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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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)

 

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Woodson Weekly - July 17th

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The 2020 yearbook is here!!!  Distribution Day is Thursday, July 23rd!  See details below...

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Yearbook Distribution this THURSDAY, July 23rd
3. Social Justice Book Club News
4. Parent Readers Needed
5. Student Services Information
6. Testing Information and Accommodations 
7. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th
8. Mental Wellness Consultations
9. Video: Student Voice—Simple Advice from Jada
10. Healthy Minds Blog

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Community!

The last few weeks have been filled with difficult decisions as we work diligently to move forward in the process of creating a virtual and in–person campus for Woodson HS.  We have approximately 900 students online and 1600 in person. This means about 64% of our students chose to be in person.  We are excited to begin the work on our master schedule to creatively ensure our students are able to access as many of our classes as possible. 

Enjoy your weekend, stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected Cavs!
Dr. Floyd

Congratulations to Ire Kim for winning 1st Place in the Congressional Art Competition!

2. Yearbook Distribution this Thursday, July 23rd

Come pick up your 2020 yearbook Thursday, July 23 10 AM to 4 PM at Woodson High School. Entrance 1, by the front office.

Only people wearing a mask will be allowed to approach the tables and pick up a book. Please keep your physical distance from others!

10-11 AM: seniors

11AM -12 PM: juniors

12-1: sophomores

1-2: freshmen

2-4: everyone! 

Bring some form of photo ID and a mask!

You may designate a friend or neighbor to pick up your book for you. You should fill out this form https://forms.gle/xueDfU1PBJeXHF1d9

by Monday, July 20 at midnight! We cannot allow other parties to pick up your book if you don’t fill out the form. Everyone picking up a yearbook will have to show an ID.

If you have moved from the area, please contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

There ARE a limited number of  books still for sale, first-come, first-served. Books will be $90, cash or a check made out to W. T. Woodson High School. We will not be able to accept credit cards.

If you’re not sure if you ordered a book already, contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu. I’ll be happy to look it up for you.

If you are not feeling well or if anyone in your household has COVID 19 or has been recently exposed, DON’T COME to the distribution. Email Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

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

3. Social Justice Book Club News

Thank you to everyone who provided input on which book we will choose as a community and staff read. The book overwhelmingly chosen was, How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. The Social Justice Book Club will meet once a month beginning in September. I have provided two links for you to purchase a copy of your book.  

https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

https://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Antiracist-Ibram-Kendi/dp/0525509283

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist will be speaking at a free online event on Monday, July 20th at 7:00. Here is a link to register via Eventbrite if you are interested.

If you have any questions regarding the Social Justice Book Club, please contact Dr. George Hewan, assistant principal at gkhewan@fcps.edu.

4. Parent Readers Needed

We continue to work to improve the diversity of the books for our English classes, but in order to do so, we need your help. In order to add new books to the curriculum, we need a group of parents to review the book content.  We are hoping that some of you may have already read the books in the list below and would be able to provide input. 

Beloved by Toni Morrison

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell

Counting Descent by Clint Smith

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le Thi Diem Thuy

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas 

If you have read any of these books, please contact Dr. Paula Disalvo, assistant principal at pdisalvo@fcps.edu by Friday, July 24th or please complete this Google Form to give your feedback.

5. 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.

6. 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

 

Another piece by Ire Kim, 1st Place winner of the Congressional Art Competition.

7. 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

8. 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.

9. Video: Student Voice—Simple Advice from Jada

Woodson rising Junior, Jada explains how the acronym ACCEPTS will help us remember ways to fight stress during social distancing. Watch the video

10. 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 10th

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In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Return to School - Deadline July 15th
3. First Day of School - Tuesday, September 8th
4. Social Justice Book Club
5. Mental Wellness Consultations
6. HBCU Undergraduate Panel Opportunity
7. Yearbook Distribution - July 23rd
8. Summer Contact Information
9. Subscribe to the Woodson Weekly

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good Friday afternoon Woodson families… the weekend is here! 

Thank you to the 200 or so families who came out to our town hall on Thursday, July 9 to hear more about the restarting of the school year this fall.   We have various FAQs from this Town Hall and we will send those responses on Monday via eNotify.  Unfortunately,  the recording of the session was not audible therefore we will not be able to post it.   

To clarify one point from the Town Hall, masks will be required inside the school. We have the unique opportunity to use outdoor space for classes and many teachers are looking forward to doing this. While outside, when students are physically distanced, they have the opportunity to take the mask off. The Governor's order is to wear them inside, so that is a given and the more we can use our large expanse of outdoor space, the healthier we can be.   One parent suggested allowing students to pass between classes outside and that is something we can look at as well.   As you have ideas, please feel free to share them!

Please remember your opportunity to respond or to change your response for your online or in-person learning location for the fall has been extended until Wednesday, July 15.  Please see the attached fliers in English and Spanish for additional information.  As always, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions as you are considering these options.  I can be reached at cefloyd@fcps.edu

Sincerely,
Dr. Floyd

2. Return to School

An email was sent from FCPS to families Monday, June 29th, with instructions for selecting the type of learning option that best meets the needs of their family.  These preferences must be collected by all families by Wednesday, July 15.  This deadline is crucial, please make sure you complete this from FCPS.  Without it, we will be unable to plan accordingly.  The number of students opting for face-to-face instruction vs. virtual will drive our staffing model and our ability to design appropriate schedules for students.    

For the coming year, parents and caregivers have two learning options for their students:

  • Full-time online instruction OR
  • In-person instruction with social distancing in our school buildings.

To help staff plan, parents and caregivers need to commit to one of these options for the entire 2020-21 school year for each child.  If health conditions improve that would allow FCPS to resume in-person instruction for all students, we would reassess FCPS's operating status at that time.

Central Office has been hearing that some families are experiencing difficulties with accessing the portal to select their enrollment option for the fall.  Please see below for the requirements for parent to be able to complete the “Return to School – Enrollment Options” or “Survey”. The email went out to anyone that was listed as Parent/Guardian.

  • Link:https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020
  • Only the enrolling parent can fill it out (if it’s not the enrolling parent, they will receive a “username or password incorrect…” message.
  • Need Student ID to complete the survey.
  • Parent email must match Enrolling Parent Primary Email. 

Responses are due by Wednesday, July 15, 2020.  If no response is received, the student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction for the year.

3. 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

4. Social Justice Book Club

The Equity Committee will like to invite you to join our Social Justice Book Club along with our faculty. At your earliest convenience, please complete the Social Justice survey to help up with planning purposes. Please let Dr. Hewan know if you have any questions at gkhewan@fcps.edu.

5. 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.

6. HBCU Undergraduate Panel Opportunity

The Justice High School Equity Team and FCPS Student Equity Coalition are hosting an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) Undergraduate Panel on Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm-8:30 pm on Google Meets. All FCPS students are invited to attend.

We see a strong need for conversations about HBCUs in FCPS. Most of our experience reflects teachers and schools pushing students toward PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions) or pushing students of color toward community colleges. Most field trips are to PWIs, most college research assignments are about PWIs, and most of the college literature that is available is about PWIs. We see a need for change and hope this panel is a part of that step in the right direction.

We plan to use half of the panel time for pre-written questions. We will then open the discussion up for questions from the audience.

7. Yearbook Distribution

Frequently-asked questions

When and where is Distribution?

Thursday, July 23 10 AM to 4 PM at Woodson High School. We will be deciding closer to the day whether it will be a car pick up or a walk-up-to-a-table-wearing-masks event. We will make it as simple and easy as we can, following all health guidelines.

What do I need to bring with me?

Bring some form of photo ID.

What if I will be out of town on the 23rd? Or what if I want my neighbor to pick up my book for me?

You may designate a friend or neighbor to pick up your book for you. You should fill out this form 

https://forms.gle/xueDfU1PBJeXHF1d9

by Monday, July 20 at midnight! We cannot allow other parties to pick up your book if you don’t fill out the form. Everyone picking up a yearbook will have to show an ID.

What if I’m moving from the area before the 23rd?

If you are moving, please contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

Will books be for sale on Distribution day?

If we are not sold out prior to Distribution day, there WILL be some books for sale, first-come, first-served. Books will be $90, cash or a check made out to W. T. Woodson High School.

Can I still reserve a book now?

Yes! A limited number of copies are still available.  Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

What if I’m not sure if I ordered a book already?

Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu. I’ll be happy to look it up for you.

What happens if I miss Distribution entirely?

You’ll have to wait for school to open to pick up your book.

What If I’m feeling sick on Distribution day?

If you are not feeling well or if anyone in your household has COVID 19 or has been recently exposed, DON’T COME to the distribution. Email Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

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

8. Summer Contact Information

Due to the continued closure of FCPS buildings due to COVID-19, listed below is contact information for the remainder of June, July and August:

Student Services:​

Administration: Carlyn Floyd, Ed.D.   Principal   cefloyd@fcps.edu       Amanda Burke   Assistant Principal   ajburke@fcps.edu       Marc Brooks   Assistant Principal - Summer Programs   drbrooks@fcps.edu       Paula Disalvo   Assistant Principal   pdisalvo@fcps.edu       Shashi Madan   Assistant Principal   spmadan@fcps.edu     Main Office: Celeste Jones   Principal's Administrative Assistant   cbjones@fcps.edu     Activities/Athletics: Dan Checkosky   Director of Student Activities   djcheckosky@fcps.edu      Student Services: Josh Peters   Director of Student Services   fjpeters@fcps.edu       Christine Lieb-Mosley   Registrar

Please note that administration and support staff not listed above, will return on Wednesday, July 15th. Instructional staff returns on Friday, August 14th. Please refer to our website for a complete staff directory.

We encourage you to email any questions or concerns to staff listed above, while our building remains closed and we are operating with limited summer staff.

Additional 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. Subscribe to the Woodson Weekly emails

Do you know someone that would like to receive the Woodson Weekly emails? 

Woodson Weekly is sent through FCPS News You Choose and is a service anyone can subscribe to using this link:  https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=Woodson_HS.

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 3rd

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In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Return to School - Deadline July 10th
3. Social Justice Book Club
4. Mental Wellness Consultations
5. Social Studies Curriculum Changes
6. HBCU Undergraduate Panel Opportunity
7. Yearbook Distribution - July 23rd
8. Summer Contact Information
9. Subscribe to the Woodson Weekly

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Happy Independence Day Woodson Families: 

As many of you are aware, Dr. Brabrand sent out a letter (found here) to the community outlining plans for our return to school in the fall.  The entire presentation to the school board is located here.  A dedicated web page is set up where additional details about Reopening of School plans are posted here which includes Frequently Asked Questions for families.  In addition, Dr. Brabrand will have a Virtual town hall meeting on Monday, July 6th at 6:30PM.

Families have the option of sending their students to school two days a week with two days a week of asynchronous instruction or opting to remain 100% virtual (4 days a week).  In both cases, Monday’s are reserved for students who may need additional help/resources and teacher planning. 

Schools may be able to offer more than two days of in person instruction but this will depend on the number of students requesting face-to-face instruction and our ability to do so while meeting all social distancing and health department guidelines effectively.  Students who wish to come in for face-to-face instruction would be grouped so that each class meeting is within the CDC and Fairfax County Health Department guidelines and allows us to socially distance to the greatest extent possible in the classrooms.  Students will have to eat lunch in classrooms and will pass one another in the hallways between classes. 

All students and staff in the school will be required to wear masks unless there is a medical reason for not doing so.  I will be looking at our current school footprint and will be working throughout the summer to identify additional spaces throughout the building that we can utilize for teaching spaces so that we ensure the safety of students and staff.  

In a letter sent to families via email on Monday, families were asked to select the type of learning option that best meets the needs of their family.  These preferences must be collected by all families by Friday, July 10.  This deadline is crucial, please make sure you complete this from FCPS.  Without it, we will be unable to plan accordingly.  The number of students opting for face-to-face instruction vs. virtual will drive our staffing model and our ability to design appropriate schedules for students.    

We understand that for many families this may present as a difficult decision to make. As a school, we will continue to provide as many details as we have available through communications to ensure that you feel you are able to make the most informed decision.  We take safety and health precautions very seriously, and I will share those measures as they unfold. 

To create a master schedule for the 2020-2021 school year based on these preferences will be a huge undertaking, and one that we have not done before. But we are up for the task ahead!  The information from the community and staff will drive all of these decisions and we will work as fast as possible to provide updates as it relates to your student’s schedule.  I thank you in advance for your patience as we continue to navigate through this new development.

Stay healthy, safe and connected,
Dr. Floyd

2. Return to School

An email was sent from FCPS to families Monday, June 29th, with instructions for selecting the type of learning option that best meets the needs of their family.  These preferences must be collected by all families by Friday, July 10.  This deadline is crucial, please make sure you complete this from FCPS.  Without it, we will be unable to plan accordingly.  The number of students opting for face-to-face instruction vs. virtual will drive our staffing model and our ability to design appropriate schedules for students.    

