evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of
Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message. Please remember
that all MCPS schools are closed tomorrow, Monday, January 15, for the
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
Incoming 9th Grade Parent Meeting: Wednesday, January 17
There will be an incoming 9th
grade parent meeting this 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.
Choral Cluster Concert: Thursday, January 18
annual choral cluster concert is this Thursday, January 18, at 7:00 pm
in the auditorium. There will be performances by Northwest choirs, as
well as choirs from feeder middle schools. All members of the community
Sibling Pictures in Yearbook for Seniors: Deadline is Wednesday, January 17
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
to room 122 no later than this Wednesday, January 17.
Athletics Fundraiser at Kentland Chipotle: Monday, January 15
Tomorrow, Monday, January 15, our indoor track program is sponsoring a fundraiser for athletics at Chipotle in the Kentlands
from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All you have to do is mention Northwest to
the cashier, and our athletics program will receive a percentage of the
Free SAT for All Juniors: Wednesday, March 7
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.
PSAT Score Interpretation Night: Tuesday, January 30
is holding PSAT Score Interpretation Night on Tuesday, January 30, at
7:00 pm in the auditorium. This event is for parents of current 10th and 11th
graders who participated in the PSAT in October. Students and parents
can access their PSAT scores online at this time, but are also invited
to attend this event to pick up hard copies of their score reports and
receive information about how to interpret PSAT scores. If parents do
not attend this evening meeting, the students will receive their score
reports in their homerooms in early February.
PTSA Meeting on Dangers of Alcohol and Drug Use: Thursday, February 1
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.
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: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/schools/northwesths/careercenter/ASVABPersmissionForm(2).pdf.
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
End of Second Marking Period: Thursday, January 25
are only 8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCPS College and Career Readiness Night: Wednesday, January 17
in Grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to attend the MCPS College
and Career Readiness Night this 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 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdYRClW2VV1fAp6-tmcZLMU1vR4MceFWsHm_JWAxMLlG0J-A/viewform.
Obtaining Information on School Closings and Delays
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 http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/emergency/alertmcps.aspx.
11th Grade College/Career Readiness & Post-Secondary Planning: Wednesday, February 7
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!
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
Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair: February, February 9
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
AP Exam Registration: Deadline is Friday, February 16
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 (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/northwesths/academics/apregistration.aspx). If you have questions, please contact Ms. Autumn Myers, media specialist, at email@example.com.
MCPS Operating Budget Recommendation for 2018-2019
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 http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/budget.
Supporting Northwest When You Shop
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 Amazon.com, 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
Giant Rewards Card Registration: www.giantfood.com/aplus
Our school ID is 03647.
Harris Teeter VIC Card Registration:
Amazon Smile Registration: smile.amazon.com
Search for “Northwest High School PTA.”
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!