Woodson Weekly - September 23rd

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Woodson Weekly -
September 23rd

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

Mission Statement

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

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Students in genetics and biotech class observe how enzymes are used to change the protein in milk and make cheese.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashana

Friday, September 30th - Deadline to opt-out of SEL Screener (see #)

Saturday, October 1st, 8:15-9:15pm - Homecoming Bonfire

Tuesday, October 4th - Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Wednesday, October 5th - Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Yom Kippur

Thursday, October 6th - Deadline to register for World Languages Credit Exam (see #18)

Friday, October 7th - Pep Rally during 3rd Period, Homecoming Parade, Pig Out, Homecoming Football Game (see #5)

Saturday, October 8th, 8-11:30pm - Homecoming Dance (see #5)

Monday, October 10th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Indigenous Peoples' Day

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Mr. Greata

Aloha Woodson Community!

We are so excited to wear our Hawaiian gear and welcome our feeder schools tonight at our football game against Lewis HS! Feeder school students get in free with a paying adult, and students can meet us under the scoreboard at 5:30pm for games and fun. At 6:30pm, students will be lined up to run onto the field, followed by our national anthem, which will be sung by the combined choirs of all Woodson Pyramid schools. #OneWoodson

At our faculty meeting this week, we learned about a new proactive trauma prevention program that will be implemented in our schools, Handle with Care. This new program will equip our staff with timely information to act quickly to meet student needs. This is another example of how our hardworking staff strives to support students both in and out of the classroom.  

We also honored two teachers with our first of the year Cav Awards - Ms. Shapiro, Spanish Language Teacher, and Ms. Nowicki, Mathematics Teacher. Both of these teachers have stepped up and taken on multiple roles to support our mission, including mentoring new teachers and leading multiple teams. We are filled with gratitude for all they do. 

As you are aware, there are staffing shortages in FCPS; unfortunately, this includes our Food Service staff. Lunch lines are long due to the shortage of staff in the cafeteria lines. If you or anyone you know is interested in a part time job to serve and support our students as a Food Service staff member, please visit the FCPS Job Opportunities website.

I had the opportunity to observe our instructional staff present so many great lessons with high levels of student engagement. Students analyzed their own work when learning how to frame photos in Ms. Forgione’s class and filling out job applications in Mr. Michal’s class. Ms. Vazquez got her students moving and grooving as they worked out whether logical statements were true or not. In social studies, students in Mr. Rosebrock’s class created marketing plans for the original colonies, while Mr. Wright’s students held an ancient civilization smackdown (Maurya won). Students were even making cheese in Ms. Aitchison’s class. It was so good to see the higher level thinking and application of learning!

We are midway through the first quarter, and I want to remind you that there is no school on Monday, September 26th. I hope families will enjoy the long weekend and also take advantage of the time to review their child’s academic progress in SIS ParentVUE. If you need to sign up for ParentVUE, view this link.

As always, reach out if you need anything: [email protected]. See you tonight!

Mr. Greata
Acting Principal

Bring the family to Feeder Night tonight, Friday, September 23rd!

In this Issue

NEW News
1. No School on Monday
2. Schedule Change Requests - New Information
3. October 12th - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day
4. AP Exams for Students Not Enrolled in AP Courses
5. Woodson Homecoming Activities
6. Does your student need a dress or suit for Homecoming?
7. Convertibles/Jeeps/Trucks Needed for Homecoming Parade
8. Social Emotional Learner Screener Opt-Out Information
9. Advisory Committee For Students with Disabilities (ACSD)
10. Substance Abuse Prevention Resources
11. FCPS College Fair and Post-Secondary Week
12. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
13. Attendance Procedures
14. School Picture Retakes
15. Math Center Now Open
16. Free Resources from Tutor.com
17. Class of 2023 News
18. World Languages Credit Exam
19. Laptop Tech Support Hours
20. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News 1. No School on Monday

Monday, September 26th, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

2. Schedule Change Requests - New Information

As of Tuesday, September 27th, students are able to request schedule changes. Please keep in mind that these are requests and that changing a class is not always possible as classes might be full, other classes may need to change to accommodate the request, and/or that teachers may change as a result…if the request is approved. Below is the procedure for requesting a schedule change:

  1. Student should come to Student Services in person to speak with their counselor about their schedule change request
  2. Student’s counselor will give the student the Schedule Change Request Form for the student, parent/guardian, and teacher to sign (all signatures required)
  3. Student and parent will sign the form, then the student will give the form to the current teacher who will complete their portion and return it to the student
  4. Student will drop off the completed form (with student, parent/guardian, and teacher signatures as well as teacher input) at the front desk in Student Services
  5. After the request is reviewed by administration, the counselor will let the student know if the change can be made and, if it is possible, when they will begin their new schedule. The review process may take a couple of days…your patience is appreciated.
3. October 12th - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day

Wednesday, October 12th is SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day and a 2-hour early release day. 

All students in grades 10-11 will participate in the PSAT/NMSQT. No registration is required.

Only seniors who pre-registered for the test will take the SAT School Day.

More details will be shared directly with individual students via their fcpsschools.net email.

Students in grade 9 and those seniors not testing will not be in school on October 12th. There is no need to contact attendance for these students. 

Special education students receiving Cat B services will be in school on October 12th.

4. AP Exams for Students Not Enrolled in AP Courses

Woodson HS offers AP tests for students not enrolled in AP classes based on seat availability/test room capacity.

Non-enrolled students wanting to take the AP test will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The cost for each exam is $96.00.

Registration forms are available in Student Services. The deadline to register is Friday, October 21st.

Cav Kudos! These students were recognized for helping Woodson build a great school culture one interaction at a time

5. Woodson Homecoming Activities

Theme:  Disco

Homecoming Bonfire - Saturday, October 1st, 8:15 –9 :15pm  Pat Cunningham Stadium

Bonfire will take place behind the stadium – enter through stadium main entrance

Spirit Week – Friday, Sept 30 – Friday, October 7 

9/30 – Tie Die
10/3 – Dream on – wear pajamas
10/4 – Class Colors (See Schoology)
10/6 – Twin Day – dress like your friend(s)
10/7 – Bicentennial Day – Wear Red, White and Blue

Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, October 7th at the Football Stadium during 3rd period.

Homecoming Parade – Friday, October 7th, 4:30 – 5:15pm Free Homecoming Dance ticket if you drive your convertible in the Homecoming Parade

Pre-game Pig-out – Friday, October 7th, 5:00 – 6:45pm outside Door #7 by the Outdoor basketball courts. This is a community event for students and parents. Join us for fun, games, face painting, moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Hoco game. 

Admission is free. Students can purchase a wristband for $5 which gets them unlimited turns on the moon bounce obstacle course, one popcorn, one snow cone, one cotton candy.

Homecoming Dance  – Saturday, October 8th, 8:00 – 11:30pm

Dance tickets are on sale starting Monday, September 26th and will be sold between the Cafeterias during all lunches (starting on 9/27) and on e-tix (link posted Monday on Schoology). No tickets are sold at the door. The dance attire is semi-formal and tickets cost $20.

Students must get prior approval in order to bring a guest that does not attend Woodson HS. Guest request forms are in the main school office and on Schoology and are due on Thursday, October 6th.

6. Does your student need a dress or suit for Homecoming?

Do you know someone that might need one?  We have shoes, necklaces, earrings, clutches!

Students may go to Ms. Treague's classroom in T104 during return periods to see what is available.  [email protected]

7. Convertibles/Jeeps/Trucks Needed for Homecoming Parade

Hey Cavalier Family! The Leadership classes need your help! Do you have a convertible, jeep or truck that you are willing to drive in our Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 7th?

Please fill out this Google Form with your contact and vehicle information! Thank you in advance for your help!

Students are ready for Feeder Night - Hawaiian Out!

8. Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form found on the FCPS site to their counselor in Student Services no later than Friday, September 30th (either in person or via email).

A new opt-out form must be submitted each school year.

9. Advisory Committee For Students with Disabilities (ACSD)

The Department of Special Services is in need of parent representatives to serve as members of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) for the 2022-2023 school year.  The Governance Manual indicates that:

We are looking for parents who are collaborative and invested in examining our current supports and services for students with disabilities, and making recommendations to the School Board around areas of improvement. 

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete this ACSD interest form.

The Marching Cavaliers thank the Woodson community for their contributions on Tag Day!

10. Substance Abuse Prevention Resources

Did you know that FCPS has a resource for students who may have concerns regarding substance use?

Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.

Your Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist is: De’Ja Ruffin (McNeil)

Key roles of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education for students, parents, and the Fairfax County Community
  • Intervention services upon violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook or suspected substance use involvement
  • Assessing a student’s level of substance use and, if appropriate, making referrals to the Fairfax Community Service Board for additional services or other community resources as appropriate
  • Group and individual prevention services for students, staff, parents, and the Fairfax County community
  • Most importantly, building positive relationships with students to provide support and encouragement

Resources:

Free Virtual Parent Support Group

Free Online Narcan Training for Opioid Overdoses

Free Lock Boxes for Medications & Firearms

Spiritual Support by Phone for Adults

Spanish Podcast: Tips on How Parents Play an Important Role in Substance Abuse Prevention

Juvenile Court Parent Support Group 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support contact De’Ja Ruffin (McNeil), MSW, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, [email protected]

11. FCPS College Fair and Post-Secondary Week

High school students and their families are invited to attend the annual FCPS College Fair and Postsecondary Week events.  

The College Fair, which will feature admissions representatives from more than 250 colleges and universities from across the United States and abroad, will be held at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena on Sunday, October 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. Postsecondary Week will be held virtually Monday, October 17, to Thursday, October 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Postsecondary week will feature virtual workshops related to the college admissions process, financial aid, and other postsecondary educational opportunities.  

Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. 

12. College & Career Center News

Resources for College & Career Exploration are posted in Schoology in the ALL PARENT COURSE and in the ALL SCHOOL STUDENT & STAFF COURSE. Please sign in with your SIS username and password to access. Please email [email protected] or call 703-503-4661 if you have any questions. Newsletters are posted here.

Please mark your Calendar for the HBCU Historically Black Colleges & Universities Festival on Oct 7 & 8 hosted by Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria. Please visit here to register. The FCPS College Fair is on Oct 16 and the FCPS Virtual Postsecondary Week Oct 17 – 20. The ALCANZA College Fair for Latinx Students at GMU is schedule for October 19th. Please see your Counselor to register for ALCANZA.

Attention Class of 2023! Financial Aid Night on 6 Oct 2022 at 7 pm in the Fairfax HS Auditorium. Separate Spanish & Arabic Sessions will be available. This is a Paying for College Presentation that will cover the different types and sources of Financial Aid, and how to apply. For additional Financial Aid Presentations, please visit www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.

College Rep Visits for Juniors & Seniors will run until November 18th. Students, please register in Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges – College Visits. Next week, we will have Williams College, Towson University, Columbia University, Virginia Tech, University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Campus, Marymount University, St. John’s University – NY, High Point University and American University visit Woodson. Please go to our new Calendar to access all of the College & Career Events.

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

PAST News, but still important 13. Attendance Procedures

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

14. School Picture Retakes

Underclass photo makeups will take place on Friday, October 14th. Senior portrait dates are Monday-Tuesday, November 14th and 15th.

Scheduling information will be sent out in the coming weeks. For questions about ordering, please email [email protected] or [email protected].

Student artwork display.

15. Math Center Now Open

Math Center is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Math Tutors are available during 5th period return, 5th period lunches and after school Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00-3:45pm.

All sessions take place in B208. Look for the Math Center Flag. Tutors are excited to help students!

16. Free Resources from Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 2022-23 school year. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

17. Class of 2023 News

Want to know all the important news and upcoming events for the Class of 2023? Visit the Senior Class News website for everything you need to know.

18. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Thursday, November 3rd, Wednesday, November 9th, and Thursday, November 10th.

Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students for the exam. Visit the FCPS Credit exam information page for more information.

19. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

20. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

2022-23 PTSO Board -

Miklos Kiss - President 
Lena McGinn - VP Membership
Diane Raffaele - Secretary 
Kyle Durbin - Treasurer
Jill Battaglia - Communications

PTSO website https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/annlist

We look forward to a great school year! 

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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New Woodson Football Gate and Policies

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For more information on teams and coaches, please visit our Woodson Athletics website at www.wtwoodsonsports.com 

 

Woodson Football Entrance Gates

As we prepare for our Feeder Night Varsity Football game, September 23rd versus Lewis, we want to remind you that the following guidelines are in effect to ensure that all of our patrons, students, and parents enjoy the true spirit of the event: 

  • The game will start at 7:00pm and we will organize the Feeder students around 6:30PM near the scoreboard.  Ticket gates open at 5:30pm for Feeder school students who get in free with a paying adult. Cost of tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time through this E-tix link.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with athletic equipment such as bats, balls, sticks, etc. 
  • Backpacks are not allowed.  Everyone entering the stadium is subject to search.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with outside food or containers such as water bottles, cups, cans, etc. 
  • We welcome all members of the community to attend our games, but parents are needed to attend and monitor middle and elementary aged students.  All attendees, regardless of age, are expected to behave responsibly.  
  • Woodson High School (including the parking lots) is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free zone.  Adults and students who are determined to be in violation of regulations restricting the possession or being under the influence of drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco will be dealt with accordingly, including being subject to arrest by police.
  • Representatives from the Fairfax County Police Department, the Woodson Administration, and the Woodson Security Staff will continue to monitor the activities of our patrons in the parking lot, at the ticket gate, and inside the stadium to promote a safe and secure environment for both Woodson fans, our visitors, and guests.
  • For varsity football games, once you pay and enter the stadium you may not leave and reenter. Please plan accordingly. 
  • Woodson HS students and parents are asked to demonstrate good citizenship and spirited sportsmanship to our opponents and their fans.  Any clothing that includes negative references to opposing teams/schools will not be tolerated.  The Woodson Cavalry is considered the best fans in Virginia! Let’s show everyone that we are #Cavstrong.

Thank you in advance for making this a great event for all!  We are #oneWoodson!

Sincerely, WTW Administration

Booster Passes- Don’t want to wait in line? Want to save money if you have multiple kids playing multiple sports for Woodson Athletics? Buy your Booster Pass to save money today for all regular season home games. For more information and booster pass option click here

e-Tix | Online Ticketing

Tickets are now available online for our HOME 2023 School year!  To purchase tickets in advance, use this link to select the event for which you want tickets, then use your credit card information to purchase the number of tickets you want. You will receive a confirmation email for your purchase, and you will pull up that email on your phone to present to the ticket booth, scanning your ticket.  Purchasing your ticket ahead of time will save you time at the gate.  If you forget to purchase your tickets ahead of time, we will have QR codes posted at the gate to scan and purchase your tickets on your phone. Tickets are $5 for spectators.

Live Stream

Woodson High School is proud to announce that we have partnered with the NFHS Network, and invested in new technology that will bring you every game from our Main Gym and Stadium LIVE.

Here's how to watch:

1) Visit www.NFHSnetwork.com

2) Search for Woodson and go to our page

3) Subscribe and Follow - There is a fee to subscribe this year, it is no longer a free service.

Thank you for you continued support of Cavalier Athletics. We look forward to bringing you top notch broadcasts of our athletic events!

  Other Important Links

Activity Registration - wtwoodson-ar.rschooltoday.com

Woodson Athletics - www.wtwoodsonsports.com

FCPS Student Athletics - www.fcps.edu/activities/student-athletics

NFHS Network Live Streaming- https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/w-t-woodson-high-school-fairfax-va

E-Tix Link- https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/16311/wtwoodson-high-school-athletics

 

 

  #CAVSTRONG #oneWoodson

 

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WTW PTSO WeMail for September 20th

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  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. CAVS SPORTS
  6. RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
  7. FCPS NEWS & EVENTS
  8. REPEAT INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, September 21; 6:30 p.m. in Auditorium - Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar - See details under Woodson News & Events

 

NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 27 - Friday, October 7 - Schedule change request window - Details under Woodson News & Events 

Friday, September 30 - Submission deadline for PTSO Fall Grant requests - Details under PTSO News 

Friday, September 30 - Deadline to opt-out of Social Emotional Learning Screener - Details under FCPS News & Events

Saturday, October 1 - Power Puff Game and Bonfire

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Tuesday, October 4 - Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Wednesday, October 5 - Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Yom Kippur

Thursday, October 6; 4:00 p.m. - Deadline to register for World Languages Credit Exam - Details under FCPS News & Events

Friday, October 7 - Pep Rally during 3rd Period, Homecoming Parade, Pig Out, Homecoming Football Game

Saturday, October 8 - Homecoming Dance

Monday, October 10 - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Indigenous Peoples' Day

Wednesday, October 12 - PSAT/SAT Day

Friday, October 14 - Underclass Picture Retakes - Details under Woodson News & Events

Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15 - Senior Portraits - Details under Woodson News & Events

FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

PTSO NEWS   PTSO Fall Grant Applications Open until September 30th!

This fall, the PTSO has $5000 to award in total for all grants.  Our hope is to do our best to accommodate your request or some portion of it.

Applications can be submitted by students, teachers, and parents with a specific request for funding their department, group or organization. Before submitting a grant request, it is important that you have discussed/reviewed your request with the teacher, club sponsor, department head, or Director of Student Activities, Blair Smith. 

Please answer all of the questions with as much information as possible so the PTSO can have a clear understanding of what you are asking for and how it will help staff and/or students at WT Woodson.

Click here to access the grant application. 

If you have any questions please email Sara Mastro [email protected]

The firm deadline to submit this form is Friday, September 30th.

A Fun Community Service Opportunity!

Little Run Elementary is looking for responsible Woodson students to provide child care at their PTA meeting Wednesday, September 28, from 7:00-9:00 PM. This will count as community service hours.

Responsibilities will include ensuring the safety of the children and keeping them occupied/entertained while their parents attend the meeting.  If your student is interested in this opportunity or has questions, please send a note to [email protected]

PTSO Seeking Corporate Fundraising Volunteer(s)

This position is not as intimidating as it sounds and it has the potential to make a huge impact! It simply involves writing letters, and can work around your schedule.  This volunteer(s) would write to NoVa companies requesting donations to our PTSO. In previous years we have received thousands of dollars from companies like Booz Allan, Interstate Moving, SAIC, Debby Dogrul, and others, simply by asking. This position can be shared by multiple people. 

Contact [email protected] if interested. The PTSO would greatly appreciate your help!

Other Ways To Get involved 

Join our PTSO 

Make a donation to PTSO   

Some of the many ways PTSO memberships and donations enrich the lives of our school community:

  • Teacher support and supplies
  • Fall & Spring Grants 
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation luncheons & events
  • Special school events 
  • And so much more!

Attend monthly PTSO meetings on Google Meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school! Amazon Smile  

Volunteer opportunities email [email protected] 

For more information visit the Woodson PTSO Website 

Find Woodson PTSO on Facebook 

WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS Updated Schedule Change Request Process

The schedule change request window is from September 27th – October 7th. Students may not request a change to their schedule before September 27th. This is to ensure that students show a sincere effort to make their current class(es) work by spending time with their teachers, and seeing them for help during 3rd Period Returns and after school. Students should see their counselor in Student Services if they have any questions or need any assistance with this.

Late Buses Available Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Late buses are available Tuesdays and Wednesdays through spring. Students may stay after school to participate in clubs/activities and/or receive academic intervention with teachers.

Tuesday and Wednesday late buses start loading around 4:45pm and depart from Woodson at approximately 5:15pm. Students who access the smaller bus runs need to sign up for a bus in Room F122 before lunch each late bus day. 

Please note, students may NOT go across the street to the shopping center after school and then return for the late bus.

2022-23 Woodson Teacher Videos Are Live

Head to the two locations listed below –

Woodson HS Back to School Night Page - Go here first to see the welcome messages from our School Board, our Administration, and our staff!

Woodson All Parents Course on Schoology - Log in with your ParentVUE credentials (username and password) to view the All Parents Course to help navigate you through your students' courses. If you need a ParentVUE account, please go here to get your account activated. 

You are encouraged to visit classes in the following order: Periods 1, 3, 5, 7, then Periods 2, 4, 6, 8. You can do this by clicking on your profile in the upper right corner and selecting your student (checkmark will verify you are viewing as the student)

Let the teachers know if you view their videos!

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  All new drivers and parents must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving.  Please mark your calendar for the Woodson seminars for 2022-2023.  Seminars will begin at 6:30pm and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium.  The program is 90 minutes and you must arrive on time and stay for the entire presentation to receive credit. 

Wednesday, September 21st - NEW DATE

Thursday, November 17th

Monday, February 6th

Monday, April 17th

Questions? Please contact David O’Hara [email protected]

Convertibles/Jeeps/Trucks Needed for Homecoming Parade

The Leadership classes need your help! Do you have a convertible, jeep or truck that you are willing to drive in the Woodson Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 7th?

If so, please fill out this Google Form with your contact and vehicle information.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Thursday, November 3rd, Wednesday, November 9th, and Thursday, November 10th.

Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students for the exam. Visit the FCPS Credit exam information page for more information.

School Picture Retakes

Underclass photo retakes will be on Friday, October 14th. Senior portrait dates are Monday-Tuesday, November 14th and 15th.

For questions about ordering, please email [email protected] or [email protected]

Marching Cavaliers Update

The W. T. Woodson High School Marching Cavaliers will perform their 2022 show “CONTACT” at their first competition on Saturday, September 24th at Herndon HS (700 Bennett St, Herndon, VA). 

Our Marching Cavaliers will compete against other local marching bands and will be judged by the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for kids (6-12). Woodson’s performance time is 6:30PM but there will be other band performances throughout the day. Come out and support the Marching Cavaliers in their first competition performance of the season! Full info on their website HERE

Woodson Chorus Update

This Wednesday, September 21 from 4-8 PM is Fundraiser Night at Noodles & Company. See details in the Fundraiser section below.

As part of the Feeder Night Football Game this Friday, Woodson Chorus will be joined by Frost Chorus and 5th and 6th graders from feeder elementary schools to sing the National Anthem before the game. Make sure you are there at the start of the game to hear some beautiful singing!

Available for purchase: Woodson Chorus car magnet (see image) $7.00 or  window sticker with “Woodson Chorus” $3.00. Reach out to Amy Quigley at [email protected] to buy.

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Restaurant Nights 

You have two upcoming opportunities to let Noodles & Company do the cooking while supporting Woodson students! 

Both fundraisers will be at the 10296 Main St, Fairfax location.

WOODSON CHORUS FUNDRAISER @ Noodles & Co.

Wednesday, September 21 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm

For 25% of all qualifying orders to go to Woodson Chorus, mention them at checkout.

Also, thank you to all the Woodson Community members who came out to the Chorus Car Wash this past Saturday.  We appreciate your support!

 

WOODSON FIELD HOCKEY FUNDRAISER @ Noodles & Co.

Thursday, September 29 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm

When ordering, in-restaurant guests must mention 'Woodson Field Hockey' or present the attached flyer upon placing your order prior to paying.

For online and Noodles Rewards app orders, enter “GIVING25” in the Coupon Code line at checkout. Online orders skip the line by grabbing their meal at the Quick Pick-Up station.

Boys Lacrosse Woodson Logo Fundraiser

Woodson Boys Lacrosse is painting Woodson’s famous W and sabers logo as a fundraiser. By getting your own customized “W”, you can support the team and show your school spirit at the same time!

