News You Choose - Friday, October 11, 2019


  • Important Dates
  • PSAT Day Reminder
  • Technology Student Association (TSA) Update
  • Science Fair
  • Avid Tutors Needed
  • PTSA Updates
  • Yearbooks
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career Newsletter/October
  • Orchestra Update
  • Mamma Mia!


Important Dates:

Oct. 14: School Holiday

Oct. 16: 8:10 – 12:55 PSAT/NMSQT, early release day, no school for seniors

Oct. 18: 7:00 pm - Homecoming Football Game

Oct. 19: 8:00 pm - 12:00 am - Homecoming Dance

Oct. 21: 7:00 pm- Partners for Safe Teen Driving, Springbank

Oct. 23: 7:00 pm – Senior Parents Meeting, Library

Nov. 1: End of 1st Quarter


PSAT DAY Reminder – Wednesday, October 16, 2019:

Wednesday October 16, 2019 we will have a two-hour early dismissal as we are administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders.  9th graders. All these students will report to their advisory and participate in a morning of freshman transition activities.  Since regular classes will not be scheduled due to testing, 12th graders are not expected to report to school and will be considered EXC for the day.  We encourage them to be academically engaged in ways such as working on college applications, visiting a college, working on job applications or post-secondary plans, service-learning activities or working on their FAFSA application. 

Technology Student Association (TSA) Update

Reminder, this Saturday, October 12 is the Radio Control Auction.

Come help support West Potomac High Schools Technology Student Association (TSA) as we host The Northern Virginia Radio Control Club. Everyone is welcome to buy, sell or just come to check it out. See here for more information.

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 to sign up. Date: 1/11/2020, Time: 8am-12pm, Location: WPHS cafeteria

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 here.

PTSA Updates The PTSA is looking for volunteers for the following: Senior Parent Meeting All Night Grad (ANG) Chair/Co-Chair-This person(s) would initiate planning for "All Night Grad” for Class of 2020 that should start as soon as possible to guarantee venders for the celebration graduation night. The ANG celebration brings the school's graduating seniors together. ANG is a fun and safe alternative for our kids on graduation night. More information will be available at the Senior Parents Meeting on October 23 at 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend to help plan this great event for our seniors. 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.

College and Career Center For the latest information including the College and Career Center newsletter, click here!

SAT/ACT Test Prep-Upcoming Events Huge News for the ACT – Please click on the following link: ACT ANNOUNCES BIG CHANGES FOR 2020 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

Yearbooks Pre-purchase your student's yearbook and $AVE!  Order online anytime!

Orchestra Update Pies and Blankets Orchestra Pie sale is on! Let us help take some of the stress off the holidays with our delicious, ready to bake pies! All proceeds benefit the WPHS Orchestra program. Pies are available to order through October 18, and orders will be delivered on or after November 6. Payment is due at the time of order. Please see attached for menu of options.

For questions or to order, contact Rebecca Losee. 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, click here.

Mamma Mia! Beyond the Page Theatre Company at West Potomac High School kicks off its 35th Season: From Across the Pond with the international smash hit Mamma Mia!, dazzling audiences on stage from November 2 – 9. Over sixty million people from around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music which makes Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! This sunny, funny, international sensation unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's hit songs that include “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Thank You for the Music,” “Money, Money, Money,” “The Winner Takes It All,” and “SOS,” combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Performances will be held in the West Potomac High School’s Kogelman Theatre on Nov 2 (2pm & 7pm) Nov 3 (2pm*) Nov 7 (7pm*) Nov 8 (7pm) Nov 9 (2pm & 7pm). As if Mamma Mia! weren’t already giddy and shameless, here comes more musical silliness: November 3 and 7 are singalong performances with a Mamma Mia Mock-tail Party directly following the November 3 performance.  That’s correct, audience members will be able to sing along with the cast to ABBA’s hits during these special performances. It’s become clear just how much these songs mean to people. Our singalong nights will be a celebration of that; a chance for our energetic, passionate audiences to be a step closer to our talented cast RATING: MAMMA MIA! is rated PG. For tickets and additional information, visit