Wildcat Way - June 8, 2021

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Message from the Principal

Dear Whitman Community,

It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the 2020-21 school year!  We sadly but proudly say “fare well” to our wonderful eighth graders as they head off to high school and say “see you soon” to our seventh graders who we will welcome back in-person, five days per week this fall. 

This week we celebrated our 8th graders with our Red Carpet Affair.  We so enjoyed getting together even if it was a little hot!  We also celebrated and honored hundreds of students at our annual Awards ceremony.  In case you missed it, here are the links to the recordings:

7th grade ceremony:  https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/730b2fe6935b40f9821cd9d2cb97f531

8th grade ceremony:  https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/6bd1212efa734c9faf8a2766f0e82a1b


As we wrap up the rest of the week, I’d like to remind you about our final Whitman Family Market on Wednesday, June 9 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  Free, fresh produce and groceries are available.  Also, here is a quick reminder to families that Friday, June 11 is the last day of school and will end at 12:00 noon.

Laptops and other equipment can be returned beginning any day starting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 9.  Make sure your student returns the laptop, case, and power cord.  We will be available for laptop drop off on June 9 until 7:00 PM.  We will offer other evening drop off opportunities next week.  Laptops can always be dropped off by appointment or just stopping by Whitman.  Virtual students will be provided with a handout of a Choice Board (menu) of assignments to complete on paper for the rest of the week.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that each student will be receiving several books to read over the summer.  Reading is the best way to prevent the “summer slide” and keeps students on track academically.

Thank you for all you do for our students and have a great last week!


Dr. Craig Herring

Whitman Family Market Wednesday, June 9th! Imagine Summer Program Mount Vernon Pyramid Art Show

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High School Sports Physicals Event




  •  On Thursday, June 17th, 2021 West Potomac High School will host an opportunity for Mount Vernon and West Potomac student athletes to receive a complete and comprehensive pre-participation physical exam (PPE) at the cost of $50 that will be valid for the entirety of the 2021-22 academic year, until June 30th, 2022
  • PPEs will be performed by the respective team physician groups from West Potomac and Mount Vernon High Schools who volunteer their time for our annual event – which was cancelled last year due to COVID-19
  •  This Sports Physical Event will serve as the primary fundraiser for the West Potomac and Mount Vernon Athletic Training Programs, which receive zero financial assistance to operate in terms of medical supplies and equipment – we thank you for your support and donation which goes a long way towards allowing our student athletes in all sports to stay healthy, playing to their highest potential
  •  Appointments begin at 6:00 and end at 7:30 – those interested must sign-up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRZewAVnQf8WoWHCZiaujn99bAmTyoIcj-AamV_xyuj8if1A/viewform?usp=sf_link – appointments will fill quickly, so please don’t delay!
  •  The Virginia High School League (VHSL) requires all student athletes to have a completed PPE prior to participating in high school sports. The PPE must be completed by a MD, DO, NP, or PA on the current VHSL form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11gT7vW7HE3iNyXpOmPOaIXXYZP3QUA97/view. The form must be signed by the medical provider on/after May 1st, 2021 to be valid for the 2021-22 academic year, until June 30th, 2022



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Wildcat Way - May 20, 2021

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Message from the Principal 

Dear Whitman Community,

On Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM, we will be holding a combination Virtual Town Hall and PTSA meeting.  Topics to be discussed include the following...

  • PTSA Year in Review
  • PTSA Elections
  • Whitman's Summer Imagine Learning Program (available to current 7th and 8th graders)
  • Red Carpet Event for 8th graders
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • School Year 2021-2022 Preview

...and much, much more!  Don't miss this important meeting to learn about these programs and our plans for the summer and beyond.  I will be sending a BBCU link later today.


Dr. Craig Herring

COVID-19 Vaccination Information Zoom Choral Concert - May 25th   STEM Enrichment Programs

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Wildcat Way - April 26, 2021

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Message from the Principal 

Dear Whitman Community,


As we look toward May, I wanted to point out a few important happenings at Whitman MS.  The week of May 3 – 7, 2021 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our wonderful teachers have worked very hard over the past year as we went virtual and then returned to concurrent instruction. When we ask teachers how we can show our appreciation, they often say personalized notes are the best.  Consider writing a note to your student’s teachers or seeing if your student would be willing.  I know this would make their day!


Secondly, during the month of May, we will be having SOL testing.  The major in-person testing days are Mondays (for virtual students) and Wednesdays (for in-person students).  Please try to avoid scheduling doctor’s appointments or other obligations that may keep your student from participating.

Thank you for all you do to support our students!


Dr. Craig Herring

  VIP Camp

FCPS in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Services will be hosting VIP Camp (Values in Prevention) at Sandburg Middle School. The camp will be June 28-July29 from 9:00AM-3:00PM. The camp will consist of Sports, STEAM, Coding, Cooking and much more!

There is a $50 VIP Registration Fee that will be collected from camp participants. Students who submit the VIP Camp Registration Form will be notified if they have been accepted into camp. Accepted participants will receive a confirmation letter/email along with further camp instructions. Payment will be due after receiving confirmation of acceptance and no later than Friday, June 4th.

Transportation and lunch will be provided, and sites will be open at 8AM for parent drop off as well.

Please contact your base schools After-School Specialist for more information.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!!   Mt. Vernon High School Color Guard     Eating Disorders

The Code of Virginia, 22.1-273.2 requires Virginia Public Schools to provide, on an annual basis, parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades five through twelve. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2020):

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Eating disorders are not fads or phases, and can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.

Eating disorders can develop or re-emerge at any age. Eating disorder specialists are reporting an increase in the diagnosis of children, some as young as five or six. Many eating disorder sufferers report that their thoughts and behaviors started much earlier than anyone realized, sometimes even in early childhood. Although most people report the onset of their eating disorder in their teens and young adulthood, there is some evidence that people are being diagnosed at younger ages.


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