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									                                Northwest High School PTSA
                                               WEEKLY UPDATE
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This Week
 Nov 10               Tue                 6:30 pm           Ambassador Students Meeting
 Nov 11               Wed                 7:00 pm           After Prom Meeting (Media Center)
                                          5:30 pm           Silent Auction (doors open)
                                          6:30 pm           Dinner Served
 Nov 12               Thu                 7:15 pm           Silent Auction
 Nov 14               Sat                                   Winter Sports Begin

Next Week
 Nov 17               Tue                 7:00 pm           PTSA Meeting (Auditorium)

 Nov 18               Wed             6:30 to 8:30 pm       Financial Aid Workshop (Auditorium)

 Nov 19               Thu                 7:00 pm           Fall Sports Awards Night (Auditorium)

 Nov 20                   Fri         6:00 to 9:00 pm       Video Game Tournament (Cafeteria)

 Nov 21               Sat                 4:30 pm           Cheerleading Competition (Blair HS)

After Prom
After Prom is Looking for You!
We invite you to join us as we invest in our youth. The alcohol-free and drug-free post-prom and post-
graduation all-night celebrations are truly a gift - a gift of life and for the preservation of our future. The
success of this celebration is the result of the efforts of parents and volunteers, the support of our school.
Whether you are a new 9th grade parent looking for your niche somewhere in the school or a senior
parent wanting to make sure the students have the best time, we want you to come out and join in the

Last year’s committee chairs were almost all seniors so we are looking to rebuild. If you can spare a few
hours the night of, or want be on the steering committee, we want you. We have many open positions
and if you are or know of someone who loves a good party, or just have questions, please send an e-mail

Help wanted:

Decorations Chair / Co-Chair
Prize Chair / Co-Chair

Susan Austin, Chair
After Prom Committee

Bonus Bucks and e-Scrip
Parents, please remember to register for the Giant A-Plus Bonus Bucks program or
Safeway e-Scrip program. You must re-register each year for the Giant Bonus Bucks
program. Do to so, visit:

Giant (Northwest ID: 03647)

Safeway (Northwest ID: 6666573)

Boosters News
Silent Auction
The Silent Auction will be held on Thursday, November 12. Cut out of work early and start
the night at Glory Days Grill. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. There will be drink
appetizers....door prizes. The Silent Auction and dollar raffles begin at 5:30p.m. in the NWHS
Gymnasium. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. by Outback Steakhouse. The Live Auction
begins at 7:15 p.m.

Great Prizes include signed Sports Memorabilia, Hotel Packages, Dinners Out, a personal Chef,
Golf Packages, Local Stacation Deals etc.

We hope you can join us. Tickets only $15.00 each … purchase more than 3 and the rest are
$10.00 each! To purchase tickets, visits the Boosters Website: If you
cannot join us, you can still make a bid, see the website for more details!!
College and Career Information
Rochelle Davis, College/Career Information Coordinator
Northwest High School
(301) 601-4635

College Application – the Common Application
Seniors applying to colleges using the online Common Application should know that hard copies
of the Common Application are available in the College/Career Information Center or online at

College Visits at Northwest and College Fairs

       Fairs: Students still wishing to participate in the National Hispanic College Fair field trip
       on November 10 should have their permission forms returned by Wednesday,
       November 4 (extended deadline). There is still room on the bus. If participation is low,
       buses may be cancelled. Please visit the College/Career Information Center on Tuesday,
       November 3 to pick up your permission form. The field trip will be to the Universities at
       Shady Grove. A list of participating colleges is available in the College/Career
       Information Center.

Financial Aid Workshop
Please mark your calendars for the November 18 Financial Aid Workshop. An expert from the
Maryland Higher Education Commission will be available to walk parents and students through
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the financial aid process in general.
The workshop will begin at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium.

On-Site Admissions at NWHS

       Virginia State University
       Date: Thursday, November 12
       Time: 9:00 am

       There will be a short general admissions information session beginning at 9. Students
       interested in on-site admissions will be interviewed after the general information
       session. Students interested in the general admission visit will sign up following the
       high school visit protocol: Visit the College/Career Information Center to sign the High
       School Visit Roster and receive your pass. Students interested in the on-site interview
       MUST complete the Student Interest Form and return it to the College/Career
       Information Center by Monday, November 9.

       On-Site Admissions Applicant Criteria:
       - Cumulative GPA of 2.2
       - SAT, critical reading and math combined score of 800 or ACT of 17
       - Application fees waived
       - No recommendation required
       - No essay required
       - Completed application (online or paper copy). If completing your application online,
       you must bring a copy with you to the interview.

       This is a phenomenal opportunity to receive an admission decision and/or feedback from
       an admission counselor who would love to have you on their campus. Please remember
       to sign up for the general admissions visit and/or return the Student Interest Form to
       interview no later than Monday, November 9.