Click this link for more information.

Woodson Garden Flags ARE BACK!

Garden Flag Dimensions - 12"x17"

Available options —

Non-Personalized $15

Personalized $20 

Personalization - Add your family name or get creative and celebrate your student with their name and graduation year! (For example: The Smith Family; Congrats Emily Class of 2023; Woodson Class of 2023)

Click here to purchase your flag! 

For more information, contact Melissa Fabrizio at [email protected].

Mock SAT, ACT and PSAT - All Proceeds Benefit Woodson PTSO

Tests are administered either in-person or online and can be scheduled Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 9pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Sign up here to take a mock SAT, ACT, or PSAT with C2 Education - available online or in-person!!  (Requires an existing or new Woodson PTSO login)  Cost is $20 to register for your mock test, all proceeds will benefit Woodson C2 Education Fairfax will contact you to schedule your test and results assessment.

Senior Yard Signs

Show your Senior pride by displaying a Class of 2023 Yard Sign! Cost is $25.00 each. All proceeds support the Class of 2023, including the Cav Cruise (all night graduation party).

Click here to purchase

Questions? Contact Cheri Brown [email protected]

Senior Class of 2023 Legacy Bricks

Buy a Brick and create a Lasting Legacy for your Woodson Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school between the main entrance and the auditorium still has plenty of room for bricks for you to honor your special student or alumni.  Individual bricks cost: $100.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors, or as a legacy for all the members of your family! 

To purchase, visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE. If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 17, 2023.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS

Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. You can order online HERE.  Magnets are delivered to your door contact free! 

If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

Woodson Band Cav Cards

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards with discounts at 19 local area merchants. Cards are $10 each and all funds directly support the bands’ activities this year - including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! 

Contact Karen Wallace at [email protected] for information or check out the participating vendors here.

CAVS VARSITY SPORTS

Varsity Field Hockey

The Cavaliers corralled the South County Stallions 6-0 last Tuesday. Siena Niedrick notched a hat trick with all three assists coming from Elizabeth Stribling. Ms. Stribling scored the first goal of the game off passes from Mia Zganjar and Julia Oleyar. Bethany Betts added a goal in the third quarter and Reese Cuviello tallied the last goal of the night on a parabolic push from Julia Oleyar. Goalkeeper AJ Ingson rejected several Stallion shots to preserve the shutout.

Varsity Volleyball

Last week was a mixed bag for the Cavs, with a 3-1 win at home over South County  on Tuesday and a tough 0-3 loss at West Springfield on Thursday.  Playmakers included freshman Emma Gardner, earning player of the game on Tuesday, and junior Stella Gilligan with a strong showing serving and on defense.

Join the Cavs tonight (Tuesday) for the freshman, JV, and varsity home games against Lake Braddock, and wear gold and yellow to help support “Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer”.  Proceeds from the bake sale and wristband purchase go to raising funds and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer.

Varsity Football

Friday Night Lights returned to Woodson on Friday September 9th!  A huge congratulations to the Woodson Varsity football team on the home opener victory against the Wakefield Warriors!   Final score of 37-7!!!   Under the leadership of new Head Coach, Eric Henderson, the Woodson Cavaliers showed that hard work & determination pays off!  Every player that stepped on the field helped lead the team to victory. First and second touchdowns were compliments of Kai Sanchez, followed by a third touchdown by Cameron MarksThemba Chika gave Woodson their fourth TD, followed by a safety and then a fifth & final touchdown by our QB, Aidan Dash - who also became a big brother for the 3rd time on Friday!!  Well deserved congrats to the Woodson football team and a huge congratulations to Coach Dash & his family with the safe arrival of Savannah Mercedes Blanco Dash!  And, congratulations Coach Henderson for his first win and here’s to many, many more to follow!  

The Cavaliers of Woodson headed to Falls Church on Thursday September 15th to take on the Jaguars! The Jaguars came out of the corner swinging and were first on the scoreboard. This fueled the Cavs and Themba Chika quickly answered with a touchdown of his own. Following his lead, Ryan Rivera provided WTW with their 2nd and 3rd touchdowns of the game.   WTW’s 4th and 5th TD’s were compliments of Kai Sanchez and Gabe Castro, respectively, and the game concluded with an exciting interception by Tanner Watts with 1:25 left in the game! The Cavs celebrated their 31-13 final score victory over Falls Church and their 2nd “W” of the 2022 season under leadership of new Head Coach, Eric Henderson! CONGRATULATIONS CAVS!!! 

Woodson Sports This Week Tuesday, September 20th

Volleyball vs. Lake Braddock(Lace up for Cancer)5:00/6:00/7:15 (Home)

Golf vs. South County @ Penderbrook 3:50pm (Away)

Cross Country @ Burke Lake (All Patriot) 5:00pm (Away)

Wednesday, September 21st

Field Hockey @ Fairfax 6:15/7:30pm (Away)

Thursday, September 22nd

Volleyball vs. Alexandria City 5:00/6:00/7:30  (Home)

Freshman Football @ Lewis 5:30 (Away)

Friday, September 16th

***Frost and Feeder Elementary Night***

Varsity Football vs.  Lewis (Hawaiian Out) 7:00 (Home)

Saturday, September 17th

Cross Country @ Oatlands Plantation (Leesburg) 8:00am (Away)

Woodson Booster Spirit Wear Store 

Click here to shop now!

e-Tix | Online Ticketing Available

Tickets are now available online for our HOME 2023 School year!  

To purchase tickets in advance, use this link to select the event for which you want tickets, then use your credit card information to purchase the number of tickets you want. Tickets are $5 for spectators.

Live Stream Available

Woodson High School is proud to announce that we have partnered with the NFHS Network, and invested in new technology that will bring you every game from our Main Gym and Stadium LIVE.

Here's how to watch:

1) Visit www.NFHSnetwork.com

2) Search for Woodson and go to our page

3) Subscribe and Follow - There is a fee to subscribe this year, it is no longer a free service.

Thank you for you continued support of Cavalier Athletics. We look forward to bringing you top notch broadcasts of our athletic events!

RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES College & Career Center News

The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send an email to schedule an appointment at [email protected]. Christine Lieb-Mosley, College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Click here for all College & Career Center news and upcoming events

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Scouting Night - Wednesday, September 28th Free SAT Math Prep Sessions

Woodson dad, Rick Neifield, is offering free SAT math prep sessions to Woodson students via Zoom. 

Sign up here. Direct inquiries and questions to Rick at [email protected]

Woodson Math Center

Student math tutors are available during 5th period return, 5th period lunches and after school Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00-3:45pm.

All sessions take place in B208. Look for the Math Center Flag. Tutors are excited to help students!

Free Online Tutoring

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need.

In-person Tutoring Options

The tutor list contains the names of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in Virginia. These employees have contacted the Parent Resource Center to offer their services. The tutor list is updated monthly during the school year.

For a list of tutors, please email The Parent Resource Center [email protected]

FCPS NEWS & EVENTS

FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form found on the FCPS site to Student Services no later than Friday, September 30th.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Thursday, November 3rd, Wednesday, November 9th, and Thursday, November 10th.

Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students for the exam. Visit the FCPS Credit exam information page for more information.

“Shark Tank” Technology Challenge 

The Fairfax Area 50+ Technology Committee is proud to announce the 7th Annual Fairfax Area Student “Shark Tank” Technology Challenge. The competition is open to all high school students in Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and the City of Falls Church.  

Students in the competition will develop a device or mobile app that will have a positive impact on the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, or caregivers. Students are encouraged to be innovative and creative. Potential projects may be a mobile app, web service, robotic or assistive device, or any combination of those. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners by IntegrityOne Partners, the event sponsor.

Learn more about the technology challenge, the timeline and how to enter. Read about last year’s winners, who designed a walker to assist patients with Parkinson’s disease.

REPEAT INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE WeMail

This communication is emailed out every Tuesday of the school year and also posted on the PTSO Facebook page and webpage. 

Have something to share? If you have information you’d like to be considered for inclusion in WeMail, contact Jill Battaglia (PTSO Communications) at [email protected]

Sports and Activities Resources

Activity Registration - wtwoodson-ar.rschooltoday.com

Woodson Athletics - www.wtwoodsonsports.com

FCPS Student Athletics - www.fcps.edu/activities/student-athletics

Woodson Clubs & Organizations

Click here for a complete list and details of Woodson's clubs & organizations 

Contact the sponsor listed for more information.

Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

If you would like to view the FLE materials, please fill out this form.  Blair Smith, Director of Student Activities, will set up a time for you to come in and view hard copies for each grade level of FLE materials.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the opt-out forms located on the FCPS website. Completed opt-out forms can be returned to the school main office. 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at [email protected]

Student Parking Passes - ENFORCEMENT BEGAN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

There are 2 steps to purchase a student parking pass: 1) Complete the Parking Permit Application  2) Pay on MySchoolBucks. Navigate to the School Store, select the option for a parking permit, and check out.  Bring your printed receipt with you when picking up your permit. Click here for the Woodson Student Parking website

COVID Diagnostic Testing Dates

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment.

FCPS COVID Protocol 

FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal.

Detailed information can be found in the Health and Safety Guidance Document.

Staying Home When Sick

FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. The 5 Day Isolation Period will also continue for COVID positive students and staff.

Quick Links to Additional Resources  2022-23 PTSO Officers 

Miklos Kiss - President 

Lena McGinn - VP Membership

Diane Raffaele - Secretary 

Kyle Durbin - Treasurer

Jill Battaglia - Communications

Sara Mastro - Grants Coordinator

W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - September 16th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 16th

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

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Mission Statement

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

Cav Kudos! These students were recognized for helping Woodson build a great school culture one interaction at a time

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 21st; 6:30pm - Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar, Auditorium (see #4)

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashana

Friday, September 30th - Deadline to opt-out of SEL Screener (see #8)

Saturday, October 1st - Power Puff Game and Bonfire

Tuesday, October 4th - Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Yom Kippur begins at sundown

Wednesday, October 5th - Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Yom Kippur

Thursday, October 6th - Deadline to register for World Languages Credit Exam (see #16)

Friday, October 7th - Pep Rally during 3rd Period, Homecoming Parade, Pig Out, Homecoming Football Game

Saturday, October 8th - Homecoming Dance

Monday, October 10th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Indigenous Peoples' Day

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Mr. Greata

Dear Woodson Community, 

I hope you had a chance to join us last night for our Virtual BTSN! The videos were awesome and I especially enjoyed learning a little bit about the staff outside of school. I love discovering people’s hidden talents!  One of the benefits of having a virtual BTSN night is that the videos can remain posted both in Schoology and on Youtube. If you were not available last night, here is the link to our virtual BTSN page.

Speaking of talent, our sports teams have been on a hot streak this week!  Thank you for coming out to cheer and support our student athletes in the many ways that you do. Remember, you can find out all you need to know about Woodson athletics at wtwoodsonsports.com, or follow our twitter feed @woodsonathletic. Check out these amazing stats from this week:

  • Football decisively won its last two games against Wakefield (37-7) and Falls Church (31-13).
  • Cross country took first place in 9th/10th grade and boys varsity cross country, as well as taking 3rd in the girls varsity cross country this past Saturday.
  • Field hockey and volleyball teams beat South County on Tuesday.
  • Golf won its match on Wednesday.

On Friday, September 23rd, we will be hosting Frost MS as well as our feeder elementary schools for our Feeder Night Football game against Lewis HS.  This is a huge event and a chance to connect with the youngest members of our Calvary. Go CAVS!

Today, we recognized a very special group of students (see first picture) with our CAV Kudos. The CAV Kudos program recognizes staff-nominated students who are building a great school culture one interaction at a time. Students were recognized for helping others by lending them a charger, assisting another student find their class, helping with cleaning up a water spill, and so much more. I want to thank our Systems of Support Advisors (SOSAs) Laura Totoro and John Scholla for organizing this excellent and impactful program!

Thank you to the PTSO for bringing in the supplies for our teachers! The PTSO dropped off paper towels, tissues, wipes, sharpies, dry erase markers, glue sticks, and more for teachers. I was told that the tissues vanished almost instantly, and the rest was gone shortly afterwards. If you haven’t already, please click here to join this wonderful organization!

I hope your family gets a chance to enjoy the wonderful weather this weekend and as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out!  [email protected]

Mr. Greata
Acting Principal

Bring the family to Feeder Night on Friday, September 23rd!

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Virtual Back to School Night
2. Late Buses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
3. School Picture Retakes
4. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminars
5. Math Center Now Open
6. Class of 2023 News
7. National Merit Semifinalists
8. Social Emotional Learner Screener Opt-Out Information
9. Convertibles/Jeeps/Trucks Needed for Homecoming Parade
10. National Voter Registration Day
11. Free Resources from Tutor.com
12. "Shark Tank" Technology Challenge
13. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
14. Attendance
15. To our Military families
16. World Languages Credit Exam
17. Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms
18. Laptop Tech Support Hours
19. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News 1. Virtual Back to School Night

Woodson's Virtual Back to School Night is live!

In order for you to participate, you will head to two locations listed below before you venture off to visit each of your students classes. 

Woodson HS Back to School Night Page - Go here first to see the welcome messages from our School Board, our Administration, and our staff!

Woodson All Parents Course on Schoology - Log in with your ParentVUE credentials (username and password) to view the All Parents Course along with other pertinent information, helpful tutorials, and FAQ guides to learn about Schoology and to help navigate through your students courses. If you need a ParentVUE account, please go here to get your account activated. 

Finally, we encourage you to visit our classes in the following order: Period 1, 3, 5, 7 then you will visit Periods 2, 4, 6, and 8 to conclude your Virtual Back to School Night experience. You can do this by clicking on your profile in the upper right corner and selecting your student (checkmark will verify you are viewing as them) then visit your courses OR you can sit together and visit classes through your students account. Enjoy the event in the comfort of your home!

2. Late Buses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Late buses began this week and will continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through spring.

Students may stay after school to participate in clubs/activities and/or receive academic intervention with teachers.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, late buses start loading around 4:45pm and depart from Woodson at approximately 5:15pm. Students who access the smaller bus runs need to sign up for a bus in Room F122 before lunch each late bus day. 

Please note, students may NOT go across the street to the shopping center after school and then return for the late bus. This is not appropriate nor is it safe.    

3. School Picture Retakes

Underclass photo makeups will take place on Friday, October 14th. Senior portrait dates are Monday-Tuesday, November 14th and 15th.

For questions about ordering or scheduling, please email [email protected] or [email protected].

4. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  All new drivers and parents must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving.  Please mark your calendar for the Woodson seminars for 2022-2023.  Seminars will begin at 6:30pm and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium.  The program is 90 minutes and you must arrive on time and stay for the entire presentation to receive credit. 

Wednesday, September 21st
Thursday, November 17th
Monday, February 6th
Monday, April 17th

Questions? Please contact David O’Hara [email protected]

5. Math Center Now Open

Math Center is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Math Tutors are available during 5th period return, 5th period lunches and after school Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00-3:45pm.

All sessions take place in B208. Look for the Math Center Flag. Tutors are excited to help students!

6. Class of 2023 News

Want to know all the important news and upcoming events for the Class of 2023? Visit the Senior Class News website for everything you need to know.

Here are a few highlights:

Drop-in College Application Workshop in the Career Center during All Lunches on Friday, September 23rd.

Financial Aid Night on Thursday, October 6th at 7 pm in the Fairfax HS Auditorium. Separate Spanish & Arabic Sessions will be available. This is a Paying for College Presentation that will cover the different types and sources of Financial Aid.

Senior Panoramic - Tuesday, October 18th

Senior portrait dates are Monday-Tuesday, November 14th and 15th. [email protected]

Senior Prom - May 13th, Westwood Country Club

Graduation - June 6th, 7:30 pm, EagleBank Arena

Cav Cruise (All Night Grad Party) - June 6th after graduation

7. National Merit Semifinalists

Six Woodson seniors were named National Merit semifinalists for 2023. All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth nearly $28 million, to be awarded in spring 2023. Semifinalists advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other requirements including a recommendation from a high school official.

Congratulations to: James Brady, Maryam Harahsheh, Evelyn Nelson-Pennebaker, Andreas Paraskevopoulos, Yilin Tan, Emily Tang. 

Students in PE enjoy indoor cycling!

8. Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form found on the FCPS site to Student Services no later than Friday, September 30th.

An opt-out form must be submitted each school year.

9. Convertibles/Jeeps/Trucks Needed for Homecoming Parade

Hey Cavalier Family! The Leadership classes need your help! Do you have a convertible, jeep or truck that you are willing to drive in our Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 7th?

Please fill out this Google Form with your contact and vehicle information! Thank you in advance for your help!

10. National Voter Registration Day

Did you know: Tuesday, September 20th, is National Voter Registration Day. 

The League of Women Voters of Virginia recently recognized Woodson HS for registering a large number of students to vote last school year:

The deadline to register to vote in 2022 is Monday, October 17th. For more information on how to register, visit the Office of Elections webpage

Cross country took first place in 9th/10th grade and boys varsity cross country, as well as taking 3rd in the girls varsity cross country this past Saturday.

11. Free Resources from Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 2022-23 school year. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

12. “Shark Tank” Technology Challenge 

The Fairfax Area 50+ Technology Committee is proud to announce the 7th Annual Fairfax Area Student “Shark Tank” Technology Challenge. The competition is open to all high school students in Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and the City of Falls Church.  

Students in the competition will develop a device or mobile app that will have a positive impact on the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, or caregivers. Students are encouraged to be innovative and creative. Potential projects may be a mobile app, web service, robotic or assistive device, or any combination of those. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners by IntegrityOne Partners, the event sponsor.

Learn more about the technology challenge, the timeline and how to enter. Read about last year’s winners, who designed a walker to assist patients with Parkinson’s disease. 

13. College & Career Center News

Resources for College & Career Exploration are posted in Schoology in the ALL PARENT COURSE and in the ALL SCHOOL STUDENT & STAFF COURSE. Please sign in with your SIS username and password to access. Please email [email protected] or call 703-503-4661 if you have any questions. Newsletters are posted here.

Please mark your Calendar for the HBCU Historically Black Colleges & Universities Festival on Oct 7 & 8 hosted by Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria. Please visit here to register. The FCPS College Fair is on Oct 16 and the FCPS Virtual Postsecondary Week Oct 17 – 20.

Attention Class of 2023! Financial Aid Night on Thursday, October 6th at 7 pm in the Fairfax HS Auditorium. Separate Spanish & Arabic Sessions will be available. This is a Paying for College Presentation that will cover the different types and sources of Financial Aid.

Drop-in College Application Workshop in the Career Center during All Lunches on Friday, September 23rd.

College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will run from September 6th until November 18th, 2022. Students, please register in Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges – College Visits. We are still adding new visits! Next week, we will have the US Coast Guard Academy, NYU, Muhlenberg College, University of Mary Washington, University of Southern California, Ithaca College, Lehigh University, Lawrence University, University of California/LA, Saint Joseph’s University, Longwood University, VT, University of Kentucky, Oberlin College, and Iowa State University visit.

Please visit our new Calendar to access all of the College & Career Events.

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

PAST News, but still important 14. Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

15. To our Military Families

Do you have a family member who is deploying?

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

16. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Thursday, November 3rd, Wednesday, November 9th, and Thursday, November 10th.

Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students for the exam. Visit the FCPS Credit exam information page for more information.

The Woodson football team getting ready to take the field.

17. Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

If you would like to view the FLE materials, please fill out this form Blair Smith, Director of Student Activities, will set up a time for you to come in and view hard copies for each grade level of FLE materials.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the opt-out forms located on the FCPS website. Completed opt-out forms can be returned to the school main office. 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at [email protected]

18. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

19. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

2022-23 PTSO Board -

Miklos Kiss - President 
Lena McGinn - VP Membership
Diane Raffaele - Secretary 
Kyle Durbin - Treasurer
Jill Battaglia - Communications

PTSO website https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/annlist

We look forward to a great school year! 

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 for September 13th

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  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. CAVS SPORTS
  6. RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
  7. FCPS NEWS & EVENTS
  8. REPEAT INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, September 13 - Late Buses Start

Tuesday, September 13; 6:00-7:00 p.m. - September PTSO meeting. Access:  Google Meet 

Thursday, September 15  - Virtual Back to School videos available online - Details under Woodson News & Events

 

NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, September 21; 6:30 p.m. in Auditorium - Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar - See details under Woodson News & Events

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 30 - Submission deadline for PTSO Fall Grant requests - Details under PTSO News

Friday/Saturday, October 7/8 - Woodson Homecoming Events - Details to come

FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

PTSO NEWS   Virtual PTSO Meeting - TONIGHT!

Join in the first PTSO meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

All PTSO meetings are held virtually. Access here:  Google Meet

PTSO Fall Grant Applications Now Open!

This fall, the PTSO has $5000 to award in total for all grants.  Our hope is to do our best to accommodate your request or some portion of it.

Applications can be submitted by students, teachers, and parents with a specific request for funding their department, group or organization. Before submitting a grant request, it is important that you have discussed/reviewed your request with the teacher, club sponsor, department head, or Director of Student Activities, Blair Smith. 

Please answer all of the questions with as much information as possible so the PTSO can have a clear understanding of what you are asking for and how it will help staff and/or students at WT Woodson.

Click here to access the grant application. 

If you have any questions please email Sara Mastro [email protected].The firm deadline to submit this form is Friday, September 30th.

PTSO Seeking Corporate Fundraising Volunteer(s)

This position is not as intimidating as it sounds and it has the potential to make a huge impact! It simply involves writing letters, and can work around your schedule.  This volunteer(s) would write to NoVa companies requesting donations to our PTSO. In previous years we have received thousands of dollars from companies like Booz Allan, Interstate Moving, SAIC, Debby Dogrul, and others, simply by asking. This position can be shared by multiple people. 

Contact [email protected] if interested. The PTSO would greatly appreciate your help!

Ways To Get involved 

Join our PTSO 

Make a donation to PTSO   

Some of the many ways PTSO memberships and donations enrich the lives of our school community:

  • Teacher support and supplies
  • Fall & Spring Grants 
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation luncheons & events
  • Special school events 
  • And so much more!

Attend monthly PTSO meetings on Google Meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school! Amazon Smile  

Volunteer opportunities email [email protected] 

For more information visit the Woodson PTSO Website 

Find Woodson PTSO on Facebook 

WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS Student Parking Passes - ENFORCEMENT BEGAN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

There are 2 steps to purchase a student parking pass: 1) Complete the Parking Permit Application  2) Pay on MySchoolBucks. Navigate to the School Store, select the option for a parking permit, and check out.  Bring your printed receipt with you when picking up your permit. Click here for the Woodson Student Parking website

2022-23 Teacher Videos Go Live This Thursday

Back to school curriculum videos will be posted virtually by this Thursday, September 15, 2022.  You’ll be able to access them from the Woodson High School webpage. A notification will be sent out when the videos are live.  

The videos will give you an idea of the course content, class expectations, and best methods of communication with the teacher.

Underclass Photos Available Online

Parents, be on the lookout for an email from Victor O'Neill Studios. If you do not see it in your inbox, check the spam/junk folder. 

It is not too late to order school pictures! Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc

Use your child’s student ID when prompted for the online code.

