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Mr. Taylor's Sunday Reminders for the week of May 14

Good Evening Winston Churchill Families!

This is your principal, Mr. Taylor, with your announcements and reminders for the week of May 14th. We want to wish all of our Bulldog moms a very Happy Mother's Day. We appreciate all that you do to support our Bulldogs. We want to thank everyone who helped us acknowledge and thank our staff last week, and all of our Churchill community for your flexibility during testing, we were able to give close to 6000 tests over the last two weeks and it takes everyone to get that done.

Parents, we have two important events this week for our PTSA. On Monday the MCCPTA and the Board of Education will hold a community meeting at 6:30 pm at Wootton HS Cafeteria. Come out to meet the MCCPTA and County leadership and take the opportunity to advocate and discuss our schools. On Tuesday, the Winston Churchill PTSA will have an in-person meeting at 7 pm in the media center. This will be the final meeting for the year and the PTSA will be electing new officers for the upcoming school year.

Parents and families - The Winston Churchill Local Summer School information registration is here. In the weekly email you can find dates, course descriptions, and a Google Form to register.

Bulldog Families, we invite all of our families and students to join us for a virtual webinar on May 24 at 6:30. We will be discussing Churchill's results from the Anti-Racist Audit, and the next steps we will be taking to ensure that all students and families feel welcome, engaged and supported at Winston Churchill.

We want to thank our awesome Boy's Volleyball and Coed Volleyball teams for great seasons, as well as our Allied Softball and Varsity Baseball teams. We are so proud of all you accomplished this year. In the weekly email you can find the schedule for Spring Athletic playoffs that are still ongoing. We wish our Bulldog Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, and Boy's Lacrosse the best of luck this week.

Also In the email section of the weekly communication:

you can find the Club application forms for the 2023-2024 school year, important information for our Juniors who will be the Class of 2024, information about community events, along with sign up information for many summer community programs at the bottom of the newsletter. All of our communications, daily announcements, and the most up to date information will also be shared on our Churchill School Canvas tile, available to parents and students. All of our Churchill Bulldogs are reminded that they have the power to make it a great day. Please have wonderful evening.

Important Upcoming Dates!

  • Wednesday, May 24 - Academic Awards Program (am)

  • Wednesday, May 24 - 6:30 pm - Parent discussion webinar on the Anti-Racist Audit (virtual)

  • Thursday, May 25 - Senior student panel on college application process

  • Friday, May 26 - Last Day for Seniors / Graduation Rehearsal

  • Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day (No School for Students)

  • Thursday, June 1- Graduation (on campus at 9 am) (No School for other Students)

  • Thursday, June 15 - Last day for students (Churchill Unity Day Activities-afternoon)

  • Friday, June 16- Rising 9th grade Orientation (Early Release)

This Week's Athletic Event Schedule

Monday, May 15-

  • 4A West Region Final Boys Lacrosse vs TBD | Home | 6:00 pm
  • 4A West Semifinals Softball vs WJ | Walter Johnson HS | 4:00 pm
  • 4A Region Quarterfinals Tennis Boys and Girls | TBD | TBD

Tuesday, May 16 -
  • 4A West Region Championship Track & Field | Seneca Valley HS | 4:00 pm
  • 4A Region Semifinals Tennis Boys and Girls | TBD | TBD

Wednesday, May 17 -
  • 4A West Region Championship Track & Field | Seneca Valley HS | 4:00 pm
  • 4A West Region Final Softball vs TBD | TBD | 4:00 pm
  • 4A State Quarterfinals Boys Lacrosse vs TBD | Home | 6:00 pm
  • 4A Region Finals Tennis Boys and Girls | TBD | TBD

Thursday, May 18-
  • No Athletic Events

Friday, May 19 -

  • 4A State Semifinals Boys Lacrosse vs TBD | Home | 6:00 pm
  • 4A State Quarterfinals Softball | TBD |TBD

Saturday, May 20 -

  • Prom

For a complete list of upcoming events, please visit the WCHS Athletics Events Page and checkout the latest Edition of "In the Doghouse" with all of the WCHS Athletic department news.

