WTW PTSO WeMail, October 26th

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

  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WTW NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. WTW CAV SPORTS UPDATES
  6. WTW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Friday, October 29th - 2-HOUR EARLY RELEASE - End of 1st quarter

Friday, October 29th - PTSO Teacher Supply Drive ends - Details under PTSO News

Friday, October 29th; 4 p.m. through Saturday, November 6th; 6 a.m. - ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be down for first quarter grading

 

NEXT WEEK

Monday-Tuesday, November 1st-2nd - No School for Students, Teacher Workdays

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Saturday, November 6th; 6am - ParentVUE and StudentVUE access resumes

Saturday, November 6th - W.T. Woodson Crew 28th Annual Craft Show- main gym. Details under Fundraisers.

Monday, November 15th - Underclass makeup picture day - Details under WTW News & Events

Monday, November 15th; Woodson Crew pre-season training kickoff.  Details under WTW News & Events

Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th; 3:00-9:00 p.m.-  Senior portrait makeup days in Cafeteria A - Details under WTW News & Events

Thursday, November 11th - Veterans Day; 2-HOUR EARLY RELEASE

Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th; 3:00-9:00 p.m.  - Senior portrait makeup days in Cafeteria A - Details under WTW News & Events 

Wednesday-Friday, November 24th-26th - Thanksgiving Holidays

PTSO NEWS November PTSO Meeting!

NEXT PTSO MEETING - Tuesday, November 9; 6:00 p.m. streaming on Google Meet

Teacher Supply Drive 

To support our teachers, PTSO has launched a classroom supply drive for various classroom supplies and gift cards for teachers. Donations can be deposited in the drop off box at the front entrance. Thank you so much for your support! 

Supply Drive ends this Friday, October 29.

Sign Up Here

Highly Recommended:  Hidden in Plain Sight  A live presentation by Fairfax County Police Department

November 8th from  7 pm – 9 pm, Woodson Cafeteria A

The bedroom of an average teenager can look like a well-planned illusion. The trick to seeing through an illusion is knowing what is used to create that illusion. We recreate a complete typical teenager's bedroom and the first thirty minutes of the program invites the participants to "snoop" through the room to find items and objects that could indicate "risky behavior."

The Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a setup of a teenager’s bedroom which includes close to 100 “red flags” that indicate risky behavior. Parents are encouraged to touch everything and identify our red flags. Times have changed since we were teenagers… do you think you can find them?

That is followed by an educational portion that includes a PowerPoint presentation detailing the red flag props that the room contained and how it is indicative of — or used in — risky behavior. We include up to date statistics and local trends, and law enforcement officers will share their experiences they have had in our community identifying risky behavior and helping to put kids on the right path to a healthy life. Let’s open the door to communicating with our teens!

Please RSVP to reserve your seat at this presentation.  RSVP through this SignUpGenius link.

Teacher Appreciation - Snack Wagon

This appreciation event for our teachers will be held on Thursday, November 18th. A special thank you to Judy Tonko and Tina Walkinshaw for running this event.

Sign up here to help or donate!

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f0d49adaf29a46-woodson

PTSO Pantry is FULL!

Please hold any pantry items until our next request for donations. Our pantry is full and overflowing! Thank you for your generosity!

Snapshots Between Classes - Can You See Your Student? FREE WEBINAR SERIES

Exploring Majors in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math - Wednesday, Oct 27th, 7:00 pm EDT

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/exploring-majors-in-science-technology-engineering-math/

Insider’s Guide to College Admissions Tests - Wednesday, Nov 3rd, 8:00 pm EDT

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/insiders-guide-to-college-admissions-tests/

Financial Aid 101 - November 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm EDT

The cost of a college education continues to rise which may lead some families to assume college is too expensive for them. However, the Financial aid 101 webinar will help families understand what the actual costs are and more importantly, discover ways to pay for a college education. In addition, we will cover the financial aid forms needed and ways to simplify the process of applying for aid.

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/financial-aid-101/

Understanding Athletic Recruiting - Wednesday, Dec 1st, 7:00 pm EST

Athletic recruiting is one of the more confusing processes for counselors, students, and their families because it involves a tricky intersection of parent expectations, student aspirations, coach idiosyncrasies, and conflicting league policies. This program examines recruiting from an educational standpoint to learn how counselors can “coach” students and families on how to ask the right questions, self-recruit to achieve their athletic goals, and avoid the “Here’s How to Win a Scholarship” distractions from popular media and for-profit recruiting services. We will include the latest trends in athletic recruiting, including specialization, early commitments, the rise of club sports, the nuances of NESCAC and Ivy league recruiting, the accelerated timeline, and the impact of the pandemic on recruiting from both the coaches’ and students’ perspectives.

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/understanding-athletic-recruiting/

PTSO Officer Position Open - Fundraising Chair

The PTSO’s primary source of funding is memberships.  Fundraising efforts supplement the PTSO budget.  There are two main roles for the Fundraising Chair.  The first is organizing “Dinner Nights” at places like Chipotle and Potbelly.  The second is letter writing to medium and large-sized  companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, MAG Aero, Interstate Movers, and Cox.   The latter is an effective donation generator.   

All PTSO funding flows back into Woodson High School in the form of Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, Community Outreach, Field Trip Subsidization, and School Supplements.

The Fundraising Chair serves as the primary focal point for all fundraising activities. The time commitment is about 1 hour per week, averaged over the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Community Resources for Mental Health, Wellness, and Support Groups

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice; homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addiction and overdose; and underage drinking.

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=2619 (must be a PTSO member to login)

Ways to Make a Difference

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO

Make a Donation 

Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find WT Woodson on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

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

WTW News & Events Expunge Deadline: Friday October 29th

In accordance with the Virginia Board of Education regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course.  

Parents must make this request in writing no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course, Friday, October 29th.

The form to make this request, along with the process for making the request, is available at:  Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School or through your student’s school counselor.  Parents are strongly advised to discuss this decision with their student’s school counselor and the impact of expunging a course on desired high school diploma type and standard and verified credit requirements.

Additional Underclass and Senior Portrait Days Added

Lifetouch has added an additional Underclass picture day for Monday, November 15th.

Senior portrait makeup days are scheduled on Wednesday-Friday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

Also, Seniors can schedule their portraits in January.  Wednesday-Friday, January 26th-28th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A.

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature.

Get to know the Woodson Library and how it can help your student!

Hello from the Woodson Library.

The Library is busy scheduling classes for research projects but did you know we also meet individually with students in person or by email to help them find resources? 

Students can stop by during learning seminar, afterschool or email us their request for articles. We will send the students' research articles for them to choose from for their project. The Library has had positive feedback from teachers and the students stating how this is a real-time saver. We are hoping this service will allow students to focus on completing their projects in a timely manner.

If you are interested in learning more about the Woodson Library or how to use the Woodson databases to help your student, please email the Woodson Librarians:  Lisa Muir (lkmuir@fcps.edu) or Sharon Anderson (msanderson@fcps.edu) to schedule a time.

Thank you from the Woodson Librarians

Survey and Opt-out Form Details and Deadlines

Impact Aid Survey: 

FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources.

All Students

Distribution Date: Students will receive the form this Friday, October 15th during 3rd period.  Collection Deadline: They are due back on Thursday, November 4th.   If you choose to not complete the form, please write at the bottom in the signature line, “REFUSE” with your signature and date.  Please return these forms to the 3rd period teacher or the main office.  Unfortunately, these are not available electronically.

For more information:  https://www.fcps.edu/impact

Contact: Laura Totoro, Assistant Principal, lmtotoro@fcps.edu

 

Virginia Youth Survey: 

The purpose is to gather information about the health risk behaviors of youth. The Virginia Youth Survey (VYS) has been developed to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The survey is administered every odd year in randomly selected Virginia public schools. Woodson has been selected to participate in this survey.

Randomly selected students

Administration Date: This will be given to randomly selected 3rd period classes on Thursday, November 18th

Opt-Out Deadline: Monday, November 15th Virginia Youth Survey Opt-Out

For more information: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-youth-survey/  

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/69/2016/12/2015Parents-Fact-Sheet.pdf 

Contact: Laura Totoro, Assistant Principal, lmtotoro@fcps.edu

 

Fairfax County Youth Survey: 

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental wellbeing, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. 

10th and 12th Grade Students

Administration Date: This survey will be given to 10th and 12th graders during English classes on/around:  November 22nd-23rd. 

Opt-Out Deadline: Monday, November 15th Fairfax County Survey Opt-Out

For more information: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youth-survey

Contact: Laura Totoro, Assistant Principal, lmtotoro@fcps.edu

Woodson Choral Boosters

Audition forms and sign-ups for DOB are due by Friday, October 29th, 2021.  Auditions will be the following week, November 2nd-5th.

Spiritwear orders are due by October 29th, 2021.  Use the order form to purchase your 2021-22 Woodson Chorus Spiritwear. 

Please join us on Wednesday, November 3rd at 7:30pm for our next Boosters meeting.

The Woodson Chorus needs your help!  The Woodson Choral Boosters recently kicked off our Fall Fundraising Campaign.  To make a gift, just visit https://woodsonchoralboosters.ddock.gives/ or woodson chorus.org.  Thank you for your support!  

To find more information about upcoming events, monthly meeting, restaurant nights, and other informative communications about Chorus and Chorus Boosters, please look on our various online sources such as the Chorus website, Monthly Chorus Booster Newsletter, Gmail, Schoology, Remind, YouTube, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website. www.woodsonchorus.org

YourTube channel- Go to “Woodson Chorus” Please subscribe!

Instagram- Follow us @ wtwchorus

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Crew Wreath Sale

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. Visit our holiday sale to check out other items for home delivery from our partner, Sherwood Forest Farms. Order today for delivery the week of 11/30. 

Woodson Crew 28th Annual Craft Show

Bring your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to the Woodson Crew Craft Show Saturday, November 6th, admission is free! There will  be scores of quality crafters offering something for every taste and budget. 

If you or someone you know would like to be a vendor at the craft show please share this link, https://wtwcrew.org/welcome-to-the-2021-w-t-woodson-craft-show/

Woodson Band Cav Cards Fundraiser

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards which feature discounts at 17 local area merchants. Cards are only $10 each and all funds go directly to support the band activities this year, including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! Contact Karen Wallace at cavcards@woodsonband.org for information or check out all the participating vendors on our webpage.

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 the graduating Class of 2022 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2022 edition of the yearbook.

There are five ad sizes available at various price points. All ad space is sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ADS is Wednesday, December 15th. Go to yearbookordercenter.com and type in the code 5278

Senior Class Signs

 

Limited quantity of yard signs available. Reach out to merifarling@hotmail.com to reserve yours or order online here.  

Senior Class of 2022 Legacy Bricks

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

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

 Visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE (or from the main page click on “Forms & Payments” section on the left, then click on “Form & Payment” then scroll down to the Buy A Brick section.) If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 26, 2022.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.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

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

WTW CAVS SPORTS UPDATES Cavs Varsity Fall Sports

Field Hockey

The Cavaliers lost to South County 1-0 in a Patriot District quarterfinal game. They will now face Hayfield on Tuesday in the first round of regional playoffs.

Nine Cavaliers earned All District post-season honors: 

First Team: Elizabeth Stribling, Julia Oleyar, Levi Weinberger

Second Team: Genna Cooke, Kim McNamara

Honorable Mention: Reese Cuviello, Katie Hamrock, Caitlin Deer, Maddie Legum 

Woodson Ice Hockey Club

The Woodson Ice Hockey Club got off to a fast start in its season opener, scoring two quick goals in the first period against Colgan!  However, Colgan battled back to claim the win, 5-2.  Goaltender, Charlie Francis, had a great game for Woodson, recording over 30 saves in his first high school game!  

Next week, the 9th and 10th grade team will play on October 29, 2021 at Prince William Ice Center at 6:10.  Come out and support the club.  Cost of entry is free!  

Prince William Ice Center Address:  5180 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge, VA

Football

Woodson lost to Robinson 69-27 this week.  Aidan Dash had four touchdown passes in the game.  Kai Sanchez had two receiving touchdowns.  Chris Dobrydney and Cameron Funaro each had a touchdown reception as well.  The next game for Woodson will be at Lake Braddock .

Woodson Crew Pre Season Training

If you know a Woodson student who might be interested in joining crew, please visit https://wtwcrew.org/ to learn more about our sport and fill out an interest form. No experience is needed, most team members have never rowed before joining.

Vaccination Information for Student Athletes

Students who are 16 years of age or older (age as of November 8 for the Winter Sports season) and want to participate in athletics will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have either a medical or religious exemption. Unvaccinated students who are 12-15 years of age must provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test to be eligible to participate in team activities. 

Submitting Proof of Vaccination

Starting Monday, October 4th, student-athletes can submit their proof of Covid-19 vaccination to their school. Students will need to either show their vaccination card to authorized school personnel or provide clear documentation via an electronic format of the vaccination card or photocopy to the authorized school personnel. Please submit the copy of your students vaccination to Ms. Cooke, Athletic Trainer, via email at jmcooke@fcps.edu.

Religious Exemption

Starting Monday, October 4th, student athletes (both middle and high school) can submit the Religious Exemption form to their school. The form must be notarized and should be submitted directly to Ms. Pugnetti (alpugnetti@fcps.edu) in the Woodson Student Activities Office. Please use the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption form. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Details on who to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to will be forthcoming.

Medical Exemption

Starting Monday, October 4th, student-athletes can submit the medical exemption information to the Woodson Student Activities Office, Ms. Pugnetti alpugnetti@fcps.edu. They will need to provide documentation of a medical exemption from their physician. Students can do this through a letter from their doctor (on the doctor’s office letterhead) stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Details on who to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to will be forthcoming.

Deadline for Medical and Religious Exemptions for Winter Sports Season

The Deadline for submitting medical and religious exemptions for the Winter season is Monday, November 1st. The exemption must be received by the November 1st deadline for students to participate in winter tryouts. This will allow enough time for those students with a medical or religious exemption to provide proof of their negative Covid-19 test that week so that they may participate in tryouts. As a reminder all students with a medical or religious exemption for receiving the Covid-19 vaccination must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test weekly (more details as to who to submit weekly tests will be forthcoming).

Students with a Religious or Medical Exemption and Unvaccinated Students Aged 12-15 (Age as of November 8 for the Winter Season)

Unvaccinated students who are 12-15, or students with a Religious or Medical exemption must provide a negative test weekly to participate in team activities. Currently, FCPS is working on securing a vendor to assist with providing access to weekly testing for athletes. We will share more information as it becomes available. 

Direct questions to Dan Checkosky - Director of Student Activities - djcheckosky@fcps.edu

Winter Sport Tryout Information

Winter sport tryouts begin on Monday, November 8th. Winter sports include basketball, swim & dive, wrestling, rifle, gymnastics, and indoor track.

In order to participate, there are 3 items that need to be completed prior to the first day of tryouts.

1) Sports Physical

Completed and turned in to Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge (chogge@fcps.edu)

2) Activity Registration

This is an online submission - it encompasses the Emergency Care Form and Concussion Education Training

3) Proof of Covid Vaccination or Exemption

For full details, please see the Athletic Office updates.

NEW VHSL Physical Form for 2021-22

This is the NEW VHSL approved Physical Form. This is the only version that can be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a doctor fill out the old version with "revised February 2017 in top right corner, your doctor will need to complete the new one, which may require another appointment. So please make sure the form you fill out has "revised January 2021" on the top right.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2021 or after. Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

The form is also available at https://www.vhsl.org/sports-medicine/physical-examination/, under Resources.

WTW RESOURCES Woodson Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by clicking here.

Odd/Even Calendar

Printable  2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar .

Virtual Scholarships 101 - Rescheduled

The Virtual Scholarship 101 that was scheduled for October 6 has been rescheduled. College Access Fairfax has two additional Scholarship 101 Presentations that you can attend, either on November 17th or on December 11th

Please visit www.collegeaccessfairfax.org to access the Zoom link. Please check out my Financial Aid Folder in Schoology for information on Financial Aid, the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile. If you missed the Paying for College Workshop, I posted a recording in that folder together with a flyer that has additional Paying for College Presentation dates. In case the link is not working, here are the steps to get to that folder: Sign into Schoology with your SIS Parent Account - go to College & Career Center Course - College Folder - FAFSA/Financial Aid Subfolder. Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. Office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello. Please join the Course in Schoology. Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55. Weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week with Purdue University, University of Kentucky, Dartmouth College, University of Alabama, Michigan State, William & Mary, VT, JMU, Shenandoah University & more visiting. Please see instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day! 

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Thursday, October 28th, during ALL Lunches. Next workshop will be on Monday, November 29th.
  • Military Recruiter Visits will begin during all lunches in front of Cafeteria A/B on Wednesday, October 6th with the Army visiting every first Wednesday, the Marine Corps every 2nd, Coast Guard every 3rd, and Navy every 4th Wednesday. The Air Force will start visiting in November (date to be determined) and will share a table with one of the other recruiters. Please visit my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info.
  • Seniors, the FAFSA – Free Application for Student Aid opened today!  Check out the FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshops by College Access Fairfax on November 9th at 7 pm at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97661177987 (no need to register, just click on the Zoom links to join). The Financial Aid Night Presentation that College Access Fairfax put together can be accessed here. Do you need help with your FAFSA? Please email our Financial Aid Champion Amy Speares at aspeares@fcps.edu.

Questions? Please email Christine Lieb-Mosley cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Math Center is Now Open

Math Center Hours & Locations DURING school:

  • Learning Seminars - B208 & B107
  • 5th period Lunch - B208
  • 6th period Lunch - B107

Math Center Hours & Locations AFTER school:

  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday - B208
Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Transportation Reminders and Updates

Please remind your children that masks are required at all times when on an FCPS bus.

Due to how full our buses are, per transportation, we are no longer allowed to issue temporary bus passes to students who want to ride home with a friend. Students may only ride a bus to which they are assigned. If your child needs to ride a different bus home for child care purposes, please complete an exception to ride form. The guidelines for an exception are linked HERE 

Want to know when your bus is approaching your stop?  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS ParentVUE account to access your bus information.

For more information, visit the FCPS.Here Comes The Bus

Answers to Attendance Questions

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning /Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

If you are not seeing all of your children in Schoology, please be patient as FCPS IT is working on a solution and should have a resolution as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

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)

2021-22 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com

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

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Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Jill Battaglia / Communications Director /battagliawtw@gmail.com

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

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Woodson Weekly - October 22nd

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Woodson Weekly -
October 22nd

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

Vision Statement

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

Aidan breaks the tape to win the FCPS Cross Country JV Championships this past Wednesday at Burke Lake.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 29th - End of 1st Quarter; 2-Hour Early Release; dismissal at 12:55pm

Monday-Tuesday, November 1st-2nd - No School for Students, Teacher Workdays

Thursday, November 4th - Diwali Religious and Cultural Observance

Thursday, November 11th - Veteran's Day; 2-Hour Early Release

Thursday-Friday, November 24th-26th - Thanksgiving Holidays

In this Issue

ACTION Item

1. AP Test Opt-Out Form due TODAY!
2. Expunge Deadline: Friday, October 29th
3. Federal Impact Aid Survey Form due Thursday, November 4th

NEW News
4. Message from Dr. Floyd
5. SIS Availability
6. Woodson Student Helping Students
7. Woodson Drama Presents: A Midautumn Night's Dream
8. Hidden in Plain Sight: A Parent Safety Presentation
9. Summer Residential Governor's School Application Information
10. Fall Blood Drive
11. Additional Senior and Underclass Picture Days Added
12. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook
13. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important
14. Winter Sport Tryout Information 
15. Virtual Scholarships 101 - Rescheduled
16. How do I check out my student from school?
17. Laptop Tech Support Hours
18. Woodson's PTSO

1. AP Test Opt-Out Forms Due TODAY! Timeline and Fees

As part of the FCPS FY 2022 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. As in previous years, the fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Students taking AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s). 

FCPS encourages all students to take AP tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s) by filling out an Opt-Out form to be provided by the school. To assist in the decision-making process, students will be provided a report with their previous tests and current AP course enrollment. AP students must make Opt-Out decisions by October 22, 2021 and parents will be billed a non-refundable test fee in December 2021 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests. For the 2021-2022 school year, there will be no spring cancellation option for AP exams.

2022 AP Testing

Reference the College Board 2022 AP exam dates site for dates of AP Exams. Due to the FCPS Cultural and Religious Observance day on May 3rd, no AP exams will be administered on this day. The AP Environmental Science and AP Psychology exams will be administered on the late testing date of May 17th.  All 2022 AP exams will be taken in school and will be taken in a paper/pencil format. 

AP students who do not complete the Opt-Out form by October 22nd and cancel an AP exam will be assessed a $40 cancellation fee by the College Board.  AP students who register for an AP exam after November 10th will be assessed a $40 late registration fee by the College Board.

If you have any questions, please contact Woodson's Assessment Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

2. Expunge Deadline: Friday October 29th

In accordance with the Virginia Board of Education regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student's high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course.  

Parents must make this request in writing no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course, Friday, October 29th.

The form to make this request, along with the process for making the request, is available at:  Request to Expunge High School Courses Taken in Middle School or through your student’s school counselor.  Parents are strongly advised to discuss this decision with their student’s school counselor and the impact of expunging a course on desired high school diploma type and standard and verified credit requirements.

3. Federal Impact Aid Survey

Ask your student for the Federal Impact Aid form that was distributed during last week. If you need a new form, please have your student ask for one at the main office. Forms are due Thursday, November 4th!

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

If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3 and sign/date the form. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Thursday, November 4th. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

The Woodson and Fairfax Bands united to play the National Anthem at the Homecoming football game last Friday.

NEW News 4. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Community:

Just one more week until the end of the 1st quarter!  Please be sure to check SIS for grades as Schoology is not the official grade posting location.  Sometimes there are assignments in Schoology that do not go into SIS for grading as they are for practice and not a grade.  Therefore, please review your SIS ParentVUE account for the most up-to-date grading information.

Morning tardies are an issue.  Students are arriving in Kiss and Ride and the student parking lot well after 8:10am.  School begins at 8:10am and it is important that all students be in class on time. 

We will be holding detentions for unexcused tardy students beginning second quarter. This consequence will be for unexcused tardy students in the morning and for students late to classes during the day.  Certainly the one off tardy will be excluded from detentions, however, when there is a pattern of tardiness, students will be expected to stay after-school for detention.  

Woodson has late busses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to help facilitate a ride home for after-school detentions. Since late busses do not arrive until 4:45pm, students will have time to see teachers for additional assistance while still serving detention. 

I appreciate your support in helping our young scholars arrive to school on time!  We will continue to work with students on their arrival to classes throughout the school day.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Homecoming Parade, Pig Out, Football Game and Dance last week!  It was a tremendous success with so many parent volunteers to make it all happen.  

Let’s make the last week of the quarter the best one yet!

Sincerely,

Dr. Floyd

5. SIS Availability

ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be down from 4pm on Friday, October 29th through Saturday, November 6th, at 6am for first quarter grading.

6. Woodson Student Helping Students

Woodson junior, Deborah Sanni is one of the students from the Medical Assistant class at Falls Church Academy that is learning on the job by helping out the Fairfax County Health Department perform vision and hearing screenings on fellow FCPS students

The screenings are required for students in kindergarten, third, seventh, and tenth grades, but the COVID pandemic forced last year’s screenings to be postponed for those in virtual learning; so this year, there are hundreds of additional students being screened. The Medical Assistant students, along with Public Health nurses from the Fairfax County Health Department, are working together to get the job done.

7. Woodson Drama Presents: A Midautumn Night's Dream

An Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this play will bring the Shakespearean comedy to life with an autumnal twist! This production is suitable for all ages and a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young students. This comedy features clowning, fairies, and ridiculous antics, all while running about 100 minutes long! These students have worked incredibly hard on this production, so come out and support your Woodson Cavalier Drama department!

Tickets start as low as $5! You can purchase your tickets here

Performance Dates are Saturday, November 6th – 2pm and 7pm

Sunday, November 7th – 6pm

Friday, November 12th-  7pm

Saturday, November 13th - 2pm and 7pm

New this year—the performance features a "pay what you can" sliding scale, with individual ticket price ranging from $5-$20. Please purchase a ticket for each individual seeing the show (including children & students), and choose the corresponding ticket price for each attendee that makes sense for you and your family. All proceeds will be invested back into the WTW Drama department to fund future shows, supplies, and educational events throughout the year so thank you in advance for your support! (If you are a household that would like to see the show and cannot afford the $5 ticket option, please reach out to the WTW Drama Theatre Director, Mr. Rushing, at csrushing@fcps.edu)

Please note that the performance will be located outside in Woodson’s tiered Courtyard so dress warmly! As this is outdoors, masks are recommended for audiences, but not required. Not sure where to find the courtyard? No worries—we will be there to guide you. Plan for a total performance length of around 100 minutes with a 10 minute intermission, and bring money for hot cocoa! 

More information can be found at wtwdrama.org

8. Hidden in Plain Sight - Parent Safety Presentation A live presentation by Fairfax County Police Department

November 8th from  7 pm – 9 pm, Woodson Cafeteria A

The bedroom of an average teenager can look like a well-planned illusion. The trick to seeing through an illusion is knowing what is used to create that illusion. We recreate a complete typical teenager's bedroom and the first thirty minutes of the program invites the participants to "snoop" through the room to find items and objects that could indicate "risky behavior."

The Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a setup of a teenager’s bedroom which includes close to 100 “red flags” that indicate risky behavior. Parents are encouraged to touch everything and identify our red flags. Times have changed since we were teenagers… do you think you can find them?

That is followed by an educational portion that includes a PowerPoint presentation detailing the red flag props that the room contained and how it is indicative of — or used in — risky behavior. We include up to date statistics and local trends, and law enforcement officers will share their experiences they have had in our community identifying risky behavior and helping to put kids on the right path to a healthy life. Let’s open the door to communicating with our teens!

Please RSVP to reserve your seat at this presentation.  RSVP through this SignUpGenius link.

Students in Mr. Van Acker's Economics and Personal Finance course presenting their "Gallery of Entrepreneurs" and having a discussion board via Schoology.

9. Summer Residential Governor's School Application Information

The application process for the 2022 Summer Residential Governor’s Schools has begun. 

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

Students must indicate interest by completing the Interest Form no later than Tuesday, November 9th, in order to be considered. Late submissions will not be accepted.

VPA Interest Form

Academic Interest Form

Woodson will conduct an interest meeting for students on October 27th at 10:30 in Cav Hall. If you are interested in applying to Governor’s School, please plan to attend the meeting.

Please contact Elizabeth Walter (ehwalter@fcps.edu) or Elle Nguyen (menguyen@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Thank you to Woodson's leadership students, parent volunteers and administrators that made the Homecoming Dance a huge success!

10. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, November 12th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room F120 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to mphu@fcps.edu!

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

11. Additional Underclass and Senior Portrait Days Added

Lifetouch has added an additional Underclass picture day for Monday, November 15th.

Senior portrait makeup days are scheduled on Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

Also, Seniors can schedule their portraits in January.  Wednesday-Friday, January 26th-28th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A.

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature.

12. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook

The following would be the announcement:

 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 the graduating Class of 2022 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2022 edition of the yearbook.

There are five ad sizes available at various price points. All ad space is sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Place your order early to reserve ad space for your graduating senior.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ADS is Wednesday, December 15th. Go to yearbookordercenter.com and type in the code 5278

13. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊 Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  My weekly newsletters and scholarship opportunities are posted on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. Next week is our last week of College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson. Please see next week’s College & Career Center Calendar inserted below and instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here.

The FCPS Virtual College Week recordings and slides will be posted on the Virtual College Week Google Site next week. Students will be able to reference it throughout the 2021-2022 school year using their fcpsschools.net Google account.

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Thursday, October 28th, during ALL Lunches. Last workshop will be on Monday, November 29th. Corps and Coast Guard R
  • Military Recruiter Visits every Wednesday during All Lunches: The Navy Recruiter will visit on October 27th. Please see my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info and upcoming events.
  • NOVA Workforce is virtually visiting on Monday, October 25th, at 2:15 pm to speak about their trainings and certifications. Please sign up in Naviance under College Visits or email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.
  • Seniors, the FAFSA – Free Application for Student Aid opened on Oct 1st. Check out the FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshop by College Access Fairfax on November 9 at 7 pm. Registration is not required. Please check out my Financial Aid Folder in Schoology for information on Financial Aid, the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile.
  • Virtual Scholarship 101 Presentations by College Access Fairfax are on November 17th at 7 pm or on December 11th at 10 am. Learn about how to apply for scholarships, including tips on applications, websites, and other sources of scholarship information. Registration is not required.

Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu

Students from Belle View ES visited Woodson's Planetarium on a field trip last week.

PAST News - but still important 14. Winter Sport Tryout Information

Winter sport tryouts begin on Monday, November 8th. Winter sports include basketball, swim & dive, wrestling, rifle, gymnastics, and indoor track.

In order to participate, there are 3 items that need to be completed prior to the first day of tryouts.

1) Sports Physical

Completed and turned in to Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge (chogge@fcps.edu)

2) Activity Registration

This is an online submission - it encompasses the Emergency Care Form and Concussion Education Training

3) Proof of Covid Vaccination or Exemption

For full details, please see the Athletic Office updates.

Woodson Faculty and Staff showed school spirit at last Friday's pep rally.

15. Virtual Scholarships 101 - Rescheduled

The Virtual Scholarship 101 that was scheduled for tonight at 6:30 pm has been rescheduled. College Access Fairfax has two additional Scholarship 101 Presentations that you can attend, either on November 17th or December 11th. Please visit www.collegeaccessfairfax.org to access the Zoom link. Please check out my Financial Aid Folder in Schoology for information on Financial Aid, the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile. If you missed the Paying for College Workshop, I posted a recording in that folder together with a flyer that has additional Paying for College Presentation dates. In case the link is not working, here are the steps to get to that folder: Sign into Schoology with your SIS Parent Account - go to College & Career Center Course - College Folder - FAFSA/Financial Aid Subfolder. Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

16. How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

If one of the options above is not followed, we cannot guarantee a speedy checkout, so please make sure you notify the attendance office prior to picking up your son/daughter to ensure you make your appointment or commitment on time.

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

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

17. Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

18. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail, October 19th

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

  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WTW NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. WTW CAV SPORTS UPDATES
  6. WTW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Monday, October 18- Thursday, October 21 - FCPS Virtual College Week - Details under WTW News & Events

Monday, October 18 - Tuesday, October 26 - Teacher Supply Drive - Details under PTSO News

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Friday, October 29th - 2-HOUR EARLY RELEASE - End of 1st quarter

Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th; 3:00-9:00 p.m.-  Senior portrait makeup days in Cafeteria A - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th; 3:00-9:00 p.m.  - Senior portrait makeup days in Cafeteria A - Details under WTW News & Events 

Saturday, November 6th- W.T. Woodson Crew 28th Annual Craft Show- main gym. Details under Fundraisers.

Monday, November 15th; Woodson Crew pre-season training kickoff.  Details under WTW News & Events

PTSO NEWS November PTSO Meeting!

NEXT PTSO MEETING - Tuesday, November 9; 6:00 p.m. streaming on Google Meet

Homecoming Thanks

PTSO thanks the parents who volunteered with set up, cleanup, coat check and chaperoning at the homecoming dance.

Thanks to you all, it was a big success and fun night for the kids!

$$ Last Chance to apply for PTSO Grant Money - Deadline is THIS Friday, October 22nd

What is the grant program and how do I make a request?

Each year, in the fall and in the spring, members of the Woodson community (teachers, parents and students) can apply for "grant money" from the PTSO. We use a large portion of our membership dues to assist with supplying teachers, parents, students and staff with purchasing items or helping cover fees for events, activities, etc.  Anyone who is part of the Woodson community can apply for a grant, and you do not have to be a member of the PTSO to do so. 

What you should know before requesting funds for your group or organization:

The Grant Committee will review all applications, and then will present the proposals and funding amounts to the PTSO general membership for voting. In its review, the Committee considers the following factors including but not limited to: 

  • The degree of direct relationship to the student program of study.
  • The number of students that the proposal benefits (general student body or a sub-set).
  • The extent of impact on the total school community.
  • The efforts that your group made requesting funding from others (boosters, parent groups, etc), or fundraising efforts toward reaching your overall funding goal (car washes, bake sales, etc).

When can I apply?

NOW - the 2021 Fall grant deadline is THIS Friday, 10/22.  The deadline is firm so the committee has time to meet and discuss all of the requests, ask any follow up questions as needed, and then present the requests at the next PTSO meeting for voting.  Decisions will be emailed to all who requested grant money, whether awarded or not, after the PTSO meeting vote, which for the fall will be at the November meeting. If you are not ready to apply this week, there is also another grant window in the spring. Click below to apply today!

APPLY FOR A PTSO GRANT BY CLICKING HERE! 

Teacher Appreciation - Snack Wagon

We are looking for a volunteer to organize and run the November Teacher Appreciation event, a grab-and-go snack room.  This event was highly successful last spring and is easy to run.   If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Teacher Supply Drive

To support our teachers, PTSO has launched a classroom supply drive for various classroom supplies and gift cards for teachers. Donations can be deposited in the drop off box at the front entrance. Thank you so much for your support! 

Sign up here! 

Drive will end on Tuesday, October 26th.

Food Pantry Success

Thank you to the Woodson community for fully stocking our Food Pantry to help families in need.  Big shout out to Amy Zganjar, our new Outreach Coordinator, for leading the effort!

Highly Recommended:  Hidden in Plain Sight  A live presentation by Fairfax County Police Department

November 8th from  7 pm – 9 pm, Woodson Cafeteria A

The bedroom of an average teenager can look like a well-planned illusion. The trick to seeing through an illusion is knowing what is used to create that illusion. We recreate a complete typical teenager's bedroom and the first thirty minutes of the program invites the participants to "snoop" through the room to find items and objects that could indicate "risky behavior."

The Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) program is an IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a setup of a teenager’s bedroom which includes close to 100 “red flags” that indicate risky behavior. Parents are encouraged to touch everything and identify our red flags. Times have changed since we were teenagers… do you think you can find them?

That is followed by an educational portion that includes a PowerPoint presentation detailing the red flag props that the room contained and how it is indicative of — or used in — risky behavior. We include up to date statistics and local trends, and law enforcement officers will share their experiences they have had in our community identifying risky behavior and helping to put kids on the right path to a healthy life. Let’s open the door to communicating with our teens!

Please RSVP to reserve your seat at this presentation.  RSVP through this SignUpGenius link.

FREE WEBINAR SERIES

PSAT, Now What? - October 20th

In this free webinar, one of our admissions experts teaches you how a good PSAT score can help your child win a National Merit Scholarship and explores what the next steps are—including whether your child is on track for the award.

Most importantly, the PSAT is a great indicator of SAT and ACT readiness. Based on different score ranges and target schools, this webinar will help you build a test-prep plan for your child!

The speaker is Sheila Hallsted-Baumert.  Sheila’s impressive background starts with a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University—where she graduated magna cum laude. After Princeton, she went to NYU and abroad for a PhD in History, including deep dives into European art and culture. 

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/psat-now-what/ 

Exploring Majors in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math - Wednesday, Oct 27th, 7:00 pm EDT

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/exploring-majors-in-science-technology-engineering-math/

PTSO Officer Position Open - Fundraising Chair

The PTSO’s primary source of funding is memberships.  Fundraising efforts supplement the PTSO budget.  There are two main roles for the Fundraising Chair.  The first is organizing “Dinner Nights” at places like Chipotle and Potbelly.  The second is letter writing to medium and large-sized  companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, MAG Aero, Interstate Movers, and Cox.   The latter is an effective donation generator.   

All PTSO funding flows back into Woodson High School in the form of Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, Community Outreach, Field Trip Subsidization, and School Supplements.

The Fundraising Chair serves as the primary focal point for all fundraising activities. The time commitment is about 1 hour per week, averaged over the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Community Resources for Mental Health, Wellness, and Support Groups

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice; homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addiction and overdose; and underage drinking.

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=2619 (must be a PTSO member to login)

Ways to Make a Difference

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO

Make a Donation 

Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find WT Woodson on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

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

WTW News & Events FCPS Virtual College Week

All Grade Levels! FCPS Virtual College Week, Monday, October 18 - Thursday, October 21, 2021. FCPS families are invited to attend virtual sessions on a variety of topics, including how to pay for college, dual enrollment, AP/IB, how to apply to a military academy, and college essay writing.

Registration is now open, and students and families can sign-up for as many sessions as they wish. Don’t forget to check out the FCPS Virtual College Week webpage for updates and to learn about various college fairs available to students. Please direct any questions about Virtual College Week to Karen Huffman at kshuffman@fpcs.edu.

Get to know the Woodson Library and how it can help your student!

Hello from the Woodson Library.

The Library is busy scheduling classes for research projects but did you know we also meet individually with students in person or by email to help them find resources? 

Students can stop by during learning seminar, afterschool or email us their request for articles. We will send the students' research articles for them to choose from for their project. The Library has had positive feedback from teachers and the students stating how this is a real-time saver. We are hoping this service will allow students to focus on completing their projects in a timely manner.

If you are interested in learning more about the Woodson Library or how to use the Woodson databases to help your student, please email the Woodson Librarians:  Lisa Muir (lkmuir@fcps.edu) or Sharon Anderson (msanderson@fcps.edu) to schedule a time.

Thank you from the Woodson Librarians

2 Hour Early Release Schedule for Friday, October 29th (Odd Day) and Thursday, November 11th (Even Day).

Senior Portrait Makeup Picture Days

Senior portrait makeup days are scheduled on Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature.

Survey and Opt-out Form Details and Deadlines

Impact Aid Survey: 

FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources.

All Students

Distribution Date: Students will receive the form this Friday, October 15th during 3rd period.  Collection Deadline: They are due back on Thursday, November 4th.   If you choose to not complete the form, please write at the bottom in the signature line, “REFUSE” with your signature and date.  Please return these forms to the 3rd period teacher or the main office.  Unfortunately, these are not available electronically.

For more information:  https://www.fcps.edu/impact

Contact: Laura Totoro, Assistant Principal, lmtotoro@fcps.edu

 

Virginia Youth Survey: 

The purpose is to gather information about the health risk behaviors of youth. The Virginia Youth Survey (VYS) has been developed to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The survey is administered every odd year in randomly selected Virginia public schools. Woodson has been selected to participate in this survey.

Randomly selected students

Administration Date: This will be given to randomly selected 3rd period classes on Thursday, November 18th

Opt-Out Deadline: Monday, November 15th Virginia Youth Survey Opt-Out

For more information: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-youth-survey/  

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/69/2016/12/2015Parents-Fact-Sheet.pdf 

Contact: Laura Totoro, Assistant Principal, lmtotoro@fcps.edu

 

Fairfax County Youth Survey: 

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The survey provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental wellbeing, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. 

10th and 12th Grade Students

Administration Date: This survey will be given to 10th and 12th graders during English classes on/around:  November 22nd-23rd. 

Opt-Out Deadline: Monday, November 15th Fairfax County Survey Opt-Out

For more information: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youth-survey

Contact: Laura Totoro, Assistant Principal, lmtotoro@fcps.edu

Woodson Choral Boosters

Spiritwear orders are due by October 29th, 2021.  Use the order form to purchase your 2021-22 Woodson Chorus Spiritwear. 

The Woodson Chorus needs your help!  The Woodson Choral Boosters recently kicked off our Fall Fundraising Campaign.  To make a gift, just visit https://woodsonchoralboosters.ddock.gives/ or woodson chorus.org.  Thank you for your support!  

To find more information about upcoming events, monthly meeting, restaurant nights, and other informative communications about Chorus and Chorus Boosters, please look on our various online sources such as the Chorus website, Monthly Chorus Booster Newsletter, Gmail, Schoology, Remind, YouTube, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website. www.woodsonchorus.org

YourTube channel- Go to “Woodson Chorus” Please subscribe!

Instagram- Follow us @ wtwchorus

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Crew Wreath Sale

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. Visit our holiday sale to check out other items for home delivery from our partner, Sherwood Forest Farms. Order today for delivery the week of 11/30. 

Woodson Crew 28th Annual Craft Show

Bring your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to the Woodson Crew Craft Show Saturday, November 6th, admission is free! There will  be scores of quality crafters offering something for every taste and budget. 

If you or someone you know would like to be a vendor at the craft show please share this link, https://wtwcrew.org/welcome-to-the-2021-w-t-woodson-craft-show/

Woodson Band Cav Cards Fundraiser

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards which feature discounts at 17 local area merchants. Cards are only $10 each and all funds go directly to support the band activities this year, including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! Contact Karen Wallace at cavcards@woodsonband.org for information or check out all the participating vendors on our webpage.

Crew Restaurant Fundraiser

Support Woodson Crew Boosters by visiting Panda Express between 10am-10pm on Wednesday 10/20 at 3071 Gatehouse Plaza. 

Present the flyer at checkout: https://tinyurl.com/wtwcrew-pandaexpress-20211020 or use online ordering code 327765

Senior Class Signs

 

Limited quantity of yard signs available. Reach out to merifarling@hotmail.com to reserve yours or order online here.  

Senior Class of 2022 Legacy Bricks

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

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

 Visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE (or from the main page click on “Forms & Payments” section on the left, then click on “Form & Payment” then scroll down to the Buy A Brick section.) If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 26, 2022.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.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

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

WTW CAVS SPORTS UPDATES Cavs Varsity Fall Sports

Cheer

Varsity cheer hit a perfect routine and placed second at Districts! Thank you to all the parents, friends, administrators and the football team for cheering the team on! Come out to South County on Wednesday, October 20th for Regional Semi Finals. Varsity Competes at 7:00p.m. Let’s go CAVS!!

Field Hockey

Maddie Legum scored three goals and Caitlin Tran scored one, powering Woodson to a 4-1 victory over McLean on Friday night. Elizabeth Stribling added two assists while Bethany Betts, Adia Elcock, Melany Michel, Zadie Rowe, and Darcy Hilton sustained the offensive pressure.

The Cavaliers, powered by goals from Elizabeth Stribling, Maddie Legum, and Julia Oleyar and an assist by Reese Cuviello, defeated West Potomac 3-1 on Tuesday night. AJ Ingson made multiple saves in the 4th quarter to preserve the victory. 

Woodson Ice Hockey Club

It’s “Hockey O’clock”!!!  The Woodson Ice Hockey Club is excited to begin the season on Friday, 10/22, against Colgan High School.  Puck drop will be at 6:40 pm at the Prince William Ice Center.  Please come out and support the club.  Cost of entry is free!  

Prince William Ice Center Address:  5180 Dale Blvd, Woodbridge, VA

Woodson Crew Pre Season Training

If you know a Woodson student who might be interested in joining crew, please visit https://wtwcrew.org/ to learn more about our sport and fill out an interest form. No experience is needed, most team members have never rowed before joining.

Vaccination Information for Student Athletes

Students who are 16 years of age or older (age as of November 8 for the Winter Sports season) and want to participate in athletics will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have either a medical or religious exemption. Unvaccinated students who are 12-15 years of age must provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test to be eligible to participate in team activities. 

Submitting Proof of Vaccination

Starting Monday, October 4th, student-athletes can submit their proof of Covid-19 vaccination to their school. Students will need to either show their vaccination card to authorized school personnel or provide clear documentation via an electronic format of the vaccination card or photocopy to the authorized school personnel. Please submit the copy of your students vaccination to Ms. Cooke, Athletic Trainer, via email at jmcooke@fcps.edu.

Religious Exemption

Starting Monday, October 4th, student athletes (both middle and high school) can submit the Religious Exemption form to their school. The form must be notarized and should be submitted directly to Ms. Pugnetti (alpugnetti@fcps.edu) in the Woodson Student Activities Office. Please use the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption form. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Details on who to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to will be forthcoming.

Medical Exemption

Starting Monday, October 4th, student-athletes can submit the medical exemption information to the Woodson Student Activities Office, Ms. Pugnetti alpugnetti@fcps.edu. They will need to provide documentation of a medical exemption from their physician. Students can do this through a letter from their doctor (on the doctor’s office letterhead) stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Details on who to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to will be forthcoming.

Deadline for Medical and Religious Exemptions for Winter Sports Season

The Deadline for submitting medical and religious exemptions for the Winter season is Monday, November 1st. The exemption must be received by the November 1st deadline for students to participate in winter tryouts. This will allow enough time for those students with a medical or religious exemption to provide proof of their negative Covid-19 test that week so that they may participate in tryouts. As a reminder all students with a medical or religious exemption for receiving the Covid-19 vaccination must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test weekly (more details as to who to submit weekly tests will be forthcoming).

Students with a Religious or Medical Exemption and Unvaccinated Students Aged 12-15 (Age as of November 8 for the Winter Season)

Unvaccinated students who are 12-15, or students with a Religious or Medical exemption must provide a negative test weekly to participate in team activities. Currently, FCPS is working on securing a vendor to assist with providing access to weekly testing for athletes. We will share more information as it becomes available. 

Direct questions to Dan Checkosky - Director of Student Activities - djcheckosky@fcps.edu

Winter Sport Tryout Information

Winter sport tryouts begin on Monday, November 8th. Winter sports include basketball, swim & dive, wrestling, rifle, gymnastics, and indoor track.

In order to participate, there are 3 items that need to be completed prior to the first day of tryouts.

1) Sports Physical

Completed and turned in to Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge (chogge@fcps.edu)

2) Activity Registration

This is an online submission - it encompasses the Emergency Care Form and Concussion Education Training

3) Proof of Covid Vaccination or Exemption

For full details, please see the Athletic Office updates.

NEW VHSL Physical Form for 2021-22

This is the NEW VHSL approved Physical Form. This is the only version that can be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a doctor fill out the old version with "revised February 2017 in top right corner, your doctor will need to complete the new one, which may require another appointment. So please make sure the form you fill out has "revised January 2021" on the top right.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2021 or after. Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

The form is also available at https://www.vhsl.org/sports-medicine/physical-examination/, under Resources.

WTW RESOURCES Woodson Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by clicking here.

Odd/Even Calendar

Printable  2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar .

Virtual Scholarships 101 - Rescheduled

The Virtual Scholarship 101 that was scheduled for October 6 has been rescheduled. College Access Fairfax has two additional Scholarship 101 Presentations that you can attend, either on November 17th or on December 11th

Please visit www.collegeaccessfairfax.org to access the Zoom link. Please check out my Financial Aid Folder in Schoology for information on Financial Aid, the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile. If you missed the Paying for College Workshop, I posted a recording in that folder together with a flyer that has additional Paying for College Presentation dates. In case the link is not working, here are the steps to get to that folder: Sign into Schoology with your SIS Parent Account - go to College & Career Center Course - College Folder - FAFSA/Financial Aid Subfolder. Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. Office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello. Please join the Course in Schoology. Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55. Weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week with Purdue University, University of Kentucky, Dartmouth College, University of Alabama, Michigan State, William & Mary, VT, JMU, Shenandoah University & more visiting. Please see instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day! 

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Thursday, October 28th, during ALL Lunches. Next workshop will be on Monday, November 29th.
  • Military Recruiter Visits will begin during all lunches in front of Cafeteria A/B on Wednesday, October 6th with the Army visiting every first Wednesday, the Marine Corps every 2nd, Coast Guard every 3rd, and Navy every 4th Wednesday. The Air Force will start visiting in November (date to be determined) and will share a table with one of the other recruiters. Please visit my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info.
  • Seniors, the FAFSA – Free Application for Student Aid opened today!  Check out the FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshops by College Access Fairfax on October 16th at 10 am at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98942498924 and on November 9th at 7 pm at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97661177987 (no need to register, just click on the Zoom links to join). The Financial Aid Night Presentation that College Access Fairfax put together can be accessed here. Do you need help with your FAFSA? Please email our Financial Aid Champion Amy Speares at aspeares@fcps.edu.
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Juniors & Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.

Questions? Please email Christine Lieb-Mosley cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

American Math Contest Info

Students interested in participating in the AMC 10 or the AMC 12 should register on MySchoolBucks by Wednesday, October 20.  The AMC 10/12 will be administered on Tuesday, November 16th at Woodson High School. 

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. More information

Students in grades 9 and 10 take the AMC 10.  All others take AMC 12.

The fee is $5 payable by Wednesday, October 20th, at MySchoolbuck.com

Each test has 25 multiple choice questions to be answered in 75 minutes.   A calculator may NOT be used.  Sample Questions here.

Math Center is Now Open

Math Center Hours & Locations DURING school:

  • Learning Seminars - B208 & B107
  • 5th period Lunch - B208
  • 6th period Lunch - B107

Math Center Hours & Locations AFTER school:

  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday - B208
Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Transportation Reminders and Updates

Please remind your children that masks are required at all times when on an FCPS bus.

Due to how full our buses are, per transportation, we are no longer allowed to issue temporary bus passes to students who want to ride home with a friend. Students may only ride a bus to which they are assigned. If your child needs to ride a different bus home for child care purposes, please complete an exception to ride form. The guidelines for an exception are linked HERE 

Want to know when your bus is approaching your stop?  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS ParentVUE account to access your bus information.

For more information, visit the FCPS.Here Comes The Bus

Answers to Attendance Questions

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning /Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

If you are not seeing all of your children in Schoology, please be patient as FCPS IT is working on a solution and should have a resolution as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

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)

2021-22 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com

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

Vacant / Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Jill Battaglia / Communications Director /battagliawtw@gmail.com

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

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Woodson Weekly -
October 15th

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

Vision Statement

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

Homecoming Pep Rally!

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 15th from 4:30-5:15pm - Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 15th from 5-6:45pm - Pre-game Pig-out

Friday, October 15th at 7pm - Homecoming Football Game vs Fairfax HS; purchase tickets online to avoid the line at the gate.

Saturday, October 16th from 8-11pm - Homecoming Dance

Tuesday, October 19th - Underclass Makeup Picture Day, Dance Studio

Friday, October 29th - End of 1st Quarter; 2-Hour Early Release; dismissal at 12:55pm

Monday-Tuesday, November 1st-2nd - No School for Students, Teacher Workdays

Thursday, November 4th - Diwali Religious and Cultural Observance

Thursday, November 11th - Veteran's Day; 2-Hour Early Release

Thursday-Friday, November 24th-26th - Thanksgiving Holidays

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Homecoming Events Today
3. Federal Impact Aid Survey
4. Underclass and Senior Portrait Makeup Days
5. American Math Contest Info
6. Virtual Family Education Night - Learn about Teen Substance Abuse
7. AP Test Opt-Out Timeline and Fees 
8. FCPS Virtual College Week
9. College & Career Center News
10. Woodson Junior Coordinates Computer Building Workshop

PAST News, but still important
11. Winter Sport Tryout Information 
12. Fall Blood Drive
13. Virtual Scholarships 101 - Rescheduled
14. How do I check out my student from school?
15. Laptop Tech Support Hours
16. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News 1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon and Happy Homecoming Week, Woodson!

