WTW PTSO WeMail - December 3

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Parents as Partners Series

Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4th at 7 p.m. in Cafeteria B for our next Parents as Partners Series, Session #3 on Alcohol, Vaping and other Drugs. 

This session will focus on current trends and will include the most recent Fairfax County Youth Survey Data on this topic.  This data is specifically for Woodson High School as of Fall of 2018.  

Speakers will provide physical examples of vapes, and will discuss what to look for and how to talk to your teen about drugs, alcohol, and vaping.   

Guests and speakers will include Principal, Dr. Floyd, School Counselor, Mr. Ford, Woodson’s School Resource Officer, Officer Bryan Smith as well as our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists, Mr. Ken Johnson and Mr. Marty Joyner.

W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

It's that holiday time of year! Please join the W.T. Woodson Band for the annual Holiday Tunes performances. The Holiday Tunes for Tots concerts include a holiday music performance, joined by seasonal and all-around favorite characters.

Show times are Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the Main Gymnasium. Admission is $5.00. Questions? Contact Anne Reed at 703-273-4357 or holidaytunesfortots@gmail.com.

https://www.woodsonband.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WTWoodson-Tunes-for-Tots-Invitation-2019.pdf  

Mock ACT/SAT Score Report Session

If you took the Mock SAT or ACT on Saturday, November 9th, please attend the Score Report Session this Wednesday, December 4th in Cafeteria A when Mindworks will discuss the SAT/ACT process and return the mock test your child took and his/her Score Analysis Report!

This session is open to all student test takers and their parents/guardians.  Ideally, all parents/guardians will attend with their student(s) if possible to get the most out of this session.  However, only the student OR only the parent/guardian may attend and receive the test and score report.

Schedule 

  • 7-7:30pm: SAT/ACT Test Information and Next Steps
  • 7:30: Students who haven't finished their homework for Thursday dismissed, as well as parents who have engagements to attend elsewhere
  • 7:35 until all questions are answered or you have to leave: Q&A

The PTSO would like to thank Mindworks, who accepts NO compensation for their time to analyze students' scores and writing our students' reports.  This means the Woodson PTSO receives 100% of the proceeds from your donation.  In appreciation of Mindworks' efforts, we ask that parents and students attend the Score Report Session for the brief presentation to receive the score analysis and packet, and do not disrupt the evening's events by requesting to have tests and scores distributed before the presentation.

This is the only time scores will be distributed.  We can't wait to see you on Wednesday!

Mandatory Safe Driving Seminar

All new drivers and their parent(s) must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving. 

The next seminar will be held in the Woodson auditorium on Monday, December 9th at 7pm.  Do not be late - you will not be admitted to the auditorium after 7pm.  

Questions? Please contact David O'Hara at DGOHara@fcps.edu.

Sponsor Student(s) on Field Trips

Did you know that some students are unable to participate in Woodson field trips due to the cost?  Most FCPS field trips are considered optional and enrichment opportunities, therefore students on free and reduced lunch do not qualify for financial assistance.

Since the cost of these field trips cannot be covered by FCPS, students in need (as defined by the Woodson Administration and Counseling Staff) often stay behind and miss this enrichment opportunity. 

Most field trips cost under $20 and that is just to cover the transportation to the activity.  Woodson PTSO has agreed to help cover these costs so that ALL students have the opportunity to visit a museum, tour the Capitol, or experience an event that enhances their learning.

Please consider making a donation to the PTSO to sponsor one or more students so they can join their classmates on their field trip.  Make your donation here: 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1489&form=10

Holiday Staff Appreciation - Thursday, December 12th

Please help us wish our wonderful Woodson Staff and educators a happy holiday season. 

We invite Woodson families to bring side dishes, drinks, desserts and help decorate for the annual Holiday Hospitality Room on Wednesday, December 12th from 11:15 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.  Please drop off items either the day before (2:00 - 4:00pm) or event morning (a cart will be set up in the front office to receive items).  

If possible, please send in a disposable dish/container, or if you wish to have the dish returned, put your name on it.  You can pick up your dishes in the front office.  We will have holiday music, decorations and light fare for a memorable event for W.T. Woodson staff. 

Please help continue this tradition of warmth, kindness and appreciation.  For questions please text/email Miklos Kiss, 703-975-7928 / miklos.kiss@cox.net

Click here to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49ADAF29A46-holiday

Help Us Thank Woodson Teachers and Staff

The PTSO invites all Woodson families to celebrate and recognize our wonderful teachers and staff this holiday season.

High School isn’t the same as elementary school where we had organized gift-giving and room parents. Please take time throughout the school year, and especially now in the holiday season, to recognize and thank the educators and support professionals that work with our children. Simple notes of appreciation, emails of gratitude and letters in support of teachers, counselors, principal, and/or support staff have enormous, meaningful impact.

Additionally, Woodson PTSO is collecting gift cards to raffle at the Annual Holiday Party for the Teachers and Staff on Wednesday, December 18th.  Parents, families and students are invited to donate gift cards; please send donated gift cards to the front office in an envelope addressed to “Attn: Celeste Jones, Holiday Party Raffle Prizes.”

We kindly ask that we receive all donations by Wednesday, December 18th.  Please contact Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu for more information.

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

Nominating Committee for PTSO Needed!

The PTSO is looking for a volunteer (or two!) to participate in the PTSO Board nominating committee to help identify candidates to fill vacancies on next year's 2020-21 PTSO Board and standing committees.  We would love to have this committee filled by the end of December if possible.

Interested or have more questions? Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com

Holidays for Heroes!

The WTW Military Family Network invites you to support The National Capital Region Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” Program. Between now and December 13th, please drop off

  • Small toiletries 
  • Gift cards to Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts (families use these when visiting patients at Walter Reed)
  • Other low-value gift cards (such as iTunes, Google, Amazon) 
  • Individually wrapped snacks 
  • New clothing items (Men and women - sizes Small-Large)
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Socks
  • Gently worn coats

All donations will be used to support local military and veterans year-round! Bring your donations to the WTW Main Office.  If you’d like to help coordinate this effort, please contact Lisa Griffin at 703-407-5090 or lisagriffin1970@gmail.com.

Fall Grants

The WTW PTSO Grant Program is pleased to announce that Fall Grants were awarded to our Student Services Department in support of Girls State, where students will take part in a government-in-action experience by assuming roles of leaders who campaign and get elected to official positions, and to the Visual Art Department in support of the Spring Art Show, an event that showcases student artwork from the entire Woodson Pyramid.  

The Spring grant window opens on February 3, 2020 and any member of the WTW PTSO can apply!

Scents of the Holidays

Orchestra is selling Yankee Candles, wrapping paper, lunch containers, baking tools, and more. You can still order online at Yankeecandlefundraising.com, Organization code 990073479.

Support your orchestra who were selected to play for the VMEA last Friday at the Homestead!

Holiday Help for Families in Need

Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking community members to provide Thanksgiving meals, December Holiday meals and gifts for children in December to 500 families in need who live throughout the Fairfax County area. This is a great family or group service project. Donations of funds or gift cards to assist families who are matched with sponsors are also greatly needed. Visit Britepaths Holiday Program page to Learn more, Register or Donate. Contact Shefali Ryan at 703.273.8829 x888 or sryan@britepaths.org with questions.

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!

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Restaurant Night will be at the Chipotle located at 9506 Main Street on Wednesday, December 4th from 4:00-8:00pm to support the Woodson Choral Boosters.  Please mention you are eating in support of a fundraiser or show the printed/electronic flyer before you pay.

Click here for flyer:  Chipotle Flyer  

Upcoming Events: 

Wednesday, December 4th
3:15pm-4:30pm - Combined Chorus
4:30-5:15pm - Chorale
5:15pm-6:15pm - Bella Voce           

Thursday, December 5th    Winter Concert        6pm call time/7pm concert

No Chorus Booster meeting in December, but if your child is in Dessert on Broadway, please ensure that you attend the DOB meeting on Saturday, December 7th at 10 am in the Chorus Room.  We will also be doing costume fittings for DOB beginning at 8:30 am the same day.  Students will sign up for a time block with their group.

Woodson Crew Fundraiser

Support the Woodson Crew Team with Dinner at Noodles & Co. Bring this flyer and your appetite to Noodles & Co on Main Street in Fairfax between 4 and 8 pm on Tuesday, December 3rd and help Woodson Crew. Noodles and Co. will graciously donate 25% of the cost of your meal to the team.

Thank you!

Woodson Drama

Woodson Theatre Camp and Movie Night. Elementary school students, grades 1-6, are invited to join Woodson Drama on Saturday, December 14, 2pm-8pm, for a day of acting, playwriting, and holiday craft making. Wrap up the day with pizza and a movie.

This is a great opportunity for parents to drop off their kids and do some holiday shopping! For more information visit www.wtwdrama.org

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

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.

We will be at Meet the Coaches Night on Tuesday November 19th if you would like to buy a Booster pass there.

Woodson Spirit Wear Sales

Get your holiday shopping done from the comfort of your own home and support Woodson Athletic Boosters at the same time by buying some Woodson spirit wear! We’ve got lots of options $15 and under - t -shirts, beanies, baseball caps, socks, drawstring bags, Woodson ornaments, and more!  Looking a bigger gift? We've also got  hoodies, sweatpants, stadium and fleece blankets, long sleeve tees, 1/4 zips, wicking tees and more!  

Shop here:  http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/main/otherad/contentID/1253829.   

Items are ready for pick up in the Woodson Main Office within days of your order.  You will receive an email when your order is ready for pick up.  Any questions, please contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com.

PTSO Information

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

https://www.woodsonptso.org/our-team.html

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:  

https://www.woodsonptso.org/join--support.html

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

W. T. Woodson PTSO

WTW PTSO WeMail - November 26

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Happy Thanksgiving from the PTSO

The Woodson PTSO Board wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

We are thankful for the many volunteers who have done so much already this year for the WTW staff and students.

As a reminder, there is no school for students from Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Woodson Administration

This week we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.   We would like to wish our community a restful and peaceful time away.  Our hope is for everyone to take time to decompress and have time with families and friends.  

When we return from break we will have 15 school days before the winter holiday 2 week break!   Let’s make this the best 15 days thus far this year!

Woodson Administration

Parents as Partners Series, Session 3

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, December 4th at 7 p.m. in Cafeteria B for our next Parents as Partners Series, Session #3 on Alcohol, Vaping and other Drugs. 

This session will focus on current trends and will include the most recent Fairfax County Youth Survey Data on this topic.  This data is specifically for Woodson High School as of Fall of 2018.  

Speakers will provide physical examples of vapes, and will discuss what to look for and how to talk to your teen about drugs, alcohol, and vaping.   

Guests and speakers will include Principal, Dr. Floyd, School Counselor, Mr. Ford, Woodson’s School Resource Officer, Officer Bryan Smith as well as our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Mr. Ken Johnson.     

W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

It's that holiday time of year! Please join the W.T. Woodson Band for the annual Holiday Tunes performances. The Holiday Tunes for Tots concerts include a holiday music performance, joined by seasonal and all-around favorite characters.

Show times are Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the Main Gymnasium. Admission is $5.00. Questions? Contact Anne Reed at 703-273-4357 or holidaytunesfortots@gmail.com.

https://www.woodsonband.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WTWoodson-Tunes-for-Tots-Invitation-2019.pdf  

Holiday Staff Appreciation - Thursday, December 12th

Please help us wish our wonderful Woodson Staff and educators a happy holiday season. 

We invite Woodson families to bring side dishes, drinks, desserts and help decorate for the annual Holiday Hospitality Room on Wednesday, December 12th from 11:15 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.  Please drop off items either the day before (2:00 - 4:00pm) or event morning (a cart will be set up in the front office to receive items).  

If possible, please send in a disposable dish/container, or if you wish to have the dish returned, put your name on it.  You can pick up your dishes in the front office.  We will have holiday music, decorations and light fare for a memorable event for W.T. Woodson staff. 

Please help continue this tradition of warmth, kindness and appreciation.  For questions please text/email Miklos Kiss, 703-975-7928 / miklos.kiss@cox.net

Click here to help:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49ADAF29A46-holiday

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

Holidays for Heroes!

The WTW Military Family Network invites you to support The National Capital Region Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” Program. Between now and December 13, please drop off

  • Small toiletries 
  • Gift cards to Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts (families use these when visiting patients at Walter Reed)
  • Other low-value gift cards (such as iTunes, Google, Amazon) 
  • Individually wrapped snacks 
  • New clothing items (Men and women - sizes Small-Large)
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Socks
  • Gently worn coats

All donations will be used to support local military and veterans year-round! Bring your donations to the WTW Main Office.  If you’d like to help coordinate this effort, please contact Lisa Griffin at 703-407-5090 or lisagriffin1970@gmail.com.

Sponsor Student(s) on Field Trips

Did you know that some students are unable to participate in Woodson field trips due to the cost?  Most FCPS field trips are considered optional and enrichment opportunities, therefore students on free and reduced lunch do not qualify for financial assistance.

Since the cost of these field trips cannot be covered by FCPS, students in need (as defined by the Woodson Administration and Counseling Staff) often stay behind and miss this enrichment opportunity. 

Most field trips cost under $20 and that is just to cover the transportation to the activity.  Woodson PTSO has agreed to help cover these costs so that ALL students have the opportunity to visit a museum, tour the Capitol, or experience an event that enhances their learning.

Please consider making a donation to the PTSO to sponsor one or more students so they can join their classmates on their field trip.  Make your donation here: 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1489&form=10

Scents of the Holidays

Orchestra is selling Yankee Candles, wrapping paper, lunch containers, baking tools, and more. You can still order online at Yankeecandlefundraising.com, Organization code 990073479.

Support your orchestra who were selected to play for the VMEA last Friday at the Homestead!

Food Pantry Donations Update

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Thanksgiving Food bags! They went out to our Woodson families yesterday!

Holiday Help for Families in Need

Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking community members to provide Thanksgiving meals, December Holiday meals and gifts for children in December to 500 families in need who live throughout the Fairfax County area. This is a great family or group service project. Donations of funds or gift cards to assist families who are matched with sponsors are also greatly needed. Visit Britepaths Holiday Program page to Learn more, Register or Donate. Contact Shefali Ryan at 703.273.8829 x888 or sryan@britepaths.org with questions.

Fall Grants

The WTW PTSO Grant Program is pleased to announce that Fall Grants were awarded to our Student Services Department in support of Girls State, where students will take part in a government-in-action experience by assuming roles of leaders who campaign and get elected to official positions, and to the Visual Art Department in support of the Spring Art Show, an event that showcases student artwork from the entire Woodson Pyramid.  

The Spring grant window opens on February 3, 2020 and any member of the WTW PTSO can apply!

Fairfax Turkey Trot 2019

Join your friends and neighbors on Thanksgiving morning for a fun run through the streets of Mantua while raising funds for Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread). 

Woodson students get a discounted registration fee of $20 by using this code at registration: 19FFXTT4ES

Click here to register today!  https://fairfaxturkeytrot.com/

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!

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Orders for physical gift cards for Scrip are due on December 1st.  This will be the last order before the holidays.

Restaurant Night will be at Chipotle on Wednesday, December 4th from 4:00-8:00pm.

Upcoming Events: 

Wednesday, December 4th, Combined Chorus, 3:15pm-4:30pm
Chorale, 4:40pm-5:15pm
Bella Voce, 5:15pm-6:15pm

Thursday, December 5th, Winter Concert, 6pm call time/7pm concert

No Chorus Booster meeting in December, but if your child is in Dessert on Broadway, please ensure that you attend the DOB meeting on Saturday, December 7th at 10 am in the Chorus Room.  We will also be doing costume fittings for DOB beginning at 8:30am the same day.

Woodson Drama

Woodson Theatre Camp and Movie Night. Elementary school students, grades 1-6, are invited to join Woodson Drama on Saturday, December 14, 2pm-8pm, for a day of acting, playwriting, and holiday craft making. Wrap up the day with pizza and a movie.

This is a great opportunity for parents to drop off their kids and do some holiday shopping! For more information visit www.wtwdrama.org

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

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.

We will be at Meet the Coaches Night on Tuesday November 19th if you would like to buy a Booster pass there.

Woodson Spirit Wear Sales

Get your holiday shopping done from the comfort of your own home and support Woodson Athletic Boosters at the same time by buying some Woodson spirit wear! We’ve got lots of options $15 and under - t -shirts, beanies, baseball caps, socks, drawstring bags, Woodson ornaments, and more!  Looking a bigger gift? We've also got  hoodies, sweatpants, stadium and fleece blankets, long sleeve tees, 1/4 zips, wicking tees and more!  

Shop here:  http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/main/otherad/contentID/1253829.   

Items are ready for pick up in the Woodson Main Office within days of your order.  You will receive an email when your order is ready for pick up.  Any questions, please contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com.

Fall Sports Highlights

WTW Girls Volleyball continued its historic run to States last Tuesday, meeting Washington & Liberty on their court and winning the Semi-Final match 3-0. The Cavs took the first set 25-23 as the Generals were strong competition. Our back row defense, led by Jordan Lyons and Jaden Reasor, shut down the Generals offense in the next sets. They took the second set 25-19 and dominated the third with a 25-17 win for the game. By the end of the night, hitter Amy Burkhardt put 20 kills on the board. Our power hitting was due to excellent setting led by Nicole Gibson along with the strong defensive playing. That included our front row, led by Olivia Guerra and Katie Burruss, both racking up 5 blocks a piece.  Celebration was in order for the night as Jaden Reasor surpassed 1,000 digs in her high school career! Special shout out to Maggie Cox, who has always stepped on the court and served well, contributing to this and many wins. 

Our ladies boarded the bus Friday morning headed to Richmond for the Class 6 State Championship at VCU against the 4 time State Champion Floyd Kellam Knights, followed later by a bus filled with their WT Woodson classmates eager to cheer them on in their first ever appearance in the State Championship. The Cavs came out strong for a first set win of 25-18. The Knights adjusted their game and, though our girls fought hard, Kellam went on to win the next three sets to end the season. For the first time in school history, Woodson varsity volleyball ended the 2019 season as Patriot District Champions, Occoquan Region 6C Champions and Second Place 6A State Champions. They ended the season with a record of 27-5.

This successful team could not have gone so far without the support of a great school. Thank you students, parents, families, staff, administration and the entire Woodson community for your tremendous support. Woodson had the largest student body present at the State Final on Friday! Thank you to all who showed up and cheered this team of champions all the way through to the end!

PTSO Information

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

https://www.woodsonptso.org/our-team.html

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:  

https://www.woodsonptso.org/join--support.html

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

W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - November 22nd

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Woodson Weekly -
November 22nd

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!

Teachers enjoy serving students at our annual Thanksgiving Lunch yesterday.  Mr. MacNabb (kneeling) L-R Mr. Dickens, Mr. Milligan, Mr. Terrazas, Dr. Hewan, and Mr. Nah.

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3 - Winter Break

Monday, January 6th - School resumes, Even Day

In this Issue

1. Happy Thanksgiving
2. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week 
3. Weekly Progress Reports
4. Parents as Partners Session 3
5. Student Electives Fair
6. Holiday Tunes for Tots Holiday Concerts
7. Senior Parent/Guardian Meeting
8. College and Career Newsletter
9. Holidays for Heroes
10. Order Your Yearbook
11. Safety and Security Month
12. FCPS Cares

1. Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of the faculty and staff of W.T. Woodson High School, I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving break. 