If you pre-ordered pictures, no further action is required. Your photo package will be delivered to your child at school in the coming weeks. 

For questions regarding school pictures please email Victor O’Neill Studios: [email protected]

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  All new drivers and parents must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving.  Please mark your calendar for the Woodson seminars for 2022-2023.  Seminars will begin at 6:30pm and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium.  The program is 90 minutes and you must arrive on time and stay for the entire presentation to receive credit. 

Wednesday, September 21st - NEW DATE

Thursday, November 17th

Monday, February 6th

Monday, April 17th

Questions? Please contact David O’Hara [email protected]

Updated Schedule Change Request Process

The schedule change request window is from September 26th – October 7th. Students may not request a change to their schedule before September 26th. This is to ensure that students show a sincere effort to make their current class(es) work by spending time with their teachers, and seeing them for help during 3rd Period Returns and after school. Students should see their counselor in Student Services if they have any questions or need any assistance with this.

Convertibles/Jeeps/Trucks Needed for Homecoming Parade

The Leadership classes need your help! Do you have a convertible, jeep or truck that you are willing to drive in the Woodson Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 7th?

If so, please fill out this Google Form with your contact and vehicle information.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Thursday, November 3rd, Wednesday, November 9th, and Thursday, November 10th.

Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students for the exam. Visit the FCPS Credit exam information page for more information.

Marching Cavaliers Update

The W. T. Woodson High School Marching Cavaliers will perform their 2022 show “CONTACT” at their first competition on Saturday, September 24th at Herndon HS (700 Bennett St, Herndon, VA). 

Our Marching Cavaliers will compete against other local marching bands and will be judged by the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for kids (6-12). Woodson’s performance time is 6:30PM but there will be other band performances throughout the day. Come out and support the Marching Cavaliers in their first competition performance of the season!

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Band Tag Day - THIS SATURDAY, September 17th

The Woodson High School Band annual Tag Day fundraiser is this Saturday, September 17th.

Band and color guard members will be going door-to-door to raise funds that will be used to support all Woodson High School Bands (Marching, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic, Concert), by purchasing new instruments, band uniforms, special musician clinics, and trips.

Please help support the Woodson HS Band program! If you will not be home, you can scan the QR code above to donate to the Band program.

Woodson Restaurant Nights 

You have two upcoming opportunities to let Noodles & Company do the cooking while supporting Woodson students! 

Both fundraisers will be at the 10296 Main St, Fairfax location.

WOODSON CHORUS FUNDRAISER @ Noodles & Co.

Wednesday, September 21 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm

For 25% of all qualifying orders to go to Woodson Chorus, mention them at checkout.

Also, thank you to all the Woodson Community members who came out to the Chorus Car Wash this past Saturday.  We appreciate your support!

 

WOODSON FIELD HOCKEY FUNDRAISER @ Noodles & Co.

Thursday, September 29 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Boys Lacrosse Woodson Logo Fundraiser

Woodson Boys Lacrosse is painting Woodson’s famous W and sabers logo as a fundraiser. By getting your own customized “W”, you can support the team and show your school spirit at the same time!

Click this link for more information.

Woodson Garden Flags ARE BACK!

Garden Flag Dimensions - 12"x17"

Available options —

Non-Personalized $15

Personalized $20 

Personalization - Add your family name or get creative and celebrate your student with their name and graduation year! (For example: The Smith Family; Congrats Emily Class of 2023; Woodson Class of 2023)

Click here to purchase your flag! 

For more information, contact Melissa Fabrizio at [email protected].

Woodson Band Cav Cards

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards with discounts at 19 local area merchants. Cards are $10 each and all funds directly support the bands’ activities this year - including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! 

Contact Karen Wallace at [email protected] for information or check out the participating vendors here.

Senior Yard Signs

Show your Senior pride by displaying a Class of 2023 Yard Sign! Cost is $25.00 each. All proceeds support the Class of 2023, including the Cav Cruise (all night graduation party).

Click here to purchase

Questions? Contact Cheri Brown [email protected]

Senior Class of 2023 Legacy Bricks

Buy a Brick and create a Lasting Legacy for your Woodson Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school between the main entrance and the auditorium still has plenty of room for bricks for you to honor your special student or alumni.  Individual bricks cost: $100.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors, or as a legacy for all the members of your family! 

To purchase, visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE. If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 17, 2023.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

Mock SAT, ACT and PSAT - All Proceeds Benefit Woodson PTSO

Tests are administered either in-person or online and can be scheduled Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 9pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Sign up here to take a mock SAT, ACT, or PSAT with C2 Education - available online or in-person!!  (Requires an existing or new Woodson PTSO login)  Cost is $20 to register for your mock test, all proceeds will benefit Woodson C2 Education Fairfax will contact you to schedule your test and results assessment.

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS

Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. You can order online HERE.  Magnets are delivered to your door contact free! 

If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

CAVS VARSITY SPORTS

Varsity Field Hockey

The Cavs defeated Marshall 2-1 in overtime last Tuesday. Sienna Niedrick scored the winning goal via a perfectly placed pass from Genna Cooke. Niedrick scored Woodson’s first goal off a pass from Mia Zganjar. A Levi Weinberger sprint disrupted a Marshall break away in the second quarter which she topped a minute later with a full extension dive to save a goal. AJ Ingson made three successive saves in the fourth quarter to keep the game tied.

The Cavaliers lost to Madison 2-0 on Thursday. Caitlin Deer made at least 8 saves in the first half to keep the game close and was helped by Sydney Klugiewicz’s defensive stops.

Cross Country

What a day at the Monroe Parker invitational last Saturday. Keira Arenholz won the freshman/sophomore race and the girls won the team title. Varsity boys won their division and varsity girls finished 3rd. Three trophies and a lot of top 15 medals for our Cavaliers!

Varsity Volleyball

Congrats to the varsity volleyball team on their 3-0 win against Fairfax! The team won all 3 sets with scores of 25-10, 25-16, and 25-21! 

Varsity Football

Last Friday night, the Cavs won their home opener against the Wakefield Warriors 37-7!

Woodson Sports This Week Tuesday, September 13th

Volleyball vs. South County 5:00/6:00/7:15 (Home)

Field Hockey vs. South County 6:15/7:30 (Home)

Wednesday, September 14th

Cross Country (Woodson, WS, Robo, FFX) @ South Run 5:00

Golf vs. Alexandria City @ Penderbrook 3:50pm

Thursday, September 15th

Volleyball @ West Springfield 5:00/6:00/7:30 

FR/JV FB vs. Fall Church 5:30/7:00 (Home)

Friday, September 16th

Varsity Football @  Falls Church (Neon Out) 7:00 (Away)

Saturday, September 17th

Cross Country @ Lake Braddock - Braddock Relays 5:00pm

e-Tix | Online Ticketing Available

Tickets are now available online for our HOME 2023 School year!  

To purchase tickets in advance, use this link to select the event for which you want tickets, then use your credit card information to purchase the number of tickets you want. Tickets are $5 for spectators.

Live Stream Available

Woodson High School is proud to announce that we have partnered with the NFHS Network, and invested in new technology that will bring you every game from our Main Gym and Stadium LIVE.

Here's how to watch:

1) Visit www.NFHSnetwork.com

2) Search for Woodson and go to our page

3) Subscribe and Follow - There is a fee to subscribe this year, it is no longer a free service.

Thank you for you continued support of Cavalier Athletics. We look forward to bringing you top notch broadcasts of our athletic events!

RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES College & Career Center News

The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send an email to schedule an appointment at [email protected]. Christine Lieb-Mosley, College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Click here for all College & Career Center news and upcoming events

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Scouting Night - Wednesday, September 28th Free SAT Math Prep Sessions

Woodson dad, Rick Neifield, is offering free SAT math prep sessions to Woodson students via Zoom. 

Sign up here. Direct inquiries and questions to Rick at [email protected]

Free Online Tutoring 

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need.

In-person Tutoring Options

The tutor list contains the names of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in Virginia. These employees have contacted the Parent Resource Center to offer their services. The tutor list is updated monthly during the school year.

For a list of tutors, please email The Parent Resource Center [email protected]

FCPS NEWS & EVENTS

FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form found on the FCPS site to Student Services no later than Friday, September 30th.

REPEAT INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE WeMail

This communication is emailed out every Tuesday of the school year and also posted on the PTSO Facebook page and webpage. 

Have something to share? If you have information you’d like to be considered for inclusion in WeMail, contact Jill Battaglia (PTSO Communications) at [email protected]

Sports and Activities Resources

Activity Registration - wtwoodson-ar.rschooltoday.com

Woodson Athletics - www.wtwoodsonsports.com

FCPS Student Athletics - www.fcps.edu/activities/student-athletics

Woodson Clubs & Organizations

Click here for a complete list and details of Woodson's clubs & organizations 

Contact the sponsor listed for more information.

Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

If you would like to view the FLE materials, please fill out this form.  Blair Smith, Director of Student Activities, will set up a time for you to come in and view hard copies for each grade level of FLE materials.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the opt-out forms located on the FCPS website. Completed opt-out forms can be returned to the school main office. 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at [email protected]

COVID Diagnostic Testing Dates

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment.

COVID Protocol 

FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal.

Detailed information can be found in the Health and Safety Guidance Document.

Staying Home When Sick

FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. The 5 Day Isolation Period will also continue for COVID positive students and staff.

Quick Links to Additional Resources 

FCPS Cares.

2022-23 PTSO Officers 

Miklos Kiss - President 

Lena McGinn - VP Membership

Diane Raffaele - Secretary 

Kyle Durbin - Treasurer

Jill Battaglia - Communications

Sara Mastro - Grants Coordinator

W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - September 9th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 9th

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

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Mission Statement

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

Students are excited for Woodson's first home football game, wearing camo for Military Appreciation Night.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 9th, 9:15-11pm - Cav Kickoff Dance, Aux Gym (see #4)

Monday, September 12th - Enforcement of student parking begins - Student Parking Pass Information (see #15)

Tuesday, September 13th; 6:00-7:00pm - September PTSO meeting. Access:  Google Meet 

Thursday, September 15th - Virtual Back to School Night videos available online (see #4)

Wednesday, September 21st; 6:30pm - Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar, Auditorium (see #11)

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashana

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Mr. Greata

Dear Woodson Community, 

Community has been the theme this week!  During this week’s senior meetings, our student services staff presented important information regarding graduation, college visits to our school, cap and gown information, and guidance on how to successfully navigate senior year. As I watched the presentation and reflected on the growth students experience on their K-12 journey, I was reminded of the energy and effort it takes from the entire school community to prepare students for their post graduation path. It is truly awe-inspiring!

Speaking of graduation, Woodson will be graduating the class of 2023 at EagleBank Arena on Tuesday, June 6th, at 7:30 pm. I have included a graduation starter kit at the end of this message that includes additional dates to save, places to find information, and ways to get involved. I want to thank our senior class administrator, Dr. Disalvo, as well as our senior class sponsors, Mr. Schneider and Mrs. Pollack, for their commitment to making this a great senior year. I also want to give a big shout out to Katie Clinton, a parent and PTSO member, who has volunteered to lead the planning for the Cav Cruise, our all night grad party! 

Tonight is our first home football game and Military Appreciation Night!  Wear your camo and join us in celebrating the military members of our community while we cheer on our team to victory. The game starts at 7:00 pm!

As the 21st anniversary of 9/11 is this Sunday, our school took time to remember and honor the victims, families, heroes, and survivors of 9/11, and the courage and determination of our nation's first responders. For the Woodson community, there was not only a national and global impact from those tragic events, but for many in the community, there was also a very personal one. I appreciate all of the community members that have reached out to share their personal stories with me during this time of remembrance.

Thank you all again for welcoming me into this wonderful community and please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything!  [email protected] 

Hope to see you all at our first home football game tonight – Go CAVS!

Mr. Greata
Acting Principal

Graduation Starter Kit

Save the Dates

Senior Prom - May 13, 2023, Westwood Country Club

Graduation - June 6, 2023, 7:30 pm, EagleBank Arena

Senior Information

For Parents - Class of 2023 page on the Woodson Website

For Students -  Join the Schoology 2023 group - Join Code: MW8N-DQBW-G97MK

Senior Year Celebration

Class of 2023 Yard Signs - Cost $25, contact Cheri Brown [email protected] 

Senior Class of 2023 Legacy Bricks - To purchase, visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Construction on Main Street Starting Monday
2. Home Football Game Information
3. Cav Kick-off Dance
4. Virtual Back to School Night
5. Social Emotional Learner Screener Opt-Out Information
6. To our Military families
7. Convertibles/Jeeps/Trucks Needed for Homecoming Parade
8. Understanding the Dangers of Opioid Use
9. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
10. Attendance
11. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminars
12. World Languages Credit Exam
13. Notification of Testing - Math and Reading Inventory
14. Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms
15. Student Parking Passes
16. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found
17. Food Deliveries
18. Laptop Tech Support Hours
19. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News 1. Construction on Main Street Starting Monday

We have been advised by Fairfax City Public Works that the far right lane on eastbound Main Street between Whitacre and just past Pickett Road will be closed due to sidewalk replacement starting on Monday, September 12th. 

Please plan accordingly as there may be delays arriving and leaving Woodson's property.

2. Home Football Game Information

As we prepare for our first home varsity football game of the season on Friday, September 9th versus Wakefield, we want to remind you that the following guidelines are in effect to ensure that all of our patrons, students and parents enjoy the true spirit of the event: 

  • Varsity Football Games start at 7pm.  Ticket gates open at 6pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time through this E-tix link.
  • Woodson High School (including the parking lots) is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free zone.  Adults and students who are determined to be in violation of regulations restricting the possession or being under the influence of drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco will be dealt with accordingly, including being subject to arrest by police.
  • Representatives from the Fairfax County Police Department, the Woodson Administration, and the Woodson Security Staff will continue to monitor the activities of our patrons in the parking lot, at the ticket gate, and inside the stadium to promote a safe and secure environment for both Woodson fans, our visitors and guests.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with athletic equipment such as bats, balls, sticks, etc. 
  • Backpacks are not allowed.  Everyone entering the stadium is subject to search.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with containers such as water bottles, cups, cans, etc. 
  • For varsity football games, once you pay and enter the stadium you may not leave and reenter. Please plan accordingly. 
  • We play teams from different districts, counties and regions. Ticket prices will vary. The Patriot District currently charges $5.00 for adults and students at all home games. The Patriot District consists of Woodson, Fairfax, West Springfield and South County High Schools as well as Lake Braddock and Robinson Secondary Schools.
  • Woodson HS students and parents are asked to demonstrate good citizenship and spirited sportsmanship to our opponents and their fans.  Any clothing that includes negative references to opposing teams/schools will not be tolerated. The Woodson Cavalry is considered the best fans in Virginia! Let’s show everyone that we are #Cavstrong.
  • We welcome all members of the community to attend our games, but we ask parents attend and monitor middle and elementary aged students.  All attendees, regardless of age, are expected to behave responsibly.  

Thank you in advance for making this a great event for all!  We are #oneWoodson!

3. Cav Kick-off Dance

The Cav Kick-off dance is tonight, Friday, September 9th, immediately following the football game. 

The cost of the dance is $1 and it will take place in the Auxiliary Gym. This annual tradition celebrates the opening of school and is a great way to finish off a Friday night of cheering. 

The dance begins at 9:15pm or at the end of the football game (whichever comes first) and ends promptly at 11:00pm

Admission is collected at the door.

Students in Algebra 1 exploring the MathSpace program.

4. Virtual Back to School Night

Cav Kickoff was the first part of “Back to School Night” to say hello to teachers, put faces with names and to see the classrooms your child(ren) have this year. 

The second part of “Back to School Night” will be curriculum videos which will be posted by Thursday, September 15th.  You’ll be able to access these from our webpage and we will send out notification when it is live.

These videos will give you an idea of what the course content is, class expectations and best methods of communication. 

5. Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form found on the FCPS site to Student Services no later than Friday, September 30th.

We hosted a Welcome Dinner for New Military Families this week!

6. To our Military Families

Do you have a family member who is deploying?

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

7. Convertibles/Jeeps/Trucks Needed for Homecoming Parade

Hey Cavalier Family! The Leadership classes need your help! Do you have a convertible, jeep or truck that you are willing to drive in our Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 7th?

Please fill out this Google Form with your contact and vehicle information! Thank you in advance for your help!

Students in Mr. Daly's AP Calculus class card sort about limits.

8. Understanding the Dangers of Opioid Use

As we begin the 2022-23 school year, public schools nationwide face a growing student wellness crisis. Our students' wellness challenges impact their ability to perform at their best in the classroom and may lead to other destructive behaviors. 

In Northern Virginia, the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities including young adults, and sometimes school-age children. Tragically, this can lead to devastating outcomes. There are three things you can do now, to support student wellness and increase understanding of the dangers of opioids and fentanyl:

  • Talk with children and loved ones in your life about the dangers of drug use, especially opioids. For more information, tips on how to recognize and prevent substance abuse, and available support services, watch this webinar.
  • Safely store and dispose of medications to prevent drug misuse.
  • Sign up for a Virtual REVIVE! training class to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and administer naloxone nasal spray to reverse an opioid overdose.

Learn more about the dangers of opioids and available resources on our website. Visit the Student Safety and Wellness webpage for more information about a variety of topics related to student wellbeing. 

Want to see when college representatives will visit Woodson? Select the College and Career category on our Events and Activities calendar.

9. College & Career Center News

The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send me an email to schedule an appointment at [email protected]. College & Career Resources can be accessed in the All School Woodson HS Schoology Course to which both students & parents have access. My Newsletters are posted here.

Please mark your Calendar for the HBCU Historically Black Colleges & Universities Festival on Oct 7 & 8 hosted by Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria. Please visit here to register. The FCPS College Fair is on Oct 16 and the FCPS Virtual Postsecondary Week Oct 17 – 20.

College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will run from September 6th until November 18th, 2022. Students will register in Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges – College Visits. We are still adding new visits! Next week, we will have UVA, Roanoke College, Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Charleston, Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Delaware, Juniata College, Penn State, University of Arizona, George Mason University, Randolph College and VCU visiting. Please click on the Calendar below my signature to access all of the College & Career Events.

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

PAST News, but still important 10. Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

11. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  All new drivers and parents must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving.  Please mark your calendar for the Woodson seminars for 2022-2023.  Seminars will begin at 6:30pm and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium.  The program is 90 minutes and you must arrive on time and stay for the entire presentation to receive credit. 

Wednesday, September 21st - NEW DATE
Thursday, November 17th
Monday, February 6th
Monday, April 17th

Questions? Please contact David O’Hara [email protected]

12. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Thursday, November 3rd, Wednesday, November 9th, and Thursday, November 10th.

Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students for the exam. Visit the FCPS Credit exam information page for more information.

13. Notification of Testing - Math and Reading Inventory

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) uses the Math Inventory and Reading Inventory with students in grades 7-12 to determine students’ strengths and needs in mathematics and literacy.

  • Students enrolled in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Algebra Functions and Data Analysis will participate in the Math Inventory (MI).
  • Students enrolled in English 9-12 will participate in the Reading Intervention (RI).

The purpose of these assessments is to identify students who may benefit from additional support with literacy and mathematics skills. In addition, school teams will consider assessment results as they plan instruction for your student.

The assessments are administered during the month of September. Depending on grade level and initial performance, students may participate in follow-up assessment in the winter and/or in the spring. Additional information about these assessments can be found at the following webpages:

If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s English or mathematics teacher.

14. Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

If you would like to view the FLE materials, please fill out this form Blair Smith, Director of Student Activities, will set up a time for you to come in and view hard copies for each grade level of FLE materials.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the opt-out forms located on the FCPS website. Completed opt-out forms can be returned to the school main office. 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at [email protected]

15. Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year are available for purchase online only. The cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

There are 2 steps to purchase a student parking pass:

  • Parking Permit Application
  • Payment on MySchoolBucks (navigate to the School Store, select the option for a parking permit, and check out.  Please print your receipt and bring with you when picking up your permit.)

Enforcement will begin on Monday, September 12th. Student Parking Pass Website.

16. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

Q - My son/daughter forgot their lunch/homework assignment/laptop.  Where can I drop off items?

A– Forgotten items may be dropped off at the main office on a designated bookshelf.  Please make sure your child's name is written on the item.

Q - My son/daughter lost their wallet (or any item).  Where should I go to see if it has been turned in?

A – You may come to the main office and a Safety and Security assistant will escort you to the Lost and Found room to search for your item.

17. Food Deliveries

Please reinforce with your child that ordering from a delivery service during school is not allowed.

If your student forgets their lunch, parents or guardians can bring lunch and drop it off in the main office.

Students will often have a delivery driver come to an entrance other than Door 1, which compromises the safety of the entire school. Our office staff does not have the time to accept food deliveries and will not open the doors for Uber Eats, GrubHub or any other service. 

18. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

19. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

2022-23 PTSO Board -

Miklos Kiss - President 
Lena McGinn - VP Membership
Diane Raffaele - Secretary 
Kyle Durbin - Treasurer
Jill Battaglia - Communications

PTSO website https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/annlist

We look forward to a great school year! 

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 for September 6

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WeMail is distributed every Tuesday to update the Woodson community on PTSO news, school news, and upcoming events. 

  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. CAVS SPORTS
  6. RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
  7. FCPS NEWS & EVENTS
  8. REPEAT INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, September 7 - Senior Deadline for SAT School Day intent form - Details under Woodson News & Events

Friday, September 9th, 9:15-11pm - Cav Kickoff Dance, Aux Gym - Details under Woodson News & Events

 

NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 12 - Student parking pass enforcement begins - Details under Woodson News & Events

Tuesday, September 13; 6:00-7:00 p.m. - September PTSO meeting. Access:  Google Meet 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashanah

Friday/Saturday, October 7/8 - Woodson Homecoming Events - Details to come

FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

PTSO NEWS   2023 Cav Cruise Has a Director! 

The PTSO thanks Katie Clinton for answering our call for a director to lead the all-night grad party next June! She literally saved our ship! She is a Woodson parent and a very involved member of the community. We know she’ll do a fantastic job leading Cav Cruise and we are grateful she volunteered.

September PTSO Meeting

Join in the first PTSO meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

All PTSO meetings are held virtually. Access here:  Google Meet

Ways To Get involved 

Join our PTSO 

Make a donation to PTSO   

Some of the many ways PTSO memberships and donations enrich the lives of our school community:

  • Teacher support and supplies
  • Fall & Spring Grants 
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation luncheons & events
  • Special school events 
  • And so much more!

Attend monthly PTSO meetings on Google Meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school! Amazon Smile  

Volunteer opportunities email [email protected] 

For more information visit the Woodson PTSO Website 

Find Woodson PTSO on Facebook 

WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS Seniors Only - SAT School Day Information - Intent to Participate Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

Senior parents/students: Please refer to the email sent on Monday, August 15th at 2pm regarding SAT School Day. 

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 12th.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 7th.

Your student will need to use a @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form. 

FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Crosson at [email protected]

Consent for Select Digital Resources

Teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here.  More information about approved digital resources in FCPS can be found here. 

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

Cav Kick-off Dance

The Cav Kick-off dance will happen on Friday, September 9th, immediately following the first home football game. 