I hope you will join us for the Homecoming Parade this afternoon.  The parade will begin at 4:30pm at Woodson HS.  The parade continues across Pickett onto Starlit Ponds, winds over to Olley with a right turn on Chestnut Knolls Dr.  We meander through the neighborhood and end up on Whitacre at Barcarat Dr. Our final stop is back at Woodson HS for the Pig-Out and then the football game versus our cross town rival, Fairfax HS at 7pm.

Please know the Homecoming Dance is Saturday night from 8-11pm and it will have a DJ outside, on the softball/Pickett side of the school. 

I want to take a moment to recognize the hard work and dedication our staff members put in each day. They have been working hard to connect with students, plan engaging lessons and collaborate with one another. If you would like to acknowledge a Woodson staff member, we invite you to submit your story through FCPS Cares.

I wish our whole Woodson community a wonderful Homecoming weekend.

Sincerely,

Dr. Floyd

2. Homecoming Activities Today

Homecoming Parade – Friday, October 15th, 4:30 – 5:15pm 

Pre-game Pig-out – Friday, October 15th,  5 – 6:45pm outside Door #7 by the Outdoor basketball courts. This is a community event for students and parents.  Join us for fun, games, face painting, Moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Hoco game.

Homecoming Football Game, Friday, October 15th, 7pm, vs Fairfax HS; purchase tickets online to avoid the line at the gate.

Homecoming Dance  – Saturday, October 16th, 8 – 11pm - No tickets sold at the door.

3. Federal Impact Aid Survey

Ask your student for the Federal Impact Aid form that was distributed during 3rd period today. Forms are due Thursday, November 4th!

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

If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3 and sign/date the form. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Thursday, November 4th. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

Getting ready for the Pep Rally

4. Underclass and Senior Portrait Makeup Picture Days

The underclass picture makeup day is Tuesday, October 19th, from 8:30-2:30pm in the Dance Studio.  

Students who were absent during picture day, or students who purchased pictures and are dissatisfied with their picture should plan on having their picture taken on Tuesday, October 19.  Those wishing to purchase pictures can still order on mylifetouch.com with the picture day id EVT24PGR.

Senior portrait makeup days are scheduled on Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature.

5. American Math Contest Info

Students interested in participating in the AMC 10 or the AMC 12 should register on MySchoolBucks by Wednesday, October 20.  The AMC 10/12 will be administered on Tuesday, November 16th at Woodson High School. 

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. More information

Students in grades 9 and 10 take the AMC 10.  All others take AMC 12.

The fee is $5 payable by Wednesday, October 20th, at MySchoolbuck.com

Each test has 25 multiple choice questions to be answered in 75 minutes.   A calculator may NOT be used.  Sample Questions here.

6. Virtual Family Education Night - Learn about Teen Substance Abuse

On Thursday, October 21st at 7pm, the Family Engagement Region Representative from Region 5 will preset a family education night on teen substance abuse.

During this virtual Zoom meeting, families will meet the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists and learn more about drugs and addiction.

RSVP to receive the Zoom link.  Contact Angela Aldave at avaldave@fcps.edu with questions.

7. AP Test Opt-Out Timeline and Fees

As part of the FCPS FY 2022 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. As in previous years, the fees for the first six AP/IB tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. Students taking AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s). 

FCPS encourages all students to take AP tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s) by filling out an Opt-Out form to be provided by the school. To assist in the decision-making process, students will be provided a report with their previous tests and current AP course enrollment. AP students must make Opt-Out decisions by October 22, 2021 and parents will be billed a non-refundable test fee in December 2021 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests. For the 2021-2022 school year, there will be no spring cancellation option for AP exams.

2022 AP Testing

Reference the College Board 2022 AP exam dates site for dates of AP Exams. Due to the FCPS Cultural and Religious Observance day on May 3rd, no AP exams will be administered on this day. The AP Environmental Science and AP Psychology exams will be administered on the late testing date of May 17th.  All 2022 AP exams will be taken in school and will be taken in a paper/pencil format. 

AP students who do not complete the Opt-Out form by October 22nd and cancel an AP exam will be assessed a $40 cancellation fee by the College Board.  AP students who register for an AP exam after November 10th will be assessed a $40 late registration fee by the College Board.

If you have any questions, please contact Woodson's Assessment Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

Students in Mr. Wright's AP World History: Modern class presenting their Empire theme park project.

8. FCPS Virtual College Week

All Grade Levels! FCPS Virtual College Week will take place Monday, October 18 - Thursday, October 21, 2021. FCPS families are invited to attend virtual sessions on a variety of topics, including how to pay for college, dual enrollment, AP/IB, how to apply to a military academy, and college essay writing.

Registration is now open, and students and families can sign-up for as many sessions as they wish. Don’t forget to check out the FCPS Virtual College Week webpage for updates and to learn about various college fairs available to students. Please direct any questions about Virtual College Week to Karen Huffman at kshuffman@fpcs.edu

9. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊 Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  My weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week. Please see next week’s College & Career Center Calendar inserted below and instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here.

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Thursday, October 28th, during ALL Lunches. Last workshop will be on Monday, November 29th.
  • Military Recruiter Visits every Wednesday during All Lunches: The Marine Corps and Coast Guard Recruiter will visit together on October 20th. Please see my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info and upcoming events.
  • NOVA Workforce is virtually visiting on Monday, October 25th, at 2:15 pm to speak about their trainings and certifications. Please sign up in Naviance under College Visits or email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.
  • Seniors, the FAFSA – Free Application for Student Aid opened on Oct 1st. Check out the FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshops by College Access Fairfax on October 16 at 10 am and on November 9 at 7 pm. Registration is not required. Please check out my Financial Aid Folder in Schoology for information on Financial Aid, the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile. If you missed the Paying for College Workshop, I posted a recording in that folder together with a flyer that has additional Paying for College Presentation dates.
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Juniors & Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.
  • The next Virtual Scholarship 101 Presentations by College Access Fairfax are on November 17th at 7 pm or on December 11th at 10 am. Learn about how to apply for scholarships, including tips on applications, websites, and other sources of scholarship information. Registration is not required.

Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu

10. Woodson Junior Coordinates Computer Building Workshop

Northern Virginia Magazine published an article on Woodson High School junior Ian Wallace’s computer building workshop, which he led at Annandale High school in conjunction with ESOL Department Chair Meredith Hedrick and other AHS faculty.

https://northernvirginiamag.com/family/education/2021/10/08/eagle-scout-computer-workshop/

Through the project, eight AHS students who recently moved to the U.S. from other countries constructed their own desktop computers using spare parts Ian collected through a neighborhood computer recycling drive. In several cases, the AHS students shared they were bringing home their family’s first desktop computer – and how cool it was to tell their parents they constructed it themselves. One student, now at Northern Virginia Community College in their honors program for nursing, said it would be helpful for her college coursework too. Another said it made him consider a career in computer programming.

Spotted:  A box turtle hanging out by one of the Woodson benches.

PAST News - but still important 11. Winter Sport Tryout Information

Winter sport tryouts begin on Monday, November 8th. Winter sports include basketball, swim & dive, wrestling, rifle, gymnastics, and indoor track.

In order to participate, there are 3 items that need to be completed prior to the first day of tryouts.

1) Sports Physical

Completed and turned in to Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge (chogge@fcps.edu)

2) Activity Registration

This is an online submission - it encompasses the Emergency Care Form and Concussion Education Training

3) Proof of Covid Vaccination or Exemption

For full details, please see the Athletic Office updates.

12. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, November 12th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room F120 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to mphu@fcps.edu!

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

13. Virtual Scholarships 101 - Rescheduled

The Virtual Scholarship 101 that was scheduled for tonight at 6:30 pm has been rescheduled. College Access Fairfax has two additional Scholarship 101 Presentations that you can attend, either on November 17th or December 11th. Please visit www.collegeaccessfairfax.org to access the Zoom link. Please check out my Financial Aid Folder in Schoology for information on Financial Aid, the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile. If you missed the Paying for College Workshop, I posted a recording in that folder together with a flyer that has additional Paying for College Presentation dates. In case the link is not working, here are the steps to get to that folder: Sign into Schoology with your SIS Parent Account - go to College & Career Center Course - College Folder - FAFSA/Financial Aid Subfolder. Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

14. How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

If one of the options above is not followed, we cannot guarantee a speedy checkout, so please make sure you notify the attendance office prior to picking up your son/daughter to ensure you make your appointment or commitment on time.

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

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

15. Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

16. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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WTW PTSO WeMail, October 12th

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

  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WTW NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. WTW CAV SPORTS UPDATES
  6. WTW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

TONIGHT! Tuesday, October 12; 6:00 p.m. - PTSO Meeting - Woodson Library and Google Meet 

Wednesday, October 13th - 2-HOUR EARLY RELEASE

Wednesday, October 13th - Grade 9 - Asynchronous at-home learning

Wednesday, October 13th - Grade 10 and 11 - PSAT/NMSQT (no cost) - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday, October 13th - Grade 12 - SAT testing for Seniors who signed up. Excused day for Seniors not signed up.

 

NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, October 19th; 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - Underclass Makeup Picture Day in the Dance Studio - Details under WTW News & Events

 

REMAINING HOMECOMING WEEK EVENTS! - Additional Details Under WTW News & Events

Wednesday-Friday, October 13th-15th - Spirit Week

Friday, October 15th during 3rd Period - Pep Rally

Friday, October 15th from 4:30-5:15 p.m. - Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 15th from 5:00-6:45 p.m. - Pre-game Pig-out

Friday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game

Saturday, October 16th from 8:00-11:00 p.m. - Homecoming Dance - Online Ticket Link to purchase dance tickets. $20 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Friday, October 29th - 2-HOUR EARLY RELEASE - End of 1st quarter

Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th; 3:00-9:00 p.m.-  Senior portrait makeup days in Cafeteria A - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th; 3:00-9:00 p.m.  - Senior portrait makeup days in Cafeteria A - Details under WTW News & Events

PTSO NEWS TONIGHT! PTSO Meeting!

Tonight is the next PTSO Meeting is on Tuesday, October 12; 6:00 p.m.  in the Woodson Library and streaming on Google Meet.

TOMORROW! Woodson Chorus Restaurant Night

Come support Woodson Chorus on Wednesday, October 13 from 4-8pm at Chipotle 9506 Main St. 

Please tell the cashier that you are supporting the fundraiser. 

You can also use this code to order online for pick-up: 3KJVB96

Volunteers Needed for Homecoming Dance

We are especially in need of help with cleanup. If you can assist with that or any of the the tasks, please visit our Sign Up Genius

$$ NEED MONEY? The PTSO Grant Window is Open October 4th - October 22nd!

What is the grant program and how do I make a request?

Each year, in the fall and in the spring, members of the Woodson community (teachers, parents and students) can apply for "grant money" from the PTSO. We use a large portion of our membership dues to assist with supplying teachers, parents, students and staff with purchasing items or helping cover fees for events, etc.  Anyone who is part of the Woodson community can apply for a grant, and you do not have to be a member of the PTSO to do so. What have we helped with in the past?  Well, one year a student applied for funding to purchase 3 additional microwaves for the Woodson cafeteria since the lines were so long. Students requested funding assistance for the new Cavalier Mascot that you see at football games. The Computer Science Department asked for help funding stand up desks for computer project presentations, and a parent group asked for help funding a motivational speaker.  Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award candidates have also requested funding if their projects directly affected Woodson. Anything is worthy of a request if you think it will help the Woodson community at large, or some portion of it.  

What you should know before requesting funds for your group or organization:

The Grant Committee will review all applications, and then will present the proposals and funding amounts to the PTSO general membership for voting. In its review, the Committee considers the following factors including but not limited to: 

  • The degree of direct relationship to the student program of study.
  • The number of students that the proposal benefits (general student body or a sub-set).
  • The extent of impact on the total school community.
  • The efforts that your group made requesting funding from others (boosters, parent groups, etc), or fundraising efforts toward reaching your overall funding goal (car washes, bake sales, etc).

When can I apply?

The 2021 Fall grant window is 10/4 - 10/22/21.  There is a fall window and a spring window each year. The end date is firm so the committee has time to meet and discuss all of the requests, ask any follow up questions as needed, and then present the requests at the next PTSO meeting for voting.  Decisions will be emailed to all who requested grant money, whether awarded or not, after the PTSO meeting vote, which for the fall will be at the November meeting.

APPLY FOR A GRANT BY CLICKING HERE!

FREE WEBINAR SERIES-

PSAT, Now What? - October 18, 19 and 20th, multiple times

In this free webinar, one of our admissions experts teaches you how a good PSAT score can help your child win a National Merit Scholarship and explores what the next steps are—including whether your child is on track for the award.

Most importantly, the PSAT is a great indicator of SAT and ACT readiness. Based on different score ranges and target schools, this webinar will help you build a test-prep plan for your child!

The speaker is Sheila Hallsted-Baumert.  Sheila’s impressive background starts with a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University—where she graduated magna cum laude. After Princeton, she went to NYU and abroad for a PhD in History, including deep dives into European art and culture. 

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/psat-now-what/ 

Exploring Majors in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math - Wednesday, Oct 27th, 7:00 pm EDT

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/exploring-majors-in-science-technology-engineering-math/

PTSO Officer Position Open - Fundraising Chair

The PTSO’s primary source of funding is memberships.  Fundraising efforts supplement the PTSO budget.  There are two main roles for the Fundraising Chair.  The first is organizing “Dinner Nights” at places like Chipotle and Potbelly.  The second is letter writing to medium and large-sized  companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, MAG Aero, Interstate Movers, and Cox.   The latter is an effective donation generator.   

All PTSO funding flows back into Woodson High School in the form of Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, Community Outreach, Field Trip Subsidization, and School Supplements.

The Fundraising Chair serves as the primary focal point for all fundraising activities. The time commitment is about 1 hour per week, averaged over the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Community Resources for Mental Health, Wellness, and Support Groups

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice; homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addiction and overdose; and underage drinking.

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=2619 (must be a PTSO member to login)

Ways to Make a Difference

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO

Make a Donation 

Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find WT Woodson on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

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

WTW News & Events Homecoming Week Details

Spirit Week – October 13th – 15th - Wednesday- PJ Day, Thursday-Decades Day, Friday-Red, White & Blue Day

Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, October 15th at the Football Stadium during 3rd period.

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

Pre-game Pig-out – Friday, October 15th,  5:00 – 6:45pm outside Door #7 by the Outdoor basketball courts. This is a community event for students and parents.  Join us for fun, games, face painting, Moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Hoco game.

Homecoming Dance  – Saturday, October 16th, 8:00 – 11:00pm

Homecoming Dance Tickets – Ticket sales end Friday, October 15th at 3:00pm and no tickets are sold at the door. 

Homecoming tickets are $20.  

Students may still purchase their ticket during all four lunches using cash, check, or credit card.  The e-ticket will be texted to the student.  When purchasing each ticket, the student’s name must be entered.  Students will need their e-ticket and a student ID to enter the dance.  Student guests from other schools will need to have their permission form completed and on file along with their e-ticket to enter the dance. Guest permission forms are available in the main school office.

Homecoming Dance Guests - Students must get prior approval in order to bring a guest that does not attend Woodson HS. Guest request forms are in the main school office and are due on Thursday, October 14th.

TOMORROW - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day - October 13th

Wednesday, October 13th is SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day and a 2-hour early release day. 

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

Only seniors who pre-registered will take the SAT School Day. More details will be shared directly with students via their school email.

Students in grade 9 and those seniors not testing will not be in school on October 13th. There is no need to contact attendance for these students. An asynchronous activity will be provided for the freshmen.

Special education students receiving Cat B services will be in school on October 13th.

Underclass and Senior Portrait Makeup Picture Days

The underclass picture makeup day is Tuesday, October 19th, from 8:30-2:30pm in the Dance Studio.  

Senior portrait makeup days are scheduled on Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature.

Woodson Choral Boosters

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 13th Restaurant Night at Chipotle 4-8PM

Wednesday, October 13th Pyramid Concert (Call time-5:30PM)        Start time: 7PM

The Woodson Chorus needs your help!  The Woodson Choral Boosters recently kicked off our Fall Fundraising Campaign.  To make a gift, just visit https://woodsonchoralboosters.ddock.gives/ or woodson chorus.org.  Thank you for your support!  

To find more information about upcoming events, monthly meeting, restaurant nights, and other informative communtives about Chorus and Chorus Boosters, please look on our various online sources such as the Chorus website, Monthly Chorus Booster Newsletter, Gmail, Schoology, Remind, YouTube, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website. www.woodsonchorus.org

YourTube channel- Go to “Woodson Chorus” Please subscribe!

Instagram- Follow us @ wtwchorus

Woodson Marching Band

The Woodson Cavaliers competed at the Shenandoah Valley Marching Invitational this past Saturday the 9th of October. In the Preliminary competition, Woodson won FIRST PLACE for Color Guard, Percussion, Music and General Effect as well as winning FIRST PLACE in group V, advancing to the Finals. In the Finals Competition, Woodson competed against 9 other marching bands and won FIRST PLACE for Color Guard, Percussion and Music as well as being crowned the overall GRAND CHAMPIONS!!!The next opportunity to catch the Marching Cavaliers in action is at the Homecoming game on Friday October 15th. The last Competition of the season will be held at Patriot High School, 10504 Kettle Run Rd, Nokesville, VA. This is the Virginia Band & Orchestra Association’s State Assessment and is the culmination of the Marching Cavaliers’ season. Don’t miss out on the Marching Band action!! Woodson is scheduled to perform at 6:30pm. GO CAVS!

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Band Cav Cards Fundraiser

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards which feature discounts at 17 local area merchants. Cards are only $10 each and all funds go directly to support the band activities this year, including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! Contact Karen Wallace at cavcards@woodsonband.org for information or check out all the participating vendors on our webpage.

Senior Class Signs

 

Limited quantity of yard signs available. Reach out to merifarling@hotmail.com to reserve yours or order online here.  

Senior Class of 2022 Legacy Bricks

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

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

 Visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE (or from the main page click on “Forms & Payments” section on the left, then click on “Form & Payment” then scroll down to the Buy A Brick section.) If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 26, 2022.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.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

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

WTW CAVS SPORTS UPDATES Cavs Varsity Fall Sports

Cheer

C-A-V-S CAVS, CAVS, CAVS!!

Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer took the mat for their first competition on Wednesday, September 29th at the South Lakes Spirit competition.  Both teams came out and represented Woodson with a strong and impressive performance, with Varsity taking FIRST PLACE!

After a first place finish at District Semifinals on Monday, Varsity Cheer is currently seated 1st going into District Finals on Wednesday!

Stay tuned for updated competition times, but be ready to roll out to Lake Braddock gym tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13, at 6:30pm to help them bring it home!

 

Field Hockey

The Cavaliers lost to West Springfield 2-1 on Thursday. Genna Cooke was a disruptive force on the field and AJ Ingson made two saves in the 4th quarter. Julia Oleyar lifted a shot into the top left corner of the Spartans goal for a spectacular Woodson score.

Woodson lost to South County 1-0 on Tuesday, September 28th. Elia Kim played inspirationally after being hit by a high stick. The Cavs pressured the Stallions into 12 straight penalty corners in the 3rd quarter. Levi Weinberger led defenders Reese C, Katie H, Kim M, and Sydney K in stopping Stallion attacks.

The Cavaliers defeated Lake Braddock 1-0 on Tuesday, October 5th. Caitlin Tran scored the winning goal from a Genna Cooke pass with 2 seconds left in the first half. Elia Kim and Elizabeth Stribling energized the midfield and played staunch defense with defenders Levi W, Reese C, Katie H, Kim M, and Sydney K.

Next game is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13, at 7:30.

 

Golf

Woodson’s season ended with a 5th place finish in the district tournament.  The team was only 13 shots out of the tie for 2nd which would have been enough to make the regions as a team.  Scores for Woodson were Han Lee-79, Thomas Houttekier-83, Raymond Kim-84, Alex Klein-85, Thomas Stribling-87 and Leo Lee-88.  Han qualified as top finishing individual (9th overall) and will compete in the regional tournament next week.  Outstanding work for the young Freshman.

 

Football

Woodson suffered defeat this week by perennial state championship contender South County 62-0.  All the players fought hard throughout the entire game.  Upcoming this Friday at Woodson is Homecoming vs Fairfax.

Vaccination Information for Student Athletes

Students who are 16 years of age or older (age as of November 8 for the Winter Sports season) and want to participate in athletics will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have either a medical or religious exemption. Unvaccinated students who are 12-15 years of age must provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test to be eligible to participate in team activities. 

Submitting Proof of Vaccination

Starting Monday, October 4th, student-athletes can submit their proof of Covid-19 vaccination to their school. Students will need to either show their vaccination card to authorized school personnel or provide clear documentation via an electronic format of the vaccination card or photocopy to the authorized school personnel. Please submit the copy of your students vaccination to Ms. Cooke, Athletic Trainer, via email at jmcooke@fcps.edu.

Religious Exemption

Starting Monday, October 4th, student athletes (both middle and high school) can submit the Religious Exemption form to their school. The form must be notarized and should be submitted directly to Ms. Pugnetti (alpugnetti@fcps.edu) in the Woodson Student Activities Office. Please use the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption form. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Details on who to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to will be forthcoming.

Medical Exemption

Starting Monday, October 4th, student-athletes can submit the medical exemption information to the Woodson Student Activities Office, Ms. Pugnetti alpugnetti@fcps.edu. They will need to provide documentation of a medical exemption from their physician. Students can do this through a letter from their doctor (on the doctor’s office letterhead) stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Details on who to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to will be forthcoming.

Deadline for Medical and Religious Exemptions for Winter Sports Season

The Deadline for submitting medical and religious exemptions for the Winter season is Monday, November 1st. The exemption must be received by the November 1st deadline for students to participate in winter tryouts. This will allow enough time for those students with a medical or religious exemption to provide proof of their negative Covid-19 test that week so that they may participate in tryouts. As a reminder all students with a medical or religious exemption for receiving the Covid-19 vaccination must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test weekly (more details as to who to submit weekly tests will be forthcoming).

Students with a Religious or Medical Exemption and Unvaccinated Students Aged 12-15 (Age as of November 8 for the Winter Season)

Unvaccinated students who are 12-15, or students with a Religious or Medical exemption must provide a negative test weekly to participate in team activities. Currently, FCPS is working on securing a vendor to assist with providing access to weekly testing for athletes. We will share more information as it becomes available. 

Direct questions to Dan Checkosky - Director of Student Activities - djcheckosky@fcps.edu

Winter Sport Tryout Information

Winter sport tryouts begin on Monday, November 8th. Winter sports include basketball, swim & dive, wrestling, rifle, gymnastics, and indoor track.

In order to participate, there are 3 items that need to be completed prior to the first day of tryouts.

1) Sports Physical

Completed and turned in to Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge (chogge@fcps.edu)

2) Activity Registration

This is an online submission - it encompasses the Emergency Care Form and Concussion Education Training

3) Proof of Covid Vaccination or Exemption

For full details, please see the Athletic Office updates.

NEW VHSL Physical Form for 2021-22

This is the NEW VHSL approved Physical Form. This is the only version that can be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a doctor fill out the old version with "revised February 2017 in top right corner, your doctor will need to complete the new one, which may require another appointment. So please make sure the form you fill out has "revised January 2021" on the top right.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2021 or after. Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

The form is also available at https://www.vhsl.org/sports-medicine/physical-examination/, under Resources.

WTW RESOURCES Woodson Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by clicking here.

Odd/Even Calendar

Printable  2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar .

Virtual Scholarships 101 - Rescheduled

The Virtual Scholarship 101 that was scheduled for October 6 has been rescheduled. College Access Fairfax has two additional Scholarship 101 Presentations that you can attend, either on November 17th or on December 11th

Please visit www.collegeaccessfairfax.org to access the Zoom link. Please check out my Financial Aid Folder in Schoology for information on Financial Aid, the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile. If you missed the Paying for College Workshop, I posted a recording in that folder together with a flyer that has additional Paying for College Presentation dates. In case the link is not working, here are the steps to get to that folder: Sign into Schoology with your SIS Parent Account - go to College & Career Center Course - College Folder - FAFSA/Financial Aid Subfolder. Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. Office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello. Please join the Course in Schoology. Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55. Weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week with Purdue University, University of Kentucky, Dartmouth College, University of Alabama, Michigan State, William & Mary, VT, JMU, Shenandoah University & more visiting. Please see instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day! 

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Thursday, October 28th, during ALL Lunches. Next workshop will be on Monday, November 29th.
  • Military Recruiter Visits will begin during all lunches in front of Cafeteria A/B on Wednesday, October 6th with the Army visiting every first Wednesday, the Marine Corps every 2nd, Coast Guard every 3rd, and Navy every 4th Wednesday. The Air Force will start visiting in November (date to be determined) and will share a table with one of the other recruiters. Please visit my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info.
  • Seniors, the FAFSA – Free Application for Student Aid opened today!  Check out the FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshops by College Access Fairfax on October 16th at 10 am at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98942498924 and on November 9th at 7 pm at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97661177987 (no need to register, just click on the Zoom links to join). The Financial Aid Night Presentation that College Access Fairfax put together can be accessed here. Do you need help with your FAFSA? Please email our Financial Aid Champion Amy Speares at aspeares@fcps.edu.
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Juniors & Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.