As a reminder, students will be out of school from Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th.  Students return on Monday, December 2nd and it is an Odd 2/4 day.

Woodson Weekly is taking a Thanksgiving break. The next issue of Woodson Weekly will be published on Friday, December 6th.

2. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week

If you know your child will be missing full days of school the week of November 25th, please call the attendance line to let us know now. 

The attendance line is 703-503-4800.

Students from Mr. Wright’s AP World History class “Speed Dating” to compare the various rulers of the Transoceanic and Gunpowder Empires in the early modern era.

3. Weekly Progress Reports

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Sunday, November 24th through Sunday, December 1st during the Thanksgiving break.

4. Parents as Partners Session 3

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, December 4th for our next Parents as Partners Series #3 on Alcohol, Vaping and other Drugs.

Thank you to the parents who came to our Parents as Partners Series #2 on Wellness in October.  Here is the link to the article as well as the Fairfax County Youth Survey: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and the link to the 3 to Succeed information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/3-succeed

5. Student Electives Fairs

This year we will have our first Student Electives Fairs!

Students in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades will have the opportunity to visit six pre-selected sessions (three on December 4th and three on December 12th) to learn about the elective classes Woodson High School has to offer.

The fairs will take place during returns both days and will help students prepare for course selection, which will begin in January. Teachers will prepare 20 minute presentations, which will cover course information, expectations, and any other relevant information students should know. There will also be time for Q&A.

Since these events are taking place during the school day, parents and guardians, rising ninth grade students and their parents and guardians, and families who will be new to Woodson next school year are encouraged to attend our Curriculum Night and Rising Ninth Grade Parent Night being held on January 8th. Details on that program will be released in the coming weeks.

Seniors will not attend the Electives Fairs on December 4th or December 12th. Instead, seniors are scheduled to attend a mandatory wellness program and senior meeting during returns those days.   

6. W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

It's that holiday time of year! Please join the W.T. Woodson Band for the annual Holiday Tunes performances. The Holiday Tunes for Tots concerts include a holiday music performance, joined by seasonal and all-around favorite characters.

Show times are Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the Main Gymnasium. Admission is $5.00. Questions? Contact Anne Reed at 703-273-4357 or holidaytunesfortots@gmail.com.

https://www.woodsonband.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WTWoodson-Tunes-for-Tots-Invitation-2019.pdf  

Students in Ms. Romesburg's AP World History class participating in a trade simulation during our unit Networks of Exchange 1250-1450.

7. Senior Parent/Guardian Meeting

Plan to attend the upcoming Senior Parent/Guardian Meeting on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:00 p.m. in Cavalier Hall.

Topics will include graduation information, Career Center news, and Cav Cruise All Night Grad Party (ANGP) registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Woodson Assistant Principal Mandy Burke at ajburke@fcps.edu.

8. College and Career Newsletter

Are you reading the WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

In addition to all the great information stored in the compilations at the bottom of the newsletter, there are two new internships, three new special opportunities, and five new scholarships this week.  

9. Holidays for Heroes

The WTW Military Family Network invites you to support The National Capital Region Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” Program. Between November 15-December 13, please drop off

  • Small toiletries 
  • Gift cards to Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts (families use these when visiting patients at Walter Reed)
  • Other low-value gift cards (such as iTunes, Google, Amazon) 
  • Individually wrapped snacks 
  • New clothing items (Men and women - sizes Small thru Large)
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Socks
  • Gently worn coats

All donations will be used to support local military and veterans year-round! Bring your donations to the WTW Main Office.  If you’d like to help coordinate this effort, please contact Lisa Griffin at 703-407-5090 or Lisagriffin1970@gmail.com. 

10. Order the Yearbook!

Have you heard the news?? Yearbook prices go up soon!

Sunday, December 15th is the LAST DAY to get the $70 price on the 2020 yearbook. Prices will then go up to $80. It’s also the last day to order nameplates! Be sure to reserve your book now…these high-school days are fleeting!

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

and order now!

11. Safety & Security Month

In honor of November being Safety & Security month, each week we will share pieces of information with you. 

Shelter in Place-

Used to temporarily separate people from a hazardous outdoor atmosphere, such as in a hazmat incident.

  • “Shelter-In-Place” announcement made via PA system and radio.
  • Students and staff members move into main building from trailers, unless it is unsafe due to environmental contamination.
  • All windows and doors are closed, locked and sealed, with materials that will hinder air flow.
  • Staff members shut off main building power to stop HVAC, exhaust, and roof ventilators.
  • Signs placed on the front door making notification of Shelter-in-Place Emergency.
  • Building entry forbidden until public safety officials arrive and give the “all clear.”
  • Exposed or contaminated people will be kept separate from the rest of school population, and directed to wash with water.
  • If possible, alternative clothing for exposed individuals will be provided and contaminated clothing will be removed and sealed in plastic bags.
  • Administrators will listen to local emergency management officials and follow directions from responding public safety officials.

For more information about school Safety & Security, you can visit the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response site.

Good luck to our Girls Volleyball team as they face the Kellam Knights for the VHSL state championship tonight at 8 p.m.

  12. 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)

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WTW PTSO WeMail - November 19

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Happy Thanksgiving from the PTSO

The Woodson PTSO Board wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

We are thankful for the many volunteers who have done so much already this year for the WTW staff and students.

W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

It's that holiday time of year! Please join the W.T. Woodson Band for the annual Holiday Tunes performances. The Holiday Tunes for Tots concerts include a holiday music performance, joined by seasonal and all-around favorite characters.

Show times are Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the Main Gymnasium. Admission is $5.00. Questions? Contact Anne Reed at 703-273-4357 or holidaytunesfortots@gmail.com.

https://www.woodsonband.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WTWoodson-Tunes-for-Tots-Invitation-2019.pdf  

Help with the Teacher Hospitality Room, Dec 12

For a few hours on Thursday, December 12th the PTSO hosts a hospitality room for our Woodson teachers where they can come and grab a treat, sip on some hot cocoa and just take a well deserved break. We are looking for a chair to help organize the event!

Interested or want to learn more please email Teresa Lemair at: teresalemair@aol.com

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

Holidays for Heroes!

The WTW Military Family Network invites you to support The National Capital Region Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” Program. Between now  and December 13, please drop off

  • Small toiletries 
  • Gift cards to Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts (families use these when visiting patients at Walter Reed)
  • Other low-value gift cards (such as iTunes, Google, Amazon) 
  • Individually wrapped snacks 
  • New clothing items (Men and women - sizes Small-Large)
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Socks
  • Gently worn coats

All donations will be used to support local military and veterans year-round! Bring your donations to the WTW Main Office.  If you’d like to help coordinate this effort, please contact Lisa Griffin at 703-407-5090 or lisagriffin1970@gmail.com.

Last Week to Order a Poinsettia or Wreath

Nothing says happy holidays like a beautiful poinsettia or evergreen wreath.  Please support the Woodson Precisionettes by ordering a poinsettia (select red, white, or marble and 6” or 10”) or evergreen wreath. 

We are taking orders through this Saturday, November 23rd - see the order form.  To place your order, contact a Woodson Precisionette, or drop off your payment and order form at 8512 Paul Revere Court, Annandale, VA.  Thank you! 

Your support will help the Precisionettes represent Woodson at Nationals in Orlando.

Last Chance!

Get your fresh Florida FRUIT! Online sales end TOMORROW November 20th at 3 p.m. So support your W.T. Woodson Band and order at FloridaIndianRiverGroves.com. Click Order Now, type in Organization Code 171874, make your juicy fruit selections, and at check out pick your favorite band student.

So do it NOW - you don’t want to see that truck in early December and wish you could have gotten some of that Florida sunshine!  And thanks for your support of our wonderful musical band!!!

Scents of the Holidays

Orchestra is selling Yankee Candles, wrapping paper, lunch containers, baking tools, and more. Ask any orchestra student to see the catalog and fill your home with scents of the season and get some gift shopping done as well. You may also order online at Yankeecandlefundraising.com, Organization code 990073479 (however, shipping will apply).

Support your orchestra who were selected to play for the VMEA this Friday at the Homestead!

Food Pantry Donations Needed

Please consider donating to our Thanksgiving Food Drive to aid Woodson families that are in food compromised situations. Review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.  Bring your donations anytime between now and November 19th to the front lobby on the school and place them in the box labeled "PTSO Food Pantry." Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4EACAA22A13-food

Holiday Help for Families in Need

Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking community members to provide Thanksgiving meals, December Holiday meals and gifts for children in December to 500 families in need who live throughout the Fairfax County area. This is a great family or group service project. Donations of funds or gift cards to assist families who are matched with sponsors are also greatly needed. Visit Britepaths Holiday Program page to Learn more, Register or Donate. Contact Shefali Ryan at 703.273.8829 x888 or sryan@britepaths.org with questions.

Fairfax Turkey Trot 2019

Join your friends and neighbors on Thanksgiving morning for a fun run through the streets of Mantua while raising funds for Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread). 

Woodson students get a discounted registration fee of $20 by using this code at registration: 19FFXTT4ES

Click here to register today!  https://fairfaxturkeytrot.com/

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!

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Spirit Wear:  We’re added a long sleeve t-shirt option. The shirt will be grey with the same front and back design as the short sleeved t-shirt.  The cost is $16.00.  Orders are due on November 20th.  All Spirit Wear  is expected to be available on December 7th at 10 am.  You can access the order form for this option: Spiritwear.

Forms and payment can be dropped off in the chorus classroom.  Make checks payable to the Woodson Choral Boosters.

Senior Honor Choir rehearsals and concert events will be held November 21st-23rd at The Homestead, Hot Springs VA.

Chorale Rehearsal on Monday, November 25th from 3:15pm-4:30pm

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

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.

We will be at Meet the Coaches Night on Tuesday November 19th if you would like to buy a Booster pass there.

Woodson Spirit Wear Sales

Get your holiday shopping done from the comfort of your own home and support Woodson Athletic Boosters at the same time by buying some Woodson spirit wear! We’ve got lots of options $15 and under - t -shirts, beanies, baseball caps, socks, drawstring bags, Woodson ornaments, and more!  Looking a bigger gift? We've also got  hoodies, sweatpants, stadium and fleece blankets, long sleeve tees, 1/4 zips, wicking tees and more!  

Shop here:  http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/main/otherad/contentID/1253829.   

Items are ready for pick up in the Woodson Main Office within days of your order.  You will receive an email when your order is ready for pick up.  Any questions, please contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com.

Fall Sports Highlights

It’s another great day to be a Cavalier! Woodson Volleyball took West Potomac 3-0 to become Regional Champions for the first time in school history! The ladies played their game and even came from 6 points down in the second set for the win. Thank you to everyone who came out and filled the gym to help push to the win. Player of the Match, Jordan Lyons racked up kills while Jaden Reasor made our defense unstoppable with fourteen digs for the night. Our setters were spot on with Nicole Gibson and Erin McPhilomy with sixteen and fourteen assists respectively.

Our ladies then went on to win their first State game in the Quarter Finals Saturday night against South Lakes 3-0!!!! Cavs took the first set 25-21 after a neck and neck fight. The Seahawks brought even more heat in the second set but our ladies pushed to finally get the win at 27-25. Momentum was big going into the third set but the girls had to bring their game and they took off to win 25-15. Hitter Amy Burkhardt, Player of the Match, played superbly to help the team to the win. Middle Maja Zuber put up big defense to block against South Lakes strong front line and used her signature slide hit to put points on the board. Olivia Guerra brought a powerful defense to the game as she threw herself all over the court to catch hits and tips and put them up for the set. Our ladies now move on to the Semifinals! 

STATE SEMIFINAL GAME TODAY, NOVEMBER 19 at Washington Liberty HS (formerly Washington and Lee) 1301 N Stafford St,  Arlington, VA 22201. The game is at 7:00 p.m. and is $10 entry. Cav Family, history is being made here! It’s a Tuesday night. Bring your LOUD to help our Lady Cavs win this Semifinal Game and head to State Finals for the first time in history!!!! Thank you for the great support so many have given with showing up and cheering this amazing team on!! Please don your red, white and blue and come out to support these girls and make them feel at home on an away court.

Woodson Varsity Field Hockey hosted Yorktown in the State quarter-finals.  Seniors Margaret Stephan and Izzy Gonzales got the ball in front of goal for Katie Williams to put on target and Zoe Hite hit the net.  In the second half, Allie Maahs finished off the match with Woodson’s second goal.  Final, 2-0.  Cavs win.

In State semi-finals, Woodson took the field against Kellam.  The Lady Cavs went on the front foot from the first whistle.  Audrey Fisher, Maahs, and Senior Anna Stribling bossed the midfield.  Senior Sidney Allen made a great save.  Everything was going according to plan, but then Kellam scored two.  Woodson played tough, maintained composure, and reached halftime.  Within 30 seconds of the second half start, off a pass from Gwyneth Durosko, Stephan scored.  The Lady Cavs clawed their way back into the game, but it was not to be their game.

The 2019 WGVFH team provided many memorable moments including exciting goals, saves, tackles, overtimes, shoot-outs, coach-of-the-year recognition, and of course the silverware from Regions.  A final knock of the sticks to Senior Lady Cavs Sidney Allen, Anabel Heisley, Bridget Cassata, Anna Stribling, Margaret Stephan, Rachel Hartzler, and Izzy Gonzales.  Congratulations on a fantastic season!

Woodson Ice Hockey Club had a great game--the second of the season--with a score of 7 to 0. Our next game is this Friday, November 22, an early game at the Mt. Vernon Ice Arena. Entrance is free. Puck drop is 5:15pm. Hope to see you there.  Also, don’t forget to congratulate our elected Captains Carson Hoffman, Dan Morgan, and Thomas Santaniello! 

New Emails!

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

https://www.woodsonptso.org/our-team.html

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:  

https://www.woodsonptso.org/join--support.html

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 - November 15th

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Woodson Weekly -
November 15th

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!

Astronomy teacher Mr. Casey Milligan helped students view as Mercury transited the sun on Monday. FCPS News ran a feature story of our event.

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3 - Winter Break

Monday, January 6th - School resumes, Even Day

In this Issue

1. Report Card Distribution
2. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week
3. Weekly Progress Reports
4. Parents as Partners Session 3
5. Environmental Club Tree Planting
6. Holiday Tunes for Tots Holiday Concerts
7. Holidays for Heroes
8. Woodson Area Chorus
9. Choral Students Selected for Honors Choirs
10. Safety and Security Month
11. Reserve Your Yearbook
12. FCPS Cares

1. Report Card Distribution

Report cards were distributed through 7th period classes today.  Students who do not have a 7th period class may pick up their report cards in Student Services.

2. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week

If you know your child will be missing full days of school the week of November 25th, please call the attendance line to let us know now. 

The attendance line is 703-503-4800.

Published YA authors and Woodson HS 2003 alums Danielle Stinson (“The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me”) and Olivia Hinebaugh (“Before I Disappear”) talk to students about the writing process and their books in a collaboration between the library, science and English departments.

3. Weekly Progress Reports

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Sunday, November 24th through Sunday, December 1st during the Thanksgiving break.

4. Parents as Partners Session 3

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, December 4th for our next Parents as Partners Series #3 on Alcohol, Vaping and other Drugs.

Thank you to the parents who came to our Parents as Partners Series #2 on Wellness in October.  Here is the link to the article as well as the Fairfax County Youth Survey: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and the link to the 3 to Succeed information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/3-succeed

5. Environmental Club Tree Planting

Woodson’s environmental club partnered with Fairfax ReLeaf and other Woodson organizations including SNHS, NHS, Key Club and leadership to plant 15 native trees around campus.  In addition, they tended the native trees planted by the Orchestra door and cleaned up one of the library courtyards.  We had 40 student volunteers and three adults including Lauren Kinne (the science department chair), Aaron Morgan (the band director) and Taylor from Fairfax ReLeaf.

6. W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

It's that holiday time of year! Please join the W.T. Woodson Band for the annual Holiday Tunes performances. The Holiday Tunes for Tots concerts include a holiday music performance, joined by seasonal and all-around favorite characters.

Show times are Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the Main Gymnasium. Admission is $5.00. Questions? Contact Anne Reed at 703-273-4357 or holidaytunesfortots@gmail.com.

https://www.woodsonband.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WTWoodson-Tunes-for-Tots-Invitation-2019.pdf  

7. Holidays for Heroes

The WTW Military Family Network invites you to support The National Capital Region Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” Program. Between November 15-December 13, please drop off

  • Small toiletries 
  • Gift cards to Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts (families use these when visiting patients at Walter Reed)
  • Other low-value gift cards (such as iTunes, Google, Amazon) 
  • Individually wrapped snacks 
  • New clothing items (Men and women - sizes Small thru Large)
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Socks
  • Gently worn coats

All donations will be used to support local military and veterans year-round! Bring your donations to the WTW Main Office.  If you’d like to help coordinate this effort, please contact Lisa Griffin at 703-407-5090 or Lisagriffin1970@gmail.com. 

8. Woodson Area Chorus

Meredith Lee (Frost Choral Director) and Amy Moir are running a Woodson Area Chorus. This is their 4th year of the program. Students in 5th and 6th grade are eligible to participate. There have 3 rehearsals and then the choir performs at the Frost Chorus Concert on Tuesday, December 3rd.

This year, there are 129 students participating. Above is a picture of the first rehearsal.  Some high school choral students volunteer their time to help as leaders.

9. Choral Students Selected for Honor Choirs

The following Woodson singers were selected to the American Choral Director’s Association Southern Region Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir:
Emma Falardeau, Julia Heltzel, Nick Siew, Reagan Wales

Also, these Woodson singers were selected to the American Choral Director’s Association Southern Region High School Mixed Chorus:
Carline Barata, AJ Foley, August Vesilind

These singers were selected by audition and will travel to Mobile, AL March 11 - 14, 2020 to participate in honor choirs with singers from across 13 states.  Congratulations!

Ms. Kraft and Mr. Rosebrock enjoy a cup of coffee at the Woodson staff Veteran's Day breakfast on Monday, November 11th. 

10. Safety & Security Month

In honor of November being Safety & Security month, each week we will share pieces of information with you. 

Secure the Building-

Used if the danger is outside the building, e.g., a robbery near the school.

  • No students allowed outside of buildings and trailers (no P.E., recess, etc.).
  • All building and trailer exterior doors are closed and locked.
  • People in locked trailers remain in locked trailers.
  • Staff members and students are free to move about inside buildings and trailers.
  • Staff member posted at building main entrance to control visitor access, issue passes, and direct to reunification area, if necessary..

For more information about school Safety & Security, you can visit the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response site.

Volleyball beat West Potomac to win Woodson's first ever 2019 Occoquan Regional Championship!

11. Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know that last year’s yearbook sold out? Did you know that the 2020 yearbook will never be cheaper than it is today?

Order your yearbook now, before the crush of the school year!

  12. 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)

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WTW PTSO WeMail - November 12

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November PTSO Meeting

Please join us for the November PTSO meeting TONIGHT, November 12th at 7 p.m. in the library. 

We will be reviewing and voting on the grants applications. This is also a great opportunity to hear straight from WTW administration about how things are going at school and ask them any questions. We are fortunate that Dr. Floyd, and often an Assistant Principal, make it a priority to attend our meetings each month. Note that we will not meet in December!

