gNnmT5fkwSEdahHY8
  • El Comité de Bienestar de WPHS lo invita a usted y a su familia a asistir a la proyección de un documental llamado Speaking Grief. Este evento se lleva a cabo para que nuestra comunidad se reúna para aprender y hablar sobre el duelo. Tendrá lugar el jueves 17 de noviembre de 2022, de 6 a 8 p. en la biblioteca de West Potomac High School con refrigerios, la proyección del documental y una actividad de clausura. Si planea asistir, regístrese para el evento completando este formulario RSVP: https://forms.gle/gNnmT5fkwSEdahHY8

Revive Training

West Potomac is hosting REVIVE! Training (Narcan) on December 5 right before the PTSA meeting that evening. The training is for anyone (regardless of age) who wants to learn about spotting signs of an overdose and how to administer Narcan. Students, parents, and community members are welcome to sign-up. Participants will receive a free dose of Narcan.

Class of 2023 Information

College and Career Center Updates

Wolverines,

There are lots of great programs for students and families occurring in November & early December.  Below is a list of some of the upcoming events.  For details regarding these events and much more, please read the November College & Career Center Newsletter!

November/December Events:

11/10:  Moving on to Life Community Resource Fair

11/10:  FAFSA/VASA Line by Line Completion Event at Hayfield Secondary School

11/15:  U of Mary Washington WPHS On-Site Admissions Decision Event

11/17:  United States Naval Academy Candidate Information Session (Greater Washington DC Area)

11/22:  U.S. Naval Academy Info Session at WPHS

12/2:    Northern Virginia Community College Application Completion Bootcamp

12/12:  ASVAB Test

 

Don’t forget to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows.

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule) Max Class Size: 15 Sign Up

The Digital SAT is coming, but will it affect your testing plan?  Current juniors don’t need to think about it at all! But, if you’re a sophomore (or younger), you’ll want to know about the digital test. 

First Impressions of the New Digital SAT  by Jed Applerouth, PhD

  • With the release of the first full-length digital adaptive SAT on College Board’s new testing app, Bluebook, students and educators can now get a clearer sense of the SAT of the future. 

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars – All start at 8:00pm unless otherwise noted

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

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WPHS News You Choose - 11/4/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • November 3-12: Peter and the StarCatcher - WPHS Beyond the Page Theatre Production
  • November 5: Crew Fundraiser
  • November 7: PTSA Board Meeting at 6:30 PM in West Potomac library
  • November 8: Student Holiday
  • November 10: Webinar:  Everything You Need to Know About Opioids *Adults Only 10 -11:30 AM
  • November 11: Student Holiday
  • November 17: Speaking Grief at 6 PM in West Potomac library
  • November 18: First Quarter A & A/B Honor Roll Celebration – During Lunches
  • November 21: Free Applerouth Webinar:  Navigating the College Admissions Process
  • November 23 - 25: Student Holiday
  • November 30: Free Applerouth Webinar:  College Night for Juniors
  • December 5: Revive Training 5:30 PM WPHS Rooms 316 & 317
  • December 7: Free Applerouth Webinar:  Your SAT/ACT Scores are Back, Now What
  • December 10: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • December 13: Free Applerouth Webinar:  Difference between ACT and SAT
  • December 19 – January 3: Student Holiday

PTSA News

  • Our next PTSA meeting is Monday, November 7th at 6:30pm in the school library.  Fairfax County police will be on hand along with our in-school drug prevention advisor.  Martha Carucci will speak on "The Power of Choice" as well.   Our Region 3 representative, Karen Corbett Sanders, will be presenting as well -- we are taking back our schools and kids!  Please do not miss this very important and timely meeting! 
  • Thank you for all the donations for the school clinic.  Your generosity is hugely appreciated.  
  • Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

School News

  • Come help us celebrate the hard work of our First Quarter A & A/B Honor Roll students!  On Friday, November 18 our honor roll students will be recognized with a Moe’s Chips & Queso bar during all four lunches and are looking for volunteers to help with set up, service, and clean up from 10:30 am- 1:30 pm.  Please see the SignUp Genius link below for more information and sign up if you are able.  Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA5A829A57-wphs
  • West Potomac PTSA was proud to help sponsor the First Quarter Rising Stars Celebration on Thursday 11/3/22. Students were recognized with certificates of achievements and refreshments. Dr. Millard and Kevin McMahon, Director of Student Services praised the students for their hard work and encouraged them to continue to excel. 

