From the Counseling Office:

Registration for MCPS Summer RISE 2021 program is now open ( and closes April 25 at 5:00 pm)!

Summer RISE is an initiative led by the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Partnerships Unit in collaboration with businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The program is for rising MCPS juniors and seniors to participate in a career-based learning opportunity during the summer. Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning opportunities related to their field of interest. Students can register here starting at 8AM on Thursday, April 15  until 5PM,  Monday, April 26


Scholarships can be very helpful in reaching college dreams but it takes research to find them and apply.  Start looking now, opportunities are constantly becoming available! These links may be helpful in your search Specific Scholarships and Scholarship Search Engines. The list of specific scholarships has been updated with new opportunities.

It’s College Decision Time for Seniors!

Our seniors have worked hard for graduation and we would like to know what their plans are post June 2021 and where we need to send the final transcript.  To provide this information, seniors should complete the Senior Survey by May 20.  Instructions for the survey are here.

Thank you to the many, many hard working volunteers who have organized and donated their time, energy, efforts and skills to creating a meaningful series of celebrations for our seniors this spring!

Seniors, we realize you did not get to have a school prom or After Prom party, but we hope we did you proud this past month!

A special thank you to Heather Epstein, who took the lead and spear-headed these efforts with her intrepid teams!

Please enjoy the photos of the parade, the picnic and the Class of 2021 Clap Out, below:

High Point Farms senior picnic, photos courtesy of Amber Huang: Senior Picnic

Car parade, photos of Amber Huang: Senior Car Parade

Car Parade, photos courtesy of Carla Morris: Senior Car Parade

Class of 2021 Clap Out: Clap Out


The Graduation Ceremony will be at 5:00 pm at the Churchill stadium, and will be live-streamed.

Weather back-up times will be:
Option 1 – Saturday, June 5 at 9:00 am or
Option 2 – Saturday, June 5 at 6:00 pm

Click here for graduation ceremony details!

Guests may want to spray bug repellant and put on sunscreen prior to arriving at WCHS. Please DO NOT bring bug repellant, sunscreen or bottles/cans to graduation. Water and Churchill Class of 2021 graduation fans will be made available at the stadium, courtesy of the Booster Club and the PTSA.  Please be sure to utilize the restroom prior to your arrival. The stadium is equipped with restroom facilities. All graduates, staff, and guests are not required to wear a mask before, during, or after the ceremony while outdoors on campus, in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and MCPS guidelines for outdoor gatherings (per MCPS notification May 19, 2021).  All graduates, staff and guests that are not vaccinated may continue to wear a mask but are not required to. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the stadium, both inside and outside. There will be a First Aid tent located inside the guest entrance to the stadium and will be staffed by our school nurse and athletic trainer. We all recognize the importance of capturing this special moment and taking photographs is an essential part of graduation. To limit unnecessary movement we ask that you abide by these protocols.  There will be a professional photographer on site. Guests will not be permitted to leave their seats to take pictures.  Families will have an opportunity to take pictures following the ceremony.  The ceremony will be recorded by Winston Churchill Staff and a video will be uploaded to youtube. 

The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed on NFHS for public viewing via this link: Graduation Streaming Link

Home and visitor bleachers will be available for any guest.  Please note that there will be no social distancing restrictions in these seating areas, per new CDC and MCPS guidelines as of May 28, 2021. Additional seating will be available on the Stadium Field behind the graduates (guests and graduates are not allowed to wear heels on the field).   These seats will be spaced out with at least 3’ of social distancing space between chairs.  Graduates’ seats will be socially distanced by 3’ on each side.  Principal Heckert will send the recording of her webinar with further guidance to all senior families.

Senior Breakfast June 2nd from 9-11am, at Hadley’s Park

There may be no in-person graduation rehearsal, but the senior breakfast tradition continues!  Bring a chair and/or a blanket.  Some covered picnic tables are available. 

