WPHS - News You Choose 1-26-24

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Table of Contents:

  • Important Dates
  • Community Message
  • School News
  • PTSA News 
  • Class of 2024 Information & Fundraisers
  • Class of 2025 Information

Important Dates

  • 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 Honeygrow Restaurant Day 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 pm – Richmond Highway
  • February 1: Class of 2024 e-deadline to pay senior dues
  • February 2:  Leadership Applications Due
  • February 7: PTSA Five Guys Restaurant Night, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
  • February 7: Band Restaurant Night at Noodles & Company, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
  • February 13: PTSA Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 pm, WPHS Library
  • 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

Principal Message

Wolverine Community,

Thank you to all those who volunteered time and supplies to make our Wellness Day a success.  As we look to next week I hope you can join me at one of the Principal Coffee and Conversations on Tuesday (WPHS 6-7:30pm) or Wednesday (Sandburg Middle 6-7:30pm).  Finally, as we look to start the 3rd quarter on Monday please take a moment and reflect on your child’s 1st semester attendance.  A reminder that the state defines Chronic Absenteeism as missing 18 or more full school days for any reason (excused or unexcused) over the entire school year.   Regular school attendance is not only important for students to be successful academically, but it is also important for our school as it is one of the measures for annual accreditation.   

Wishing you a great weekend.

Jessica Statz




Band Fundraiser - Restaurant Night at Noodles & Company - February 7

  • 4:00-8:00 pm
  • 7702 B Richmond Highway
  • If ordering in person, just mention the band and this fundraiser
  • If ordering online, use coupon code Giving25 at checkout
  • 25% of qualifying sales go to the band
  • Our goal is to get 75 people over to Noodles & Co. to dine in or order out - please bring a friend, share with a family member, tell your neighbors!

Academic Advising and Course Selection 24-25

  • Please visit our West Potomac Academic Advising website for a variety of resources and information.
  • Did you miss Curriculum Night? Presentations are now posted on the advising website. 
  • Course Selection in StudentVue is now live with directions posted on our website. Students are encouraged to login and select their preferred
  • classes before their one on one meeting with their school counselor.  School counselor meetings will occur on the following dates:
    • Rising 12th graders – January 29- Feb 9 – through English 11 classes
    • Rising 11th graders – February 12-23 – through PE 10
    • Rising 10th graders – Feb 20 – March 1 – through PE 9
  • A reminder Parents can view courses selected in the ParentVue account.

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.



It's Five Guys time! Delicious Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and so much more. 

Join us for our first Five Guys fundraiser of 2024! February 7th from 4:00-8:00 PM at either Quander Road or Hybla Valley location. 

Five Guys will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the PTSA.

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.

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 

SAT and ACT Test Prep News!


  • SAT Spring Group Class starts 3/9/24 and preps for the 6/1/24 official SAT test (digital version). FCPS 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: NOW is the time to determine test preference! Take a mock of each test to find your strength before registering for a class. SAT (digital) 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.

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

WPHS Test Prep Web Page – for more details about test prep and events


 Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo:

In February, school divisions across the region will team up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event will allow high school students to connect virtually and in person, with more than 60 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields. 

The purpose of these FREE career exploration events is to provide students with opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today. 


Virtual sessions will be held on February 5-8, from 4-7 p.m., and the in-person Career Expo and Job Fair event will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 1-4 p.m., in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center. 

2024 Gap Year Fair:

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are 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.edu  or 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:  

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.  

Seniors who need assistance completing their NOVA application must register in Naviance for the final January session on January 30th at 10:00 am. Seniors who registered to attend the January 19th event that was canceled due to snow must register for this final session.  Current DE students do not need to attend an application session.

CLASS OF 2024 

Important Dates:

February 1: Class of 2024 Honeygrow Restaurant Day 10:30am to 10:00pm. Just Use the promo code of "GIVE149" any way you choose to order. 

February 21: Class of 2024 Chipotle Restaurant Night

February 22: Class of 2024 

100 Day Celebration (Parents please be on the look out for our sign-up genius on our FB page & on Instagram to see the various ways you can help!)

April 12: Class of 2024 Senior Breakfast

June 6: Class of 2024 Senior Bash


Interested in donating to the Class of 2024 events? You can make a direct donation at this link and share the link with anyone who may be interested in supporting your senior!


All donations will be used to offset the costs of the events planned throughout the school year for the Class of 2024. No donation is too big or too small! Thank you for supporting the Class of 2024! 


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!!






Cap and Gown Orders:

We are still missing a lot of cap and gown orders!! If you haven’t submitted your height and weight yet to Ms. Simpson , please do it ASAP so that they can be ordered in time !! Please email Ms. Simpson at jsimpson1@fcps.edu   your child’s name, height and weight.

Senior Dues:



Feb 16th 7:30 – 9:30: Cosmic bowling at Ft. Myer.  $7/ game that includes shoe rental ! Sign up by emailing Ms Simpson at jsimpson1@fcps.edu  or Ms. Hackshaw at chackshaw@fcps.edu


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


  • 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!