WTW PTSO WeMail - October 20th

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PTSO NEWS Joining the PTSO is Quick and Easy for you and your student!

The majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding directly supports students or teachers.  To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home.

Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV

Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

Your PTSO Funding at Work

The PTSO released approximately $7,000 in Grant funding to Woodson Staff for teaching support. So far 7 document cameras have been purchased for the math department. That leaves a little over $2,000 granted for items such as web cams, digital pens, monitors, standup desks and more document cameras for additional staff members.

PTBoard Website

Head to the PTSO website to join the PTSO, make fundraiser purchases, add your student/s to the Student Directory, check out dates on the PTSO calendar and see what other information you might be missing!

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home

FUNDRAISERS Sign up now to Contribute to Woodson’s PSAT Staff Lunch next week!

Help us thank the many staff members that will be in school next week to help administer the PSAT to our children.

The PTSO and Woodson HS are teaming up to provide sandwiches for their lunch and we are asking families to contribute chips (individually wrapped bags) and bottled waters.  Please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E45AEA82F4-woodson6 and drop the items in the front office by Wednesday, October 28th.

Questions contact Teresa Lemair at teresalemair@aol.com or Meri Farling at merifarling@hotmail.com. Thank you for your contribution!

$10, $15 Grocery Gift Cards being collected through this week for Food Pantry

Parents who would like to assist the food pantry are asked to donate gift cards to local grocery stores in increments of $10-$15. 

Sign up for a gift card donation here: SignUPGenius Link

Alternatively, you may now make a monetary donation to the food pantry program online via PayPal. Learn More

We are all in this together!

*Contact your student’s counselor for more information about food pantry services*

*Volunteers Needed: If interested in helping out with Family & Student Enrichment Programs, please contact: enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com*

Mock SAT/Mock ACT are coming in November!

The Woodson PTSO is pleased to announce that Mindworks Educational Services will provide this wonderful fundraising opportunity again for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 

-- Mock SAT is scheduled for Saturday, November 14; 8:00 A.M. - Noon

-- Mock ACT is scheduled for Monday, November 16; 8:00 A.M. - Noon

Important to know: Tests will be administered and proctored online. Students will print and complete their test at home.

The mock tests are a great way to prepare for SAT/ACT testing the spring of junior year by determining strengths and weaknesses now. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in future emails.

With any questions please contact Yelena Jones @ 703-501-9597

Have you purchased your Class of 2021 sign yet?

Purchase your Class of 2021 WT Woodson Yard Sign!

You can personalize it with a sticker to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. You can include one or several activities. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, or other activities, etc.)

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

Website requires account login if not already a PTSO member.

Distribution information will be shared once finalized.

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

Yearbook Ad Space - Limited Space - Secure Yours NOW!

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

There are many ad sizes available at various price points. Orders are being accepted now, and all ad space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. So place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior!

Visit www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and enter job number 5278. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process.

SENIOR MEMORIAL BRICKS - A special way to commemorate a WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Memorial Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or even for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These memorial Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! Bricks will be installed in the courtyard in between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance and we strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but in any case definitely before Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com

WTW NEWS & EVENTS Woodson Choral Boosters

Upcoming Virtual Events

Monday* November 2nd Chorus Concert 7PM

* Due to additional time needed for editing and production, we have moved the first virtual release date from October 21st to November 2nd.  Thank you for your flexibility!

Auditions for Virtual Dessert on Broadway are due by October 30th.  Information is on Google Classroom. 

2020-2021 Chorus Spiritwear orders are due Friday, October 30th, 2020.  See website for the order form.

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

Time to cut the quarantine hair! School Portrait Dates Are Coming 

Underclass - Mondays, November 9th, 23rd, 30th; 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Secure a 15 minute photo time slot for your student  here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044eadaa2eabf58-underclass

Remaining Class of 2021 - Week of November 16th-20th

Registration will open Monday, November 2nd.

Questions? Reach out to Paula DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu or Dan Checkosky djcheckosky@fcps.edu. 

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter.

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Woodson Weekly - October 16th

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Mr. Paul Adam teaching from the workshop to his Career and Technical Education students.

Important Upcoming Dates

Thursday, October 29th - PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors ONLY

Thursday, October 29th - Asynchronous Instruction for all students not taking the PSAT/NMSQT Test

Friday, October 30th - Last day of First Quarter, 2 hour early release

Monday-Tuesday, November 2nd-3rd - Student Holidays

Monday, November 9th - Underclass Pictures (see story below)

Wednesday, November 11th - Veteran's Day, 2 hour early release

Monday-Friday, November 16th-20th - Senior Portrait Dates (see story below)

Monday, November 23rd - Underclass Pictures (see story below)

Monday, November 30th - Underclass Pictures (see story below)

In this Issue

ACTION Item
1. Underclass Pictures - Sign Up

NEW News
2. Message from Dr. Floyd
3. Textbook/Supplies/Locker Item Distribution - LAST CHANCE
4. This Is My Brave - 5 WTW Students in Show
5. Summer Residential Governor's School Application Information
6. SEAL Ambassador Leaders
7. College & Career Center News

PAST News but still important
8. Non-Enrolled Student AP Exams
9. Go Paperless - Report Cards
10. FCPS Virtual College Week
11. Senior Portrait Days in November
12. NVCC Offering Select Courses to Seniors 
13. Library Curbside Pickup Program
14. New Woodson Athletics Website
15. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
16. Parent Technology Help Desk
17. Senior Baby Yearbook Ads
18. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

ACTION Item 1. Underclass Photos

Woodson will have underclass yearbook photos taken by Lifetouch on Monday November 9th, Monday November 23rd, and Monday November 30th from 8:00am until 3:30pm.

Please sign up for a time slot using this Sign Up Genius Link , and we ask that you enter the students name that shows in SIS and not a nickname or parent/guardian name.

On your scheduled date for your yearbook photo, please arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road. Then proceed towards the front of the building and around the side to Entrance 5. There will be signs indicating which way to enter and staff will direct you accordingly.

We ask that everyone in the vehicle wear a mask and remain in the vehicle until a staff member motions for the student only to exit and proceed to the Health Check-in table. Once complete, a staff member will direct the student into the Aux Gym, where photos will be taken. Students will exit the building through Door 6.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Paula DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu or Dan Checkosky djcheckosky@fcps.edu. 

NEW News 2. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Families:

Today marks two weeks from the end of the first quarter. Teachers are feverishly working to get grades into SIS as quickly as students are turning in assignments. Please encourage your child to get work in on time so that timely feedback can be provided prior to assessments.

We are excited to have been given the green light to do small outdoor activities with some groups of students. As we make plans, we will be in touch to invite students to campus while maintaining social distancing and health protocols. I am thrilled to be able to get our students back on campus. Please stay tuned for plans as we only found this out yesterday.

Please have a restful weekend. We love our Cavaliers and if you need anything, please reach out! cefloyd@fcps.edu.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay positive,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

3. Textbooks/Supplies Locker Item Distribution - LAST CHANCE

Please know that we will have one last textbook/supplies and locker distribution on Monday, October 19th.  While we have most textbooks, some textbooks have not shipped as of today so please have your child check with their teacher before signing up. Teachers will be sharing with their classes if their class has a hard copy textbook or supplies to pick up.  

At this time we will also have those items from lockers that need to be returned to students from the 2019-2020 school year.  If you are not sure whether or not you have locker items a separate email will be sent individually to these students.   

Schedule for Pickup 

Monday October 19, 7:30-9:30am, 4-6pm

There is no sign up.  Please come when you can during the timeframe listed above. Only students who have been assigned textbooks or supplies from their teachers or have locker items left from SY2019-2020 need to pick up these items.   

If you have books to be returned or grabbed the wrong book feel free to return at this time too.   

Parking & Building Entry  

All parents / guardians / students should arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road and proceed to the front of the building by Door 18 (next to auditorium). There will be staff directing you accordingly.    

Students only (not parents) must enter the building via Door #18 (next to auditorium). Students will be required to answer a health questionnaire prior to entry, wear a mask and maintain social distance. Once inside the building, students will be directed to follow a specific route collecting their textbooks/supplies.   

What to bring 

  • Empty backpack   
  • Card with name and student ID # clearly printed (helps with checkout process)   
  • Mask (students will not be permitted into the building without a mask)  

Questions, please email assistant principal Paula DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu. 

4. This Is My Brave - 5 WTW Students in Show

After many months of hard work, our DC Area cast of "This Is My Brave" is taking the virtual stage and there are FIVE Woodson students in our show this weekend!

The show will broadcast this Sunday, October 18th, at 4PM ET on YouTube live. You can register to see the event here

If you're not able to join us, please still register so that you will receive the link to watch the show on YouTube later.

"This Is My Brave" hosts storytelling performances across the United States each year, giving everyday community members a chance to stand on stage and share their personal experiences with mental illness or substance use disorders. Many are sharing stories publicly for the very first time. Cast members feel seen, understood, and less alone, and audience members learn more about and empathize with performers.

5. Summer Residential Governor’s School Application Information

Students interested in applying to the 2021 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s (SRGS) programs must complete the academic or the visual and performing arts interest form no later than November 9, 2020. No late applications are accepted.

The academic interest form is available for the Schools for Humanities, Math/Science/Technology, Medicine/Health, Agriculture, Engineering, and Marine Science.

The visual and performing arts interest form is available for the dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music programs.

Additional information about the SRGS programs, application process, and timelines are found online.

If you have any questions, please contact Lizzie Walter at ehwalter@fcps.edu or Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

6. SEAL Ambassador Leaders

Student Equity Ambassador Leader (SEALS) is a leadership program that amplifies student voice and provides an increased understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion through leadership development, projects and relevant experiences of high school students.

The goal of SEALS is to empower students to take an active role in fostering a school culture of inclusiveness and creating a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for students, families and staff. For more information on SEALS please check out the Program Overview.

Woodson’s Equity Leads chose students who are not currently in leadership roles but have the potential to share their voice with school leaders and other high school students. These are students we believe will thrive with the opportunity to connect with other students outside of Woodson. 

Congratulations to sophomore, DJ Lawrence, and junior, Christopher Little on being selected to serve as Student Equity Ambassador Leaders for the 2020-2021 school year.

7. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News.

Upcoming Events: 

  • George Mason University hosts The ALCANZA College Fair each year to promote higher education opportunities to Latinx high school students in our community. ALCANZA is one of the largest college fairs in Northern Virginia. This year’s virtual ALCANZA will be on October 22, 2020. For more information and to register, please visit: https://events.admissions.gmu.edu/alcanza/ 
  • This year, FCPS is holding a Virtual College Week October 19-23 instead of the traditional College Fair and College Night activities. This event will feature two live virtual sessions each evening starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. During these sessions, FCPS students and families will be provided an opportunity to meet virtually with subject-matter experts and ask questions about college admissions, standardized testing, financial aid, and postsecondary planning. Advance registration is required. You will receive a unique access link 24 hours before the event(s) that you register to attend.
  • Parents of high school seniors—did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open? College Access Fairfax is here to help! Parents are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible and definitely before March 1, 2021, as you prepare for your child to begin college in the fall of 2021. Parents and students should start by creating an FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA. Also, thanks to our partners at College Access Fairfax, there are a variety of virtual workshops available to help you plan and prepare:
  • Scholarship 101: October 17 at 10 a.m.
  • FAFSA Line-by-Line: October 24 at 10 a.m.

Families may find more information and register for these presentations on the Calendar page of the College Access Fairfax website. Registration is required and closes 24 hours before the workshop. Space is limited. If you are unable to attend a workshop, you can visit the College Access Fairfax website to view the PowerPoint presentation for these and other programs on the Workshop Description page. Recordings of each of the workshops will be available soon. College Access Fairfax is also available for virtual one-on-one help to complete the FAFSA. Interested families should email appointments@collegeaccessfairfax.org to make an appointment. It’s never too early to start learning about how to pay for college.

Mr. Kevin Wright teaching virtually from his classroom at Woodson HS.

PAST News - Still Important 8. Non-Enrolled Student AP Exams

Woodson HS offers AP tests for non-enrolled students based on seat availability/testing room capacity for AP courses currently offered at Woodson High School.

For exams with limited seats/capacity, non-enrolled students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Any student may register for and take any AP examination. Those taking an examination on an independent study basis must pay for the examination. To register to take the AP examinations as a non-enrolled student, please complete this Exam Order Form. Submit the completed form along with $95 per exam to Mrs. Glover at Woodson HS.  The deadline to register for AP exams is Friday, October 30th.

For more information on AP courses and exams, please visit the AP FAQs web page.  Please contact Student Testing Coordinator Kathleen Guinee, kpguinee@fcps.edu with questions.

9. Go Paperless - Report Cards

Parents and/or guardians can now opt to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards.

This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students and progress reports for ES students.

To take advantage of the paperless options, BOTH parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards.

The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level.

10. FCPS Virtual College Week Set for October 19-23

This year, FCPS is holding a Virtual College Week October 19-23 instead of the traditional College Fair and College Night activities. Students and their parents may participate in one or all of several live virtual sessions. Participants will learn about the current college admissions process and how to be better prepared for the next chapter of their educational journey.

Advance registration is required. You will receive a unique access link 24 hours before the event(s) that you register to attend.

11. Senior Portrait Days in November Lifetouch Class of 2021 Additional Senior Portrait Days Available 11/16/20 - 11/20/20

Lifetouch has added additional Senior Portrait Days for students in the Woodson Class of 2021 for the week of November 16-20.

Appointment times will not open for registration until 2 weeks prior to the first appointment time on November 16th (registration will open on Monday November 2nd. Each individual student must log in to schedule and then confirm their own appointment. 

Lifetouch will be sending those seniors who have not yet taken their senior portraits a new appointment card. The appointment card will have a unique code assigned to each student and directs them to prestigeportraits.com to schedule and then confirm the appointment selected. If you do not receive an appointment card by 2 weeks out from the first scheduled date, lost your appointment card or have questions, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

For detailed Senior Portrait Day information such as what to wear and where to enter the building, visit the Senior Class Information Page.

Mr. Lonnie Bickel teaching music theory and guitar virtually from his classroom at Woodson HS.

12. Northern Virginia Community College Offering Select Courses to FCPS Seniors

This fall, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will offer select college courses at a third of the cost to Fairfax County high school seniors. Courses are eight weeks in length and will begin October 20. Students must meet placement requirements and understand there may be textbooks or other material fees associated with courses. Since these classes are all online, classes will not meet in real time. Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

The online courses are not intended to replace any 2020-21 classes for which students are already registered at their high school. The program provides an accelerated opportunity to earn transferable, college-only credits.

Details about the Online Early College Program are available online

13. Library Curbside Pickup Program 

The Library Curbside Pickup Program is up and running!  Students can pickup print books from the Woodson Library.

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Books will be checked out to the student for three weeks and then students can return books on Mondays between 10 am and 2 pm on the return book cart outside the main entrance.

Students!  Use your FCPSSchools.net account to go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu. 

14. New Woodson Athletics Website

Visit the NEW Woodson Athletics Website at www.wtwoodsonsports.com

We will no longer be using our current .org website. Please remember to update your bookmarks and favorite pages, so you can continue to stay up to date with Woodson Athletics and Activities. See you all there!

15. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

16. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

17. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook

Looking for a personalized, memorable way to recognize your graduating senior? Want to capture memories with the friends you’ve made for a lifetime? Looking for a fun way to recognize your teammates or club members?  

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

There are many ad sizes available at various price points. Orders are being accepted now, and all ad space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. So place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior!

Visit www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and enter job number 5278. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process.

18. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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WTW PTSO WeMail - October 13th

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PTSO NEWS TONIGHT is the next PTSO Meeting 

The next virtual PTSO meeting is tonight, October 13, 6:00-7:00pm.  Topics will include: Updates from Dr. Floyd and teacher representative, budget, Grant Program, senior signs, community support.  Join at: https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj

Support Students and Teachers by Joining the PTSO - IT IS QUICK & EASY!

The majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding is plowed back into the programs that directly support students or teachers.  To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home.

Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV. 

Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

Your PTSO Funding at Work

The PTSO is releasing approximately $7,000 in Grant funding to Woodson Staff for teaching support during the pandemic.  Our plan is to prioritize document cameras for math teachers and open Grant Applications to all staff.

Staff can also request reimbursement for items already purchased.  Items being considered include second monitors, noise cancelling headphones, and teacher-based subscription services.

FUNDRAISERS AVAILABLE NOW! Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Purchase your Class of 2021 WT Woodson Yard Sign!

You can personalize it with a sticker to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. You can include one or several activities. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, or other activities, etc.)

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

Website requires account login if not already a PTSO member.

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

Food Pantry Requests Grocery Store Gift Cards

Parents who would like to assist the food pantry are asked to donate gift cards to local grocery stores in increments of $10-$25. 

Sign up for a gift card donation here: SignUPGenius Link

Alternatively, you may now make a monetary donation to the food pantry program online via PayPal. Learn More

We are all in this together!

*Contact your student’s counselor for more information about food pantry services*

*Volunteers Needed: If interested in helping out with Family & Student Enrichment Programs, please contact: enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com*

Student Driver Magnets

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

Yearbook Ad Space - Limited Space - Secure Yours NOW!

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

There are many ad sizes available at various price points. Orders are being accepted now, and all ad space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. So place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior!

Visit www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and enter job number 5278. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process.

Senior Memorial Bricks

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Memorial Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or even for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These memorial Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! Bricks will be installed in the courtyard in between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance and we strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but in any case definitely before Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com

WTW NEWS & EVENTS Woodson Choral Boosters

Our next monthly meeting is this Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30PM!  Look for a Zoom link soon!

Upcoming Virtual Events

Monday*        November 2nd         Chorus Concert        7PM

* Due to additional time needed for editing and production, we have moved the first virtual release date from October 21st to November 2nd.  Thank you for your flexibility! 

2020-2021 Chorus Spiritwear orders are due Friday, October 30th, 2020.  See website for the order form.

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter.

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Woodson's orchestra director, Bomin Collins, distributes supplies to orchestra students during textbook distribution on Monday.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 12th - Indigenous Peoples' Day - Student Holiday

Thursday, October 29th - PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors ONLY

Thursday, October 29th - Asynchronous Instruction for all students not taking the PSAT/NMSQT Test

Friday, October 30 - Last day of First Quarter, 2 hour early release

Monday-Tuesday, November 2-3 - Student Holidays

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Student Holiday on Monday, October 12
3. Textbook/Supplies Distribution - LAST CHANCE
4. PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate - Juniors ONLY; Deadline TODAY
5. NEW Attendance Reporting Requirements
6. Senior Portrait Days in November
7. Underclass Photos
8. New Woodson Athletics Website
9. FCPS Virtual College Week
10. NVCC Offering Select Courses to Seniors

PAST News but still important
11. Non-Enrolled Student AP Exams
12. College & Career Center News
13. Go Paperless - Report Cards
14. Library Curbside Pickup Program
15. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
16. Parent Technology Help Desk
17. Senior Baby Yearbook Ads
18. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

NEW News 1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families!