The cost of the dance is $1 and it will take place in the Auxiliary Gym. This annual tradition celebrates the opening of school and is a great way to finish off a Friday night of cheering. 

The dance begins at 9:15pm or at the end of the football game (whichever comes first) and ends promptly at 11:00pm. 

Admission is collected at the door.

Student Parking Passes - ENFORCEMENT BEGINS NEXT MONDAY, SEPT 12 

There are 2 steps to purchase a student parking pass: 1) Complete the Parking Permit Application  2) Pay on MySchoolBucks. Navigate to the School Store, select the option for a parking permit, and check out.  Bring your printed receipt with you when picking up your permit. Click here for the Woodson Student Parking website

Lunch Options for Students

This year, we are offering several different eating locations for students including Cafeteria A, Cafeteria B, the small courtyard between the two cafeterias, the large outdoor space behind Cafeteria A, and the hallway outside of the cafeterias. 

To ensure ample seating areas, we have added additional tables to the cafeterias and outside eating areas, as well as removed the vending machines. In addition to these seating areas, students may get a pass to spend the lunch period in the Library.

In the event of inclement weather, we have plans to pull our staff member who covers the interior outdoor lunch area into the indoor auditorium lobby, allowing students an additional indoor space to eat.

“Back to School Night” 2022

Back to school curriculum videos which will be posted virtually by September 15, 2022.  You’ll be able to access them from the Woodson High School webpage. A notification will be sent out when the videos are live.  

The videos will give you an idea of the course content, class expectations, and best methods of communication with the teacher.

Woodson’s Current Clubs & Organizations 

Click here for a complete list and details of Woodson's clubs & organizations 

Contact sponsor listed for more information.

Updated Schedule Change Request Process

The schedule change request window is from September 26th – October 7th. Students may not request a change to their schedule before September 26th. This is to ensure that students show a sincere effort to make their current class(es) work by spending time with their teachers, and seeing them for help during 3rd Period Returns and after school. Students should see their counselor in Student Services if they have any questions or need any assistance with this.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Thursday, November 3rd, Wednesday, November 9th, and Thursday, November 10th.

Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students for the exam. Visit the FCPS Credit exam information page for more information.

Woodson Choral Boosters

Upcoming events: Choral Booster meeting this Wednesday, September 7th at 7PM in the Chorus room.  All parents are invited to attend.

Marching Cavaliers Update

The W. T. Woodson High School Marching Cavaliers 2022 competition show “CONTACT” premieres this Friday during halftime of the Varsity Football game. Come out for the thrill of Friday night lights, the Varsity Football game, and entertainment provided by the Woodson Cheerleaders, Precisionettes and Marching Cavaliers. The band will add more content to the show as the weeks progress, all leading up to their first Virginia Marching Band Cooperative competition on Saturday, September 24th at Herndon HS. Look for more details as the competition schedule finalizes in the coming weeks.

FUNDRAISERS Car Wash Fundraisers - THIS SATURDAY, September 10th

Woodson Choral Car Wash

You can support Woodson Choral by getting your vehicle washed at the Choral Car Wash on Saturday, September 10th from 9AM-1PM. 

Car wash will take place at Woodson near entrance 16 and the Senior parking lot.

Woodson Precisionettes Car Wash

The Woodson Precisionettes will host a car wash on September 10th from 10am-2pm at the Exxon on Rolling Road. Tickets are available from Dance Team members for $10!

Boys Lacrosse Woodson Logo Fundraiser

Woodson Boys Lacrosse is painting Woodson’s famous W and sabers logo as a fundraiser. By getting your own customized “W”, you can support the team and show your school spirit at the same time!

Click this link for more information.

Woodson Band Cav Cards

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards with discounts at 19 local area merchants. Cards are $10 each and all funds directly support the bands’ activities this year - including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! 

Contact Karen Wallace at [email protected] for information or check out the participating vendors on the band’s webpage.

Senior Yard Signs

Show your Senior pride by displaying a Class of 2023 Yard Sign! Cost is $25.00 each. All proceeds support the Class of 2023, including the Cav Cruise (all night graduation party).

Click here to purchase

Questions? Contact Cheri Brown [email protected]

Senior Class of 2023 Legacy Bricks

Buy a Brick and create a Lasting Legacy for your Woodson Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school between the main entrance and the auditorium still has plenty of room for bricks for you to honor your special student or alumni.  Individual bricks cost: $100.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors, or as a legacy for all the members of your family! 

To purchase, visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE. If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 17, 2023.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

Mock SAT, ACT and PSAT - All Proceeds Benefit Woodson PTSO

Tests are administered either in-person or online and can be scheduled Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 9pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Sign up here to take a mock SAT, ACT, or PSAT with C2 Education - available online or in-person!!  (Requires an existing or new Woodson PTSO login)  Cost is $20 to register for your mock test, all proceeds will benefit Woodson C2 Education Fairfax will contact you to schedule your test and results assessment.

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS

Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. You can order online HERE.  Magnets are delivered to your door contact free! 

If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

CAVS VARSITY SPORTS

Varsity Field Hockey

The Cavs rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to beat Langley 3-2 Tuesday night. Siena Niedrick scored her second goal of the game via a blistering cross by Julia Oleyar with 4 minutes left to win the game. Elizabeth Stribling scored the other goal assisted by Genna Cooke. Defensively, Kim McNamara, Reese Cuviello, and Levi Weinberger halted key Saxon counterattacks.

Woodson posted a 2-2 record at the South County Field Hockey tournament this past weekend, beating Hayfield and Mount Vernon and falling to Stafford and South Lakes. The Cavs were powered by goals from Darcy Hilton, Kim McNamara, Alex Walrath, Caitlin Tran, Siena Niedrick, Elizabeth Stribling, and Julia Oleyar. Defenders Maddie Gaboury, Ella Mathias, and Amanda Lee contributed key stops.

 

JV & Varsity Cheer

Woodson Cheer is so excited to get our football games started and we are working hard on our competition routines for this season. The teams are under the direction of Interim Head Coach Krissy Schnebel, and her phenomenal staff: Kevin Nguyen (Varsity Asst./Program Tumble Coach), James Whitfield (Program Asst. Coach), Bri Thomas (JV Head Coach), Alayna Robbins (Freshman/Co-JV Heach Coach), and Marc Brooks (Consult Coach). The athletes are looking forward to rebranding Woodson Cheer to better show its love for our Cavalier community through services, presence at all games, and increasing the overall school spirit/atmosphere. We can't wait to cheer on our Cavs all school year!

Please join us at our JV and Varsity games against Wakefield this week. The Varsity game theme is "Military Appreciation". Wear any kind of camo to school and then keep it going at the game!

 

JV & Varsity Precisionettes Dance Teams

 The JV and Varsity Pnette Dance teams are looking forward to a successful season! The teams under the direction of Head Varsity Coach Krissy Schnebel, Asst. Varsity Coach Stefanie Ramos, Head JV Coach Morgan Barnard, Asst. JV Coach Ally Kammerman, and Technique Coach Becky Krashin. 

After our most successful competition season in the history of our program last year, our dancers are pushing themselves to keep up that ranking and excel even further. Join us on September 10th for our Car Wash at the Exxon on Rolling Road from 10am-2pm! Tickets are available from Dance Team members for $10!

Woodson Sports This Week Tuesday, September 6th

Volleyball vs. Robinson 5:00/6:00/7:15 (Home)

Field Hockey vs. Marshall 6:15/7:30 (Home)

Wednesday, September 7th

Golf vs. South County @ Penderbrook 4:00

Thursday, September 8th

Varsity Field Hockey vs. Madison 7:00 (Home)

JV Field Hockey @ Washington and Liberty 6:00 

Volleyball @ Fairfax 5:00/5:00/6:30 

FR/JV FB Scrimmage @ Wakefield 5:30/7:00 

Friday, September 9th

Varsity Football vs. Wakefield (Camo Out) 7:00 (Home)

*Military Appreciation Night*

Saturday, September 10th

Cross Country @ Burke Lake - Monroe Parker 8:00am

e-Tix | Online Ticketing Available

Tickets are now available online for our HOME 2023 School year!  

To purchase tickets in advance, use this link to select the event for which you want tickets, then use your credit card information to purchase the number of tickets you want. Tickets are $5 for spectators.

Live Stream Available

Woodson High School is proud to announce that we have partnered with the NFHS Network, and invested in new technology that will bring you every game from our Main Gym and Stadium LIVE.

Here's how to watch:

1) Visit www.NFHSnetwork.com

2) Search for Woodson and go to our page

3) Subscribe and Follow - There is a fee to subscribe this year, it is no longer a free service.

Thank you for you continued support of Cavalier Athletics. We look forward to bringing you top notch broadcasts of our athletic events!

RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES College & Career Center News

The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send an email to schedule an appointment at [email protected]. Christine Lieb-Mosley, College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Click here for all College & Career Center news and upcoming events

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Free SAT Math Prep Sessions

Woodson dad, Rick Neifield,  is offering free SAT math prep sessions to Woodson students via Zoom. 

Sign up here. Direct inquiries and questions to Rick at [email protected]

Free Online Tutoring 

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need.

In-person Tutoring Options

The tutor list contains the names of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in Virginia. These employees have contacted the Parent Resource Center to offer their services. The tutor list is updated monthly during the school year.

For a list of tutors, please email The Parent Resource Center [email protected]

FCPS NEWS & EVENTS Notification of Testing - Math and Reading Inventory

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) uses the Math Inventory and Reading Inventory with students in grades 7-12 to determine students’ strengths and needs in mathematics and literacy.

  • Students enrolled in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Algebra Functions and Data Analysis will participate in the Math Inventory (MI).
  • Students enrolled in English 9-12 will participate in the Reading Intervention (RI).

The purpose of these assessments is to identify students who may benefit from additional support with literacy and mathematics skills. In addition, school teams will consider assessment results as they plan instruction for your student.

The assessments are administered during the month of September. Depending on grade level and initial performance, students may participate in follow-up assessment in the winter and/or in the spring. Additional information about these assessments can be found at the following webpages:

If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s English or mathematics teacher.

Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

If you would like to view the FLE materials, please fill out this form.  Blair Smith, Director of Student Activities, will set up a time for you to come in and view hard copies for each grade level of FLE materials.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the opt-out forms located on the FCPS website. Completed opt-out forms can be returned to the school main office. 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at [email protected]

REPEAT INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE WeMail

This communication is emailed out every Tuesday of the school year and also posted on the PTSO Facebook page and webpage. 

Have something to share? If you have information you’d like to be considered for inclusion in WeMail, contact Jill Battaglia (PTSO Communications) at [email protected]

Sports and Activities Resources

Activity Registration - wtwoodson-ar.rschooltoday.com

Woodson Athletics - www.wtwoodsonsports.com

FCPS Student Athletics - www.fcps.edu/activities/student-athletics

Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

COVID Diagnostic Testing Dates

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available at no cost for all currently enrolled FCPS students on select dates throughout the year when transmission may be highest. Diagnostic testing is provided at designated times and locations for those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Testing will be available September 6-8 and 12-14. Visit the testing website for information on locations and how to register for an appointment.

COVID Protocol 

FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal.

Detailed information can be found in the Health and Safety Guidance Document.

Staying Home When Sick

FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. The 5 Day Isolation Period will also continue for COVID positive students and staff.

Mental Health Resources 2022-23 PTSO Officers 

Miklos Kiss - President 

Lena McGinn - VP Membership

Diane Raffaele - Secretary 

Kyle Durbin - Treasurer

Jill Battaglia - Communications

Sara Mastro - Grants Coordinator

W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - September 1st

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Woodson Weekly -
September 1st

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

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Mission Statement

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

Welcome to Woodson, Mr. Greata! Mr.Greata is our Acting Principal for the month of September.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 2nd - Labor Day Break - No School

Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Break - No School

Wednesday, September 7th - Senior Deadline for SAT School Day intent form (see #2)

Friday, September 9th, 9:15-11pm - Cav Kickoff Dance, Aux Gym (see #4)

Monday, September 12th - Enforcement of student parking begins - Student Parking Pass Information (see #14)

Tuesday, September 13th; 6:00-7:00pm - September PTSO meeting. Access:  Google Meet 

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashana

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Mr. Greata

Dear Woodson Community, 

It's been a great week here at Woodson! I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting this incredible community of students and teachers as I've walked the hallways and visited classrooms. I am so happy to spend the month of September with you while Dr. Floyd is on leave.

This newsletter has lots of important information including details about our first dance of the year, FLE opt-outs, and our virtual Back to School Night. 

After hearing feedback from parents and students regarding locations for lunch, we have taken steps to increase seating capacity and locations. In doing so, we had to balance student choice with safety measures. More information about lunch options can be found in story #3.

I look forward to meeting many of you at upcoming events this month. Join me for our first PTSO meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm on Google Meet or feel free to come up and introduce yourself when you see me at school-wide events. Of course, you can always email me at [email protected] or follow me on Twitter.

Enjoy the holiday tomorrow. We will welcome back students on Tuesday, September 6th and it will be an Even Day.

Have a wonderful Labor Day break this weekend!

Mr. Greata
Acting Principal

In this Issue

ACTION Needed

1. Required Back to School Forms - Due Friday, September 9th
2. Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources
3. Seniors only - SAT School Day Intent Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

NEW News
4. Lunch Options for Students
5. Cav Kick-off Dance
6. Virtual Back to School Night
7. Notification of Testing - Math and Reading Inventory
8. Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms
9. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminars
10. World Languages Credit Exam
11. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
12. Attendance
13. Course Change Request Process
14. Student Parking Passes
15. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found
16. Food Deliveries
17. Laptop Tech Support Hours
18. Woodson's PTSO

ACTION Needed 1. Required Back to School Forms
  1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form - Due September 9th
    All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through [email protected] via their SIS ParentVue account. To access [email protected], log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on [email protected] - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.
  2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form
    Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. See #11 for more details.
  3. Student Rights and Responsibilities
    Parents will be able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 
Optional Forms

There are other optional forms to complete if applicable - FCPS Privacy and Opt-Out Forms, FLE Opt-Out Forms, Military-Connected Student Form, Free and Reduced Lunch Application, Homeless Student Referral Form, and medical authorization forms. Visit the site for Required and Optional Return to School Forms page to view all the forms.

Paperless Opt-Outs Available

As a part of our ongoing efforts to streamline paper processes, parents can now select a number of opt-outs electronically via ParentVUE.  Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.”  You will find opt-outs listed there.  If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

2. Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

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

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

3. Seniors Only - SAT School Day Information - Intent to Participate Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

Senior parents/students: Please refer to the email sent on Monday, August 15th at 2pm regarding SAT School Day. 

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 12th.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 7th.

Your student will need to use a @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form

FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Crosson at [email protected] .

NEW News 4. Lunch Options for Students

This year, we are offering several different eating locations for students including Cafeteria A, Cafeteria B, the small courtyard between the two cafeterias, the large outdoor space behind Cafeteria A, and the hallway outside of the cafeterias. 

To ensure ample seating areas, we have added additional tables to the cafeterias and outside eating areas, as well as removed the vending machines. In addition to these seating areas, students may get a pass to spend the lunch period in the Library.

After the first few days, the number of students eating in the cafeterias have balanced out and there are plenty of seats available. As the year continues, we will monitor spaces to ensure we have seats to accommodate all students assigned to a particular lunch. 

In the event of inclement weather, we have plans to pull our staff member who covers the interior outdoor lunch area into the indoor auditorium lobby, allowing students an additional indoor space to eat. 

5. Cav Kick-off Dance

The Cav Kick-off dance will happen on Friday, September 9th, immediately following the first home football game. 

The cost of the dance is $1 and it will take place in the Auxiliary Gym. This annual tradition celebrates the opening of school and is a great way to finish off a Friday night of cheering. 

The dance begins at 9:15pm or at the end of the football game (whichever comes first) and ends promptly at 11:00pm. 

Admission is collected at the door.

Students show school spirit for the "Lights Out" first varsity football game tonight at 7pm at Oakton HS.

6. Virtual Back to School Night

Cav Kickoff was the first part of “Back to School Night” to say hello to teachers, put faces with names and to see the classrooms your child(ren) have this year. 

The second part of “Back to School Night” will be curriculum videos which will be posted by Monday, September 15th.  You’ll be able to access these from our webpage and we will send out notification when it is live.

These videos will give you an idea of what the course content is, class expectations and best methods of communication. 

7. Notification of Testing - Math and Reading Inventory

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) uses the Math Inventory and Reading Inventory with students in grades 7-12 to determine students’ strengths and needs in mathematics and literacy.

  • Students enrolled in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Algebra Functions and Data Analysis will participate in the Math Inventory (MI).
  • Students enrolled in English 9-12 will participate in the Reading Intervention (RI).

The purpose of these assessments is to identify students who may benefit from additional support with literacy and mathematics skills. In addition, school teams will consider assessment results as they plan instruction for your student.

The assessments are administered during the month of September. Depending on grade level and initial performance, students may participate in follow-up assessment in the winter and/or in the spring. Additional information about these assessments can be found at the following webpages:

If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s English or mathematics teacher.

Students in Ms. Kinne's Biology class investigating the effect of salinity on brine shrimp hatch rate.

8. Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

If you would like to view the FLE materials, please fill out this form Blair Smith, Director of Student Activities, will set up a time for you to come in and view hard copies for each grade level of FLE materials.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the opt-out forms located on the FCPS website. Completed opt-out forms can be returned to the school main office. 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at [email protected]

9. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  All new drivers and parents must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving.  Please mark your calendar for the Woodson seminars for 2022-2023.  Seminars will begin at 6:30pm and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium.  The program is 90 minutes and you must arrive on time and stay for the entire presentation to receive credit. 

Thursday, September 15th
Thursday, November 17th
Monday, February 6th
Monday, April 17th

Questions? Please contact David O’Hara [email protected]

10. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Thursday, November 3rd, Wednesday, November 9th, and Thursday, November 10th.

Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students for the exam. Visit the FCPS Credit exam information page for more information.

Check out our events and activities calendar!

11. College & Career Center News

The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send me an email to schedule an appointment at [email protected]. Student Services and College & Career Resources can be accessed in the All School Woodson HS Schoology Course to which students & parents have access.

Attention Class of 2023!

  • Region 5 Financial Aid/Paying for College Night hosted by College Access Fairfax will be on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 7 pm in the Fairfax High School Auditorium. Additional Financial Aid/FAFSA/Scholarship 101 Events have been added to the Woodson School-Wide Calendar.
  • Scholarship 101 Presentation on Wednesday, 9 November 2022 at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium.
  • Senior Support in the Career Center every Wednesday before school from 7:30 am – 8:00 am. A drop-in support session for seniors to get help with their college application, scholarships, resume, job search & and other post-secondary steps. We will also have College Application Completion Workshops during All Lunches on Sept 23, Oct 26 and Nov 1 in the Career Center.

College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will run from September 6th until November 18th, 2022. Students will register in Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges – College Visits. We are still adding new visits every day! We are kicking our first week of Rep Visits off with the Ringling College of Art & Design, Salisbury University, Elon University, Dartmouth College, University of Rochester and George Washington University.

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

PAST News, but still important 12. Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

13. Schedule Change Request Process

We are currently not permitting any schedule change requests for the first two weeks of school unless it is to correct an error or missing class in a student’s schedule. This is to allow students and teachers time to settle into their routines, get to know each other/begin forming relationships, and allow students time to become familiar with the content and expectations of their classes.

However, we recognize that some students wish to request to move up in rigor in a core course (English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages). If a student wishes to request a change to their schedule to move up in rigor (i.e. standard to honors or honors to AP), they must see their counselor and submit that request by Thursday, September 1st. This is the last day a student can move into a more rigorous course due to the fast paced nature of those courses and the amount of content they would have missed by then.

After September 1st, the schedule change request window is from September 26th – October 7th. Students may not request a change to their schedule before September 26th. This is to ensure that students show a sincere effort to make their current class(es) work by spending time with their teachers, and seeing them for help during 3rd Period Returns and after school. Students should see their counselor in Student Services if they have any questions or need any assistance with this.

14. Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year are available for purchase online only. The cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

There are 2 steps to purchase a student parking pass:

  • Parking Permit Application
  • Payment on MySchoolBucks (navigate to the School Store, select the option for a parking permit, and check out.  Please print your receipt and bring with you when picking up your permit.)

Enforcement will begin on Monday, September 12th. Student Parking Pass Website.

15. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

Q - My son/daughter forgot their lunch/homework assignment/laptop.  Where can I drop off items?

A– Forgotten items may be dropped off at the main office on a designated bookshelf.  Please make sure your child's name is written on the item.

Q - My son/daughter lost their wallet (or any item).  Where should I go to see if it has been turned in?

A – You may come to the main office and a Safety and Security assistant will escort you to the Lost and Found room to search for your item.

16. Food Deliveries

Please reinforce with your child that ordering from a delivery service during school is not allowed.

If your student forgets their lunch, parents or guardians can bring lunch and drop it off in the main office.

Students will often have a delivery driver come to an entrance other than Door 1, which compromises the safety of the entire school. Our office staff does not have the time to accept food deliveries and will not open the doors for Uber Eats, GrubHub or any other service. 

17. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

18. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

2022-23 PTSO Board -

Miklos Kiss - President 
Lena McGinn -VP Membership
Diane Raffaele - Secretary 
Kyle Durbin - Treasurer
Jill Battaglia - Communications

PTSO website https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/annlist

We look forward to a great school year! 

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 for August 30th

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WeMail is distributed every Tuesday to update the Woodson community on PTSO news, school news, and upcoming events. 

  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. CAVS SPORTS
  6. RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
  7. START OF SCHOOL YEAR CHECKLIST
  8. FCPS NEWS & EVENTS
  9. REPEAT INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, August 31 - Deadline to order PE gear - Details under Start of School Year Checklist

Friday, September 2nd - School Holiday

 

NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 7th - Senior Deadline for SAT School Day intent form - Details under Start of School Year Checklist

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Tuesday, September 13; 6:00-7:00 p.m. - September PTSO meeting. Access:  Google Meet 

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashanah

Friday/Saturday, October 7/8 - Woodson Homecoming Events - Details to come

FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

PTSO NEWS   THE CAV CRUISE ALL-NIGHT GRAD PARTY NEEDS YOUR HELP TO STAY AFLOAT!

SEEKING CAV CRUISE DIRECTOR:  A Sophomore, Junior or Senior parent to head up the all-night Class of 2023 grad party.  

Description:  The Cav Cruise Director leads the various committees (treasurer, activities, fundraising, food, security, transportation, registration, prizes) to execute the All Night Senior Party. Many committee lead positions are filled - we just need an enthusiastic leader! 

Qualifications:  Must be outgoing, enjoy lively parties, loves kids, be an excellent organizer, and able to lead a diverse team

Cav Cruise has been a Woodson tradition for over 20 years.  It is a safe and fun event for seniors to spend the entire graduation night.   The event offers a casino, carnival games, activities, food, a DJ, swimming pool, a hypnotist show, prizes, and much more.  Please contact Mik at [email protected] if you are interested in leading this amazing tradition!

