The Wildcat Way - January 15, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Whitman Community,

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share some schedule changes for next week.  On Monday, January 18, we will have a student and staff holiday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.  On Tuesday, we will have a normal school day with synchronous learning in periods 1, 3, 5, and 7.  The School Board designated Wednesday, January 20 as a student and staff holiday in observance of the Presidential Inauguration.  On Thursday, we will return to a normal schedule once again having synchronous learning in periods 1, 3, 5, 7.  On Friday, we will have a 2 hour early release so periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 will be shortened so the day concludes at 12:15 PM in observance of the end of the second quarter.  I know that’s a lot to digest so I hope this helps!

Additionally, I wanted to remind everyone about the upcoming PTSA meeting on January 21.  We hope to see you there as we answer questions about next year, discuss course selection, and meet staff and PTSA members.


Whitman PTSA General Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21st at 4:30 PM

Click here to join meeting


Have a great weekend,

Dr. Craig Herring, Principal




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How to Sign up for Clubs

Interested in having your student participate in the After-School Program? Here are a few things you can help your student with to help them getting them signed up for clubs.

  • Have them Join the Wildcats After-School Google Classroom - Code: pbdi5n3
  • Parents complete the After-School Registration Form (must be completed to participate)
  • Students should visit the Wildcats After-School Site for the complete schedule/information
    • Students will need to login with their FCPS Gmail to access
    • Wildcats After-School site - Schedule / List of Clubs / Club Enrollment Form / Google Classroom for Clubs
  • Parents can visit for more info


After-School Academic Support

  • Students can stay after Virtually with a teacher Tuesday-Thursday (2:20pm-3:20pm)
  • Students will need to schedule an appointment with the teacher(s) they would like to stay after with for academic support, so that they teacher can invite them to their virtual office.
  • Student can access the Academic Support Schedule by visiting the Wildcats After-School Site and clicking the tab for Academic Support.

To view the daily club calendar, click here Daily Schedule (2nd Quarter)

Questions regarding the After-School Program email Chris Tippins, After-School Specialist



MVHS Academic Advising

Greetings Rising 9th - 12th Grade Families, 

Academic Advising season is here!  Our school counselors have begun meeting with students for grade level pre-advising lessons and we know that all families are eager to learn more about the course selection process and course options for next school year.  Academic Advising has four major components: 

  1. Pre-Advising Grade Level Meetings:  Counselors will meet with students in groups for a quick overview of the process, graduation requirements for their class and introduce them to various elective options.
  2. Course Exploration:  Students with the support of their parents/guardians will explore courses for next school year.  
    1. This year MVHS is developing a curriculum/elective fair website full of videos, resources and google sites that will help families explore their options.  The site will be made available to families the week of January 18th. 
    2. MVHS will also host a virtual Curriculum Night on Tuesday, January 19th.  Interested families must RSVP by noon on Tuesday to receive links and important updates. Click here to  RSVP now.   
  3. Course Selection:  This year, Mount Vernon HS will be using the online course request feature available in StudentVUE.  Once students have completed pre-advising with their school counselor, they may login to StudentVUE and begin to select courses by clicking on the “Course Request” tab.  This feature allows students to enter their courses prior to meeting with their school counselor, maximizing the time they have during individual academic advising.
  4. Counselor Meetings:  Each student will have the opportunity to meet individually with their school counselor to review course selections, graduation plans and to address any questions or concerns. 

Please see the updated Academic Advising Timeline:

MVHS Academic Advising and Course Selection Timeline                  (Dates are subject to change)

January 7 and 11, 2021 

Rising Freshman Academic Advising Lessons

January 11, 2021

Rising Senior Academic Advising Lessons (Monday afternoon)

January 18, 2021

MVHS Virtual Curriculum and Electives Fair (Available online)

January 19, 2021

Rising Junior Academic Advising Lessons (Major Time)

January 19, 2021

MVHS Curriculum Night Program: RSVP now 

January 21, 2021

Whitman PTSA Transition Meeting:  Academic Advising Town Hall

February 1, 2021

Rising Sophomore Academic Advising (Monday afternoon)

February 2 - 12, 2021

Rising Seniors counselor meetings and course selection review 

February 16 - 26, 2021

Rising Junior counselor meetings and course selection review 

March 2 - 12, 2021

Rising Sophomore counselor meetings and course selection review

March 12, 2021

MVHS Elective Application Deadline (AVID, Leadership etc..)

March 12, 2021

FCPS Academy Application Deadline

June 4, 2021

Last day for students to request any schedule changes.  



