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


Summer RISE Internship Program for Current Sophomores and Juniors: Registration Deadline is Wednesday, March 27

Registration for the 2019 MCPS Summer RISE Internship Program opens tomorrow, Monday, March 18, for current sophomores and juniors.  This is a 3-week, 60-hour career development experience during the summer for current sophomores and juniors.  Students who successfully complete the program will receive a $300 stipend.  Registration ends Wednesday, March 27, and a limited number of opportunities are available.  For more information and to register, please visit


Spring Musical Performances: March 22-24 and March 29-31

The Northwest Drama Program is presenting “Bring It On!” and you don’t want to miss it!  Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.  Performances are at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 22; 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 23; 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 24; 7:00 pm on Friday, March 29; 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Saturday, March 30; and 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 31.  For the first time this year, you can purchase your tickets online in advance by selecting “Online Payments” on the left side of the Northwest website (  Then simply bring a paper copy of your receipt to the ticket table on the evening of the performance.


Chick-fil-A Fundraiser for “Girl Up” Club: Wednesday, March 20

The Northwest “Girl Up” Club is sponsoring a fundraiser this Wednesday, March 20, at Chick-fil-A in the Kentlands from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  All you have to do is mention Northwest to the cashier, and our “Girl Up” Club will receive a portion of the proceeds!  “Girl Up” was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010 and works toward achieving gender equality worldwide.


World Language Honor Society Induction Ceremony: Wednesday, March 20 (New Date)

Our American Sign Language, French, and Spanish Honor Societies will be inducting new members this Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 pm in the World Language Hallway.  Please note that this is a new date; the date was changed to reduce the number of students who had conflicts with other extracurricular activities.


Booster Club Mulch Sale: Saturday, April 6

The Northwest High School Booster Club 20th Annual Mulch Sale is Saturday, April 6.  Large bags containing either brown or black shredded hardwood mulch are only $5.50.  Free delivery is provided for pre-orders of 15 bags or more, and the Northwest football team can spread the mulch for you on Saturday, April 13, for an additional $3.00 per bag.  For complete ordering information, please visit  Thank you in advance for your support, as 100 percent of the proceeds from the mulch sale benefits students at Northwest!


Booster Club Mulch Sale: Volunteers Needed on Saturday, April 6

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 6, 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: 


Boundary Study for the Clarksburg, Northwest, and Seneca Valley Clusters

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.  Last week MCPS released boundary change options, as well as a survey to get stakeholder feedback.  The survey is open through Sunday, March 31.  To review the options, participate in the survey, or obtain additional information, please visit


Scholarships for Northwest Seniors Only: Application Deadline is Friday, April 12

There are three current scholarship opportunities available only to Northwest seniors, and all have application deadlines of Friday, April 12. 


The Joshua Snyder Memorial Foundation is awarding one $1000 scholarship to a Northwest senior planning to attend a post-secondary program, or two- or four-year college or university, in the fall of 2019.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need through a written explanation.  For additional eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit


The Northwest Booster Club and PTSA are each awarding $500 scholarships to two Northwest seniors planning to attend two- or four-year colleges or universities.  For eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit:

Northwest Booster Club Scholarship:

Northwest PTSA Scholarship:


Certificate of Meritorious Service: Deadline to Submit SSL Hours is Friday, April 5

The Certificate of Meritorious Service is awarded to seniors who have earned 260 or more SSL hours, and the deadline to submit SSL hours for this recognition is Friday, April 5.


Order Your Yearbook!

It’s not too late to order a yearbook!  The current price is $100, and you can order online at, or from Ms. Ellis in room 122.


Supporting After Prom 2019

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 $20.19 for 2019 (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 Ms. Kim Summers at Thank you in advance for your support!


Donations Requested for Northwest Free Store

Thank you to the Northwest Community for all of your donations to the Free Store this year!  Currently, many 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 pocket folders and backpacks!  Cute trinkets are also always welcome to make shopping at the Free Store an especially fun experience for students.  Donations may be labeled "Free Store" and dropped off in the main office.


Green Team Requesting Bicycle Donations

Our student-led Green Team is organizing a Walk and Bike to School Day on Friday, April 26. To encourage students to walk and bike to school more often, we are hoping to give away gently-used bicycles as incentives for students to participate in the event.  If you have a bicycle in good shape that you no longer use, please consider donating it to the Green Team to help our students become more active and reduce our carbon footprint!  Please contact Ms. Emily Asofsky, one of the sponsors, at if you have any questions or have a bicycle to donate.


Choose Respect Conference: Sunday, April 7

All students and parents are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2019 Choose Respect Conference, the 10th annual conference on healthy teen dating. This free, fun-filled event will take place on Sunday, April 7, at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.  There will be a resource fair from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, and then the conference will occur from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  Free pizza will be provided to all participants at the end of the event. For more information, and to register, please visit


Donations Requested to Upgrade Media Center

The Northwest High School Media Center impacts more students than any other space in our school, as it is used by students for research, technology access, classes, and club meetings.  It is also a gathering place at lunch and after school, and it is often used for parent and community meetings in the evenings.  To keep up with changing demand, the area needs to move from a traditional library to a more modern learning environment.  As a result, we are planning to transition to a more flexible space, with easy-to-move tables and chairs, student-friendly conference tables, and a variety of seating and small group work spaces.


The Northwest PTSA and Booster Club are working together to make this planned transformation become reality, and we hope you will consider supporting this effort.  If you would like to donate, please visit  All funds donated will go directly to media center upgrades.  Thank you very much for your consideration!


Weather Make-up Days: Wednesday, June 5, and Friday, June 14

Due to the weather-related school closures this winter, the last day of school has been pushed back one day.  The last day of school for students will now be Friday, June 14.  In addition, students will now attend school on Wednesday, June 5, which was originally designated as a professional day.


As always, please do not hesitate to contact 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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