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Northwest High School: Opportunities for Excellence. “All for one and one for all”. Senior Parent Meeting March 27, 2012. Outcomes. Review 3 rd and 4 th marking period grading information Learn about important dates and activities for the remainder of senior year. Fun Facts.

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Northwest High School:Opportunities for Excellence

“All for one


one for all”

Senior Parent Meeting

March 27, 2012


  • Review 3rd and 4th marking period grading information

  • Learn about important dates and activities for the remainder of senior year

Fun Facts

36days of school left for seniors

70 calendar days until graduation

Academic Reminders

  • 3rd Marking Periods End Thursday, March 29

  • No School on Friday, March 30

  • 4th Marking Period Begins Tuesday, April 10

  • 2nd Semester Grades for Seniors are Based on the Average of 3rd and 4th Marking Period Grades

  • 2nd Semester Exams for Seniors are included in 4th Marking Period Grades

SSL Reminders


seniors still need SSL hours

  • Spring Break is a great time to get hours…Please encourage your students to complete their hours!

  • Mulch Sale is April 14th

Attendance Reminders

  • 61 Seniors have 5 or more absences in one or more classes and may lose credit

  • Seniors with more than 5 absences need to see Mr. Niper to discuss an intervention plan


Important datessenior year

Spring BreakMarch 30 – April 9

  • School resumes Tuesday, April 10

Senior BanquetThursday, April 26

  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Northwest Cafeteria

  • Catering by Mamma Lucias Italian Restaurant

  • Tickets are $25 per person and will go on sale on Monday, April 23 during lunch

AP ExamsMay 7-17

  • Students need to arrive by 7:15 am for morning exams

  • Students need to arrive by 11:15 am for afternoon exams

  • Students are excused from all classes on the days of their AP exams

High School Assessments May 21-23

  • Delayed opening for all seniors

  • Monday and Tuesday; school starts at 10:30 for lunch; classes begin at 11:05

  • Wednesday; school starts at 10:45 for lunch; classes begin at 11:20

Senior Awards CeremonyWednesday, May 2

  • 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

  • Northwest Auditorium

  • All seniors and their parents are invited!

PromFriday, May 18

  • 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight

  • Gaithersburg Hilton

  • Theme: Old Hollywood

  • Tickets are $60 per person and will go on sale on Monday, May 7, during lunch

  • Students must have no obligations (including cap and gown fee) in order to purchase tickets

  • When students purchase prom tickets, they will receive a parent permission form to be dismissed at 11:00 am on Friday, May 18

After PromSaturday, May 19

  • 12:00 midnight to 5:00 am

  • Northwest Cafeteria & Gym

  • FREE if purchasing a prom ticket

  • If not attending prom, tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door

  • Open to everyone who attends prom as well as juniors and seniors who do not attend prom

Senior ExamsMay 18-25


  • Friday, May 18 – Review Day (Periods 1-4)

  • Monday, May 21 – Review Day (Periods 5-7)


  • Tuesday, May 22 – Period 7

  • Wednesday, May 23 – Periods 5 and 6

  • Thursday, May 24 – Periods 3 and 4

  • Friday, May 25 – Periods 1 and 2

    All exams for 2nd semester seniors are 45

    minutes long and will be given during

    regularly-scheduled class periods.

Last School Day for Seniors

Friday, May 25


GraduationTuesday, June 5

  • 2:30 pm

  • DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC

  • Graduates MUST arrive no later than 1:30 pm, wearing their caps and gowns

Caps & Gowns

  • $50 cap & gown fee is PAST DUE

  • Currently 82Seniors still owe fee

  • If your student has not paid for the cap & gown, please send a check by Thursday.

  • Students will receive notification in the senior parent mailing being sent in early April if they have not paid.

Graduation Tickets

  • Each graduate will receive 5 tickets if he/she needs them; they will be distributed during the week of May 21-25.

  • Additional tickets beyond 5 will be distributed after we know exactly how many students are graduating, during the last week of May at the latest.

  • Every guest over 1 year old must have a ticket. Children under 1 year old must sit in an adult’s lap for the entire ceremony.

  • Doors open for guests at 1:30 pm.

  • Doors will close at 2:25 pm for the processional.

  • Graduates do not need tickets.

Graduation Ticket Request Forms

  • Graduation Ticket Request Forms were distributed to all students in January and were due by March 23rd

  • If your student has not submitted a Graduation Ticket Request Form, you will receive notification in the senior parent mailing being sent in early April.

Getting to and from Graduation

If You Drive:

  • Parking near DAR Constitution Hall is EXTREMELY limited, and there is a strict 2-hour limit for the meters.


  • From the Orange and Blue lines (A 10-15 minute walk)

  • From the Red Line (A 10-15 minute walk)

    • Take the Farragut North metro stop.

    • Exit the station on 17th Street, and walk south on 17th Street towards Constitution. Turn right on D Street.

Getting to and from Graduation

If you ride the bus:

  • The school will provide buses to and from the graduation ceremony at a cost of $20 per person.

  • Individuals riding the buses must arrive at Northwest by 12:00 noon.

  • Tickets for the buses will beon sale May 7 – June 1. To purchase them, bring cash or money order to the business office between the hours of 7:00am – 3:30pm. You will be given a form to complete and your tickets.

Graduation RehearsalMonday, June 4

  • 7:30 am in the cafeteria

  • MANDATORY for all graduates – Students who do not participate in the rehearsal will not participate in the graduation ceremony!

  • Will conclude no later than 12:00 noon – Students may NOT leave early.

  • Caps & gowns will be distributed at the end of rehearsal.

Attire for Graduates

  • Graduates must wear dress clothes and dress shoes underneath their caps & gowns.

  • Absolutely no jeans, shorts, or flip flops!

  • Students dressed inappropriately will not be allowed to participate.

Graduation Announcements

  • Completely optional to purchase

  • Visit and choose Northwest High School in the upper right corner

Other Graduation Information

  • If you would like to order a DVD of the graduation ceremony, order forms will be enclosed in the senior parent mailing in early April.

  • Please e-mail Matthew Niper at [email protected] by April 16thif you or guests :

    • Will be in wheelchairs or will require special seating


  • You will receive notification if your student has obligations in the senior parent mailing being sent in April.

  • Students with obligations cannot purchase prom tickets, cannot pick up graduation tickets and cannot pick up their caps & gowns.

  • After May 1, any expenses paid to the school must be via cash or money order.


  • Remember that all school rules apply during all school-sponsored events, including Senior Banquet, Prom, After Prom, and graduation –Please review these with your students!

  • Northwest is known for having the BEST graduation ceremony in the county, and we want to continue that tradition.

  • Blanton will continue to take pictures of each graduate shaking hands with Mrs. Dempsey.

  • On the day of graduation, the school will hold diplomas for any students that do not act appropriately during the ceremony.

    Let’s have a GREAT end of the year!

Thank you for coming!


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