Asesoramiento Académico de MVHS

 Saludos Familias de Alumnos Entrantes a Grados 9 al 12,

¡Llegó la temporada de Asesoramiento Académico! Nuestros consejeros escolares han comenzado a reunirse con los estudiantes para proporcionar lecciones de asesoramiento previo a nivel de grado y sabemos que todas las familias están ansiosas por aprender más sobre el proceso de selección de cursos y las opciones de cursos para el próximo año escolar. La asesoría académica tiene cuatro componentes principales:

  1. Reuniones de Asesoramiento Previo a Nivel de Grado:  Los consejeros se reunirán en grupos con los estudiantes para ofrecer una descripción general rápida del proceso, los requisitos de graduación para su clase y les presentarán varias opciones de clases electivas.
  2. Exploración de Cursos:  Los estudiantes con el apoyo de sus padres o tutores explorarán los cursos para el próximo año escolar.
    1. Este año, MVHS está desarrollando un sitio web para la exposición del programa de estudios y materias electivas que ofrecerá varios videos, recursos y sitios de Google que ayudarán a las familias a explorar sus opciones. El sitio estará disponible para las familias la semana del 18 de enero.
    2. MVHS también organizará una Noche Virtual del Programa de Estudios el martes 19 de enero. Las familias interesadas deben confirmar su asistencia antes del mediodía del martes para recibir enlaces y actualizaciones importantes. Haga clic aquí RSVP now, para confirmar su asistencia ahora. 
  3. Selección de Cursos:  Este año, Mount Vernon HS utilizará la función de solicitud de cursos disponsible en línea a través de StudentVUE. Una vez que los estudiantes hayan finalizado el asesoramiento previo con su consejero escolar, pueden ingresar en StudentVUE y comenzar a seleccionar cursos haciendo clic en la pestaña “Course Request” (Solicitud de Cursos). Esta función permite a los estudiantes seleccionar sus cursos antes de reunirse con su consejero escolar, maximizando el tiempo que tienen durante la asesoría académica individual.
  4. Reuniones con el Consejero:  Cada estudiante tendrá la oportunidad de reunirse individualmente con su consejero escolar para revisar la selección de cursos, los planes de graduación y abordar cualquier pregunta o inquietud.

Por favor consulte las fechas actualizada de Asesoramiento Académico:

Fechas de  Asesoramiento Académico y Selección de Cursos de MVHS (Las fechas están sujetas a cambios)

7 y 11 de enero 2021 

Lecciones de Asesoramiento Académico para estudiantes entrantes a 9º grado

11 de enero 2021

Lecciones de Asesoramiento Académico para estudiantes entrantes a 12º grado (lunes por la tarde)

18 de enero 2021

Feria Virtual del Programa de Estudios y Cursos Electivos (Disponible en línea)

19 de enero 2021

Lecciones de Asesoramiento Académico para estudiantes entrantes a 11º grado (Major Time)

19 de enero 2021

MVHS Noche del Programa de Estudios: RSVP now (confirme su asistencia ahora)

21 de enero 2021

Reunión de Transición de Whitman PTSA: Asesoramiento Académico

1 de febrero 2021

Lecciones de Asesoramiento Académico para estudiantes entrantes a 10º grado (lunes por la tarde)

2 - 12 febrero 2021

Reuniones de consejeros para estudiantes entrantes a 12º grado y revisión de la selección de cursos 

16 - 26 de febrero 2021

Reuniones de consejeros para estudiantes entrantes a 11º grado y revisión de selección de cursos  

2 - 12 de marzo 2021

Reuniones de consejeros para estudiantes entrantes a 10º grado y revisión de la selección de cursos

12 de marzo 2021

Fecha límite para solicitar cursos electivos en MVHS (AVID, Liderazgo, etc.)

12 de marzo 2021

Fecha límite para solicitar cursos de Academia de FCPS

4 de junio 2021

Último día para que los estudiantes soliciten cualquier cambio de horario





Join us Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for Whitman Middle School’s Family Market! Whitman is partnering with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to offer these monthly distributions of nutritious groceries to members of our community, free of charge.


When: February 17, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: This year, Family Markets will be held outside, with drive-up pickup outside of Door 2 on the side of the building. Please drive in on the field-side of the building and drive around the back of the building until you reach Door 2.

What: The CAFB will be providing pre-packed boxes/bags of dry goods and produce. One box of each per household, please.

Help us keep Family Markets safe! Please note that masks are required for market participation, and we ask all participants to maintain social distancing by keeping 6 feet or further away from others.




“Le invitamos el miércoles 17 de febrero de 2:30 a 4:00 para el Mercado Familiar de la escuela Whitman! Whitman está colaborando con Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) para ofrecer estas distribuciones mensuales de alimentos nutritivos a los miembros de nuestra comunidad gratuitamente.


Cuándo: 17 de febrero, 2:30 a 4:00

Dónde: El Mercado Familiar se llevarán a cabo afuera en la acera de Whitman. Puede recogerlo directamente de su vehículo por la Puerta 2 al costado del edificio. Entre por el lado del campo y rodee la parte trasera del edificio hasta llegar a la Puerta 2.

Qué: La CAFB proporcionará cajas/bolsas empaquetadas de productos secos y productos agrícolas. Una caja por hogar por favor.


¡Ayúdenos a mantener seguros los mercados familiares! Tenga en cuenta que se requieren máscaras para la participación en el mercado, y les pedimos a todos los participantes que mantengan el distanciamiento social manteniéndose 6 pies o más lejos de los demás.”





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