Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message.  I want to begin by thanking Leslie Block and Stacy Steinberg, two incredible parent volunteers, for organizing the first-ever Northwest College Fair last Wednesday.  We had over 500 people attend, and we are looking forward to making this an annual tradition!


Student Emergency Information Forms

Each year parents are asked to review and update emergency information for their children.  “Student Emergency Information” forms were distributed to all students last Wednesday and Thursday.  Please make any necessary changes on the form, sign the back and ask your student to return it to his or her 1st period teacher tomorrow, Monday, October 16.  If no changes are needed, please sign the back of the form and also ask your student to return it to his or her 1st period teacher tomorrow.  If you have any questions about “Student Emergency Information” forms, please call the main office at 301-601-4660.


Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County: Requests Due by Monday, October 16

The Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County provides a Thanksgiving meal and December holiday assistance to families in need throughout our community. To request assistance, there is a form that must be completed and returned to the Northwest Counseling Office by tomorrow, Monday, October 16.  The form is available in the counseling office and in the “News” section of the Northwest homepage.


Booster Club Meeting: Monday, October 16

The Booster Club will be meeting tomorrow, Monday, October 16, at 7:00 pm in the media center.  All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.  In addition, the Booster Club would like to invite all parents and community members to its annual silent auction from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm next Thursday, October 26.  The event is free to attend, and there will be opportunities to bid on more than 300 items, including hotels, restaurants, sports tickets and family activities.  The silent auction is a great opportunity to start holiday shopping!


Drama Club Parent Meeting: Monday, October 16

All parents of students participating in the fall drama club performance of “Oz” are encouraged to attend a parent meeting tomorrow, Monday, October 16, at 6:00 pm in room 250 (across from the auditorium).  At the meeting, parents will learn what they can expect in preparation for the upcoming show and ways that they can support the success of the show.  Refreshments will be served.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Aida Bendt at 301-922-6627.


Freshman Class Fundraiser: Monday, October 16

Tomorrow, Monday, October 16, the freshman class is sponsoring a fundraiser at Panera in the Kentlands from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  All you have to do is mention Northwest to the cashier, and the freshman class will receive a percentage of the sale!


Powder Puff Football Game: Thursday, October 19

The annual Juniors vs. Seniors Powder Puff Football Game is this Thursday, October 19, at 6:30 pm in the stadium.  Tickets are $5 and will be sold starting at 6:00 pm Thursday evening.


Northwest High School Preview Night: Wednesday, October 18

Northwest High School cordially invites all families of elementary and middle school students in the community to attend the 8th annual Northwest Preview Night this Wednesday, October 18, at 7:00 pm in the Northwest High School Auditorium to learn more about the outstanding academic programs and extracurricular opportunities available to students at Northwest.  Among other things, the evening will feature performances by student organizations, and student speakers will share their experiences in the Ulysses Signature Program.  There will also be information about the Middle College program, in which students can earn an associate’s degree from Montgomery College while in high school.   This event is open to all families of future Northwest students, not just 8th graders!


Student Pictures for Grades 9-11

All students in grades 9 through 11 took yearbook pictures in September.  Parents can now view and order these pictures online at  Simply click “After Picture Day – Proof and Order Online” in the lower left corner of the page, and the online code is your child’s 6-digit student ID number.  Make-up picture day for students in grades 9 through 11 is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 24.


National College Fair: Tuesday, November 7

Northwest juniors and seniors have been invited to participate in the National College Fair field trip scheduled for Tuesday, November 7.  This year’s event will be held at the Bohrer Park Activity Center in Gaithersburg.  The fair is free, and representatives from colleges, universities and career fields will be on site to share information with our students.  Permissions forms are available in the college/career information center and the counseling office.  Permission forms will be accepted until Monday, October 23, on a first-come, first-served basis until all bus seats are filled.  Please note that MCPS prohibits students from driving to this event during the school day.  The bus will depart from Northwest at 9:45 am and return by 12:00 noon.  Participating students should plan to bring their lunch.

In support of this college fair event, all MCPS families are invited to college and financial aid workshops on Sunday, October 22, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at Watkins Mill High School and on Thursday, October 26, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Kennedy High School.  Programs will be offered in both English and Spanish.


Winter Sports Registration

Winter sports tryouts start Wednesday, November 15, and registration this year will be online beginning tomorrow, Monday, October 16.  For complete details, please visit   Parents must register their children by Monday, November 13, in order for them to be able to try out on Wednesday, November 15.  For parents who do not have access to a computer, please come to room 104 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 25; Monday, October 30; or Wednesday, November 1 for assistance in completing the registration process.  If you have any questions about registering for winter sports tryouts, please contact Ms. Anne Rossiter, athletic director, at or 301-601-4629.


Enforcement of Pedestrian Laws

The police department has informed us that there will be additional enforcement of pedestrian laws in the coming days along Great Seneca Highway and Richter Farm Road.  If your student walks to and/or from school, please remind him or her that it is the law to only cross at designated crosswalks and to obey pedestrian control signals.  Individuals violating these laws may be subject to fines that start at $50 and can go as high as $500.


Order Your Yearbook!

Preorder your yearbook at, or from Ms. Mason in room 122. This is the only way to ensure you will have one when the books arrive in May. The current cost is $75.


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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