W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

It's that holiday time of year! Please join the W.T. Woodson Band for the annual Holiday Tunes performances. The Holiday Tunes for Tots concerts include a holiday music performance, joined by seasonal and all-around favorite characters.

Show times are Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the Main Gymnasium. Admission is $5.00. Questions? Contact Anne Reed at 703-273-4357 or holidaytunesfortots@gmail.com.

https://www.woodsonband.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WTWoodson-Tunes-for-Tots-Invitation-2019.pdf  

Thank you Woodson Environmental Club and PTSO Member Haydee Cooper

A few months ago, PTSO member Haydee Cooper contacted the PTSO Board to ask about planting more trees on the Woodson campus with the help of the non-profit organization Fairfax ReLeaf .  The PTSO Board connected Haydee with the WTW Environmental Club and the idea “took root” immediately. 

Woodson’s Environmental Club partnered with Fairfax ReLeaf and other Woodson organizations including SNHS, NHS, Key Club and leadership to plant 15 native trees around campus.  In addition, they tended the native trees planted by the Orchestra door and cleaned up one of the library courtyards.  We had 40 student volunteers and three adults including Lauren Kinne (the science department chair), Aaron Morgan (the band director) and Taylor from Fairfax ReLeaf.  Many thanks to all!

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

Fruit!

The W.T. Woodson Band is offering fresh fruit for delivery in early December. Get fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit straight from the grove, driven by truck up 95, and delivered by your favorite band student.

There are some great gift packages, and apples are offered as well. So don’t delay and check out FloridaIndianRiverGroves.com. Click Order Now, type in Organization Code 171874, make your juicy fruit selections, and at check out pick your favorite band student. Direct mail is also available if you live out of town.

So don’t delay - you don’t want to see that truck and wish you could have gotten some of that Florida sunshine!  And thanks for your support of our wonderful musical band!!!

Pies!

The boys lacrosse team is selling 10" pies.  Deep dish apple and rapturous pecan pies are $20; savory pumpkin is $15.

To order, send your name, address, phone and order to wtwlaxpies@gmail.com.

The last day to order is Monday, November 18th.  Pies will be ready for pickup on Monday, November 25th.

Scents of the Holidays

Orchestra is selling Yankee Candles, wrapping paper, lunch containers, baking tools, and more. Ask any orchestra student to see the catalog and fill your home with scents of the season and get some gift shopping done as well. You may also order online at Yankeecandlefundraising.com, Organization code 990073479 (however, shipping will apply).

Mock SAT/Mock ACT Was a Huge Success

Thank you to Yelena Jones and Mindworks Educational Services for organizing the Mock ACT/SAT session this past Saturday.  This is a win-win that provides students a valuable opportunity to take a practice exam and to support the PTSO. 

If your student took the practice exam on Saturday, plan to attend the SCORE REPORT SESSION:Wednesday, December 4 from 7:00 to 7:30 PM, with an Optional Q&A to follow from 7:30 until you need to leave!  (Woodson Cafeteria B)

Food Pantry Donations Needed

Please consider donating to our Thanksgiving Food Drive to aid Woodson families that are in food compromised situations. Review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.  Bring your donations anytime between now and November 19th to the front lobby on the school and place them in the box labeled "PTSO Food Pantry." Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4EACAA22A13-food

Holiday Help for Families in Need

Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking community members to provide Thanksgiving meals, December Holiday meals and gifts for children in December to 500 families in need who live throughout the Fairfax County area. This is a great family or group service project. Donations of funds or gift cards to assist families who are matched with sponsors are also greatly needed. Visit Britepaths Holiday Program page to Learn more, Register or Donate. Contact Shefali Ryan at 703.273.8829 x888 or sryan@britepaths.org with questions.

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, November 13th - Yearbook pictures during returns. (Students wear t-shirt or Sweatshirt)

Thursday, November 14th - Chorale Rehearsal, 7-8:30 p.m.

Monday, November 25th - Chorale Rehearsal - 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Senior Honor Choir rehearsals and concert events will be held November 21st-23rd at The Homestead, Hot Springs VA.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

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 per student, $6 per ticket 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 like football, field hockey and volleyball games and then basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc.; you can 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).

Fall Sports Highlights

Woodson Varsity Field Hockey met TC Williams in the Semi-finals of the Region Tournament.  The Titans initiated the scoring.  The Cavalier response came off a corner from Gwyneth Durosko’s insert to Senior Anna Stribling and back to Durosko who lofted the ball over the defense into the far corner of the net.  Durosko assisted the game winner scored by Senior Margaret Stephan.  Final, 2-1.  Cavs win.

This recap begins with the assertion that you really can’t miss a Fairfax-Woodson field hockey game.  The Occoquan Regional final match-up was further proof.  Allie Maahs and Gwyneth Durosko were all over the Rebels.  Senior goaltender Sydney Allen was a stalwart.  What the Lady Cavs have done all season, they did tonight, complete team commitment.  There was a lot of team energy that maintained offensive pressure.  The girls clearly wanted this game.  At halftime, the game was even at 0. Kelley Gross minded the sticks in the second half and was called upon for four saves including one that put her one-on-one with the Rebel attacker.  Senior Izzy Gonzales worked tirelessly and Zoe Hite was nonstop productive action.  At full time, the score keeper was unmoved.  In overtime, the ball circulated from Durosko to Gonzales who attacked the goal and crossed to Stephan who with the same kind of determination that the team played all night used a combination of dive, will, and determination to score the game winner.  Final, 1-0 WTW Girls Field Hockey wins the Regional Tournament Championship! On to States this week! 

Our WTW District Champs Girls Volleyball team took Justice High in 3 sets on Thursday night for their first regional game win! All our players took the court and contribute to the win. Hitters Amy Burkhardt, Jordan Lyons and Middle, Maja Zuber, led the team with kills. Those numbers were what they were thanks to great defense by Jaden Reasor and our setters Nicole Gibson and Erin McPhilomy putting the ball where it needed to be. The Cavs move on to the semi-final game against Lake Braddock on Tuesday, November 12 at Woodson - 7:00pm. This is going to be an intense game with great competition and high quality volleyball. Lake Braddock has a large following and will be filling our gym with fans. We need support from the student body and Woodson families to help cheer these ladies to a victory and on to region finals. Come out this Tuesday at 7pm and be loud Woodson!!!

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W. T. Woodson PTSO

Happy Veteran's Day from WTW

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Happy Veteran's Day!

On this Veteran's Day, I would like to take a moment to show our appreciation for all the brave men and women, and their families, within our Woodson Community who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

At Woodson, we have 12 teachers and hundreds of parents, guardians, alumni, and community members who have proudly served our country. The sacrifices you and your families have made go well beyond the words I can type in an email.

We are the “land of the free” because of your bravery. Thank you for your service and for ensuring the freedoms that we all enjoy every day. You are our heroes!

With sincere gratitude, we salute you and wish you a Happy Veteran's Day!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

Veteran's Day display at the Woodson Library entrance.

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 - November 8th

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Woodson Weekly -
November 8th

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 waiting for the shuttle to the Plum Center for their nursing academy class.

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3 - Winter Break

Monday, January 6th - School resumes, Even Day

In this Issue

1. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week
2. Final Weekend: Letters to Sala 
3. Federal Impact Aid Forms
4. Food Deliveries
5. Environmental Club Tree Planting
6. Technology Support Fee
7. Report Card Distribution
8. Activating Weekly Progress Reports
9. Woodson Librarian Honored
10. Military Appreciation T-Shirts
11. Parents as Partners Session 3
12. Safety and Security Month
13. Pies!
14. Frost Falcons 5K and Fun Run
15. Reserve Your Yearbook
16. FCPS Cares

1. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week

If you know your child will be missing full days of school the week of November 25th, please call the attendance line to let us know now. 

The attendance line is 703-503-4800.

2. Final Weekend: Letters to Sala

This is the final weekend for Woodson Drama Department's Fall production, Letters to Sala.  Performances are tonight and Saturday, November 9th.

Adapted from the book Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner and based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival during wartime Germany. Five years. Seven Nazi labor camps. Over 350 hidden letters. Sala Garncarz Kirschner kept her secret for over fifty years, concealing her incredibly painful history in a Spill and Spell box. Everything changes when Sala reveals the cache to her grown daughter, Ann.

Tickets are available online at www.wtwdrama.org.

The Connection Newspaper featured a story on Woodson's production.

3. Federal Impact Aid Forms

Federal Impact Aid forms were due last week.  If you have not seen this form, please have your teen ask for another form to bring home so that you can complete and return to the main office.  FCPS requires 100% of forms to be completed, signed and returned.  Calls and emails will be sent to parents whose forms are not returned today in order to achieve the required 100% participation.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3 and sign the form.  All forms were due today. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

4. 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.

November is a month of Gratitude!  This banner was displayed between the cafeterias for students to write on post-it notes what they are grateful for.

5. Environmental Club Tree Planting

Volunteers are needed to help the Environmental Club and Fairfax ReLEAF plant native trees near Pat Cunningham stadium on Saturday, November 9th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  There is no need to sign up ahead of time; just show up to help!

Please bring gardening gloves, water, and a shovel if you have one.  Extra shovels will be available.  Contact Woodson science department chair and Environmental sponsor Lauren Kinne at lwkinne@fcps.edu.

6. Technology Support Fee

As a reminder, the technology support fee for the FCPSOn student laptop was billed via MySchoolBucks on Monday, November 4th.  For more information about this technology support fee, please visit the FCPSOn site.

7. Report Card Distribution

Report cards will be distributed through 7th period classes on Friday, November 15th.  Students who do not have a 7th period class may pick up their report cards in Student Services starting on Friday, November 15th.

8. Activating Weekly Progress Reports

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email. This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter.

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”

Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports. Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences. Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians. 

Dr. Floyd presents Woodson librarian, Peggy Linski with the FCPS Cares certificate last Monday.

9. Woodson Librarian Honored

Congratulations to Woodson Librarian, Peggy Linski on being recognized as the September 2019 FCPS Cares Recipient of the Month for Region 5 by the Department of Human Resources.

Below is the write up submitted by Ms. Sarah Mahan, an FCPS colleague of Ms. Linski. 

I am a new librarian at Edison High School. Peggy Linski (Head Librarian at Woodson HS) came over on her own time during the summer to help me set up the library at Edison. She spent countless hours helping me weed the collection, sorting, and tagging the fiction section into genres to make it easier for students to find books they love. She also mentored me on the best way to set up the library to create a welcoming, safe space for all of Edison's students. On behalf of Edison and myself, I want to thank Peggy for freely giving her time during the summer to help another school and another librarian create a great library space for the school.

10. Military Appreciation T-Shirts

Show your Woodson spirit in honoring our military families by purchasing this blue camo t-shirt.  Purchases can be made on MySchoolBucks and are $10 each.  Shirts will be available for pick up after purchase in the Main Office.

11. Parents as Partners Session 3

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, December 4th for our next Parents as Partners Series #3 on Alcohol, Vaping and other Drugs.

Thank you to the parents who came to our Parents as Partners Series #2 on Wellness in October.  Here is the link to the article as well as the Fairfax County Youth Survey: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and the link to the 3 to Succeed information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/3-succeed

12. Safety & Security Month

In honor of November being Safety & Security month, each week we will share pieces of information with you. 

Lockdown - Used to describe security measures taken to protect against intruders.

  • All students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
  • Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights-off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper) and outside potential lines of fire.
  • Students and staff members disregard fire alarms.
  • No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.
  • Persons in trailers remain in locked trailers.

For more information about school Safety & Security, you can visit the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response site.

Field Hockey beat the Fairfax Rebels to win the 2019 Occoquan Regional Championship!

13. Pies!

The boys lacrosse team is selling 10" pies.  Deep dish apple and rapturous pecan pies are $20; savory pumpkin is $15.

To order, send your name, address, phone and order to wtwlaxpies@gmail.com.

The last day to order is Monday, November 18th.  Pies will be ready for pickup on Monday, November 25th.

14. Frost Falcons on the Run 5K

Frost’s Falcons on the Run 5K and Fun Run community event and ONLY school-wide fundraiser is on Saturday, November 16th.  Frost hopes you will join in the fun.

This event has supported our efforts with our outdoor classroom, solar stream, instructional technology, and many other initiatives at Frost MS.  We will be donating a portion of our earnings to Hope for the Warriors in honor of our military families again this year. 

For full details and to register, visit the Frost on the Run website.

15. Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know that last year’s yearbook sold out? Did you know that the 2020 yearbook will never be cheaper than it is today?

Order your yearbook now, before the crush of the school year!

  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)

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WTW PTSO WeMail - November 5

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Today is Election Day

There are some very important local races this year including both of Woodson's FCPS school board representatives and all three at-large school board members.  Here is a full list of candidates' forums to hear from candidates in different races.

http://www.fccpta.org/running-pta/advocacy/2019-candidate-forums/

Seniors can earn volunteer hours for Government class by volunteering at these sanctioned events.

November PTSO Meeting

Mark your calendar now and join us for the November PTSO meeting on Tuesday, November 12th at 7 p.m. in the Library.  We will be reviewing and voting on the grants applications.

This is also a great opportunity to hear straight from WTW administration about how things are going at school and ask them any questions. We are fortunate that Dr. Floyd, and often an Assistant Principal, make it a priority to attend our meetings each month.

Note:  The PTSO will not hold a meeting in December.  

Federal Impact Aid Forms

Federal Impact Aid forms were sent home last week and were due today.  Please complete the form promptly and have your teen return it to their 7th Period teacher.  FCPS requires 100% of forms to be completed, signed and returned.  Calls and emails will be sent to parents whose forms are not returned today in order to achieve the required 100% participation.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3 and sign the form.  All forms were due last week. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Milk & Cookies - Huge Thank You!

Thank you to Meera Pillai, parent volunteer, Terri Hobson WTW staff, and the many parents who donated cookies for last Friday's milk and cookies. 

This Woodson tradition is an opportunity to celebrate our students and show them positive community support.  The students have worked hard this first quarter and we hope they enjoyed this treat!

Nominate a Cavalier

Woodson HS is now accepting nominations for the 2019 – 2020 Outstanding Teacher/Staff Award Nominations.

Nominations are open in the following categories.

1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: At least (3) three years experience.
2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: less than (3) three years experience.
3. Outstanding Leader: At least one year experience as an Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, or Director of Student Services.
4. Outstanding Professional Employee: At least on year experience as Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, SOSA.
5. Outstanding Operational Employee: At least one year of experience in current position as Administrative Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.

Nominations for Woodson Teachers & Staff are due by Friday, November 8th.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them it is up to you!  Be as detailed as possible as your nomination will be used to complete the nomination packet for the selected staff member.  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail Marc Brooks at drbrooks@fcps.edu. 

The nomination form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y6xu7e93.  Thank you so much for taking the time to recognize W.T. Woodson Staff.

Fruit!

The W.T. Woodson Band is offering fresh fruit for delivery in early December. Get fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit straight from the grove, driven by truck up 95, and delivered by your favorite band student.

There are some great gift packages, and apples are offered as well. So don’t delay and check out FloridaIndianRiverGroves.com. Click Order Now, type in Organization Code 171874, make your juicy fruit selections, and at check out pick your favorite band student. Direct mail is also available if you live out of town.

So don’t delay - you don’t want to see that truck and wish you could have gotten some of that Florida sunshine!  And thanks for your support of our wonderful musical band!!!

Pies!

The boys lacrosse team is selling 10" pies.  Deep dish apple and rapturous pecan pies are $20; savory pumpkin is $15.

To order, contact wtwlaxpies@gmail.com.

The last day to order is Monday, November 18th.  Pies will be ready for pickup on Monday, November 25th.

Scents of the Holidays

Orchestra is selling Yankee Candles, wrapping paper, lunch containers, baking tools, and more. Ask any orchestra student to see the catalog and fill your home with scents of the season and get some gift shopping done as well. You may also order online at Yankeecandlefundraising.com, Organization code 990073479 (however, shipping will apply).

Mock SAT/Mock ACT is back!

Once again, the Woodson PTSO is pleased to announce that Mindworks Educational Services will continue to provide this wonderful fundraising opportunity for Woodson.

With all the changes to the SAT, it’s more important than ever to have experts on your side!   

WHEN: Saturday, November 9th from 8 to 11:30 a.m.  (Woodson Cafeteria)

COST:  The cost is $15 when paid by 5 p.m. Thursday, November 7, OR $20 when paid at the door on the day of testing. (Cash or check payable to Woodson PTSO on November 9th.)

Pre-payment procedure is included in the confirmation of registration email you will receive after submitting your reservation by clicking the link below.

SCORE REPORT SESSION: Wednesday, December 4th from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., with an Optional Q&A to follow from 7:30 until you need to leave!  (Woodson Cafeteria B)

Current Juniors should not miss this great event, as you will begin actual SAT and ACT testing in the spring!  (Freshmen and Sophomores are also welcome.)                                                          

Click Here to Register for the Mock SAT or Mock ACT Fundraiser!

For more information please visit woodsonptso.org.

Apply for Governor's School

The application process for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools has begun. 

The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors and provides students with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. 

STUDENTS must indicate interest by completing the interest form no later than Tuesday, November 5th in order to be considered:

Academic

Visual and Performing Arts

Please contact Elizabeth Walter (ehwalter@fcps.edu) or Matt Dell’Orso (MIDellOrso@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Get Crafty, Get Pizza, and Help the Crew Team

You can be crafty AND help the Woodson Crew Team by shopping at AC Moore on Friday, November 8th — just show this flyer when you check out!  Then bring this flyer to Flippin’ Pizza from 4-8pm on Saturday, November  9th...every slice helps the crew team!

Food Pantry Donations Needed

Please consider donating to our Thanksgiving Food Drive to aid Woodson families that are in food compromised situations. Review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.  Bring your donations anytime between now and November 19th to the front lobby on the school and place them in the box labeled "PTSO Food Pantry." Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4EACAA22A13-food

Holiday Help for Families in Need

Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking community members to provide Thanksgiving meals, December Holiday meals and gifts for children in December to 500 families in need who live throughout the Fairfax County area. This is a great family or group service project. Donations of funds or gift cards to assist families who are matched with sponsors are also greatly needed. Visit Britepaths Holiday Program page to Learn more, Register or Donate. Contact Shefali Ryan at 703.273.8829 x888 or sryan@britepaths.org with questions.

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Please join us for our Chorus Booster Meeting on Wednesday, November 6th.

Representatives from KI Koncert Tours will be at Woodson on Thursday, November 7th at 7:30pm in the Chorus Room.  Information will be given about the tour, including the pricing and itinerary.  This is an information meeting meeting for parents to attend.  The tour will be in the summer of 2021.  Students must be enrolled in chorus for the 2020-2021 school year to attend the tour.

Chorus District Auditions will be held on Saturday, November 9th at Centreville High School between 8am-3pm.  Students who submitted auditions forms and fees can find their audition time block on Google Classroom.

Chorus yearbook pictures are on November 13th, during return periods.  Wear your Chorus t-shirt and/or sweatshirt.

