Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message. I am sending it earlier than usual due to the Super Bowl this evening. 


Report Card Distribution: Thursday, February 8

All students will receive their 2nd marking period report cards this Thursday, February 8.


National School Counseling Week: February 5-9

This week is National School Counseling Week, so I want to extend a very special thank you to all of the staff members who work in our outstanding counseling department!  I also encourage students and parents to express their gratitude to the counseling department members this week.


11th Grade College/Career Readiness & Post-Secondary Planning: Wednesday, February 7

Attention parents of current juniors: This Wednesday, February 7, 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 this Wednesday, February 7, in the auditorium.


Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair: February, February 9

The 10th annual MCPS Historically Black Colleges & Universities College Fair is this Friday, February 9, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Einstein High School in Kensington.  The event is open for students in grades 8-12 and their parents.  For more information, please visit


Sophomore Class Chipotle Fundraiser: Tuesday, February 6

This Tuesday, February 6, the sophomore class is sponsoring a fundraiser at Chipotle in the Kentlands from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  All you have to do is mention Northwest to the cashier, and the sophomore class will receive a percentage of the sale!


AP Exam Registration: Deadline is Friday, February 16

Before Winter Break, all students registered for their AP exams through their respective AP courses.  Registration was completed online, and a parent/guardian will need to pay for the exams through the online payment system  (  Exams are $94 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 next Friday, February 16.  All students taking AP courses are expected to register for the corresponding AP exams.

For students who receive free or reduced-price meals, all AP Exam Fee Assistance Request Forms are due to the media center or Ms. Mason in room 122 by next Thursday, February 15. These forms must be submitted in order to complete registration.

If your student is enrolled in an AP course and you have not paid for AP exams and have not received a reminder e-mail about making a payment, your student may not have completed the AP exam registration process.

More information about registering for AP exams, including the AP Exam Fee Assistance Request Form, 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 at or Ms. Autumn Myers at


Student Drop-off in the Mornings

If you drive your student to school in the mornings, I would ask that you plan for extra time and leave your house 10 to 15 minutes earlier than usual so that students can be in 1st period on time.  The traffic back-ups on Richter Farm Road have been very long lately, as more parents drive students to school when it is cold outside. 


Saturday School Support for AP Science Classes

Ms. Ellen Polster, one of our AP science teachers, is offering AP science support on Saturday mornings through the George B. Thomas, Sr. Saturday School Program at Northwest High School.  This is designed for any student currently taking an AP science course.  The program is on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 11:00 am.  The cost is $70 for the entire semester, with a $40 reduced fee available if a student receives free or reduced-price meals.  To register, please visit, or simply come with your student to the Northwest auditorium next Saturday, February 10, at 8:30 am.


Parking Permits

All students who wish to park on campus this semester must have valid parking permits.  Parking permits cost $37.50 for the spring semester.  The parking permit application is available in the Northwest Business Office or by clicking here:  Please note that students are not allowed to park in the neighborhoods across the street from the school.


Spring Sports Registration

Spring sports tryouts start Thursday, March 1, and registration will be online as it was during the winter season.  For complete details, please visit   Parents must register their children by Tuesday, February 27, in order for them to be able to try out on Thursday, March 1.  If you have any questions about registering for spring sports tryouts, please contact Ms. Anne Rossiter, athletic director, at  Please note that some teams may require additional sport-specific forms, and these forms will not be available online.  Students should check with the respective coach to see if there are any additional required forms.


Northwest Free Store

Thank you to everyone who has donated items for the Free Store!  On a typical day, we have 3-10 students visit the store, and as the new semester begins, 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 composition books.  Trinkets are also always welcome to make shopping at the Free Store a fun experience for the students!  Donations can be dropped off in the main office and labeled “Free Store.”


Free SAT for All Juniors: Wednesday, March 7

As part of the Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budget, MCPS has allocated funding for students to take the SAT during the school day free of charge.  At Northwest, all 11th grade students will be automatically registered to take the SAT on Wednesday, March 7.  More details will be shared later this month about this excellent opportunity.


MCPS College Fair: Permission Slips Due Monday, March 5

On Tuesday, April 10, Northwest juniors are invited to participate in the Montgomery County Public Schools College Fair held at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  MCPS hosts this fair in partnership with the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Buses will depart from Northwest at 9:45 am and are expected to return by the end of lunch.  The cost for this field trip is $4.00.  Juniors can pick up registration information and permission forms in the College & Career Information Center or with their counselor.  Permission forms were also distributed to juniors as part of the course registration process.  Permission forms with $4.00 and the college fair admit pass must be returned to the College & Career Information Center no later than Monday, March 5, at lunch. The college fair admit pass and permission forms will be accepted as long as bus seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The fair will also be open for parents and students on the evening of Tuesday, April 10, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 


Supporting After Prom 2018

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 $20.18 for 2018 (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 Kim Summers at Thank you in advance for your support!


Mixed Bag Fundraiser for After Prom

You can also support our After Prom by purchasing items from the Mixed Bag After Prom Fundraiser!  Northwest receives 40% of every purchase to support After Prom, and there is something for everyone, including bags, storage solutions, gift wrap, kitchen items, and more!  Orders ship directly to you.  Please click here to support:   


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, and have a great evening!

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