WPHS News You Choose 11/18/2023

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Principal’s Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • School Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers

Important Dates

  • November 18: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Scholarship 101 – An Overview of the Process for Applying for Outside Scholarships
  • November 20: Fall Sports Awards Night, 6:30pm, Auditorium
  • November 21: Class of 2024 Five Guys Fundraiser, 4-8
  • November 22-24: No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 28: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM - Scholarship 101 – An Overview of the Process for Applying for Outside Scholarships
  • December 5: Class of 2024 Wendy’s Fundraiser

Save the date:

  • January 9, 2024: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Family Night/Electives Open House

Principal’s Message

Wolverine Community,

Happy Weekend.  Below are a few brief reminders I wanted to share with you:

  • ParentVue/StudentVue have been back up since Tuesday. Gradebooks within these applications are the best way to view your child’s current progress.  Yesterday students received a hard copy of their report cards in Advisory.  If you’d like to review their grades as of November 3rd your child should have it with them this weekend. 
  • Attendance Report Cards – all families should have received your child’s attendance report card via email. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our school-based team.  There were links to Administration and Student Services within the report card.  We’ll continue to send updates later in the school year as we work to reduce chronic absenteeism at West Potomac.
  • As we start the second quarter, please take a moment to review our arrival and dismissal kiss and ride procedures. Note the green on the map shows where only staff and student drivers should be entering campus.  All student drop offs should be occurring on the orange route.  Please never allow your child to exit your vehicle while on Quander Road.  We appreciate everyone’s support as we work to ensure a safe arrival and departure every day at West Potomac! 
  • Finally, yesterday we shared with our Faculty some bittersweet news as Ms. Belinda Williams, Assistant Principal, has accepted a position as Assistant Principal at Bryant High School.  Ms. Williams has served the West Potomac Community in two capacities – first as an English teacher from 1998-2003 and then returning in 2020 as assistant principal. I know on behalf of our entire community we thank her all she has done for our students and faculty and wish her the best in her new position.  Ms. Williams last day at West Potomac will be December 8. 

Wishing you a great weekend.

Take care,

Kevin McMahon

Interim Principal


School News

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

Registration now open for winter and spring classes and mocks - https://applerouth.onecanoe.com/school/8946


  • SAT Winter Group Class starts 12/2/23 and preps for 3/9/24 official SAT test (digital version). Register soon! You can always take the 12/2 mock test online over winter break if you have a schedule conflict on 12/2. Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). Laptops required for classes and mocks.
  • ACT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/8/24 official ACT test.

MOCK TESTS OFFERED: SAT and ACT mock tests are offered starting 12/2/23 through 5/18/24. Full schedule HERE

Scholarships for Classes and Mock Tests WPHS student need-based scholarships for mocks and classes are available through the College and Career Center Specialist, Karen B, Young, kbyoung1@fcps.edu.

What the PTSA’s Test Prep Program Offers

  • Test optional does not mean test blind! Many students still provide test scores with their college applications. Test scores are used for admissions, scholarships, and class placement. Take a mock test to see if you’re in the scholarship range or just a prep class away from that range. Test optional means YOU CHOOSE whether or not to send your scores. A good test score can only strengthen your application
  • Mock Tests – Find out how you’d score! Mock Tests ($23.00): Practice your skills under realistic testing conditions. Take mocks of both ACT and Digital SAT relatively close together to determine your test strength/preference. Focus your test prep on your strength!
  • SAT & ACT Test Prep Classes Group classes ($425.00): Students receive a 15-hour, structured review of major Digital SAT or ACT concepts and strategies from a premium tutor trained to deliver content in efficient and interesting ways. Test guides & session notes are provided to help simplify the studying process. Additionally, after each mock test, you will receive a detailed results analysis to help you chart your own unique course towards mastering the test. Online class license is included. Minimum enrollment is 15 students.
  • Need Flexibility? We have an online class option! Try Applerouth’s Self-Paced Online Course - Animated video lessons and comprehensive practice for every section of the Digital SAT or ACT. Available for purchase ($125.00) on the PTSA’s MemberHubStore. More details about content for SAT course available here. More about the ACT course here. 
  • Supercharge your study skills! Applerouth’s Guide to Academic Success ($10.00) available now on PTSA’s MemberHubStore. Build a foundation for better study skills! More details about this e-book content available here.

  • PTSA Test Prep Chair, Marilyn Aboff, marilynaboff@yahoo.com


  • Looking for a flexible and part-time position at West Potomac High School? FCPS is hiring AVID tutors for the 2023-2024 school year.  AVID tutors work with small groups of approximately 5-7 students during the school day in an academic elective class called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). These groups use questioning strategies to help students develop a variety of college preparatory skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Tutors earn $18.97 per hour and should either be a college graduate or currently enrolled in college. If interested, please email your resume to Lisa Shields at lbshields@fcps.edu or AVID@fcps.edu

College & Career Center

ASBC 21st Annual HBCU College Festival:

  • The ASBC 21st Annual Historically Black College & University (HBCU) Festival is a hybrid event being held November 17-18, 2023. This event is open to all high school students and will be held at The St. James Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.  The festival is dedicated to connecting high school students and their families to HBCUs, and scholarship opportunities. Approximately 80 colleges and universities will be represented during the two-day event.  Students and their families are encouraged to register at https://hbcufest.alfredstreet.org/e/hbcu-fest

Scholarship 101 Virtual Workshops:

  • College Access Fairfax (CAF) partners with FCPS to provide invaluable resources on financial literacy regarding paying for college to students & families. Please visit CAF’s website  https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/  to see a full description and details of all the services they offer, including videos of previous workshop presentations and scholarships available to FCPS students.

