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
Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

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
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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
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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

Woodson Weekly - April 10th

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Woodson Weekly - 
April 10th

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 Cavalier Community:

Everywhere I turn I hear this time referred to as “a time like no other” and “the new normal” defined by terms like “crisis” and “pandemic.”  As I said in a previous message this is NOT normal. Amid the feelings of uncertainty one positive commonality that continues to unite us is Woodson High School. 

We are a community of learners regardless of where and how we meet.  So, when I hear people say, “4th quarter doesn’t matter” or “there are no grades 4th quarter, so why bother?” I say this is an opportunity for learning and working together. 

These next few weeks are about finding that love for learning without pressure; without the stress of grades. This is an opportunity to try and, in doing so, gain feedback that measures growth without traditional grades.  The maxim “If at first you don’t’ succeed, try, try again.” (Palmer, 1840) is relevant now more than ever. This is a time that allows students to try and, if they fail, gain feedback and try again. Trying, failing and learning from feedback is what builds resilience. It is what the scientists are doing in trying to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Like those scientists, our students have nothing to lose by trying and everything to gain. 

So, when your teen doesn’t want to get up for their synchronous session or to get help during office hours, encourage them. Remind them of the positives of learning, of the excitement that comes with learning something new. Remind them of the good feeling they will have when they are prepared for the sequential class next year. Remind them that, selfishly, we want to see them as well.

We miss your kids.  Educators get into this business to work with kids. We know interacting virtually isn’t the same as meeting face to face, but we desire to continue our commitment to you through teaching and learning. This is a tough time for all of us, educators as well as kids, yet as a community we can come together as #oneWoodson and we will be stronger for it. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone online Tuesday!

Dr. Floyd

In this Issue

1. Distance Learning begins Tuesday, April 14th
2. Woodson Sophomore shares her student voice
3. 2020-2021 Course Registration
4. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be published!
5. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers
6. FCPS Resources
7. FCPS Fields are Closed
8. AP Exam Updates
9. Families Needing Internet
10. Fairfax County Family Services Resources (Translated - Spanish/Korean)

1. Distance Learning begins Tuesday, April 14th

On Tuesday, April 14th, we are excited to kick off the rest of our school year and transition to Distance Learning. By now you should have heard from your teachers and have a plan in place if you have work to make up from third quarter.   Students will have until April 24th to complete any make up work from the third quarter and any new material will go on the fourth quarter.

I keep hearing the same message over and over - Woodson staff miss our students a great deal.

Distance learning for Students:

This week teachers were asked to reconnect with students and begin planning for the close of third quarter. Next week, April 6-10, is Spring Break; teachers will not be holding distance learning sessions or holding online office hours.  

Starting on Tuesday, April 14th, teachers will be following Woodson’s Distance Learning Schedule.  Teachers will be live through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra during their scheduled class times on Tuesdays and Thursdays (the links can be found on teacher’s Blackboard pages). Teachers will also post office hours for Wednesday and Friday when they will be available to communicate live as well.  Additional information on the FCPS model for distance learning is available online.  

Each week students have a schedule to follow during distance learning.  Each class has a Blackboard Collaborate Link to use to gain access to that class.  To help students organize themselves, they might want to use this electronic Google document (students must log in with their Google credentials to access this document) where they can house all of their necessary Blackboard Collaborate links. On office hour days, see your teacher’s blackboard site to get the link to the office hours and add it to this document. 

Third Quarter Grade Calculation:

  • The 3rd quarter has been extended to Friday, April 24th to allow teachers time to collect work, give a chance for reassessments and close out the quarter.  Students may complete any missing 3rd quarter assignments up to that date.
  • If a 3rd quarter assignment/assessment was completed by students before Friday, March 13, but not yet entered into the gradebook, the teacher may enter the assignment into the gradebook and count the assignment towards the 3rd quarter grade. 
  • If an assignment was given prior to Friday, March 13 and was due after that date, a teacher may provide the option for that assignment to be completed to improve a student’s grade. A student may not be penalized for that assignment, either for not completing or for less than satisfactory work.
  • Teachers may introduce new subject material during the weeks of April 14-24 but will not assess or use that material to impact 3rd quarter grades.

Fourth Quarter and Final Grade Calculation:

FCPS will finalize their guidance on determining final year grades in the next few weeks.  However, I can share with you now that all students will receive a No Mark (NM) for their fourth quarter grade and that work completed in the fourth quarter can only improve a student’s final grade for the year.  

Seniors!  If you have not seen Dr. Brabrand’s letter to the class of 2020 please click here (Dr. Brabrand’s letter to the Class of 2020).  Know that we echo his sentiments and are committed to working with all of you to ensure that your needs are met.

2. Woodson Sophomore shares her voice

Woodson Sophomore, Jada Bromberg shared her student voice by creating a short video that offers advice for mental health and wellness during this time of social distancing.

FCPS shared her video on Twitter

3. 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.

4. 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!!!

5. 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.

WUSA9 aired a story on Quarantine Serenades and featured was Woodson Sophomore August Vesilind.

6. 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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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/

10. 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)

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Woodson Weekly - April 3rd

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Woodson Weekly - 
April 3rd

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!

Hello Woodson Families,

This week our staff has focused on reconnecting with all of our Cavaliers and teachers have been preparing to finish the school year strong.

On Tuesday, April 14th, we are excited to kick off the rest of our school year and transition to Distance Learning. By now you should have heard from your teachers and have a plan in place if you have work to make up from third quarter.   Students will have until April 24th to complete any make up work from the third quarter and any new material will go on the fourth quarter.

I keep hearing the same message over and over - Woodson staff miss our students a great deal.

Distance learning for Students:

This week teachers were asked to reconnect with students and begin planning for the close of third quarter. Next week, April 6-10, is Spring Break; teachers will not be holding distance learning sessions or holding online office hours.  

Starting on Tuesday, April 14th, teachers will be following Woodson’s Distance Learning Schedule.  Teachers will be live through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra during their scheduled class times on Tuesdays and Thursdays (the links can be found on teacher’s Blackboard pages). Teachers will also post office hours for Wednesday and Friday when they will be available to communicate live as well.  Additional information on the FCPS model for distance learning is available online.  

Each week students have a schedule to follow during distance learning.  Each class has a Blackboard Collaborate Link to use to gain access to that class.  To help students organize themselves, they might want to use this electronic Google document (students must log in with their Google credentials to access this document) where they can house all of their necessary Blackboard Collaborate links. On office hour days, see your teacher’s blackboard site to get the link to the office hours and add it to this document. 

Third Quarter Grade Calculation:

  • The 3rd quarter has been extended to Friday, April 24th to allow teachers time to collect work, give a chance for reassessments and close out the quarter.  Students may complete any missing 3rd quarter assignments up to that date.
  • If a 3rd quarter assignment/assessment was completed by students before Friday, March 13, but not yet entered into the gradebook, the teacher may enter the assignment into the gradebook and count the assignment towards the 3rd quarter grade. 
  • If an assignment was given prior to Friday, March 13 and was due after that date, a teacher may provide the option for that assignment to be completed to improve a student’s grade. A student may not be penalized for that assignment, either for not completing or for less than satisfactory work.
  • Teachers may introduce new subject material during the weeks of April 14-24 but will not assess or use that material to impact 3rd quarter grades.

Fourth Quarter and Final Grade Calculation:

FCPS will finalize their guidance on determining final year grades in the next few weeks.  However, I can share with you now that all students will receive a No Mark (NM) for their fourth quarter grade and that work completed in the fourth quarter can only improve a student’s final grade for the year.  

Seniors!  If you have not seen Dr. Brabrand’s letter to the class of 2020 please click here (Dr. Brabrand’s letter to the Class of 2020).  Know that we echo his sentiments and are committed to working with all of you to ensure that your needs are met.

We will keep you informed as new information becomes available.  Please reach out to your teachers, counselors, and administrators during this time.  We may not be able to be together physically, but we are here to support you any way that we can.   

Be well and stay healthy,
Dr. Floyd

In this Issue

1. Wellness Information
2. 2020-2021 Course Registration
3. Yearbook Info - Yes, it will be published!
4. Congratulations, Mr. Duffield
5. FCPS Resources
6. FCPS Fields are Closed
7. Cancelled: ACT on Saturday, April 4th
8. AP Exam Updates
9. Audible: Free Collection
10. Families Needing Internet
11. Fairfax County Family Services Resources (Translated - Spanish/Korean)

1. Wellness Information

We recognize that some of our students and families may be having financial, emotional, academic or other difficulties during this time. I ask that you please reach out to your child’s school counselor so that we are aware of what may be occurring so that we can help provide resources for you and your family.

Please know that 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 student’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.  To schedule a phone consultation, parents may click the following link: https://forms.gle/WKchwGnv4LkezQwG8.

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 if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure.

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. Congratulations, Mr. Duffield

The Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) has selected Woodson Special Education teacher Mr. Rory Duffield as the 2020 winner of the VCLD Teacher of the Year Award.

This award honors teachers beyond the first 5 years of their career who have achieved in areas of teaching, leadership, and/or advocacy for students with learning disabilities at a level that is exceptional among his or her peers.

Mr. Duffield received glowing letters of support for his nomination of this award. We are so happy that he will be commended for the important work he does and his outstanding commitment to the success of children with disabilities!

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. Cancelled: ACT for Saturday, April 4th

The ACT scheduled for any FCPS location on Saturday, April 4th is cancelled.

Any student who was registered to test will receive information direction from ACT. Due to the high volume of closures, communication from ACT regarding this cancellation will likely be delayed.

8. 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.

9. Audible: Free Collection

Audible is offering for free a collection of audiobook playbacks while schools are closed during this COVID-19 crisis. The collection has been handpicked by their editors and is a mix of stories to entertain, inform and engage young people ages 0 to 18. 

To access the free titles, visit https://stories.audible.com/start-listen from any web browser.  

10. 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/

11. 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)

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Update from Dr. Floyd - 3/20/20

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Good afternoon Woodson Families,

I know that we are now several days into this absence from school and many families are working to implement a continuation of learning. I recognize that during this unprecedented closure, you may feel anxiety or stress about the loss of instructional time and the impact on student learning.

FCPS will address questions related to end of quarter grading, state testing, and other end-of-course assessments as soon as decisions can be reached. College Board has sent out emails to students and teachers in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, FCPS has summarized the information at fcps.edu.  By Friday, March 27, FCPS will communicate decisions on the level of teacher supported learning activities, if any, going forward. 

Dr. Brabrand did note in his message yesterday that, “I want you to know that if FCPS schools cannot reopen as scheduled on April 14, our plan is to begin distance learning either online, or by learning packets at that time. Over the next two weeks, we will begin distance learning training for teachers and give teachers the opportunity to plan and prepare for distance instruction and reconnect with their students.”

Until then, we want our students to be engaged in optional, ungraded learning activities.  During this time, our staff is not expected to be planning or grading, though many are and many have posted optional, ungraded activities for students to work on to keep their minds active.  Some teachers are also working to prepare for the possibility of online instruction by updating Google Classroom or adding resources to Blackboard.  Additionally, teachers have been offered the opportunity to engage in learning opportunities through Blackboard Collaborate and other virtual meeting technology. 

Since this is new for almost everyone, not all teachers are comfortable using different technologies, but they are learning!  We will work with teachers over the next two weeks to continue discussions and preparation, so we all are informed and ready in the event of a longer-term closure and a possible need for online instruction delivery.

As a reminder, over these two weeks March 16 - 27, students should feel free to go back and review concepts already taught throughout the school year. There is no graded work given and no new teaching is going on until we get further information from FCPS. While there is not graded work or activities, I recognize it is difficult to keep the kids in/near your home, especially with this beautiful spring weather . 