September PTSO Meeting

Join in the first PTSO meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

All PTSO meetings are held virtually. Access here:  Google Meet

Ways To Get involved 

Join our PTSO 

Make a donation to PTSO   

Attend monthly PTSO meetings on Google Meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find Woodson PTSO on Facebook 

Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school! Amazon Smile  

Volunteer opportunities, email [email protected] 

For more information visit the Woodson PTSO Website 

2022-23 PTSO Officers 

Miklos Kiss - President 

Lena McGinn -VP Membership

Diane Raffaele - Secretary 

Kyle Durbin - Treasurer

Jill Battaglia - Communications

Sara Mastro - Grants Coordinator

WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS Welcome, Mr. Greata

Beginning Wednesday, August 31st, Dr. Floyd will be out on medical leave through the month of September. In her absence, we welcome Kevin Greata as our interim principal. Mr. Greata is currently an assistant principal at Fairfax HS. He has over six years of experience as an assistant principal including middle school and high school as well as several summer programs. Previously, he taught special and general education math  (from Algebra 1 to BC Calculus) and served as a pyramid math specialist.  

In the summer of 2021, Mr. Greata served as the summer Credit Recovery principal which took place at Woodson HS. During that experience he not only got to know our facility but also many of our students, staff and families. Mr. Greata’s experience, knowledge and calming demeanor will serve our school community well over the next month.  

Mr. Greata can be reached at [email protected] Please know you can also reach out to your teachers, counselor or assistant principal with any of your needs.

Updated Schedule Change Request Process

Students who wish to request to move up in rigor in a core course (English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages) must see their counselor and submit that request by this Thursday, September 1st. This is the last day a student can move into a more rigorous course due to the fast paced nature of those courses and the amount of content they would have missed by then.

After September 1st, the schedule change request window is from September 26th – October 7th. Students may not request a change to their schedule before September 26th. This is to ensure that students show a sincere effort to make their current class(es) work by spending time with their teachers, and seeing them for help during 3rd Period Returns and after school. Students should see their counselor in Student Services if they have any questions or need any assistance with this.

Consent for Select Digital Resources

Teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here.  More information about approved digital resources in FCPS can be found here. 

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

Seniors Only - SAT School Day Information - Intent to Participate Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

Senior parents/students: Please refer to the email sent on Monday, August 15th at 2pm regarding SAT School Day. 

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 12th.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 7th.

Your student will need to use a @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form. 

FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Crosson at [email protected]

WTW Drama Info

WTW Drama boosters are hosting their first meeting on Wednesday, August 31st! Topics of discussion include the WTW Drama season, auditions, booster responsibility, and the upcoming Edinburgh Scotland Fringe Festival performance.

There will be a new parent meet and greet from 5:30pm- 6:00pm in the Auditorium on the 31st and then the full Booster Meeting starting at 6:00pm (a Zoom link will also be available). We have a lot of exciting things planned this year, so you don’t want to miss out!

Questions? Need the zoom link? Email Mr. Rushing at [email protected]

Woodson Choral Boosters

Upcoming events: Choral Booster meeting Wednesday, September 7th at 7PM in the Chorus room.  All parents are invited to attend.

Choral Car Wash Saturday, September 10; 9 am-1 pm.

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Orchestra - Coyote Grill Food Truck

Come and grab dinner at the Coyote Grill’s Food Truck this Wednesday night, August 31st from 5:30pm-7:30pm

The truck will be between doors 13/16. Pre-order link available for pick up: https://the-roaming-coyote.square.site/

They will share a portion of the night’s proceeds to support Woodson HS Orchestra. Leave cooking to someone else and support the Woodson Orchestra!

Woodson Choral Car Wash

You can support our Woodson Choral program by getting your vehicle washed at the Choral Car Wash on Saturday, September 10th from 9AM-1PM at Woodson HS near Door 16 and the Senior parking lot.

Woodson Band Cav Cards

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards with discounts at 19 local area merchants. Cards are $10 each and all funds directly support the bands’ activities this year - including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! 

Contact Karen Wallace at [email protected] for information or check out the participating vendors on the band’s webpage.

Senior Yard Signs

Show your Senior pride by displaying a Class of 2023 Yard Sign! Cost is $25.00 each. All proceeds support the Class of 2023, including the Cav Cruise (all night graduation party).

Click here to purchase

Questions? Contact Cheri Brown [email protected]

Senior Class of 2023 Legacy Bricks

Buy a Brick and create a Lasting Legacy for your Woodson Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school between the main entrance and the auditorium still has plenty of room for bricks for you to honor your special student or alumni.  Individual bricks cost: $100.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors, or as a legacy for all the members of your family! 

To purchase, visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE. If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 17, 2023.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

Mock SAT, ACT and PSAT - All Proceeds Benefit Woodson PTSO

Tests are administered either in-person or online and can be scheduled Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 9pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Sign up here to take a mock SAT, ACT, or PSAT with C2 Education - available online or in-person!!  (Requires an existing or new Woodson PTSO login)  Cost is $20 to register for your mock test, all proceeds will benefit Woodson C2 Education Fairfax will contact you to schedule your test and results assessment.

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS

Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. You can order online HERE.  Magnets are delivered to your door contact free! 

If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

CAVS VARSITY SPORTS

Varsity Field Hockey

Last Monday, Woodson opened the season with a 2-1 loss to Yorktown. Mia Zganjar scored for the Cavaliers on a penalty corner. Katie Hamrock provided steady defense while goalie AJ Ingson swatted away multiple Yorktown shots, including one on a breakaway in the fourth quarter.

RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES College & Career Center News

The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send me an email to schedule an appointment at [email protected] Looking forward to working with you all!

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

Upcoming Events - 

    • Our Region 5 Financial Aid/Paying for College Night hosted by College Access Fairfax will be on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 7 pm at the Fairfax High School Auditorium. There will be additional Virtual Financial Aid Nights. Please stay tuned for more dates.
    • College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will run from September 6th until November 18th, 2022. Please stay tuned for the schedule.
    • College Application Completion Workshops during All Lunches on Sept 23, Oct 26 and Nov 1 in the Career Center.
  • Senior Support in the Career Center every Wednesday before school from 7:30 am – 8:00 am. A drop-in support session for seniors to get help with their college application, scholarships, resume, job search & and other post-secondary steps.

Christine Lieb-Mosley

College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Free SAT Math Prep Sessions

Woodson dad, Rick Neifield,  is offering free SAT math prep sessions to Woodson students via Zoom. 

Sign up here. Direct inquiries and questions to Rick at [email protected]

Free Online Tutoring 

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT and ACT preparation.

In-person Tutoring Options

For families interested in in-person tutoring, FCPS’ Parent Resource Center maintains a list of tutors who can be hired by families.

The tutor list contains the names of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in Virginia. These employees have contacted the Parent Resource Center to offer their services. The tutor list is updated monthly during the school year.

For a list of tutors, please email The Parent Resource Center ([email protected]).

This list is a resource offered by the PRC, but parents are responsible for contacting and working directly with the tutors.

For more information about tutors, click here to visit the Parent Resource Center website.

Mental Health Resources START OF YEAR CHECKLIST

Keep scrolling to find details for the following:

  • Back to School Forms - ACTION REQUIRED 
  • Optional Forms
  • Paperless Opt-Outs Available
  • Kiss & Ride and Parking Procedures
  • Student Parking Passes
  • School Lunch Money and PIN
  • Woodson PE Uniforms
  • Changes to Medication Protocol
  • Seniors only - SAT School Day Information - ACTION REQUIRED
Back to School Forms - ACTION REQUIRED
  1. Emergency Care and Health Information FormAll students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through [email protected] via their SIS ParentVue account. To access [email protected], log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on [email protected] - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.
  2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent FormWoodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. See #8 for more details.
  3. Student Rights and ResponsibilitiesParents will be able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 
Optional Forms

There are other optional forms to complete if applicable - FCPS Privacy and Opt-Out Forms, FLE Opt-Out Forms, Military-Connected Student Form, Free and Reduced Lunch Application, Homeless Student Referral Form, and medical authorization forms. Visit the site for Required and Optional Return to School Forms page to view all the forms.

Paperless Opt-Outs Available

As a part of our ongoing efforts to streamline paper processes, parents can now select a number of opt-outs electronically via ParentVUE.  Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.”  You will find opt-outs listed there.  If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

Kiss and Ride and Parking Procedures

In order to maximize traffic flow and safety of all on campus, we need everyone to arrive by 8AM (this allows students to get to class at or before 8:10AM). 

Please read the following procedures for parking and Kiss and Ride indicated by the map above:

1 - Bus and staff entrance: This is the first entrance off Whitacre Road into the Woodson property.

2 - Senior parking lot: The second entrance off Whitacre Road into the Senior lot is for Senior student parking only. 

3 - Whitacre Road Kiss and Ride: The third entrance off Whitacre Road is the entrance to the Kiss and Ride loop by the tennis courts. Drop off students BEFORE 8AM at Door 9, not before (only in front of) Door 9 for safety reasons. 

4 - Junior parking lot: The last entrance off Whitacre Road, which is also the stadium entrance.  When looking at the stadium, the Junior lot is on the left. 

5 - Pickett Road Kiss and Ride: If you are coming to Woodson from 236, use the Pickett Road entrance, NOT Whitacre Rd. This will allow you to drop your child(ren) off at Door 2. Only staff can access the front lot from Whitacre Road.  Only staff can access Kiss and Ride at the front of the school from Whitacre Road.

DO NOT park at the shopping center across the street; they will tow your car. 

If you have never used the lots at Woodson High School, please do a dry run prior to the first day of school.

Remember, students are expected to be in class at 8:10am, not walking in the doors of the school. If your child(ren) use the school bus and the bus is late, students are marked excused tardy (EXT) in SIS attendance.  

Please know that school staff and the SRO are not permitted to direct traffic which is why it is even more important that students are at school by 8AM, to ensure any backup of traffic does not cause your child(ren) to be unexcused tardy (UNT) for class.

Visit the PTSO Homepage for news, links, events calendar and more!

Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year are available for purchase online only. The cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

There are 2 steps to purchase a student parking pass:

  • Parking Permit Application
  • Payment on MySchoolBucks (navigate to the School Store, select the option for a parking permit, and check out.  Please print your receipt and with you when picking up your permit.)

Click here for the Woodson Student Parking website 

Enforcement will begin on Monday, September 12th.

Woodson PE Uniforms - Order deadline extended to August 31st

Click here to order!  Group Code: WOODSONPE

FCPS NEWS & EVENTS

FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

REPEAT INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE WeMail

This communication is emailed out every Tuesday of the school year and also posted on the PTSO Facebook page and webpage. 

Have something to share? If you have information you’d like to be considered for inclusion in WeMail, contact Jill Battaglia (PTSO Communications) at [email protected]

Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

COVID Protocol 

FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal.

Detailed information can be found in the Health and Safety Guidance Document.

Staying Home When Sick

FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. The 5 Day Isolation Period will also continue for COVID positive students and staff.

W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - August 26th

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Woodson Weekly -
August 26th

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

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Mission Statement

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

Woodson made the news on #FirstDayFairfax!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday/Tuesday, August 29/30 - Underclass Picture Days (see #3)

Monday, August 29th at 5:30pm - Senior Night in the Auditorium (see #4)

Friday, September 2nd - School Holiday

Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 7th - Senior Deadline for SAT School Day intent form (see #2)

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashana

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Dr. Floyd

Dear Woodson Community, 

What an exciting first week of school! Having students back in the building is both energizing and heartwarming. I have watched students interact and smile as they get to know their teachers and peers – and in class without cell phones. Based on what I have observed thus far, I anticipate a positive and productive school year!  

On a personal note, I wanted to let our community know that beginning Wednesday, August 31st, I will be out on medical leave through the month of September. In my absence, we welcome Kevin Greata as our interim principal. Mr. Greata is currently an assistant principal at Fairfax HS.  He has over six years of experience as an assistant principal including middle school and high school as well as several summer programs. Previously, he taught special and general education math  (from Algebra 1 to BC Calculus) and served as a pyramid math specialist.  

In the summer of 2021, Mr. Greata served as the summer Credit Recovery principal which took place at Woodson HS.  During that experience he not only got to know our facility but also many of our students, staff and families. I am confident Mr. Greata’s experience, knowledge and calming demeanor will serve our school community well over the next month.  Mr. Greata can be reached at [email protected].  Please know you can also reach out to your teachers, counselor or assistant principal with any of your needs. 

I look forward to rejoining the Woodson team in October. 

Dr. Floyd
Principal

The Woodson High School Faculty and Staff

In this Issue

ACTION Needed

1. Required Back to School Forms
2. Seniors only - SAT School Day Intent Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

NEW News
3. Underclass Picture Days
4. Senior Night Presentation on Monday
5. School Clothing
6. Course Change Request Update
7. Attendance
8. Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources 
9. Student Parking Passes
10. Food Deliveries
11. Laptop Tech Support Hours
12. College & Career Center News
13. Woodson's PTSO

ACTION Needed 1. Required Back to School Forms
  1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form
    All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through [email protected] via their SIS ParentVue account. To access [email protected], log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on [email protected] - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.
  2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form
    Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. See #8 for more details.
  3. Student Rights and Responsibilities
    Parents will be able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 
Optional Forms

There are other optional forms to complete if applicable - FCPS Privacy and Opt-Out Forms, FLE Opt-Out Forms, Military-Connected Student Form, Free and Reduced Lunch Application, Homeless Student Referral Form, and medical authorization forms. Visit the site for Required and Optional Return to School Forms page to view all the forms.

Paperless Opt-Outs Available

As a part of our ongoing efforts to streamline paper processes, parents can now select a number of opt-outs electronically via ParentVUE.  Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.”  You will find opt-outs listed there.  If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

2. Seniors Only - SAT School Day Information - Intent to Participate Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

Senior parents/students: Please refer to the email sent on Monday, August 15th at 2pm regarding SAT School Day. 

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 12th.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 7th.

Your student will need to use a @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form

FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Crosson at [email protected] .

Woodson's Marching Cavaliers visited feeder elementary schools today.

NEW News 3. Underclass Pictures

School Picture Day is coming Monday, August 29th & Tuesday, August 30th 2022. Pictures will be available approximately two weeks following Woodson’s photo day. Save time and Pre-order online here: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000945184

Freshmen and Sophomores take photos during PE classes. Juniors take photos during English classes.

For questions about ordering please email [email protected]

4. Senior Night Presentation on Monday

Please join us for our Senior Night Presentation on Monday, 29 August 2022, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Woodson Auditorium. Students and Parents may pick one of the sessions, or join us for both sessions.

  • Session 1: From 5:30 until 6:30 pm, we will look at apprenticeships, 2-year programs, military enlistment, employment & more. A representative from NOVAIET Information & Engineering Technologies will speak to us about their Applied Associate Degrees and Career Studies Certificate Programs. FCPS ACE will join us to present apprenticeships, business certificates & more.
  • Break: From 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm, we will share information about Senior Events & Fundraisers.
  • Session 2: From 6:45 pm until 8:00 pm, we will address 4-year colleges and the college application process. We are excited that Rebekah LaPlante, Director of Freshmen Recruitment, Office of Admissions at Radford University will join us to share her many years of college admissions experience with us.

Senior tradition - painting their parking spaces.

5. Updated Schedule Change Request Process

We are currently not permitting any schedule change requests for the first two weeks of school unless it is to correct an error or missing class in a student’s schedule. This is to allow students and teachers time to settle into their routines, get to know each other/begin forming relationships, and allow students time to become familiar with the content and expectations of their classes.

However, we recognize that some students wish to request to move up in rigor in a core course (English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages). If a student wishes to request a change to their schedule to move up in rigor (i.e. standard to honors or honors to AP), they must see their counselor and submit that request by Thursday, September 1st. This is the last day a student can move into a more rigorous course due to the fast paced nature of those courses and the amount of content they would have missed by then.

After September 1st, the schedule change request window is from September 26th – October 7th. Students may not request a change to their schedule before September 26th. This is to ensure that students show a sincere effort to make their current class(es) work by spending time with their teachers, and seeing them for help during 3rd Period Returns and after school. Students should see their counselor in Student Services if they have any questions or need any assistance with this.

6. School Clothing

Parents, we need your help reinforcing proper school attire.  One way we help families distinguish between what should be worn at school is to think of what you might wear to work. Clothing that fits, is neat and clean, and conforms to standards of safety, good taste, and decency is how FCPS describes school appropriate clothing. This is different from what is worn on vacation, or when out with friends. This applies to every person, regardless of their gender. Things to consider when choosing what to wear to school:

  • When I walk up the stairs or down the hallway, can anyone see any part of a private area?  In some cases, some shorts are just too short for school.
  • Is my underwear showing? This includes when pants are or are not pulled up, or bra straps/parts showing, and bralettes under an unbuttoned shirt.  Last year, many parents were surprised when we called them to say their child had on an unbuttoned shirt exposing their underwear or bare chest – it does happen. 
  • Does the clothing allow excessive skin to show?  A good way to tell if this is the case is to notice if the pants/shorts and the shirt meet and touch when arms are down.  If so, then that is appropriate for school.
  • Keep in mind FCPS SR&R has a no hat / head covering policy that we must follow.  Certainly head coverings for religious or cultural reasons are acceptable. 

We want everyone to have a successful school year - learning, spending time with friends, and participating in all the activities that bring them joy whether it is a club, sport, or the fine/performing arts. These rules are in place to make that possible without disruption.

7. Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

8. Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

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

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

9. Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year are available for purchase online only. The cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

There are 2 steps to purchase a student parking pass:

  • Parking Permit Application
  • Payment on MySchoolBucks (navigate to the School Store, select the option for a parking permit, and check out.  Please print your receipt and bring with you when picking up your permit.)

Enforcement will begin on Monday, September 12th. Student Parking Pass Website.

Check out Woodson's new integrated Events & Activities Calendar!

10. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

Q - My son/daughter forgot their lunch/homework assignment/laptop.  Where can I drop off items?

A– Forgotten items may be dropped off at the main office on a designated bookshelf.  Please make sure your child's name is written on the item.

Q - My son/daughter lost their wallet (or any item).  Where should I go to see if it has been turned in?

A – You may come to the main office and a Safety and Security assistant will escort you to the Lost and Found room to search for your item.

11. Food Deliveries

Please reinforce with your child that ordering from a delivery service during school is not allowed.

If your student forgets their lunch, parents or guardians can bring lunch and drop it off in the main office.

Students will often have a delivery driver come to an entrance other than Door 1, which compromises the safety of the entire school. Our office staff does not have the time to accept food deliveries and will not open the doors for Uber Eats, GrubHub or any other service. 

12. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

Please Note: Purchasing Woodson PE Uniforms are optional.

13. College & Career Center News

The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send me an email to schedule an appointment at [email protected]. The College & Career Center Newsletters will resume in September. In the meantime, please go to the Woodson College & Career Center Padlets to access Scholarships & Enrichment Opportunities. Please check out our new Woodson School-Wide Calendar. College & Career related events are marked in turquoise (you can filter the calendar by category).

Attention Class of 2023!

Please join us for our Senior Night Presentation on Monday, 29 August 2022, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Woodson Auditorium. Students and Parents may pick one of the sessions, or join us for both sessions.

  • Session 1: From 5:30 until 6:30 pm, we will look at apprenticeships, 2-year programs, military enlistment, employment & more. A representative from NOVAIET Information & Engineering Technologies will speak to us about their Applied Associate Degrees and Career Studies Certificate Programs. FCPS ACE will join us to present apprenticeships, business certificates & more.
  • Break: From 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm, we will share information about Senior Events & Fundraisers.
  • Session 2: From 6:45 pm until 8:00 pm, we will address 4-year colleges and the college application process. We are excited that Rebekah LaPlante, Director of Freshmen Recruitment, Office of Admissions at Radford University will join us to share her many years of college admissions experience with us.

Our Region 5 Financial Aid/Paying for College Night hosted by College Access Fairfax will be on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 7 pm at the Fairfax High School Auditorium. Additional Financial Aid/FAFSA/Scholarship 101 Events have been added to the Woodson School-Wide Calendar.

College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will run from September 6th until November 18th, 2022. Students will register in Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges – College Visits. 

Senior Support in the Career Center every Wednesday before school from 7:30 am – 8:00 am. A drop-in support session for seniors to get help with their college application, scholarships, resume, job search & and other post-secondary steps. We will also have College Application Completion Workshops during All Lunches on Sept 23, Oct 26 and Nov 1 in the Career Center.

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

12. Woodson's PTSO

2022-23 PTSO Board -

Miklos Kiss - President 
Lena McGinn -VP Membership
Diane Raffaele - Secretary 
Kyle Durbin - Treasurer
Jill Battaglia - Communications

PTSO website https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/annlist

We look forward to a great school year! 

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 for August 23rd

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WeMail is distributed every Tuesday to update the Woodson community on PTSO news, school news, and upcoming events. 

  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. START OF SCHOOL YEAR CHECKLIST
  4. WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS
  5. FUNDRAISERS
  6. CAVS SPORTS
  7. RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
  8. FCPS NEWS & EVENTS
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, August 24th, 6:30-7:30pm - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid in the Auditorium Please register to attend. - Details under FCPS News & Events

NEXT WEEK

Monday/Tuesday, August 29/30 - Underclass Picture Days

Monday, August 29th at 5:30-8pm - Senior Night in the Auditorium

Friday, September 2nd - School Holiday

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 13th, 6-7pm - PTSO Meeting

Wednesday, September 7th - Senior Deadline for SAT School Day intent form - Details under Start of School Year Checklist

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashanah

Friday/Saturday, October 7/8 - Woodson Homecoming Events - Details to come 

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

PTSO NEWS   A Message from Woodson’s Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) President Miklos Kiss

Dear W.T. Woodson Parents,

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! The PTSO looks forward to enriching student outcomes through various activities and programs, including our grants program. We will also show appreciation throughout the year to our very deserving teachers. PTSO memberships are the primary source of funding for all of these enrichments. Please consider becoming a member today!

Besides membership, there are other ways to get involved. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO 

Make a donation to PTSO   

Attend monthly PTSO meetings on Google Meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month- the first one for this school year is Tuesday, September 13; 6-7 p.m.

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find Woodson PTSO on Facebook 

Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school! Amazon Smile  

For volunteer opportunities or to provide feedback, email [email protected] 

The PTSO looks forward to working with our teachers, staff, and families to provide a great school year for our students! 

In service from your PTSO Officers, 

Miklos Kiss - President 

Lena McGinn -VP Membership

Diane Raffaele - Secretary 

Kyle Durbin - Treasurer

Jill Battaglia - Communications

Sara Mastro - Grants Coordinator

Woodson PTSO website

CAV CRUISE NEEDS YOUR HELP!

SEEKING CAV CRUISE DIRECTOR:  A Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior parent to head up the All-Night Graduation Party for the Class of 2023.

Description:  The Cav Cruise Director leads the various committees (treasurer, activities, fundraising, food, security, transportation, registration, prizes) to execute the All Night Senior Party. Many committee lead positions are filled - we just need an enthusiastic leader! 

Qualifications:  Must be outgoing, enjoy lively parties, loves kids, be an excellent organizer, and able to lead a diverse team

Cav Cruise has been a Woodson tradition for over 20 years. It is a safe and fun event for seniors to spend the entire graduation night. The event offers a casino, carnival games, activities, food, a DJ, swimming pool, a hypnotist show, prizes, and much more. 

Please contact Mik at [email protected] if you are interested in leading this amazing tradition!