Student Lunch Accounts:

Several student lunch accounts have negative balances. Please check your School Bucks Account to ensure you child(ren) have funds to pay for the meals they are receiving. If you qualify for Free and Reduced Meals and have not applied, the balances are forgiven once an application is accepted. Thank you for your cooperation!

Local Summer School Program

Attention Churchill Community! We are happy to announce that we will once again hold our Winston Churchill High School Local Summer Program during the Summer of 2023. This program allows students to take courses for credit and enrichment that will be taught my our amazing Churchill staff. Some classes that will be offered this summer are Honors Health (both A and B), Honors Geometry (both A and B), College Essay Writing and many more. If you are interested in the program please see the course bulletin linked here. Also be sure to officially register for the program using the links below. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Mr. Evan Rosenthal via email at

Session 1 Google Form (June 28, 2023 - July 18, 2023)

Session 2 Google Form (July 20, 2023 - August 8, 2023)

Save the date for the annual Scotland Juneteenth Celebration and Juneteenth 5K on June 19th!!

Celebrating the past and present of the first places African-Americans owned land in Montgomery County, the Scotland community of Potomac, Md., is announcing a significant expansion of our annual Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival for 2023.

Featuring a children’s carnival and music performance, as well as art exhibitions, food, sports, and presentations on Black history in this region, the events for the federal holiday on Monday, June 19, will be spread across the Cabin John Regional Park, Cabin John Village, and the Scotland community on Seven Locks Road.

The First Juneteenth 5K - As a part of the larger festival and series of events, Glenstone Museum, with help from the WCHS track and cross country teams, is holding the first ever Juneteenth 5K on June 19. The Scotland Juneteenth 5K will traverse the historic Black neighborhood of Scotland, including the 100-year-old Scotland AME Zion Church on 7 Locks Road in Potomac. The event will benefit the rebuilding of the church, which was flooded in 2019, and needs to be rebuilt.

The sign-up link is here:


Students will qualify for SSL hours if they want to volunteer.

Student Events to Support Eliminating Hate - Registration Required!

Understanding the Impact of Hate Speech in Popular Culture and Social Media

This session will focus on understanding how hate is spread in popular culture such as music, gaming, and movies and in social media. It will include discussion on how social media can be used to promote hate. Students will earn 2 SSL hours for attending the event.

May 24, 2023

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoom webinar

SSL Hours

Registration Link

Club Application Information

Club applications for the 23-24 School Year are now open. All current and new club requests must submit an application. Returning Clubs will need to submit calendar requests to the business office by May 26, 2023; New clubs will need to submit calendar requests by Jun 9, 2023. Please see the club information flyer for more information about the process.

Updated WCHS Attendance Office Procedures!

Updated WCHS Attendance Office procedures.

Attendance Reminders

  • Tardies - Three (3) unexcused tardies equal one (1) unlawful absence.
  • All students MUST have an EARLY DEPARTURE Pass to leave campus. The Attendance staff will call to verify written requests.
  • Students leaving early or arriving late must sign in at the attendance office.
  • To participate in any athletic event, extracurricular activity, scheduled school activity, or practice, students must be on time and attend all scheduled classes on the day of the event.
  • To help ensure a safe and orderly departure from school for all students, early dismissals must be done prior to 2:00 p.m.; otherwise, the regular dismissal procedure will need to be followed.

Addressing Hate and Bias Incidents - No Place For Hate

We continue to address and confront incidents of hate and bias at Winston Churchill and across the county. WCHS is committed to being a No Place For Hate school, and will continue to have PRIDE lessons, discussions and activities to promote an anti-hate and anti-bias culture. If you haven't yet, I strongly encourage all families to read the MCPS message on antisemitism and hate, and discuss your expectations with your child. If you experience Hate or Bias, or observe it happening - please don't hesitate in reporting it to administration and the school. Only by working together can we stamp hate and bullying as a school.

Montgomery County’s Virtual Spring Forum!

Montgomery County’s Virtual Spring Forum

Mental Health & Substance Misuse Treatment: Overcoming Barriers

Thursday May 18, 2023

6-8 PM Est on Zoom

Please click the link here for more information.

