WPHS - News You Choose 8/31/23

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principals Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News - Join Today
  • School Fundraiser
  • Class of 2024 - Senior News
  • Message from WP Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:  International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st, 2023,
  • WABC Passes

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 7:  Class of ’24 Fundraiser, from 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM - Taco One and Kona Ice Food Trucks, WP
  • September 7 and 8: Underclass Pictures via English Classes
  • September 9:  WP Boosters Tag Day, Fundraiser for the WPHS Performing Arts Department.
  • September 12:  PTSA 1st General Membership Meeting, 6:30 PM - WPHS Library 
  • September 13:  PTSA - Five Guys Fundraiser, 4:00 - 8:00 PM
  • September 25:  Holiday Kippur
  • September 30:  Homecoming Dance, 8:00 PM 
  • October 28:  WP Dance Team Fundraiser, Clean Out Your Closets.

Principals Message

Wolverine Community,

It was a great week two at West Potomac!  Our entire community is getting into our routines and the rhythm of the school day.  My week was highlighted by meeting with several student groups including the Student Government Association Executive Board and Class Officers and the Editors of The Wire, our student newspaper.  I’ve appreciated all the student outreach and communication over these first two weeks of school and look forward to visiting with more student groups in September.

In advisory on Tuesday, our 9th and 12th graders participated in the annual review of the Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) and took an assessment to check for understanding.  Our 10th and 11th grade students will participate in this lesson on Tuesday after the long weekend.  Students who may have been or will be absent for their presentation will have the opportunity to make it up through their advisory class.  We want to be sure we are all on the same page regarding expectations at the start of the year.  If you haven’t already, just another reminder that parents/guardians should log into your SIS ParentVue account and sign to acknowledge review of the SR&R document or return the signature sheet to WPHS by September 29. 

We are excited to see you next Thursday, September 7, at our Back-to-School Open House!  A reminder that the event is from 4-7pm.  The open house format allows you to check in with teachers as your schedule allows during the three-hour window.  Every 20 minutes teachers will share a brief 5-7 minute presentation with those who are in the room.  I’d recommend reviewing your child’s schedule and start on one end of the building and move to the other.  A reminder that we will also have an optional 25 minute New Parent Presentation at 4:30pm, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm in the cafeteria presented by Student Services.  Finally, there are several optional Senior Information presentations available starting at 6pm that run through 8:30pm.  More information about Senior Information Night is below!  Please plan to come to Back to School Night hungry and visit with our Food Trucks from 3:30-6:30pm (Tacos and Kona Ice) as a percentage of your purchase will support the Class of 2024! 

We are excited to end the week tonight as we kick off our home football schedule.  Come out and support our Football Team, Cheer Team, Dance Team, and WPHS Marching Band! Kickoff is 7pm!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend.

Take care,

Kevin McMahon

Interim Principal

School News:

  • Back to School Night and Senior Information Night - Thursday - September 7
  • 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/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

WPHS Home Coming News:  Save the Date and Chaperones Needed– Saturday 9/30 at 8 pm – this year’s Homecoming Dance! The theme is tropical paradise, and we need your help chaperoning.  Please sign up here if interested.  Stay tuned for more information about Homecoming Week and how to purchase tickets as we get closer.



Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine community. You can join online at this link.  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


Five Guys Fundraiser:  

It's Five Guys time! Come out and support West Potomac High School's PTSA! The more burgers, fries and milk shakes you enjoy, the more money you help us raise to provide grants to teachers.     Grab your Five Guys after-school snack and/or dinner on Wednesday, September 13th from 4:00-8:00 PM, and Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA. Thank you for your support!

Five Guys

WPHS WOLVERINES CAR MAGNET     -    New 2023 Design.   $10.00 

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


School Fundraisers:

Class of 2024 Fundraiser:  Don’t worry about eating before Thursdays WP Back to School Night - Class of ’24 has you covered.  Support the Class of 2024 on Sept 7th from 3:30 – 6:30 by purchasing from Taco One and Kona Ice Food Truck.

Food Truck

Tag Day - September 9, 8:30am - 3:30pm

  • Tag Day is the biggest single-day fundraiser for the West Potomac Performing Arts Department. Students in the Performing Arts will be canvassing the WP community in groups of four with a parent driver  and ask for donations to support programs from Band to Orchestra to Chorus. On September 9, keep an eye out for our students playing their instruments or singing in your neighborhood in hopes you'll make a generous donation to support our talented kids. You can donate on Tag Day, or you can donate today via this link.
  • Thank you from the WP Band Boosters!
Tag day
  • 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 

Class of 2024 - Senior News:  

  • Class of 2024 Yard Signs:  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!
Yard Sign

Important Message from Elizabeth Knudson, WP Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

  • Hello West Potomac Community! My name is Elizabeth Knudson and I am the Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist assigned to the West Potomac Pyramid. As part of my role I provide education and try to bring awareness about drugs, alcohol, and addiction to students and the community. I will periodically send articles through News You Choose that highlight topics I think are especially pertinent to our community. If you have any questions or want additional material please let me know. If you are concerned that your student is using substances and you want to refer them to me please get in touch. If you would like to refer your student for support because a parent or sibling is using substances please let me know.
  • International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st, 2023 -  The overdose epidemic is a national crisis.  Too many families have lost their children, siblings, parents, and friends to substance misuse and overdose. 
  • Please take a few moments to read this information – When a Nap Isn’t a Nap.  For further Information and support, please reach out to Elizabeth Knudson, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, at eaknudson@fcps.edu


Athletic News:

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!