Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message.  Please remember that there is no school tomorrow, Monday, February 19.


Safety and Security

I want to begin this evening by thanking all of you for your support Friday while the police investigated a social media threat.  If you have not had an opportunity to read the letter I sent to all parents on Friday afternoon, I encourage you to take a few minutes to do so.  In particular, I want to reiterate that safety and security is our number one priority as a school. 

I also want to encourage you to take some time to talk with your student about being responsible in social media postings, and not to re-post or share rumors or threats.  Instead of sharing the posts, students should contact an adult. 

On Tuesday, I will be talking to all students about safety and security, and reiterating important steps that all students need to take, including reporting any suspicious activity and not opening exterior doors for anyone during the instructional day. 

As a result of recent events locally and nationally, I know that the social media postings on Friday evoked a range of emotions for our students.  Please know that counselors and other staff members will be available to talk to students in the coming days.  I have also attached a resource from the National Association of School Psychologists that may be helpful to you in talking with your student about the terrible tragedy in Florida last week.


Instrumental Music Cluster Concert: Tuesday, February 20

Our annual instrumental music cluster concert is this Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.  This concert features our band and orchestra performing with instrumental music groups from middle schools in the Northwest cluster.  All members of the community are invited to attend!


AP Exam Registration

The deadline to pay for AP exams was this past Friday, February 16.  If your student is taking one or more AP classes and you have not yet paid for the exam(s), please click on “AP Test Registration” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the Northwest website ( to complete the payment process.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Amy Mason at or Ms. Autumn Myers at

For students who receive free or reduced-price meals, all AP Exam Fee Assistance Request Forms were due to the media center or Ms. Mason in room 122 by last Thursday, February 15. These forms must be submitted in order to complete registration.  Additional copies of the form can be downloaded by clicking on “AP Test Registration” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the Northwest website (


Spring Sports Registration: Deadline is Tuesday, February 27

Spring sports tryouts start next 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  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 required forms.


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. 

Please note that the SAT during the school day in MCPS will be administered without the optional essay. If students/parents wish to take the SAT with essay, options include:

  1. Participate in the SAT during the school day (without the essay) and register for a future SAT national administration with the essay on a Saturday.
  2. Decline to participate in the SAT during the school day and register for an SAT national administration with the essay on a Saturday. 

The SAT national administration dates in spring 2018 for which students can still register are May 5, 2018, and June 2, 2018.  The test is offered at various sites throughout Montgomery County and the surrounding region.  Students and parents can register online at

If students elect to take the SAT with the essay on a Saturday instead of taking the SAT during the school day, we have a limited number of ACT vouchers that students can use to take the ACT free of charge on Saturday, April 14, or Saturday, June 9.  If you are interested in this option, please contact Ms. Ellen O’Connell, resource counselor, atellen_c_o’  no later than this Wednesday, February 21.


MCPS College Fair: Permission Slips Due Monday, March 5

On 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

Northwest 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:  If you have any questions, please contact Kim Summers at Thank you in advance for your support!


Mixed Bag Fundraiser for After Prom

You 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:   


Northwest Free Store

Thank 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 Store.”


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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