The school campus and facilities continue to be closed.  FCPS is working on a plan to eventually allow students and staff to retrieve their essential belongings.  The whole facility is closed as a precaution.  While we cannot physically close the fields and track, I strongly encourage our families to heed the guidance of the CDC and health departments of maintaining 6 feet from others and gatherings of less than 10 people.  This means not congregating on fields, like at Woodson, with groups of kids.  You may not realize, but it isn’t just your kids at the fields, there are dozens of kids congregating and while frisbee may seem safe and 6 feet apart, kids are still touching the same disc thus sharing germs (as an example).  Please remember this is a pandemic that we must take seriously as we all want to see every one of our students well and back at Woodson as soon as the doors open again. 

Throughout this challenge, we remain #oneWoodson.  We are here to support one another – even from a distance.  There are resources below in this email for your reference. 

Personally, I have been working hard to practice good hand washing routines and social distancing to protect everyone during this time period.  Granted the dog looks at me funny when I tell him to wash his paws.  😊  I encourage everyone in the Woodson community to do the same.

If you have specific questions that may not be answered by this message, please feel free to email me (cefloyd@fcps.edu) or any member of the administrative team. We are happy to find the answers!  We will be in touch with more information as it comes out.

All the best to our Woodson Families. I miss all of our 2400+ students and staff and I can’t wait to get back to school!

Sincerely,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

 

Instructional Resources Links  Spanish  Korean

FCPS Current Situation/Updates

FCPS COVID-19 Resources- https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-

    • FCPS is working at the leadership team level to determine what instructional next steps will take place for our students. Be on the look out for communication regarding long term planning on March 27th
    • All FCPS school buildings are closed until further notice.  

Community Based Resources that offer assistance of food for students and families: Britepaths (food assistance ending 3/23/2020)

Capital Area Food Bank   -----FACETS ---Fairfax FISH------Food for Others If you are in need of food, you may come to one of the neighborhood site distributions. Click on website link for specific locations and times. The only question that is asked is, “How many people are in your household?” Please bring your own grocery bags!

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

 

All FCPS administrative offices are closed until further notice.

  • SACC will be closed for the weeks of March 16 and March 23. SACC plans to offer an additional week of Spring Break services at consolidated sites the week of March 30; and plans to offer regularly scheduled Spring Break services the week of April 6. Registration for the weeks of March 30 and April 6 will be communicated to all SACC families.
    • All field trips are canceled through April 12.
    • All extracurricular activities, interscholastic contests, and after-school programs are canceled until April 12.  
    • All community use activities conducted by groups not affiliated with FCPS  are canceled until April 12.
    • FCPS has suspended all FCPS-sponsored international field trips and short-term international visitations. This will apply through June 30, 2020. 
    • The FCHD is coordinating with federal, state and local public health and safety partners to take public health actions, as necessary, to keep the community safe. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, FCPS will continue to work with the FCHD to implement public health recommendations and share updated information with the community, as it becomes available.
  • We have also been flooded with generous offers from employees and community members to volunteer at our food distribution sites.  Due to state training requirements for food distribution, we are encouraging those interested in helping to contact one of our community partners.  
  • We have made plans to provide continuity of learning during this break. Our goal is for students to continue to engage in learning activities.  The first two weeks of school closure (from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27) will not include any teacher-directed instruction.  Students can participate in optional, self-directed learning activities that have been posted on FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and are available at www.fcps.edu. Again, these activities are not required, nor graded.
  • In FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) there resources to support students with disabilities- Special Education and English language learners- English Language Development(ESL)- Log on to Blackboard, upper left hand corner- Middle and High School Resources--- Find resources for subjects and specified areas of need
  • Additionally, FCPS cable channels with learning activities are now available. New instructional videos are currently being developed and recorded and will be added to the programming shortly. Channel 21 includes elementary school programming, Channel 25 includes middle school programming, and Channel 99 includes high school programming. This content will also be available online at www.fcps.edu
  • Comcast and Cox are providing free or low-cost internet to families in need. Click the links below to learn more: Comcast Free Internet         Cox Free Internet 
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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A Message from Dr. Floyd

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Hello Woodson Families!

By now you may have seen Dr. Brabrand's email updating the operating status of FCPS.  All school buildings and central offices are CLOSED.  This means we cannot open the school for any reason over the next two weeks.  Therefore, we will not have the library open on Monday nor will we be able to offer technology assistance during this time should you have an issue with your device.  Big thank you to Ms. Anderson for her willingness to open the library and for the continued tech support from Mr. Dillon, Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. Brown!

In the meantime, I encourage you to use this time as an important opportunity to rest, rejuvenate and connect with loved ones. When we do return to learning, either virtually or in classrooms, our students will need us to be prepared to do our very best work in supporting their transition. Caring for ourselves during uncertain times is one of the most important ways we can prepare to support our students.

All of the Woodson Pyramid Principals, encourage our community to practice social distancing. Interacting face-to-face with friends and neighbors through apps like FaceTime and video chats can help to practice social distancing while not falling into social isolation.  Social media may allow engagement with others as well, but we want to caution our families not to become over-reliant on apps that promote likes over personal contact. We encourage you to make phone calls, talk to friends, and keep in contact over this time. The world has pressed pause on our school year -- take this time to slow down, stay home, and support one another.

Information on what we will do with 3rd quarter is still in process.  Please be patient and know that the entire county and state are dealing with this and decisions around grading and testing have many implications, therefore this will take additional time to determine next steps. 

I recognize this is a difficult time and you and your kids may be experiencing a variety of feelings that can impact mental health.  Should you or a loved one be in need of mental health support, please do not hesitate to reach out to:

- Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the Crisis Link Hotline at or call them at 703-527-4077

- Chat online with a specialist at CrisisChat.org or ImAlive.org

- Call an emergency mental health center at 703 573-5679 (Merrifield Center), 703-536-2000 (Dominion Hospital), or 703-289-7560 (INOVA emergency services)

Please continue to direct students to the optional learning activities available on the FCPS cable channels and by subject area on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard). Note: these learning activities are not required or graded. Teachers will not be providing work at this time. Please do not email teachers requesting work.

I will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience and support. Again, if you have questions please feel free to send me an email at cefloyd@fcps.edu.  You can read Dr. Brabrand's message in its entirety, including information on the expanded availability of grab and go meals, at www.fcps.edu.

Sincerely,
Dr. Floyd

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 - March 13th

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Woodson Weekly -
March 13th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information about school life at Woodson High School.

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

The Woodson Wind Ensemble performing at the Kennedy Center on March 5th. Photo Cred: Art Pittman

Hello Woodson Families,

Given the most recent email from FCPS, I want to our families to know that we are all in this together.  While our physical building isn’t open for the community and while we are encouraged to maintain social distance, I encourage our students and families to continue to remain connected to one another.  Continue to text, talk on the phone, facetime and wave at one another from afar when you can.  Do not lose those connections and relationships built through school and activities. 

I encourage all our students to remain active during this time.  The weather looks to be lovely over the next few weeks so get outside and walk, run, bike, skip, jump, sit, relax…  just be.   Take this time to unwind, breathe and literally take time to smell the flowers. 

Please know that this is a pause in education, it won’t effect college and this time you gain with your family can have a positive impact in ways you never imagined.  If you have left something in the building that you need, Door 1 will be open Monday from 8AM – 2PM.  

In addition, if your family is in need of food resources, please visit the Fairfax Food Resources website.

If you have questions about school throughout this time off, I am around and can be reached at cefloyd@fcps.edu and 703-503-4606.   Please note that this weekly email will be on hold until April unless there is something we need to send out to families. 

Thank you for all your support of Woodson High School and please let us know if we can be of assistance during this time. 

Sincerely,
Dr. Carlyn Floyd

In this Issue

1. Coach and Athlete of the Year
2. DECA International Conference
3. School Health Services Survey
4. School Board Student Representative
5. Mental Health First Aid
6. 2020-2021 Course Registration
7. Reserve Your Yearbook Today
8. Senior Class Information
9. FCPS Cares Program

1. Coach and Athlete of the Year Recognitions

Congratulations to the Occoquan Region Men's swim and dive coach of the year, Woodson's own Susie Hamrock. 

Woodson sophomore Aiken Do was also awarded as the male athlete of the year for the Occoquan Region.

2. DECA International Conference

A total of 226 students from 14 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) high schools were recognized as finalists at the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference held February 28-March 1 in Virginia Beach. These students earned the right to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference April 29-May 2 in Nashville.  

DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready.  In the Commonwealth of Virginia, DECA members are enrolled in a marketing education class at their high schools.

Woodson students Grace Keyser and Melany Michel earned 1st Place for School Based Enterprise Academy Exploring SBEs.

3. School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms.

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6    

School Health Services Survey-Parents 2020 (Spanish): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7KGXTS

4. School Board Student Representative

Each year, in accordance with FCPS Policy 1802, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board.  The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). 

Applications are due Tuesday, March 24th. The application and related details can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/application-2020-student-representative-school-board

5. Mental Health First Aid

Nine Woodson High students have completed Teen Mental Health First Aid training and are now certified mental health First-Aiders.  

Teen Mental Health First Aid is being offered to students in the Our Minds Matter clubs in FCPS. The course offers evidence-based training that teaches teenagers the skills they need to recognize and help their friends who may be experiencing mental health or substance use problems or crises, and how to get the help of an adult quickly.

The Woodson students are the second cohort of FCPS students to be trained. Diane Ross, FCPS school psychologist, served as the instructor for the course.

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 Woodson Director of Student Services, Josh Peters at fjpeters@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

7. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

It’s almost halfway through the year! Have you reserved your student’s yearbook yet?

Last year’s book sold out!  Order now so they won’t be disappointed.

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

Prices will go up soon!

8. Senior Class Information Page

Want more information about upcoming dates and events for the Class of 2020?  Visit the Senior Class Information page on the Woodson website.

  9. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Woodson staff. https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

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)

Students in Mr. Hedrick's AP Government class participated in a budget simulation where they were in House and Senate committees with the task of reducing the federal deficit. Students had to compromise and vote on every decision.

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This Is My Brave, PTSO Meeting Tonight and more... - from the WTW PTSO

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Information from FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department on novel coronavirus and additional resources for families can be found at FCPS COVID-19 Information Page.

PTSO Meeting Tonight!

Join us tonight at 7PM for our PTSO Meeting in the library!

Many thanks to the parents who have stepped forward to serve on next year’s PTSO Board. We just need a Treasurer and President.  These two positions must be filled for the PTSO to continue. 

Serving on the board is a very rewarding experience, and a fantastic way to put your ideas into action to support your students and the greater Woodson community.  Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com if you have questions or are interested!

Woodson Drama

OMG You Guys! Mark your calendar for Woodson’s Spring Production of Legally Blonde, April 24, 25, 30 and May 1, 2. 

This Is My Brave 

We are in search of storytellers who are Fairfax County high school students with a 5-minute story to share about Teen Mental Health via poetry, original music, comedy, essay or other artistic expression. Auditions will take place April 24-26 for our October 2020 show. #StoryTellingSavesLives

More information can be found at http://bit.ly/2020FxCoAuditions.

Free Digital Citizenship Seminars

Fairfax County Public Schools students, families and community members are invited to attend any upcoming digital learning and digital citizenship events.  All sessions are being held free of charge.

What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital Citizenship can be described as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior (and its positive and negative impact on self and others) with regard to technology use.

Seminar topics include: 

  • Supporting Students in a Digital World: Bridging Technology Use at Home and School
  • Supporting Families in a Digital World: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Technology
  • Spotlight on Student Learning with a Focus on Media Balance and Well-Being

More information: https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-host-free-sessions-digital-learning-and-citizenship

Chipotle Fundraiser!

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support:

WT Woodson Crew at Chipotle Tuesday, March 10th

Swing by Chipotle for Taco Tuesday March 10 from 4-8 PM to help out the Woodson Crew team. Bring this flyer to the Chipotle on Pickett Road, right by the school and mention that you want to support Crew when you check out!

Junior & Junior Parent Night

On Wednesday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium, all Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend our Junior & Junior Parent Night. 

Get helpful hints for your spring break college visits and discover what you need to know to make your post-secondary research and next steps easier and productive.

For more information, please contact College and Career Specialist, Kathie Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

Woodson Chorus Boosters  

Spring Trip permission forms due back by Friday, March 13th

Southern Regional Honor Choirs will be held on March 11th-14th in Mobile, Alabama.  Students submitted audition recordings in September.