Trinity University On-Site Admissions
       November 19 at Wheaton HS, from 6 to 9 pm. Interested students must complete the
       Student Interest Form (visit the College and Career Information Center) and return it by
       no later than Monday, November 16. No SAT or ACT scores are needed for on-site
       admissions review. Research Trinity and see if it may be a good fit for you

Scholarship Applications/Information:
The Violet Richardson Award is seeking applications from young ladies between the ages of
14 and 17 who have gone above and beyond the required community service hours. Visit the
College/Career Center for your application. The deadline to apply is December 1.
New scholarships are listed on the JAG Scholarship Bulletin. They include a new ACT Poster
Contest, Gates Millennium, KFC Scholars & Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Watch your
scholarship deadlines!


The Northwest High School Directories are in and you can still purchase one. The cost is
$5 (payable to “Northwest High School”). Bring a check to Ms. Shapiro in Room 206 at
lunch on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Quantities are limited.

If you ordered a Directory, but have not received it yet, ask your child to visit Ms.
Shapiro on the days listed above to pick yours up.

Lisa Shapiro
Room 206

Financial Aid Workshop
What You Need to Know About Financial Aid

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Auditorium
Program Topics:
       What is financial aid?
       The Cost of Attendance
       The Expected Family Contribution
       What is financial need?
       Understanding the categories, types, and sources of financial need
       Understanding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
       What are the exceptions to the rules of determining financial aid

Presented by:
Melissa Gregory, Director
Office of Financial Aid
Montgomery College
(240) 567-5100

Maryland Higher Education Commission
Office of Student Financial Assistance
(410) 260-4565

Event Coordinator:
Rochelle Davis

Food Drive
The Northwest High School PTSA and Northwest Key Club will co-sponsor a food drive from
October 30 to November 20, 2009 to benefit Germantown HELP, Gaithersburg HELP and
Manna Foods. Our goal is to reach 100% household participation with the food drive in order
to help stock these food pantries.

Students can donate non-perishable food items during school in their first period
classrooms (look for the boxes), at the Powder Puff football game on November 4th
or at the Northwest Idol competition on November 5th!

Please help to feed those in need by supporting the food drive. Contact Donna Rojas, PTSA
Outreach Committee Chair with questions at or Marlene Breeding, Key Club
sponsor at Marlene_S_Breeding@

Thank you for your generosity!

The Northwest High School PTSA
The Northwest High School Key Club

Freshman News (2013)
MaryAnn Turney
Angelica Agosto

Jag Line

Call the Jag Line for student event and activity information at (301) 601-4621.

Junior News (2011)

Brian Cody
Athena Cois

Keep Teens Safe Symposium
A symposium titled "Keeping Teens Safe So They Can Be Successful" will be held Nov. 18 at Col. Zadok
Magruder High School in Derwood. Agencies that help parents with teenagers will set up information
tables from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The presentation will begin at 7 o'clock.

An assistant state's attorney will discuss legal problems and a medical expert will discuss mental and
physical problems teens most frequently encounter. The director of prevention, education and training at
the Family Support Center will explain how to keep communication open with teens and how to respond
when a teen confides about a problem.

The symposium is sponsored by the Every 15 Minutes Committee of the Magruder High School PTSA.
Every 15 Minutes, which depicts the dangers of drinking and driving, will return in 2011. The off-year
focus is empowering teens to seek adult help when they or a friend is in harm's way, despite concerns of
betraying a friend, being the snitch or overcoming fear of retaliation.

For more information, contact Patty Winters at or 240-421-7166.

New NWHS Website
Have you seen the school’s new website? It’s dramatically new and improved and so
much easier to navigate! Check out the new look by visiting Thanks to Mr. Niper for leading the team on the site’s

Northwest Idol Competition
(November 6 Announcements)
Did you see Northwest Idol? Well if not you missed out on seeing the amazing Sasha
Fierce, Northwest’s Original Band Medow, and the new local rap artist, Profit. The
competition was so tight that there were three winners for the night.

Third place, sophomore Sara Alibakhshi
Second place, senior Michele Keyes
First place, freshman Katie Gerard

All the contestants were wonderful. Congratulations to all contestants and winners!

Poinsettia Sale – NW Instrumental Dept.
The Northwest High School Instrumental Music Department is pleased to announce the
4th Annual Poinsettia Sale! We are offering 10” pots with 5 plants in each pot and 20-
25 blooms in Red, White, Pink or Marble. A decorative pot cover and sleeve for traveling
protection will also be provided with each 10” pot purchased. These are beautiful
Poinsettias and may be purchased from a NWHS Instrumental Music Department
representative for $25.00 each.

We are also offering 24” Fraser Fir Wreaths for $24.00 each and 36” Fraser Fir Wreaths
for $36.00 each. Get order from on or see Mr. Rouse in the
band room. Please complete the form and mail to the address below. Enclose a check
payable to NWHS Music Department for the full amount of your order. Plants will be
delivered to NWHS on December 4th, 2009. The students will deliver your order to you.