WeMail

This communication is emailed out every Tuesday of the school year and also posted on the PTSO Facebook page and webpage. 

Have something to share? If you have information you’d like to be considered for inclusion in WeMail, contact Jill Battaglia (PTSO Communications) at [email protected] 

START OF SCHOOL YEAR CHECKLIST

Keep scrolling to find details for the following:

  • Back to School Forms - ACTION REQUIRED 
  • Optional Forms
  • Paperless Opt-Outs Available
  • Kiss & Ride and Parking Procedures
  • Student Parking Passes
  • School Lunch Money and PIN
  • Woodson PE Uniforms
  • Changes to Medication Protocol
  • Seniors only - SAT School Day Information - ACTION REQUIRED
Back to School Forms - ACTION REQUIRED
  1. Emergency Care and Health Information FormAll students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through [email protected] via their SIS ParentVue account. To access [email protected], log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on [email protected] - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.
  2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent FormWoodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. See #8 for more details.
  3. Student Rights and ResponsibilitiesParents will be able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 
Optional Forms

There are other optional forms to complete if applicable - FCPS Privacy and Opt-Out Forms, FLE Opt-Out Forms, Military-Connected Student Form, Free and Reduced Lunch Application, Homeless Student Referral Form, and medical authorization forms. Visit the site for Required and Optional Return to School Forms page to view all the forms.

Paperless Opt-Outs Available

As a part of our ongoing efforts to streamline paper processes, parents can now select a number of opt-outs electronically via ParentVUE.  Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.”  You will find opt-outs listed there.  If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

Kiss and Ride and Parking Procedures

In order to maximize traffic flow and safety of all on campus, we need everyone to arrive by 8AM (this allows students to get to class at or before 8:10AM). 

Please read the following procedures for parking and Kiss and Ride indicated by the map above:

1 - Bus and staff entrance: This is the first entrance off Whitacre Road into the Woodson property.

2 - Senior parking lot: The second entrance off Whitacre Road into the Senior lot is for Senior student parking only. 

3 - Whitacre Road Kiss and Ride: The third entrance off Whitacre Road is the entrance to the Kiss and Ride loop by the tennis courts. Drop off students BEFORE 8AM at Door 9, not before (only in front of) Door 9 for safety reasons. 

4 - Junior parking lot: The last entrance off Whitacre Road, which is also the stadium entrance.  When looking at the stadium, the Junior lot is on the left. 

5 - Pickett Road Kiss and Ride: If you are coming to Woodson from 236, use the Pickett Road entrance, NOT Whitacre Rd. This will allow you to drop your child(ren) off at Door 2. Only staff can access the front lot from Whitacre Road.  Only staff can access Kiss and Ride at the front of the school from Whitacre Road.

DO NOT park at the shopping center across the street; they will tow your car. 

If you have never used the lots at Woodson High School, please do a dry run prior to the first day of school.

Remember, students are expected to be in class at 8:10am, not walking in the doors of the school. If your child(ren) use the school bus and the bus is late, students are marked excused tardy (EXT) in SIS attendance.  

Please know that school staff and the SRO are not permitted to direct traffic which is why it is even more important that students are at school by 8AM, to ensure any backup of traffic does not cause your child(ren) to be unexcused tardy (UNT) for class.

Visit the PTSO Homepage for news, links, events calendar and more!

Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year are available for purchase online only. The cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

Parking is free the first week of school while parking passes are purchased. Enforcement will begin on Monday, September 12th. Purchase your parking pass on the Woodson website.

Woodson PE Uniforms - Order deadline extended to August 31st Seniors Only - SAT School Day Information - Intent to Participate Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

Senior parents/students: Please refer to the email sent on Monday, August 15th at 2pm regarding SAT School Day. 

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 12th.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 7th.

Your student will need to use a @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form. 

FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Crosson at [email protected]

WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

WTW Drama Info

WTW Drama is back in swing! Virtual auditions and tech crew applications for the fall show, One Man, Two Guvnors are due Monday, August 29th. Students can email Mr. Rushing at [email protected].

Also, WTW Drama boosters are hosting their first meeting on Wednesday, August 31st! Topics of discussion include the WTW Drama season, auditions, booster responsibility, and the upcoming Edinburgh Scotland Fringe Festival performance.

There will be a new parent meet and greet from 5:30pm- 6:00pm in the Auditorium on the 31st and then the full Booster Meeting starting at 6:00pm (a Zoom link will also be available). We have a lot of exciting things planned this year, so you don’t want to miss out!

Questions? Need the zoom link? Email Mr. Rushing at [email protected]

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Band Cav Cards

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards with discounts at 19 local area merchants. Cards are $10 each and all funds directly support the bands’ activities this year - including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! 

Contact Karen Wallace at [email protected] for information or check out the participating vendors on the band’s webpage.

Senior Yard Signs

Show your Senior pride by displaying a Class of 2023 Yard Sign! Cost is $25.00 each. All proceeds support the Class of 2023, including the Cav Cruise (all night graduation party).

Click here to purchase

Questions? Contact Cheri Brown [email protected]

Senior Class of 2023 Legacy Bricks

Buy a Brick and create a Lasting Legacy for your Woodson Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school between the main entrance and the auditorium still has plenty of room for bricks for you to honor your special student or alumni.  Individual bricks cost: $100.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors, or as a legacy for all the members of your family! 

To purchase, visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE. If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 17, 2023.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

Mock SAT, ACT and PSAT - All Proceeds Benefit Woodson PTSO

Tests are administered either in-person or online and can be scheduled Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 9pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Sign up here to take a mock SAT, ACT, or PSAT with C2 Education - available online or in-person!!  (Requires an existing or new Woodson PTSO login)  Cost is $20 to register for your mock test, all proceeds will benefit Woodson C2 Education Fairfax will contact you to schedule your test and results assessment.

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS

Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. You can order online HERE.  Magnets are delivered to your door contact free! 

If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

CAVS VARSITY SPORTS

Stay tuned for fall sports updates!

RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES College & Career Center News

Welcome back, Cavaliers! The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send me an email to schedule an appointment at [email protected] Looking forward to working with you all!

Attention Class of 2023!

Please join us for our Senior Night Presentation on Monday, 29 August 2022, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Woodson Auditorium. Students and Parents may pick one of the sessions, or join us for both sessions.

  • Session 1: From 5:30 until 6:30 pm, we will look at non-4-year college postsecondary options. A representative from NOVAIET Information & Engineering Technologies will speak to us about their Applied Associate Degrees and Career Studies Certificate Programs. FCPS ACE will join us to present apprenticeships, business certificates & more.
  • Break: From 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm, our Senior Class Sponsors and PTSO will share information about Senior Events & Fundraisers.
  • Session 2: From 6:45 pm until 8:00 pm, we will address 4-year colleges and the college application process. We are excited that Rebekah LaPlante, Director of Freshmen Recruitment, Office of Admissions at Radford University will join us to share her many years of college admissions experiencewith us.

Our Region 5 Financial Aid/Paying for College Night hosted by College Access Fairfax will be on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 7 pm at the Fairfax High School Auditorium. There will be additional Virtual Financial Aid Nights. Please stay tuned for more dates.

College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will run from September 6th until November 18th, 2022. Please stay tuned for the schedule.

Senior Support in the Career Center every Wednesday before school from 7:30 am – 8:00 am. A drop-in support session for seniors to get help with their college application, scholarships, resume, job search & and other post-secondary steps.

We will also have College Application Completion Workshops during All Lunches on Sept 23, Oct 26 and Nov 1 in the Career Center.

Christine Lieb-Mosley

College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

Free SAT Math Prep Sessions

Woodson dad, Rick Neifield,  is offering free SAT math prep sessions to Woodson students via Zoom. 

Sign up here. Direct inquiries and questions to Rick at [email protected]

Free Online Tutoring 

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT and ACT preparation.

In-person Tutoring Options

For families interested in in-person tutoring, FCPS’ Parent Resource Center maintains a list of tutors who can be hired by families.

The tutor list contains the names of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in Virginia. These employees have contacted the Parent Resource Center to offer their services. The tutor list is updated monthly during the school year.

For a list of tutors, please email The Parent Resource Center ([email protected]).

This list is a resource offered by the PRC, but parents are responsible for contacting and working directly with the tutors.

For more information about tutors, click here to visit the Parent Resource Center website.

FCPS NEWS & EVENTS FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Reid to visit Woodson for a Community Conversation

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodson HS on Wednesday, August 24th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

COVID Protocol 

FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal.

Detailed information can be found in the Health and Safety Guidance Document.

Staying Home When Sick

FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. The 5 Day Isolation Period will also continue for COVID positive students and staff.

W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - August 19th

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Woodson Weekly -
August 19th

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

Mission Statement

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

The Varsity Cheer and Dance Teams welcome students to Cav Kickoff!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 22nd - First day of school (Odd Day)

Wednesday, August 24th, 6:30-7:30pm - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid in the Auditorium Please register to attend. 

Monday/Tuesday, August 29/30 - Underclass Picture Days

Friday, September 2nd - School Holiday

Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 7th - Senior Deadline for SAT School Day intent form (see #2)

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashana

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Community,

Monday morning we will begin the 2022-2023 school year! We are excited that Channel 9 News will be at Woodson at 5am to document #FirstDayFairfax with our Cavaliers.

Please take time to read this newsletter as it has very important information to help start this year smoothly.

Many have asked where to find the bus information. It can be located online through the SIS ParentVUE Mobile App, SIS ParentVUE online version and on SIS StudentVUE Mobile App.

SIS ParentVUE Mobile App: Login and select your child, then select Student Info. At the bottom of the screen you will see white text “Additional Information.”  Tap on the Additional Information text then scroll down to Transportation and you will be able to view the bus information. 

SIS ParentVUE on the computer: Login and select Student Info on the left menu. Then scroll down to Transportation and you will be able to view the bus information.

Many students have also asked about lockers. Freshmen and Sophomores were automatically assigned lockers. Students and parents can find locker numbers and lock combinations in SIS, under the Student Information Tab. If a Junior or Senior would like to have a locker, please see a staff member in our Student Services Department.

We are excited to share Woodson’s new integrated events and activities calendar. View our calendar to learn the Odd/Even schedule, athletics, performing arts and school-wide events, 3rd period schedule, and much more.

Please let your administrator or me know if you have questions over the weekend.  Contact us by clicking on our names located on the Administrative Team page of the Woodson website.  

Enjoy the last weekend of summer,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

In this Issue

ACTION Needed

1. Required Back to School Forms
2. Seniors only - SAT School Day Intent Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

NEW News
3. Kiss and Ride and Parking Procedures
4. Student Parking Passes
5. Attendance
6. School Lunch Money and PIN
7. FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Reid to visit Woodson Pyramid for a Community Conversation
8. Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources 
9. Changes to Medication Protocol
10. Woodson's New Mission, Vision, and Values
11. College & Career Center News
12. News from Woodson's PTSO

ACTION Needed 1. Required Back to School Forms
  1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form
    All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through [email protected] via their SIS ParentVue account. To access [email protected], log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on [email protected] - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.
  2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form
    Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. See #8 for more details.
  3. Student Rights and Responsibilities
    Parents will be able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 
Optional Forms

There are other optional forms to complete if applicable - FCPS Privacy and Opt-Out Forms, FLE Opt-Out Forms, Military-Connected Student Form, Free and Reduced Lunch Application, Homeless Student Referral Form, and medical authorization forms. Visit the site for Required and Optional Return to School Forms page to view all the forms.

Paperless Opt-Outs Available

As a part of our ongoing efforts to streamline paper processes, parents can now select a number of opt-outs electronically via ParentVUE.  Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.”  You will find opt-outs listed there.  If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

2. Seniors Only - SAT School Day Information - Intent to Participate Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

Senior parents/students: Please refer to the email sent on Monday, August 15th at 2pm regarding SAT School Day. 

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 12th.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 7th.

Your student will need to use a @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form

FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Crosson at [email protected] .

NEW News 3. Kiss and Ride and Parking Procedures

It is that time of year, we are about to open school!  This is the most exciting time and we want to make it as smooth as possible. 

In order to maximize traffic flow and safety of all on campus, we need everyone to arrive by 8AM (this allows students to get to class at or before 8:10AM). 

Please read the following procedures for parking and Kiss and Ride indicated by the map above:

1 - Bus and staff entrance: This is the first entrance off Whitacre Road into the Woodson property.

2 - Senior parking lot: The second entrance off Whitacre Road into the Senior lot is for Senior student parking only. 

3 - Whitacre Road Kiss and Ride: The third entrance off Whitacre Road is the entrance to the Kiss and Ride loop by the tennis courts. Drop off students BEFORE 8AM at Door 9, not before (only in front of) Door 9 for safety reasons. 

4 - Junior parking lot: The last entrance off Whitacre Road, which is also the stadium entrance.  When looking at the stadium, the Junior lot is on the left. 

5 - Pickett Road Kiss and Ride: If you are coming to Woodson from 236, use the Pickett Road entrance, NOT Whitacre Rd. This will allow you to drop your child(ren) off at Door 2. Only staff can access the front lot from Whitacre Road.  Only staff can access Kiss and Ride at the front of the school from Whitacre Road.

DO NOT park at the shopping center across the street; they will tow your car. 

If you have never used the lots at Woodson High School, please do a dry run prior to the first day of school.

Remember, students are expected to be in class at 8:10am, not walking in the doors of the school. If your child(ren) use the school bus and the bus is late, students are marked excused tardy (EXT) in SIS attendance.  

Please know that school staff and the SRO are not permitted to direct traffic which is why it is even more important that students are at school by 8AM, to ensure any backup of traffic does not cause your child(ren) to be unexcused tardy (UNT) for class. 

Thank you for your assistance with this very important safety matter.

4. Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year are available for purchase online only. The cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

Parking is free the first week of school while parking passes are purchased. Enforcement will begin on Monday, September 12th. Purchase your parking pass on the Woodson website.

5. Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

6. School Lunch Money and PIN

Prices for meals are the same as they were before the pandemic in 2020. School breakfast for students costs $1.75. Lunch is $3.25 for elementary students and $3.50 for middle, secondary, and high school students. 

The best way to purchase meals (and additional food items) is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account online. 

Purchases made with MySchoolBucks keep cafeteria lines moving more quickly. Be ready on day one by setting up your child’s MySchoolBucks account, looking over the menus, and helping them learn their pin.

Parents received an email from FCPS Food and Nutrition Services that includes your child’s pin on Wednesday, August 17th.

IMPORTANT: The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students expired at the end of the 2021-22 school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. The application for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program is now available online. 

Check out Woodson's new integrated Events & Activities Calendar!

7. FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Reid to visit Woodson Pyramid for a Community Conversation

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodson HS on Wednesday, August 24th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.  Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

Please Note: Purchasing Woodson PE Uniforms are optional.

8. Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

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

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

Woodson Leadership students setting up for Cav Kickoff.

9. Changes to Medication Protocol

The safety of your student is a priority for us. This school year, we are changing some medication protocols to help ensure the safety of our medication administration management in Fairfax County Public Schools. These changes include:

  • Any time you drop off or pick up a medication in the health room, a Medication Delivery/Pick Up Form will be completed and signed by both the parent/guardian and the School Health Aide or FCPS staff member. This form will document that all required authorizations are complete, and the number of pills or amount of medication accepted/returned. A copy of the form will be given to the parent/guardian and school administrator.
  • Medications received will be verified to ensure the description of the medication on the container/packaging matches the medication in the container.
  • All medications must be in the original pharmacy container. Over the counter (OTC) medications must be in an unopened original container. It will no longer be acceptable for parents/guardians to bring in refills from home and place them into the container currently in the health room.
  • Only a 30-day supply of medications should be brought to school. No more than 100 tablets or pills of OTC medication should be brought to school.

All requirements outlined in FCPS Regulation 2102, First Aid, Emergency Treatment and Administration of Medication for Students, continue to apply. We appreciate your support in implementing these new safety practices. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Public Health Nurse Amanda Yanchus at 703-481-4242.

10. Woodson's New Mission, Vision and Values

Developed by staff, students and community members, 2022

Mission - why we exist

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

Vision - the future

Woodson High School is a community that embraces diversity in a culture of improvement and success that promotes academic curiosity and individual mental and physical growth.

Values - what we value / believe in as a school

D - Diversity: We celebrate one another’s positive contributions to the common good and seek a full understanding of what it means to be human.

I - Inclusion: We prioritize providing everyone with an environment where they feel welcome, wanted, and valued.

V - Voice: We foster an environment that inspires and empowers individual creativity and uniqueness while hearing and valuing each story.

E - Engagement: We encourage students to discover and establish their academic and extra-curricular passions in individual and communal contexts.

R - Resilience: We traverse difficult journeys utilizing resources to navigate personal, physical, and academic challenges.

S - Strength: We support one another and are stronger as a group than as individuals.

E - Ethical Behavior: We hold each other in positive regard, interacting with one another ethically and uplifting those around us.

11. College & Career Center News

Welcome back, Cavaliers! The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send me an email to schedule an appointment at [email protected]. Looking forward to working with you all!

Attention Class of 2023!

Please join us for our Senior Night Presentation on Monday, 29 August 2022, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Woodson Auditorium. Students and Parents may pick one of the sessions, or join us for both sessions.

  • Session 1: From 5:30 until 6:30 pm, we will look at non-4-year college postsecondary options. A representative from NOVAIET Information & Engineering Technologies will speak to us about their Applied Associate Degrees and Career Studies Certificate Programs. FCPS ACE will join us to present apprenticeships, business certificates & more.
  • Break: From 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm, our Senior Class Sponsors and PTSO will share information about Senior Events & Fundraisers.
  • Session 2: From 6:45 pm until 8:00 pm, we will address 4-year colleges and the college application process. We are excited that Rebekah LaPlante, Director of Freshmen Recruitment, Office of Admissions at Radford University will join us to share her many years of college admissions experiencewith us.

Our Region 5 Financial Aid/Paying for College Night hosted by College Access Fairfax will be on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 7 pm at the Fairfax High School Auditorium. There will be additional Virtual Financial Aid Nights. Please stay tuned for more dates.

College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will run from September 6th until November 18th, 2022. Please stay tuned for the schedule.

Senior Support in the Career Center every Wednesday before school from 7:30 am – 8:00 am. A drop-in support session for seniors to get help with their college application, scholarships, resume, job search & and other post-secondary steps.

We will also have College Application Completion Workshops during All Lunches on Sept 23, Oct 26 and Nov 1 in the Career Center.

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

12. News from Woodson's PTSO

1) WEMAIL - Starting next Tuesday, August 23rd, our weekly informational email (WeMail) will resume. It includes calendar reminders, PTSO updates, important news related to Woodson and FCPS, PTSO/school/club fundraisers, and Woodson sports updates.  

This communication is emailed out every Tuesday of the school year and also posted on the PTSO Facebook page and webpage. 

Have something to share? If you have information you’d like to be considered for inclusion in WeMail, contact Jill Battaglia (PTSO Communications) at [email protected] 

Deadline for entries is Sunday night for that week’s WeMail. 

2) CAV CRUISE - URGENT REQUEST

SEEKING CAV CRUISE DIRECTOR:  A Sophomore, Junior, Senior parent to head up the all-night Class of 2023 grad party 

Description:  The Cav Cruise Director leads the various committees (treasurer, activities, fundraising, food, security, transportation, registration, prizes) to execute the All Night Senior Party. Many committee lead positions are filled - we just need an enthusiastic leader! 

Qualifications:  Must be outgoing, enjoy lively parties, loves kids, be an excellent organizer, and able to lead a diverse team

Cav Cruise has been a Woodson tradition for over 20 years.  It is a safe and fun event for seniors to spend the entire graduation night.   The event offers a casino, carnival games, activities, food, a DJ, swimming pool, a hypnotist show, prizes, and much more.  Please contact Mik at [email protected] if you are interested in leading this amazing tradition!

3) PTSO MEETING 

Join us Wednesday, September 13; 6-7pm; Google Meet. Meet the new board, see the 2022-23 budget, ask questions. 

2022-23 PTSO Board -

Miklos Kiss - President 
Lena McGinn -VP Membership
Diane Raffaele - Secretary 
Kyle Durbin - Treasurer
Jill Battaglia - Communications

PTSO website https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/annlist

We look forward to a great school year! 

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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Community Conversations with Dr. Reid

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Dr. Reid with Woodson Leadership students.

FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Reid to visit Woodson Pyramid for a Community Conversation

Please save the date for a very special event!

Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Woodson HS on Wednesday, August 24th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare. The link to register for the event is coming soon.

Por favor, reserven esta fecha para un evento muy especial.

La Dra. Michelle Reid, superintendenta de FCPS, tendrá una conversación con la comunidad de Woodson el miércoles, 24 de agosto, de 6:30 a 7:30 p.m. Este evento será una oportunidad especial para ayudar a la Dra. Reid a conocer nuestra comunidad escolar y para que ustedes sepan más sobre de la visión que ella tiene para nuestro distrito escolar. 

Habrá intérpretes de idiomas, según disponibilidad, así como cuidado de niños. El enlace para registrarse sera enviado muy pronto.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - August Edition

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Woodson Weekly -
August 

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

Mission Statement

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Important Dates for 2022-2023
3. Cav Kickoff and New Student Orientation - Thursday, August 18th
4. Woodson's Administration Team
5. Student Schedules
6. Student Laptops
7. Student Parking Passes
8. Back to School Night
9. Woodson's New Mission, Vision, and Values
10. Meals at School for 2022-2023
11. Immunization Requirements for Rising Seniors
12. Electronic Opt-Outs Available in ParentVUE
13. Optional AP Summer Assignments
14. College & Career Center News
15. Woodson's PTSO

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Community:

I can’t believe it is August.  We have been working on the plans for Cav Kickoff and they are outlined in story #3.  We are excited to kick off this school year and to meet the Class of 2026!  Part of Cav Kickoff is to welcome our new students in grades 9-12 AND their parents.  We will have a parent session in the main gym (Entrance 3) at the same time that we are welcoming our new students.  Please take this time to ask questions, visit teachers and walk the building.  Maps will be available and student leaders will be around the building to help navigate our unique floor plan.

Cav Kickoff is the first part of “Back to School Night.”  This is the time to say hello to teachers, put faces with names and to see the classrooms your child(ren) will be in this year.  The second part of “Back to School Night” will be curriculum videos which will be posted by September 15, 2022.  You’ll be able to access these from our webpage and we will send out notification when it is live.  These videos will give you an idea of what the course content is, class expectations and best methods of communication. 

On Monday through e-Notify, I sent all families currently registered at Woodson, information on COVID protocols, changes in the cell phone policy, attendance, food deliveries and reminders about the SR&R dress expectations.  It would have been delivered to the email address that is in SIS ParentVUE. If you did not receive it, please update your SIS ParentVUE account.  We will have assistance for SIS ParentVUE accounts at Cav Kickoff in the main gym, please see us for assistance. 

Counselors will return to school Friday, August 5th. They will be busy ensuring all students have 7 classes and a 3rd period, as well as attending several days of professional development. Our counselor contact information can be found on our Student Services site.

Looking forward to seeing our students and families on August 18th at Cav Kickoff!  Please see story #3 below for details!

Enjoy the last couple weeks of summer,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Important Dates for 2022-2023

Here are some important dates for the 2022-2023 school year.