Spirit Wear orders are due by Friday, March 13th.  Order forms available in the Chorus room.

On Monday, March 16th, Chorale Rehearsal will be held from 3:15pm-4:15pm in the Auditorium.  Vocal Ensemble will practice from 4pm-5pm in the Auditorium.

The Pre-Assessment Concert will be held on Tuesday, March 17th at 7pmCall Time at 6pm.

Assessments will be held on March 20th-21st at Lake Braddock High School.

Volunteers still needed for AP Testing

Woodson’s Student Services Department is in search of parent volunteers for this year’s AP testing. This is another great opportunity to volunteer during the school day! Training will be provided.

AP exams will take place from May 6th – May 17th. There are two test sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Morning test sessions require proctors to be present from 7:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (approximately). Afternoon test sessions require proctors to be present from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (approximately).

Thank you to all who have already volunteered. Please contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu or 703-503-4805 if you are able to volunteer to proctor. As always, we greatly appreciate the support from our PTSO! Thank you!

Prom Dresses Available!

Prom is Saturday, May 9th.  Sussy Tomer, Woodson's parent liaison, has prom dresses, shoes, clutches, earrings and necklaces available to students in need.  She also has a few suits and cummerbunds.  

Come to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm.  If you have prom wear you'd like to donate, please contact Ms. Tomer:  setomer@fcps.edu

Cav Cruise 2020

Registration for the Woodson Class of 2020 All night graduation party is now open at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1526&form=1

Purchase your Raffle Tickets for Class of 2020 Graduation Priority Seating at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1526&form=1 First 100 that purchase raffle tickets get a free t-shirt Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise 2020. Guilt free donations can also be done at the same website and fro each $25 donation your graduate receives an extra $5000 in cav cash to spend at Cav Cruise 2020!

For questions or comments on Cav Cruise 2020 please contact us at cavcruise2020@gmail.com.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

As more and more of our Sophomore class are on the roads getting those mandatory 45 hours behind the wheel now is the best time to purchase a “Student Driver” Magnet for all your vehicles that your new driver will be training in. This magnet will help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at the Woodson auditorium or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com with any questions.

Senior Parents! Mark your student's accomplishment by purchasing a Senior Brick!

The courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, is where the memorial engraved bricks are placed. It is a great way for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for graduating Seniors too! 

This year’s orders must be received by Friday, May 1st to be included and installed in the courtyard before the Baccalaureate ceremony so don’t wait order your memorial brick today!  Individual bricks cost: $100. Download the brick order form (with ordering instructions) HERE. You can also pay for the brick online at the PTSO Website and digitally send the order form to the email below.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com or 904-891-2643.

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

Purchase Congratulations Class of 2020 Yard Sign. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise 2020. Contact Carol Harrity - Tun carhar0129@hotmail.com for more information.

Woodson Athletic Booster Discounted Passes - Spring Games

Spring 2020 Woodson Athletic Booster passes are now on sale at discounted prices for attending games for the remainder of this school year: $25 per pass for a student, $40 per adult, $100 for a family of 4 (see other combinations online).

The cost of attending WTW home games is $5 for students, $6 for adults, so the Booster Pass pays for itself in attending FIVE HOME GAMES for a student, 7 home games  for an adult, etc.! No more scrambling to find cash to get into home regular season lacrosse, baseball, softball, soccer, etc. games  if you have your pass. Click here to purchase passes online using PayPal (or go to wtwoodsonsports.org) and click on Booster Membership. 

Save the Date - WTW Varsity Precisionettes Dance Team Break it Down Camp!

Learn what it takes to be a member of the Varsity Dance Team and get ready for tryouts.  Taught by Head Coach, Krissy Schnebel and the graduating Seniors, classes will focus on Jazz, Pom and Hip Hop choreography, Dance Team Turns/Leaps, Tricks, Tryout Tips, and more! 

**OPEN TO ALL CURRENT 7th - 11th GRADERS**  

Tuesdays 3:30-5pm on 3/31, 4/14, 4/21 and 4/28 Thursday, 5/7 Mock Tryouts 4:30-6pm 

$175 for full session or $40 per class  

Registration details will be provided soon.  Questions? Email wtwdanceteam@gmail.com  

Sports Highlights

Congratulations to the Woodson Varsity Precisionettes on a fantastic showing at their Nationals competition!  With over 300 teams and over 800 routines, our dance team ended their season:

13th in Small Varsity Jazz

11th in Medium Varsity Hip Hop

2nd in Medium Varsity Pom

The Precisionettes would like to thank Mr. Checkosky for his constant support of our team and program, Mr. Gaul for all of his help with scheduling and more, Ms. Alexa for all of her help to both Coach Krissy and our team, our parents and family for all of their love this season, and to the Woodson community for their support.  We are proud to represent our Cav Nation and make our Woodson family proud this year. 

PTSO Information

Our PTSO changed all our emails to gmail, so please check our site for the latest email addresses here.

Did you know that every single penny of your membership fees stay right here at Woodson? If you haven’t joined yet, please join the PTSO here.  

Want to donate? You can here!

Announce your special events to WTW families right here in the WeMail.  Not sure how?  Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com for more information.

Are you a PTSO member? Join our Facebook page  - WT Woodson PTSO. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325539501108550/.  We want the information shared on the FB  page to be member-driven. Join now and start sharing your parenting tips, resources, and information! 

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

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Woodson Weekly - March 6th

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Woodson Weekly -
March 6th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information about school life at Woodson High School.

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

Students visited Earth Sangha, a native plant nursery, as part of a community partnership. Matt Bright, one of the leaders of Earth Sangha, talked to the students about sowing, planting and repotting native plants.

Important Upcoming Dates

Saturday, March 7th - Teen Job Fair

Saturday, March 7th - FanQuest; tailgate begins 5:30pm; game at 7pm

Monday & Tuesday, March 9 & 10, 11th Grade Writing SOLs

Friday, April 3rd - Last day of 3rd Quarter

Monday-Friday, April 6th-10th - Spring Break

Monday, April 13th - Student Holiday

In this Issue

1. FanQuest this Saturday!
2. Teen Job Fair
3. SOL Writing Assessments, End of Course
4. Junior & Junior Parent Night
5. Parents! We want to hear from you!
6. Cav Cruise Design Contest
7. Service Project Needs Supplies
8. Mulch Sale
9. School Board Student Representative
10. School Health Services Survey
11. 2020-2021 Course Registration
12. Volunteers needed for AP Testing
13. Reserve Your Yearbook Today
14. Senior Class Information
15. FCPS Cares Program

1. FanQuest this Saturday!

Join us on Saturday, March 7th for FanQuest, our Special Olympics Unified Basketball Tournament at Woodson High School. Come out and watch our Unified team play Frost Middle School!

Students can show their student ID at the door to be entered into a Chipotle raffle!

5:30 pm—Doors open for a Tailgate

7:00 pm—Opening Ceremony, and Tipoff between Woodson Unified and Frost Falcons in the Red Jenkins Gymnasium.

Join us for a night of spirited fun, celebrating our Special Olympic athletes and Peers!

There will be Moon bounces, a Velcro wall, games, prizes, and a variety of performance from the Down Syndrome Cheer Squad of Nova, and more! Please wear Tie Dye.

The event is FREE! But, bring cash for the 50/50 Raffle and concessions of pizza, chick fil-a, and other snacks will be available!! Students are encouraged to bring their Student ID cards to be entered into a Chipotle Raffle!

Shirts will be for sale on the day of FanQuest as well.

2. Teen Job Fair

You are invited to attend the 2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops. First jobs are important and these events help connect teens and employers face to face and prepare our youth for the workforce.

These events will focus on student job seekers (approximately ages 16 to 18) looking for full time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, or volunteer experiences. It is open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment or wanting tips to build their resume. Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students looking to begin to build their resume.

Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to showcase their companies, brand their business in the local community, and advertise the positions they have available. It does not cost to participate.

During our previous job fairs, over 2000 Fairfax County teenagers and 120 employers attended all events combined. These job fairs provided hundreds of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for employers and volunteer organizations to find talented, driven Fairfax County students to fill their positions.

Saturday, March 7th - 10 am to 12 pm Woodson High School Co-sponsored by Supervisor Pat Herrity, Supervisor Dalia Palchik, Supervisor James Walkinshaw, Woodson High School and Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

3. SOL Writing Assessments, End-of Course

Students enrolled in English 11 will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course English Writing Test on two days between March 5 and March 10, 2020.

The test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, students must complete both components. Students are required to use their FCPSOn laptops for online testing. Personal devices may not be used.

Please remind your student to perform regular Health Checks on the laptop to ensure that the laptop is prepared and up-to-date. Students need to bring their fully-charged FCPSOn laptop to school for testing. If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s school counselor or Woodson’s Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee (kpguinee@fcps.edu).

Students in Mrs. Schmauder’s Geometry Honors class play “Heads Up!” using Geometry vocabulary.

4. Junior & Junior Parent Night

On Wednesday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium, all Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend our Junior & Junior Parent Night. 

Get helpful hints for your spring break college visits and discover what you need to know to make your post-secondary research and next steps easier and productive.

For more information, please contact College and Career Specialist, Kathie Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

5. Parents!  We want to hear from you!

Parents!  We want your input on Return periods.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Wednesday, March 11th

Students and staff will have a survey to complete in returns over the next two weeks.  Thank you!

6. Cav Cruise Design Contest

Students can submit their masterpiece of art to be the logo design for this year's Cav Cruise Prom night. Art can be turned into Ms. Pollack by Monday, March 9th. The chosen entry will be featured during the event on June 2nd and the winning artist will receive a free ticket to Cav. Cruise. 

"Blue Jay" by Hannah Hanford displayed at Northern Virginia Community College this week as part of the Scholastic Art Award show.  This ceramic work won a Silver Key award.

7. Family Engagement Policy Open Meetings

FCPS families, staff, students, and community members are invited to attend any of the following Family Engagement Policy open meetings to provide feedback on the draft Family Engagement Policy. Stakeholders can also participate virtually in each of these meetings by using the link and/or number below. 

Family Engagement Policy Open Meeting When: March 12, 2020 (9-10 a.m.)          Where: Lake Anne Elementary School Cafeteria 

Family Engagement Policy Open Meeting When: March 17, 2020 (7-8 p.m.)          Where: Gatehouse Café  

Family Engagement Policy Open Meeting When: March 30, 2020 (7-8 p.m.)          Where: West Potomac High School Auditorium  

Link to join virtually

Dial-in information: 1-571-392-7650 Pin: 8210692975

Flyer for the meetings. Translated versions will be coming soon. 

8. Service Project Needs Supplies

Students in Gourmet Foods class have been asked to help support a women’s prison by providing homemade cookies.  Students will make the cookies during class as a service learning project. 

They are tasked with making 100 dozen cookies.  We need donations of supplies for the cookies from the Woodson staff and community.  All supplies would need to be dropped off by Friday, March 27th for making before spring break. 

Thank you for helping us to help others!  #oneWoodson

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Students in 10th grade Health, PE and Dr Ed participated in a presentation by Washington Regional Alcohol Program.

9. Mulch Sale

The annual Woodson Mulch Sale has arrived.  Freshen up your flower beds and support the Woodson High School Leadership Class at the same time.  The Leadership Class is once again offering high quality shredded hardwood mulch for purchase.  Orders for 3-cubic foot bags of mulch must be received by Friday, March 13th for pick-up at Woodson or delivery to your home on Saturday, March 21.   When placing an order for 15 or more bags, delivery is an option.  All mulch will be delivered on Saturday, March 21 beginning at 8:30 AM.  The proceeds benefit the Woodson High School Leadership Class and support its activities.  For more details or for an order form, please check out our web link. 

This year you can also order and pay on-line at MySchoolBucks.  Browse all items and select the Mulch Sale Fundraiser. 

Need more info?  Send an email to DJSchaefer@fcps.edu

10. School Board Student Representative

Each year, in accordance with FCPS Policy 1802, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board.  The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). 

Applications are due Tuesday, March 24th. The application and related details can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/application-2020-student-representative-school-board

11. School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms.

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6    

School Health Services Survey-Parents 2020 (Spanish): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7KGXTS

Students visited Earth Sangha, a native plant nursery, as part of a community partnership. Students got to work with some of the plants and discussed what ecosystems services these native plants provide to the environment and toured their new greenhouse.

12. 2020-2021 Course Registration

We are currently meeting with students to schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you have questions or concerns about your student’s course selections, please contact your student’s counselor. Opportunities for course changes will be limited next year. Changes to the course selections will be no later than Friday, May 1st.

The third quarter of the academic year can be an exciting yet stressful time.  Some students become fatigued with the routines of school, classwork, and homework. If your student struggled in the first semester and you are concerned about his / her academic progress, please communicate with your student’s teacher. If you would like to set up a parent teacher conference with the counselor, please reach out to them as well. 

13. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

Woodson’s Student Services Department is in search of parent volunteers for this year’s AP testing. This is another great opportunity to volunteer during the school day! Training will be provided.

AP exams will take place from May 4th – May 15th. There are two test sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Morning test sessions require proctors to be present from 7:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (approximately). Afternoon test sessions require proctors to be present from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (approximately).

Please contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu or 703-503-4805 if you are able to volunteer to proctor. As always, we greatly appreciate the support from our PTSO! Thank you!

14. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

It’s almost halfway through the year! Have you reserved your student’s yearbook yet?

Last year’s book sold out!  Order now so they won’t be disappointed.

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

Prices will go up soon!

15. Senior Class Information Page

Want more information about upcoming dates and events for the Class of 2020?  Visit the Senior Class Information page on the Woodson website.

  16. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Woodson staff. https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

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)

Students in Mr. Hedrick's AP Government class participated in a budget simulation where they were in House and Senate committees with the task of reducing the federal deficit. Students had to compromise and vote on every decision.

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FanQuest this Saturday, Chipotle Fundraisers and more... - from the WTW PTSO

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We’re getting there….

Many thanks to the parents who have stepped forward to serve on next year’s PTSO Board. We just need a Treasurer and President.  These two positions must be filled for the PTSO to continue. 

Serving on the board is a very rewarding experience, and a fantastic way to put your ideas into action to support your students and the greater Woodson community.  Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com if you have questions or are interested!

Woodson FanQuest this Saturday

FanQuest is a Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament at WT Woodson High School, this Saturday, March 7th.  Our athletes with special needs rarely get the chance to shine center court, and this is their chance.

Admission is FREE and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a special tailgate with carnival games in the Aux Gym and the first game will begin at 7:00 p.m.

This will be a night of spirited fun, celebrating all three schools! There will be Moon bounces, a Velcro wall, games, prizes, and performances from a variety of Woodson musical and athletics and dance programs, the Down Syndrome Cheer Squad of Nova, and more! Please wear Tie Dye.

Come and watch our double header games between the Frost Falcons from 7-7:45 p.m. and West Springfield Spartans from 7:45-8:30 p.m.

Woodson Drama

Don’t forget to vote today, Tuesday, March 3rd, and while you’re at Woodson, please visit the Drama Boosters Election Day Bake Sale outside entrance 1. Come grab a cup of coffee and baked goods!

OMG You Guys! Mark your calendar for Woodson’s Spring Production of Legally Blonde, April 24, 25, 30 and May 1, 2. 

Team Cure It!

This year 4 Woodson students are participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year campaign. They have set an amazing goal to raise $150,000 to beat cancer. Please support our Woodson "Team Cure It" as they raise money for an great cause.

https://events.lls.org/nca/DCSOY20/nwhite

Please contact Mrs White at melanie.massiahwhite@gmail.com or 703-909-6090.

Free Digital Citizenship Seminars

Fairfax County Public Schools students, families and community members are invited to attend any of five upcoming digital learning and digital citizenship events.  All sessions are being held free of charge.

What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital Citizenship can be described as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior (and its positive and negative impact on self and others) with regard to technology use.

Seminar topics include: 

  • Supporting Students in a Digital World: Bridging Technology Use at Home and School
  • Supporting Families in a Digital World: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Technology
  • Spotlight on Student Learning with a Focus on Media Balance and Well-Being

More information: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-citizenship-internet-safety/digital-citizenship-student-curriculum

TWO CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISERS!

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support:

Woodson Girls Lacrosse Chipotle Fundraiser  Monday, March 9th

Come in to the Chipotle at 9506 Main Street Store Fairfax across from WTW  on Monday, March 9th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Let the cashier know you are supporting Woodson girls lacrosse and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to the team!

WT Woodson Crew at Chipotle Tuesday, March 10th

Swing by Chipotle for Taco Tuesday March 10 from 4-8 PM to help out the Woodson Crew team. Bring this flyer to the Chipotle on Pickett Road, right by the school and mention that you want to support Crew when you check out!

Junior & Junior Parent Night

On Wednesday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium, all Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend our Junior & Junior Parent Night. 

Get helpful hints for your spring break college visits and discover what you need to know to make your post-secondary research and next steps easier and productive.

For more information, please contact College and Career Specialist, Kathie Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

Woodson Chorus Boosters  

Chorus Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, March 4th from 3:15-4:30pm in the Chorus room.  

The next monthly Chorus Booster meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm in the chorus room.

Two Woodson Sports Events This Week

Spring Sports "Meet the Coach Night" Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm in the Auditorium

Winter Sports Award Ceremony Thursday, March 5th at 7pm in the Auditorium.

Prom Dresses Available!

Prom is Saturday, May 9th.  Sussy Tomer, Woodson's parent liaison, has prom dresses, shoes, clutches, earrings and necklaces available to students in need.  She also has a few suits and cummerbunds.  

Come to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm.  If you have prom wear you'd like to donate, please contact Ms. Tomer:  setomer@fcps.edu

Volunteers still needed for AP Testing

Woodson’s Student Services Department is in search of parent volunteers for this year’s AP testing. This is another great opportunity to volunteer during the school day! Training will be provided.

AP exams will take place from May 6th – May 17th. There are two test sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Morning test sessions require proctors to be present from 7:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (approximately). Afternoon test sessions require proctors to be present from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (approximately).

Thank you to all who have already volunteered. Below is a list of tests for which we are still in need of proctors. Please contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu or 703-503-4805 if you are able to volunteer to proctor. As always, we greatly appreciate the support from our PTSO! Thank you!

TEST

DATE

TIME

# of Proctors

AP US Government

Monday, May 4

AM

2

AP English Literature

Wednesday, May 6

AM

1

AP Chemistry

Thursday, May 7

AM

1

AP US History

Friday, May 8

AM

1

AP Biology

Monday, May 11

AM

1

AP Psychology

Tuesday, May 12

PM

1

AP English Language

Wednesday, May 13

AM

1

AP French

Friday, May 15

AM

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Cav Cruise 2020

Registration for the Woodson Class of 2020 All night graduation party is now open at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1526&form=1

Purchase your Raffle Tickets for Class of 2020 Graduation Priority Seating at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1526&form=1 First 100 that purchase raffle tickets get a free t-shirt Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise 2020. Guilt free donations can also be done at the same website and fro each $25 donation your graduate receives an extra $5000 in cav cash to spend at Cav Cruise 2020!

For questions or comments on Cav Cruise 2020 please contact us at cavcruise2020@gmail.com.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

As more and more of our Sophomore class are on the roads getting those mandatory 45 hours behind the wheel now is the best time to purchase a “Student Driver” Magnet for all your vehicles that your new driver will be training in. This magnet will help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at the Woodson auditorium or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com with any questions.

Senior Parents! Mark your student's accomplishment by purchasing a Senior Brick!

The courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, is where the memorial engraved bricks are placed. It is a great way for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for graduating Seniors too! 

This year’s orders must be received by Friday, May 1st to be included and installed in the courtyard before the Baccalaureate ceremony so don’t wait order your memorial brick today!  Individual bricks cost: $100. Download the brick order form (with ordering instructions) HERE. You can also pay for the brick online at the PTSO Website and digitally send the order form to the email below.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com or 904-891-2643.

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

Purchase Congratulations Class of 2020 Yard Sign. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise 2020. Contact Carol Harrity - Tun carhar0129@hotmail.com for more information.

Woodson Athletic Booster Discounted Passes - Spring Games

Spring 2020 Woodson Athletic Booster passes are now on sale at discounted prices for attending games for the remainder of this school year: $25 per pass for a student, $40 per adult, $100 for a family of 4 (see other combinations online).

The cost of attending WTW home games is $5 for students, $6 for adults, so the Booster Pass pays for itself in attending FIVE HOME GAMES for a student, 7 home games  for an adult, etc.! No more scrambling to find cash to get into home regular season lacrosse, baseball, softball, soccer, etc. games  if you have your pass. Click here to purchase passes online using PayPal (or go to wtwoodsonsports.org) and click on Booster Membership. 

Save the Date - WTW Varsity Precisionettes Dance Team Break it Down Camp!

Learn what it takes to be a member of the Varsity Dance Team and get ready for tryouts.  Taught by Head Coach, Krissy Schnebel and the graduating Seniors, classes will focus on Jazz, Pom and Hip Hop choreography, Dance Team Turns/Leaps, Tricks, Tryout Tips, and more! 

**OPEN TO ALL CURRENT 7th - 11th GRADERS**  

Tuesdays 3:30-5pm on 3/31, 4/14, 4/21 and 4/28 Thursday, 5/7 Mock Tryouts 4:30-6pm 

$175 for full session or $40 per class  

Registration details will be provided soon.  Questions? Email wtwdanceteam@gmail.com  

Winter Sports Highlights

The Woodson Cavaliers Varsity Boys Basketball Team finished their year with a loss in the regional playoff game to West Potomac (53-69).  Devin Cuviello scored 18 points and had 3 rebounds and 2 assists to lead the Cavs.  Joe Pesansky finished with 10 points/4 boards/2 assists, Andre Pacheco with 2 boards/5 assists and Alex Klein came off the bench with 6 points/2 assists.  Pesansky finished the year leading the Cavs by averaging over 15 points, 7.5 rebounds, and nearly 3 assists a game.  The Cavs finish the season with an overall record of 9-15.  Best of luck to all the seniors who played their final WTW basketball game - Donovan Boyce, Ethan Lash, Bobby Case, John Faulkner, James Jin, and Stephen Smith!

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (18-7) won their Occoquan Region playoff opener, 46-33 at home over Annandale.  Maggie McGuire scored 20 to lead the Cavs.  Sarah Wilson added 9, Anna Wiggins 8, Eunice Yoon 3, and Abby Pesansky 2.  Amelia Noca hit a big 3 in the second quarter to shift momentum to the sluggish Cavs and ended with 4.  The Cavs’ season ended the next night with a 51-32 loss to last year’s State tournament runner up Edison.  The Cavs fell behind 10-0 early and clawed back to within 5 at one point, but Edison with their 3 D1 college basketball committed seniors weathered the storm with a quick flurry of scoring.  Maggie McGuire again led the Cavs with 8 points.  Abby Pesansky added 6, Anna Wiggins 5, and Sarah Wilson 4.  Allie Maahs, Eunice Yoon, and Amelia Noca each hit 3s, with Amelia swishing one from almost half court in the 4th quarter.  Sarah Wilson scored 4, but as usual her impact was felt all over the court throughout the game, giving the team whatever it needed at the time.  Sarah is a very rare type of player - and leader - who has handled all five positions on both offense and defense over the course of her career.  Despite the loss, Abby Pesansky grabbed the 1,000th rebound of her career in the game, a feat rarely seen at the high school level.  Coach Erik Cassily showed his appreciation for each of the four seniors by substituting them out one at a time near the end to enable each of them to be recognized by the coaching staff and the fans.  Maggie McGuire was also named first-team All-Region.

