Student Services October Newsletter

October 2019 - West Potomac Student Services Newsletter

  • WP Counseling Intern Introduction
  • Look back on September
  • College and Career Newsletter
  • October Hispanic Summit Meeting
  • 9th Grade S.O.S.
  • College Application Reminders
  • ACT/SAT Upcoming Dates
  • World Language Credit Exam Information

WP Counseling Intern

  • Have you seen a new person in Student Services over the last month? We’d like to formally introduce Ms. Debora Yoon, our school counseling intern.  Ms. Yoon is finishing her Master in School Counseling at Johns Hopkins University this December.  She is in the office supporting our team five days a week!  Ms. Yoon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea.   Welcome Ms. Yoon!

Looking back on September

  • 9th Grade Advisory Check-Ins
    • Counselors visited all 9th grade advisory classes in September to introduce themselves and share about resources available to West Potomac students.  Counselors reviewed with students important people in the building, classroom and technology reminders, and reasons to access their school counselors.
  • 12th Grade Senior Meetings
    • Counselors met with their respective 12th grade students to review their progress towards graduation and any remaining graduation requirements to meet.  Students and counselors completed graduation agreements which will be mailed home to parents by mid-October.

Have you reviewed the October College and Career Center Updates?  If not, click here!

Upcoming in October

  • Hispanic Summit Meeting
    • We want to invite you to the West Potomac HS Library on October 3, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm 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 about in regards to helping you and your student feel supported, involved and welcomed to West Potomac HS.
    • ¡Queremos invitarlo a la biblioteca de West Potomac HS el 3 de octubre de 2019 de 6: 30-8: 00pm 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.
  • 9th Grade SOS
    • In order to proactively address the issue of teen depression, on October 22 and 24 all 9th graders will receive information about adolescent depression and suicide and learn what do if they have concerns about themselves or a friend.  Students absent from their session will be invited to a make up session on October 30.  The Signs of Suicide (SOS) prevention program has been used by many FCPS schools and is proven successful at increasing the number of students seeking help. All 9th graders will view a video and will then be given the Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression (BSAD). Any students who indicate symptoms of suicidality or evidence of elevated depression scores will be seen immediately by a member of the mental health team and parents will be contacted. More information, including opt out information, was send to all 9th grade parents today. 
  • College Application Reminders
    • Seniors!  Counselors enjoyed meeting with you last month to go over your graduation requirements and discuss your post-HS plans.  Please keep in mind the upcoming college application deadlines:
    • WP Transcript Request Deadline – October 11 (for the November 1 college application deadline)
    • WP Transcript Request Deadline – October 25 (for the November 15 college application deadline)
      • Keep in mind that you can apply Early Decision to only ONE school.  Why?  Because Early Decision is binding (if you get accepted, great, but you MUST attend that school).  If you are not ready to commit to one school, consider Early Action (not binding).

Remaining 2019 Testing Dates

  • SAT – October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th
  • ACT – October 26th, December 14th
  • PSAT – October 16th

World Language Credit Exam Registration

  • The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency. Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam, including: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish languages will be tested using the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), which is a timed test and has a format distinct from the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam. More information on the WPT is available here: Registration is open now and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. Students must meet with their school counselors to register. If you are interested in registering for the exam, please see your school counselor starting Monday, Sept. 9th. Credit exam information can be accessed at: