WPHS - News You Choose - 8/20/22

First Day Fairfax

FCPS parents, students, and staff members are invited to share their favorite pictures or videos from the first day of school on social media using the hashtag #FirstDayFairfax

In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Message from WPHS Administration
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Application Information
  • Student Services / College and Career Center Updates
  • PTSA News
  • Class of ’23 Updates
  • ACT/SAT Test Prep
  • Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

Important Dates

  • August 22:   First Day of School
  • September 2: No School
  • September 5: No School, Labor Day
  • September 26 –Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day – Rosh Hashanah

Message from WPHS Administration

We are so excited to welcome all our Wolverines to campus on Monday morning.  A big thank you to all who came to Wolverine Welcome yesterday.  A reminder to please review the email you received from FCPS Food Services that includes your child’s lunch number.  School lunches are no longer free for all students, so everyone will need to know their lunch number on Monday.  If you may be eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch and have not applied, please do so as soon as possible.  More information on how to apply is below. 

-WPHS Administration

Free and Reduced Lunch Info

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.

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

  • WPHS Student Services is excited to welcome our students back for the 22-23 School Year. A reminder, two of our counselors are on leave to start the year and since we have been unable to secure substitute counselors, we have divided their alpha amongst the team.  Those that work with Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Bluestein can review the alpha breakdown below regarding who to contact.  Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. McMahon (kjmcmahon@fcps.edu). 
  • As we begin school on Monday we are only making schedule changes next week for the following reasons:
    • Too few or too many classes
    • Absence of required course for graduation
    • Inaccurate placement by grade or course level
  • The elective change window will be the second week of school August 29 - September 1.  During that week, students who are interested in making an elective change should report to their elective class for attendance and then ask for a pass to see their counselor.  Changes will be available based on space availability and only in the same period of their current elective.  

College and Career Center Updates:

  • Welcome back to all Wolverines and families from the College & Career Center!  My name is Karen Young and I am the College & Career Center Specialist here at WPHS.
  • I partner with school counselors, teachers, and staff members to help students make informed decisions about post-secondary opportunities. Throughout the school year there will be a variety of opportunities for students to learn information to assist in that planning.  There are multiple ways for students and families to learn about the upcoming events in the College & Career Center…News You Choose, Monthly Newsletters, Schoology, and email.  Don’t forget to follow on Twitter @wphsccc for great information as well. 
  • I am looking forward to a great school year and supporting all students in reaching their highest potential! 

Kind Regards,

Karen B. Young



Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. The PTSA at WPHS acts as the Academic Booster Club and supports our students and teachers throughout the year.  You can join online at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.store.   At the site you can purchase memberships, make tax deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets. Membership dues remain the same as last year:

  • Household Membership: $20 (all adults and WPHS students living at same address)
  • Student Membership: $10 (not necessary if you have a Household Membership)
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $5 

You can also join by check payable to “West Potomac PTSA.” Please indicate the following:

  • First and Last Name of Member:
  • Student Name(s) and Year(s) in School:      
  • Email/Phone:
  • Address (if ordering a magnet):

Mail requested information and check to Libby Meares, Membership Chair, 8501 Cyrus Place, Alexandria, VA 22308.  Questions? Contact Libby at MearesTeam@gmail.com.


"Let's start this school year with a donation to the West Potomac High School PTSA!  As the Academic Booster Club for the school, some of our goals include providing support for students and staff when it comes to needed or improving equipment providing teacher grants, after school buses for students that stay late, and so much more!  No amount is too small.  PLEASE DONATE and thank you for helping us provide our students and staff with an awesome year!"



Class of 2023 – Seniors News

Welcome back to our fantastic class of 23 seniors!  We are so excited for the year ahead and wanted to give a few reminders.  First up, order your yard signs online now!  They look fantastic, thanks to our very own 2023 senior, Peter Rainey.  Click here to order!


If you have not submitted your senior’s t-shirt size, we have one more week to do it.  Please fill out the google form here! https://forms.gle/Adj8FynJNBtMngaLA

If you are a parent and want to order a shirt for yourself, please visit the store to order.  They are $23 and MUST BE ORDERED THIS WEEK!!!


We have a Facebook group filled with information with all things pertaining to this year.  Please join here to stay up to date on things!


Finally, our committee is coming together but we could really use a Fundraising chair!  Please let us know if you are interested. Our email is westpo2023@gmail.com

Have a great last weekend of summer!


Time to think test prep!  Are the Official Tests Still Relevant?

Test optional does not mean test blind! Check the websites of your favored colleges to see their admissions policy and check the scholarship pages to see if test scores are used for admissions, scholarships or class placement. Test optional mean YOU get to choose to send your score.


Fall SAT Class and Mocks Start Soon!Register at http://www.applerouth.com/schools/8946/



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Rising Juniors:  Think ahead to your junior year and all the AP classes, activities, and college research. When is the best time for you to prep and test?  Once you’ve completed Algebra 2, you’re ready to test.

You have time to take a fall, winter, or spring prep class! Just remember to plan your testing and prep schedule around the sports/extracurricular activities! Plan on taking the official test three times. If you are taking Algebra 2 during junior year, target the June official test as your first attempt.

The Fall SAT Class preps for the November 5th official test and can take a whole load of stress off your junior year. Studies show that waiting until later in your junior year does not increase scores. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the bulk of your official testing completed before winter break of junior year? Not to mention that the prep will help with your PSAT/NMSQT scores!

Check out our WPHS test prep schedule! 

Test Preference/Mocks:  If you still need to take mock tests to determine test preference before registering for a class, all our events can be found on our WPHS test prep schedule.

Rising Seniors:  Fall mock tests and an SAT prep class are available to prepare you for the November 5th SAT test! Take advantage of the opportunity to boost your score before college applications! Note that many schools will accept test scores after the application is submitted.

PTSA Test Prep Program Contact:  The above are general guidelines. If you would like to discuss your student’s testing plan options in more detail, jet an email my way! I’m always happy to talk test prep - Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com

Need Flexibility? Try a SELF-PACED ONLINE CLASS:  For only $125.00, the test prep program is offering self-paced online test prep created by Applerouth. This is an excellent course that covers all the content offered through the usual group class as well as tips and strategies for the official tests. Mock test results provide a solid study guide. Applerouth tutors are available to assist self-directed students with any questions during the course. One mock test is included in the self-directed class. Purchase on PTSA's MemberHub Store. The class will be loaded into your Applerouth account within a few days.

Worth the time - Applerouth Resources and Webinars:  Brush up on anything and everything related to college admissions with Applerouth’s resources, all in one place. Check them out (especially the Junior Jumpstart) at applerouth.com/bookshelf.   For upcoming free webinars, learn more at applerouth.com/events

More Resources available on the Test Prep Program Web Page 

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com.

Scholarships - WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen Young, kbyoung@fcps.edu.

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!

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