For the coming year, parents and caregivers have two learning options for their students:

  • Full-time online instruction OR
  • In-person instruction with social distancing in our school buildings.

To help staff plan, parents and caregivers need to commit to one of these options for the entire 2020-21 school year for each child.  If health conditions improve that would allow FCPS to resume in-person instruction for all students, we would reassess FCPS's operating status at that time.

Central Office has been hearing that some families are experiencing difficulties with accessing the portal to select their enrollment option for the fall.  Please see below for the requirements for parent to be able to complete the “Return to School – Enrollment Options” or “Survey”. The email went out to anyone that was listed as Parent/Guardian.

  • Link:https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020
  • Only the enrolling parent can fill it out (if it’s not the enrolling parent, they will receive a “username or password incorrect…” message.
  • Need Student ID to complete the survey.
  • Parent email must match Enrolling Parent Primary Email. 

Responses are due by Friday, July 10, 2020.  If no response is received, the student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction for the year.

3. Social Justice Book Club

The Equity Committee will like to invite you to join our Social Justice Book Club along with our faculty. At your earliest convenience, please complete the Social Justice survey to help up with planning purposes. Please let Dr. Hewan know if you have any questions at gkhewan@fcps.edu.

4. 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.

5. Social Studies Teachers Collaborate with Colleagues Statewide to Create Anti-Racist, Culturally-Responsive Curriculum

A group of FCPS teachers have been collaborating with colleagues from five other Virginia school districts to create a social studies curriculum that presents diverse perspectives and challenges students to critically examine materials, events, and institutions for bias, identity, and multiple perspectives.  The new curriculum will be available to students in grades 3, 4, 6, 7, and 11 as soon as this fall.

Beginning in 2018 under the umbrella of the Virginia Inquiry Collaborative, FCPS teachers worked with colleagues from Albemarle County, Virginia Beach City, and Charlottesville, and later Madison County and Powhatan County Schools, to collaborate around curriculum development designed for use across Virginia, beginning with a focus on fourth grade Virginia Studies. 

For more details on this new curriculum visit the announcement on the FCPS News site.

6. HBCU Undergraduate Panel Opportunity

The Justice High School Equity Team and FCPS Student Equity Coalition are hosting an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) Undergraduate Panel on Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm-8:30 pm on Google Meets. All FCPS students are invited to attend.

We see a strong need for conversations about HBCUs in FCPS. Most of our experience reflects teachers and schools pushing students toward PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions) or pushing students of color toward community colleges. Most field trips are to PWIs, most college research assignments are about PWIs, and most of the college literature that is available is about PWIs. We see a need for change and hope this panel is a part of that step in the right direction.

We plan to use half of the panel time for pre-written questions. We will then open the discussion up for questions from the audience.

7. Yearbook Distribution

Frequently-asked questions

When and where is Distribution?

Thursday, July 23 10 AM to 4 PM at Woodson High School. We will be deciding closer to the day whether it will be a car pick up or a walk-up-to-a-table-wearing-masks event. We will make it as simple and easy as we can, following all health guidelines.

What do I need to bring with me?

Bring some form of photo ID.

What if I will be out of town on the 23rd? Or what if I want my neighbor to pick up my book for me?

You may designate a friend or neighbor to pick up your book for you. You should fill out this form 

https://forms.gle/xueDfU1PBJeXHF1d9

by Monday, July 20 at midnight! We cannot allow other parties to pick up your book if you don’t fill out the form. Everyone picking up a yearbook will have to show an ID.

What if I’m moving from the area before the 23rd?

If you are moving, please contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

Will books be for sale on Distribution day?

If we are not sold out prior to Distribution day, there WILL be some books for sale, first-come, first-served. Books will be $90, cash or a check made out to W. T. Woodson High School.

Can I still reserve a book now?

Yes! A limited number of copies are still available.  Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

What if I’m not sure if I ordered a book already?

Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu. I’ll be happy to look it up for you.

What happens if I miss Distribution entirely?

You’ll have to wait for school to open to pick up your book.

What If I’m feeling sick on Distribution day?

If you are not feeling well or if anyone in your household has COVID 19 or has been recently exposed, DON’T COME to the distribution. Email Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

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

8. Summer Contact Information

Due to the continued closure of FCPS buildings due to COVID-19, listed below is contact information for the remainder of June, July and August:

Administration: Carlyn Floyd, Ed.D.   Principal   cefloyd@fcps.edu       Amanda Burke   Assistant Principal   ajburke@fcps.edu       Marc Brooks   Assistant Principal - Summer Programs   drbrooks@fcps.edu       Paula Disalvo   Assistant Principal   pdisalvo@fcps.edu       Shashi Madan   Assistant Principal   spmadan@fcps.edu     Main Office: Celeste Jones   Principal's Administrative Assistant   cbjones@fcps.edu     Finance: Cyndi Navarette Through July 10th Finance Technician   cmnavarette@fcps.edu     Activities/Athletics: Dan Checkosky   Director of Student Activities   djcheckosky@fcps.edu     Student Services: Josh Peters   Director of Student Services   fjpeters@fcps.edu       Christine Lieb-Mosley   Registrar   cliebmosley@fcps.edu    

Please note that administration and support staff not listed above, will return on Wednesday, July 15th. Instructional staff returns on Friday, August 14th. Please refer to our website for a complete staff directory.

We encourage you to email any questions or concerns to staff listed above, while our building remains closed and we are operating with limited summer staff.

Additional 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. Subscribe to the Woodson Weekly emails

Do you know someone that would like to receive the Woodson Weekly emails? 

Woodson Weekly is sent through FCPS News You Choose and is a service anyone can subscribe to using this link:  https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAEDUFCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=Woodson_HS.

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 Summer News

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Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation will air on Tuesday, June 30th at 11 am

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Report Cards
3. Summer Learning Opportunities
4. HBCU Undergraduate Panel Opportunity
5. Yearbook Distribution - July 23rd
6. Summer Contact Information

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Dear Woodson Families:

This week the Fairfax County Public School’s School Board approved the options for the 2020-2021 School Year. Please visit https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool to review this information. A survey will come out soon and it is paramount that you respond by the July 10 deadline in order for us to adequately and accurately plan for all students. This is a family decision, one that I encourage you to discuss together as it is a commitment for the full school year. We will continue to update our website with the answers to frequently asked questions https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/return-school-questions-and-answers as they become available. 

On another note, I am concerned about the ongoing vandalism around our campus.  We have had graffiti spray painted in various locations, the “W. T. Woodson Home of the Cavaliers” pieces (cups) have been stolen from the Main Street fence and various signs have been destroyed.  The impact of this on our community includes a poor view of our school by the community as well as much time, energy and funds spent to beautify our campus are now ruined.  The resources that must be utilized to clean up or replace items is quite costly in materials and manpower. This vandalism is not acceptable and while our video surveillance often indicates who the perpetrator is, the time and energy to rectify the incidents is costly. Please know that when we do identify the vandal, we make police reports and hold Restorative Justice sessions with the vandals, often to include restitution. We must come together as a community to stop this; when you see something, please say something. In addition, if you have some of the pieces (cups) from the fence at home, please let me know as we would like to replace the Cavaliers but will need to purchase more pieces to do so. We appreciate your assistance and please have conversations with your sons/daughters about the impact of vandalism around any public place. 

On behalf of the Equity Committee, I want to thank you for joining us in our Town Hall Meeting on June 17. Thank you for honest and rich conversations around the recent events that have impacted our communities across the nation. The Equity Committee will like to invite you to join our Social Justice Book Club along with our faculty. At your earliest convenience, please complete the Social Justice survey to help up with planning purposes. Please let Dr. Hewan know if you have any questions at gkhewan@fcps.edu.

We complete our celebration of the Class of 2020 with the airing of the Virtual Graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 30th at 11am on FCPS Channel 99 or at woodson-hs.stageclip.com. Thank you to those seniors who chose to participate. 

We will continue to provide updates to the ever evolving opening of school information as we know it. Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty and I hope all of our families enjoy some rest and relaxation this summer. Please don’t hesitate to email any of the 12 month staff available throughout the summer, their contact information is below. 

Sincerely,
Dr. Floyd

2. Report Cards

Final secondary report cards, in PDF format, were available in ParentVUE and StudentVUE on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00 a.m.  

For the first time, the Documents module will be available to students and parents.  The report cards can be found under the Documents module of ParentVUE and StudentVUE, instead of linked within the Report Card module.

This change was made to allow parents, especially those who opted to “Go Paperless”, to continue to see the PDF report card after SY 20/21 is closed out. A message will be posted in ParentVUE and StudentVUE letting users know where to find the report cards.

3. Summer Learning Opportunities

From Monday, June 29th – Friday, July 31, Woodson students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Continuity of Learning program which is a free summer program that offers Woodson High School students an opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed digital materials.  Materials will not be collected or graded. 

The digital materials will be housed on the FCPS 24-7 learning Mathematics and English sites  (Summer Learning Materials). Woodson teachers will be available each week through office hours offered at various times throughout the week from June 29 – July 31 to assist your students with the digital materials or other learning goals that they may be working on throughout the summer. 

If you have any questions regarding these summer learning opportunities, please contact Mr. Brooks, assistant principal at drbrooks@fcps.edu.

4. HBCU Undergraduate Panel Opportunity

The Justice High School Equity Team and FCPS Student Equity Coalition are hosting an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) Undergraduate Panel on Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm-8:30 pm on Google Meets. All FCPS students are invited to attend.

We see a strong need for conversations about HBCUs in FCPS. Most of our experience reflects teachers and schools pushing students toward PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions) or pushing students of color toward community colleges. Most field trips are to PWIs, most college research assignments are about PWIs, and most of the college literature that is available is about PWIs. We see a need for change and hope this panel is a part of that step in the right direction.

We plan to use half of the panel time for pre-written questions. We will then open the discussion up for questions from the audience.

5. Yearbook Distribution

When and where is Distribution?

Thursday, July 23 10 AM to 4 PM at Woodson High School. We will be deciding closer to the day whether it will be a car pick up or a walk-up-to-a-table-wearing-masks event. We will make it as simple and easy as we can, following all health guidelines.

What do I need to bring with me?

Bring some form of photo ID.

What if I will be out of town on the 23rd? Or what if I want my neighbor to pick up my book for me?

You may designate a friend or neighbor to pick up your book for you. You should fill out this form 

https://forms.gle/xueDfU1PBJeXHF1d9

by Monday, July 20 at midnight! We cannot allow other parties to pick up your book if you don’t fill out the form. Everyone picking up a yearbook will have to show an ID.

What if I’m moving from the area before the 23rd?

If you are moving, please contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

Will books be for sale on Distribution day?

If we are not sold out prior to Distribution day, there WILL be some books for sale, first-come, first-served. Books will be $90, cash or a check made out to W. T. Woodson High School.

Can I still reserve a book now?

Yes! A limited number of copies are still available.  Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

What if I’m not sure if I ordered a book already?

Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu. I’ll be happy to look it up for you.

What happens if I miss Distribution entirely?

You’ll have to wait for school to open to pick up your book.

What If I’m feeling sick on Distribution day?

If you are not feeling well or if anyone in your household has COVID 19 or has been recently exposed, DON’T COME to the distribution. Email Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

6. Summer Contact Information

Due to the continued closure of FCPS buildings due to COVID-19, listed below is contact information for the remainder of June, July and August:

Administration: Carlyn Floyd, Ed.D.   Principal   cefloyd@fcps.edu       Amanda Burke   Assistant Principal   ajburke@fcps.edu       Marc Brooks   Assistant Principal - Summer Programs   drbrooks@fcps.edu       Paula Disalvo   Assistant Principal   pdisalvo@fcps.edu       Shashi Madan   Assistant Principal   spmadan@fcps.edu     Main Office: Celeste Jones   Principal's Administrative Assistant   cbjones@fcps.edu     Finance: Cyndi Navarette Through July 10th Finance Technician   cmnavarette@fcps.edu     Activities/Athletics: Dan Checkosky   Director of Student Activities   djcheckosky@fcps.edu     Student Services: Josh Peters   Director of Student Services   fjpeters@fcps.edu       Christine Lieb-Mosley   Registrar   cliebmosley@fcps.edu    

Please note that administration and support staff not listed above, will return on Wednesday, July 15th. Instructional staff returns on Friday, August 14th. Please refer to our website for a complete staff directory.

We encourage you to email any questions or concerns to staff listed above, while our building remains closed and we are operating with limited summer staff.

Additional 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.

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 Yearbook Update

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The 2020 Yearbook is Coming!

Frequently-asked questions

When and where is Distribution?

Thursday, July 23 10 AM to 4 PM at Woodson High School. We will be deciding closer to the day whether it will be a car pick up or a walk-up-to-a-table-wearing-masks event. We will make it as simple and easy as we can, following all health guidelines.

What do I need to bring with me?

Bring some form of photo ID.

What if I will be out of town on the 23rd? Or what if I want my neighbor to pick up my book for me?