I hope everyone has been able to be outside to enjoy the Fall – like weather.  I saw the 10 day forecast and it had the 50’s listed!  It's hard to believe it is already Fall and we are getting so close to Winter.  Personally, I would be happy with Fall (or Spring) year round. 

Over the last week and a half we have welcomed students back to the building to pick up books and class supplies.  We had several hundred students come through, which leaves well over a thousand students to still get books. 

We recognize that some students do not have materials to pick up but we want to make sure everyone who needs books and supplies has a chance; therefore we will hold one more pick up event on October 19th from 7:30 – 9:30AM and 4-6PM.  Families who did not pick up your locker items from the Spring will receive a separate eNotify message on Monday, October 12th with a final pick up opportunity on October 19th. 

Many students are finding buddies as resources in their classes.  Over the next week or two, our teachers will continue to help students find a buddy in class so they may ask questions and have a resource.  It is often helpful to ask a friend about where to find an assignment, verifying a due date or determining where an assignment goes once it is completed.   When buddies are able to answer these questions, teachers are freed up to provide feedback on learning, answer content questions and engage in meaningful lesson development. 

Thank you to the numerous parents who have reached out to ask for ways to support teachers as well as their own children during this unusual time.  We appreciate your collaborative approach and desire to work together. I invite all of our parents to our next PTSO meeting on Tuesday, October 13 at 6PM, https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj.  This is a great way to support the school and see what is going on at Woodson.  FCPS is looking for ways to allow the PTA/PTSO groups to do some more work for kids and staff on campus in the months ahead, so stay tuned!

Please enjoy this three day weekend and stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Student Holiday on Monday, October 12, for School Planning Day

As a reminder, Monday, October 12, is a school planning day and a student holiday. Teachers will participate in a variety of professional development and planning activities and will not be available for office hours. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments on this student holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 13.

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

3. Textbooks/Supplies Distribution - LAST CHANCE

Please know that we will have one last textbook and supplies distribution on Monday, October 19th.  While we have most textbooks, some textbooks have not shipped as of today so please have your child check with their teacher before signing up. Teachers will be sharing with their classes if their class has a hard copy textbook or supplies to pick up.  

At this time we will also have those items from lockers that need to be returned to students from the 2019-2020 school year.  If you are not sure whether or not you have locker items a separate email will be sent individually to these students.   

Schedule for Pickup 

Monday October 19, 7:30-9:30am, 4-6pm

There is no sign up.  Please come when you can during the timeframe listed above. Only students who have been assigned textbooks or supplies from their teachers need to pick up these items.   

If you have books to be returned or grabbed the wrong book feel free to return at this time too.   

Parking & Building Entry  

All parents / guardians / students should arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road and proceed to the front of the building by Door 18 (next to auditorium). There will be staff directing you accordingly.    

Students only (not parents) must enter the building via Door #18 (next to auditorium). Students will be required to answer a health questionnaire prior to entry, wear a mask and maintain social distance. Once inside the building, students will be directed to follow a specific route collecting their textbooks/supplies.   

What to bring 

  • Empty backpack   
  • Card with name and student ID # clearly printed (helps with checkout process)   
  • Mask (students will not be permitted into the building without a mask)  

Questions, please email assistant principal Paula DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu. 

4. PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate - for Juniors Only Deadline TODAY

On Thursday, October 29th, WT Woodson High School eleventh graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT. FCPS will cover the cost for any eleventh grade student to take this test.

To help the school prepare for testing, students are asked to complete the form below TODAY, Friday, October 9 using their fcpsschools.net account. This form asks about participation in the test, the need for bus transportation, and interest in free breakfast or lunch on the day of the test.

WT Woodson High School: PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate Form

https://forms.gle/pkcDzW5MaVEwm3g69 

A translated version of the form content may be found on the PSAT/NMSQT Intent webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42099).

Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.

General information about the PSAT/NMSQT test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10). Thursday, October 29th has been designated for asynchronous learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules and bus transportation in the coming weeks. FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT/NMSQT administration are available online (https://www.fcps.edu/node/41891).

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at WT Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Guinee (kpguinee@fcps.edu).

5. New Attendance Reporting Requirements

Please call the Attendance Office (703-503-4800; option 1 for all day absences, option 2 for tardy, and option 3 for early release).

Email teachers only as a courtesy, not to have attendance updated for tardies, check outs and all day absences.

Please be sure to leave the following:

  • student’s name,
  • spelling the last name, given first name (no nicknames please);
  • student ID;
  • reason for any full or partial absence;
  • your name and relationship to the student; and
  • a phone number where you can be reached.

In addition, all attendance absences for illness MUST include the following.  Please indicate whether your child has any of the following symptoms:

    • Feeling feverish or chills
    • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F
    • Headache (not due to another health condition, hunger, menstrual cramps stress, or injury)
    • A new cough (not due to another health condition)
    • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties (not due to diagnosed respiratory condition or if different than normal pattern of chronic condition)
    • A new sore throat (not due to another health condition)
    • Congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies or health condition)
    • Fatigue (more tired than normal or sudden onset)
    • New muscle pain (not due to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise))
    • New loss of taste, smell, or appetite
    • Abdominal pain (not due to hunger, constipation, injury, or stress)
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

If this information is not provided, FCPS staff MUST contact parents/guardians of any student who has been called in as sick without an explanation.

Please note, students, friends, siblings, other relatives or friends cannot call to excuse any absence, it must be a parent/guardian. If your student attends an academy class, please call that academy school if the attendance affects their academy class.

The Key Club is collecting cards to share with Doctors and Nurses in the area. Would you like to help?  Email wtwoodsonkeyclub@gmail.com for more information about upcoming projects to serve our community.

6. Senior Portrait Days in November Lifetouch Class of 2021 Additional Senior Portrait Days Available 11/16/20 - 11/20/20

Lifetouch has added additional Senior Portrait Days for students in the Woodson Class of 2021 for the week of November 16-20.

Appointment times will not open for registration until 2 weeks prior to the first appointment time on November 16th (registration will open on Monday November 2nd. Each individual student must log in to schedule and then confirm their own appointment. 

Lifetouch will be sending those seniors who have not yet taken their senior portraits a new appointment card. The appointment card will have a unique code assigned to each student and directs them to prestigeportraits.com to schedule and then confirm the appointment selected. If you do not receive an appointment card by 2 weeks out from the first scheduled date, lost your appointment card or have questions, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

For detailed Senior Portrait Day information such as what to wear and where to enter the building, visit the Senior Class Information Page.

7. Underclass Photos

Underclass photos will take place on Mondays, November 9th, 23rd and 30th from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. 

We are checking on the number of cameras we will have available on these days and once we confirm the number of cameras, we will set up a Sign-Up Genius in the next few weeks so that parents/students can select their times.   

8. New Woodson Athletics Website

Starting Thursday, October 15th, please visit our NEW Woodson Athletics Website at www.wtwoodsonsports.com

We will no longer be using our current .org website. Please remember to update your bookmarks and favorite pages, so you can continue to stay up to date with Woodson Athletics and Activities. See you all there!

9. FCPS Virtual College Week Set for October 19-23

This year, FCPS is holding a Virtual College Week October 19-23 instead of the traditional College Fair and College Night activities. Students and their parents may participate in one or all of several live virtual sessions. Participants will learn about the current college admissions process and how to be better prepared for the next chapter of their educational journey.

Advance registration is required. You will receive a unique access link 24 hours before the event(s) that you register to attend.

10. Northern Virginia Community College Offering Select Courses to FCPS Seniors

This fall, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will offer select college courses at a third of the cost to Fairfax County high school seniors. Courses are eight weeks in length and will begin October 20. Students must meet placement requirements and understand there may be textbooks or other material fees associated with courses. Since these classes are all online, classes will not meet in real time. Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

The online courses are not intended to replace any 2020-21 classes for which students are already registered at their high school. The program provides an accelerated opportunity to earn transferable, college-only credits.

Details about the Online Early College Program are available online

PAST News - Still Important 11. Non-Enrolled Student AP Exams

Woodson HS offers AP tests for non-enrolled students based on seat availability/testing room capacity for AP courses currently offered at Woodson High School.

For exams with limited seats/capacity, non-enrolled students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Any student may register for and take any AP examination. Those taking an examination on an independent study basis must pay for the examination. To register to take the AP examinations as a non-enrolled student, please complete this Exam Order Form. Submit the completed form along with $95 per exam to Mrs. Glover at Woodson HS.  The deadline to register for AP exams is Friday, October 30th.

For more information on AP courses and exams, please visit the AP FAQs web page.  Please contact Student Testing Coordinator Kathleen Guinee, kpguinee@fcps.edu with questions.

12. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. 

Upcoming Events:

College Access Fairfax, in collaboration with School Counseling Services, is offering one more Financial Aid presentation this fall. Seniors and their families can participate in any presentation at their convenience and do not need to attend the presentation for their region. Registration closes 24 hours before the event.

  • Thursday, October 15, Region 2 Schools,7:00pm-8:00pm

George Mason University hosts The ALCANZA College Fair each year to promote higher education opportunities to Latinx high school students in our community. ALCANZA is one of the largest college fairs in Northern Virginia. This year’s virtual ALCANZA will be on October 22, 2020. For more information and to register, please visit: https://events.admissions.gmu.edu/alcanza/

13. Go Paperless - Report Cards

Parents and/or guardians can now opt to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards.

This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students and progress reports for ES students.

To take advantage of the paperless options, BOTH parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards.

The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level.

14. Library Curbside Pickup Program 

The Library Curbside Pickup Program is up and running!  Students can pickup print books from the Woodson Library.

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Books will be checked out to the student for three weeks and then students can return books on Mondays between 10 am and 2 pm on the return book cart outside the main entrance.

Students!  Use your FCPSSchools.net account to go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu. 

15. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

16. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

17. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook

Looking for a personalized, memorable way to recognize your graduating senior? Want to capture memories with the friends you’ve made for a lifetime? Looking for a fun way to recognize your teammates or club members?  

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

There are many ad sizes available at various price points. Orders are being accepted now, and all ad space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. So place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior!

Visit www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and enter job number 5278. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process.

18. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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Your PTSO Funding at Work

The PTSO is releasing approximately $7,000 in Grant funding to Woodson Staff for teaching support during the pandemic.  Our plan is to prioritize document cameras for math teachers and open Grant Applications to all staff.

Staff can also request reimbursement for items already purchased.  Items being considered include second monitors, noise cancelling headphones, and teacher-based subscription services.

JOIN THE PTSO!

The vast majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding is plowed back into the programs that directly support students or teachers.  To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home.

Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

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Next PTSO Meeting

The next virtual PTSO meeting is Tuesday, October 13th from 6-7pm.  Topics include: Update from Dr. Floyd, teacher representative, budget, Grant Program, senior signs, community support.  Join at: https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj

Food Pantry Requests Grocery Store Gift Cards

The generosity of our community is evident in the number of calls we receive from those who want to help with the food pantry. At this time, parents who would like to assist the food pantry are asked to donate gift cards to local grocery stores in increments of $10-$25. 

Sign up for a gift card donation here: SignUPGenius Link

Alternatively, you may now make a monetary donation to the food pantry program online via PayPal. Learn More

We are all in this together!

*Contact your student’s counselor for more information about food pantry services*

*Volunteers Needed: If interested in helping out with Family & Student Enrichment Programs, please contact: enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com*

Woodson Choral Boosters

Reminder:  Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30PM!  Look for a Zoom link soon!

Upcoming Virtual Events

Monday*        November 2nd         Chorus Concert        7PM

* Due to additional time needed for editing and production, we have moved the first virtual release date from October 21st to November 2nd.  Thank you for your flexibility! 

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

Library Curbside Has Begun

Woodson’s Library Curbside Pickup program began yesterday, October 5th. 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu.

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter.

FUNDRAISERS Class of 2021 Yard Signs!

Get your Class of 2021 WT Woodson Sign to display in your yard.

You can personalize this - it will be a peel and stick to include your activity(ies) of choice or leave it BLANK. You can include one or several activities. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, or other activities, etc.)

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

Website requires account login if not already a PTSO member.

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

Student Driver Magnets

Need to alert other drivers of your new driver or your out-of-practice driver due to the Covid-19 shutdown? Then PTSO has the perfect item for you -  a Student Driver Magnet for your car! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for all your cars for $20.00.

You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com

Yearbook Ad Space - First Come, First Served!

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

There are many ad sizes available at various price points. Orders are being accepted now, and all ad space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. So place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior!

Visit www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and enter job number 5278. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process.

Senior Memorial Bricks

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Memorial Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or even for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These memorial Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! Bricks will be installed in the courtyard in between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance and we strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but in any case definitely before Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com

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Woodson Weekly - October 2nd

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The last day for textbook pickup is on Monday, October 5th.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 5th - Textbook Distribution 8am-6pm (see story below)

Monday, October 5th - Library Curbside Pickup begins (see story below)

Monday, October 12th - Indigenous Peoples' Day - Student Holiday

Thursday, October 29th - PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors ONLY

Thursday, October 29th - Asynchronous Instruction for all students not taking the PSAT/NMSQT Test

Friday, October 30 - Last day of First Quarter, 2 hour early release

Monday-Tuesday, November 2-3 - Student Holidays

In this Issue

ACTION Items 
1. SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form - Required for ALL Students
2. Digital Resources Consent Form - Required for ALL Students

NEW News
3. Message from Dr. Floyd
4. Textbook Distribution - Monday last day
5. PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate - Junior ONLY
6. Non-Enrolled Student AP Exams
7. Credit Exam for World Languages Postponed
8. College & Career Center News

PAST News but still important
9. Attendance for Virtual Learning
10. SIS Weekly Progress Reports
11. Go Paperless - Report Cards
12. Library Curbside Pickup Program - Starts Monday
13. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
14. Parent Technology Help Desk
15. Senior Baby Yearbook Ads
16. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook
17. Healthy Minds Podcast: Social Emotional Learning

ACTION Items 1. SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

The Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair equitable and supportive school environment.  We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contacts numbers and other resources.

Please complete the Parent Acknowledgement Form that records your acknowledgement of receiving the information as required by law, to complete after reviewing these documents online. The form must be filled out one time per student.

Please reach out to your class administrator if you have any questions about SR&R.

2. Digital Resources - Parent Consent Form

At Woodson, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Kathy Martin, assistant principal overseeing technology at kamartin@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

NEW News 3. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good Friday afternoon Woodson Families!

As we progress into October we are taking this time to check in with students and staff regarding work load.  Both groups seem to be overwhelmed with work. 

Teachers will be working on ways to help students adhere to the 60-75 minutes of asynchronous/homework each week.  But, we need your help to streamline the workload for teachers. 

Teachers receive dozens of emails each day after school hours and on weekends.  Many are from students asking questions about assignments/due dates and these could be answered by a peer or by looking on their teachers learning platform.  Although teachers are responding to these emails as quickly as they are able; students should be encouraged to reach out to peers in their classes.  Therefore, we are suggesting that teachers and parents encourage students to find a study buddy or two in their classes who they can contact with questions prior to going to the teacher.  There is a phrase commonly used, “ask three before me” where “me” is the teacher.  Please encourage your child to ask their peers prior to emailing the teacher. 

In addition, we have office hours on Monday mornings for students to ask teachers questions.  Please help your child use this time to log on and ask questions instead of sending an email.  Many students have shared that they wake up whenever on Monday and “just email the teacher the question.”   FCPS has designated Monday mornings, as intervention and office hours, and students are supposed to reach out to their teachers for support in their class.  Please help us to reminded your student that they need to get up and participate in the various teachers office hours for clarification or additional support.  We want to make the most efficient use of our time on Mondays, so please log on and ask questions of teachers. 

Monday, October 12th is a student holiday.  We will not have the attendance activity, office hours and no assignments will be due on Monday.

Please visit the Woodson PTSO site, our new board is looking forward to engaging parents this year.  We encourage all families to get involved either by becoming members, joining us at meetings or volunteering. 

Thank you for your continued support.  Please feel free to reach out if you need anything. 

Mrs. Martin kamartin@fcps.edu (Science, Computer Science, PE and 9th grade Class)

Mrs. Madan spmadan@fcps.edu  (Social Studies, ELL and 10th grade Class)

Dr. DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu   (English, CTE and 11th grade Class)

Dr. Hewan gkhewan@fcps.edu (Math, World Languages and 12th grade Class)

Mr. Brooks drbrooks@fcps.edu (Fine and Performing Arts, Attendance)

Mrs. Burke ajburke@fcps.edu (All Special Education Programs)

And as always, I can be reached at cefloyd@fcps.edu

Have a safe and healthy weekend,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

4. Textbook Distribution

Monday, October 5th is the last scheduled date for textbook distribution.  Please have your child check with their teacher before signing up to make sure they know what textbooks must be picked up for class. Teachers shared with their classes if their class has a hard copy textbook to pick up. 

Schedule for Pickup

Monday, October 5, 8am-6pm 

Sign Up

Only students who have been assigned textbooks from their teachers need to make an appointment to pick up books. Click HERE to sign up for an appointment.  

Parking & Building Entry 

All parents / guardians / students should arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road and proceed to the front of the building by Door 18 (next to auditorium). There will be staff directing you accordingly.   

Students only (not parents) must enter the building via Door #18 (next to auditorium). Students will be required to answer a health questionnaire prior to entry, wear a mask and maintain social distance. Once inside the building, students will be directed to follow a specific route collecting their textbooks/materials.  

What to bring

  • Empty backpack  
  • Card with name and student ID # clearly printed (helps with checkout process)  
  • Mask (students will not be permitted into the building without a mask) 

Questions, please email assistant principal Paula DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

Selected students that participated in Wacky Tacky Hat spirit day last week won prizes from the WTW prize station.  Winners received a postcard in the mail and email in their fcpsschools.net email box.

5. PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate - for Juniors Only

On Thursday, October 29th, WT Woodson High School eleventh graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT. FCPS will cover the cost for any eleventh grade student to take this test.

To help the school prepare for testing, students are asked to complete the form below by Friday, October 9 using their fcpsschools.net account. This form asks about participation in the test, the need for bus transportation, and interest in free breakfast or lunch on the day of the test.

WT Woodson High School: PSAT/NMSQT Intent to Participate Form

https://forms.gle/pkcDzW5MaVEwm3g69 

A translated version of the form content may be found on the PSAT/NMSQT Intent webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/42099).

Due to health and safety protocols, FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.

General information about the PSAT/NMSQT test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10). Thursday, October 29th has been designated for asynchronous learning in FCPS high schools, so students who choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules and bus transportation in the coming weeks. FCPS health and safety protocols for PSAT/NMSQT administration are available online (https://www.fcps.edu/node/41891).

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT administration at WT Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Guinee (kpguinee@fcps.edu).

