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



Winter Choral Concert: Thursday, December 7

Our winter choral concert is this Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.  Admission is free, and all members of the community are invited to see excellent performances by our choirs!


Deadline for Seniors to Select Yearbook Picture: Tuesday, December 5

This is the last opportunity for seniors to select their picture for the yearbook.  The deadline has been extended to this Tuesday, December 5.  Photos can be selected via the link provided to students by Victor O'Neill Studios when they were photographed.  If you have any questions about this or issues accessing your pictures, please contact Mrs. Mason, yearbook sponsor, at, no later than Tuesday.


Senior Baby Ads: Deadline Extended to Friday, December 8

It’s not too late to order senior baby ads, as the deadline has been extended!  Senior baby ads are $25, include a baby picture and a quote, and are due to Mrs. Mason in room 122 no later than this Friday, December 8.  Order forms for baby ads, as well as for yearbooks and other yearbook advertisements, are available here ( or by clicking on the “Yearbook” Quick Link on the left side of the Northwest website.


Northwest Spirit Wear for the Holidays: Purchase on Friday, December 8

If you are looking for a holiday gift idea, Northwest Spirit Wear from the Booster Club is great for all family members.  The Booster Club is selling spirit wear at the first home basketball game of the season this Friday, December 8, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the indoor concession stand by the gym.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Mimma Gerardi at


Free Microsoft Office 365 for Students

The Maryland Department of Education and Microsoft have entered into a collaborative partnership that allows all students and all school system staff to get the latest version of the Microsoft Office software suite, Office 365 ProPlus, at no charge. Office 365 ProPlus includes the full suite of Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as the ability to create, save, and share Office files online. Under the program, students and staff are able to download and install the Microsoft Office software on up to five devices free of charge.  The devices may be PCs, Macs, tablets, or phones. For FAQs and download instructions in multiple languages, please visit


Helping Families in Our Community

As we approach Winter Break, the counseling department, Booster Club and PTSA are asking for your support for Northwest families in need of assistance. To help these families during the holiday season we are asking for gift card donations.  Suggestions include gift cards to grocery stores, Wal-Mart, or Target.  Any amount is greatly appreciated.  If you would like to donate a gift card for one of our families, please bring it directly to the business office by next Friday, December 15.  Questions regarding donations may be directed to Ms. Ellen O’Connell, resource counselor, at 301-601-4642.  Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide!


Vote for Northwest in Radio Station High School Choir Competition!

Local radio station Mix 107.3 is holding a holiday high school choir competition, and our choir department has submitted a recording!  The school with the most votes will win $5,000 for their department, so please help us and vote!  Voting is open from midnight on Tuesday, December 5, to 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 7, and you can vote once per day per email.  Please visit this week and vote for Northwest!


Northwest Free Store

Thank you to the Northwest Community for all of the donations to the Free Store and for helping our community to reuse school supplies!  Students visit frequently and pick up needed school supplies or enjoy choosing some of the unique items that line the Free Store shelves.  As the holidays approach, our awesome Free Store sponsor, Ms. Emily Asofsky, is requesting “cute trinkets” to make shopping at the Free Store an especially fun experience for students.  Any donations can be dropped off in the main office and should be labeled “Free Store.” 


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Arts Contest

All students are invited to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visual Arts Contest. The 2018 theme is “Fulfilling the Dream - A Celebration of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Students are asked to interpret what their dreams are for the future. Prints, posters, collages, murals, photographs, and all other two-dimensional visual art forms may be submitted. Group projects are welcome. Please send entries to Linda S. Adams, supervisor, Pre-K-12 Fine Arts, Carver Educational Services Center, Room 258, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850.  The deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, December 15.


Personal Ads for Yearbook Due Friday, December 22

All personal ads for the yearbook are due no later than Friday, December 22.  A variety of sizes are available, and the ads can be purchased online at, or through Mrs. Mason in Room 122.  More information is available by clicking on the “Yearbook” Quick Link on the left side of the Northwest website:


Yearbook Buddy Ads Due Friday, December 22

Yearbook buddy ads are also due by Friday, December 22.  The ads cost $20 and include a picture of a group of friends with a short message.  Order forms are available from Mrs. Mason in room 122 and online through the “Yearbook” Quick Link on the left side of the Northwest website:  


Yearbook Prices Increase Saturday, December 23

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered at, or from Ms. Mason in room 122.  The books are currently $75, but the price will increase to $90 on December 23. 


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.


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.


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!   


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.”


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


Start and End Dates for 2018-2019 School Year

Last 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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