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This Week
 Oct 12               Mon                                   Open House (Visit your child's classes)
                                        JV 5:00 pm
 Oct 12               Mon                V 7:00 pm          Boys Soccer Away at Kennedy
                                        JV 5:00 pm
 Oct 12               Mon                V 7:00 pm          Girls Soccer v. Kennedy
                                        JV 5:30 pm
 Oct 12               Mon                V 6:30 pm          Girls Volleyball v. Damascus
                                                            Golf: Kyle Division at Hampshire Greens (3rd and 4th Place
 Oct 13               Tue                3:00 PM            Teams 12 Players)
                                                            Golf: Kyle Division at Laytonsville Golf Course (5th and 6th
 Oct 13               Tue                3:00 PM            Place Teams 12 Players)
                                                            Golf: Kyle Division at Little Bennett Golf Course (7th and 8th
 Oct 13               Tue                3:00 PM            Place Teams 12 Players)
                                                            Golf: Kyle Division at Bretton Woods Golf Club (1st and 2nd
 Oct 13               Tue                3:30 PM            Place Teams 12 Players)
                                         V 3:30 pm
 Oct 13               Tue               JV 5:00 pm          Field Hockey Away at Damascus
                                                            PSAT - Grades 9, 10 (11 optional); Practice ACT / Accuplacer -
 Oct 14               Wed                                   Grade 12 *

 Oct 14               Wed                V 3:30 pm          Girls Volleyball v. B-CC
                                        JV 4:30 pm
 Oct 14               Wed                 7:00 pm           After Prom Committee Meeting (Media Center)
 Oct 15               Thu                5:30 PM            JV Football Away at Walter Johnson
                                        JV 5:30 pm
 Oct 15               Thu                V 7:00 pm          Field Hockey Away at Sherwood
 Oct 16                   Fri                               MSTA Convention No School
 Oct 16             Fri             6:30 PM         V Football Away at Walter Johnson
 Oct 17             Sat         8:00 to 12:00 pm    State Marching Band Competition at NWHS

 Next Week
                                   V 3:30 pm
 Oct 19            Mon             JV 5:00 pm       Field Hockey Home v. Wheaton
                                   V 3:30 pm
 Oct 19            Mon             JV 5:30 pm       Girls Soccer Away at Paint Branch
                                   JV 5:00 pm
 Oct 19            Mon             V 7:00 pm        Boys Soccer Home v. Paint Branch
                                   JV 5:30 pm
 Oct 20             Tue            V 6:30 pm        Girls Volleyball Away at Watkins Mill
                                    6:00 pm         PTSA Executive Committee Meeting
 Oct 20             Tue             7:00 pm         PTSA General Membership Meeting (Media Center)

 Oct 21            Wed              3:30 PM         V Field Hockey Away at Churchill

 Oct 22             Thu                             Underclass Pictures
                                   V 3:30 pm
 Oct 22             Thu            JV 4:30 pm       Girls Volleyball Home v. Quince Orchard
                                   JV 5:00 pm
 Oct 22             Thu            V 7:00 pm        Boys Soccer Away at Sherwood
                                   JV 5:00 pm
 Oct 22             Thu            V 7:00 pm        Girls Soccer Home v. Sherwood

 Oct 22             Thu             5:30 PM         JV Football Away at Wootton
 Oct 23             Fri             6:30 PM         V Football Away at Wootton

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:

After Prom Co-Chair
Activities Chair / Co-Chair
Decorations Chair / Co-Chair
Prize Chair / Co-Chair
Committee Members for all areas

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center.

