Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message.  Please remember that Daylight Savings Time started earlier this morning, so don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour if you did not already do it this weekend.



Spring Spirit Week: March 20-24

The Spring Spirit Week, sponsored by the Student Government, has been changed from this week to next week, March 20-24.  The pep rally originally planned for this Friday, March 17, has been moved to next Friday, March 24.


African-American Parent Council Meeting Cancelled

The African-American Parent Council Meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, March 15, has been cancelled.


Booster Club Mulch Sale: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 1, to help with the Booster Club Mulch Sale.  In particular, we are looking for many parent drivers who can drive students in chase cars for the mulch deliveries.  We also need help in the concession stand and with other activities.  Please sign up to help with this important fundraiser that benefits all students at the school:


Booster Club Mulch Sale: Saturday, April 1

It’s not too late to order mulch from the Booster Club Mulch Sale scheduled for Saturday, April 1.  Large bags containing shredded hardwood mulch are only $5.25.  Free delivery is provided for pre-orders of 15 bags or more, and the Northwest football team can spread the mulch for you on Sunday, April 2, for an additional $3.00 per bag.  For complete ordering information, please visit


Advanced Placement Exam Registration: Deadline is Thursday, March 16

All students taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes should register for the corresponding AP exams online by this Thursday, March 16.  For details, please click on “AP Registration Documents” in the “News” section of the Northwest website.  If students or parents have any questions about the registration process, please contact Mr. Freeman or Ms. Kravitz in the counseling office at 301-601-4642.  They can also be contacted via e-mail at or  


Chipotle Fundraiser for After Prom: Monday, March 20

All families are encouraged to support After Prom by dining at Chipotle in the Kentlands next Monday, March 20, between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm.  All you have to do is mention Northwest to the cashier, and After Prom will receive 50 percent of the proceeds!


MCPS Science Night: Monday, March 20

MCPS, in collaboration with the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA), will be hosting a Science Night from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm next Monday, March 20, in the cafeteria at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.  At the event, parents and students will join MCPS science educators to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards; new testing requirements; the timeline for implementation in elementary, middle, and high schools; new high school course pathways; and college and career readiness. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on science activities and hear from students.  For more information, and to register, please visit


Booster Club Scholarship: Application Deadline is Tuesday, April 4

Applications are now being accepted for the Northwest Booster Club Scholarships. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female Northwest senior planning to attend a two-year or four-year college or university.  For eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 4.


Choose Respect Conference: Sunday, April 2

All students and parents are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2017 Choose Respect Conference, the 8th annual conference on healthy teen dating. This free, fun-filled event will take place on Sunday, April 2, at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.  There will be a resource fair from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, and then the conference will occur from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  Free pizza will be provided to all participants at the end of the event. For more information, and to register, please visit


Revised Calendar for 2017-2018 School Year

The Montgomery County Board of Education adopted an updated calendar for the 2017–2018 school year last month.  The first day of school for students will be September 5, 2017, and the last day of school will now be June 12, 2018.  The Board also adopted a contingency plan that identifies dates that could be used as instructional days, if necessary, to make up school due to emergency and weather-related closings.  Two of these days are the first two days of the scheduled spring break next year, March 26 and 27, 2018.  For more information, please visit  The complete 2017-2018 school year calendar is available here:

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