6. Non-Enrolled Student AP Exams

Woodson HS offers AP tests for non-enrolled students based on seat availability/testing room capacity for AP courses currently offered at Woodson High School.

For exams with limited seats/capacity, non-enrolled students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Any student may register for and take any AP examination. Those taking an examination on an independent study basis must pay for the examination. To register to take the AP examinations as a non-enrolled student, please complete this Exam Order Form. Submit the completed form along with $95 per exam to Mrs. Glover at Woodson HS.  The deadline to register for AP exams is Friday, October 30th.

For more information on AP courses and exams, please visit the AP FAQs web page.  Please contact Student Testing Coordinator Kathleen Guinee, kpguinee@fcps.edu with questions.

7. Credit Exam for World Languages Postponed

The 2020 Credit Exam for World Languages will be postponed until the spring of 2021.  It is anticipated that results from the spring exam will be available in time for graduation. 

As a reminder, thirty (30) languages are assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam, including:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish languages are tested using the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), which is a timed test and has a format distinct from the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam.  More information on the WPT is available at Writing Proficiency Test.

Additional information about the Credit Exam can be accessed at Credit Exam for WL.

8. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. 

Upcoming Events:

College Access Fairfax, in collaboration with School Counseling Services, is offering a Financial Aid presentation for each FCPS Region this fall. Seniors and their families can participate in any presentation at their convenience and do not need to attend the presentation for their region. Registration closes 24 hours before the event.

  • Saturday, October 3 College Success Program families/All Regions (English and Spanish presentation is available on this date) 9:00am-10:00am
  • Tuesday, October 6, Region 3 Schools, 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 8, Region 5 Schools, 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 15, Region 2 Schools,7:00pm-8:00pm

George Mason University hosts The ALCANZA College Fair each year to promote higher education opportunities to Latinx high school students in our community. ALCANZA is one of the largest college fairs in Northern Virginia. This year’s virtual ALCANZA will be on October 22, 2020. For more information and to register, please visit: https://events.admissions.gmu.edu/alcanza/

PAST News - Still Important 9. Attendance for Virtual Learning

Please call the Attendance Office (703-503-4800; option 1 for all day absences, option 2 for tardy, and option 3 for early release).

Email teachers only as a courtesy, not to have attendance updated for tardies, check outs and all day absences.

Please be sure to leave the following:

  • student’s name,
  • spelling the last name, given first name (no nicknames please);
  • student ID;
  • reason for any full or partial absence;
  • your name and relationship to the student; and
  • a phone number where you can be reached.

Please note, students, friends, siblings, other relatives or friends cannot call to excuse any absence, it must be a parent/guardian. If your student attends an academy class, please call that academy school if the attendance affects their academy class.

10. SIS Weekly Progress Reports

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5th.  This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system.  It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

11. Go Paperless - Report Cards

Parents and/or guardians can now opt to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards.

This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students and progress reports for ES students.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards.

The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level.

Another Wacky Tacky Hat winner!

12. Library Curbside Pickup Program 

Beginning Monday, October 5th, students will be able to pick up print books from the Woodson Library via our Library Curbside Pickup program. 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Books will be checked out to the student for three weeks and then students can return books on Mondays between 10 am and 2 pm on the return book cart outside the main entrance.

Students!  Use your FCPSSchools.net account to go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu. 

13. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook

Looking for a personalized, memorable way to recognize your graduating senior? Want to capture memories with the friends you’ve made for a lifetime? Looking for a fun way to recognize your teammates or club members?  

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

There are many ad sizes available at various price points. Orders are being accepted now, and all ad space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. So place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior!

Visit www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and enter job number 5278. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process.

14. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

15. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

16. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

17. Healthy Minds Podcast: Social-Emotional Learning

Meet Olde Creek Elementary School psychologist Ellen Goldberger in this week's Healthy Minds podcast. Goldberger addresses the important issue of self-control; knowing how to recognize when children (and adults) are losing self-control and tips on how to regain it. These strategies can also help families during the ongoing virtual learning days and into the future. 

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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WTW PTSO WeMail - September 29th

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JOIN THE PTSO!

Look for plans in the coming weeks on how the PTSO will help teachers navigate the challenges of virtual education and assist them with their technology needs. 

To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home.

Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

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Food Pantry Requests Grocery Store Gift Cards

The generosity of our community is evident in the number of calls we receive from those who want to help with the food pantry. At this time, parents who would like to assist the food pantry are asked to donate gift cards to local grocery stores in increments of $10-$25. 

Sign up for a gift card donation here: SignUPGenius Link

Alternatively, you may now make a monetary donation to the food pantry program online via PayPal. Learn More

We are all in this together!

*Contact your student’s counselor for more information about food pantry services*

*Volunteers Needed: If interested in helping out with Family & Student Enrichment Programs, please contact: enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com*

Woodson Choral Boosters

Join us for our next Chorus Boosters Meeting on Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30PM!

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

YouTube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

Yearbook Ad Space - Available Now!

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

There are many ad sizes available at various price points. Orders are being accepted now, and all ad space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. So place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior!

Visit www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and enter job number 5278. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process.

Textbook Distribution

Please know that we will distributing textbooks/materials that we have in stock.  Some textbooks are on order, so please have your child check with their teacher before signing up. Teachers will be sharing with their classes if their class has a hard copy textbook to pick up. 

Schedule for Pickup

TODAY, 4pm-8pm  Wednesday September 30, 4pm-8pm  Thursday October 1, 4pm-8pm  Monday, October 5, 8am-6pm 

Sign Up

Only students who have been assigned textbooks from their teachers need to make an appointment to pick up books. Click HERE to sign up for an appointment.  

Parking & Building Entry 

All parents / guardians / students should arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road and proceed to the front of the building by Door 18 (next to auditorium). There will be staff directing you accordingly.   

Students only (not parents) must enter the building via Door #18 (next to auditorium). Students will be required to answer a health questionnaire prior to entry, wear a mask and maintain social distance. Once inside the building, students will be directed to follow a specific route collecting their textbooks/materials.  

What to bring

  • Empty backpack  
  • Card with name and student ID # clearly printed (helps with checkout process)  
  • Mask (students will not be permitted into the building without a mask) 

Questions, please email assistant principal Paula DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

Library Curbside Pickup to Begin Next Week

Beginning next Monday, October 5th, Woodson’s Library Curbside Pickup program will begin. 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu.

WeMail Input

Want to add to the WeMail? Add your inputs by Sunday before the Tuesday we sent out to this Google doc.

FUNDRAISERS Class of 2021 Yard Signs are Coming Soon!

Parents stay tuned for details on signs that will celebrate the Seniors in a special way.  More information coming very soon. 

Student Driver Magnets

Do you have a new driver this year or a driver who is out of practice due to the COVID-19 lockdowns? If so the PTSO has the perfect item to let all those other drivers know your situation. A Student Driver Magnet for your car! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for all your cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com

Senior Memorial Bricks

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Memorial Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or even for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These memorial Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! Bricks will be installed in the courtyard in between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance and we strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but in any case definitely before Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com

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We loved seeing our students at the school picking up their textbooks this week. Book distribution continues next week.

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 29th - Textbook Distribution 4-8pm (see story below)

Wednesday, September 30th - Textbook Distribution 4-8pm (see story below)

Thursday, October 1st - Textbook Distribution 4-8pm (see story below)

Monday, October 5th - Library Curbside Pickup begins (see story below)

Monday, October 5th - Textbook Distribution 8am-6pm (see story below)

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Attendance for Virtual Learning
3. SIS Weekly Progress Reports
4. Go Paperless - Report Cards
5. Textbook Distribution
6. Library Curbside Pickup Program
7. Teacher Weekly Agendas
8. Senior Baby Yearbook Ads
9. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

ACTION Items 
10. SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form - Required for ALL Students
11. Digital Resources Consent Form - Required for ALL Students

PAST News but still important
12. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
13. Parent Technology Help Desk

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Thank you to the faculty, staff and Class of 2021 for a successful Senior SAT day on Wednesday!

Please know that several faculty and staff will be taking religious leave on Monday, the scheduled intervention day.  If students need intervention, they may email teachers and teachers will then return email as soon as possible.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Attendance for Virtual Learning

Please call the Attendance Office (703-503-4800; option 1 for all day absences, option 2 for tardy, and option 3 for early release).

Email teachers only as a courtesy, not to have attendance updated for tardies, check outs and all day absences.

Please be sure to leave the following:

  • student’s name,
  • spelling the last name, given first name (no nicknames please);
  • student ID;
  • reason for any full or partial absence;
  • your name and relationship to the student; and
  • a phone number where you can be reached.

Please note, students, friends, siblings, other relatives or friends cannot call to excuse any absence, it must be a parent/guardian. If your student attends an academy class, please call that academy school if the attendance affects their academy class.

3. SIS Weekly Progress Reports

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email.  For the 2020-21 school year, Weekly Progress Reports are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5th.  This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter. 

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system.  It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians.

Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

4. Go Paperless - Report Cards

Parents and/or guardians can now opt to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards.

This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students and progress reports for ES students.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."  All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards.

The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level.

A successful textbook pickup day!

5. Textbook Distribution

Textbooks/materials distribution continues next week. Some textbooks are on order, so please have your child check with their teacher before signing up. Teachers will be sharing with their classes if their class has a hard copy textbook to pick up. 

Schedule for Pickup

Tuesday September 29, 4pm-8pm 
Wednesday September 30, 4pm-8pm 
Thursday October 1, 4pm-8pm 
Monday, October 5, 8am-6pm 

Sign Up

Only students who have been assigned textbooks from their teachers need to make an appointment to pick up books. Click HERE to sign up for an appointment.  

Parking & Building Entry 

All parents / guardians / students should arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road and proceed to the front of the building by Door 18 (next to auditorium). There will be staff directing you accordingly.   

Students only (not parents) must enter the building via Door #18 (next to auditorium). Students will be required to answer a health questionnaire prior to entry, wear a mask and maintain social distance. Once inside the building, students will be directed to follow a specific route collecting their textbooks/materials.  

What to bring

  • Empty backpack  
  • Card with name and student ID # clearly printed (helps with checkout process)  
  • Mask (students will not be permitted into the building without a mask) 

Questions, please email assistant principal Paula DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

6. Library Curbside Pickup Program 

Beginning Monday, October 5th, students will be able to pick up print books from the Woodson Library via our Library Curbside Pickup program. 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Books will be checked out to the student for three weeks and then students can return books on Mondays between 10 am and 2 pm on the return book cart outside the main entrance.

Students!  Use your FCPSSchools.net account to go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu. 

7. Teacher Weekly Agendas

Teacher weekly agendas will no longer be emailed.  Instead, they will be posted in Blackboard FCPS 24-7 under Assignments or in Google Classroom.

If you have trouble accessing the weekly agendas which are published each Monday, please contact the teacher directly.

8. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook

Looking for a personalized, memorable way to recognize your graduating senior? Want to capture memories with the friends you’ve made for a lifetime? Looking for a fun way to recognize your teammates or club members?  

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

There are many ad sizes available at various price points. Orders are being accepted now, and all ad space is sold on a first-come, first-served basis. So place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior!

Visit www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and enter job number 5278. Choose “Buy a Yearbook Ad” to begin the process.

9. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Selected students that participated in Wacky Tacky Hat spirit day last week won prizes from the WTW prize station.  Winners received a postcard in the mail and email in their fcpsschools.net emailbox.

10. SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

The Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair equitable and supportive school environment.  We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contacts numbers and other resources.

Please complete the Parent Acknowledgement Form that records your acknowledgement of receiving the information as required by law, to complete after reviewing these documents online. The form must be filled out one time per student.

Please reach out to your class administrator if you have any questions about SR&R.

11. Digital Resources - Parent Consent Form

At Woodson, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Kathy Martin, assistant principal overseeing technology at kamartin@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

12. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

13. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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WTW PTSO WeMail - September 22nd

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JOIN THE PTSO!

The PTSO is working to help teachers and students excel in distance learning. Technology is key to this effort.  Look for plans in the coming weeks on how the PTSO will help teachers navigate the challenges of virtual education. 

If you want to join the Woodson PTSO go to this webpage  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home and under announcements find the JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information and click add to cart then click checkout once at the checkout enter the information for the credit card (Enter your card #,expiration date and CVC #).

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Asynchronous Classes on Wednesday, September 23

On Wednesday, Woodson Seniors that signed up will be taking the SAT and staff will be at school proctoring the test.  All underclassmen and seniors not testing on Wednesday, will have asynchronous (not live) instruction for their Even Day classes (Periods 2,4,6 and 8) on Wednesday, September 23rd.  Your child’s teacher should have already explained to them how to access their instruction for the day but so you as parents are aware they can access their instruction via their teachers learning platform either blackboard or google classroom. 

Synchronous learning will resume on Thursday September 24th, for our Odd Day classes.

Textbook Distribution

Please know that we will distributing textbooks/materials that we have in stock.  Some textbooks are on order, so please have your child check with their teacher before signing up. Teachers will be sharing with their classes if their class has a hard copy textbook to pick up. 

Schedule for Pickup

Thursday September 24, 4pm-8pm  Tuesday September 29, 4pm-8pm  Wednesday September 30, 4pm-8pm  Thursday October 1, 4pm-8pm  Monday, October 5, 8am-6pm 

(Please note that we will also be distributing textbooks to those seniors who are scheduled to take the SAT on September 23, but no appointment is necessary for this particular date). 

Sign Up

Only students who have been assigned textbooks from their teachers need to make an appointment to pick up books. Click HERE to sign up for an appointment.  

Parking & Building Entry 

All parents / guardians / students should arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road and proceed to the front of the building by Door 18 (next to auditorium). There will be staff directing you accordingly.   

Students only (not parents) must enter the building via Door #18 (next to auditorium). Students will be required to answer a health questionnaire prior to entry, wear a mask and maintain social distance. Once inside the building, students will be directed to follow a specific route collecting their textbooks/materials.  

What to bring

  • Empty backpack  
  • Card with name and student ID # clearly printed (helps with checkout process)  
  • Mask (students will not be permitted into the building without a mask) 

Questions, please email assistant principal Paula DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

Class of 2021 Yard Signs are Coming Soon!

Parents stay tuned for details on signs that will celebrate the Seniors in a special way.  More information coming very soon. 

FUNDRAISERS Student Driver Magnets

Do you have a new driver this year or a driver who is out of practice due to the COVID-19 lockdowns? If so the PTSO has the perfect item to let all those other drivers know your situation. A Student Driver Magnet for your car! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for all your cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com

Senior Memorial Bricks

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Memorial Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or even for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These memorial Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! Bricks will be installed in the courtyard in between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance and we strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but in any case definitely before Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com

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Woodson Weekly - September 18th

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Woodson celebrated the second week of school with a Spirit Week.  Funky Hat Day brought lots of smiles and interaction on camera!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 21st - Virtual Open House at 8am for Even Day Classes

Wednesday, September 23rd - SAT School Day - Seniors Only

Wednesday, September 23rd - Virtual Financial Aid Night at 7pm

Thursday, September 24th - Textbook Distribution begins

Monday, October 5th - Library Curbside Pickup begins

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Textbook Distribution - Action Needed
3. Library Curbside Pickup Program
4. Teacher Weekly Agendas
5. Schedule Change Requests - New Information
6. Virtual Financial Aid Night - Wed, Sept 23 at 7pm
7. WTW Key Club
8. Grab and Go Meals

ACTION Items
9. SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form - Required for ALL Students
10. Digital Resources Consent Form - Required for ALL Students

PAST News but still important
11. Virtual Office Hours (Even Day Classes) for Parents
12. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
13. Parent Technology Help Desk
14. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Families:

As we embark on the Fall season, I am reminded of why I love living in this area. You can go from the beach to the mountains in just a few hours and it is often a 30 degree difference in the two areas. The air is becoming more crisp and my dog is chasing the leaves. With the change in seasons, I can only hope it will bring a renewed hope to be rid of COVID and to safely return to school.

Yesterday I sent an eNotify message to our families to address the abhorrent behavior of some students during Club interest meetings. To protect against this, club sponsors will send individual links for meetings or utilize a Google classroom setting. The downside to this is students cannot just come to a club at any time. I highly suggest parents encourage their kids to contact the sponsor of a club to gain a link if they are interested in trying out a club. There is no commitment to coming to a meeting and checking it out. This won’t allow for the spontaneity that comes with clubs and will require pre-planning but we must do it to ensure the safety of all our students and staff. 

Please see the information below on textbook and material pick up over the next two weeks. If you still have books, please drop them off at Door 1 during business hours. Also, please see the information regarding grab and go meals provided by FCPS.  

Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, stay well and stay healthy, Cavs!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Textbook Distribution

Please know that we will distributing textbooks/materials that we have in stock.  Some textbooks are on order, so please have your child check with their teacher before signing up. Teachers will be sharing with their classes if their class has a hard copy textbook to pick up. 

Schedule for Pickup

Thursday September 24, 4pm-8pm 
Tuesday September 29, 4pm-8pm 
Wednesday September 30, 4pm-8pm 
Thursday October 1, 4pm-8pm 
Monday, October 5, 8am-6pm 

(Please note that we will also be distributing textbooks to those seniors who are scheduled to take the SAT on September 23, but no appointment is necessary for this particular date). 

Sign Up

Only students who have been assigned textbooks from their teachers need to make an appointment to pick up books. Click HERE to sign up for an appointment.  

Parking & Building Entry 

All parents / guardians / students should arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road and proceed to the front of the building by Door 18 (next to auditorium). There will be staff directing you accordingly.   

Students only (not parents) must enter the building via Door #18 (next to auditorium). Students will be required to answer a health questionnaire prior to entry, wear a mask and maintain social distance. Once inside the building, students will be directed to follow a specific route collecting their textbooks/materials.  

What to bring

  • Empty backpack  
  • Card with name and student ID # clearly printed (helps with checkout process)  
  • Mask (students will not be permitted into the building without a mask) 

Questions, please email assistant principal Paula DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

3. Library Curbside Pickup Program 

Beginning Monday, October 5th, students will be able to pick up print books from the Woodson Library via our Library Curbside Pickup program. 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Books will be checked out to the student for three weeks and then students can return books on Mondays between 10 am and 2 pm on the return book cart outside the main entrance.

Students!  Use your FCPSSchools.net account to go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu. 

4. Teacher Weekly Agendas

Teacher weekly agendas will no longer be emailed.  Instead, they will be posted in Blackboard FCPS 24-7 under Assignments or in Google Classroom.

If you have trouble accessing the weekly agendas which are published each Monday, please contact the teacher directly.