WCHS Grading and Reporting Timelines

Please click here to see the WCHS Grading and Reporting Timelines for semester 2.

Student Recognitions

Celebrating all the many accomplishments of our students both in and out of school.

Congratulations to Siena Mezger, Aliza George, and Jaina Simon who have been elected as finalists for the Keeping It Safe Student Video Contest!

Congratulations to Sebastian Tulin won the TOP AWARD at the national PTA contest for photography!!!!!!!

Congratulations to Katie Wen won a national Award of Excellence for her Visual Arts piece in the national PTA contest!!!!!!

Class of 2023 Information

Important Senior Class Information - Class of 2023

Here is an easy End of Year Checklist to refer to that will ensure you do not miss out on any remaining senior activities or responsibilities.

WCHS 2023 Senior Graduation Letter("The Packet") A comprehensive explanation of all the upcoming events and steps for our graduating seniors.

Senior Family Graduation Presentation: A recording of the presentation from Thursday Night with all the information about ending the year, Senior celebration events, and Graduation!

Senior Families, please mark your calendars for these upcoming dates!

  • May 20th, 2023 | Senior Prom | Hyatt Regency Bethesda
  • May 26th, 2023 | Last Instructional Day for Senior
  • May 26th, 2023 | Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal for Students
  • June 1st, 2023 | Graduation Ceremony | WCHS Stadium | 9:00 a.m. (Rain Dates: #1 - June 1 at 6 pm, and #2 - June 2 at 5 pm)

All MCPS students must earn 75 SSL hours to graduate from high school. SSL forms ( should be submitted to the school’s SSL coordinator by the recommended due date of Friday, January 6, 2023, but no later than the required deadline of June 2, 2023. To learn more about upcoming in-person and virtual/remote SSL opportunities and the required SSL documentation, please click here

Graduation Cap & Gown and 2023 Stole - Every graduate needs to have a cap, gown, stole and 2023 tassel. If you have questions, please email Jennifer Massey (Jostens representative), or Nicole VanTassell (graduation coordinator)

Senior Parent Night: College Process Recordings

9/8 Parent presentation Recording Senior College Information Night.mp4 - Google Drive

9/8 Parent Slide Presentation

9/8 Student Slide Presentation

9/15 Recording of Parent Q & A

Attention: Class of 2024 (Current 11th grade students)

As the rising senior class, some senior specials will soon be available to you, such as parking and senior portraits. Please see the information below:

Student Panel on College Applications: All Juniors are invited to join us on Thursday, May 25th for a student panel on the college application process from our departing Seniors. Come at lunch to the auditorium as they discuss tips and strategies, lessons learned, and ways to survive and thrive during the college application process.


Senior Portraits dates are fast approaching!! Save these dates….

Victor O’Neill Studios has been selected as the Winston Churchill HS school photographer for the 2023-2024 school year. Dates for Senior Portraits have already been scheduled for June 26th- 29th and August 15-17th in our Auditorium. Please be aware of those dates and look for communication from Victor O’Neil at the end of May in order to schedule your senior portrait session.

AVAILABLE PARKING- Class of 2024- Starting May 30th:

Starting Tuesday, May 30th, current Juniors (Class of 2024) will be permitted to park in designated student spaces within the Churchill Parking lot and in the Churchill defined street parking areas. This parking is not guaranteed and will be available on a first come, first served basis. No permit is necessary. Please refer to this specific end of year Parking Guide to see which areas have been approved for student parking. Any student that fails to park in approved parking spaces may lose eligibility for a lot space for the 2023-24 school year and/or may get ticketed by Montgomery County Traffic Enforcement. Winston Churchill HS is not responsible if a student receives a ticket for any reason. This parking is only available from May 30th through June 15th. Permits will be required for the 2023-24 school year. See application information below.