Susan Austin, Chair
After Prom Committee

 Pasta Sale
 Support fundraising for the After Prom party
 by ordering some FUN FALL PASTA (many
 shapes available - Halloween, Terps, Fall
 Harvest)! After Prom receives a substantial
 portion of the proceeds. All orders are due
 to the NWHS office by Friday, Oct. 16.
 Print the order form at http://afterprom-

Athletic | Clubs | Tutoring Meetings

        Academy of Finance - there will be a meeting in room 100 at lunch on Monday. This is
        HSAs - Any students taking the HSAs in October should go to computer lab 301 during lunch
        to work on practice tests. Please check with Mrs. Roberton in 322 or in the lab at lunch.
        National Honor Society - Attention all seniors there will be a short application period
        for you to apply for membership in the National Honor Society. As of the end of the last school
        year, you must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or a weighted GPA of 4.0 in order to
        apply. If you believe that you qualify, pick up an application from Mrs. Ahearn in room 255.
        Completed applications will be due on October 9, 2009.
        Powder Puff - All Junior girls interested in playing in the Powder Puff game, please attend
        the meeting at lunch on Monday in room 113 in the PE hallway.

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

College Visits at Northwest
       St. John’s College visits on Monday, October 5 at 9:30 am
       The University of New England visits on Monday, October 5 at 11:45 am
       Virginia Commonwealth visits on October 6 at 11:45 am
       Wednesday October 7th:
              Hofstra at 8:00 am; Wilson College at 10:30; James Madison at 11:45; and
              West Virginia University at 1:30 pm
       Thursday, October 8:
              Randolph-Macon College at 9:30 am; Old Dominion University at 11:00
              am; St. Mary’s College of Maryland at 12:00 pm; and Washington
              University in St. Louis visits at 1:15 pm

Scholarship Applications/Information:
To those seniors applying for the UMBC Meyerhoff nominations, they are due to the
College/Career Information Center by October 8.
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.

Community Forums with the Board of Education
Speak Up at Community Forum Fall 2009

Parents, staff, students and community members are encouraged to testify at community
forums sponsored by the Board of Education.

Each person will have 3 minutes to speak on the following question: "During difficult economic
times, what priorities in the Montgomery County Public Schools strategic plan should we focus
on for the 2010-2011 school year to improve achievement for all students?"

Where and When:

Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. at John F. Kennedy High School

For more information, visit

Community Quarterback Awards
The National Football League and the Baltimore Ravens have teamed up to honor outstanding
Maryland volunteers for their commitment to local communities through the annual Community
Quarterback Awards. The nomination form is now available online at

Funded by NFL Charities, these awards recognize youth and adults who demonstrate leadership
and dedication in their volunteer efforts. Charitable organizations are invited to nominate their
notable volunteers for the 2009 program; individuals can also nominate themselves. Volunteers,
aged 13 and over, who provide exceptional services for nonprofit organizations are eligible for

Selected volunteers will be saluted on Nov. 22 at the Ravens vs. Colts game at M&T Bank
Stadium. Honorees will be awarded game tickets for themselves and a guest and a Ravens gift
bag, complete with apparel and autographed memorabilia. NFL Charities will award a grant to
each respective nonprofit organization, on behalf of the awardees.

Applications for the 2009 Community Quarterback Award can be completed online at For additional information, or to receive an
application by mail, please call the Baltimore Ravens’ community relations department at 410-
701-4154. All applications must be received by Oct. 23, 2009 for consideration.

The 2008 honorees included Lindsay Chetelat, Ocean City Maryland Chapter Surfrider
Organization, Reverend Jack Sharp, Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation and Polly
Winde Surhoff, Pathfinders for Autism.

Community Service Day – October 24th
Mark your calendar for Montgomery County’s 23rd Annual Community Service Day on Saturday,
October 24, 2009. Every year, thousands of people across the County participate in this
special day of giving back to help others – or your own school. We know PTAs are leaders in
volunteering. Thank you for leadership in helping to inspire school staff and parents to get
involved. Getting Community Service Day on the school calendar is the mission for which we
need your help! Many schools do Saturday beautification projects with entire families. Others
have done inside school service projects or volunteered with nonprofits during this forth
weekend in October.

