Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with the final Sunday evening message of the school year.


Last Day of School: Friday, June 14

Please remember that we have regular days of school Monday through Thursday this week.  This Friday, June 14, is the final day of the school year and an early release day.  The last class on Friday will end at 11:36 am, and then there will be a brief student lunch period from 11:36 am to 12:00 noon.


Graduation Pictures

Our photography company, Victor O’Neill Studios, took many pictures at graduation on Thursday.  These pictures will be available for purchase by the end of this week at this link:


Boundary Study Survey 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.  Over the past few months MCPS has released boundary change options, and there is a new survey to get stakeholder feedback.  The survey is open through Sunday, June 16.  To review the options, participate in the survey, or obtain additional information, please visit


No Activity Buses This Week

There will be no activity buses this week.  If students plan to stay after school for extracurricular activities, they will need to arrange their own transportation home.


Media Center Hours Closed After School This Week

The media center will be closed after school this week.  As a result, all students need to be picked up immediately after they finish any after-school activities.  Students not participating in after-school activities this week must be picked up or leave campus by 2:45 pm. 


Thank You!

Thank you to all of the individuals who made our graduation ceremony so successful last Thursday.  While there were many people who helped, I want to extend a special thank you to Ms. Caitlin Derenberger and Ms. Kim Summers for planning the details of the ceremony, and Ms. Kristy Chikes and Ms. Ericka Singleton for coordinating all of the student preparations, such as ticket distribution, caps and gowns, etc.


Congratulations to Ms. Ellen Beck and Mr. Dave Smith!

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Ellen Beck, fine arts department chair, and Mr. Dave Smith, science teacher, on their retirements at the end of this school year.   We wish them all the best!


Math Summer Preparatory Camps: Registration Deadline is Tomorrow!

The deadline to register for Math Summer Preparatory Camps at Northwest High School is tomorrow, Monday, June 10.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get a head-start in math for the upcoming school year!   Our week-long math pre​paratory camps provide skill-building activities for critical math skills and exposure to concepts that will be encountered this fall.  Sessions are available for students enrolled in the following courses for the 2019-2020 academic year:

August 12-16, 8:30-11:30 am: Geometry/Honors Geometry

August 12-16, 12:30-3:30 pm: Algebra II/Honors Algebra II

August 12-16, 8:30-11:30 am: Pre-Calculus/Honors Pre-Calculus

August 12-16, 12:30-3:30 pm: Calculus


The cost of each camp is $130, which includes 15 contact hours of instruction led by current Northwest faculty.  Partial fee waivers are available, based on income. Registration details are available by clicking on “Summer Academic Preparatory Camps” in the “News” section of the Northwest website ( For additional information, please contact Ms. Debbie Wilson, math department chairperson, at


Summer Preparatory Camps for AP English Language, AP Science & AP Social Studies: Registration Deadline is Tomorrow!

We are also offering summer preparatory camps for selected Advanced Placement (AP) courses. If your student is enrolled in AP English Language and Composition, any AP social studies course, or any AP science course for the upcoming year, these three-day workshops would be very beneficial.  They are designed to introduce students to the fundamental skills necessary for success in AP courses.  Sessions are available according to the following schedule:


AP English Language and Composition

Session 1: June 25-27, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session 2: August 13-15, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


AP Social Studies Courses

Session 1: June 18-20, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session 2: August 21-23, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


AP Science Courses

Session 1: August 5-7, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


The cost of each workshop is $90, which includes 12 contact hours of instruction led by current Northwest faculty.  Partial fee waivers are available, based on income. The registration deadline is tomorrow, Monday, June 10, and registration details are available by clicking on “Summer Academic Preparatory Camps” in the “News” section of the Northwest website ( For additional information about any of the AP summer preparatory camps, please contact the respective department chairperson listed below for more information:

English: Ms. Christie Ground (

Science: Ms. Emily Keller (

Social Studies: Ms. Caitlin Derenberger (


Korean Classes Available at Northwest This Fall: Registration Deadline is Tomorrow!

Northwest High School is very excited to be partnering with Montgomery College again to offer Korean classes at Northwest this fall, from 12:50 pm to 2:20 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Elementary Korean I will be offered during the first semester, and Elementary Korean II will be offered during the second semester.  No prior knowledge of Korean is required. 


If students successfully complete both semesters, they will earn 2 high school world language credits and 6 college credits than can be used toward a Montgomery College degree or transferred within the University System of Maryland (as well as many other colleges and universities).  The cost of each semester is approximately $399 plus the cost of the textbook, but financial assistance is available for qualifying students.  If your student is interested in this opportunity, please contact his or her counselor no later than tomorrow, Monday, June 10. 


Final Transcripts for Seniors

If seniors need a final transcript sent to the college or university they will be attending, they should submit a Final Transcript Request Form to the counseling office before school, during lunch, or after school, prior to the end of the school year.  Final Transcript Request Forms are available in the counseling office or by clicking on “Counseling” at the top of the Northwest website (  There is no charge for this transcript.  Final transcripts will be sent as soon as they become available in mid-July. 


“Councilmember for a Day” Challenge

Councilmember Craig Rice, a Northwest parent, will host one Montgomery County high school student this fall as an honorary Councilmember for a Day.  To enter the selection process, students must submit a video or essay by 5:00 pm this Friday, June 14.  The winner will also receive a $500 prize.  For more details, please visit


Summer Workshops Sponsored by the College & Career Information Center

Summer workshops for students and parents are being offered at Northwest High School and Clarksburg High School to prepare our students for college and careers!  Topics include college and career prep, financial aid basics and the FAFSA, finding the best fit for college or careers, tips for finding scholarships, navigating Naviance, and more.  The workshops are free, but registration is required.  Northwest students should register using their Naviance accounts.  Please note that space is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more details, please visit


PTSA Brick Tile Fundraiser

The PTSA is continuing to build the Jag Legacy Wall by selling personalized, engraved brick tiles that will permanently set on the wall near the Northwest Auditorium.  These tiles make great graduation gifts, can celebrate a team or club accomplishment, or can honor a committed staff member or volunteer.  The tiles will be installed this summer.  For more details, and to order, please visit


Senior Pictures for the Class of 2020

Senior pictures for the Class of 2020 will be taken Tuesday, July 23, through Friday, July 26, in the auxiliary gym.  Our photography company, Victor O’Neill Studios, will mail a postcard to every senior in early July with a specific date and time.  If a senior is out of town or not available, there will be make-up opportunities August 8-9 and October 23-25.


New Student Orientation: Thursday, August 29

Our fall 2019 new student orientation program is scheduled for Thursday, August 29, from 7:45 am to 11:30 am.  All incoming 9th grade students and new-to-Northwest 10th, 11th and 12th grade students are invited to attend.  More details will be shared over the summer!


Back-to-School Night: Thursday, September 5

For parents of current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students, please note that the 2019 Northwest Back-to-School Night is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, September 5.  More details will be shared over the summer, but please make sure this date is on your calendar!


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 3, 2019, for the start of the 2019-2020 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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