Woodson Drama Boosters

Mark your calendars for the Fall production of Letters to Sala. Performances are November 1,  2,  7,  8 and 9 at 7:30pm and November 2 at 2pm. Tickets are available now! Please use this link to purchase tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15608/wtwoodson-high-school

Based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival in Nazi labor camps and the secret letters she risks her life to keep. When Sala reveals the letters to her grown daughter 50 years later, three generations of women must work together to sift through the past and come to terms with the significance of the letters.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

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 per student, $6 per ticket 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 like football, field hockey and volleyball games and then basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc.; you can 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).

Fall Sports Highlights

For the first round of regionals, the Woodson Girls Varsity field hockey team played host to the Falls Church Jaguars.  First half goals were scored by Allie Maahs, Gwyneth Durosko, Zoe Hite, and Senior Anabel Heisley.  Elia Kim made an impact in the midfield and Maria Fruchterman had several interceptions and attacking passes.  Makayla Mastal, Mae Cooke, and Tamara Nguyen kept things moving in the midfield.  Following halftime, goals were scored by Senior Margaret Stephan, Durosko, and Katie Williams.  Final, 7-0.  Cavs win.

The Lady Cavs met the South County Stallions in the regional quarter final.  It was the Stallions to light up the scoreboard first.  The seniors stepped up the offense as Bridget Cassata found Izzy Gonzalez who passed to Margaret Stephan for the goal.  The contest was even at one a piece at halftime.  The seniors continued to lead by example with Stephan finding the back of the net once again and Anna Stribling dealing the final blow.  Final, 3-1.  Cavs win.

The Woodson Girls Varsity Volleyball team won against Robinson 3-1 last Wednesday night to become Patriot District Champions for the second year in a row!! It was neck and neck for all sets and the Cavs fought incredibly hard for the win. Before the game, the First Team All District was announced including our very own Jordan Lyons (Sr), Amy Burkhardt (Jr) and All District Libero of the Year, Jaden Reasor (Jr).  We also had two players make Second Team All District, Olivia Guerra (Sr) and Ruthie Ridderhoff (Jr), as well as three players receiving Honorable Mention, Nicole Gibson (Sr), Maja Zuber (Sr) and Erin McPhilomy (Jr). It is fantastic to see so many Lady Cavs be honored for the talents they brought to the court this season and congratulations to them all! The ladies earned a bye for the first round so they will play the winner of the Tuesday night Justice/Mt Vernon game on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:00pm at Woodson. Get your spirit on and come out to cheer the ladies to another win on the way to States! Let’s go Cavs!!!

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Woodson Weekly - November 1st

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Woodson Weekly -
November 1st

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!

Woodson Drama presents "Letters to Sala" tonight through November 9th.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

In this Issue

1. Fall Production: Letters to Sala 
2. Federal Impact Aid Forms
3. Early Check-outs from School
4. SIS Reports, Gradebook, and Report Cards
5. Activating Weekly Progress Reports
6. Technology Support Fee
7. Nominate a Cavalier
8. Administrative Changes at Woodson
9. Environmental Club Tree Planting
10. Cav Cares Cards
11. Parents as Partners Session 3
12. Substance Abuse and Prevention Specialist
13. Governor's School
14. National Career Development Month
15. Volunteer Training for the Clinic 
16. Frost Falcons 5K and Fun Run
17. Reserve Your Yearbook
18. FCPS Cares 

1. Fall Production: Letters to Sala

Woodson Drama's fall play, Letters to Sala will run on the weekends starting tonight, Friday, November 1st through Saturday, November 9th.

Adapted from the book Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner and based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival during wartime Germany. Five years. Seven Nazi labor camps. Over 350 hidden letters. Sala Garncarz Kirschner kept her secret for over fifty years, concealing her incredibly painful history in a Spill and Spell box. Everything changes when Sala reveals the cache to her grown daughter, Ann.

Tickets are available online at www.wtwdrama.org.

The Connection Newspaper featured a story on Woodson's production in today's issue.

2. Federal Impact Aid Forms

Federal Impact Aid forms were sent home last week and were due today.  Please complete the form promptly and have your teen return it to their 7th Period teacher.  FCPS requires 100% of forms to be completed, signed and returned.  Calls and emails will be sent to parents whose forms are not returned today in order to achieve the required 100% participation.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3 and sign the form.  All forms were due today. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

3. Early Checkouts from School

For early dismissals, please complete this Check-Out Form or write a note that includes the student name, date, time your student needs to be released from class, reason for early check-out, parent signature, and contact number.  Students must bring the note to the Attendance Office in the morning to receive a pink check-out pass.  At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

Due to staff responsibilities at the end of the day, we are not able to honor unannounced early dismissals within 15 minutes of school dismissal.

Please know that during the school day we will do our best to retrieve students for unannounced early dismissals; to ensure timely dismissal please follow the procedures above.

For full details on Attendance Procedures, please visit the Attendance page on the Woodson website.

Students celebrate Hey Day, a clubs and activities fair last Wednesday.

4. SIS Reports, Gradebook & Report Cards

Today is the last day of the first quarter.

Report cards will be distributed through 7th period classes on Friday, November 15th.  Students who do not have a 7th period class may pick up their report cards in Student Services starting on Friday, November 15th.

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Wednesday, October 30th through Friday, November 8th during first quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Friday, November 1st, at 4 p.m. through Saturday, November 9th, at 6 a.m.

5. Activating Weekly Progress Reports

If you have registered for SIS ParentVUE and have a primary email address recorded in ParentVUE, you can receive your student’s Weekly Progress Report via email. This report provides a summary of your student’s grades for the current quarter.

To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”

Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports. Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences. Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email. For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians. 

6. Technology Support Fee

As a reminder, the technology support fee for the FCPSOn student laptop will be billed via MySchoolBucks on Monday, November 4th.  For more information about this technology support fee, please visit the FCPSOn site.

7. Nominate a Cavalier

Woodson HS is now accepting nominations for the 2019 – 2020 Outstanding Teacher/Staff Award Nominations.

Nominations are open in the following categories.

1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: At least (3) three years experience.
2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: less than (3) three years experience.
3. Outstanding Leader: At least one year experience as an Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, or Director of Student Services.
4. Outstanding Professional Employee: At least on year experience as Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, SOSA.
5. Outstanding Operational Employee: At least one year of experience in current position as Administrative Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.

Nominations for Woodson Teachers & Staff are due by Friday, November 8th.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them it is up to you!  Be as detailed as possible as your nomination will be used to complete the nomination packet for the selected staff member.  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail Marc Brooks at drbrooks@fcps.edu

The nomination form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y6xu7e93.  Thank you so much for taking the time to recognize W.T. Woodson Staff.

8. Administrative changes at Woodson

As we announced two weeks ago, Dr. Disalvo will be going to Annandale High school for a new experience.  We are excited for her to have this opportunity but sad to see her go.  She will return in a few months!  

I am pleased to share that Mr. Marc Brooks has been promoted to acting assistant principal to fill Dr. Disalvo’s position.  In this role, Mr. Brooks will be the 10th grade administrator.

Mr. Brooks has been with us as our Dean of Students for the last 14 months, a role that has helped to decrease our tardies and class cuts by 15%.  He has also been an active member of our Equity and Cultural Responsiveness team and is an assistant cheer coach.  Prior to coming to Woodson HS, Mr. Brooks taught special education at Langley HS and served our country in the Navy.  Mr. Brooks can be reached at drbrooks@fcps.edu or 703-503-4609.

Ms. Ellen Hagan-Bowerman will now assume the role of working with students on tardies and class cuts.  She will work closely with the counselors to help find the source of the behaviors and collaborate with families to problem solve the individual student situations.  She is a member of our Health and Physical Education department.  In addition to working with students in this new role, she will continue her responsibilities as Woodson's building use coordinator.  Ms. Hagan-Bowerman can be reached at emhaganbower@fcps.edu or 703-503-4686.

Please help me welcome these staff members into their new roles!  Feel free to reach out at any time if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Dr. Floyd, Principal

Mr. MacNabb’s 8th period government honors class working on political party identification posters this week.

9. Environmental Club Tree Planting

Volunteers are needed to help the Environmental Club and Fairfax ReLEAF plant native trees near Pat Cunningham stadium on Saturday, November 9th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  There is no need to sign up ahead of time; just show up to help!

Please bring gardening gloves, water, and a shovel if you have one.  Extra shovels will be available.  Contact Woodson science department chair and Environmental sponsor Lauren Kinne at lwkinne@fcps.edu.

10. Cav Cares Cards

Cav Cares cards are a way that students, parents, community members and staff can recognize Woodson faculty and staff members with notes of appreciation.

This month, Ms. Kelsey Treague received a Cav Cares card that said, "Ms. Treague is always available to answer my questions and never makes me feel bad for bugging her!  I totally appreciate it!"

You can recognize a Woodson faculty or staff member by filling out a Cav Cares card in the main office.

11. Parents as Partners Session 3

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, December 4th for our next Parents as Partners Series #3 on Alcohol, Vaping and other Drugs.

Thank you to the parents who came to our Parents as Partners Series #2 on Wellness in October.  Here is the link to the article as well as the Fairfax County Youth Survey: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and the link to the 3 to Succeed information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/3-succeed

12. Substance Abuse and Prevention Specialist (SAPS)

As a support to students and families across all of FCPS, Regional SAPS have been hired. Ken Johnson is the SAPS for our Region of the County, and is available to help students with any substance abuse/substance abuse concern. Students and parents should contact the school counselor to receive the referral form. This service is free and confidential.

Mr. Johnson will be a speaker at our Parents as Partners Series #3 on Alcohol, Vaping and other Drugs on Wednesday, December 4th at 7 p.m.

13. Governor's School

The application process for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools has begun. 

The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors and provides students with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. 

STUDENTS must indicate interest by completing the interest form no later than Tuesday, November 5th in order to be considered:

Academic

Visual and Performing Arts

Please contact Elizabeth Walter (ehwalter@fcps.edu) or Matt Dell’Orso (MIDellOrso@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Girls Volleyball beat the Robinson Rams to win the 2019 Patriot District Championship!

14. National Career Development Month

Career research in high school can help students discover what they enjoy giving direction for potential post-secondary training. 

Career research is college research because planned careers suggest majors that might support chosen careers.  Students can then seek colleges with those majors and/or post-secondary training that supports chosen careers. 

Spend some time this month doing focused career research.  See what you can discover!

Visit the Career Center Newsletter found on the Woodson website.

15. Volunteer Training for the Clinic

Parents--are you interested in volunteering in the school health room/clinic?

Free training for volunteers will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, November 14th in the Herndon/Reston District Office of the Fairfax County Health Department, 1850 Cameron Glen Dr., Room 600-Multipurpose Room, Reston, VA 20190. Phone: 703-481-4242.

No registration is required.

16. Frost Falcons on the Run 5K

Frost’s Falcons on the Run 5K and Fun Run community event and ONLY school-wide fundraiser is on Saturday, November 16th.  Frost hopes you will join in the fun.

This event has supported our efforts with our outdoor classroom, solar stream, instructional technology, and many other initiatives at Frost MS.  We will be donating a portion of our earnings to Hope for the Warriors in honor of our military families again this year. 

For full details and to register, visit the Frost on the Run website.

17. Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know that last year’s yearbook sold out? Did you know that the 2020 yearbook will never be cheaper than it is today?

Order your yearbook now, before the crush of the school year!

  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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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WTW PTSO WeMail Spooky Edition - October 29

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FAFSA Line-By-Line - Tonight!

Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m., Cav Hall – The FAFSA Line-by-Line information session will walk attendees through each line of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA).  You will understand exactly what asked by each question and be better able to complete the FAFSA on your own if you choose to do so.

Halloween Costume Info

Please remember that the FCPS SR&R and Dress Code policy is still in effect for Thursday, October 31st.  Costumes must be school appropriate.  Hats and masks are not allowed.

Milk & Cookies - End of 1st Quarter

Friday, November 1st -  We need lots of help from parents to make this event happen THIS FRIDAY!  We are currently short to reach the 300 dozen we need for this event. We are also in need of special dietary cookies, so please donate generously! 

Please visit the SignUp Genius below to sign-up to bring cookies and/or to help us pass out cookies at school dismissal.  The PTSO donates the milk for this event.  For any questions, please email:  WTWmilkncookies@gmail.com.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F45AEA829A4FC1-milk2

Federal Impact Aid Forms

Federal Impact Aid forms were sent home last week.  Please complete the form promptly and have your teen return it to their 7th Period teacher.  FCPS requires 100% of forms to be completed, signed and returned.  Calls and emails will be sent to parents whose forms are not returned by November 1st in order to achieve the required 100% participation.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3 and sign the form.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Friday, November 1, 2019. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Nominate a Cavalier

Woodson HS is now accepting nominations for the 2019 – 2020 Outstanding Teacher/Staff Award Nominations.

Nominations are open in the following categories.

1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: At least (3) three years experience.
2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: less than (3) three years experience.
3. Outstanding Leader: At least one year experience as an Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, or Director of Student Services.
4. Outstanding Professional Employee: At least on year experience as Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, SOSA.
5. Outstanding Operational Employee: At least one year of experience in current position as Administrative Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.

Nominations for Woodson Teachers & Staff are due by Friday, November 8th.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them it is up to you!  Be as detailed as possible as your nomination will be used to complete the nomination packet for the selected staff member.  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail Marc Brooks at drbrooks@fcps.edu. 

The nomination form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y6xu7e93.  Thank you so much for taking the time to recognize W.T. Woodson Staff.

Woodson Band

Congratulations to the Marching Cavaliers and their Director, Aaron Morgan on a successful marching season!  The band and color guard participated in their annual marching assessment at Patriot High School in Nokesville, VA this past Saturday and earned a superior rating for their performance.  Woodson has been designated a Virginia Honor Band for several consecutive years and must earn a superior rating for both their marching and concert assessments.  The Wind Ensemble will perform it’s first concert of the season with the Frost Middle School Symphonic Band Wednesday, October 30th at 7 p.m.  The concert will be in the Frost MS auditorium.  

The Woodson Band is offering fresh fruit for delivery in early December. Get fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit straight from the grove, driven by truck up 95, and delivered by your favorite band student. There are some great gift packages, and apples are offered as well. So don’t delay and check out FloridaIndianRiverGroves.com. Click Order Now, type in Organization Code 171874, make your juicy fruit selections, and at check out pick your favorite band student. Direct mail is also available if you live out of town. So don’t delay - you don’t want to see that truck and wish you could have gotten some of that Florida sunshine!  And thanks for your support of our wonderful musical band!!!

Scents of the Holidays

Orchestra is selling Yankee Candles, wrapping paper, lunch containers, baking tools, and more. Ask any orchestra student to see the catalog and fill your home with scents of the season and get some gift shopping done as well. You may also order online at Yankeecandlefundraising.com, Organization code 990073479 (however, shipping will apply).

Mock SAT/Mock ACT is back!

Once again, the Woodson PTSO is pleased to announce that Mindworks Educational Services will continue to provide this wonderful fundraising opportunity for Woodson.

With all the changes to the SAT, it’s more important than ever to have experts on your side!   

WHEN: Saturday, November 9th from 8 to 11:30 a.m.  (Woodson Cafeteria)

COST:  The cost is $15 when paid by 5 p.m. Thursday, November 7, OR $20 when paid at the door on the day of testing. (Cash or check payable to Woodson PTSO on November 9th.)

Pre-payment procedure is included in the confirmation of registration email you will receive after submitting your reservation by clicking the link below.

SCORE REPORT SESSION: Wednesday, December 4th from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., with an Optional Q&A to follow from 7:30 until you need to leave!  (Woodson Cafeteria B)

Current Juniors should not miss this great event, as you will begin actual SAT and ACT testing in the spring!  (Freshmen and Sophomores are also welcome.)                                                          

Click Here to Register for the Mock SAT or Mock ACT Fundraiser!

For more information please visit woodsonptso.org.

Apply for Governor's School

The application process for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools has begun. 

The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors and provides students with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. 

STUDENTS must indicate interest by completing the interest form no later than Tuesday, November 5th in order to be considered:

Academic

Visual and Performing Arts

Please contact Elizabeth Walter (ehwalter@fcps.edu) or Matt Dell’Orso (MIDellOrso@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Woodson Holiday Craft Show

Mark your calendars for WTWoodson’s 25th annual Holiday Craft Show!

Saturday, November 2nd from 10am-4pm. 

This exceptional show features over handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, pottery, giftware, and so much more. There will be over 100 exhibitors and Admission is FREE! 

We have some enviable Raffle Baskets this year (including contributions from Amazing Comic Shop, Oh George!, 2 Silos, Total Wine, Affectionate Pet Care, and more!)  And remember to stop at the Bake Sale!

All proceeds benefit the W.T. Woodson Crew Team.

Election Day is November 5th

There are some very important local races this year including both of Woodson's FCPS school board representatives and all three at-large school board members.  There is a non-partisan candidates' forum for Providence district on October 16 at 7pm at the Providence Community Center.  Here is a full list of candidates' forums to hear from candidates in different races.

http://www.fccpta.org/running-pta/advocacy/2019-candidate-forums/

Seniors can earn volunteer hours for Government class by volunteering at these sanctioned events.

Get Crafty, Get Pizza, and Help the Crew Team

You can be crafty AND help the Woodson Crew Team by shopping at AC Moore on Friday, November 8th — just show this flyer when you check out!  Then bring this flyer to Flippin’ Pizza from 4-8pm on Saturday, November  9th...every slice helps the crew team!

Holiday Help for Families in Need

Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking community members to provide Thanksgiving meals, December Holiday meals and gifts for children in December to 500 families in need who live throughout the Fairfax County area. This is a great family or group service project. Donations of funds or gift cards to assist families who are matched with sponsors are also greatly needed. Visit Britepaths Holiday Program page to Learn more, Register or Donate. Contact Shefali Ryan at 703.273.8829 x888 or sryan@britepaths.org with questions.

Food Pantry Donations Needed

Please consider donating to our Thanksgiving Food Drive to aid Woodson families that are in food compromised situations. Review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.  Bring your donations anytime between now and November 19th to the front lobby on the school and place them in the box labeled "PTSO Food Pantry." Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4EACAA22A13-food

Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game

On Friday, October 25th the WT Woodson community paid tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces during its varsity football game versus the West Springfield Spartans, at Pat Cunningham Stadium.

Thank you also to the volunteers for Military Appreciation Night!  We loved seeing all the support for our military families here at Woodson.

A few individuals were honored as honorary captains for the coin toss before the game. Please see the bottom of the newsletter for details of each captain.

Thank YOU!

Thank you to the many parents who volunteered their time to help Christina Lugo in the WTW clinic with the vision and hearing screening.  We also appreciate the parents who dropped off treats for these volunteers to enjoy. 

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Parent Volunteers are needed to help with orders that are to be picked up on Friday, November 1st.  Please sign up through the Dessert Sign-Up.

Please join us for our Chorus Booster Meeting on Wednesday, November 6th.

Chorus District Auditions are Saturday, November 9th at Centreville High School.  Auditions are open to all Chorus students.

Woodson Drama Boosters

Mark your calendars for the Fall production of Letters to Sala. Performances are November 1,  2,  7,  8 and 9 at 7:30pm and November 2 at 2pm. Tickets are available now! Please use this link to purchase tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15608/wtwoodson-high-school

Based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival in Nazi labor camps and the secret letters she risks her life to keep. When Sala reveals the letters to her grown daughter 50 years later, three generations of women must work together to sift through the past and come to terms with the significance of the letters.