Thank you in advance for your support in making this a success! Happy Holidays!!!
Please mail order forms and checks to: Julie Petersen 17806 Black Stallion Way
Germantown, MD 20874 Orders must be received no later than November 20th.Any
questions please email Julie

Powder Puff Football Game
Congratulations to the Juniors for winning this year’s Powder Puff game. Thanks to all
who participated – players and cheerleaders, Boosters and parents! The turn-out was

Practice SAT/Practice ACT Results
Students who sat for the Practice SAT or Practice ACT on October 14th can receive
results through TCA. See the attached flyer for more information. The flyer will explain
how to access their results in Triumph and how to use Triumph to maximize their
SAT/ACT Information

Boot Camp
This winter, we are offering an SAT prep course that's a little different: a four-day rigorous,
comprehensive SAT Boot Camp that prepares high school students for upcoming SATs and the college
application process. My colleague James Gao and I are recent graduates from Stanford and Yale who
both have extensive SAT private and group tutoring experience. We keep our classes small, with two
teachers working with no more than 12 students in each class, so that we can focus on the strengths and
weaknesses of each student and give plenty of individualized help. We go over countless practice
problems and practice tests to reinforce our instruction. In addition to four days of SAT prep, we give
detailed, personalized advice in one-on-one sessions on putting together a strong college application.

To find out more about SAT Boot Camp, please read below or visit our website


        December   27-30,   2009,   10am-1pm   @ Bethesda conference center
        December   27-30,   2009,   10am-1pm   @ Potomac Community Center
        December   27-30,   2009,   2pm-5pm    @ Bethesda conference center
        December   27-30,   2009,   2pm-5pm    @ Potomac Community Center

To learn more about SAT Boot Camp, please feel free to call or email us, or visit our website

Matt Baron
(240) 561-9622

LIFT Program at University of Maryland
LIFT's SAT Preparation 6-week course provides students with the study skills and strategies
necessary for success on the SAT. The course is offered on Saturdays, 9 am to 12:30 pm, three
times during the academic year and coincides with the official administration of the SAT.

Course Dates:
January 30 - March 6 (Official SAT administered on March 13)
April 24 - May 29 (Official SAT administered on June 5)

To learn more about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, register online, and view and send your
SAT scores, please visit the College Board website at Registration Cost

Aishah Briscoe, LIFT Coordinator
University of Maryland, Pre-College Programs
301-405-6785 |

Practice Tests Sponsored by the PTSA
The PTSA will sponsor three practice tests for students. Preregistration costs are $15
per test or $20 on the day of the test. The tests are administered at NWHS on the
following Saturdays. Forms for registration can be found on the Yahoo Group under
“Files” “Flyers and Notifications” or can be requested by e-mailing the test and date
you’re interested in registering for to

       January 30, 2010                ACT Practice Test
       February 20, 2010               SAT Practice Test

The results are shared an analyzed that the PTSA meeting following the test. All NWHS
PTSA meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month, usually in the media

Prep Sites Online

Find free online SAT preparatory questions and help at

Triumph College Admissions (TCA)
How to Find TCA OnlineTest Prep:
 • Go to the MCPS home page
•   Select the “Student” tab
•   Find and click on the button shown below and follow the directions to log in

Senior News (2010)
Fruit Sales – Class Fundraiser
Please help support the Class of 2010 from October 5 – November 25th. The top seller
will get 2 FREE PROM TICKETS! 2nd Place Seller will receive a FREE YEARBOOK! Orders
must be in before Thanksgiving Break. Please See Ms. Dorga in room 337 for more
details. Orders will arrive in time for the holidays.

Lunch – Off Campus
If you leave campus during lunch, you must meet the eligibility requirements and have
a sticker on your school ID. See Mrs. Roberton in room 322 before school or during
lunch to get your sticker put on your ID.

Class Sponsors
Ms. Berdett Coleman: | Room 308A
Ms. Stephanie Dorga: | Room 337

Sophomore News (2012)

Class Sponsors
Emily Keller:
Dina Link:

SSL Opportunities
After Prom Fundraisers
Volunteers are needed and SSL hours are available. Students and parents: gather your friends and come
out to support the After Prom fundraisers with these fun events. Contact Heather Reichardt, Volunteer
Coordinator as soon as possible Thank you for your support!

Miscellaneous Opportunities
Contact Tamela McCarthy-Redd in the Guidance office for more information about these opportunities.

        Babysitting at Thurgood Marshall ES in a group setting at PTA meetings. Several dates!!!

        Girls on the Run of Montgomery County 5K Fun Run: Contact Korin Wilson for more information or if you are able to help in the following areas:
                Shifts for Packet stuffing and t-shirt/bib pickup at Pacers Running Store, Silver Spring:
                         November 11 4pm-8pm
                         November 12 4pm-8pm
                         November 13 4pm-8pm
                         November 16 10am-2:30pm and 4pm-8pm
                         November 21 10am-2:30pm and 4pm-6pm
                Shifts for race day November 22, meet at Pacers Running Store, Silver Spring:
                         7:30am to 9:30am         Course Marshals - must be 18 years or older
                         7:30am to 9:00am         Registration and t-shirt/bib pickup
                         8:00am to 9:30am         Green Team/Sweepers
                         6:30am to 10:00am        Water Stop Set-up (on-course and finish)
                         8:00am to 10:30am        Finish line - hand out packets, finisher’s premium, water

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