WPHS - News You Choose 1-12-24

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Table of Contents:

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

Important Dates

  • January 13: Class of 2024 - Five Guys Restaurant Night – 4-8 pm (Quander Road & Hybla Valley Locations)
  • January 13: District 10 Honors Orchestra Concert at 3:00 pm – Hayfield Secondary School
  • January 15: Dance Team – El Paso Restaurant Night, Richmond Highway Location, All Day
  • January 15: School Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • January 18: Orchestra Booster Restaurant Night Fundraiser – Five Guys (Quander Road & Hybla Valley Locations), 4-8 pm
  • January 22:Senior Celebrations Committee Meeting (if you’re interested in helping in any way with Class of 2024 special events, please join us!) 7:00 pm, WPHS Library
  • January 23: FAFSA/VASA completion workshop at West Potomac High School 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • January 27: Class of 2024 Sponsors - Bob and Edith’s (5918 N Kings Hwy) 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • January 27: Mock SAT No Essay
  • January 30: Gap Year Fair, George C Marshall High School, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • January 30: Principal Coffee - WPHS Library - 6:00-7:30pm
  • January 31: Principal Coffee - Sandburg Middle - 6:00-7:30pm
  • February 1: Class of 2024 e-deadline to pay senior dues
  • February 2: Leadership Applications Due
  • February 17: Mock SAT No Essay and ACT Mock
  • February 19: School Holiday – President’s Day
  • February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night
  • February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration


Thank you to everyone who participated in and attended our Curriculum Night last night.  It was great to meet more families and students.  Keep an eye out for my Principal’s Coffee and Conversations on Jan 30, here from 6-7:30 and Jan 31 at Sandburg from 6-7:30.   Please be on the lookout for postcards with the Principal’s Coffee and Conversation information.  Have a great weekend. 

Jessica Statz, Principal

West Potomac High School



11th Grade Students – Girls and Boys State

  • Virginia Girls and Boys State are week-long summer programs that focus on governmental affairs held at a university.  Candidates must be currently in their junior year and applicants will be evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics.
  • Boys State is held at Radford University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vaboysstate.org 
  • Girls State will be held at Longwood University from June 16-22, 2024. More information is available at http://www.vagirlsstate.org   
  • The Applications for Girls and Boys State are available at the Post 24 Website: https://valegionpost24.com/youth-programs 
  • Please note that the Girls State application is due on January 31, 2024!
  • Delegates who attend Girls and Boys State who meet eligibility criteria may also be considered for special university scholarships for undergraduate studies.

WPHS Leadership Training: 

  • The focus of this course is to complete and put forth projects throughout WP and the community, to improve and expand leadership skills on an individual level. Along with planning events such as Homecoming, students will participate in collaborative class discussions and group activities, team builders, and individual exercises and much more.
  • For rising Freshman: if you are interested in taking Leadership Training, there is a mandatory application that can be found at http://tinyurl.com/WPLshipRising9 that is due by Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM.  
  • For rising 10th-12th graders: if you are interested in taking Leadership, check out the all student Schoology for more information and a link to the application. The application can also be found here: http://tinyurl.com/WPLeadership2024 and is due Friday February 2nd at 11:59 PM. 
  • If you have questions please contact Nicole Borghard at nmborghard@fcps.edu or Joe Petrucelli at jrpetrucelli@fcps.edu.



  • 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 

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!

Classes Offered:

  • 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 mock 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 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


 2024 Gap Year Fair:

  • FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseasare co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair for high school students and families 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 parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities.  The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., with representatives from over 30 programs offering gap year opportunities.  Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available.
  • Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit: USA Gap Year Fairs or contact Pamela White, Postsecondary Special Projects Liaison, at pcwhite@fcps.eduor 571-393-1102. 
  • **In the event of inclement weather on Tuesday, January 30, 2024. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the same time and location.

Class of 2024:

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Application Sessions:  

  • Beginning in January, the NOVA rep will be in the College & Career Center each month for a series of workshops that will focus on a different topic.  The workshops are designed to help support a smooth transition to NOVA. Seniors who are planning to attend NOVA next year are highly encouraged to attend and will need to register under College Visits in Naviance to attend the sessions.  
  • January sessions will focus on completing the NOVA application and seniors can register to attend one of the next dates/times:  1/19 - 10:00 am or 1/30 - 10:00 am.  

FAFSA/VASA Completion Session:

  • In partnership with College Access Fairfax, West Potomac will hold a FAFSA/VASA Completion Night on Tuesday, January 23 from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. in the WPHS Library.  Please go to https://www.collegeaccessfairfax.org to register and read the requirements for attendees.  Please see the website for a complete list of completion events at neighboring FCPS high schools.  Families are welcome to attend whichever event fits your family’s schedule.

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

January 13Class of 2024 Five Guys Restaurant Night

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January 22: Senior Celebration Committee Meeting (If you’re interested in helping in any way with Class of 2024 special events, please join us!)

Time: 7:00pm

Where: WPHS Library 

February 21Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night

February 22: Class of 2024 100 Day Celebration

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 6: Class of 2024 Senior Bash

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!!






Our Direct Donations link is up and running for the Class of 2024. All donations will be used to offset the costs of the events planned throughout the school year for the Class of 2024. See events listed above. No donation is too big or too small! Thank you for supporting the Class of 2024! Please scan the QR code below.



Senior Dues:


  • Fundraiser at Bob and Edith’s 5918 N Kings Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303. On January 27th from 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Bowling trip is coming in February!


Senior Sponsors; Ms. Simpson at  jsimpson1@fcps.edu or Ms. Hackshaw at chackshaw@fcps.edu 


WPHS Orchestra

  • Restaurant Night at Five Guys on Thursday, 18 January, 4-8 pm. Support the orchestra program by grabbing a burger, dog, milkshake, or other freshly made entree at the Quander Road (6210 Quander Road) or Hybla Valley (7622 Richmond Highway) location.
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  • 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 4/20/24 at the Torpedo Factory!