Woodson Precisionettes Dance Camp

What to do on a school holiday?  Join the Woodson Precisionettes at their Descendants-theme dance camp for kids in grades K-8th grade.  Dancers will participate in the pre-game performance on 11/8!   Download more details and the registration form here:  https://wtwoodsonsports.org/main/teamfiles/id/3408/seasonid/4352073

Camp Dates: November 4th & 5th (FCPS Student Holiday) 

Time: Dance 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm 

Performance: November 8th (Pregame Performance and more!) 

Cost: $100 

Participants: K through 8th grade** Place: Woodson HS Dance Room

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

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 per student, $6 per ticket 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 like football, field hockey and volleyball games and then basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc.; you can 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).

Fall Sports Highlights

For the Patriot District semi-final, Woodson Girls Varsity field hockey hosted the Robinson Rams.  Audrey Fisher and Zoe Hite each scored from the field.  Gwyneth Durosko took the stroke (think soccer penalty kick) to notch a third.  Senior Margaret Stephan connected with Katie Williams for another.  Stephan then recorded a goal for herself.  Senior Anna Stribling scored the final goal of the night.  The back line of Senior Bridget Cassata, Annika McGinn, Kyleigh Poot, and Emmy Rummel were solid all night.  Final, 6-0.  Cavs win.

Woodson hosted Fairfax for the District final.  The game was end-to-end with both teams having chances including a frame rattling shot by Woodson.  With as much offense on display, the score remained even at 0 through half-time.  In the second half, Fairfax scored what was to be the first and only goal of the evening  Handing the Lady Cavs their first defeat of the season.  Standout defensive work came in the second half off the stick of Senior Rachel Hartzler who provided several interceptions and tackles.  Senior Izzy Gonzales played a standout offensive game by feeding balls from the midfield to the wings.  A tough result, but the Lady Cavs played a great team game.  On to Regionals!

Woodson Girls Varsity Volleyball won the last regular season game on Tuesday night against Fairfax 3-0! Jordan Lyons, Aubree Reasor, Anna Lee and Yanna Willett all served up beautiful aces. Amy Burkhardt was solid defense getting numerous digs in the back row. Middle Ruthie Ridderhoff led the team in blocks and with Jordan Lyons and Maja Zuber had kills that carried the team to the win. Setter Erin McPhilomy did a superb job placing the ball so our hitters could get those kills. Our Lady Cavs enter the district playoffs this week in second place after a season culminating in a record of 20-4 overall and 7-3 in the region. Every single player on this team has been an important part of this success story and contributed to this great season both on and off the court. The first playoff game is Monday, October 28 at 7:00pm at Woodson. Come on fans, don your red, white and blue and get to the gym to cheer your extremely talented home team on to victory!!! They are on a roll with a seven game winning streak. Let's get behind our our girls and make it EIGHT!

Military Appreciation Night Cont'd

A few individuals were honored as honorary captains for the coin toss before the game. Please see at the bottom of the newsletter for the details of each.

Brigadier General John Allen is the Air Force Director of Civil Engineers.  He is responsible for providing policy and oversight for the planning, development, construction, maintenance, utilities and environmental quality of 183 Air Force bases worldwide. This responsibility includes housing, fire emergency services, explosive ordnance disposal and emergency management services. In this capacity he is the focal point for organizing, training and equipping the 51,000-person Air Force civil engineer force.  General Allen graduated from Virginia Tech in 1990. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels.  His overseas tours include service in the Republic of Korea, and in Southwest Asia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  His military decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster.  He is the Dad of Woodson seniors Emily and Sidney and sophomore Jack.

Rear Admiral Ann Burkhardt, has served in the Navy for 32 years and credits her career success to not only the people she’s both worked for and has led, but mostly to her support from her husband Michael and their five children; Michael Jr., Rachel, Julie, Amy (a Woodson Junior), and Paul. Admiral Burkhardt holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Jacksonville University, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University; and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. She was commissioned under the Nuclear Power Instructor Program and began her career as an instructor teaching math, reactor principles and physics, earning designation as a master training specialist at the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida.  As a Human Resources Officer, Admiral Burkhardt has spent her military career focused on total force human capital strategies for the Department of Defense’s most important resource:  people! Her assignments have been in the areas of training and education, personnel policy, management, manpower and requirements. Burkhardt is currently assigned at the Pentagon and is serving as Acting Deputy Director for the Office of Force Resiliency, under the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness.  Burkhardt's decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Admiral Thad Allen retired as the 23rd Commandant of the US Coast Guard in 2010.  A 1971 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Admiral Allen also holds Master Degrees from The George Washington University and MIT Sloan School.  In his thirty nine years of service, Admiral Allen has held operational command both at sea and ashore, conducting missions to support the maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship interests of the Nation. As a Flag Officer, he commanded the Seventh Coast Guard District, where he directed all operations in the Southeastern United States and Caribbean. He served aboard cutters Androscoggin and Gallatin and commanded the Citrus. He wore a dual hat as Commanding Officer of Group Long Island Sound and Captain of the Port, and he commanded Group Atlantic City and Long-Range Aids to Navigation (LORAN) Station Lampang, Thailand.  In 2005, he was designated principal federal official for the U.S. government’s response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita throughout the Gulf Coast region. In 2010, President Obama selected Thad to serve as the national incident commander for the unified response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Among his many personal awards, Admiral Allen was the first recipient of the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal and has been awarded three Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals and the Legion of Merit.  However he is most proud to be the father of Woodson’s own Amanda Burke and grandson AJ Foley and Woodson Graduate Corinne Burke. 

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Woodson Weekly - October 25th

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Woodson Weekly -
October 25th

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!

Woodson Pep Rally for the Washington Nationals this morning! 
Nicole D'Antonio, WTW alum WUSA9 morning reporter captured all the fun!
#oneWoodson  #FinishTheFight

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

In this Issue

1. Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game, Tonight!
2. Woodson Fall Festival  
3. Federal Impact Aid Forms
4. SIS Reports and Gradebook
5. Nominate a Cavalier
6. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session
7. Parents as Partners - Wellness
8. Expunge a Course
9. Milk & Cookies - End of 1st Quarter
11. Fall Production: Letters to Sala
12. Governor's School
13. Woodson Musicians Selected for Senior State Honors Choir
14. Volunteer Training for the Clinic
15. Frost Falcons 5K and Fun Run
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout
18. FCPS Cares

1. Military Appreciation Cookout and Varsity Football Game

Friday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m Woodson will pay tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces during its varsity football game versus the West Springfield Spartans, at Pat Cunningham Stadium.

All current and former military members with an ID are encouraged to attend, and will receive free general admission. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with a cook out for our Military Families prior to the game at 5:30 p.m.  The Army will have fun activities such as a basketball.  We will have Woodson High School Military Appreciation shirts for families to purchase for $10 as well.

It is a “Camo Out” so wear your Camouflage in support of all military men and women who have served and continue to serve our Country! #CAVSTRONG! #oneWoodson!

We still need volunteers for clean-up!  To SignUp to volunteer with the cookout, please sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c44a8a62ca64-military

2. Woodson Fall Festival

The Woodson SGA Leadership class is hosting their annual Fall Fest, a fun day for kids of all ages, on Saturday, October 26th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and will be located on the Woodson outdoor basketball courts, outside door 7 on the side of the school.  (In case of inclement weather, Fall Fest will be held in the Auxiliary Gym).

There will be Halloween themed games and crafts such as pumpkin painting, a moon bounce, candy, and much more! Be sure to wear your best costume!

Any questions? Email the Fall Fest committee at wtwfallfest@gmail.com.

3. Federal Impact Aid Forms

On Tuesday, October 22nd during 7th Period, Woodson sent home a Federal Impact Aid form with each student.  Please ask your teen for this form.  Please complete the form promptly and have your teen return it to their 7th Period teacher.  FCPS requires 100% of forms to be returned.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3 and sign the form.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Friday, November 1, 2019. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

A beautiful rainbow over Pat Cunningham Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

4. SIS Reports and Gradebook

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Wednesday, October 30th through Friday, November 8th during first quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Friday, November 1st, at 4 p.m. through Saturday, November 9th, at 6 a.m.

5. Nominate a Cavalier

Woodson HS is now accepting nominations for the 2019 – 2020 Outstanding Teacher/Staff Award Nominations.

Nominations are open in the following categories.

1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: At least (3) three years experience.
2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: less than (3) three years experience.
3. Outstanding Leader: At least one year experience as an Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, or Director of Student Services.
4. Outstanding Professional Employee: At least on year experience as Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, SOSA.
5. Outstanding Operational Employee: At least one year of experience in current position as Administrative Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.

Nominations for Woodson Teachers & Staff are due by Friday, November 8th.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them it is up to you!  Be as detailed as possible as your nomination will be used to complete the nomination packet for the selected staff member.  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail Marc Brooks at drbrooks@fcps.edu

The nomination form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y6xu7e93.  Thank you so much for taking the time to recognize W.T. Woodson Staff.

6. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session

On Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Cavalier Hall, Woodson is hosting a line-by-line information session for parents on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  This is the form used to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Understanding exactly what is expected will make completing the FAFSA easier.  To learn more about the FAFSA, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

Leadership students use world map to highlight diversity at Woodson.

7. Parents as Partners - Wellness

Thank you to the parents who came to our Parents as Partners Series #2 on Wellness on Wednesday.  Here is the link to the article as well as the Fairfax County Youth Survey: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and the link to the 3 to Succeed information: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/3-succeed

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, December 4th for our next Parents as Partners Series #3 on Alcohol, Vaping and other Drugs.

8. Expunge a Course

In accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents interested in expunging a course and removing the middle school course and associated credit from the high school transcript must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course.

For current ninth graders, the deadline to complete the expunge request is Friday, November 1st.

Please find the link to the expunge form below. The form outlines the guidelines and procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school. If you have questions about expunging a course, please contact your school counselor.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

9. Milk & Cookies - End of 1st Quarter

Friday, November 1st - A Woodson fan favorite, Milk & Cookies returns this school year! 

Modeled after the poem, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Kindergarten," this tradition is an opportunity to celebrate our students and show them positive community support. 

We need lots of help from parents to make this event happen.   Please visit the SignUp Genius to sign-up to bring cookies and/or to help us pass out cookies at school dismissal.  We need around 300 dozen to make sure we have enough cookies for all, so please donate generously!

The PTSO donates the milk for this event.  For any questions, please email:  WTWmilkncookies@gmail.com.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F45AEA829A4FC1-milk

10. Fall Production: Letters to Sala

Woodson Drama's fall play, Letters to Sala will run on the weekends starting Monday, November 1st through Saturday, November 9th.

Adapted from the book Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner and based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival during wartime Germany. Five years. Seven Nazi labor camps. Over 350 hidden letters. Sala Garncarz Kirschner kept her secret for over fifty years, concealing her incredibly painful history in a Spill and Spell box. Everything changes when Sala reveals the cache to her grown daughter, Ann.

Tickets are available online at www.wtwdrama.org.

The Connection Newspaper featured a story on Woodson's production in today's issue.

Students in Ms. Gowallis's Chemistry class learning the relationship between light and matter using a Spectra Test.

11. Governor's School

The application process for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools has begun. 

The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors and provides students with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. 

STUDENTS must indicate interest by completing the interest form no later than Tuesday, November 5th in order to be considered:

Academic

Visual and Performing Arts

Please contact Elizabeth Walter (ehwalter@fcps.edu) or Matt Dell’Orso (MIDellOrso@fcps.edu) with any questions.

12. Woodson Musicians Selected for Statewide Senior Honors Choir

Four Woodson choral musicians have been selected for Senior Honors Choir and will perform at the 2019 Virginia Music Educators Association state conference November 21-23 in Hot Springs.

Congratulations to: Alexandra Gosser, Neha Krishnakumar, Lydia Matson, Bonnie Pohland.

13. Volunteer Training for the Clinic

Parents--are you interested in volunteering in the school health room/clinic?

Free training for volunteers will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, November 14th in the Herndon/Reston District Office of the Fairfax County Health Department, 1850 Cameron Glen Dr., Room 600-Multipurpose Room, Reston, VA 20190. Phone: 703-481-4242.

No registration is required.

Students in Mr. Schaefer's Pre Calculus class in action on their FCPS laptops.

14. Frost Falcons on the Run 5K

Frost’s Falcons on the Run 5K and Fun Run community event and ONLY school-wide fundraiser is on Saturday, November 16th.  Frost hopes you will join in the fun.

This event has supported our efforts with our outdoor classroom, solar stream, instructional technology, and many other initiatives at Frost MS.  We will be donating a portion of our earnings to Hope for the Warriors in honor of our military families again this year. 

For full details and to register, visit the Frost on the Run website.

15. Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know that last year’s yearbook sold out? Did you know that the 2020 yearbook will never be cheaper than it is today?

Order your yearbook now, before the crush of the school year!

16. Medicine Cabinet Cleanout   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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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WTW PTSO WeMail - October 22

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Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game

On Friday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m., Woodson will pay tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces during its varsity football game versus the West Springfield Spartans, at Pat Cunningham Stadium.

All current and former military members with an ID are encouraged to attend, and will receive free general admission. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with a cook out for our Military Families prior to the game at 5:30 p.m.  The Coast Guard will provide a static boat for kids of all ages to explore and the Army will have fun activities such as a basketball.  We will have Woodson High School Military Appreciation shirts for families to purchase for $10 as well.

It is a “Camo Out” so wear your Camouflage in support of all military men and women who have served and continue to serve our Country! #CAVSTRONG! #oneWoodson!

To SignUp to volunteer with the cookout, please sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c44a8a62ca64-military

For military families to RSVP to the cookout, please sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c44a8a62ca64-military1

Federal Impact Aid Forms

On Tuesday, October 22nd during 7th Period, Woodson will be sending home a Federal Impact Aid form with each student.  Please ask your teen for this form on Tuesday after school.  Please complete the form promptly and have your teen return it to their 7th Period teacher.  FCPS requires 100% participation for this program.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3 and sign the form.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Friday, November 1, 2019. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Nominate a Cavalier

Woodson HS is now accepting nominations for the 2019 – 2020 Outstanding Teacher/Staff Award Nominations.

Nominations are open in the following categories.

1. Outstanding Teacher/librarian: At least (3) three years experience.
2. Outstanding New Teacher/librarian: less than (3) three years experience.
3. Outstanding Leader: At least one year experience as an Assistant Principal, Director of Student Activities, or Director of Student Services.
4. Outstanding Professional Employee: At least on year experience as Technology Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, SOSA.
5. Outstanding Operational Employee: At least one year of experience in current position as Administrative Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service, IA's, Parent Liaisons.

Nominations for Woodson Teachers & Staff are due by Friday, November 8th.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them it is up to you!  Be as detailed as possible as your nomination will be used to complete the nomination packet for the selected staff member.  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail Marc Brooks at drbrooks@fcps.edu. 

The nomination form can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y6xu7e93.  Thank you so much for taking the time to recognize W.T. Woodson Staff.

Parents as Partners - Session 2

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

It's Time to Submit Your PTSO Fall Grant Application

Attention ALL members of the PTSO! You are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a program/ event/ equipment!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning THIS WEEK until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25th.  Grant requests will be accepted using the form found here and on the PTSO website.  In previous years, the PTSO has funded grants to buy classroom equipment, purchase microwaves for the cafeteria, and more.

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Masquerade Orchestra Concert

Get in the Fall spirit Friday, October 25th at 7 p.m. with our Orchestras playing Thriller, Yesterday, Beauty and the Beast, Hey Jude, Spirit of Adventure, A Million Dreams, amongst other fabulous selections. We will have guest Elementary students performing (future WTW students) as well. Free admission and yes, free candy too!

FRUIT!!!

The W.T. Woodson Band is offering fresh fruit for delivery in early December. Get fresh Florida oranges and grapefruit straight from the grove, driven by truck up 95, and delivered by your favorite band student.

There are some great gift packages, and apples are offered as well. So don’t delay and check out FloridaIndianRiverGroves.com. Click Order Now, type in Organization Code 171874, make your juicy fruit selections, and at check out pick your favorite band student. Direct mail is also available if you live out of town. So don’t delay - you don’t want to see that truck and wish you could have gotten some of that Florida sunshine!  And thanks for your support of our wonderful musical band!!!

Fall Festival

The W.T. Woodson SGA Leadership class is hosting their annual Fall Fest, a fun day for kids of all ages! Fall Fest is Saturday, October 26th from 11am - 2pm, and will be located on the Woodson outdoor basketball courts, outside door 7 on the side of the school (In case of inclement weather, Fall Fest will be held in the Auxiliary Gym).

There will be Halloween themed games and crafts such as pumpkin painting, a moon bounce, candy, and much more! Be sure to wear your best costume!

Any questions? Email the Fall Fest committee at wtwfallfest@gmail.com.

FAFSA Line-By-Line

Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m., Cav Hall – The FAFSA Line-by-Line information session will walk attendees through each line of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA).  You will understand exactly what asked by each question and be better able to complete the FAFSA on your own if you choose to do so.

Milk & Cookies - End of 1st Quarter

Friday, November 1st - A Woodson fan favorite, Milk & Cookies returns this school year! 

Modeled after the poem, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Kindergarten," this tradition is an opportunity to celebrate our students and show them positive community support. 

We need lots of help from parents to make this event happen.   Please visit the SignUp Genius to sign-up to bring cookies and/or to help us pass out cookies at school dismissal.  We need around 300 dozen to make sure we have enough cookies for all, so please donate generously!

The PTSO donates the milk for this event.  For any questions, please email:  WTWmilkncookies@gmail.com.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F45AEA829A4FC1-milk

Mock SAT/Mock ACT is back!

Once again, the Woodson PTSO is pleased to announce that Mindworks Educational Services will continue to provide this wonderful opportunity for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

Sign up and payment link will be posted later this week on the PTSO website:   https://www.woodsonptso.org/

Please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597 with any questions.

Apply for Governor's School

The application process for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools has begun. 

The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors and provides students with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. 

STUDENTS must indicate interest by completing the interest form no later than Tuesday, November 5th in order to be considered:

Academic

Visual and Performing Arts

There will be an interest meeting on Wednesday, October 23rd at 3:00 p.m. in Cav Hall for students. Students, if you are interested in applying to Governor’s School, please plan to attend the meeting.

Please contact Elizabeth Walter (ehwalter@fcps.edu) or Matt Dell’Orso (MIDellOrso@fcps.edu) with any questions.

New Emails!

Our PTSO is changing all of our emails to gmail, so please check our site for the latest email addresses here:

https://www.woodsonptso.org/our-team.html

Did you know that every single penny of your membership fees stay right here at Woodson? If you haven’t joined yet, become a member

Want to donate? You can here!

Woodson Holiday Craft Show

Mark your calendars for WTWoodson’s 25th annual Holiday Craft Show!

Saturday, November 2nd from 10am-4pm. 

This exceptional show features over handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, pottery, giftware, and so much more. There will be over 100 exhibitors and Admission is FREE!

All proceeds benefit the W.T. Woodson Crew Team.

