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Welcome Back! All You Need to Know About the 2017-2018 School Year

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by Eikaiva Boyer

photos from FCPS

After a long, though needed summer, the 2017-18 school year will be starting September 5th. This means there will be an income of overwhelming information handed to you on the first day of school, along with the chaos of the start of all your new classes. To make it easier for you, all announcements (including new procedures) and important dates that have been released in the month of August are below.

Bus Information:

To find what bus you will be riding, follow the link to Make sure to check a second time before September 5th due to updates and new registrations.

Attendance/Sports/Activities Eligibility:

(New Procedure) If a student is involved with any sports or after school activities and they arrive late or return after an early dismissal you must ask the attendance office for a “Legal to Play” stamp on the pass. Each pass is required to be given to their coach or after school activity advisor to be eligible to participate. Keep in mind that you must not miss more than 90 minutes of the school day without a physician’s note for approval. To help everyone out in the long run, try to attend school before and after the appointment if possible. Your mother and principal will thank you in the end!

(New Procedure) If you are leaving the school for any reason, you must have a parent enter the front office to sign off. This is purely a safety precaution. If you’re a student driver, the front office will call a parent to confirm it is okay for you to leave.

Counseling Center Information:

Signing up for Find Out First- Go to and click on link to create an account. You will receive updates and important information throughout the year specifically for your grade level.

Naviance- The website to access your naviance account is Your username and password is your student ID number. (Tip: Make sure to update email to your correct email!)

What is Naviance?

  • Naviance gets students and parents involved in the planning and advising process of the students future career. (Building a resume, preparing to apply to colleges, creating a unique plan for your future career.)
  • Research Colleges! This program is the perfect place to research colleges because it uses your student information (GPA, SAT scores) and historical data from past WHS students to applicants and admittance.
  • Research Careers! Naviance even offers an assessment called “Career Cluster Finder,” which helps a student find a career they’d fit best in for their future.

(Tip: ALL grades use Naviance, specifically seniors for completing all transcripts and recommendation letters requests.)

Remind Info for Class of 2018 ONLY- Send a text message to the number “81010” stating in the message “@wcc2018.”

Grades Online:

To access students grades follow the link to and click on “Grades Online.” If you’re not sure on your username and password, your information will be passed out to you on the first day of school.

(New) The Reflections Program:

The Reflections Program is in the process of being created and will be finished soon. This is a way students can show off their talents to fellow students and judges! A student can either enter a piece into the following six categories: Photography, Visual Arts, Film Production, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Literature.  

Important Dates:

Naviance Night for SENIORS and Parents- All questions on how the college application works will be answered. All questions on the program Naviance will also be answered.

When? Thursday, September 12th @ 6:30pm

Where? The commons area at WHS

Financial Aid Night for SENIORS and Parents- Mrs. Yvette Rood from Hood College will be visiting WHS to talk about financial aid and other helpful information for parents.

When? Wednesday, October 18th @ 6:30pm.

College Fair Dates-

Frederick County College Night

Where? Frederick Community College at the Field House.

When? October 4th from 6:30-8:30pm.

National College Fair

Where? Baltimore Convention Center

When? (TWO dates) Monday, October 30th from 9am-12pm and 6pm-8pm. Tuesday, October 31st from 9am-11:30am.

SENIORS- Please make sure you’re watching deadline dates for all requests for your transcripts and letters of recommendation. They must be in BEFORE Thanksgiving.

Keep in mind to receive your transcripts, you must pay a small fee of $2. Allow 24 hours for your request to go through. Allow two weeks for processing time for your letters of recommendation.

Important Testing Dates:

SAT Registration Deadlines-

  • September 8, 2017
  • October 5, 2017
  • November 2, 2017
  • February 9, 2018
  • April 6, 2018
  • May 3, 2018

ACT Registration Deadlines:

  • September 22, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • January 12, 2018
  • March 9, 2018
  • May 4, 2018
  • June 15, 2018


The PSAT will be administered on October 11th. To sign up, stop by the Counseling Center BEFORE September 25th.

Interested in CTC freshmen, sophomores, juniors?

If you are interested in any of the programs offered at the Career and Technology Center please go see Mrs. Cardy in the Counseling Center ASAP to schedule a time to shadow a course.

Important Activity Dates:

The FFA will be selling Fall Chrysanthemums grew in their Horticulture course in September for $5 for one, or six for $28.

The Glade Valley Community Sale will be held September 27-29th in the WHS gymnasium.


Homecoming is just around the corner. Cinderella’s Closet will be having their semi-annual sale! They will be open for sale on September 16-17th in Portable Eight located right outside of WHS. Cinderella’s Closet has a selection of new and used homecoming/prom dresses available for all sizes. Questions? Contact or 301-418-0615.

Speaking about homecoming…

To be able to attend a dance you must exhibit this criteria:

  • You must have a 2.0 or higher GPA
  • Maintain 85% or better of an attendance rate. This includes lates to school and excused absences.
  • You cannot receive any major referrals or engage in any major acts of behavior resulting in suspension or removal from school.

Tailgating Shirts:

Attention Juniors and Seniors- About a week ago a panel of seniors met to discuss the design and sale of this years tailgating shirts for the 2017 Fall Football Season. Juniors and seniors may have a nickname on the back of their shirt, but it must have an administrator’s approval. Senior shirts will have the Lion Eye graphic added to the back of the shirt. All shirts will have the Maryland flag on the right sleeve. The shirts can be ordered in short sleeve or long sleeve. The color of the shirt is a dark charcoal grey.


Senior Shirts- (Includes name on back)

Long Sleeved: $18.50

Short Sleeved: $16

Junior/Staff Shirts- (Includes name on back)

Long Sleeved: $16.50

Short Sleeved: $14

To order your shirt contact Davis Kelley at 240-412-3578 with your information to place the order. If you’d like your shirt BEFORE the first away game, you must contact him before Monday, August 21st by 5pm. If you’d like your shirt for the first home game on September 8th, you must contact Kelley by 7:30pm on Wednesday, August 30th. The shirts will also be sold on Back to School Night, August 30th from 6-7:30pm in the cafeteria.

See you on Back to School Night on August 30th!

(Info for Back to School Night)

From 6-6:30pm, all ninth graders and parents will have an orientation meeting in the auditorium.

From 6:30-7:30pm is the Open House for Grades 9-12.