evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of
Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message. I am sending it
earlier than usual due to the Super Bowl this evening.
Report Card Distribution: Thursday, February 8
All students will receive their 2nd marking period report cards this Thursday, February 8.
National School Counseling Week: February 5-9
week is National School Counseling Week, so I want to extend a very
special thank you to all of the staff members who work in our
outstanding counseling department! I also encourage students and
parents to express their gratitude to the counseling department members
11th Grade College/Career Readiness & Post-Secondary Planning: Wednesday, February 7
parents of current juniors: This 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 this Wednesday, February 7, in the
Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair: February, February 9
annual MCPS Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair
is this Friday, February 9, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Einstein High
School in Kensington. The event is open for students in grades 8-12 and
their parents. For more information, please visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/familysupport/hbcu.
Sophomore Class Chipotle Fundraiser: Tuesday, February 6
This Tuesday, February 6, the sophomore class 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 the sophomore class will receive a percentage of the sale!
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
payment system (https://user.totalregistration.net/AP/210589).
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 next Friday, February 16. All students taking AP
courses are expected to register for the corresponding AP exams.
students who receive free or reduced-price meals, all AP Exam
Fee Assistance Request Forms are due to the media center or Ms. Mason in
room 122 by next Thursday, February 15. These forms must be submitted
in order to complete registration.
your student is enrolled in an AP course and you have not paid for AP
exams and have not received a reminder e-mail about making a payment,
your student may not have completed the AP exam registration process.
information about registering for AP exams, including the AP Exam Fee
Assistance Request Form, 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. Amy Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Autumn Myers at email@example.com.
Student Drop-off in the Mornings
you drive your student to school in the mornings, I would ask that you
plan for extra time and leave your house 10 to 15 minutes earlier than
usual so that students can be in 1st period on time. The
traffic back-ups on Richter Farm Road have been very long lately, as
more parents drive students to school when it is cold outside.
Saturday School Support for AP Science Classes
Ellen Polster, one of our AP science teachers, is offering AP science
support on Saturday mornings through the George B. Thomas, Sr. Saturday
School Program at Northwest High School. This is designed for any
student currently taking an AP science course. The program is on
Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. The cost is $70 for the
entire semester, with a $40 reduced fee available if a student receives
free or reduced-price meals. To register, please visit http://www.saturdayschool.org/programs, or simply come with your student to the Northwest auditorium next Saturday, February 10, at 8:30 am.
students who wish to park on campus this semester must have valid
parking permits. Parking permits cost $37.50 for the spring semester.
The parking permit application is available in the Northwest Business
Office or by clicking here: http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/schools/northwesths/aboutus/7.%20Parking%20Permit%20Guidelines%20and%20Application%20for%20Northwest%20HS(1).pdf. Please note that students are not allowed to park in the neighborhoods across the street from the school.
Spring Sports Registration
sports tryouts start Thursday, March 1, and registration will be online
as it was during the winter season. For complete details, please visit
Parents must register their children by Tuesday, February 27, in
order for them to be able to try out on Thursday, March 1. If you have
any questions about registering for spring sports tryouts, please
contact Ms. Anne Rossiter, athletic director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that some teams may require additional sport-specific
forms, and these forms will not be available online. Students should
check with the respective coach to see if there are any additional
Northwest Free Store
you to everyone who has donated items for the Free Store! On a typical
day, we have 3-10 students visit the store, and as the new semester
begins, students are looking for replacement school supplies for those
that have worn out. As always, we accept all gently used school
supplies, such as test prep books and binders, but right now we are in
particular need of composition books. Trinkets are also always welcome
to make shopping at the Free Store a fun experience for the students!
Donations can be dropped off in the main office and labeled “Free
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 later this month about this excellent
MCPS College Fair: Permission Slips Due Monday, March 5
Tuesday, April 10, Northwest juniors are invited to participate in the
Montgomery County Public Schools College Fair held at the Montgomery
County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. MCPS hosts this
fair in partnership with the National Association for College Admission
Counseling. Buses will depart from Northwest at 9:45 am and are expected
to return by the end of lunch. The cost for this field trip is $4.00.
Juniors can pick up registration information and permission forms in
the College & Career Information Center or with their counselor.
Permission forms were also distributed to juniors as part of the course
registration process. Permission forms with $4.00 and the college fair
admit pass must be returned to the College & Career Information
Center no later than Monday, March 5, at lunch. The college fair admit
pass and permission forms will be accepted as long as bus seats are
available on a first-come, first-served basis. The fair will also be
open for parents and students on the evening of Tuesday, April 10, from
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Supporting After Prom 2018
will once again host an all-night after prom party to keep our kids
safe and off the roads on prom night! This incredible event includes
food, games, DJ, entertainment, activities, tons of prizes and
giveaways, and more! In order to make this event possible, we need to
raise a significant amount of money. We encourage all families to donate $20.18 for 2018
(or any other amount) to support this amazing event! It’s important for
all grade levels to contribute as these juniors and seniors are your
children’s classmates, teammates, neighbors, and friends. Checks payable to Northwest PTSA can be sent to the main office, or you can click here to donate: http://nwhsafterprom.com/donate/. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Summers at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your support!
Mixed Bag Fundraiser for After Prom
can also support our After Prom by purchasing items from the Mixed Bag
After Prom Fundraiser! Northwest receives 40% of every purchase to
support After Prom, and there is something for everyone, including bags,
storage solutions, gift wrap, kitchen items, and more! Orders ship
directly to you. Please click here to support: https://tinyurl.com/mixedbagsnwhs.
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!