Winston Churchill Weekly Updates

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Principal Taylor's Sunday Reminders for the week of September 18.

Good Evening Winston Churchill Families!


This is Principal Taylor, and here are your announcements for the week of September 18th. Students are reminded that this week we will be having student school photos taken on Monday for 9th grade, Tuesday for 10th grade, and Wednesday for 11th grade. Students will also receive their ID cards at that time.



This Tuesday, parents, students and staff are invited to the first PTSA meeting of the year. The meeting is virtual and the links are available in the weekly email. Along with PTSA planning and business there will be a Q and A with school officials to discuss the start of the year and other burning questions and feedback.



We want to invite everyone out to the Wootton football game this Friday - the SGA has called for a Black-out, so wear Black to show your spirit. We know that safety and security at Football games is a concern for everyone, and the Churchill Athletic Department wants to thank our students and fans for keeping our games safe and positive. Keep making sure you cheer positively, let the coaches coach, the players play and the officials make the calls. A few reminders for our Bulldog fans - All tickets must be purchased through the Go Fan app. No tobacco, vape, alcohol or drugs are allowed on school property at any time. Football games take about 2 hours - so plan on picking up your student by 9 pm. All pick-ups will be in the bus loop or main parking lot. No vehicles will be allowed in the stadium parking lot before or after the game to help us maintain traffic safety. Working together we can have a fun and safe night.



We want to send out a big Congratulations to our 18 Winston Churchill students who qualified as National Merit Semi-Finalists. You can find their names in our student recognition section of the weekly email.



Are you getting excited for Homecoming! This year's Homecoming Game will occur at the Oct 7 football game and the dance is on Saturday Night, October 8 in the school cafeteria. For all of the information on purchasing tickets, times and themes, check out the SGA section of the weekly email.



We have linked the parent drop-off and pick-up information, and we want to remind all of our families that we need to ensure the safety of our students during drop-off and pick-up times. We have had several recent incidents of inappropriate behavior and dangerous, aggressive driving. Please follow the traffic directions and allow yourself plenty of time to avoid dangerous behaviors. Only by working together can we ensure the safety of our community.



Also in this week’s email communication: check out the latest updates from the SGA and athletics program, some great SSL opportunities, an important video about signing up for AP testing, and reminders and events from the Counseling Services Department, along with so much more. All of our communications, and the most up to date information, will also be shared on the Churchill School Canvas tile. All of our Churchill Bulldogs are reminded that they have the power to make it a great day. Please have a wonderful evening.

Important Upcoming Dates!

  • Monday through Wednesday, September 19 – 21 - Grade 9-11-Picture Day in the auditorium

  • Monday, September 26 - (No school for students)

  • Friday, September 30 - Early Release Day - Grading

  • Tuesday, October 4 - School Wide Interim Deadline

  • Wednesday, October 5 - (No school for students)

  • Friday, October 7 - Homecoming Football Game

  • Saturday, October 8 - Homecoming Dance

  • Wednesday, October 12 - PSAT Testing Day and Schedule

  • Monday, October 24 - Professional day for Teachers (No school for students)

  • Tuesday, November 1 - School Wide MP1 Grade Deadline

  • Monday, November 7 - Professional Day for Teachers (No school for students)

  • Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day (No school for students)

  • Monday-Tuesday, November 21-22 - Early Release Days - Parent Conferences

  • November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday (No School for Students)

UNDERCLASS(Grade 9-11) PHOTOS - Picture Day!

School Picture Day is coming Monday September 19th, Tuesday September 20th & Wednesday September 21st 2022 in the Auditorium .


Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following our school's photo day. Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000941080

For questions about ordering school pictures please email underclass@vosphoto.com


Picture Day Schedule:

Monday, September 19th, all 9th graders during PE classes.

Tuesday, September 20th, all 10th graders during NSL classes

Wednesday, September 21st, All 11th graders during English classes.


Any 9th, 10th or 11th grader not enrolled in the grade level class from which they are being pulled for pictures or any students that were absent for their time slot, may report to the auditorium during lunch to have picture taken and receive their school ID.

PTSA Information and Meeting Information

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.



September 20 - PTSA Meeting

Join us on September 20th at 7 pm for a virtual PTSA Meeting. We will be discussing our upcoming projects and work for the year in our business meeting and then opening the meeting up to a Q and A and feedback session with Principal Taylor and the school administration.


