Woodson Weekly - January 22nd

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This week's episode of The Morning Show features Cav Robotics, cake off winner and planning your schedule for next year.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 25th - Teacher Workday

Monday, February 15th - President's Day, School Holiday

In this Issue

ACTION Items
1. WTW Family Engagement Survey
2. For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

NEW News
3. Message from Dr. Floyd
4. SIS Updates
5. Leadership Class for 2021-2022
6. Academic Advising for the 21-22 School Year
7. To our Military Families
8. College & Career Center News

PAST News but still important 
9. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar
10. Emotional Wellness Resource
11. Has your contact information changed?
12. Athletic Facilities Access
13. Free STEM Program for 9th Graders
14. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
15. Parent Technology Help Desk
16. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

ACTION Items 1. WTW Family Engagement Survey

Every couple of years Fairfax County Public Schools sends a survey about family engagement to the families of all students.

This year Woodson HS is looking at a couple of key areas and we would like your input as we move forward. We value your partnership in the education of your students, especially during this difficult year. The information you provide in the survey will help us better serve you and your family.

Please complete this Google survey by Friday, January 29th. 

2. For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

As we prepare to bring our students back for in-person instruction here are some updates.  Starting after winter break, we will be sending out information each week leading up to the start of in-person learning.  These emails will contain important information and/or action items. 

  1. Parent Health Commitment Form – Can be filled out in ParentVUE.  This needs to be completed prior to your child starting in-person learning. Please see the translated versions
     Amharic, ArabicChinese, FarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  2. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS guidance on health procedures
  3. Return to School – FCPS Website for information on returning to school
  4. Lunches – we are still working on the exact schedule.  What we do know is that students will be eating in our cafeterias with all health and safety protocols in place such as 6ft distance, hand sanitizing/hand washing, cleaning of surfaces, and flow of traffic.
NEW News 3. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson families!

Here we are at the end of the first semester. We did it! Somehow, we muddled through this convoluted mess of “hopes” dashed and “maybes” turned to no’s and landed at a place of more hope and possibilities. I refuse to give up the hope of returning in person even if it is twice a week. I am excited that we are looking to return to school based on the draft revised timeline provided to the School Board last night. While the School Board will hear the full Return To School Plan on February 2, 2021, I am hopeful this current draft schedule becomes a yes, for many reasons:

To our Freshmen... we have yet to meet you in person. I can’t wait to see the personality of this group and watch all your contributions to the Woodson community. 

To our sophomores who are learning to drive from a screen, I have to admit, not having in person driver’s education is a little scary.  I am reassured, however that the behind the wheel component is still in person!    

To the Juniors, get to know your teachers. They will be who you ask for recommendations from in future opportunities like scholarships, colleges and internships for employment.  Allow them to see you and to get to know you as more than a box on the screen. #secondsemestergoals

Finally, to our seniors, we see you!  We hear you!  We haven’t forgotten the class of 2021 and we are looking forward to celebrating with you. This semester will look different and that is okay, the class of 2021 is unique and therefore, writing their own legacy.  This article reminded me that while this class of seniors is still very much virtual, the adults and peers in your lives are very much present. We may be distant, but we are here to listen, share with and talk to. In addition, we continue to look for ways to make memories. FCPS principals are working on options, advocating for prom and graduation, to the greatest extent possible with social distancing and masks. We do not know what shape it will take, but we are trying and have a committee of various staff, students and parents working on it. We must not focus on what was lost this last year, rather to focus on what was gained and what is ahead.    

As we look toward a Return to School, we will be in touch with families who have opted to come back in person. We will share details around transportation, social distancing, hallways, lunches, classrooms and other protocols. Please stay tuned as we will be in touch.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected, Cavs!

Dr. Floyd

4. SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Tuesday, January 19th through Friday, January 29th during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Friday, January 22nd, at 4 p.m. until Saturday, January 30th, at 6 a.m.

Dylan and Aryan host The Morning Show this week.

5. Leadership Class for 2021-2022

Students interested in taking Leadership next school year must complete an application, request a teacher recommendation, and sit for an on-line interview. 

Application forms and more information are now available on The Class of 2022, 2023, or 2024 Google Classroom.

Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, February 5th.

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

6. Academic Advising for the 21-22 School Year

Over the next several weeks, rising 10th-12th grade students will meet individually with the counselors to select classes for next year. We also have information and resources available to help students prepare to select classes for next school year.

New this year – our Woodson HS Advising & Curriculum Video Website! On this site you will find videos from teachers across all of our departments providing descriptions and overviews of the various classes offered at Woodson. This site will provide students with valuable information they can use to make informed decisions regarding course selections for next year, and will be available throughout the academic advising window.

This week we concluded our teacher feedback meetings regarding course options for next year. If your child was unable to meet with any of their teachers during their assigned time for any reason they can contact their teacher directly to set up a time for them to talk.

Last week school counselors emailed students with more specific information about the overall academic advising process, including grade level timelines, deadlines, and instructions for how students are to enter their draft course selections into StudentVUE prior to meeting with their counselor. Please reference that email for additional information about the academic advising process.

For any questions regarding academic advising, please contact your child’s school counselor.

For additional information you can follow Student Services on Twitter and Instagram - @wtwstudentsvcs.

7. 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!

8. College & Career Center News

Upcoming Events – all upcoming events with registration information are listed in the College & Career Center Calendar that students can access through their FCPS Google account.

  • Army ROTC Info Session -  A former Woodson student and Army ROTC Cadet at Penn State University is virtually visiting with us on Monday, January 25th at 2 pm. Please join us to learn about the process of applying for an ROTC scholarship and what the program looks like. Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu to register and get the BBCU link.
  • College Access Fairfax FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Seminar on January 30th, at 10 am. Please click here to register.
  • College 101 – Planning for College Presentation, Wednesday, Feb 3rd, at 7 pm, by Erin Slater, Director of Admissions at Randolph Macon College: “College is a match to be made and not a prize to be won!” Please join us to learn how you can plan and prepare for college and the college application process. This Woodson event is for Sophomores and Juniors, and their parents/guardians. To register, please go to: https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nsXsLKPaS4yYXmQbRHomig.   
  • Alfred Street Baptist Church is hosting the 19th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Festival Virtually on Saturday, February 20, 2021.  Registration for Seniors is now open. All other grade levels can register after January 25th. For more info, please visit: https://www.alfredstreet.org/hbcu-fest/ 
  • Save the date! Historically Black College and University HBCU Virtual Fair at Edison HS on Feb 22, 2021, 9 am – 3:30 pm. Please stay tuned for more info and the registration link. 
  • NACAC Virtual College Fairs (Jan – May 2021) – for dates and to register, please go to: https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/attend-virtual-college-fairs/

Please follow the Woodson College & Career Center on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter. The next weekly College & Career Center Newsletter will be sent out on Monday. Newsletters are also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience.

PAST News - Still Important 9. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar

The next Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10th from 7-8:30 p.m.

This presentation is required in order to obtain a drivers license before the age of 18.  This will be a virtual presentation to be held through Google Meet.  This presentation is for all 3rd quarter Driver Education students as well as 1st and 2nd quarter students who missed attending the first two PSTD presentations. 

The Google Classroom with the Google Meet link with be provided to all 3rd quarter students at the beginning of the quarter.  The 1st and 2nd quarter students who still need to attend can email Mr. O’Hara at dgohara@fcps.edu and you will be added to the 3rd quarter PSTD class Google Classroom. 

10. Emotional Wellness Resource

You or your staff may be hearing from parents who are concerned about their child’s emotional well-being. This one-pager (https://bit.ly/38k8Xyz) from Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and would be a valuable resource for your school community.

Please consider sharing it with them in your next newsletter and/or during a virtual parent meeting. If you have questions or need additional resources, please let us know.

11. Has your contact information changed?

Has your contact information changed?  Do you have a new cell number or contact email address?

If so, please update your student's Emergency Care Card in FCPS 24-7, Blackboard in the weCare@school section.

12. Athletic Facilities Access

Due to social distancing measures and protocols, our Athletic Facilities will be closed to the public during Woodson Athletic practices weekdays from 3pm-6pm. Please note that the end time may extend without notice.

Woodson Parents and Guardians, we are asking for your help. Please communicate to your students that if they do not have a scheduled in season practice or an out of season workout, they should not be accessing Woodson athletic facilities.

13. Free STEM Program for 9th Graders

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to expand the number of STEM-related classes they take in higher grade levels. 

Applications are being accepted online through Monday, February 8th.

14. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

New 2021 Laptop Tech Support Hours

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Thursday and Friday - 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

15. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

16. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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WTW PTSO WeMail - January 19th

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Schedule reminders

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, January 20th - Inauguration Day - School Holiday

Thursday, January 21st - Synchronous Learning - ODD DAY (periods 1,3,5,7)

Friday, January 22nd - Last Day of 2nd Quarter - 2-hour Early Release Bell Schedule

 

NEXT WEEK

Monday, January 25th - Teacher Workday

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, February 15th - President’s Day - School Holiday

PTSO NEWS NEW! Mock SAT/PSAT/ACT Tests Available Through C2 Education Fairfax

These tests are available on a date that fits your schedule and can be taken in-person or online. All proceeds support WTW PTSO. Details and link to sign up are under Fundraising below.

AmazonSmile LINK

Why not make your Amazon purchases go a little further. Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to WTW PTSO. Every little bit helps!

Signing up is quick and easy - click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0959675

Communication and Social Skills Workshop for Families

In case you weren't able to attend the Effective Communication session hosted by the PTSO and iContact last week (or you want to view the useful information again), click this link for the webinar recording:

https://vimeo.com/490054509/fc205ddab0

Your Donations go a long way in helping our Woodson Teachers

The PTSO continues to  support our teachers with equipment to assist them in this challenging year. If you’d like to donate to help this cause, click here https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home scroll mid-way down the page and select the DONATE button! The PTSO and WTW teachers appreciate the support!

WTW NEWS & EVENTS Academic Advising for the 2021-22 School Year

Parents of rising 10th-12th graders, please be aware of an email sent from your student’s counselor last week with information about the overall academic advising process - including grade level timelines, deadlines, and instructions for how students are to enter their draft course selections into  StudentVUE Account Access (prior to meeting with their counselor.)

Also be sure to check out the Woodson HS Advising and Curriculum Videos. You will find videos from teachers across all departments providing descriptions and overviews of the various classes offered at Woodson. There is valuable information that students can use to make informed decisions regarding course selections for next year. The videos will be available throughout the academic advising window.

For any questions regarding academic advising, please contact your child’s school counselor - Student Services Staff and Points of Contact | WT Woodson High School   

For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

Parent Health Commitment Form – Can be filled out in ParentVue.  This needs to be completed prior to your child starting in-person learning. Please see the translated versions

Amharic  Arabic  Chinese  Farsi  Korean  Spanish   Urdu   Vietnamese

Woodson Choral Boosters

Thank you to everyone who has generously supported our fundraising efforts!  If you have not had a chance to do so, there are still lots of opportunities to support our program, including purchasing Woodson Chorus masks!  For more information, please visit Woodson ttps://woodson chorus.org/sponsor-scrips-gear.

Woodson Chorus masks are in! To find out more information and to order, clink on this link: https://forms.gle/6A2BGYVarzZmYc8w9

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

FUNDRAISERS NEW!! Mock SAT/ACT/PSAT - available online and in-person - on multiple dates!

Mock tests are available for students through C2 Education Fairfax on multiple dates. They are offered online and in-person. 

How it works – Register and make $20 payment on WTW PTboard - https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=9  C2 Education Fairfax will then contact you to schedule your mock test and results assessment. All proceeds benefit Woodson PTSO.

About C2 Education – For over 20 years, C2 has provided comprehensive test prep, tutoring, and college admissions support to thousands of students across nearly 200 locations. Our Fairfax location has served Woodson HS in the past, including more than 100 students over the recent years, and has a stellar reputation for helping families as demonstrated by our 4.9 Google rating.

If you have questions contact:

POC: Bianca Miao

Phone Number: (703) 978-7600 or email Fairfax@c2educate.com

Show your Cavalier Pride with a Woodson Garden Flag!

Order yours today at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=1894

Garden Flag (dimensions - 12"x17") - $15

Want to personalize it? For $5 more, add your family name or get creative and celebrate your student with their name and graduation year!

(Some examples: The Smith Family; Congrats Emily Class of 2021; Woodson Class of 2022)

For more information, contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com

Order your 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

To purchase go to: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278.

Contact  tmweghorst@fcps.edu with any questions!

Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Still available for purchase!

Text Miklos Kiss to schedule pickup 703-975-7928

Your sign can be personalized with sticker(s) to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, Precisionettes, etc.) 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

SENIOR LEGACY BRICKS - A special way to honor your WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Legacy Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! The Bricks will be installed in the courtyard between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance. We will strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but definitely before 2021 Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick, or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com.

WTW CAVS SPORTS RECAP Cav Winter Varsity Sports Updates

Varsity Wrestling

Woodson Wrestling hosted Senior Night on 1/14/21 taking on Hayfield and West Potomac. Congratulations to our seniors:  Nathan Allison, Andrey Arcidiacono, Bradley Brewington, Wayne Burger, Marshall Caceres, Tommy Dunn, Owen Hayes, Alex Kim and Matthew Kim!  

Woodson dropped both duals 36-24 to Hayfield and 27-24 to West Potomac. The cavalier seniors had a strong showing. Wayne Burger, Matthew Kim, Bradley Brewington, and Marshall Caceres all recorded wins. The cavaliers are back in action Friday evening 1/22 as they take on Thomas Jefferson and Fairfax.

Boys Varsity Basketball

Wow!  What a great week the Varsity Boys Basketball Program experienced!  We had Senior Night and also walked away with three wins to give us a 4 and 2 overall record (4 and 1 in the Patriot District!) 

The week started at West Springfield on Monday night. Devin Cuviello was our high scorer of the night with 18 points, four of those from the line. Andre Pacheco had 9 points and Alex Klein had two three’s for a total of 6 points. Moe Raff, Sinneh Bangura, Anthony Meaders, and Brady Lencz accounted for the rest of the baskets we saw on Monday night. The Cavaliers continue to show strength in offensive and defensive rebounds with 13 and 18 respectively. Moe Raff, Brady Lencz, Andre Pacheco, and SInneh Bangura lead the rebound numbers with Abdul Ahmed, Xavier Barry, Devin Cuviello, Alex Klein, and Anthony Meaders all getting their hands on the ball as well. It is always good to win away from home!

Wednesday night was Senior Night for our seven seniors and what a great night it was!  The Boys Varsity Cavaliers walked away with a 64-30 win. Alex Klein was our high scorer of the night with 16 points!  He was running hot with 3 three’s, 3 baskets, and a shot at the line. Rubeel Acheckzai and Abdul Ahmed  were our number 2 guys Wednesday night with 9 points for each on the night!  Moe Raff, Xavier Barry, Devin Cuviello, Sinneh Bangura, Anthony Meaders, Brady Lencz, Jack Gallagher, and Andre Pacheco earned the rest of our points for the night. Brady Lencz also demonstrated strength at the basket with 7 rebounds total!  Way to go Senior Cavs and Congrats to Rubeel, Abdul, Xavier, Devin, Anthony, Moe, and Charlie. Class of 2021, we love you!

Friday night we met the Fairfax Lions on their turf and we walked away with a 51-41 win! Alex Klein and Andre Pacheco were our high scorers with 14 and 13 pints respectively. Moe Raff, Abdul Ahmed, Sinneh Bangura, and Anthony Meaders also added to the Cavs’ score. Brady Lencz continues to dominate with the rebounds for a total of 9. Great job boys for another great win away from home.  

Girls Varsity Basketball

Jan 11th Home vs West Springfield:  On Monday the 11th the Senior Class of Katherine Friedman, Tara Gilligan, Zoe Hite, Allie Maahs, Kate Torgerson, and Anna Wiggins were honored during Senior Night as the Cavaliers hosted Conference and Regional power West Springfield Spartans. The Cavs lost to the Spartan 56-36 as a result of a poor shooting night. Eunice Yoon led with 12 points and Allie Maahs contributed 10 points.

Jan 15th Home vs Fairfax:  Cavs finished the week with a home win against Fairfax to raise their record to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot District. Allie Maahs and Anna Wiggins lead with 11 points each followed by Eunice Yoon with 8 points and Katherine Friedman with 5 points. The Cavs had a great shooting night in the 46-22 win. Eunice Yoon dominated the backboards with 7 rebounds and Levi Weinberger added 3 rebounds as she aggressively pressured the ball throughout.

Varsity Boys Swim and Dive

FRI, 15 JAN 2021:  CAV Boys won versus Lake Braddock Secondary

SAT, 16 JAN 2021:  CAV Boys won versus West Springfield High

Varsity Girls Swim and Dive

FRI, 15 JAN 2021:  CAV Girls won versus Lake Braddock Secondary

SAT, 16 JAN 2021:  CAV Girls won versus West Springfield High

The Cav Swim and Dive team remains undefeated in swim meets this school year led by Coaches Susie, Kristen, and Stephanie and all of the swim and dive athletes who are bringing so much passion, dedication, leadership, sportsmanship and hard work to the 2020/2021 team.  CAV Parent volunteer officials, timers, and Livestream experts all play their part adapting and overcoming the current challenges of 2020/2021.  The last regular season dual meet will be this Friday against Robinson at Audrey Moore. We salute all of our Cav Senior Swimmers and Divers this week. Congrats and thank you for all they’ve done to represent Woodson and the Cav Community!

Varsity Rifle

On Saturday, January 16, the Woodson Rifle Team competed in their second of four matches this season.  Due to the pandemic the season looks very different.  Instead of shooting 3 x 10 matches where they shoot prone, standing and kneeling; they are shooting 40 shots standing.  Additionally, the matches are being run tournament style, putting them head to head against all the teams in the league each Saturday.  Generally, Woodson has 26 athletes participating in matches, but due to restrictions only 6 or 7 athletes can represent the school per match. For the second Saturday in a row Woodson rifle team placed first.  On Saturday, January 9, Captain Nate Werhlen led the team shooting a 387. Captains Meredith Ivey and Tori Kopelen joined Nate in the top 8 individuals for the meet.  While Junior Joe Stefanski also supported the scoring team's victory.  Senior Logan McBurney and Junior Rose McClelland represented Woodson rifle at this first match of the season as well.  On Saturday, January 16, Woodson rifle once again placed first as a team.  Freshman Ben Hays led the team to victory shooting a 389.  Captains Nate Wehrlen, Meredith Ivey and Tori Kopelen joined Ben in sealing their victory, and all four members of the scoring team placed in the top 8 as individual shooters.  Senior Joe Hall, Juniors Victoria Cross and Kyle Barron also represented Woodson at this match.  The off-season captain talks, led by Tori Kopelen, and conditioning by Coach Cliff have paid off as the Woodson team continues to hold strong despite a shortened practice season.

