WPHS News You Choose - 7/19/22

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In this week's News You Choose

  • Important dates
  • Summer Office Hours
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications
  • Summer Meals Info
  • 12th Grade Immunization Requirement 
  • Mental Wellness Consultations
  • New Parent/Guardian Summer Series
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Parents/Guardians

Important Dates

  • Tomorrow - July 20 - New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - more info below
  • July 27 - New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - more info below
  • August 1Fall Sports Tryouts Begin; Marching Band Begins
  • August 18 - 9th Grade/New Student Orientation, 8:10-12pm
  • August 19 – Wolverine Welcome, 3:30-5:30pm
  • August 22 - First Day of 2022-23 School Year

Summer Office Hours

  • Our main office is currently operating with summer hours.  During the summer the main office will be available 9am-2pm. 

Plan to Submit Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications This Summer

  • Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. In order to receive these benefits, you must complete the consent form.
  • Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

Summer Meals

  • Summer meal kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites through August 9. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times. 

12th Grade Immunization requirement

  • Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of senior year.
  • Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

If you have not already done so, please provide one of the following documents to West Potomac High School Student Services (Leslie Dorsey – ladorsey@fcps.edu) ­­­as soon as possible and no later than August 1st, 2022:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at this link.

Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520.

New West Potomac Parent/Guardian Summer Series

  • This summer we are excited to start a new Summer Educational Series for new West Potomac Parents and Guardians.  The goal of this program is to share a variety of information with our new families to help prepare for a great 2022-23 School year.  Each evening will have two presenters who will share information on two topics.  There will be time for questions on both the topics as well as general West Potomac questions.
  • Families are welcome to attend as many sessions as they are interested in.  Spanish translation will be available at all sessions.  We hope to see you this month!
  • When: Every Wednesday in July
  • Where: WPHS Library
  • Time: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Topics
    • West Potomac Wellness  – Ms. Whitney McDonough, WP Social Worker
    • Substance Abuse Prevention – Ms. Elizabeth Knudson, WP Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
    • College and Career Center Overview
    • Back to School Prep - ParentVue, forms, and more!
    • Wednesday, July 20, 2022
    • Wednesday July 27, 2022

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – For WPHS Parents/Guardians

  • This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
  • WPHS will be offering the class on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 8-4pm. Attendance for the full day is required for those participating. 
  • Class size is limited to 30 members. Sign up using this link!
  • Learn more at http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org