WPHS - News You Choose 8-5-22

In this week's News You Choose

  • Important dates
  • Principal Message
  • Student Parking Information
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications - Now Available!
  • WABC Membership Information
  • 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

  • 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

Happy Friday Wolverines,

Countdown to first day of school is officially on!  We had a great start to our fall sports try outs.  It was nice to have kid energy back on campus.  We have been advertising our Wolverine Welcome on 8/19 from 3:30-5:30pm.  We are excited to announce a new feature of Wolverine Welcome, a teacher meet and greet!  All of our faculty and staff will be on campus in their rooms during Wolverine Welcome.  I want to encourage you to attend.  It will be a great opportunity to:

  • Walk the building following your schedule
  • Meet in-person your teachers
  • Pick up your laptop
  • Purchase a PE uniform
  • Attend a football scrimmage

Later in September we will have a virtual asynchronous course information site (aka virtual back to school night) where you will get presentations of course logistics and expectations from your child’s teachers in an online on demand format.

Staffing Updates

We continue to make progress on our vacancies.  As of today, we still have the vacancies listed below and are actively advertising and interviewing for these positions.

  • 1 Social Studies
  • 1 Mathematics (Geometry)
  • 2 Office Assistants (main office)
  • 1 Administrative Assistant (attendance office)
  • 2 Nursing
  • 1 EMT
  • 1 911
  • 1 JROTC
  • 4 Student Monitors (needed to help with hallways and bathrooms)
  • 2 long term school counseling substitutes
  • 5 Food Services professionals (see flyer below)

Construction Updates

We were given an update on Monday/Tuesday regarding our renovation project.  The new addition of 32 classrooms AND our new Kiss -n- Ride will be completed in/on time for school opening.  That is the good news—no more trailers.  The not so good news is, the connector to Springbank and the Cafeteria expansion will NOT be complete in time for opening of school.  As of now, the project managers are projecting completion on those areas by the end of September.  Given these constraints, we will need to continue to travel outside in between classes in order to access Springbank.  As soon as the connector and cafeteria are done, we will be a fully internally contained school having entry to the building all go through door 1 and door 1 only.  If you have been on campus in the last week, you may have noticed that doors have been renumbered from 1 (main entrance) all the way around the building to 28. 

Continue to enjoy your final days of summer and we will see your soon!

Dr. Millard

Food Services

Senior/Junior Parking

We will have student parking.  What we are waiting on is knowing exactly how many additional spaces will be added.  In the meantime, we can begin our process to collect names of those who would like to be considered for a parking pass.  As a reminder, the initial step is to sign up for consideration, it is NOT a guarantee of a parking pass.  We will collect and compile the list, on a first come first serve basis with Seniors having priority.  You can find the parking information on the West Potomac Homepage

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.

WABC Membership

Dear Wolverine Fans,

It is the very best time of the year! The 2022-2023 sports season is about to begin and the WABC is launching our annual Membership Drive. This year we are offering three different levels of Membership. Students, families, and fans can show their support by purchasing; a Family Pass ($175 for up to six family members including WP students), a Student Pass ($25), or an Individual Family Member Pass ($75).  All purchases are made via Paypal at https://www.supportwestpotomac.com/membership.html

Pass holders will receive free admission to all regular season home games. District, regional, and state tournaments will charge an entry fee. This pass provides HUGE savings over the course of the school year and is one of the best ways to show your Wolverine pride! Each pass holder will receive a personalized card and should remember to bring it to all events for admission. Cards will be available for pick up at the Wolverine Welcome on August 19th and also at all of the first home games for each team. Passes may be mailed to home addresses by request.

The price for the Family Pass increases to $200 on the first day of school (8/22) so order yours today!

Questions may be directed to Wendy Joachim at 703-889-0086.

Let's Go Wolverines! 

Buy your All Sports Pass Here!

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

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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