UPDATED WPHS News You Choose 9/30/22


In this week’s WPHS News You Choose:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • PTSA News
  • School News Update
  • College and Career Center Updates 
  • SAT/ACT Prep News
  • Quick Links/Additional Resources

Important Dates

  • October 1: Mock SAT and ACT Test Administered by Applerouth *see details below for registration
  • October 3: PTSA Membership Meeting at 6:30 in the library
  • October 4: PTSA Fundraiser: Gifts For Good, (entry ticket purchase required).  Ticket and venue details below.
  • October 5: Student Holiday (Yom Kippur)
  • October 7 & 8: HBCU Festival (see details below)
  • October 10: Student Holiday (Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • October 15: Homecoming
  • October 16: FCPS Annual College Fair
  • October 17:  PTSA speaker series "Elevate, Educate and Enlighten" for students and families. "The Sobering Power of Choice" (Kogelman Theater).
  • October 20: Paying for College-The Financial Aid Process for Seniors @ John Lewis High School


  • October 22: Mock SAT and ACT Test Administered by Applerouth *see details below for registration
  • October 24: Student Holiday (Diwali)
  • October 27: Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations at West Potomac at 6:30 PM
  • October 28: End of First Quarter – 2-hour early release

Principal Message



Happy Rainy Weekend Wolverines,

As we are at the midpoint of quarter 1, I would like to encourage you to connect with your child and discuss how school is going for them.  Look over their current progress in Parent Vue and Schoology.  We will begin West Potomac Student Support Time (WSST).  Starting Tuesday, students will be able to move after advisory to teachers for additional support.  This time is a huge advantage for students to get help during the school day.  When coupled with late bus days that started a couple of weeks ago, students can effect significant change and improvement in their mastery of content. 


We are now two weeks into our new parking and kiss and ride.  Things have improved significantly now that people have had time to adjust.  Starting next week, we will be looking at the student parking waitlist to offer passes to some.  We also have begun mass ticketing of cars that are not authorized to park in student/staff parking areas.  Please be sure to park in your designated space.  If someone is parked in your space, go to a visitor or staff space at door 1.  Go into security and alert them that someone is in your space, and they will follow up with ticketing.


Please stay dry and safe this weekend!


Dr. Millard 



The PTSA invites you to join us for our second general meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30PM in the school library.  You won’t want to miss it!  Karen Young, who heads the College and Career Center, will be on hand to discuss all the opportunities she can assist students with getting prepared for college applications!  Please attend!


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#




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.




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!

School News

Superintendent Community Conversations – October 27th at West Potomac at 6:30

Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Events will be held at the high school in each pyramid through November. Each Community Conversation will be held in person, allowing Dr. Reid an opportunity to better connect with participants. If you are unable to attend your pyramid's event, please consider attending another one.

See the full schedule and register.

Homecoming Week


Homecoming Week is approaching! Here are some of the week’s events:


Friday October 7th - Tropical Day

Monday October 10th – Indigenous People’s Day – No School

Tuesday October 11th - Western Wear Day

Tuesday October 11th – Field Hockey Senior Night at 7:30 pm (with senior night festivities starting at 7)

Wednesday October 12th - Road Trip Fit (PJ Day)

Wednesday October 12th - PSAT/SAT Early Release (no school for seniors not signed up for the SAT, no school for freshmen)

Wednesday October 12th – FREE Outdoor Movie Night (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) at sundown in the Senior Lot (Taco truck 6-8pm, bring money)

Thursday October 13th - Adam Sandler Day

Thursday October 13th – Dig Pink Volleyball Games starting at 5 pm

Friday October 14th - Stunt Double Day (Twin Day)

Friday October 14th – Pep Rally during 3rd period (end of the day)

Friday October 14th – Homecoming Tailgate in the senior lounge area from 4-6 pm, food trucks, activities, prizes!

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, tickets are $20 and will be on sale Homecoming week

If students want to bring a student from another school to the dance, a guest form must be turned in by Thursday October 13th. The guest form can be found on the All Student Schoology.


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


The SGA is collecting new or slightly used dresses and new 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-October 6! 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 6 de octubre. 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. 

Crew Team News

The crew team will hold a student interest meeting in the Aux Gym at 3:00 on October 6th. 