Election Day is November 5th

There are some very important local races this year including both of Woodson's FCPS school board representatives and all three at-large school board members.  There is a non-partisan candidates' forum for Providence district on October 16 at 7pm at the Providence Community Center.  Here is a full list of candidates' forums to hear from candidates in different races.

http://www.fccpta.org/running-pta/advocacy/2019-candidate-forums/

Seniors can earn volunteer hours for Government class by volunteering at these sanctioned events.

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Get Crafty, Get Pizza, and Help the Crew Team at AC Moore and Flippin’ Pizza

You can be crafty AND help the Woodson Crew Team by shopping at AC Moore on Friday November 8 — just show this flyer when you check out!  Then bring this flyer to Flippin’ Pizza from 4-8pm on Saturday, November 9th...every slice helps the crew team!

Holiday Help for Families in Need

Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking community members to provide Thanksgiving meals, December Holiday meals and gifts for children in December to 500 families in need who live throughout the Fairfax County area. This is a great family or group service project. Donations of funds or gift cards to assist families who are matched with sponsors are also greatly needed. Visit Britepaths Holiday Program page to Learn more, Register or Donate. Contact Shefali Ryan at 703.273.8829 x888 or sryan@britepaths.org with questions.

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Thanks to all of the parents and students who volunteered for our Tag Day Event on Saturday!  We had 127 Choral students and 37 drivers supported by 20 parent volunteers raise just under $15,000 (and counting).  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Dessert Fundraiser orders and payments due on Monday, October 21st.  Parent Volunteers are needed to help with orders that are to be picked up on Friday, November 1st. Please sign up through the Dessert Sign-Up.

Spring Trip to Nashville: Forms and payments for the Spring Trip are due by Friday, October 25th.

Upcoming Events:

October 22nd      Vocal Ensemble Chorus Concert (Nova-Alexandria Campus)

October 26th       Student Social Event

Woodson Drama Boosters

Mark your calendars for the Fall production of Letters to Sala. Performances are November 1,  2,  7,  8 and 9 at 7:30pm and November 2 at 2pm. Tickets are available now! Please use this link to purchase tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15608/wtwoodson-high-school

Based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival in Nazi labor camps and the secret letters she risks her life to keep. When Sala reveals the letters to her grown daughter 50 years later, three generations of women must work together to sift through the past and come to terms with the significance of the letters.

Woodson Precisionettes Dance Camp

What to do on a school holiday?  Join the Woodson Precisionettes at their Descendants-theme dance camp for kids in grades K-8th grade.  Dancers will participate in the pre-game performance on 11/8!   Download more details and the registration form here:  https://wtwoodsonsports.org/main/teamfiles/id/3408/seasonid/4352073

Camp Dates: November 4th & 5th (FCPS Student Holiday) 

Time: Dance 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm 

Performance: November 8th (Pregame Performance and more!) 

Cost: $100 

Participants: K through 8th grade** Place: Woodson HS Dance Room

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

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 per student, $6 per ticket 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 like football, field hockey and volleyball games and then basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc.; you can 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).

FCPS SEPTA and the ACSD

The Fairfax County Special Education PTA will host a meeting the same night as the The FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD). First from 6 to 7 pm, SEPTA will feature a presentation by Racehl Bailey entitled, “Preparing Children for Adulthood While Still Letting Them be Kids.” Then the ACSD at 7 pm is holding a Meet and Greet for families, staff, and community members to learn how we advise the school board and superintendent about needs for special education in FCPS. The Meet and Greet will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd from 7-9 pm at Luther Jackson MS in Falls Church. Dr. Scott Brabrand and Staff from the FCPS Office of Special Services will be present to introduce themselves as well. All families, staff, and community members are welcome.

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Fall Sports Highlights

This week the Woodson Varsity field hockey team was home against Marshall in the final seasonal game.  The game was played at a frenetic pace all over the field.  Chief instigator was senior Anna Stribling who covered the entire field with a constant pressure on the ball.  The first goal of the night credited Zoe Hite with an assist and senior Izzy Gonzales’ the goal.  The second was the result of a chain of assists that ended with an Allie Maahs pass to senior Anabel Heisley who set-up Katie Williams’ finish.  The Lady Cavs went into half-time with a controlling two goal lead.  Stand-out play came from Maahs who played exceptionally tough all night.  Makayla Mastal contributed on both sides of the ball with some nice passes up the sideline and great tackles.  The score remained through the second half.  Final, 2-0.  Cavs win.

Co-Ed Golf - On October 3, senior Amelia Noca competed in the Occoquan Boys Regional Golf qualifier at Laurel Hill Golf Course.  Amelia fired an impressive 80 on an always-challenging course, narrowly missing qualifying for the Boys State tournament.  Competing against a very tough field, Amelia placed in the top 5 among players who were not members of the two teams that qualified (Fairfax and Hayfield).  Amelia, along with sophomore Zara Karim, will compete in the Zone 4A Girls Regional qualifier on October 23, also at Laurel Hill.  Best of luck to both girls as they vie for a chance to play in the Girls State Tournament on October 28 and 29 in Harrisonburg.

Two more wins for Woodson Girls Volleyball this week! The Cavs faced West Springfield last Tuesday and took the win in 3 sets. Jordan Lyons led the team in kills and with Jaden Reasor putting up a strong defense on the back line. Defensive Specialist Rachel Huh bolstered the team to the win with some strong serving. Thursday night was an incredible Senior Night. After a great day of celebrating our seniors Becca Rainey, Maja Zuber, Nicole Gibson, Jordan Lyons, Olivia Guerra, Sarah Leaming, Katie Burruss, Anna Lee and our senior managers Holly Highsmith and Cindy Li, our seniors took the court against Robinson and fought hard. Anna Lee brought great energy to the court and Becca Rainey got two assisted blocks in the first set. Katie Burruss played strong at the net and got a superb kill. Our seniors kept the score very close but ultimately lost the first set. Not defeated in spirit, the ladies played tough taking the Rams to 27-25 for the second set. Olivia Guerra, Maja Zuber and Jordan Lyons were strong all around the court leading to the final 3-1 win. Cavalier Volleyball record is now 19-4 with our district record at 6-3. Our last regular season game: AWAY - Tuesday, Oct 22 - 7:15 -Fairfax High School.  District playoffs will then commence and we are sure to see our Lady Cavs advance as long as they keep playing like they are! Check in at Woodson Sports page to find out game details and come cheer our girls all the way to States!!!

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Woodson Weekly - October 18th

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Woodson Weekly -
October 18th

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 in Dr. Morgan's Genetics & Biotech class sorting fruit files.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

In this Issue

1. Parent Volunteers Needed - Hearing and Vision Screening
2. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups
3. Federal Impact Aid Forms
4. Governor's School
5. Administrative Change at Woodson
6. Parents as Partners - Session 2, Wellness
7. Resources Night
8. AP Test Opt Out Information
9. Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game
10. Woodson Fall Festival 
11. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session
12. Fall Production: Letters to Sala
13. Expunge a Course
14. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs
15. Reserve Your Yearbook
16. Car Wash Cancelled
17. Thank you from Region 5 - Hurricane Relief
18. FCPS Cares

1. Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21st and 22nd, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.

We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

2. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups

Underclassmen: Make-up pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 22nd in the Dance Studio.

Seniors: Make-up portraits will be taken October 21st-28th. Call LifeTouch at 800-445-1189.  Be sure to make an appointment to get your picture taken.  There is no charge to sit for your portrait and get your picture in the yearbook!

3. Federal Impact Aid Forms

On Tuesday, October 22nd during 7th Period, Woodson will be sending home a Federal Impact Aid form with each student.  Please ask your teen for this form on Tuesday after school.  Please complete the form promptly and have your teen return it to their 7th Period teacher.  FCPS requires 100% participation for this program.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3 and sign the form.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Friday, November 1, 2019. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Students in Advanced Studio Art paint along the banks of Burke Lake.

4. Governor's School

The application process for the 2020 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools has begun. 

The Summer Residential Governor’s Schools program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors and provides students with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. 

STUDENTS must indicate interest by completing the interest form no later than Tuesday, November 5th in order to be considered:

Academic

Visual and Performing Arts

There will be an interest meeting on Wednesday, October 23rd at 3:00 p.m. in Cav Hall for students. Students, if you are interested in applying to Governor’s School, please plan to attend the meeting.

Please contact Elizabeth Walter (ehwalter@fcps.edu) or Matt Dell’Orso (MIDellOrso@fcps.edu) with any questions.

5. Administrative Change at Woodson

As of November 1, 2019, Dr. Disalvo will be taking an interim position as the Director of Student Services at another high school for approximately 6 months.   This is an incredible growth opportunity for her.  We will miss her, wish her all the best and will look forward to having her back!   There will be further communication around who will fill Dr. Disalvo's role as she is our 10th grade administrator.   Congratulations Dr. Disalvo!

6. Parents as Partners - Session 2

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

7. Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS, ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

Woodson art teacher Jayne Matricardi-Burke, assistant principal George Hewan, and his son in front of Ms. Matricardi-Burke's artwork at the 12th annual Artist-Teacher Exhibition. 

This art exhibition recognizes the creativity and technical expertise of FCPS art teachers.  The exhibition runs through October 26th at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

8. AP Test Opt Out Forms

This is a reminder that AP Exam Opt-Out forms are due no later than Friday, October 25th. Timely submission of the Opt-Out form indicating which AP exam(s) a student does not wish to take is necessary for the student to avoid fees. AP Exam registration cannot be updated or changed past October 25. 

The College Board is assessing a $40 fee to students who are registered for the AP exam but do not sit for the AP exam.  Students will be charged the College Board’s $40 fee if they decide not to take an AP exam(s) and did not submit an Opt-Out form by October 25, or if a student drops an AP course after the Opt-Out deadline of October 25.

AP Opt Out forms were mailed home the first week of October. Please contact Student Services at 703-503-4623 if you did not receive an opt out form or if you have any questions.

9. Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game

Friday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m Woodson will pay tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces during its varsity football game versus the West Springfield Spartans, at Pat Cunningham Stadium.

All current and former military members with an ID are encouraged to attend, and will receive free general admission. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with a cook out for our Military Families prior to the game at 5:30 p.m.  The Coast Guard will provide a static boat for kids of all ages to explore and the Army will have fun activities such as a basketball.  We will have Woodson High School Military Appreciation shirts for families to purchase for $10 as well.

It is a “Camo Out” so wear your Camouflage in support of all military men and women who have served and continue to serve our Country! #CAVSTRONG! #oneWoodson!

To SignUp to volunteer with the cookout, please https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c44a8a62ca64-military

For military families to RSVP to the cookout, please sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c44a8a62ca64-military1

10. Woodson Fall Festival

The Woodson SGA Leadership class is hosting their annual Fall Fest, a fun day for kids of all ages, on Saturday, October 26th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and will be located on the Woodson outdoor basketball courts, outside door 7 on the side of the school.  (In case of inclement weather, Fall Fest will be held in the Auxiliary Gym).

There will be Halloween themed games and crafts such as pumpkin painting, a moon bounce, candy, and much more! Be sure to wear your best costume!

Any questions? Email the Fall Fest committee at wtwfallfest@gmail.com.

11. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session

On Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Cavalier Hall, Woodson is hosting a line-by-line information session for parents on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  This is the form used to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Understanding exactly what is expected will make completing the FAFSA easier.  To learn more about the FAFSA, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

12. Fall Production: Letters to Sala

Woodson Drama's fall play, Letters to Sala will run on the weekends starting Monday, November 1st through Saturday, November 9th.

Adapted from the book Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirschner and based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival during wartime Germany. Five years. Seven Nazi labor camps. Over 350 hidden letters. Sala Garncarz Kirschner kept her secret for over fifty years, concealing her incredibly painful history in a Spill and Spell box. Everything changes when Sala reveals the cache to her grown daughter, Ann.

Tickets are available online at www.wtwdrama.org.

13. Expunge a Course

In accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents interested in expunging a course and removing the middle school course and associated credit from the high school transcript must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course.

For current ninth graders, the deadline to complete the expunge request is Friday, November 1st.

Please find the link to the expunge form below. The form outlines the guidelines and procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school. If you have questions about expunging a course, please contact your school counselor.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

14. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on Monday, October 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. 

Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges, international colleges, and military academies. Additionally, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process, standardized testing, and financial aid.

Interpreters will be available during College Night, but these services must be requested in advance by contacting Susie Statham at sstatham@fcps.edu or at 571-423-4429. Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code, which will allow colleges to scan the student’s information instead of having to fill out an information card for each college or university.

Details and registration are available online

15. Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know that last year’s yearbook sold out? Did you know that the 2020 yearbook will never be cheaper than it is today?

Order your yearbook now, before the crush of the school year!

16. Car Wash Cancelled

The boys lacrosse car wash originally scheduled for this Saturday, October 19th has been cancelled.  A reschedule date will be announced soon.

17. Thank you from Region 5 - Hurricane Relief

Dear Region 5 Communities,

Thank you for coming together to support the Bahamas after Dorian’s deadly destruction over a month ago. We were able to raise $8,650 to help support the area. All donations from the GoFundMe page are now being delivered to the UNICEF organization.

Thank you again for your kindness, generosity, and care!

  18. 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)

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WTW PTSO WeMail - October 15

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Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21st and 22nd, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

Parents as Partners - Session 2

In response to the Family Engagement Survey administered during the 2018-19 School Year, Woodson is focusing on sharing information with parents to help parents improve their child’s learning and to identify and develop social and emotional skills for students to be successful.  In addition, we are looking for ways to maintain two way communication between families and the school. 

One way we are engaging families is through monthly parent seminars.  In addition to the PTSO meetings (held on the second Tuesday of each month), administrators and counselors will plan and deliver a monthly seminar based on various topics. 

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

It's Time to Submit Your PTSO Fall Grant Application

Attention ALL members of the PTSO! You are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a program/ event/ equipment!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning THIS WEEK until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25th.  Grant requests will be accepted using the form found here and on the PTSO website.  In previous years, the PTSO has funded grants to buy classroom equipment, purchase microwaves for the cafeteria, and more.

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game

Save the date!  Friday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. Woodson will pay tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces during its varsity football game versus the West Springfield Spartans, at Pat Cunningham Stadium.

All current and former military members with an ID are encouraged to attend, and will receive free general admission. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with a cook out for our Military Families prior to the game at 6:15 p.m.  The Coast Guard will provide a static boat for kids of all ages to explore.  We will have Woodson High School Military Appreciation shirts for families to purchase as well.

More information on how to RSVP and a SignUpGenius with opportunities to volunteer will be coming soon!

It is a “Camo Out” so wear your Camouflage in support of all military men and women who have served and continue to serve our Country! #CAVSTRONG! #oneWoodson!

Fall Festival

The W.T. Woodson SGA Leadership class is hosting their annual Fall Fest, a fun day for kids of all ages! Fall Fest is Saturday, October 26th from 11am - 2pm, and will be located on the Woodson outdoor basketball courts, outside door 7 on the side of the school (In case of inclement weather, Fall Fest will be held in the Auxiliary Gym).

There will be Halloween themed games and crafts such as pumpkin painting, a moon bounce, candy, and much more! Be sure to wear your best costume!

Any questions? Email the Fall Fest committee at wtwfallfest@gmail.com.

FAFSA Line-By-Line

Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m., Cav Hall – The FAFSA Line-by-Line information session will walk attendees through each line of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA).  You will understand exactly what asked by each question and be better able to complete the FAFSA on your own if you choose to do so.

Milk & Cookies - End of 1st Quarter

Friday, November 1st - A Woodson fan favorite, Milk & Cookies returns this school year! 

Modeled after the poem, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Kindergarten," this tradition is an opportunity to celebrate our students and show them positive community support. 

We need lots of help from parents to make this event happen.   Please visit the SignUp Genius to sign-up to bring cookies and/or to help us pass out cookies at school dismissal.  We need around 300 dozen to make sure we have enough cookies for all, so please donate generously!

The PTSO donates the milk for this event.  For any questions, please email:  WTWmilkncookies@gmail.com.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F45AEA829A4FC1-milk

Mock SAT/Mock ACT is back!

Once again, the Woodson PTSO is pleased to announce that Mindworks Educational Services will continue to provide this wonderful opportunity for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

Sign up and payment link will be posted later this week on the PTSO website:   https://www.woodsonptso.org/

Please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597 with any questions.

New Emails!

Our PTSO is changing all of our emails to gmail, so please check our site for the latest email addresses here:

https://www.woodsonptso.org/our-team.html

Did you know that every single penny of your membership fees stay right here at Woodson? If you haven’t joined yet, become a member

Want to donate? You can here!

Woodson Holiday Craft Show

Mark your calendars for WTWoodson’s 25th annual Holiday Craft Show!

Saturday, November 2nd from 10am-4pm. 

This exceptional show features over handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, pottery, giftware, and so much more. There will be over 100 exhibitors and Admission is FREE!

All proceeds benefit the W.T. Woodson Crew Team.

Election Day is November 5th

There are some very important local races this year including both of Woodson's FCPS school board representatives and all three at-large school board members.  There is a non-partisan candidates' forum for Providence district on October 16 at 7pm at the Providence Community Center.  Here is a full list of candidates' forums to hear from candidates in different races.

http://www.fccpta.org/running-pta/advocacy/2019-candidate-forums/

Seniors can earn volunteer hours for Government class by volunteering at these sanctioned events.

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Boys Lacrosse Car Wash this Saturday

Come out to Woodson this Saturday, October 19th between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to get your car washed and help raise money for the Woodson Boys Lacrosse program!  

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Tag Day is on Saturday, October 19th, from 8:30am to 1:30pm.  We need both students and parent volunteers to make this a success.  Student Volunteers can sign up in the Chorus Room.  Parent drivers interested in volunteering, please use the Woodson Tag Day Sign Up Genius here!

Spring Trip to Nashville: Forms and payments for the Spring Trip are due by October 25th.

Upcoming Events:

October 16th        District Chorus commitment and payment due

October 19th        TAG DAY

October 21st               Dessert Fundraiser Orders and Payments due

October 22nd              Vocal Ensemble Chorus Concert (Nova-Alexandria Campus)

October 26th               Student Social Event

Woodson Drama Boosters

Mark your calendars for the Fall production of Letters to Sala. Performances are November 1st,  2nd,  7th,  8th and 9th at 7:30 p.m. and November 2nd at 2 p.m. Based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival in Nazi labor camps and the secret letters she risks her life to keep. When Sala reveals the letters to her grown daughter 50 years later, three generations of women must work together to sift through the past and come to terms with the significance of the letters.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

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 per student, $6 per ticket 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 like football, field hockey and volleyball games and then basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc.; you can 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).

Spread the word!

Want to share content for our PTSO Members? Spread the word that this is the place to do it!  Have questions? Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com!

Are you a PTSO member? Find us on Facebook - WT Woodson PTSO. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325539501108550/

Fall Sports Highlights

The Lady Cavs Varsity field hockey team travelled to the Robinson Rams.  Seniors Anna Stribling and Bridget Cassata kept the ball moving from the defense through the midfield.  On the attack, Senior Anabel Heisley was a constant threat in attack.  At halftime though the two teams remained at an impasse.  Woodson demonstrated great team play, a state that has become a hallmark of the 2019 season.  Significant contributors included Allie Maahs and Zoe Hite.  However, the scoring account remained unopened.  This changed as the game entered overtime.  Rams made an attack, but the Lady Cavs defense held strong.  Cassata emerged with the ball and found Stephan making a run and connected the pass.  Senior Izzy Gonzales attacked in unison creating a passing option on which Stephan capitalized.  Gonzales returned the ball to Stephan forcing the Robinson defenders to adjust.  As they shifted, Stephan passed back to Gonzales for the shot, goal, and win.  Final score, 1-0.  Cavs win.