WPHS Work Awareness and Transition Food Bank

  • Our Work Awareness and Transition (WAT) class is working on a food bank, which will provide food boxes to families in need before breaks and as needed throughout the year.  We are currently looking for donations of the following items to have boxes ready before Thanksgiving:
    • Low sugar cereal
    • Granola bars
    • Canned fruit in 100% juice
    • Canned green beans
    • Canned corn
    • Hearty soups
    • Canned chicken or tuna
    • Spaghetti sauce
    • Pasta
    • Fun items ( inexpensive games, seasonal plates/napkins, window clings, etc.)
    • Peanut butter
    • Cooking oil
    • Canned chicken or tuna
  • Donations can be left in a labeled box in the front office.

Thanks so much for any donations!

Whitney Bailey & Lawrence Cooper

West Potomac Crew

  • Announcing the West Potomac Crew Team Tag Day Fundraiser! Saturday, November 5, 2022 Watch for student rowers in your neighborhood, raising money for their team! Crew is a very unique sport, and we are lucky to have it available at West Potomac. As a club sport, it does not receive school funding. Donations help with equipment purchase, maintenance, and student scholarship. Please consider helping our team to ensure a full and successful season this year. Thank you! Melissa Keenan VP Ways and Means West Potomac High School Crew 

West Potomac Marching Band

  • Congratulations to our marching band students! We had a great trip to the JMU Parade of Champions to finish off our competition season. The band won the “Fan Favorite” Award and Fifth Place in our class. These students have overcome a lot of challenges this season and we are very proud of their hard work and perseverance.

Substance Abuse Prevention Webinar

Peter and the StarCatcher – Presented by Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac HS.

  • Running November 3-12, visit westpotomactheatre.org for dates, times and tickets!

WPHS's Beyond the Page Theatre Company had a great oepning night last night! Get your tickets today!

Firefighters & Friends to the Rescue

  • https://www.ffandfriends2therescue.org/ is a small nonprofit organization that provides West Potomac High School backpacks at the start of every school year and winter coats when the weather cools.  This year they provided our school 50 backpacks full of supplies and 60 coats for our students.  Please consider making a monetary donation to this amazing organization that supports our Wolverines!

West Potomac Wellness Committee

  • The WPHS Wellness Committee invites you and your family to attend a screening of a documentary called Speaking Grief. This event is being held for our community to come together to learn and talk about grief. It will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 6-8 pm at West Potomac High School in the library with light refreshments, the documentary screening, and a closing activity. If you plan to attend, please register for the event by completing this RSVP form: https://forms.gle/gNnmT5fkwSEdahHY8
  • El Comité de Bienestar de WPHS lo invita a usted y a su familia a asistir a la proyección de un documental llamado Speaking Grief. Este evento se lleva a cabo para que nuestra comunidad se reúna para aprender y hablar sobre el duelo. Tendrá lugar el jueves 17 de noviembre de 2022, de 6 a 8 p. en la biblioteca de West Potomac High School con refrigerios, la proyección del documental y una actividad de clausura. Si planea asistir, regístrese para el evento completando este formulario RSVP: https://forms.gle/gNnmT5fkwSEdahHY8

College and Career Center Updates

ASVAB Test:

  • Each year West Potomac High School offers students the opportunity to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). The ASVAB is a multi‐aptitude battery of tests that helps in identifying different skills and competencies. It is the entrance exam required for students who plan on enlisting in the military after high school.
  • The ASVAB will be administered to interested seniors and juniors on Dec. 12th in the College & Career Center from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.   An email was sent to all seniors, juniors, and parents/guardians with additional details, including the link for students to register.  (Pre-registration is required for this event.) 

College Access Fairfax:

  • We have a phenomenal community partner in College Access Fairfax (CAF).  This organization offers information and free services for FCPS families of students in middle and high school regarding the financial aid process for college bound students.  Please visit their website at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/ to see a list of their scholarships, informative videos on financial aid topics, and dates of local events. 
  • Ms. Katrina Rowsey is our College Access Fairfax Financial Aid Champion.  She is in the WPHS College & Career Center each Thursday to assist students with their FAFSA or VASA application.  Seniors can stop in the Career Center during lunch for assistance or to get their questions answered .  No appointment necessary! 
  • Ms. Rowsey is also available to meet with students and families virtually.  Email her at [email protected] if you have a question or to schedule an appointment.

Social Media:

  • Did you know that the College & Career Center is on social media?  Please make sure to follow on Twitter @wphsccc & Instagram @westpoccc for the latest updates!

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows. 

