Update from Dr. Floyd - 3/20/20

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Good afternoon Woodson Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

 

Instructional Resources Links  Spanish  Korean

FCPS Current Situation/Updates

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

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

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

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

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

 

All FCPS administrative offices are closed until further notice.

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

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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A Message from Dr. Floyd

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Hello Woodson Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Floyd

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - March 13th

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Woodson Weekly -
March 13th

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

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

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

Hello Woodson Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Dr. Carlyn Floyd

In this Issue

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

1. Coach and Athlete of the Year Recognitions

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

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

2. DECA International Conference

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

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

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

3. School Health Services Survey

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

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

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

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

4. School Board Student Representative

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

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

5. Mental Health First Aid

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

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

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

6. 2020-2021 Course Registration

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

7. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

8. Senior Class Information Page

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

  9. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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

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

PTSO Meeting Tonight!

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

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

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

Woodson Drama

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

This Is My Brave 

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

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

Free Digital Citizenship Seminars

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

What is Digital Citizenship?

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

Seminar topics include: 

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

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

Chipotle Fundraiser!

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

WT Woodson Crew at Chipotle Tuesday, March 10th

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

Junior & Junior Parent Night

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

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

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteers still needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

Prom Dresses Available!

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

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

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

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

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

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Discounted Passes - Spring Games

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

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

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

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

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

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

$175 for full session or $40 per class  

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

Sports Highlights

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

13th in Small Varsity Jazz

11th in Medium Varsity Hip Hop

2nd in Medium Varsity Pom

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

PTSO Information

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - March 6th

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Woodson Weekly -
March 6th

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

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

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

Important Upcoming Dates

Saturday, March 7th - Teen Job Fair

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 13th - Student Holiday

In this Issue

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

1. FanQuest this Saturday!

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

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

5:30 pm—Doors open for a Tailgate

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

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

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

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

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

2. Teen Job Fair

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

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

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

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

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

3. SOL Writing Assessments, End-of Course

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

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

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

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

4. Junior & Junior Parent Night

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

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

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

5. Parents!  We want to hear from you!

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

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

6. Cav Cruise Design Contest

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

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

7. Family Engagement Policy Open Meetings

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

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

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

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

Link to join virtually

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

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

8. Service Project Needs Supplies

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

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

Thank you for helping us to help others!  #oneWoodson

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

9. Mulch Sale

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

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

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

10. School Board Student Representative

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

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

11. School Health Services Survey

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

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

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

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

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

12. 2020-2021 Course Registration

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

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

13. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

14. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

15. Senior Class Information Page

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

  16. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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

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We’re getting there….

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

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

Woodson FanQuest this Saturday

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

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

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

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

Woodson Drama

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

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

Team Cure It!

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

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

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

Free Digital Citizenship Seminars

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

What is Digital Citizenship?

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

Seminar topics include: 

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

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

TWO CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISERS!

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

Woodson Girls Lacrosse Chipotle Fundraiser  Monday, March 9th

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

WT Woodson Crew at Chipotle Tuesday, March 10th

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

Junior & Junior Parent Night

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

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

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters  

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

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

Two Woodson Sports Events This Week

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

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

Prom Dresses Available!

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

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

Volunteers still needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

TEST

DATE

TIME

# of Proctors

AP US Government

Monday, May 4

AM

2

AP English Literature

Wednesday, May 6

AM

1

AP Chemistry

Thursday, May 7

AM

1

AP US History

Friday, May 8

AM

1

AP Biology

Monday, May 11

AM

1

AP Psychology

Tuesday, May 12

PM

1

AP English Language

Wednesday, May 13

AM

1

AP French

Friday, May 15

AM

1

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

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

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

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Discounted Passes - Spring Games

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

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

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

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

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

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

$175 for full session or $40 per class  

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

Winter Sports Highlights

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

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

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

PTSO Information

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - February 28th

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Woodson Weekly -
February 28th

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

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

International Night was a huge success!  Thank you!

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

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

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

Monday, April 13th - Student Holiday

In this Issue

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

1. AP Exam Conflicts

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

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

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

2. SOL Writing Assessments, End-of Course

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

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

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

3. Teen Job Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Drama Students Sew Pouches for Baby Kangaroos

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

5. Parents!  We want to hear from you!

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

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

6. Junior & Junior Parent Night

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

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

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

7. All-Virginia Honors Band and Orchestra

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

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

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

8. Environmental Outreach to Mantua ES

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

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

9. Speech Super Regional Results

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

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

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

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

10. School Board Student Representative

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

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

11. Mulch Sale

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

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

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

12. School Health Services Survey

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

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

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

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

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

13. Volunteers still needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

TEST

DATE

TIME

# of Proctors

AP US Government

Monday, May 4

AM

2

AP English Literature

Wednesday, May 6

AM

1

AP Chemistry

Thursday, May 7

AM

1

AP US History

Friday, May 8

AM

1

AP Biology

Monday, May 11

AM

1

AP Psychology

Tuesday, May 12

PM

1

AP English Language

Wednesday, May 13

AM

1

AP French

Friday, May 15

AM

1

  

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

14. 2020-2021 Course Registration

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

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

15. Is your child interested in the Arts?

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

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

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

or follow IFTA on social media! 

16. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

17. Senior Class Information Page

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

18. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  19. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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

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The PTSO Board for 2020-2021 Needs You!

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

Do you have great ideas to help our Woodson community?

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

Woodson Drama

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night

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

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

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

Woodson’s Got Talent

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters  

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

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

Prom Dresses Available!

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

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

Free Coats and Sweaters!!

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

February Community Office Hours

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

Please check here for their office hours and other information.

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

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

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

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Discounted Passes - Spring Games

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

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

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

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

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

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

$175 for full session or $40 per class  

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

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

Winter Sports Highlights

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

PTSO Information

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - February 21st

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Woodson Weekly -
February 21st

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

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

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

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

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

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

Monday, April 13th - Student Holiday

In this Issue

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

1. International Night Tonight!

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

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

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

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

2. Academy Class Registration Deadline; February 28th

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

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

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

3. SOL Writing Assessments, End-of Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Senior Parents - Get Help Completing the FAFSA

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

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

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

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

6. Environmental Outreach at Canterbury Woods ES

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

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

7. Woodson's Got Talent

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

8. Teen Job Fair

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

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

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

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

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

9. Junior & Junior Parent Night

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

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

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

10. All-Virginia Honors Chorus

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

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

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

11. School Board Student Representative

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

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

12. Portrait of a Graduate

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

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

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

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

13. 2020-2021 Course Registration

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

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

14. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

15. Is your child interested in the Arts?

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

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

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

or follow IFTA on social media! 

16. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

17. Senior Class Information Page

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

18. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  19. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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February Events at WTW - from the PTSO

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The PTSO Board for 2020-2021 Needs You!

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

Do you have great ideas to help our Woodson community?

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

Woodson Drama 

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

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

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

Seniors - Help Create Your Baccalaureate!

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

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

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters  

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

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

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

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

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

Woodson International Night

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

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

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

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

U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night

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

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

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

Woodson’s Got Talent

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

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

WTW NHS Volunteers to Support WTW PTSO

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

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

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

Prom Dresses Available!

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

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

Free Coats and Sweaters!!

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

February Community Office Hours

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

Please check here for their office hours and other information.

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

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

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

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

Woodson Varsity Precisionettes Dance Team

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

2nd Place Hip Hop

1st Place Jazz

1st Place Pom

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

Winter Sports Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

PTSO Information

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

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Woodson Weekly - February 14th

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Woodson Weekly -
February 14th

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

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

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

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 17th - President's Day Holiday

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

Friday, April 3rd - End of 3rd Quarter

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

Monday, April 13th - Student Holiday

In this Issue

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

1. P.S. I Love You Day

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

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

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

2. No Outside Food Deliveries

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

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

3. International Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Woodson's Got Talent

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

6. Teen Job Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Scholastic Writing Award

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

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

8. Portrait of a Graduate

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to our Boys Swim Team!  Occoquan Regional Champions!

9. 2020-2021 Course Registration

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

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

10. To our Military Families

Do you have a family member who is deploying?

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

11. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

12. Yearbook needs family and pet pictures

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

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

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

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

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures!

While we cannot guarantee that all shared photos will be published, if you don’t share, your great pictures can’t even be considered!

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

13. Is your child interested in the Arts?

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

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

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

or follow IFTA on social media! 

14. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

15. Senior Class Information Page

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

16. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  17. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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2 PTSO Events at WTW Tonight!

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PTSO Meeting Tonight!

Our PTSO meeting will be tonight, Tuesday, February 11th at 7 p.m. in the library.  Please join us along with Assistant Principal Mandy Burke who will be the administrator at the meeting available to answer any questions.

Come early and get a great parking spot before the girls basketball game!  Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.  Come even earlier to attend the Parent Seminar on Equity (see next story).

