News You Choose- Friday, November 15, 2019


  • Important Dates
  • Black Student's Union Food Drive
  • English Department Update
  • Band/Orchestra Announcements
  • All Night Grad (ANG)
  • Federal Impact Aid
  • PTSA Updates
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • College and Career
  • NHS Tutoring
  • Yearbooks


Important Dates:

Nov. 20: 6:00 pm – National Honor Society Induction/Auditorium

Nov. 21: 9:50 am – 1st Quarter All A Recognition Reception

Nov. 22: 11:15 am – 1:15 pm 1st Quarter A/B Honor Roll Recognition Moe’s Chip & Salsa Bar and Gift Card Raffle

Dec. 2: 8:30 – 10:30 am Principals Parent Coffee

Dec. 2: 6:30 – 7:30 PTSA meeting/Kogleman,

Dec. 2: 7:30 – 8:30 West Potomac Capacity Enhancement Community Update/Kogelman

Dec. 4: Underclass Photo make Up Day


Black Students Union Food Drive

Please support the black student’s union food drive – A box for food donations is placed at the main office.

For more details, please refer to this attachment:


English Department Update

Do you like reading books? Great, West Potomac needs your help.

We are seeking parent volunteers to read books that members of our English department would like to get approved through the Book Approval process. 

Parents can volunteer to read as little or as many books as they would like. The committee consists of two English teachers, two parents and a principal designee. 

We welcome as many parent volunteers as are willing. Thank you in advance for your help! Please contact Susie Britton, Assistant Principal, at or (703)718-2610.


Band and Orchestra Announcements

The Wolverine Marching Band finished another great season with a SUPERIOR rating at the VBODA Marching Band assessments on October 26th. Congratulations on a fantastic season!

A big congratulations to trumpet player Matthew Verich who was chosen to play in Virginia's All-State Jazz Band. Matthew will join other top musicians in the state to perform at the Virginia Music Educator Association's Conference in Hot Springs, VA next week.  

Congratulations to Griffin Keightley for his successful audition and acceptance into the District Ten Honors Orchestra.


All Night Grad (ANG)

Next meeting: December 10, 7:00 pm in the College and Career Center

Hello, Parents of the Class of 2020!  

Planning has begun for the 2020 WPHS All-Night Graduation Celebration!  The party will be held on the night of graduation: Thursday, June 4th, from 9:30 pm to 4:00 am Friday, June 5th. ANGC provides a safe, fun-filled way for our seniors to celebrate their graduation.  

We need your help to make the 2020 celebration a success!  There are many ways you might volunteer to help plan and organize or help during the actual event.  Please feel free to contact Rebecca Losee at if you can help in any capacity. Thank you in advance for your participation!


Federal Impact Aid- Reminder

Federal Impact Aid forms were sent home through Advisory on October 21.  Please complete these forms and return them to school.  Even if you do not think you qualify, we are required to collect forms from all families.  As we face budget issues each year, the information gathered from this survey can be critical to providing funding to the county, FCPS anticipates receiving approximately $3,000,000 from the Impact Aid Grant this year.  

Again, accurate and timely completion of the form is essential because FCPS requires 100% completion for all schools.  Each student enrolled at West Potomac High School must turn in a completed form.  Please know that personal information will be kept confidential. 

Please help WPHS get 100% of the forms back as soon as possible. 


PTSA Update

Monday, December 2 – Double meeting in West Potomac Kogelman Auditorium

6:30 - PTSA Meeting/Substance Abuse Prevention Presentation (Vaping)

7:30 - West Potomac Capacity Enhancement Community Update

Please plan to attend the December PTSA meeting where the special topic is Substance

Abuse Prevention with an emphasis on vaping. Immediately following this presentation,

the FCPS design and construction team will present updated renderings and plans for the

West Potomac capacity enhancement. Current projections for completion are 2022-2023 SY. See flyer for more information.

All A and A/B Honor Roll Celebration Volunteers 1st Quarter All A and A/B Honor Roll Recognition Chips and Queso Bar will be held on Friday, November 22 in the College and Career Center. This event is to celebrate the students who made the All A or A/B honor roll for the 1st quarter. We will need volunteers to help set up and serve chips & queso to the students during lunch time.

Like to donate gift cards to recognize our students? Please drop off gift card donations to the front office no later than Thursday, Nov 21st (You may drop them off anytime from now until then).  Please put them in an envelope marked "PTSA Honor Roll". Thanks for helping us recognize our students! Sign up here.

Federal Employee? The West Potomac PTSA is an approved Combined Federal Campaign Charity. Federal, civilian, postal and military donors may use CFC #62964 to contribute to the West Potomac PTSA. Visit for more information. Contact Robyn Zevin, with questions or for our Tax ID number for your company’s match.


SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

7 Reasons to Take the ACT

1) Accepted Everywhere It’s Concrete.

2) The SAT can be abstract, but the ACT is more straightforward. It’s clear what you’re being asked without the added step of interpreting the question. Whether you’re applying to your local college or an Ivy League school, a school that focuses on STEM or the most artsy of liberal arts, the ACT can get you there. Every college accepts it without prejudice.

3) No Hunting for Specific Lines There are no multi-step questions in the Reading section. This means you don’t have to spend time hunting for evidence in specific lines.

4) Less Fatigue The sections of the ACT are short. You don’t have to worry that your focus will fade or that boredom will set in!

5) Aggressive Guessing Yields High Scores. The ACT is fast paced but you don’t have to be perfect to be impressive. You can guess on select problems and do great.

6) Word Problems are less wordy! If pulling equations out of narratives sounds like a chore, ACT word problems are simple and the correct operations are more obvious than on the SAT.

7) Not-So-Mad Scientist - Don’t be afraid of the science section. You don’t need to be a master of the Periodic Table. The questions are based on your ability to move quickly through charts, tables, and graphs.

Test Prep 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.  Winter SAT Class starts January 4 and preps for the official SAT in March.

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  


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

NHS Tutoring Now Available

Struggling in a class?  Need help studying for a test?  

National Honor Society is offering walk-in tutoring on late bus Mondays in room 128 from 3-4:15. No need to sign up, just show up! See Mrs. Carfang or Ms. Newton with questions.



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