This is an ideal way to help students get their SSL hours with your encouragement. A list of
organizations hosting collection drives of food, clothing and other items is also included. Find
out now about Volunteer Center resources on organizing self-directed service projects or
signing up with an existing project at Click on the
Community Service Day link. To hear about what other schools have done, get ideas and link
to resources, call the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s Reed Dewey at 240-777-2613 or
e-mail him at

Molly Callaway
Montgomery County Volunteer Center
Montgomery County Maryland
Offices of the County Executive
401 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
240.777.2607 (direct)

Congratulations to debate team captain Anna Mariani and team members Julie Shin and Sola
Jang for representing Northwest at the first debate tournament of the year. Special
congratulations go to Julie Shin who went undefeated for the night!

A hearty congratulations goes out to Northwest High School’s Randall Markush-Hallman for
being named one of the County’s semi-finalists among public and private school applicants.
Winners will be announced in the spring. Good luck and best wishes!

Freshman News (2013)

Jag Line

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

Junior News (2011)

Brian Cody
Athena Cois

Magnet and Consortia Programs and Meetings
Montgomery County Public Schools will host a series of information meetings for parents on
Down-County, Northeast and Middle School Magnet consortia choice programs and countywide
application programs. The evening meetings are scheduled throughout October and November
for parents of students in Grades 3, 5 and 8. Some of these programs are available to students
regardless of where they live in Montgomery County. Meetings are being held for:

       * Current Grade 3 parents interested in the Center Programs for the Highly Gifted.

       * Current Grade 5 parents interested in the Middle School Magnet Consortium
       (Loiderman, Parkland or Argyle middle schools) or parents interested in middle school
       magnet programs at Eastern, Takoma Park and Roberto Clemente Middle Schools.
       * Current Grade 8 parents interested in the Down-County or Northeast consortia, or
       other high school magnet programs at Montgomery Blair, Richard Montgomery and
       Poolesville High Schools.

For more information and a schedule of the upcoming meetings, call 301-592-2040, or visit the
Department of Enriched and Innovative Programs website at

My Favorite Teacher
The Gazette is asking for students grades K-12 to nominate their favorite teacher at through Friday, Oct. 16. We at The Gazette will then select the
finalists, and then we will post the finalists online for everyone (adults included!) to vote on in

We'll honor the winning teachers (one at each level - elementary, middle and high school) at a
ceremony in December, as well as in The Gazette and online at Gazette.Net.

October 14th – Tests Date
Mark Your Calendars!

   Grades 9 and 10 students will take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT). This is a free test for both
   grade levels. How will you score on this test? Find out Wednesday, October 14th!

   Grade 11 students will be offered to the PSAT at a cost of $13.00 per student.

   Grade 12 students will take one of the following:

           Mock ACT or the Accuplacer

The day’s schedule will be modified as follows:

                           Period                        Time         Length of Period
            Homeroom / PSAT, ACT or
                                                     7:25 - 10:45          200 min
            Lunch                                   10:50 - 11:25          25 min
            Period 1                                11:20 - 11:40          20 min
            Period 2                                11:45 - 12:06          20 min
            Period 3                                12:10 - 12 :30         20 min
            Period 4                                12:35 - 12:55          20 min
           Period 5                                 1:00 - 1:20          20 min
           Period 6                                 1:25 - 1:45          20 min
           Period 7                                 1:50 - 2:10          20 min

SAT/ACT Information

LIFT Program at University of Maryland
I am pleased to announce the confirmed dates for the SAT Prep courses for this academic year.
Please review the course information below and the attached registration form. Admission is on
a first-come, first-served basis. For best consideration, please submit registration form at least
two weeks prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to
contact the office. Thank you for your support of Pre-College Programs and LIFT!

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.

Students build test-taking confidence through:
• 14 hours of INSTRUCTION on test-taking strategies
• Two professionally EXPERIENCED SAT instructors
• Two full-length PRACTICE tests
• FEEDBACK via individualized score reports detailing a student's strengths and weaknesses
• College Board Official SAT Guidebook containing ADDITIONAL PRACTICE tests
• SMALL CLASS SIZES of 10 to 17 students

Course Dates:
September 26 - October 31 (Official SAT administered on November 7)
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 (Phone)
301-314-9155 (Fax)

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

       November 7, 2009             SAT Practice Test
       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

Which Test is Better for Me?
New from MCPS Department of Testing, Research, and Evaluation
SAT or ACT: Which Test is Better for Me? A Guide for College Entrance
Examination Decision-Making Jul 2009

Scholarship Conference
Attention all MCPS parents and students, the fourth annual Scholarship Conference will be held
on Saturday, October 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Montgomery College's
Germantown campus in the High Technology and Science Center building, located at 20200
Observation Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20876.