  • Mock SAT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm Sign Up
  • Mock ACT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:15am - 1:30pm Sign Up
  • SAT Group Class First Mock Test: 12/10/22 Sessions: 01/07/23 - 02/25/23
  • Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule) Max Class Size: 15 Sign Up
  • Mock SAT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm Sign Up
  •  Mock ACT Date: 01/28/23 Saturday Time: 9:15am - 1:30pm Sign Up
  • The Digital SAT is coming, but will it affect your testing plan?  Current juniors don’t need to think about it at all! But, if you’re a sophomore (or younger), you’ll want to know about the digital test. 

First Impressions of the New Digital SAT  by Jed Applerouth, PhD

  • With the release of the first full-length digital adaptive SAT on College Board’s new testing app, Bluebook, students and educators can now get a clearer sense of the SAT of the future. 

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

FCPS News /Quick Links

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WPHS - Outstanding Employee Awards

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Dear West Potomac Community,

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards - Now Accepting Nominations! We believe that our staff is truly unparalleled, and that the work we do for our students deserves celebration and recognition beyond our building. Each year, FCPS looks to honor several staff members for outstanding excellence in their roles.  We hope you will help us to celebrate the amazing work done every day at West Potomac High School by highlighting some of our amazing staff members! 

To nominate a West Potomac HS staff member, please complete the Nomination Form .  If you are interested in learning more about the overall FCPS awards process, you may visit the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards Website.  Nominations are due by Friday, November 18. Contact Mike Henrich at [email protected] or 703-218-2679 with any questions.

We are accepting nominations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding New Teacher
    • Has 1-3 years of teaching experience in any school/district.
  • Outstanding Teacher
    • Has 4 or more years of teaching experience in any school/district. Librarians are included in this category.
  • Outstanding Professional Employee
    • Has worked at least one year in a non-instructional position that supports school leadership. School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialists, System of Support Advisor, On Time Graduation Coordinator, Dean of Students, Dean of Instruction, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologists, Social Workers, School Counselors, and the Safety and Security Specialist are included in this category.
  • Outstanding Operational Employee
    • Has at least 1 year of experience in their current position. This category includes Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistants, Custodians, Food Service Staff, IAs, PHAs, PHTAs, and Parent Liaisons.
  • Outstanding Leader 
    • Has worked at least one year in an administrative position other than principal.

Nomination Form

Thank you,

WPHS Administration Team

 

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WPHS - News You Choose 10/28/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Highlights
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • Student Services/College and Career Center Updates including Governor's School Information
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • October 31: Student Holiday
  • November 7: PTSA Board Meeting at 6:30 PM in West Potomac library
  • November 8: Student Holiday
  • November 10: Webinar:  Everything You Need to Know About Opioids *Adults Only 10 -11:30 AM
  • November 11: Student Holiday
  • November 17: 6 PM in West Potomac library
  • November 23 - 25: Student Holiday
  • December 10: Mock ACT and SAT offered by Applerouth
  • December 19 – January 3: Student Holiday
  • January 7: Applerouth SAT Prep Class Begins
  • January 16: Student Holiday

Highlights

  • This week, West Potomac High School was informed that we have been awarded the 2022-23 Purple Star Designation.  The Purple Star is awarded to military friendly schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.  We are excited to receive this recognition and will continue to work each day to support our military families. 

PTSA News

  • Our next PTSA meeting will be on Monday, November 7th at 6:30pm in the school library.  Fairfax County police will be on hand along with our in-school drug prevention advisor.  Martha Carucci will speak on "The Power of Choice" as well.   Our Region 3 representative, Karen Corbett Sanders, will be presenting at our next PTSA meeting as well -- we are taking back our schools and kids!  Please do not miss this very important and timely meeting! 

  • Thank you for all the donations for the school clinic.  Your generosity is hugely appreciated.  

  • Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.
  • PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

On Oct 14 our Government for ELs students went on a trip to Washington D.C. Special thanks to the PTSA for partly funding this trip through a grant!

Thanks to all that came out to a fantastic Pyramid Orchestra Spooktacular last night!

School News

  • Come help us celebrate the hard work of our First Quarter A & A/B Honor Roll students!  On Friday, November 18 our honor roll students will be recognized with a Moe’s Chips & Queso bar during all four lunches and are looking for volunteers to help with set up, service, and clean up from 10:30 am- 1:30 pm.  Please see the SignUp Genius link below for more information and sign up if you are able.  Thank you!
  • https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA5A829A57-wphs

 

West Potomac Marching Band

  • Our final competition of the season takes place Saturday at the JMU Parade of Champions! Always a fun trip! West Potomac is scheduled to perform at 8:45 p.m. 