5. Schedule Change Requests - New Information

As of Monday, September 21st, students are able to request schedule changes. Please keep in mind that these are requests and that changing a class is not always possible, other classes may need to change to accommodate the request, and that teachers may change as a result…if the request is approved. Below is the procedure for requesting a course change:

  1. Student will email the request to their counselor (parent/guardian must be copied) indicating the class they want to drop and add
  2. Counselor will respond with the Schedule Change Form for the student, parent/guardian, and teacher to sign
  3. Student and parent will sign the form, then email it to the current teacher who will complete their portion and send it back to the student
  4. Student will email the completed form (student, parent/guardian, and teacher signatures as well as teacher input) as an attachment to their counselor
  5. Counselor will let the student know if the change can be made and, if it is possible, when they will start their new schedule
6. Virtual Financial Aid Night - Wednesday, September 23rd

Senior parents and students - please join us to learn about the financial aid process at our Virtual Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 pm.

Chad Spencer, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Davidson College, will share his expertise with us. There is no need to sign up. The meeting link will be shared out closer to the event date.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Lieb-Mosley, College and Career Specialist, at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

7. WTW Key Club

Key Club is a service based club that focuses on providing volunteer opportunities in the local community to students at Woodson. In the past we have worked with food banks, senior homes, veteran organizations, INOVA for blood drives, and much more!

This year we will be meeting virtually every other Wednesday at 3pm through google meet. We will also be offering virtual service opportunities like canned food drives and cards for nurses and doctors.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about our club please join our google classroom. The google classroom code is stzif3e. We hope you all have a great year!

8. Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering ALL students a healthy breakfast and lunch at no cost through December 31. The grab and go meals are offered at several school sites and along bus routes throughout Fairfax County. Grab and Go Meal Sites and Bus Routes

Grab and go meals will be served at school sites and community locations from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) with both breakfast and lunch being served at the same time.

Buses are delivering grab and go meals throughout the county. Several new bus routes have been added and some bus stop locations have changed. Any changes to bus routes are posted on the website by 5 p.m. each day. Bus Routes for Food Distribution

If there are bus delays while distributing grab and go meals, the information will be posted here: https://busdelay.fcps.edu/. FCPS will send a message to the affected school communities if a bus route is delayed.

New: Breakfast and lunch meals for Saturdays and Sundays will be distributed at all sites and on bus routes every Friday.   

Our goal is to provide every FCPS student daily access to a healthy breakfast and lunch.

Please visit https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food for more information.

Faculty and Staff participated in Funky Hat day too!

9. SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

The Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair equitable and supportive school environment.  We ask that you use this document as a framework for discussing these expectations with your child or teen so that he or she is well prepared for success when the school year begins. You will also find that this publication includes information that you may need throughout the school year, including contacts numbers and other resources.

Please complete the Parent Acknowledgement Form that records your acknowledgement of receiving the information as required by law, to complete after reviewing these documents online. The form must be filled out one time per student.

Please reach out to your class administrator if you have any questions about SR&R.

10. Digital Resources - Parent Consent Form

At Woodson, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Kathy Martin, assistant principal overseeing technology at kamartin@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

11. Virtual Open House Information

Parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers Even Day teachers virtually during a Virtual Open House on Monday, September 21st from 8-9 AM.

While we cannot make this Open Houses about individual students, if you have questions regarding the curriculum or you just want to say hi to the teacher, please stop in. Teachers will send links to the Virtual Open Houses by mid-day Sunday and they will come from their Blackboard sites. 

If at anytime during the year you would like to have a parent-teacher conference, please contact the teacher directly or your student’s counselor.

12. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

13. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

14. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021!

Yearbook for 20-21 is rolling! What a year to own a relic of these unprecedented times and showcase Woodson students for “making it the most of it.”

We love our candid shots and want summer photos!

You can share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare.  You can do this two easy ways.

  1. Go to HJeShare.com and enter the school code: wtwoodson
  2. Download the HJeShare app for iPhone or Android at the App Store or Google Play. Again, the school code: wtwoodson

We want anything from vacations to staycations! We want to show off those new hobbies, virtual celebrations, and mask fashion!

You can follow us on Twitter @WoodsonYearbook. If you have any questions, please contact Woodson yearbook advisor Ms. Weghorst at tmweghorst@fcps.edu.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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WELCOME BACK FROM THE PTSO!

Dear W.T. Woodson Families,

Your W.T. Woodson Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) welcomes students and faculty back to school for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Our year begins in challenging conditions that will require new habits, approaches, and greater care for our students.  While many of the PTSO’s traditional activities like Cav Kickoff are not possible, there is much we can do in a pandemic environment to support students and staff.  Your PTSO was able to send a survey to our teachers to understand how we may enhance their home teaching environment (we will discuss at this evening's meeting); we will also continue to support families in need; and teacher hospitality programs will move from events to new formats so all staff can feel appreciated.

We cannot do this without you.  The PTSOs main funding source is memberships.  Our mission is to advocate for staff and student needs to maintain W.T. Woodson’s sterling academic credentials.  Woodson High School consistently ranks in the top 1.5% of high schools nationwide (https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/virginia/districts/fairfax-county-public-schools/w-t-woodson-high-school-20458)   because of involved parents like you, superlative staff, and involved leadership.  Please consider becoming a PTSO member by visiting: https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=2614.

In addition to membership, it is people that drive the PTSO.  We have a few vacant positions looking for volunteers; including a Communications Director board position.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Miklos Kiss at miklos.kiss@cox.net or message us on our Facebook page. On behalf of the PTSO team, I wish you a healthy and meaningful new school year.

Miklos Kiss – President (WPTSOPres@gmail.com)
Sara Mastro – Vice President-Membership (wptsocomm@gmail.com)
Kiona Harvey – Vice President-Fundraising (wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com)
Amy DeCarlo - Secretary (wptsosecretary@gmail.com)
Kyle Durbin - Treasurer (wptsotreasurer@gmail.com)

Join us for our first PTSO Meeting Tonight!

  - When: 15 Sept 6:00-7:00pm

  - Location: https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj

Woodson Choral Boosters

Please join us for our first Woodson Choral Booster meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:30PM!  

The virtual meeting link and instructions will be sent via to parents/guardians of Woodson Choral students.

FUNDRAISERS Student Driver Magnets

Do you have a new driver this year or a driver who is out of practice due to the COVID-19 lockdowns? If so the PTSO has the perfect item to let all those other drivers know your situation. A Student Driver Magnet for your car! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for all your cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com

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Woodson Weekly - September 11th

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Congratulations Cavaliers!  The Administration celebrates our first day of school!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 14th - Virtual Open House at 8am for Odd Days

Tuesday, September 15th - Virtual PTSO Meeting at 6pm

Wednesday, September 16th - Virtual Senior Parent Night at 7pm

Thursday, September 17th - Social Justice Club Meeting at 7pm

Monday, September 21st - Virtual Open House at 8am for Even Days

Wednesday, September 23rd - SAT School Day - Seniors Only

Wednesday, September 23rd - Virtual Financial Aid Night at 7pm

 

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Virtual Back to School Night Link
3. Virtual Office Hours for Parents
4. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
5. First PTSO Meeting of School Year
6. Welcome New Staff 
7. National Merit Semifinalists
8. Receiving Emergency Information from FCPS
9. FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

ACTION Items
10. Three Must Do Forms to Start the Year
11. Digital Resources Consent Form - Required for ALL Students

PAST News but still important
12. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year
13. Schedule Change Requests
14. Parent Technology Help Desk
15. College & Career Center News - new dates; college visits
16. Social Justice Club Meeting - Thursday, September 17th
17. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Dear Woodson Community:

On this Friday, we reflect on the importance this day became in 2001. We have all been impacted in one way or another and I do not take lightly the responsibilities we hold as educators to help the next generation understand the significance of 9/11. 

Thank you to everyone who helped make the first week strong!  While we got off to a strong start, we were unfortunately interrupted by an internet outage that was wide spread throughout the East Coast today. We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide updates should Monday’s instruction be disrupted.  Teachers are ready to transition to asynchronous work as needed. 

Parents!  Please compete the Digital Resources Parent Consent Form.  EVERY family must complete this for EACH student. Teachers need this permission to continue using the programs that promote the highest student engagement. 

Thank you to all who attended our Virtual Back To School Night!  Parking was delightful this year (smile).  Please visit the BTSN site prior to the end of September to view the videos from our teachers and PTSO.  

Have a wonderful weekend.  

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected,
Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Virtual Back To School Night

Woodson's first Virtual Back to School Night is available on the Woodson website throughout the month of September.

There are links to messages from our School Board members, the Woodson PTSO president and our principal, Dr. Floyd.  There are also links to your child's teachers back to school night videos within departments sections. 

Please make sure you have your child's schedule, either from ParentVUE or have your child log on to their StudentVUE, so that you can access the course and teacher names. 

3. Virtual Open House Information

Parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers virtually during two Virtual Open Houses on Monday, September 14th from 8-9 AM (for Odd Day classes) and on Monday, September 21st from 8-9 AM (for Even Day classes).  

While we cannot make these Open Houses about individual students, if you have questions regarding the curriculum or you just want to say hi to the teacher, please stop in.  Teachers will send links to the Virtual Open Houses by mid-day Sunday and they will come from their Blackboard sites similar to the way you receive the weekly agenda for the class. 

If at anytime during the year you would like to have a parent-teacher conference, please contact the teacher directly or your student’s counselor.

4. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

5. First PTSO Meeting of the School Year!

The 2020-21 PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) is happy to welcome everyone to the new school year.

Please join us for our first meeting, taking place virtually on Google Meet on Tuesday, September 15th from 6-7PM.  The link is here:https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj

We hope to see you there!

Your 20-21 PTSO Board

Miklos Kiss – President
Sara Mastro – Vice President-Membership
Kiona Harvey – Vice President-Fundraising
Amy DeCarlo - Secretary
Kyle Durbin - Treasurer

6. Welcome New Staff

Help us welcome more new faces to Woodson this year!

My name is Lisa Christensen and I’m a visual art teacher. I will be teaching Sculpture 1 and two Studio Art and Design Classes at Woodson.

I was born in Texas but grew up in Northern VA as an Army Brat. I got my BFA in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University and my MAT (Master of Art in Teaching Art Education) at George Mason University. I’ve taught in the museum industry, art gallery, K-12 and most recently private art lessons. I’m a multi-media artist, but these days mostly paint on canvas and murals.

I look forward to getting to know everyone and working alongside y’all. After 7.5 years in Austin, TX. I’m excited to be back home with FCPS again. Hope y’all have a great year!  

My name is Larry Peacock and I am one of the new social studies teachers at Woodson.  I will be teaching Honors US/VA History and AP Psychology . I am a native Northern Virginian, born in Alexandria and educated right here in Fairfax Country thru middle school.  I graduated from Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, VA before returning to Fairfax County to earn a Bachelor’s degree in History from George Mason University.  A few years later, I graduated from Marymount University with a Master’s degree in Secondary Education.  For the last 6 years I have been teaching middle school United States History, Civics and Economics for Arlington County Public Schools. Looking forward to meeting and working with you all this year!

My name is Julia Varona and I am a new Spanish teacher at Woodson, teaching level 1 and 2 this year.

I am from New York and graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2012 with my undergrad in Spanish & masters in teaching. I have been in Fairfax county for 3 years at South County High School and am excited to transition to the Woodson community and work with all of you!

7. National Merit Semifinalists

Three Woodson seniors were named National Merit semifinalists for 2020.  All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $30 million, to be awarded in spring 2021.

Congratulations to Margaret Berberian, Alexandra Cooper, and Benjamin Neifeld.

8. Receiving Emergency Information from FCPS

How can I make sure I receive emergency information from Fairfax County Public Schools?

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) communicates all emergency and essential information to parents via email. The information is also translated into eight languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Information communicated via email includes:

• School closings and delays

• Attendance

• Emergencies at school

• Low lunch balance

• Power, phone, or internet outages at school

• Bus delays

• Testing dates

When providing an e-mail address to FCPS, please avoid using an educational (.edu-including fcps.edu), military (.mil) or government (.gov) email address. The security settings on government servers often block messages from FCPS. It is a best practice to not use work related email addresses; therefore, it is important to use an email address from another internet service provider such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, etc.

How do I receive text messages from FCPS?

Parents can receive text messages for emergencies and essential information. Please make sure your parent cell phone numbers are listed in the "cell telephone" fields in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children.

Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using the weCare@school feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning. Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on their cell phone service plan. More information.

9. FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference Goes Virtual; Starts September 14

FCPS will host its 7th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference over a three-week period beginning Monday, September 14 through Saturday, October 3. The virtual event will focus on resiliency. Our Minds Matter will also host a student strand. Inova will be sponsoring the conference for the second year in a row.

Registration information and the complete schedule and list of speakers are now available online.

10. Three Must Do Forms to Start the Year

Emergency Care Form

  • All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents update this information through WeCare@School via their Blackboard FCPS 24/7 account

  • Log into your Blackboard FCPS 24/7 account.

  • Go to WeCare@School on the top right of your screen.

Health Information Form

Digital Resources - Parent Consent Form

  • Woodson uses a variety of digital tools for learning. You may look through the list before signing the form. For more information regarding this form, see the Digital Resources Consent Form description below.
11. Digital Resources Consent Form

At Woodson, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Kathy Martin, assistant principal overseeing technology at kamartin@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

12. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year

FCPS welcomes new and returning families for the 2020-21 school year. Our September 8 virtual opening poses some interesting challenges, so we hope this will help families understand the new attendance routines.

In Virginia, public school students aged 5-18 are required to attend school regularly. That is true whether FCPS is offering distance learning or in-person instruction. Teachers will take attendance during learning sessions and ensure that all students are counted. Parents can assist with this process by doing the following:

  • Ensuring that their student(s) logs in to classes on time, and throughout the day.
  • Calling the school attendance line at 703-503-4800 if their student(s) are unable to participate.
  • Communicating any concerns to the school, such as difficulty logging in or having access to FCPS classes.
  • Reporting any hardship, such as student illness or any issue that might prevent the student from participating regularly.
  • Returning phone calls or emails when notified that their student(s) did not participate that day.
  • Ensuring that your student(s) submit activity logs as directed.

If your child is unable to login to live, face-to-face online instruction with their teacher, the teacher will be recording the class and posting the video within Blackboard/Google Classroom so it can be viewed at a different time. The video can also be used to provide review for all students.

If a parent calls and indicates their student will not be there for a certain class period, they are excused for the class period. Accessing the material later will not change the status of the absence.

If there is no parent contact, and the student failed to log in, the student is unverified (UNV) for that class period. FCPS bases attendance for secondary students on “present” one or more periods of the day, and reports which periods a student did not appear in class.

FCPS staff members will work with parents to ensure that the transition to virtual learning is as smooth as possible. Help us to help you set your students up for success.

More information about attendance is available online

13. Schedule Change Requests

School counselors have been hard at work this week responding to schedule change requests and have strived to accommodate as many requests as possible prior to the first day of school. At this point, due to staffing and course balancing, we will put a hold on schedule change requests until Monday, September 21st. After that date, change requests can be submitted to counselors. The process for communicating change requests will be communicated to students/parents closer to the date.

That said, if you find an error on your student’s schedule please contact your assigned school counselor immediately so that this can be corrected. Examples include being enrolled in a class that was passed last year/this summer, or requesting an honors course but being mistakenly placed in a standard course. Another example is a student in special education who may require a small group class but have not accurately been placed in such a setting. We want to correct those as soon as possible, so please let your counselor know if any corrections are needed.

14. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

15. College & Career Center News

Virtual College Fairs:

NACAC Virtual College Fairs – event date Sept. 13, Oct. 12 & 18, and Nov. 8, 2020 - https://virtualcollegefairs.org/

Coalition for College Virtual College Fair – event date Sept. 16 & 17, Oct. 21 & 22 from 7pm to 10pm - https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/events

Virtual Rep Visits for Students are beginning on Monday, September 14, 2020

Juniors and Seniors, please register in Naviance!

 This week, we have Bridgewater, ODU, Morehouse College, the University of Chicago, CNU, East Carolina University, Spelman College, and the University of South Carolina visiting.

To view the dates and to register, please log into Naviance (use your SIS username and password) and scroll down on the homepage to What’s New. Please visit often for updates!

Virtual Senior Parent Night on Wednesday, September 16th, at 7 pm:

Senior parents and students - please join us to learn about post-secondary options, the college application process, scholarship opportunities, and how to use the website Naviance as a resource. There is no need to sign up. The meeting link will be shared out closer to the event date.

Virtual Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 7 pm:

Senior parents and students - please join us to learn about the financial aid process. Chad Spencer, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Davison College, will share his expertise with us. There is no need to sign up. The meeting link will be shared out closer to the event date.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Lieb-Mosley, College and Career Specialist, at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Coming up: Updated Career Center Website and Social Media Profile. Please stay tuned!

16. Social Justice Club Meeting

The Social Justice Club will meet on September 17th from 7 to 8 PM.

Participants will discuss Chapters 1, 2, and 3. A link will be provided in the coming days.

If you are interested in participating the Social Justice Club, please email Dr. George Hewan at gkhewan@fcps.edu.

17. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021!

Yearbook for 20-21 is rolling! What a year to own a relic of these unprecedented times and showcase Woodson students for “making it the most of it.”

We love our candid shots and want summer photos!

You can share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare.  You can do this two easy ways.

  1. Go to HJeShare.com and enter the school code: wtwoodson
  2. Download the HJeShare app for iPhone or Android at the App Store or Google Play. Again, the school code: wtwoodson

We want anything from vacations to staycations! We want to show off those new hobbies, virtual celebrations, and mask fashion!

You can follow us on Twitter @WoodsonYearbook. If you have any questions, please contact Woodson yearbook advisor Ms. Weghorst at tmweghorst@fcps.edu.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL- September 8th

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Dear Woodson families,

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather on this final summer holiday of 2020.  

While I recognize there is always a mix of nervousness and excitement for students and staff at the start of any school year, this school year’s opening has these qualities and many more.  The start of school will not have the traditional cues to a school year beginning (i.e. busing to school, face to face meetings with teachers and classmates, finding classes, etc.); nevertheless, I am sure the weeks and months of online learning will create its own norms in due time.  As we work and learn together, I trust our teachers and students will grow from the experiences.

Please take time this evening to locate all of the links needed for school tomorrow.  Students have received Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) links in their fcpsschools.net email or they received a Google Meets code in their fcpsschools.net email.  They received one or the other for each class.  Students should have a premade folder called BBCU in their fcpsschools.net gmail where they links will have landed.  Please understand that looking at these emails for the first time can be overwhelming, but take them one by one and I assure you, they are there.  If by chance you are missing a link, please find your teacher’s email address and send them an email alerting them to the missing link.  Can’t log on?  Contact the Parent and Student IT Support Portal

If at any time your teen has technology challenges connecting with his teacher(s), you or your student may use the following link to access assistance - Technology Support for Families.  Please write down the online tech support phone number in case the computer breaks and is unusable. 

In the event of technical issues on Tuesday, September 8th that are beyond our ability to correct at the school level, your child should logon to his/her fcpsschools.net account.  Teachers will email students asynchronous assignments to complete as the issue is being resolved.  You will also receive an email from FCPS and Woodson with information about next steps.  