See below the upcoming virtual workshops for students and parents:

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA):

  • NOVA will host virtual sessions to give an opportunity for seniors and their families to learn about the numerous opportunities, services & resources offered. Please see the flyer for registration links.


  • December 12, 2023 (7:00pm)
  • January 23, 2024 (4:30pm)
  • February 20, 2024 (7:00pm) (Spanish Session)
  • March 19, 2024 (4:30pm)

SAVE THE DATE - 2024 Gap Year Fair

  • FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.   This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. Student registration will open on November 20, 2023. Contact Pamela White, Postsecondary Special Projects Liaison, at pcwhite@fcps.edu or 571-393-1102 if you have any questions.


PTSA News 

Get into the Holiday Spirit with West Potomac High School Ornaments

  • The PTSA is thrilled to announce that this holiday season, we are bringing you a special way to show your school spirit and add a festive touch to your decorations. Introducing the West Potomac HS Ornaments!
  • Ornament Details:
    • Price: $15 per ornament
    • Ornament Style: 3-inch full-color round ceramic
    • Comes with a silver cord for easy hanging.
  • Ornaments will be available for pick up in mid-November, just in time to kick off the holiday season with a touch of WP spirit. 
  • Don't miss this opportunity to adorn your home with West Potomac pride. These ornaments are in limited supply, so be sure to order yours soon!
  • To place your order, please click here. Pick-up details will be sent after purchase. 

Thank you for your continued support of our school community. 


  • Your membership dues are used to directly benefit our Wolverine teachers and students.
  • At the site, you can purchase memberships, make tax-deductible donations, and purchase WPHS car magnets (new design). If you want to learn more or join our PTSA this year, please visit this link 


School Fundraisers  


Class of 2025 News

  • SPREAD the Word! The Junior class will be hosting a Parents’ Night Out on December 9th from 5-8:30. More details to follow! Please look out for ways that parents can help. All proceeds will benefit the Class of 2025.
  • JOIN our Facebook page! “West Potomac HS-Class of 2025” This is a private group for parents and students. Please answer the questions to be allowed to join.
  • SAVE the Date! Juniors & Seniors are invited to PROM on 4/20/23 at the Torpedo Factory!

Class of 2024

$24 before ‘24 CHALLENGE

  • We are challenging all Senior families to donate $24 for their student! Please consider donating to our $24 before ‘24! Campaign. Help the Class of 2024 raise funds for the Senior Bash in June by donating $24 before January 1, 2024! Help us achieve our goal by clicking on the link below to donate today!
  • https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/963987
Five Guys


Date: 11/30/23

Where: WPHS Cafeteria

When: During Advisory Period

Seniors, be sure to pop in to the cafeteria during your advisory period for a Krispy Kreme treat. There will be Door Prizes!! 

*Parents and families, we will be in need of help to pass out donuts and are also looking for donations of granola bars. Please click the sign-up genius below if you’re able to help out. 


Please also consider donating to help us offset the cost of the donuts. westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/964009


Senior Parents:

  • Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook group. It’s a great way to keep updated on all the upcoming events, information & opportunities that pertain to this year. We will have several volunteer opportunities throughout the school year for our Senior events & activities. We want to make this the BEST year for our 2024 seniors!!
  • https://www.facebook.com/share/iTgiFSSv1zgKUvjd/?mibextid=K35XfP

Please also consider supporting our Wolverine Seniors by purchasing a WPHS Class of 2024 Christmas ornament. Your purchase directly benefits the Class of 2024 events.



Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

We appreciate your interest in attending this event. The game will be held on January 7th, 2023. The cost of the ticket for seniors is $69.00. Please keep in mind the following items when deciding to attend the game:

  • Tickets are only for students in the Class of 2024
  • West Potomac High School is not providing any transportation to and from the game. You must get to the game on your own.
  • Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Seniors can only purchase one ticket.
  • Tickets will be sold through myschoolbucks and in room 718.
  • Cash, check, and credit card are acceptable forms of payment.
  • Tickets are final sale.
  • The time of the game has not been determined. Therefore, the game can be at 1pm, 4pm, or 8pm.
  • Seniors must pay for their tickets by Friday, November 1st, 2023. After November 1st, tickets will be made available to parents and teachers.

If you decide to return your ticket, you must return it to Ms. Simpson or Ms. Hackshaw. You cannot sell the ticket to anyone else. This is a senior event and can only be transferred to a West Potomac senior.

Cost of the tickets : $69.00

End Zone Sections:   411, 412, 413, 416 & 417

Email:chackshaw@fcps.edu & jsimpson1@fcps.edu

Drop Off: UBER AREA near the red zone lot

Meeting Time:  TBD

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Hacksaw and Ms. Simpson. We are located in room 718( Hackshaw) & Simpson ( 605)

Thank you for your time.


Carinne Hackshaw