News You Choose - Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Thanksgiving Week- Attendance Procedures for 11/25 & 11/26
  • Toys for Tots Drive
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Partnership
  • Nutcracker
  • Orchestra Pies and Blanket
  • All Night Grad (ANG)
  • Federal Impact Aid
  • PTSA Updates
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • NHS Tutoring
  • Yearbooks

Important Dates:

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

Dec.: 23-Jan. 3: Winter Holiday

Jan. 6: School Resumes


Happy Thanksgiving Wolverines!

  • I am starting to fully understand the power of gratitude.  Being grateful for things big and small, improves your overall outlook on life. 
  • I am grateful for my faculty and staff who are dedicated and sacrificial in supporting students and one another; they inspire me.
  • I am grateful for my students who are caring, powerful, young people; they bring me joy.
  • I am grateful for my supportive, tireless community who continually advocate for the needs of our school; they empower me.
  • I am grateful for my family who encourages me in ways that allow me to bring my full self to everything I do; they love me.

Enjoy your Holiday and Thank you!

Ms. Millard


Attendance Procedures -Thanksgiving Week

Due to the high volume of emails and voice messages, please send a NOTE with your student if they are checking in tardy or checking out early on Monday or Tuesday.  E -mails/phone calls for tardies and check outs WILL NOT be accepted these two days

Thank you for your help and understanding.


Toys for Tots Drive

Please support the Toys for Tots drive sponsored by the AVID & College Partnership Program and US Marine Corps Reserves.

The donation boxes are located at the main office and student services - attached is the flyer with more details.


Positive Coaching Alliance Partnership

This year the West Potomac athletic department has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance. Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization with the mission of creating a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in better athletes, better people. On December 9th, we will be hosting our first PCA workshop for parents as well as a workshop for our coaches.  The entire athletic department is asking that all parents who have athletes participating in a sport at West Potomac attend this workshop in order to gain more understanding into how we can all work together to create a positive culture of success for all athletes. 

The workshop will run from 7 pm - 8:30 pm in the auditorium.


Join the Alexandria Community for this year's performance of The Nutcracker, featuring The West Potomac High School Academy Dancers. 

Performances will be held at West Potomac High school on the following dates:

  • December 4 @ 5:30 p.m. (Scout Show)
  • December 5 @ 5:30 p.m.
  • December 6 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • December 7 @ 2:30 p.m.
  • December 7 @ 6:30 p.m. (Military Appreciation Night)

Tickets are available at the door and online at


Baby, it's cold outside!  Let us help keep you warm--our blankets are just what you need to stay warm and cozy!  See attached form to order.

We have a few pies still available to help with your Thanksgiving planning:

Coconut cream (2)

Boston cream

$15 each, all proceeds benefit the orchestra.  Email Rebecca Losee: if interested


All Night Grad (ANG)

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

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.

Thank you to Toppers Pizza for donating over 500 free medium pizza’s or Topperstix certificates to our Fall Academic award students! These are students who earned a gpa of 3.8 or higher the previous school year. The certificates were given out in homerooms last week. Please support this business for their generous donation!


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

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.



Purchase your student's yearbook.  Order online anytime!