Let’s get excited, the first day is almost here, Cavaliers!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th

Tuesday, September 8th is the first day of school.  The first day of school will be an Odd Day. The day begins with 1st period at 8:10 a.m.

Woodson Bell Schedule

Mondays are reserved for intervention/enrichment, independent student work and teacher planning/professional development.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are Odd Days (Periods 1, 3, 5 and 7)

Wednesdays and Fridays are Even Days (Periods 2, 4, 6, 8)

Three Must Do Forms to Start the Year

Emergency Care Form

  • All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents update this information through WeCare@School via their Blackboard FCPS 24/7 account
  • Log into your Blackboard FCPS 24/7 account.
  • Go to WeCare@School on the top right of your screen.

Health Information Form

  • Complete the Health Information Form 
  • Freshmen and Sophomores, please email it to Ms. O'Brien at jtobrien1@fcps.edu.
  • Juniors and Seniors to Ms. D'Angelo gndangelo@fcps.edu.

Digital Resources - Parent Consent Form

  • Woodson uses a variety of digital tools for learning. You may look through the list before signing the form. For more information regarding this form, see the Digital Resources Consent Form description below.
4. Digital Resources Consent Form

At Woodson, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Kathy Martin, assistant principal overseeing technology at kamartin@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Schedule Change Requests

School counselors have been hard at work this week responding to schedule change requests and have strived to accommodate as many requests as possible prior to the first day of school. At this point, due to staffing and course balancing, we will put a hold on schedule change requests until Monday, September 21st. After that date, change requests can be submitted to counselors. The process for communicating change requests will be communicated to students/parents closer to the date.

That said, if you find an error on your student’s schedule please contact your assigned school counselor immediately so that this can be corrected. Examples include being enrolled in a class that was passed last year/this summer, or requesting an honors course but being mistakenly placed in a standard course. Another example is a student in special education who may require a small group class but have not accurately been placed in such a setting. We want to correct those as soon as possible, so please let your counselor know if any corrections are needed.

Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year

FCPS welcomes new and returning families for the 2020-21 school year. Our September 8 virtual opening poses some interesting challenges, so we hope this will help families understand the new attendance routines.

In Virginia, public school students aged 5-18 are required to attend school regularly. That is true whether FCPS is offering distance learning or in-person instruction. Teachers will take attendance during learning sessions and ensure that all students are counted. Parents can assist with this process by doing the following:

  • Ensuring that their student(s) logs in to classes on time, and throughout the day.
  • Calling the school attendance line at 703-503-4800 if their student(s) are unable to participate.
  • Communicating any concerns to the school, such as difficulty logging in or having access to FCPS classes.
  • Reporting any hardship, such as student illness or any issue that might prevent the student from participating regularly.
  • Returning phone calls or emails when notified that their student(s) did not participate that day.
  • Ensuring that your student(s) submit activity logs as directed.

If your child is unable to login to live, face-to-face online instruction with their teacher, the teacher will be recording the class and posting the video within Blackboard/Google Classroom so it can be viewed at a different time. The video can also be used to provide review for all students.

If a parent calls and indicates their student will not be there for a certain class period, they are excused for the class period. Accessing the material later will not change the status of the absence.

If there is no parent contact, and the student failed to log in, the student is unverified (UNV) for that class period. FCPS bases attendance for secondary students on “present” one or more periods of the day, and reports which periods a student did not appear in class.

FCPS staff members will work with parents to ensure that the transition to virtual learning is as smooth as possible. Help us to help you set your students up for success.

More information about attendance is available online

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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Woodson Weekly - September 4th

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Teachers were so excited to see students on Communication Day!  Ms. Blevins connects with her Learning Seminar students.

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 8th - First Day of School (Odd Day)

Thursday, September 10th - Virtual Back To School Night at 6pm

Monday, September 14th - Virtual Open House at 8am for Odd Days

Wednesday, September 16th - Virtual Senior Parent Night at 7pm

Thursday, September 17th - Social Justice Club Meeting at 7pm

Monday, September 21st - Virtual Open House at 8am for Even Days

Wednesday, September 23rd - SAT School Day - Seniors Only

Wednesday, September 23rd - Virtual Financial Aid Night at 7pm

 

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th
3. Three Must Do Forms to Start the Year
4. Digital Resources Consent Form - Required for ALL Students
5. Opening of School Information
6. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year
7. Schedule Change Requests
8. Students with FCPSOn Laptops
9. Parent Technology Help Desk
10. Schoolwork Outside of Class Time
11. 2020-21 Class Council and SAC Elections
12. College & Career Center News
13. Social Justice Club Meeting - Thursday, September 17th
14. Welcome New Staff
15. Mental Wellness Town Hall Presentation
16. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021
17. New Healthy Minds Podcast: Finding Someone to Listen 

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Well, we are finally here.  Labor Day weekend, marking the end of summer and the start of the school year.  Your child should have links in their fcpsschools.net email account to access all of their classes. These were just sent yesterday, Thursday September 3rd.  

Back To School Night is just around the corner, September 10th at 6PM our links will go live.  In order to meet parent’s schedules, this event will be virtual and asynchronous.  Parents will have the opportunity to stop in to ask teacher’s questions through a Virtual Open House on Monday, September 14th from 8-9AM (Odd Day classes) and on Monday, September 21st from 8-9AM (Even Day classes).  While we cannot make this Open House about individual students, if you have questions regarding the curriculum or you just want to say hi to the teacher, please stop in.  At anytime during the year if you want to have a parent teacher conference, please set that up through the teacher or your child’s counselor. 

What do you do if you do not have a link for a class by Tuesday morning?  Please contact that teacher or your counselor who can assist in getting you the link.  It not happen immediately but we will help to get it done ASAP! 

If at anytime you have questions about the class, please reach out to the teacher first.  Please allow them 24-48 business hours to respond.  Should you need further assistance, you are welcome to contact the administrator for that department

I do want to take a moment and denounce the acts hate towards my colleague at Garfield ES this week.  During a PTA meeting the principal was “zoom bombed” with hateful rhetoric and disturbing imagery. Such actions are disgraceful will not be tolerated in any FCPS related environment. As we begin school in an online environment, I encourage our families to discuss proper online behavior with your children.   

Have a wonderful weekend.  Please stay safe, stay well and stay connected, Cavaliers!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th

Tuesday, September 8th is the first day of school.  The first day of school will be an Odd Day. The day begins with 1st period at 8:10 a.m.

Woodson Bell Schedule

Mondays are reserved for intervention/enrichment, independent student work and teacher planning/professional development.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are Odd Days (Periods 1, 3, 5 and 7)

Wednesdays and Fridays are Even Days (Periods 2, 4, 6, 8)

Our bell schedule For all bell schedules visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/about-us/bell-schedules

3. Three Must Do Forms to Start the Year

Emergency Care Form

  • All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents update this information through WeCare@School via their Blackboard FCPS 24/7 account

  • Log into your Blackboard FCPS 24/7 account.

  • Go to WeCare@School on the top right of your screen.

Health Information Form

Digital Resources - Parent Consent Form

  • Woodson uses a variety of digital tools for learning. You may look through the list before signing the form. For more information regarding this form, see the Digital Resources Consent Form description below.
4. Digital Resources Consent Form

At Woodson, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Kathy Martin, assistant principal overseeing technology at kamartin@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

5. Opening of School Information

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year where we are "Virtually Unstoppable!" Here are links to important information for Woodson's Return to School.

Ms. Silver welcoming students to the new year on Communication Day!

6. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year

FCPS welcomes new and returning families for the 2020-21 school year. Our September 8 virtual opening poses some interesting challenges, so we hope this will help families understand the new attendance routines.

In Virginia, public school students aged 5-18 are required to attend school regularly. That is true whether FCPS is offering distance learning or in-person instruction. Teachers will take attendance during learning sessions and ensure that all students are counted. Parents can assist with this process by doing the following:

  • Ensuring that their student(s) logs in to classes on time, and throughout the day.
  • Calling the school attendance line at 703-503-4800 if their student(s) are unable to participate.
  • Communicating any concerns to the school, such as difficulty logging in or having access to FCPS classes.
  • Reporting any hardship, such as student illness or any issue that might prevent the student from participating regularly.
  • Returning phone calls or emails when notified that their student(s) did not participate that day.
  • Ensuring that your student(s) submit activity logs as directed.

If your child is unable to login to live, face-to-face online instruction with their teacher, the teacher will be recording the class and posting the video within Blackboard/Google Classroom so it can be viewed at a different time. The video can also be used to provide review for all students.

If a parent calls and indicates their student will not be there for a certain class period, they are excused for the class period. Accessing the material later will not change the status of the absence.

If there is no parent contact, and the student failed to log in, the student is unverified (UNV) for that class period. FCPS bases attendance for secondary students on “present” one or more periods of the day, and reports which periods a student did not appear in class.

FCPS staff members will work with parents to ensure that the transition to virtual learning is as smooth as possible. Help us to help you set your students up for success.

More information about attendance is available online

7. Schedule Change Requests

School counselors have been hard at work this week responding to schedule change requests and have strived to accommodate as many requests as possible prior to the first day of school. At this point, due to staffing and course balancing, we will put a hold on schedule change requests until Monday, September 21st. After that date, change requests can be submitted to counselors. The process for communicating change requests will be communicated to students/parents closer to the date.

That said, if you find an error on your student’s schedule please contact your assigned school counselor immediately so that this can be corrected. Examples include being enrolled in a class that was passed last year/this summer, or requesting an honors course but being mistakenly placed in a standard course. Another example is a student in special education who may require a small group class but have not accurately been placed in such a setting. We want to correct those as soon as possible, so please let your counselor know if any corrections are needed.

8. Students with FCPSOn Laptops

Pease help us continue to prepare student FCPSOn laptops for the new school year by following these steps:

    • Plug the device into an outlet.
    • Turn the device on and let it boot up.
    • Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
    • Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional log-ins or activities are required.
    • Do this once per week this month to ensure the laptop has the latest updates to start the new school year.

This weekend/next week, please take time to turn on student laptops, charge them if needed and test the microphone and video. To do so, please type the word "Camera" in the search bar on the lower left side of the desktop screen. Open the camera app. Switch from still camera to video mode on the right. Press the red button to record with some audio. Now view and listen to your video. Can you hear your voice? Can you see yourself?  Hurray! Your webcam and microphone are working. If your camera or mic doesn’t work, have the student log on to this site to look for troubleshooting tips: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/cav-kiosk/tech-help/bbcu-audiovideo-troubleshooting?authuser=1.

We need to run a report at the school to see if our devices are online or if we have an issue at the school.   

Thank you to our Technology Team of Ms. Ellis, Mr. Dillon and student tech Colin for helping prepare student laptops for the beginning of school.

Woodson HS offers a student tech support class, if you are interested please contact your school counselor.

9. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

10. Schoolwork Outside of Class Time

As we approach the first day of school, one question that has been on the minds of many is, “What will homework look like this fall?” That is an important question as we consider that we are all working from home, all day long, and we know the “school day” will feel quite different from other years.  

Mondays have been designated as a day when some students will be participating in direct instruction with teachers, but all students will be expected to complete additional assigned tasks without teacher support, much like traditional homework. These tasks may include assignments such as practice activities, readings, projects, research papers, viewing videos, assessments, computer programs, etc. Secondly, the Tuesday through Friday schedule prioritizes maximum time for teacher-student interaction, and therefore requires students to spend a significant part of the day online. In consideration for student health and wellness, we will need to be mindful of the expectations for students to engage in additional work in the evenings. 

Schools have been provided the following weekly guidelines for work being completed outside of scheduled class time:  

High School Students 

  • Standard/Honors: Total of 60 minutes per course per week. 
  • Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and International Baccalaureate: total 75 minutes per course per week.
  • Completed on each Monday or other times on a limited basis.

Of course, not all students work at the same speed and therefore teachers will use these guidelines and their professional judgement to make reasonable assignments that prioritize the most essential learning for our students. If you are finding that your child is experiencing difficulties with completing assignments, please do not hesitate to contact the teacher or encourage your child to talk with the teacher. 

11. 2020-21 Class Council and SAC Elections

Anyone interested in running for Class Council or Student Advisory Council (SAC) must submit the required information no later than Tuesday, September 8th at 11:59 pm. 

All necessary information is posted in each classes’ Google Classroom.  Please contact Mr. Schaefer djschaefer@fcps.edu or Mrs. Schmauder plschmauder@fcps.edu for more information.

12. College & Career Center News

Virtual Senior Parent Night on Wednesday, September 16th, at 7 pm:

Senior parents and students – please join us to learn about the college application process, scholarship opportunities, and how to use the website Naviance as a resource. There is no need to sign up. The meeting link will be shared out closer to the event date. 

Virtual Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 23rd, at 7 pm:

Senior parents and students - please join us to learn about the financial aid process. Chad Spencer, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Davison College, will share his expertise with us. There is no need to sign up. The meeting link will be shared out closer to the event date. 

Virtual College Visits for Students are beginning on Monday, September 14th:

Visiting in September, we have Bridgewater College, Old Dominion University, Morehouse College, University of Chicago, Christopher Newport University, East Carolina University, Spelman College, University of South Carolina, George Mason University, University of Virginia, Princeton, University of Alabama, VA Tech, William & Mary, and James Madison University.

To view the dates and to register, please log into Naviance (use your SIS username and password) and scroll down on the homepage to What’s New. Please visit often for updates!

New Scholarship and Enrichment Opportunities

For a list of new Scholarship Opportunities, please log into Naviance (use your SIS username and password) – go to Colleges - Scholarships and Money – Scholarship list. To access new Enrichment Opportunities, such as College Fairs, Essay writing workshops, Volunteer and Job Opportunities, please log into Naviance (use your SIS username and password) – go to Colleges – Research Colleges – Enrichment Programs. New Scholarship and Enrichment Opportunities are added weekly by the FCPS Scholarship and Enrichment Office.

If you have any questions, please contact Christine Lieb-Mosley, College and Career Specialist, at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Coming up: Updated Career Center Website and Social Media Profile. Please stay tuned!

13. Social Justice Club Meeting

The Social Justice Club will meet on September 17th from 7 to 8 PM.

Participants will discuss Chapters 1, 2, and 3. A link will be provided in the coming days.

If you are interested in participating the Social Justice Club, please email Dr. George Hewan at gkhewan@fcps.edu.

14. Welcome New Staff

Help us welcome more new faces to Woodson this year!

My name is Stephanie Van and I am one of the new English teachers at Woodson. I am from North Dakota and graduated from Marymount University with an English Education degree I have been in Fairfax county for 5 1/2 years as an English teacher at West Springfield High School.

I am super excited to start this new chapter in my career at Woodson! Looking forward to meeting and working with you all this year!

Hello! I’m Zach Ford and I will be teaching 9th Grade English this year. I spent the last two years teaching in Stafford County and prior to that I spent six years as an active duty Army officer.

I lived in Fairfax County during my high school years, then I completed my undergrad at The University of Texas-Austin. I also completed my masters degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and reading and I spend some weekends with the Army Reserve as well. I look forward to a great year!

15. Mental Wellness Town Hall Presentation

We held our Mental Wellness Town Hall on Tuesday evening. Thank you to those who were able to attend. We hope you found the information presented by our Clinicians and Student Services teams to be helpful.

If you were unable to attend, you can view the PowerPoint slides from the meeting on your own. Please contact your student’s school counselor if you have any questions or concerns regarding mental health and wellness.

16. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021!

Yearbook for 20-21 is rolling! What a year to own a relic of these unprecedented times and showcase Woodson students for “making it the most of it.”

We love our candid shots and want summer photos!

You can share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare.  You can do this two easy ways.

  1. Go to HJeShare.com and enter the school code: wtwoodson
  2. Download the HJeShare app for iPhone or Android at the App Store or Google Play. Again, the school code: wtwoodson

We want anything from vacations to staycations! We want to show off those new hobbies, virtual celebrations, and mask fashion!

You can follow us on Twitter @WoodsonYearbook. If you have any questions, please contact Woodson yearbook advisor Ms. Weghorst at tmweghorst@fcps.edu.

17. New Healthy Minds Podcast: Finding Someone to Listen

Being apart from each other hasn’t been easy for anyone. Listen to Fairfax County Public Schools’ Healthy Minds podcast this week to hear a conversation with Laura Mayer, director of PRS CrisisLink, an important FCPS community partner.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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Woodson Weekly - August 28th

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Joan Brown, Woodson's School-Based Technology Specialist trains teachers on new platforms to deliver virtual instruction.

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Three Must Do Forms to Start the Year
3. Opening of School Information
4. Student Schedules - Released on September 2nd
5. Digital Resources Consent Form - Required for ALL Students
6. Seniors Only - SAT School Day Intent Deadline Monday, August 31st
7. Mental Wellness Town Hall - Tuesday, September 1st
8. Woodson Communication Day - Wednesday, September 2nd
9. New Parent Technology Help Desk
10. New Student Laptop Distribution - Part 2
11. Students with FCPSOn Laptops
12. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year
13. 2020-21 Class Council and SAC Elections
14. Welcome New Staff
15. Woodson Virtual Runathon
16. Social Justice Club Meeting - Thursday, September 17th
17. Scoliosis Fact Sheet
18. Textbook Drop Off
19. Instrument & Uniform Drop Off
20. Student Services Information
21. WTW Military Family Network
22. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021
23. New Healthy Minds Podcast: Finding Someone to Listen

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families!

In just 11 days we open for the 2020-2021 School Year!   Teachers are working on a variety of trainings to engage students in the virtual classroom. 

Many parents have asked, “how can I help?”  There are a variety of ways to help, one huge help is to go online and complete these 3 forms – pay specific attention to the Digital Resources – Parent Consent Form. There are some applications teachers want to use that require parent permission due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  This form will provide you with information about the measures FCPS takes to keep student data secure when using digital tools. By completing this form you will indicate your consent or refusal regarding the FCPS-approved online tools listed on the school website as part of the instructional program.   We need this completed by Tuesday, September 8th and it requires your child’s student ID number.   Thank you for your assistance with this important matter. 

If you are new to Woodson, have you checked out the online orientation?  In this Virtual Orientation you can see who we all are and what our school is like.  We will continue to post videos as they come available.  We hope to have one on clubs and activities in the next couple weeks. 

Enjoy the weekend,

Dr. Floyd

2. Three Must Do Forms to Start the Year

Emergency Care Form

  • All students must have accurate emergency care information. Parents update this information through WeCare@School via their SIS ParentVue account. 

  • Log into your SIS ParentVUE account 

  • Go to FCPS Links located in the left-hand menu
  • Go to FCPS 24/7 and Log in using the same username and password as your SIS ParentVUE account
  • Go to WeCare@School on the top right of your screen.
  • In order to log into ParentVUE it is necessary to have an active SIS Parent Account - if you need a SIS Parent Account, please contact Woodson Registrar Christine Lieb-Mosley at cliebmosley@fcps.edu or 703-503-4622.  If you are new to FCPS you will receive an activation letter in the mail.