This week was a great week to be a Cavalier for our Volleyball team! Our ladies went 3-0 against James Madison last Monday. Hitter Katie Burruss was back in the game after an injury and right away racked up some kills for the Cavs as did Middle Simone Barry. Thank you to everyone who came out for Dig Pink on Thursday for our game against Lake Braddock! It was a “Pink Out” night with delicious baked goods, great raffle prizes and a successful fundraiser for breast cancer research through The Side Out Foundation. After a tough loss to LBSS last month the Cavs were hungry for a win. With the excitement and hype of Dig Pink, great attitude and super effort, our ladies did just that with another 3-0 win! Jordan Lyons and Amy Burkhardt continued to perform strong, hustling in defense and hitting hard for kills from the back and front row. Maggie Cox brought her strong serves to the game and Olivia Guerra and Maja Zuber stopped the Bruins hits with six blocks each for the night. It took every girl playing her part in every position to make this strong win happen. We are now 17-4 overall and 4-3 in the district. Way to go Lady Cavs! Tuesday, Oct 15 is an away game at West Springfield (7:15pm). Please come out to Woodson on Thursday, Oct. 17 to celebrate our seniors for our Senior Night. Let’s cheer our ladies on for a win against Robinson. This should be a very exciting game! Bring your spirit and let’s fill the house!

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Woodson Weekly - October 11th

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Woodson Weekly -
October 11th

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 in Mr. MacNabb's honors government class participate in a trivia game, Kahoot! and score on the final jeapordy question.  https://youtu.be/v6j6UszIiq8

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

Wednesday, October 16th - PSAT Day, 2 hour early release

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. No School Monday, October 14th
2. Woodson earns Purple Star Designation
3. Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game
4. Missed Assignments
5. PSAT Day, October 16th
6. AP Test Opt Out Information
7. Health Information Form
8. Expunge a Course
9. Fall Blood Drive
10. Parent Volunteers Needed - Hearing and Vision Screening
11. Parents as Partners - Session 2
12. Resources Night
13. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session
14. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook
15. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups
16. Academic Letter Awards
17. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs
18. Reserve Your Yearbook
19. Woodson Gift Ideas
20. FCPS Cares

1. No School Monday

As a reminder, school will be closed for students on Monday, October 14th, for the Columbus Day holiday. October 14th is a school planning day for staff members. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 15th. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

2. Woodson earns Purple Star Designation

The Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity of Military Children has selected W.T. Woodson High School as a 2019 Purple Star designee.

The Council applauds and appreciates Woodson's outstanding commitment to serving the needs of military students and families. Our dedicated program truly serves as an inspiring model for other schools across Virginia.

3. Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game

Save the date!  Friday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m Woodson will pay tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces during its varsity football game versus the West Springfield Spartans, at Pat Cunningham Stadium.

All current and former military members with an ID are encouraged to attend, and will receive free general admission. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with a cook out for our Military Families prior to the game at 6:15PM.  The Coast Guard will provide a static boat for kids of all ages to explore.  We will have Woodson High School Military Appreciation shirts for families to purchase as well.

It is a “Camo Out” so wear your Camouflage in support of all military men and women who have served and continue to serve our Country! #CAVSTRONG! #oneWoodson!

4. Missed Assignments

Parents, please remember when students have an excused absence, they are expected to take the initiative to make up missed assignments and assessments. Our teachers are more than happy to work with students on make ups and students are encouraged to advocate early and often to ensure they are not overloaded after being out.

One episode of strep throat can put a student out for several days; teachers understand and are sympathetic but need the students to help plan for those make ups as only they know their own assignment load and calendar. For the rare UNEXCUSED absence, please know that according to FCPS Grading and Reporting, teachers do not have to allow the make ups.

Sophomore student, Winter acting as “docent” for students in Mr. Wright's AP World History, explaining the Abbasid Theme Park and its elements.

5. PSAT Test Day, October 16th 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 16th. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.  

Students may prepare for the PSAT by getting a good night’s sleep prior to the test and eating breakfast the morning of the test.  Students need to bring a calculator and two No. 2 pencils to the test.  It is also recommended that students bring snacks and drinks, which they may access during the two 5-minute breaks during the test.  Electronic devices (cell phones, Bluetooth devices, smartwatches, etc.) must be turned off and put away for the entire testing period.

Students with an approved accommodation for extended testing time must arrange for transportation home from school since they will not finish testing before the buses depart (PSAT with 50% extended time – dismissal at approximately 2:10PM).

9th Grade students will participate in a career readiness program and executive function activities.  They must bring their fully charged laptop and ear buds on Wednesday.

Seniors are encouraged to use this day for college visits, college applications and post graduate opportunities.

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications.

Lunch will be a grab-n-go at 12:25 p.m. and students will be released at 12:55 p.m. on this day.

Contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu with questions.

6. AP Test Opt Out Information

On Tuesday, October 1st, an AP Opt Out Form was mailed via USPS to every student who is currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement course through FCPS.  FCPS will pay for up to six (6) AP Exams throughout a student’s tenure in FCPS.  Any exam taken beyond six will require a fee of $94 to be paid to FCPS.  Students who have exceeded their six (6) AP exams will be billed in December.

The Opt Out Form allows students and families to opt out of any of their current AP exams. Please understand that it is Woodson’s and FCPS’s full expectation that every student enrolled in an AP course complete the course and take the AP exam in May. If a student wishes to opt out of an exam, they must indicate this on the official FCPS Opt Out Form by Friday, October 25th. This is the only way students are able to opt out of an AP exam.

If you have questions about the new AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Test Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee, at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

7. Health Information Form

Health Information Forms provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

Please contact Woodson's public health nurse, Kate Boyd with any questions at koboyd@fcps.edu.

8. Expunge a Course

In accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents interested in expunging a course and removing the middle school course and associated credit from the high school transcript must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course.

For current ninth graders, the deadline to complete the expunge request is Friday, November 1st.

Please find the link to the expunge form below. The form outlines the guidelines and procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school. If you have questions about expunging a course, please contact your school counselor.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

9. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, October 18th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room A232 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to amwilliams@fcps.edu!

The Key Club is sponsoring the drive.  Students are required to be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110lbs. All students are also required to have a parental consent form signed. Inova needs 250 units a day, just for regular needs in this area, so we are hoping to supply a large amount of those units! The Attendance Office will be monitoring students’ attendance.

10. Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21st and 22nd, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.

We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

October 14-18 is Teen Reading Week. 

11. Parents as Partners - Session 2

In response to the Family Engagement Survey administered during the 2018-19 School Year, Woodson is focusing on sharing information with parents to help parents improve their child’s learning and to identify and develop social and emotional skills for students to be successful.  In addition, we are looking for ways to maintain two way communication between families and the school. 

One way we are engaging families is through monthly parent seminars.  In addition to the PTSO meetings (held on the second Tuesday of each month), administrators and counselors will plan and deliver a monthly seminar based on various topics. 

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

Students in Ms. Babcock's honors physics class calculate equations.

12. Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS, ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

13. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session

On Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Cavalier Hall, Woodson is hosting a line-by-line information session for parents on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  This is the form used to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Understanding exactly what is expected will make completing the FAFSA easier.  To learn more about the FAFSA, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

14. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2020 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2020 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING BABY ADS is Sunday, October 13th!

15. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups

Senior portrait make-ups will be October 21st-28th.

Look for a postcard in your mailbox after October 4th for your appointment date and time. You can always call LifeTouch at 800-445-1189 to make or change at appointment. Be sure your senior gets their picture taken in this time window to be included in the yearbook!

Underclass portrait make-ups will be on Tuesday, October 22nd.

16. Academic Letter Awards

Each year, Woodson High School recognizes our academic scholars who have achieved a 4.0 grade point average in the previous school year while attending Woodson High School. While we have recognized students for their achievement in a variety of ways including formal ceremonies and informal gatherings, we have received mixed feedback on the ceremony from the students receiving these awards and their parents.

Last month, the PTSO conducted a survey of the more than 540 recipients and their families to help measure the desire for a formal ceremony. Of the hundreds of responses we received from parents and students, the majority did not wish to attend a formal ceremony.

Based on this feedback from parents and students, we will be moving away from the formal ceremony and moving in a different direction to award our students with academic letters or pins for their great achievement. Certificates and letters/pins will be given to awardees during the school day. Because there are over 540 recipients, not all students will receive their award on the same day. Student Services will be working diligently to ensure students receive their award before Thanksgiving break.

We congratulate our students on earning this outstanding honor and wish them the best of luck this school year and beyond!

Class of 2020 Panoramic

17. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on Monday, October 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. 

Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges, international colleges, and military academies. Additionally, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process, standardized testing, and financial aid.

Interpreters will be available during College Night, but these services must be requested in advance by contacting Susie Statham at sstatham@fcps.edu or at 571-423-4429. Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code, which will allow colleges to scan the student’s information instead of having to fill out an information card for each college or university.

Details and registration are available online

18. Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know that last year’s yearbook sold out? Did you know that the 2020 yearbook will never be cheaper than it is today?

Order your yearbook now, before the crush of the school year!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

19. Woodson Gift Ideas

It's not too early to start thinking about gift ideas for the holidays.  Brighten up your holiday season with a W.T. Woodson ornament or a Woodson car magnet!

These make great stocking stuffers for Woodson students, staff, alumni, and graduating seniors.

Purchase your gifts through MySchoolBucks or at the Woodson main office.  If ordering online, you can select school pickup or have the items shipped directly to your home.  Ornaments are $10.00; magnets are $5.00.

For more information, contact Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu.

  20. 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)

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WTW PTSO WeMail - October 8

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PTSO Meeting Tonight!

Our next PTSO meeting is tonight, Tuesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. in the Library.

Unfortunately, when we planned out our meetings for the year, we did not realize that tonight's meeting was falling on the eve of Yom Kippur and for that we are truly sorry.

It is not possible to reschedule without conflicting with other events at Woodson, so if you cannot attend next week please email WPTSOPres@gmail.com if you have any topics or questions you would like to present to the PTSO membership.

Thank you!

Thank you to the parents who responded to the last minute call for volunteers at Saturday's Homecoming Dance.  The Leadership Faculty sponsors truly appreciated your support.

New Emails!

Our PTSO is changing all of our emails to gmail, so please check our site for the latest email addresses here:

https://www.woodsonptso.org/our-team.html

Did you know that every single penny of your membership fees stay right here at Woodson? If you haven’t joined yet, become a member

Want to donate? You can here!

Election Day is November 5th

There are some very important local races this year including both of Woodson's FCPS school board representatives and all three at-large school board members.  There is a non-partisan candidates' forum for Providence district on October 16 at 7pm at the Providence Community Center.  Here is a full list of candidates' forums to hear from candidates in different races.

http://www.fccpta.org/running-pta/advocacy/2019-candidate-forums/

Seniors can earn volunteer hours for Government class by volunteering at these sanctioned events.

It's Time to Submit Your PTSO Fall Grant Application

Attention ALL members of the PTSO! You are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a program/ event/ equipment!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning THIS WEEK until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25th.  Grant requests will be accepted using the form found here and on the PTSO website.  In previous years, the PTSO has funded grants to buy classroom equipment, purchase microwaves for the cafeteria, and more.

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

Parents as Partners - Session 2

In response to the Family Engagement Survey administered during the 2018-19 School Year, Woodson is focusing on sharing information with parents to help parents improve their child’s learning and to identify and develop social and emotional skills for students to be successful.  In addition, we are looking for ways to maintain two way communication between families and the school. 

One way we are engaging families is through monthly parent seminars.  In addition to the PTSO meetings (held on the second Tuesday of each month), administrators and counselors will plan and deliver a monthly seminar based on various topics. 

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

FAFSA Line-By-Line

Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m., Cav Hall – The FAFSA Line-by-Line information session will walk attendees through each line of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA).  You will understand exactly what asked by each question and be better able to complete the FAFSA on your own if you choose to do so.

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Spirit Wear orders and payments are due on October 11th.

Tag Day is on Saturday, October 19th, from 8:30am to 1:30pm.  We need both students and parent volunteers to make this a success.  Student Volunteers can sign up in the Chorus Room.  Student volunteers are also needed to assemble Tag Day Driver Packets on October 14th from 12-2 in the Chorus Room (this is a Teacher Planning Day, so no school for kids).  Pizza will be provided. There is a separate sign-up form for this activity in the Chorus Room.  Parent drivers interested in volunteering, please use the Woodson Tag Day Sign Up Genius here!

Spring Trip to Nashville: Forms and payments for the Spring Trip are due by October 25th.

Friendly Reminder:  All Chorus fees, including payments on Chorus uniforms, are due.

Upcoming Events:

October 12th        Honors Choir Auditions at Longwood University- Seniors Only

October 14th        Driver Packet Assembly 

October 16th        District Chorus commitment and payment due

October 19th        TAG DAY

Woodson Drama Boosters

Mark your calendars for the Fall production of Letters to Sala. Performances are November 1st,  2nd,  7th,  8th and 9th at 7:30 p.m. and November 2nd at 2 p.m. Based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival in Nazi labor camps and the secret letters she risks her life to keep. When Sala reveals the letters to her grown daughter 50 years later, three generations of women must work together to sift through the past and come to terms with the significance of the letters.

Mock SAT/Mock ACT is back!

Once again, the Woodson PTSO is pleased to announce that Mindworks Educational Services will continue to provide this wonderful opportunity for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

Sign up and payment link will be posted later this week on the PTSO website:   https://www.woodsonptso.org/

Please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597 with any questions.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21 and 22, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

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 per student, $6 per ticket 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 like football, field hockey and volleyball games and then basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc.; you can 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).

Spread the word!

Want to share content for our PTSO Members? Spread the word that this is the place to do it!  Have questions? Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com!

Are you a PTSO member? Find us on Facebook - WT Woodson PTSO. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325539501108550/

Fall Sports Highlights

This week the Varsity field hockey team travelled to the Fairfax Rebels for what is always an exciting and hotly contested match.  From the first whistle, the Lady Cavs put the opposition on their back foot.  Emmy Rummel entertained the visitor side with a solo stick skill schooling of two Rebels that left them flat-footed.  At halftime the score remained 0-0.  In the second half, the defense was called into action as long balls began to make their way into the Woodson half.  The stalemate was broken when the Lady Cavs took advantage of a corner.  Gwyneth Durosko inserted to Senior Izzy Gonzales.  A turn and pass to Allie Maahs.  Quick pass to Audrey Fisher for the shot and Woodson was ahead.  Senior Margaret Stephan got the crowd to the edge of their seats on several occasions with long-run attacks into the Rebel half.  Final score, 1-0.  Cavs win.

Wow, last week was a great one for Woodson Volleyball! The Lady Cavs started the week by beating Fairfax last Tuesday. Middle Yanna Willett kept Fairfax on their toes with strong hitting.  Setters Hannah DeGregory and Aubree Reasor worked the court leading to kills by middle Sarah Leaming and pin hitter Becca Rainey earning the Cavs a 3-0 win. On Thursday night, our ladies faced South County, who beat us in September. SoCo has power hitters but they were no match for our defense led by libero Jaden Reasor. With setting from Nicole Gibson and Erin McPhilomy back strong after being down with injuries, out hitters powered back. Middle Maja Zuber scored many points with her signature slide hits.  Our entire offense was on point, taking two sets and then coming back from a seven point deficit to take the third set, winning the game 3-0! Come out next week for two home games: James Madison, Mon, Oct 7 at 7:15 and then WTW Volleyball DIG PINK ON THURSDAY, October 10. Freshman: 4:30, JV: 5:45, Varsity: 7:15. Pink out, bring your family and friends, come out and support this good cause and our Lady Cavs as they face Lake Braddock.

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Woodson Weekly - October 4th

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Woodson Weekly -
October 4th

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!

Senior C.J and Ms. Schmauder rocking their red, white, and blue for spirit day!

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 4th - Homecoming Parade at 4:30pm; Homecoming Game against Westfield HS at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5th - Homecoming Dance at 8:00 p.m. (see details below)

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

Wednesday, October 16th - PSAT Day, 2 hour early release

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. Homecoming Parade, Game, and Dance
2. PSAT Day, October 16th
3. AP Test Opt Out Information
4. Math & Writing Centers Open
5. FCPS Mental Health Conference
6. Fall Blood Drive
7. Parent Volunteers Needed - Hearing and Vision Screening
8. Parents as Partners - Session 2
9. Resources Night
10. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session
11. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook
12. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups
13. Vaping Information from the FCHD
14. World Languages Credit Exam
15. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. Woodson Gift Ideas
18. Hurricane Dorian Relief
19. Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities Meeting
20. FCPS Cares

1. Homecoming Parade, Game, and Dance

The 2019 Homecoming football game is on Friday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. against Westfield HS.  The Homecoming Parade will start at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a pre-game Pigout on the outdoor basketball courts starting at 5:00 p.m.  The Pigout is a fun tradition for students to enjoy music and games, and to purchase food from vendors and food trucks. 

The Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, October 5th from 8:00-11:30 p.m. in the Main Gym.  There will be NO locker access during the dance.  A coat check, a lounge, and a free photo booth are available to the students.

This year’s Homecoming theme is Area 51 – “An Out of This World Homecoming.”  There will be no tickets sold at the door.

Parents - We need your help at the Homecoming Dance!

We need parent volunteers at the Homecoming dance coat check!  There are 2 shift times available (7:45-9:30 p.m. and 9:30-11:30 p.m.)  Please sign up here

2. PSAT Test Day, October 16th 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 16th. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.  

Students may prepare for the PSAT by getting a good night’s sleep prior to the test and eating breakfast the morning of the test.  Students need to bring a calculator and two No. 2 pencils to the test.  It is also recommended that students bring snacks and drinks, which they may access during the two 5-minute breaks during the test.  Electronic devices (cell phones, Bluetooth devices, smartwatches, etc.) must be turned off and put away for the entire testing period.

Students with an approved accommodation for extended testing time must arrange for transportation home from school since they will not finish testing before the buses depart (PSAT with 50% extended time – dismissal at approximately 2:10PM).

9th Grade students will participate in a career readiness program and executive function activities. 

Seniors are encouraged to use this day for college visits, college applications and post graduate opportunities.

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications.

Lunch will be a grab-n-go at 12:25 p.m. and students will be released at 12:55 p.m. on this day.

Contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu with questions.

3. AP Test Opt Out Information

On Tuesday, October 1st, an AP Opt Out Form will be mailed via USPS to every student who is currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement course through FCPS.  FCPS will pay for up to six (6) AP Exams throughout a student’s tenure in FCPS.  Any exam taken beyond six will require a fee of $94 to be paid to FCPS.  Students who have exceeded their six (6) AP exams will be billed in December.

The Opt Out Form allows students and families to opt out of any of their current AP exams. Please understand that it is Woodson’s and FCPS’s full expectation that every student enrolled in an AP course complete the course and take the AP exam in May. If a student wishes to opt out of an exam, they must indicate this on the official FCPS Opt Out Form. This is the only way students are able to opt out of an AP exam.