Watch all of Woodson's HOME athletic events on the Woodson Broadcast Studio channel on YouTube. AWAY contests are streamed on the host-schools’ YouTube channels.

WTW RESOURCES Emotional Wellness Resource

If you are concerned about your child’s emotional well-being, Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and can be a valuable resource for your family. See their one-page summary here:  Healthy Minds Fairfax  

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)

College & Career Center News

Upcoming Events – all upcoming events with registration information are listed in the College & Career Center Calendar that students can access through their Google account. 

College 101 – Planning for College Presentation, Wednesday, February 3rd at 7 pm, by Erin Slater, Director of Admissions at Randolph Macon College: “College is a match to be made and not a prize to be won!” Please join us to learn how you can plan and prepare for college and the college application process. This Woodson event is for Sophomores and Juniors, and their parents/guardians. To register, please go to: https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nsXsLKPaS4yYXmQbRHomig.  

Please follow the Woodson College & Career Center on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter. The next weekly College & Career Center Newsletter will be sent out on Monday. Newsletters are also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience.

You can now find Woodson Student Services on Social Media!

The Woodson Student Services department is now on Twitter and Instagram! Please follow us @wtwstudentsvcs to stay up to date on news and information from Student Services.

Please share this with your WTW student and encourage them to follow us too.

Free STEM Program for 9th Graders

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to expand the number of STEM-related classes they take in higher grade levels. 

Applications are being accepted online through Monday, February 8th.

New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs have transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.
Classroom Monitor - Job Opportunity

FCPS is in need of Classroom Monitors for the transition to in-person instruction.

Job Description: Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and noninstructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.

Hours/Days: Tuesday-Friday from 7:45am-3:15pm

To apply, visit the Classroom Monitor job listing.

If you are interested in working at Woodson specifically, after you apply to FCPS please let us know by sending an email to Mr. Brooks at  drbrooks@fcps.edu.  

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:

Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk.

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

Student Services News

The Woodson Student Services department is now on Twitter and Instagram! Please follow us @wtwstudentsvcs to stay up to date on news and information from Student Services.

Please share this with your WTW student and encourage them to follow us too.

WeMail Input

Want to add to the WeMail? Add your inputs by Sunday before the Tuesday we sent out to this Google doc.

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Woodson Weekly - January 15th

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Woodson's Student Services staff are meeting virtually with students.  It's Academic Advising time for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Follow @wtwstudentsvcs for updates!

Important Upcoming Dates

NEWLY UPDATED!!!  The week of January 18th now has 2 synchronous learning days and they are both Odd days.

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, School Holiday

Tuesday, January 19th - Synchronous Learning Day - ODD DAY

Wednesday, January 20th - Inauguration Day, School Holiday

Thursday, January 21st - Synchronous Learning Day - ODD DAY

Friday, January 22nd - Last Day of 2nd Quarter; Synchronous Learning Day - 2 hour early release EVEN DAY

Monday, January 25th - Teacher Workday

Monday, February 15th - President's Day, School Holiday

In this Issue

ACTION Items
1. For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

NEW News
2. Message from Dr. Floyd
3. Academic Advising for the 21-22 School Year
4. WTW Family Engagement Survey
5. Social Justice Book Club
6. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar
7. Athletic Facilities Access
8. College & Career Center News

PAST News but still important 
9. Emotional Wellness Resource
10. Has your contact information changed?
11. SIS ParentVUE
12. Lifetouch - Common questions and answers
13. Free STEM Program for 9th Graders
14. FCPS Laptops and International Travel 
15. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
16. Parent Technology Help Desk
17. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

ACTION Items 1. For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

As we prepare to bring our students back for in-person instruction here are some updates.  Starting after winter break, we will be sending out information each week leading up to the start of in-person learning.  These emails will contain important information and/or action items. 

  1. Parent Health Commitment Form – Can be filled out in ParentVUE.  This needs to be completed prior to your child starting in-person learning. Please see the translated versions
     Amharic, ArabicChinese, FarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  2. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS guidance on health procedures
  3. Return to School – FCPS Website for information on returning to school
  4. Lunches – we are still working on the exact schedule.  What we do know is that students will be eating in our cafeterias with all health and safety protocols in place such as 6ft distance, hand sanitizing/hand washing, cleaning of surfaces, and flow of traffic.
NEW News 2. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families:

As we approach the end of the second quarter (Friday, January 22nd), teachers have been working with their curriculum teams to implement guidelines set forth by FCPS Leadership. Dr. Brabrand sent out the new guidelines to all families earlier this month to include a 50% floor for grades in second quarter, altering late work policies and changing the maximum weight a category can hold. These changes are becoming evident in teacher’s gradebooks as time permits.  

Woodson has developed new grading comments to ensure consistency and clarity in the communication of grades. The first change is that no grade can be below a 50% on any assignment. The first new code is “grade raised” GR which will be used when a student originally scored below the minimum 50%. The second new code is “not submitted” NS which will be used when the student does not turn in an assignment / assessment. In both cases, the grade received and calculated in the gradebook will be a 50%.

Another change is the late work policy. We continue to ask for your support in encouraging your child to complete work on time as this has direct correlation to learning.  The new late work policy is a penalty of 10%. The code in gradebook is LA(10).

The other two changes will not be as evident in the gradebook:

  • no single assignment can be worth more than 20% in the quarter, and
  • the minimum number of assignments per quarter has been reduced to six from nine.

If you have any questions about these new changes, please feel free to reach out to their administrator.

Class of 2021     George Hewan, Math and World Languages

Class of 2022     Paula DiSalvo, English and Career and Technical Education

Class of 2023     Shashi Madan, Social Studies and ESOL

Class of 2024     Kathy Martin, Computer Science, Health / PE and Science

CSS                    Mandy Burke, Special Education Self Contained Classes

Attendance         Marc Brooks, Fine and Performing Arts

Please remember Monday, January 18th (MLK Day), Wednesday, January 20th (Inauguration) and Monday, January 25th (Teacher Work Days) are student holidays.  We return Tuesday, January 26th for the first day of the 3rd quarter. 

Thank you for your continued support of the staff at WT Woodson HS.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected,

Dr. Floyd

3. Academic Advising for the 21-22 School Year

We have started academic advising for next school year. Over the next several weeks, rising 10th-12th grade students will meet individually with the counselors to select classes for next year. We also have information and resources available to help students prepare to select classes for next school year.

New this year – our Woodson HS Advising & Curriculum Video Website! On this site you will find videos from teachers across all of our departments providing descriptions and overviews of the various classes offered at Woodson. This site will provide students with valuable information they can use to make informed decisions regarding course selections for next year, and will be available throughout the academic advising window.

Additionally, during 3rd period next week (January 19th and 21st), students will continue meeting with teachers to get feedback from them on course selections for next year. On Tuesday students will return to their 2nd and 4th period classes for 40 minutes each to meet with those teachers. On Thursday students will return to their 5th period class to meet with that teacher. Students should have already met with their 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th period teachers last week. If your child was unable to meet with their teacher last week during the assigned time for any reason they can contact their teacher directly to set up a time for them to talk.

Please also look for an email from your student’s counselor sent earlier this week with more specific information about the overall academic advising process, including grade level timelines, deadlines, and instructions for how students are to enter their draft course selections into StudentVUE prior to meeting with their counselor.

For any questions regarding academic advising, please contact your child’s school counselor.

For up-to-date information, follow Student Services on Twitter and Instagram - @wtwstudentsvcs.

Watch all of Woodson's athletic events on the Woodson Broadcast Studio channel on YouTube.

4. WTW Family Engagement Survey

Every couple of years Fairfax County Public Schools sends a survey about family engagement to the families of all students.

This year Woodson HS is looking at a couple of key areas and we would like your input as we move forward. We value your partnership in the education of your students, especially during this difficult year. The information you provide in the survey will help us better serve you and your family.

Please complete this Google survey by Friday, January 29th. 

5. Social Justice Book Club

The Social Justice Book Club will meet on Thursday, January 21st, at 7 p.m.

Chapters 13, 14, & 15 will be the focus of the discussion around the text, How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

A link will be sent via email. If you have any questions, please email Dr. George Hewan at gkhewan@fcps.edu.

6. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar

The next Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10th from 7-8:30 p.m.

This presentation is required in order to obtain a drivers license before the age of 18.  This will be a virtual presentation to be held through Google Meet.  This presentation is for all 3rd quarter Driver Education students as well as 1st and 2nd quarter students who missed attending the first two PSTD presentations. 

The Google Classroom with the Google Meet link with be provided to all 3rd quarter students at the beginning of the quarter.  The 1st and 2nd quarter students who still need to attend can email Mr. O’Hara at dgohara@fcps.edu and you will be added to the 3rd quarter PSTD class Google Classroom. 

7. Athletic Facilities Access

Due to social distancing measures and protocols, our Athletic Facilities will be closed to the public during Woodson Athletic practices weekdays from 3pm-6pm. Please note that the end time may extend without notice.

Woodson Parents and Guardians, we are asking for your help. Please communicate to your students that if they do not have a scheduled in season practice or an out of season workout, they should not be accessing Woodson athletic facilities.

8. College & Career Center News

Upcoming Events – all upcoming events with registration information are listed in the College & Career Center Calendar that students can access through their FCPS Google account.

  • College Access Fairfax FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Seminar on January 30th, at 10 am. Please click here to register.
  • College 101 – Planning for College Presentation, Wednesday, Feb 3rd, at 7 pm, by Erin Slater, Director of Admissions at Randolph Macon College: “College is a match to be made and not a prize to be won!” Please join us to learn how you can plan and prepare for college and the college application process. This Woodson event is for Sophomores and Juniors, and their parents/guardians. To register, please go to: https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nsXsLKPaS4yYXmQbRHomig. 
  • Alfred Street Baptist Church is hosting the 19th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Festival Virtually on Saturday, February 20, 2021.  Registration for Seniors is now open. All other grade levels can register after January 25th. For more info, please visit: https://www.alfredstreet.org/hbcu-fest/ 
  • Save the date! Historically Black College and University HBCU Virtual Fair at Edison HS on Feb 22, 2021, 9 am – 3:30 pm. Please stay tuned for more info and the registration link. 
  • NACAC Virtual College Fairs (Jan – May 2021) – for dates and to register, please go to: https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/attend-virtual-college-fairs/

Please follow the Woodson College & Career Center on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter. The next weekly College & Career Center Newsletter will be sent out on Monday. Newsletters are also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience.

Mr. Wright teaches virtually from his classroom at Woodson.

PAST News - Still Important 9. Emotional Wellness Resource

You or your staff may be hearing from parents who are concerned about their child’s emotional well-being. This one-pager (https://bit.ly/38k8Xyz) from Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and would be a valuable resource for your school community.

Please consider sharing it with them in your next newsletter and/or during a virtual parent meeting. If you have questions or need additional resources, please let us know.

10. Has your contact information changed?

Has your contact information changed?  Do you have a new cell number or contact email address?

If so, please update your student's Emergency Care Card in FCPS 24-7, Blackboard in the weCare@school section.

11. SIS ParentVUE

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access, also known as ParentVUE, allows parents access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

New Users: Please use the parent account registration page to register your account. You will need an activation key to log in for the first time. Please email Jennifer Graybill at jagraybill@fcps.edu, if you need a new activation key or are having issues logging onto your ParentVUE Account. Please include your name, email address, student's name, students ID number and a short description of what the issue is.

Returning Users: Please go to https://sisparent.fcps.edu to log in to your ParentVUE Account.

Parent Blackboard Access: Parents must have a ParentVUE account in order to have parent access to Blackboard. If you lost your access to Blackboard, please create your ParentVUE account .

ParentVUE App: Parents may enjoy mobile access to SIS by loading the ParentVUE App, available for both iOS and Android. When prompted for a school, please search for "Fairfax County Public Schools."

12. Lifetouch - Common Questions & Answers
  1. I still have not received the pictures I ordered, when will they come? Lifetouch said that it has been taking 4-6 weeks for orders to be processed and delivered.
  2. I lost my students picture ID code, how do I find it in order to view their proofs online? Lifetouch is not able to provide us with the picture id codes, so, you would need to call Lifetouch directly at the appropriate extension below.
  3. I haven’t received a notification saying my students picture proof has been uploaded to the website, like the previous Woodson Weekly email said – All photos should have been uploaded to the Prestige website by now, so even if you did not receive a notification from Lifetouch, please use your picture id code to view your students photo on prestigeportraits.com. If your students picture is not showing, but your student did indeed take a photo at Woodson, please call Lifetouch directly at the appropriate extension below.
  4. I took my student to a Lifetouch studio to take their photo instead of taking it at Woodson. Will their photo still be included in the Woodson yearbook? It will still be included in our yearbook, as long as it has not passed any page submission deadlines. Please email our Yearbook Advisor, Tessa Weghorst (tmweghorst@fcps.edu), to confirm the picture date does not miss deadlines for submissions.

Call Lifetouch between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday – Friday

Underclass Lifetouch Customer Service  800-736-4753

Senior Lifetouch Customer Service  800-736-4775

13. Free STEM Program for 9th Graders

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to expand the number of STEM-related classes they take in higher grade levels. 

Applications are being accepted online through Monday, February 8th.

14. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

New 2021 Laptop Tech Support Hours

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Thursday and Friday - 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

15. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

16. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - January 12th

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Schedule reminders

THIS WEEK

TONIGHT! Tuesday, January 12th; 6:00 p.m. - Virtual PTSO meeting. Details under PTSO News below.  Link to join meeting

Wednesday, January 13th 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Virtual Curriculum Night, Details under WTW News & Events below.

 

NEXT WEEK

TAKE NOTE! The schedule for next week has changed since last week’s WeMail. The two previously scheduled asynchronous learning days will now be synchronous. Once the new Return to School date is confirmed, the asynchronous days will be re-rescheduled. Teachers will use those days to be trained on the concurrent teaching model.

The updated schedule for the week of January 18th is as follows:

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - School Holiday

Tuesday, January 19th - Synchronous Learning - ODD DAY (periods 1,3,5,7)

Wednesday, January 20th - Inauguration Day - School Holiday

Thursday, January 21st - Synchronous Learning - ODD DAY (periods 1,3,5,7)

Friday, January 22nd - Last Day of 2nd Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, January 25th - Teacher Workday

PTSO NEWS January PTSO Meeting TONIGHT

The next virtual PTSO meeting will be held TONIGHT, January 12th at 6:00 p.m.

Topics will include updates and Q&A with Dr. Floyd, Mock SAT opportunities, Senior event planning, update on partial return to school and more.

Join the meeting by clicking this link:  https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj

Communication and Social Skills Workshop for Families

In case you weren't able to attend the Effective Communication session hosted by the PTSO and iContact last week (or you want to view the useful information again), click this link for the webinar recording:

https://vimeo.com/490054509/fc205ddab0

WTW NEWS & EVENTS TOMORROW! WTW Virtual Curriculum Night

Faculty and staff from Woodson HS will host a virtual Curriculum night on Wednesday, January 13th from 6:30-7:30pm.  This is for rising 10th - 12th grade students and their parents/guardians. A link for the event will be sent out the morning of Wednesday, January 13th.

During this time, faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about course options for next school year. Because time is limited, there will be a question submission form available on the curriculum video site where students and parents/guardians can submit questions in advance of Curriculum Night.

This event will be less of a formal presentation and more of an open forum for attendees to ask questions and learn more about students’ course options for next year. The session will be recorded and posted to the curriculum video site by the end of next week.

For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

Parent Health Commitment Form – Can be filled out in ParentVue.  This needs to be completed prior to your child starting in-person learning. Please see the translated versions

Amharic  Arabic  Chinese  Farsi  Korean  Spanish   Urdu   Vietnamese

Woodson Choral Boosters

Reminder: Our next virtual Choral Booster Meeting is TOMORROW Wednesday, January 13th at 7:30pm.

Thank you to everyone who has generously supported our fundraising efforts!  If you have not had a chance to do so, there are still lots of opportunities to support our program, including purchasing Woodson Chorus masks!  For more information, please visit Woodson https://woodson chorus.org/sponsor-scrips-gear.

Woodson Chorus masks are in! To find out more information and to order, clink on this link: https://forms.gle/6A2BGYVarzZmYc8w9

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

FUNDRAISERS Show your Cavalier Pride with a Woodson Garden Flag!

Order yours today at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=1894

Garden Flag (dimensions - 12"x17") - $15

Want to personalize it? For $5 more, add your family name or get creative and celebrate your student with their name and graduation year!

(Some examples: The Smith Family; Congrats Emily Class of 2021; Woodson Class of 2022)

For more information, contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com

Order your 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

To purchase go to: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278.

Contact  tmweghorst@fcps.edu with any questions!

Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Still available for purchase!

Text Miklos Kiss to schedule pickup 703-975-7928

Your sign can be personalized with sticker(s) to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, Precisionettes, etc.) 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

SENIOR LEGACY BRICKS - A special way to honor your WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Legacy Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! The Bricks will be installed in the courtyard between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance. We will strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but definitely before 2021 Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick, or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com.

WTW CAVS SPORTS RECAP Cav Winter Varsity Sports Updates

Boys Varsity Basketball

The 2020-2021 Varsity Boys Basketball team has started off with a two and two record. This week they had their home opener against Langley on Monday with a win of 77-54 in the Red Room. All thirteen boys saw some play time on Monday night with 8 out of the 13 putting points on the board. Moe Raff and Devin Cuviello lead the scoring with a combined total points of 40. 

On Friday night the Cavs played the Lake Braddock Bruins at Lake Braddock. Although they lost with a final score of 63-75, the boys played some strong basketball. Sinneh Bangura led the scoring with 14 points, followed by Devin Cuviello with 12, Alex Klein and Andre Pacheco both with 11. Brady Lencz, Moe Raff, and Charlie Stoker all added to the rest of the points on the board. Even with the loss, our defense was able to hold the strong Bruin offense to 14 points less than their average per game!  

On Saturday night, YOUR Varsity boys again showed their basketball ferocity against the formidable South County Stallions. They walked away with a  63-57 win. Devin Cuviello and Abdul Ahmed both had 7 points and Devin had an awesome 9 rebounds! Alex Klein shot three amazing three point shots for a total of 9, and Andre Pacheco ended the game with 12. 10 of those being from the line in the 4th quarter. Moe Raff, Xavier Barry, Brandy Lencz, Anthony Meaders, and Sinneh Bangura also had baskets to help the boys pull out an exciting win. Wednesday night is Senior Night and the boys will be back in the Red room against the Robinson Rams!  Watch the stream and cheer us on!  It is a GREAT day to be a Cavalier.