You may designate a friend or neighbor to pick up your book for you. You should fill out this form 

https://forms.gle/xueDfU1PBJeXHF1d9

by Monday, July 20 at midnight! We cannot allow other parties to pick up your book if you don’t fill out the form. Everyone picking up a yearbook will have to show an ID.

What if I’m moving from the area before the 23rd?

If you are moving, please contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

Will books be for sale on Distribution day?

If we are not sold out prior to Distribution day, there WILL be some books for sale, first-come, first-served. Books will be $90, cash or a check made out to W. T. Woodson High School.

Can I still reserve a book now?

Yes! A limited number of copies are still available.  Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

What if I’m not sure if I ordered a book already?

Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu. I’ll be happy to look it up for you.

What happens if I miss Distribution entirely?

You’ll have to wait for school to open to pick up your book.

What If I’m feeling sick on Distribution day?

If you are not feeling well or if anyone in your household has COVID 19 or has been recently exposed, DON’T COME to the distribution. Email Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu to make arrangements.

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

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 - June 12th

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Woodson Weekly - 
June 12th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information from Woodson High School.

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Listen to the Woodson Orchestra play Pomp & Circumstance,"The Graduation Song".

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Summer Learning Opportunities
3. Woodson Summer Reading
4. Yearbook Distribution!
5. Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to WTW Next Year?
6. Woodson Minds Matter Virtual Meetings
7. This is My Brave Auditions
8. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician
9. New NOVA Jump Start Opportunity
10. FAQs About Refunds and Fees
11. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families,

Here we are at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  I never would have imagined this turn of events when we opened school back in August. I want to thank our community for their continued support through this year’s rollercoaster. 

Next year continues to be uncertain and we will work to do our best with whatever next year looks like. Please look for communications throughout the summer to detail our plans for fall. 

To our Seniors - we wish you much peace, health and success in the future.  Seeing many of you in real life this week has re-energized us going into the summer.

If you did not take your graduation photo on Thursday or Friday, we encourage you to do so on the overflow date of Wednesday, June 17th. We have an additional 240 slots available. The SignUpGenius for the Wednesday, June 17th photo op will be sent to Senior families through eNotify tonight. If this date does not work for your family, please email Ms. Martin at kamartin@fcps.edu so that we can coordinate an alternative arrangement.

Thank you for your patience with the senior photo op. This event has taken many different forms over the last month or so. Please be assured that we have followed FCPS guidance every step of the way. The final product, I believe, was the most celebratory event possible that was as close to a graduation as permitted by FCPS and within the Health Department guidelines.

As we have moved through the various stages of closure and re-opening, navigating the guidelines provided to us required multiple changes of plans and I am thankful to those who understood these challenges and supported us along the way. The changes we faced throughout the last few months were at times monumental and I applaud our community for working with our staff to implement the distance learning plan as well as graduation activities.     

Today marks the end of another year of Woodson Weekly emails. We will take a few weeks off and be back at some point in July with updates to next year’s schedule. If you are interested in summer learning opportunities provided by FCPS (many are free!), please be sure to read the information below.  

I hope everyone is able to disconnect from digital devices at some point this summer; may you all enjoy a relaxing, safe and healthy summer break!

Sincerely,
Dr. Floyd

2. Summer Learning Opportunities

Continuity of Learning

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide optional, virtual learning opportunities for students from June 29 to July 31. Students currently in grades 9-11 will have access to a Google Site that provides practice on essential skills to review over the summer. The Google Site(s) will be located on the Free Summer Offerings page and will be live by June 24. The Math site will focus on practice of essential math content. The English site will provide practice on grammar and mechanics and offer choice reading opportunities. 

A supplemental English Language Development Summer Practice Book will be mailed to students enrolled in High School ESOL Newcomer Programming (ELP Level 1 & 2) in Grades 9 - 11. These books will provide English Language Development practice activities to support and enrich language development during the summer. High school English Learners enrolled in Individual Math and Algebra 1 Part 1 in the spring of 2020 will mailed an Algebra preparation focused math packet. 

Students with disabilities accessing the Adapted Curriculum will receive four packets mailed to families in July to support their learning. 

To support student learning from June 29 to July 31, teachers will hold one hour per week of “office hours” for Continuity of Learning. Office hours for Math, English, and English Language Development will be with one of our own outstanding staff members and are intended to support students with the digital practice resources and the English Language Development Summer Practice Book. Attendance is optional. More information on when office hours will be held will be coming soon.

FCPS Online Campus

Students seeking new course credit (i.e. taking a new class for the first time) this summer can do so through the FCPS Online Campus. Information on the enrollment process, registration fees, technology requirements and pre-requisites, and course offerings available can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/online-programs. Please contract you child’s school counselor for questions related to the FCPS Online Campus.

3. Woodson Summer Reading

Woodson Summer Reading has arrived!  Check out this google site for book suggestions (some titles are linked directly to the eBook version) and for teacher recommended reading. 

The librarians will be available by email during the summer for assistance in accessing books. Happy reading!

4. Yearbook Distribution!

Great news, Woodson! We have a distribution date for the yearbook!

It’s not as early as we’d like, but it’s not as late as some schools have to accept! As many of you know, the printing plant in Kansas was closed for six weeks due to COVID 19. The plant is up and running again but at reduced capacity in accordance with local health department rules.

So mark your calendars: Yearbook distribution is Thursday, July 23, rain or shine!

Details of how the distribution will work will be forthcoming as soon as possible. We will follow all requirements set forth by the health department and FCPS for a safe distribution.

If you are moving from the area before July 23, please contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, to discuss how we can get your book to you. ewkoby@fcps.edu

There are only150 books remaining for sale! The price is now $90. Act now before they’re gone!

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

Not sure if you ordered a book already? Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu 

Can’t wait till July 23? Get a sneak peek at the whole book!

​Our PlusOne app for iPhone and Android makes a digital version of the yearbook available to all students and families who purchased the printed version. The Plus One App is now LIVE.

https://yearbookdiscoveries.com/plus-one-app/

5. Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to WTW Next Year?

If you will not be attending Woodson High School this fall, please let Woodson Student Services know now. Please click here and fill out this form. 

Student Services will make sure all transcripts and records are forwarded to your child’s new school so his/her file is complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Woodson registrar Christine Lieb-Mosley at 703-503-4622 or cliebmosley@fcps.edu.  

6. Woodson Minds Matter Virtual Meetings

Join the virtual meetings of Woodson Minds Matter every Wednesday from 2-3pm EST on BBCU!  Woodson Minds Matter is open to anyone who attends Woodson.

To join or for more information, wtwmindsmatter@gmail.com.

7. This is My Brave Auditions

Auditions for This is My Brave have been extended through the end of August.  Fairfax County is seeking storytellers who are high school students with a 5-minute story to share about Teen Mental Health via poetry, original music, comedy, essay or other artistic expression.  Storytelling saves lives.

For more information, email erin.gallagher@thisismybrave.org or visit

https://thisismybrave.org/auditions/.

8. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. 

This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available. Parents can schedule a phone consultation online

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support online if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

9. New NOVA JumpStart Opportunity

NOVA announced the launch of JumpStart, a new opportunity for current and rising seniors to take up to two, tuition-free online college courses this summer. NOVA has identified a specific set of courses available through this initiative, including courses for NOVA degree requirements that are also highly transferable credits to four-year institutions as well as coursework in cloud computing through a collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

FCPS is excited to partner with NOVA on this opportunity and will share more information for students and families as additional details about qualifications and registration emerge. 

10. FAQs About Refunds and Fees

Question:  What is the status of refunds for fees paid for various activities that are not going to happen due to the pandemic?

Answer:

  • Teachers, sponsors, and supervising administrators have been working with vendors and travel companies.
  • Refunds for field trips are issued only if the vendor/travel company is providing refunds. Refunds are prorated based on the amount given by the vendor/travel company.
  • Travel companies and vendors may just issue a credit to the student’s name on the reservation for a postponed field trip. 
  • We will issue a refund for a field trip once the vendor or travel company returns the money to Woodson High School.  This is based on the amount / percentage refunded.
  • Class fees will be refunded at the end of the year as usual based on what is not used on consumables in the class. 
  • These will typically be issued through the credit card on file in MySchoolBucks.

Question:  Can students get a refund on his parking fee?

Answer:  Yes.  If you paid the full amount you will receive $50 (1/4 of the year).  A check will be sent to your house from FCPS.  They are currently working on this process, and it will take some time.  The school does not have any control over this process.

11. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

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 - June 5th

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Woodson Weekly - 
June 5th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information from Woodson High School.

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

Teachers and staff celebrate the Class of 2020 this week as they picked up their diplomas, caps and gowns.

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Yearbook Distribution!
3. Congratulations, WTW Retirees
4. Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to WTW Next Year?
5. Career Center Volunteers Needed
6. Woodson Minds Matter Virtual Meetings
7. This is My Brave Auditions
8. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician
9. Fourth Quarter & End of Year
10. New NOVA Jump Start Opportunity
12. FAQs About Refunds and Fees
13. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Families! 

This week has surely been an emotional roller coaster.  We said goodbye to our Seniors in round 1 of our Senior activities.  Please be sure to read the last eNotify that we sent on Thursday, June 4th. In this message is the sign up for slots for the professional Graduation Photo Op on Thursday and Friday, June 11 and 12.  We are excited to see the Seniors one last time! 

In addition, Seniors, please make sure you have completed your Class of 2020 Graduation and Celebration video slide!  You have until Friday, June 12 to complete this and the system is now working. 

While we are celebrating our seniors and our retirees, we must also handle the anger, sadness and dismay that we have seen in our country. Woodson staff stand as a united group of educators to acknowledge the events that have transpired portraying the anger and hurt that exists in our country. Racism and hate have no place at Woodson and our schools are places that strive towards inclusiveness and compassion for all, while providing hope for the future. To our Black and African American families and community members, we echo the words of our Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand as he shared with FCPS staff yesterday, “We see you, we believe in you, and we stand with you.”

Please know that we have made a commitment to bring awareness to social and emotional issues within our buildings through an equity lens. All FCPS schools have an equity team who partners with the Principal to ensure staff have the tools to recognize and take action on inequities within our buildings. We have all participated in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices and are committed to furthering our learning in order to address the topics of racism and equity with our students and with each other.

We cannot sit silently. We have all worked together to create classrooms and spaces where all are welcome and seen. In our classrooms, and within our school community, we will continue to learn about, value, and embrace each other’s differences while working to change the conditions that allow injustice. Please know that we are here for you and stand with our Black and African American community. It is the diversity of our community members who make Woodson a wonderfully unique place to live, work, learn and grow. 

For additional resources, please consider the following:

We will be sending a message to our students soon to allow their voice to be heard.  Please encourage your son / daughter(s) to contribute to the conversation. Our staff have a couple of events planned to help process these events as well. 

We are here for our community and we recognize that everyone may be impacted by these recent events differently.  Please reach out to an administrator, school counselor, teacher, or clinical staff with any questions or concerns.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Floyd

2. Yearbook Distribution!

Great news, Woodson! We have a distribution date for the yearbook!

It’s not as early as we’d like, but it’s not as late as some schools have to accept! As many of you know, the printing plant in Kansas was closed for six weeks due to COVID 19. The plant is up and running again but at reduced capacity in accordance with local health department rules.

So mark your calendars: Yearbook distribution is Thursday, July 23, rain or shine!

Details of how the distribution will work will be forthcoming as soon as possible. We will follow all requirements set forth by the health department and FCPS for a safe distribution.

If you are moving from the area before July 23, please contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, to discuss how we can get your book to you. ewkoby@fcps.edu

There are only150 books remaining for sale! The price is now $90. Act now before they’re gone!

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

Not sure if you ordered a book already? Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu 

Can’t wait till July 23? Get a sneak peek at the whole book!

​Our PlusOne app for iPhone and Android makes a digital version of the yearbook available to all students and families who purchased the printed version. The Plus One App is now LIVE.

https://yearbookdiscoveries.com/plus-one-app/

3. Congratulations, WTW Retirees

Congratulations and thank you for your service to our students at Woodson HS!

  • Marianne Busman, Safety & Security Assistant
  • Tim Evans, Social Studies Teacher
  • Laura Ford, American Sign Language Teacher
  • Donna Head, Fine Arts Teacher
  • Margaret Herndon, English Teacher
  • Kathie Ishii, Career Center Specialist
  • Jae Lee, Custodian
  • Susan Mull, Social Studies Teacher
  • Kathy Thompson, Performing Arts Teacher
  • Josephine Trebing, Science Teacher
  • David Williamson, Mathematics Teacher

May this next chapter of life bring you endless time to do the things you love!

4. Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to WTW Next Year?

If you will not be attending Woodson High School this fall, please let Woodson Student Services know now. Please click here and fill out this form. 

Student Services will make sure all transcripts and records are forwarded to your child’s new school so his/her file is complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Woodson registrar Christine Lieb-Mosley at 703-503-4622 or cliebmosley@fcps.edu.  