We would be remiss without honoring each of these four senior captains Maggie McGuire, Amelia Noca, Abby Pesansky, and Sarah Wilson who have played their entire careers on Varsity and the impact they have had overall in growing the WTW Girls Basketball program in their time here. They ended this year’s regular season atop the Patriot District conference for the first time since 2004, though fell short of winning the district outright in the tournament and have won their first round game of the Regional tournament 2 years in a row. In the three seasons prior to their arrival at Woodson, the Cavs won a total of 12 games.  In these girls’ four seasons on Varsity, the Cavs averaged 13 wins each season and won a total of 50 games.  We hope you will come out to the Winter Sports Awards on Thursday, March 5 to show your appreciation for these seniors, WTWGBB’s season and for all of the WTW Winter Sports teams.

PTSO Information

Our PTSO changed all our emails to gmail, so please check our site for the latest email addresses here.

Did you know that every single penny of your membership fees stay right here at Woodson? If you haven’t joined yet, please join the PTSO here.  

Want to donate? You can here!

Announce your special events to WTW families right here in the WeMail.  Not sure how?  Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com for more information.

Are you a PTSO member? Join our Facebook page  - WT Woodson PTSO. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325539501108550/.  We want the information shared on the FB  page to be member-driven. Join now and start sharing your parenting tips, resources, and information! 

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Woodson Weekly - February 28th

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Woodson Weekly -
February 28th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information about school life at Woodson High School.

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

International Night was a huge success!  Thank you!

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

Friday, April 3rd - Last day of 3rd Quarter

Monday-Friday, April 6th-10th - Spring Break

Monday, April 13th - Student Holiday

In this Issue

1. AP Exam Conflicts
2. SOL Writing Assessments, End of Course
3. Teen Job Fair
4. Drama Students Sew Patches for Baby Kangaroos
5. Parents!  We want to hear from you!
6. Junior & Junior Parent Night
7. All-Virginia Honors Band and Orchestra
8. Environmental Outreach to Mantua ES
9. Speech Super Regionals Results
10. School Board Student Representative
11. Mulch Sale
12. School Health Services Survey
13. Volunteers Still Needed for AP Testing
14. 2020-2021 Course Registration
15. Is your child interested in the arts?
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. Senior Class Information Page
18. Woodson HS Academic Advising
19. FCPS Cares

1. AP Exam Conflicts

Any student who has a conflict with the AP Exam schedule must complete a form to request late testing.  The form is available from AP teachers and Student Services.  

The completed form and payment (if required) is due to Mrs. Graybill in Student Services no later than Friday, March 6th.

AP Exam dates can be found on the College Board website: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees

2. SOL Writing Assessments, End-of Course

Students enrolled in English 11 will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course English Writing Test on two days between March 5 and March 10, 2020.

The test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, students must complete both components. Students are required to use their FCPSOn laptops for online testing. Personal devices may not be used.

Please remind your student to perform regular Health Checks on the laptop to ensure that the laptop is prepared and up-to-date. Students need to bring their fully-charged FCPSOn laptop to school for testing. If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s school counselor or Woodson’s Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee (kpguinee@fcps.edu).

3. Teen Job Fair

On Saturday, March 7th, you are invited to attend the 2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops from 10 am to 12 pm at Woodson HS.

First jobs are important and these events help connect teens and employers face to face and prepare our youth for the workforce.

These events will focus on student job seekers (approximately ages 16 to 18) looking for full time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, or volunteer experiences. It is open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment or wanting tips to build their resume. Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students looking to begin to build their resume.

Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to showcase their companies, brand their business in the local community, and advertise the positions they have available. It does not cost to participate.

During our previous job fairs, over 2000 Fairfax County teenagers and 120 employers attended all events combined. These job fairs provided hundreds of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for employers and volunteer organizations to find talented, driven Fairfax County students to fill their positions.

Saturday, March 7th - 10 am to 12 pm Woodson High School Co-sponsored by Supervisor Pat Herrity, Supervisor Dalia Palchik, Supervisor James Walkinshaw, Woodson High School and Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

4. Drama Students Sew Pouches for Baby Kangaroos

After Woodson theatre tech students heard about the wildfires in Australia, they wanted to help.  They've been collecting scrap fabric and are sewing "joey pouches" for baby kangaroos who've lost their parents.  Watch the story Channel 4 News reported on our project.

5. Parents!  We want to hear from you!

Parents!  We want your input on Return periods.  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Wednesday, March 11th

Students and staff will have a survey to complete in returns over the next two weeks.  Thank you!

6. Junior & Junior Parent Night

On Wednesday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium, all Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend our Junior & Junior Parent Night. 

Get helpful hints for your spring break college visits and discover what you need to know to make your post-secondary research and next steps easier and productive.

For more information, please contact College and Career Specialist, Kathie Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

7. All-Virginia Honors Band and Orchestra

Congratulations to the four Woodson band and three orchestra students that were selected by audition to perform with the 2020 All-Virginia Band and All Virginia Orchestra.  They competed against the best players from across the Commonwealth and were selected only after a rigorous audition last weekend at JMU. 

This is quite an accomplishment and a huge honor for these students.  It represents years of hard work and study on their part and we are proud of their selection!

Natalie Tidd - flute, Sam Park – alto saxophone, Jeremy Swack -baritone saxophone, Thomas Eskelsen - trumpet, Anna Paek – violin, Skyler Ryu – violin, Nicholas Brenner – cello.

8. Environmental Outreach to Mantua ES

20 Woodson students from Environmental Club, Science National Honor Society and leadership went to Mantua to do science and environmental outreach.  50 Mantua students had the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning experiences including VR, watershed studies and hydroponics. 

The high school students designed and implemented these activities with a focus on environmental sustainability.

9. Speech Super Regional Results

Congratulations to Woodson's Speech Team for their performance at the Super Regionals this past Wednesday evening.

Alex Cooper: 1st place in Impromptu Speaking
Farooq Khan: 4th place in Poetry
Ethan Lee: 5th Place in Extemporaneous Speaking

Also, last Saturday was the Debate Regional Tournament where Ethan placed 2nd in Lincoln Douglas Debate.

Alex will be moving on to the State Tournament at the end of the month.

10. School Board Student Representative

Each year, in accordance with FCPS Policy 1802, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board.  The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). 

Applications are due Tuesday, March 24th. The application and related details can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/application-2020-student-representative-school-board

11. Mulch Sale

The annual Woodson Mulch Sale has arrived.  Freshen up your flower beds and support the Woodson High School Leadership Class at the same time.  The Leadership Class is once again offering high quality shredded hardwood mulch for purchase.  Orders for 3-cubic foot bags of mulch must be received by March 13 for pick-up at Woodson or delivery to your home on March 21.   When placing an order for 15 or more bags, delivery is an option.  All mulch will be delivered on Saturday, March 21 beginning at 8:30 AM.  The proceeds benefit the Woodson High School Leadership Class and support its activities.  For more details or for an order form, please check out our web link. 

This year you can also order and pay on-line at MySchoolBucks.  Browse all items and select the Mulch Sale Fundraiser. 

Need more info?  Send an email to DJSchaefer@fcps.edu

12. School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms.

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6    

School Health Services Survey-Parents 2020 (Spanish): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7KGXTS

Congratulations to Joey (l) who placed 5th in the state, Coach McCarthy, and Anthony (r) who won the Virginia State Championship in wrestling.

13. Volunteers still needed for AP Testing

Woodson’s Student Services Department is in search of parent volunteers for this year’s AP testing. This is another great opportunity to volunteer during the school day! Training will be provided.

AP exams will take place from May 6th – May 17th. There are two test sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Morning test sessions require proctors to be present from 7:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (approximately). Afternoon test sessions require proctors to be present from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (approximately).

Thank you to all who have already volunteered. Below is a list of tests for which we are still in need of proctors. Please contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu or 703-503-4805 if you are able to volunteer to proctor. As always, we greatly appreciate the support from our PTSO! Thank you!

TEST

DATE

TIME

# of Proctors

AP US Government

Monday, May 4

AM

2

AP English Literature

Wednesday, May 6

AM

1

AP Chemistry

Thursday, May 7

AM

1

AP US History

Friday, May 8

AM

1

AP Biology

Monday, May 11

AM

1

AP Psychology

Tuesday, May 12

PM

1

AP English Language

Wednesday, May 13

AM

1

AP French

Friday, May 15

AM

1

  

Congratulations to the Boys Swim and Dive team!  Virginia State 6A Champions for the first time since 1993

14. 2020-2021 Course Registration

We are currently meeting with students to schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you have questions or concerns about your student’s course selections, please contact your student’s counselor. Opportunities for course changes will be limited next year. Changes to the course selections will be no later than Friday, May 1st.

The third quarter of the academic year can be an exciting yet stressful time.  Some students become fatigued with the routines of school, classwork, and homework. If your student struggled in the first semester and you are concerned about his / her academic progress, please communicate with your student’s teacher. If you would like to set up a parent teacher conference with the counselor, please reach out to them as well. 

15. Is your child interested in the Arts?

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts (IFTA)!  Classes are first come first serve!

IFTA is a summer enrichment camp for students in rising 3rd through 12th grades.  The camp dates are July 6-31, 2020.

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

16. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

It’s almost halfway through the year! Have you reserved your student’s yearbook yet?

Last year’s book sold out!  Order now so they won’t be disappointed.

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

Prices will go up soon!

17. Senior Class Information Page

Want more information about upcoming dates and events for the Class of 2020?  Visit the Senior Class Information page on the Woodson website.

18. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

Current 9th Graders (Rising 10th Graders) · Group Advising/Pre-Registration Meeting with School Counselors: February 20th during Returns

  • Individual Advising with School Counselors: February 28th – March 10th (through Health and PE 9 class)

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  19. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Woodson staff. https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

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)

Students in Mr. Hedrick's AP Government class participated in a budget simulation where they were in House and Senate committees with the task of reducing the federal deficit. Students had to compromise and vote on every decision.

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Legally Blonde, Sports News and more... - from the WTW PTSO

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The PTSO Board for 2020-2021 Needs You!

Would you like to get more involved in the PTSO next year?

Do you have great ideas to help our Woodson community?

We would love to have you join our Board! We have several positions available so please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com if you have questions or are interested!

Woodson Drama

OMG You Guys! Mark your calendar for Woodson’s Spring Production of Legally Blonde, April 24, 25, 30 and May 1, 2. 

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, March 3, and while you’re at Woodson, please visit the Drama Boosters Election Day Bake Sale outside entrance 1. Come grab a cup of coffee and baked goods!

Do You Have an Idea to Make Woodson Even Better?  Apply For a grant!

The Woodson PTSO Grants Program will be accepting Spring Grant applications through 5pm on Friday, February 28th. No grant applications will be accepted after this deadline.

This program aims to help fund curriculum-based equipment and supplies to promote student (and teacher!) success here at Woodson.  Application info here: Questions?   Email WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com.

U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night

TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the WTW Auditorium.  Students interested in serving as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces will want to attend this information session. 

WTW joins Fairfax, Oakton, and Madison High Schools to provide this informative evening.  Representatives from each U.S. Service Academy, ROTC branch training programs, and a Congressional Office will present core information on their program.  Representatives will be available after the presentation to provide individual information and materials. 

Although valuable for all high school students and families, this program is especially important for Juniors because the application process begins the spring of the Junior year.

Woodson’s Got Talent

Woodson’s Got Talent will take place TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 26th from 6-8 p.m. in Cav Hall. All proceeds will benefit Woodson's Class of 2020. 

Woodson Chorus Boosters  

Chorus Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, March 4th from 3:15-4:30pm in the Chorus room.  

The next monthly Chorus Booster meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00pm in the chorus room.

Prom Dresses Available!

Prom is Saturday, May 9th.  Sussy Tomer, Woodson's parent liaison, has prom dresses, shoes, clutches, earrings and necklaces available to students in need.  She also has a few suits and cummerbunds.  

Come to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm.  If you have prom wear you'd like to donate, please contact Ms. Tomer:  setomer@fcps.edu

Free Coats and Sweaters!!