Parents as Partners - February Seminar on Equity

February Parents as Partners seminar will address Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Responsiveness and will take place tonight, Tuesday, February 11th at 6 p.m. in Cafeteria A

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

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

At WT Woodson, we believe in a caring culture where all students are valued, respected, and appreciated. Each student has their own identity, culture, and tradition. In line with the activities that our equity leads implement around identity, culture, and tradition, February’s Parents as Partners seminar will allow parents to have a deeper conversation with their students.

The PTSO Board for 2020-2021 Needs You!

Would you like to get more involved in the PTSO next year? Do you have great ideas to help our Woodson community?

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

Winter Dance - Thank You All Around!

A sincere thank you to parents Annie Karim, Candice Bailey, Julie Smith, and Julie Avera who volunteered their time at last Saturday's winter dance.  We know everyone is busy and we really appreciate them taking their time to support Woodson students.

Many, many students also served as leaders to plan, set up, and clean up this event for all to enjoy! Well done!!!

Do you have an idea to make Woodson Even Better?  Apply for a grant!

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

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

Woodson Drama 

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

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

Woodson Orchestra Performance

The WT Woodson orchestra will be performing at the University of Mary Washington on Sunday, February 16th, at 1 p.m.

They will be joining the UMW Chamber Orchestra, which will be performing under the direction of guest conductor and world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. 

Tickets went on sale to the public on Monday, January 20th. This UMW Philharmonic website post has details. 

Senior Baccalaureate

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

The student committee will select the theme, make suggestions for speakers and musical ensembles, and other tasks. 

Parents-please ask your student if they would consider assisting in the planning of this memorable senior class event. The first student meeting will be on Wednesday, February 19th at 3:05 p.m. in Room C123.

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

U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night

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

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

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

Prom Dresses Available!

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

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

All-VA Chorus Auditions will be held on Thursday, February 13th from 5pm-9pm at West Springfield High School.  Students who made district are eligible to audition.

District Chorus will be held at West Springfield High School on the evenings of Thursday, February 13th, Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th.  District Chorus is for students who were selected by audition in November.

Orders for the DOB dvd are due by Friday, February 14th.  Order forms are in the chorus room.

Payments for the Spring trip to Nashville and the Europe trip are due.  Please be aware that the Europe trip payment is due on Friday, February 14th and goes through the Woodson Choral Boosters.

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

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

February Community Office Hours

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

Please check here for their office hours and other information.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

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

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

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

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

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

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

Winter Sports Highlights

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

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

The Woodson Wrestling Team entered the post season with 12 wrestlers competing in the Patriot District Championships Saturday February 8th..  

A special congratulations to Anthony Martin who became the first Woodson wrestler in school history to win 4 consecutive District Championship Titles. 

All other place winners were:
2nd Place - Joey Martin and Ryan Yoder
3rd Place - Sammy Yu, Philip Clanor and Izak Johnson
4th Place - Andrew Lee, Jay Swallow and Tommy Dunn
5th Place - Gabe Cetron
6th Place - Drew Kulenguski and Wayne Burger

All of our wrestlers qualified to compete in next weekend's Regional Championship at TC Williams.

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (16-5, 6-3 Patriot District) opened its week with a tough loss to West Springfield, 36-32.  The bounces went the Spartans’ way in this one, and a 4th quarter rally by the Cavs came up just short.  Maggie McGuire continued her double-figure scoring streak, leading the Cavs with 12 points and 8 boards. Sarah Wilson played her usual all-around defensive game limiting their top scorer to 6 and added 6 points.  Allie Maahs hit two 3s to also score 6.  Abby Pesansky scored 4, Zoe Hite hit a big late 3 to make the game close, and Anna Wiggins hit a late free throw to keep the Cavs in it.   The Cavs bounced back at Robinson on Friday with a big 48-41 win to stay in the Patriot District title hunt.  Allie Maahs had a true breakout game, hitting seven 3s to lead the Cavs with a career-high 21.   Seniors Maggie McGuire and Sarah Wilson took over down the stretch to keep the Rams at bay.  Maggie ended with 13 points and 14 rebounds and Sarah hit 6 big free throws late.  Anna Wiggins ended with 6 and Levi Weinberger hit 3 free throws. Sarah Wilson drew the defensive assignment against Robinson's top offensive player and turned in yet another shutdown performance, limiting this player to 0-15 shooting. 

The Cavs face Fairfax at home on Tuesday in a showdown for the regular season Patriot District championship and first-round bye.  Come to Red Jenkins Gym and cheer these girls on!

The Cav's Boys Varsity Basketball team completed the program sweep (all three levels winning) on Feb 4th by taking out West Springfield (57-50).  Joe Pesansky led the Cavs with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Andre Pacheco also continues his solid play with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists.  Donovan Boyce also finished with 10 points and 5 assists.  The boys suffered a tough home loss in overtime to Robinson on Senior Night Friday 2/7.  Boyce and Devin Cuviello finished with 14 points apiece and Pacheco put up another 9 points. Fellow seniors Bobby Case and John Faulkner scored 4 and 5 points respectively and Ethan Lash had 2 points/3 boards and played solid defense throughout.  James Jin also started for the Cavs and had 2 assists.  The Cavs finish regular season play against Fairfax away on Tuesday 2/11.

Woodson Rifle Team is ending the regular season on a high note.  On Saturday, February 1st Senior, Stephanie Ricigliano and Juniors, Meredith Ivey, Victoria Kopelen, and Nate Wehrlen broke the league record with a combined score of 1178.  The record had previously been set by Woodson Rifle Team in 2016.  This scoring team gave up only 22 shots out of 1200 in the match against Centreville.  Needless to say Woodson Rifle varsity team won that match with Stephanie shooting a personal best of 296, scoring 100s in both prone and kneeling.  Woodson athletes took six of the top eight positions.  Sophomores, Victoria Cross and Rose McClelland joined the record breaking team in rounding out the top positions.

Thursday, February 6th found Woodson matched up against West Potomac.  Once again Captain, Stephanie Ricigliano led the team to victory in a match that resulted in a score of 1162 to West Potomac's 1116.  Both Woodson's JV scoring teams had strong showings as well, shooting combined scores of 1134 and 1120 respectively.  Again, Woodson athletes took the majority of the top 8 positions, this time taking seven slots.  Joining Stephanie in the top 8 were Senior, Shaw-Leon Chen; Juniors, Meredith Ivey, Victoria Kopelen and Joe Hall; and Sophomores, Justin Mangis and Victoria Cross. 

PTSO Information

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

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Woodson Weekly - February 7th

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Woodson Weekly -
February 7th

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!

P.S. I Love You Day is next Friday, February 14th!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 17th - President's Day Holiday

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

In this Issue

1. Report Card Distribution
2. Winter Dance this Saturday
3. Leadership Class for 2020-2021
4. Parents as Partners - February Seminar on Equity
5. P.S. I Love You Day
6. Welcome, Mr. Peters!
7. Why Portrait of a Graduate?
8. U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night
9. Teen Job Fair
10. 2020-20201 Course Registration
11. Yearbook needs family and pet pictures
12. To our Military Families
13. Volunteers Needed for AP Testing
14. Is your child interested in the arts?
15. Reserve Your Yearbook
16. Senior Class Information Page
17. Woodson HS Academic Advising 
18. FCPS Cares

1. Report Card Distribution

Report cards for the 2nd Quarter were distributed through 8th period classes on Thursday, February 6th.  Students who do not have an 8th period class may pick up their report cards in Student Services.

2. Winter Dance this Saturday

The Winter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th from 8-11 p.m.  This year’s theme is Glow in the Dark.  The dance is open to all Woodson students and their pre-approved guests.

Students who still need a ticket can purchase one on Saturday from 10:00am-Noon in the Aux gym.  No tickets will be sold at the door. 

If parents are interested in volunteering for coat check during the dance, please use this SignUpGenius.

3. Leadership Class for 2020-2021

Students interested in taking Leadership next school year must complete an application, get teacher recommendations, and sit for an interview. 

Application forms are now available outside of the Leadership rooms (A133/A128) and in Student Services. 

Completed applications must be turned in to Mr. Schaefer or Mrs. Schmauder no later than Monday, February 10th.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Schmauder at plschmauder@fcps.edu.

Digital Art by Katya Kimura - a Scholastic Silver Key award winner.

4. Parents as Partners - February Seminar on Equity

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

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

February Parents as Partners seminar will address Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Responsiveness and will take place on Tuesday, February 11th at 6 p.m. in Cafeteria A

At WT Woodson, we believe in a caring culture where all students are valued, respected, and appreciated. Each student has their own identity, culture, and tradition. In line with the activities that our equity leads implement around identity, culture, and tradition, February’s Parents as Partners seminar will allow parents to have a deeper conversation with their students.

5. P.S. I Love You Day

The goal of P.S. I Love You Day is to promote mental health awareness through positivity.  On Friday, February 14th, we encourage the Woodson community to wear purple to foster kindness and a welcoming environment.

Purple wristbands will be distributed during lunches, and long-sleeved P.S. I Love You shirts will be sold in between the cafeterias for $15 throughout the week.

Be sure to follow the P.S. I Love You Day twitter @PSILoveYouDay1, and don’t forget to wear purple on Friday, February 14th!