5. Career Center Volunteers Needed

The WTW College and Career Center is recruiting parent volunteers for the 20-21 school year. 

Rising 9th grade parents and rising sophomore parents are especially welcome and will benefit the most from this opportunity.

Learn about the college application process from college representatives who visit during your volunteer shift, and help make information learned available to the people who need it. 

Learn more about the opportunity and register at https://tinyurl.com/WTW-CC-20-21

6. Woodson Minds Matter Virtual Meetings

Join the virtual meetings of Woodson Minds Matter every Wednesday from 2-3pm EST on BBCU!  Woodson Minds Matter is open to anyone who attends Woodson.

To join or for more information, wtwmindsmatter@gmail.com.

7. This is My Brave Auditions

Auditions for This is My Brave have been extended through the end of August.  Fairfax County is seeking storytellers who are high school students with a 5-minute story to share about Teen Mental Health via poetry, original music, comedy, essay or other artistic expression.  Storytelling saves lives.

For more information, email erin.gallagher@thisismybrave.org or visit

https://thisismybrave.org/auditions/.

8. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. 

This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available. Parents can schedule a phone consultation online

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support online if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

9. Fourth Quarter & End of Year

Providing Feedback to Students/Parents and Monitoring Progress: Teachers should provide feedback such as comments on quality of work and guidance for improvement. 

  • Assignment “marks” will be entered into the gradebook and will be: Proficient, Attempted, Not Attempted
  • This data will be considered to positively influence the final course grade 
  • Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS, though weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a Qtr 4 grade 

Calculating Final Grades

Final Exams: There will be no final exam and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year.

Year-Long Courses - Calculating Final Grade 

  • Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning. 
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
    • Avg of (Qtrs 1, 2, & 3) plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • 1st Semester Grade
    • 1st Semester Grade plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • Quality Points as per FCPS Grading and Reporting

Current Semester Courses - Calculating Final Grade

  • Schools/teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by two grade distributions (B to A-), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning.  
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Qtr 3 Average
    • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase consideration). 

Last Day of School

The last day of school for all students (except seniors) is Friday, June 12. 

Summer Courses

Additional summer offerings and support through FCPS summer learning programming are being discussed and will be shared as soon as available pending developments with the state-wide closure of schools.

10. New NOVA JumpStart Opportunity

NOVA announced the launch of JumpStart, a new opportunity for current and rising seniors to take up to two, tuition-free online college courses this summer. NOVA has identified a specific set of courses available through this initiative, including courses for NOVA degree requirements that are also highly transferable credits to four-year institutions as well as coursework in cloud computing through a collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

FCPS is excited to partner with NOVA on this opportunity and will share more information for students and families as additional details about qualifications and registration emerge. 

11. FAQs About Refunds and Fees

Question:  What is the status of refunds for fees paid for various activities that are not going to happen due to the pandemic?

Answer:

  • Teachers, sponsors, and supervising administrators have been working with vendors and travel companies.
  • Refunds for field trips are issued only if the vendor/travel company is providing refunds. Refunds are prorated based on the amount given by the vendor/travel company.
  • Travel companies and vendors may just issue a credit to the student’s name on the reservation for a postponed field trip. 
  • We will issue a refund for a field trip once the vendor or travel company returns the money to Woodson High School.  This is based on the amount / percentage refunded.
  • Class fees will be refunded at the end of the year as usual based on what is not used on consumables in the class. 
  • These will typically be issued through the credit card on file in MySchoolBucks.

Question:  Can students get a refund on his parking fee?

Answer:  Yes.  If you paid the full amount you will receive $50 (1/4 of the year).  A check will be sent to your house from FCPS.  They are currently working on this process, and it will take some time.  The school does not have any control over this process.

12. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

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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Message to the Community

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WT Woodson Families,

We recognize that the recent incidents of racism, hate and injustice against African Americans that have occurred across our nation have impacted many of us in different ways. As a result of what you have seen and/or heard, you may be experiencing feelings of fear, outrage, confusion, uncertainty, or hopelessness. Regardless of where you are in your thinking and processing of it all, we are here to listen and provide a safe space for you to share what’s on your heart and mind.

For many in our community, these events are recent, raw and understandably quite upsetting. It is important yet impossible to comprehend centuries of horrifying injustice against minorities in this nation, particularly African Americans. As a result, we work to educate our students to better understand. Two poignant resources for parents and teens include:

We are aware that these are trying times for our students, staff, and faculty. Our nation is hurting right now but we will get through this together and the Woodson faculty and staff are committed to supporting you through these difficult times. Should you or your son / daughter need assistance, I encourage you to contact a trusted adult, such as the school counselor, a teacher or an administrator.  We are here for you.

Please reach out if you need us,

Dr. Floyd and the WTW Admin Team

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Woodson Weekly - May 29th

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Woodson Weekly - 
May 29th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information from Woodson High School.

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

From the Virtual Senior Art Show: Willow "Orange"

The Senior Virtual Art Show is now posted on the Woodson HS website. Walk through the 5 Galleries to view the amazing works by our graduating Seniors.

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Yearbook Distribution!
3. Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to WTW Next Year?
4. Career Center Volunteers Needed
5. Woodson Minds Matter Virtual Meetings
6. This is My Brave Auditions
7. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician
8. Fourth Quarter & End of Year
9. New NOVA Jump Start Opportunity
10. FAQs About Refunds and Fees
11. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Happy Friday Woodson Families!

This week, even though it was only 4 days, was a busy one!  

While teachers are busily trying to wrap up the school year for everyone, they said goodbye to their seniors this week.  It was bittersweet, knowing they are off to amazing opportunities in work, school or the military is comforting, yet knowing they may not see these students face to face in the school setting again as their teacher, is definitely emotional.  

Thank you to our teachers for making these last few months extra special in your classes.  I’ve heard many stories about reflective activities, playing pomp and circumstance during class and enjoying the last moments with lots of laughs and goodbyes. These moments make closing out high school special. 

Monday is the start of three consecutive Diploma Days for seniors to pick up their senior items and drop off laptops and books. We will celebrate as best we can from afar, and you may see some teachers too!  Please be sure to label your laptops with your name and ID number.  We will continue this process through Wednesday, please the Woodson website for more details. 

On June 8th and 10th (earlier communications had a typo of the 9th) our underclassmen will be able to return their items and pick up what was left in lockers.  Again, please reference the eNotify messages sent with this information. 

I hope everyone can get outside and enjoy the weather this weekend.  After even a 4 day week online, many have shared they are most ready for an active weekend outdoors. 

While our fields have reopened, please note social distancing is still expected. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Floyd

2. Yearbook Distribution!

Great news, Woodson! We have a distribution date for the yearbook!

It’s not as early as we’d like, but it’s not as late as some schools have to accept! As many of you know, the printing plant in Kansas was closed for six weeks due to COVID 19. The plant is up and running again but at reduced capacity in accordance with local health department rules.

So mark your calendars: Yearbook distribution is Thursday, July 23, rain or shine!

Details of how the distribution will work will be forthcoming as soon as possible. We will follow all requirements set forth by the health department and FCPS for a safe distribution.

If you are moving from the area before July 23, please contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, to discuss how we can get your book to you. ewkoby@fcps.edu

There are only 200 books remaining for sale! And the price goes up on June 1st, from $80 to $90. Act now before they’re gone!

https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

Not sure if you ordered a book already? Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, at ewkoby@fcps.edu 

Can’t wait till July 23? Get a sneak peek at the whole book!

​Our PlusOne app for iPhone and Android makes a digital version of the yearbook available to all students and families who purchased the printed version. To celebrate our seniors’ graduation, the Plus One App is going live on Graduation Day, June 2.

https://yearbookdiscoveries.com/plus-one-app/

3. Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to WTW Next Year?

If you will not be attending Woodson High School this fall, please let Woodson Student Services know now. Please click here and fill out this form. 

Student Services will make sure all transcripts and records are forwarded to your child’s new school so his/her file is complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Woodson registrar Christine Lieb-Mosley at 703-503-4622 or cliebmosley@fcps.edu.  

4. Career Center Volunteers Needed

The WTW College and Career Center is recruiting parent volunteers for the 20-21 school year. 

Rising 9th grade parents and rising sophomore parents are especially welcome and will benefit the most from this opportunity.

Learn about the college application process from college representatives who visit during your volunteer shift, and help make information learned available to the people who need it. 

Learn more about the opportunity and register at https://tinyurl.com/WTW-CC-20-21Registrations are due by Wednesday, June 3rd.

5. Woodson Minds Matter Virtual Meetings

Join the virtual meetings of Woodson Minds Matter every Wednesday from 2-3pm EST on BBCU!  Woodson Minds Matter is open to anyone who attends Woodson.

To join or for more information, wtwmindsmatter@gmail.com.

6. This is My Brave Auditions

Auditions for This is My Brave have been extended through the end of August.  Fairfax County is seeking storytellers who are high school students with a 5-minute story to share about Teen Mental Health via poetry, original music, comedy, essay or other artistic expression.  Storytelling saves lives.

For more information, email erin.gallagher@thisismybrave.org or visit

https://thisismybrave.org/auditions/.

From the Virtual Senior Art Show: Sarah - "My Cool Friend Olivia"

7. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. 

This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available. Parents can schedule a phone consultation online

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support online if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

8. Fourth Quarter & End of Year

Providing Feedback to Students/Parents and Monitoring Progress: Teachers should provide feedback such as comments on quality of work and guidance for improvement. 

  • Assignment “marks” will be entered into the gradebook and will be: Proficient, Attempted, Not Attempted
  • This data will be considered to positively influence the final course grade 
  • Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS, though weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a Qtr 4 grade 

Calculating Final Grades

Final Exams: There will be no final exam and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year.

Year-Long Courses - Calculating Final Grade 

  • Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning. 
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
    • Avg of (Qtrs 1, 2, & 3) plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • 1st Semester Grade
    • 1st Semester Grade plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • Quality Points as per FCPS Grading and Reporting

Current Semester Courses - Calculating Final Grade

  • Schools/teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by two grade distributions (B to A-), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning.  
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Qtr 3 Average
    • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase consideration). 

Last Day of School

The last day of school for all students (except seniors) is Friday, June 12. 

Summer Courses

Additional summer offerings and support through FCPS summer learning programming are being discussed and will be shared as soon as available pending developments with the state-wide closure of schools.

From the Virtual Senior Art Show: Sasha - ceramic mug

9. New NOVA JumpStart Opportunity

NOVA announced the launch of JumpStart, a new opportunity for current and rising seniors to take up to two, tuition-free online college courses this summer. NOVA has identified a specific set of courses available through this initiative, including courses for NOVA degree requirements that are also highly transferable credits to four-year institutions as well as coursework in cloud computing through a collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

FCPS is excited to partner with NOVA on this opportunity and will share more information for students and families as additional details about qualifications and registration emerge. 

10. FAQs About Refunds and Fees

Question:  What is the status of refunds for fees paid for various activities that are not going to happen due to the pandemic?

Answer:

  • Teachers, sponsors, and supervising administrators have been working with vendors and travel companies.
  • Refunds for field trips are issued only if the vendor/travel company is providing refunds. Refunds are prorated based on the amount given by the vendor/travel company.
  • Travel companies and vendors may just issue a credit to the student’s name on the reservation for a postponed field trip. 
  • We will issue a refund for a field trip once the vendor or travel company returns the money to Woodson High School.  This is based on the amount / percentage refunded.
  • Class fees will be refunded at the end of the year as usual based on what is not used on consumables in the class. 
  • These will typically be issued through the credit card on file in MySchoolBucks.

Question:  Can students get a refund on his parking fee?

Answer:  Yes.  If you paid the full amount you will receive $50 (1/4 of the year).  A check will be sent to your house from FCPS.  They are currently working on this process, and it will take some time.  The school does not have any control over this process.

From the Virtual Senior Art Show: Erik - "Burke Lake"

11. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

FCPS Communications around our Class of 2020 Photo Op and Virtual Graduation and Celebration Video

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Dear Class of 2020 Students and Parents,

Our plans to celebrate the Class of 2020 are taking shape and we are excited to share them with you.

We have developed a plan to provide an opportunity to photograph seniors at school. We know how important a graduation photo is for students and their families to mark this important milestone. This process was developed based on current data and guidance from the Fairfax County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  It includes specific practices for social distancing and steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We ask for everyone’s cooperation to make sure all seniors and their families have a safe and enjoyable experience during their scheduled time. The photo op event will be hosted outside. It will be facilitated in an expedited drive-thru fashion (3-5 minutes per student) over multiple days. Graduates (dressed in cap and gown) and their families will remain in their vehicle until it is time to be called to the set-up area.  All photographs must be taken within a 3-5-minute time frame to allow for seamless transition to the next student. Graduates and their family who choose to walk to the school will be accommodated.   

Diplomas will be distributed on Monday-Wednesday, June 1-3, please see the e-notify messages sent each Friday with details on pick up and drop off. Please bring your diploma and diploma cover for this photo opportunity. We will be reaching out via eNotify to provide more detail about the photo opportunity later today.

