WPHS News You Choose 7/26/22

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In this week's News You Choose

  • Important dates
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications - Now Available!
  • New Parent/Guardian Summer Series
  • 12th Grade Immunization Requirement 
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Parents/Guardians
  • 2022-2023 Opt Out Forms
  • Update your "News You Choose" Settings

Important Dates

  • Tomorrow - July 27 - New Parent/Guardian Summer Series - more info below
  • August 1 – Fall 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
  • September 2 – No School
  • September 5 – No School, Labor Day
  • September 26 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day – Rosh Hashanah

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now Available 

  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.
  • We encourage all interested families to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application as soon as possible to begin receiving benefits. Applications and information are available on the FCPS website
  • 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.
  • Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online.

New West Potomac Parent/Guardian Summer Series – Final Meeting Tomorrow

  • Thank you to all our new families who have participated in our July New Parent/Guardian Summer Series.  Tomorrow evening is our final presentation.  Below are the details.  We hope to see you tomorrow evening!
  • When: Wednesday July 27, 2022
  • Where: WPHS Library
  • Time: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Topics
    • College and Career Center Overview, Mrs. Karen Young, College and Career Center Specialist
    • Back to School Prep – Schoology, ParentVue, and more! Janet Babic, School Based Technology Specialist and Brian Valentine, West Potomac Assistant Principal

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 5th, 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.

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
YMHFA Training

2022-23 Opt Out Forms

Beginning Friday, July 15, parents the following opt-out forms became available to families via SIS ParentVue: 

  • Tutor.com Access
  • SEL Screener Participation
  • Counseling Opt-Out
  • Transportation Intent
  • Accept FCPS Device
  • Home Internet Access

Any parent/guardian associated with a student, and has a SIS ParentVue account, can update these opt-outs as needed by going to the "Student Info" tab and clicking "Edit Information" in the top left-hand corner.  The parent/guardian must have both "Contact Allowed" and "Records Access Rights" to see and update student information. More information is provided within ParentVue to assist you in your decision making for your child.  

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