This week, look for video links to three games- WTW at W. Springfield 1/11/21, WTW vs. Robinson 1/13/21-https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYSTRsokTO6LbXpBYCblDtw and Friday 1/15/21 at Fairfax. 

Girls Varsity Basketball

On Friday January 8, the Varsity Girls Basketball team hosted the Lake Braddock Bruins. Woodson won this close and exciting game 36-33. Anna Wiggins led the Cavs scoring with 14 points, followed by Eunice Yoon (12), Allie Maahs (5), Kate Torgersen (4) and Zoe Hite (1). Levi Weinberger and Sydney Carey were great catalysts off the bench to help the team with the win. Levi Weinberger and Anna Wiggins had solid defensive performances while collecting 5 and 8 rebounds. Great win to start conference play!

Cav Girls Basketball travelled to South County for a Saturday, January 9 match up. Another conference win against the rival Stallions with an impressive 47-30 score. Eunice Yoon had a great night scoring 17 points, followed by Allie Maahs (11), Anna Wiggins (9), Kate Torgersen and Sydney Carey (3), Sabina Niedrick and Zoe Hite (2). Defensive rebounding was led by Eunice Yoon, Kate Torgersen, Anna Wiggins and Levi Weinberger. 

The Cavs, 3-1 and undefeated at 2-0 in Patriot District play, host powerhouse West Springfield Spartans on Monday, January 11. This game is Senior Night when we honor our amazing group of Senior girls!! Please stream the game to support our girls!

Varsity Boys Swim and Dive

FRI, 8 JAN 2021, CAV Boys won 201-114 versus Fairfax High.

SAT, 9 JAN 2021, CAV Boys won 173-142 over Lake Braddock Secondary.

Varsity Girls Swim and Dive

FRI, 8 JAN 2021, CAV Girls won 231-78 versus Fairfax High.

SAT, 9 JAN 2021, CAV Girls won 204-111 over Lake Braddock Secondary.

Great Swim Meet for all and big ups to the coaches and all of the competitors over this long and busy back to back kick-off weekend for Swim and Dive!

Varsity Gymnastics

Woodson Cavalier Varsity Gymnastics would like to salute and thank our 2020/2021 Seniors for all of their hard work and dedication to their sport and representing our Cav community!

Jill Brennan, Olivia Gamber, Noa Glashow- Once a Cav- Always a Cav!

WTW RESOURCES Emotional Wellness Resource

If you are concerned about your child’s emotional well-being, Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and can be a valuable resource for your family. See their one-page summary here:  Healthy Minds Fairfax  

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)

College & Career Center News

Upcoming Events – all upcoming events with registration information are listed in the College & Career Center Calendar that students can access through their Google account. 

Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families: Preparing for life after high school requires research, exploration, and planning. Student success is individualized based on achieving goals and determining the best fit and match in postsecondary planning. Discover a student's potential by exploring options now! This webinar will focus on: Higher Education Options, Financing Your Plans, Apprenticeships, Military Opportunities (Enlistment vs. ROTC), Testing (SAT/ACT), Gap Year Experiences. Join Tisa Frederick and Carla Shaw, FCPS College and Career Specialists for this important webinar on Thursday January 14th at 6:30-8 p.m. Register for Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families. 

Transition IEP Workshop: A Webinar for Families - Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. We answer questions such as these: What should parents be looking for? What questions should you ask the school team? What questions should you ask your student? What role does the IEP play in increasing self-advocacy? How do IEP goals support postsecondary planning? Thursday, January 14th at 10 a.m. – noon. 

Marine Recruiter Visit during lunch on Thursday, January 14th. Students can register at cliebmosley@fcps.edu

College 101 – Planning for College Presentation, Wednesday, February 3rd at 7 pm, by Erin Slater, Director of Admissions at Randolph Macon College: “College is a match to be made and not a prize to be won!” Please join us to learn how you can plan and prepare for college and the college application process. This Woodson event is for Sophomores and Juniors, and their parents/guardians. To register, please go to: https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nsXsLKPaS4yYXmQbRHomig.  

Please follow the Woodson College & Career Center on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter. The next weekly College & Career Center Newsletter will be sent out on Monday. Newsletters are also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience.

Free STEM Program for 9th Graders

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to expand the number of STEM-related classes they take in higher grade levels. 

Applications are being accepted online through Monday, February 8th.

New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs have transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.
Classroom Monitor - Job Opportunity

FCPS is in need of Classroom Monitors for the transition to in-person instruction.

Job Description: Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and noninstructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.

Hours/Days: Tuesday-Friday from 7:45am-3:15pm

To apply, visit the Classroom Monitor job listing.

If you are interested in working at Woodson specifically, after you apply to FCPS please let us know by sending an email to Mr. Brooks at  drbrooks@fcps.edu.  

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:

Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk.

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

Student Services News

The Woodson Student Services department is now on Twitter and Instagram! Please follow us @wtwstudentsvcs to stay up to date on news and information from Student Services.

Please share this with your WTW student and encourage them to follow us too.

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Want to add to the WeMail? Add your inputs by Sunday before the Tuesday we sent out to this Google doc.

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Woodson Weekly - January 8th

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Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, January 13th - Virtual Curriculum Night, 6:30-7:30pm (see story below)

NEWLY UPDATED!!!  The week of January 18th now has 2 synchronous learning days and they are both Odd days.

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, School Holiday

Tuesday, January 19th - Synchronous Learning Day - ODD DAY

Wednesday, January 20th - Inauguration Day, School Holiday

Thursday, January 21st - Synchronous Learning Day - ODD DAY

Friday, January 22nd - Last Day of 2nd Quarter; Synchronous Learning Day - 2 hour early release EVEN DAY

Monday, January 25th - Teacher Workday

In this Issue

ACTION Items
1. For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

NEW News
2. Message from Dr. Floyd
3. Emotional Wellness Resource
4. Academic Advising for the 21-22 School Year
5. WTW Virtual Curriculum Night, Wednesday, January 13th
6. VMEA Senior Honors Choir
7. Congratulations, Ms. Forney and Ms. Kinne!
8. Has your contact information changed?
9. SIS ParentVUE
10. Lifetouch - Common questions and answers
11. College & Career Center News

PAST News but still important 
12. FCPS Laptops and International Travel 
13. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
14. Parent Technology Help Desk
15. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

ACTION Items 1. For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

As we prepare to bring our students back for in-person instruction here are some updates.  Starting after winter break, we will be sending out information each week leading up to the start of in-person learning.  These emails will contain important information and/or action items. 

  1. Parent Health Commitment Form – Can be filled out in ParentVUE.  This needs to be completed prior to your child starting in-person learning. Please see the translated versions
     Amharic, ArabicChinese, FarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  2. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS guidance on health procedures
  3. Return to School – FCPS Website for information on returning to school
  4. Lunches – we are still working on the exact schedule.  What we do know is that students will be eating in our cafeterias with all health and safety protocols in place such as 6ft distance, hand sanitizing/hand washing, cleaning of surfaces, and flow of traffic.
NEW News 2. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Families,

How many times did we say we looked forward to 2021 to start a new, fresh year?  For me, it was dozens of times and with great anticipation. Sadly, within the first week of this new year, we experienced acts of violence towards our democracy.  Wednesday’s event was deeply upsetting and created many different feelings for most Americans: confusion, anger, fear and many more.  This traumatic event was such that some staff had personally processed it and were comfortable discussing it with students, providing a safe space to talk while others continue to process the trauma personally and were not comfortable with the discussion among students.  Should your child need / want to talk through these events, please reach out to the school counselor or if you would like them to speak with one of our psychologists or social workers, please let your administrator know and they will connect you accordingly.  Parents are welcome to review this resource should you have questions on talking to your teen in traumatic times.    

As you may know, the School Board and Division Leadership are moving the start of in person learning back to February.  We will not begin in person learning on January 26.  We do not have many details at this time, however you are encouraged to watch Dr. Brabrand’s Town Hall on Monday, January 11 at 6PM on FCPS Cable Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) or on FCPS' website.  This will impact the currently scheduled asynchronous days for students on Tuesday and Thursday, January 19 and 21.  These two days will now be synchronous odd days (periods 1, 3, 5, 7) at high schools county wide.  Teachers will be in touch regarding what classes will be doing on those days. Friday, January 22 continues to be a two hour early release (even day) as it is the last day of the second quarter.

I appreciate your understanding with these changes.  Once we know when we will be returning in person, teachers will have two days of professional development that were previously scheduled on January 19 and 21. 

I remain hopeful that this year will bring successes of our students, a return to school, a vaccine and open and honest discussions of national and world events that will unite us rather than divide us.  We are the #oneWoodson community; we are here to support one another as one united school.  Should you need assistance (resources, excessive stress, organizational strategies, etc.), please feel free to reach out to me at cefloyd@fcps.edu or your child’s counselor or administrator at any time so that we can problem solve and help to provide you any help we can find. 

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay connected,

Dr. Floyd

3. Emotional Wellness Resource

You or your staff may be hearing from parents who are concerned about their child’s emotional well-being. This one-pager (https://bit.ly/38k8Xyz) from Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and would be a valuable resource for your school community.

Please consider sharing it with them in your next newsletter and/or during a virtual parent meeting. If you have questions or need additional resources, please let us know.

Watch all of Woodson's athletic events on the Woodson Broadcast Studio channel on YouTube.

4. Academic Advising for the 21-22 School Year

Happy new year from Student Services! As we transition our of winter break we are set to begin academic advising for next school year. Over the next several weeks, rising 10th-12th grade students will meet individually with the counselors to select classes for next year. Prior to the start of those meetings though we have information and resources to share to help students prepare to select classes.  

New this year – our Woodson HS Curriculum Video Website! Due to current health conditions we are unable to host an in-person curriculum fair as we do most years. Instead, we are excited to share with you our curriculum video website, which you can access HERE. On this site you will find videos from teachers across all of our departments providing descriptions and overviews of the various classes offered at Woodson. This will provide students with valuable information they can use to make informed decisions regarding course selections for next year. This site will be available throughout the academic advising window. More information can be found on the website.  

Additionally, as communicated previously, during 3rd period on Tuesday and Thursday next week (January 12th and 14th), students will begin meeting with teachers to get feedback from them on course selections for next year. Please see the email from Josh Peters sent to students and parents on January 6th for additional information. The schedule for the remaining teacher feedback meetings will be finalized and communicated out next week.

Lastly, please be on the lookout for an email from your student’s counselor on Monday with more specific information about the overall academic advising process, including grade level timelines, deadlines, and instructions for how students are to enter their draft course selections into StudentVUE prior to meeting with their counselor.

We are excited to reconnect with our students and begin academic advising! We hope you find the curriculum video website to be valuable, and look forward to speaking with attendees at Curriculum Night next Wednesday evening, January 13th from 6:30-7:30pm.

5. WTW Virtual Curriculum Night

Faculty and staff from Woodson HS will host our firs ever virtual Curriculum night event on Wednesday, January 13th from 6:30-7:30pm.  This is for rising 10th - 12th grade students and their parents/guardians for an online session from 6:30-7:30pm (a link for the event will be sent out the morning of the Wednesday, January 13th).

During this time faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about course options for next school year. Because our time is limited, we also have a question submission form available on the curriculum video site where students and parents/guardians can submit questions in advance of Curriculum Night. This event will be less of a formal presentation and more of an open forum for attendees to ask questions and learn more about students’ course options for next year. The session will be recorded and posted to the curriculum video site by the end of next week.

6. VMEA Senior Honors Choir

Two Woodson students are among the twenty-four Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students from 14 high schools who have been named to the 2020 Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Senior Honors Choir. This group will present a virtual concert in March at a time and date to be announced. 

Students from throughout Virginia went through a rigorous audition process to compete for a spot in this chorus. Students will rehearse with expert conductors and musicians to prepare for the virtual concert.

Congratulations to the Woodson students selected for the 2020-21 Virginia Senior Honors Choir - Dylan Dipasupil and Luke Yoon.

Ms. Jennifer Forney

7. Congratulations, Ms. Forney and Ms. Kinne!

Woodson Science teachers Ms. Jennifer Forney and Ms. Lauren Kinne achieved certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). 

Established in 1987, National Board Certification is recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification. Obtaining certification is a three-year process with four components. The first is a content-area test, with multiple choice and writing sections. The other three components require candidates to extensively reflect on their practices, especially in the areas of lesson-planning, differentiation, learning environment, assessment, and feedback. Candidates submit original instructional material, student work, videos of their classes, and in-depth reflections.

The certification process is ultimately an enriching program that helps teachers to self-assess and think deeply about their practices.

Ms. Lauren Kinne

8. Has your contact information changed?

Has your contact information changed?  Do you have a new cell number or contact email address?

If so, please update your student's Emergency Care Card in FCPS 24-7, Blackboard in the weCare@school section.

9. SIS ParentVUE

The Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account Access, also known as ParentVUE, allows parents access to teacher grade books, attendance information, course history and other useful information.

New Users: Please use the parent account registration page to register your account. You will need an activation key to log in for the first time. Please email Jennifer Graybill at jagraybill@fcps.edu, if you need a new activation key or are having issues logging onto your ParentVUE Account. Please include your name, email address, student's name, students ID number and a short description of what the issue is.

Returning Users: Please go to https://sisparent.fcps.edu to log in to your ParentVUE Account.

Parent Blackboard Access: Parents must have a ParentVUE account in order to have parent access to Blackboard. If you lost your access to Blackboard, please create your ParentVUE account .

ParentVUE App: Parents may enjoy mobile access to SIS by loading the ParentVUE App, available for both iOS and Android. When prompted for a school, please search for "Fairfax County Public Schools."

10. Lifetouch - Common Questions & Answers
  1. I still have not received the pictures I ordered, when will they come? Lifetouch said that it has been taking 4-6 weeks for orders to be processed and delivered.
  2. I lost my students picture ID code, how do I find it in order to view their proofs online? Lifetouch is not able to provide us with the picture id codes, so, you would need to call Lifetouch directly at the appropriate extension below.
  3. I haven’t received a notification saying my students picture proof has been uploaded to the website, like the previous Woodson Weekly email said – All photos should have been uploaded to the Prestige website by now, so even if you did not receive a notification from Lifetouch, please use your picture id code to view your students photo on prestigeportraits.com. If your students picture is not showing, but your student did indeed take a photo at Woodson, please call Lifetouch directly at the appropriate extension below.
  4. I took my student to a Lifetouch studio to take their photo instead of taking it at Woodson. Will their photo still be included in the Woodson yearbook? It will still be included in our yearbook, as long as it has not passed any page submission deadlines. Please email our Yearbook Advisor, Tessa Weghorst (tmweghorst@fcps.edu), to confirm the picture date does not miss deadlines for submissions.

Call Lifetouch between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday – Friday

Underclass Lifetouch Customer Service  800-736-4753

Senior Lifetouch Customer Service  800-736-4775

11. College & Career Center News

Upcoming Events – all upcoming events with registration information are listed in the College & Career Center Calendar that students can access through their Google account. 

  1. FCPS ACE Apprenticeship Info Session, Monday, January 11th, 1:00 – 2:00pm: The FCPS Adult and Community Education is hosting an information session on Apprenticeship Related Instruction classes that complement on-the-job training provided by employers participating in the Virginia State Apprenticeship Program. Classes are offered in Carpentry, Electricity, HVAC, Plumbing, Opticianry, and Surveying. Interested students should register here and will receive a link to participate in an email.  https://forms.gle/rQfAogzMgG4gseoC9
  • Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families: Preparing for life after high school requires research, exploration, and planning. Student success is individualized based on achieving goals and determining the best fit and match in postsecondary planning. Discover a student's potential by exploring options now! This webinar will focus on: Higher Education Options, Financing Your Plans, Apprenticeships, Military Opportunities (Enlistment vs. ROTC), Testing (SAT/ACT), Gap Year Experiences. Join Tisa Frederick and Carla Shaw, FCPS College and Career Specialists for this important webinar on Thursday January 14th at 6:30-8 p.m. Register for Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families. 
  • Transition IEP Workshop: A Webinar for Families - Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. We answer questions such as these: What should parents be looking for? What questions should you ask the school team? What questions should you ask your student? What role does the IEP play in increasing self-advocacy? How do IEP goals support postsecondary planning? Thursday, January 14th at 10 a.m. – noon. Registration
  • Marine Recruiter Visit during lunch on Thursday, January 14th. Students can register at cliebmosley@fcps.edu
  • College 101 – Planning for College Presentation, Wednesday, February 3rd at 7 pm, by Erin Slater, Director of Admissions at Randolph Macon College: “College is a match to be made and not a prize to be won!” Please join us to learn how you can plan and prepare for college and the college application process. This Woodson event is for Sophomores and Juniors, and their parents/guardians.

To register, please go to: https://rmc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nsXsLKPaS4yYXmQbRHomig.  

Please follow the Woodson College & Career Center on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter. The next weekly College & Career Center Newsletter will be sent out on Monday. Newsletters are also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience.

Free STEM Program for 9th Graders

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) is a FREE educational program of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, designed to ignite a passion in students who already show an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our hope is that the BLAST 3-day residential, on-campus experience, which is packed with demonstrations and collaborative activities led by college faculty, will inspire students to envision a career in a STEM field and motivate them to expand the number of STEM-related classes they take in higher grade levels. 

Applications are being accepted online through Monday, February 8th.

PAST News - Still Important 12. FCPS Laptops and International Travel

Do not take FCPS student laptops outside the United States.  If machines are taken outside the country, the cost of any damages/repairs/replacement will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian to cover

13. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

New 2021 Laptop Tech Support Hours

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Thursday and Friday - 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

14. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

15. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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WTW PTSO WeMail - January 5th

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Schedule reminders

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, January 6 - Last chance for Senior Portraits. Details under WTW News & Events

Friday, January 8; 5:00 p.m. - Deadline to register for online Mock SAT and/or ACT. Details under Fundraisers below and on PTSO website. PTSO webpage & registration

Saturday, January 9; 8:00- Noon - ONLINE Mock SAT test

 

NEXT WEEK

Monday, January 11; 8:00-Noon - ONLINE Mock ACT test

Tuesday, January 12; 6:00 p.m. - Virtual PTSO meeting. Link to join meeting

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The week of January 18th will have only one synchronous learning day of classes - Friday, January 22nd.  January 22nd is also the last day of the quarter and a 2-hour early release.

Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday, School Holiday

Tuesday, January 19 - Teacher Workday, Asynchronous Learning Day

Wednesday, January 20 - Inauguration Day, School Holiday

Thursday, January 21 - Teacher Workday, Asynchronous Learning Day

Friday, January 22 - Last Day of 2nd Quarter; 2 hour early release

PTSO NEWS January PTSO Meeting

The next virtual PTSO meeting will be held January 12,  2021 at 6:00 p.m. Join the meeting by clicking this link:  https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj

Food Pantry Collection

$2,339 in donations were collected prior to winter break for the WTW Food Pantry. These generous donations helped 15 Woodson families.