  • Thursday, August 18th- Cav Kickoff (see #3)
  • Monday, August 22nd - First day of school
  • Friday, September 2nd - School Holiday
  • Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Holiday
  • Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday
  • Wednesday, November 23rd-25th - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 19th through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
  • Monday, April 3rd-7th - Spring Break
  • Tuesday, June 6th at 7:30pm - Class of 2023 Graduation at EagleBank Arena
  • Friday, June 16th - Last Day of School

The complete 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

3. Cav Kickoff and New Student Orientation

Thursday, August 18th 11:00am-1:30pm

Get excited, Cavaliers!   The new school year is coming, and we invite the community to kick off the year with us on August 18th!

New Student Orientation 11:00a.m.- 12:00p.m.:  Rising 9th graders and anyone new to Woodson HS will have the opportunity to participate in a new student orientation. They will meet key members of the Woodson team, learn important information for the first day of school, and have the opportunity to ask questions.  Please see the bus schedule below.

Students will be welcomed by members of the Woodson Band, Woodson Cheerleaders, and Woodson Precisionettes at the auditorium entrance (entrance #18). Students may also enter through entrance #1 for a quieter arrival and can follow the signs to the auditorium. 

Students will begin in the auditorium for a general session.  Parents/guardians who attend should proceed to the Main Gym for an information session to learn about Schoology, the PTSO, Athletics and Activities, and hear from other parents about their experiences as new parents at Woodson.

Open House 11:30a.m.- 1:00p.m.: All students and parents grades 9-12 are welcome to tour the building with their schedules, view supply lists for their classes, and meet their teachers. Please check SIS StudentVUE for your schedule prior to attending for an smooth experience!

Clubs/Activities Fair, Games, Food 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.: The entire Cavalier Community is invited to enjoy food, activities, music, and more to kick-off the 2022-2023 school year (activities outside near entrance #7)!

During this event, you will be able to:

  • Visit student clubs and athletic teams, outside in the front courtyard near entrance 18
  • Purchase food from food trucks and participate in activities on the blacktop near entrance 7 (bring money!)
  • Class of 2026: Pick up your free class shirt
  • Learn about Woodson’s PTSO and become a member
  • Visit Performing Arts Booster tables
  • Purchase Athletic Booster passes and Woodson spirit wear in the main gym
  • Get SIS ParentVUE assistance in the main gym

Laptops will be distributed the first week of school and PE uniforms will be purchased online this year.  Information on how to order uniforms will be available during Cav Kickoff. 

Underclass pictures will be taken this fall during school. Senior portraits are scheduled through Victor O’Neill studios. The next Senior portrait dates are Wednesday-Friday, August 18-20. Please be aware that Woodson HS has nothing to do with senior pictures, please contact Victor O’Neill studios directly at [email protected]

If students are unable to attend Cav Kickoff or the new student orientation, they will be able to access their schedules on SIS (Student Information System) starting at 6:00a.m. on Thursday, August 18th. 

Cav Kickoff Bus Schedule

Transportation will be provided from the following elementary schools to and from New Student Orientation and Cav Kickoff:

  • Canterbury Woods - Depart at 10:15am
  • Wakefield Forest - Depart at 10:00am
  • Little Run - Depart at 10:15am
  • Mantua - Depart at 10:15am
  • Olde Creek - Depart at 10:15am
  • Fairfax Villa - Depart at 10:00am
  • Oak View - Depart at 10:00am

Students will be able to ride the bus back to their feeder elementary schools after enjoying some time at Cav Kickoff.  Buses will depart Woodson at approximately 1:15p.m.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the 18th!

The Woodson Cav Kickoff Team

 

Please Note: Purchasing Woodson PE Uniforms are optional.

4. Woodson's Administration Team

Here is your Administration Team for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Principal - Carlyn Floyd
  • Director of Student Services - Josh Peters
  • Director of Student Activities - Blair Smith
  • Assistant Principal - Marc Brooks
  • Assistant Principal - Paula DiSalvo
  • Assistant Principal - Kathy Martin
  • Assistant Principal - Kelly O'Connell
  • Assistant Principal - Laura Rotella

Instructional Support Leaders:

  • Dean of Students - Ellen Hagan-Bowerman
  • Systems of Support Advisors - John Scholla and Laura Totoro
5. Student Schedules

Beginning Thursday, August 18th at 6:00a.m., all students and parents will have access to class schedules in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE.  SIS (Student Information System) is the application to see attendance, class performance, and demographic data.

6. Student Laptops

Our Technology Team is currently preparing student laptops for distribution. During this process, laptops are checked out to students and email notifications are sent to student’s FCPSschools.net email accounts. There is no action needed by you or your student at this time.

Laptops will be distributed to students in their 3rd period class on the first day of school, Monday, August 22nd.  If for some reason your student misses the first day of school, they will pick up their laptop on their first day of school in the Library.

7. Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year will be available for purchase online only. Information on how to purchase parking passes will be released in mid-August.

For planning purposes, the cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

8. "Back to School Night"

Cav Kickoff on Thursday, August 18th is the first part of “Back to School Night”.  This is the time to say hello to teachers, put faces with names and to see the classrooms your child(ren) will be in this year. 

The second part of “Back to School Night” will be curriculum videos which will be posted by Thursday, September 15th.  You’ll be able to access these from our webpage and we will send out notification when it is live. These videos will give you an idea of what the course content is, class expectations and best methods of communication. 

9. Woodson's New Mission, Vision and Values

Developed by staff, students and community members, 2022

Mission - why we exist

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

Vision - the future

Woodson High School is a community that embraces diversity in a culture of improvement and success that promotes academic curiosity and individual mental and physical growth.

Values - what we value / believe in as a school

D - Diversity: We celebrate one another’s positive contributions to the common good and seek a full understanding of what it means to be human.

I - Inclusion: We prioritize providing everyone with an environment where they feel welcome, wanted, and valued.

V - Voice: We foster an environment that inspires and empowers individual creativity and uniqueness while hearing and valuing each story.

E - Engagement: We encourage students to discover and establish their academic and extra-curricular passions in individual and communal contexts.

R - Resilience: We traverse difficult journeys utilizing resources to navigate personal, physical, and academic challenges.

S - Strength: We support one another and are stronger as a group than as individuals.

E - Ethical Behavior: We hold each other in positive regard, interacting with one another ethically and uplifting those around us.

10. Meals at School for 2022-2023

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. 

IMPORTANT: The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students expired at the end of the 2021-22 school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year. The application for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program is now available online. 

11. Immunization Requirements for Rising Seniors

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering twelfth grade will be required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at [email protected]­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at [email protected] if you have any questions.

12. Electronic Opt-Outs Available in ParentVUE

The following opt-outs are available in SIS ParentVUE

  • Tutor.com Access
  • SEL Screener Participation
  • Counseling Opt Out
  • Transportation Intent
  • Home Internet Access

Any parent/guardian that is associated with a student, and has a SIS ParentVUE account, can update these opt-outs, as needed, by going to the “Student Information” tab and clicking “Edit Information”.  Parents that do not have SIS ParentVUE accounts can continue to use paper forms.

In addition, parents can review Woodson's Digital Resources.

13. Optional AP Summer Assignments

Students interested in optional summer enrichment assignments for next year's AP courses can find more information on Woodson's Advanced Placement site.

14. College & Career Center News

Attention Class of 2023!

  • Please mark your calendar for our Senior Night Presentation on Monday, 29 August 2022. During the first part of our presentation from 5:30 until 6:30 pm, we will look at non-college postsecondary options such as trade school, apprenticeships, jobs etc. The second part from 6:45 pm until 8:00 pm will address 4 year colleges and the college application process. Students and parents are welcome to attend both sessions, or pick one of the sessions. Our Region 5 Financial Aid/Paying for College Night hosted by College Access Fairfax will be on Thursday, 6 October 2022, at Fairfax High School. There will be additional Virtual Financial Aid Nights. More info will be sent out in August.
  • Please refer to our Senior Padlet for College Planning Resources such as the Common App Step by Step Guide, Common App Essay Prompts, the Opportunities Book, Recordings of Previous Senior Nights & more.
  •  College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will resume in September. The schedule will be posted in Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges – College Visits. 

Cavaliers, are you looking for Enrichment Programs (Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, STEM Camps etc.) to build up your resume and explore your interests? Please visit the Extracurricular Padlet. Looking for Scholarships? Please visit the Scholarship Padlet. Looking for a Job after High School or Summer Employment? Please check out our Job Board.

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

15. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

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 Summer News

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Woodson Weekly -
Summer 2022

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

Vision Statement

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

The combined bands of Woodson and Fairfax High Schools marched in the annual Fairfax City 4th of July parade. Woodson Band Director, Aaron Morgan and Fairfax Band Director, Noah Freeman.

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Important Dates for 2022-2023
3. Cav Kickoff and New Student Orientation - Thursday, August 18th
4. Woodson's Administration Team
5. Student Schedules
6. Student Laptops
7. Student Parking Passes
8. Fall Activities and Sports Information
9. Mental Wellness Consultations
10. Meals at School for 2022-2023
11. Immunization Requirements for Rising Seniors
12. Electronic Opt-Outs Available Soon in ParentVUE
13. Optional AP Summer Assignments
14. College & Career Center News
15. Woodson's PTSO

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Happy Summer Woodson Community!

I hope this special edition of this Woodson Weekly comes at a time of relaxation when you are not giving the new school year a single thought!  We are here at Woodson preparing for the new year and I wanted to share a few pieces of information.

This year, many families have asked for resources around mental health. We have a story below with some resources, including finding a counselor / therapist. With all that is going on in this world today, if someone reaches out for help we want to assist in any way possible. The Cavalier community supports one another and is committed to the health and wellness of our students, staff and families. Some new resources are listed below in story #9.

Our annual Cav Kickoff will be Thursday, August 18th from 11am-1:30pm. This will include an orientation for new students to Woodson as well as an open house to meet your teachers. Schedules will be released in SIS by the morning of August 18th and we will also have hard copies available at the school.  Parents are invited for the parent session at the same time. Transportation will be provided from the pyramid elementary schools. Supply lists will be available at this time as well. More information to come!

While specific supply lists are not available until August 18, if you want to get ahead of the rush and take advantage of some deals that are out now, you can always purchase binders of various sizes, pens, pencils and paper but keep the receipts and return what is not needed after the 18th.

Finally, graduation has been scheduled for the Class of 2023. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 6th at 7:30pm. Graduation will take place at EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University. 

Here are the links to some stories online about Mr. Hedrick one of our social studies teachers and his work at the Ukraine boarder last month:  Fox 5   WUSA 9   NBC 4  

I wish everyone a peaceful rest of the summer.  Please apply sunscreen and be safe everyone!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

New local counselor: https://peacefulmindsolutions.com/

Find a therapist site: https://headway.co/

2. Important Dates for 2022-2023

Here are some important dates for the 2022-2023 school year.

  • Thursday, August 18th- Cav Kickoff (see #3)
  • Monday, August 22nd - First day of school
  • Friday, September 2nd - School Holiday
  • Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Holiday
  • Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday
  • Wednesday, November 23rd-25th - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 19th through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
  • Monday, April 3rd-7th - Spring Break
  • Tuesday, June 6th at 7:30pm - Class of 2023 Graduation at EagleBank Arena
  • Friday, June 16th - Last Day of School

The complete 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

3. Cav Kickoff and New Student Orientation

Thursday, August 18th 11:00am-1:30pm

Get excited, Cavaliers!   The new school year is coming, and we invite the community to kick off the year with us on August 18th!

New Student Orientation 11:00a.m.- 12:00p.m.:  Rising 9th graders and anyone new to Woodson HS will have the opportunity to participate in a new student orientation. They will meet key members of the Woodson team, learn important information for the first day of school, and have the opportunity to ask questions.  Some transportation is provided, please see the bus schedule below.

Students will be welcomed by members of the Woodson Band, Woodson Cheerleaders, and Woodson Precisionettes at the auditorium entrance (entrance #18). Students may also enter through entrance #1 for a quieter arrival and can find their way to the auditorium by following the signs. 

Students will begin in the auditorium for a general session.  Parents/guardians who attend will proceed to the Main Gym for an information session to learn about Schoology, the PTSO, Athletics and Activities, and hear from other parents about their experiences as new parents at Woodson.

Open House 11:30a.m.- 1:00p.m.: All students and parents grades 9-12 are welcome to tour the building with their schedules, view supply lists for their classes, and meet their teachers.

Food Trucks, Clubs & Activities 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.: The entire Cavalier Community is invited to enjoy food, games, music, and more to kick-off the 2022-2023 school year (activities outside near entrance #7)!

During this event, you will be able to:

  • Visit student clubs and athletic teams, located throughout the school and outside entrance 19
  • Purchase food from food trucks and participate in activities on the blacktop near entrance 7
  • Learn about Woodson’s PTSO and become a member
  • Visit Performing Arts Booster tables
  • Purchase Athletic Booster passes
  • Purchase Woodson spirit wear in the main gym
  • Get MySchoolBucks (for class fees and lunch money) and SIS ParentVUE assistance in the library
  • Learn about our Library resources

Laptops will be distributed the first week of school and PE uniforms will be purchased online this year.  Information on how to order will be available during Cav Kickoff. 

4. Woodson's Administration Team

Here is your Administration Team for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Principal - Carlyn Floyd
  • Director of Student Services - Josh Peters
  • Director of Student Activities - Blair Smith
  • Assistant Principal - Marc Brooks
  • Assistant Principal - Paula DiSalvo
  • Assistant Principal - Kathy Martin
  • Assistant Principal - Kelly O'Connell
  • Assistant Principal - Laura Rotella
  • Dean of Students - Ellen Hagan-Bowerman

Meredith and Lee Hedrick, Woodson Social Studies teacher, were interviewed by Matthew Torres of WUSA9 for their work helping Ukrainian refugees.

5. Student Schedules

Beginning Thursday, August 18th at 6:00a.m., all students and parents will have access to class schedules in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE.  SIS (Student Information System) is the application to see attendance, class performance, and demographic data.

6. Student Laptops

Student laptops will be distributed during the first week of school.

7. Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year will be available for purchase online only. Information on how to purchase parking passes will be released in mid-August.

For planning purposes, the cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

8. Fall Activities and Sports Information

Fall sports tryouts will take place on Monday, August 1st for all Fall sports (Golf, Cheer, Football, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country).

Students interested in Fall sports can visit the Woodson Athletics website to find out more information or contact the Activities Office at 703-503-4681.

The VHSL published a New Physical Form as of last school year. This new form is the ONLY version that can be accepted. Please make note of the "Revised January 2021" written in the top right corner of the form. All other versions cannot be accepted.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2022-2023 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2022 or after.

Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at [email protected]. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

Sports Registration

If your student tried out for a sports team during the 2021-22 school year, then you will be able to login as a returning user (given that you registered your student!). All students must be registered for their selected sports prior to attending tryouts and out of season workouts. 

If your student did not tryout for a sports team last school year, or you have a rising freshman, then you will need to create an account and register. Helpful tips can be found hereRegister Here!

9. Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520.

Additional community resources for mental health services:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/healthymindsfairfax/finding-supportive-services

https://peacefulmindsolutions.com/

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-servicesboard/publications/community-resources-list

The combined Woodson/Fairfax Marching Bands marching in the Fairfax City 4th of July parade.

10. Meals at School for 2022-2023

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

11. Immunization Requirements for Rising Seniors

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering twelfth grade will be required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at [email protected]­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at [email protected] if you have any questions.

12. Electronic Opt-Outs Available Soon in ParentVUE

The following opt-outs will be available in SIS ParentVUE beginning this Friday, July 15: 

  • Tutor.com Access
  • SEL Screener Participation
  • Counseling Opt Out
  • Transportation Intent
  • Home Internet Access

Any parent/guardian that is associated with a student, and has a SIS ParentVUE account, can update these opt-outs, as needed, by going to the “Student Information” tab and clicking “Edit Information”.  Parents that do not have SIS ParentVUE accounts can continue to use paper forms.

13. Optional AP Summer Assignments

Students interested in optional summer enrichment assignments for next year's AP courses can find more information on Woodson's Advanced Placement site.

14. College & Career Center News

Attention Class of 2023!

  • Please mark your calendar for our Senior Night Presentation on Monday, 29 August 2022. During the first part of our presentation from 5:30 until 6:30 pm, we will look at non-college postsecondary options such as trade school, apprenticeships, jobs etc. The second part from 6:45 pm until 8:00 pm will address 4 year colleges and the college application process. Students and parents are welcome to attend both sessions, or pick one of the sessions. Our Region 5 Financial Aid/Paying for College Night hosted by College Access Fairfax will be on Thursday, 6 October 2022, at Fairfax High School. There will be additional Virtual Financial Aid Nights. More info will be sent out in August.
  • Please refer to our Senior Padlet for College Planning Resources such as the Common App Step by Step Guide, Common App Essay Prompts, the Opportunities Book, Recordings of Previous Senior Nights & more.
  •  College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will resume in September. The schedule will be posted in Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges – College Visits. 

Cavaliers, are you looking for Enrichment Programs (Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, STEM Camps etc.) to build up your resume and explore your interests? Please visit the Extracurricular Padlet. Looking for Scholarships? Please visit the Scholarship Padlet. Looking for a Job after High School or Summer Employment? Please check out our Job Board.

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

15. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Woodson Weekly - June 10th

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June 10th

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!

Celebrating the last day of school!

In this Issue

1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Summer Office Hours
3. Laptop Return
4. Preview Your Student's Spring SOL Scores in SIS ParentVUE
5. Summer Mental Wellness Consultations
6. Optional AP Summer Assignments
7. Woodson Weekly Taking a Break for Summer
8. Planning Ahead for 2022-2023
9. Woodson Student Named 2022 National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship Winner
10. Student Equity Ambassador Leaders (SEALs) for 2022-23
11. Woodson HS Employees Recognized by FCPS Honors
12. Congratulations to Woodson's Retirees
13. Immunization Requirements for Rising Seniors
14. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers
15. Meals at School for 2022-2023
16. Summer Meal Service
17. College & Career Center News
18. Woodson's PTSO

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Happy Last Day of School Woodson Families:

Today we celebrated the last day of the 2021-2022 school year. We have had quite a journey this year and I want to thank all our faculty, staff, students and parents for their partnership and commitment to our #oneWoodson community.

A few things to highlight are the mental wellness consultations, summer office hours and upcoming dates for the 2022-23 school year.

Please remain connected over the summer via the school website and look for special issues of this newsletter as well as Schoology messages.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer filled with lots of adventures,

Dr. Floyd

2. Summer Office Hours

The Woodson Main Office will be open on weekdays from 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. in the summer.

Registrations are by appointment only.  Please contact Woodson registrar, Casey Delaney at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

3. Laptop Return

We are required to collect each student’s FCPS-assigned laptop and charger by the end of each school year.  We will reimage each laptop this summer and students will receive a laptop back in the fall. 

If your student is participating in an FCPS summer program (ESY, credit recovery, etc.), please email the Woodson TechTeam ([email protected]).

Guidelines for the collection of laptops:

  • All Students Returning to Woodson must complete the following steps before turning in their laptops. All local files and bookmarks must be backed up or they will be erased.
  • Laptops must be returned free of stickers, markings and other drawings.
  • Students should turn in their laptop and charging cord.  
  • If a student lost their laptop or their laptop cord, they should visit the Woodson Technology site and scroll down to the Property Damage or Loss section.  Payments will be made through MySchoolBucks. Replacement charging cords are $23 and replacement laptops are $481. Students should bring a paper receipt from MySchoolBucks with them when they come to laptop collection.
  • Will need to tape their name and ID number to the top of the laptop if name card has been removed.
  • Students will receive a paper receipt when they turn in their equipment.

Collection Dates & Times

  • Monday, June 13th - 9:00am-3:00pm  Library
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 14th-17th - 9:00am-3:00pm Main Office
4. Preview Your Student’s Spring SOL Scores in SIS ParentVUE

Want to know how your student did on their spring SOL tests before the official report? Starting today, families can see SOL scores in the Test History section of SIS ParentVUE. To access Test History, log into your ParentVUE account using a web browser (not the app). You will see spring SOL test subjects, performance levels, and overall scores. Families will also receive an official SOL score report letter with more details by the end of July. 

Additional information about SOL assessments is available online. You can also learn more about SIS ParentVUE and how to activate your account.

Enjoying the last day of school.

5. Summer Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

  1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
  2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520.

Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations Available this Summer

6. Optional AP Summer Assignments

Students interested in optional summer enrichment assignments for next year's AP courses can find more information on Woodson's Advanced Placement site.

7. Woodson Weekly Taking a Break for Summer

This is the last issue of Woodson Weekly for the 2021-2022 school year. New issues will resume in August. Best wishes to the Class of 2022, and we hope you have a great summer vacation!

Luminaries during Relay for Life last Saturday.

8. Planning Ahead for 2022-2023

Here are some important dates for school year 2021-2022.

  • Thursday, August 18th- Cav Kickoff
  • Monday, August 22nd - First day of school
  • Friday, September 2nd - School Holiday
  • Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Holiday
  • Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday
  • Wednesday, November 23rd-25th - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, December 19th through Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break
  • Monday, April 3rd-7th - Spring Break
  • Friday, June 16th - Last Day of School

The complete 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

9. Woodson Student Named 2022 National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship Winner

Ilse Helene Eskelsen of Woodson High School (writing) was awarded the National Merit Brigham Young University scholarship.

She was one of fifteen Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students from six high schools named winners of 2022 Merit Scholarship awards by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The students are part of a group of more than 2,600 National Merit® finalists chosen to receive scholarships financed by higher education institutions. 

10. Student Equity Ambassador Leaders (SEALs) for 2022-23

For the 2022-2023 school year, the following students will serve as the Student Equity Ambassador Leaders (SEAL): Opal Cohen, "Raj" Gautam Singh, Courtney Butts, and Rida Karim.

The Equity Leads will be Brian Anner, English teacher, and John Nah, History & Social Studies teacher.

11. Woodson HS Employees Recognized by FCPS Honors

Congratulations to Dr. Carlyn Floyd who was recognized as the FCPS 2022 Region 5 Outstanding Principal and one of the five finalists for the FCPS Outstanding Principal at this year's FCPS Honors event, held at George Mason University Center for the Arts on June 8th.

A Fairfax native dedicated to giving back to the caring and student-centered school system that opened so many doors for her, Carlyn has made relationships the foundation of her work at Woodson High School. Carlyn has actively changed Cavalier culture to create a healthy balance of academic and social-emotional success, creating a school where every student is valued and forging a common sense of identity as #OneWoodson. Carlyn uses a variety of data to inform comprehensive and creative solutions to challenges. Believing connections through experiences are at the heart of all relationships and learning, she is always available to anyone in the Woodson community. Families and faculty alike appreciate Carlyn’s collaborative approach as a leader, mentor, teacher, and friend.

Congratulations to our following staff members who were also recognized at this year's FCPS Honors Ceremony!