Questions? Please email Christine Lieb-Mosley cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

American Math Contest Info

Students interested in participating in the AMC 10 or the AMC 12 should register on MySchoolBucks by Wednesday, October 20.  The AMC 10/12 will be administered on Tuesday, November 16th at Woodson High School. 

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. More information

Students in grades 9 and 10 take the AMC 10.  All others take AMC 12.

The fee is $5 payable by Wednesday, October 20th, at MySchoolbuck.com

Each test has 25 multiple choice questions to be answered in 75 minutes.   A calculator may NOT be used.  Sample Questions here.

Math Center is Now Open

Math Center Hours & Locations DURING school:

  • Learning Seminars - B208 & B107
  • 5th period Lunch - B208
  • 6th period Lunch - B107

Math Center Hours & Locations AFTER school:

  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday - B208
Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Teachers' Virtual Asynchronous Back-to-School Videos

BTSN videos are available on the Woodson website as well as on the class Schoology page. If you need to schedule a teacher/parent conference please contact the school counselor.

Transportation Reminders and Updates

Please remind your children that masks are required at all times when on an FCPS bus.

Due to how full our buses are, per transportation, we are no longer allowed to issue temporary bus passes to students who want to ride home with a friend. Students may only ride a bus to which they are assigned. If your child needs to ride a different bus home for child care purposes, please complete an exception to ride form. The guidelines for an exception are linked HERE 

Want to know when your bus is approaching your stop?  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS ParentVUE account to access your bus information.

For more information, visit the FCPS.Here Comes The Bus

Answers to Attendance Questions

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning /Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

If you are not seeing all of your children in Schoology, please be patient as FCPS IT is working on a solution and should have a resolution as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

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)

2021-22 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com

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

Vacant / Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Jill Battaglia / Communications Director /battagliawtw@gmail.com

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

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Woodson Weekly - October 8th

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Woodson Weekly -
October 8th

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

Vision Statement

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

Environmental Club prepares the gardens for the fall season.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 11th - School Planning Day; No school for students

Monday, October 11th at 6pm - PowerPuff Games in Pat Cunningham Stadium and Homecoming Bonfire after the games behind the stadium (see story #3 below)

Tuesday, October 12th-15th - Spirit Week

Wednesday, October 13th - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day (see story #2 below)

Friday, October 15th during 3rd Period - Pep Rally

Friday, October 15th from 4:30-5:15pm - Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 15th from 5-6:45pm - Pre-game Pig-out

Friday, October 15th at 7pm - Homecoming Football Game vs Fairfax HS

Saturday, October 16th from 8-11:30pm - Homecoming Dance

Tuesday, October 19th - Underclass Makeup Picture Day

Friday, October 29th - End of 1st Quarter; 2-Hour Early Release; dismissal at 12:55pm

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. No School on Monday, October 11th
3. October 13 - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day
4. Homecoming Activities - Ticket 
5. Does your student need a dress or suit for Homecoming?
6. Virtual Family Education Night - Learn about Teen Substance Abuse
7. Federal Impact Aid Survey
8. World Languages Credit Exam
9. Underclass and Senior Portrait Makeup Days
10. American Math Contest Info
11. Virtual Scholarships 101 - Rescheduled
12. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important
13. How do I check out my student from school?
14. Winter Sport Tryout Information 
15. Fall Blood Drive
16. Math Center is Open
17. Laptop Tech Support Hours
18. 14th Annual Teacher Artist Exhibition
19. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News 1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Community:

Today kicked off Homecoming’s Spirit Week – literally… staff and students enjoyed a friendly, yet competitive game of kickball during Hey Day.  “Hey Day” is an opportunity for students to see one another and say “Hey.”  We had outdoor kickball and ultimate frisbee today instead of the usual indoor staff vs student basketball game, due to the indoor COVID restrictions. Also during Hey Day, clubs are able to sell items as a fundraiser, students mingle, watch the activities and catch up with their peers. Overall it was a fun start to the HoCo activities!

Even though Monday is a student holiday, we will host Powerpuff games starting at 6pm at the football stadium. Powerpuff games are the flag football games played between classes before the annual bonfire held on the practice space behind the softball field. We are grateful for the local fire department who partners with us to make this event a success. Wednesday is PSAT and SAT day, please see all of the details of that day in story # 3 below. 

I hope you will join us for the Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 15th.  The parade will begin at Woodson HS, cross Pickett onto Starlit Ponds, wind over to Olley with a right turn on Chestnut Knolls Dr.  We meander through the neighborhood and end up on Whitacre at Barcarat Dr. Our final stop is back at Woodson HS for the Pig-Out and then the football game versus our cross town rival, Fairfax HS. While Friday is a long day, it is a fun, community event that I invite you all to come be part of in one way or another.  

Please know the Homecoming Dance is Saturday night and it will have a DJ outside, on the softball/Pickett side of the school. We will have some indoor space but the majority of the dance will be outside under the stars (well, the tent will be under the stars with students under the tent).  There are various details available on social media (Instagram mostly) as well as below in this weekly email. 

Have a safe weekend,

Dr. Floyd

2. No School on Monday, October 11th

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 11th, for the Indigenous Peoples’ (Columbus Day) Day holiday. October 11th is a professional development day for staff members. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 12th.

See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

3. October 13th - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day

Wednesday, October 13th is SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day and a 2-hour early release day. 

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

Only seniors who pre-registered will take the SAT School Day. More details will be shared directly with students via their school email.

Students in grade 9 and those seniors not testing will not be in school on October 13th. There is no need to contact attendance for these students. An asynchronous activity will be provided for the freshmen.

Special education students receiving Cat B services will be in school on October 13th.  It is a 2-hour early release day.

4. Homecoming Activities

PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire - Monday, October 11th – Pat Cunningham Stadium

6pm Freshmen vs Sophomores
7:15pm Juniors vs Seniors
Bonfire will take place immediately following the last PowerPuff game behind the stadium at approximately 8:30pm.

Spirit Week – October 12th – 15th - Each school day will be designated with a specific outfit.  See the graphic above.

Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, October 15th at the Football Stadium during 3rd period.

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

Pre-game Pig-out – Friday, October 15th,  5:00 – 6:45pm outside Door #7 by the Outdoor basketball courts. This is a community event for students and parents.  Join us for fun, games, face painting, Moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Hoco game.

Homecoming Football Game, Friday, October 15th, 7pm, vs Fairfax HS.

Homecoming Dance  – Saturday, October 16th, 8:00 – 11:00pm - No tickets sold at the door.

Homecoming Tickets – Homecoming tickets are $20.  Tickets are on sale online.  This will facilitate the purchase of tickets using credit cards and will help alleviate the ticket lines. 

Students may still purchase their ticket during all four lunches using cash, check, or credit card.  The e-ticket will be texted to the student.  When purchasing each ticket, the student’s name must be entered. Students will need their e-ticket and a student ID to enter the dance. Student guests from other schools will need to have their permission form completed and on file along with their e-ticket to enter the dance. Guest permission forms are available in the main school office.

Ticket sales end Friday, October 15th at 3:00pm and no tickets are sold at the door. 

Students work on decorations for Homecoming Week. 

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

Do you know someone that might need one?  Parent Liaison Sussy Tomer has shoes, necklaces, ear rings, clutches!

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays-Fridays from 8am-2pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

6. Virtual Family Education Night - Learn about Teen Substance Abuse

On Thursday, October 21st at 7pm, the Family Engagement Region Representative from Region 5 will preset a family education night on teen substance abuse.

During this virtual Zoom meeting, families will meet the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists and learn more about drugs and addiction.

RSVP to receive the Zoom link.  Contact Angela Aldave at avaldave@fcps.edu with questions.

7. Federal Impact Aid Survey

Beginning on October 13, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

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

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3 and sign/date the form. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by Friday, November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

Today's student-faculty kickball game was a huge success (and a lot of fun!)

8. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, 2021.  Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

*Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International.  School counselors should register students for these exams by the same process as other languages.

Registration is now open and will close on Wednesday, October 13th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students at their individual schools. 

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

9. Underclass and Senior Portrait Makeup Picture Days

The underclass picture makeup day is Tuesday, October 19th, from 8:30-2:30pm in the Dance Studio.  

Underclassman Makeup Picture Day

Photographers will be here on Tuesday, October 19 to take student portraits.  Students who were absent during picture day, or students who purchases pictures and are dissatisfied with their picture should plan on having their picture taken on Tuesday, October 19.  Those wishing to purchase pictures can still order on mylifetouch.com with the picture day id EVT24PGR.

Senior portrait makeup days are scheduled on Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature.

10. American Math Contest Info

Students interested in participating in the AMC 10 or the AMC 12 should register on MySchoolBucks by Wednesday, October 20.  The AMC 10/12 will be administered on Tuesday, November 16th at Woodson High School. 

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. More information

Students in grades 9 and 10 take the AMC 10.  All others take AMC 12.

The fee is $5 payable by Wednesday, October 20th, at MySchoolbuck.com

Each test has 25 multiple choice questions to be answered in 75 minutes.   A calculator may NOT be used.  Sample Questions here.

Students in Mr. Bickel's Guitar I class.

11. Virtual Scholarships 101 - Rescheduled

The Virtual Scholarship 101 that was scheduled for tonight at 6:30 pm has been rescheduled. College Access Fairfax has two additional Scholarship 101 Presentations that you can attend, either on November 17th or December 11th. Please visit www.collegeaccessfairfax.org to access the Zoom link. Please check out my Financial Aid Folder in Schoology for information on Financial Aid, the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile. If you missed the Paying for College Workshop, I posted a recording in that folder together with a flyer that has additional Paying for College Presentation dates. In case the link is not working, here are the steps to get to that folder: Sign into Schoology with your SIS Parent Account - go to College & Career Center Course - College Folder - FAFSA/Financial Aid Subfolder. Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

12. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊 Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  My weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week. Please see College & Career Center Calendar inserted below and instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here.

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Thursday, October 28th, during ALL Lunches. Next workshop will be on Monday, November 29th.
  • Military Recruiter Visits every Wednesday during All Lunches: There are no visits on Oct 13th due to PSAT/SAT Day at Woodson. The Marine Corps and Coast Guard Recruiter will visit together on October 20th. Please see my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info and upcoming events. We have an Air Force Reserve Recruiter visit next week on Tuesday, Oct 12th, at 9 am in the Career Center to talk about how the Air Force Reserve can help pay for your education.
  • Seniors, the FAFSA – Free Application for Student Aid opened on Oct 1st. Check out the FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshops by College Access Fairfax on October 16 at 10 am and on November 9 at 7 pm. Registration is not required. Please check out my Financial Aid Folder in Schoology for information on Financial Aid, the FAFSA, and the CSS Profile. If you missed the Paying for College Workshop, I posted a recording in that folder together with a flyer that has additional Paying for College Presentation dates.
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Juniors & Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.
  • The next Virtual Scholarship 101 Presentations by College Access Fairfax are on November 17th at 7 pm or on December 11th at 10 am. Learn about how to apply for scholarships, including tips on applications, websites, and other sources of scholarship information. Registration is not required.

Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu

Sunrise over Woodson HS this week.

PAST News - but still important 13. How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

If one of the options above is not followed, we cannot guarantee a speedy checkout, so please make sure you notify the attendance office prior to picking up your son/daughter to ensure you make your appointment or commitment on time.

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

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

14. Winter Sport Tryout Information

Winter sport tryouts begin on Monday, November 8th. Winter sports include basketball, swim & dive, wrestling, rifle, gymnastics, and indoor track.

In order to participate, there are 3 items that need to be completed prior to the first day of tryouts.

1) Sports Physical

Completed and turned in to Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge (chogge@fcps.edu)

2) Activity Registration

This is an online submission - it encompasses the Emergency Care Form and Concussion Education Training

3) Proof of Covid Vaccination or Exemption

For full details, please see the Athletic Office updates.

15. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, November 12th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room F120 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to mphu@fcps.edu!

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

16. Math Center is Open

Math Center is opening on Monday, September 27th!

Math Center Hours & Locations DURING school:

  • Learning Seminars - B208 & B107
  • 5th period Lunch - B208
  • 6th period Lunch - B107

Math Center Hours & Locations AFTER school:

  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday - B208

Bring your notes and your assignment!

17. Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

18. 14th Annual Artist Teacher Exhibition

Three Woodson art teachers are featured in the 14th Annual Artist Teacher Exhibition.  This exhibition features original artworks by FCPS teachers.

Woodson art teachers, Deirdre Forgione, Leslie O’Shaughnessy and Jocelyn Sowa, have artwork in the show.

The exhibition is open through October 24th and is at the McGuire Woods Gallery, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton.

19. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail, October 5th

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

  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WTW NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. WTW CAV SPORTS UPDATES
  6. WTW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, October 5 and Wednesday, October 6; 4:45-5:00pm - Start of late bus routes

 

NEXT WEEK

Monday, October 11 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Tuesday, October 12; 6:00 p.m. - PTSO Meeting - Woodson Library and Google Meet 

Wednesday, October 13th - Grade 9 - Asynchronous at-home learning

Wednesday, October 13th - Grade 10 and 11 - PSAT/NMSQT (no cost) - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday, October 13th - Grade 12 - SAT testing for Seniors who signed up. Excused day for Seniors not signed up

 

HOMECOMING IS NEXT WEEK! - Additional Details Under WTW News & Events

Friday, October 8th-15th - Spirit Week

Monday, October 11th - PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire

Friday, October 15th during 3rd Period - Pep Rally

Friday, October 15th from 4:30-5:15 p.m. - Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 15th from 5:00-6:45 p.m. - Pre-game Pig-out

Friday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game

Saturday, October 16th from 8:00-11:00 p.m. - Homecoming Dance - Online Ticket Link to purchase dance tickets. $20 PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Tuesday, October 19th; 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - Underclass Makeup Picture Day in the Dance Studio - Details under WTW News & Events 

Friday, October 29th - 2-HOUR EARLY RELEASE - End of 1st quarter

Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th; 3:00-9:00 p.m.-  Senior portrait makeup days in Cafeteria A - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th; 3:00-9:00 p.m.  - Senior portrait makeup days in Cafeteria A - Details under WTW News & Events

PTSO NEWS Next PTSO Meeting!

The next PTSO Meeting is on Tuesday, October 12; 6:00 p.m.  in the Woodson Library and streaming on Google Meet.

Volunteers Needed for Homecoming Dance

We are especially in need of help with cleanup. If you can assist with that or any of the the tasks, please visit our Sign Up Genius

Need money? The PTSO Grant Window is Open October 4th - October 22nd!

What is the grant program and how do I make a request?

Each year, in the fall and in the spring, members of the Woodson community (teachers, parents and students) can apply for "grant money" from the PTSO. We use a large portion of our membership dues to assist with supplying teachers, parents, students and staff with purchasing items or helping cover fees for events, etc.  Anyone who is part of the Woodson community can apply for a grant, and you do not have to be a member of the PTSO to do so. What have we helped with in the past?  Well, one year a student applied for funding to purchase 3 additional microwaves for the Woodson cafeteria since the lines were so long. Students requested funding assistance for the new Cavalier Mascot that you see at football games. The Computer Science Department asked for help funding stand up desks for computer project presentations, and a parent group asked for help funding a motivational speaker.  Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award candidates have also requested funding if their projects directly affected Woodson. Anything is worthy of a request if you think it will help the Woodson community at large, or some portion of it.  

What you should know before requesting funds for your group or organization:

The Grant Committee will review all applications, and then will present the proposals and funding amounts to the PTSO general membership for voting. In its review, the Committee considers the following factors including but not limited to: 

  • The degree of direct relationship to the student program of study.
  • The number of students that the proposal benefits (general student body or a sub-set).
  • The extent of impact on the total school community.
  • The efforts that your group made requesting funding from others (boosters, parent groups, etc), or fundraising efforts toward reaching your overall funding goal (car washes, bake sales, etc).

When can I apply?

The 2021 Fall grant window is 10/4 - 10/22/21.  There is a fall window and a spring window each year. The end date is firm so the committee has time to meet and discuss all of the requests, ask any follow up questions as needed, and then present the requests at the next PTSO meeting for voting.  Decisions will be emailed to all who requested grant money, whether awarded or not, after the PTSO meeting vote, which for the fall will be at the November meeting.

APPLY FOR A GRANT HERE by clicking on the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLbHL6-ghlS5i2VEzI4BlHeppuRj_7tskra9jz8JpOlxOvmQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

FREE WEBINAR SERIES-

TONIGHT! Insider’s Guide to College Admissions Tests  - Tuesday, Oct 5th, 7:00 pm EDT

College admissions tests are important. They do more than just help your child get into college.They can help your child win merit-based scholarships, and a good score never hurt anybody’s college application. It can even be the deciding factor between being granted admission or not.

This free webinar, will offer insider tips and tricks and gives an overview of each test so you can develop a test-prep plan with your child.

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/insiders-guide-to-college-admissions-tests/ 

 

PSAT, Now What? - October 18, 19 and 20th, multiple times

In this free webinar, one of our admissions experts teaches you how a good PSAT score can help your child win a National Merit Scholarship and explores what the next steps are—including whether your child is on track for the award.

Most importantly, the PSAT is a great indicator of SAT and ACT readiness. Based on different score ranges and target schools, this webinar will help you build a test-prep plan for your child!

The speaker is Sheila Hallsted-Baumert.  Sheila’s impressive background starts with a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University—where she graduated magna cum laude. After Princeton, she went to NYU and abroad for a PhD in History, including deep dives into European art and culture. 

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/psat-now-what/ 

Exploring Majors in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math - Wednesday, Oct 27th, 7:00 pm EDT

https://www.revolutionprep.com/webinars/exploring-majors-in-science-technology-engineering-math/

PTSO Officer Position Open - Fundraising Chair

The PTSO’s primary source of funding is memberships.  Fundraising efforts supplement the PTSO budget.  There are two main roles for the Fundraising Chair.  The first is organizing “Dinner Nights” at places like Chipotle and Potbelly.  The second is letter writing to medium and large-sized  companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, MAG Aero, Interstate Movers, and Cox.   The latter is an effective donation generator.   

All PTSO funding flows back into Woodson High School in the form of Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, Community Outreach, Field Trip Subsidization, and School Supplements.

The Fundraising Chair serves as the primary focal point for all fundraising activities. The time commitment is about 1 hour per week, averaged over the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Community Resources for Mental Health, Wellness, and Support Groups

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice; homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addiction and overdose; and underage drinking.

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=2619 (must be a PTSO member to login)

Ways to Make a Difference

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO

Make a Donation 

Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find WT Woodson on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

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

WTW News & Events Late Buses Begin on Tuesday, October 5th

Late buses begin on Tuesday, October 5th and will continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through spring.

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

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

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

Homecoming Week Details

PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire - Monday, October 11th – Pat Cunningham Stadium

6pm Freshmen vs Sophomores

7:15pm Juniors vs Seniors

Bonfire will take place immediately following the last PowerPuff game behind the stadium

Spirit Week – October 11th – 15th - Each school day will be designated with a specific outfit.  Students are voting on those days now. 

Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, October 15th at the Football Stadium during 3rd period.

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

Pre-game Pig-out – Friday, October 15th,  5:00 – 6:45pm outside Door #7 by the Outdoor basketball courts. This is a community event for students and parents.  Join us for fun, games, face painting, Moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Hoco game.

Homecoming Dance  – Saturday, October 16th, 8:00 – 11:00pm

Homecoming Dance Tickets – Homecoming tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday, October 5th, for $20.  Woodson is piloting the use of e-tickets for school dances. Click HERE to purchase tickets online. This will facilitate the purchase of tickets using credit cards and will help alleviate the ticket lines. 

Students may still purchase their ticket during all four lunches using cash, check, or credit card.  The e-ticket will be texted to the student.  When purchasing each ticket, the student’s name must be entered.  Students will need their e-ticket and a student ID to enter the dance.  Student guests from other schools will need to have their permission form completed and on file along with their e-ticket to enter the dance. Guest permission forms are available in the main school office.

Ticket sales end Friday, October 15th at 3:00pm and no tickets are sold at the door. 

Homecoming Dance Guests - Students must get prior approval in order to bring a guest that does not attend Woodson HS. Guest request forms are in the main school office and are due on Thursday, October 14th.

SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day - October 13th

Wednesday, October 13th is SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day and a 2-hour early release day. 

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

Only seniors who pre-registered will take the SAT School Day. More details will be shared directly with students via their school email.

Students in grade 9 and those seniors not testing will not be in school on October 13th. There is no need to contact attendance for these students. An asynchronous activity will be provided for the freshmen.

Special education students receiving Cat B services will be in school on October 13th.

Underclass and Senior Portrait Makeup Picture Days

The underclass picture makeup day is Tuesday, October 19th, from 8:30-2:30pm in the Dance Studio.  

Senior portrait makeup days are scheduled on Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature.

Woodson Choral Boosters

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 6th Chorus Booster Meeting 7:30-8:30pm

Wednesday, October 13th Restaurant Night at Chipotle 4-8PM

Wednesday, October 13th Pyramid Concert (Call time-5:30PM)        Start time: 7PM

We are repeating our sponsorship program this year.  We are asking all Chorus families to make a donation to the Woodson Choral Boosters at one of the many different levels.  To make your take-deductible donation to the Woodson Chorus, you can scroll to the bottom of any Woodson Chorus website and click on the PayPal link OR send a check payable to “Woodson Choral Boosters” to :

Woodson Choral Boosters

℅  Amy Moir

Woodson High School 9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 

To find more information about upcoming events, monthly meeting, restaurant nights, and other informative communtives about Chorus and Chorus Boosters, please look on our various online sources such as the Chorus website, Monthly Chorus Booster Newsletter, Gmail, Schoology, Remind, YouTube, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website. www.woodsonchorus.org

YourTube channel- Go to “Woodson Chorus” Please subscribe!

Instagram- Follow us @ wtwchorus

Woodson Marching Band

Come check out your marching cavaliers in action this Saturday, October 9th at the Shenandoah Valley Marching Invitational. Woodson performs at 5:45pm in the Preliminaires and the Finals window is from 7:45-9:45pm. Be sure to check out this season’s show “Warrior Queen”!  Woodson won FIRST PLACE for Music Category in last Saturday’s competition against 6 AAAA group High School Marching Bands. Come see the great performances and exciting competition. This week’s competition takes place at Harrisonburg High School, 1001 Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. It is the furthest away competition this season, but also a great time to enjoy a Saturday road trip and check for any fall colors!

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Band Cav Cards Fundraiser

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards which feature discounts at 17 local area merchants. Cards are only $10 each and all funds go directly to support the band activities this year, including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! Contact Karen Wallace at cavcards@woodsonband.org for information or check out all the participating vendors on our webpage.

Woodson Chorus Restaurant Night

Come support Woodson Chorus on Wednesday, October 13 from 4-8pm at Chipotle 9506 Main St. 

Please tell the cashier that you are supporting the fundraiser. 

You can also use this code to order online for pick-up: 3KJVB96

Senior Class Signs

 

Limited quantity of yard signs available. Reach out to merifarling@hotmail.com to reserve yours or order online here.  

Senior Class of 2022 Legacy Bricks

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

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

 Visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE (or from the main page click on “Forms & Payments” section on the left, then click on “Form & Payment” then scroll down to the Buy A Brick section.) If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 26, 2022.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.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

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

WTW CAVS SPORTS UPDATES Cavs Varsity Fall Sports

Football

Woodson had a tough loss to Centreville this week 43-14. Ryan Rivera had a 26 yard touchdown run in the game.  That was followed up by a 29 yard touchdown pass from Aidan Dash to Cameron Funaro.  Woodson plays away at South County this Friday, October 8.

Vaccination Information for Student Athletes

Students who are 16 years of age or older (age as of November 8 for the Winter Sports season) and want to participate in athletics will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have either a medical or religious exemption. Unvaccinated students who are 12-15 years of age must provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test to be eligible to participate in team activities. 

Submitting Proof of Vaccination

Starting Monday, October 4th, student-athletes can submit their proof of Covid-19 vaccination to their school. Students will need to either show their vaccination card to authorized school personnel or provide clear documentation via an electronic format of the vaccination card or photocopy to the authorized school personnel. Please submit the copy of your students vaccination to Ms. Cooke, Athletic Trainer, via email at jmcooke@fcps.edu.

Religious Exemption

Starting Monday, October 4th, student athletes (both middle and high school) can submit the Religious Exemption form to their school. The form must be notarized and should be submitted directly to Ms. Pugnetti (alpugnetti@fcps.edu) in the Woodson Student Activities Office. Please use the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption form. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Details on who to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to will be forthcoming.

Medical Exemption

Starting Monday, October 4th, student-athletes can submit the medical exemption information to the Woodson Student Activities Office, Ms. Pugnetti alpugnetti@fcps.edu. They will need to provide documentation of a medical exemption from their physician. Students can do this through a letter from their doctor (on the doctor’s office letterhead) stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Details on who to submit a weekly negative COVID-19 test to will be forthcoming.

Deadline for Medical and Religious Exemptions for Winter Sports Season

The Deadline for submitting medical and religious exemptions for the Winter season is Monday, November 1st. The exemption must be received by the November 1st deadline for students to participate in winter tryouts. This will allow enough time for those students with a medical or religious exemption to provide proof of their negative Covid-19 test that week so that they may participate in tryouts. As a reminder all students with a medical or religious exemption for receiving the Covid-19 vaccination must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test weekly (more details as to who to submit weekly tests will be forthcoming).

