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


Course Registration for 2018-2019

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year has started. Last week counselors met with 9th and 11th grade students during their English classes to distribute registration materials and review the registration process. Counselors will be meeting with 10th grade students tomorrow, Monday, January 8. Details about registration are available by clicking “Registration 2018-2019” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the Northwest homepage. For each grade level, there is a deadline to complete online course registration and return the registration card signed by a parent/guardian. The deadline for 9th grade is this Tuesday, January 9. The deadline for 11th grade is next Tuesday, January 16, and the deadline for 10th grade is Monday, January 22. If you have any questions about the course registration process, please contact your child’s counselor.


Ulysses Fairs: Wednesday, January 10 & Thursday, January 11

All parents and community members are invited to stop by the Ulysses Fairs this Wednesday, January 10, and Thursday, January 11, in the Northwest High School Auditorium, from 7:45 am to 11:15 am and from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm each day. The fairs will showcase the final research projects of the graduating seniors from the Ulysses Signature Program. Each day will feature a different group of student exhibitions.  All visitors must come to the main office and pick up a visitor badge before going to the auditorium.


Sibling Pictures in Yearbook for Seniors

Seniors can have can pictures in the yearbook with their sibling or siblings who also attend Northwest. If seniors are interested and this has not already been done, seniors should come with their siblings during lunch this week to room 122 to have a picture taken!


“Jagged Edge” Robotics Fundraiser at Germantown Chipotle: Monday, January 8

Tomorrow, Monday, January 8, our “Jagged Edge” robotics team is sponsoring a fundraiser at Chipotle in Germantown Town Center from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All you have to do is mention Northwest to the cashier, and the “Jagged Edge” robotics team will receive a percentage of the sale! 


Booster Club Meeting: Monday, January 8

Our Booster Club is meeting tomorrow, Monday, January 8, at 7:00 pm in the media center. All parents are invited to attend. 


Free SAT for All Juniors: Wednesday, March 7

As part of the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget, MCPS has allocated funding for students to take the SAT during the school day free of charge. At Northwest, all 11th grade students will be automatically registered to take the SAT on Wednesday, March 7. More details will be shared in February about this excellent opportunity.


Learner’s Permit Test at Northwest HS: Wednesday, January 17

Northwest High School is very excited to be partnering with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) to offer the learner’s permit test at 3:00 pm next Wednesday, January 17, in the Northwest High School Auditorium. Interested students must be at least 15 years and 9 months by January 17. Permission forms may be picked up in the main office and must be returned to the main office no later than this Friday, January 12. 

If students pass the test, they will have to travel to an MVA office at a future date to obtain an actual learner’s permit. However, we are offering this service at Northwest to make it more convenient for students to take the test in a familiar environment. If you have questions about this, please contact Ms. Barbara Veirs in the Northwest High School Main Office at (301) 601-4660, or Ms. Monica Neupane at the MVA at (301) 956-1400.


End of Second Marking Period: Thursday, January 25

There are only 13 school days remaining in the second marking period, so please make sure you are monitoring your student’s grades using myMCPS Portal. If you need assistance with setting up your myMCPS Portal account, or have myMCPS Portal questions, please contact Ms. Autumn Myers, media specialist, at


MCPS College and Career Readiness Night: Wednesday, January 17

Students in Grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to attend the MCPS College and Career Readiness Night next Wednesday, January 17, from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm at Gaithersburg High School. The event, sponsored by MCPS in collaboration with the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations (MCCPTA), is an opportunity for parents/guardians and students to learn how to best prepare for college and careers.  Attendees will be able to explore the opportunities and resources MCPS offers, learn about timelines, hear perspectives from MCPS graduates, and more. To RSVP, please visit


Incoming 9th Grade Parent Meeting: Wednesday, January 17

There will be an incoming 9th grade parent meeting next Wednesday, January 17, at 7:00 pm in the Northwest High School Auditorium.  At the meeting, parents will have an opportunity to meet the Northwest High School leadership team, learn about the outstanding academic programs at Northwest, and obtain information about the 9th grade registration process. 8th grade students are welcome and encouraged to attend with their parents.  If you have any questions about the meeting, please call Northwest High School at 301-601-4660.


Obtaining Information on School Closings and Delays

Please check the MCPS website or the MCPS Twitter account (@MCPS) for updated information on school closings and delays throughout the winter months. You may also sign up to receive MCPS alerts. Alert MCPS is a way that you can receive text messages or e-mail from Montgomery County Public Schools during weather-related emergencies and other major events that impact school system operations. To register please visit


ASVAB Test: Permission Forms Due Monday, January 22

On Friday, February 2, Northwest will offer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to interested 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. The ASVAB is a career exploration tool that helps in identifying different skill sets and competencies. Students use the results to set career goals and select college majors.  The test is offered at no cost to students and with no obligation to the military, although seniors may elect to use their scores for military career exploration. Testing will begin at 7:45 am in the auditorium.  Students must have parent permission to test. Permission forms are available in Room 126 and at the following link:  Permission forms should be returned to the College and Career Information Center by Monday, January 22. All students who take the test will be invited to participate in a score interpretation session on Thursday, March 1, at 1:00 pm in the College and Career Information Center.  


PTSA Meeting on Dangers of Alcohol and Drug Use: Thursday, February 1

Through a partnership with several county agencies called “Speak Up - Save a Life,” all students participated in grade-level assemblies in late September. Students heard from an attorney, a police officer, and other individuals about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Now all parents have the opportunity to hear the same information at a PTSA meeting on Thursday, February 1, at 7:00 pm in the media center. All parents are strongly encouraged to attend.


11th Grade College/Career Readiness & Post-Secondary Planning: Wednesday, February 7

Attention parents of current juniors: On Wednesday, February 7, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium, we are hosting our “College/Career Readiness & Post-Secondary Planning Program” for 11th grade students and their parents to help in navigating the college and post-secondary planning process. In particular, counselors will review application timelines, college test prep options, how to begin the college search and track applications with Family Connection, and much more! 

In addition, juniors and their parents interested in the Montgomery College Dual Enrollment Program are invited to a dual enrollment information session at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 7, in the auditorium.


Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair: February, February 9

The 10th annual MCPS Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair is Friday, February 9, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Einstein High School in Kensington. While the event is open for students in grades 8-12 and their parents, there will be opportunities for on-site interviews, admissions and scholarships for current seniors.  Seniors who would like to schedule on-site interviews must register by Wednesday, January 31. For more information, and to register for on-site interviews, please visit


AP Exam Registration: Deadline is Friday, February 16

Before Winter Break, all students registered for their AP exams through their respective AP courses. Registration was completed online, and a parent/guardian will need to pay for the exams through the online system. Exams are $94 each, and payment can be made with a credit or debit card. Payment plans are available, with a minimum payment of $25. The deadline to pay is Friday, February 16. All students taking AP courses are expected to register for the corresponding AP exams. More information about registering for AP exams can be found by clicking on “AP Test Registration” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the Northwest website ( If you have questions, please contact Ms. Autumn Myers, media specialist, at


MCPS Operating Budget Recommendation for 2018-2019

Superintendent Jack Smith recently released his $2.59 billion operating budget recommendation for fiscal year 2019. The budget calls for a 2.7 percent increase in spending that will allow the district to manage continued significant enrollment growth and build the foundation and structure that is needed to ensure that all MCPS students are able to achieve at high levels. To learn more about the budget and how you can provide feedback, please visit


Supporting Northwest When You Shop

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.”


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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