Health and Safety Requirements: 

We will follow all health guidelines as provided by the Health Department.

  • Students and family members (in one vehicle) will have a health survey completed by a staff member on the scheduled day of their photo op.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet or more will be maintained at all times.
  • Photo-op will last no more than 3-5 minutes.
  • Per CDC guidelines, students and family members will wear facial masks until the time that they have their photo taken.  
  • Per CDC guidelines, there will be no more than 10 persons total permitted at the photo location including FCPS staff.
  • Persons over the age of 65 will not be permitted at the photo op UNLESS they are currently residing within the student’s household. 

Staff members (1-2) will be present at the informal photo opportunity. For the safety of our graduates, families and staff will not be able to shake hands or engage in physical interaction. A professional photographer will be available to take a photo of graduates.  Families will be able to order photos and purchase through the photographer at a later date.

We will continue to provide updates and information about graduation activities, and we look forward to honoring the senior class in the weeks to come.

Sincerely, 
Dr. Floyd

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Dear Families:

I am pleased to write with information about the production of our Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation and Celebration Video.  Our current streaming date for the pre-recorded Virtual Graduation and Celebration Video is Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11 AM on channel 99.  More details will follow on how to stream and watch the video. The Virtual Graduation Ceremony also will be broadcast on FCPS Channels 21, 25, and 99 at a date and time to be determined.

The purpose of this video is to celebrate our seniors, acknowledge their achievement of earning their high school diploma, and create a keepsake memory for them.  The format of this video will be a hybrid between a traditional graduation ceremony and a celebration of our seniors’ accomplishments.  We hope to include some of our graduation traditions and speeches, as well as highlights of what makes our school and Class 2020 special. Although the video does not replace an in-person graduation, we are excited about this opportunity to honor our seniors as safely as possible. 

Your senior will receive communication from Herff Jones and partners Marching Orders and Stage Clips in addition to Woodson HS in his or her fcpsschools.net account.  The emails will detail both how to upload the student’s photo (preferably in cap and gown) and the text that will be shown when the student’s name is announced. For uniformity, the photo should be a portrait-style image of the face, head and shoulders with a solid background and must be compatible with the K-12 educational environment and good citizenship. The photograph and text must be submitted by Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 12PM.  

To participate, your student must reply that he or she wishes to do so. If your student confirms that he or she wants to participate, but does not provide a photo, then the school will upload his or her senior yearbook photo for use during the ceremony. If your student does not want to participate, please email Kathy Martin, Assistant Principal by Monday, June 8, 2020 at 12PM.

Please review the email with your senior to ensure that the necessary timelines are strictly met.

Your student may also choose to upload an optional individual student video clip. This 10-15 second clip will not be included in the virtual graduation and celebration video. Instead, the optional video clip will be made available only to the individual student through a unique URL that will be sent by the vendor’s email to such student. Each such student may download his or her individual clip to personal social media and digital platforms, if the student wishes.

All student submissions (including name, photo, and student biographical information for official, school-sponsored activities and awards, and other student message) must be consistent with the K-12 educational environment and with good citizenship and will be subject to review by school officials.

After the streaming of the Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation and Celebration Video, students and parents will be given directions on how to download the video as a personal keepsake.

The goal for our school is to have participation by all seniors who wish to do so in accordance with the above information.  We want to ensure that every such student is represented and be able to provide every such student with a lasting memory and keepsake that can be revisited for years to come. We look forward to celebrating our seniors as a school community, and we are excited about having your senior participate in this celebration.

Sincerely,
Dr. Floyd
Principal

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Woodson Weekly - May 22nd

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Woodson Weekly - 
May 22nd

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information from Woodson High School.

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Senior Awards Ceremony Video
3. Senior Visual Art Show
4. Woodson Students Win Achievement Awards in Writing
5. Woodson Students Support LLS
6. Click and They're Gone!  Only 250 Yearbooks Left!
7. Where are You Going to School Next Year?
8. Career Center Volunteers Needed
9. Woodson Minds Matter Virtual Meetings
10. This is My Brave Auditions
11. May is Mental Health Awareness Month
12. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician
13. Fourth Quarter & End of Year
14. New NOVA Jump Start Opportunity
15. FAQs About Refunds and Fees
16. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Families!

Happy Memorial Day to all our families with a special thank you to the families who have served our country. I hope everyone is able to rest and recharge this weekend.  As you may have seen in FCPS news, the FCPS school tracks and tennis courts re-opened today!   Fields remain closed for now, but this is one positive step in the reopening process!

We have been furiously working as a county on the details for the senior events. Our first senior event will be available on TUESDAY, May 26th at 7PM when we will show the Senior Awards video. It will be available to watch any time starting Tuesday, May 26th on the Class of 2020 Google site until Monday, June 15th.

Parents, your seniors will receive an email to their fcpsschools.net account in the next week from MarchingOrder or StageClip.  Please remind them to not delete it!  We will also notify them by way of their Class of 2020 Google site and social media. This email will provide students their instructions for uploading their video for the Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation and Celebration Video which will air on Tuesday, June 30th on Channel 99 at 11AM.   It will also be available on our school website after it airs. 

Information on the senior photo opportunity will come next week. 

All senior families should have received an eNotify message last week about item pick up and drop off. This email will repeat today at 5PM and next Thursday at 11AM. Please look for this message. The details will also be posted on our website. Please note that we need families to adhere to pick up and drop off times as we are organized based on those times.  If you did not fill out an order form for a cap and gown back in December at the senior meeting, we will be reaching out to you next week to verify your height so we can pull a cap and gown for you.  We look forward to seeing everyone to hand them their caps and gowns at senior pick up, June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  If you have any questions please contact Amanda Burke at ajburke@fcps.edu.

All underclass families should have received an eNotify message last week about item pick up and drop off.  This email will repeat several times prior to Monday, June 8th the first day of pick up / drop off and Wednesday, June 10th is the second day of pick up / drop off.  Please note that we need families to adhere to pick up and drop off times as we are organized based on that schedule. 

Summer program information will come to families of students who have failed a course or who are recommended for intervention in a course. The school counselors will be in touch as the year draws to an end. FCPS will also offer continuity of learning for students using self-directed digital materials available online. All students will have the opportunity to practice mathematics and literacy skills and participate in virtual office hours with math or English teachers for support and connection. This program is free to all students and more information about continuity of learning resources will be provided before the end of the school year. 

As we begin to wrap up this highly unusual year, I want to thank our families, teachers and community members for the support and dedication to continuity of learning for our students. Without this unwavering support, we could not have pulled off thousands of synchronous sessions over the last month. 

Stay tuned for information on what next year will look like, the School Board will make that decision toward the end of June.

Stay healthy, stay positive, and stay connected,
Dr. Floyd

2. Senior Awards Ceremony Video

In lieu of our traditional senior awards ceremony, Woodson will honor our class of 2020 with a senior awards ceremony video that will be available for viewing on Tuesday May 26th at 7PM on the Class of 2020 Google Classroom site and Cav Kiosk.

All seniors and parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to view the video. Seniors who are receiving awards, and will be named specifically in the video, will receive a personal email through Naviance Student with the subject line: SPECIAL Personal Invitation. Seniors should be sure to look for an email sent to the account they have listed in Blackboard.

3. Senior Visual Art Show

The Senior Virtual Art Show is now posted on the Woodson HS website.

Walk through the 5 Galleries to view the amazing works by our graduating Seniors. You can view the full size of the artwork for each thumbnail image, by clicking to expand to view the full piece of art. 

4. Woodson Students Win Achievement Awards in Writing

This year, schools nominated 370 students to participate in the Achievement Awards in Writing Program for juniors. Of those, 137 were selected to receive Certificates of Superior Writing and 233 received Certificates of Nomination. A complete list of winners will be posted on the NCTE website soon.

Congratulations to Sophia Labys and Isabella Reymann for being recognized for their Superior Writing in the National Council of Teachers 2020 Achievement Awards in Writing Competition for juniors.

Congratulations to Kiera O’Connor and Kate Waldron for receiving Certificates of Nomination.

5. Woodson Students Support LLS

Woodson students Naomi White and Samantha Meyers dedicated countless hours this winter fundraising for Team Cure It, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Students of the Year campaign.  This was a seven-week fundraising challenge benefitting LLS’s mission of curing blood cancers.  

Naomi's Team Curt It, raised over $185,000 for LLS's mission! 

Samantha's team, Knock Out Blood Cancer, raised over $111,000 and was also recognized with a Top Fundraiser award and portfolio linking opportunities.

These teams along with 34 other candidate teams across the DC Metro area, collectively raised over $2.7 million, setting an example for this campaign on a national level.  

6. Click and They're Gone! Only 250 Yearbooks Left!

There are only 250 books left to purchase!!!  Prices go up after June 1st from $80 to $90.  Order your yearbook today!

Here are some frequently asked questions about yearbook.

Is the yearbook still being published?

Yes! The staff worked hard after the school closing to finish the book on time! We have sold lots of baby ads and plenty of books. It’s happening.

When is distribution?

We don’t know yet. Right around the time we finished the main book, the Kansas City plant was being shut down due to COVID 19. But it reopened May 4!  We’ll keep the community posted as we get new information.

What will distribution look like?

Not sure yet, but the plucky yearbook staff can make it work! It will be done with safety and social distancing. When we have a distribution plan, we will get the word out! 

Are there photos of spring sports?

Sadly, the spring sports seasons ended abruptly. So there is not the usual spring supplement with photos of spring happenings. But thankfully the teams posed for team portraits, and those WILL be included in the main book. 

Is there coverage of COVID 19 and the school closure?

Yes! The yearbook staff pulled some coverage together of this bizarre time in Woodson’s life. Plus of course there is coverage of that wonderful time when we were together in school. 

Can students still order the book?

Yes! The online order center has extended their dates. Families can order the book online through June 1. Act now; supplies are limited. Here is the link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

What if I’m not sure if I already ordered one?

There is a document on the library’s Blackboard page with a listing of who has already ordered. You can also email the yearbook adviser, Beth Koby, and I’ll be happy to look you up. ewkoby@fcps.edu

7. Where are You Going to School Next Year?

If you will not be attending Woodson High School this fall, please let Woodson Student Services know now. Please click here and fill out this form. 

Student Services will make sure all transcripts and records are forwarded to your child’s new school so his/her file is complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Woodson registrar Christine Lieb-Mosley at 703-503-4622 or cliebmosley@fcps.edu.  

Ms. Kinne's children came to the school courtyard today to relocate our baby turtles to a better home.

8. Career Center Volunteers Needed

The WTW College and Career Center is recruiting parent volunteers for the 20-21 school year. 

Rising 9th grade parents and rising sophomore parents are especially welcome and will benefit the most from this opportunity.

Learn about the college application process from college representatives who visit during your volunteer shift, and help make information learned available to the people who need it. 

Learn more about the opportunity and register at https://tinyurl.com/WTW-CC-20-21Registrations are due by Wednesday, June 3rd.

9. Woodson Minds Matter Virtual Meetings 10. This is My Brave Auditions

Auditions for This is My Brave have been extended through the end of August.  Fairfax County is seeking storytellers who are high school students with a 5-minute story to share about Teen Mental Health via poetry, original music, comedy, essay or other artistic expression. 

For more information, email erin.gallagher@thisismybrave.org or visit

https://thisismybrave.org/auditions/.

11. May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child.

CrisisText Is Available for Students 24/7

Parents: Any student who is feeling extremely overwhelmed or is in crisis can connect with CrisisText. Students just need to text “NEEDHELP” to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Please feel free to share this information as appropriate.

12. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. 

This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available. Parents can schedule a phone consultation online

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support online if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

13. Fourth Quarter & End of Year

Providing Feedback to Students/Parents and Monitoring Progress: Teachers should provide feedback such as comments on quality of work and guidance for improvement. 

  • Assignment “marks” will be entered into the gradebook and will be: Proficient, Attempted, Not Attempted
  • This data will be considered to positively influence the final course grade 
  • Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS, though weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a Qtr 4 grade 

Calculating Final Grades

Final Exams: There will be no final exam and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year.

Year-Long Courses - Calculating Final Grade 

  • Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning. 
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
    • Avg of (Qtrs 1, 2, & 3) plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • 1st Semester Grade
    • 1st Semester Grade plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • Quality Points as per FCPS Grading and Reporting

Current Semester Courses - Calculating Final Grade

  • Schools/teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by two grade distributions (B to A-), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning.  
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Qtr 3 Average
    • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase consideration). 

Last Day of School

The last day of school for all students (except seniors) is Friday, June 12.   Seniors’ last day of school is Wednesday, May 27.

Summer Courses

Additional summer offerings and support through FCPS summer learning programming are being discussed and will be shared as soon as available pending developments with the state-wide closure of schools.