We also have accessories like: gloves, hats and scarves! some are new or gently used. Come see Mrs. Tomer, Parent Liaison, room A139, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm

February Community Office Hours

Our new Fairfax County School Board representatives that were recently elected are in place! If you have concerns or questions you are encouraged to reach out as they would love to hear from you!

Please check here for their office hours and other information.

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Cav Cruise 2020

Registration for the Woodson Class of 2020 All night graduation party is now open at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1526&form=1

Purchase your Raffle Tickets for Class of 2020 Graduation Priority Seating at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1526&form=1 First 100 that purchase raffle tickets get a free t-shirt Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise 2020. Guilt free donations can also be done at the same website and fro each $25 donation your graduate receives an extra $5000 in cav cash to spend at Cav Cruise 2020!

For questions or comments on Cav Cruise 2020 please contact us at cavcruise2020@gmail.com.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

As more and more of our Sophomore class are on the roads getting those mandatory 45 hours behind the wheel now is the best time to purchase a “Student Driver” Magnet for all your vehicles that your new driver will be training in. This magnet will help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at the Woodson auditorium or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com with any questions.

Senior Parents! Mark your student's accomplishment by purchasing a Senior Brick!

The courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, is where the memorial engraved bricks are placed. It is a great way for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for graduating Seniors too! 

This year’s orders must be received by Friday, May 1st to be included and installed in the courtyard before the Baccalaureate ceremony so don’t wait order your memorial brick today!  Individual bricks cost: $100. Download the brick order form (with ordering instructions) HERE. You can also pay for the brick online at the PTSO Website and digitally send the order form to the email below.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com or 904-891-2643.

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

Purchase Congratulations Class of 2020 Yard Sign. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise 2020. Contact Carol Harrity - Tun carhar0129@hotmail.com for more information.

Woodson Athletic Booster Discounted Passes - Spring Games

Spring 2020 Woodson Athletic Booster passes are now on sale at discounted prices for attending games for the remainder of this school year: $25 per pass for a student, $40 per adult, $100 for a family of 4 (see other combinations online).

The cost of attending WTW home games is $5 for students, $6 for adults, so the Booster Pass pays for itself in attending FIVE HOME GAMES for a student, 7 home games  for an adult, etc.! No more scrambling to find cash to get into home regular season lacrosse, baseball, softball, soccer, etc. games  if you have your pass. Click here to purchase passes online using PayPal (or go to wtwoodsonsports.org) and click on Booster Membership. 

Save the Date - WTW Varsity Precisionettes Dance Team Break it Down Camp!

Learn what it takes to be a member of the Varsity Dance Team and get ready for tryouts.  Taught by Head Coach, Krissy Schnebel and the graduating Seniors, classes will focus on Jazz, Pom and Hip Hop choreography, Dance Team Turns/Leaps, Tricks, Tryout Tips, and more! 

**OPEN TO ALL CURRENT 7th - 11th GRADERS**  

Tuesdays 3:30-5pm on 3/31, 4/14, 4/21 and 4/28 Thursday, 5/7 Mock Tryouts 4:30-6pm 

$175 for full session or $40 per class  

Registration details will be provided soon.  Questions? Email wtwdanceteam@gmail.com  

The Precisionettes Want to Thank.... All the friends and family who came out to our team send off on Saturday.  We loved dancing for you.  We are ready to represent Woodson at Nationals in Orlando this weekend!    

Winter Sports Highlights

After a strong Regional Tournament finish on February 15th the Woodson Wrestling team had 6 wrestlers finish in the top 4 of their weight class to qualify for the Virginia State Tournament. Qualifiers were Joey Martin, Anthony Martin, Ryan Yoder, Jay Swallow, Tommy Dunn, and Philip Clanor. 

On Saturday, February 22, with the crowd support of so many from the Woodson community, Senior Anthony Martin won the 132 lb Virginia 6A State Championship making him Woodson's first state wrestling champion since 1994!  Senior Joey Martin placed 5th in the State in the 126 lb weight class.  Congratulations to all of the WTW Wrestlers on a great season! 

 

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (17-6) lost to South County in overtime, 48-46, at home in the Patriot District semifinals.  Maggie McGuire continued her tear and led the Cavs with 18 points, 12 coming in the 4th quarter and overtime.  Eunice Yoon returned to play with 13.  Abby Pesansky added 6 with 9 rebounds.  Anna Wiggins scored 4 with 7 assists and only one turnover. Sarah Wilson added 3, with 3 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocked shots.  Levi Weinberger scored 2.  The girls fought hard but South County’s basket with 4.8 seconds left in overtime broke a 46-46 tie and left WTW little time to respond. On a separate but very special note, congratulations to Erik Cassily on being named Patriot District Coach of the Year along with WTW players earning District honors, First Team Maggie Maguire, Second Team Abby Pesansky and Sarah Wilson, Honorable Mention Eunice Yoon and Anna Wiggins and All Defense Team Sarah Wilson. 

The Cavs move on to the Occoquan Regionals this week to face Annandale at home at 7 PM on Monday.  Should they win, the Cavs will face the winner of Edison and Robinson on Tuesday at 7 PM (location to be determined).  Let’s pack the stands and cheer on the girls as they make their final run of the season!

 

Woodson Rifle Team athletes continue to impress. USA shooting sent out their first round of invitations for Junior Olympics and a number of Woodson Rifle team members were among those who received invites on Wednesday evening.  Competing against thousands of junior athletes across the nation, seven Woodson Rifle Team members were invited to participate in the Junior Olympics this coming April.  Juniors, Meredith Ivey and Victoria Kopelen; as well as sophomore, Rose McClelland were invited to compete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs over Spring Break in Precision Air.  Meredith was invited to compete in smallbore over the week, as well.  The Men's competition is the following week and Senior, Shawn Chen; junior, Nate Wehrlen; and sophomores, Justin Mangis and Joe Stefanski were invited out to Colorado to compete in Precision Air.  Knowing that there are only 150 slots open for each competition we recognize what a huge accomplishment this was for our athletes and the team. Way to go Woodson Rifle! And good luck as you continue to train for the Junior Olympics!

PTSO Information

Our PTSO changed all our emails to gmail, so please check our site for the latest email addresses here.

Did you know that every single penny of your membership fees stay right here at Woodson? If you haven’t joined yet, please join the PTSO here.  

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Woodson Weekly - February 21st

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Woodson Weekly -
February 21st

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information about school life at Woodson High School.

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

Congratulations to four Woodson juniors who were recognized by Dr. Floyd for demonstrating compassion in an emergency situation in our community.

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

Friday, April 3rd - Last day of 3rd Quarter

Monday-Friday, April 6th-10th - Spring Break

Monday, April 13th - Student Holiday

In this Issue

1. International Night TONIGHT!
2. Academy Class Registration Deadline - February 28th
3. SOL Writing Assessments, End of Course
4. U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night
5. Senior Parents - Get help on the FAFSA
6. Environmental Outreach at Canterbury Woods ES
7. Woodson's Got Talent
8. Teen Job Fair
9. Junior & Junior Parent Night
10. All-Virginia Chorus
11. School Board Student Representative
12. Portrait of a Graduate
13. 2020-2021 Course Registration
14. Volunteers Needed for AP Testing
15. Is your child interested in the arts?
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. Senior Class Information Page
18. Woodson HS Academic Advising
19. FCPS Cares 

1. International Night Tonight!

Woodson's For the Culture Club will be hosting the second annual International Night tonight, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Woodson Auditorium.

This night is dedicated to celebrating the diverse backgrounds and culture of all Woodson students and family members. We encourage parents to become involved in the night by providing International food for the potluck, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Café A and B. Bring a friend, family member, or your neighbor. Other opportunities for participation include performing traditional dance or song, or wearing traditional attire in the fashion show.

We would love for the Cavalier community to be more involved in this event as it promotes cultural appreciation, acceptance and an opportunity to learn more about the world around us.

If there are any questions feel free to contact us at wtwforthecultureclub@gmail.com.

2. Academy Class Registration Deadline; February 28th

This is a reminder that the deadline to sign up for an academy class for the 2020-2021 school year is Friday, February 28th.

Any student interested in taking an academy class next year must inform their counselor by the Friday, February 28th deadline. Students who have had their individual academic advising meeting with their counselor already, or who will have theirs before the 28th, simply need to let their counselor know during that meeting of their interest in the academy class. For students who do not meet with their counselor by the 28th, they must let their counselor know of their interest either in person or via email.

After the deadline, students indicating an interest in an academy class will be placed on a waitlist with no guarantee of being able to take the course next year. Please don’t miss this deadline!

3. SOL Writing Assessments, End-of Course

Students enrolled in English 11 will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course English Writing Test on two days between March 5 and March 10, 2020.

The test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, students must complete both components. Students are required to use their FCPSOn laptops for online testing. Personal devices may not be used.

Please remind your student to perform regular Health Checks on the laptop to ensure that the laptop is prepared and up-to-date. Students need to bring their fully-charged FCPSOn laptop to school for testing. If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s school counselor or Woodson’s Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee (kpguinee@fcps.edu).

Adaptive PE students enjoyed their annual Dance Party today by leading the crowd in modern line dance moves and some freestyle.

4. U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night

On Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the WTW Auditorium.  Students interested in serving as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces will want to attend this information session. 

WTW joins Fairfax, Oakton, and Madison High Schools to provide this informative evening.  Representatives from each U.S. Service Academy, ROTC branch training programs, and a Congressional Office will present core information on their program.  Representatives will be available after the presentation to provide individual information and materials. 

Although valuable for all high school students and families, this program is especially important for Juniors because the application process begins the spring of the Junior year.

5. Senior Parents - Get Help Completing the FAFSA

Parents of high school seniors--did you know that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open and most colleges require that the FAFSA be completed by March 1 to receive the maximum financial aid possible starting in fall of 2020? Some schools have even earlier priority deadlines, so check the individual college’s financial aid office website for deadlines. Parents and students should start by creating an FSA ID and then begin the FAFSA. Find additional links on the FCPS FAFSA Website.

Need help completing and submitting the FAFSA? There is one FAFSA workshop remaining this school year:

  • February 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Annandale High School.

Register to attend the College Access Fairfax workshops on the College Access Fairfax website.

6. Environmental Outreach at Canterbury Woods ES

Woodson students from Environmental Club and Science National Honor Society went to Canterbury Woods ES on February 18th to do environmental outreach with 5th graders. 

The elementary school students engaged in hands-on inquiry based learning on topics including hydroponics, watershed studies and food webs.  They also were able to do virtual reality to explore ecosystems around the world.  A big thank you to FCPS Get2Green for the loan of the enviroscape that allowed students to better visualize human impact in watersheds.

7. Woodson's Got Talent

Woodson’s Got Talent will take pace on Wednesday, February 26th from 6-8 p.m. in Cav Hall. All proceeds will benefit Woodson's Class of 2020.  

8. Teen Job Fair

You are invited to attend the 2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops. First jobs are important and these events help connect teens and employers face to face and prepare our youth for the workforce.

These events will focus on student job seekers (approximately ages 16 to 18) looking for full time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, or volunteer experiences. It is open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment or wanting tips to build their resume. Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students looking to begin to build their resume.

Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to showcase their companies, brand their business in the local community, and advertise the positions they have available. It does not cost to participate.

During our previous job fairs, over 2000 Fairfax County teenagers and 120 employers attended all events combined. These job fairs provided hundreds of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for employers and volunteer organizations to find talented, driven Fairfax County students to fill their positions.

Saturday, March 7th - 10 am to 12 pm Woodson High School Co-sponsored by Supervisor Pat Herrity, Supervisor Dalia Palchik, Supervisor James Walkinshaw, Woodson High School and Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

9. Junior & Junior Parent Night

On Wednesday, March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium, all Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend our Junior & Junior Parent Night. 

Get helpful hints for your spring break college visits and discover what you need to know to make your post-secondary research and next steps easier and productive.

For more information, please contact College and Career Specialist, Kathie Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

10. All-Virginia Honors Chorus

The following students were selected to All Virginia Honor Chorus this past weekend: Caroline Barata, Ciaran Costello, Lucas Donat, Caroline Hancock, Bonnie Pohland, Ananya Sai, Ivan Tsyarczyk, and August Vesilind.