Thanks to Elena Theobald for her efforts in organizing the collection and coordinating the distribution to needy families. Thank you also to the many community members for their generous donations, and to the Truro Homes Association for their contribution.

Questions? Contact: enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com

Communication and Social Skills Workshop for Families

In case you weren't able to attend the Effective Communication session hosted by the PTSO and iContact last week (or you want to view the useful information again), click this link for the webinar recording:

https://vimeo.com/490054509/fc205ddab0

Your Donations go a long way in helping our Woodson Teachers

If you’re interested in donating to PTSO so we can continue supporting our teachers with equipment to assist them in this challenging year, head to  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home scroll mid-way down the page and select the DONATE button! The PTSO and WTW teachers appreciate the support!

Amazon Smile

Why not make your Amazon purchases go a little further. Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to WTW PTSO. Every little bit helps!

Signing up is quick and easy - click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0959675

Join our PTSO for the remainder of the 20-21 School Year!

The majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding directly supports students or teachers.  

To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home. Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

FUNDRAISERS Mock SAT and Mock ACT

The Woodson PTSO is pleased once again to have Mindworks Educational Services host January’s Online Mock SAT and Mock ACT! 

Each test is limited to 95 students. Students can choose to take either or both of the two tests: either the SAT or the ACT. (Students taking both tests should pay for two tests.) 

TESTS ARE ONLINE THIS SATURDAY AND NEXT MONDAY!

-- Mock SAT is scheduled for Saturday, January 9 @ 8 am-12 pm; 

-- Mock ACT is scheduled for Monday, January 11 @ 8 am-12 pm; 

COST: The cost is $20 per test. Deadline to register is 5:00 p.m. this Friday, January 8. Payment made online ONLY. 

Click here to register for Mock SAT / ACT

SCORE REPORT SESSION: Thursday, February 11 from 7 to 7:30 PM, with an Optional Q&A to follow @ 7:30 until you need to leave! 

If you have questions for Woodson PTSO about this program, please contact Yelena Jones @ 703-501-9597. If you have questions about the SAT or ACT, please contact Mindworks @ 703-250-6882.

Show your Cavalier Pride with a Woodson Garden Flag!

Order yours today at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=1894

Garden Flag (dimensions - 12"x17") - $15

Want to personalize it? For $5 more, add your family name or get creative and celebrate your student with their name and graduation year!

(Some examples: The Smith Family; Congrats Emily Class of 2021; Woodson Class of 2022)

For more information, contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com

Order your 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

To purchase go to: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278.

Contact  tmweghorst@fcps.edu with any questions!

Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Still available for purchase!

Text Miklos Kiss to schedule pickup 703-975-7928

Your sign can be personalized with sticker(s) to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, Precisionettes, etc.) 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

SENIOR LEGACY BRICKS - A special way to honor your WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Legacy Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! The Bricks will be installed in the courtyard between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance. We will strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but definitely before 2021 Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick, or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com.

WTW NEWS & EVENTS Last Chance Senior Portraits

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Seniors who have not yet taken their portraits were mailed a new postcard from Lifetouch. It contains a new unique code, different from the old postcards you received, that the student will use to register for an appointment. 

Each individual student must log in to schedule and then confirm their own appointment.  Please visit prestigeportraits.com to schedule and then confirm the appointment selected. If you lose your appointment card or have questions, please call the Customer Care Line of 410-644-7700  or email Answers@Lifetouch.com.

For IN-PERSON Learning Students Only

Parent Health Commitment Form – Can be filled out in ParentVue.  This needs to be completed prior to your child starting in-person learning. Please see the translated versions

Amharic  Arabic  Chinese  Farsi  Korean  Spanish   Urdu   Vietnamese

Classroom Monitor - Job Opportunity

FCPS is in need of Classroom Monitors for the transition to in-person instruction.

Job Description: Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and noninstructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.

Hours/Days: Tuesday-Friday from 7:45am-3:15pm

To apply, visit the Classroom Monitor job listing.

If you are interested in working at Woodson specifically, after you apply to FCPS please let us know by sending an email to Mr. Brooks at  drbrooks@fcps.edu.  

Woodson Choral Boosters

Woodson Chorus masks are in! To find out more information and to order, clink on this link: https://forms.gle/6A2BGYVarzZmYc8w9

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

WTW RESOURCES You can now find Woodson Student Services on Social Media!

The Woodson Student Services department is now on Twitter and Instagram! Please follow us @wtwstudentsvcs to stay up to date on news and information from Student Services.

Please share this with your WTW student and encourage them to follow us too.

New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs have transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.
The Woodson Math Center is open!

Need help understanding your homework, finding out where you went wrong on a test or comprehending what you learned last math class?  Math Center is here to help you! Even Coronavirus can't stop us from helping you with math!  Test your knowledge and practice for the math section of the SAT on the SAT Questions of the Week page. Learn about new mathematicians every month on the Mathematician of the Month page. For more information, watch the video below or go to the About Us page.  Find out fun facts about our tutors on the Meet the Tutors page.

 Students  can find the Math Center link at the top of the CAV KIOSK.

  • Set up an appointment for tutoring on the  Math Center’s Make An Appointment page.  We are open Tuesdays & Thursdays during the 2nd half of Learning Seminar and Lunch on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  We are also open the first half of 5th period for Academy students who have a travel period or students with a study hall/release period.
  • Starting November 12th, students may also come to  Math Center  for tutoring via a BB course titled:  WHS Math Center 2020-21 (Walk-in Appointments).  Within the site, students will find a BBCU link to join. 

 We will be closed on 11/5 for maintenance.  We hope to see you on 11/10.   Please visit our  google site!

 Please email Mrs. Bell at kebell@fcps.edu with questions!

The Woodson Writing Center is open!

The Woodson Writing Center will be opening for tutoring beginning 2nd quarter.  Students will see the Writing Center BlackBoard site added to their BlackBoard courses shortly.  Everything they need to sign up for a tutoring session and meet with a tutor is right there. 

Students will be able to meet a tutor on Mondays between 10am and 2 pm as well as during unencumbered returns.  After students schedule a time through the BlackBoard site, they will use the BBCU link on the site to enter the Writing Center and work with a tutor in a breakout session.  Students will be able to present their work so they can work through the writing easily.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:

Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk.

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News.

WeMail Input

Want to add to the WeMail? Add your inputs by Sunday before the Tuesday we sent out to this Google doc.

2020-21 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.kiss@cox.net 

Sara Mastro / 1st Vice President - Membership / wptsovp1@gmail.com

Kiona Harvey/ 2nd Vice President - Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Vacant  / Communications Director / wptsocomm@gmail.com

Michelle Lucas / WTW PTSO Grant Program / WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com

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Welcome Back!

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Welcome back, Woodson Families,

Can you believe it?  It is hard to believe we are now in 2021! 

I am looking forward to working together as we make 2021 the best year yet for the Woodson community.  To do this, teachers will be working diligently to learn to use the technology required for concurrent instruction so they may properly engage students both online as well as in person.  January 4, 11, 19 and 21 will all be teacher work days where students will have asynchronous learning to do.   Much of the work for January 4, students already have and only need to work on getting caught up.  Students should check Blackboard and Google Classroom to see if there are any additional assignments to complete on Monday.  If not, continue to complete any missing assignments required for quarter 2. 

By now you may have seen the grading changes released by FCPS Leadership.  As of second quarter, any grade less than a 50 will be recorded as a 50.   There is a lot of research around why this is a best practice.  If you would like to read some background on this topic please visit the links listed below.

In addition, previously, no single assignment could be worth 30 percent of a student’s quarter grade.  This has changed to 20% as of second quarter. Late work penalties will decrease even less than they currently are and the minimum number of required assignments per quarter has decreased from 9 to 6. 

As you and your family look ahead, I wish you all the peace and excitement that comes with a fresh beginning of a new year.  I am excited to be planning for the safe return of in-person learning.  For families who have chosen in-person, you will be receiving various communications over the next three weeks.   Remember, grades 9 and 12 begin January 26 while grades 10 and 11 begin February 1.   We will be holding in-person orientations for students new to Woodson on January 19 and 21.  Stay tuned for details which will go directly to families who have chosen in-person learning. 

While I say all of this with great anticipation and excitement, I do realize there is a school board work session on January 5th where the Board will review the data and metrics and make decisions which could affect the return to school information, so please stay tuned. 

I appreciate your continued support and flexibility as we navigate this difficult and new situation.  Ultimately, we all want our students and staff safe physically, emotionally and mentally.  

Stay healthy and warm, Cavaliers!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

 

Resources: 

A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades (O’Connor, 2011)

Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

New Year's Message from the Principal

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Happy New Year Woodson Families,

Amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic, I wanted to share an article with you that was sent out by a superintendent in upstate NY.  I believe it eloquently states what we must remember as parents, students and educators as we continue to learn through this crisis.  

 

"Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am writing today about the children of this pandemic. After a lifetime of working among the young, I feel compelled to address the concerns that are being expressed by so many of my peers about the deficits the children will demonstrate when they finally return to school. My goodness, what a disconcerting thing to be concerned about in the face of a pandemic which is affecting millions of people around the country and the world. It speaks to one of my biggest fears for the children when they return. In our determination to “catch them up,” I fear that we will lose who they are and what they have learned during this unprecedented era. What on earth are we trying to catch them up on? The models no longer apply, the benchmarks are no longer valid, the trend analyses have been interrupted. We must not forget that those arbitrary measures were established by people, not ordained by God. We can make those invalid measures as obsolete as a crank up telephone! They simply do not apply.

When the children return to school, they will have returned with a new history that we will need to help them identify and make sense of. When the children return to school, we will need to listen to them. Let their stories be told. They have endured a year that has no parallel in modern times. There is no assessment that applies to who they are or what they have learned. Remember, their brains did not go into hibernation during this year. Their brains may not have been focused on traditional school material, but they did not stop either. Their brains may have been focused on where their next meal is coming from, or how to care for a younger sibling, or how to deal with missing grandma, or how it feels to have to surrender a beloved pet, or how to deal with death. Our job is to welcome them back and help them write that history.

I sincerely plead with my colleagues, to surrender the artificial constructs that measure achievement and greet the children where they are, not where we think they “should be.” Greet them with art supplies and writing materials, and music and dance and so many other avenues to help them express what has happened to them in their lives during this horrific year. Greet them with stories and books that will help them make sense of an upside-down world. They missed you. They did not miss the test prep. They did not miss the worksheets. They did not miss the reading groups. They did not miss the homework. They missed you.

Resist the pressure from whatever ‘powers that be’ who are in a hurry to “fix” kids and make up for the “lost” time. The time was not lost, it was invested in surviving an historic period of time in their lives—in our lives. The children do not need to be fixed. They are not broken. They need to be heard. They need be given as many tools as we can provide to nurture resilience and help them adjust to a post pandemic world.

Being a teacher is an essential connection between what is and what can be. Please, let what can be demonstrate that our children have so much to share about the world they live in and in helping them make sense of what, for all of us has been unimaginable. This will help them– and us– achieve a lot more than can be measured by any assessment tool ever devised. Peace to all who work with the children!"

Happy New Year,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

Woodson Weekly - December 18th

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Woodson Leadership thanks our community for the donations to the Food Drive.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1st - Winter Break - School Main Office will be closed.

Tuesday, January 5th - School Resumes

In this Issue

ACTION Items
1. For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

NEW News
2. Message from Dr. Floyd
3. SIS and FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Blackout Dates over Winter Break
4. Winter Break Office Hours
5. FCPS Laptops and International Travel
6. Last Chance for Senior Portraits - January 6th
7. Thank You Cards and Letters Needed for Deployed Service Members and Veterans
8. College & Career Center News

PAST News but still important 
9. Athletics News
10. Frost MS Library Virtual Book Fair
11. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
12. Parent Technology Help Desk
13. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

ACTION Items 1. For IN-PERSON Learning Students ONLY

As we prepare to bring our students back for in-person instruction here are some updates.  Starting after winter break, we will be sending out information each week leading up to the start of in-person learning.  These emails will contain important information and/or action items. 

  1. Parent Health Commitment Form – Can be filled out in ParentVue after the 1st of the year.  This needs to be completed prior to your child starting in-person learning. Please see the translated versions
     Amharic, ArabicChinese, FarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.
  2. FCPS Health and Safety Document – FCPS guidance on health procedures
  3. Return to School – FCPS Website for information on returning to school
  4. Lunches – we are still working on the exact schedule.  What we do know is that students will be eating in our cafeterias with all health and safety protocols in place such as 6ft distance, hand sanitizing/hand washing, cleaning of surfaces, and flow of traffic.
NEW News 2. Message from Dr. Floyd

Dear Woodson Families,

Winter break has arrived!  

Just as a reminder, students will be out of school from December 21, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Students return to all virtual learning on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

During the break, our main office will be closed while our staff enjoys time off with family.

Students are encouraged to relax and enjoy the winter break, perhaps even read a book, as they will not be assigned any major school work during this time. I hope this time away from school is an opportunity for your family to reconnect and to only use technology to connect.  Faculty and staff will also be on winter break and have been encouraged to enjoy this time with their families.

As such, faculty are not expected/required to check email or respond to communication during this time.  If there is an emergency, please email your student’s administrator as they will be checking email at times over break.

2020 has certainly been a challenging year all the way around.  I’m grateful to lead such a resilient community as Woodson.  I appreciate the flexibility and understanding of our families and staff during this very trying time. I am hopeful that 2021 will bring many reasons for joy and excitement for our students, families and staff. I wish our community a wonderful, joyful, and relaxing break.  See you in 2021!

Warmly,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

3. SIS and FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Blackout Dates over Winter Break

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will go offline for system upgrades from Friday, December 18th at 5pm through Monday, December 21st at 6am.

In addition, Blackboard FCPS 24-7 will go offline for upgrades and continued support maintenance from Friday, December 18th at 5pm through Wednesday, December 23rd at 5pm.

4. Winter Break Office Hours

The Woodson administrative offices will be closed from Monday, December 21th through Friday, January 1st.

Offices will re-open on Monday, January 4th at 7:30 a.m.

5. FCPS Laptops and International Travel

Do not take FCPS student laptops outside the United States.  If machines are taken outside the country, the cost of any damages/repairs/replacement will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian to cover

6. Last Chance for Senior Portraits

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Seniors who have not yet taken their portraits will be mailed a new postcard from Lifetouch. It will contain a new unique code, different from the old postcards you received, that the student will use to register for an appointment. 

Each individual student must log in to schedule and then confirm their own appointment.  Please visit prestigeportraits.com to schedule and then confirm the appointment selected. If you lose your appointment card or have questions, please call the Customer Care Line of 410-644-7700  or email Answers@Lifetouch.com.

Woodson staff get in the winter holiday spirit by sharing themed selfies each day.  This theme is "Going Mad about Plaid."

7. Thank You Cards and Letters Needed for Deployed Service Members and Veterans

America’s Adopt a Soldier® program is celebrating the 10th year of its National Care Letter Campaign to honor deployed service members and veterans in state homes and hospitals. Writing letters of appreciation would be a great activity for students and families to engage in during the winter break. Now more than ever, veterans in veterans’ homes and hospitals are feeling isolated. Many have no family or family nearby and eagerly await visits from volunteers. However, these visits have not been possible due to health and safety restrictions resulting from the pandemic.  

Cards and letters will be accepted through Tuesday, December 29, and should be mailed to:

America’s Adopt a Soldier
5400 Shawnee Road, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22312

For more information visit: www.americasadoptasoldier.org or call 703-278-3718.

8. College & Career Center News

Upcoming events after the winter break (registration is open): 

Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families: Preparing for life after high school requires research, exploration, and planning. Student success is individualized based on achieving goals and determining the best fit and match in postsecondary planning. Discover a student's potential by exploring options now! This webinar will focus on: Higher Education Options, Financing Your Plans, Apprenticeships, Military Opportunities (Enlistment vs. ROTC), Testing (SAT/ACT), Gap Year Experiences. Join Tisa Frederick and Carla Shaw, FCPS College and Career Specialists for this important webinar on Thursday January 14, 2021 6:30-8 p.m. Register for Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families. 

Transition IEP Workshop: A Webinar for Families - Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn the importance of the IEP Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in middle and high school. We answer questions such as these: What should parents be looking for? What questions should you ask the school team? What questions should you ask your student? What role does the IEP play in increasing self-advocacy? How do IEP goals support postsecondary planning? Thursday, January 14, 2021 10 a.m. – noon. Registration opens 12/14/2020. 

Please follow the Woodson College & Career Center on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter will be emailed to students and parents today. Newsletters are also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience.

PAST News - Still Important 9. Athletics News

Welcome back to sports!  Our goal is to continue providing athletic opportunities for our students in the safest possible manner.  To that end, we ask for your help in a couple of critically important areas.

Please, do not send your child to practice or workouts if:

  • He/she complains of not feeling well and/or has any of the following:
    • Feeling feverish and/or having chills (if documented temperature/fever of 100.4F or greater)
    • A new cough not due to another health condition
    • Fatigue (more tired than usual)
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose
    • Headache
    • A new sore throat not due to another health condition
    • New chills not due to another health condition
    • New muscle pain not due to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise
    • New loss of taste or smell, new onset of poor appetite or poor feeding Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • He/she has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or displays signs or symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • He/she has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results OR another family residing in the same house has been tested and is awaiting results

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recently recommended the following: “During times of substantial COVID-19 activity VDH strongly advises athletes to wear masks at all times during group training, competition, and on the sidelines.”

Beginning Friday, December 11th, students participating in FCPS athletic programs, to include in-season practices and competitions as well as out-of-season workouts, are required to wear masks during all aspects of athletic participation in all sports with the exception of wrestling, gymnastics and swim and dive.

With everyone’s help, we look forward to a successful season!

10. Frost MS Library Virtual Book Fair

It’s a great time to shop for the holidays and support the Frost MS Library at the same time!

Visit the Frost Bookworm Central Virtual Book Fair and help students discover favorite authors, series, and games, all season long.

Stocking up for winter reading has never been easier:

  • Find the same titles you’d find at our in-school Book Fair
  • Orders ship direct to the address you provide
  • FREE shipping on orders over $30
  • All purchases benefit the Frost Library 

Visit our Book Fair Homepage to get started. And don’t forget to share the link with friends and family at a distance!

Woodson staff get in the winter holiday spirit by sharing themed selfies each day.  This theme is "Holidays with our Furry Friends."

11. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

12. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

13. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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WTW PTSO WeMail - December 15th

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Schedule reminders

THIS WEEK

- Tuesday, December 15 - TODAY is the deadline for the following:

  • WTW Garden Flags orders for delivery in time for holiday. Link to purchase under Fundraisers below.
  • Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook. Link to purchase under Fundraisers below. (Today is the deadline to order the ads but not the deadline to order yearbooks.)
  • PTSO winter food pantry collection. Details under PTSO News below.

NEXT WEEK

- Winter Break (December 21 - January 1, 2021. Monday, January 4 is asynchronous.) Classes resume Tuesday, January 5.

-WeMail will return the week of January 4

PTSO NEWS January PTSO Meeting

The next virtual PTSO meeting will be held January 12,  2021 at 6:00 p.m. Join the meeting by clicking this link:  https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj

Wishing everyone a nice and safe Winter Break!

Winter Break Food Pantry Donations 

Donations being collected through TODAY!

The COVID-19 crisis continues to impact many of our own Woodson families. Many have seen a reduction of work hours and are without pay due to closures. We are collecting donations for local grocery stores and Target/WalMart gift cards for Winter Break.

If you would like to donate to the food pantry, please do so via PayPal: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8uZ00iuiuF  We will be collecting monetary donations until Dec. 15th.

Questions? Contact: enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com

Holiday Gifts and Cards for WTW Teachers & Staff

If you are looking to give gifts or cards to staff this holiday, the WTW front office is open M-F from 8am-3:15pm and items can be put in teachers’ mailboxes.

Since not all staff is onsite their mailboxes aren’t checked as frequently, so you’ll want to give them a heads up if you deliver something. A more convenient option is e-Amazon gift cards. You could also request a teacher’s home address if you wish to ship a gift, but sharing personal information is at their discretion.

Communication and Social Skills Workshop for Families

In case you weren't able to attend the Effective Communication session hosted by the PTSO and iContact last week (or you want to view the useful information again), click this link for the webinar recording:

https://vimeo.com/490054509/fc205ddab0

Your Donations go a long way in helping our Woodson Teachers!

If you’re interested in donating to PTSO so we can continue supporting our teachers with equipment to assist them in this challenging year, head to  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home scroll mid-way down the page and select the DONATE button! The PTSO and WTW teachers appreciate the support!

Senior Class Town Hall

Dr. Floyd will have a town hall for the Senior class on Wednesday, December 16th at 6PM to hear ideas for how we can celebrate our seniors

Ideas from the town hall will be shared with the PTSO as well as the Senior Class sponsors and officers to see how to make some of these events happen. 

A link will be sent on Wednesday morning through eNotify and the Class of 2021 Google Classroom.  As you may be aware, these platforms are limited capacity, so please share the computer within your household if possible. 

Amazon Smile

Why not make your Amazon purchases go a little further. Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to WTW PTSO. Every little bit helps!

Signing up is quick and easy - click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0959675

There is still time! Join our PTSO for the remainder of the 20-21 School Year!

The majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding directly supports students or teachers.  

To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home. Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

FUNDRAISERS Show your Cavalier Pride with a Woodson Garden Flag!

Order yours today at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=1894

*Holiday orders must be placed by TODAY, Tuesday, Dec. 15*

Garden Flag (dimensions - 12"x17") - $15

Want to personalize it? For $5 more, add your family name or get creative and celebrate your student with their name and graduation year!

(Some examples: The Smith Family; Congrats Emily Class of 2021; Woodson Class of 2022)

For more information, contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com

Order your 2021 WTW Senior Ad Space and Yearbook! Deadline - Tuesday, December 15th

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

You can buy Senior ad space, purchase a yearbook or submit photos all in one place! Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278.

DEADLINE TO ORDER BABY ADS IS TODAY, Tuesday, December 15! 

Contact  tmweghorst@fcps.edu with any questions!

Woodson Field Hockey Boosters

Help support Woodson Field Hockey by attending a Restaurant Night at Noodles & Company on Main Street in Fairfax this Wednesday, December 16, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

If you plan to order online, enter code "GIVING25" in the coupon code and hit Apply.  Look for the red check mark for confirmation and proceed to checkout. 

Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Still available for purchase!

Text Miklos Kiss to schedule pickup 703-975-7928

Your sign can be personalized with sticker(s) to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, Precisionettes, etc.) 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

SENIOR LEGACY BRICKS - A special way to honor your WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Legacy Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! The Bricks will be installed in the courtyard between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance. We will strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but definitely before 2021 Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick, or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com.

WTW NEWS & EVENTS Classroom Monitor - Job Opportunity

FCPS is in need of Classroom Monitors for the transition to in-person instruction.

Job Description: Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and noninstructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.

Hours/Days: Tuesday-Friday from 7:45am-3:15pm

To apply, visit the Classroom Monitor job listing.

If you are interested in working at Woodson specifically, after you apply to FCPS please let us know by sending an email to Mr. Brooks at  drbrooks@fcps.edu.  

Woodson Choral Boosters

Message for New Chorus Students: You can pick up your Chorus sweatshirt and Chorus shirt on Thursday, December 17th and Friday, December 18th from 8:00 am- 4:30pm.  Please knock on the WTW Chorus room door, by the senior parking lot. Please follow Covid guidelines, social distance and wear a mask.

Spirit Wear orders are in. They will be available for pickup from the WTW Chorus Room on Thursday, 12/7 and Friday, 12/8 from 8:00 am-4:30pm.  Please knock on the WTW Chorus room door, by the senior parking lot.  Please follow Covid guidelines, social distance and wear a mask.  If you cannot pick up during that time, please contact Michele Bach-Hansen at mbachhansen@gmail.com or 703-474-5834 to arrange alternate pickup.

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

WTW RESOURCES You can now find Woodson Student Services on Social Media!

The Woodson Student Services department is now on Twitter and Instagram! Please follow us @wtwstudentsvcs to stay up to date on news and information from Student Services.

Please share this with your WTW student and encourage them to follow us too.

New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs have transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.
The Woodson Math Center is open!

Need help understanding your homework, finding out where you went wrong on a test or comprehending what you learned last math class?  Math Center is here to help you! Even Coronavirus can't stop us from helping you with math!  Test your knowledge and practice for the math section of the SAT on the SAT Questions of the Week page. Learn about new mathematicians every month on the Mathematician of the Month page. For more information, watch the video below or go to the About Us page.  Find out fun facts about our tutors on the Meet the Tutors page.

 Students  can find the Math Center link at the top of the CAV KIOSK.

  • Set up an appointment for tutoring on the  Math Center’s Make An Appointment page.  We are open Tuesdays & Thursdays during the 2nd half of Learning Seminar and Lunch on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  We are also open the first half of 5th period for Academy students who have a travel period or students with a study hall/release period.
  • Starting November 12th, students may also come to  Math Center  for tutoring via a BB course titled:  WHS Math Center 2020-21 (Walk-in Appointments).  Within the site, students will find a BBCU link to join. 

 We will be closed on 11/5 for maintenance.  We hope to see you on 11/10.   Please visit our  google site!

 Please email Mrs. Bell at kebell@fcps.edu with questions!

The Woodson Writing Center is open!

The Woodson Writing Center will be opening for tutoring beginning 2nd quarter.  Students will see the Writing Center BlackBoard site added to their BlackBoard courses shortly.  Everything they need to sign up for a tutoring session and meet with a tutor is right there. 

Students will be able to meet a tutor on Mondays between 10am and 2 pm as well as during unencumbered returns.  After students schedule a time through the BlackBoard site, they will use the BBCU link on the site to enter the Writing Center and work with a tutor in a breakout session.  Students will be able to present their work so they can work through the writing easily.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:

Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk.

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News.

WeMail Input

Want to add to the WeMail? Add your inputs by Sunday before the Tuesday we sent out to this Google doc.

2020-21 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.kiss@cox.net 

Sara Mastro / 1st Vice President - Membership / wptsovp1@gmail.com

Kiona Harvey/ 2nd Vice President - Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Vacant  / Communications Director / wptsocomm@gmail.com

Michelle Lucas / WTW PTSO Grant Program / WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com

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Woodson Weekly - December 11th

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Woodson Drama is proud to virtually present "War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast" this weekend!  Get your On Demand ticket!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1st - Winter Break - School Main Office will be closed.

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Woodson Drama Presents - War of the Worlds
3. Woodson Leadership Food Drive - Tomorrow, Saturday, December 12th
4. Athletics News
5. SIS and FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Blackout Dates over Winter Break
6. FCPS Laptops and International Travel
7. College & Career Center News
8. Senior Yearbook Baby Ads - Deadline Tuesday, December 15th

PAST News but still important 
9. Frost MS Library Virtual Book Fair
10. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
11. Parent Technology Help Desk
12. Senior Baby Yearbook Ads - Deadline Tuesday, December 15th
13. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

NEW News 1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Happy Friday, Woodson families!

Depending on the COVID metrics, this week could be the beginning of a pause of our current in person learning group 3.   FCPS, the Fairfax County Health Department as well as the CDC help determine when we would phase in and out student learning groups based on various metrics.   As of last night, our School Board received the following plan to phase in our high school students:

In Person Group 8, Grades 9 and 12 return January 26, 2021

In Person Group 8, Grades 10 and 11 return February 2, 2021

We will be swiftly planning an orientation for our 9th graders and our new to Woodson students that will most likely occur on January 19 or 21. Stay tuned for details!

You can view last night’s presentation here or watch the meeting on Youtube

Please know FCPS Division Leadership will be sending more information next week about further changes to our grading and reporting systems. 

In other news, while there are no updates to graduation or other events I will have a town hall for our seniors on Wednesday, December 16 at 6PM to hear ideas for how we can celebrate our seniors.  We will take these ideas to the PTSO as well as the Senior Class sponsors and officers to see how to make some of these events happen.  We will send a link on Wednesday through eNotify and the Class of 2021 Google Classroom.  As you may be aware, these platforms are limited capacity, so please share the computer within your household if possible. 

Please have a restful weekend, everyone! 

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Woodson Drama Presents

Woodson Drama is proud to virtually present War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast.

On Demand through Broadway on Demand from 12:01 AM on December 11 – 11:59 PM on December 13

Get your ticket here: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/series/PSJTFcodwiw0-war-of-the-worlds---the-panic-broadcast--w-t-woodson-theatre

Special Event: On Sunday, December 13, Coyote Grille will be donating a portion of their proceeds all day to Woodson Drama. So, mention Woodson Drama when you pick up a delicious meal to eat while you watch! Order your take out here: https://www.coyotegrille.com/

3. Woodson Leadership Food Drive

Please consider dropping off some non-perishable grocery items for the 7th annual Woodson Food Drive. 

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to collect food at many grocery stores, so we are collecting food items at Woodson (Door 3) on Saturday, December 12th from 9:00 AM -12:30 PM

All the food will be delivered to the Annandale Food Site, a non-profit, community based organization, that serves over 100 families in our community.  Woodson Leadership students will be there to collect your items.

All Covid-19 guidelines will be followed, so please be respectful of social distancing and masking requirements when dropping off food. 

For more information contact Dan Schaefer djschaefer@fcps.edu

4. Athletics News

Welcome back to sports!  Our goal is to continue providing athletic opportunities for our students in the safest possible manner.  To that end, we ask for your help in a couple of critically important areas.

Please, do not send your child to practice or workouts if:

  • He/she complains of not feeling well and/or has any of the following:
    • Feeling feverish and/or having chills (if documented temperature/fever of 100.4F or greater)
    • A new cough not due to another health condition
    • Fatigue (more tired than usual)
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose
    • Headache
    • A new sore throat not due to another health condition
    • New chills not due to another health condition
    • New muscle pain not due to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise
    • New loss of taste or smell, new onset of poor appetite or poor feeding Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • He/she has been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 or displays signs or symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • He/she has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results OR another family residing in the same house has been tested and is awaiting results

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recently recommended the following: “During times of substantial COVID-19 activity VDH strongly advises athletes to wear masks at all times during group training, competition, and on the sidelines.”

Beginning Friday, December 11th, students participating in FCPS athletic programs, to include in-season practices and competitions as well as out-of-season workouts, are required to wear masks during all aspects of athletic participation in all sports with the exception of wrestling, gymnastics and swim and dive.

With everyone’s help, we look forward to a successful season!

Woodson staff get in the winter holiday spirit by sharing themed selfies each day.  This theme is "Candy Canes."

5. SIS and FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Blackout Dates over Winter Break

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will go offline for system upgrades from Friday, December 18th at 5pm through Monday, December 21st at 6am.

In addition, Blackboard FCPS 24-7 will go offline for upgrades and continued support maintenance from Friday, December 18th at 5pm through Wednesday, December 23rd at 5pm.

6. FCPS Laptops and International Travel

Do not take FCPS student laptops outside the United States.  If machines are taken outside the country, the cost of any damages/repairs/replacement will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian to cover

7. College & Career Center News

Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience. Don’t know how to navigate Naviance? Please click on the Show Me How Tab on the Naviance homepage. 

Upcoming Events 

Virtually at Woodson: On Monday, December 14th, at 1 pm UndocuMason (formerly Mason DREAMers) is doing a presentation about the current legislation surrounding immigration, a brief overview of the college admissions process, resources (legal, financial, and social) available to students, and tips for college. Spanish interpretation is available. Here is the Zoom link: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/93527624786. Students, parents/guardians, and staff are all welcome to attend.

8. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook - Deadline Tuesday!

Deadline is Tuesday, December 15th!!!

Want to show your senior how proud you are and showcase this important moment in their life? Parents, relatives, and friends have the opportunity to purchase a baby ad in the yearbook to leave lasting well wishes for your Class of 2021 graduate! You can choose the size of the ad as well as include a special message for your graduate. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to commemorate your graduating senior!

Orders are being accepted now and the deadline to purchase an ad is December 15th so place your order early to guarantee a spot in the yearbook! Go to yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278.

PAST News - Still Important 9. Student Services News

The Woodson Student Services department is now on Twitter and Instagram! Please follow us @wtwstudentsvcs to stay up to date on news and information from Student Services.

Please also share this with your students as well and encourage them to follow us too.

10. Frost MS Library Virtual Book Fair

It’s a great time to shop for the holidays and support the Frost MS Library at the same time!

Visit the Frost Bookworm Central Virtual Book Fair and help students discover favorite authors, series, and games, all season long.

Stocking up for winter reading has never been easier:

  • Find the same titles you’d find at our in-school Book Fair
  • Orders ship direct to the address you provide
  • FREE shipping on orders over $30
  • All purchases benefit the Frost Library 

Visit our Book Fair Homepage to get started. And don’t forget to share the link with friends and family at a distance!

Woodson staff get in the winter holiday spirit by sharing themed selfies each day.  This theme is "Don't be a Scrooge."

11. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

12. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

13. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - December 8th

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Schedule reminders

THIS WEEK

- Thursday, December 10th; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. -  FREE Communication and Social Skills Workshop for Families. Sign up for the virtual link under News & Events below. 

NEXT WEEK

- Tuesday, December 15th - Deadline to order WTW Garden Flags in time for holiday delivery and to purchase Senior Baby Ads for the yearbook. Information in the stories below.

There are several donation collections being facilitated by WTW groups over the next couple of weeks. See details under News & Events below.

Also PTSO is collecting gift cards for the food pantry through December 15. Details under PTSO News below.

PTSO NEWS PTSO Meeting

The next PTSO meeting will be held in January 2021. Wishing everyone a nice Winter Break!

Winter Break Food Pantry Donations 

The COVID-19 crisis continues to impact many of our own Woodson families. Many have seen a reduction of work hours and are without pay due to closures. We are collecting donations in order to purchase  local grocery stores and Target/WalMart gift cards for Winter Break. 

If you would like to donate to the food pantry, please do so via PayPal: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8uZ00iuiuF  We will be collecting monetary donations until Dec. 15th.

Questions? Contact: enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com

Holiday Gifts and Cards for WTW Teachers & Staff

If you are looking to give gifts or cards to staff this holiday, the WTW front office is open M-F from 8am-3:15pm and items can be put in teachers’ mailboxes.

Since not all staff is onsite their mailboxes aren’t checked as frequently, so you’ll want to give them a heads up if you deliver something. A more convenient option is e-Amazon gift cards. You could also request a teacher’s home address if you wish to ship a gift, but sharing personal information is at their discretion.

Your Donations go a long way in helping our Woodson Teachers!

If you’re interested in donating to PTSO so we can continue supporting our teachers with equipment to assist them in this challenging year, head to  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home scroll mid-way down the page and select the DONATE button! The PTSO and WTW teachers appreciate the support!

Amazon Smile

Why not make your Amazon purchases go a little further. Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to WTW PTSO. Every little bit helps!

Signing up is quick and easy - click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0959675

There is still time! Join our PTSO for the remainder of the 20-21 School Year!

The majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding directly supports students or teachers.  

To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home. Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

FUNDRAISERS Show your Cavalier Pride with a Woodson Garden Flag!

Order your WT Woodson garden flag today at https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=1894

*Holiday orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 15th*

Garden Flag (dimensions - 12"x17") - $15

Want to personalize it? For $5 more, add your family name or get creative and celebrate your student with their name and graduation year!

(Some examples: The Smith Family; Congrats Emily Class of 2021; Woodson Class of 2022)

For more information, contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com

Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Still available for purchase!

Text Miklos Kiss to schedule pickup 703-975-7928

Your sign can be personalized with sticker(s) to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, Precisionettes, etc.) 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

Order your 2021 WTW Yearbook and Senior Ad Space! Deadline - Tuesday, December 15th

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

You can buy Senior ad space, purchase a yearbook or submit photos all in one place! Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278.

Contact  tmweghorst@fcps.edu with any questions!

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

SENIOR LEGACY BRICKS - A special way to honor your WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Legacy Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! The Bricks will be installed in the courtyard between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance. We will strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but definitely before 2021 Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick, or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com.

WTW NEWS & EVENTS Classroom Monitor - Job Opportunity

FCPS is in need of Classroom Monitors for the transition to in-person instruction.

Job Description: Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and noninstructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.

Hours/Days: Tuesday-Friday from 7:45am-3:15pm

To apply, visit the Classroom Monitor job listing.

If you are interested in working at Woodson specifically, after you apply to FCPS please let us know by sending an email to Mr. Brooks at  drbrooks@fcps.edu.  

Free! Communication and Social Skills Virtual Workshop for Families

This is an amazing opportunity to learn about public speaking and the art of making a great first impression! Parents, students and teachers are welcome! This workshop is brought to you by the PTSO and iContact Coaching, and it will help in presenting yourself confidently, in starting and holding conversations, and understanding the power of your voice. Whether it's meeting new people, performing on stage, walking into an interview, or speaking in public; we could all use tips from a Pro! This will be presented in a Zoom meeting format.

