Student Services November Newsletter

November 2019 - West Potomac Student Services Newsletter

  • Earlier this month - Student Services Sophomore Unit
    • Sophomore students had the opportunity to learn more about potential careers during the Student Services Sophomore Unit. On November 1st and 7th, counselors utilized advisory periods to assist students to focus on their career interests in Naviance.  In addition, we discussed the purpose of the College and Career Center and how our College and Career Center Specialist, Mrs. Carter, can assist them with their college and career objectives.
  • AVID and The College Partnership Program students visited Penn State on November 4, 2019. Students participated with student panels for the Health and Human Development and Information Science and Technology Programs and toured the Penn State Campus.
  • Report Cards will be distributed through Advisory on November 13, 2019
  • Last week, on November 15 we celebrated 41 1st Quarter Rising Stars. Congratulations to all those recognized!
  • Today, November 21, we celebrated 196 Wolverines who earned 1st Quarter All “A” Honor Roll. Congratulations students!!
  • A reminder that tomorrow, November 22 is our All A and A/B Honor Roll ticket raffle and Chips and Guacamole Treat.  Thanks to our PTSA and Moe’s for making the celebration possible!


  • College Application Reminders - please note the upcoming college application deadlines:
    • December 4, 2019 for January 15, 2020
    • January 10, 2020 for February 1, 2020
  • 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).
  • Seniors!!  Please let your school counselor and Ms. Carter know what schools you have been accepted to and any scholarships that you may receive.
  • Please keep in mind we do not write recommendations during holiday breaks.

Remaining 2019 Testing Dates

  • SAT – December 7th:
  • ACT – December 14th

Counseling Team Update: 

  • Mrs. Watlington will be retiring next month. Please see her note to students and families below.  We are thankful for all her efforts to support Wolverines over the last 12 years and wish her the best in retirement!!
  • We will provide an update on who will be taking over for Mrs. Watlington as soon as possible.

Dear students and families:

I hope you have had a good start to the new school year.

I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring at the end of December.  I needed to make this decision this year – my 26th in FCPS and 12th at West Potomac HS - due to some family health concerns.

I will leave with many fond memories of working with you and others who make up the WP community.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in the lives of thousands of young people over the course of my career.

Please be assured that WPHS will work to make the transition from me to my successor as smooth as possible.

Best wishes to you all – let’s always remember to take good care of ourselves, others, and be kind.

Ms. Watlington

School Counselor