Students with a Religious or Medical Exemption and Unvaccinated Students Aged 12-15 (Age as of November 8 for the Winter Season)

Unvaccinated students who are 12-15, or students with a Religious or Medical exemption must provide a negative test weekly to participate in team activities. Currently, FCPS is working on securing a vendor to assist with providing access to weekly testing for athletes. We will share more information as it becomes available. 

Direct questions to Dan Checkosky - Director of Student Activities - djcheckosky@fcps.edu

Winter Sport Tryout Information

Winter sport tryouts begin on Monday, November 8th. Winter sports include basketball, swim & dive, wrestling, rifle, gymnastics, and indoor track.

In order to participate, there are 3 items that need to be completed prior to the first day of tryouts.

1) Sports Physical

Completed and turned in to Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge (chogge@fcps.edu)

2) Activity Registration

This is an online submission - it encompasses the Emergency Care Form and Concussion Education Training

3) Proof of Covid Vaccination or Exemption

For full details, please see the Athletic Office updates.

NEW VHSL Physical Form for 2021-22

This is the NEW VHSL approved Physical Form. This is the only version that can be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a doctor fill out the old version with "revised February 2017 in top right corner, your doctor will need to complete the new one, which may require another appointment. So please make sure the form you fill out has "revised January 2021" on the top right.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2021 or after. Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

The form is also available at https://www.vhsl.org/sports-medicine/physical-examination/, under Resources.

WTW RESOURCES Woodson Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by clicking here.

Odd/Even Calendar

Printable  2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar .

Virtual Scholarships 101

Want to learn more about applying for scholarships? Virtual Scholarship 101 is tomorrow Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for Seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Zoom link will be posted in the 2022 Schoology Group.

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. Office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello. Please join the Course in Schoology. Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55. Weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week with Purdue University, University of Kentucky, Dartmouth College, University of Alabama, Michigan State, William & Mary, VT, JMU, Shenandoah University & more visiting. Please see instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day! 

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Thursday, October 28th, during ALL Lunches. Next workshop will be on Monday, November 29th.
  • Military Recruiter Visits will begin during all lunches in front of Cafeteria A/B on Wednesday, October 6th with the Army visiting every first Wednesday, the Marine Corps every 2nd, Coast Guard every 3rd, and Navy every 4th Wednesday. The Air Force will start visiting in November (date to be determined) and will share a table with one of the other recruiters. Please visit my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info.
  • Seniors, the FAFSA – Free Application for Student Aid opened today!  Check out the FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshops by College Access Fairfax on October 16th at 10 am at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98942498924 and on November 9th at 7 pm at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97661177987 (no need to register, just click on the Zoom links to join). The Financial Aid Night Presentation that College Access Fairfax put together can be accessed here. Do you need help with your FAFSA? Please email our Financial Aid Champion Amy Speares at aspeares@fcps.edu.
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Juniors & Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.

Questions? Please email Christine Lieb-Mosley cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Math Center is Now Open

Math Center Hours & Locations DURING school:

  • Learning Seminars - B208 & B107
  • 5th period Lunch - B208
  • 6th period Lunch - B107

Math Center Hours & Locations AFTER school:

  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday - B208
Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Teachers' Virtual Asynchronous Back-to-School Videos

BTSN videos are available on the Woodson website as well as on the class Schoology page. If you need to schedule a teacher/parent conference please contact the school counselor.

Transportation Reminders and Updates

Please remind your children that masks are required at all times when on an FCPS bus.

Due to how full our buses are, per transportation, we are no longer allowed to issue temporary bus passes to students who want to ride home with a friend. Students may only ride a bus to which they are assigned. If your child needs to ride a different bus home for child care purposes, please complete an exception to ride form. The guidelines for an exception are linked HERE 

Want to know when your bus is approaching your stop?  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS ParentVUE account to access your bus information.

For more information, visit the FCPS.Here Comes The Bus

Answers to Attendance Questions

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning /Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

If you are not seeing all of your children in Schoology, please be patient as FCPS IT is working on a solution and should have a resolution as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

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)

2021-22 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com

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

Vacant / Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Jill Battaglia / Communications Director /battagliawtw@gmail.com

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

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Woodson Weekly -
October 1st

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

Vision Statement

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

Students modeling the endomembrane system in Biology class.

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, October 5th - Late Buses Begin (see story #2 below)

Monday, October 11th - School Planning Day; No school for students

Monday, October 11th at 6pm - PowerPuff Games in Pat Cunningham Stadium and Homecoming Bonfire after the games behind the stadium (see story #7 below)

Tuesday, October 12th-15th - Spirit Week

Wednesday, October 13th - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day (see story #3 below)

Friday, October 15th during 3rd Period - Pep Rally

Friday, October 15th from 4:30-5:15pm - Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 15th from 5-6:45pm - Pre-game Pig-out

Friday, October 15th at 7pm - Homecoming Football Game vs Fairfax HS

Saturday, October 16th from 8-11:30pm - Homecoming Dance

Tuesday, October 19th - Underclass Makeup Picture Day

Friday, October 29th - End of 1st Quarter; 2-Hour Early Release; dismissal at 12:55pm

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Late Buses Begin on Tuesday, October 5th
3. October 13 - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day
4. How do I check out my student from school?
5. Food Deliveries During the School Day
6. Cavalcade - Student Newspaper
7. Homecoming Activities
8. Does your student need a dress or suit for Homecoming?
9. Underclass and Senior Portrait Makeup Days
10. Winter Sport Tryout Information
11. Fall Blood Drive
12. 14th Annual Teacher Artist Exhibition
13. Considering an Apprenticeship, Trade School, or Certificate Program after graduation?
14. Virtual Scholarships 101
15. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important
16. World Languages Credit Exam
17. Math Center is Open
18. Laptop Tech Support Hours
19. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News 1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Community:

This has been a lovely day. Our athletics department treated staff to ice cream from Paradise Ice Cream. Even though we are transitioning into Fall, the ice cream hit the spot at the end of a long week. 

In the classrooms, teachers are working hard to not only close the gaps created academically by COVID but to also move forward in the curriculum.   Meeting benchmarks while filling in previously required knowledge is a challenge, especially in classes such as mathematics and world languages where the content builds year to year. Thus, some students across the country are struggling to meet the demands of their courses.

I encourage you to speak with your child if they feel they are struggling.   Possibly, an honors or AP course could be more of a stretch this year due to the learning loss over the last 18 months. Please know, this is not a reflection on you or your child. Some classes are challenging even when the previous course was taught during a “normal” time and the difficulties of last year simply add another layer of challenge.   

Please continue to use the resources available: late buses begin next week and teachers will be available after school at least one day a week for assistance, or visit the math or writing center and get a flip flop pass to see your teacher during 3rd period. As always, we encourage study groups. If your child is spending more than the allotted 30 minutes on their required homework per class, please reach out to the teacher or administrator as teachers are working hard to create assignments that can be completed in 30 minutes maximum. 

Have you heard about the disruptive and destructive national social media trend on TikTok?  The September TikTok challenge was for students to film themselves destructing bathrooms. We did have a number of students who engaged in this behavior and they have been disciplined. October's challenge  is supposed to capture something along the lines of physically hitting a staff member. I trust our students recognize how inappropriate this is as well as understanding the school and legal implications. Such behavior will not be tolerated at Woodson High School.  Please review this with your child, here is a link to a recent story

We are a week away from Homecoming activities!  Homecoming Week kicks off on Monday, October 11th with our Powerpuff Games and bonfire! Check out Woodson's social media for more information. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. Floyd

2. Late Buses Begin on Tuesday, October 5th

Late buses begin on Tuesday, October 5th and will continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through spring.

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

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

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

3. October 13th - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day

Wednesday, October 13th is SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day and a 2-hour early release day. 

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

Only seniors who pre-registered will take the SAT School Day. More details will be shared directly with students via their school email.

Students in grade 9 and those seniors not testing will not be in school on October 13th. There is no need to contact attendance for these students. An asynchronous activity will be provided for the freshmen.

Special education students receiving Cat B services will be in school on October 13th.

4. How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

If one of the options above is not followed, we cannot guarantee a speedy checkout, so please make sure you notify the attendance office prior to picking up your son/daughter to ensure you make your appointment or commitment on time.

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

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

5. Food Deliveries During the School Day

For safety reasons, please remind your children that food may NOT be delivered (i.e., DoorDash, Uber Eats) to school grounds.

If you are dropping food off for your child, please drop the food at Door 1 and text your child to pick it up in the main office. Any food deliveries that are made to the school will be held in the main office until the end of the day and will be thrown away when the office closes.  

6. Cavalcade - Student Newspaper

Yesterday, the September edition of Woodson's student-run newspaper, the Cavalcade, was published! Read about Woodson's Homecoming, cherished traditions returning, varsity volleyball and more.

Follow the official Cavalcade Instagram (@woodson.cavalcade) to meet the staff, view sneak-peeks, and subscribe to updates @thecavalcade

7. Homecoming Activities

PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire - Monday, October 11th – Pat Cunningham Stadium

6pm Freshmen vs Sophomores
7:15pm Juniors vs Seniors
Bonfire will take place immediately following the last PowerPuff game behind the stadium at approximately 8:30pm.

Spirit Week – October 11th – 15th - Each school day will be designated with a specific outfit.  Students are voting on those days now. 

Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, October 15th at the Football Stadium during 3rd period.

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

Pre-game Pig-out – Friday, October 15th,  5:00 – 6:45pm outside Door #7 by the Outdoor basketball courts. This is a community event for students and parents.  Join us for fun, games, face painting, Moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Hoco game.

Homecoming Football Game, Friday, October 15th, 7pm, vs Fairfax HS.

Homecoming Dance  – Saturday, October 16th, 8:00 – 11:00pm

Homecoming Tickets – Homecoming tickets will go on sale Tuesday, October 5th, for $20.  Woodson is piloting the use of e-tickets for school dances.  This will facilitate the purchase of tickets using credit cards and will help alleviate the ticket lines. 

Students may still purchase their ticket during all four lunches using cash, check, or credit card.  The e-ticket will be texted to the student.  When purchasing each ticket, the student’s name must be entered.  Students will need their e-ticket and a student ID to enter the dance.  Student guests from other schools will need to have their permission form completed and on file along with their e-ticket to enter the dance. Guest permission forms are available in the main school office.

Ticket sales end Friday, October 15th at 3:00pm and no tickets are sold at the door. 

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

Do you know someone that might need one?  Parent Liaison Sussy Tomer has shoes, necklaces, ear rings, clutches!

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays-Fridays from 8am-2pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

Woodson's Boys Cross Country team at the starting line.

9. Underclass and Senior Portrait Makeup Picture Days

The underclass picture makeup day is Tuesday, October 19th, from 8:30-2:30pm in the Dance Studio.  

Senior portrait makeup days are scheduled on Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature.

10. Winter Sport Tryout Information

Winter sport tryouts begin on Monday, November 8th. Winter sports include basketball, swim & dive, wrestling, rifle, gymnastics, and indoor track.

In order to participate, there are 3 items that need to be completed prior to the first day of tryouts.

1) Sports Physical

Completed and turned in to Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge (chogge@fcps.edu)

2) Activity Registration

This is an online submission - it encompasses the Emergency Care Form and Concussion Education Training

3) Proof of Covid Vaccination or Exemption

For full details, please see the Athletic Office updates.

11. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, November 12th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room F120 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to mphu@fcps.edu!

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

12. 14th Annual Artist Teacher Exhibition

Three Woodson art teachers are featured in the 14th Annual Artist Teacher Exhibition.  This exhibition features original artworks by FCPS teachers.

Woodson art teachers, Deirdre Forgione, Leslie O’Shaughnessy and Jocelyn Sowa, have artwork in the show.

The exhibition is open through October 24th and is at the McGuire Woods Gallery, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton.

13. Considering an Apprenticeship, Trade School, or Certification Program post-high school?

Are you considering an apprenticeship, trade school or certification program after graduations, make sure you attend the FCPS ACE Presentation on Monday, October 4th, 10:15 – 11:15 am for Juniors and Seniors in the Career Center.

Come and learn about Apprenticeships, Trade Schools, Workplace trainings and Certifications. Many of the FCPS ACE Programs are sponsored by employers and can be completed while you work.

FCPS ACE offers scholarships and tuition payment plans. Seniors, if you do not yet know what to do after high school, this presentation is for you! You can register for this visit in Naviance or you can email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu. Please see instructions here.

14. Virtual Scholarships 101

Want to learn more about applying for scholarships? Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for Seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Zoom link will be posted in the 2022 Schoology Group.

15. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊 Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  My weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week. Please see College & Career Center Calendar inserted below and instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day! 

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Thursday, October 28th, during ALL Lunches. Next workshop will be on Monday, November 29th.
  • Military Recruiter Visits will begin during all lunches in front of Cafeteria A/B on Wednesday, October 6th with the Army visiting every first Wednesday, the Marine Corps every 2nd, Coast Guard every 3rd, and Navy every 4th Wednesday. The Air Force will start visiting in November (date to be determined) and will share a table with one of the other recruiters. Please visit my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info.
  • Seniors, the FAFSA – Free Application for Student Aid opened today!  Check out the FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshops by College Access Fairfax on October 16th at 10 am at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98942498924 and on November 9th at 7 pm at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97661177987 (no need to register, just click on the Zoom links to join). The Financial Aid Night Presentation that College Access Fairfax put together can be accessed here. Do you need help with your FAFSA? Please email our Financial Aid Champion Amy Speares at aspeares@fcps.edu.
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Juniors & Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.

Questions? Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Christine Lieb-Mosley

PAST News - but still important

Check out the Morning News show from the WTV Broadcasting Studio.

16. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, 2021.  Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

*Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International.  School counselors should register students for these exams by the same process as other languages.

Registration is now open and will close on Wednesday, October 13th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students at their individual schools. 

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

17. Math Center is Open

Math Center is opening on Monday, September 27th!

Math Center Hours & Locations DURING school:

  • Learning Seminars - B208 & B107
  • 5th period Lunch - B208
  • 6th period Lunch - B107

Math Center Hours & Locations AFTER school:

  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday - B208

Bring your notes and your assignment!

18. Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

19. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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WTW PTSO WeMail, September 28th

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

  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WTW NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. WTW CAV SPORTS RECAP
  6. WTW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

LOOKING AHEAD

Tuesday, October 5 and Wednesday, October 6; 4:45-5:00 p.m. - Start of late bus routes

Monday, October 11 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Tuesday, October 12; 6:00 p.m. - PTSO Meeting - Woodson Library and Google Meet 

Wednesday, October 13 - Grade 9 - Asynchronous at-home learning

Wednesday, October 13 - Grade 10 and 11 - PSAT/NMSQT (no cost) - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday, October 13 - Grade 12 - SAT testing for Seniors who signed up. Excused day for Seniors not signed up

Tuesday, October 19; 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - Underclass Makeup Picture Day in the Dance Studio

 

HOMECOMING WEEK EVENTS - Additional Details Under WTW News & Events

Monday, October 11 - PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire

Tuesday, October 12-15 - Spirit Week

Friday, October 15 during 3rd Period - Pep Rally

Friday, October 15 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. - Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 15 from 5:00-6:45 p.m. - Pre-game Pig-out

Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game

Saturday, October 16 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. - Homecoming Dance - PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

PTSO NEWS Next PTSO Meeting!

The next PTSO Meeting is on Tuesday, October 12; 6:00 p.m.  in the Woodson Library and streaming on Google Meet.

Volunteers Needed for Homecoming Dance

If you are interested in being a parent volunteer at the Homecoming Dance, please visit our Sign Up Genius

PTSO Officer Position Open - Fundraising Chair

The PTSO’s primary source of funding is memberships.  Fundraising efforts supplement the PTSO budget.  There are two main roles for the Fundraising Chair.  The first is organizing “Dinner Nights” at places like Chipotle and Potbelly.  The second is letter writing to medium and large-sized  companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, MAG Aero, Interstate Movers, and Cox.   The latter is an effective donation generator.   

All PTSO funding flows back into Woodson High School in the form of Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, Community Outreach, Field Trip Subsidization, and School Supplements.

The Fundraising Chair serves as the primary focal point for all fundraising activities. The time commitment is about 1 hour per week, averaged over the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Community Resources for Mental Health, Wellness, and Support Groups

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice; homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addiction and overdose; and underage drinking.

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=2619 (must be a PTSO member to login)

Ways to Make a Difference

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO

Make a Donation 

Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find WT Woodson on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

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

WTW News & Events Homecoming Week Details

PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire - Monday, October 11th – Pat Cunningham Stadium

6pm Freshmen vs Sophomores

7:15pm Juniors vs Seniors

Bonfire will take place immediately following the last PowerPuff game behind the stadium

Spirit Week – October 11th – 15th - Each school day will be designated with a specific outfit.  Students are voting on those days now. 

Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, October 15th at the Football Stadium during 3rd period.

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

Pre-game Pig-out – Friday, October 15th,  5:00 – 6:45pm outside Door #7 by the Outdoor basketball courts. This is a community event for students and parents.  Join us for fun, games, face painting, Moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Hoco game.

Homecoming Dance  – Saturday, October 16th, 8:00 – 11:30pm

Dance tickets are on sale starting October 4th and will be sold between the Cafeterias during all lunches and on MySchoolBucks.  No tickets are sold at the door.  The dance is semi-formal and tickets cost $20. Dance floors will be set up both outside under a tent and inside in the main gym.

Students must get prior approval in order to bring a guest that does not attend Woodson HS. Guest request forms are in the main school office and are due on Thursday, October 14th.

Transportation Reminders and Updates

Please remind your children that masks are required at all times when on an FCPS bus.

Due to how full our buses are, per transportation, we are no longer allowed to issue temporary bus passes to students who want to ride home with a friend. Students may only ride a bus to which they are assigned. If your child needs to ride a different bus home for child care purposes, please complete an exception to ride form. The guidelines for an exception are linked HERE 

Want to know when your bus is approaching your stop?  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS ParentVUE account to access your bus information.

For more information, visit the FCPS.Here Comes The Bus

PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

More specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity will be shared later.

On this day, 9th graders will complete asynchronous learning at home and 12th graders not testing will be excused from school.

Woodson Marching Band

Want to check out your Woodson Cavalier Marching Band in action?

Their next Competition is Saturday, October 2nd at South County Invitational located at South County High School (8501 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton, VA 22079).

There are multiple area high schools scheduled to perform. Woodson is scheduled to perform at 8:00pm. Come check out the show for the season, “Warrior Queen”!!

Woodson Choral Boosters

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 6th Chorus Booster Meeting 7:30-8:30pm

Wednesday, October 13th Restaurant Night at Chipotle 4-8PM

Wednesday, October 13th Pyramid Concert (Call time-5:30PM)         Start time: 7PM

We are repeating our sponsorship program this year.  We are asking all Chorus families to make a donation to the Woodson Choral Boosters at one of the many different levels.  To make your take-deductible donation to the Woodson Chorus, you can scroll to the bottom of any Woodson Chorus website and click on the PayPal link OR send a check payable to “Woodson Choral Boosters” to :

Woodson Choral Boosters

℅  Amy Moir

Woodson High School 9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 

To find more information about upcoming events, monthly meeting, restaurant nights, and other informative communtives about Chorus and Chorus Boosters, please look on our various online sources such as the Chorus website, Monthly Chorus Booster Newsletter, Gmail, Schoology, Remind, YouTube, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website. www.woodsonchorus.org

YourTube channel- Go to “Woodson Chorus” Please subscribe!

Instagram- Follow us @ wtwchorus 

FUNDRAISERS Woodson Band Cav Cards Fundraiser

The Woodson Band is selling Cav Cards which feature discounts at 17 local area merchants. Cards are only $10 each and all funds go directly to support the band activities this year, including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! Contact Karen Wallace at cavcards@woodsonband.org for information or check out all the participating vendors on our webpage.

Senior Class Signs

 

Senior yard signs are now available for purchase!

Limited quantities available. Order online here. Questions? Contact out to merifarling@hotmail.com 

Senior Class of 2022 Legacy Bricks

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

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

 Visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE (or from the main page click on “Forms & Payments” section on the left, then click on “Form & Payment” then scroll down to the Buy A Brick section.) If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 26, 2022.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.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

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

WTW CAVS SPORTS RECAP Cavs Varsity Fall Sports

Cheerleading

As a Woodson tradition, Varsity cheer puts in the work on the sideline every time the Cavaliers score! After an impressive win against Lewis HS, the push up count is at 207!  COME ON CAVS, LET’S SCORE, SIX MORE!!

Co-Ed Golf

Woodson celebrated 6 seniors at Penderbrook Golf Club for its final regular season match against Alexandria City.  The match ended up tied with the top 4 scores but Woodson pulled out the victory after going to the next best score to even our record to 3-3 on the season.  Scores for Woodson were Alex Klein-39, Tommy Stribling-45, Winter Lee-48, Thomas Houttekier-49, Zara Karim-50 and Veronica Udowitz-60.  This wraps up our regular season as we look towards the district tournament.

Field Hockey

Woodson defeated Robinson 6-5 in an exciting overtime sudden death shootout. Elia Kim fed Alex Walrath for the goal to tie the game. Julia Oleyar and Elizabeth Stribling matched the Rams’ goals in the sudden death shootout before Caitlin Deer denied a shot and Kim McNamara’s goal won the game.

The Cavaliers lost to Fairfax 5-1 on Wednesday as they were not able to overcome giving up 13 penalty corners. Elizabeth Stribling converted a penalty stroke, firing a laser shot past the Lions’ goalie for the only Woodson goal.

NEW VHSL Physical Form for 2021-22

This is the NEW VHSL approved Physical Form. This is the only version that can be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a doctor fill out the old version with "revised February 2017 in top right corner, your doctor will need to complete the new one, which may require another appointment. So please make sure the form you fill out has "revised January 2021" on the top right.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2021 or after. Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

The form is also available at https://www.vhsl.org/sports-medicine/physical-examination/, under Resources.

WTW RESOURCES Woodson Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by clicking here.

Odd/Even Calendar

Printable  2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar .

Math Center is Now Open

Math Center Hours & Locations DURING school:

  • Learning Seminars - B208 & B107
  • 5th period Lunch - B208
  • 6th period Lunch - B107

Math Center Hours & Locations AFTER school:

  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday - B208
College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. Office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello. Please join the Course in Schoology. Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55. Weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week with Purdue University, University of Kentucky, Dartmouth College, University of Alabama, Michigan State, William & Mary, VT, JMU, Shenandoah University & more visiting. Please see instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day! 

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Wednesday, September 29th during ALL Lunches. Next workshop will be on Thursday, October 28th.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. No need to register, just click on this Zoom link. Additional Financial Aid Night Dates can be accessed in Schoology here. Check out the Financial Aid Night Presentations that College Access Fairfax put together here.
  • FCPS ACE Presentation on Monday, October 4th, 10:15 – 11:15 am for Juniors and Seniors in the Career Center. Come and learn about Apprenticeships, Trade Schools, Workplace trainings and Certifications. Many of the FCPS ACE Programs are sponsored by employers and can be completed while you work. FCPS ACE offers scholarships and tuition payment plans. Seniors, if you do not yet know what to do after high school, this presentation is for you! You can register for this visit in Naviance or you can email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu. Please see instructions here.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Please stay tuned for the Zoom link.
  • Military Recruiter Visits will begin on Wednesday, October 6th with the Army visiting every first Wednesday, the Marine Corps every 2nd, Coast Guard every 3rd, and Navy every 4th Wednesday. I am still waiting to hear back from the Air Force. Please visit my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info.
  • FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshops by Access Fairfax on October 16 at 10 am at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98942498924 and on November 9th at 7 pm at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97661177987 (no need to register, just click on the Zoom links to join).
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.

Questions? Please email Christine Lieb-Mosley cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Teachers' Virtual Asynchronous Back-to-School Videos

BTSN videos are available on the Woodson website as well as on the class Schoology page. If you need to schedule a teacher/parent conference please contact the school counselor.

Answers to Attendance Questions

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning /Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

If you are not seeing all of your children in Schoology, please be patient as FCPS IT is working on a solution and should have a resolution as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

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)

2021-22 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com

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

Vacant / Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Jill Battaglia / Communications Director /battagliawtw@gmail.com

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

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Woodson Weekly - September 24th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 24th

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

Vision Statement

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

Leadership Class students planning for Homecoming Spirit Week - October 8th-15th

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 11th - School Planning Day; No school for students

Monday, October 11th - PowerPuff Games in Pat Cunningham Stadium and Homecoming Bonfire after the games behind the stadium

Tuesday, October 12th-15th - Spirit Week

Friday, October 15th during 3rd Period - Pep Rally

Friday, October 15th from 4:30-5:15pm - Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 15th from 5-6:45pm - Pre-game Pig-out

Friday, October 15th at 7pm - Homecoming Football Game

Saturday, October 16th from 8-11:30pm - Homecoming Dance

Tuesday, October 19th - Underclass Makeup Picture Day

Friday, October 29th - End of 1st Quarter; 2-Hour Early Release; dismissal at 12:55pm

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Health Information Form
3. Transportation Reminders and Updates
4. Math Center is Opening on Monday
5. Homecoming Activities
6. Does your student need a dress or suit for Homecoming?
7. Makeup Picture Day for Underclass
8. National Merit Semifinalists
9. Social Justice Book Club
10. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important
11. How do I check out my student from school?
12. Social Emotional Screener Opt-Out Information
13. World Languages Credit Exam
14. To Our Military Families
15. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found
16. Laptop Tech Support Hours
17. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News 1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Dear Woodson Families:

What a beautiful day!  It looks like this weather will hold for the weekend.  I hope families are able to get out and enjoy the cooler temperatures, safely!   Thus far this week we have zero new COVID cases to report.  As such, I encourage everyone to remain vigilant with mask wearing and social distancing as possible. 