Senior’s, click here to sign up. Donations being requested. Pay it forward and donate even if you don’t have a senior. To donate, select the link here.

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Thank you to everyone who joined our last PTSA meeting of the year!
Congratulations to our new board!

We would be remiss if we did not pause for a moment and say a gigantic, heartfelt thank you to both Principal Heckert and Ms. Gasaway, whom we just learned are both leaving the school for new opportunities this summer.  The past eighteen months has been extraordinary – tumultuous, stressful, arduous, sometimes isolating, almost constantly challenging to our emotional, mental and physical well-being.  Many of us lost cherished loved ones during this time.  Many of us know of families who did.  Many of us are still protecting younger children who are not yet eligible for vaccinations, although we can certainly keep hope alive that younger children and even infants may be able to receive a vaccine by the end of the summer.  During the trials and tribulations of working almost exclusively in an on-line, Zooming environment for most of the entire prior school year, under her leadership, Principal Heckert’s administrative team and staff have risen to the occasion with creativity, humor, flexibility, resilience and determination. It is important that we acknowledge the extraordinary efforts that went into pulling off a year and a half of academics unlike any other. And as the pandemic finally somewhat loosened its grip on us, Principal Heckert gave our seniors and our community a beautiful outdoors field graduation to remember.  We thank her, and we wish her and Ms. Gasaway every success in their future endeavors. The PTSA board has some surprises planned for them next week!  

Our New PTSA Board Members Starting July 1st:

  • President – Stacy Ganz Kahn
  • President Elect – Alexei Dmitriev
  • Vice President of Membership – Xinrong Chen 
  • Treasurer – Jing Wang
  • Corresponding Secretary – Cher Serhal
  • Recording Secretary – Yan Zeng 
  • MCCPTA Delegate – Goldie Shturman
  • MCCPTA Delegate – Sonia Verdu

Thank you to the many, many hard working volunteers who have organized and donated their time, energy, efforts and skills this extraordinary past year on behalf of our school community! Click here to see our special thanks!

To the outgoing members of our PTSA board, a GIANT THANK YOU for your last two years of service! To:
Eric Myers, our intrepid MCCPTA delegate, who graciously co-signed numerous checks with me, mostly outside with masks on, in all sorts of weather
Vanessa Scott, idea generator extraordinaire, who wrote up our meeting minutes and carefully helped re-craft our Bylaws and provided loads of important insights for two years
Lola Tobun, devoted to the WCHS community and students everywhere, always ready to organize and support, and our MCCPTA delegate
Heidi Wei, our phenomenal and dedicated treasurer, who faithfully prepared every budget and spreadsheet update and kept such careful track of our expenses
We thank the members of our board who will be continuing their service as well!
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A special thank you to Carla Rush, our NAACP rep, who kept track of numerous advocacy efforts on behalf of the NAACP and the Black and Brown coalition and offered us guidance 
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A giant thank you also to Heather Braswell and Rebecca Rutberg, for so carefully managing our Facebook community pages, and to Heather for also managing our PTSA web site!
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A special thank you to all of our parent/guardian committee chairs who stepped up to provide a semblance of normalcy, if not celebrations, throughout the past year of organizing back to school support, special education services, the Asian American Festival, staff appreciation events, holiday events, and Reflections.  We couldn’t operate some committees this past year, but we programmed where and when we could! In addition, thank you to our Nominating Committee for your hard work.
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An enormous thank you to the many, many parents and guardians who stepped up to the task of creating a memorable graduation set of experiences for their seniors – there are so many of you who stepped up to organize with Heather Epstein the Drive-In Movie Nights, the Car Parade, the Senior Picnic and the Senior Breakfast, including providing photography, prizes, gift cards, vendor donations, signage, etc., etc., etc., we don’t even know where to start, and we don’t want to make a mistake and leave anyone out, but you all know who you are, and for those of you who are graduating out of Churchill with your graduating seniors, GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES!!!!