When: December 10th from 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent to participants. Reserve your spot via the sign-up genius link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ADAC29A4FA7-free1

Questions? Contact us at enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com

Woodson Leadership Food Drive

7th annual Woodson Food Drive - Please consider dropping off some non-perishable grocery items at Woodson (Door 3) on Saturday, December 12th from 9:00 AM -12:30 PM

All the collected food will be delivered to the Annandale Food Site, a non-profit, community based organization, that serves over 100 families in our community.  Woodson Leadership students will be there to collect your items.

All Covid-19 guidelines will be followed, so please be respectful of social distancing and masking requirements when dropping off food. 

For more information contact Dan Schaefer djschaefer@fcps.edu

Gift Card collection - In partnership with Fairfax Villa and Mosby Woods elementary schools, Woodson Leadership Class is collecting gift cards for distribution to needy families in these communities. Please drop off gift cards of any denomination from Target, Walmart, or Amazon at the Woodson Main Office through Tuesday, December 8th.

Woodson Key Club Collecting Toys for Tots

The Woodson Key Club is collecting for Toys for Tots. Please leave donations in the bin outside WTW Door 18 through Friday, December 11th. Or, you can donate to the virtual toy box on the Toys for Tots website. The toys donated will be given directly to individual families and organizations that will help those in need.

Toy donations can be for all ages, but must be new, unwrapped, and not resemble any weapons or food. Some common donation themes include books, sports equipment, board games, etc. Donations will be used to brighten up the day of those less fortunate.

Woodson Drama

This weekend! Woodson Drama presents: War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast by Joe Landry. The show will be available for streaming on demand any time Friday, December 11 to Sunday, December 13. Watch the show on Sunday, December 13 and order take out from Coyote Grille. When you call, mention Woodson Drama Boosters, and Boosters will receive a percentage of the proceeds. Visit Woodson Drama for more information about the show!

Woodson Choral Boosters

Our next Choral Booster meeting is on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:30PM.  This is a Dessert-on-Broadway planning meeting.

Attached is the concert program for tonight's virtual chorus concert. The concert was aired December 3rd on our Woodson Chorus YouTube page. You can also access it from this link.

Please feel free to share with relatives! We hope you join us live. If you are not able to attend, you can always watch later. The students put a lot of hard work and energy into this performance. We are excited to share the final product with you!

If you have not subscribed to our YouTube page, please do! You will be notified when we release new performances.

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

WTW RESOURCES You can now find Woodson Student Services on Social Media!

The Woodson Student Services department is now on Twitter and Instagram! Please follow us @wtwstudentsvcs to stay up to date on news and information from Student Services.

Please share this with your WTW student and encourage them to follow us too.

New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs have transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.
The Woodson Math Center is open!

Need help understanding your homework, finding out where you went wrong on a test or comprehending what you learned last math class?  Math Center is here to help you! Even Coronavirus can't stop us from helping you with math!  Test your knowledge and practice for the math section of the SAT on the SAT Questions of the Week page. Learn about new mathematicians every month on the Mathematician of the Month page. For more information, watch the video below or go to the About Us page.  Find out fun facts about our tutors on the Meet the Tutors page.

 Students  can find the Math Center link at the top of the CAV KIOSK.

  • Set up an appointment for tutoring on the  Math Center’s Make An Appointment page.  We are open Tuesdays & Thursdays during the 2nd half of Learning Seminar and Lunch on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  We are also open the first half of 5th period for Academy students who have a travel period or students with a study hall/release period.
  • Starting November 12th, students may also come to  Math Center  for tutoring via a BB course titled:  WHS Math Center 2020-21 (Walk-in Appointments).  Within the site, students will find a BBCU link to join. 

 We will be closed on 11/5 for maintenance.  We hope to see you on 11/10.   Please visit our  google site!

 Please email Mrs. Bell at kebell@fcps.edu with questions!

The Woodson Writing Center is open!

The Woodson Writing Center will be opening for tutoring beginning 2nd quarter.  Students will see the Writing Center BlackBoard site added to their BlackBoard courses shortly.  Everything they need to sign up for a tutoring session and meet with a tutor is right there. 

Students will be able to meet a tutor on Mondays between 10am and 2 pm as well as during unencumbered returns.  After students schedule a time through the BlackBoard site, they will use the BBCU link on the site to enter the Writing Center and work with a tutor in a breakout session.  Students will be able to present their work so they can work through the writing easily.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:

Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk.

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News.

WeMail Input

Want to add to the WeMail? Add your inputs by Sunday before the Tuesday we sent out to this Google doc.

2020-21 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.kiss@cox.net 

Sara Mastro / 1st Vice President - Membership / wptsovp1@gmail.com

Kiona Harvey/ 2nd Vice President - Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Vacant  / Communications Director / wptsocomm@gmail.com

Michelle Lucas / WTW PTSO Grant Program / WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com

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Woodson Weekly - December 4th

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The Woodson Combined Chorus performs at their Winter Concert.  You can view it on YouTube!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1st - Winter Break - School Main Office will be closed.

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Computer Science Education Week 
3. Winter Chorus Concert
4. Student Services News
5. Woodson Key Club Collecting Toys for Tots
6. Woodson Leadership Food Drive
7. Woodson Leadership Gift Card Collection
8. Frost MS Library Virtual Book Fair
9. FCPS Laptops and International Travel
10. College & Career Center News

PAST News but still important
11. FAQs for New Activities & Athletics Registration Site
12. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
13. Parent Technology Help Desk
14. Senior Baby Yearbook Ads - Deadline Tuesday, December 15th
15. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

NEW News

The most recent episode from the Woodson Broadcast Studio starts with Ms. Pugnetti and Mr. Williams in the activities office.

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Happy rainy Friday, Woodson families!

I trust this message comes to you at a time your family is safe and hunkered down for some rain this weekend.  Someone said if this was snow it would be several feet!  While I am looking forward to hopefully having some measurable snow, I’m not too keen on more than a few inches. Can’t be picky, though, right?

Seniors!   You all are doing a great job hanging in this year!   I know this end of your K-12 public education experience is not how you might have pictured it, but we are still working to get us there – safely!   I’ll be hosting a town hall for seniors to check in with you all on Wednesday, December 16th at 6PM.  Parents can join with you.  Please keep in mind there are capacity limits on the virtual event sites, so we will try and post the recording or offer another town hall in January if needed.   We will also send out the highlights.   There isn’t any “new” information.  Graduation is scheduled for 2PM on Wednesday, June 2nd at EagleBank Arena, if health conditions and FCPS allow.  If we can’t do that then we will figure out an alternative based on what is permitted at that time.  As of right now, FCPS has not scheduled or approved any alternative arrangements.  On the town hall, I want to hear ideas you may have to re-envision activities like pep rallies and Prom if we are not back in person or not allowed to have such large group activities – what could we do?  The link to join the town hall will be sent on December 16th.

We plan to be back with the concurrent learning model on Tuesday, January 26th.  More details will be laid out for the school board on Thursday, December 10th at their work session.  Also, there is more information on the third metric of school based mitigation strategies, please read about the third metric in Dr. Brabrand’s email he sent on December 3, 2020 to learn more about all that goes into the decisions around returning to school.

Please have a restful weekend, everyone! 

Dr. Floyd
Principal

2. Computer Science Education Week

The global Computer Science Education Week is December 7 - 13. To celebrate the CS Honor Society is hosting two Hour of Code events after school to teach students what CS is and how it can apply to virtually any field of interest. Both events are open to all Woodson students and no programming experience is necessary!

The Tuesday, December 8th workshop focuses on simulating a virus outbreak among healthy and sick monsters, and the participants get to create remedies such as masks and vaccines to slow and control the spread.

On Thursday, December 10th we are giving a basic introduction on how to write an app that could be run from a personal device. This one allows for the participants to bring their personal interests to their programs.

The signup is located at https://tinyurl.com/wtwcode2020.

3. Winter Chorus Concert

The theme of this year's Winter Chorus Concert is "Empowering One Another - Together in Song - Virtually."  Directors Amy Moir, Charles Quinlan, and Meredith Lee collaborated with Audio & Video Engineer Naveed Easton on this amazing performance.

The program features the Vocal Ensemble, Treble Concert Chorus, a collaboration with Fairfax HS chorus, The Singing Cavaliers, Bella Voce and the Combined Woodson Choirs. 

In addition, the concert included a piece from the Woodson Pyramid Virtual Area Chorus with students from Canterbury Woods, Fairfax Villa, Little Run, Mantua, Mosby Woods, Oak View, Old Creek, and Wakefield Forest elementary schools.

To watch this performance, click this YouTube link.

4. Student Services News

The Woodson Student Services department is now on Twitter and Instagram! Please follow us @wtwstudentsvcs to stay up to date on news and information from Student Services.

Please also share this with your students as well and encourage them to follow us too.

5. Woodson Key Club Collecting Toys for Tots

The Woodson Key Club will work with the Toys For Tots organization run by the U.S. Marine Corps in the oncoming weeks to help those in need during the holidays. The toys donated will be given directly to individual families and organizations that will help those in need.

Please leave donations in the bin outside Door 18 between now through Friday, December 11th. Or, you can donate to the virtual toy box on the Toys for Tots website.

Toy donations can be for all ages, but must be new, unwrapped, and not resemble any weapons or food. Some common donation themes include books, sports equipment, board games, etc. Donations will be used to brighten up the day of those less fortunate.

The Key Club canned food drive was also a great success with over 500 pounds worth of food donated to those in need and Key Club would like to take a moment to thank those who donated their time and effort towards supporting such a worthy cause.

6. Woodson Leadership Food Drive

Please consider dropping off some non-perishable grocery items for the 7th annual Woodson Food Drive. 

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to collect food at many grocery stores, so we are collecting food items at Woodson (Door 3) on Saturday, December 12th from 9:00 AM -12:30 PM

All the food will be delivered to the Annandale Food Site, a non-profit, community based organization, that serves over 100 families in our community.  Woodson Leadership students will be there to collect your items.

All Covid-19 guidelines will be followed, so please be respectful of social distancing and masking requirements when dropping off food. 

For more information contact Dan Schaefer djschaefer@fcps.edu

7. Woodson Leadership Gift Card Collection

In partnership with Fairfax Villa and Mosby Woods elementary schools, Woodson Leadership Class is collecting gift cards for distribution to needy families in these communities. Please drop off, to the main office, gift cards of any denomination from Target, Walmart, or Amazon through Tuesday, December 8th.

8. Frost MS Library Virtual Book Fair

It’s a great time to shop for the holidays and support the Frost MS Library at the same time!

Visit the Frost Bookworm Central Virtual Book Fair and help students discover favorite authors, series, and games, all season long.

Stocking up for winter reading has never been easier:

  • Find the same titles you’d find at our in-school Book Fair
  • Orders ship direct to the address you provide
  • FREE shipping on orders over $30
  • All purchases benefit the Frost Library 

Visit our Book Fair Homepage to get started. And don’t forget to share the link with friends and family at a distance!

9. FCPS Laptops and International Travel

Do not take FCPS student laptops outside the United States.  If machines are taken outside the country, the cost of any damages/repairs/replacement will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian to cover

Woodson Staff get in the winter holiday spirit by sharing themed selfies each day.  This theme is "Shine Bright Like a Diamond."

10. College & Career Center News

Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience. Don’t know how to navigate Naviance? Please click on the Show Me How Tab on the Naviance homepage. 

Upcoming Events

Virtually at Woodson: On Monday, December 7th, we have the US Coast Guard Recruiter visit at 1 pm. NOVA is going to visit from 2 – 4 pm to help seniors with their NOVA application. On Thursday, December 10th, our Marine Recruiter is visiting during lunch. Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu to register and receive the virtual meeting links.

On Wednesday, December 9th at 7 pm, College Access Fairfax is offering another virtual Line-by-Line FAFSA Completion Seminar. To register, please go to www.collegeaccessfairfax.org

PAST News - Still Important 11. FAQs for New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs has transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.

Frequently Asked Questions-

  1. If I already turned in paperwork (Emergency Care Form and Concussion Ed), do I need to submit again through the Registration site?  Yes. We need to have everyone resubmit their information and training through this new portal.
  2. When registering my student, the physical date I see is a date from last year or it is not there at all. Do I need to turn one in again?    If you have not turned in a sports physical that is dated after May 1, 2020, to cover this 2020-21 school year, then yes, you still need to turn one in. Either scan the completed physical to the Athletic Trainer, Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu, mail it to Woodson, or drop it off in the Main Entrance of Woodson. Once received, and once we upload the dates into the system, the current 2020-21 physical date should show.
  3. What if my student changes their mind about which sport to try out for?  If your student decides they want to try out for an additional sport that was not originally selected on their registration, you will need to log back in and update/add the sport.
  4. When do I need to submit the online registration by? Online Activity Registration is required before the first day of try-outs for your specific sport/activity. However, paper copies of the Emergency Care Form will be expected for out of season work outs for this school year only. In the future, we anticipate using this portal for all ECC submissions.

If you have any further questions, please contact Chris Hogge, athletic trainer at chogge@fcps.edu or Alexa Pugnetti, administrative assistant at alpugnetti@fcps.edu.

Allie shares how teens are getting involved during the Pandemic on The Morning News Show.

12. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

13. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

14. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook

Deadline is Tuesday, December 15th!!!

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

15. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - December 1st

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Schedule reminders

THIS WEEK

- TOMORROW Wednesday, December 2;  3:30pm – 8:30pm - Senior Portrait Make-ups (Sign up under News & Events below)

NEXT WEEK

- Thursday, December 10; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. -  Free! Communication and Social Skills Virtual Workshop for Families (Sign up for link under News & Events below)

PTSO NEWS PTSO Meeting

The next PTSO meeting will be held in January 2021. Wishing everyone a nice Winter Break!

Your Donations go a long way in helping our Woodson Teachers!

If you’re interested in donating to PTSO so we can continue supporting our teachers with equipment to assist them in this challenging year, head to  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home scroll mid-way down the page and select the DONATE button! The PTSO and WTW teachers appreciate the support!

Amazon Smile

Why not make your Amazon purchases go a little further. Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to WTW PTSO. Every little bit helps!

Signing up is quick and easy - click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0959675

JOIN PTSO FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR!

The majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding directly supports students or teachers.  

To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home. Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Crew Fundraising

TONIGHT! Tuesday December 1, Noodles & Co on Main Street in Fairfax will give the Woodson Crew team a fundraising boost! Order online with the code GIVING50 between 4 and 8 PM to make sure the team gets the support they need to have a successful season.

Instead of our winter craft show, Woodson Crew is hosting a Virtual Silent Auction with 40+ items, ranging from crew oars to vacation homes to SAT prep to custom crafts. Score one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while supporting Woodson Crew! Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and volunteers, 100% of all proceeds will go directly to supporting the team.

Start bidding! — the auction runs until Friday, December 4!

Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Still available for purchase!

Text Miklos Kiss to schedule pickup 703-975-7928

Your sign can be personalized with sticker(s) to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, Precisionettes, etc.) 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

Order your 2021 WTW Yearbook and Senior Ad Space!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

You can buy Senior ad space, purchase a yearbook or submit photos all in one place! Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278.

Contact  tmweghorst@fcps.edu with any questions!

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

SENIOR LEGACY BRICKS - A special way to honor your WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Legacy Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! The Bricks will be installed in the courtyard between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance. We will strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but definitely before 2021 Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick, or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com.

WTW NEWS & EVENTS Classroom Monitor - Job Opportunity

FCPS is in need of Classroom Monitors for the transition to in-person instruction.

Job Description: Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and noninstructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.

Hours/Days: Tuesday-Friday from 7:45am-3:15pm

To apply, visit the Classroom Monitor job listing.

If you are interested in working at Woodson specifically, after you apply to FCPS please let us know by sending an email to Mr. Brooks at  drbrooks@fcps.edu.  

Senior Portrait Make-up Day

Any seniors who still need to schedule a portrait sitting with Lifetouch can schedule one on Wednesday, December 2nd from 3:30pm – 8:30pm.

Sign up on prestigeportraits.com using the current code that is on your appointment card.  Pictures will be taken in the Aux Gym.  Students will check in at Door 5 and exit through Door 6.

If you lost your appointment card or have questions, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

For detailed Senior Portrait Day information such as what to wear, visit the Senior Class Information Page.

Free! Communication and Social Skills Virtual Workshop for Families

This is an amazing opportunity to learn about public speaking and the art of making a great first impression! Parents, students and teachers are welcome! This workshop is brought to you by the PTSO and iContact Coaching, and it will help in presenting yourself confidently, in starting and holding conversations, and understanding the power of your voice. Whether it's meeting new people, performing on stage, walking into an interview, or speaking in public; we could all use tips from a Pro! This will be presented in a Zoom meeting format.

When: December 10th from 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent to participants. Reserve your spot via the sign-up genius link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ADAC29A4FA7-free1

Questions? Contact us at enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com

Woodson Drama

DATE CHANGE! Woodson Drama presents: War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast by Joe Landry. The show will be available for streaming December 11, 12, 13. Watch the show on Sunday, December 13 and order take out from Coyote Grille. Call and mention Woodson Drama Boosters, and Boosters will receive a percentage of the proceeds. More information coming soon! 

Woodson Choral Boosters

Woodson Choral Booster 

Important Dates 

Thursday        December 3rd     Virtual Pyramid Concert         7PM

Wednesday         December 9th     DOB Planning Meeting         7:30PM

Chorus masks are coming to Spirit Wear soon. Stay tuned for more details!

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

WTW RESOURCES New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs have transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.
The Woodson Math Center is open!

Need help understanding your homework, finding out where you went wrong on a test or comprehending what you learned last math class?  Math Center is here to help you! Even Coronavirus can't stop us from helping you with math!  Test your knowledge and practice for the math section of the SAT on the SAT Questions of the Week page. Learn about new mathematicians every month on the Mathematician of the Month page. For more information, watch the video below or go to the About Us page.  Find out fun facts about our tutors on the Meet the Tutors page.

 Students  can find the Math Center link at the top of the CAV KIOSK.

  • Set up an appointment for tutoring on the  Math Center’s Make An Appointment page.  We are open Tuesdays & Thursdays during the 2nd half of Learning Seminar and Lunch on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  We are also open the first half of 5th period for Academy students who have a travel period or students with a study hall/release period.
  • Starting November 12th, students may also come to  Math Center  for tutoring via a BB course titled:  WHS Math Center 2020-21 (Walk-in Appointments).  Within the site, students will find a BBCU link to join. 

 We will be closed on 11/5 for maintenance.  We hope to see you on 11/10.   Please visit our  google site!

 Please email Mrs. Bell at kebell@fcps.edu with questions!

The Woodson Writing Center is open!

