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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
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
Fun Facts

36days of school left for seniors

70 calendar days until graduation

academic reminders
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
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
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
spring break march 30 april 9
Spring BreakMarch 30 – April 9
  • School resumes Tuesday, April 10
senior banquet thursday april 26
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 exams may 7 17
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
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 ceremony wednesday may 2
Senior Awards CeremonyWednesday, May 2
  • 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Northwest Auditorium
  • All seniors and their parents are invited!
prom friday may 18
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 prom saturday may 19
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 exams may 18 25
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.

graduation tuesday june 5
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
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
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
  • 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
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 graduation1
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 rehearsal monday june 4
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
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
Graduation Announcements
  • Completely optional to purchase
  • Visit and choose Northwest High School in the upper right corner
other graduation information
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 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!