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Potomac Senior High School   will set the standard for educational excellence, where all students achieve their potential and contribute to the local and global communities.       
 PSHS Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Striving for Excellence!

Potomac High School
3401 Panther Pride Drive
Dumfries, VA 22026

Phone: 703.441.4200

Principal: Michael Wright

Assistant Principals: Regina Nash, Lorraine Sadler,  and Stacy Norwood

Other Administrators: Ms. Natalie Wright, Director of Guidance; Mr. Bill Stearns, Activities Director; Dr. Michelle DeLoach, Coordinator for Cambridge Programme.

Date Opened: 1981

Number of Students: 1630

Number of teachers: approximately 110

Percent of Students Who Go on to Higher Education: 84%

School Colors: Navy Blue, Columbia Blue and White

School Mascot: Panther

Vision:  Potomac High School will set the standard for educational excellence, where all students achieve their potential and contribute to our local and global community.

Honor Code

At Potomac Senior High School, we strive to create an environment wherein all members act honestly. We believe it is the right, privilege, and responsibility of each individual to contribute to and work in an environment of trust. Honorable behavior covers the full range of activities within the school environment.

Honor Pledge

On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received help on this assignment, test, or quiz.


Potomac Senior High School opened in January 1981, with only a freshman class. Today Potomac has between 1600 to 1650 students in grades 9-12 who reflect the diversity of the surrounding neighborhoods. Potomac was named for its view of the Potomac River.




Potomac Senior High School serves communities from Neabsco Road south in Woodbridge down to and including some communities in Dumfries. Also Cardinal Drive communities on the north side above I-95 and on the south side from the Forest Park HS attendance area down to Route 1.

Cyber Security

     Potomac Senior High School is very excited to offer a new CTE 4-year program of study; Computer Systems Technology I “Cyber Security” as a transfer program open to students Division wide.
     The Cyber Security course offering at Potomac HS is a first in our Division. In this program, students enter the world of computer technology and gain practical experience in assembling a computer system, installing an operating system, troubleshooting computers and peripherals, and using system tools and diagnostic software. They develop skills in computer networking and resource sharing. Cyber Security units will include maintaining endpoint security, maintaining network security, implementing threat mitigation and exploring ethical and legal cyber issues.
     Currently, 60 Potomac High School students are enrolled in 2 sections of the Cyber Security course. Next year the course will expand to include Computer Systems Technology II Cyber Security plus Forensics. This program is cutting edge from the classroom infrastructure to the cyber security modules. The goal of the program is to prepare students to enter into a Cyber Security career after high school or an IT college degree program. Students will have the opportunity to earn their CompTia A+ certification and the ISACA CyberSecurity Essentials certification.



 Potomac's Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training  Corps is a four-year elective program providing  students with the opportunity to learn and exercise  leadership, self-discipline, citizenship, physical  fitness and organizational skills. The distinguished  unit, which began in 1995, offers a variety of  competitive activities outside the classroom  including, rifle team, color guard, drill team,  academic, cyber patriots, athletic, and orienteering.  The program also stresses volunteerism through student involvement in school and community service projects. Benefits of the program include early promotion potential for those students considering military service, significantly higher acceptance rates for ROTC college scholarships, and entrance into Service Academies.

Cambridge Programme

Potomac is the Cambridge Centre for the Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The Cambridge program emphasizes mathematics and physical sciences within the framework of a four-year program of mathematics, sciences, language arts, and the humanities. The Cambridge Program, which began in 2000, is an innovative and accelerated method of study offered through The University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

To participate in the program, students must enroll each year in at least one Cambridge course and must complete a sequence of such classes from grades nine through twelve. The courses are divided into IGCSE level for grades 9-10, and AICE level for grades 11-12. AICE courses are acceptable for college credit. The AICE Diploma is another option for Seniors. For more information about the Cambridge Program at Potomac High School, call (703) 441-4200 or visit the website at www.potomacpanthers.org or www.cie.org.uk

Culinary Arts at Potomac High School

Potomac’s Culinary Arts Program is a CTE course of study starting with Intro to Culinary, and continuing to Culinary I and culminating in Culinary II. Students of the Culinary Arts Program will graduate with work-ready knowledge and skills being ServSafe certified. ServSafe is a training certificate program and is a basic food safety credential required by many restaurants for their management staff. Culinary students will be taught advanced culinary skills By Chef Bozza using  resources such as the textbooks from the  Culinary Institute of America and a brand new state-of-the-art commercial cooking Lab.

Chef Bozza brings over 20 years of professional culinary experience into the food labs at Potomac High School from catering to International cooking to cake decorating and pastry arts. Units of study include; exploring the many careers within the food service industry, food safety and sanitation, essential culinary skills, nutrition and meal planning, exploring cultures and their food internationally and regionally, baking skills and economics and logistics of food.

Students will compete with fellow classmates, using the kitchen skills and knowledge learned from this course. This is a fun and exciting class to be in as well as a very rewarding and enriching career path to choose. If you love working with food and have a passion to create wonderful meals then this is the course for you.

Criminal Justice


This course is designed for students who are considering a career in criminal justice. The course prepares students for career opportunities within the criminal justice system as well as entrance into institutions of higher learning.

Specific areas of training will be provided in criminal law and investigation, security training, communications, emergency response, crimes, search and seizures, arrests, crime prevention, court procedure and police operations. The program is structured to give students a strong academic background with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the needs of a career in any of the cited fields. In addition, experts from various agencies provide in-depth information and experiences.

Major Topics Covered:

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

Definitions of Types of Crimes

Defensive Tactics / Handcuffing Techniques

Introduction to Criminal Investigations

Introduction to Crime Scene Investigations

Use of Force Continuum

Court Procedures

Crime Prevention

Arrest and Custody Procedures

Traffic and Patrol Procedures

Career Considerations

     Physical Fitness

Welding is the process of joining metals together with the application of intense heat. Learn how to apply basic Math, Science, Engineering and Art at the only Welding Lab in the Prince William County Public School system. Potomac Senior High School’s Welding Lab teaches all the major welding techniques used in today’s industry. Students will become a part of the most advanced, modern technology any lab has to offer. More than 55% of U.S products require welding. Students also have the opportunity to become dually enrolled students, partnered with Northern Virginia Community College, earning college credits while still in high school. This opportunity helps students to become certified welders if they desire.
If you can imagine it; you will learn how to build it.
Please contact Mr. Simon J Bhagwandeen at Bhagwasj@pwcs.edu for any questions.


 Extra-curricular activities, clubs, and Honor Societies keep many students active after school and on the weekends. From “Model-UN” to a wide variety of musical, dramatic, academic and sporting events, Potomac students demonstrate their talents with Panther Pride!


Potomac is fortunate to have a variety of helpful, caring parent organizations. The Potomac Panther’s Athletic Boosters Club, Grad Night Committee, Band Boosters, Parents as Educational Partners (PEP), and the Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC) actively support the students, teachers and extra curricular events. Thank you, parents!!! Potomac also receives support from its many Business Partners in the local community.


Potomac’s Diversity is it greatest strength. From scholastics to athletics, Potomac students and faculty reflect pride in their school. Potomac has been recognized as a School of Excellence, has met or exceeded all required criteria for Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL), and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) –No Child Left Behind Act.





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