For more info, click here:  https://www.jmu.edu/mrd/poc/index.shtml

Peter and the StarCatcher – Presented by Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac HS.

  • Running November 3-12, visit westpotomactheatre.org for dates, times and tickets!

Substance Abuse Prevention Webinar

West Potomac Wellness Committee

  • The WPHS Wellness Committee invites you and your family to attend a screening of a documentary called Speaking Grief. This event is being held for our community to come together to learn and talk about grief. It will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 6-8 pm at West Potomac High School in the library with light refreshments, the documentary screening, and a closing activity. If you plan to attend, please register for the event by completing this RSVP form: https://forms.gle/gNnmT5fkwSEdahHY8
  • El Comité de Bienestar de WPHS lo invita a usted y a su familia a asistir a la proyección de un documental llamado Speaking Grief. Este evento se lleva a cabo para que nuestra comunidad se reúna para aprender y hablar sobre el duelo. Tendrá lugar el jueves 17 de noviembre de 2022, de 6 a 8 p. en la biblioteca de West Potomac High School con refrigerios, la proyección del documental y una actividad de clausura. Si planea asistir, regístrese para el evento completando este formulario RSVP: https://forms.gle/gNnmT5fkwSEdahHY8

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

Financial Aid Information:

  • ALL college bound seniors are strongly encouraged to complete their financial aid application to be considered for federal, state and/or college specific financial aid.  We have a phenomenal community partner in College Access Fairfax (CAF).  They are a local organization committed to helping Fairfax County Public School students and families with the complex task of acquiring financial aid for post-secondary education. 
  • If you missed our Region 3:  Paying for College seminar presented by CAF or still have questions about completing the FAFSA, please visit their website at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/ .  There are informative videos in the CAF Virtual Library located under the Resources tab.  Videos include: Paying for CollegeCompleting the FAFSA Line by Line and the CSS Profile.
  • Additionally, Ms. Katrina Rowsey is our College Access Fairfax Financial Aid Champion.  She is in the College & Career Center each Thursday to assist students with their FAFSA or VASA application.  Seniors can stop in the Career Center during lunch to get their questions answered or for assistance.  No appointment necessary!  Ms. Rowsey is also available to meet with students and families virtually.  Email her at [email protected] if you have a question or would like to schedule an appointment.

Social Media:

  • Did you know that the College & Career Center is on social media?  Please make sure to follow on Twitter @wphsccc & Instagram @westpoccc for the latest updates!

2023 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School (SRGS)

  • The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers the opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to apply to attend summer residential Governor’s schools in academics and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Students who are accepted into one of the programs will live in residence halls in one of the state colleges in VA for four weeks in the June - late July timeframe. To learn more about SRGS opportunities and the application process, visit the VDOE website and view the promotional video.
  • To be considered for an academic or VPA Governor’s school, students must complete the steps below.
    • Complete the interest form linked below for either Academics or VPA. The form is a required part of the application process and is due November 11th. No late entries will be accepted. When completing the form, enter a personal email address and do NOT use an fcpsschools.net email address. VDOE cannot send communications to the fcpsschools.net domain.
    • Attend our school interest meeting which will take place during all lunch blocks on Monday, 11/7/22 & Wednesday 11/9/22 in the College & Career Center. Attendance at the meeting is optional but strongly encouraged.
    • Complete the application for the specific program you wish to apply to and return to Mr. Shapiro or Ms. Bluestein in Student Services (students may only apply to one program).
    • Completed Academic applications and recommendations are due to the school on December 16, 2022
    • VPA applications and recommendations are due to the school on January 31, 2023  
    • Any questions related to Governor’s school please contact:

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

  • Walk-In registration for mocks ($28.00) available as space allows.
  • Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule) Max Class Size: 15 Sign Up
  • The Digital SAT is coming, but will it affect your testing plan?  Current juniors don’t need to think about it at all! But, if you’re a sophomore (or younger), you’ll want to know about the digital test. 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

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WPHS - News You Choose 10-21-22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Highlights
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • October 22: Mock SAT and ACT Test Administered by Applerouth *see details below for registration
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 27: Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations at West Potomac at 6:30 PM
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release
  • November 7: PTSA Board Meeting at 6:30 PM in West Potomac library

Highlight:

  • Congratulations to Sydney Ashworth (Soprano 1) and Grace Brown (1st Alternate Altos) who ranked for Senior Honors Choir.