6. Welcome, Mr. Peters!

Congratulations and welcome to Mr. Josh Peters who joins Woodson's administrative team as our new Director of Student Services effective Monday, February 10th.  He comes to us from George C. Marshall High School where he was a school counselor for over 8 years. 

He is a graduate of UVA where he earned his B.A. in Psychology, so this continues his tradition as a Cavalier.  More recently, he earned his M.Ed. in Counseling from George Mason University.  Mr. Peters is married with two daughters.  His favorite sports team is the Virginia Cavaliers and the San Francisco 49ers and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, and playing/coaching basketball. He is excited to join the Woodson Student Services team!

7. Why Portrait of a Graduate?

Over the last 5 weeks we have shared the 5 attributes from the Portrait of a Graduate (POG).  All Woodson students in 9-11th grade are engaged in the FCPS POG pilot and have been explicitly taught skills from different attributes in classes this year.  Why?  

As a stepping stone to post-secondary education or entering the workforce, high school is an essential time to develop and refine skills that will support student success in future endeavors.  So, what qualities are business leaders seeking?   

Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab, has distilled feedback from business leaders to identify seven essential skills/dispositions that employers seek in potential applicants: “critical thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, communication skills, the ability to analyze information, curiosity and imagination” (Wagner & Dintersmith, 2016). 

This feedback is reinforced by the research of Harvard University’s Project Zero, discerning that these essential (or applied) skills are not only more important to prospective employers than academic skills, they are also perceived as more lacking in applicants (Ritchhart, 2015).

FCPS and Woodson have committed to equipping our students with these skills through our Portrait of a Graduate.  Click on the link to learn more about POG skills and how you might support your students at home.  

Next week we will begin our introduction to the Presentation of Learning (POL), part 2 of the pilot program.

References

Ritchhart, R. (2015). Creating cultures of thinking: the 8 forces we must master to truly transform our schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass & Pfeiffer Imprints, Wiley.

Wagner, T., & Dintersmith, T. (2016). Most likely to succeed: preparing our kids for the innovation era. New York, NY: Scribner.

A portrait from Chau Le's art portfolio - a Scholastic Art Gold Key Award winner

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

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

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

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

9. Teen Job Fair

There will be a Teen Job Fair at Woodson HS on Saturday, March 7th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  This fair is sponsored by Supervisors Pat Herrity, Dalia Palchik, James Walkinshaw, Woodson High School, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and Connection Newspapers.

10. 2020-2021 Course Registration

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

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

11. Yearbook needs family and pet pictures

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

Do you have a pet? We’d love pictures of our Woodson students with their pets. We like dogs and cats, of course, but we’d be excited to see some of your more unusual pets too.  Pictured above is Woodson student Kai and pup dressed as Andy Warhol.

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

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

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures!

While we cannot guarantee that all shared photos will be published, if you don’t share, your great pictures can’t even be considered!

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

12. 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!

13. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

"Silenced by the Shadows" by HongJin Ahn - a Scholastic Silver Key Award winner.

14. Is your child interested in the Arts?

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts (IFTA) starting on Monday, February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

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

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

or follow IFTA on social media! 

15. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

16. Senior Class Information Page

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

17. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  18. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - February 4th

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The PTSO Board for 2020-2021 Needs You!

Would you like to get more involved in the PTSO next year? Do you have great ideas to help our Woodson community?

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

Do you have an idea to make Woodson Even Better?  Apply for a grant!

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

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Please join us for our next Chorus Booster meeting on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:30pm.  

All-VA Chorus Auditions will be held on Thursday, February 13th from 5pm-9pm at West Springfield High School.  Students who made district are eligible to audition.

District Chorus will be held at West Springfield High School on the evenings of Thursday, February 13th, Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th.  District Chorus is for students who were selected by audition in November.

College 101

Wednesday, 5 February, 7:00 pm, Auditorium (Snow date 11 Feb) - College is a match to be made – not a prize to be won.  A director of college admissions will help you understand what this means as well as understanding why it is about graduation, not admission.  Sophomore families and Junior families who did not attend last year are encouraged to attend.  Both students and parents will benefit.

Mock SAT/ACT Score Report Session

If your student took the mock SAT/ACT on Saturday January 11th, please attend the score report session on Thursday, February 6th from 7 - 7:30 p.m., with an Optional Q&A to follow from 7:30 p.m. until you need to leave!

The score report session will be held in the cafeteria.

Winter Dance

The Winter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th from 8-11 p.m.  This year’s theme is Glow in the Dark.  The dance is open to all Woodson students and their guests.

If parents are interested in volunteering for coat check during the dance, please use this SignUpGenius.

Tickets are on sale during all lunches between the cafeterias for $10 each.  The final day to purchase a ticket it Friday, February 7 and no tickets will be sold at the door.  Proceeds from the dance benefit the Woodson Buddies and Woodson Relay for Life.

Parents as Partners - February Seminar on Equity

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

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

February Parents as Partners seminar will address Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Responsiveness and will take place on Tuesday, February 11th at 6 p.m. in Cafeteria A

At WT Woodson, we believe in a caring culture where all students are valued, respected, and appreciated. Each student has their own identity, culture, and tradition. In line with the activities that our equity leads implement around identity, culture, and tradition, February’s Parents as Partners seminar will allow parents to have a deeper conversation with their students.

Woodson Orchestra Performance

The WT Woodson orchestra will be performing at the University of Mary Washington on Sunday, February 16th, at 1 p.m.

They will be joining the UMW Chamber Orchestra, which will be performing under the direction of guest conductor and world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. 

Tickets went on sale to the public on Monday, January 20th. This UMW Philharmonic website post has details. 

Woodson Drama

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

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

Senior Baccalaureate

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

The student committee will select the theme, make suggestions for speakers and musical ensembles, and other tasks. 

Parents-please ask your student if they would consider assisting in the planning of this memorable senior class event. The first student meeting will be on Wednesday, February 19th at 3:05 p.m. in Room C123.

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

U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Information Night

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

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

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

Free coats and sweaters!

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

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

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

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

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

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

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

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

Winter Sports Highlights

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

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

Woodson Rifle remains undefeated after two matches this week, back at IWLA.  On Tuesday, Woodson matched up against West Springfield High School.  Junior, Tori Kopelen lead the team to victory with shooting a 292 with 19 of those points being 102 or greater.  Senior and Capitan, Stephanie Ricigliano, shot a 292 with 18  of those points being 10.2 or greater.  The final results were Woodson Rifle Varsity with an overall score of 1161 and the Woodson JV team having a combined score of 1131 to West Springfield's Varsity scoring 1129 and the West Springfield JV score of 1084.

Thursday found Woodson Rifle in one of their closest matches of the season competing against Lake Braddock Secondary School.  After two relays Woodson Rifle Varsity team won the match with a 1160 win over Lake Braddock's 1154.  These two teams came into the match with undefeated records and when all was done 6 points separated the two teams.  It was a night of personal bests and perfect scores being shot.  Junior, Joe Hall led the JV team and shot a personal best of 290.  Stephanie Ricigliano shot 100s in both prone and kneeling give up no points in those positions.  Victoria Kopelen, Meredith Ivey, and Nate Wehrlen also shot 100s in this match against Lake Braddock.  It was a great week for Woodson Rifle, being back home on electronic targets, personal bests, and perfect shooting in positions.  The week ended with Coach  Cliff sharing that Juniors, Meredith Ivey and Victoria Kopelen will be joining Stephanie in Captain duties for the rest of the year.

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (15-4, 5-2 Patriot District) opened its week with a tough double overtime loss at South County, 60-52.  The starters scored all the points in this one.  Maggie McGuire exploded for a career-high 25 points in defeat, keeping the Cavs in it late.  Sarah Wilson and Abby Pesansky added 8 and Eunice Yoon 6.  With 7 seconds left in regulation, Anna Wiggins hit her second last-minute 3 pointer in the last two games to force overtime and finished with 5. 

The Cavs bounced back at home on Friday for Senior Night with a thrilling overtime win over Lake Braddock, 52-51 to remain atop the Patriot District.  This one was closer than it should have been as the Bruins rained in 3s from everywhere in the 4th quarter and overtime to keep the game close.  Three Cavs scored in double figures, with Abby Pesansky scoring a season-high 18 to lead the Cavs.  Maggie McGuire added 16 to give her 41 over her last two games.  Anna Wiggins hit several big free throws in overtime and finished with 11.  Sarah Wilson scored 4, Kate Torgersen 2, and Amelia Noca gave a very gutsy performance to score 1.  Before and after the game, seniors Emily Allen, Maggie McGuire, Amelia Noca, Abby Pesansky and Sarah Wilson were honored as seniors and Woodson even honored  the Lake Braddock seniors with flowers before the game.  As parents, we are all very proud to be part of a school that represents its sports programs in this manner.  Next week, the Patriot District battles continue with West Springfield at home on Tuesday and at Robinson on Friday.  Nothing comes easy in this District where all 6 teams are good.  Go Cavs!

