WPHS News You Choose - 8/25/23

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal Message
  • School News
  • Student Services Updates – Elective Change Window
  • PTSA News - Join Today
  • WPHS Car Magnets - New Design - now on Sale
  • Back to School Night and Senior Information Night
  • Class of 2024 - Senior News
  • WABC Passes
  • Dance Team Fundraiser

Important Dates

  • September 1 and 4: No School – Labor Day Holiday
  • September 7: Back to School Night Open House, 4-7pm
  • September 7: Senior Information Night
  • September 12:  PTSA 1st General Membership Meeting, 6:30 PM - WPHS Library 
  • September 25:  Holiday Kippur
  • September 30:  Homecoming Dance 
  • October 28:  WP Dance Team Fundraiser, Clean Out Your Closets.

Principal Message

What a great first week it was at West Potomac!  It was so enjoyable reconnecting with students and meeting our newest Wolverines.  As I walked the halls and visited classrooms, I saw our faculty spending the first few days fostering community and building relationships.  We also spent time in Advisory classes reviewing West Po 101 and 102.  These lessons were an opportunity for students to be introduced or review information such as resources available to them in the building and various school expectations.  Some examples of this information include:

  • Remember your teachers, counselors, administrators are all here to support you. Never hesitate to reach out if you have a question or need assistance. 
  • After initial morning arrival, until 2:55pm dismissal, students can only enter and exit our building via Door 1
  • During the school day, never open an exterior door for anyone.
  • When you leave the classroom, you must always have a pass from your teacher.
  • During lunch you must remain in the cafeteria, College and Career Center or one of the two outdoor patios.
  • Students may not order any food delivery to campus.

Today we had a great kick off celebration for the Class of 2024 in the gym during advisory.  Students walked into the gym while “Pomp and Circumstance” played.  This was to remind them of the end goal this year of Graduation on June 11 and we look forward to finishing the school year with the same music we started! 

Our amazing first week ends tonight as we head down for the Battle of the Highway at Mount Vernon High School.  Lets Go West Po!

Wishing you a restful weekend.

Take care,

Kevin McMahon

Interim Principal

School News:

  • Emergency Care and Health Information can be updated as needed through the SIS Parent Account.  Ensuring we have your most up to date cell phone and email will ensure you receive critical communications from FCPS and West Potomac.
  • FCPS Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt out forms can be found here
  • The 2023-24 Students Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) is available here.  Please log into your SIS ParentVue account and sign to acknowledge review of this document or sign and return the signature sheet to WPHS by September 29.  You can drop off the signature sheet in the main office.
  • Teachers use a variety of digital resources to help students learn.  These digital resources have been checked and approved by FCPS.  Please provide your consent for your student to use these resources through the Parent Digital Consent System.

Student Services / College and Career Center Updates

  • As a reminder, Ms. Piechoski will be on leave through December. To ensure Ms. Piechoski’ s students are supported, we have divided her caseload amongst the rest of the team. Please review the updated counselor assignments here. If you have any difficulties identifying your child’s counselor, reach out to any member of our team and we can put you in touch with the correct counselor.

Schedules - Elective Change Window

  • As we enter the second week of school, School Counselors are working to ensure that each student has a complete schedule with the appropriate courses.  If for any reason, a student’s schedule is missing a course, a graduation requirement or they are enrolled in a course they already completed, the student needs to come to Student Services during the class period that is impacted to fix their schedule.
  • The second week of school also begins the Elective Change Window. Only lateral changes (electives within the same period), that are not at capacity will be considered.  Core (non-elective) AP/DE/HNs drops are unavailable until the end of September.  At that time, the Advanced Academics Schedule Change Packet will be available and those requests will be reviewed and considered on a space availability basis. 
  • Students who wish to explore dropping an elective during the elective change window should see their counselor during the period of the elective they are looking to drop. After reporting to class and being marked present for attendance, they can ask their teacher for a pass to see their counselor to explore another elective.



Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. You can join online at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store  

  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design) .

Membership dues are as follows: 

  • Household Membership(all adults and WPHS students living at the same address):  $20
  • Student Membership: $10 
  • Teacher/Staff Membership: $10 
  • WPHS Car Magnet: $10 (New Design)
  • Donations: any amount appreciated and used to support teachers to fund academic programs

WPHS WOLVERINES CAR MAGNET     -    New 2023 Design.   $10.00 

Add a touch of WPHS Wolverines spirit to your car with this 5 X 5 Full Color magnet.  Pick up details will be shared when magnets arrive.  

Purchase at https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store


Back to School Night and Senior Information Night 

  • Please see information regarding back-to-school night and senior information night below.
  • Are you a new West Potomac parent? If so, consider stopping by the cafeteria for one of our new parent sessions. They will be occurring at 4:30pm, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm during back to school night in the cafeteria.  Topics that will be covered in this 30 minute information session include:
    • ParentVUE, Attendance, Standard Diploma/Advanced Diploma, Student Services Introductions, Administration Overview, College and Career Center, Student Activities Overview, Late Bus Days, Advisory Rotation, and Q&A
Back to School

Class of 2024 - Senior News:  

  • Celebrate your class of '24 Senior with a sign!  Calling all Class of 2024 families! Senior Dean McDonnell has designed this fabulous yard sign to celebrate the class of 2024. Display it in your yard or anywhere else you want to show your Wolverine Pride.  Price per sign is $24.00. Place your order now at the link below. You will be asked to give your cell phone number and you will be contacted about delivery or pick up once the signs are in.  All proceeds from the sale will benefit the class of 2024. Thank you for your support!

Wolverine Athletic Booster Club Game Passes for Sale!

Dear Wolverine Fans! 

Join the Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WABC) and cheer on your team all year. By joining the WABC you receive game passes for free entry to all regular season home events.  Visit the link below for different purchase plans -  https://www.supportwestpotomac.com/membership.html.    Go West Po!

Support the West Potomac Dance Team! 

  • Drop off soft goods (in trash bags, please) between 8:00 am-10:30am on Saturday, October 28th at West Potomac High School (6500 Quander Road). The dance team earns a rebate on all donations in partnership with a local thrift store.  See flyer for more details