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WE WILL BE HAVING A YEARBOOK THIS YEAR! Congratulations to the Potomac Yearbook staff for completing an awesome book under such crazy circumstances this year! This is a book that you don’t want to miss!

Order your copy now at www.yearbookforever.com! You can order a yearbook online until the book is delivered or until we run out, so don’t wait!  Online orders will be accepted until Friday, July 2nd.

Please note: Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the yearbooks will not be able to be delivered to the school until early July. As soon as the books are in, information on summer pick-up opportunities will be provided to the Potomac community. Check the school website as well as our social media page on Twitter, @PotomacYearbook, for updates.

Please email golneksm@pwcs.edu with any questions.

Go Panthers! #WeArePotomac




The All-County art show is currently live as of today. We have many students that were selected and curated to be a part of it. This year instead of a formal gathering and gallery setting they are having an online exhibit. Please use the link below to see what Potomac artists have been up to all year!

Visit the virtual exhibit here.

 

Week of June 7

INSTRUCTIONAL EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FINAL WEEK: 

Our teachers and staff will be working to prepare for the 21 – 22 school year by providing opportunities for students to complete projects/assignments intended to deepen their understanding of previously taught concepts and prepare them for the next sequential course.

For the week of 6/7, all UNDERCLASSMEN work will be provided asynchronously. In-person students remain welcome to come to their in-person classes, but any work assigned will be available for completion from home, if desired. Students will be marked "virtually present" once assigned work is submitted. Teachers will remain available via Zoom each day for the duration of their class period for questions, retakes, etc. 

SCHOOL-ISSUED LAPTOPS: 
In order to refresh, clean, and update all devices, every student who checked out a device MUST return their device before end-of-year grades will be finalized.

Collection Day is on Thursday, 6/10 from 2 - 6pm inside of Door 1. All books (library and textbook), obligations (cash and exact change), instruments, laptops, and uniforms will be collected at that time.

Please contact our administrator supervising inventory, Mrs. Regina Nash (nashrm@pwcs.edu), with questions.


Week of June 1


INSTRUCTIONAL EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FINAL 2 WEEKS: 
As we approach the final few weeks of the school year, our teachers and staff are preparing for the 21 – 22 school year by providing opportunities for students to complete projects/assignments intended to deepen their understanding of previously taught concepts and prepare them for the next sequential course.

For the week of 5/31, all SENIOR work will be provided asynchronously. In-person students remain welcome to come to their in-person classes, but any work assigned will be available for completion from home, if desired. Students will be marked "virtually present" once assigned work is submitted. Teachers will remain available via Zoom each day for the duration of their class period for questions, retakes, etc. 

For the week of 6/7, all UNDERCLASSMEN work will be provided asynchronously. In-person students remain welcome to come to their in-person classes, but any work assigned will be available for completion from home, if desired. Students will be marked "virtually present" once assigned work is submitted. Teachers will remain available via Zoom each day for the duration of their class period for questions, retakes, etc. 

SCHOOL-ISSUED LAPTOPS:

 In order to refresh, clean, and update all devices, every student who checked out a device MUST return their device before end-of-year grades are finalized. Returning your device ensures that you receive our newest and most up-to-date device next year and also helps you avoid charges and fees for devices of $475 or more which can ultimately restrict graduation.

SENIOR Collection Day is on Thursday, 6/3 from 2 - 5pm at Door 25. All books (library and textbook), obligations (cash and exact change), instruments, laptops, and uniforms will be collected at that time.

All obligations must be cleared in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.

UNDERCLASSMEN Collection Day is on Thursday, 6/10 from 2 - 6pm at Door 25. All books (library and textbook), obligations (cash and exact change), instruments, laptops, and uniforms will be collected at that time.

Please contact our administrator supervising inventory, Mrs. Regina Nash (nashrm@pwcs.edu), with questions.

