Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message.  


Joint PTSA/Booster Club Meeting: Monday, September 25

Our Parent-Teacher-Student Association and Booster Club will be holding their first meeting tomorrow, Monday, September 25, at 7:00 pm in the media center.  All parents are encouraged to attend to learn about the exciting things happening at Northwest and how to get involved!


Financial Aid Seminar for 12th Grade Families: Tuesday, September 26

This Tuesday, September 26, at 6:30 pm, Northwest will host “Paying Your Way,” a seminar on financial aid for post-secondary pursuits.  The target audience is graduating seniors and their families, but all are welcome to attend.  Presentations will be in both English and Spanish.  Topics will include an explanation of financial aid, the cost of attendance, expected family contribution, types and sources of financial aid, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.  The seminar is free, and no registration is required to attend.  The presentation in English will be held in the auditorium.  The presentation in Spanish will be held in room 251. 


Dinner Program

Beginning tomorrow, Monday, September 25, Northwest is excited to be hosting a free dinner program for students participating in after-school activities.  If your child will be participating in any after-school activity, he or she can come to the cafeteria between 2:30 pm and 2:50 pm Monday through Thursday for a free meal prior to the start of the activity.


Deadline to Submit Summer SSL Hours: Friday, September 29

The deadline to submit documentation of student service learning (SSL) hours earned during the summer is this Friday, September 29.  Documentation should be submitted in the counseling office.


Parking Permits Required Effective Tomorrow, Monday, September 25

All vehicles parked on campus must have valid parking permits effective tomorrow, September 25, and our security team will be checking all vehicles.  If you still need to purchase a parking permit, the parking permit application is available here:   

Copies are also available in the Northwest Business Office before school, during lunch, and after school.  


Secret Society of Science Songwriters Fundraiser: Tuesday, September 26

This Tuesday, September 26, one of our student clubs, the Secret Society of Science Songwriters, is sponsoring a fundraiser at Chipotle in the Kentlands from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  All you have to do is mention Northwest to the cashier, and the society will receive 50 percent of your sale!


SGA Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 7

Our annual Homecoming Dance, sponsored by SGA, is Saturday evening, October 7, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm in the gym.  Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold in the auxiliary gym during lunch every day between October 2 and October 6.  Tickets will also be sold on Friday, October 6, between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm, since that day is an early release day for students.  If your student wishes to bring a date who does not attend Northwest High School, there is a form available in the main office that must be completed and signed by the other student’s principal prior to purchasing a ticket for that individual.  Also, please note that all financial obligations must be cleared before a student will be allowed to purchase a ticket.


9th Grade Parent Meeting: Monday, October 9

There will be a 9th grade parent meeting on Monday, October 9, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide parents all of the information they need regarding what to expect during the first year of high school.  All 9th grade parents are strongly encouraged to attend!


Northwest College Fair: Wednesday, October 11

Mark your calendars for the first-ever Northwest College Fair on Wednesday, October 11, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the cafeteria, followed by optional break-out sessions until 8:45 pm.  This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to talk directly with college representatives.  It is designed primarily for juniors and seniors and their parents, but it is open to all Northwest families!


Northwest PTSA Membership

All families are encouraged to join the Northwest Parent-Teacher-Student Association, or PTSA.  The PTSA advocates for the school and community at the local, county, state and national levels, organizes the After Prom Party and staff appreciation events, provides student scholarships and staff grants, and supports school enhancements!  For more information, and to join, please visit


Northwest Booster Club Membership

All families are also encouraged to join the Northwest Booster Club, a volunteer group that supports all student extracurricular activities, including academic programs, the arts, and athletics.  The Booster Club works collaboratively with the school to enable our students to have the highest quality programs, equipment and supplies as a result of fundraising projects throughout the year.  100 percent of the funds are allocated to student activities.  The first fundraiser this year is the membership drive.  For more information, and to join, please


George B. Thomas, Sr., Learning Academy Saturday School

The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. Saturday School is a low-cost tutoring and mentoring program that provides a sixth day of learning and helps MCPS students enhance their mastery of core academic subjects. Students who are in need of additional academic support can attend sessions at one of 12 locations across Montgomery County, including Northwest High School. Registration is $40 for students who receive Free or Reduced-price Meals (FARMS) and $70 for students who do not. Please visit for more information.


As always, please do not hesitate to call us at any time if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you for your support of Northwest, and have a great evening!

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