14. New NOVA JumpStart Opportunity

NOVA announced the launch of JumpStart, a new opportunity for current and rising seniors to take up to two, tuition-free online college courses this summer. NOVA has identified a specific set of courses available through this initiative, including courses for NOVA degree requirements that are also highly transferable credits to four-year institutions as well as coursework in cloud computing through a collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

FCPS is excited to partner with NOVA on this opportunity and will share more information for students and families as additional details about qualifications and registration emerge. 

15. FAQs About Refunds and Fees

Question:  What is the status of refunds for fees paid for various activities that are not going to happen due to the pandemic?

Answer:

  • Teachers, sponsors, and supervising administrators have been working with vendors and travel companies.
  • Refunds for field trips are issued only if the vendor/travel company is providing refunds. Refunds are prorated based on the amount given by the vendor/travel company.
  • Travel companies and vendors may just issue a credit to the student’s name on the reservation for a postponed field trip. 
  • We will issue a refund for a field trip once the vendor or travel company returns the money to Woodson High School.  This is based on the amount / percentage refunded.
  • Class fees will be refunded at the end of the year as usual based on what is not used on consumables in the class. 
  • These will typically be issued through the credit card on file in MySchoolBucks.

Question:  Can students get a refund on his parking fee?

Answer:  Yes.  If you paid the full amount you will receive $50 (1/4 of the year).  A check will be sent to your house from FCPS.  They are currently working on this process, and it will take some time.  The school does not have any control over this process.

16. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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Woodson Weekly - May 15th

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Woodson Weekly - 
May 15th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information from Woodson High School.

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

The Woodson Cavalier made surprise visits to teachers today!  Pictured above is Ms. Kinne and her daughter. 

The Cavalier crashed Ms. Kinne's AP Biology review session.

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Fourth Quarter & End of Year
3. National Merit Scholarship Winner
4. Now more than ever... yearbook!
5. What are the impacts on the SAT and ACT?
6. AP Exam Updates 
7. This is My Brave Auditions
8. May is Mental Health Awareness Month
9. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician
10. New NOVA Jump Start Opportunity
11. FAQs About Refunds and Fees
12. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good sunny afternoon Woodson Families!  

It is hard to believe a week from now will be the start of Memorial Day weekend!  

We have a lot going on right now planning for our senior pick up / drop off, the virtual celebration video as well as the photo opportunity.  I’ve been working diligently with the region principals as well as our graduation staff here at Woodson on the details around each of these events and we will be sending information out early next week to senior families. 

We are also in touch with the companies who deliver caps, gowns and diplomas to see when they are going to arrive as they are not here yet which impacts our timeline for distribution.  

If you are not a senior and are not returning to Woodson next year, please email Ms. Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu to let us know as we have specific information to send you as well. 

Underclassmen… fear not, your information is coming as well.   I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and are able to get out and enjoy the weather!

Sincerely,
Dr. Floyd

2. Fourth Quarter & End of Year

Providing Feedback to Students/Parents and Monitoring Progress: Teachers should provide feedback such as comments on quality of work and guidance for improvement. 

  • Assignment “marks” will be entered into the gradebook and will be: Proficient, Attempted, Not Attempted
  • This data will be considered to positively influence the final course grade 
  • Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS, though weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a Qtr 4 grade 

Calculating Final Grades

Final Exams: There will be no final exam and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year.

Year-Long Courses - Calculating Final Grade 

  • Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning. 
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
    • Avg of (Qtrs 1, 2, & 3) plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • 1st Semester Grade
    • 1st Semester Grade plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • Quality Points as per FCPS Grading and Reporting

Current Semester Courses - Calculating Final Grade

  • Schools/teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by two grade distributions (B to A-), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning.  
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Qtr 3 Average
    • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase consideration). 

Last Day of School

The last day of school for all students (except seniors) is Friday, June 12.   Seniors’ last day of school is Wednesday, May 27.

Summer Courses

Additional summer offerings and support through FCPS summer learning programming are being discussed and will be shared as soon as available pending developments with the state-wide closure of schools.

FCPS is highlighting senior students from the Class of 2020.  Woodson senior, Daniel Habashi shares his high school memories.

3. National Merit Scholarship Winner

Thirty-three students from eight Fairfax County high schools have been named winners of $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  Scholarship winners are part of a group of approximately 2,500 National Merit finalists chosen to receive scholarships in 2020 primarily financed by the NMSC.  

Woodson senior Ishan Kalburge was awarded a scholarship and his probable career field is academia. 

Each of the FCPS winners received a scholarship supported by the NMSC’s own funds. 

Each scholarship winner was evaluated on his or her academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; a personal essay; and a recommendation from a high school official. The number of winners named in a state is in proportion to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Winners are chosen by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, not the school district.

4. Now more than ever…yearbook!

The kids lost a lot when schools closed in March. They don’t need to lose their yearbook.

Here are some frequently asked questions about yearbook.

Is the yearbook still being published?

Yes! The staff worked hard after the school closing to finish the book on time! We have sold lots of baby ads and plenty of books. It’s happening.

When is distribution?

We don’t know yet. Right around the time we finished the main book, the Kansas City plant was being shut down due to COVID 19. But it reopened May 4!  We’ll keep the community posted as we get new information.

What will distribution look like?

Not sure yet, but the plucky yearbook staff can make it work! It will be done with safety and social distancing. When we have a distribution plan, we will get the word out! 

Are there photos of spring sports?

Sadly, the spring sports seasons ended abruptly. So there is not the usual spring supplement with photos of spring happenings. But thankfully the teams posed for team portraits, and those WILL be included in the main book. 

Is there coverage of COVID 19 and the school closure?

Yes! The yearbook staff pulled some coverage together of this bizarre time in Woodson’s life. Plus of course there is coverage of that wonderful time when we were together in school. 

Can students still order the book?

Yes! The online order center has extended their dates. Families can order the book online through June 1. Act now; supplies are limited. Here is the link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

What if I’m not sure if I already ordered one?

There is a document on the library’s Blackboard page with a listing of who has already ordered. You can also email the yearbook adviser, Beth Koby, and I’ll be happy to look you up. ewkoby@fcps.edu

Is picture heading this newsletter the yearbook cover?

Yes! 

5. What are the impacts on the SAT and ACT?

What is the impact on SAT administration? The College Board is canceling the May 2 and June 6, 2020, SAT administrations. The College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29October 3November 7, and December 5. Read more at CollegeBoard.org

What are the impacts on ACT administration? In addition to three previously planned fall/winter 2020 national test dates in September, October and December, ACT will also offer a remote proctoring option for the ACT test, allowing students to take the test at their home on a computer. ACT will launch the test-at-home option in late fall/early winter 2020 as part of its national testing program. The fee waivers ACT provides to students from low-income homes will apply to the at-home testing option, and ACT is considering other ways to address access and equity issues. Read more at ACT.org.

6. AP Exam Updates

Here are some updates from the College Board regarding Advanced Placement Exams. 

A great resource for learning about this year's AP Exams is Trevor Packer's presentation

Exam Window:  Exams will be given from May 11–22. 

Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

7. This is My Brave Auditions

Auditions for This is My Brave have been extended through the end of August.  Fairfax County is seeking storytellers who are high school students with a 5-minute story to share about Teen Mental Health via poetry, original music, comedy, essay or other artistic expression. 

For more information, email erin.gallagher@thisismybrave.org or visit

https://thisismybrave.org/auditions/.

8. May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child.

CrisisText Is Available for Students 24/7

Parents: Any student who is feeling extremely overwhelmed or is in crisis can connect with CrisisText. Students just need to text “NEEDHELP” to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Please feel free to share this information as appropriate.

9. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. 

This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available. Parents can schedule a phone consultation online

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support online if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

10. New NOVA JumpStart Opportunity

NOVA announced the launch of JumpStart, a new opportunity for current and rising seniors to take up to two, tuition-free online college courses this summer. NOVA has identified a specific set of courses available through this initiative, including courses for NOVA degree requirements that are also highly transferable credits to four-year institutions as well as coursework in cloud computing through a collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

FCPS is excited to partner with NOVA on this opportunity and will share more information for students and families as additional details about qualifications and registration emerge. 

11. FAQs About Refunds and Fees

Question:  What is the status of refunds for fees paid for various activities that are not going to happen due to the pandemic?

Answer:

  • Teachers, sponsors, and supervising administrators have been working with vendors and travel companies.
  • Refunds for field trips are issued only if the vendor/travel company is providing refunds. Refunds are prorated based on the amount given by the vendor/travel company.
  • Travel companies and vendors may just issue a credit to the student’s name on the reservation for a postponed field trip. 
  • We will issue a refund for a field trip once the vendor or travel company returns the money to Woodson High School.  This is based on the amount / percentage refunded.
  • Class fees will be refunded at the end of the year as usual based on what is not used on consumables in the class. 
  • These will typically be issued through the credit card on file in MySchoolBucks.

Question:  Can students get a refund on his parking fee?

Answer:  Yes.  If you paid the full amount you will receive $50 (1/4 of the year).  A check will be sent to your house from FCPS.  They are currently working on this process, and it will take some time.  The school does not have any control over this process.

12. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Woodson Weekly - May 8th

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Woodson Weekly - 
May 8th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information from Woodson High School.

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

Order your 2020 Woodson High School Yearbook!!!

In this Issue

1. Now more than ever... yearbook!
2. Message from Dr. Floyd
3. Fourth Quarter & End of Year
4. Paperless Report Cards
5. Woodson Student Wins Virginia History Award
6. What are the impacts on the SAT and ACT?
7. AP Exam Updates 
8. May is Mental Health Awareness Month
9. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician
10. New NOVA Jump Start Opportunity
11. FAQs About Refunds and Fees
12. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

1. Now more than ever…yearbook!

The kids lost a lot when schools closed in March. They don’t need to lose their yearbook.

Here are some frequently asked questions about yearbook.

Is the yearbook still being published?

Yes! The staff worked hard after the school closing to finish the book on time! We have sold lots of baby ads and plenty of books. It’s happening.

When is distribution?

We don’t know yet. Right around the time we finished the main book, the Kansas City plant was being shut down due to COVID 19. But it reopened May 4!  We’ll keep the community posted as we get new information.

What will distribution look like?

Not sure yet, but the plucky yearbook staff can make it work! It will be done with safety and social distancing. When we have a distribution plan, we will get the word out! 

Are there photos of spring sports?

Sadly, the spring sports seasons ended abruptly. So there is not the usual spring supplement with photos of spring happenings. But thankfully the teams posed for team portraits, and those WILL be included in the main book. 

Is there coverage of COVID 19 and the school closure?

Yes! The yearbook staff pulled some coverage together of this bizarre time in Woodson’s life. Plus of course there is coverage of that wonderful time when we were together in school. 

Can students still order the book?

Yes! The online order center has extended their dates. Families can order the book online through June 1. Act now; supplies are limited. Here is the link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

What if I’m not sure if I already ordered one?

There is a document on the library’s Blackboard page with a listing of who has already ordered. You can also email the yearbook adviser, Beth Koby, and I’ll be happy to look you up. ewkoby@fcps.edu

Is picture heading this newsletter the yearbook cover?

Yes! 

2. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families! 

While we await word on graduation plans from FCPS, I can let you know that during the week of May 26th, seniors will be able to drive through and do curbside pick-up of their cap/gown/tassel, the contents of their lockers, pay any remaining dues, pick up medications and drop off laptops and books.  For underclassmen this will happen starting June 1.

Over the next couple weeks school staff will be emptying all contents of lockers into paper bags with student names.  During the pick-up and drop-off, we will distribute the bags with locker contents.  Unfortunately, per the health department, we cannot allow students into the school to retrieve their own belongings. 

In the next two weeks, we will have more information to include the status of senior dues.  Thank you again for your patience as we work through this process.  This weekend, I would like to wish all of our Cavalier Moms a very happy and healthy Mother’s Day!

Dr. Floyd

3. Fourth Quarter & End of Year

Providing Feedback to Students/Parents and Monitoring Progress: Teachers should provide feedback such as comments on quality of work and guidance for improvement. 

  • Assignment “marks” will be entered into the gradebook and will be: Proficient, Attempted, Not Attempted
  • This data will be considered to positively influence the final course grade 
  • Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS, though weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a Qtr 4 grade 

Calculating Final Grades

Final Exams: There will be no final exam and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year.

Year-Long Courses - Calculating Final Grade 

  • Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning. 
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
    • Avg of (Qtrs 1, 2, & 3) plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • 1st Semester Grade
    • 1st Semester Grade plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • Quality Points as per FCPS Grading and Reporting

Current Semester Courses - Calculating Final Grade

  • Schools/teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by two grade distributions (B to A-), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning.  
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Qtr 3 Average
    • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase consideration). 

Last Day of School

The last day of school for all students (except seniors) is Friday, June 12.   Seniors’ last day of school is Wednesday, May 27.

Summer Courses

Additional summer offerings and support through FCPS summer learning programming are being discussed and will be shared as soon as available pending developments with the state-wide closure of schools.

4. Paperless Report Cards

Parents/Guardians can take advantage of the paperless option, by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level.