21-22 COURSE REQUESTS:

From February to April, students, teachers, and counselors worked very closely to help select course requests for the 2021-2022 school year.  These requests can be viewed under the Course Request tab in both StudentVue and ParentVue. Please take a moment to review these courses and contact your school counselor via email if you wish to make any changes by June 11th. There will be no elective changes after this date.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

June 2: Last day of school for SENIORS

June 5: Graduation at Jiffy Lube Live @ 2pm

June 11: Last day of school for UNDERCLASSMEN

Week of May 24

ACADEMICS UPDATE: 
With only 3 weeks left, I am asking that parents check student grades via ParentVUE on Friday, May 28th in the place on previous “Interim Report Cards”. The grades reflected in teacher gradebooks on May 28th should serve as a good indicator of student mastery on specific standards and also provides enough time for adjustments to be made if your student is struggling. A few common culprits of student underachievement include:

  • Not consistently attending all classes and turning the camera on to better interact with the teacher
  • Not completing formative practice opportunities, such as homework or classwork
  • Not taking advantage of retake opportunities on summative assessments, such as tests
  • Not making use of virtual Office Hours for additional assistance

Please be sure to reach out to your student’s counselor, teacher, or administrator with questions.


SCHOOL-ISSUED LAPTOPS:
In the coming weeks, more information will be provided regarding our Potomac’s school-issued laptop return plan. In order to refresh, clean, and update all devices, every student who checked out a device MUST return their device before end-of-year grades are finalized. Returning your device ensures that you receive our newest and most up-to-date device next year and also helps you avoid charges and fees for devices of $475 or more which can ultimately restrict graduation. Please be on the lookout for more information and follow the school-issued laptop return plan, once provided. Please contact our administrator supervising inventory, Mrs. Regina Nash (nashrm@pwcs.edu), with questions.

SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

  1. On Monday, May 24th, Seniors who have not done so can pick-up their Cap & Gown, purchase honor cords, and turn-in any obligations at Door #34 from 2 – 6pm. As we come closer to the end of the school year and graduation, please be sure that you have turned in all Potomac property and taken care of all other obligations.
  2. SLIGHT MODIFICATION! We will be collecting laptops from all Seniors on June 3rd ONLY via drive-thru drop off at Door #34 from 1 - 3pm.  You will also be able to take care of all obligations at this time. 
  3. Given the Governor’s most recent update reducing COVID restrictions, we are excited to offer each graduate unlimited guests at graduation!

Week of May 17

Canceled PAC Meeting
This week's PAC meeting (originally scheduled for May 18) has been canceled.  There are no additional PAC meetings scheduled for the remainder of this school year.

Driver's Ed
The upcoming all-county parent teen virtual meeting that is scheduled for May 26 has reached maximum capacity.  The last 90-minute parent/teen meeting for the 2020-2021 school year will be on Wednesday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.  Please reach out to Sheila Knotts at KnottsSA@pwcs.edu to reserve a seat as soon as possible

Behind the Wheel
Potomac's behind the wheel summer program is now open for registration! Please contact Ms. Fuller at Fullersd@pwcs.edu for information on how to register.

SOL TESTING UPDATE: 
Students who elected to take their SOLs will be taking their MATHEMATICS test this week! Please encourage your student to study prior to the test, rest up the night before the test, and eat breakfast the morning of the test. Good luck Panthers! Please email Ms. Connor Sadler (sadlercl@pwcs.edu) right away if you have SOL testing questions.


21-22 COURSE REQUESTS:
From February to April, students, teachers, and counselors worked very closely to help select course requests for the 2021-2022 school year.  These requests can be viewed under the Course Request tab in both StudentVue and ParentVue. Please take a moment to review these courses and contact your school counselor via email if you wish to make any changes by June 11th. There will be no elective changes after this date.

21-22 INSTRUCTIONAL PLANS: 
Our Superintendent recently presented the 2021-22 Learning Plan to the School Board which includes provisions for 5 days a week of full-time, in-person instruction for all students. Students will have the option to remain virtual.