WTW Varsity Boys Basketball faced two tough opponents on the road this past week and lost to South County Stallions (53-62) and Lake Braddock Bruins (61-83).  Devin Cuviello led the Cavs with 21 points against South County and Andre Pacheco and Joe Pesansky contributed with 11 points each.  Pesansky also grabbed 7 rebounds and 7 assists against the Stallions. Facing the Bruins, Pesansky and Pacheco both went for 11 points, Cuviello had 9, and Moe Raff finished with 7 points. Xavier Barry also contributed with 6 points off the bench. In the upcoming week, the Cav boys will face West Springfield away and back at home for Senior Night against Robinson on Friday on 2/7.

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - January 31st

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Woodson Weekly -
January 31st

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!

"Silent Ripples" by Julia Frost - a Scholastic Art Gold Key Award winner

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 17th - President's Day Holiday

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

In this Issue

1. Student Laptops Needed at School on Monday
2. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar
3. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair 
4. College 101 Parent Seminar
5. Winter Dance
6. National School Counseling Week
7. Leadership Class for 2020-2021
8. Cav Congress
9. Parents as Partners - February Seminar on Equity
10. Woodson Communication Protocol
11. Scholastic Art Awards
12. P.S. I Love You Day
13. Teen Job Fair
14. FanQuest Rescheduled
15. To our Military Families
16. Volunteers Needed for AP Testing
17. Is your child interested in the arts?
18. POGPOL Tip of the Week
19. Reserve Your Yearbook
20. Senior Class Information Page
21. Woodson HS Academic Advising
22. Eating Disorder Information
23. FCPS Cares 

1. Student Laptops Needed at School on Monday

FCPSOn Reminder: Students are expected to bring a fully charged laptop and charger to school every day!

Students are required to use their FCPSOn laptops for online testing. Personal devices may not be used. This includes WIDA testing, SOL testing, and WorkKeys assessments.

Beginning Monday, February 3rd, during Return periods, all students are expected to have their FCPS-issued laptop in class for a Health Check. Regular Health Checks ensure that laptops are prepared for use in testing.

Please contact Woodson’s Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu, if you have questions.

2. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar

A Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/teen seminar is coming up next week on Monday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. 

This is one of the state mandated programs where the parent(s) and the teen attend a 90-minute program on traffic safety and teen driving issues.  Families only need to attend one of these programs during the school year the student is enrolled in classroom driver education (10th Grade). 

Do not be late - you will not be admitted to the auditorium after 7pm.  

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

3. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are hosting the 9th annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the variety of experiences available and growing array of gap year opportunities. 

The evening will begin with an informational presentation in the auditorium from 6:00-6:45 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair, with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities, will take place in the school cafeteria from 6:45-8:30 p.m.  Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs.

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date and location will be Friday, February 7, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Lauren Kinne, Woodson's Outstanding Teacher and Woodson Pyramid Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2020.  Ms. Kinne was also the graduation speaker for the Class of 2019.

4. College 101 Parent Seminar

Come learn what it means when they say, "College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won," on Wednesday, February 5th (snow date Wednesday, February 12th) at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

College 101 is an opportunity to learn more about the college admissions process from a director of college admissions and meet the staff at Woodson who will guide your child along this process.

Current sophomore families are encouraged to attend even though this process may seem far away.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Ishii, Career Center Specialist at kaishii@fcps.edu.

5. Winter Dance

The Winter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th from 8-11 p.m.  This year’s theme is Glow in the Dark.  The dance is open to all Woodson students and their guests.

Tickets for the dance are on sale during all lunches between the cafeterias for $10 each.  The final day to purchase a ticket it Friday, February 7th and no tickets will be sold at the door,  Proceeds from the dance benefit the Woodson Buddies and Woodson Relay for Life.

If students would like to bring a guest from another school, a guest form must be completed by Friday, February 7th.  Guest forms are now available in the main office.

If parents are interested in volunteering for coat check during the dance, please use this SignUpGenius.

6. National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," will be celebrated from February 3rd-7th, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

A huge "Thank you!" to all of FCPS' outstanding school counselors!

7. Leadership Class for 2020-2021

Students interested in taking Leadership next school year must complete an application, get teacher recommendations, and sit for an interview. 

Application forms are now available outside of the Leadership rooms (A133/A128) and in Student Services. 

Completed applications must be turned in to Mr. Schaefer or Mrs. Schmauder no later than Monday, February 10th.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Schmauder at plschmauder@fcps.edu.

8. Cav Congress

Cav Congress is a student-centered committee made up of student representatives from each club and activity that collaborates to make collective decisions around equity, diversity, and inclusion at W.T. Woodson.  Students in Cav Congress participated in the Cross the Line activity last week facilitated by equity leads and Woodson teachers Jordan Black and Joe Dixon.

The Cross the Line exercise allowed students to increase a great deal of awareness into self and others; about their identity, tradition, and culture.

Students were given statements to indicate specific categories, labels, descriptions that may represent them. Those that the description applied to had to step across the line, turn and face the rest of the group. Students enjoyed learning about their diversity in experiences such as travel, attending sporting events, native languages, and birthplaces. 

9. Parents as Partners - February Seminar on Equity

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

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

February Parents as Partners seminar will address Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Responsiveness and will take place on Tuesday, February 11th at 6 p.m. in Cafeteria A

At WT Woodson, we believe in a caring culture were all students are valued, respected, and appreciated. Each student has their own identity, culture, and tradition. In line with the activities that our equity leads implement around identity, culture, and tradition, February’s Parents as Partners seminar will allow parents to have a deeper conversation with their students.

10. Woodson Communication Protocol

As we begin the second half of the school year we would like to update our community on Woodson’s Communication Protocol.

We know that concerns come up time to time and you need to know who to reach out to in these cases. At the beginning of the year we reassigned our students based on grade level to our assistant principals and this list can be found on our website.

Also available on the website is our communication protocol that has useful information about who to contact if a concern or issue should arise during the school year. We are always here to help foster the growth of our students and look forward to working with you.

Jessica Furlough's art portfolio was awarded a Scholastic Silver Key.

11. Scholastic Art Awards

The 2020 Regional Scholastic Art Awards program has recognized 372 FCPS students in grades 7-12 with 571 awards including Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention awards, and American Visions Nominations. The Gold Key and Silver Key artworks will be displayed at Northern Virginia Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale from Thursday, February 6, to Sunday, March 15, with an award ceremony on Wednesday, March 4.

Gold Key award-winning works will be judged at the national level against other gold key work from regions across the country. National awards include Gold and Silver medals as well as monetary awards and scholarships. National awards will be announced in April, and an exhibit of the national winners’ works will be on display in New York later this year.

The Scholastic Art Awards program, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States.

Woodson students receiving Scholastic Art Awards are:

Gold Key Award Winners:  Ashley Chi, Julia Frost, Chau Le, Jenna Mangin, and Robert Williams.

Silver Key Award Winners:  HongJin Ahn, Taylor Cho, Jessica Furlough, Hannah Hanford, Katerina Kimura, and Yarden Moses.

Honorable Mention Winners: Aaliyah Mitchell and Sarah Schoenberger.

12. P.S. I Love You Day

P.S. I Love You Day is Friday, February 14th.  Long-sleeve shirts go on sale between the cafeterias Monday, February 10th and are $15 each.

13. Teen Job Fair

There will be a Teen Job Fair at Woodson HS on Saturday, March 7th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  This fair is sponsored by Supervisors Pat Herrity, Dalia Palchik, James Walkinshaw, Woodson High School, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and Connection Newspapers.

14. FanQuest Rescheculed!

FanQuest has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 7th.  Mark your calendars!

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. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

17. Is your child interested in the Arts?

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts (IFTA) starting on Monday, February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

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

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

or follow IFTA on social media! 

18. POGPOL Tip of the Week

This is the last Friday that we will share the various pieces of the Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning (POGPOL) pilot that we are engaged in at Woodson. 

There are five attributes of the Portrait of a Graduate.  They are: Communicator, Collaborator, Ethical and Global Citizen, Creative and Critical Thinker and Goal Directed and Resilient Individual. 

Each week have shared information and skills related to each attribute.  This final week we will focus on the Goal Directed and Resilient Individual.

Goal Directed and Resilient Individual

  • Engages in healthy and positive practices and relationships to promote overall physical and mental well-being.
  • Persists to accomplish difficult tasks and to overcome academic and personal barriers to meet goals.
  • Uses time and financial resources wisely to set goals, complete tasks, and manage projects.
  • Shows strong understanding and belief of self to engage in reflection for individual improvement and advocacy.
19. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

Digital Art by Yarden Moses - a Scholastic Silver Key award winner.

20. Senior Class Information Page

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

21. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

22. Eating Disorder Information

Dear Parent and Guardians:

Eating disorders are behaviors that can lead to serious health problems. These behaviors can begin as a child, and affect both girls and boys.  When discovered early, eating disorders are treatable.  In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system provide information to parents annually about eating disorders. This information is given to parents of students in the fifth through twelfth grades.

