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


No School on Monday, September 30, and Early Release Day on Friday, October 4

Please remember that there is no school for students tomorrow, Monday, September 30.  In addition, this Friday, October 4, is 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.


New School Resource Officer

Officer Wesley Allen has been our school resource officer for the past three years.  I am very sad to share that he will be transitioning to a different position in the Montgomery County Police Department over the next couple of weeks.  I am very grateful to Officer Allen for everything he has done for our school, as he has consistently gone “above and beyond” in every way.  He has built positive relationships with students, staff, parents, and community members, and he will be deeply missed. Our new school resource officer will be Officer Brannon Jones.  Officer Jones currently works patrol for the Montgomery County Police Department and has previous teaching experience.  He is very excited about joining the Northwest community!  I will be sharing all of this information with our students during our JAG-TV morning announcements on Tuesday.


Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Cards for Free Rides on Ride On Buses

Effective July 1, 2019, all Montgomery County youth ages 18 and under ride free all the time on Ride On buses.  Students can use their school IDs through tomorrow, Monday, September 30, to take advantage of this free service.  However, beginning this Tuesday, October 1, all student riders must use the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card for free rides, and we are pleased to offer these cards at Northwest.  To obtain a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card, your student can stop by the business office in room 322 before school, during lunch or after school to fill out a brief application. 


Drama Club Parent Meeting: Tuesday, October 1

All parents of students participating in the fall drama club performance of “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” are encouraged to attend a parent meeting this Tuesday, October 1, at 6:30 pm in room 250.  At the meeting, parents and guardians will learn what they can expect in preparation for the upcoming show and ways that they can support the success of the show.  All parents and guardians of the cast, dancers, and crew are encouraged to attend.


Cinderella’s Closet Dress Sale: Thursday, October 3

Does your child need a dress for Homecoming and you don’t want to spend lots of money? The Cinderella's Closet Dress Sale, sponsored by the Ambassadors, will be held this Thursday, October 3, from 2:45 pm to 5:00 pm in the gym lobby.  There are hundreds of dresses to choose from, and all dresses will be sold for $20 or less!


NEW TIME: Financial Aid Seminar Begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 3

Northwest will host a seminar on financial aid for post-secondary pursuits this Thursday, October 3, at 6:00 pm in the auditorium.  Please note that our presenter had to adjust the time, so this is earlier than originally announced.  The target audience is graduating seniors and their families, but all are welcome to attend.  Topics will include an explanation of financial aid, the cost of attendance, expected family contribution, types and sources of financial aid, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.  The seminar is free, and no registration is required to attend.  


9th Grade Parent Meeting: Monday, October 7

There will be a 9th grade parent meeting on Monday, October 7, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide parents all of the information they need regarding what to expect during the first year of high school.  All 9th grade parents are strongly encouraged to attend!


Northwest High School Preview Night: Wednesday, October 2

Northwest High School cordially invites all families of elementary and middle school students in the community to attend the annual Northwest Preview Night this Wednesday, October 2, at 7:00 pm in the Northwest High School Auditorium to learn more about the outstanding academic programs and extracurricular opportunities available to students at Northwest.  Among other things, the evening will feature performances by student organizations, and student speakers will share their experiences in the Ulysses Signature Program and Middle College Program.  This event is open to all families of future Northwest students, not just 8th graders!


SGA Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 12

Our annual Homecoming Dance, sponsored by SGA, is Saturday evening, October 12, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm in the gym.  Tickets are $20 per person and will be sold in the stadium ticket booth during lunch beginning Monday, October 7.  If your student wishes to bring a date who does not attend Northwest High School, there is a form available in the main office that must be completed and signed by the other student’s principal prior to purchasing a ticket for that individual (Homecoming Guest Form).  Also, please note that all financial obligations must be cleared before a student will be allowed to purchase a ticket.


PSAT Day: Wednesday, October 16

Our annual PSAT Day is Wednesday, October 16.  There will be special activities for each grade level in the morning, and it is essential that all students arrive at school on time. 

  • All students in grade 9 will be taking the PSAT 8/9, and the cost is $12.00.  Parents can pay online (Online Payments), or students can bring cash or check to the counseling lobby during lunch between Monday, October 7, and Tuesday, October 15.  Checks should be made payable to Northwest High School.
  • All students in grade 10 will be taking the PSAT, and the cost is covered by MCPS. 
  • All students in grade 11 will be taking the PSAT, and the cost is $17.00.  Parents can pay online (Online Payments), or students can bring cash or check to the counseling lobby during lunch between Monday, October 7, and Tuesday, October 15.  Checks should be made payable to Northwest High School.  When students take the PSAT in grade 11, it can qualify them for scholarship opportunities. 
  • All students in grade 12 will participate in important senior activities, including the annual senior panoramic photograph.

For more details about the PSAT, please click on “PSAT Day” in the “News” section of the Northwest website (PSAT Information).


Open House: Monday, October 14

Our annual Open House is Monday, October 14, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, and you are invited to stop by for whatever amount of time your schedule allows, from a few minutes to the entire morning.  You may park in the parking lot in front of the school beginning at 7:45 am.   All Open House visitors are required to sign-in at the main office before visiting any classes, and please make sure to bring a driver’s license or government-issued photo ID when you come.  Please also note that Open House is for parents only; we are unable to accommodate children who do not attend Northwest. 


Northwest College Fair: Wednesday, October 16

Our third annual Northwest College Fair is Wednesday, October 16, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the gym.  This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to talk directly with college representatives.  It is designed primarily for juniors and seniors and their parents, but it is open to all Northwest families.


Learner’s Permit Test at Northwest HS: Tuesday, October 15 (Date Change)

Northwest is partnering with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) to offer the learner’s permit test at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, October 15, in room 100 at Northwest High School.  Interested students must be at least 15 years and 9 months by October 15.  Permission forms may be picked up in the main office and must be returned to the main office no later than Friday, October 11.  If students pass the test, they will have to travel to an MVA office at a future date to obtain an actual learner’s permit.  However, we offer this service at Northwest approximately once each month to make it more convenient for students to take the test in a familiar environment.  (The next opportunity will be Tuesday, November 5.)  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Barbara Veirs in the Northwest High School Main Office at (301) 601-4660.


Northwest PTSA & Booster Club Membership

All families are encouraged to join the Northwest Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) and the Northwest Booster Club.  The PTSA advocates for the school and community at the local, county, state and national levels; organizes the After Prom Party and staff appreciation events; provides student scholarships and staff grants; and supports school enhancements.  The Northwest Booster Club supports all student extracurricular activities, including academic programs, the arts, and athletics; and works collaboratively with the school to enable our students to have the highest quality programs, equipment and supplies.  For more information about these organizations, and to join, please visit


Order Your Yearbook

You can preorder your yearbook at, or from Ms. Ellis in room 122. This is the only way to ensure you will have one when the books arrive in May. The current cost is $75 through November 8.


George B. Thomas, Sr., Learning Academy Saturday School

The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy Saturday School is a low-cost tutoring and mentoring program that provides a sixth day of learning and helps MCPS students enhance their mastery of core academic subjects.  Students who are in need of additional academic support can attend sessions at one of 12 locations across Montgomery County, including Northwest High School. Registration is $40 for students who receive Free or Reduced-price Meals (FARMS) and $85 for students who do not. Please visit for more information.


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, and have a great evening!

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