When: Sep 20, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: WCHS PTSA Meeting, Tuesday, September 20


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/82842135872?pwd=TC90N0tYV0kxY1NjRzVwZXMwbHpYdz09

Passcode: PTSA

Or One tap mobile :

US: +13017158592,,82842135872# or +13092053325,,82842135872#



October PTSA Meeting Change! - Monday, October 17, 7 pm

We are doing something a little different for our October meeting as well as changing the date from Tuesday, October 18th to Monday, October 17th, at 7pm. Alongside our monthly meeting, our guest speakers will be Board of Education candidates, Julie Wang (a Churchill parent) and Scott Joftus. We will hold this in person in the WCHS Media Center so people can meet them and chat at the end of the meeting. We will ask Churchill parents/students to submit their questions prior to the meeting. Someone will ask each of them questions like a town hall.

SGA Information

Homecoming Dance Parent Chaperone Sign Up- NEW- Please don"t forget to sign up to help.


The SGA is excited to invite all students to the 2022 Homecoming Dance on October 8, 2022 from 8-11 pm. Tickets will be on sale for $15.00 per ticket beginning on September 19th and ending on October 5th. After that tickets will ONLY be on sale at the door for $20.00.

Students will be able to purchase a MAXIMUM of 2 tickets for the dance. If you are planning to purchase a ticket for another Churchill student it is required that you fill out the google form that is linked below with their name and student ID number.

Churchill Student Guest Form

If you are planning to purchase a ticket for a student who does not go to Churchill, please fill out the google form that is linked below. Remember that a Guest form is required for all students who do not attend Churchill. A guest form be found linked below, in the main office or with Mr. Rosenthal in portable 4. Guest forms are due back to Mr. Rosenthal in Portable 4 by the end of the school day on October 5.

Non- Churchill Student Google Form

Non Churchill Student Guest Form

The doors to the dance will close at 9:30 pm.



Spirit Day Themes for Fall Sports and Homecoming! - Check out the list and make sure you plan to participate:

    • September 23: Black Out (Everyone should wear black to school) - Wootton Game!

    • Homecoming Spirit Week:

      • October 3: PJ Day

      • October 4: Country club v. Country western day (dress as one or the other)

      • October 6: Anything but a backpack day(the one rule is nothing living - no dogs, small children or pets)

      • October 7: USA Day ALL Day - Homecoming!

    • October 28: Pink Out Day

    • October 31: Costume Day for Halloween

Information about Honor Society and Clubs

English writing lab is open!!- Please click here for more information.


Attention Seniors. The WCHS Rho Kappa Chapter of the National Social Studies Honor Society is looking for new members. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday September 21st in room 234 at lunch. During the meeting we will share membership standards and discuss the application process. Please be prompt as we will begin at the start of lunch.


COMPUTER SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETY: The newly formed Computer Science Honor Society will be accepting applications until 9/23/22. Please complete out the google form to sign up. All requirements are listed in the google form. The google form link can be found in the morning announcements presentation on Canvas, or on posters around the school.


English Honor Society Application Flyer 2022.2023

Juniors and Seniors: The Churchill English Honor Society is now accepting new members!

Applications are due Friday, September 23 at 11:59 PM. Please join the Churchill EHS Application Google Classroom for more information about requirements and how to apply. Returning members do NOT need to reapply.

School Cash Online Information (SCO)

  • School Cash Online Information (SCO) MCPS has made a change in the registration process for School Cash Online, specifically in how students are added to an account.


  • Parents/guardians received notification with their student(s) PIN information required for adding a student to their account beginning Monday, August 15, 2022. Communication was also sent in the form of MCPS email or USPS mailer for those that do not currently have email on file with MCPS. These PIN numbers were resent to families on September 5th and 6th through email and September 9th through USPS. The email came from SCOPinProcess@mcpsmd.org.


  • If difficulties persist , please contact the MCPS Help Desk which was set up to support issues from the community. communitytechsupport@mcpsmd.org



Important Senior Class Information - Class of 2023

Reminder Parents to please complete the senior parent survey by September 23. Email was sent September 15 by Mr. Taylor.


Senior Parent Night: College Process Recordings

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

9/8 Parent Slide Presentation https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qa1mr1aofei36e3wPr_hSsQ4QmpBirznhxDgj_qCRCU/edit?usp=sharing

9/8 Student Slide Presentation https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jEO2-5-59vHYCEHSrLvPpYQkK__G497o2TKsBCrBKNA/edit?usp=sharing

9/15 Recording of Parent Q & A https://drive.google.com/file/d/11sMTrARn-b1cRruRMg2x4UVMeHqZYGKH/view?usp=sharing


Churchill College Financial Aid Night In -Person

Guest Speaker: Rob Maddox, Director of Financial Aid, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Thursday, September 29

7:00-8:30 p.m. (in person) Churchill Auditorium

Our speaker will outline the types of financial aid and the process.

