Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with the last Sunday evening message of the school year.  As you are probably aware, the past week has been extremely challenging for the Northwest community, with the loss of a 2016 graduate, Pierce English, in a car accident last Sunday morning, followed by the murders of two 2017 graduates, Shadi Najjar and Artem Ziberov, on Monday night.  I would ask that you continue to keep the families and friends of these three young men in your thoughts in the coming days.  


I would also like to thank all of the members of the community for the way in which everyone has come together to support one another during these incredibly difficult times.  Our school motto, “All for One and One for All” is more important than ever as our community moves forward together.  Now I am going to share some information for parents as we move into the last week of school.


Last Day of School: Friday, June 16

Please remember that we have regular days of school Monday through Thursday this week.  This Friday, June 16, is the last school day of the 2016-2017 school year and an early release day.  The last class on Friday ends at 11:38 am, and then there is a brief student lunch period from 11:38 am to 12:00 noon.


Summer Workshops Sponsored by the College & Career Information Center

Summer workshops are being offered at Northwest High School to prepare our students for college and careers!  Workshops begin June 20 with a session on writing a college essay.  Other topics during the summer include “College & Career Prep” for grades 9 & 10, financial aid basics, finding the best fit for college or careers, the FAFSA, and how to complete college applications.  The workshops are free, but registration is required.  Please note that space is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more details, please visit


Only a Few Yearbooks Left!

There are only a few yearbooks left.  The online sales period has ended, and any student wishing to purchase a yearbook must see Ms. Mason in room 122. The books are currently $100, and seniors must pay with cash.


Return of Chromebooks to Media Center

All chromebooks borrowed from the media center must be returned tomorrow, Monday, June 12. For the final week of school, chromebooks can be checked out for in-school use only. Any chromebooks not returned will be subject to a $285 obligation.  Students should stop by the media center if they have any questions about this information. 


Back-to-School Night: Thursday, September 7

For parents of current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students, please note that the 2017 Northwest Back-to-School Night is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, September 7.  More details will be shared in the future, but please make sure this date is on your calendar!


Booster Club Online Spirit Wear Store

The Booster Club now has an online spirit wear store where you can purchase a variety of Northwest gear:  From now until June 24, you can get a 10% discount on orders over $50 with the code DADGRAD17!


Individual School Progress Report from the Maryland State Department of Education

The Maryland State Department of Education has posted the results of the 2016 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and High School Assessments (HSA) on the Maryland Report Card website.  Northwest High School’s report is now available at    The report provides state, county, and individual school performance data, as well as information on student attendance, high school graduation rates, and the professional qualifications of teachers at the state, district and school levels. 


Final Transcripts for Seniors

If seniors need a final transcript mailed to the college or university they will be attending, they should bring to the registrar’s office a business-sized envelope that is stamped and addressed to the school with the student’s name ONLY in the top left-hand corner.  Final transcripts will be mailed by the middle of July.


MCPS Regional High School Summer School Program

The MCPS 2017 regional high school summer school program will occur at Northwood High School, Walter Johnson High School, Watkins Mill High School, and Wootton High School.  Session 1 runs from June 26 through July 14, and session 2 runs from July 18 through August 3.  The deadline to register for session 1 is noon this Friday, June 16.  The deadline to register for session 2 is noon on Wednesday, June 28.  For course offerings and additional details, please visit  


Congratulations to Retirees!

We have three staff members retiring at the end of this school year.  Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Omotunde Fadiran, English teacher; Mrs. Maggie Hinman, English teacher; and Mrs. Marcia Peller, special education teacher.  We wish them all the best in retirement!


Administrative Departures

We have two administrators who will be leaving Northwest at the end of this school year.  Mrs. Angie Fish has accepted a position as a coordinator in the MCPS Office of Human Resources and Development, and Mr. Matt Paushter has accepted a position as an assistant principal at Ridgeview Middle School.  We wish them all the best in their new endeavors!


Closing Comments

To our graduates, thank you for all of your contributions to Northwest High School over the past four years.  To our current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students, the staff members at Northwest look forward to seeing you bright and early on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.  To all of our amazing parents, thank you for your support throughout this entire year, and I hope everyone has a relaxing summer!

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