News You Choose - Friday, September 27, 2019


  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Hispanic Summit Meeting
  • Science Fair
  • Club Fair
  • Avid Tutors Needed
  • New Library Information
  • PTSA Updates
  • Yearbooks
  • Junior West Potomac Dance Team
  • Orchestra Blankets
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • NHS Update
  • WABC Update


Important Dates:

  • 9/30: National Honor Society applications due
  • 10/7: 6:30 – 8:00 pm – October PTSA meeting
  • 10/14: School Holiday
  • 10/18: 7:00 pm - Homecoming Football Game
  • 10/19: 8:00 pm- 12:00 am - Homecoming Dance
  • 11/1: End of 1st Quarter



It is a great day to be a Wolverine!


As we close on the fifth week of school, we hit the midway mark for the quarter.  Last week we began late buses, so please encourage your child to stay after school if they need support from their teachers.  Late buses are on Monday and Thursday (thanks to our PTSA for funding the second late bus day). 

At this point in the quarter, there should be a minimum of 3-5 grades in each gradebook for your child.  Please reach out  to your teachers if you have any questions or concerns. 

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

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

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months. The first Red Bag Program event will be held on Saturday, October 26 at Walt Whitman Middle School.


Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food for Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day. (Collection dates are also listed on the tag.)


Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house and the food delivered to Whitman MS and then distributed to students in need through a Weekend Snack Program.

As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here.

Other volunteer opportunities include Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact WPHS social workers, Whitney McDonough or Lauren Heslep or Laura Wainwright (FFN parent liaison)

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Millard



Hispanic Summit Meeting

We want to invite you to the West Potomac HS Library on October 3, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm for our first Hispanic Summit meeting of the school year! This will be the first out of 3 meetings held this school year.

If you are new to the West Potomac community and are interested in learning more about West Potomac High School please join us. We will be presenting on information that all families should know in regards to helping you and your student feel supported, involved and welcomed at West Potomac HS.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, October 3, 2019!

Hola Comunidad West Potomac,

¡Queremos invitarlo a la biblioteca de West Potomac HS el 3 de octubre de 2019 de 6: 30-8: 00 pm para nuestra primera reunión de la Cumbre Hispana del año escolar! Esta será la primera de las 3 reuniones que se llevarán a cabo este año escolar. Si eres nuevo en la comunidad de West Potomac y estás interesado en aprender más sobre West Potomac High School ¡únete a nosotros! Vamos a presentar información que todas las familias deben conocer con respecto a ayudarlos a usted y a su hijo a sentirse apoyados, involucrados y bienvenidos en West Potomac HS.

¡Esperamos verlos a todos el Jueves, 3 de octubre!


Science Fair

The West Potomac High School Science Fair is coming Jan 11, 2020 and we need about 30 community volunteers to serve as judge/consultants to make it happen.

No experience necessary; just a willingness to listen and encourage young people towards evidence-based thought and research.

Judge consultants select approximately 20 best projects for regional competition later in the year.

Please email the Science Fair Coordinator Ed Chapman at to sign up.


Date: 1/11/2020

Time: 8 am-12 pm

Location: WPHS cafeteria


Club Fair

Students are invited to come to the West Potomac Club Fair on Friday, October 11th during homeroom, S2 (rotating period) and all 5th period lunches.  Click the attachment for info!


Avid Tutors Needed

West Potomac is currently looking for additional AVID Tutors to support the program.  This is a paid position through Fairfax County Public Schools.  For more information on the position click on the Avid flyer attached.



New Library Updates

It may be fall, but the library is still sizzling from all of our updates.  We have a new catalog system, allowing West Potomac students and staff online access from anywhere at any time. Think of a book when you’re home after school and want to know if we have it? Just grab your phone and click on the “Library” tab at the top of the West Potomac home page to search. How cool is that? Students can renew books and place holds from any personal device if the books are currently checked out.  For more information please contact a member of the library staff.


PTSA Updates Our next PTSA meeting is on Oct. 7 at 6:30. The special topic is the update to the FCPS Student Discipline policy. The PTSA is looking for volunteers for the following:

All Night Grad Chair/Co-Chair- This person(s) would initiate planning for "All Night Grad” for Class of 2020.  The ANG celebration brings the school's graduating seniors together.  ANG is a fun and safe alternative for our kids on graduation night.  

Baccalaureate Chair — We are looking for a Junior or Senior parent to plan and manage the Baccalaureate Ceremony (a non-denominational service before graduation) honoring the graduating Class of 2020. 

We welcome back the PTSA members who have already signed up to help this year and encourage all West Potomac families to join the PTSA. To join online: visit Our school code is: Q89YT5. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our membership chair, Tanya Stamos.

West Potomac Magnets WP magnets are for sale for $5 – show your school spirit and get yours now! Magnets are available for sale at all PTSA meetings.



Pre-purchase your student's yearbook and $AVE!  Today is the last day for the $65 price.  Order online anytime!


Junior West Potomac Dance Team

Come be a member of the Junior WP Dance Team and perform at halftime of the WP Freshman football game on Thursday, October 3rd.  Please sign up using the form attached.


Orchestra Blankets

Cold weather is coming!  One of the best ways to keep warm and show your team spirit is with a Wolverine Pride throw!  All purchases benefit the orchestra and its programs!   

To order, please see the form attached.



SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Events PSAT Pep Rally – Free PSAT Prep using the following link: PSAT PEP RALLY!

Test Prep School Year 2019/20 - the schedule for the year is now available to view and register! Visit to see dates for classes and mock tests.

PTSA Program Manager – Marilyn Aboff,

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


National Honor Society Update

NHS applications are available online or students can pick up a copy outside of room 128. They are due after school on September 30. If students would like to turn them in prior to September 30, they may stop by room 128 before or after school. Applications will not be accepted during the school day. Questions? Please email or

Wolverine Athletic Boosters Club Update

Wolverine Athletic Passes

The Wolverine Athletic Boosters Club (WABC) offers family and student membership options that provide entry to all home events. All athletic events cost $6 for adults and $5 for kids. Get the family pass or student pass now and never have to dish out money to enter any home game this year. Any season. Any home sport. All year long!

All card holders will also receive WABC emails and a 5% discount on Christmas Tree and Mulch Sales for the 2019-2020 school year.

This is the largest fundraiser the WABC has and it benefits your family and our athletes.