One question that has come up a lot is, “have any of the cases we have had seen any connections through the school?”   As far as we can tell, none of our cases have been connected by classes, lunch or music programs. Our only connection was possibly at an outdoor, unmasked event. 

I am encouraged by this week’s data and excited that our community is keeping kids and staff safe.

Enjoy the weekend,

Dr. Floyd

2. Health Information Form

While not a required form, the Health Information Form is important to complete annually to share with us any health conditions that may affect your child during the school day.

Please take a moment to fill out this form or print out a copy from weCare@School and return it to our front office to ensure we have the most up-to-date information to support your child especially if they feel ill and go to the clinic.

Students build tall towers in a team building project during 3rd Period Advisory.

3. Transportation Reminders and Updates

Please remind your children that masks are required at all times when on an FCPS bus.

Due to how full our buses are, per transportation, we are no longer allowed to issue temporary bus passes to students who want to ride home with a friend. Students may only ride a bus to which they are assigned. If your child needs to ride a different bus home for child care purposes, please complete an exception to ride form. The guidelines for an exception are linked HERE.

Want to know when your bus is approaching your stop?  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS ParentVUE account to access your bus information.

For more information, visit the FCPS Here Comes the Bus site.

4. Math Center is Opening on Monday

Math Center is opening on Monday, September 27th!

Math Center Hours & Locations DURING school:

  • Learning Seminars - B208 & B107
  • 5th period Lunch - B208
  • 6th period Lunch - B107

Math Center Hours & Locations AFTER school:

  • 3:00 - 3:45pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday - B208

Bring your notes and your assignment!

5. Homecoming Activities

PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire - Monday, October 11th – Pat Cunningham Stadium

6pm Freshmen vs Sophomores
7:15pm Juniors vs Seniors
Bonfire will take place immediately following the last PowerPuff game behind the stadium

Spirit Week – October 11th – 15th - Each school day will be designated with a specific outfit.  Students are voting on those days now. 

Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, October 15th at the Football Stadium during 3rd period.

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

Pre-game Pig-out – Friday, October 15th,  5:00 – 6:45pm outside Door #7 by the Outdoor basketball courts. This is a community event for students and parents.  Join us for fun, games, face painting, Moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Hoco game.

Homecoming Dance  – Saturday, October 16th, 8:00 – 11:30pm

Dance tickets are on sale starting October 4th and will be sold between the Cafeterias during all lunches and on MySchoolBucks.  No tickets are sold at the door.  The dance is semi-formal and tickets cost $20. Dance floors will be set up both outside under a tent and inside in the main gym.

Students must get prior approval in order to bring a guest that does not attend Woodson HS. Guest request forms are in the main school office and are due on Thursday, October 14th.

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

Do you know someone that might need one?  Parent Liaison Sussy Tomer has shoes, necklaces, ear rings, clutches!

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays-Fridays from 8am-2pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

WUSA9 featured a Woodson HS senior on a segment on social media and mental health this week.

7. Makeup Picture Day for Underclass

The underclass picture makeup day is Tuesday, October 19th, from 8:30-2:30pm in the Dance Studio.  

8. National Merit Semifinalists

Five Woodson seniors were named National Merit semifinalists for 2022.  All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $30 million, to be awarded in spring 2022. Semifinalists advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and other requirements including a recommendation from their principal.

Congratulations to Aaron Amartuvshin, Ja-Zhua Cheng, Ilse Eskelsen, Enoch Li, Megan Yi.

9. Social Justice Book Club

We are interested to see what books you might be interested in reading and if you will be joining us.  Take the survey here  

Questions? Please contact Paula DiSalvo (pdisalvo@fcps.edu), Jordan Black (jnblack@fcps.edu), Margie Shapiro (Msshapiro@fcps.edu).

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

10. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊 Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  My weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week with Purdue University, University of Kentucky, Dartmouth College, University of Alabama, Michigan State, William & Mary, VT, JMU, Shenandoah University & more visiting. Please see instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day! 

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Café every Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:00 am in the Career Center. Senior Café is an informal Q & A drop-in for Seniors to get help with their college and scholarship applications, jobs, resumes, apprenticeships & more.
  • College Application Completion Workshop in the Career Center on Wednesday, September 29th during ALL Lunches. Next workshop will be on Thursday, October 28th.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. No need to register, just click on this Zoom link. Additional Financial Aid Night Dates can be accessed in Schoology here. Check out the Financial Aid Night Presentations that College Access Fairfax put together here.
  • FCPS ACE Presentation on Monday, October 4th, 10:15 – 11:15 am for Juniors and Seniors in the Career Center. Come and learn about Apprenticeships, Trade Schools, Workplace trainings and Certifications. Many of the FCPS ACE Programs are sponsored by employers and can be completed while you work. FCPS ACE offers scholarships and tuition payment plans. Seniors, if you do not yet know what to do after high school, this presentation is for you! You can register for this visit in Naviance or you can email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu. Please see instructions here.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Please stay tuned for the Zoom link.
  • Military Recruiter Visits will begin on Wednesday, October 6th with the Army visiting every first Wednesday, the Marine Corps every 2nd, Coast Guard every 3rd, and Navy every 4th Wednesday. I am still waiting to hear back from the Air Force. Please visit my Military Padlet for Recruiter contact info.
  • FAFSA Line-by-Line Virtual Completion Workshops by Access Fairfax on October 16 at 10 am at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98942498924 and on November 9th at 7 pm at https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97661177987 (no need to register, just click on the Zoom links to join).
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.

Questions? Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Christine Lieb-Mosley

PAST News - but still important 11. How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

If one of the options above is not followed, we cannot guarantee a speedy checkout, so please make sure you notify the attendance office prior to picking up your son/daughter to ensure you make your appointment or commitment on time.

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

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

Congratulations to the Seniors on Woodson's Golf team!

12. Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information

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

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

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form found on the FCPS site to the school no later than Friday, October 1st.

13. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, 2021.  Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

*Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International.  School counselors should register students for these exams by the same process as other languages.

Registration is now open and will close on Wednesday, October 13th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students at their individual schools. 

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

14. 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!

15. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

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

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

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

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

16. Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

17. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WTW NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. WTW CAV SPORTS RECAP
  6. WTW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

LOOKING AHEAD

Tuesday, October 5; 6:00 p.m. - PTSO Meeting

Tuesday, October 5 and Wednesday, October 6; 4:45-5:00 p.m. - Start of late bus routes

Monday, October 11 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Wednesday, October 13 - Grade 9 - Asynchronous at-home learning

Wednesday, October 13 - Grade 10 and 11 - PSAT/NMSQT (no cost) - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday, October 13 - Grade 12 - SAT testing for Seniors who signed up. Excused day for Seniors not signed up

 

HOMECOMING WEEK EVENTS

Monday, October 11th - PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire

Tuesday, October 12th-15th - Spirit Week

Friday, October 15th during 3rd Period - Pep Rally

Friday, October 15th from 4:30-5:15 p.m. - Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 15th from 5:00-6:45 p.m. - Pre-game Pig-out

Friday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. - Homecoming Football Game

Saturday, October 16th from 8:00-11:00 p.m. - Homecoming Dance - PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

- The Main Gym and an outdoor tent will have dancing

- Refreshments and individually packaged snacks will be available for purchase in the Aux Gym

- Attire is semi-formal to formal attire

- A parent volunteer is needed to organize a cohort of chaperones and coat check volunteers. Please contact miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com if you can help.  

PTSO NEWS Next PTSO Meeting!

Tuesday, October 12; 6:00 p.m.

Community mourns passing of Canterbury Woods, Woodson alum

An Annandale native was among five service members killed in a Navy helicopter crash. This tragic message sent earlier this month to the Canterbury Woods Elementary School community:

We learned this week about the passing of a former CWES Cougar and child of a former CWES staff member, Lieutenant Paul Fridley. On Tuesday, August 31st, 2021, Paul lost his life in an MH-60S helicopter crash off the coast of San Diego, California with four other members of his squadron.

Some of our teachers remember Paul fondly from his elementary days at Canterbury Woods. After graduating from Woodson High School in 2011, he went to UVA and [joined] the Navy. His mom, Pam, served as a Cued Language Transliterator at our school.

The Fridley family has been an integral part of the Canterbury Woods community for decades and still live in the neighborhood. Paul is survived by his wife, Sarah.

Volunteers Needed for Homecoming Dance

A parent volunteer is needed to organize a cohort of chaperones and coat check volunteers. Please contact miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com if you can help. 

PTSO Officer Position Open - Fundraising Chair

The PTSO’s primary source of funding is memberships.  Fundraising efforts supplement the PTSO budget.  There are two main roles for the Fundraising Chair.  The first is organizing “Dinner Nights” at places like Chipotle and Potbelly.  The second is letter writing to medium and large-sized  companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, MAG Aero, Interstate Movers, and Cox.   The latter is an effective donation generator.   

All PTSO funding flows back into Woodson High School in the form of Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, Community Outreach, Field Trip Subsidization, and School Supplements.

The Fundraising Chair serves as the primary focal point for all fundraising activities. The time commitment is about 1 hour per week, averaged over the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Community Resources for Mental Health, Wellness, and Support Groups

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice; homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addiction and overdose; and underage drinking.

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=2619 (must be a PTSO member to login)

Ways to Make a Difference

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO

Make a Donation 

Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find WT Woodson on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

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

WTW News & Events Virtual Back to School Night

REMINDER - The Teachers’ Virtual Asynchronous Back-to-School videos are available on the Woodson website as well as on the class Schoology page. If you need to schedule a teacher/parent conference please contact the school counselor.

PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

More specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity will be shared later.

On this day, 9th graders will complete asynchronous learning at home and 12th graders not testing will be excused from school.

Woodson Choral Boosters

To find more information about upcoming events, monthly meeting, restaurant nights, and other informative communtives about Chorus and Chorus Boosters, please look on our various online sources such as the Chorus website, Monthly Chorus Booster Newsletter, Gmail, Schoology, Remind, YouTube, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website. www.woodsonchorus.org

YourTube channel- Go to “Woodson Chorus” Please subscribe!

Instagram- Follow us @ wtwchorus

FUNDRAISERS

Restaurant Night at Chipotle for Woodson Crew - Tomorrow, Wednesday, 9/22

Order dinner from Chipotle this Wednesday 9/22 between 5pm-9pm to have a portion of your purchase support Woodson Crew! Great excuse to get takeout!! :) Please let them know that you’re supporting the Woodson Crew fundraiser when you place your order, or use the online promo code listed below.

Location: 9506 Main St 22B

Online order promo code: BRRMKDF

Flyer

Band and Color Guard Tag Day Fundraiser

Thank You, thank you, thank you!! Thanks to the entire Woodson community who donated to help support the band during our tag day on Saturday. Hopefully you got a chance to see the students in their uniforms up close! It’s not too late to donate if you missed the students going through the neighborhoods door to door. You can donate directly on the band’s website using the PayPal link HERE, or use your phone and click the QR code to go directly to the PayPal donation page, plus donations are tax deductible!

The Band is also selling Cav Cards which have discounts with 17 local area merchants. Cards are only $10 each, and all funds go directly to support the band activities this year, including transportation to competitions, uniform maintenance, new instrument purchases and the spring trip! Contact Karen Wallace at cavcards@woodsonband.org for information or check out all the participating vendors on our website page HERE.

Want to check out your Woodson Cavalier Marching Band in action? Our first Competition of the season is next Saturday, September 25th! Woodson will be participating in the Big Blue Invitational marching band competition at North Stafford High School (839 Garrisonville Rd. Stafford, VA 22554). Pricing is $10 for general admission to the show. There are multiple area high schools scheduled to perform. Woodson will be performing towards the end of the competition at around 5pm. Come check out the first competition show of the season!!

Senior Class Signs

 

Senior yard signs are now available for purchase!

Limited quantities available. Order online here. Questions? Contact out to merifarling@hotmail.com 

Senior Class of 2022 Legacy Bricks

Buy a Brick and Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

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

 Visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE (or from the main page click on “Forms & Payments” section on the left, then click on “Form & Payment” then scroll down to the Buy A Brick section.) If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 26, 2022.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.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

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

WTW CAVS SPORTS RECAP Cavs Varsity Fall Sports

Co-Ed Golf

Woodson lost a tough match against South County by a score of 161-183 to bring the season record to 1-2.  Four golfers played in their first Varsity match.  Scores were Joseph Tso-41, Bobby Kay-46, Alex Klein-46, Jackson Day-50, Winter Lee-51 and Grant Kahler-52.  This week they faced Fairfax.

Field Hockey

The Cavs defeated Thomas Jefferson 5-0 on Saturday. Reese Cuviello, Mia Zganjar, Elizabeth Stribling, Zadie Rowe, and Julia Oleyar scored the goals. Darcy Hilton, Mia Kim, Bethany Betts, and Adia Elcock made passes to set up the Woodson attack. Carmen Anderson minded the goal for the shutout.

Woodson dropped its second game on Saturday to Oakton 1-0.  Levi Weinberger played with defensive savviness. She was helped by fellow defenders Katie Hamrock, Sydney Klugiewicz, and Kim McNamara. The good stick work of Darcy Hilton, Caitlin Tran, and Elia Kim created opportunities.

NEW VHSL Physical Form for 2021-22

This is the NEW VHSL approved Physical Form. This is the only version that can be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a doctor fill out the old version with "revised February 2017 in top right corner, your doctor will need to complete the new one, which may require another appointment. So please make sure the form you fill out has "revised January 2021" on the top right.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2021 or after. Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

The form is also available at https://www.vhsl.org/sports-medicine/physical-examination/, under Resources.

WTW RESOURCES Woodson Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by clicking here.

Odd/Even Calendar

Printable  2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar .

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello. Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  Thank you to our Senior Families who joined us for Senior Night yesterday. The recording of our presentation will be sent out later on today. 

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello. Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  My weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week with Georgetown University, Georgia Tech, Mary Washington University, NOVA & more visiting. Please see instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day! 

Upcoming Events:

  • Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College. The FAFSA application opens on October 1st and we recommend that seniors submit their FAFSA in October.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. No need to register, just click on this Zoom link. Additional Financial Aid Night Dates can be accessed in Schoology here. Check out the Financial Aid Night Presentation that College Access Fairfax put together here!
  • FCPS ACE Presentation on Monday, October 4th, 10:15 – 11:15 am for Juniors and Seniors in the Career Center. Come and learn about Apprenticeships, Trade Schools, Workplace trainings and Certifications. Many of the FCPS ACE Programs are sponsored by employers and can be completed while you work. FCPS ACE offers scholarships and tuition payment plans. Seniors, if you do not yet know what to do after high school, this presentation is for you! You can register for this visit in Naviance. Please see instructions here.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Please stay tuned for the Zoom link.
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.

Questions? Please email Christine Lieb-Mosley at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Answers to Attendance Questions

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning /Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

If you are not seeing all of your children in Schoology, please be patient as FCPS IT is working on a solution and should have a resolution as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

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)

2021-22 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com

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

Vacant / Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Jill Battaglia / Communications Director /battagliawtw@gmail.com

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

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Woodson Weekly - September 17th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 17th

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

Vision Statement

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

9th graders investigating water properties in Biology class.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 17th; after 5:00 p.m. - Virtual Asynchronous Back to School Night, see story #2 below

Monday, October 11th - School Planning Day; No school for students

Monday, October 11th - PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire

Tuesday, October 12th-15th - Spirit Week

Friday, October 15th during 3rd Period - Pep Rally

Friday, October 15th from 4:30-5:15pm - Homecoming Parade

Friday, October 15th from 5-6:45pm - Pre-game Pig-out

Friday, October 15th at 7pm - Homecoming Football Game

Saturday, October 16th from 8-11:30pm - Homecoming Dance

Friday, October 29th - End of 1st Quarter; 2-Hour Early Release; dismissal at 12:55pm

Bell Schedule

Printable Odd/Even (A/B) 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

FCPS Standard School Year Calendar

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Virtual Back to School Night - Friday, September 17th
3. Laptop Tech Support Hours
4. World Languages Credit Exam
5. College Financial Aid Night
6. Here Comes The Bus
7. Homecoming Activities
8. Does your student need a dress or suit for Homecoming?
9. In Memory of...
10. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important
11. How do I check out my student from school?
12. Social Emotional Screener Opt-Out Information
13. To Our Military Families
14. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found
15. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11
16. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News 1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson!

I’m excited for Friday for several reasons! Not only are we a few hours from the weekend, but we get to end the week by welcoming our community for both volleyball and football games.  Our Pyramid feeder schools will be here for Feeder Night to run the field and many will be singing the national anthem as well.  While masks are recommended outside, I have asked students to please mask up to stop the spread, especially with our elementary siblings and friends in attendance.  We are looking forward to a festive evening!

In addition to Feeder Night, we will also be launching our virtual Back to School Night today at 5pm. Videos will be available from our main website http://woodsonhs.fcps.edu as well as on the class Schoology page. These videos are an opportunity to learn about the curriculum that your child will be learning this school year.  Feel free to send questions to the teacher should you have any and if you feel you need a parent teacher conference please set this up through the school counselor.

The weekend is here, enjoy it!

Dr. Floyd

2. Virtual Back to School Night

Woodson's virtual, asynchronous Back to School Night (BTSN) will begin after 5pm on Friday, September 17th. To visit the site, visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/2021-22-back-to-school-night

On Friday after 5pm, parents will be able to view teacher videos and contact teachers with questions. The purpose of the videos is to share an overview of the curriculum as you would receive during a traditional BTSN.

As a reminder, if you need to schedule a teacher/parent conference please contact the school counselor.

The anchors of The Morning Show on the first LIVE broadcast. You can catch The Morning Shows on the WTW Broadcast Studio YouTube Channel.

3. Laptop Tech Support Hours

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

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

4. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2021 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, 2021.  Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek*, Hebrew*, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese*, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish*, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

*Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish will be offered by the Writing Proficiency Test by Language Testing International.  School counselors should register students for these exams by the same process as other languages.

Registration is now open and will close on Wednesday, October 13th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students at their individual schools. 

Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages

5. College Financial Aid Night

Financial Aid Night is on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents. Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College will present information on learning how to pay for college.

The FAFSA application opens on October 1st and we recommend that seniors submit their FAFSA in October.

6. Here Comes the Bus

Want to know when your bus is approaching your stop?  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. 

Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a SIS ParentVUE account to access your bus information.

For more information, visit the FCPS Here Comes the Bus site.

7. Homecoming Activities

PowerPuff Games and Homecoming Bonfire - Monday, October 11th – Behind the stadium. 

Spirit Week – October 11th – 15th - Each school day will be designated with a specific outfit.  Students are voting on those days now. 

Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, October 15th at the Football Stadium during 3rd period.

Homecoming Parade – Friday, October 15th, 4:30 – 5:15pm

Pre-game Pig-out – Friday, October 15th,  5:00 – 6:45pm outside Door #7 by the Outdoor basketball courts. This is a community event for students and parents.  Join us for fun, games, face painting, Moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Hoco game.

Homecoming Dance  – Saturday, October 16th, 8:00 – 11:30pm

Dance tickets are on sale starting October 4th and will be sold between the Cafeterias during all lunches and on MySchoolBucks.  No tickets are sold at the door.  The dance is semi-formal and tickets cost $20. Dance floors will be set up both outside under a tent and inside in the main gym. Woodson students only. 

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

Do you know someone that might need one?  Parent Liaison Sussy Tomer has shoes, necklaces, ear rings, clutches!

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays-Fridays from 8am-2pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

9. In Memory of...

Earlier this month the Woodson community learned of the tragic loss of Navy pilot and 2011 Woodson alumni, Paul Fridley.  His family shared that, “While an excellent student academically,  Paul found his joy in high school while playing lacrosse and football. He loved being part of a team and the experience of coming together as a group with a common purpose.  After graduation, Paul attended the University of Virginia, where he studied mechanical engineering and continued his love of sports playing club lacrosse. His time as midshipman in the Naval ROTC Unit at UVA was pivotal for Paul. He was a highly respected leader and mentor within the unit. It is there that he met his wife, Sarah and began his next chapter. 

Paul served in the Navy as a helicopter pilot and was proud to be a part of the HSC community with HSC 8 in San Diego.” 

Paul’s life ended all too soon in a Navy helicopter crash last month.  An article is found here and our athletic community will honor Paul at the game tonight.  Our heartfelt, sincerest condolences are with the Fridley family at this time. 

10. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊 Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  My weekly newsletters and scholarship & enrichment opportunities are posted in Schoology and on my padlets. Both go out on Mondays. College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will continue next week with Georgetown University, Georgia Tech, Mary Washington University, NOVA & more visiting. Please see instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day! 

Upcoming Events:

  • Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College. The FAFSA application opens on October 1st and we recommend that seniors submit their FAFSA in October.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. No need to register, just click on this Zoom link. Additional Financial Aid Night Dates can be accessed in Schoology here. Check out the Financial Aid Night Presentation that College Access Fairfax put together here!
  • FCPS ACE Presentation on Monday, October 4th, 10:15 – 11:15 am for Juniors and Seniors in the Career Center. Come and learn about Apprenticeships, Trade Schools, Workplace trainings and Certifications. Many of the FCPS ACE Programs are sponsored by employers and can be completed while you work. FCPS ACE offers scholarships and tuition payment plans. Seniors, if you do not yet know what to do after high school, this presentation is for you! You can register for this visit in Naviance. Please see instructions here.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Please stay tuned for the Zoom link.
  • ¡ALCANZA! College Fair for LatinX students at George Mason University, In-Person Event | Friday, October 22nd, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET. Seniors, please contact your Counselor to register.

Questions? Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Christine Lieb-Mosley

PAST News - but still important 11. How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

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

12. Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information

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

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

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form found on the FCPS site to the school no later than Friday, October 1st.

13. To our Military Families

Do you have a family member who is deploying?

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

14. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

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

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

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

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

15. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

We will share more specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity later.

16. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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WTW PTSO WeMail, September 14th

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

  1. SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  2. PTSO NEWS
  3. WTW NEWS & EVENTS
  4. FUNDRAISERS
  5. WTW CAV SPORTS RECAP
  6. WTW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Tuesday, September 14, 5:00 p.m. - Woodson FLE Parent Information Night - an hour before the PTSO meeting in the Library - Details under WTW News & Events (This is an opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.)

Tuesday, September 14; 6:00 p.m. - First PTSO meeting of the school year.   The meeting can be accessed at this meeting link or in-person in the library.

Friday, September 17 - Teachers’ Virtual Asynchronous Back-to-School videos available on the Woodson website - details under WTW News & Events

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, October 11 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Wednesday, October 13 - Grade 9 - Asynchronous at-home learning

Wednesday, October 13 - Grade 10 and 11 - PSAT/NMSQT (no cost) - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday, October 13 - Grade 12 - SAT testing for Seniors who signed up. Excused day for Seniors not signed up

Saturday, October 16; 8:00 p.m. - Homecoming Dance - Details to come

PTSO NEWS PTSO Meeting TONIGHT!

The first meeting of the school year will take place at 6pm tonight, Tuesday, September 14th.  The meeting can be accessed at this meeting link or in-person in the library.

PTSO Welcomes New Outreach Coordinator

The PTSO Board is grateful to Amy Zganjar for volunteering to be the new Outreach Coordinator. In this important role, Amy will build upon the outstanding work of outgoing coordinator Elena Theobald.

The board thanks Elena for her dedicated service to the Woodson school community. 

PTSO Officer Position Open - Fundraising Chair

The PTSO’s primary source of funding is memberships.  Fundraising efforts supplement the PTSO budget.  There are two main roles for the Fundraising Chair.  The first is organizing “Dinner Nights” at places like Chipotle and Potbelly.  The second is letter writing to medium and large-sized  companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, MAG Aero, Interstate Movers, and Cox.   The latter is an effective donation generator.   

All PTSO funding flows back into Woodson High School in the form of Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, Community Outreach, Field Trip Subsidization, and School Supplements.

The Fundraising Chair serves as the primary focal point for all fundraising activities. The time commitment is about 1 hour per week, averaged over the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Community Resources for Mental Health, Wellness, and Support Groups

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice; homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addiction and overdose; and underage drinking.

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=2619 (must be a PTSO member to login)

Ways to Make a Difference

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO

Make a Donation 

Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find WT Woodson on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

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

WTW News & Events Virtual Asynchronous Back-to School Night

Woodson's virtual, asynchronous Back to School Night (BTSN) will begin after 5pm on Friday, September 17th.

On Friday after 5pm, parents will be able to view teacher videos and contact teachers with questions. The purpose of the videos is to share an overview of the curriculum as you would receive during a traditional BTSN.

As a reminder, if you need to schedule a teacher/parent conference please contact the school counselor.

Here Comes the Bus App

 

PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

More specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity will be shared later.

On this day, 9th graders will complete asynchronous learning at home and 12th graders not testing will be excused from school.

Family Life Education - Info Night and Opt Out Forms

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

The Woodson FLE Parent Information Night will take place on Tuesday, September 14th at 5:00pm (an hour before the PTSO meeting) in the Library. This is an opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

Woodson Choral Boosters

Upcoming Events:  National Anthem Pyramid Sing* on Friday, September 17th from 6:15pm-7:15pm.

