News You Choose - Friday, December 6, 2019

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Parent Night
  • Class of 2022 T-shirts
  • Nutcracker
  • PTSA Updates
  • All Night Grad (ANG)
  • Orchestra Fundraising

Important Dates:

  • Dec.4-7: Nutcracker
  • Dec.5-8: Top It Off Fundraiser
  • Dec.11, 7:00pm: ANG Meeting
  • Dec.12, 7:30pm: Band Concert
  • Dec.16, 7:00pm: Choir Concert
  • Dec.19, 7:00pm: Music Department Concert
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Winter Holiday
  • Jan. 6: School Resumes Jan. 13, 6:00pm:
  • Jan. 13:Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Parent Night/Electives Fair

Happy First December Friday!

Now that winter is settling in, we are starting winter athletics and moving into the

second half of the second quarter. Please continue to monitor your students’ grades weekly. 

At this point in the quarter, there should be at least 3-4 substantive grades in each of their classes.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the teacher directly. 

As the weather continues to get colder, please know that we have new winter coats available here at school.  If your child is in need of a coat, please reach out to their school counselor.  They will be distributed based on need and first come, first serve.  Food for Neighbors is also hosting another event in January and they are looking for volunteers.  Please see the attached flyer.

After years of trying, West Potomac High School was selected to receive tickets for Juniors to experience Hamilton, The Musical, Broadway Show. The Hamilton Education Program will support our study of our founding fathers and the foundation for our nation and allow students to attend a Hamilton Student Matinee on December 19th, 2019.

We still have room for 10 more students. 

When:  Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 5:15 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where:  Norfolk, VA

Cost:  $46

If you are the parent of a junior and would for your child to go, please have your child see Ms. Hoover in room 406 as the final 10 spots will fill fast! 

Also, if you interested in sponsoring a student who is experiencing financial difficulties, we are looking for donations.  We are hoping all who want to see the show have the opportunity.  Partial or full sponsorships can be donated by cash or check.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Please email Maren Hoover ( with any questions

REMINDER:  We have been on a journey with the West Potomac Coaches Collaborative to establish a unified vision for student athletics.  We have partnered with the Positive Coaches Alliance they will be here on Monday Dec. 9th at 7pm in the auditorium.  The program is important for parents of athletes. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Millard

Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Parent Night

Save the Date – January 13, 2020 – Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Parent Night

Flyer in English

Flyer in Spanish

Class of 2022

Attention Class of 2022! Show your school spirit and purchase a Class of 2022 t-shirt for $20! All proceeds will go to the Class of 2022 to fund future class activities. Please follow the attached link to view the t-shirt design and to complete your order form.


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 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

PTSA Update

Top It Off Fundraiser

Top It Off Holiday Event:  Thurs:  Dec. 5th - Sunday Dec. 8th.  Top It Off offers unique gifts and accessories for women of all ages. The Destination for your holiday jewelry needs.  Great Prices. By supporting WP PTSA during this fundraiser, a portion of your purchase will go back to WP and you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Special holiday Basket donated by Top It off. Please see attached flyer.

Federal Employee?  Please consider supporting the West Potomac PTSA, 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.

Holiday Teacher Dessert Bar

The Holiday Teacher Dessert Bar will be held on December 10th at 3pm.  Dessert donations are appreciated and welcome.  Please contact Julia McDonald if you would like to contribute or signup here.

All Night Grad (ANG) Meeting

Hello, Class of 2020 Parents!

There will be an All Night Grad Committee meeting this Wednesday, December 11th at 7 pm.  The meeting will be held at the DeMaso residence, 1005 Neal Drive, Alexandria 22308.

We have many volunteer opportunities still open and need your help to make this celebration a success.  Consider helping continue this graduation tradition that offers our kids a fun, safe way to celebrate all they've achieved!  This event can't happen without the support and participation of our Senior Parents, so please join us on December 11th at 7 pm, and share this email with anyone who may be interested in helping.

Orchestra Update

Help support the orchestra with the purchase of a beautiful poinsettia for the holidays!  Poinsettias are perfect for gifts or festive decorations!   Orders may be placed through December 13th using the attached flyer or contact

Baby, it's COLD outside!  Keep your loved ones warm this winter with our Wolverine throws!  Made in the USA, our machine washable throws are great for outdoor eventsor lounging around indoors.  See attached form to order or email

SAT/ACT Test Prep and Updates

7 Reasons to Take the ACT

Accepted Everywhere It’s Concrete.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.