This is a free event held to provide college-bound students with the opportunity to receive a
wealth of information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities. The highlight of the
conference will be the keynote address, by Marianne Ragins, the author of "Winning
Scholarships for College: An Insider's Guide," which provides scholarship information and shares
Ms. Ragins' experience with earning more than $400,000 in scholarships.

In addition, the conference will include information booths and workshops by representatives
from Montgomery College, local colleges and universities, and scholarship organizations. For
complete information about the conference and to REGISTER, please visit

Genevieve Floyd, Ed. D.
MCPS Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs
Working for Every Student, Every Day
Carver #257 (301) 279-8529
Senior News (2010)
National Honor Society
Attention all seniors there will be a short application period for you to apply for membership in
the National Honor Society. As of the end of the last school year, you must have a cumulative
unweighted GPA of 3.5 or a weighted GPA of 4.0 in order to apply. If you believe that you
qualify, pick up an application from Mrs. Ahearn in room 255. Completed applications will be
due on October 9, 2009.

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!

Arc of Montgomery County and Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County
We need your help at the 5th Annual Buddy Walk at Hadley Park in Potomac, MD on October 10, 2009
from 9:30am to 2:30pm!

        Volunteers needed for:
               Registration of new and existing walkers
               Face Painting
               Kidville Tent supervisors
               Setup and Cleanup

Contact Jackie Hussein at 301-984-5777 ext. 271 or

Kentlands Oktoberfest – Sun., Oct. 11
After Prom has one booth. We need at least 2 parents to staff the booth (one or two shifts) with students
helping sell Halloween shaped pasta. This event is from 12-4 pm and will be very well attended and

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

        ARC’s 1st Annual Book Fair needs volunteers November 2-5 and November 6-7.
       Babysitting at Thurgood Marshall ES in a group setting at PTA meetings. Several dates!!!

       Light the Night Volunteers needed on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Rockville Town Center
       (Evening event). All volunteers will receive a tee shirt, dinner from Hard Times Cafe, and Fun
       filled evening.

Montgomery Coalition for the Homeless
Due to the great need in this area expressed by the Montgomery Coalition for the Homeless we
have allowed this exception. (The SSL hours are available to more than 70 Montgomery County
public schools.) Preparing lunches for those in homeless shelters is the only exception to the
guideline that all service for SSL hours must occur in a public place. The SSL hours are
determined when the sandwiches/lunches are delivered to the homeless shelter according to
the following breakdown:

All SSL activities must occur in a public place. The only exception to this guideline is: Students
may earn SSL hours by preparing meals and bag lunches at home and then delivering them to
homeless shelters. The following hours will be assigned by the volunteer coordinator at the
shelter when the meals are delivered to the shelter:

       20 lunches or hot meals delivered              3 SSL hours awarded
       40 lunches or hot meals delivered              4 SSL hours awarded
       60 lunches or hot meals delivered             5 SSL hours awarded
       80 lunches or hot meals delivered              6 SSL hours awarded
       100 lunches or hot meals delivered            7 SSL hours awarded
       120 lunches or hot meals delivered            8 SSL hours awarded
       140 lunches or hot meals delivered            9 SSL hours awarded
       160 lunches or hot meals delivered           10 SSL hours awarded

In cases where more than one student helps prepare the meals, the number of SSL hours will
be awarded according to the number of meals prepared. i.e. 40 meals 2 students each will
receive 2 hours.

Students who serve hot meal at the shelter will receive 2 SSL hours.

Pam Meador, Coordinator
Student Service Learning Program
Phone: 301-279-3454

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