WPHS - News You Choose - 9-1-22


In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • PTSA News
  • Student Services and College and Career Center Updates
  • Class of ’23 Updates
  • ACT/SAT Test Prep
  • Hidden In Plain Sight (HIPS) – Education to Recognize Risky Behavior in Teens
  • Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • September 2: No School, Labor Day
  • September 5: No School, Labor Day
  • September 7: Senior Information Night, 6-8pm
  • September 15: Virtual Back to School Night
  • September 26: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday, Religious & Cultural Observance Day (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 5: Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)
  • October 10: Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • October 15: Homecoming
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release


Looking forward to seeing you all at our first PTSA meeting on Monday, September 12th at 6:30pm in the school library.  Dr. Millard will speak on hot topics for the year and the 2022-2023 PTSA will be introduced and will be discussing fun initiatives we have planned-- you don't want to miss these interactive and informative meetings!


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.



Please help support the PTSA this year so that we can provide our students and staff with support this year!  There are 2 EASY ways!



  1. AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit the PTSA?  Just go to amazon.com and select "West Potomac High School PTSA" as your charitable organization.  The PTSA will receive a percentage of all your shopping, which you can also set up on your phone if you have an Amazon app.  So shop away and feel good about it!

Student Services and College and Career Center Updates

Class of 2023 Senior Information Night

  • Student Services will be hosting Senior Information Night for the Class of 2023 on Wednesday, September 7th  from 6 pm - 8 pm. The focus of the event is to provide students and families with information about post-secondary options.  Our Student Services team will present important information regarding the college process at West Potomac.  The evening will include breakout sessions with college representatives to present information on the admissions process for 2- or 4-year colleges and the financial aid process.  We will also offer sessions for students who are interested in exploring options other than college such as the military, apprenticeships and CTE programs.  Sessions will be offered in English and most in Spanish.
Senior Info Night

Class of 2023 – Seniors News

Don’t forget to order your yard signs online now!  They look fantastic, thanks to our very own 2023 senior, Peter Rainey.  They are a great fundraiser for our class as well!  Click here to order!


Don’t forget to pay your senior dues which are $75.  This money covers their grad cap and gown, two T-shirts and their diploma cover.    https://www.myschoolbucks.com/

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, if you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas, please email us at westpo2023@gmail.com.


Last Call for Fall SAT Prep Class!

The new deadline for students to register is 09/07. For the first (benchmark) mock exam, students will take an online, self-proctored exam by 09/06. Group Tutoring sessions begin 09/10. View all our events and register at applerouth.com/schools/8946/.  Students from other schools are welcome - invite some friends to join you! We need one more student to enroll for the class to run!

Mock ACT now available on 10/1/22!

Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com

Scholarship questions? Contact Karen Young, CCC Specialist, kbyoung@fcps.edu

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) –

Tuesday, September 6 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Hybla Community Center (7950 Audubon Ave, Alexandria)

The Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, vaping, mental health and behavioral concerns, risky sexual behaviors, trending "challenges" and more.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a “show and tell” of “red flags” that can indicate risky behavior in teens.

That is followed by an educational portion that includes a PowerPoint presentation detailing more "red flags" and how they are indicative of — or used in — risky behavior. We include up-to-date statistics and local trends, and law enforcement officers will share their experiences they have had in our community identifying risky behaviors and helping to put kids on the right path to a healthy life. Let’s open the door to communicating with our teens!

(Warrenton Lifestyle, 2019) - https://piedmontlifestyle.com/uncategorized/hidden-in-plain-sight/

Register here: https://bit.ly/mtvhips22

Questions? Katie.Watts@fairfaxcounty.gov

Oculto a Simple Vista (HIPS) - Martes 6 de Septiembre | 6:30 pm. a 20:45 Hybla Valley Community Center (7950 Audubon Ave, Alexandria)

El programa” Oculto a Simple Vista: o Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) es un programa interactivo PRESENCIAL para educar a los adultos sobre los indicios de conductas de riesgo en adolescentes y adultos jóvenes. Trata sobre el consumo de drogas y alcohol, el vapeo, problemas de conducta y salud mental, los comportamientos sexuales de riesgo, los "retos" en tendencia y más.

¡Esta es una aventura de aprendizaje práctico SOLO PARA PADRES Y TUTORES LEGALES! Lo guiaremos a través de una presentación que le abre los ojos y le ayudará a ver lo que está frente a usted. Este programa comienza con un "demostrar y contar" de "señales de alerta" que pueden indicar un comportamiento de riesgo en los adolescentes. Los tiempos han cambiado desde que éramos adolescentes.

A esto le sigue una parte educativa que incluye una presentación de PowerPoint que detalla más "señales de alerta" y cómo son indicativas de, o se usan en, un comportamiento de riesgo. Incluimos estadísticas actualizadas y tendencias locales, y los oficiales de la policía, compartirán las experiencias que han tenido en nuestra comunidad identificando comportamientos de riesgo y ayudando a poner a los niños en el camino correcto hacia una vida saludable. ¡Abramos la puerta a la comunicación con nuestros adolescentes!

(Warrenton Lifestyle, 2019) - https://piedmontlifestyle.com/uncategorized/hidden-in-plain-sight/

Registrarse aquí: https://bit.ly/mtvhips22

Preguntas? Katie.Watts@fairfaxcounty.gov

WPHS Athletics Reminders and Fundraisers

Dance Team Fundraisers

Mum Sale

The West Potomac Dance Team is having its annual mum sale!  Please see attached flyer and consider supporting our dancers as you beautify your yard and front stoop.  Thank you and good luck with the school year. 


Mums Fundraiser

To order, follow this link:  https://forms.gle/RHEz2ufw9NCMxXJUA

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