Health Information Form

Digital Resources - Parent Consent Form

  • Woodson uses a variety of digital tools for learning. You may look through the list before signing the form. 
3. Opening of School Information

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year where we are "Virtually Unstoppable!" Here are links to important information for Woodson's Return to School.

4. Student Schedules

Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE on Wednesday, September 2nd.

5. Digital Resources Consent Form

At Woodson, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Kathy Martin, assistant principal overseeing technology at kamartin@fcps.edu if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

6. Seniors Only - SAT School Day Intent Deadline Monday, August 31st

As a reminder, WT Woodson High School will offer the SAT School Day exam to all twelfth graders on Wednesday, September 23. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take the SAT; however, the optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

To assist in planning for this test administration and FCPS bus transportation needs, students are asked to complete this SAT School Day Intent to Participate form. (The form must be completed by the student using his/her @fcpsschools.net account.) Only those students wishing to test should complete the form if they have not already done so. The deadline to submit the intent form has been extended to Monday, August 31. Students who do not submit the form by August 31 may not be able to test. A translated version of the form content may be found on the SAT School Day Intent webpage.

General information about the SAT School Day format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

FCPS health and safety protocols for test day are available online, and we will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and school-specific logistics in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September. 

If you have questions about SAT School Day administration at WT Woodson High School, please contact Woodson’s Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

7. Mental Wellness Town Hall - Tuesday, September 1st

The Woodson High School Clinical Support Team and Student Services Department would like to welcome members of our community to join us at a Mental Wellness Town Hall to be held on Tuesday, September 1st from 6-7:00 p.m. 

Our Clinical Support Team, which is comprised of our School Social Workers and School Psychologists, as well as School Counselors from Student Services, will be offering strategies to support student social emotional well-being during this time of virtual learning, as well as sharing resources from both within Woodson and the greater FCPS community. A Q&A session will be conducted after the presentation.

For students who need hearing impairment interpretative services, they can contact Suhad Keblawi (SDKeblawi@fcps.edu) for Cued Speech transliteration or Laura Kempter (lekempter@fcps.edu) for Sign Language interpretation. For parents who need hearing impairment interpretative services, please contact Marla Pollack (MSPollack@fcps.edu) for deaf and hard of hearing interpretation.

We will send the link to parents via eNotify on Tuesday morning. 

8. Woodson Communication Day - Wednesday, September 2nd at 11:00-11:30am

ALL STUDENTS - Watch for an invitation to join a Google Classroom. This will be an email in your fcpsschools.net account from your new 3rd Period Learning Seminar teacher. 

At 11:00am you will access the class and click the Google Meet link at the top of your Learning Seminar Google Classroom course. You will be introduced to classmates and engage in a 30 min activity to check that your microphone and camera are working. 

9. New Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

10. New Student Laptop Distribution Part 2

Woodson will continue to distribute laptops to new students on Tuesday, September 1st from 5-8pm. Please sign up for a time slot using this SignUpGenius link.  Each student must be present for pickup in order to set up the laptop properly.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Kathy Martin at kamartin@fcps.edu.

11. Students with FCPSOn Laptops

Pease help us continue to prepare student FCPSOn laptops for the new school year by following these steps:

    • Plug the device into an outlet.
    • Turn the device on and let it boot up.
    • Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
    • Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional log-ins or activities are required.
    • Do this once per week this month to ensure the laptop has the latest updates to start the new school year.

This weekend/next week, please take time to turn on student laptops, charge them if needed and test the microphone and video. To do so, please type the word "Camera" in the search bar on the lower left side of the desktop screen. Open the camera app. Switch from still camera to video mode on the right. Press the red button to record with some audio. Now view and listen to your video. Can you hear your voice? Can you see yourself?  Hurray! Your webcam and microphone are working. If your camera or mic doesn’t work, have the student log on to this site to look for troubleshooting tips: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/cav-kiosk/tech-help/bbcu-audiovideo-troubleshooting?authuser=1.

We need to run a report at the school to see if our devices are online or if we have an issue at the school.   

12. Student Attendance for the 2020-21 School Year

FCPS welcomes new and returning families for the 2020-21 school year. Our September 8 virtual opening poses some interesting challenges, so we hope this will help families understand the new attendance routines.

In Virginia, public school students aged 5-18 are required to attend school regularly. That is true whether FCPS is offering distance learning or in-person instruction. Teachers will take attendance during learning sessions and ensure that all students are counted. Parents can assist with this process by doing the following:

  • Ensuring that their student(s) logs in to classes on time, and throughout the day.
  • Calling the school attendance line at 703-503-4800 if their student(s) are unable to participate.
  • Communicating any concerns to the school, such as difficulty logging in or having access to FCPS classes.
  • Reporting any hardship, such as student illness or any issue that might prevent the student from participating regularly.
  • Returning phone calls or emails when notified that their student(s) did not participate that day.
  • Ensuring that your student(s) submit activity logs as directed.

If your child is unable to login to live, face-to-face online instruction with their teacher, the teacher will be recording the class and posting the video within Blackboard/Google Classroom so it can be viewed at a different time. The video can also be used to provide review for all students.

If a parent calls and indicates their student will not be there for a certain class period, they are excused for the class period. Accessing the material later will not change the status of the absence.

If there is no parent contact, and the student failed to log in, the student is unverified (UNV) for that class period. FCPS bases attendance for secondary students on “present” one or more periods of the day, and reports which periods a student did not appear in class.

FCPS staff members will work with parents to ensure that the transition to virtual learning is as smooth as possible. Help us to help you set your students up for success.

More information about attendance is available online

13. 2020-21 Class Council and SAC Elections

Anyone interested in running for Class Council or Student Advisory Council (SAC) must submit the required information no later than Tuesday, September 8th at 11:59 pm. 

All necessary information is posted in each classes’ Google Classroom.  Please contact Mr. Schaefer djschaefer@fcps.edu or Mrs. Schmauder plschmauder@fcps.edu for more information.

14. Welcome New Staff

Help us welcome more new faces to Woodson this year!

My name is Shameka Brantley and I will be teaching Biology and Personal Development with the CSS team this upcoming year at Woodson HS.  I am originally from Ohio where I attended The Ohio State University, before I ventured off to the DMV area to attend graduate school at Towson University and most recently, George Mason University for Special Education. 

I just completed my fifth year with FCPS and this upcoming year will be my first year working at the high school level.  I am really excited about this new journey at Woodson HS and I look forward to meeting and working with everyone

My name is Lonnie Bickel and I am one of the new music teachers at Woodson. I am originally from Pennsylvania, where I received my undergraduate degree in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.  I have been in FCPS for 20+ years. During that time I received a graduate degree in Special Education specializing in adolescents with emotional disabilities and a post graduate degree in administration, both from the George Washington University.

I am so excited to return to my first love, teaching music, and that I am going to do that at Woodson! I look forward to meeting and working with you all

My name is Johnny Shu and I am one of the new biology teachers at Woodson.  This will be my 9th year teaching.  I spent 6 years at Edison high school and 2 years in Seattle.  It was nice seeing my first set of students graduate college this year.  I am looking forward to working with my new cohort and hope the new born at home will let me get some sleep. 

My name is Marie Phu and I am one of the new History & Social Studies teachers at Woodson working with 9th and 10th graders. I am from Fairfax, Virginia and have been living here in Fairfax County my whole life. I graduated from George Mason University with my B.A in History and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

I began working for FCPS as a substitute teacher and eventually started my teaching career as a teacher with FCPS two years ago. I really look forward to continue my teaching career at Woodson and to work with the community of families, students, and staff at Woodson. I anticipate opportunities to get to know and work with everyone this year!

15. Woodson Virtual Runathon

Woodson Leadership officers in cooperation with students from Woodson’s BSU and For the Culture are hosting a virtual Woodson Runathon (walking is encouraged as well) from August 23-29.  There is no cost to participate.

For every mile you run/walk Woodson student leaders pledge one hour towards promoting and furthering the fight for racial justice and equality. 

The first 150 Woodson students and faculty to register will receive a free event t-shirt.

For more information and to register, visit https://sites.google.com/view/woodsonrunathon

For more information about the runathon contact djschaefer@fcps.edu

16. Social Justice Club Meeting

The Social Justice Club will meet on September 17th from 7 to 8 PM.

Participants will discuss Chapters 1, 2, and 3. A link will be provided in the coming days.

If you are interested in participating the Social Justice Club, please email Dr. George Hewan at gkhewan@fcps.edu.

17. Scoliosis Fact Sheet

Fairfax County requires that each school notifies parents and guardians with educational information on scoliosis. 

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine.  It occurs in otherwise healthy children and can be a serious health problem if it becomes severe.  For more information on scoliosis, please refer to the Scoliosis Fact Sheet.  https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/ScoliosisFactSheet.pdf

For more resources regarding Student Safety and Wellness, please visit the School Health Services website.

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

18. Textbook Drop Off

Students if you have textbooks at home, please bring them back to Woodson so we can prepare for the new school year.

Please drop your textbooks off at Door 1 between the hours of 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday prior to Thursday, September 3rd.  There will be a cart/table outside Door 1 to place your books on if the weather is nice.  If it is raining, the drop off cart/table will be just inside Door 1.  

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Paula L. DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

19. Instrument & Uniform Drop Off

Students if you have instruments & uniforms at home, please bring them back to Woodson so we can prepare for the new school year.

You can drop off your instrument and/or uniform just inside Door 1 between the hours of 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday prior to Thursday, September 3rd. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Marc Brooks at drbrooks@fcps.edu.

20. Student Services Information

Registration: Until our offices reopen, parents will need to complete the registration paperwork that is available online and reach out to the registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley via email until offices reopen.  Families will be contacted via email or phone for the next steps in the registration process.

Withdrawal: If you need to withdraw your student from Woodson for the 2020-21 school year, please contact Woodson Registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley, who will schedule a time/date to return the school issued laptop, complete a withdrawal form and other learning materials.

Records Request: Until our offices reopen to the public, there are no office hours. However, if a family has a transcript or records requests, they should email the registrar throughout the summer.

21. WTW Military Family Network

Calling all current and new military families!  We are restarting our military network effort for the upcoming school year. Our mission is to foster a community of military members at WT Woodson High School. This year will be particularly difficult for new students and families to make connections due to the continued pandemic crisis we face.

Current military families, that would like to  be part of our “Connections” effort by being a buddy to a new military family or by sharing neighborhood information --or --new families that would like to join our network, please send and an email to: wtwmilitarynetwork@gmail.com

We will be in touch soon!

22. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021!

Yearbook for 20-21 is rolling! What a year to own a relic of these unprecedented times and showcase Woodson students for “making it the most of it.”

We love our candid shots and want summer photos!

You can share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare.  You can do this two easy ways.

  1. Go to HJeShare.com and enter the school code: wtwoodson
  2. Download the HJeShare app for iPhone or Android at the App Store or Google Play. Again, the school code: wtwoodson

We want anything from vacations to staycations! We want to show off those new hobbies, virtual celebrations, and mask fashion!

You can follow us on Twitter @WoodsonYearbook. If you have any questions, please contact Woodson yearbook advisor Ms. Weghorst at tmweghorst@fcps.edu.

23. New Healthy Minds Podcast: Finding Someone to Listen

Being apart from each other hasn’t been easy for anyone. Listen to Fairfax County Public Schools’ Healthy Minds podcast this week to hear a conversation with Laura Mayer, director of PRS CrisisLink, an important FCPS community partner.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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Woodson Weekly - August 21st

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We welcomed the Class of 2024 this week with FCPSOn laptop distribution. The Crump sisters are excited to start high school this fall! 

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Opening of School Information
3. Woodson Communication Day - Wednesday, September 2nd
4. SAT School Day Intent to Participate - Seniors Only
5. New Student Laptop Distribution - Part 2
6. Students with FCPSOn Laptops
7. Lifetouch Class of 2021 Senior Portraits
8. 2020-2021 Class Council and SAC Elections
9. Welcome New Staff
10. Woodson Virtual Runathon
11. Textbook Drop Off
12. Instrument & Uniform Drop Off
13. News You Choose for Athletics and Activities
14. Student Services Information
15. WTW Military Family Network
16. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021
17. Mental Wellness Consultations
18. Healthy Minds Blog

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families!

We have welcomed over 400 Freshmen and new students this week for laptop distribution!   We have another 250 to go.  Make-up dates are Wednesday, August 26th and Tuesday, September 1st.  See more details in the story below. Thank you to all who have already picked-up laptops, and Welcome to the Class of 2024!

Are you new to Woodson?  We would typically have a student orientation and Cav Kickoff but in these unusual times, we have put together a virtual orientation that you can view at any time.  Please visit: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/new-student-orientation.

We still need textbooks!  We are missing quite a number of books from last year.  Please drop off any books at Door 1 as soon as you can.  In order to distribute books this fall, we need to have one for each student, therefore it is imperative that you return previously used books. Textbook and material distribution will take place in mid – late September. Teachers are planning accordingly.

Mark your calendars!  On Tuesday, September 1st from 6:00-7:00 PM we will host a Mental Health Town Hall with our clinical and counseling team. This will be an opportunity for families to hear about resources as well as tips to help your child succeed in this COVID, online environment.  We will send the link to parents via eNotify closer to the date. 

Stay safe, be well and stay connected, Cavs!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Opening of School Information

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year where we are "Virtually Unstoppable!" Here are links to important information for Woodson's Return to School.

3. Woodson Communication Day - Wednesday, September 2nd at 11:00am

ALL STUDENTS - Watch for an invitation to join a Google Classroom. This will be an email in your fcpsschools.net account from your new 3rd Period Learning Seminar teacher. 

At 11:00am you will access the the class and click the Google Meet link at the top of your Learning Seminar Google Classroom course. You will be introduced to classmates and engage in a 30 min activity to check that your microphone and camera are working. 

4. SAT School Day Intent to Participate

FOR SENIORS ONLY - DEADLINE on MONDAY, AUGUST 24

On Wednesday, September 23, WT Woodson High School twelfth graders will have the opportunity to take the SAT School Day test. FCPS will cover the cost for any twelfth grade student to take the SAT. The optional essay component and subject tests will not be offered on this date.

Any FCPS student in Grade 12 who wishes to take the SAT School Day on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, should use their @fcpsschools.net account to complete this SAT School Day Intent to Participate form and indicate intent to participate by Monday, August 24.

Only those students wishing to test should complete the form. A translated version of the form content may be found on the SAT School Day Intent webpage.

General information about the SAT test format is available on the College Board webpage. September 23 has been designated for asynchronous learning, so students who choose to take the SAT will not miss synchronous learning time with their teachers.

We will share more details about test day schedules, bus transportation, and specific safety protocols in the coming weeks. Final confirmation of SAT School Day testing will be based on health department guidance in September.

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration, please contact our Assessment Coach, Ms. Guinee, at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

Thank you again for working with us through this change to the SAT schedule.  We acknowledge the frustrations and struggles with the various cancellations and testing locations.  Please know that many colleges are waiving the SAT requirement and using other measures for admittance.  If you have questions regarding the college application process, please first check the college's website or reach out to your student’s school counselor. 

It was a beautiful week for laptop distribution!

5. New Student Laptop Distribution Part 2

Woodson will continue to distribute laptops to new students on Wednesday, August 26th and Tuesday, September 1st from 5-8pm. Please sign up for a time slot using this SignUpGenius link.  Each student must be present for pickup in order to set up the laptop properly.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Kathy Martin at kamartin@fcps.edu.

6. Students with FCPSOn Laptops

Pease help us continue to prepare student FCPSOn laptops for the new school year by following these steps:

    • Plug the device into an outlet.
    • Turn the device on and let it boot up.
    • Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
    • Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional log-ins or activities are required.
    • Do this once per week this month to ensure the laptop has the latest updates to start the new school year.

This weekend/next week, please take time to turn on student laptops, charge them if needed and test the microphone and video. To do so, please type the word "Camera" in the search bar on the lower left side of the desktop screen. Open the camera app. Switch from still camera to video mode on the right. Press the red button to record with some audio. Now view and listen to your video. Can you hear your voice? Can you see yourself?  Hurray! Your webcam and microphone are working. If your camera or mic doesn’t work, have the student log on to this site to look for troubleshooting tips: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/cav-kiosk/tech-help/bbcu-audiovideo-troubleshooting?authuser=1.

We need to run a report at the school to see if our devices are online or if we have an issue at the school.   

7. Lifetouch Class of 2021 Senior Portraits 8/24/20 - 8/31/20

Appointment cards have been mailed from Lifetouch/Prestige Studios. Each individual student must log in to schedule their own appointment. The appointment card has a unique code assigned to each student and directs them to prestigeportraits.com to schedule and then confirm the appointment selected. If you did not receive an appointment card, lost your appointment card or need to reschedule your appointment, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

Seniors must confirm their appointment time prior to their session.  We are not accepting any walk-ups this year in order to control the number of students scheduled at any one time.  There is a code, unique to each student, on their appointment card.  Seniors can use that code to access their information online and select an appointment time. 

For more information, visit the Senior Class Information page.

8. 2020-2021 Class Council and SAC Elections

Anyone interested in running for Class Council or Student Advisory Council (SAC) must submit the required information no later than Tuesday, September 8th at 11:59 pm. 

All necessary information is posted in each classes’ Google Classroom.  Please contact Mr. Schaefer djschaefer@fcps.edu or Mrs. Schmauder plschmauder@fcps.edu for more information.

9. Welcome New Staff

Help us welcome more new faces to Woodson this year!

My name is Sara Pollack and I am one of the new Social Studies teachers at Woodson, teaching psychology. I am originally from Long Island, NY and graduated from Columbia University in New York with my Bachelor’s in Sociology.

I am a career switcher, having worked in the non-profit sector and informal education before getting my teaching certificate through Shenandoah University. This is my second year at Woodson as I was the IA for In-School Suspension last year. I am so very excited to return to Woodson in a new capacity, and to start this new chapter in my career! Looking forward to meeting and working with you all this year!

My name is Eileen Oviatt and I am the new Cat B Department Chair at Woodson.

I grew up in Massachusetts, but finished high school nearby in Prince William County. I went to Virginia Tech for undergrad and got my degree in Public and Nonprofit Management. After working in local government for about 8 years, I returned to school and completed my masters in Special Education at George Mason University. I am currently completing a licensure program in Education Leadership at GMU. I have taught special education (mostly Cat B) in FCPS for six years and am excited for this new challenge. I’m looking forward to working with everyone at Woodson and figuring out our new normal together!

