Sunday Evening Message: April 4, 2021

Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message.  I hope that everyone had a relaxing spring break! 

 

Schedule for This Week: Monday, April 5 – Friday, April 9

Tomorrow, Monday, April 5, is a holiday.  We will have regular “A” days on Wednesday and Thursday, and regular “B” days on Tuesday and Friday.  Beginning this week, afternoon classes will start 10 minutes earlier.  Periods 3 and 8 will now begin at 12:20 pm, and period 4 will now begin at 1:30 pm.  In addition, advisory will now occur on selected Tuesdays after period 8.  For the complete schedule for this week, please select “Daily Student Schedule Information” in the “News” section of the Northwest website.

 

National Assistant Principals’ Week: Monday, April 5 – Friday, April 9

This week is National Assistant Principals’ Week, so I want to take a moment to thank Ms. Abdelsalam, Mr. Ascienzo, Ms. Morales, Mr. Nutter, Mr. Pegues, and Ms. Singleton for everything they do.  I am very grateful!

 

First Day of In-Person Learning for Students in Grade 12: Thursday, April 8

For students in grade 12 who selected a partial in-person learning experience for the remainder of the school year, the first day of in-person learning will be this Thursday, April 8.  School buses will run on their regular routes.  However, if students have another method of transportation, they may choose to arrive at school in time for their first class at 9:00 am each day.  Students who drive should park in the lower parking lot; no parking passes are needed.  A virtual orientation was held prior to Spring Break, and the recording is available in the “News” section of the Northwest website.  In addition, an in-person orientation will occur during 1st period on Thursday.

 

Virtual Spring Musical: Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10

The students in our drama program have worked very hard to produce our virtual spring musical, The Moment.  The production is only available this Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, via the link that will be posted in the “News” section of the Northwest website.  The cost to view the show is $15 per device.  You don’t want to miss it!

 

Travel Over Spring Break

In accordance with guidelines from the Maryland Department of Health, students who traveled over spring break outside of Maryland and its adjacent jurisdictions (Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, D.C.) should take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of returning and self-quarantine while awaiting results.  For more information, please review the MCPS Community Update on Travel Recommendations from March 8.

 

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines for Seniors

Senior parents and students are encouraged to regularly check our Scholarships and Financial Aid website by selecting “College Career” at the top of the Northwest website and then “Scholarships and Financial Aid” on the left side.  Some upcoming scholarship opportunities include:

 

Spectators at Sporting Events

Beginning this week, two parents/guardians/guests of each student-athlete may attend home and away contests.  All spectators are required to wear masks, and spectators under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  (Each individual counts as one spectator, so one child may accompany one adult.)  Student-athletes will be required to submit in advance the names of their two spectators.  Please note that all sporting events that occur in stadiums will continue to be streamed live through the NFHS Network.  Subscriptions cost $10.99 per month or $69.99 per year. 

 

Spring Sports Registration Closes Wednesday, April 14

Spring sports are scheduled to begin in MCPS on Saturday, April 17, and registration closes Wednesday, April 14.  To register your child, please visit the ParentVue Portal and select “Online Registration” at the top.  For more details about registration for spring sports, please visit www.northwestathletics.org.  Please note that physicals must be uploaded by the parent during the registration process and cannot be uploaded afterward.  If you have questions about spring sports, please contact our athletics specialist, Mr. Jason Campbell, at jason_b_campbell@mcpsmd.org

 

Paying for AP Exams: Deadline is Thursday, April 15

Each AP course includes a standardized national AP exam at the end of the school year.  While taking AP exams this year is optional for all students, it is excellent preparation for large cumulative assessments in college, and students can earn college credit and/or advanced standing in college based on their performance.  It is important to note that the majority of the AP exams this year will be taken by students online at home; details will be shared with students later this month.  If you would like to pay for your student to take AP exams in any of the AP classes for which he or she is enrolled, please select “AP Exam Payment”  under “Quick Links” on the left side of the Northwest website no later than Thursday, April 15.  The cost of each exam is $95.  Fee reductions are available for students who qualify, and we are committed to ensuring that the cost does not prevent students from being able to take the exams. If you would like to discuss fee reduction options, or have questions, please contact one of our AP exam coordinators, Ms. Amy Mason (amy_m_mason@mcpsmd.org) or Ms. Autumn Myers (autumn_k_myers@mcpsmd.org). 

 

SAT School Day for Juniors: Tuesday, April 13

Northwest High School will be offering the SAT (without the essay) free of charge next Tuesday, April 13, to juniors who signed up to participate.  Participating juniors should plan to arrive at school no later than 7:45 am next Tuesday, and bring a calculator that complies with the College Board SAT Calculator Policy.  School buses will run on their regular routes, and students who drive should park in the lower parking lot.  Students will be permitted to leave after testing concludes at approximately 12:30 pm.  For students who plan to take a school bus home, they will be able to wait in the cafeteria or media center.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Nikki Morales, assistant principal, at nyurka_i_morales@mcpsmd.org

 

Virtual Meeting for Parents of Students Participating in Spring Sports: Tuesday, April 13

If your child is planning to participate in spring sports, there will be a virtual information meeting for parents next Tuesday, April 13, at 7:00 pm.  The link to access the meeting will be posted in the “News” section of the Northwest website one hour prior to the start of the meeting, and the meeting will also be recorded and posted in the “News” section of the Northwest website afterward.  If you have questions about the meeting, please contact our athletics specialist, Mr. Jason Campbell, at jason_b_campbell@mcpsmd.org

 

First Day of In-Person Learning for Students in Grades 9 and 11: Monday, April 19

For students in grades 9 and 11 who selected a partial in-person learning experience for the remainder of the school year, the first day of in-person learning will be Monday, April 19.  Parents of the students will receive more information via e-mail during the week of April 12.  Virtual orientation for grade 9 students will occur next Thursday, April 15, at 2:45 pm.  Virtual orientation for grade 11 students will occur next Monday, April 12, at 2:45 pm.  Students will receive the links for the virtual orientations from their 4th period teachers, and recordings of both orientation sessions will be posted in the “News” section of the Northwest website afterward.  In addition, an in-person orientation will occur during 1st period on Monday, April 19, and school tours will be offered to all 9th graders and new students.

 

First Day of In-Person Learning for Students in Grade 10: Monday, April 26

For students in grade 10 who selected a partial in-person learning experience for the remainder of the school year, the first day of in-person learning will be Monday, April 26.  Parents of the students will receive more information via e-mail during the week of April 19.  Virtual orientation for grade 10 students will occur on Thursday, April 22, at 2:45 pm.  Students will receive the link for the virtual orientation from their 4th period teachers, and a recording of the orientation session will be posted in the “News” section of the Northwest website afterward.   In addition, an in-person orientation will occur during 1st period on Monday, April 26.

 

Ordering Yearbooks

It’s not too late to order your yearbook, so that you have a copy reserved when the yearbooks arrive in early June!  The cost is $55, and you can order online at www.yearbookforever.com.  Please note that the quantity available for purchase is limited, so you are encouraged to order soon!

 

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!