It is important to note that eating disorders are not identified based on weight changes as much as behaviors and attitudes. Signs of eating disorders may differ between males and females and in different age groups. Often, a young person may not recognize the signs that they might have an eating disorder. Parents/guardians and family members are in a position to notice behaviors that cause concern. It is important that a child with an eating disorder be treated early by someone who understands this type of care.

After reviewing the information below, if you think your child may be showing signs of a possible eating disorder, please contact your doctor, school nurse, or one of the resources listed below.

 Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

Additional resources may be found at:

Sincerely,

Carlyn Floyd, Ed.D.
Principal

 

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are conditions that can have a serious effect on health. They are serious behaviors that affect every aspect of the child’s life. Eating disorders may be identified based on weight changes, but also based on behaviors and attitudes. Be alert for any of these signs in your child.

Key things to look for around food:

  • Eating a lot of food that seems out of control (large amounts of food may disappear, you find a lot of empty wrappers hidden)
  • Develops food rules—may eat only a particular food or food group, cuts food into very small pieces, or spreads food out on the plate
  • Talks a lot about, or focuses often, on weight, food, calories, fat grams, and dieting
  • Often says that they are not hungry
  • Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
  • Cooks  meals or treats for others but won’t eat them
  • Avoids mealtimes or situations involving food
  • Goes to the bathroom after meals often
  • Uses a lot of mouthwash, mints, and/or gum
  • Starts cutting out foods that he or she used to enjoy 

Key things to look for around activity:

  • Exercises all the time, more than what is healthy or recommended – despite weather,  lack of energy, illness, or injury
  • Stops doing their regular activities, spends more time alone (can be spending more time exercising)

Physical Risk Factors:

  • Feels cold all the time or complains of being tired all the time. Likely to become more irritable and/or nervous.
  • Any vomiting after eating (or see signs in the bathroom of vomiting – smell, clogged shower drain)
  • Any use of laxatives or diuretics (or you find empty packages)

Other Risk Factors:

  • Believes that they are too big or too fat (regardless of reality)
  • Asks often to be reassured about how they look
  • Stops hanging out with their friends
  • Not able to talk about how they are feeling
  • Reports others are newly judgmental or “not connecting” 

If Your Child Shows Signs of a Possible Eating Disorder

Seek help from your doctor as soon as possible; a child with an eating disorder should be seen by someone who understands the treatment of eating disorders. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.

  23. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - January 28th

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It takes a village…

And the village needs you.  The PTSO is looking for a volunteer (or two!) to participate in the PTSO Board nominating committee to identify candidates to fill vacancies on next year's 2020-21 PTSO Board and standing committees. We have a volunteer to head the nominating committee, so we’re just looking for a few additional volunteers to help out.  Interested or have more questions? Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com.

District Band

Woodson will be hosting the District Band preparation and concert this weekend.   27 Woodson students will be joined by 315 others in our district.  These musicians were selected from 800 that auditioned at Robinson earlier this month.   District Band showcases the talents of these students as they come together for two days, performing a concert at the end of the second day. 

The final performance is open to all and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium on Saturday, February 1st at 2 p.m.  This impressive concert is free and open to the public.  

Woodson Drama

Interested in auditioning for Woodson's spring musical, Legally Blonde? Auditions will be on Monday & Tuesday, February 3 & 4. Callbacks are Wednesday, February 5.

Visit http://wtwdrama.org/index.html for additional information.

Mandatory Safe Driving Seminar, Monday, February 3rd

A Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/teen seminar is coming up next week on Monday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

This is one of the state mandated programs where the parent(s) and the teen attend a 90-minute program on traffic safety and teen driving issues.  Families only need to attend one of these programs during the school year the student is enrolled in classroom driver education (10th Grade).

Do not be late - you will not be admitted to the auditorium after 7pm. 

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

Do you have an idea to make Woodson Even Better?  Apply for a grant!

The Woodson PTSO Grants Program will be accepting Spring Grant applications starting Monday, February 3rd until 5pm on Friday, February 28th. 

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

Woodson Orchestra Performance

The WT Woodson orchestra will be performing at the University of Mary Washington on Sunday, February 16th, at 1 p.m.

They will be joining the UMW Chamber Orchestra, which will be performing under the direction of guest conductor and world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. 

Tickets went on sale to the public on Monday, January 20th. This UMW Philharmonic website post has details. 

Free coats and sweaters!

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

Winter Dance

The Winter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th from 8-11 p.m.  This year’s theme is Glow in the Dark.  The dance is open to all Woodson students and their guests.

Tickets for the dance go on sale Wednesday, January 29th during all lunches between the cafeterias for $10 each.  The final day to purchase a ticket it Friday, February 7 and no tickets will be sold at the door,  Proceeds from the dance benefit the Woodson Buddies and Woodson Relay for Life.

Woodson Crew Fundraiser at Mamma Lucia's

Head over to Mamma Lucia's in Fair City Mall Monday, February 3 between 4 and 9 p.m. and mention Woodson Crew or show this flyer to have a portion of the proceeds benefit the Woodson Crew team as they look to kick off another great season next month. Tell your friends and come out for pizza, pasta and more. 

College 101

Wednesday, 5 February, 7:00 pm, Auditorium (Snow date 11 Feb) - College is a match to be made – not a prize to be won.  A director of college admissions will help you understand what this means as well as understanding why it is about graduation, not admission.  Sophomore families and Junior families who did not attend last year are encouraged to attend.  Both students and parents will benefit.

Mock SAT/ACT Score Report Session

If your student took the mock SAT/ACT on Saturday January 11th, please attend the score report session on Thursday, February 6th from 7 - 7:30 p.m., with an Optional Q&A to follow from 7:30 p.m. until you need to leave!

The score report session will be held in the cafeteria.

Senior Baccalaureate

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

The student committee will select the theme, make suggestions for speakers and musical ensembles, and other tasks. 

Parents-please ask your student if they would consider assisting in the planning of this memorable senior class event. The first student meeting will be on Wednesday, February 19th at 3:05 p.m. in Room C123.

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

Woodson FanQuest

FanQuest has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 7th.  More details to follow.

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

Winter Sports Highlights

Woodson Rifle Team is coming off another successful week.  They traveled to Maryland for a paper match against Landon School.  Senior, Shawn Chen led the team to a victory shooting a 287.  Woodson sent six athletes to this match in Maryland and they swept the top six places. Shawn Chen, Joseph Stefanski, Justin Mangis, Victoria Cross, Joe Hall, and Kyle Barron came out strong and represented their team and Woodson well.  All of the athletes shot in the upper 90s in prone, giving up minimum points in that position.  The Woodson Rifle's Varsity team had a solid win, shooting a combined score of 1125 to Landon's 1029.  This coming week finds them back at their home range competing against West Springfield on Tuesday and Thursday going up against Lake Braddock

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (14-3, 4-1 Patriot District) opened its week with a tough overtime loss to Robinson at home, 51-50.  Eunice Yoon led the Cavs with 14.  Abby Pesansky added 10 and 11 rebounds. Maggie McGuire scored 9, Sarah Wilson 8, Anna Wiggins 6, and Allie Maahs 3.  In a first-place showdown at Fairfax, the Cavs reclaimed the top spot in the District by coming from 5 points down in the last two minutes to storm past the Fairfax Rebels, 41-39.  Maggie McGuire was unstoppable in the 4th quarter and led the Cavs with 13.  Anna Wiggins hit a big 3 in the last minute to tie the game at 38 and finished with 8.  Eunice Yoon added 9, Abby Pesansky and Kate Torgersen 4, Sarah Wilson 2, and Levi Weinberger 1.

Next week the Cavs are away Tuesday against South County and home Friday 1/31 for Senior Night against Lake Braddock when 4-year Varsity seniors Maggie McGuire, Amelia Noca, Abby Pesansky and Sarah Wilson and manager Emily Allen will be honored before tip off.  Come celebrate our seniors and their contributions to our winning Girls Basketball program!

WTW  Boys Varsity Basketball went 0-2 this week with an overtime loss at Robinson (55-62) and a home loss against Fairfax (44-52).  The Cavs played solid team defense against a very good Fairfax team holding them below their season scoring average.  Individually, Joe Pesansky and Andre Pacheco played well throughout the week.  Joe had 22 points/8 rebounds against Robinson followed by 21 points/6 rebounds against Fairfax while Andre had 12 points and 7 points respectively.  Moe Raff also contributed throughout the week averaging 6 points and 7 rebounds.  The Cavs will be on the road against South County on 1/28 and at Lake Braddock on 1/31.

