Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message.  Happy New Year!  


Public Information Meetings on the Clarksburg, Northwest, and Seneca Valley High Schools Boundary Study

MCPS invites all families to public information meetings on the Clarksburg, Northwest, and Seneca Valley High Schools Boundary Study.  With the opening of the new Seneca Valley High School in Fall 2020, some of the boundaries for Clarksburg, Northwest, and Seneca Valley High Schools and their feeder middle schools will change.  As a result, MCPS has scheduled three meetings where parents and community members can learn about the boundary study process and ask questions:

  • Monday, January 14, at Northwest High School
  • Thursday, January 17, at Seneca Valley High School
  • Wednesday, January 23, at Clarksburg High School

All three meetings will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in each school’s auditorium.  The same information will be presented at each meeting, so you can attend any of the three meetings if you are interested.  Chinese and Spanish interpretation will be provided.


Course Registration for 2019-2020

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year has started.  During the week before Winter Break, students received their registration materials through their English classes.  Details about registration are available by clicking “Registration 2019-2020” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the Northwest homepage. For each grade level, there is a deadline to complete online course registration and return the registration card signed by a parent/guardian.  The deadline for 9th grade is tomorrow, Monday, January 7.  The deadline for 10th grade is next Monday, January 14, and the deadline for 11th grade is Monday, February 4.  If you have any questions about the course registration process, please contact your child’s counselor.


Ulysses Fairs: Wednesday, January 9 & Thursday, January 10

All parents and community members are invited to stop by the Ulysses Fairs this Wednesday, January 9, and Thursday, January 10, in the Northwest High School Auditorium, from 7:45 am to 11:15 am and from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm each day.  The fairs will showcase the final research projects of the graduating seniors from the Ulysses Signature Program.  Each day will feature a different group of student exhibitions.  All visitors must come to the main office and pick up a visitor badge before going to the auditorium.


Ordering Caps and Gowns

The graduation cap and gown price for this year is currently $60, but it will increase on Friday, February 15.  The fee can be paid online at  In addition, if students would like to speak to our Balfour representative directly, he will be in the counseling lobby during lunch this Tuesday, January 8.


ASVAB Test: Permission Forms Due Wednesday, January 16

On Friday, February 1, 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, and 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 Wednesday, January 16.  All students who take the test will be invited to participate in a score interpretation session in March (date and time to be determined) in the College and Career Information Center. 


Second Semester Parking Permits Sold January 14-18

All students who wish to park on campus during the second semester must have valid parking permits.  Parking permits cost $37.50 for the semester, and they will be sold in the business office during the week of January 14-18.  Please note that students who have first semester parking permits will be given priority, and there may not be enough spaces for everyone who wishes to purchase a second semester parking permit.  In addition, students are not allowed to park in the neighborhoods across the street from the school.


The parking permit application is available in the Northwest Business Office or by clicking here:


Incoming 9th Grade Parent Meeting: Wednesday, January 16

There will be an incoming 9th grade parent meeting next Wednesday, January 16, 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.


2nd Annual MCPS-MCCPTA Mental Health and Wellness Forum: Saturday, January 12

The 2nd annual MCPS-MCCPTA Mental Health and Wellness Forum will be this Saturday, January 12, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Earle B. Wood Middle School in Rockville, and all families are invited to attend.  For more information, please visit


End of Second Marking Period: Friday, January 25

There are only 14 school days remaining in the second marking period, so please make sure you are monitoring your student’s grades using myMCPS Portal.  If you need assistance with setting up your myMCPS Portal account, or have myMCPS Portal questions, please contact Ms. Autumn Myers, media specialist, at


11th Grade College/Career Readiness & Post-Secondary Planning: Wednesday, February 6

Attention parents of current juniors: On Wednesday, February 6, 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 6, in the auditorium.


Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair: February, February 22

The 11th annual MCPS Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair is Friday, February 22, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Universities at Shady Grove.  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.  For more information, and to register for on-site interviews, please visit beginning Monday, January 7.


AP Exam Registration: Deadline for Payment is Friday, March 1, 2019

Students registered for their AP exams in December through their respective AP courses, and a parent/guardian will need to pay for the exams through the online system. Exams are $98 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, March 1, 2019.  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. Amy Mason, staff development teacher, at, or Ms. Autumn Myers, media specialist, at


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, have a great evening! 

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