  • Mike Kuykendall, English Teacher

    Region 5 Outstanding Secondary New Teacher and Outstanding Secondary New Teacher Finalist

  • Susie Hamrock, Health and Physical Education Teacher
    Outstanding Secondary Teacher School and Pyramid-Level Recipient
  • Paul Akrasi, Building Supervisor III
    Outstanding School-based Operational Employee School-level Recipient
  • Jackie O'Brien, Administrative Assistant I
    Outstanding School-based Operational Employee School-level Recipient
  • Chris Hogge, Certified Athletic Trainer
    Outstanding School-based Professional Employee School-level Recipient

Thank you to Maura Edwards for all of her hard work with the nomination process by serving as this year's awards liaison. 

12. Congratulations to WTW's Retirees

Congratulations to the following staff members celebrating their retirement.  They made a huge impact on our students, staff and Woodson community!

  • Paul Adam, Technology Education Teacher
  • Dan Checkosky, Director of Student Activities
  • Meg Duarte, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Teacher
  • Karla Eaton, English Teacher
  • Laura Fargotstein, Instructional Assistant
  • Kurt Haldeman, Chemistry Teacher
  • Debra Helms, Spanish Language Teacher
  • Lorri Howeth, Adapted PE Teacher
  • Jon Morgan, Chemistry Teacher
  • Laura Mullins, Instructional Assistant

Woodson's amazing Student Services Department wishes everyone a relaxing summer break.

13. Immunization Requirements for Rising Seniors

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering twelfth grade will be required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at [email protected]­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at [email protected] if you have any questions.

14. Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

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

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to [email protected]:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

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

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to [email protected]

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

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

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

15. Meals at School for 2022-2023

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes.  

16. Summer Meal Service

No-cost summer meals will be served to students enrolled in summer school at all FCPS summer school locations this year.

Summer Meal Kits will be offered on Tuesdays at several sites beginning June 14 and ending August 8. Meal kits contain seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. 

The meal kits will be available for pick up Tuesday mornings. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under. Visit our Meals for Students website for more details on pick up locations and times. 

17. College & Career Center News

Attention Class of 2023!

  • Please mark your calendar for our Senior Night Presentation on Monday, 29 August 2022. During the first part of our presentation from 5:30 until 6:30 pm, we will look at non-college postsecondary options such as trade school, apprenticeships, jobs etc. The second part from 6:45 pm until 8:00 pm will address 4 year colleges and the college application process. Students and parents are welcome to attend both sessions, or pick one of the sessions. Our Region 5 Financial Aid/Paying for College Night hosted by College Access Fairfax will be on Thursday, 6 October 2022, at Fairfax High School. There will be additional Virtual Financial Aid Nights. More info will be sent out in August.
  • Please refer to our Senior Padlet for College Planning Resources such as the Common App Step by Step Guide, Common App Essay Prompts, the Opportunities Book, Recordings of Previous Senior Nights & more.
  •  College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will resume in September. The schedule will be posted in Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges – College Visits. 

Cavaliers, are you looking for Enrichment Programs (Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, STEM Camps etc.) to build up your resume and explore your interests? Please visit the Extracurricular Padlet. Looking for Scholarships? Please visit the Scholarship Padlet. Looking for a Job after High School or Summer Employment? Please check out our Job Board.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer break!

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

18. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

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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WeMail for June 7

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  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. END OF YEAR CHECKLIST
  4. WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS
  5. FUNDRAISERS
  6. CAVS VARSITY SPORTS
  7. RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
  8. FCPS NEWS & EVENTS

Before you go! Please read on for important year end news & updates...

SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, June 8th - Thursday, June 9th - Remaining Underclass Exams - Details under Woodson News & Events

Wednesday, June 8th - Sports Physical - Details under Fundraisers

Friday, June 10th - Last Day of School - Early Release Bell Schedule - Dismissal at 9:50 a.m.

Friday, June 10th; 8:00 p.m. - Deadline to complete FCPS Return to School Survey for Families - Details under FCPS News & Events

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, August 22nd - First Day of 2022-23 School Year

Click here for the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar 

PTSO NEWS   Cav Cruise a Great Success!

Oh what a night! The PTSO Board would like to give a HUGE shout out to the hundreds of volunteers from across the Woodson community who answered the SOS to set up, host, and clean up the Cav Cruise All Night Grad Party. It literally takes an army to pull off this amazing celebration for our graduating seniors each year. It was an honor to host this event for the Class of 2022 and give them this one-of-a-kind and safe night with never ending food and fun (as you can see from the photos!)

In particular, PTSO sincerely thanks the Cav Cruise Planning Committee who dedicated many hours before, during and after:

Cheri Brown – Cav Cruise Director

Meri Farling – Fundraising Chair (and so much more)

Dave Farling – Security

Stephanie Becker – Treasurer

Dawn Ahrens – Prizes

Kris Anderson – Activities

Cori Parker and Tracy and Tom Healy – Casino Leads

Kim Marshall – Cav Cash Coordinator

Kim Sandino – Registration

Allie Calderon – Transportation and Logistics

Erin and James Taylor - Luggage

Jill Burrer – Food

Helen and Erik Burvis – Decorations (yes, they built the amazing entryway!)

Julie Middleton – Volunteer Coordinator

Meera Pillai – Fire and Safety Lead

Allison Campion – Set Up

Melissa French – Communications

Kim Myers, Monica Johnson & Krissy Schnebel – Communications Artwork

C2 Scholarship Awarded

C2 Education offered a $1,000 scholarship for Woodson PTSO to award to a Sophomore or Junior student who submitted a short essay describing their college ambitions and how C2 Education would help them prepare for their goals.

The essay submissions were reviewed by C2 and PTSO President Miklos Kiss. The recipient of the scholarship was Alice Lee, a Woodson Junior. Congratulations, Alice!

C2 Education is located in Fair City Mall and offers in-person SAT prep and tutoring, and in-person or online mock SAT, ACT, and PSAT tests. All proceeds from enrollment with C2 go back to Woodson PTSO.

A Message from PTSO President Miklos Kiss

The Woodson PTSO would like to thank our volunteers and members for their generous support that enables us to enrich the lives of students and staff at Woodson High School. Together, we contributed to the school in many ways during the 2021-2022 school year, including the following:

Provided for teachers & staff

- Panera Boxed Lunch during Cav Kick-Off and at end of Winter Break

- Teacher supply bags (paper towels, sanitizers, Clorox wipes, etc.)

- Fall and Spring Snack Wagons

- Valentine’s Day treats

Hosted and/or sponsored events

- Fairfax County Police presentation “Hidden in Plain Sight”

- College Approach, Partnership and Fit seminar by former Georgetown admissions officer 

- Month of the Military Child lunch in April

- Food trucks for the April Woodson Pyramid Art Walk

- Alpacas during mental health awareness month - in partnership with Woodson Minds Matter and Student Services

Awarded Fall and Spring Grants

- Pop-Out Stress handheld stress relievers

- German-themed Winter Celebration

- Materials for Social Studies Department lectern

- Broadcast journalism tripods and microphones to produce the Morning Show

- Sewing supplies for Woodson Library’s Service Learning Project 

- 20 in-class instrument tuners and 20 microphone pickups for instruction, concerts, and events

- New sound system and keyboard for Chorus

- New tripods/microphones/lights for the Woodson Film Club

- Breakfast food care packages for students taking the AP literature test

- New metal forge and safety equipment for the Chemistry Department

- New large foam signs in the Woodson library

- German club end of year picnic

- 25 new guitar stands

- $1,800 toward supplies for Woodson’s now nationally recognized FIRST Robotics Club

Additional miscellaneous support -  

- Sourced volunteers for Homecoming and as hall monitors for AP Exams

- Provided 1,000 Dunkin Donuts for the Senior Panorama

- Awarded a $1,000 C2 Education Scholarship

None of this would have been possible without membership support and the dedication of our volunteers. The PTSO Board sincerely thanks you. Have a safe and relaxing summer, and let’s do it all again next school year! 

Woodson PTSO Officer Board for 2022-23 School Year 

The board members are set for next school year, and they look forward to serving the school and Woodson community.

President - Miklos Kiss

VP Membership - Lena McGinn

Secretary - Diane Raffaele

Treasurer - Kyle Durbin

Communications/WeMail - Jill Battaglia

PTSO Grant Program - Sara Mastro

Thank you to new board members, Diane Raffaelle and Lena McGinn, and outgoing Secretary Amy DeCarlo and Grants Coordinator Michelle Lucas, for answering the call to serve. Sara Mastro is transitioning from VP Membership to Grants Coordinator next year. Thank you all!

AmazonSmile LINK - Keep Earning Funds for Woodson All Summer!

Make your Amazon purchases go a little further. Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to WTW PTSO. Signing up is quick and easy. Every little bit helps! Click here to sign up

Visit the PTSO Homepage for news, links, events calendar and more!

END OF YEAR CHECKLIST Is Your Student Aware of This List?
  • Cleanout locker 

  • Return FCPS student laptop and charger

  • Return Textbooks/Library books

  • Return school-owned uniforms and instruments

  • Pick up medications from the Clinic

  • Transfer lunch money funds

Locker Cleanout!

Underclass Locker Clean Out – Wednesday, June 1st and Friday, June 3rd – Before the morning bell, during 3rd period, or after school. At 4pm on Thursday, June 9th, anything left in lockers will be donated.

Laptop Return Information

Each student is required to return their FCPS-assigned laptop and charger by the end of each school year.  The laptops will be reinaged this summer and students will receive a laptop back in the fall. 

If your student is participating in an FCPS summer program (ESY, credit recovery, etc.), please email the Woodson TechTeam ([email protected]).

Guidelines for the collection of laptops:

  • All Students Returning to Woodson must complete the following steps before turning in their laptops. All local files and bookmarks must be backed up or they will be erased.
  • Laptops must be returned free of stickers, markings and other drawings.
  • Students should turn in their laptop and charging cord.  
  • If a student lost their laptop or their laptop cord, they should visit the Woodson Technology site and scroll down to the Property Damage or Loss section.  Payments will be made through MySchoolBucks. Replacement charging cords are $23 and replacement laptops are $481. Students should bring a paper receipt from MySchoolBucks with them when they come to laptop collection.
  • Will need to tape their name and ID number to the top of the laptop if name card has been removed.
  • Students will receive a paper receipt when they turn in their equipment.

Collection Dates & Times

  • Wednesday, June 8th - 8:10-11:15am Library
  • Thursday, June 9th - 9:48-11:15am Library and Cav Hall
  • Friday, June 10th - 8:10-9:50am Library and Cav Hall
  • Monday, June 13th - 9:00am-3:00pm  Library
  • Tuesday-Friday, June 14th-17th - 9:00am-3:00pm Main Office
End of Year Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than dismissal time on Friday, June 10th. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.

It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian, however, with parent or guardian written permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the health room.

If you would like to donate your child’s Epi pens or Inhaler please send an email to the Health Room stating you would like to donate to the Fairfax County Health Department at the end of the school year.  Please note that they can only take Epi pens that have 3 months or more remaining before expiration.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program. Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s). Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student his or her medication. If you have any questions, please contact your School Health Aide, Celeste Delahunty at 703-503-4610 , or your school Public Health Nurse, Amanda Yanchus, RN, BSN, at 703-503-4691 . Thank you for your cooperation and have a great summer.

End of Year Lunch Money Refunds and Transfers

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

Requesting a transfer of funds between my students' accounts

Meal account transfers can be requested by e-mailing the following information to [email protected]:

Transfer FROM:                                Transfer TO:

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

Requesting a refund for my student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to [email protected]

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

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

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

WOODSON NEWS & EVENTS Underclass Exam Week Schedule

Underclass final exams take place the week of June 6th and each exam day is a half day of school with dismissal at 11:30am.

Wednesday, June 8th - Periods 6 & 8 Exams

Thursday, June 9th - Period 1 Exam and Last Chance Locker Cleanout during 3rd Period

2021-22 Yearbook

Yearbooks have been distributed. 

Any concerns or questions should be directed to: Katherine Benzinger [email protected] or Drew Marvin [email protected]

2022 Chinese Culture Writing Competition

Participate in a Chinese Culture Writing Competition to win cash prizes! There will be three winners for each of the two topics: $200 for 3rd place, $300 for 2nd place, and $500 for 1st place in the Li Educational Foundation 2022 Chinese Culture Writing Competition. 

Show off your knowledge of Chinese Culture in this exciting writing competition. Click this link to register and review the 2 writing topics and judging rubric. Registration takes less than 1 minute due June 10th, with the final submission not due until July 8, 2022. Share your thoughts on Chinese culture, have a chance to be published in a book, and possibly win cash prizes! Review the attached flier and register now by clicking on this link.

Families Needed to Host French High School Students from July 6 to 29!

Give the experience of an American summer to a French teen by becoming a host with Compass USA!. Host families are urgently needed. Fifteen French high school students dream of coming to Washington, D.C. and hope to discover the American way of life, integrate into the community, meet new friends and improve their English. They will arrive at Dulles International Airport on July 6 for this three-week program. 

As a host family, all you need is a spare bed, to provide three meals a day, and a willingness to welcome a student into the normal rhythm and activities of your home. Compass USA will provide sightseeing trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the French students and any interested host siblings. If your family has planned a vacation for July, your student can travel with you. 

Visit https://www.compass-usa.net for more information about the summer homestay program and hosting. If you are interested in hosting one of these students, please contact WTW parent, Kathleen DeCarlo, at [email protected] or 703-388-6525.

Current 10th Grade Parents & Guardians - ACTION REQUIRED IN NAVIANCE

Each year, your child develops an Academic and Career Plan that supports their  growth. This plan helps your child plan for their future. 

Your child will work with teachers and school counselors to discover their personal strengths and interests. They will also create goals to help them achieve success, plan  for courses that meet high school graduation requirements, and prepare for life after  high school. The development of this plan starts in middle school. Students update it during high school as their goals evolve. 

This plan connects to the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Strategic Plan. It supports the  growth of Portrait of a Graduate attributes and is required by the Virginia Department of  Education. Each student’s parent or guardian must review this plan at the end of 8th  grade and again at the end of 10th grade. Then you can coach them to make decisions  about college and careers that match their personal strengths, interests, and goals.  There are many pathways to success! 

You or your child can log into Naviance Student at www.fcps.edu/Naviance, then review the following information together: 

  • Results of the strengths and career surveys
  • Personal, academic, and/or career goals
  • Resume
  • Draft course plans for high school

Once in your child’s account, click the “About Me” tab and scroll down to “Portfolio.”  Once you click on the Portfolio, you can view all the work that your child has completed.

Once you have reviewed your child’s plan, complete the verification form at  https://forms.gle/jifN6F3DE9kiNUuX7 . The completion of this form will serve as your signature. Please complete this form by Thursday, June 30, 2022.

For more information about your child’s plans, visit www.FCPS.edu and search  “Academic and Career Plan.” We encourage you to continue to use Naviance Student  with your child to explore college and career options.

If you have questions, please contact your student’s school counselor.

Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to Woodson Next Year?

If you will not be attending Woodson HS this fall, please let Woodson Student Services know now. Please click here and fill out this form. This form was also mailed home with course requests for next year.

If your student intends to attend Woodson next year, there is no need to complete or return the form.

Student Services will make sure all transcripts and records are forwarded to your child’s new school so his/her file is complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Woodson registrar Casey Delaney at 703-503-4622 or [email protected]

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Crew Booster Restaurant Night - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8th, ALL DAY!

Support Woodson Crew and show some love to a local franchise restaurant! Wendy's is donating 20% of dine-In, takeout, drive thru, and pick up orders. Please mention Woodson Crew when you place your order. https://grouprai.se/s221339 

Wednesday June 8, 6:30am-9pm @ Wendy’s, 9688 Main Street

Woodson Sports Physical Night - THIS WEDNESDAY!

The W.T. Woodson Athletic Training Program’s Sports Physical Night event will be held on June 8 @ W.T. Woodson High School. Hosting this event is the Athletic Training Program’s ONLY fundraiser for the year as we DO NOT receive any funding from the county. ALL proceeds go towards helping the program purchase supplies. 

The goal of Sports Physical Night is to provide a complete pre-participation examination screening that will leave student athletes with a valid VHSL physical for the entirety of the 2022-23 School Year. Each year, it is required that all student athletes have a completed VHSL physical on file before participating in sports. The price will be $50 again this year. Appointment times will be available at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30pm. 

Register for an appointment here! 

Mock SAT, ACT and PSAT - All Proceeds Benefit Woodson PTSO

Tests are administered either in-person or online and can be scheduled Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 9pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Sign up here to take a mock SAT, ACT, or PSAT with C2 Education - available online or in-person!!  (Requires an existing or new Woodson PTSO login)  Cost is $20 to register for your mock test, all proceeds will benefit Woodson C2 Education Fairfax will contact you to schedule your test and results assessment.

Show your Cavalier Pride with a Woodson Garden Flag!

Order yours here!

Garden Flag (dimensions - 12"x17") - $15

Personalize it for $5 more - add your family name or get creative and celebrate your student with their name and graduation year!

(Some examples: The Smith Family; Congrats Emily Class of 2021; Woodson Class of 2022)

For more information, contact Liz Brocato at [email protected]

Student Driver Magnets Available With Convenient Home Delivery!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at [email protected]

CAVS VARSITY SPORTS

Boys Tennis

The team faced Oakton in a tough State Semifinal match on Monday. Woodson came up short of earning a bid to the State Championship match but had a fantastic season - going undefeated in regular season and earning the District and Regional titles. Congrats boys!

There is still work to be done by Vincent Truong and Ansh Pathapadu! They head to Virginia Beach this week for their State Championship Doubles match. Good luck and GO CAVS!

Girls Tennis

Unified Sports

Woodson Precisionettes Dance Team Tryouts

Due to new VHSL rules, Woodson Precisionettes Dance Team tryouts will now be June 10th and June 11th. Video submissions will be an option for dancers that can no longer make the in-person tryout dates.

Head to the Dance Team LinkTree (on Instagram) and fill out the new Tryout Application ASAP to get the choreography for tryouts, and to indicate if you need to do a video submission. All dancers will learn the routines in advance regardless of in-person or video tryouts so fill out your application now!

Fall 2022 Sports Tryout Dates

Mark your calendars for Fall 2022 sports tryout dates.  Golf tryouts begin on  Thursday, July 28th and all other fall sports (football, cheer, field hockey, cross-country, volleyball) will take place on Monday, August 1st.

Woodson Summer Sport Camps - Register Today!

For more information about each camp, click on the sport summer camp title below or visit our Woodson Athletics website at www.wtwoodsonsports.com

Field Hockey Summer Camp

June 13 - June 17

Baseball Summer Camp

June 13 - June 17

Girls Basketball Summer Camp

June 27 - July 1

Boys Basketball Summer Camp 

Session 1 - July 11 - July 15 Session 2 - July 18 - July 22

Volleyball Summer Camp

Session 1: July 12 - July 15 5pm-7pm

Session 2: July 12 - July 15 7:30pm-9:30pm

Session 3: July 19 - July 22 6pm-8pm

Cheer & Dance Summer Camp

August 8 - August 12 RESOURCES FOR WOODSON STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center Padlets (bulletin boards)  can be accessed here.

  • Are you looking for Enrichment Programs (Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, STEM Camps etc.) to build up your resume? Please visit the Extracurricular Padlet. Looking for Scholarships? Please visit the Scholarship Padlet. Looking for a Job after High School or Summer Employment? Please check out our Job Board.

Questions? Please email at [email protected]

Free SAT Math Prep Sessions

Woodson dad, Rick Neifield,  is offering free SAT math prep sessions to Woodson students via Zoom. Sign up here. Direct inquiries and questions to Rick at [email protected]

Free Online Tutoring Continues Through Summer

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com this summer. Students are able to use Tutor.com to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need. Students may also choose to access other tools such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT and ACT preparation.

Details about how students can access Tutor.com through archived courses in Schoology are provided in Summer Access at Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services. Students enrolled in summer Credit Recovery Academy, Online Campus, Online Economics and Personal Finance, and TJHSST summer courses will be able to access Tutor.com via their active summer course in Schoology.

In-person Tutoring Options

For families interested in in-person tutoring, FCPS’ Parent Resource Center maintains a list of tutors who can be hired by families.

The tutor list contains the names of current FCPS employees who hold a valid and current teaching license in Virginia. These employees have contacted the Parent Resource Center to offer their services. The tutor list is updated monthly during the school year.

For a list of tutors, please email The Parent Resource Center ([email protected]).

This list is a resource offered by the PRC, but parents are responsible for contacting and working directly with the tutors.

For more information about tutors, click here to visit the Parent Resource Center website.

FCPS NEWS & EVENTS FCPS Return to School Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Office of Research and Strategic Improvement (ORSI) is seeking to understand your and your child’s experiences this school year as students returned to five days of in-person learning. Your voice is critical to understanding the successes and challenges of teaching and learning this year. The information you and other families provide will be used along with other data to inform the Fairfax County School Board, Superintendent, and Leadership Team about the Division’s return to five days a week of in-person instruction and learning and support FCPS’ efforts to continually improve.

Responses to this survey are anonymous. You should be able to answer the survey in about 15 minutes. If you have more than one child enrolled in FCPS, you may complete the survey once for each child or you may complete it one time for the child whose teaching and learning you wish to provide feedback on the most. 

Please complete the survey by 8pm on Friday, June 10.  Click one of the links below to begin the survey in your preferred language.

English:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGLVY6H

Arabic:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q8DN7FZ

Chinese:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGLVY6H?lang=zh

Farsi:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R8KWQRZ

Korean:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGLVY6H?lang=ko

Spanish:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGLVY6H?lang=es

Vietnamese:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LGLVY6H?lang=vi

Please note that this survey is optional. If you have technical questions about the functioning of the family survey, please contact Mary Richardson at [email protected]

FCPS Families Will Receive Reports Throughout the Summer for Spring Assessments

Spring assessments help teachers and schools check on students’ learning and skill development. Families will access results from end-of-year assessments in different ways. For most assessments, FCPS provides custom reports to share scores with families.

Look in SIS ParentVUE for these reports by the end of July:

Watch the mail for these reports by the end of the indicated month:

Other scores come from the school or testing organization. These include Advanced Placement (AP) scores accessed through students’ College Board accounts.

Go online or contact your student's school for additional information about FCPS assessments. You can also learn how to activate a SIS ParentVUE account to access scores. Schools will mail SIS reports to families without ParentVUE accounts.

Sing, Dance, and Design With FCPS Summer Programs

All students with an interest in continuing to explore the arts are eligible for two summer enrichment programs. Registration is now open for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. 

Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will be held July 5-29 at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Classes are offered every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees. Waivers are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  

For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage.

Regulation of Religious and Cultural Observance Days Revised for FCPS 2022-23 School Year

In response to a request from the School Board, FCPS has updated its regulation related to religious and cultural observance days (“O” Days). Changes to the regulation include:

  • New material can be introduced on religious and cultural observance days provided that the content is made accessible in Schoology and teachers support absent students. 
  • Graded assignments or activities may occur as long as there are opportunities for students absent because of a religious and cultural observance to make up the assignment or activity.
  • Details are provided for days on which an observance begins at sundown (1/2 O Day).

The regulation was drafted with input from principals who were charged with making recommendations to prioritize instruction while honoring religious and cultural observances.

2023 FCPS Budget Focuses on Student Success, Safety, and Staff Compensation

The Fairfax County School Board adopted the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget on May 26, which includes adjustments to support ongoing recruitment and retention efforts for a premier workforce and to ensure market competitive compensation.

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