My name is Bryce Benson and I was born in Green Bay, then raised near Madison, Wisconsin and North Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating from Marquette University, I received a commission through the Naval ROTC program and served 20 years in the United States Navy. Following retirement from the Navy in 2019, I started substitute teaching throughout Fairfax County and was most impressed with the students, teachers, and staff at W. T. Woodson High School, most notably the Special Education department. During the COVID closures of 2020, I enrolled in George Mason University’s M.Ed program for Special Education. This is my first year teaching as a Learning and Disabilities Teacher, MS/HS.

I am a graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin with a B.A. in History (’99), The George Washington University, Washington D.C., with a M.A in Organizational Management (’05). I live in Fairfax and recently celebrated 21 years of marriage. We have three children (two are current WTW students), a Pekinese, and a 5-month-old Labrador. My hobbies include volunteering with the National Park Service at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, fly fishing, quilting, and reading & writing poetry.

My name is Mike Kuykendall and I am a new teacher in the English department at Woodson.

I’m a career switcher, having worked in the craft beer industry, and the Hazmat industry prior to that. I  graduated from George Mason University after I attended Northern Virginia Community College.

My wife and I moved to Fairfax county in 2009 from Williamsburg. Before that I served 6 years in the United States Navy, which is what brought me to the east coast. I’m looking forward to teaching at Woodson and hope I get the opportunity to work with all of you this year.

10. Woodson Virtual Runathon

Woodson Leadership officers in cooperation with students from Woodson’s BSU and For the Culture are hosting a virtual Woodson Runathon (walking is encouraged as well) from August 23-29.  There is no cost to participate.

For every mile you run/walk Woodson student leaders pledge one hour towards promoting and furthering the fight for racial justice and equality. 

The first 150 Woodson students and faculty to register will receive a free event t-shirt.

For more information and to register, visit https://sites.google.com/view/woodsonrunathon

For more information about the runathon contact djschaefer@fcps.edu

11. Textbook Drop Off

Students if you have textbooks at home, please bring them back to Woodson so we can prepare for the new school year.

Please drop your textbooks off at Door 1 between the hours of 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday prior to Thursday, September 3rd.  There will be a cart/table outside Door 1 to place your books on if the weather is nice.  If it is raining, the drop off cart/table will be just inside Door 1.  

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Paula L. DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

12. Instrument & Uniform Drop Off

Students if you have instruments & uniforms at home, please bring them back to Woodson so we can prepare for the new school year.

You can drop off your instrument and/or uniform just inside Door 1 between the hours of 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday prior to Thursday, September 3rd. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Marc Brooks at drbrooks@fcps.edu.

13. News You Choose Athletics and Activities

In order to receive updates and information from the Woodson Activities Office, be sure to select your subscription options within the News You Choose preference portal. Visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?preferences=true to update or opt out. Our Activities Office will send out weekly information on topics such as Yellow and Green Day workout schedules, games and tournaments, ticket sales, spirit wear, etc.. Stay connected by following us! Go Cavs!

14. Student Services Information

Registration: Until our offices reopen, parents will need to complete the registration paperwork that is available online and reach out to the registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley via email until offices reopen.  Families will be contacted via email or phone for the next steps in the registration process.

Withdrawal: If you need to withdraw your student from Woodson for the 2020-21 school year, please contact Woodson Registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley, who will schedule a time/date to return the school issued laptop, complete a withdrawal form and other learning materials.

Records Request: Until our offices reopen to the public, there are no office hours. However, if a family has a transcript or records requests, they should email the registrar throughout the summer.

15. WTW Military Family Network

Calling all current and new military families!  We are restarting our military network effort for the upcoming school year. Our mission is to foster a community of military members at WT Woodson High School. This year will be particularly difficult for new students and families to make connections due to the continued pandemic crisis we face.

Current military families, that would like to  be part of our “Connections” effort by being a buddy to a new military family or by sharing neighborhood information --or --new families that would like to join our network, please send and an email to: wtwmilitarynetwork@gmail.com

We will be in touch soon!

16. Yearbook Info for 2020-2021!

Yearbook for 20-21 is rolling! What a year to own a relic of these unprecedented times and showcase Woodson students for “making it the most of it.”

We love our candid shots and want summer photos!

You can share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare.  You can do this two easy ways.

  1. Go to HJeShare.com and enter the school code: wtwoodson
  2. Download the HJeShare app for iPhone or Android at the App Store or Google Play. Again, the school code: wtwoodson

We want anything from vacations to staycations! We want to show off those new hobbies, virtual celebrations, and mask fashion!

You can follow us on Twitter @WoodsonYearbook. If you have any questions, please contact Woodson yearbook advisor Ms. Weghorst at tmweghorst@fcps.edu.

17. Mental Wellness Consultations

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

18. Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all.  Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times.  Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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Woodson Weekly - August 14th

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In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. New Student Laptop Distribution
3. Students with FCPSOn Laptops
4. Welcome New Staff
5. Textbook Drop Off
6. Instrument & Uniform Drop Off
7. News You Choose for Athletics and Activities
8. Student Services Information
9. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8
10. Woodson Minds Matter
11. WTW Military Family Network
12. Summer Yearbook Pictures Needed 
13. Mental Wellness Consultations
14. Healthy Minds Blog

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families!

We are excitedly preparing for the start of school on Tuesday, September 8th!   I’ve had numerous inquiries about hardback books for this year.  Here is the issue – if we do not get the books returned from this past year, we will not have enough to give out and therefore won’t be able to give any out. PLEASE, please, please find those books and bring them back!  We have contactless return to a cart outside Door 1.  A huge thank you to those who have returned books so far, this year’s students appreciate it!

Our rising freshmen, the class of 2024 will have a different experience to be oriented to Woodson High School. We have developed a site for new students (grades 9-12) to use as a resource to learn about Woodson. Please visit the Woodson New Student Orientation site to view and this will be updated over the next three weeks with more introductions and information.  

Thank you again to everyone who attended the Pyramid Town Hall on Tuesday night. We are looking forward to future discussions around equity and cultural responsiveness at Woodson and throughout our community. Our faculty will engage with students prior to the start of school to hear the stories of our alumni. These powerful truths will help to shape the antiracist future of our school.   

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected, Cavaliers!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. New Student Laptop Distribution

We will have FCPSOn laptop distribution for new students to Woodson on Tuesday, August 18th; Wednesday, August 19th, Thursday, August 20th; and Friday, August 21th during different time slots. Please use this SignUpGenius link to select a time slot for your pickup. Students must be present for pickup in order to set up laptop properly.

Families who do not wish to receive a school laptop, can opt-out of receiving the laptop for the 2020-2021 School Year. To opt-out, please complete the opt-out form and submit it to the student’s administrator no later than the end of first quarter, Friday, October 30, 2020. Opt-out forms can be turned into the school in one of three ways: 

  1. Scanned and emailed to the student’s administrator
  2. Mailed to W T Woodson HS: 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA  22031 (ATTN: Student’s Administrator)
  3. Completed in person at W T Woodson High School during laptop distribution days.

On your scheduled date of pickup, please arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road and proceed to the front of the building in the bus lane. There will be signs indicating which way to enter and staff will direct you accordingly.  Please post in your vehicle dashboard window a sheet of paper with your student’s legal name, student ID and t-shirt size printed on it. We ask that everyone in the car wear a mask and remain in the car at all times.

There will be a few stops in order to ensure that students are able to access all the necessary tools on their computer. The first stop will be at Door 17 in the front of the building to pick up the laptop. After receiving your laptop, students will login and complete a set of instructions while on site.  For students who cannot attend any of the pickup days, an alternate date will be made available the following week. Please look for this information in next week’s communication.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Kathy Martin at kamartin@fcps.edu.

3. Students with FCPSOn Laptops

Pease help us continue to prepare student FCPSOn laptops for the new school year by following these steps:

    • Plug the device into an outlet.
    • Turn the device on and let it boot up.
    • Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
    • Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional log-ins or activities are required.
    • Do this once per week this month to ensure the laptop has the latest updates to start the new school year.

This weekend/next week, please take time to turn on student laptops, charge them if needed and test the microphone and video. To do so, please type the word "Camera" in the search bar on the lower left side of the desktop screen. Open the camera app. Switch from still camera to video mode on the right. Press the red button to record with some audio. Now view and listen to your video. Can you hear your voice? Can you see yourself?  Hurray! Your webcam and microphone are working. If your camera or mic doesn’t work, have the student log on to this site to look for troubleshooting tips: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/cav-kiosk/tech-help/bbcu-audiovideo-troubleshooting?authuser=1.

We need to run a report at the school to see if our devices are online or if we have an issue at the school.   

4. Welcome New Staff

Help us welcome more new faces to Woodson this year!

My name is Bomin Collins and I’m the new Orchestra (Strings) Director at Woodson. I am here for anything music-related! I went to Langley HS, Boston University (Bachelor’s in Cello Performance) and George Mason University (Master’s in Music Education). This upcoming year will be my 10th year teaching in FCPS. I am coming from Longfellow MS, where I oversaw 250 students daily as the Orchestra Director. I live in Springfield with my husband and a slobbery 7-year-old English Bulldog Pumpkin (ask me for pictures). I am very excited to start my journey as a fellow Cavalier at Woodson. I hope to see all of you in person soon! 

My name is Hoon Kim and I am a new math teacher at Woodson.  I graduated from George Mason University with my undergrad in Mathematics & masters in Curriculum and Instruction.

I have been in Fairfax County for the last 18 years as a math teacher at John Lewis High School (formerly known as Lee High School) and 5 years at a private high school in Maryland.  I am so excited to start this new chapter in my career at Woodson.  I look forward to meeting and working with you all this year.

I am Andy Saffron and I will be working in Fine Arts teaching Digital Art primarily and also a photo class. I just spent 3 years at Lake Braddock, and prior to that, I was at West Springfield for a number of years as well, so this is my 12th year in the county. I am also a WSHS alumnus (1990) and JMU graduate (1994) with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. I'm a career switcher, so I spent about 15 years working in multimedia design and animation before becoming an art teacher. My wife also teaches photo at South County and we sometimes get each others email because she is "amsaffron" and I am "awsaffron". Anyhow, our daughter, Kaya (rhymes with Maya), is in 3rd grade (turning 9 in November) and our son Teo (Matteo) will be 3 in December. I'm looking forward to working with you all this year!

My name is Nora Schaefer and I will be joining Woodson as a new Art teacher. I studied Illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and then earned my Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University in Boston. I previously taught at Poolesville High School in Montgomery County, MD for the past nine years. I live in Reston with my husband and our chihuahua. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and being a part of the Woodson community!

5. Textbook Drop Off

Students if you have textbooks at home, please bring them back to Woodson so we can prepare for the new school year.

Please drop your textbooks off at Door 1 between the hours of 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday prior to Thursday, September 3rd.  There will be a cart/table outside Door 1 to place your books on if the weather is nice.  If it is raining, the drop off cart/table will be just inside Door 1.  

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Paula L. DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

6. Instrument & Uniform Drop Off

Students if you have instruments & uniforms at home, please bring them back to Woodson so we can prepare for the new school year.

You can drop off your instrument and/or uniform just inside Door 1 between the hours of 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday prior to Thursday, September 3rd. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Marc Brooks at drbrooks@fcps.edu.

7. News You Choose Athletics and Activities

In order to receive updates and information from the Woodson Activities Office, be sure to select your subscription options within the News You Choose preference portal. Visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?preferences=true to update or opt out. Our Activities Office will send out weekly information on topics such as Yellow and Green Day workout schedules, games and tournaments, ticket sales, spirit wear, etc.. Stay connected by following us! Go Cavs!

8. Student Services Information

Registration: Until our offices reopen, parents will need to complete the registration paperwork that is available online and reach out to the registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley via email until offices reopen.  Families will be contacted via email or phone for the next steps in the registration process.

Withdrawal: If you need to withdraw your student from Woodson for the 2020-21 school year, please contact Woodson Registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley, who will schedule a time/date to return the school issued laptop, complete a withdrawal form and other learning materials.

Records Request: Until our offices reopen to the public, there are no office hours. However, if a family has a transcript or records requests, they should email the registrar throughout the summer.

9. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th

At their July 9 business meeting, the Fairfax County School Board approved delaying the start of the 2020-21 school year to provide staff members additional time to plan instruction and schedules, provide professional staff development, and finalize transportation and other operational details.

The revised calendar delays the first instructional day for students by two weeks, from Tuesday, August 25, to Tuesday, September 8. Other employee work schedules will remain unchanged and the revised calendar provides adjustments for additional staff development and planning time between Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, September 3.

View the revised 2020-21 school year calendar

10. Woodson Minds Matter

Woodson Minds Matter is a student-led movement to change school culture around mental health. They are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 leadership board NOW through August. Are you interested? Apply using this link! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hfc0VrxuKKthQJsZ6IIHTvehMY26bahbCxsa5-k7jJA/viewform?edit_requested=true

11. WTW Military Family Network

Calling all current and new military families!  We are restarting our military network effort for the upcoming school year. Our mission is to foster a community of military members at WT Woodson High School. This year will be particularly difficult for new students and families to make connections due to the continued pandemic crisis we face.

Current military families, that would like to  be part of our “Connections” effort by being a buddy to a new military family or by sharing neighborhood information --or --new families that would like to join our network, please send and an email to: wtwmilitarynetwork@gmail.com

We will be in touch soon!

12. Summer Yearbook Pictures Needed

The 2021 yearbook needs your help!

Work on the 2021 yearbook has already begun. We want to cover how Woodson students are living their lives in quarantine (and phased reopenings). We need photos of YOU making the best of your spring and summer. Are you…

  • Playing lots of video games?
  • Sitting with friends around the fire pit (keeping social distance, of course)?
  • Trying some new projects in the kitchen?
  • Keeping fit?
  • Zooming a lot with friends?
  • Training your quarantine puppy?

Whatever you are doing, yearbook needs photos!

You can share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare.  You can do this two easy ways.

  1. Go to www.HJeShare.com and enter the school code: wtwoodson
  2. Download the HJeShare app for iPhone or Android at the App Store or Google Play. Again, the school code: wtwoodson

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures!

While we cannot guarantee that all shared photos will be published, if you don’t share, your great pictures can’t even be considered! Start sharing today!

Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, if you have problems. ewkoby@fcps.edu

13. Mental Wellness Consultations

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

14. Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all.  Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times.  Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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Woodson Weekly - August 7th

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In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Textbook Drop Off
3. Instrument & Uniform Drop Off
4. Woodson Pyramid Town Hall Meeting
5. News You Choose for Athletics and Activities
6. Yearbook Pickup... continued
7. Student Services Information
8. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8
9. Woodson Minds Matter
10. WTW Military Family Network
11. Seeking Theater Mask Coordinator
12. Summer Yearbook Pictures Needed 
13. Mental Wellness Consultations
14. Healthy Minds Blog

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families!

One week from today, we will welcome our teachers back to work! They will spend three weeks planning for the start of school on Tuesday, September 8th. They will be doing a lot of training around technology tools to help engage students this Fall online. Teachers will also be learning their new requirements in their courses as many have changed to better reflect cultural responsiveness.

Books.  We are in a virtual world right now and finding hard copies of texts is a challenge. We are asking ALL students to look all over your homes, under the bed, behind the couch and on top of the refrigerator.  Bring us those books!  You can come Monday – Friday between 8AM – 3PM to Door 1 and just drop them off on the cart we will set up.  We will check the textbooks in and be able to get these books distributed to students for the new year. Our plan is to distribute text books and novels the week of September 14.    

Here comes virtual learning!   WE NEED YOUR HELP!! 

This weekend/next week, please take time to turn on student laptops, charge them if needed and test the microphone and video. To do so, please type the word "Camera" in the search bar on the lower left side of the desktop screen. Open the camera app. Switch from still camera to video mode on the right. Press the red button to record with some audio. Now view and listen to your video. Can you hear your voice? Can you see yourself?  Hurray! Your webcam and microphone are working. If your camera or mic doesn’t work, have the student log on to this site to look for troubleshooting tips: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/cav-kiosk/tech-help/bbcu-audiovideo-troubleshooting?authuser=1.

We need to run a report at the school to see if our devices are online or if we have an issue at the school.   

Freshmen!  Fear not!  We will be distributing laptops to 9th graders and new students after Monday, August 17th. Please stay tuned for distribution details.

Many of our families participated in a Town Hall on racial equity at Woodson in May.  This Tuesday, August 11th, the Woodson Pyramid Principals invite our communities to come together from 7-8 PM to engage in a shared conversation around Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness in our pyramid (Elementary schools and Frost Middle School which feed into Woodson).  This town hall will be facilitated by our Equity Leads and administrators from the schools. We will present 3-5 guiding questions to solicit feedback around experiences and practices in our school community. This discussion will allow schools to draw similarities for future work around equity and Cultural proficiency/Cultural responsiveness throughout our pyramid schools. We hope you will join us.  

In addition to this town hall, we will host the following town halls prior to school starting:

  • A Woodson staff presentation and discussion around mental health strategies for students and families before school starts
  • Our Equity Team is planning a town hall for our staff featuring the stories of several alumni
  • A special education parent town hall on Thursday, August 13th.  We will host our Comprehensive Services Site (CSS) from 6-7PM and Learning Services from 7-8PM, link will be sent on the 13th to families of students in special education through eNotify.

Please note we will have a virtual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 10.  Since we are virtual, this will be located online for your viewing anytime after September 10. 

We hope to engage with families throughout this Fall as we prepare to return to school and once we have launched virtually on September 8. 

Until then, stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Textbook Drop Off

Students if you have textbooks at home, please bring them back to Woodson so we can prepare for the new school year.

Please drop your textbooks off at Door 1 between the hours of 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday prior to Thursday, September 3rd.  There will be a cart/table outside Door 1 to place your books on if the weather is nice.  If it is raining, the drop off cart/table will be just inside Door 1.  

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Paula L. DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

3. Instrument & Uniform Drop Off

Students if you have instruments & uniforms at home, please bring them back to Woodson so we can prepare for the new school year.

You can drop off your instrument and/or uniform just inside Door 1 between the hours of 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday prior to Thursday, September 3rd. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Marc Brooks at drbrooks@fcps.edu.

4. Woodson Pyramid Town Hall Meeting

Woodson will host a Virtual Pyramid Town Hall Meeting, in collaboration with our elementary and middle school families on Tuesday, August 11 from 7-8PM. The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is to address the recent events across our nation, in addition, to how we can continue to support our students and families moving forward. A secured Blackboard link will be provided to families from each school within the Woodson Pyramid. If you have any questions, please email Dr. George Hewan at gkhewan@fcps.edu.   

5. News You Choose Athletics and Activities

In order to receive updates and information from the Woodson Activities Office, be sure to select your subscription options within the News You Choose preference portal. Visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?preferences=true to update or opt out. Our Activities Office will send out weekly information on topics such as Yellow and Green Day workout schedules, games and tournaments, ticket sales, spirit wear, etc.. Stay connected by following us! Go Cavs!

6. Yearbook Pickup... continued

Yearbooks may be picked up in the main office from 10am-2:30pm daily. You must bring a photo ID and wear a mask upon entering the school building.