Would you like to help students in our area receive the healthy food they need to succeed in school? We’re partnering with Food For Neighbors to stock the food pantry in our school and supply supplemental weekend food to our students who struggle with food insecurity outside of school hours.  

FFN is looking for Red Bag Donors to donate food 5 times per school year, volunteers to drive and pick up the food and sorters to help organize and pack the food on event days. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and can make a huge difference in the lives of local teens! Visit the website at foodforneighbors.org/get-involvedto donate food and volunteer. Thanks for your support! 

College and Career Center Updates

Fall is college application season for seniors who plan on attending college after high school.  It is also the time of year that seniors complete their application for financial aid which opens on October 1st.  The FCPS School Counseling Office and College Access Fairfax will offer financial aid programs for FCPS seniors and their families. College Access Fairfax is a community partner and free resource committed to helping FCPS students with the complex task of acquiring financial aid for post-secondary education.


Seniors and families can attend one of the upcoming Paying for College financial aid seminars.  Topics to be covered include understanding financial aid, how the financial aid process works, and the steps that families need to take to secure financial aid.  Preregistration is not required. While families are encouraged but not required to attend our Region 3 event, please select the seminar date that works best for your family.


Region 3 Event:  Paying for College-The Financial Aid Process for Seniors

Date:   Thursday, October 20

Location:  Lewis High School

Time:  7:00pm - 8:30pm



College Access Fairfax also provides West Potomac High School with a Financial Aid Champion to assist students and families with their financial aid applications. Ms. Katrina Rowsey is our Financial Aid Champion.  Beginning in October, she will be in the Career Center weekly during the lunch periods to answer questions and assist students with their financial aid applications.  A schedule of Ms. Rowsey’s weekly visits was emailed to all seniors and parents.  Please visit the College Access Fairfax website https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  to see a full description and details of all the services they offer.



ASBC 20th Annual HBCU Festival:

DATE:  October 7-8, 2022

LOCATION:  University of DC-Van Ness Campus

This event will bring 83 historically Black colleges & universities to the area. For students attending this hybrid event, some colleges will offer onsite admissions decisions, music auditions, scholarships & seminars. There will be giveaways for the virtual audience, too. Pre-registration is required.



FCPS 2022 Look to the Future Week Events:

Students & families are invited to attend these annual FCPS events. Pre-registration is required for all events, including the college fair.   Please see flyers for details and to register.



FCPS College Fair:

DATE:  October 16, 2022

TIME:  4 PM – 7 PM

LOCATION:  Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University

Approximately 250 colleges will be represented at this annual college fair held on the campus of George Mason University.



FCPS Postsecondary Week:

DATE:  October 17 – October 20, 2022

TIME:  5 PM – 8 PM Daily

LOCATION:  Virtual

Students & families can attend virtual events each evening to learn about and better prepare for the different types of post-secondary options students may consider.


SAT/ACT Test Prep Upcoming Events 

Walk-In registration for mocks available as space allows ($28.00).

Mock SAT Date: 10/01/22 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm Sign Up Mock ACT Date: 10/01/22 Saturday Time: 9:15am - 1:30pm Sign Up Mock SAT Date: 10/22/22 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm Sign Up Mock SAT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:00am - 12:45pm Sign Up Mock ACT Date: 12/10/22 Saturday Time: 9:15am - 1:30pm Sign Up


SAT Group Class First Mock Test: 12/10/22 Sessions: 01/07/23 - 02/25/23

Meets: Saturday (Full Schedule) Max Class Size: 15 Sign Up


Applerouth’s PSAT Prep Rally - free online prep for the PSAT/NMSQT - from September 24-October 9. From opening the doors to National Merit Scholarships to understanding their competitive edge for college admissions, this event will get your students in gear for the big test! 

Registration is open for one, two, or all three types of sessions: 

  • Mathlete: Students will flex their math muscles in this dynamic, 1-hour online event! 
  • Cheer-Reading and Writing: Get high-flying tips about reading and writing from an expert tutor!
  • Game Day: Take a full-length official PSAT/NMSQT practice test online or in person. We’ll keep score and send a detailed report with all your stats.


Please share the website (https://www.applerouth.com/preprally/) with your students or encourage them to schedule a free call with a Program Advisor


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Questions? Contact Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com

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

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