WPHS - News You Choose 12/1/23

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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

  • December 1st and 2nd: Orchestra Fundraiser, Poinsettia Sale, Alexandria Community Nutcracker performances
  • December 2nd: SAT Winter Group Class and preps for 3/9/24 official SAT test (digital version). Register NOW!
  • December 2nd: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • December 5th: Class of 2024 Wendy’s Fundraiser
  • December 6th: Region 3 Post-Secondary Planning Night - in Spanish - Hybla Valley Community Center
  • December 6th: PTSA Five Guys Restaurant Night
  • December 9th: Class of 2025 Parents Night Out 5:00-8:30 (flyer below)
  • December 14th:  Class of 2024 McAllister’s Restaurant Night
  • December 14th: 7:00 PM - West Potomac Music Department holiday concert with performances from the orchestra, chorus, band, and guitar programs.  There will be a Holiday Market taking place before and after the concert, to allow concertgoers to shop and socialize!
  • December 15th: Last day of Class of 2024 Krispy Kreme fundraiser
  • January 9th: Curriculum Night/Rising 9th Grade Family Night/Electives Open House
  • January 27th: Mock SAT No Essay
  • February 17th: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • 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.


Principal’s Message

Dear Wolverine Community,

My name is Jessica Statz, and I am your new principal.  I am elated to be back in this amazing community.  I served as an assistant principal from 2016-2020.  I left for an opportunity to grow as a leader and now I am back home!  My goal is to meet as many students, parents, and community members as possible.  I plan to be at the PTSA meeting, here, at West Potomac on December 12.  After Winter Break, I will host a variety of “Get to Know the New Principal” meetings.  My first, after winter break will be on a late bus day for students, faculty and staff.  I will also host a few more evening events in order to meet as many community members as possible.  Stay tuned for the upcoming dates.  I am truly looking forward to leading our school and displaying my Wolverine Pride each day! 

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School News

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SAT and ACT Test Prep News!


  • SAT Winter Group Class starts 12/2/23 and preps for 3/9/24 official SAT test (digital version). Register NOW! You can always take the 12/2 mock test online “on-demand” 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.

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!

Students from other schools welcome – invite your friends!

More details on the PTSA TEST PREP web page.

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 and Career Center 


WPHS Lunch & Learn: Paying for College

Scholarships, grants, loans, work study, FAFSA, VASA….what do they all mean?  Students can bring their lunch to the College & Career Center on Monday, 12/4 for a presentation on paying for college.    All students are welcome to attend. The presentation will be held during every lunch and registration is not required.

 FAFSA/VASA Resource:

The Office of Federal Student Aid announced that the FAFSA will open by December 31, 2023.  Our Financial Aid Champion Mrs. Rowsey will be in the College & Career Center every Thursday during each lunch to help seniors set up their FSA ID. Seniors will need their computer and social security number.  Appointments are not required. See the flyer for Ms. Rowsey’s weekly visit schedule. 

 Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Info Sessions:

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)

Apprenticeship 101: 

Do you have a senior interested in the skilled trades?  Apprenticeship 101 is a pre-apprenticeship class for construction offered by FCPS Adult & Community Education (ACE).  Topics will include basic safety, hand & power tools, introduction to construction drawings, construction careers and more. Call ACE Registration at 703-658-1201 to take advantage of the reduced rate.  See the flyer for additional details.



  • 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 are in stock and available for pick up, 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!

Pick-up details will be sent after purchase. To place your order, please click below: https://westpotomacptsa.memberhub.com/store/items/948818


It's Five Guys time again! 

  • Join us for the last Five Guys fundraiser of 2023! Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our Five Guys Restaurant Nights, your participation helps the PTSA raise money used for academic enrichment programs.
  • Delicious Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and so much more. Head to Five Guys - December 6th from 4:00-8:00 PM at either the Quander Road or Hybla Valley location. Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA. 
Five Guys


  • 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  

Orchestra Fundraiser:

  • Poinsettias are available for sale at this weekend's Alexandria Community Nutcracker performances (November 29th - December 2nd). They make spectacular additions to your Holiday display and wonderful gifts this season. They can be pre-ordered or purchased at the show. Here's the link to order online: https://checkout.square.site/buy/4TXGORQOCHVOJOBVHUEPRZJ5.

Class of 2025 News

  • SPREAD the Word! The Junior class will be hosting a Parents’ Night Out on December 9th from 5-8:30. See Flyer Below! 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!
Parents Night Out

Class of 2024

Class of 2024 Krispy Kreme fundraiser : 11/21 – 12/15 .. Pick up donuts for your holiday parties and support the Class of 2024 at the same time!!!  Scan the qr code, place your order, pick it up on the way to your holiday party and support the class of 2024 at the same time!!!

Krispy Kreme

Class of 2024 Wendy’s Fundraiser : 12/5  ALL DAY LONG!  Show the flyer when you order and 20% of sales goes to the class of 2024!!!

  • McAllister’s Restaurant Night on Wednesday, December 13th! Take a night off from cooking and help us raise funds for our upcoming Senior Class events.
  • Senior Dues : $80 .. pay via my school bucks. Hard deadline to pay is May 1st. Contact Ms. Simpson at jsimpson1@fcps.edu or Ms. Hackshaw at chackshaw@fcps.edu  if you have any questions
  • Cap and Gown orders : Don’t forget to place your cap and gown order by December 15th ! Fill out the google form to place your order !
  • 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

    $24 before ‘24 CHALLENGE

Senior Parents:

  • Please check out & join the WPHS Class of 2024 Facebook & Instagram 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!!




  • 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