Also, there are a very limited number of books available for sale. The cost is $90 cash (exact change, please) or check made out to W. T. Woodson High School. We cannot accept credit cards.

Questions?  Email Beth Koby at ewkoby@fcps.edu.

7. Student Services Information

Registration: Until our offices reopen, parents will need to complete the registration paperwork that is available online and reach out to the registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley via email until offices reopen.  Families will be contacted via email or phone for the next steps in the registration process.

Withdrawal: If you need to withdraw your student from Woodson for the 2020-21 school year, please contact Woodson Registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley, who will schedule a time/date to return the school issued laptop, complete a withdrawal form and other learning materials.

Records Request: Until our offices reopen to the public, there are no office hours. However, if a family has a transcript or records requests, they should email the registrar throughout the summer.

8. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th

At their July 9 business meeting, the Fairfax County School Board approved delaying the start of the 2020-21 school year to provide staff members additional time to plan instruction and schedules, provide professional staff development, and finalize transportation and other operational details.

The revised calendar delays the first instructional day for students by two weeks, from Tuesday, August 25, to Tuesday, September 8. Other employee work schedules will remain unchanged and the revised calendar provides adjustments for additional staff development and planning time between Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, September 3.

View the revised 2020-21 school year calendar

9. Woodson Minds Matter

Woodson Minds Matter is a student-led movement to change school culture around mental health. They are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 leadership board NOW through August. Are you interested? Apply using this link! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hfc0VrxuKKthQJsZ6IIHTvehMY26bahbCxsa5-k7jJA/viewform?edit_requested=true

10. WTW Military Family Network

Calling all current and new military families!  We are restarting our military network effort for the upcoming school year. Our mission is to foster a community of military members at WT Woodson High School. This year will be particularly difficult for new students and families to make connections due to the continued pandemic crisis we face.

Current military families, that would like to  be part of our “Connections” effort by being a buddy to a new military family or by sharing neighborhood information --or --new families that would like to join our network, please send and an email to: wtwmilitarynetwork@gmail.com

We will be in touch soon!

11. Seeking Theater Mask Coordinator

The PTSO is seeking one parent to help coordinate volunteers to sew special see-through masks (basically larger masks with plastic windows) for theater students and faculty. It is vital for theater students to be able to see as much of a face as possible. If you are interested in this effort, please contact Miklos Kiss at miklos.kiss@cox.net.

12. Summer Yearbook Pictures Needed

The 2021 yearbook needs your help!

Work on the 2021 yearbook has already begun. We want to cover how Woodson students are living their lives in quarantine (and phased reopenings). We need photos of YOU making the best of your spring and summer. Are you…

  • Playing lots of video games?
  • Sitting with friends around the fire pit (keeping social distance, of course)?
  • Trying some new projects in the kitchen?
  • Keeping fit?
  • Zooming a lot with friends?
  • Training your quarantine puppy?

Whatever you are doing, yearbook needs photos!

You can share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare.  You can do this two easy ways.

  1. Go to www.HJeShare.com and enter the school code: wtwoodson
  2. Download the HJeShare app for iPhone or Android at the App Store or Google Play. Again, the school code: wtwoodson

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures!

While we cannot guarantee that all shared photos will be published, if you don’t share, your great pictures can’t even be considered! Start sharing today!

Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, if you have problems. ewkoby@fcps.edu

13. Mental Wellness Consultations

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

14. Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all.  Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times.  Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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Woodson Weekly - July 31st

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In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Welcome New Student Services Staff
3. Woodson Pyramid Town Hall Meeting
4. News You Choose for Athletics and Activities
5. Yearbook Pickup... continued
6. Student Services Information
7. Testing Information and Accommodations 
8. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8
9. Woodson Minds Matter
10. WTW Military Family Network
11. Seeking Theater Mask Coordinator
12. Summer Yearbook Pictures Needed 
13. Mental Wellness Consultations
14. Healthy Minds Blog

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Happy Friday Woodson Families,

Two weeks from today we will welcome our faculty back for three weeks of professional development signaling the end of summer. It is hard to believe summer is almost over and it is just July 31. 

Amongst the COVID chaos, we have been hiring new staff!   We want to share with you all over the next few weeks who our new faces are at Woodson.  Today we will begin with Student Services staff.  You'll see their pictures and bios below.

Stay safe, stay well, and stay connected as Cavaliers!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Welcome New Student Services Staff!

Debbie Glover – Debbie is joining Woodson HS as an Administrative Assistant in Student Services.  She will be assisting with student transcripts and testing.  She comes to Woodson from Annandale HS where she spent the past 6 years as the testing assistant to the Assessment Coach. Debbie was born in Vancouver, Canada and moved to California where she was the City Clerk of Solvang, California for 10 years. With her husband in the US Air Force, she and her family moved around the United States finally setting their roots in Virginia. She enjoys spending time with her family here and in Canada. Debbie is excited to be part of the Woodson HS community.

Hi everyone, my name is Jamie Korpacz and I am one of the new counselors at Woodson. I am from Allentown, Pennsylvania and graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with my undergrad in elementary education & masters in school counseling. I have been in Fairfax county for 2 years as an elementary counselor and I am super excited to start this new chapter in my career at Woodson! Looking forward to meeting and working with you all this year!

I will be supporting students with the last names A-Cah.

Hi, my name is Christine Lieb-Mosley and I am the new College and Career Specialist at Woodson. I am from Neckarsulm, Germany, and graduated from the Fremdspracheninstitut Heidelberg with a degree in Spanish and English. My husband’s service in the US Army brought us to Fairfax County in 1996,  and I have been at Woodson as the registrar since 2017. Our four children all graduated from FCPS, and our youngest is a Class of 2020 graduate. I am looking forward to serving the Woodson Community as the new College and Career Specialist!

Elle Nguyen - I’m excited to start my 18th year as a school counselor at Woodson High School! Previously I was a counselor at Battlefield HS in Prince William County. I’m passionate about helping others and believe strongly in kindness, community, and teamwork. When not at school, you can find me on the soccer field cheering for my 2 kids! I enjoy the beach, scenic walks & hikes, reading, and being creative.

I will be supporting students with the last names O.Tran - Z.

3. Woodson Pyramid Town Hall Meeting

Woodson will host a Virtual Pyramid Town Hall Meeting, in collaboration with our elementary and middle school families on Tuesday, August 11 from 7-8PM. The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is to address the recent events across our nation, in addition, to how we can continue to support our students and families moving forward. A secured Blackboard link will be provided to families from each school within the Woodson Pyramid. If you have any questions, please email Dr. George Hewan at gkhewan@fcps.edu.   

4. News You Choose Athletics and Activities

In order to receive updates and information from the Woodson Activities Office, be sure to select your subscription options within the News You Choose preference portal. Visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?preferences=true to update or opt out. Our Activities Office will send out weekly information on topics such as Yellow and Green Day workout schedules, games and tournaments, ticket sales, spirit wear, etc.. Stay connected by following us! Go Cavs!

5. Yearbook Pickup... continued

Yearbooks may be picked up in the main office from 10am-2:30pm daily. You must bring a photo ID and wear a mask upon entering the school building.

Also, there are a very limited number of books available for sale. The cost is $90 cash (exact change, please) or check made out to W. T. Woodson High School. We cannot accept credit cards.

Questions?  Email Beth Koby at ewkoby@fcps.edu.

6. Student Services Information

Registration: Until our offices reopen, parents will need to complete the registration paperwork that is available online and reach out to the registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley via email until offices reopen.  Families will be contacted via email or phone for the next steps in the registration process.

Withdrawal: If you need to withdraw your student from Woodson for the 2020-21 school year, please contact Woodson Registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley, who will schedule a time/date to return the school issued laptop, complete a withdrawal form and other learning materials.

Records Request: Until our offices reopen to the public, there are no office hours. However, if a family has a transcript or records requests, they should email the registrar throughout the summer.

7. Testing Information and Accommodations

Some students with documented disabilities are eligible for accommodations on College Board exams. Students cannot take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, or AP Exams with accommodations unless their request for accommodations has been approved by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

The accommodations request and documentation for fall test dates must be received by Monday, August 3. Please contact WT Woodson’s Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee (kpguinee@fcps.edu) for more information.

8. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th

At their July 9 business meeting, the Fairfax County School Board approved delaying the start of the 2020-21 school year to provide staff members additional time to plan instruction and schedules, provide professional staff development, and finalize transportation and other operational details.

The revised calendar delays the first instructional day for students by two weeks, from Tuesday, August 25, to Tuesday, September 8. Other employee work schedules will remain unchanged and the revised calendar provides adjustments for additional staff development and planning time between Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, September 3.

View the revised 2020-21 school year calendar

9. Woodson Minds Matter

Woodson Minds Matter is a student-led movement to change school culture around mental health. They are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 leadership board NOW through August. Are you interested? Apply using this link! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hfc0VrxuKKthQJsZ6IIHTvehMY26bahbCxsa5-k7jJA/viewform?edit_requested=true

10. WTW Military Family Network

Calling all current and new military families!  We are restarting our military network effort for the upcoming school year. Our mission is to foster a community of military members at WT Woodson High School. This year will be particularly difficult for new students and families to make connections due to the continued pandemic crisis we face.

Current military families, that would like to  be part of our “Connections” effort by being a buddy to a new military family or by sharing neighborhood information --or --new families that would like to join our network, please send and an email to: wtwmilitarynetwork@gmail.com

We will be in touch soon!

11. Seeking Theater Mask Coordinator

The PTSO is seeking one parent to help coordinate volunteers to sew special see-through masks (basically larger masks with plastic windows) for theater students and faculty. It is vital for theater students to be able to see as much of a face as possible. If you are interested in this effort, please contact Miklos Kiss at miklos.kiss@cox.net.

12. Summer Yearbook Pictures Needed

The 2021 yearbook needs your help!

Work on the 2021 yearbook has already begun. We want to cover how Woodson students are living their lives in quarantine (and phased reopenings). We need photos of YOU making the best of your spring and summer. Are you…

  • Playing lots of video games?
  • Sitting with friends around the fire pit (keeping social distance, of course)?
  • Trying some new projects in the kitchen?
  • Keeping fit?
  • Zooming a lot with friends?
  • Training your quarantine puppy?

Whatever you are doing, yearbook needs photos!

You can share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare.  You can do this two easy ways.

  1. Go to www.HJeShare.com and enter the school code: wtwoodson
  2. Download the HJeShare app for iPhone or Android at the App Store or Google Play. Again, the school code: wtwoodson

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures!

While we cannot guarantee that all shared photos will be published, if you don’t share, your great pictures can’t even be considered! Start sharing today!

Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, if you have problems. ewkoby@fcps.edu

13. Mental Wellness Consultations

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

14. Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all.  Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times.  Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Woodson Weekly - July 27th

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In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Yearbook Pickup... continued
3. Student Services Information
4. Testing Information and Accommodations 
5. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th
6. Woodson Minds Matter
7. WTW Military Family Network
8. Seeking Theater Mask Coordinator
9. Cavalier Cruise Refunds
10. Summer Yearbook Pictures Needed
11. NOVA Webinar: Navigating College Options for You and Your High School Graduate
12. Mental Wellness Consultations
13. Healthy Minds Blog

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families,

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind, thus our usual Friday message was moved to Monday. As we prepare for a 100% virtual opening, we are in the process of revamping our traditional Cavalier Kickoff, the community event welcoming students back for the new school year. We recognize that this year's kickoff will be different which will bring various emotions for our community. To prepare for the new year, our staff will be working hard the three weeks prior to school opening on Tuesday, September 8 by planning engaging and interactive online lessons as well as learning new technology through various trainings. 

Our hope, goal and charge is to eventually return to in-person school during school year 2020-2021. Until that time, I want to encourage families to rally together around hope and wellness versus divisiveness and discord. We must respect one another’s position and choices around the return to school decision. According to what has been shared with me, disrespect of teachers and families is evident in social media which is unhealthy for all involved. Each family, whether teacher or student, is entitled to their belief of what is best for their current situation. This is not a time to judge nor is social media a place to put others down for choices that you yourself may not have made. Instead, I encourage everyone to listen and honor differing perspectives. Personally, I am grateful for the freedom to express individual opinions and hopeful we all do so with dignity and respect. As we often remind students, what is posted online stays online and no one has the right to shame others for their opinion. Please help us to focus on appropriate community and national digital citizenship as we model those behaviors for our students.

A big thank you to Ms. Koby and her team of volunteers for a successful, socially distant yearbook distribution last Thursday. Many thought it couldn’t be done but Woodson did it!  We still have a couple yearbooks to sell, if interested please contact Ms. Koby at  EWKoby@fcps.edu.  More information on distribution is in the next story. 

We will continue to share Woodson specific updates to families each week regarding the opening of school and textbooks, computers, schedules, etc. FCPS will continue to provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions around the opening of school.  These FCPS FAQs can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool/return-school-questions-and-answers.  As we get closer to mid or late August, I will hold a Town Hall meeting around the opening of school.  In addition to an opening of school Town Hall, we are in the planning stages for:

  • A Woodson Pyramid town hall to continue our discussions around cultural responsiveness
  • A Woodson staff presentation and discussion around mental health strategies for students and families in August
  • Our Equity Team is also planning another Woodson Town Hall for staff featuring some of our alumni.  
  • Parent Town Hall focused on Special Education

Stay safe, stay well, and stay connected as Cavaliers!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Yearbook Pickup... continued

Yearbooks may be picked up in the main office from 10am-2:30pm daily. You must bring a photo ID and wear a mask upon entering the school building.

Also, there are a very limited number of books available for sale. The cost is $90 cash (exact change, please) or check made out to W. T. Woodson High School. We cannot accept credit cards.

Questions?  Email Beth Koby at ewkoby@fcps.edu.

3. Student Services Information

Registration: Until our offices reopen, parents will need to complete the registration paperwork that is available online and reach out to the registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley via email until offices reopen.  Families will be contacted via email or phone for the next steps in the registration process.

Withdrawal: If you need to withdraw your student from Woodson for the 2020-21 school year, please contact Woodson Registrar, Christine Lieb-Mosley, who will schedule a time/date to return the school issued laptop, complete a withdrawal form and other learning materials.

Records Request: Until our offices reopen to the public, there are no office hours. However, if a family has a transcript or records requests, they should email the registrar throughout the summer.

4. Testing Information and Accommodations

Some students with documented disabilities are eligible for accommodations on College Board exams. Students cannot take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, or AP Exams with accommodations unless their request for accommodations has been approved by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Please contact WT Woodson’s Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee (kpguinee@fcps.edu) for more information.

2020-2021 Test Dates

Accommodations Request and Documentation (Where Required) Must Be Received by:

SAT September 26, 2020*

August 3, 2020

SAT and SAT Subject Tests October 3, 2020*

August 10, 2020

PSAT/NMSQT® October 14, 17, 28, 2020

August 20, 2020

SAT and SAT Subject Tests November 7, 2020

September 14, 2020

 

5. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th

At their July 9 business meeting, the Fairfax County School Board approved delaying the start of the 2020-21 school year to provide staff members additional time to plan instruction and schedules, provide professional staff development, and finalize transportation and other operational details.

The revised calendar delays the first instructional day for students by two weeks, from Tuesday, August 25, to Tuesday, September 8. Other employee work schedules will remain unchanged and the revised calendar provides adjustments for additional staff development and planning time between Tuesday, August 25, and Thursday, September 3.

View the revised 2020-21 school year calendar

6. Woodson Minds Matter

Woodson Minds Matter is a student-led movement to change school culture around mental health. They are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 leadership board NOW through August. Are you interested? Apply using this link! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hfc0VrxuKKthQJsZ6IIHTvehMY26bahbCxsa5-k7jJA/viewform?edit_requested=true

7. WTW Military Family Network

Calling all current and new military families!  We are restarting our military network effort for the upcoming school year. Our mission is to foster a community of military members at WT Woodson High School. This year will be particularly difficult for new students and families to make connections due to the continued pandemic crisis we face.

Current military families, that would like to  be part of our “Connections” effort by being a buddy to a new military family or by sharing neighborhood information --or --new families that would like to join our network, please send and an email to: wtwmilitarynetwork@gmail.com

We will be in touch soon!

8. Seeking Theater Mask Coordinator

The PTSO is seeking one parent to help coordinate volunteers to sew special see-through masks (basically larger masks with plastic windows) for theater students and faculty. It is vital for theater students to be able to see as much of a face as possible. If you are interested in this effort, please contact Miklos Kiss at miklos.kiss@cox.net.

9. Cavalier Cruise Refunds

Cavalier Cruise refunds are in process for all those that requested a return and those that did not reply to the return inquiry email in June. All that paid by credit card should be seeing a refund last week or this week. Those that paid by check or PayPal will be processed by the end of June. If you have questions please contact Carol at a carhar0129@hotmail.com.

10. Summer Yearbook Pictures Needed

The 2021 yearbook needs your help!

Work on the 2021 yearbook has already begun. We want to cover how Woodson students are living their lives in quarantine (and phased reopenings). We need photos of YOU making the best of your spring and summer. Are you…

  • Playing lots of video games?
  • Sitting with friends around the fire pit (keeping social distance, of course)?
  • Trying some new projects in the kitchen?
  • Keeping fit?
  • Zooming a lot with friends?
  • Training your quarantine puppy?

Whatever you are doing, yearbook needs photos!

You can share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare.  You can do this two easy ways.

  1. Go to www.HJeShare.com and enter the school code: wtwoodson
  2. Download the HJeShare app for iPhone or Android at the App Store or Google Play. Again, the school code: wtwoodson

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures!

While we cannot guarantee that all shared photos will be published, if you don’t share, your great pictures can’t even be considered! Start sharing today!

Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, if you have problems. ewkoby@fcps.edu

11. NOVA Webinar: Navigating College Options for You and Your High School Graduate

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is inviting FCPS alumni, rising seniors, and their parents and/or guardians to an informational webinar on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. Join Dr. Annette Haggray, Provost, Alexandria Campus, and Dr. Pamela Hilbert, Provost, Annandale Campus, as they speak about “The Changing Higher Education Landscape” and its shifting plains.

Topics will include:

  • Program Options at NOVA
  • NOVA’s Six Options for the Fall
  • Financial Aid and Payment Plans
  • Transfer from NOVA to the College of Your Choice

Advance registration is required: https://vccs.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0UJ8LQfVSOCcWDBkTiUvAg

12. Mental Wellness Consultations

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

13. Healthy Minds Blog

Healthy Minds is a blog for parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. 

As a part of the Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services develops posts with timely information for all.  Recent topics have included social and emotional learning, countering stigma and racism, and building resilience to handle challenging times.  Healthy Minds includes tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, school, and in the community. 

New content is posted weekly.  Visit the Healthy Minds Blog.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711

CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one)

Dominion Hospital Assessment and Referral Line: 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY dial 711 (The Merrifield Center of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)

 

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