All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option. This option must be selected prior to May 12th to prevent the 3rd quarter report card from being mailed. 

5. Woodson Student Wins Virginia History Day Award

Students from Fairfax County Public Schools won 16 category awards in the 2020 Virginia History Day competition, held virtually, and based on the theme, “Breaking Barriers in History.”  Five students won first place awards.

Submissions are featured online at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, sponsor of the state competition. The top two entries in each category and age division at the state level will compete at the National History Day finals.

Individual Performance:  Junior, second place: “The Independence of Israel” by Ela Patel Euler, Haycock Elementary; Senior, third place: “What Can I Achieve?: Crossing Centuries of Constraints and Exploring Chinese Immigration Through the Lens of 3 Women” by Cindy Li, Woodson High. 

6. What are the impacts on the SAT and ACT?

What is the impact on SAT administration? The College Board is canceling the May 2 and June 6, 2020, SAT administrations. The College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29October 3November 7, and December 5. Read more at CollegeBoard.org

What are the impacts on ACT administration? In addition to three previously planned fall/winter 2020 national test dates in September, October and December, ACT will also offer a remote proctoring option for the ACT test, allowing students to take the test at their home on a computer. ACT will launch the test-at-home option in late fall/early winter 2020 as part of its national testing program. The fee waivers ACT provides to students from low-income homes will apply to the at-home testing option, and ACT is considering other ways to address access and equity issues. Read more at ACT.org.

7. AP Exam Updates

Here are some updates from the College Board regarding Advanced Placement Exams. 

A great resource for learning about this year's AP Exams is Trevor Packer's presentation

Exam Window:  Exams will be given from May 11–22. 

Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

8. May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child.

CrisisText Is Available for Students 24/7

Parents: Any student who is feeling extremely overwhelmed or is in crisis can connect with CrisisText. Students just need to text “NEEDHELP” to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Please feel free to share this information as appropriate.

9. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. 

This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available. Parents can schedule a phone consultation online

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support online if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

10. New NOVA JumpStart Opportunity

NOVA announced the launch of JumpStart, a new opportunity for current and rising seniors to take up to two, tuition-free online college courses this summer. NOVA has identified a specific set of courses available through this initiative, including courses for NOVA degree requirements that are also highly transferable credits to four-year institutions as well as coursework in cloud computing through a collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

FCPS is excited to partner with NOVA on this opportunity and will share more information for students and families as additional details about qualifications and registration emerge. 

11. FAQs About Refunds and Fees

Question:  What is the status of refunds for fees paid for various activities that are not going to happen due to the pandemic?

Answer:

  • Teachers, sponsors, and supervising administrators have been working with vendors and travel companies.
  • Refunds for field trips are issued only if the vendor/travel company is providing refunds. Refunds are prorated based on the amount given by the vendor/travel company.
  • Travel companies and vendors may just issue a credit to the student’s name on the reservation for a postponed field trip. 
  • We will issue a refund for a field trip once the vendor or travel company returns the money to Woodson High School.  This is based on the amount / percentage refunded.
  • Class fees will be refunded at the end of the year as usual based on what is not used on consumables in the class. 
  • These will typically be issued through the credit card on file in MySchoolBucks.

Question:  Can students get a refund on his parking fee?

Answer:  Yes.  If you paid the full amount you will receive $50 (1/4 of the year).  A check will be sent to your house from FCPS.  They are currently working on this process, and it will take some time.  The school does not have any control over this process.

12. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Woodson Weekly - May 1st

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Woodson Weekly - 
May 1st

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information from Woodson High School.

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Fourth Quarter & End of Year
3. Paperless Report Cards
4. SIS ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information
5. What are the impacts on the SAT and ACT?
6. AP Exam Updates
7. Apple Scholar
8. Senior Scholarship Info Sought
9. May is Mental Health Awareness Month
10. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician
11. Woodson Morning News Show
12. New NOVA Jump Start Opportunity
13. FAQs About Refunds and Fees
14. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers
15. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be published!

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Community:

Today we celebrate our seniors with sharing their plans. It is Celebrate Your Plan day and anyone who posts their plans on social media are encouraged to use the hashtag, #celebrateyourplan.  The seniors can see their CYP Day slide show on the Class of 2020 Google Classroom.  Hold tight seniors, FCPS is working on the graduation plans. We are looking forward to safely recognizing our graduates this year. This is one Spring we will never forget.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Since we aren’t in our brick and mortar building to thank our amazing teachers in person, I want to encourage students to take a minute to send a note through email thanking their teachers. As this isn’t easy on the kids, it is also tough on our staff. 

Please note below the updated information on 4th quarter and final grading. If you have specific questions about your son/daughter’s grade, please contact the teacher. Also, please take a moment and opt out of receiving paper report cards if you can access them online. We appreciate your help in lessening the number of report cards printed and mailed. 

Enjoy the sun today and through tomorrow, should be a lovely day for a socially distant walk, bike ride, run or window washing.

Take care Cavalier community,

Dr. Floyd

2. Fourth Quarter & End of Year

Fourth Quarter Timeline:  While third quarter work is being accepted until May 1st, fourth quarter work has been assigned to students.  Any new work will be entered into fourth quarter gradebooks beginning Monday, May 4th. 

Providing Feedback to Students/Parents and Monitoring Progress: Teachers should provide feedback such as comments on quality of work and guidance for improvement. 

  • Assignment “marks” will be entered into the gradebook and will be: Proficient, Attempted, Not Attempted
  • This data will be considered to positively influence the final course grade 
  • Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS, though weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a Qtr 4 grade 

Calculating Final Grades

Final Exams: There will be no final exam and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year.

Year-Long Courses - Calculating Final Grade 

  • Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning. 
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
    • Avg of (Qtrs 1, 2, & 3) plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • 1st Semester Grade
    • 1st Semester Grade plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • Quality Points as per FCPS Grading and Reporting

Current Semester Courses - Calculating Final Grade

  • Schools/teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by two grade distributions (B to A-), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning.  
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Qtr 3 Average
    • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase consideration). 

Last Day of School

The last day of school for all students (except seniors) is Friday, June 12.   Seniors’ last day of school is Wednesday, May 27.

Summer Courses

Additional summer offerings and support through FCPS summer learning programming are being discussed and will be shared as soon as available pending developments with the state-wide closure of schools.

3. Paperless Report Cards

Parents/Guardians can take advantage of the paperless option, by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level.

All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option. This option must be selected prior to May 12th to prevent the 3rd quarter report card from being mailed. 

4. SIS ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

Access to ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be turned off from Friday, May 1st - Friday, May 8th to allow teachers to export grades during that time. 

5. What are the impacts on the SAT and ACT?

What is the impact on SAT administration? The College Board is canceling the May 2 and June 6, 2020, SAT administrations. The College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29October 3November 7, and December 5. Read more at CollegeBoard.org

What are the impacts on ACT administration? In addition to three previously planned fall/winter 2020 national test dates in September, October and December, ACT will also offer a remote proctoring option for the ACT test, allowing students to take the test at their home on a computer. ACT will launch the test-at-home option in late fall/early winter 2020 as part of its national testing program. The fee waivers ACT provides to students from low-income homes will apply to the at-home testing option, and ACT is considering other ways to address access and equity issues. Read more at ACT.org.

6. AP Exam Updates

Here are some updates from the College Board regarding Advanced Placement Exams. 

A great resource for learning about this year's AP Exams is Trevor Packer's presentation

Exam Window:  Exams will be given from May 11–22. 

Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

7. Apple Scholar

The Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation has awarded senior Bridget Cassata, a scholarship to be used at a college of her choice.

Thirty Apple Scholars were selected from approximately 400 applicants based on their academic record, involvement in the school and community, responses to short essays, and letters of recommendation. The new Apple Scholars will be recognized at a virtual event scheduled for May 21, 2020.

8. Senior Scholarship Info Sought

COVID cannot stop us!! We will have a Senior Awards Ceremony this year.  Although we don’t know exactly what it will look like, we are collecting all of the information we would normally collect for a Senior Awards Ceremony. 

Please share ALL Scholarships you have received and will be using next year.  Email Mrs. Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu with the subject line , Senior Awards.  Use the Scholarship-Info-Form found in the Naviance Student /Document Resources / Senior Documents (preferred) or simply send an email citing the name of the scholarship, the sponsor (if from a college the college’s name), the yearly value of the scholarship, and the number of years you will receive it.  (The value will not be shared. 

It will be used to calculate a grand total for all scholarships WTW students will be using.)  Please submit information by ASAP.  (If you get a scholarship after 1 May, still submit; we will try very hard but can’t guarantee final inclusion.)

9. May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child.

CrisisText Is Available for Students 24/7

Parents: Any student who is feeling extremely overwhelmed or is in crisis can connect with CrisisText. Students just need to text “NEEDHELP” to 85511 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Please feel free to share this information as appropriate.

10. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. 

This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available. Parents can schedule a phone consultation online

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support online if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

11. Woodson Morning News Show

The Woodson morning news show has continued during this break from in-school instruction.  To see the three episodes of the Distance Learning editions of the morning news, visit this YouTube link.

12. New NOVA JumpStart Opportunity

NOVA announced the launch of JumpStart, a new opportunity for current and rising seniors to take up to two, tuition-free online college courses this summer. NOVA has identified a specific set of courses available through this initiative, including courses for NOVA degree requirements that are also highly transferable credits to four-year institutions as well as coursework in cloud computing through a collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

FCPS is excited to partner with NOVA on this opportunity and will share more information for students and families as additional details about qualifications and registration emerge. 

13. FAQs About Refunds and Fees

Question:  What is the status of refunds for fees paid for various activities that are not going to happen due to the pandemic?

Answer:

  • Teachers, sponsors, and supervising administrators have been working with vendors and travel companies.
  • Refunds for field trips are issued only if the vendor/travel company is providing refunds. 
  • Travel companies and vendors may just issue a credit to the student’s name on the reservation for a postponed field trip. 
  • We will issue a refund for a field trip once the vendor or travel company returns the money to Woodson High School.
  • Class fees will be refunded at the end of the year as usual based on what is not used on consumables in the class. 
  • These will typically be issued through the credit card on file in MySchoolBucks.

Question:  Can students get a refund on his parking fee?

Answer:  Yes.  If you paid the full amount you will receive $50 (1/4 of the year).  A check will be sent to your house from FCPS.  They are currently working on this process, and it will take some time.  The school does not have any control over this process.

14. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

15. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be Published!

The yearbook is on schedule for publication and distribution information will be shared once there is a plan. 

It's more important than ever to have a record of this historic 2019-2020 school year! 

It's not too late to reserve your student’s yearbook!!!

Last year’s book sold out!  Order now at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

The deadline to order online is Friday, April 24th!!

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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Woodson Weekly - April 24th

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Woodson Weekly - 
April 24th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information from Woodson High School.

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

During their time away from in-person instruction, students recreated Woodson HS in the Minecraft video game complete with labeled hallways, classrooms, lockers, etc.

In this Issue

1. Grading Updates
2. What are the impacts on the SAT and ACT?
3. Woodson Morning News Show
4. #celebrateyourplan
5. New NOVA Jump Start Opportunity
6. 2020-2021 Course Registration
7. FAQs About Refunds and Fees
8. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be published!
9. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers
10. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician
11. FCPS Resources
12. AP Exam Updates
13. Families Needing Internet
14. Fairfax County Family Services Resources (Translated - Spanish/Korean)

1. Grading Updates

Good morning Woodson Community,

Yesterday we heard positive feedback from teachers that many students were able to successfully log into Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and connect with their classroom teachers.  By Tuesday April 28, all classrooms should be back and up and running!  

Below are some important updates regarding grading:

Third Quarter

Third quarter has been extended to Friday, May 1st. Teachers may continue to work with students to close out the third quarter and accept assignments through that date.

  • Access to ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be turned off from Friday, May 1st - Friday, May 8th to allow teachers to export during that time. 

Fourth Quarter

Fourth Quarter Timeline:  While third quarter work is being accepted until May 1st, fourth quarter work has been assigned to students.  Any new work will be entered into fourth quarter gradebooks beginning Monday, May 4th. 

Providing Feedback to Students/Parents and Monitoring Progress: Teachers should provide feedback such as comments on quality of work and guidance for improvement. 

  • Assignment “marks” will be entered into the gradebook and will be: Proficient, Attempted, Not Attempted
  • This data will be considered to positively influence the final course grade 
  • Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS, though weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a Qtr 4 grade 

Calculating Final Grades

Final Exams: There will be no final exam and/or culminating activity included as part of the final course grade calculation this year.

Year-Long Courses - Calculating Final Grade 

  • Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning. 
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
    • Avg of (Qtrs 1, 2, & 3) plus 1 grade distribution increase consideration
    • 1st Semester Grade
    • Quality Points as per FCPS Grading and Reporting

Current Semester Courses - Calculating Final Grade

  • Schools/teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by two grade distributions (B to A-), based on demonstrated proficiency of Qtr 4 learning.  
  • A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:
    • Qtr 3 Average
    • Qtr 3 Average (w/up to a two grade distribution increase consideration)

Report Cards

Report Cards/Progress Reports: Report Cards/Progress Reports will be mailed centrally for both third and fourth quarters.