2023-24 Student Parking Application Information

The 2023-24 Student Parking Application will be opened on Tuesday, May 30th at 3:30pm. Only current Juniors (Class of 2024) are permitted to apply. All seniors must not have any obligations and have completed the SSL hour gradation requirement. Eligible applications will be randomly approved using However, preference will be given to seniors who are dually enrolled or have a school-sponsored internship. Senior siblings are encouraged to apply individually to increase approval chances, although only one student per family will be approved for a permit.

New for the 2023-24 school year: Students will be assigned a generic parking permit which can be used for street or lot parking, in specifically designated areas (pages 2-3 of the Expectations and Enforcement for Student Parking Permits/Parking Guide). All spaces will be first come, first served on a daily basis. Any student that parks in the staff or visitor spaces within the school lot or any street parker that parks outside the designated Churchill areas will be subject to consequences such as a violation sticker, towing and/or loss of permit for the remainder of the year.

Students will be emailed parking information with instructions for payment and permit pick-up over the summer. Students not approved for a parking permit will be placed on a waiting list. There is a $75 non-refundable fee. If a parking permit is needed for medical reasons, students are instructed to apply for an ADA placard through the MVA. Both short and long term assignments can be approved. Once the MVA assigns an ADA placard, parking is permitted in the on-campus ADA spaces. Space is not guaranteed and is on a first come, first served basis. Any misrepresentation or falsification of records will result in the loss of parking privileges and parking permit. Please read over the Expectations and Enforcement for Student Parking Permits/Parking Guide for the 2023-24 school year.

Exciting news from the media center corner!

I can’t believe we’re talking about end-of-year procedures, but here we are….talking about end-of-year procedures. The last day for seniors to check out books is Friday, May 5th. We are now signing the senior clearance forms before school, during lunch, and after school; shhh, don’t tell, but we have a small gift for them as they begin their next chapter. The last day for freshmen, sophomores and juniors to check out books is June 2nd which is just over 3 weeks away. We hope your student has an amazing end to their school year and hope they finish strong.

Counseling Department and College and Career Updates!

Check out all the news and events below.

Winston Churchill High School - Counseling Webpage

Please check out the College and Career Decision Day video.

Please click the 2023 Honor Student Reception Flier to learn more about the Honor Student Reception: Connecting Students of Color to Top Colleges for rising seniors of color, with a GPA of 3.5 or above and their families:

Date: Friday, May 19, 2023

Time: 6:00 - 8:45 PM

Location: Universities of Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD, 20850

Junior Caregiver College Information Night:

Zoom Webinar Recording


Financial Aid Information

Slide deck from Thursday, September 28 evening program on Financial Aid

Check out these resources to learn more about need based financial aid and the FAFSA, the document required for requesting college aid. The application process for the Class of 2023 opens October 1. Learn more now and set up an account before the opening day.

Understanding student financial aid……….

Creating a FAFSA ID step by step………..

Creating a FAFSA ID youtube video……………

Slide deck from Parent Coffee: Standardized Testing (10/20/22)

Recording of Parent Coffee: Tasks to be Completed Junior Year (10/6/2022)

Handout of Tasks to Complete Junior Year used at the parent coffee 10/6

Counselor and Admin Assignments

Counseling Event Calendar 22-23

Student Services Learning (SSL) Updates and Opportunities.

A message from the SSL coordinator Mrs. Amanda Marshall

  • SSL Form Submission Deadline - Friday, June 2, 2023
    • The required deadline for students to submit all SSL Forms (MCPS Form 560-51 - to their school’s SSL Coordinator for any service completed since June 1, 2022, is Friday, June 2, 2023.

Please see Mrs. Marshall in Room 236 or send her an email ( with any SSL Questions.

​Bookmark the links below for easy access to all information SSL related!

· - SSL forms, resources, and guidelines in one place!

· - all nonprofit-hosted SSL opportunities

· - all nonprofit-hosted virtual/remote SSL opportunities

· - monthly highlighted SSL opportunities

· - SSL program overview slideshow

· - step-by-step directions for checking SSL record

Introduction to SSL Handout:

English | Español | 中文 | Français | tiếng Việt | 한국어 | አማርኛ | Portuguêse

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Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations ("MCCPTA") and the Board of Education Central Area Meeting - Monday, May 15, 2023 at 6:30 pm.