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

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Woodson Weekly - January 24th

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Woodson Weekly -
January 24th

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

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

Students performing in Dessert on Broadway.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday-Tuesday, January 27th-28th - Student Holidays

Monday, February 17th - President's Day Holiday

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

In this Issue

1. Dessert on Broadway
2. Last Chance to Sign Up!
3. SIS Updates
4. Leadership Class for 2020-2021
5. Student Laptops
6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair
7. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar
8. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair 
9. College 101 Parent Seminar
10. Winter Dance
11. P.S. I Love You Day
12. FanQuest Rescheduled
13. To our Military Families
14. Volunteers Needed for AP Testing
15. Is your child interested in the arts?
16. POGPOL Tip of the Week
17. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos
18. Reserve Your Yearbook
19. Senior Class Information Page
20. Woodson HS Academic Advising
21. FCPS Cares 

1. Dessert on Broadway

This year marks the 31st production of W.T. Woodson’s Choral Department’s annual Broadway Revue, Dessert on Broadway!

The show runs through Saturday, January 25th.

Purchase tickets by visiting www.ticketleap.com (please search DESSERT ON BROADWAY). All purchases will require a credit card, along with the purchaser’s billing information. Shows usually sell out well in advance – so don’t delay!

All proceeds will go to support the production and W.T. Woodson’s choral programs. Please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

2. Last Chance to Sign Up!

Our Parents as Partners series in January will focus on balance as it relates to student class selection for the next school year. 

To build on curriculum and rising 9th grade parent night we are inviting parents to visit pre-selected classrooms to observe and participate in a short overview on balance as it relates to scheduling classes.  Through providing a look into the classrooms and the current syllabi for the classes it is our hope to provide parents with knowledge to help guide their child in course selections for next year. 

These structured classroom observations will take place on Wednesday, January 29th either from 8-11am or 11-2pm

Sign up is required for either morning or afternoon classroom visits on Wednesday, January 29th.  Please use this SignUpGenius.  Note: There are limited slots available.  Please sign up ASAP as we will not be able to add any additional spaces once they are filled. 

We look forward to sharing our classrooms with you.  If you have any questions, please email Amanda Burke, Assistant Principal at ajburke@fcps.edu. 

3. SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents from Tuesday, January 21st through Thursday, January 30th during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE are closed through Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 a.m.

4. Leadership Class for 2020-2021

Students interested in taking Leadership next school year must complete an application, get teacher recommendations, and sit for an interview. 

Application forms are now available outside of the Leadership rooms (A133/A128) and in Student Services. 

Completed applications must be turned in to Mr. Schaefer or Mrs. Schmauder no later than Monday, February 10th.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Schmauder at plschmauder@fcps.edu.

5. Student Laptops

FCPSOn Reminder: Students are expected to bring a fully charged laptop and charger to school every day!

Students are required to use their FCPSOn laptops for online testing. Personal devices may not be used. This includes WIDA testing, SOL testing, and WorkKeys assessments.

Beginning Monday, February 3rd, during Return periods, all students are expected to have their FCPS-issued laptop in class for a Health Check. Regular Health Checks ensure that laptops are prepared for use in testing.

Please contact Woodson’s Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu, if you have questions.

Students in Mr. Wright’s AP World history class debating which are the most significant figures in the enlightenment era.

6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

7. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar

A Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/teen seminar is coming up next week on Monday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. 

This is one of the state mandated programs where the parent(s) and the teen attend a 90-minute program on traffic safety and teen driving issues.  Families only need to attend one of these programs during the school year the student is enrolled in classroom driver education (10th Grade). 

Do not be late - you will not be admitted to the auditorium after 7pm.  

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

8. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are hosting the 9th annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the variety of experiences available and growing array of gap year opportunities. 

The evening will begin with an informational presentation in the auditorium from 6:00-6:45 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair, with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities, will take place in the school cafeteria from 6:45-8:30 p.m.  Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs.

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date and location will be Friday, February 7, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

9. College 101 Parent Seminar

Come learn what it means when they say, "College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won," on Wednesday, February 5th (snow date Wednesday, February 12th) at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

College 101 is an opportunity to learn more about the college admissions process from a director of college admissions and meet the staff at Woodson who will guide your child along this process.

Current sophomore families are encouraged to attend even though this process may seem far away.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Ishii, Career Center Specialist at kaishii@fcps.edu.

Students in Ms. Kinne's AP Biology class focus as they engage in a hands-on biotechnology lab.

10. Winter Dance

The Winter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th from 8-11 p.m.  This year’s theme is Glow in the Dark.  The dance is open to all Woodson students and their guests.

Tickets for the dance go on sale Wednesday, January 29th during all lunches between the cafeterias for $10 each.  The final day to purchase a ticket it Friday, February 7 and no tickets will be sold at the door,  Proceeds from the dance benefit the Woodson Buddies and Woodson Relay for Life.

If students would like to bring a guest from another school, a guest form must be completed by Friday, February 7th.  Guest forms are now available in the main office.

11. P.S. I Love You Day

P.S. I Love You Day is Friday, February 14th.  Long-sleeve shirts go on sale between the cafeterias Monday, February 10th and are $15 each.

12. FanQuest Rescheculed!

FanQuest has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 7th.  Mark your calendars!

13. 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!

Students in Mr. Kroner and Ms. Kipperman's World II class creating a product through repetition as they study the Industrial Revolution.

14. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

15. Is your child interested in the Arts?

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts (IFTA) starting on Monday, February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

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

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

or follow IFTA on social media! 

16. POGPOL Tip of the Week

Over the next several Fridays we will share various pieces of the Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning (POGPOL) pilot that we are engaged in at Woodson. 

There are five attributes of the Portrait of a Graduate.  They are: Communicator, Collaborator, Ethical and Global Citizen, Creative and Critical Thinker and Goal Directed and Resilient individual. 

Each week we will share information and skills related to each attribute.  This week we will focus on the Creative and Critical Thinker.

Creative and Critical Thinker

  • Engages in problem solving, inquiry, and design of innovative solutions to overcome obstacles to improve outcomes.
  • Uses information in novel and creative ways to strengthen comprehension and deepen awareness.
  • Demonstrates divergent and ingenious thought to enhance the design-build process.
  • Expresses thought, ideas, and emotions meaningfully through the arts.
  • Evaluates ideas and information sources for validity, relevance, and impact.
  • Reasons through and weighs evidence to reach conclusions.
17. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos

Over Winter Break, did you

...go somewhere new?

...do something unique or fun?

...have an interesting talk with your grandma?

Whether or not you did, we need YOUR HELP to create an even better yearbook!

Share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare

You can do this two easy ways.

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

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures! *Note that not all pictures sent will be used.

18. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

19. Senior Class Information Page

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

20. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  21. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - January 21st

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It takes a village…

And the village needs you.  The PTSO is looking for a volunteer (or two!) to participate in the PTSO Board nominating committee to identify candidates to fill vacancies on next year's 2020-21 PTSO Board and standing committees. We have a volunteer to head the nominating committee, so we’re just looking for a few additional volunteers to help out.  Interested or have more questions? Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com.

Curious how to balance AP vs Honors vs Gen Ed classes?

Our Parents as Partners series in January will focus on balance as it relates to student class selection for the next school year. 

To build on last week’'s curriculum and rising 9th grade parent night, parents are invited to visit pre-selected classrooms to observe and participate in a short overview on balance as it relates to scheduling classes.  By giving you a  look into the classrooms and the current syllabi for the classes, we will be able to help guide your child in their course selections for next year. 

These structured classroom observations will take place on Wednesday, January 29th either from 8-11am or 11-2pm. 

Sign up is required for either morning or afternoon classroom visits on Wednesday, January 29th, please use this SignUpGenius.  Note: There are limited slots available.  Please sign up ASAP as we will not be able to add any additional spaces once they are filled. 

We look forward to sharing our classrooms with you.  If you have any questions you can email Amanda Burke, Assistant Principal at ajburke@fcps.edu

Do you have an idea to make Woodson Even Better?  Apply for a grant!

The Woodson PTSO Grants Program will be accepting Spring Grant applications starting Monday, February 3rd until 5pm on Friday, February 28th. 

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

Dessert on Broadway is here!

It’s DOB Week! There are still good seats available for this week's Dessert on Broadway, but they are going fast!

Show dates are Thursday-Saturday, January 23rd-25th.  Visit  http://www.ticketleap.com/  (please search for DESSERT ON BROADWAY).  If you are having any issues with ticketing, please visit http://www.woodsonchorus.org/dobdessertonbroadway/tipsandtricksonbuying.html.     

This year marks the 31st production of W.T. Woodson’s Choral Department’s annual Broadway Revue, Dessert on Broadway!  Don’t miss it!  All proceeds will  support the production and W.T. Woodson’s choral programs. Please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

Volunteer for the WTW Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

Mandatory Safe Driving Seminar, Monday, February 3rd

A Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/teen seminar is coming up next week on Monday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

This is one of the state mandated programs where the parent(s) and the teen attend a 90-minute program on traffic safety and teen driving issues.  Families only need to attend one of these programs during the school year the student is enrolled in classroom driver education (10th Grade).

Do not be late - you will not be admitted to the auditorium after 7pm. 

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

College 101

Wednesday, 5 February, 7:00 pm, Auditorium (Snow date 11 Feb) - College is a match to be made – not a prize to be won.  A director of college admissions will help you understand what this means as well as understanding why it is about graduation, not admission.  Sophomore families and Junior families who did not attend last year are encouraged to attend.  Both students and parents will benefit.