All students will be considered in-person unless a parent/guardian opts-in to virtual learning. The selection for 100 percent virtual can be made in ParentVUE between May 24-28. In order to ensure proper budgeting, staffing and scheduling, it is important for schools to have information on fall attendance by May 28.

Click HERE to learn more about the 2021-22 Learning Plan.

Note: Plans are subject to change

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • May 17 – 21: MATHEMATICS SOLs for Opt-In Students
  • May 17: Senior Send-Off
  • May 20: Final Virtual PTSO Meeting
  • June 5: Graduation at Jiffy Lube Live @ 2pm

Week of May 10

 SOL TESTING UPDATE:
Students who elected to take their SOLs will be taking their ENGLISH READING test this week! Please encourage your student to study prior to the test, rest up the night before the test, and eat breakfast the morning of the test. Good luck Panthers! Please email Ms. Connor Sadler (sadlercl@pwcs.edu) right away if you have SOL testing questions. 

END OF YEAR GRADES: 

Please see the student work submission timeline below and plan for completing any work within the windows provided to avoid grading issues.

QUARTER WORK

LAST DAY FOR SUBMISSION

1st Quarter

3pm on Friday, May 7th

2nd Quarter

3pm on Friday, May 14th

3rd Quarter

3pm on Friday, May 21st

4th Quarter

3pm on Friday, June 4th
(Friday, May 28th for Seniors)

Please note that, in most cases, students have had multiple opportunities to complete previously assigned work or seek assistance during teacher office hours. That said, exceptions to the windows provided above will be very limited. Although teachers can acknowledge work receipt right away, grading and input may not be immediate as teachers coordinate Q4 work and assignments as well. Traditional “Final Exams” will not be held this year.


EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: In the event of an emergency drill (or a true emergency), teachers will inform students that they will immediately end class but will log back into the session in 15 minutes.  All students are expected to re-join class after 15 minutes. We are requesting that students remain patient as class restarts by remaining on “stand-by” for up to 10 additional minutes before logging out. 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE: In an effort to keep students and staff healthy and safe, Potomac High School is moving towards a paperless attendance office system. Please send all communications about attendance via email to your child's administrative secretary. 

For absences, late arrivals or early dismissals, please send an email with your child's name, attendance request, brief explanation of the request and date/time if available. If you have documentation from the courts, a doctor's office, etc., please send this as an attachment to your email.  Once we receive the email, we will process the request and make the necessary adjustments in your child's records.

Please email early dismissal requests on the same day of the dismissal. We will process as quickly as we can. Parent/guardians may also call in early dismissals at 703-441-4200 and you will be directed to your child's administrative secretary. We may only accept calls from the parent/guardian (not emergency contacts). If the dismissal is not pre-arranged, please call from your vehicle and we will process via phone. Please park in one of our visitor parking spaces outside of door 34, and your child may exit the building once processed. Below is a list of our administrative secretaries and their email addresses: 

9th Grade     Mrs. Dena Covington     covingdj@pwcs.edu
10th Grade   Mrs. Katie Satchell         satchekm@pwcs.edu
11th Grade   Ms. Anesa Stroy             stroyaj@pwcs.edu
12th Grade   Mrs. Claudia Vela           velacp@pwcs.edu

Additional attendance information can be found here.



Week of March 8

Parking passes: All student drivers, along with any student who may drive to school this year, must complete the Potomac HS Parking Permit Application.pdf. Parking pass forms will be distributed and collected this week during all lunches. This year, the passes will be provided at no cost. To promote school safety, any vehicles on campus without proper parking passes are subject to towing at owner expense.

 


WINTER ATHLETICS UPDATE: 
Winter sports have begun!  Although there won't be any live spectators, you don't have to miss out on the live action – see the flyer below and get a subscription to NFHS Network!

image that explains how to log onto the NFHS Network


POTOMAC YOUTUBE CHANNEL


 Students and parents are encouraged to visit our official Potomac HS YouTube page HERE! Please be sure to subscribe to stay up-to-date on information and events at Potomac. Various events will be live streamed and the channel will also include more student-created and parent-created content very soon!