Sunday Evening Message: January 10, 2021

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


Counselors Available to Talk to Students

There are no words strong enough to describe the horrors of what occurred at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and we know that our students are experiencing a range of emotions.  As a result, students had opportunities to share and reflect last week, and your student’s counselor is also available to talk to him or her via phone or Zoom.  As always, we want our students to know that we care about each of them and welcome the opportunity to discuss what is on their mind.  If your student would like to talk to his or her counselor, either you or the student can contact the counselor via e-mail to schedule a time (Counselor E-mail Addresses). 


Course Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year

We have started the course registration process for the 2021-2022 school year for current students in grades 9-11. This past week counselors visited virtual classrooms to share information about course offerings and outline the process for course registration using StudentVue.  Students and families are encouraged to review all of our registration resources by selecting "Courses/Registration" under “Quick Links” on the left side of the Northwest website. Counselors will be meeting with students one-on-one over the next few weeks to review course selections with students. If students have questions regarding registration, students may stop by the virtual office hours hosted by the counseling department this Wednesday between 10:00 am and 3:15 pm, or this Thursday between 2:45 pm and 3:15 pm.  The Zoom link is posted on the "Courses/Registration" page.


Virtual Advanced Placement Course and Elective Fair

Typically we have a fair during lunch where students can learn more about our many Advanced Placement and elective course offerings.  This year the teachers of our Advanced Placement and elective courses have prepared videos for students to learn more about courses they would like to take.  This Virtual Advanced Placement Course and Elective Fair is available in the “News” section of the Northwest website.  All students will have an opportunity to explore this resource more during advisory this week.


PTSA Fundraiser at Kentlands Panera: Monday, January 11

Our PTSA is sponsoring a fundraiser at Panera in the Kentlands tomorrow, Monday, January 11, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  In order for the PTSA to receive a portion of the proceeds, you must show this flyer or use the code PRFUND when ordering online or through the app.


Schedule for This Week: Monday, January 11 – Friday, January 15

This week we will have regular “A” days on Monday and Thursday.  We will have regular “B” days on Tuesday and Friday.  All classes will have optional student check-ins on Wednesday.  For the complete schedule for this week, please select “Daily Student Schedule Information” in the “News” section of the Northwest website (Daily Student Schedule Information). 


Ordering Yearbooks

You can now preorder your yearbook at The current cost is $55 through Sunday, January 31.


Personal Ads for Yearbook Due Friday, January 22

Personal ads are a way for parents to recognize their students in the yearbook.  All personal ads for the yearbook this year are due no later than Friday, January 22.  A variety of sizes is available, at different prices, and the ads can be purchased online at


Virtual Peer Tutoring Opportunities

Virtual peer tutoring, sponsored by various honor societies, is now available for students in computer science, French, math, science and social studies.  These peer tutoring opportunities are on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm, and a staff member is always present in the Zoom session.  For more information, please visit “Peer Tutoring Information” in the “News” section of the Northwest website (Virtual Peer Tutoring Information).


MCPS Bookmobile Program

The Northwest Media Center is excited to be participating in the MCPS Bookmobile Program!  Students can place books on hold from our Northwest Media Center Catalog, and then the books (along with some extra surprises) will be delivered to community locations.  Students may also drop off books to be returned to school.   For more information about placing books on hold, as well as the dates, times, and locations for the Bookmobile stops, please visit Northwest Bookmobile Information.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Autumn Myers, media specialist, at


Ordering Caps and Gowns

The fee for caps and gowns this year is $40, plus tax, through Thursday, April 15.  Seniors and their parents can pay online at


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!