Advanced Placement Testing and Course Information

Please review the AP Instruction video presented by Mr. Paskvan. The presentation includes links and will be modified with payment information once it becomes available. If you have any questions about the AP program or the timeline, please email Mr. Paskvan at Christopher_R_Paskvan@mcpsmd.org


Instruction Video


Presentation

Counseling Department and College and Career Updates!

Check out all the news and events below.


Senior Parent Night: College Process Recordings

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

9/8 Parent Slide Presentation https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qa1mr1aofei36e3wPr_hSsQ4QmpBirznhxDgj_qCRCU/edit?usp=sharing

9/8 Student Slide Presentation https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jEO2-5-59vHYCEHSrLvPpYQkK__G497o2TKsBCrBKNA/edit?usp=sharing

9/15 Recording of Parent Q & A https://drive.google.com/file/d/11sMTrARn-b1cRruRMg2x4UVMeHqZYGKH/view?usp=sharing


Churchill College Financial Aid Night In -Person

Guest Speaker: Rob Maddox, Director of Financial Aid, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Thursday, September 29

7:00-8:30 p.m. (in person) Churchill Auditorium

Our speaker will outline the types of financial aid and the process.


Financial Aid Information

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……….

https://studentaid.gov/h/understand-aid/how-aid-works

Creating a FAFSA ID step by step………..

https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch

Creating a FAFSA ID youtube video……………

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTb7hMVtzco

As you prepare for college or career school, explore how financial aid works, learn about the types of aid, and find


Counselor and Admin Assignments

Counseling Event Calendar 22-23

Student Recognitions

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


Congratulations to the following 18 Churchill students who have been named as National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists!!


Joshua Cheng

Anthony Chung

Ilayda Dogan

Allison Fan

Emily Huang

Nathan Li

Jason Liu

Tej Mehta

Roman Messali

Kevin Qi

Yucheng Shao

Elyssa Shenker

Elton Wang

Nathanial Wu

Eric Yao

Maxwell Ye

Andrew Yu

Todd Zhou

Student Services Learning (SSL) Updates and Opportunities.

A message from the SSL coordinator Mrs. Amanda Marshall


MCPS SSL Hub for Students/Families.-A lot of helpful information


Important SSL Info:

To submit SSL forms, drop off a printed copy to the Main Office or to Mrs. Marshall in Room 236. Be sure that ALL sections are completed, or the hours will not be entered. There is NO Google Form. September SSL information!

WCHS Policy and Procedure Reminders

Important Links

Parking and Traffic Reminders for WCHS

Drop-Off and Pick-Up


WCHS Updated traffic and drop-off and pick up zones


Important Reminders - We strongly recommend that you plan to drop off your student(s) before 7:30 and pick them up after 2:40. Traffic congestion can be bad, especially as we head into colder weather and rainy or inclement weather. Please do not drop off your student in traffic on Gainsborough, Tuckerman or Victory - as this can lead to unsafe conditions. MPD traffic enforcement will be out to enforce safe driving and laws.


Visitor Parking

We ask our visitors to use the NEW Visitor parking lot by the flagpole near the main entrance. Please do not park in the other lots as they are designated and assigned to specific staff and students.


Student Parking


Student parking is limited to seniors that have been approved for and picked up a parking permit. School permitted areas, which require the parking permit, include both the school lots and the surrounding streets. Any student who parks in the school lot or on the surrounding streets without an approved permit displayed may be subject to ticketing or towing. Seniors that have been approved, but have not yet picked up a parking permit, may not park at school until the permit has been received.

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.
  • Meet Lizzy Mason at the Davis Library in North Bethesda, at 4:00 pm on Thursday, October 13. She is giving an in-person discussion about her journey to becoming a novelist. Her novels are the following: Between the Bliss and Me and The Art of Losing. No registration is required.Please click here for more information.


  • Do you have an extra bicycle you no longer need? MCDOT - Bicycle Donation Drive - Community Service Month on Friday, October 14, 2022, 7:00AM – 2:00 PM. Please click here for more information.


  • George B Thomas Saturday School - Please click here to learn about the George B Thomas Saturday School information for the 2022-23 school year. This is a great way to get your student additional help and assistance from certified MCPS teaching staff who know and understand the curriculum requirements of their classes.

  • 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 ProjectARISE1@gmail.com. Parents and teens will be paid for their time and participation! Families can sign up using this form: https://umbc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3JVQoj9aNjuQa3k

COVID SAFETY REMINDERS and 22-23 UPDATES FOR OUR COMMUNITY:


  • 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: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/