Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message.  Please remember that there is no school for students this Wednesday, October 9. 


9th Grade Parent Meeting: Monday, October 7

There will be a 9th grade parent meeting tomorrow, 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!


Homecoming Week: Monday, October 7 – Friday, October 11

Homecoming is this week, and I want to thank our SGA leaders and sponsors for all of their hard work to prepare.  Students are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing school-appropriate attire aligned with the following daily themes:  Jersey Day on Monday, Twin Day on Tuesday, Disney Day on Thursday, and Class Colors Day on Friday.  Homecoming hallway decorating is this Thursday from 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm, the Homecoming pep rally is Friday during the school day, and the Homecoming football game is this Friday at 7:00 pm against Churchill.


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 each day this week (with the exception of Wednesday when schools are closed).  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 next 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).


Learner’s Permit Test at Northwest HS: Tuesday, October 15

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 this 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.


Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County: Requests Due by Tuesday, October 22

The Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County provides a Thanksgiving meal and December holiday assistance to families in need throughout our community. To request assistance, there is a form that must be completed and returned to the Northwest Counseling Office by Tuesday, October 22.  The form is available in the counseling office, and copies of the form will also be given to all students in their math classes this week.


Open House: Monday, October 14

Our annual Open House is next 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. 


PTSA/Booster Club Meeting: Tuesday, October 15

Our first joint meeting of the PTSA and Booster Club this year will be next Tuesday, October 15, at 7:00 pm in the media center.  All parents are invited to attend!  For more information about these organizations, and to join, please visit


Northwest College Fair: Wednesday, October 16

Our third annual Northwest College Fair is next 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, and there will also be breakout sessions on financial aid and ensuring a smooth transition to college.  This event is designed primarily for juniors and seniors and their parents, but it is open to all Northwest families. 


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.


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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