Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message.   I hope that you and your family had a great Thanksgiving!  Please remember that classes resume tomorrow, Monday, November 27, promptly at 7:45 am.


Supporting Northwest When You Shop

As we enter the holiday shopping season, we encourage you to support Northwest when you shop at various merchants.  At Giant and Harris Teeter, Northwest receives money when you shop if you register your rewards cards online.  At, Northwest PTSA receives money when you register your account through Amazon Smile. We encourage you to register your cards and accounts by using the links below:


Giant Rewards Card Registration:

Our school ID is 03647.


Harris Teeter VIC Card Registration:


Amazon Smile Registration:

Search for “Northwest High School PTA.”


Prizes for After Prom Needed

The After Prom Party keeps our kids safe, off the roads, and away from negative forms of entertainment on prom night.  We need prizes as incentives to keep our students at the event all night long!

As you are shopping for the holidays, please keep After Prom in mind!  Don’t turn down that gift with purchase, as it could be a great After Prom prize item.  Consider items your kids would want such as gift cards, movie passes, small appliances, electronics, and items for college.

If you use Amazon to shop, please remember to use to support Northwest PTSA. If you have prizes to donate, please contact Kim Summers at to make arrangements for collection.


Swim/Dive Team Fundraiser at Kentlands Panera: Monday, November 27

Tomorrow, Monday, November 27, our swim and dive team is sponsoring a fundraiser for athletics 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 our athletics program will receive a percentage of the sale!


“Girl Up” Fundraiser at Kentlands Chipotle: Wednesday, November 29

This Wednesday, November 29, our “Girl Up” Club 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 “Girl Up” will receive a percentage of the sale! 


PTSA Staff Gift Wrap Event: Friday, December 15

On Friday, December 15, the PTSA will be offering a gift wrapping service to the wonderful staff at Northwest!  Staff members bring their holiday gifts, and the PTSA returns beautifully wrapped packages!  As an added bonus, the PTSA will have a table of cookies and other sweets for the staff to enjoy.  Please consider donating a couple dozen cookies, cupcakes, brownies, or other sweet treat. Food donations may be dropped off in the main office all day on Thursday, December 14, or before 8:00 am on Friday, December 15.  Please click here to sign up:  Thank you in advance for your help!   


Dropping Off Students in the Morning

If you drive your child to school, please drop him or her off in the lower parking lot by following the designated drop-off lanes around the perimeter of the parking lot.  Please do not drop off students on Great Seneca Highway, Richter Farm Road, Queenstown Road or other roads near the school, as this is both illegal and very dangerous.


Cap and Gown Fee

The graduation cap and gown price for this year is $52 until April 1.  The fee can be paid online at


Order Your Yearbook!

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered at, or from Ms. Mason in room 122.  The books are currently $75. 


Start and End Dates for 2018-2019 School Year

Earlier this month the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to start school next year on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and the last day is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 2019.  As you are making plans for the 2018-2019 school year, please note that the 2018-2019 calendar includes a shortened spring break in 2019.  For more details, please visit  


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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