*Attendance is highly encouraged, but not graded. 

To find more information about upcoming events, monthly meeting, restaurant nights, and other informative communtives about Chorus and Chorus Boosters, please look on our various online sources such as the Chorus website, Monthly Chorus Booster Newsletter, Gmail, Schoology, Remind, YouTube, WeMail, and Instagram.

Chorus website. www.woodsonchorus.org

YourTube channel- Go to “Woodson Chorus” Please subscribe!

Instagram- Follow us @ wtwchorus

FUNDRAISERS Band and Color Guard Tag Day Fundraiser

Help keep the Woodson Band in tip top shape for this 21-22 marching band season!

Members of the W.T. Woodson Band and Color Guard will be going door-to-door throughout all Woodson neighborhoods on Saturday, September 18th for their annual Tag Day fundraiser.  This event provides almost half of the funds needed to keep the band performing at the highest levels.  The W.T. Woodson Band has a decades long history as a Virginia Honor Band, earning top marks for both its concert and marching band programs. 

 If you aren't home when the kids stop by, you can mail in a tax-deductible donation payable to Woodson Band Patrons by using the "tag" flyer on your door. There is also a DONATE button on the upper left hand corner of the band website.

Senior Class Signs

 

Senior yard signs are now available for purchase!

Limited quantities available. Order online here. Questions? Contact out to merifarling@hotmail.com 

Senior Class of 2022 Legacy Bricks

Buy a Brick and Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

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

 Visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE (or from the main page click on “Forms & Payments” section on the left, then click on “Form & Payment” then scroll down to the Buy A Brick section.) If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 26, 2022.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.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

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

WTW CAVS SPORTS RECAP Cavs Varsity Fall Sports

Co-Ed Golf

Woodson lost a tough match against South County by a score of 161-183 to bring the season record to 1-2.  Four golfers played in their first Varsity match.  Scores were Joseph Tso-41, Bobby Kay-46, Alex Klein-46, Jackson Day-50, Winter Lee-51 and Grant Kahler-52.  Catch tonight’s match at Fairfax.

Field Hockey

There was cheering and penalty cards flying as the Cavs defeated Alexandria City 1-0 in a boisterous Friday night game. Elizabeth Stribling was the connective tissue for the Woodson attack, which scored when Genna Cooke forcefully dribbled through the Titans and found Alex Walrath for the goal.

Woodson lost to Madison 1-0 last Wednesday when the Warhawks scored off of a rebounded shot. Katie Hamrock and Reese Cuviello’s defense kept the Cavs in the game, while Elia Kim and Genna Cooke vigorously patrolled the midfield. 

Fans can watch the Cavs play this Saturday, September 18 at 9:00 a.m. and Noon at South County.

NEW VHSL Physical Form for 2021-22

This is the NEW VHSL approved Physical Form. This is the only version that can be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a doctor fill out the old version with "revised February 2017 in top right corner, your doctor will need to complete the new one, which may require another appointment. So please make sure the form you fill out has "revised January 2021" on the top right.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2021 or after. Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

The form is also available at https://www.vhsl.org/sports-medicine/physical-examination/, under Resources.

WTW RESOURCES Woodson Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by clicking here.

Odd/Even Calendar

Printable  2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar .

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello. Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  Thank you to our Senior Families who joined us for Senior Night yesterday. The recording of our presentation will be sent out later on today. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night with Spanish Interpretation on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.

College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will begin on September 13, 2021. Parents can view the schedule in my Schoology Course. Students have to go to Naviance to sign up. We are still adding new visits every day!

Questions? Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Christine Lieb-Mosley

Answers to Attendance Questions

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning /Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

If you are not seeing all of your children in Schoology, please be patient as FCPS IT is working on a solution and should have a resolution as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

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)

2021-22 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com

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

Vacant / Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Jill Battaglia / Communications Director /battagliawtw@gmail.com

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

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Woodson Weekly - September 10th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 10th

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

Vision Statement

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

Students creating visual representations of forms of governments.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 13th - Underclass Pictures (additional date). Parents can pre-order online at mylifetouch.com, picture day ID EVTF8KQF6

Monday, September 13th - Enforcement of student parking begins - Student Parking Pass Information 

Tuesday, September 14th, 5:00 p.m. - Woodson FLE Parent Information Night - an hour before the PTSO meeting in the Library. See story #3 (This is a opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.)

Tuesday, September 14th; 6:00 p.m. - First PTSO meeting of the school year. The meeting can be accessed at:https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj or by joining us in-person in the library.

Thursday, September 16th - Yom Kippur Religious and Cultural Observance

Friday, September 17th; after 5:00 p.m. - Virtual Asynchronous Back to School Night, see story #3 below

 

Bell Schedule

Printable Odd/Even (A/B) 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

FCPS Standard School Year Calendar

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Additional Underclass Picture Day - Monday, September 13th
3. Virtual Back to School Night - Friday, September 17th
4. Woodson After School Clubs
5. How do I checkout my student from school?
6. Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information
7. Family Life Education - Info Night and Opt-Out Forms
8. To Our Military Families
9. College & Career Center News

SENIOR Class Information
10. Graduation Survey
11. Financial Aid Night
12. Senior Portraits - New Dates Added
13. Senior Immunization Requirement

PAST News, but still important
14. Student Monitors Needed
15. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found
16. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11
17. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News 1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Dear Woodson Families,

This time of year is exciting for so many reasons, yet we recognize it is critical to pause to reflect on the events of September 11, 2001. Sharing with our students (who were not even born yet!) the memories and impact this day had on all of us is one of the most poignant forms of teaching: learning from our stories. Whether you were like me, living in NOVA and working that morning, or were a student from Afghanistan whose friends questioned their allegiance, or are a family member of a loved one tragically lost – the day will not be forgotten.  While the history of 9/11 is taught through the curriculum, today, our student leaders from Operation Patriot opened this morning with announcements and our social studies classes have been discussing this day throughout the week. I wish our families peace through the memories of this weekend.

Regarding COVID - Each Friday, we will send a message to families through eNotify when we have had positive cases during the week. We have had several cases this week and to be transparent, many were tied to an extracurricular, outdoor, unmasked gathering.

Masks are recommended in groups outside, however they are not required. We want the kids to come to school events, cheer on our student athletes AND be SAFE doing so. Parents, please discuss this with your child as you help them make safe decisions. The good news is we are NOT seeing any spread/connections between cases from within classrooms or lunch time.

Last night at the School Board meeting, Dr. Brabrand, Superintendent, provided an update for students who are home and paused due to COVID and contact tracing. This plan to allows students to view the direct instruction in the classroom through a video feed. This will take us a few days to get up and running but it is in the future. Please know this streaming instruction provides a one-way view to instruction versus the concurrent method used last year.  This is a pathway to allow our students to be connected to class when they are home. 

Have a safe weekend, Cavs!

Dr. Floyd   

2. Underclass Picture Day

Lifetouch is returning to Woodson on Monday, September 13th in the Aux Gym to capture photos of any students that were unable to have their picture taken last week.

Parents can pre-order online at mylifetouch.com, picture day ID EVTF8KQF6.

3. Virtual Back to School Night

Woodson's virtual, asynchronous Back to School Night (BTSN) will begin after 5pm on Friday, September 17th.

On Friday after 5pm, parents will be able to view teacher videos and contact teachers with questions. The purpose of the videos is to share an overview of the curriculum as you would receive during a traditional BTSN.

As a reminder, if you need to schedule a teacher/parent conference please contact the school counselor.

4. Woodson After School Clubs

Students interested in joining after school clubs and/or finding out meeting dates/locations can find information on the Clubs & Activities site on Cav Kiosk.

To find a full list of clubs and organizations at Woodson, visit the Student Life Activities site.

5. How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

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

6. Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information

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

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

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form found on the FCPS site to the school no later than Friday, October 1st.

7. Family Life Education - Info Night and Opt Out Forms

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

The Woodson FLE Parent Information Night will take place on Tuesday, September 14th at 5:00pm (an hour before the PTSO meeting) in the Library. This is an opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

Senior parking space painting.

8. 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!

9. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊 Please join my Course in Schoology. My Access Code is:  3M8B-S8X4-N2H55.  Thank you to our Senior Families who joined us for Senior Night yesterday. The recording of our presentation will be sent out later on today. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. No need to register, just click on this Zoom link. Additional Financial Aid Night can be accessed in Schoology here.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Please stay tuned for the Zoom link.

College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will begin on September 13, 2021. Please see instructions on how to view the schedule and how to register here. We are still adding new visits every day!

Questions? Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Christine Lieb-Mosley

SENIOR Class Information 10. Graduation Survey

Senior Parents – graduation will be sometime between May 31 and June 8. We need your input on where to host graduation - at EagleBank Arena or the Woodson football field.  

IF we have graduation on the football field, we will need to have a rain date. If there is inclement weather on that rain date, we will HAVE TO MOVE INSIDE THAT DAY which will mean FEWER tickets and probably a split in the ceremony (A-L and a few hours later M-Z) and tickets will be limited to 2 per family. 

We are looking for your input through this Google Form

Please complete this form by Friday, September 17th so that final decisions can be made.

11. Financial Aid Night

Woodson is hosting a Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College.

12. Senior Portraits - New Dates Added

Additional dates have been added for Senior Portraits -

Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature. 

13. Senior Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Please provide one of the following documents to Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Seniors who do not provide vaccination documentation prior to the start of school will be conditionally enrolled for 90 days.

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

PAST News - but still important 14. Student Monitors Needed

In an effort to increase the outdoor space during lunch time, we have ordered more picnic tables. But in order to use them, we need adults to help with student supervision. 

The responsibilities will be sitting and watching students at lunch time, outside and ensuring they are safe and not leaving campus. In the event of an emergency, we will provide you access to security / administrators. There will be minimal interaction with students but in order to provide additional outdoor space, we need help.

If you interested in this paid Student Monitor position ($15.73/hour) supervising OUTSIDE on school days from 11:15am – 1:20pm, please email Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu.

15. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

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

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

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

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

16. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

We will share more specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity later.

17. Woodson's PTSO

Welcome to another school year at WT Woodson High School.

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. The first meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, September 14th.

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail, September 7th

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

  • SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  • PTSO NEWS
  • WTW NEWS & EVENTS
  • WTW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
  • FUNDRAISERS
  • WTW CAV SPORTS RECAP
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, September 8th - Required forms due - Links under WTW News & Events

Thursday, September 9th, 6:30pm - Senior Postsecondary Planning Night, Auditorium - details under WTW News & Events

 

NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 13th - Enforcement of student parking begins - Student Parking Pass Information 

Monday, September 13th - Underclass Pictures (additional date). Parents can pre-order online at mylifetouch.com, picture day ID EVTF8KQF6

Tuesday, September 14th, 5:00 p.m. - Woodson FLE Parent Information Night - an hour before the PTSO meeting in the Library - Details under WTW News & Events (This is an opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.)

Tuesday, September 14th; 6:00 p.m. - First PTSO meeting of the school year. The meeting can be accessed at:https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj or by joining us in-person in the library.

Friday, September 17th - Teachers’ Back-to-School videos available on the Woodson website

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, October 11th - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Wednesday, October 13th - Grade 9 - Asynchronous at-home learning

Wednesday, October 13th - Grade 10 and 11 - PSAT/NMSQT (no cost) - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday, October 13th - Grade 12 - SAT testing for Seniors who signed up. Excused day for Seniors not signed up.

PTSO NEWS Welcome to the 2021-22 school year at WT Woodson HS

Your W.T. Woodson Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) welcomes students and faculty back to school for the 2021-2022 academic year.   Our year begins with great hopes for a healthy year.   As we transition back to in-person instruction, we look forward to returning to typical PTSO programs like Cav Kick-Off, Cav Cruise, Milk & Cookies, Baccalaureate, Holiday Teacher Appreciation, Mock SAT, family outreach, and more.  In October, we will be polling teachers for Grant requests to enhance the learning environment and bolster academic engagement.  

We cannot do this without you.  The PTSOs primary funding source is memberships.  Our mission is to advocate for staff and students needs in order to maintain W.T. Woodson’s sterling academic credentials.  Woodson High School consistently ranks in the top 1.5% of high schools nationwide because of engaged parents like you, superlative staff, and dynamic leadership.  Please consider becoming a PTSO member. Join our PTSO

In addition to membership, it is people that drive the PTSO.  We have a few vacant positions looking for volunteers.  If you would like to be part of our PTSO team, please contact Miklos Kiss at miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday each month at 6pm. The first meeting will take place at 6pm next Tuesday, September 14th.  The meeting can be accessed at :https://meet.google.com/jan-dzyj-pkj or by joining us in-person in the library.

In service and gratitude from your PTSO Board,

Miklos Kiss – President

Sara Mastro – Vice President - Membership

Amy DeCarlo - Secretary

Kyle Durbin - Treasurer

Jill Battaglia – Communications Director

Community Resources for Mental Health, Wellness, and Support Groups

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues include but are not limited to: coping with stress; parenting advice; homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addiction and overdose; and underage drinking.

https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=2619 (must be a PTSO member to login)

Ways to Make a Difference

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO

Make a Donation 

Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find WT Woodson on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

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

PTSO Officer Position Open - Fundraising Chair

The PTSO’s primary source of funding is memberships.  Fundraising efforts supplement the PTSO budget.  There are two main roles for the Fundraising Chair.  The first is organizing “Dinner Nights” at places like Chipotle and Potbelly.  The second is letter writing to medium and large-sized  companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, MAG Aero, Interstate Movers, and Cox.   The latter is an effective donation generator.   

All PTSO funding flows back into Woodson High School in the form of Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, Community Outreach, Field Trip Subsidization, and School Supplements.

The Fundraising Chair serves as the primary focal point for all fundraising activities. The time commitment is about 1 hour per week, averaged over the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Outreach Coordinator/s Needed

The PTSO Board is searching for an Outreach Coordinator volunteer. 

The Outreach Coordinator serves two essential functions for the Woodson community. First and foremost, the position gathers donations from the community and businesses to help families in need during the holidays and times of strife. These donations are usually in the form of grocery store gift cards. The coordinator works directly with the Woodson staff for donation distribution to the target population.

The Outreach Coordinator's second mission is to bring engaging, relevant, and high-quality enrichment programs for the Woodson students and families. Examples of past programs include public speaking coaching and personal finance. The programs can be either live or virtual. Future ideas for enrichment can include healthy cooking, SAT prep, mental well-being.

This position could be co-chaired.

If you are interested in filling this critical role, please contact PTSO President Miklos Kiss wptsopres@gmail.com

From The Archives

Aerial photo of newly-built Woodson High School in 1964.   You can also see construction starting at Frost MS and Olde Creek ES.   The shopping centers on Little River Turnpike do not even exist yet!

WTW News & Events Three Required Forms - Due TOMORROW, September 8th

1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form - All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through weCare@school via their SIS ParentVue account.

To access weCare@school - Log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on weCare@school - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.

2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form

Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. For more details, please see story #2.

3. Student Rights and Responsibilities

Parents are able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 

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

Senior Postsecondary Planning Night - This Thursday, September 9th

Seniors and parents - Please join us for a Senior Postsecondary Planning Night this Thursday, September 9th, at 6:30 pm in the Woodson Auditorium.

We will cover Next Steps for all of our Seniors – College, Apprenticeships, Trade School, Military, Gap Year and Employment.

Senior yard signs will be available for purchase that night or you can order online here.

Family Life Education - Info Night and Opt Out Forms

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

The Woodson FLE Parent Information Night will take place on Tuesday, September 14th at 5:00pm (an hour before the PTSO meeting) in the Library. This is an opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

Student Parking Pass Information

Student parking pass applications are available on Woodson's Student Parking site. Enforcement of student parking will begin on Monday, September 13th.

Parking fees go toward improving the school infrastructure.

PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

More specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity will be shared later.

On this day, 9th graders will complete asynchronous learning at home and 12th graders not testing will be excused from school.

WTW RESOURCES Woodson Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by clicking here.

Odd/Even Calendar

Printable  2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar .

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. Office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello! Contact information and resources for College & Career Planning can be found on the Woodson College & Career Center Padlets.  Follow on Instagram/Twitter @wtwcareercenter.

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Postsecondary Planning Night for seniors and parents on Thursday, September 9th, at 6:30 pm in the Woodson Auditorium. We will cover Next Steps for all of our Seniors – College, Apprenticeships, Trade School, Military, Gap Year and Employment.
  • Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night with Spanish Interpretation on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.

College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will begin on September 13, 2021. Parents can view the schedule on Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges - College Visits (only students are able to sign up). We are still adding new visits every day. The majority of our visits are in-person. A few are virtual but students will still come to the Career Center to watch the presentation.

Questions? Email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Answers to Attendance Questions

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning /Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

If you are not seeing all of your children in Schoology, please be patient as FCPS IT is working on a solution and should have a resolution as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

FUNDRAISERS Senior Class Signs

 

Senior yard signs and Cav Cruise All Night Grad Party raffle tickets will be available for purchase at Senior Night - this Thursday, September 9th!

Limited quantity of yard signs available. Reach out to merifarling@hotmail.com to reserve yours or order online here

Band and Color Guard Tag Day Fundraiser

Help keep the Woodson Band in tip top shape for this 21-22 marching band season!

Members of the W.T. Woodson Band and Color Guard will be going door-to-door throughout all Woodson neighborhoods on Saturday, September 18th for their annual Tag Day fundraiser.  This event provides almost half of the funds needed to keep the band performing at the highest levels.  The W.T. Woodson Band has a decades long history as a Virginia Honor Band, earning top marks for both its concert and marching band programs. 

 If you aren't home when the kids stop by, you can mail in a tax-deductible donation payable to Woodson Band Patrons by using the "tag" flyer on your door. There is also a DONATE button on the upper left hand corner of the band website.

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

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

WTW CAVS SPORTS RECAP Cavs Varsity Fall Sports

Field Hockey

Woodson beat Marshall 2-0 on Friday of their second week of competition. Mia Zganjar fed a beautiful cross to Alex Walrath for the first goal. Maddie Legum added the second goal via passes from Caitlin Tran and Elizabeth Stribling. Caitlin Deer and AJ Ingson made key saves to preserve the shutout.

The Cavaliers lost to Langley 1-0 on Tuesday. Langley’s goal broke a 0-0 tie in the 4th quarter. Kim McNamara and Katie Hamrock responded by initiating attacks from the back and Julia Oleyar made passes to set up the chance to score with 3 penalty corners at the game’s end. 

In their first week of field hockey competition the Cavaliers lost 7-1 to Yorktown on Tuesday. Woodson scored when Katie Hamrock stymied an attack and sent the ball downfield to Julia Oleyar, who fired a shot past the goalie. In the 3rd quarter, Carmen Anderson made a superb save and Sydney Klugiewicz blocked the rebound.

Woodson lost 4-3 on penalty shots to Washington-Liberty on Friday. Levi Weinberger led defenders Reese Cuviello, Kim McNamara, and Amanda Lee. Elia Kim held the midfield and Julia Oleyar and Maddie Legum peppered the W-L goal. AJ Ingson leapt high to reject a floating shot in the shoot out.

Woodson lost  2-0 to Stafford on Saturday. Elia Kim, Genna Cooke and Caitlin Tran teamed to stress Stafford’s defense. Elizabeth Stribling, Julia Oleyar, and Zadie Rowe made 3 late attacks. Katie Hamrock stopped attacks and Caitlin Deer made a stellar save on a 1-on-1 breakaway. 

NEW VHSL Physical Form for 2021-22

This is the NEW VHSL approved Physical Form. This is the only version that can be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a doctor fill out the old version with "revised February 2017 in top right corner, your doctor will need to complete the new one, which may require another appointment. So please make sure the form you fill out has "revised January 2021" on the top right.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2021 or after. Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

The form is also available at https://www.vhsl.org/sports-medicine/physical-examination/, under Resources.

2021-22 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com

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

Vacant / Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Jill Battaglia / Communications Director /battagliawtw@gmail.com

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

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Woodson Weekly - September 3rd

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Woodson Weekly -
September 3rd

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

Vision Statement

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

Dr. Floyd and the Cavalier cheering at our first home football game.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day School Holiday

Tuesday, September 7th - Rosh Hashanah Religious and Cultural Observance

Wednesday, September 8th - Required Forms Due. See story #1

Thursday, September 9th, 6:30pm - Senior Postsecondary Planning Night, Auditorium. See story #8

Monday, September 13th - Underclass Pictures (additional date). Parents can pre-order online at mylifetouch.com, picture day ID EVTF8KQF6

Monday, September 13th - Enforcement of student parking begins - Student Parking Pass Information 

Tuesday, September 14th, 5:00 p.m. - Woodson FLE Parent Information Night - an hour before the PTSO meeting in the Library. See story #3 (This is a opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.)

Tuesday, September 14th; 6:00 p.m. - First PTSO meeting of the school year - Virtual link will be available

Thursday, September 16th - Yom Kippur Religious and Cultural Observance

Bell Schedule

Printable Odd/Even (A/B) 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

FCPS Standard School Year Calendar

In this Issue

ACTION Needed
1. Three Required Forms - Due Wednesday, September 8th

NEW News
2. COVID Updates to Keep Our Schools Safe
3. Family Life Education - Info Night and Opt-Out Forms
4. Student Monitors Needed
5. College & Career Center News

SENIOR Class Information
6. Senior Parking Lot Painting
7. Deadline to Register for the SAT is Wednesday, September 8th
8. Senior Postsecondary Planning Night, Thursday, September 9th
9. Financial Aid Night
10. Senior Portraits - New Dates Added
11. Senior Immunization Requirement

PAST News, but still important
12. Attendance FAQs
13. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found
14. What is Schoology?
15. ParentVUE/StudentVUE
16. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11
17. Woodson's PTSO

1. Three Required Forms - Due September 8th

1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form - All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through weCare@school via their SIS ParentVue account.

To access weCare@school - Log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on weCare@school - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.

2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form

Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. For more details, please see story #2.

3. Student Rights and Responsibilities

Parents are able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 

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

NEW News 2. COVID Updates to Keep Our Schools Safe

Since the beginning of August 2021, the majority of COVID-19 cases have been acquired through community spread, OUTSIDE of school buildings. 

FCPS’ layered prevention strategies are working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Pausing is one of the tools we use to keep schools safe when a positive COVID-19 case is reported. 

This webpage is a helpful resource to better understand the pause and quarantine process and the common COVID-19-related terms used by FCPS and the Health Department. 

FCPS has also announced a new process to speed up the return of fully vaccinated students to the classroom. Read about all the details here.

Cheering for the Cavaliers!

3. Family Life Education - Info Night and Opt Out Forms

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

The Woodson FLE Parent Information Night will take place on Tuesday, September 14th at 5:00pm (an hour before the PTSO meeting) in the Library. This is an opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

4. Student Monitors Needed

In an effort to increase the outdoor space during lunch time, we have ordered more picnic tables. But in order to use them, we need adults to help with student supervision. 

The responsibilities will be sitting and watching students at lunch time, outside and ensuring they are safe and not leaving campus. In the event of an emergency, we will provide you access to security / administrators. There will be minimal interaction with students but in order to provide additional outdoor space, we need help.

If you interested in this paid Student Monitor position ($15.73/hour) supervising OUTSIDE on school days from 11:15am – 1:20pm, please email Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu.

5. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊 Please join my Course in Schoology. I shared out the Access Code via Naviance Email to all students and parents/guardians. Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu if you did not receive it.

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Postsecondary Planning Night for seniors and parents on Thursday, September 9th, at 6:30 pm in the Woodson Auditorium. We will cover Next Steps for all of our Seniors – College, Apprenticeships, Trade School, Military, Gap Year and Employment.
  • Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night with Spanish Interpretation on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.

College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will begin on September 13, 2021. Parents can view the schedule in my Schoology Course. Students have to go to Naviance to sign up. We are still adding new visits every day!

Questions? Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Christine Lieb-Mosley

SENIOR Class Information 6. Senior Parking Lot Painting

Paint the senior parking lot spaces on Saturday, September 4th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM!  Showcase your style and personality while supporting your school and the Class of 2022! The cost to paint each parking space is $10. Please see the linked flyer for more details.

We will keep you updated as more events are planned for this exciting year!

Keep connected! Follow the Class of 2022
Instagram - @wtw_classof2022
Twitter - @wtw_2022
Website - https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/class/seniors

Seniors painted parking spaces in the senior parking lot.

7. Seniors Only - Deadline to register for SAT is September 8th

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the SAT School Day to all students in grade 12 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 8.

Woodson HS: SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form

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

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

General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/sat-in-school). 

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Woodson’s SAT School Day Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

8. Senior Postsecondary Planning Night, Thursday, September 9th

Seniors and parents - Please join us for a Senior Postsecondary Planning Night on Thursday, September 9th, at 6:30 pm in the Woodson Auditorium.

We will cover Next Steps for all of our Seniors – College, Apprenticeships, Trade School, Military, Gap Year and Employment.

9. Financial Aid Night

Woodson is hosting a Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College.

10. Senior Portraits - New Dates Added

Additional dates have been added for Senior Portraits -

Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature. 

11. Senior Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Please provide one of the following documents to Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Seniors who do not provide vaccination documentation prior to the start of school will be conditionally enrolled for 90 days.

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

PAST News - but still important 12. Attendance FAQs

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

After school clubs and activities start soon! Check the Cav Kiosk for more details.

13. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

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

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

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

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

14. What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

15. ParentVUE/StudentVUE

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

  • StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.
16. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

We will share more specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity later.