Mock SAT/ACT Score Report Session

If your student took the mock SAT/ACT on Saturday January 11th, please attend the score report session on Thursday, February 6th from 7 - 7:30 p.m., with an Optional Q&A to follow from 7:30 p.m. until you need to leave!

The score report session will be held in the cafeteria.

Winter Dance

The Winter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th from 8-11 p.m.  This year’s theme is Glow in the Dark.  The dance is open to all Woodson students and their guests.

Tickets for the dance go on sale Wednesday, January 29th during all lunches between the cafeterias for $10 each.  The final day to purchase a ticket it Friday, February 7 and no tickets will be sold at the door,  Proceeds from the dance benefit the Woodson Buddies and Woodson Relay for Life.

Woodson FanQuest

Will be rescheduled...  stay tuned for a new date.

Woodson Orchestra Performance

The WT Woodson orchestra will be performing at the University of Mary Washington on Sunday, February 16th, at 1 pm.

They will be joining the UMW Chamber Orchestra, which will be performing under the direction of guest conductor and world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. 

Tickets went on sale to the public on Monday, January 20th. This UMW Philharmonic website post has details. 

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Volunteers and Food Donations needed for DOB!

Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered- but we still have lots of jobs that need to be filled. No experience is needed!  Just click the links to sign up http://www.woodsonchorus.org/dobdessertonbroadway/dobvolunteering.html

Can’t decide which job is right for you? Contact Sarah Kline at kline@stanfordalumni.org

Restaurant Night at Potbelly’s on Wednesday, January 22nd, from 4pm-7pm.  Join us for a fundraiser to support the Woodson Chorus.  Please visit the Potbelly at 9668 Main Street, Fairfax, VA on the day of our DOB Pre-Show between 4pm-7pm on Wednesday, January 22nd.  Mention the fundraiser 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Woodson Chorus.

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

Attention all prospective baseball players and managers:

The baseball tryout interest meeting has been rescheduled again and is now tomorrow, January 22nd at 3:15 p.m. in Room C123 (across from the wrestling room).  All players and managers interested in trying out should attend.  Bring a friend!  Please contact or see Coach McColley with questions.

Winter Sports Highlights

Woodson Rifle team continues to have an undefeated season.  December 19th found them competing against Arlington's Washington and Liberty rifle team.  Captain and Senior, Stephanie Ricigliano, led the team to a solid victory with a score of 1155 WT Woodson to 1032 Washington and Liberty.  After a two week break from competition WT Woodson rifle team came back with a solid performance against Yorktown Patriots.  Junior, Victoria Kopelen, led the varsity team to another solid win shooting a personal best of 296.  Woodson athletes dominated the competition Thursday night against Yorktown taking the top eight places, these athletes included - Victoria Kopelen, Nate Wehrlen, Stephanie Ricigliano, Rose McClelland, Victoria Cross, Kyle Barron, Yannie Chang, and Joseph Stefanski. The rifle team will travel to Arlington for their next meet on January 13th.

On Monday, January 13th, the athletes traveled to Arlington to compete against Wakefield High School.  This meet had them see the extra challenge of shooting on paper targets, where every shot required a subtle change to their NPA. This added dimension did not slow them down. The Varsity Rifle Team shot a combined score of 1156 to Wakefield's 1052.  Junior, Meredith Ivey, led the team shooting a 292 with 18 x's.  She shot a perfect 100 in kneeling.  Teammate, Victoria Kopelen shot a 292, as well with 15 x's and a perfect 100 in prone.  Captain Stephanie Ricigliano shot a 100 in prone, too.  The Woodson Junior Varsity team won their match, with Sophomore, Kyle Barron leading that team to its win, shooting a 284. Next week sees the team traveling to Maryland to compete against Landon.

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (13-2) continued Patriot District play by defeating Lake Braddock on the road, 42-35.  Abby Pesansky paced the Cavs with 10 points and 16 rebounds.  Eunice Yoon and Sarah Wilson scored 9 each, Maggie McGuire contributed 8 with 13 boards, Anna Wiggins 4, and Kate Torgersen 2.  The next night, the Cavs beat Falls Church at home, 54-34.  Eunice got hot late and finished with 17 to lead the Cavs, with Anna scoring 11.  Amelia Noca broke open a close game in the second quarter by hitting three straight 3s to score 9.  Abby also scored 9, Maggie 5, Kate 2, with Sarah adding a free throw and 6 assists along with her all-world defense.

To cap off a perfect 3-0 week, the Cavs traveled to West Springfield and dismantled the Spartans, 47-26, in a battle for first place among teams both ranked in the Northern Virginia Top 10.  The Cavs’ effort on both sides of the ball was astonishing in handing the Spartans one of their worst home defeats in program history.  Eunice Yoon again led the Cavs with 14, hitting three 3s in the 3rd quarter to put the game out of reach. Sarah Wilson scored 9 and notably shut down the Spartans’ leading scorer.  Abby Pesansky also added 9, Maggie McGuire 8, Allie Maahs 3, Anna Wiggins 2, Kate Torgersen and Zoe Hite 1 each.  Next week the Patriot District battles continue with Robinson at home on Tuesday and at Fairfax on Friday.

The Woodson Cav Boys Basketball team split this week with a loss at home on 1/14 to Lake Braddock (74-103) and a win at home on 1/17 against West Springfield (48-45).   Joe Pesansky led the team with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Lake Braddock and 12 points and 7 rebounds against West Springfield. Moe Raff scored 16 points and John Faulkner chipped in 11 points against Lake Braddock; while Donovan Boyce had 11 points and 6 rebounds against West Springfield.  The team sits at 1-2 in district play and will face Robinson HS away on 1/21 and be back home against Fairfax HS on 1/24.

PTSO Information

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

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Woodson Weekly - January 17th

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Woodson Weekly -
January 17th

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

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

Students in Ms. Babcock's honors physics class completing a lab on static and kinetic friction.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 20th - School Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday

Friday, January 24th - End of 2nd Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, January 27th-28th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. Woodson FanQuest
2. SIS Updates
3. Dessert on Broadway
4. Parents as Partners - January
5. Food Deliveries
6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair
7. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar
8. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair 
9. College 101 Parent Seminar
10. Winter Dance
11. Woodson's Forensic Team
12. To our Military Families
13. Volunteers Needed for AP Testing
14. POGPOL Tip of the Week
15. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. Senior Class Information Page
18. Woodson HS Academic Advising
19. FCPS Cares 

1. Woodson FanQuest

FanQuest is a Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament at WT Woodson High School, tomorrow, Saturday January 18th.  Our athletes with special needs rarely get the chance to shine center court, and this is their chance.

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

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

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

2. SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents from Tuesday, January 21st through Thursday, January 30th during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed from Thursday, January 23rd, at 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 a.m.

3. Dessert on Broadway

This year marks the 31st production of W.T. Woodson’s Choral Department’s annual Broadway Revue, Dessert on Broadway!

Show dates this year are Thursday-Saturday, January 23rd-25th, with a preview show on Wednesday, January 22 for teachers and staff.

Purchase tickets by visiting www.ticketleap.com (please search DESSERT ON BROADWAY). All purchases will require a credit card, along with the purchaser’s billing information. Shows usually sell out well in advance – so don’t delay!

Any DOB cast members who haven’t purchased their tickets yet – don’t delay! 

All proceeds will go to support the production and W.T. Woodson’s choral programs. Please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

4. Parents as Partners - January

Our Parents as Partners series in January will focus on balance as it relates to student class selection for the next school year. 

To build on last Wednesday's curriculum and rising 9th grade parent night we are inviting parents to visit pre-selected classrooms to observe and participate in a short overview on balance as it relates to scheduling classes.  Through providing a look into the classrooms and the current syllabi for the classes it is our hope it to provide parents with knowledge to help guide their child in their course selections for next year. 

These structured classroom observations will take place on Wednesday, January 29th either from 8-11am or 11-2pm

Sign up is required for either morning or afternoon classroom visits on Wednesday, January 29th, please use this SignUpGenius.  Note: There are limited slots available.  Please sign up ASAP as we will not be able to add any additional spaces once they are filled. 

We look forward to sharing our classrooms with you.  If you have any questions you can email Amanda Burke, Assistant Principal at ajburke@fcps.edu. 

5. Food Deliveries

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

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

Seniors in Ms. Springer's English 12 class discuss a novel.

6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

7. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar

A Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/teen seminar is coming up next week on Monday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. 

This is one of the state mandated programs where the parent(s) and the teen attend a 90-minute program on traffic safety and teen driving issues.  Families only need to attend one of these programs during the school year the student is enrolled in classroom driver education (10th Grade). 

Do not be late - you will not be admitted to the auditorium after 7pm.  

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

8. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are hosting the 9th annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the variety of experiences available and growing array of gap year opportunities. 

The evening will begin with an informational presentation in the auditorium from 6:00-6:45 p.m.  Immediately following, the program fair, with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities, will take place in the school cafeteria from 6:45-8:30 p.m.  Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs.