The Woodson Writing Center will be opening for tutoring beginning 2nd quarter.  Students will see the Writing Center BlackBoard site added to their BlackBoard courses shortly.  Everything they need to sign up for a tutoring session and meet with a tutor is right there. 

Students will be able to meet a tutor on Mondays between 10am and 2 pm as well as during unencumbered returns.  After students schedule a time through the BlackBoard site, they will use the BBCU link on the site to enter the Writing Center and work with a tutor in a breakout session.  Students will be able to present their work so they can work through the writing easily.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:

Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk.

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News.

WeMail Input

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2020-21 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.kiss@cox.net 

Sara Mastro / 1st Vice President - Membership / wptsovp1@gmail.com

Kiona Harvey/ 2nd Vice President - Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Vacant  / Communications Director / wptsocomm@gmail.com

Michelle Lucas / WTW PTSO Grant Program / WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com

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Schedule reminders for this week

- Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27 - No School - Thanksgiving holiday; school office closed 

- Monday, November 30; 8:00am-3:30pm - Underclass Photo sessions (signup link below)

Wednesday, December 2; 3:30pm-8:30pm - Senior Portrait Make-ups (signup link below)

PTSO NEWS The Woodson PTSO is thankful for our school community! Happy Thanksgiving from the Woodson Administration

We would like to wish our community a restful and peaceful time away.  Our hope is for everyone to take time to decompress and have time with families and friends. Remember that no assignments are due until Thursday, December 3, 2020. 

Our main office will be closed Wednesday – Friday.  When we return, we will begin the search for classroom monitors for the teachers who will be teaching from home and will have students in the building.  It will be a good opportunity for college students home for the semester, recent grads, retirees or anyone who is currently out of work. If you know of anyone who is looking for a job, please see the advertisement below.   

When we return from Thanksgiving we will have three weeks before the two week winter holiday break!   Let’s make this the best three weeks online thus far this year!

Woodson Administration

Classroom Monitor - Job Opportunity

FCPS is in need of Classroom Monitors for the transition to in-person instruction.

Job Description: Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and noninstructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population.

Hours/Days: Tuesday-Friday from 7:45am-3:15pm

To apply, visit the Classroom Monitor job listing.

Free Effective Communication and Social Skills Workshop for Families

This is an amazing opportunity to learn about public speaking and the art of making a great first impression! Parents, students and teachers are welcome! This workshop is brought to you by the PTSO and iContact Coaching, and it will help in presenting yourself confidently, in starting and holding conversations, and understanding the power of your voice. Whether it's meeting new people, performing on stage, walking into an interview, or speaking in public; we could all use tips from a Pro! This will be presented in a Zoom meeting format.

When: December 10th from 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent to participants. Reserve your spot via the sign-up genius link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D44ADAC29A4FA7-free1

Questions? Contact us at enrichment.woodsonptso@gmail.com

Your Donations go a long way in helping our Woodson Teachers!

If you’re interested in donating to PTSO so we can continue supporting our teachers with equipment to assist them in this challenging year, head to  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home scroll mid-way down the page and select the DONATE button! The PTSO and WTW teachers appreciate the support!

Amazon Smile

Why not make your Amazon purchases go a little further. Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to WTW PTSO. Every little bit helps!

Signing up is quick and easy - click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0959675

JOIN PTSO FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR!

The majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding directly supports students or teachers.  

To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home. Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

FUNDRAISERS Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Still available for purchase!

Text Miklos Kiss to schedule pickup 703-975-7928

Your sign can be personalized with sticker(s) to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, Precisionettes, etc.) 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

Woodson Crew Fundraising

The Crew Boosters will launch a Black Friday online auction to raise funds for Woodson Rowing. Stay tuned for more information about how to bid on items like 3 months of ship-to-home flower arrangement kits, a week at a lakefront vacation home, or your own Woodson Rowing oar to hang on the wall. We’ll include more information in an upcoming email.

You can also help us out with an upcoming restaurant night! On Tuesday December 1, Noodles & Co on Main Street in Fairfax will give the team another fundraising boost! Order online with the code GIVING50 between 4 and 8 PM to make sure the team gets the support they need to have a successful season.

Order your 2021 WTW Yearbook and Senior Ad Space!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

You can buy Senior ad space, purchase a yearbook or submit photos all in one place! Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278.

Contact  tmweghorst@fcps.edu with any questions!

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

SENIOR LEGACY BRICKS - A special way to honor your WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Legacy Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! The Bricks will be installed in the courtyard between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance. We will strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but definitely before 2021 Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick, or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com.

WTW NEWS & EVENTS Last Underclass School Portrait Date

Underclass - Mondays, November 30; 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Secure a 15 minute photo time slot for your student  here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044eadaa2eabf58-underclass

For general questions, reach out to Paula DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu or Dan Checkosky djcheckosky@fcps.edu. 

Senior Portrait Make-up Day

Any seniors who still need to schedule a portrait sitting with Lifetouch can schedule one on Wednesday, December 2nd from 3:30pm – 8:30pm.

Sign up on prestigeportraits.com using the current code that is on your appointment card.  Pictures will be taken in the Aux Gym.  Students will check in at Door 5 and exit through Door 6.

If you lost your appointment card or have questions, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

For detailed Senior Portrait Day information such as what to wear, visit the Senior Class Information Page.

Woodson Drama

Save the Date! Woodson Drama presents: War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast by Joe Landry. The show will be available for streaming December 4, 5, 6 at 7:00pm. More information coming soon!

Woodson Choral Boosters

Happy Thanksgiving from Woodson Chorus!  Chorus masks are coming to Spirit Wear soon.  Stay tuned for more details!  And stay safe, everyone!

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

WTW RESOURCES New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs have transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.
The Woodson Math Center is open!

Need help understanding your homework, finding out where you went wrong on a test or comprehending what you learned last math class?  Math Center is here to help you! Even Coronavirus can't stop us from helping you with math!  Test your knowledge and practice for the math section of the SAT on the SAT Questions of the Week page. Learn about new mathematicians every month on the Mathematician of the Month page. For more information, watch the video below or go to the About Us page.  Find out fun facts about our tutors on the Meet the Tutors page.

 Students  can find the Math Center link at the top of the CAV KIOSK.

  • Set up an appointment for tutoring on the  Math Center’s Make An Appointment page.  We are open Tuesdays & Thursdays during the 2nd half of Learning Seminar and Lunch on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  We are also open the first half of 5th period for Academy students who have a travel period or students with a study hall/release period.
  • Starting November 12th, students may also come to  Math Center  for tutoring via a BB course titled:  WHS Math Center 2020-21 (Walk-in Appointments).  Within the site, students will find a BBCU link to join. 

 We will be closed on 11/5 for maintenance.  We hope to see you on 11/10.   Please visit our  google site!

 Please email Mrs. Bell at kebell@fcps.edu with questions!

The Woodson Writing Center is open!

The Woodson Writing Center will be opening for tutoring beginning 2nd quarter.  Students will see the Writing Center BlackBoard site added to their BlackBoard courses shortly.  Everything they need to sign up for a tutoring session and meet with a tutor is right there. 

Students will be able to meet a tutor on Mondays between 10am and 2 pm as well as during unencumbered returns.  After students schedule a time through the BlackBoard site, they will use the BBCU link on the site to enter the Writing Center and work with a tutor in a breakout session.  Students will be able to present their work so they can work through the writing easily.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:

Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk.

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News.

WeMail Input

Want to add to the WeMail? Add your inputs by Sunday before the Tuesday we sent out to this Google doc.

2020-21 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.kiss@cox.net 

Sara Mastro / 1st Vice President - Membership / wptsovp1@gmail.com

Kiona Harvey/ 2nd Vice President - Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Vacant  / Communications Director / wptsocomm@gmail.com

Michelle Lucas / WTW PTSO Grant Program / WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com

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Woodson Weekly - November 20th

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Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 23rd - Underclass Pictures (see story below)

Wednesday-Friday, November 25th-27th - Thanksgiving Holidays

Monday, November 30th - Underclass Pictures (see story below)

Wednesday, December 2nd - Senior Portrait Make-up Day (see story below)

Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1st - Winter Break

In this Issue

ACTION Item
1. Underclass Photos - Sign Up

NEW News
2. Message from Dr. Floyd
3. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week
4. FCPS Laptops and International Travel
5. Senior Portrait Make-up Day
6. LLS - Students of the Year
7. College & Career Center News

PAST News but still important
8. FAQs for New Activities & Athletics Registration Site
9. Nominations Open for Outstanding Employee Awards 
10. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
11. Parent Technology Help Desk
12. Senior Baby Yearbook Ads
13. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

ACTION Items 1. Underclass Photos

There are 2 more opportunities for the underclass students to have yearbook photos taken by Lifetouch - Mondays November 23rd and November 30th from 8:00am until 3:30pm.

Please sign up for a time slot using this Sign Up Genius Link , and we ask that you enter the students name that shows in SIS and not a nickname or parent/guardian name.

On your scheduled date for your yearbook photo, please arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road. Then proceed towards the front of the building and around the side to Entrance 5. There will be signs indicating which way to enter and staff will direct you accordingly.

We ask that everyone in the vehicle wear a mask and remain in the vehicle until a staff member motions for the student only to exit and proceed to the Health Check-in table. Once complete, a staff member will direct the student into the Aux Gym, where photos will be taken. Students will exit the building through Door 6.

Parents will receive an email when their student's image is available to view and order. 

If you have questions about scheduling – contact Paula DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu

If you have questions about Ordering – contact Lifetouch at 410-644-7700

If your student needs to retake their photo – sign up for a new time slot AND bring the Student ID they received with them to exchange for new picture

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Paula DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu or Dan Checkosky djcheckosky@fcps.edu. 

NEW News

The most recent episode from the Woodson Broadcast Studio starts with Ms. O'Brien and Ms. D'Angelo from the main office.

2. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families,

This week we were scheduled to have about 70 students in the building in front of 11 teachers to pilot the concurrent instructional model.  I’m disappointed this did not happen.  

Our teachers (and administrators) were excited to be face to face again with kids, in the school building – safely.  But alas, the COVID numbers were too high to risk introducing a new group of students to the school as we must minimize the number of individuals in the building for everyone’s safety.  I’m hopeful that we will be able to proceed with the pilot prior to returning on January 26, 2021.  This continues to be the goal. 

If you would like more information on how the decisions to open or close are made, please visit these two sites: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/reopening-schools-plan-complete-information/health-criteria and https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/fcps-confirmed-covid-19-case-reporting.   (This is updated after 10AM daily as the Virginia Department of Health updates at 10AM.)   

As we look forward to the upcoming long weekend to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to encourage our families and students to disconnect from school and technology during this time.  While we realize some students may have a long-term assignment due after the break, or are working to make-up assignments, no work will be due the first two full days back to school.  Thus, nothing should be assigned on November 23 or 24 that is then due on November 30 or December 1 or 2.  We have also requested that our teachers do not give any major assessments the first two full days back to school. This mirrors our long-standing practice related to no homework during Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks.

As you approach the long holiday weekend, we hope that everyone can relax, decompress, and disconnect from school and all things technology.  We encourage family time together, and we want all of our Cavaliers to come back recharged as there are only three weeks until winter break.  So, let’s refresh our minds and bodies and finish out 2020 Cavstrong!   

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, stay safe, stay connected and stay healthy!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

3. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week

If you know your child will be missing full or partial days of school the week of November 23rd, please call the attendance line to let us know now. 

The attendance line is 703-503-4800 or WoodsonHigh.Attendance@fcps.edu.

4. FCPS Laptops and International Travel

Do not take FCPS student laptops outside the United States.  If machines are taken outside the country, the cost of any damages/repairs/replacement will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian to cover

5. Senior Portrait Make-up Day

Any seniors who were unable to take portraits with Lifetouch over the summer or last week can schedule a sitting on Wednesday, December 2nd from 3:30pm – 8:30pm.

Sign up on prestigeportraits.com using the current code that is on your appointment card.  Pictures will be taken in the Aux Gym.  Students will check in at Door 5 and exit through Door 6.

If you lost your appointment card or have questions, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

For detailed Senior Portrait Day information such as what to wear, visit the Senior Class Information Page.

6. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - Students of the Year

Woodson junior, Deuce Irvine has been accepted as a candidate in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2021 Students of the Year campaign.  Each student participating in the Mid-Atlantic Region’s annual scholarship and fundraising challenge has been nominated for their amazing leadership, passion to find a cure for blood cancers and involvement in the community.

Students of the Year is a national seven-week challenge through which high school student leaders raise funds and awareness for the fight against blood cancers. This year’s campaign begins on January 23rd and culminates with the Grand Finale on March 13th.  The funds raised benefit the LLS mission: to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Keeping with tradition, Seniors painted parking lot spaces this week.

7. College & Career Center News

Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience. Don’t know how to navigate Naviance? Please click on the Show Me How Tab on the Naviance homepage. 

We concluded our virtual college visits this week. If you missed a visit, please reach out to me for info material and to put you in touch with the college representative. Beginning on November 30th, we will have military liaisons and recruiters visit on Monday afternoon. The schedule will be included in the weekly newsletter.

Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

PAST News - Still Important 8. FAQs for New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs has transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.

Frequently Asked Questions-

  1. If I already turned in paperwork (Emergency Care Form and Concussion Ed), do I need to submit again through the Registration site?  Yes. We need to have everyone resubmit their information and training through this new portal.
  2. When registering my student, the physical date I see is a date from last year or it is not there at all. Do I need to turn one in again?    If you have not turned in a sports physical that is dated after May 1, 2020, to cover this 2020-21 school year, then yes, you still need to turn one in. Either scan the completed physical to the Athletic Trainer, Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu, mail it to Woodson, or drop it off in the Main Entrance of Woodson. Once received, and once we upload the dates into the system, the current 2020-21 physical date should show.
  3. What if my student changes their mind about which sport to try out for?  If your student decides they want to try out for an additional sport that was not originally selected on their registration, you will need to log back in and update/add the sport.
  4. When do I need to submit the online registration by? Online Activity Registration is required before the first day of try-outs for your specific sport/activity. However, paper copies of the Emergency Care Form will be expected for out of season work outs for this school year only. In the future, we anticipate using this portal for all ECC submissions.

If you have any further questions, please contact Chris Hogge, athletic trainer at chogge@fcps.edu or Alexa Pugnetti, administrative assistant at alpugnetti@fcps.edu.

More scenes from the Senior parking lot painting event.

9. Nominations Open for Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Woodson Outstanding Employee Awards! These nominations are the beginning of the process that will end in the recognition of the Fairfax County Outstanding Employee Awards in an amazing celebration in June.  We definitely want one of our staff members to be one of the representatives!! To submit a nomination for a Woodson Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination at https://tinyurl.com/y5uksqay.

You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is to complete the form by explaining how the employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria noted. The link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.  

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

Nominations for Woodson Teachers & Staff are due by Friday, November 24th.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them it is up to you!  Be as detailed as possible as your nomination will be used to complete the nomination packet for the selected staff member to move forward in the county nomination process.  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail me at drbrooks@fcps.edu

10. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

11. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

12. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

13. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - November 17th

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Schedule reminders for this week

- 1st Quarter Report Cards are available now in ParentVUE, and hard copies will be mailed out this week

- November 16-20 - Remaining Senior Portraits (information below)

- Thursday, November 19; 6-7:00 p.m. - Dr. Brabrand’s virtual Return to School Town Hall. Watch  on the FCPS website.  Submit your questions in advance to returntoschool@fcps.edu or call in during the Town Hall at 1-800-231-6359.

- Monday, November 23 and 30 - Underclass Photo sessions (signup link below)

- Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27 - No School - Thanksgiving holiday 

**Attendance for Thanksgiving week - If you know your child will be missing full or partial days of school next week, let the school know now.

The attendance line is 703-503-4800 or WoodsonHigh.Attendance@fcps.edu.**

PTSO NEWS $270 in Grocery Gift Cards were collected for needy WTW families.

Thank you for caring about our neighbors in need.

Your Donations go a long way in helping our Woodson Teachers!

14 teacher requests for equipment to help them teach virtually were fulfilled this fall; including document cameras, digital pens, office chairs, speakers, standing desks. These teachers are incredibly grateful for the assistance.

If you’re interested in donating to PTSO so we can continue to support our teachers, head to  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home scroll mid-way down the page and select the DONATE button! The PTSO and WTW teachers appreciate the support!

A grateful Woodson teacher shared this photo of their new work station courtesy of the PTSO grant funding. Love their WTW pride!

Amazon Smile

Why not make your Amazon purchases go a little further. Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to WTW PTSO. Every little bit helps!

Signing up is quick and easy - click here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0959675

JOIN PTSO FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR!

The majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding directly supports students or teachers.  

To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home. Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

FUNDRAISERS Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Still available for purchase!

Text Miklos Kiss to schedule pickup 703-975-7928

Your sign can be personalized with sticker(s) to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, Precisionettes, etc.) 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

Woodson Crew Fundraising

The Crew Boosters will launch a Black Friday online auction to raise funds for Woodson Rowing. Stay tuned for more information about how to bid on items like 3 months of ship-to-home flower arrangement kits, a week at a lakefront vacation home, or your own Woodson Rowing oar to hang on the wall. We’ll include more information in an upcoming email.

You can also help us out with two upcoming restaurant nights! THIS WEDNESDAY, November 18, order online from Chipotle next to Woodson from 5-9 PM to enjoy a burrito and help the team. Use the code AGDXPTB to make sure Woodson Crew benefits!Then on Tuesday December 1, Noodles & Co on Main Street in Fairfax will give the team another fundraising boost! Order online with the code GIVING50 between 4 and 8 PM to make sure the team gets the support they need to have a successful season.

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

Order your 2021 WTW Yearbook and Senior Ad Space!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

You can buy Senior ad space, purchase a yearbook or submit photos all in one place! Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278.

Contact  tmweghorst@fcps.edu with any questions!

SENIOR LEGACY BRICKS - A special way to honor your WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Legacy Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! The Bricks will be installed in the courtyard between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance. We will strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but definitely before 2021 Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick, or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com.

WTW NEWS & EVENTS School Portrait Dates

Underclass - Mondays, November 23, 30; 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Secure a 15 minute photo time slot for your student  here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044eadaa2eabf58-underclass

Remaining Class of 2021 - Week of November 16-20

Registration opened Monday, November 2. Appointment cards were sent by Lifetouch. If you lost your appointment card or have questions, call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

For general questions, reach out to Paula DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu or Dan Checkosky djcheckosky@fcps.edu. 

Woodson Drama

Save the Date! Woodson Drama presents: War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast by Joe Landry. The show will be available for streaming December 4, 5, 6 at 7:00pm. More information coming soon!

New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs have transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.
The Woodson Math Center is open!