The following students were selected as alternate members: Annie Barata, Alexandra Gosser, Neha Krishnakumar.

Congratulations, Coach Jared Van Acker for being honored by the DSANV (Down's Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia) for his 7 years of service and volunteering as the Director of the Champion's League of Northern Virginia.  Coach Van Acker is pictured above with DSANV Board Vice President Justin Knapp.

11. School Board Student Representative

Each year, in accordance with FCPS Policy 1802, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board.  The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). 

Applications are due Tuesday, March 24th. The application and related details can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/application-2020-student-representative-school-board

12. Portrait of a Graduate

Second semester is in full swing with teachers preparing students for our end of the year culminating activities.  During the first semester, our staff focused on teaching Portrait of a Graduate (POG) skills to all of our students.  Those skills or attributes have been highlighted in the previous Woodson Weekly newsletters. 

To provide an avenue for students to share their growth in these skills all students 9-11 grade will be preparing a Presentation of Learning (POL). These presentations will take place during the first week in June.  Teachers will be assisting students with the specific details of this presentation during 3rd quarter primarily during return periods.

As we move through this process more details will be relayed through our Woodson Weekly newsletter to keep you up-to-date every two weeks.

Please view this brief video highlighting why we as a county are focusing on the POG skills for all students.   

13. 2020-2021 Course Registration

We are currently meeting with students to schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you have questions or concerns about your student’s course selections, please contact your student’s counselor. Opportunities for course changes will be limited next year. Changes to the course selections will be no later than Friday, May 1st.

The third quarter of the academic year can be an exciting yet stressful time.  Some students become fatigued with the routines of school, classwork, and homework. If your student struggled in the first semester and you are concerned about his / her academic progress, please communicate with your student’s teacher. If you would like to set up a parent teacher conference with the counselor, please reach out to them as well. 

14. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

Woodson’s Student Services Department is in search of parent volunteers for this year’s AP testing. This is another great opportunity to volunteer during the school day! Training will be provided.

AP exams will take place from May 4th – May 15th. There are two test sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Morning test sessions require proctors to be present from 7:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (approximately). Afternoon test sessions require proctors to be present from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (approximately).

Please contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu or 703-503-4805 if you are able to volunteer to proctor. As always, we greatly appreciate the support from our PTSO! Thank you!

15. Is your child interested in the Arts?

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts (IFTA)!  Classes are first come first serve!

IFTA is a summer enrichment camp for students in rising 3rd through 12th grades.  The camp dates are July 6-31, 2020.

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

16. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

It’s almost halfway through the year! Have you reserved your student’s yearbook yet?

Last year’s book sold out!  Order now so they won’t be disappointed.

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

Prices will go up soon!

17. Senior Class Information Page

Want more information about upcoming dates and events for the Class of 2020?  Visit the Senior Class Information page on the Woodson website.

18. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

Current 11th Graders (Rising 12th Graders) · Group Advising/Pre-Registration Meeting with School Counselors: January 15th during Returns

  • Individual Advising with School Counselors: January 22nd – February 7th (through US VA History classes)

Current 10th Graders (Rising 11th Graders) · Group Advising/Pre-Registration Meeting with School Counselors: February 3rd during Returns

  • Individual Advising with School Counselors: February 11th- February 27th (through Health and PE 10 classes)

Current 9th Graders (Rising 10th Graders) · Group Advising/Pre-Registration Meeting with School Counselors: February 20th during Returns

  • Individual Advising with School Counselors: February 28th – March 10th (through Health and PE 9 class)

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  19. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Woodson staff. https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

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)

Students in Mr. Hedrick's AP Government class participated in a budget simulation where they were in House and Senate committees with the task of reducing the federal deficit. Students had to compromise and vote on every decision.

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February Events at WTW - from the PTSO

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The PTSO Board for 2020-2021 Needs You!

Would you like to get more involved in the PTSO next year?

Do you have great ideas to help our Woodson community?

We would love to have you join our Board! We have several positions available so please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com if you have questions or are interested!

Woodson Drama 

On Wednesday, February 19th, join us for the Tech Open House Interest Meeting for Woodson’s Spring Production of Legally Blonde.

Be part of the show backstage and behind the scenes. More information will be available on http://wtwdrama.org/index.html soon!

Mark your calendars for the show, April 24, 25, 30 and May 1, 2!

Seniors - Help Create Your Baccalaureate!

Parents-please encourage your seniors to help plan this memorable senior class event. The first student meeting will be on Wednesday, February 19th at 3:05 p.m. in Room C123.   The student committee will select the theme, suggest speakers and musical ensembles, create decorations, and more. 

Senior Baccalaureate takes place at WTW on Sunday, May 31st. Planned by seniors and coordinated by the PTSO, Baccalaureate is an interfaith, nondenominational, inclusive service to celebrate and honor the Senior Class.

For more information contact Lesley Kowalski at wtwwoodsonbacc@gmail.com.

Woodson Chorus Boosters  

The Tri-M Open Mic will be on Wednesday, February 19th in the chorus room.  This event is open to the school.

Choral Rehearsal on Monday, February 24th from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the chorus room.

Do You Have an Idea to Make Woodson Even Better?  Apply For a grant!

The Woodson PTSO Grants Program will be accepting Spring Grant applications through 5pm on Friday, February 28th. 

This program aims to help fund curriculum-based equipment and supplies to promote student (and teacher!) success here at Woodson.  Application info here: Questions?   Email WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com.

Woodson International Night

Celebrate Woodson's Diversity at International Night on Friday, February 21st, starting at 5:30pm featuring amazing multi-cultural food, dance, and fashion!

5:30 pm, Cafeteria A: Enjoy a delicious potluck dinner of cuisines from around the world and experience all the diversity Woodson has to offer!

7:30 pm, Auditorium: Fashion Show and Performances from Vietnamese Student Association, Woodson Hip Hop Club, and several solo performers from Woodson

Questions, contact Culture Club or Ms. Black at wtwfortheculture@gmail.com

U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night

On Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the WTW Auditorium.  Students interested in serving as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces will want to attend this information session. 

WTW joins Fairfax, Oakton, and Madison High Schools to provide this informative evening.  Representatives from each U.S. Service Academy, ROTC branch training programs, and a Congressional Office will present core information on their program.  Representatives will be available after the presentation to provide individual information and materials. 

Although valuable for all high school students and families, this program is especially important for Juniors because the application process begins the spring of the Junior year.

Woodson’s Got Talent

Woodson’s Got Talent will take place on Wednesday, February 26th from 6-8 p.m. in Cav Hall. All proceeds will benefit Woodson's Class of 2020. 

From left: James, Shah, Martin, Saskia, Matthew, Camille, and Kate

WTW NHS Volunteers to Support WTW PTSO

Over the weekend, student members of Woodson’s National Honor Society (NHS) volunteered their time and talents to help WTW PTSO kick-start a Safety and Wellness fundraiser. They worked diligently to stuff 500 envelopes and will update contact information of over 1,000 potential business donors.

The Safety and Wellness fundraising campaign will provide investments needed for equipment, programs, speakers and support materials for our schools staff and students.

Thank you, NHS students, for dedicating your amazing skills to help our school! For more information on volunteering through NHS or Leadership or if you are interested in donating to this important effort, please contact Susan Gledhill (PTSO), sgledhill@policynavigation.com

Prom Dresses Available!

Prom is Saturday, May 9th.  Sussy Tomer, Woodson's parent liaison, has prom dresses, shoes, clutches, earrings and necklaces available to students in need.  She also has a few suits and cummerbunds.  

Come to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm.  If you have prom wear you'd like to donate, please contact Ms. Tomer:  setomer@fcps.edu

Free Coats and Sweaters!!

We also have accessories like: gloves, hats and scarves! some are new or gently used. Come see Mrs. Tomer, Parent Liaison, room A139, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm

February Community Office Hours

Our new Fairfax County School Board representatives that were recently elected are in place! If you have concerns or questions you are encouraged to reach out as they would love to hear from you!

Please check here for their office hours and other information.

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Cav Cruise 2020

Registration for the Woodson Class of 2020 All night graduation party is now open at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1526&form=1

Purchase your Raffle Tickets for Class of 2020 Graduation Priority Seating at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1526&form=1 First 100 that purchase raffle tickets get a free t-shirt Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise 2020. Guilt free donations can also be done at the same website and fro each $25 donation your graduate receives an extra $5000 in cav cash to spend at Cav Cruise 2020!

For questions or comments on Cav Cruise 2020 please contact us at cavcruise2020@gmail.com.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

As more and more of our Sophomore class are on the roads getting those mandatory 45 hours behind the wheel now is the best time to purchase a “Student Driver” Magnet for all your vehicles that your new driver will be training in. This magnet will help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at the Woodson auditorium or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com with any questions.

Senior Parents! Mark your student's accomplishment by purchasing a Senior Brick!

The courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, is where the memorial engraved bricks are placed. It is a great way for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for graduating Seniors too! 

This year’s orders must be received by Friday, May 1st to be included and installed in the courtyard before the Baccalaureate ceremony so don’t wait order your memorial brick today!  Individual bricks cost: $100. Download the brick order form (with ordering instructions) HERE. You can also pay for the brick online at the PTSO Website and digitally send the order form to the email below.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com or 904-891-2643.

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

Purchase Congratulations Class of 2020 Yard Sign. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise 2020. Contact Carol Harrity - Tun carhar0129@hotmail.com for more information.

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

Woodson Athletic Booster passes are now on sale for $50 per pass for a student, $80 per adult, $200 for a family of 4 (see other combinations online).

The cost of attending WTW home games is $5 for students, $6 for adults, so the Booster Pass pays for itself in TEN GAMES for a student (thirteen games for an adult)! If you buy your pass now your student can use it to get into all regular season home games i.e. basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc. and begin NOW to recoup your return on investment. 

Why pay $5 (and have to find the cash) each time? Please make sure you buy your Booster pass soon.  Click here to purchase passes online using PayPal (or go to wtwoodsonsports.org and click on Booster Membership.

Woodson Varsity Precisionettes Dance Team

Congratulations to the Varsity Dance Team on their outstanding showing this past weekend at their last local/regional competition!

2nd Place Hip Hop

1st Place Jazz

1st Place Pom

The team will travel to Orlando, FL for their Nationals competition the last weekend in February. Good luck Precisionettes!

Winter Sports Highlights

Team Cure It!  This year 4 Woodson students are participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year campaign. They have set an amazing goal to raise $150,000 to beat cancer. Please support our Woodson "Team Cure It" as they raise money for an great cause.  Purchase a T-Shirt herehttps://events.lls.org/nca/DCSOY20/nwhite  

Please contact Mrs White at melanie.massiahwhite@gmail.com or 703-909-6090 with questions 

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (17-5, 7-3 Patriot District) defeated Fairfax, 33-27, to win its first regular season District championship since 2004!!  The Cavs overwhelmed the Lady Rebels in the second half, holding them to seven total points (none in the third quarter) to rally from a 20-12 halftime deficit.  Three Cavs scored in double figures with Allie Maahs continuing her lights-out shooting, hitting four more threes (11 in the last two games) to score 12.  Maggie McGuire dominated again with 10 points and an incredible 21 rebounds.  Abby Pesansky had a similar dominant performance with 10 points and 17 rebounds.  Anna Wiggins hit a free throw and gave the Cavs her usual rock-solid ball-handling and routine breaking of the Lady Rebels full-court press.  Anna’s importance to this team cannot be overstated.  Sarah Wilson again did what she always does, shutting down the opponent’s top offensive players and helping defensively everywhere on the court.  And let’s not overlook the defensive prowess of Katherine Friedman, who played a primary role in limiting leading scorer Melanie George to only two second-half points.  With this win, the Cavs earned a first-round bye in the Patriot District playoffs along with West Springfield.  Congratulations as well to our WTWGBB girls who were named to the All District Teams: Maggie McGuire First Team, Abby Pesansky Second Team, Sarah Wilson Second Team and All District Defensive Team and Anna Wiggins and Eunice Yoon, Honorable Mention. 

The Cavs next face longtime rival South County at home on Tuesday in the Patriot District semifinals.  Let’s pack the stands and cheer on the best Woodson girls’ team in nearly 20 years! 

The Cavs Boys Varsity Basketball team completed the regular season with a tough loss to Fairfax (36-57) and finished the Patriot District pay at 2-8.  Andre Pacheco scored 7 points with 5 rebounds leading the Cavs attack while Joe Pesansky added 8 points.  Ethan Lash played solid defense and also scored 6 points against a very tough Fairfax squad. On Friday, the Cavs played in their first round District Playoff game away against Robinson and lost (46-52).  Donovan Boyce had his best game of the year scoring 18 points with 3 rebounds as did Lash coming off the bench providing a much needed spark with 10 points.  Pesansky also finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds and Pacheco continued his strong defensive efforts and finished with 4 points, 4 boards, and 3 assists.  The Cavs also announced this week that Pesansky was chosen 2nd team all District, Moe Raff honorable mention, and Pacheco on the all District defense team.  The Cavs wait for their draw and will play in the Occoquan Regional Tourney the week of 2/25.

Woodson Rifle Scoring Rifle team - Senior Stephanie Ricigliano and Juniors - Meredith Ivey, Victoria Kopelen, and Nate Wehrlen faced the rest of the scoring teams in PHSRL Regional Championship on Saturday, February 15th.  Several other teammates were able to join them in the competition this weekend - many shooting personal bests in relays that were extremely competitive as athletes challenged their mental and physical game with relays that were twice as long as a traditional high school match.  Athletes at Regionals shot 3x20 relays.  Each position - prone, standing and kneeling went from the traditional 10 scoring shots per position to 20 shots.  Going into the match the top three teams were Woodson with an undefeated record, Robinson with one loss to Woodson, and Lake Braddock with two losses - Woodson and Robinson.  The last relay of the day found Robinson's scoring team going against Woodson's scoring team.  After the first position, prone, Woodson was up by two points scoring a 795 out of 800.  After standing Robinson took the lead by 10 points.  Woodson came on strong and scored more points than Robinson in kneeling, but not enough to close the gap and take the lead.  Woodson came in second in the region 8 points down from Robinson with a final score of Robinson - 2340, Woodson - 2332, Lake Braddock - 2312  Woodson Rifle Team had much to celebrate - coming in second with more shots 10.2 or greater than any other team in the competition and athletes shooting personal bests.  But the greatest celebration came when Team Captain, Stephanie Ricigliano took first in the overall competition.  She shot a 591 out of 600.  Of those shots 48 were 10.2 or greater.  This entire season Stephanie has been a leader on the team not just scoring significant points in matches and breaking the league record for combined score with her other scoring teammates, but supporting new teammates with instruction on the sport and encouragement in competition. Her entire team was euphoric to see the results of her hard work and dedication to the sport.  Way to go Stephanie!!! And way to go Woodson Rifle!

PTSO Information

Our PTSO changed all our emails to gmail, so please check our site for the latest email addresses here.

Did you know that every single penny of your membership fees stay right here at Woodson? If you haven’t joined yet, please join the PTSO here.  

Want to donate? You can here!

Announce your special events to WTW families right here in the WeMail.  Not sure how?  Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com for more information.

Are you a PTSO member? Join our Facebook page  - WT Woodson PTSO. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325539501108550/.  We want the information shared on the FB  page to be member-driven. Join now and start sharing your parenting tips, resources, and information! 

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

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Woodson Weekly - February 14th

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Woodson Weekly -
February 14th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information about school life at Woodson High School.

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

After a full year of deployment in Afghanistan, Col. Jack Sine returned home this week to the absolute delight and surprise of his 3 daughters.  Welcome home and thank you for your service, Col. Sine!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 17th - President's Day Holiday

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

Friday, April 3rd - End of 3rd Quarter

Monday-Friday, April 6th-10th - Spring Break

Monday, April 13th - Student Holiday

In this Issue

1. P.S. I Love You Day
2. No Outside Food Deliveries
3. International Night
4. U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night
5. Woodson's Got Talent
6. Teen Job Fair
7. Scholastic Writing Award
8. Portrait of a Graduate
9. 2020-2021 Course Registration
10. To our Military Families
11. Volunteers Needed for AP Testing
12. Yearbook needs family and pet pictures
13. Is your child interested in the arts?
14. Reserve Your Yearbook
15. Senior Class Information Page
16. Woodson HS Academic Advising
17. FCPS Cares 

1. P.S. I Love You Day

The goal of P.S. I Love You Day is to promote mental health awareness through positivity.  Today, we celebrated P.S. I Love You Day by decorating the school hallways and wearing purple to foster kindness and a welcoming environment.

Purple wristbands were distributed during lunches, and many students wore long-sleeved P.S. I Love You shirts that were sold throughout last week.

Be sure to follow the P.S. I Love You Day twitter @PSILoveYouDay1!

2. No Outside Food Deliveries

No commercial food deliveries can be made to Woodson students during the school day.  This includes deliveries from local restaurants and delivery services like Uber Eats and Grubhub.  If food is delivered, the student cannot pick it up until dismissal.

If your child forgets his/her lunch, food may be dropped off by a family member to Woodson's Main Office for student pickup.

3. International Night

Woodson's For the Culture Club will be hosting the second annual International Night on Friday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Woodson Auditorium.

This night is dedicated to celebrating the diverse backgrounds and culture of all Woodson students and family members. We encourage parents to become involved in the night by providing International food for the potluck, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Café A and B. Bring a friend, family member, or your neighbor. Other opportunities for participation include performing traditional dance or song, or wearing traditional attire in the fashion show.

We would love for the Cavalier community to be more involved in this event as it promotes cultural appreciation, acceptance and an opportunity to learn more about the world around us.

Finally, if any senior students are in need of volunteer hours, the Culture Club's sponsors Ms. Adams and Ms. Black would provide service hours for the time spent in making decorations after school. If there are any questions feel free to contact us at wtwforthecultureclub@gmail.com.

Woodson's Deaf Academic Bowl team is competing at Gallaudet.  Pictured with the team is Gallaudet president, Bobbi Cordano.  Good luck, Woodson!

4. U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night

On Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the WTW Auditorium.  Students interested in serving as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces will want to attend this information session. 

WTW joins Fairfax, Oakton, and Madison High Schools to provide this informative evening.  Representatives from each U.S. Service Academy, ROTC branch training programs, and a Congressional Office will present core information on their program.  Representatives will be available after the presentation to provide individual information and materials. 

Although valuable for all high school students and families, this program is especially important for Juniors because the application process begins the spring of the Junior year.

5. Woodson's Got Talent

Woodson’s Got Talent will take pace on Wednesday, February 26th from 6-8 p.m. in Cav Hall. All proceeds will benefit Woodson's Class of 2020.  

6. Teen Job Fair

You are invited to attend the 2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs and Resume Building Workshops. First jobs are important and these events help connect teens and employers face to face and prepare our youth for the workforce.

These events will focus on student job seekers (approximately ages 16 to 18) looking for full time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, or volunteer experiences. It is open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment or wanting tips to build their resume. Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students looking to begin to build their resume.

Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to showcase their companies, brand their business in the local community, and advertise the positions they have available. It does not cost to participate.

During our previous job fairs, over 2000 Fairfax County teenagers and 120 employers attended all events combined. These job fairs provided hundreds of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for employers and volunteer organizations to find talented, driven Fairfax County students to fill their positions.

Saturday, March 7th - 10 am to 12 pm Woodson High School Co-sponsored by Supervisor Pat Herrity, Supervisor Dalia Palchik, Supervisor James Walkinshaw, Woodson High School and Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce.

Students in Ms. Jayne Matricardi-Burke's studio art class.

7. Scholastic Writing Award

Woodson Freshman Srivaishnavi Kommireddy was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition.  Her writing was honored in the category of humor.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States. Writing categories include critical essay, dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, novel writing, personal essay and memoir, poetry, science fiction and fantasy, short story, and writing portfolio. More information about the Scholastic Awards is available online.

8. Portrait of a Graduate

Second semester is in full swing with teachers preparing students for our end of the year culminating activities.  During the first semester, our staff focused on teaching Portrait of a Graduate (POG) skills to all of our students.  Those skills or attributes have been highlighted in the previous Woodson Weekly newsletters. 

To provide an avenue for students to share their growth in these skills all students 9-11 grade will be preparing a Presentation of Learning (POL). These presentations will take place during the first week in June.  Teachers will be assisting students with the specific details of this presentation during 3rd quarter primarily during return periods.

As we move through this process more details will be relayed through our Woodson Weekly newsletter to keep you up-to-date.

Please view this brief video highlighting why we as a county are focusing on the POG skills for all students.   

Congratulations to our Boys Swim Team!  Occoquan Regional Champions!

9. 2020-2021 Course Registration

We are currently meeting with students to schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you have questions or concerns about your student’s course selections, please contact your student’s counselor. Opportunities for course changes will be limited next year. Changes to the course selections will be no later than Friday, May 1st.

The third quarter of the academic year can be an exciting yet stressful time.  Some students become fatigued with the routines of school, classwork, and homework. If your student struggled in the first semester and you are concerned about his / her academic progress, please communicate with your student’s teacher. If you would like to set up a parent teacher conference with the counselor, please reach out to them as well. 

10. To our Military Families

Do you have a family member who is deploying?

Student Services wants to provide support to your student before, during, and after the deployment.  If you feel comfortable, please let your student’s counselor know about any current or upcoming deployments. Thank you!

11. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

Woodson’s Student Services Department is in search of parent volunteers for this year’s AP testing. This is another great opportunity to volunteer during the school day! Training will be provided.

AP exams will take place from May 4th – May 15th. There are two test sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Morning test sessions require proctors to be present from 7:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (approximately). Afternoon test sessions require proctors to be present from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (approximately).

Please contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu or 703-503-4805 if you are able to volunteer to proctor. As always, we greatly appreciate the support from our PTSO! Thank you!

12. Yearbook needs family and pet pictures

Do you have siblings at Woodson? Are you, perhaps, a twin? We’d love pictures and stories about your Woodson siblings!

Do you have a pet? We’d love pictures of our Woodson students with their pets. We like dogs and cats, of course, but we’d be excited to see some of your more unusual pets too.  Pictured above is Woodson sophomore Nina and her kitty, George.

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!

Contact Beth Koby, yearbook adviser, if you have problems. ewkoby@fcps.edu

13. Is your child interested in the Arts?

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts (IFTA)!  Classes are first come first serve!

IFTA is a summer enrichment camp for students in rising 3rd through 12th grades.  The camp dates are July 6-31, 2020.

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

14. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

It’s almost halfway through the year! Have you reserved your student’s yearbook yet?

Last year’s book sold out!  Order now so they won’t be disappointed.

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

Prices will go up soon!

15. Senior Class Information Page

Want more information about upcoming dates and events for the Class of 2020?  Visit the Senior Class Information page on the Woodson website.

16. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

Current 11th Graders (Rising 12th Graders) · Group Advising/Pre-Registration Meeting with School Counselors: January 15th during Returns

  • Individual Advising with School Counselors: January 22nd – February 7th (through US VA History classes)

Current 10th Graders (Rising 11th Graders) · Group Advising/Pre-Registration Meeting with School Counselors: February 3rd during Returns

  • Individual Advising with School Counselors: February 11th- February 27th (through Health and PE 10 classes)

Current 9th Graders (Rising 10th Graders) · Group Advising/Pre-Registration Meeting with School Counselors: February 20th during Returns

  • Individual Advising with School Counselors: February 28th – March 10th (through Health and PE 9 class)

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  17. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our Woodson staff. https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

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)

Students in Mr. Hedrick's AP Government class participated in a budget simulation where they were in House and Senate committees with the task of reducing the federal deficit. Students had to compromise and vote on every decision.

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