Sunday Evening Message: May 2, 2021

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


Schedule for This Week: Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7

This week in-person learning will occur for students in grades 9 and 11 who selected a partial in-person learning experience.  All other students should plan to attend their classes virtually from home.  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. 


Staff Appreciation Week: Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7

This week we are celebrating Staff Appreciation Week, a time to recognize the 260 teachers and other staff members who work at our school and make it such a special place for our students to learn and grow.  As a result, I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank our teachers, building service team members, cafeteria staff, paraeducators, counselors, counseling office staff, security team members, media center staff, main office staff, business office staff, health room staff and assistant principals.  I encourage students and parents to send notes of appreciation to individual staff members this week using the online form in the “News” section of the Northwest website: Staff Appreciation Notes.


Spring MAP-R Testing for Grade 9: Tuesday, May 4, and Friday, May 7

All 9th grade students will take the Measures of Academic Progress – Reading (MAP-R) Assessment during the student support period (from 1:20 pm to 2:30 pm) this Tuesday, May 4, and Friday, May 7.  Students will remain in their period 8 classes for the assessment.  For an overview of how the MAP assessment works, what it measures, and answers to common questions, please visit the resources for families on the test developer’s website (MAP Testing Resources for Families). 


PTSA Fundraiser at Paisano’s Pizza in Germantown: Thursday, May 6

Our PTSA is sponsoring a fundraiser at Paisano’s Pizza in Germantown (18313 Leaman Farm Road) this Thursday, May 6, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.  In order for the PTSA to receive a portion of the proceeds, you must mention Northwest to the cashier or type Northwest HS Fundraiser in the “Notes” section when ordering online.


Applications for Northwest Ambassadors Due Friday, May 7

Students interested in applying to be a Northwest Ambassador for the 2021-2022 school year are asked to complete the application in the “News” section of the Northwest website by this Friday, May 7.  The Northwest Ambassadors is an organization that helps support the school and the surrounding school community through volunteer service.  If you have any questions, please contact one of the sponsors, Ms. Tara Erichson ( or Ms. Colby Nagl ( 


MCPS Central High School Summer Program: Registration Opens Monday, May 3

The 2021 MCPS Central High School Summer Program (CHSSP) has a range of course offerings, including core courses, ESOL, career and technology education, health education, world languages, and fine arts. Students can take a course for grade replacement, grade improvement, or in some instances, original credit.  The program consists of two three-week sessions, beginning Monday, June 28, and Monday, July 19.  The program will feature a blended instructional model, combining required, synchronous virtual meetings and a robust, asynchronous experience. Students will attend mandatory synchronous virtual instructional sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  All courses are free.  Registration must be completed through  ParentVUE, and parents can register their students beginning tomorrow, Monday, May 3, at 3:00 pm.  For more information, please visit the MCPS Central High School Summer Program website.  Northwest High School will also be offering a limited number of non-credit summer opportunities during the month of July.  More details about these opportunities will be shared later this month. 


COVID-19 Testing at Northwest High School Beginning in Early May

One of the ways that MCPS is working to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in schools is through weekly COVID-19 testing to identify cases where a student or staff member may not be showing symptoms. Each testing swab will be placed in a common tube for a group and sent off to a central testing laboratory. The test detects whether the virus that causes COVID-19 is present in that pooled sample, and we will receive results within 2-3 days. Weekly testing is expected to begin at Northwest High School within the next two weeks.  In order for your student to participate, a parent or guardian must sign a consent form for any student under 18 years of age.  Many students participating in in-person learning already submitted signed consent forms in April.  However, if that did not occur, you can also download and sign the consent form and then send a scanned copy to Ms. Patty Hsieh, administrative assistant, at  If you do not complete the consent form, your child will not be able to participate in testing.  For more information about in-school COVID-19 testing, please visit the MCPS website.   


Senior Celebration: Saturday, May 22

Our first-ever Senior Celebration, sponsored by our PTSA, Booster Club and SGA, will occur on Saturday, May 22, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm in the Northwest stadium.  (The rain date is Wednesday, May 26, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.)  There will be music, games, pictures, prizes, and more, and only Northwest seniors are invited to this free event.  Students are permitted to come at any point during the evening, but they will not be allowed to re-enter after they leave.  In accordance with the health and safety guidelines in effect in Montgomery County, masks will be required at all times, and all attendees must maintain 6 feet of distance from others.  If your student is interested in attending, please complete the registration form in the “News” section of the Northwest website no later than Wednesday, May 12.  An MCPS log-in is required to access the form.


Virtual Workforce Readiness Conference for Juniors and Seniors: Thursday, May 13

The “Get Ready, Get Set” Virtual Workforce Readiness Conference for juniors and seniors, co-sponsored by MCPS, Montgomery College, and WorkSource Montgomery, has been scheduled for Thursday, May 13, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.  (Please note that Thursday, May 13, is a student holiday, so there are no classes.)  Although the event is focused on high school seniors who are considering and/or planning to enter a trade program or the workforce upon graduation, juniors are welcome to attend as well.  There are also workshops available for parents at 12:00 noon.  For more information, and to register, please visit the Virtual Workforce Readiness Conference website.  The deadline to register is Monday, May 10.   


Graduation Survey: Deadline to Complete is Friday, May 14

Our 2021 graduation ceremony is scheduled to occur in the Northwest stadium on Wednesday, June 9, at 9:00 am.  If there is inclement weather, the rain dates/times are Wednesday, June 9, at 6:00 pm, and Thursday, June 10, at 9:00 am.  The Montgomery County Council approved a waiver request from MCPS to allow each senior to have two guests at the ceremony.  In order to help us plan for the graduation ceremony, all seniors are asked to complete a graduation survey in the “News” section of the Northwest website no later than Friday, May 14.  On the survey, seniors will be asked to indicate whether or not they plan to participate in the graduation ceremony and the correct pronunciation of their name.  For seniors who choose to participate in the graduation ceremony, they will also be asked to provide the names of their two guests.  An MCPS log-in is required to access the survey, and it may only be submitted one time.


Virtual Junior Parent Meeting on Navigating the College Application Process: Wednesday, May 19

Our counseling department will be hosting a virtual junior parent meeting on Wednesday, May 19, at 7:00 pm via Zoom webinar.  During the meeting, our counselors will provide information and answer frequently asked questions about the college and postsecondary planning process.  Specifically, counselors will review application timelines, how to begin the college search, how to utilize Naviance and other resources, and much more!  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.  


Naviance Senior Survey: Deadline to Complete is Friday, May 21

MCPS asks all seniors to complete a Naviance Senior Survey that includes questions about post-secondary plans and scholarship information.  Only school-wide data from the survey are reported; no information is reported individually by student.  The survey is available to students and parents to complete in the Naviance student account, and instructions will be posted as an assignment in all senior English classes.  The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 21. 


MCCPTA Positions for the 2021-22 School Year

The Montgomery County Council of PTAs is seeking candidates to serve on its board for the 2021-22 school year, including an area vice-president and two Northwest cluster coordinators.  If you are interested, please contact Ms. Kristen Carter (, Seneca Valley Cluster Coordinator and MCCPTA Nominating Committee Member, for more information. Candidate names must be submitted to MCCPTA by Wednesday, May 5.


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  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!