Location: Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville MD 20850

Please join the MCCPTA and Board of Education for this important event to meet MCCPTA and local PTA/PTSA leaders, school principals, Board of Education members and members of the Central Area Montgomery County school communities (34 schools including WCHS). Learn about the advocacy issues affecting your school community and discover the amazing things happening at your school and other schools in your community.

Join the PTSA

WCHS PTSA provides dynamic support to all of our students, teachers, and community. With your paid membership dues and donations, the PTSA will be able to continue this support which includes: student social and academic programs; speaker series; staff and school support; Reflections Contest and much more. Please join now.

WCHS Policy and Procedure Reminders

Important Community-Wide Information and Updates.

Community interest events and programs will be shared here for all of our families to know about opportunities for their students.
  • We have the following travel opportunities next year available for the Churchill community:

    Spring Break 2024: London & Paris

    Summer 2024 - June: Australia/New Zealand/Hawaii (open to parents and families)

    We're excited to tell you more about these trips we're planning with EF Tours, our educational travel partner. Please be sure to register for the Zoom information session that will take place on Wednesday, May 17th, at 6:30 pm to be considered for these opportunities: (Can't make it? Choose "No, but send info" so you don't miss out.)

    For any questions, please email Mr. Antonucci at or Mr. Vickery at This is not an official school sponsor event.

  • Summer Mentorship Program 2023 for students in grades 6-12. Organized by Stanford University undergraduate and graduate students, Qualia Global Scholars is a selective pre-collegiate virtual summer mentorship program matching talented students in grades 6-12 with Stanford mentors. The program features personalized mentorship, interdisciplinary research, project-based learning, and guidance on college applications. The program aims to empower students to become future global leaders by teaching them about leadership & problem solving, emerging areas in STEM & liberal arts, critical thinking & communication skills, and real-world impact through research & innovation. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Need-based financial aid is available for the program. Please click here to see the flier for more information.

  • A summer camp located in Sandy Spring, Maryland is looking for staff members for this upcoming summer. Please click here to read the flier for more information.

  • FalconVision Tutoring, is a student-run tutoring branch under the nonprofit Family Learning Solutions (FLS), and based in Poolesville High. As an organization, we’re dedicated to helping students succeed academically through direct sessions (online and free!) with our well-qualified tutors, over both the school year and/or summer. We always make sure to pair these tutors and students up based on subject-preference and unique learning style, so everyone can have the best experience. Ultimately, we hope to create a community of learners who can help one another overcome school-based challenges. As a high school, your students would be able to sign up as either a tutor or pupil with us, depending on what they hope to gain during their experience. More details can be found at and click to see our flyer.

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Culture, Child, and Adolescent Development Lab is currently, recruiting for Project ARISE to understand the unique experiences of Asian American families since the COVID-19 outbreak. They are specifically recruiting Korean and Filipino parents and teens to participate in our project. Parents and teens will each complete a 30-40 minute survey and can also take part in interviews if they're interested. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Parents and teens will be paid for their time and participation! Families can sign up using this form:


  • Do not come to school if sick. With COVID cases and variants still occurring, it is important to not report to school if your student has any signs of illness. In addition to the standard COVID symptoms (cough, fever, loss of taste and smell), signs of illness include: sore or scratchy throat, running nose, headache, chills and body aches. If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep them home until it can be confirmed they do not have COVID-19.

  • Wear an enhanced mask/face covering. All students and staff will be allowed to choose whether to wear a mask while in school. If you have concerns about exposure or immune levels, we recommend to wear a mask. In some cases, students returning from quarantine will be required to wear masks for certain periods. Masks will continue to be available on-site for those that need them.

  • Practice good hand and health hygiene. Wash hands frequently with soap and water, use hand sanitizer when soap and water is unavailable. Do not cough or sneeze around others or into your hands. Dispose of any tissue or items used for cough, sneezing or nasal use.

  • Vaccinate, and also get a Booster if you can. DHHS has now approved boosters for age 5 and up. You can find out more at the DHHS Vaccination Website: