WPHS - News You Choose - 9/16/22

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In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • New Kiss and Ride Reminders
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • PTSA News
  • Student Services Parent/Guardian Needs Assessment
  • Student Services / College and Career Center Updates 
  • School News Update
  • Class of ’23 Updates
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • September 19: New Kiss and Ride goes LIVE
  • 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 16: FCPS Annual College Fair
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release

Kiss and Ride Start Date – 9-19-22

A reminder that our Kiss and Ride goes live Monday, September 19!  Please be sure to review the website for the new traffic pattern.  The new lot will be open this weekend and families are encouraged to take a ride through to become familiar with it this weekend.  Please note tomorrow morning they will be striping the Academy lot, so if you have plans to drive through tomorrow, please aim for after 1pm.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 10, falls within this 30 day period.

Ms. Rodriguez’ Spanish 5 class will be helping us celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month.  Starting this week we will be celebrating one of the 22 Hispanic countries during our school announcements.  Spanish classes are also decorating our sidewalks with positive messages in Spanish this week.  We will also have our Annual Hispanic Interactive Wax Museum in October, details to come soon.  Stay tuned for more celebrations!

¡Qué viva la hispanidad!”


Thank you to all who came out on Monday evening for our first PTSA general meeting!

Please mark your calendars for our next meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30pm.

The PTSA will be offering a quarterly speaker series "Elevate, Educate and Enlighten" for students and families.  Our first speaker is Martha Carucci discussing "The Sobering Power of Choice" on Monday, October 17th at 7PM in the Kogelman Theater.


PTSA Speaker

Five Guys PTSA Fundraiser

It's FIVE GUYS time, the more burgers you eat, the more money you help us raise for the PTSA!  Grab your Five Guys after school snack and/or dinner on Wednesday, September 21 from 3:30-7:30 PM and Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA! I think they should rename themselves the COOL GUYS, don't you?!

Five Guys

Gifts for Good

Gifts For Good Fundraiser:  Tuesday, October 4 from 7-10 PM at The Fazackerley's Home (8418 Stable Drive, Alexandria VA).

Supporting, Swapping, Shopping!  The West Potomac community and the WP PTSA invite you to the 2nd Annual Gifts For Good, swap-n-shop open house! Join us for a great night of shopping, friendship, fundraising, and live music by Borrowed Players.

Your $25.00 Entry Fee includes the swap-n-shop gift exchange, eight local artisan pop-up shops, snacks, drinks, and more. To purchase tickets:  https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store .  FREE Jute shopping bag donated by Blue Atlas Marketplace to the first 50 tickets sold. 

Donations/Volunteer needs: Looking to bring new bling to your home but need to make some space, need a reason to find your inner Marie Kondo - this is THE FABULOUS event you have been waiting for.  Please check out the flyer for swap decor/items donations needed and click on the volunteer spot for beverage donations, gift cards, sign-ups etc. WPHS students and teachers need our support more than ever. Please help us blow the roof off this event - #WolverineProud#


Gifts for Good


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.

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!



AMAZON SMILE:  Did you know that shopping on Amazon can benefit the PTSA?  Just go to smile.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.  Shop away and feel good about it!

West Potomac Student Services Parent Needs Assessment

  • In order to plan helpful and needed programming, our Counseling Team is conducting a needs assessment with stakeholders (students, faculty and parents/guardians) in our community. Below is a link to the West Potomac Parent/Guardian Needs Assessment. The entire needs assessment should take no more than five minutes.  Thank you for providing us with valuable information as we support our students this school year. 
  • Student Services Parent/Guardian Needs Assessment

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates 

College Representatives are Coming to WPHS!!!

  • College representatives are starting their fall visits to high schools.  Our first college representative visit was on September 14th and visits will continue daily through the beginning of November.  Each visit lasts approximately 30 minutes. This is an excellent opportunity for seniors & juniors to hear information about a specific college, including the admissions process directly from the college representative.
  • Who can attend? Senior and Junior students are eligible to attend college representative visits.
  • What must a student do to attend a visit? Students must register in advance in Naviance Student AND speak with the teacher(s) whose class they will miss at least 24 hours prior to the college rep visit.  Additional details regarding attending the visit are outlined on the registration page.
  • How does a student register for a visit? Seniors & juniors register in Student Naviance at fcps.edu/Naviance. Once in Naviance, select: Colleges>Research Colleges>College Visits> View Details>Register.
  • Questions?  Students can see Mrs. Young in the Career Center for additional assistance.

SAVE THE DATE - Upcoming Fall Events:

*October 16th: FCPS Annual College Fair

*October 17th – 20th: FCPS Virtual Post-Secondary Week

*October 20th: Region 3 Financial Aid Information Night

Mock ACT now available on 10/1/22!

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

School News


  • Homecoming Week is approaching – October 10-15th! Here are some of the week’s events:
    • Monday October 10th – Indigenous People’s Day – No School
    • Tuesday October 11th – Field Hockey Senior Night at 7:30 pm (with senior night festivities before)
    • Wednesday October 12th – Outdoor Movie Night at sundown in the Senior Lot (movie being voted on)
    • Thursday October 13th – Dig Pink Volleyball Games starting at 5 pm
    • Friday October 14th – Pep Rally during 3rd period
    • Friday October 14th – Homecoming Tailgate in the senior lounge area from 4-6 pm
    • Friday October 14th – Homecoming Football game at 7 pm, Homecoming royalty announced at Halftime
    • Saturday October 15th – Homecoming Dance from 8-11pm in the Main Gym
  • Stay tuned for more specific information on the week!

We need CHAPERONES for the dance! Please fill out this signup genius if you are interested: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ba4a72ea7f5c34-homecoming

  • The SGA is collecting new or slightly used dresses and makeup for the second annual Homecoming Dress Drive! Please consider donating dresses to be distributed to West Potomac students in the weeks leading up to Homecoming. Donation bins will be located in the front office, Gunston lobby, and room 447. We will be collecting donations from September 12-26! For any questions email hocodressdrive@gmail.com. Please use a personal email address instead of your school email.
  • El SGA está colectando vestidos nueve o poco utilizados y maquillaje para la segunda annual de vestido de Homecoming! Por favor considere donar vestidos y maquillaje para ser distribuidos a los estudiantes de West Potomac en las semanas previas a Homecoming. Las cajas de donaciones estarán en la oficina del frente, el pasillo  de Gunston y en el cuarto número 447. Vamos a estar recolectando donaciones desde el 12 de septiembre hasta el 26 de septiembre. Para preguntas por favor mande un email a hocodressdrive@gmail.com , por favor use su email personal y no su email que usa en la escuela. 

Chorus Boosters News

Chorus Boosters will be holding a car wash at Aldersgate Church on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Please spread the word and come out to support the Chorus Program.  All donations are welcome and appreciated!  Proceeds will help support our scholarship program and clinician-provided workshops. Location: 1301 Collingwood Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308.

Dance Team Fundraisers

Mum Sale

Next Saturday -- Mum Sale and Car Wash!


Stop by the Aldersgate Church Parking Lot on Saturday, September 24 starting at 10:00 am to purchase 8-inch and 10-inch potted mums -- yellow, bronze/orange, pink/purple, and red/burgundy.  After your car is loaded up, swing by the car wash and leave for home with wonderful Fall decor and a clean car!  Proceeds benefit the West Potomac Dance Team.

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.

FCPS News /Quick Links

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