Sunday Evening Message: January 3, 2021

Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your first Sunday evening message of 2021.  Happy New Year!


Schedule for This Week: Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 8

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). 


“Culture of Respect” Online Training Module

MCPS has created an online “Culture of Respect” training module for all students to ensure they are equipped with the information needed to be able to recognize signs of bullying (including cyberbullying), harassment (including sexual harassment), hate-bias incidents, hazing and intimidation.  The training is approximately 30 minutes in length, and it includes the various ways to report alleged or concerning incidents and a student survey to assess the current culture and climate.  The training module is available to all students in myMCPS Classroom, and students will earn two SSL hours after they complete it.  At Northwest, all students will be provided time during advisory this Thursday, January 7, to complete this very important activity.  If you have questions about the training module, please contact your student’s counselor.


MCPS Bookmobile Program on Wednesdays in January

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 on Wednesdays in January.  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


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).


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


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!