In the event of inclement weather, the snow date and location will be Friday, February 7, 2020, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

9. College 101 Parent Seminar

Come learn what it means when they say, "College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won," on Wednesday, February 5th (snow date Wednesday, February 12th) at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

College 101 is an opportunity to learn more about the college admissions process from a director of college admissions and meet the staff at Woodson who will guide your child along this process.

Current sophomore families are encouraged to attend even though this process may seem far away.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Ishii, Career Center Specialist at kaishii@fcps.edu.

All are invited to Woodson's FanQuest, a Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament on Saturday January 18th.  Admission is FREE and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a special tailgate with carnival games in the Aux Gym and the first game will begin at 7:00 p.m.

10. Winter Dance

The Winter Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 8th from 8-11 p.m.  This year’s theme is Glow in the Dark.  The dance is open to all Woodson students and their guests.

Tickets for the dance go on sale Wednesday, January 29th during all lunches between the cafeterias for $10 each.  The final day to purchase a ticket it Friday, February 7 and no tickets will be sold at the door,  Proceeds from the dance benefit the Woodson Buddies and Woodson Relay for Life.

11. Woodson's Forensics Team

Last Thursday, Woodson's Forensics Team competed at the Occoquan Regional Speaking competition held at Hayfield Secondary School.  Seven schools in our region competed. Students who placed 3rd or higher will go on to Super Regionals at Westfield HS on February 26th.

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the event.

Alex Cooper - 1st Place in Impromptu Speaking
Ethan Lee - 2nd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking
Farooq Khan - 3rd Place in Poetry
Marianne Crowley - 3rd Place in Storytelling
Erin Lee - Alternate (4th Place) for Extemporaneous Speaking

12. 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!

13. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

14. POGPOL Tip of the Week

Over the next several Fridays we will share various pieces of the Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning (POGPOL) pilot that we are engaged in at Woodson. 

There are five attributes of the Portrait of a Graduate.  They are: Communicator, Collaborator, Ethical and Global Citizen, Creative and Critical Thinker and Goal Directed and Resilient individual. 

Each week we will share information and skills related to each attribute.  This week we will focus on the Ethical and Global Citizen.

Ethical and Global Citizen

  • Acknowledges and understands diverse perspectives and cultures when considering local, national, and world issues.
  • Contributes to solutions that benefit the broader community.
  • Communicates effectively in multiple languages to make meaningful connections.
  • Promotes environmental stewardship.
  • Understands the foundations of our country and values our rights, privileges, and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates empathy, compassion, and respect for others.
  • Acts responsibly and ethically to build trust and lead.
15. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos

Over Winter Break, did you

...go somewhere new?

...do something unique or fun?

...have an interesting talk with your grandma?

Whether or not you did, we need YOUR HELP to create an even better yearbook!

Share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare

You can do this two easy ways.

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

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures! *Note that not all pictures sent will be used.

16. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

17. Senior Class Information Page

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

18. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  19. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - January 14th

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PTSO Meeting Tonight

Please join us tonight, Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m. in the Library for our PTSO Meeting. 

Interested in being on the PTSO Board for the 2020-21 school year? We will be doing an information session so you can know what to expect!

Attention all prospective baseball players and managers:

The baseball tryout interest meeting is now tomorrow, January 15th at 3:15 p.m. in Room C123 (across from the wrestling room).  All players and managers interested in trying out should attend.  Bring a friend!  Please contact or see Coach McColley with questions.

Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night and Rising Freshman Parent Night: Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15th from 5:00-8:00 pm

  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for parents of students with 504 Plans in E156 (Orchestra Room)
  • 6:00-6:30pm: AP Class Information Session 1 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 7:00-7:30pm: AP Class Information Session 2 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH CafeteriasStop by the department tables to talk with teachers and learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies (most academy class are for rising 10-12th graders).
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Teachers present on ninth grade classes; overview of graduation requirements in the Auditorium (for current 8th grade parents/guardians).
Woodson FanQuest

FanQuest is a Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament at WT Woodson High School, on Saturday January 18th.  Our athletes with special needs rarely get the chance to shine center court, and this is their chance.

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

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

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

Mock SAT/ACT Score Report Session

If your student took the mock SAT/ACT on Saturday January 11th, please attend the score report session on Thursday, February 6th from 7 - 7:30 p.m., with an Optional Q&A to follow from 7:30 p.m. until you need to leave!

The score report session will be held in the cafeteria.

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards Student Field Trip Money!

Some students are unable to participate in Woodson field trips due to the cost. The Woodson PTSO put a call out to you, our Woodson families, to help cover these costs so that ALL students have the opportunity to visit a museum, tour the Capitol, or experience an event that enhances their learning.

You heard us, and thanks to those that helped - we were able to collect almost $300, which the school has now for those who may need the funds for the next field trip scheduled.  Thank you!

Free coats and sweaters!!

We also have accessories like gloves, hats and scarves! Some are new or gently used and we’d like to share with students in need. Come see Mrs. Tomer, Parent Liaison, room A139, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm

Nominating Committee for PTSO Still Needed!

The PTSO is looking for a volunteer (or two!) to participate in the PTSO Board nominating committee to help identify candidates to fill vacancies on next year's 2020-21 PTSO Board and standing committees.

We have a volunteer to head the nominating committee, so we’re just looking for a few additional volunteers to help out.  Interested or have more questions? Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

PTSO Spring Grant Applications

The Woodson PTSO Grants Program will be accepting Spring Grant applications starting Monday, February 3rd.  This program aims to help fund curriculum-based equipment and supplies to promote student (and teacher!) success here at Woodson.  Application info posted soon!  Questions?   Email WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com

Dessert on Broadway is here!

This year marks the 31st production of W.T. Woodson’s Choral Department’s annual Broadway Revue, Dessert on Broadway!

Show dates this year are Thursday-Saturday, January 23-25, with a preview show on Wednesday, January 22 for teachers and staff.

Tickets for the general public go on sale FRIDAY, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. by visiting www.ticketleap.com (please search DESSERT ON BROADWAY). All purchases will require a credit card, along with the purchaser’s billing information. Shows usually sell out well in advance – so don’t delay!

Any DOB cast members who haven’t purchased their tickets yet – don’t delay! 

All proceeds will go to support the production and W.T. Woodson’s choral programs. Please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

Woodson Chorus Boosters

We are only two weeks away from the 31st annual production of the Woodson Choral Department’s Broadway revue, Dessert on Broadway! 

Show dates this year are Thursday-Saturday, January 23rd-25th, with a preview show on Wednesday, January 22nd for teachers and staff.  Tickets are on sale NOW! 

Visit  http://www.ticketleap.com/  (please search for DESSERT ON BROADWAY).  Shows usually sell out well in advance - so don’t delay!  If you are having any issues with ticketing, please visit http://www.woodsonchorus.org/dobdessertonbroadway/tipsandtricksonbuying.html.     

For any additional questions, please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

Did your student getting his DMV Learner’s Permit for the Holidays? How about purchasing a “Student Driver” Magnet for all your vehicles that your new driver will be training in. This magnet will help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

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

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

Winter Sports Highlights

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (10-2) opened its Patriot District season by winning a thriller over South County at home, 47-46, breaking a 5-game losing streak to the Stallions.  The Cavs rallied in the 4th quarter in a game marked by numerous lead changes and ties.  In a breakout clutch performance, Allie Maahs scored all 5 of her points late in the 4th quarter to twice give the Cavs the lead.  Maggie McGuire’s free throw with 0.3 seconds left broke the final tie and won the game.  Eunice Yoon kept the Cavs in it early by scoring 11 of her 14 in the first half.  Abby Pesansky dominated in the second half to score 13 overall, Maggie ended with 7, Sarah Wilson 6, and Anna Wiggins 2.  The Cavs have three games next week with road games at Lake Braddock Tuesday and juggernaut West Springfield on Friday and a makeup contest at home against Falls Church on Wednesday.

WTW Varsity Boys Basketball faced a tough South County team on Friday (1/10) losing 53-37.  Moe Raff scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.  Joe Pesansky also contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Ethan Lash played solid defense with three rebounds and three steals.  The Cavs will be home on Tuesday (1/14) against Lake Braddock and Friday (1/17) against West Springfield.

Swim and Dive has started off the season strong.  Victories over the weekend, by both the men and the women, brought our dual meet records to 3-2 and 4-1.  The women’s only loss was to defending District and Region Champions, Robinson.  The men, missing many top swimmers, lost to Robinson and then by only 11 to defending State Champs, Oakton.   Both teams went 3-0 against Fairfax, Annandale, and Lake Braddock.  4 swimmers (Kent Codding, Aiken Do, Eric Lundgren, and Joe Schaefer) have achieved 10 state cuts, with the Men’s medley and 400 free relays also meeting the standard.  4 divers, 10 swimmers, and all 6 relays have qualified for Regions.  The next meet is this Friday, January 17th.  It is Senior Night against South County, at South Run Rec Center.   

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

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