Need help understanding your homework, finding out where you went wrong on a test or comprehending what you learned last math class?  Math Center is here to help you! Even Coronavirus can't stop us from helping you with math!  Test your knowledge and practice for the math section of the SAT on the SAT Questions of the Week page. Learn about new mathematicians every month on the Mathematician of the Month page. For more information, watch the video below or go to the About Us page.  Find out fun facts about our tutors on the Meet the Tutors page.

 Students  can find the Math Center link at the top of the CAV KIOSK.

  • Set up an appointment for tutoring on the  Math Center’s Make An Appointment page.  We are open Tuesdays & Thursdays during the 2nd half of Learning Seminar and Lunch on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  We are also open the first half of 5th period for Academy students who have a travel period or students with a study hall/release period.
  • Starting November 12th, students may also come to  Math Center  for tutoring via a BB course titled:  WHS Math Center 2020-21 (Walk-in Appointments).  Within the site, students will find a BBCU link to join. 

 We will be closed on 11/5 for maintenance.  We hope to see you on 11/10.   Please visit our  google site!

 Please email Mrs. Bell at kebell@fcps.edu with questions!

The Woodson Writing Center is open!

The Woodson Writing Center will be opening for tutoring beginning 2nd quarter.  Students will see the Writing Center BlackBoard site added to their BlackBoard courses shortly.  Everything they need to sign up for a tutoring session and meet with a tutor is right there. 

Students will be able to meet a tutor on Mondays between 10am and 2 pm as well as during unencumbered returns.  After students schedule a time through the BlackBoard site, they will use the BBCU link on the site to enter the Writing Center and work with a tutor in a breakout session.  Students will be able to present their work so they can work through the writing easily.

Woodson Choral Boosters

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:

Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk.

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News.

WeMail Input

Want to add to the WeMail? Add your inputs by Sunday before the Tuesday we sent out to this Google doc.

2020-21 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.kiss@cox.net 

Sara Mastro / 1st Vice President - Membership / wptsovp1@gmail.com

Kiona Harvey/ 2nd Vice President - Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Vacant  / Communications Director / wptsocomm@gmail.com

Michelle Lucas / WTW PTSO Grant Program / WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com

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Woodson Weekly - November 13th

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The most recent episode from the Woodson Broadcast Studio featuring a Veterans Day thank you.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday-Friday, November 16th-20th - Senior Portrait Dates (see story below)

Monday, November 23rd - Underclass Pictures (see story below)

Wednesday-Friday, November 25th-27th - Thanksgiving Holidays

Monday, November 30th - Underclass Pictures (see story below)

Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1st - Winter Break

In this Issue

ACTION Item
1. Underclass Photos - Sign Up

NEW News
2. Message from Dr. Floyd
3. Report Cards
4. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week
5. WTW Operation Patriot
6. Social Justice Book Club News
7. College & Career Center News

PAST News but still important
8. FAQs for New Activities & Athletics Registration Site
9. Nominations Open for Outstanding Employee Awards 
10. Senior Portrait Days in November
11. FCPS Laptop Tech Support Hours at WTW
12. Parent Technology Help Desk
13. Senior Baby Yearbook Ads
14. Order the WTW 2021 Yearbook

ACTION Items 1. Underclass Photos

There are 2 more opportunities for the underclass students to have yearbook photos taken by Lifetouch - Mondays November 23rd and November 30th from 8:00am until 3:30pm.

Please sign up for a time slot using this Sign Up Genius Link , and we ask that you enter the students name that shows in SIS and not a nickname or parent/guardian name.

On your scheduled date for your yearbook photo, please arrive at Woodson HS and enter the parking lot via Whitacre Road. Then proceed towards the front of the building and around the side to Entrance 5. There will be signs indicating which way to enter and staff will direct you accordingly.

We ask that everyone in the vehicle wear a mask and remain in the vehicle until a staff member motions for the student only to exit and proceed to the Health Check-in table. Once complete, a staff member will direct the student into the Aux Gym, where photos will be taken. Students will exit the building through Door 6.

Parents will receive an email when their student's image is available to view and order. 

If you have questions about scheduling – contact Paula DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu

If you have questions about Ordering – contact Lifetouch at 410-644-7700

If your student needs to retake their photo – sign up for a new time slot AND bring the Student ID they received with them to exchange for new picture

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Paula DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu or Dan Checkosky djcheckosky@fcps.edu. 

Woodson Minds Matter is sponsoring a Kindness Week.

NEW News 2. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Families:

First quarter grades have been posted in ParentVUE and report cards will be mailed next week.

COVID numbers are rising in our general area so please wear your masks, maintain social distancing and be smart!

Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, stay connected and stay healthy!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

3. Report Cards

Report cards are available to view in ParentVUE today, Friday, November 13th and mailed the week of Monday, November 16th.

4. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week

If you know your child will be missing full or partial days of school the week of November 23rd, please call the attendance line to let us know now. 

The attendance line is 703-503-4800 or WoodsonHigh.Attendance@fcps.edu.

Woodson HS has earned the Purple Star Designation for supporting military connected students.

5. WTW Operation Patriot

Operation Patriot organized a virtual visit with Veterans from across the country, where Woodson students had the opportunity to ask them questions, learn about their service, and show their gratitude for their sacrifices.

Three Veterans were still currently serving – an Army officer in Chicago, a Marine Osprey Pilot in Pensacola, FL, and a Chief Warrant Officer in Kabul, Afghanistan (not pictured) – and the other two were medically retied after being wounded in action.

Close to 50 students participated in 10 individual sessions with 5 Veterans (each Veteran talked with two groups of students, with each group being between 4-7 students). The Veterans shared their stories, talked about why they chose to serve, shared what the best and hardest things of being in the military have been, and much more over the course of 20-30 minutes.

Veterans and students alike had overwhelmingly positive experiences in interacting with each other!

6. Social Justice Book Club News

The Social Justice Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 19th, beginning at 7 PM. Chapters 7, 8, and 9 will be the focus of the discussion around the text, How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. A link will be sent via email. If you have any questions, please email Dr. George Hewan at gkhewan@fcps.edu.

7. College & Career Center News

Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram @wtwcareercenter.

The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News for you to access at your convenience. Don’t know how to navigate Naviance? Please click on the Show Me How Tab on the Naviance homepage.

Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

PAST News - Still Important 8. FAQs for New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs has transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.

Frequently Asked Questions-

  1. If I already turned in paperwork (Emergency Care Form and Concussion Ed), do I need to submit again through the Registration site?  Yes. We need to have everyone resubmit their information and training through this new portal.
  2. When registering my student, the physical date I see is a date from last year or it is not there at all. Do I need to turn one in again?    If you have not turned in a sports physical that is dated after May 1, 2020, to cover this 2020-21 school year, then yes, you still need to turn one in. Either scan the completed physical to the Athletic Trainer, Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu, mail it to Woodson, or drop it off in the Main Entrance of Woodson. Once received, and once we upload the dates into the system, the current 2020-21 physical date should show.
  3. What if my student changes their mind about which sport to try out for?  If your student decides they want to try out for an additional sport that was not originally selected on their registration, you will need to log back in and update/add the sport.
  4. When do I need to submit the online registration by? Online Activity Registration is required before the first day of try-outs for your specific sport/activity. However, paper copies of the Emergency Care Form will be expected for out of season work outs for this school year only. In the future, we anticipate using this portal for all ECC submissions.

If you have any further questions, please contact Chris Hogge, athletic trainer at chogge@fcps.edu or Alexa Pugnetti, administrative assistant at alpugnetti@fcps.edu.

9. Nominations Open for Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the Woodson Outstanding Employee Awards! These nominations are the beginning of the process that will end in the recognition of the Fairfax County Outstanding Employee Awards in an amazing celebration in June.  We definitely want one of our staff members to be one of the representatives!! To submit a nomination for a Woodson Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination at https://tinyurl.com/y5uksqay.

You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is to complete the form by explaining how the employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria noted. The link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.  

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

Nominations for Woodson Teachers & Staff are due by Friday, November 24th.  Please feel free to nominate in one category or all of them it is up to you!  Be as detailed as possible as your nomination will be used to complete the nomination packet for the selected staff member to move forward in the county nomination process.  If you have any additional questions about the categories or which category a specific staff member should be nominated in, please e-mail me at drbrooks@fcps.edu

10. Senior Portrait Days in November Lifetouch Class of 2021 Additional Senior Portrait Days Available 11/16/20 - 11/20/20

Lifetouch has added additional Senior Portrait Days for students in the Woodson Class of 2021 for the week of November 16-20.

Each individual student must log in to schedule and then confirm their own appointment. 

Lifetouch will be sending those seniors who have not yet taken their senior portraits a new appointment card. The appointment card will have a unique code assigned to each student and directs them to prestigeportraits.com to schedule and then confirm the appointment selected. If you do not receive an appointment card by 2 weeks out from the first scheduled date, lost your appointment card or have questions, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

For detailed Senior Portrait Day information such as what to wear and where to enter the building, visit the Senior Class Information Page.

11. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Our onsite laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:
Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Thank you,
W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

12. Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk

13. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

14. Order the 2021 WTW Yearbook!

The WTW yearbook is ready for orders!

I can’t imagine a more significant time to purchase a relic of history and to celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers! 

To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact tmweghorst@fcps.edu if you have any questions!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

 

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WTW PTSO WeMail - November 10th

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Schedule reminders for this week

Tuesday, November 10 - PTSO Virtual Meeting , 6:00 p.m. - Link to attend: https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj 

Wednesday, November 11

Friday, November 13 -  Report Cards available in ParentVUE; will be mailed the week of November 16.

**We have asked families to “go paperless” for report cards.  As soon as we resume in-person instruction, we will go paperless.  Given this change in the learning environment, we want to make sure parents are aware of student progress. 

PTSO NEWS Help us support our Woodson Teachers

Over $7,000 in PTSO-released Grant funding has been used to purchase document cameras for the Woodson math department.  Additional purchases pending.

We would love to be able to continue to support our teachers! Interested in Donating to the PTSO?

Head to https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home scroll mid-way down the page and select the DONATE button! We appreciate the support!

Another monitor for a virtual teacher was purchased with PTSO funds.

Next PTSO meeting (virtual)

Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00pm.  Please use the following link to attend:

https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj 

Agenda items include:

- Time with Dr. Floyd

- Teacher update

- Mock SAT

- Senior Recognition

JOIN PTSO FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR!

The majority of PTSO funding comes from membership.  All funding directly supports students or teachers.  

To join the Woodson PTSO go to:  https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/home. Under announcements find JOIN Woodson PTSO  - click the green VIEW button.  Create an account and enter the WT Woodson code - 4STUWV.  Fill in the required information; click add to cart; then click checkout. At checkout enter credit card information (Card #, Expiration date and CVC #).

FUNDRAISERS Mock SAT/Mock ACT on November 14th & 16th Registration is open now!

The Woodson PTSO is pleased to announce that Mindworks Educational Services will provide this wonderful fundraising opportunity again for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 

-- Mock SAT is scheduled for Saturday, November 14; 8:00 A.M. - Noon

-- Mock ACT is scheduled for Monday, November 16; 8:00 A.M. - Noon

Important to know: Tests will be administered and proctored online. Students will print and complete their test at home. The laptop camera must be on during testing.

The cost is $20 per test when paid by 5 PM Wednesday, November 11. Payment made online ONLY.

The mock tests are a great way to prepare for SAT/ACT testing the spring of junior year by determining strengths and weaknesses now.

Click this link to register now! https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=1894

With any questions please contact Yelena Jones @ 703-501-9597

Class of 2021 Yard Signs

Still available for purchase!

Your sign can be personalized with sticker(s) to include your activity(ies) of choice, or leave it BLANK. (For example, Football, Band, Gymnastics, Drama, Band, Precisionettes, etc.) 

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/formvw?store=1894&form=6

For additional details please contact: wptsovpfundraising@gmail.com

Help Woodson Crew

Help raise funds for Woodson Rowing -- and bring cheer to your home with a new holiday tradition. Visit our website to learn more and order a beautiful, handmade, 22-inch noble fir wreath for your holiday decorations.

You can also help us out while you grab a bite with two upcoming restaurant nights! Next Wednesday, November 18, head to the Chipotle next to Woodson from 5-9 PM to enjoy a burrito and help the team. You can even order online ahead and use the code AGDXPTB to make sure Woodson Crew benefits!

Then on Tuesday, December 1, plan dinner at Noodles & Co on Main Street in Fairfax to give the team another fundraising boost! Order online with the code GIVING50 between 4 and 8 PM to make sure the team gets the support they need to have a successful season.

PROFESSIONAL PHOTO SESSIONS

Capture the magic of your high school son or daughter.   Create a gift that lasts forever with Lisa Sheldon Photography.  Receive a 10% discount on any session when you mention Woodson PTSO, and Lisa Sheldon will donate 10% of the session fee to the PTSO!  *Lisa Sheldon Photography is an independent photographer and not affiliated with Woodson High School. Lifetouch is the official school photography company.

STUDENT DRIVER MAGNETS AVAILABLE WITH CONVENIENT HOME DELIVERY!

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  

Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com.

Yearbook Ad Space - Limited Space - Secure Yours NOW!

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2021 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2021 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

SENIOR LEGACY BRICKS - A special way to honor your WTW graduate

Senior parents, Don't forget to order your Senior Legacy Brick in honor of your graduating Senior (or for other family members who are W.T. Woodson alumni). These Bricks make excellent graduation gifts!! The Bricks will be installed in the courtyard between the main entrance and the auditorium entrance. We will strive to have them installed before the Senior Baccalaureate ceremony, but definitely before 2021 Graduation. 

You can order by filling out the Brick Order Form (found HERE) and sending your check to the mailing address indicated on the bottom of the order form. You can also pay online HERE and follow the instructions for what to engrave on the brick, or send a scanned copy of the order form to wptsobricks@gmail.com.

(We must have a copy of the order form on file to order the brick).

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine or Shane Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com.

WTW NEWS & EVENTS School Portrait Dates

Underclass - Mondays, November 23, 30; 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.

Secure a 15 minute photo time slot for your student  here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044eadaa2eabf58-underclass

Remaining Class of 2021 - Week of November 16-20

Registration opened Monday, November 2.

ORDER PHOTOS HERE: 

Questions? Reach out to Paula DiSalvo pdisalvo@fcps.edu or Dan Checkosky djcheckosky@fcps.edu.

The Woodson Math Center is open!

Need help understanding your homework, finding out where you went wrong on a test or comprehending what you learned last math class?  Math Center is here to help you! Even Coronavirus can't stop us from helping you with math!  Test your knowledge and practice for the math section of the SAT on the SAT Questions of the Week page. Learn about new mathematicians every month on the Mathematician of the Month page. For more information, watch the video below or go to the About Us page.  Find out fun facts about our tutors on the Meet the Tutors page.

 Students  can find the Math Center link at the top of the CAV KIOSK.

  • Set up an appointment for tutoring on the  Math Center’s Make An Appointment page.  We are open Tuesdays & Thursdays during the 2nd half of Learning Seminar and Lunch on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  We are also open the first half of 5th period for Academy students who have a travel period or students with a study hall/release period.
  • Starting November 12th, students may also come to  Math Center  for tutoring via a BB course titled:  WHS Math Center 2020-21 (Walk-in Appointments).  Within the site, students will find a BBCU link to join. 

 We will be closed on 11/5 for maintenance.  We hope to see you on 11/10.   Please visit our  google site!

 Please email Mrs. Bell at kebell@fcps.edu with questions!

The Woodson Writing Center is open!

The Woodson Writing Center will be opening for tutoring beginning 2nd quarter.  Students will see the Writing Center BlackBoard site added to their BlackBoard courses shortly.  Everything they need to sign up for a tutoring session and meet with a tutor is right there. 

Students will be able to meet a tutor on Mondays between 10am and 2 pm as well as during unencumbered returns.  After students schedule a time through the BlackBoard site, they will use the BBCU link on the site to enter the Writing Center and work with a tutor in a breakout session.  Students will be able to present their work so they can work through the writing easily.

Woodson Choral Boosters

For more information about upcoming events, monthly meetings, restaurant nights, and other Chorus and Chorus Booster activities, please check our various online resources such as the Chorus website, Blackboard, Google Classroom, Gmail, Youtube, Monthly Newsletter, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website: www.woodsonchorus.org

Youtube Channel: Go to “Woodson Chorus”  Please Subscribe!

Instagram: Follow us @wtwchorus

New Activities & Athletics Registration Site

FCPS activities and athletic programs have transitioned to a new online student registration system.  This new system offers a host of benefits for schools and community members including:

  • One stop shop for registering your student for athletic programs and many common activities occurring throughout the school year
  • Electronic submission of the emergency care card and weight room waiver- only have to fill these out once!
  • A new home for the state-mandated concussion education program.
Laptop Tech Support Hours

If parents or students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, the following must be completed:

  1. Submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal,
  2. Schedule an appointment to come on-site, and
  3. Complete a health screening questionnaire prior to arriving. 

Laptop tech support hours by appointment only are:

Monday - 1:30 - 3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm

Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 am - 12 pm and 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 12 pm

Parent Technology Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The number is 1-833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS). It will be answered by staff 7 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week. If the help desk is unable to solve the issue on the phone with the parent or guardian, they will enter a ticket on the parent’s behalf and the request for help will be transferred to the appropriate FCPS team. 

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English should let help desk staff know, and a interpreter will join them on the line. (FCPS also has existing parent information phone lines, available in eight different languages, that can assist with general questions about FCPS.)

FCPS has also set up an online portal to allow older students and parents and guardians to request technology help directly. 

Get more information about the new Parent Technology Help Desk.

Woodson Library Curbside Pickup 

Students who place a hold on an available book by Friday at noon can pick up that book on the following Monday between 10 am and 2 pm from a cart outside of the main entrance or just inside of Door 1 if it is raining. Students may place up to five (5) holds.   

Students can use their FCPSSchools.net account or go to our Woodson Virtual Library site to learn how to place a hold.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Linski at mllinski@fcps.edu or Mrs. Anderson at msanderson@fcps.edu

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College and Career Center is now on Twitter. Please follow us @wtwcareercenter. The weekly College & Career Center Newsletter is emailed to students and parents on Mondays. It is also saved in Naviance under Document Resources – College & Career Center News.

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Veterans Day - November 11th

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  

Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans Day and a two hour early dismissal.  As a result, there will be no in-person instruction for students. Classes will resume on Thursday, November 12. In addition, please note that for all scheduled student early release days, no in-person instruction will take place. Instead, students will participate in teacher-led online instruction.

Our Social Studies department is sharing educational material around the importance of this day. 

On behalf of the Woodson High School students and staff, I thank all of our Veterans and active duty military men and women for their service to our country.  You are appreciated.

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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