Parents/Guardians may opt into “Go Paperless” for report cards by following the below instructions:

  • Parents/Guardians can take advantage of the paperless option, by logging into ParentVUE, then going to “My Account” and selecting "Go Paperless!". This is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level. All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option. This option must be selected prior to May 12th to prevent the 3rd quarter report card from being mailed. 

Last Day of School

The last day of school for all students (except seniors) is Friday, June 12.   Seniors’ last day of school is Wednesday, May 27.

Summer Courses

Additional summer offerings and support through FCPS summer learning programming are being discussed and will be shared as soon as available pending developments with the state-wide closure of schools.

Sincerely,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. What are the impacts on the SAT and ACT?

What is the impact on SAT administration? The College Board is canceling the May 2 and June 6, 2020, SAT administrations. The College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29October 3November 7, and December 5. Read more at CollegeBoard.org

What are the impacts on ACT administration? In addition to three previously planned fall/winter 2020 national test dates in September, October and December, ACT will also offer a remote proctoring option for the ACT test, allowing students to take the test at their home on a computer. ACT will launch the test-at-home option in late fall/early winter 2020 as part of its national testing program. The fee waivers ACT provides to students from low-income homes will apply to the at-home testing option, and ACT is considering other ways to address access and equity issues. Read more at ACT.org.

3. Woodson Morning News Show

The Woodson morning news show has continued during this break from in-school instruction.  To see the three episodes of the Distance Learning editions of the morning news, visit this YouTube link.

4. #celebrateyourplan

COMING SOON!  On Friday, May 1st – Formerly known as “balloon day” we are celebrating and recognizing the postsecondary plans of all graduating seniors in FCPS. 

Schools and students are asked to use and promote the hashtag #celebrateyourplan when communicating your plans!

5. New NOVA JumpStart Opportunity

NOVA announced the launch of JumpStart, a new opportunity for current and rising seniors to take up to two, tuition-free online college courses this summer. NOVA has identified a specific set of courses available through this initiative, including courses for NOVA degree requirements that are also highly transferable credits to four-year institutions as well as coursework in cloud computing through a collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

FCPS is excited to partner with NOVA on this opportunity and will share more information for students and families as additional details about qualifications and registration emerge. 

6. 2020-2021 Course Registration

The last day to make changes to a students course selection for the 2020-2021 school year is May 1st.  Please contact your child's counselor or Woodson Director of Student Services, Josh Peters at fjpeters@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

Another image from the student-created Woodson HS world in Minecraft.

7. FAQs About Refunds and Fees

Question:  What is the status of refunds for fees paid for various activities that are not going to happen due to the pandemic?

Answer:

  • Teachers, sponsors, and supervising administrators have been working with vendors and travel companies.
  • Refunds for field trips are issued only if the vendor/travel company is providing refunds. 
  • Travel companies and vendors may just issue a credit to the student’s name on the reservation for a postponed field trip. 
  • We will issue a refund for a field trip once the vendor or travel company returns the money to Woodson High School.
  • Class fees will be refunded at the end of the year as usual based on what is not used on consumables in the class. 
  • These will typically be issued through the credit card on file in MySchoolBucks.

Question:  Can students get a refund on his parking fee?

Answer:  Yes.  If you paid the full amount you will receive $50 (1/4 of the year).  A check will be sent to your house from FCPS.  They are currently working on this process, and it will take some time.  The school does not have any control over this process.

8. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

9. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be Published!

The yearbook is on schedule for publication and distribution information will be shared once there is a plan. 

It's more important than ever to have a record of this historic 2019-2020 school year! 

It's not too late to reserve your student’s yearbook!!!

Last year’s book sold out!  Order now at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

The deadline to order online is Friday, April 24th!!

10. 30 Minute Consultation with a FCPS Clinician

Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. 

This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available. Parents can schedule a phone consultation online

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies.  If an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.  Additionally, students and families can access mental health support online if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

11. FCPS Resources

FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles.

Quick links to resources:

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

12. AP Exam Updates

Here are some updates from the College Board regarding Advanced Placement Exams. 

A great resource for learning about this year's AP Exams is Trevor Packer's presentation

Exam Window:  Exams will be given from May 11–22. 

Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

13. Families Needing Internet

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please use this website for more information: https://www.internetessentials.com/

14. Fairfax County Family Services Resources 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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Woodson Mid Week News - April 21st

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Woodson Mid Week News - 
April 21st

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

John Wood, owner of 29 Diner thanks Woodson athletic boosters for donating five car loads full of nonperishable foods, frozen burgers, hotdogs, candies, and sodas to their community first initiative!

In this Issue

1. Updated Third Quarter Grading Timeline
2. "Purple Up! For Military Kids" Day
3. #celebrateyourplan
4. Woodson Sophomore Featured in National Article
5. New NOVA Jump Start Opportunity
6. Go Paperless for Report Cards
7. 2020-2021 Course Registration
8. FAQs About Refunds and Fees
9. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be published!
10. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers
11. FCPS Resources
12. FCPS Fields are Closed
13. AP Exam Updates
14. Families Needing Internet
15. Fairfax County Family Services Resources (Translated - Spanish/Korean)

1. Updated Third Quarter Grading Timeline

Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Students will work with their teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments by May 1, 2020. 

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on Tuesday, May 12. See item #6 below to opt out of receiving a paper report card.

More information about grading and reporting for the remainder of the school year will be available later this week. 

2. "Purple Up! For Military Kids" Day

“Purple Up! For Military Kids” is a day in April set aside for everyone around the Nation to show their support for military connected students.

Woodson High School encourages the entire school community – teachers, principals, school counselors, students, parents, bus drivers, etc. – to wear purple on Wednesday, April 22nd to show support for our military students and appreciation for their strength and sacrifices. Purple represents the blending of the colors of the five branches of our armed forces. Here in Virginia, we are proud to be home to Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and Reserve families. 

In alignment with VDOE, we encourage students, staff and families to share their Purple Up! and Month of the Military Child photos by using the hashtag #PurpleUpVirginia on social media. VDOE will be reposting your efforts on our various social media platforms.

Take a moment to watch Dr. Floyd and Ms. Burke support our Military families in this brief video.

3. #celebrateyourplan

COMING SOON!  On Friday, May 1st – Formerly known as “balloon day” we are celebrating and recognizing the postsecondary plans of all graduating seniors in FCPS. 

Schools and students are asked to use and promote the hashtag #celebrateyourplan when communicating your plans!

4. Woodson Student Featured in National Article

Woodson sophomore, Jada Bromberg was featured in a national article published by The 74 titled "Distanced by Pandemic, School Psychologists Improvise Ways to Connect With Struggling Students."

The 74 is a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America. Their mission is to lead an honest, fact-based conversation about how to give America’s 74 million children under the age of 18 the education they deserve.

5. New NOVA JumpStart Opportunity

NOVA announced the launch of JumpStart, a new opportunity for current and rising seniors to take up to two, tuition-free online college courses this summer. NOVA has identified a specific set of courses available through this initiative, including courses for NOVA degree requirements that are also highly transferable credits to four-year institutions as well as coursework in cloud computing through a collaboration with Amazon Web Services.

FCPS is excited to partner with NOVA on this opportunity and will share more information for students and families as additional details about qualifications and registration emerge. 

6. Go Paperless Report Card Option Now Available

Starting with the 3rd quarter, high school parents will now have the option to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents/guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless!". This process is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level.

All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option.

7. 2020-2021 Course Registration

The last day to make changes to a students course selection for the 2020-2021 school year is May 1st.  Please contact Woodson Director of Student Services, Josh Peters at fjpeters@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

8. FAQs About Refunds and Fees

Question:  What is the status of refunds for fees paid for various activities that are not going to happen due to the pandemic?

Answer:

  • Teachers, sponsors, and supervising administrators have been working with vendors and travel companies.
  • Refunds for field trips are issued only if the vendor/travel company is providing refunds. 
  • Travel companies and vendors may just issue a credit to the student’s name on the reservation for a postponed field trip. 
  • We will issue a refund for a field trip once the vendor or travel company returns the money to Woodson High School.
  • Class fees will be refunded at the end of the year as usual based on what is not used on consumables in the class. 
  • These will typically be issued through the credit card on file in MySchoolBucks.

Question:  Can students get a refund on his parking fee?

Answer:  Yes.  If you paid the full amount you will receive $50 (1/4 of the year).  A check will be sent to your house from FCPS.  They are currently working on this process, and it will take some time.  The school does not have any control over this process.

9. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

10. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be Published!

The yearbook is on schedule for publication and distribution information will be shared once there is a plan. 

It's more important than ever to have a record of this historic 2019-2020 school year! 

It's not too late to reserve your student’s yearbook!!!

Last year’s book sold out!  Order now at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

The deadline to order online is Friday, April 24th!!!

11. FCPS Resources

FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles.

Quick links to resources:

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

12. FCPS Fields are Closed

Based on the latest Fairfax County Health Department recommendations related to COVID-19, all FCPS fields are closed at this time. Please refrain from entering any FCPS fields, including ones at Woodson High School.

Thank you for your cooperation.

13. AP Exam Updates

Here are some updates from the College Board regarding Advanced Placement Exams. 

A great resource for learning about this year's AP Exams is Trevor Packer's presentation

Exam Window:  Exams will be given from May 11–22. 

Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

14. Families Needing Internet

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please use this website for more information: https://www.internetessentials.com/

15. Fairfax County Family Services Resources 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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Woodson Weekly - April 17th

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Woodson Weekly - 
April 17th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information from Woodson High School.

Vision Statement
We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

Dear Woodson Community:

Thank you for your patience this week. Fairfax County Public Schools is working with the Blackboard vendor to create a fix for online learning. We are hopeful to return to school on Tuesday with synchronous sessions. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed seeing the students online last week and we cannot wait to continue to engage students on a regular basis. Thank you for your commitment to teaching and learning at Woodson High School and I hope your families are safe and well through this crisis.  

Next week we should have more details on graduation. We hope to continue the process of ordering materials so we send Class of 2020 off in the best way possible. Stay tuned for details.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at cefloyd@fcps.edu

Stay safe, stay engaged and stay positive!

Dr. Floyd

In this Issue

1. Go Paperless for Report Cards
2. 2020-2021 Course Registration
3. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be published!
4. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers
5. FCPS Resources
6. FCPS Fields are Closed
7. AP Exam Updates
8. Families Needing Internet
9. Fairfax County Family Services Resources (Translated - Spanish/Korean)

1. Go Paperless Report Card Option Now Available

Starting with the 3rd quarter, high school parents will now have the option to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents/guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless!". This process is the only way to keep a paper report card from being generated for students at the secondary level.

All parents who share the same address as the student must have a SIS ParentVue account and must select the paperless option.

2. 2020-2021 Course Registration

The last day to make changes to a students course selection for the 2020-2021 school year is May 1st.  Please contact Woodson Director of Student Services, Josh Peters at fjpeters@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

3. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be Published!

The yearbook is on schedule for publication and distribution information will be shared once there is a plan. 

It's more important than ever to have a record of this historic 2019-2020 school year! 

It's not too late to reserve your student’s yearbook!!!

Last year’s book sold out!  Order now at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278

The deadline to order online is Friday, April 24th!!!

4. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

If you would like to request a refund of money on your student's MySchoolBucks lunch account or transfer the funds between students' accounts, please complete the following instructions.

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

  1. Student Name                              1. Student Name
  2. FCPS Student ID #                       2. FCPS Student ID #
  3. School Name                                3. School Name

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

Allow 4-6 weeks for transfers and refunds to be completed due to required audit documentation processing.

For full information regarding student lunch accounts, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31166.

5. FCPS Resources

FCPS is now publishing daily updates for the FCPS community, highlighting things you need to know such as updates on the FCPS digital learning plan, major county and state announcements, and news articles.

Quick links to resources:

Food Resources

Talking to Students about COVID-19

Fairfax County Resources (Assistance from a Distance) Flyers posted below

Ways to Support Local Organizations

Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available. Channel 25 includes middle school programming and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu

6. FCPS Fields are Closed

Based on the latest Fairfax County Health Department recommendations related to COVID-19, all FCPS fields are closed at this time. Please refrain from entering any FCPS fields, including ones at Woodson High School.

Thank you for your cooperation.

7. AP Exam Updates

Here are some updates from the College Board regarding Advanced Placement Exams. 

A great resource for learning about this year's AP Exams is Trevor Packer's presentation

Exam Window:  Exams will be given from May 11–22. 

Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.

8. Families Needing Internet

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new Internet Essentials customers in response to recent and anticipated emergency measures associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please use this website for more information: https://www.internetessentials.com/

9. Fairfax County Family Services Resources 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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

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