Grace Brown and Sydney Ashworth - Congrats on Senior Honor Choir!!

PTSA News

  • Thank you to all who came out to hear Martha Carucci speak on "The Sobering Power of Choice" for our first Elevate, Educate and Enlighten speaker series.  Stay tuned for our next speaker, Jessica Kidwell, on the topic of Neuroversity in December!  Date will be announced soon.
  • Please mark your calendars for our next PTSA meeting - Monday, November 7th at 6:30pm in the school library.  Be on the lookout for Volunteer opportunities to help with the All-A and A B Honor Roll celebrations too!  Coming soon!
  • FOOD FOR NEIGHBORS: Would you like to help students in our area receive the healthy food they need to succeed in school? We’re partnering with Food for Neighbors to stock the food pantry in our school and supply supplemental weekend food to our students who struggle with food insecurity outside of school hours.  
  • FFN is looking for Red Bag Donors to donate food 5 times per school year, volunteers to drive and pick up the food and sorters to help organize and pack the food on event days. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and can make a huge difference in the lives of local teens! Visit the website at www.foodforneighbors.org/get-involved to donate food and volunteer. Thanks for your support! 

Please join the PTSA today if you've not already done so.  It's quick and easy -- just click here.

PTSA DIRECT DONATION: Click Here

School News

  • Come help us celebrate the hard work of our First Quarter A & A/B Honor Roll students!  On Friday, November 18 our honor roll students will be recognized with a Moe’s Chips & Queso bar during all four lunches and are looking for volunteers to help with set up, service, and clean up from 10:30 am- 1:30 pm.  Please see the SignUp Genius link below for more information and sign up if you are able.  Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4FA5A829A57-wphs
Superintendent Community Conversations – October 27th at West Potomac at 6:30
  • Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Events will be held at the high school in each pyramid through November. Each Community Conversation will be held in person, allowing Dr. Reid an opportunity to better connect with participants. If you are unable to attend your pyramid's event, please consider attending another one.
  • See the full schedule and register.

Dance Team

  • Cow Bells & Bows
    • Show your school spirit at West Potomac sports games this year by purchasing a hand-painted cow bell and a beautiful hair bow. On Friday, check out the display of bells and bows on a table to your left once you enter the football stadium. Proceeds benefit the West Potomac Dance Team.

 

  • Fall Clean-Out
    • Help the West Potomac Dance Team by collecting clean, gently used clothes and household goods into large plastic bags and delivering the bags to the big blue bin around the corner from Springbank at West Potomac on Saturday, October 22 between 8:00 and 10:00 am.

Congrats to all our Chorus students on a wonderful Fall Concert this past Wednesday!

College and Career Center Updates

WPHS Common Application Bootcamp:

  • Seniors who need assistance or have questions about completing the Common Application can attend the second Common App Bootcamp.  Students will just need to bring their computer, social security number (if available) & questions to the Career Center.  Registration not required!
    • Date:         October 27th
    • Time:        3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
    • Location:  WPHS College & Career Center

Free FAFSA or VASA Completion Workshops:

  • Workshops are offered for seniors and parents of seniors who may need assistance in completing the student’s financial aid application.  Parents and students who bring the required documents to the workshop can receive one-on-one assistance completing and submitting the FAFSA or VASA online.  Families will need to bring their own computer.
    • Date:          October 26th
    • Time:         5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    • Location:  Mt. Vernon High School

College Access Fairfax Financial Aid Champion:

  • Ms. Katrina Rowsey is our College Access Fairfax Financial Aid Champion.  She will be in the College & Career Center each week starting in October to assist students with their FAFSA or VASA application.  Seniors can stop in the Career Center during lunch to get their questions answered or for assistance.  No appointment necessary!  Please see flyer below for specific dates and additional information.

Make sure to follow the College & Career Center on Twitter: @wphsccc & Instagram: @westpoccc for important information & updates!

SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

The Digital SAT is coming, but will it affect your testing plan?  Current juniors don’t need to think about it at all! But, if you’re a sophomore (or younger), you’ll want to know about the digital test. 

First Impressions of the New Digital SAT  by Jed Applerouth, PhD

  • With the release of the first full-length digital adaptive SAT on College Board’s new testing app, Bluebook, students and educators can now get a clearer sense of the SAT of the future. 

FREE Online Applerouth Webinars – All start at 8:00pm unless otherwise noted

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, [email protected]

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, [email protected]

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