Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message. Please remember that the second marking period ends this Thursday, January 25, which is an early release day. The last class on Thursday will end at 11:38 am, and then there will be a brief student lunch period from 11:38 am until 12:00 noon. There is no school for students this Friday, January 26.


Incoming 9th Grade Parent Meeting: Wednesday, January 24

Due to the snow last week, the incoming 9th grade parent meeting has been rescheduled to this Wednesday, January 24, 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.


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. 


MCPS College and Career Readiness Night: Thursday, January 25

Students in Grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to attend the MCPS College and Career Readiness Night this Thursday, January 25, 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


PSAT Score Interpretation Night: Tuesday, January 30

Northwest is holding a PSAT Score Interpretation Night next 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

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 next 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


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.


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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