If you have questions about the new AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Test Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee, at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

The Cavalcade gets a new look!

4. Math & Writing Centers Open

The Math and Writing Centers are open for business.  These centers provide free peer tutoring.

The Math Center is open during even day lunches (B107), 6th return (B107) and after school (3:00 – 3:45) Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (B208).  We recommend that students bring their notes and the assignment they are working on to the Math Center.

The Math Center has a Google Site to help students learn more about this important resource.  https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/woodson-math-center/home

The Writing Center is in Room E212 and is open during all lunches, after school on Wednesdays, and during 5th and 6th period returns.

The Writing Center's theme this year is Alex in Writing Land, a parody of Alice in Wonderland. “Don’t be late for that Writing Center date!" Students are encouraged to bring assignments for tutoring while they eat their lunches. Please remember that some of the best help in writing happens at the early stages of planning and writing a draft.  Make sure to bring the writing prompts, rubrics, and requirements for each assignment.

If you have questions regarding these resources, please contact Valerie Silver for the Math Center at vmsilver@fcps.edu and Karla Eaton for the Writing Center at kmeaton@fcps.edu or mdherndon@fcps.edu.

5. FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5th, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website

6. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, October 18th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room A232 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to amwilliams@fcps.edu!

The Key Club is sponsoring the drive.  Students are required to be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110lbs. All students are also required to have a parental consent form signed. Inova needs 250 units a day, just for regular needs in this area, so we are hoping to supply a large amount of those units! The Attendance Office will be monitoring students’ attendance.

7. Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21st and 22nd, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.

We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

8. Parents as Partners - Session 2

In response to the Family Engagement Survey administered during the 2018-19 School Year, Woodson is focusing on sharing information with parents to help parents improve their child’s learning and to identify and develop social and emotional skills for students to be successful.  In addition, we are looking for ways to maintain two way communication between families and the school. 

One way we are engaging families is through monthly parent seminars.  In addition to the PTSO meetings (held on the second Tuesday of each month), administrators and counselors will plan and deliver a monthly seminar based on various topics. 

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

Students in Ms. Kinne's AP biology class investigate the effects of changing environmental conditions on enzyme activity.

9. Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS, ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

10. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session

On Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Cavalier Hall, Woodson is hosting a line-by-line information session for parents on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  This is the form used to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Understanding exactly what is expected will make completing the FAFSA easier.  To learn more about the FAFSA, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

11. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2020 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2020 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING BABY ADS is Sunday, October 13th!

12. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups

Senior portrait make-ups will be October 21st-28th.

Look for a postcard in your mailbox after October 4th for your appointment date and time. You can always call LifeTouch at 800-445-1189 to make or change at appointment. Be sure your senior gets their picture taken in this time window to be included in the yearbook!

Underclass portrait make-ups will be on Tuesday, October 22nd.

13. Vaping Information from FCHD

Severe Lung Illness Associated with “Vaping"

Many states, including Virginia, have recently reported cases of severe lung disease among teenagers and young adults with a history of "vaping" (i.e., practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device).

E-cigarettes can contain harmful or potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals (e.g., lead), volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing chemicals. Youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not use e-cigarettes. If you use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breaths, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health.

For more information, please visit the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) website.

Students cheering on activities during the fall pep rally.

14. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

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

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

Registration is open and closes on Thursday, October 10th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Students interested in registering for the exam must see their school counselor.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: Credit Exam for WL.

15. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on Monday, October 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. 

Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges, international colleges, and military academies. Additionally, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process, standardized testing, and financial aid.

Interpreters will be available during College Night, but these services must be requested in advance by contacting Susie Statham at sstatham@fcps.edu or at 571-423-4429. Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code, which will allow colleges to scan the student’s information instead of having to fill out an information card for each college or university.

Details and registration are available online

16. Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know that last year’s yearbook sold out? Did you know that the 2020 yearbook will never be cheaper than it is today?

Order your yearbook now, before the crush of the school year!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

17. Woodson Gift Ideas

It's not too early to start thinking about gift ideas for the holidays.  Brighten up your holiday season with a W.T. Woodson ornament or a Woodson car magnet!

These make great stocking stuffers for Woodson students, staff, alumni, and graduating seniors.

Purchase your gifts through MySchoolBucks or at the Woodson main office.  If ordering online, you can select school pickup or have the items shipped directly to your home.  Ornaments are $10.00; magnets are $5.00.

For more information, contact Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu.

18. Hurricane Dorian Relief

Dear Region 5 Communities,

Each of the 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support the humanitarian crisis that has occurred in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. We have all witnessed the devastation from this deadly storm and we want to be able to help. There is an estimated 18,000 children in crisis and many children have lost everything they own. So we are calling each of our communities to action!

Over the next two weeks, we will be fundraising by using a GoFundMe page. The link is below which also includes a link to a video for more information. All proceeds will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials.

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser ends today, Friday, October 4th.

Please click this link to go to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

Thank you for supporting this cause!

19. Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) Meeting

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) will hold its next meeting on October 7, 2019 in room 111 at the Dunn Loring Center located at 2334 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, VA 22027.  The meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m.  

  20. 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)

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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WTW PTSO WeMail - October 1

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New Emails!

Our PTSO is changing all of our emails to gmail, so please check our site for the latest email addresses here:

https://www.woodsonptso.org/our-team.html

Did you know that every single penny of your membership fees stay right here at Woodson? If you haven’t joined yet, become a member

Want to donate? You can here!

PTSO Meeting

Our next PTSO meeting will be Tuesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. in the Library.

Unfortunately when our meetings were scheduled we did not realize this one was falling on the eve of Yom Kippur and for that we are truly sorry. 

It is not possible to reschedule without conflicting with other events at Woodson, so if you cannot attend next week please email WPTSOPres@gmail.com if you have any topics or questions you would like to present to the PTSO membership.

It's Homecoming Week!

Check out all the events here!

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/announcements/homecoming-week-sept-30-oct-4

Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?

Do you know someone that might need one?  Parent Liaison Sussy Tomer has shoes, necklaces, ear rings, clutches!

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

PTSO Fall Grant Info

Grant Application Window is open! Attention ALL members of the PTSO! You are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a program/ event/ equipment!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning THIS WEEK until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25th.  Grant requests will be accepted using the form found here and on the PTSO website

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Support the Woodson Chorus Boosters on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Flippin’ Pizza Restaurant Night from 4pm-9pm at the 9548 Main St location.  Dine In or Take Out! Please mention you are eating in support of the Chorus Booster fundraiser.

Pyramid Concert: Wednesday, October 2nd from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Call for High School students is 5:30pm in the auditorium. Doors open to the general public at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:00pm.

Chorus Booster Meeting on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

Restaurant Night!

Woodson Crew invites you to support the team by eating at Noodles on Thursday, October 3rd from 4-8 p.m.  Must show flyer:  CrewNoodles  Pull for Woodson!

Woodson Drama Boosters

Mark your calendars for the Fall production of Letters to Sala. Performances are November 1st,  2nd,  7th,  8th and 9th at 7:30 p.m. and November 2nd at 2 p.m. Based on a true account, Letters to Sala is a remarkable story of a young girl's survival in Nazi labor camps and the secret letters she risks her life to keep. When Sala reveals the letters to her grown daughter 50 years later, three generations of women must work together to sift through the past and come to terms with the significance of the letters.

From left: Drumline Captain Andri, Color Guard Captain Keris, Horn Sergeant Lauren, and Drum Majors Louis, Grace, and Jeremy.

Woodson Marching Cavaliers

Congratulations to the WT Woodson Marching Band and Color Guard for their outstanding performance at the North Stafford High School’s 37th Annual Big Blue Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, September 28th. 

The Marching Cavaliers placed first in their class and also earned first place in several categories including music, percussion, and general effect. They also scored the most points overall in classes 3A and 4A earning overall Grand Champion. 

The group can next be seen this coming Friday, October 4th marching in the 2019 Homecoming Parade and will perform their show “The Path I Take” after the football game.  Come out and support your 2019 Marching Cavaliers!

Mock SAT/Mock ACT is back!

Once again, the Woodson PTSO is pleased to announce that Mindworks Educational Services will continue to provide this wonderful opportunity for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

With any questions please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21 and 22, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to 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 WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks 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 Seniors too! 

Orders must be received by May 1st to be included and installed in this year’s order so don’t wait!    Individual bricks cost: $100. Visit the Woodson PTSO website and click the “Join & Support” tab on the main page to find out more information and to print a brick order form.  If you have questions contact Katherine Gilbert at Bricks@woodsonptso.org or 904-891-2643.

Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School; Registration Now Open

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

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 per student, $6 per ticket 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 like football, field hockey and volleyball games and then basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc.; you can 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).

Spread the word!

Want to share content for our PTSO Members? Spread the word that this is the place to do it!  Have questions? Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com!

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Fall Sports Highlights

The Varsity field hockey team travelled to Mount Vernon and South County.  Kiera O’Connor opened the scoring.  Gwyneth Durosko inserted the ball, Senior Anna Stribling put the ball on target, and Zoe Hite deflected into the goal for #2.  Senior Anabel Heisley assisted for Audrey Fisher for #3.  It was Allie Maahs to Stribling to Katie Williams for the fourth goal.  Kira got her second and brace by halftime.  In the second half, Woodson moved the ball all over the field.  Stribling found the sixth and game-ending goal.  Cavs win, 6-0.

Against the Stallions, Senior Izzy Gonzales put Woodson ahead soon after the first whistle.  It was end to end play with some rough and tumble in the mix.  The Lady Cavs were up for the challenge.  Maahs created an opportunity for Heisley to grab a goal.  Senior Margaret Stephan fired a hard pass to assist Durosko that put Woodson ahead 3-0 at halftime.  Stribling to Stephan led to the fourth.  Great ball movement connected Stephan to Gonzales and back to Stephan for goal #5 and Stephan’s hat trick.  Cavs win, 5-0.

Co-Ed Golf 

On Tuesday, September 24th, the Cavs competed in the Patriot District Tournament at Twin Lakes Oaks Course.  While the Cavs came up just short of qualifying for the Occoquan Region Tournament as a team, senior captain Amelia Noca earned a coveted individual qualifying spot.  The Occoquan Regional Tournament will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at Laurel Hill Golf Course.  Congratulations to the Cavs on the great progress they made as a team this season, they are a young team full of promise for the future.  Best of luck to Amelia as she competes for a chance to play in the VHSL Boys State Tournament!

Girls volleyball played last Tuesday against West Springfield at home. Olivia Guerra and Amy Burkhardt hit hard on the front line and led the team to a 3-0 win. They travelled to Robinson on Thursday. With a strong start they took the first set, but Robinson rose up and took the next three. In spite of great defense by Jaden Reasor and hard hitting and blocking by Ruthie Ridderhoff the Cavs could not prevent the loss. The ladies are ready to fight back for wins this week with both games at home at 7:15pm on Tuesday, October 1st against Fairfax and Thursday, October 3rd against South County. Our Cavs are hungry to beat South County at home after falling short last time at their court. Come out to Woodson, be loud and give the girls the home court advantage for some wins!

Hurricane Dorian Relief

Dear Region 5 Communities,

Each of the 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support the humanitarian crisis that has occurred in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. We have all witnessed the devastation from this deadly storm and we want to be able to help. There is an estimated 18,000 children in crisis and many children have lost everything they own. So we are calling each of our communities to action!

Over the next two weeks, we will be fundraising by using a GoFundMe page. The link is below which also includes a link to a video for more information. All proceeds will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials.

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser will run from Wednesday, September 18th to Friday, October 4th.

Please click this link to go to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

Thank you for supporting this cause!

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W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - September 27th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 27th

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 in Ms. Adams' biology class compete in a team-building challenge.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 4th - Homecoming Parade at 4:30pm; Homecoming Game against Westfield HS at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5th - Homecoming Dance at 8:00 p.m. (see details below)

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

Wednesday, October 16th - PSAT Day, 2 hour early release

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. Powderpuff Game & Bonfire
2. Parents as Partners - Study Skills
3. AP Test Opt Out Information
4. Homecoming Parade, Game, and Dance
5. Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?
6. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook
7. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups
8. Dress Code Reminder
9. PE Uniform Reminder
10. National Honor Society Applications 
11. PSAT Day, October 16th
12. Fall Blood Drive
13. FCPS Mental Health Conference
14. World Languages Credit Exam
15. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. FCPS Cares

1. Powderpuff Game & Bonfire

The annual Powderpuff Flag Football game will take place on Saturday, September 28th, at 6:00 p.m. on the main field.  Admission is free with a student ID.  General admission is $5.00 at the gate.  Concessions will be sold during the game.

Players are placed in grade-level teams and are coached by students.  The Senior team plays the Juniors, and Sophomores play Freshmen. 

This year's theme is "Area 51” which is also the Homecoming Dance theme.  Each class wears their team's theme color.  This year's colors are as follows:

Seniors are black, Juniors are light blue, Sophomores are purple, and Freshmen are green.

The Homecoming Bonfire will follow the last game.  The bonfire will take place behind the stadium, near the Frost MS entrance.  There will be a DJ and the concession stand will be open.  The Bonfire typically starts around 8:15 p.m. and ends by 9:30 p.m.  Students must be picked up by 9:30 p.m.

For more information, please email wtwpowderpuff1@gmail.com.

2. Parents as Partners - Study Skills

If you were not able to make the first session of Parents as Partners on Study Skills, you can view the presentation on the Parents as Partners page on the Woodson website.

3. AP Test Opt Out Information

On Tuesday, October 1st, an AP Opt Out Form will be mailed via USPS to every student who is currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement course through FCPS.  FCPS will pay for up to six (6) AP Exams throughout a student’s tenure in FCPS.  Any exam taken beyond six will require a fee of $94 to be paid to FCPS.  Students who have exceeded their six (6) AP exams will be billed in December.

The Opt Out Form allows students and families to opt out of any of their current AP exams. Please understand that it is Woodson’s and FCPS’s full expectation that every student enrolled in an AP course complete the course and take the AP exam in May. If a student wishes to opt out of an exam, they must indicate this on the official FCPS Opt Out Form. This is the only way students are able to opt out of an AP exam.

If you have questions about the new AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Test Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee, at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

4. Homecoming Parade, Game, and Dance

The 2019 Homecoming football game is on Friday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. against Westfield HS.  The Homecoming Parade will start at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a pre-game Pigout on the outdoor basketball courts starting at 5:00 p.m.  The Pigout is a fun tradition for students to enjoy music and games, and to purchase food from vendors and food trucks. 

The Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, October 5th from 8:00-11:30 p.m. in the Main Gym.  There will be NO locker access during the dance.  A coat check, a lounge, and a free photo booth are available to the students.

Leading up to Homecoming, the students will have the opportunity to participate in Spirit Week.  Each day students are encouraged to dress up in themed outfits (see photo above) and participate in games during lunches.  This year’s Homecoming theme is Area 51 – “An Out of This World Homecoming”. 

Tickets for the Homecoming Dance will be sold during all lunches from September 30th through October 4th.  Tickets are $20 through October 3rd.  On October 4th, tickets will cost $25.  There will be no tickets sold at the door.

5. Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?

Do you know someone that might need one?  Parent Liaison Sussy Tomer has dresses, shoes, necklaces, ear rings, clutches!

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

6. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2020 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2020 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING BABY ADS is Sunday, October 13th!

7. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups

Senior portrait make-ups will be October 21st-28th.

Look for a postcard in your mailbox after October 4th for your appointment date and time. You can always call LifeTouch at 800-445-1189 to make or change at appointment. Be sure your senior gets their picture taken in this time window to be included in the yearbook!

Underclass portrait make-ups will be on Tuesday, October 22nd.

8. Dress Code Reminder

Parents, summer seems to be hanging around and so does summer clothing.  Please be reminded of the following SR&R regulation around appropriate dress.  We have had to ask some students to cover up or change clothes, please review this at home.  Bolded below is the areas of most frequent clothing issues.

“All students are expected to dress appropriately for a K-12 educational environment. Any clothing that interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable. Clothing with language or images that are vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene; or clothing that promotes illegal or violent conduct, such as gang symbols, the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia; or clothing that contains threats is prohibited. Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste, and decency. Clothing that exposes private areas or an excessive amount of bare skin is prohibited. Examples of prohibited clothing include, but are not limited to: sagging or low-cut pants, tube or halter tops, studded or chain belts, clothing constructed of see-through materials, and head coverings unless required for religious or medical purposes. A principal may provide additional examples to his or her school community that are approved by the regional assistant superintendent. Discussion about dress code violations shall be held privately and maintain the dignity of the student. Parents of students requiring accommodation for religious beliefs, disabilities, or other good reasons should contact the principal. Students not complying with this code will be asked to cover the noncomplying clothing, change clothes, or go home. Repeated infractions will result in disciplinary action.”   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/SRR1920.pdf

9. PE Uniform Reminder

All students taking PE and Personal Fitness are required to change clothing for their PE class.  Students must wear a gym uniform.  Loaner uniforms will only be given out on the first 2 days of the week.

If your student needs a uniform, they can purchase one through their PE teacher at the beginning or end of class. Costs are Shirts: $2.50, Shorts: $6:25, Bag: $5, Hoodie: $15, Sweat Pants: $12.  Payment by check is made payable to W.T. Woodson HS.

10. National Honor Society Applications

Applications to join the National Honor Society are available in Ms. Dragan's classroom, A145.

Applications are due Friday, October 4th to Ms. Graybill in the Student Services Office, where there is a box for students to drop off their completed applications. Students interested in applying must have a 3.5 GPA, be an active member of the community, and have previous leadership experience.

Students will be notified of their acceptance within 3 weeks of applying. If you have specific questions, please contact Sara Dragan (srdragan@fcps.edu) or Kara Sweeney (kmsweeney1@fcps.edu).

Students preparing to broadcast the Woodson morning news show.

11. PSAT Test Day, October 16th 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 16th. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.  

9th Grade students will participate in a career readiness program and executive function activities.  Seniors are encouraged to use this day for college visits, college applications and post graduate opportunities.

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications.

The total time for the PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and students with disabilities with testing accommodations may require additional time.

Lunch will be a grab-n-go at 12:25 p.m. and students will be released at 12:55 p.m. on this day.

12. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, October 18th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room A232 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to amwilliams@fcps.edu!

The Key Club is sponsoring the drive.  Students are required to be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110lbs. All students are also required to have a parental consent form signed. Inova needs 250 units a day, just for regular needs in this area, so we are hoping to supply a large amount of those units! The Attendance Office will be monitoring students’ attendance.

13. FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5th, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

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. 

13. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

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

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

Registration is open and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Students interested in registering for the exam must see their school counselor.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: Credit Exam for WL.

15. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on Monday, October 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. 

Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges, international colleges, and military academies. Additionally, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process, standardized testing, and financial aid.

Interpreters will be available during College Night, but these services must be requested in advance by contacting Susie Statham at sstatham@fcps.edu or at 571-423-4429. Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code, which will allow colleges to scan the student’s information instead of having to fill out an information card for each college or university.

Details and registration are available online

16. Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know that last year’s yearbook sold out? Did you know that the 2020 yearbook will never be cheaper than it is today?

Order your yearbook now, before the crush of the school year!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

  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)

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