17. Woodson's PTSO

Welcome to another school year at WT Woodson High School.

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. The first meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, September 14th.

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail, September 31st

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  • SCHEDULE REMINDERS
  • PTSO NEWS
  • WTW NEWS & EVENTS
  • WTW RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & FAMILIES
  • WTW CAV SPORTS RECAP
SCHEDULE REMINDERS

THIS WEEK

Wednesday-Thursday, September 1st-2nd - Underclass Picture Days, Aux Gym - Details under WTW News & Events 

If you are not in HPE grade 9, 10 or English 11 or 12 please tell your 3rd period teacher and you will be able to take your picture on Thursday during 3rd period. 

Friday, September 3rd - NO SCHOOL - School Holiday

 

NEXT WEEK

Monday, September 6th - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day School Holiday

Wednesday, September 8th - Required forms due - Links under WTW News & Events

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Monday, September 13th - Enforcement of student parking begins - Student Parking Pass Information 

Tuesday, September 14th, 5:00 p.m. - Woodson FLE Parent Information Night - an hour before the PTSO meeting in the Library - Details under WTW News & Events (This is a opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.)

Tuesday, September 14th; 6:00 p.m. - First PTSO meeting of the school year - Virtual link will be available

Monday, October 11th - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day - Indigenous Peoples’ Day 

Wednesday, October 13th - 9th grade students participate in asynchronous learning at home.

Wednesday, October 13th - PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 (no cost) - Details under WTW News & Events

Wednesday, October 13th - SAT Day for grade 12 students who signed up; Seniors not signed up for SAT Day will be excused for the day.

PTSO NEWS Welcome to the 2021-22 school year at WT Woodson HS

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday each month at 6pm. The first meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, September 14th. A link to attend virtually will be available.

Ways to Make a Difference

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO

Make a Donation 

Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities

Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor

Find WT Woodson on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter

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

PTSO Officer Position Open - Fundraising Chair

The PTSO’s primary source of funding is memberships.  Fundraising efforts supplement the PTSO budget.  There are two main roles for the Fundraising Chair.  The first is organizing “Dinner Nights” at places like Chipotle and Potbelly.  The second is letter writing to medium and large-sized  companies like Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, MAG Aero, Interstate Movers, and Cox.   The latter is an effective donation generator.   

All PTSO funding flows back into Woodson High School in the form of Teacher Grants, Staff Appreciation, Community Outreach, Field Trip Subsidization, and School Supplements.

The Fundraising Chair serves as the primary focal point for all fundraising activities. The time commitment is about 1 hour per week, averaged over the school year. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Miklos Kiss at wptsopres@gmail.com

Outreach Coordinator/s Needed

The PTSO Board is searching for an Outreach Coordinator volunteer. 

The Outreach Coordinator serves two essential functions for the Woodson community. First and foremost, the position gathers donations from the community and businesses to help families in need during the holidays and times of strife. These donations are usually in the form of grocery store gift cards. The coordinator works directly with the Woodson staff for donation distribution to the target population.

The Outreach Coordinator's second mission is to bring engaging, relevant, and high-quality enrichment programs for the Woodson students and families. Examples of past programs include public speaking coaching and personal finance. The programs can be either live or virtual. Future ideas for enrichment can include healthy cooking, SAT prep, mental well-being.

This position could be co-chaired.

If you are interested in filling this critical role, please contact PTSO President Miklos Kiss wptsopres@gmail.com

WTW News & Events Three Required Forms - Due September 8th

1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form - All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through weCare@school via their SIS ParentVue account.

To access weCare@school - Log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on weCare@school - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.

2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form

Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. For more details, please see story #2.

3. Student Rights and Responsibilities

Parents are able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 

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

Underclass Picture Days

All Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors will have their school picture taken on Wednesday, September 1st or Thursday, September 2nd. 

Freshman and Sophomores are scheduled to have their pictures taken during their PE Class period. (Sophomores who do not have PE will need to ask their 3rd period teacher to go have their picture taken.) Juniors will have their picture taken during their English class period. 

You can order your pictures at mylifetouch.com and use the Woodson School Code EVTF8KQF6.

Family Life Education - Info Night and Opt Out Forms

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

The Woodson FLE Parent Information Night will take place on Tuesday, September 14th at 5:00pm (an hour before the PTSO meeting) in the Library. This is an opportunity for parents to view FLE materials; no formal presentation will be given.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

Student Laptops & Digital Resources Consent Form

All students should have received their FCPS laptop during the first week of school. Please remind your child to treat it as a “work computer” and refrain from putting stickers on it. For technology support, please visit the Technology Support for Families website. If something is wrong with the computer, a student or parent can submit a ticket from that link. You can also learn more about Schoology, Zoom, Google Workspace, and other online tools we will be using this year.

It is important that all families submit the Digital Resources Consent Form prior to September 1 so that students will be able to access resources and activities needed for their classes with the least disruption possible. Review the tools used at Woodson HS and reach out to Ryan Richardson with any questions.

Student Parking Pass Information

Student parking pass applications are available on Woodson's Student Parking site. Enforcement of student parking will begin on Monday, September 13th.

Parking fees go toward improving the school infrastructure.

Lunchtime Volunteers Needed

In an effort to increase the outdoor space during lunchtime, more picnic tables have been ordered. In order to use them, adult volunteers are needed to help with student supervision. 

The responsibilities include sitting outside at lunchtime, watching students and ensuring they are safe and not leaving campus. In the event of an emergency, volunteers will be provided with access to security / administrators. There will be minimal interaction with students but in order to provide additional outdoor space, help is needed.

If you are interested in volunteering OUTSIDE on school days from 11:15am – 1:20pm, please email Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu. 

All volunteers are asked to complete the COVID health screening questionnaire before volunteering each day.

PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about College Board testing accommodations for the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

More specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity will be shared later.

On this day, 9th graders will complete asynchronous learning at home and 12th graders not testing will be excused from school.

WTW RESOURCES Woodson Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions by clicking here.

Odd/Even Calendar

Printable  2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar .

College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. Office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello! Contact information and resources for College & Career Planning can be found on the Woodson College & Career Center Padlets.  Follow on Instagram/Twitter @wtwcareercenter.

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Postsecondary Planning Night for seniors and parents on Thursday, September 9th, at 6:30 pm in the Woodson Auditorium. We will cover Next Steps for all of our Seniors – College, Apprenticeships, Trade School, Military, Gap Year and Employment.
  • Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night with Spanish Interpretation on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.

College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will begin on September 13, 2021. Parents can view the schedule on Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges - College Visits (only students are able to sign up). We are still adding new visits every day. The majority of our visits are in-person. A few are virtual but students will still come to the Career Center to watch the presentation.

Questions? Email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Answers to Attendance Questions

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning /Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

If you are not seeing all of your children in Schoology, please be patient as FCPS IT is working on a solution and should have a resolution as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Students

Every student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. However, if your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin.

Setting up a MySchoolBucks account for your student is especially helpful during the current nationwide coin shortage. FCPS cash registers will have limited coins available at the start of the school year to provide change for cash purchases. Purchases made with MySchoolBucks also keeps lines moving quickly.

Please take a moment to look over the menus.

FUNDRAISERS Senior Class Signs

 

Woodson Class of 2022 graduate lawn signs will be here this week. Limited quantity available.

Reach out to merifarling@hotmail.com to reserve yours now!

Woodson Choral Boosters

Please join us in the Chorus Room on Wednesday, September 1st from 7:30 pm-8:30pm for our first Woodson Choral Booster Meeting of the school year!  All parents of chorus students are automatically members of the Chorus Boosters. There are no fees to join!

You can purchase SpiritWear Chorus magnets and masks at the Booster meeting. (Cash only, please!) Oval Chorus Magnets-$3.00, Round Chorus Magnets-$7.00, and Chorus Masks-$6.00.

Band and Color Guard Tag Day Fundraiser

Help keep the Woodson Band in tip top shape for this 21-22 marching band season!

Members of the W.T. Woodson Band and Color Guard will be going door-to-door throughout all Woodson neighborhoods on Saturday, September 18th for their annual Tag Day fundraiser.  This event provides almost half of the funds needed to keep the band performing at the highest levels.  The W.T. Woodson Band has a decades long history as a Virginia Honor Band, earning top marks for both its concert and marching band programs. 

 If you aren't home when the kids stop by, you can mail in a tax-deductible donation payable to Woodson Band Patrons by using the "tag" flyer on your door. There is also a DONATE button on the upper left hand corner of the band website.

Precisionettes

Thank you to the many friends and neighbors who came out to the Precisionettes’ car wash last Saturday! We really appreciate your support!

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

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

WTW CAVS SPORTS RECAP Cavs Varsity Fall Sports

Field Hockey

Football

Golf - Co-Ed Golf

This past week the Cavs played Robinson at Twin Lakes.  Robinson won the match 135-188.  Robinson shot 5 under par as a team, with 3 of their players breaking par.  We had 4 people that got their first Varsity match experience.  Scores were Thomas Stribling -40, Thomas Houttekier -46, Winter Lee -50, Sam Park -52, Jacob White -53 and Josh Park -58.  We will look to rebound this week at Fairfax!

Precisionettes Dance Team

Congratulations to both the Varsity and JV Precisionettes!  Both teams participated in their first National Dance Alliance (NDA) Camp August 20-22, 2021. Our dancers worked so hard and both teams received a Superior ribbon and bids to participate in Nationals!  On top of these honors, the Precisionettes ended  camp with a number of other awards including …..

Heart of Gold Award for JV 💛 

Teamwork Award for Varsity 💝 

6 All American Team Members - Bridget McGuire, Darcy Harris, Addison Prichard, Abbey Parker, Beth Johnson, and Ellie French.

Way to go!  Come out and see the team’s halftime performance during Thursday’s football game.

Cross Country

 

Volleyball

NEW VHSL Physical Form for 2021-22

This is the NEW VHSL approved Physical Form. This is the only version that can be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have a doctor fill out the old version with "revised February 2017 in top right corner, your doctor will need to complete the new one, which may require another appointment. So please make sure the form you fill out has "revised January 2021" on the top right.

The VHSL Physical Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and doctor. In order for the physical to be accepted for the 2021-2022 school year, it cannot be filled out and dated by a doctor until May 1, 2021 or after. Once completed, please drop it off to Woodson's Activities Office, Woodson's Main Office or scan it to the Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge at chogge@fcps.edu. This must be turned in prior to participating in athletics. 

The form is also available at https://www.vhsl.org/sports-medicine/physical-examination/, under Resources.

2021-22 PTSO OFFICERS 

Miklos Kiss / President / wptsopres@gmail.com, miklos.c.kiss@outlook.com

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

Vacant / Fundraising

Amy DeCarlo / Recording Secretary / wptsosecretary@gmail.com

Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com

Jill Battaglia / Communications Director /battagliawtw@gmail.com

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

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Woodson Weekly - August 27th

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Woodson Weekly -
August 27th

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

Vision Statement

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

Students celebrate the end of the first week of school with a hat and jersey spirit day today.

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday-Thursday, September 1st-2nd - Underclass Picture Days, Aux Gym (see story #3)

Friday, September 3rd - School Holiday

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day School Holiday

Tuesday, September 7th - Rosh Hashanah Religious and Cultural Observance

Thursday, September 16th - Yom Kippur Religious and Cultural Observance

Bell Schedule

Printable Odd/Even (A/B) 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

Message from Dr. Floyd

TGIF Woodson!

Our first week back with the students is over!  I thoroughly enjoyed having our students back in person.  The energy the kids bring is invigorating to say the least!

I want to bring a couple of items to your attention from this week. 

First, today students did their Students Rights and Responsibilities lesson.  This was a video and quiz. You can review the information presented at this link. Part of the SRR is a reminder of respect towards all. 

I expect all students and staff to respect and honor our diverse community, and build a culture of inclusivity and equity, all day, every day, year round. Should your teen experience bullying or harassment, especially around gender, race, identity, culture, or around anything else that makes them the unique person who they are, please let an adult know – email me directly at cefloyd@fcps.edu!  We will not tolerate any form of hate or discrimination at Woodson HS.

The SRR also includes the topic of clothing. Throughout this week we have reminded students about appropriate school dress. Thankfully, almost all of our students are appropriately dressed for school. Please review the entire SRR, including the clothing section, as we do not want students to have to change because of something on their shirt or because their outfit exposes excessive amounts of skin.

Please note that often students come with a button up shirt over an inappropriate top, so I ask parents to be aware that this is happening.  I appreciate your support and assistance in this matter. 

It is bitter sweet to announce that assistant principal Dr. Hewan is leaving us for Arlington County Public Schools. He was selected as the next principal of the Schriver Program for students who have special needs. Over his last three years at Woodson, Dr. Hewan has impacted our school through the relationships he has built with staff, students and the community.  He was integral in developing our Equity program and has been a champion for Cultural Responsiveness at Woodson HS. We wish him all the best in his next adventure and will miss his energy and enthusiasm. Dr. Hewan’s last day at Woodson is Wednesday, September 1st and we will announce plans for this position in the coming week. 

Hope you are all able to stay cool this weekend!

Dr. Floyd
Principal

In this Issue

ACTION Needed
1. Three Required Forms - Due September 8th
2. We Need Your Digital Consent for Select Digital Resources

NEW News
3. Underclass Picture Days
4. Attendance FAQs
5. Family Life Education - Info Night and Opt-Out Forms
6. Student Parking Pass Information
7. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found
8. Odd/Even Calendar
9. Volunteers Needed
10. Safety and Security Drills
11. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important
12. What is Schoology?
13. ParentVUE/StudentVUE
14. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11
15. Senior Class Information. 
16. Woodson's PTSO

1. Three Required Forms - Due September 8th

1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form - All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through weCare@school via their SIS ParentVue account.

To access weCare@school - Log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on weCare@school - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.

2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form

Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. For more details, please see story #2.

3. Student Rights and Responsibilities

Parents are able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 

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

2. We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources - ACTION ITEM

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

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your teachers and counselors if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

NEW News 3. Underclass Picture Days

All Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors will have their school picture taken on Wednesday, September 1st or Thursday, September 2nd

Freshman and Sophomores are scheduled to have their pictures taken during their PE Class period. Juniors will have their picture taken during their English class period.

You can order your pictures at mylifetouch.com and use the Woodson School Code EVTF8KQF6.

Seniors painted parking spaces in the senior parking lot this weekend. See story #15 for additional dates.

4. Attendance FAQs

How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

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

My student will be arriving late to school. How do I let Attendance know?

Please let the Attendance Office know if your student will arrive late to school.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form to report a late arrival or partial day absence.
  • Student brings a handwritten note from a parent or doctor with the reason for the late arrival. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school, the reason for the tardy, a parent/guardian signature, the student ID, and contact phone number for follow-up.
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 2. Please include the student’s name, time the student is coming to school and the reason for the tardy.
  • If a student does not have a note, he/she will be marked "unexcused tardy" and must present a note to the Attendance Office within 48 hours for the tardy to be changed to excused.

Valid tardiness reasons include illness, medical appointments or family emergency. The following will not be excused: oversleeping, power outages, car trouble, traffic, and missing the bus. Students will be given a pass to enter their assigned class after checking in at the Attendance office.

My student will be out for a college visit.  How do I let Attendance know?

For prearranged Absences (family, college trips, medical reasons), please notify the Attendance Office with the following:

  • Student must bring a written notice to the attendance office at least 5 days prior to the intended absence. Please include the student's name, dates of absences, and reason for the absence.
  • Student will receive a prearranged absence form for teachers to sign, list the assignments, and due dates.
  • Extended Absences: If a student requires long-term medical care, parents should contact their child's school counselor. To find out who your child's counselor is, check the Student Services staff list

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

5. Family Life Education - Info Night and Opt Out Forms

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

The Woodson FLE Parent Information Night will take place on Tuesday, September 14th at 5:00pm (an hour before the PTSO meeting) in the Library.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

6. Student Parking Pass Information

Student parking pass applications are available on Woodson's Student Parking site. Enforcement of student parking will begin on Monday, September 13th.

Parking fees go toward improving the school infrastructure.

7. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

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

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

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

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

The Marching Cavaliers visited feeder elementary schools today to encourage the next generation of musicians.

8. Odd/Even Calendar

Have you been looking for the Odd/Even calendar?  You can find the printable 2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar on the Woodson website.

9. Volunteers Needed

In an effort to increase the outdoor space during lunch time, we have ordered more picnic tables. But in order to use them, we need volunteer help with student supervision. 

The responsibilities will be sitting and watching students at lunch time, outside and ensuring they are safe and not leaving campus. In the event of an emergency, we will provide you access to security / administrators. There will be minimal interaction with students but in order to provide additional outdoor space, we need help.

If you interested in volunteering OUTSIDE on school days from 11:15am – 1:20pm, please email Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu. 

We ask all volunteers to complete the COVID health screening questionnaire before volunteering each day. Thank you!

10. Safety and Security Drills

Every school facility in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has in place crisis management and emergency preparedness plans, designed with the help of the school system’s security planning staff, local law enforcement, and emergency management officials. Plans are regularly reviewed and updated. The plans include procedures to respond to critical incidents, like fire and tornadoes, and we practice these drills regularly. Now, we, along with other Fairfax County schools, have formally added an additional drill, called a lockdown drill.

A lockdown is a well-established procedure designed to protect students and staff members in a case in which there might be threats of violence within a school. During a lockdown, students remain in their classrooms or are escorted to classrooms if they are in the halls, and all interior and exterior doors are closed and locked. Once the facility is rendered safe and students are accounted for, the school is returned to normal operation. 

While we have no reason to believe that any threat of violence will arise, it is always best to be prepared. It is important to train students and staff members so that we can effectively implement a lockdown in the event one becomes necessary. Training helps ensure a calmer, more effective lockdown.

The state has mandated that a school conduct monthly fire drills and four lockdown drills every year.  Our first lockdown drill will take place next Thursday, September 2nd

We will continue to keep you informed of safety and security measures in place at Woodson.  We appreciate your continued support in these matters.

11. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊 My contact information and resources for College & Career Planning can be found on the Woodson College & Career Center Padlets.  Please follow me on Instagram/Twitter @wtwcareercenter.

Upcoming Events:

  • Senior Postsecondary Planning Night for seniors and parents on Thursday, September 9th, at 6:30 pm in the Woodson Auditorium. We will cover Next Steps for all of our Seniors – College, Apprenticeships, Trade School, Military, Gap Year and Employment.
  • Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium for seniors and their parents - presented by Chad Spencer, Director of Financial Aid at Davidson College.
  • Region 5 Virtual  Financial Aid Night with Spanish Interpretation on Wednesday, September 29th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.
  • Region 5 Virtual Scholarship 101 on Wednesday, October 6th, at 6:30 pm for seniors and their parents presented by College Access Fairfax. Registration Information will be shared out closer to the date.

College Rep Visits for Juniors and Seniors here at Woodson will begin on September 13, 2021. Parents can view the schedule on Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges - College Visits (only students are able to sign up). We are still adding new visits every day. The majority of our visits are in-person. A few are virtual but students will still come to the Career Center to watch the presentation.

Questions? Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

PAST News - but still important 12. What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

13. ParentVUE/StudentVUE

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

  • StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.
14. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about College Board testing accommodations for the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

We will share more specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity later.

The Seniors Sunrise over the Woodson football field on the first day of school.

15. Senior Class Information

1. Senior Parking Lot Painting:
Paint the senior parking lot spaces on Friday, September 3rd or Saturday, September 4th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM!  Showcase your style and personality while supporting your school and the Class of 2022! The cost to paint each parking space is $10. Please see the linked flyer for more details.

2. SAT School Day Information - Intent to Participate Form Due Wednesday, September 8th

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the SAT School Day to all students in grade 12 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 8.

Woodson HS: SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form

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

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

General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/sat-in-school). 

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Woodson’s SAT School Day Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

3. Senior Portraits - New Dates Added

Additional dates have been added for Senior Portraits -

Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature. 

4. Immunization Requirements for Seniors

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Please provide one of the following documents to Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Seniors who do not provide vaccination documentation prior to the start of school will be conditionally enrolled for 90 days.

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

We will keep you updated as more events are planned for this exciting year!

Keep connected! Follow the Class of 2022
Instagram - @wtw_classof2022
Twitter - @wtw_2022
Website - https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/class/seniors

16. Woodson's PTSO

Welcome to another school year at WT Woodson High School.

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. The first meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, September 14th.

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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Woodson Weekly -
August 20th

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

Vision Statement

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

Cheerleaders welcome new students to Cav Kickoff!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 23rd - First Day of School, Odd Day, Bell Schedule

Wednesday-Thursday, September 1st-2nd - Underclass Picture Days, Aux Gym

Friday, September 3rd - School Holiday

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day School Holiday

Tuesday, September 7th - Rosh Hashanah Religious and Cultural Observance

Thursday, September 16th - Yom Kippur Religious and Cultural Observance

Printable FCPS 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson families,

Monday morning we will welcome back our students to the building for our 2021-2022 school year. We are excited to fill the halls with the buzz of 2489 students moving from class to class.

I wish everyone a calm and restful weekend. As you send your high schooler off on Monday, please send them with a mask and a back up mask in case something happens to the first one. Should something happen to mask number two, please have your high schooler come to the front office and we will give them one. 

Most FAQ today – where to find the bus information?  It can be located in 3 places.  The SIS ParentVUE Mobile App, SIS ParentVUE online version and in an email sent last week from FCPS Office of Transportation Services.  

SIS ParentVUE Mobile App: - Login and select your child, then select Student Info. At the bottom of the screen you will see white text “Additional Information.”  Tap on the Additional Information text then scroll down to Transportation and you will be able to view the bus information. 

SIS ParentVUE on the computer:  Login and select Student Info on the left menu. Then scroll down to Transportation and you will be able to view the bus information.

Transportation also sent emails to families with bus route information. The email was sent via e-Notify and is from the Office of Transportation Services with the subject "Student Route Assignment."

Please let your administrator or me know if you have questions over the weekend.  Contact us by clicking on our names located on the Administrator page of the Woodson Website.  

Stay well,

Dr. Floyd
Principal

In this Issue

ACTION Needed
1. Three Required Forms
2. Seniors only - SAT School Day Intent Form Due Wednesday, September 8th

NEW News
3. New Attendance Form
4. Kiss and Ride Procedures
5. Student Laptop Distribution
6. Advisors and Counselors - What is the difference?
7. What Will Lunch Look Like?
8. We Need Your Digital Consent for Select Digital Resources
9. What is Schoology?
10. ParentVUE/StudentVUE
11. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11
12. Upcoming Senior Class Events
13. Immunization Requirements for Seniors
14. Senior Portraits - New Dates Added
15. College & Career Center News
16. Join the PTSO
17. Pediatric Health Fair on Sunday, August 22nd

1. Three Required Forms

1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form - All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through weCare@school via their SIS ParentVue account.

To access weCare@school - Log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on weCare@school - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.

2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form

Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. For more details, please see story #8.

3. Student Rights and Responsibilities

Starting Monday, August 23rd, parents will be able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 

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

2. Seniors Only - SAT School Day Information - Intent to Participate Form Due Wednesday, September 8th

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the SAT School Day to all students in grade 12 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 8.

Woodson HS: SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form

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

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

General information about the SAT School Day test format is available on the College Board webpage (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/taking-the-test/sat-in-school). 

We will share exam day schedules and additional details in the coming weeks. If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Woodson’s SAT School Day Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

3. New Attendance Form

Woodson has a new online Attendance Form! 

Submitting a student absence has never been easier thanks to our new online attendance form! With our new website comes a new attendance form that allows parents/guardians to submit absences online.

Submit an absence using our online attendance form.

The previous way of submitting absences via telephone at 703-503-4800 will continue to always be an option.

The other ways to access the attendance form are through the full menu, through the homepage footer (below the attendance phone number), and the about page on the Woodson School website.

For details on Woodson's attendance procedures, please visit the Woodson Attendance site.

At Cav Kickoff, students had the opportunity to learn about many clubs and activities.

4. Kiss and Ride Procedures

The Safety and Security Team would like to highlight the Kiss and Ride procedures, especially for those parents of our students new to Woodson.

  • Please make sure that your child is dropped off before 8:00 a.m.
  • The morning and afternoon Kiss and Ride locations are in the front of the school, extending from Doors #1 to #3 and in the rear of the school by Doors #8 and #9.
  • It is imperative to the flow of traffic that all cars pull forward as far as possible to drop off their student.
  • During the morning, students are only allowed to be dropped off at Kiss and Ride locations. Students are not allowed to be dropped off in the rear parking lot or in school parking spaces. The rear parking lot is for staff members and students who have purchased parking passes.
  • Safety and Security Team Members are outside to assist each morning and afternoon.

We recommend that new parents become familiar with the locations before the start of school, to see which of the locations is the most convenient for them.

The keys to a successful Kiss and Ride are to obey all posted stop signs and school signs, follow any directions given, and to follow the flow of traffic.

5. Student Laptop Distribution

Students will receive their FCPS issued laptop on the first day of school, Monday, August 23rd during their 3rd period class, "Learning Seminar/Advisory."

After the first day, laptop distribution will take place from the Library.

6. Advisors and Counselors - What is the difference?

All students will participate in 3rd period or Learning Seminar/Advisory.  Third period teachers are the "advisors" as part of their role as the Advisory Teacher.  It is just a fancy name for teacher. 

The school counselors are still the school counselors. For a list of our Student Services and school counselor contact information, visit our Student Services site.

The Marching Cavaliers welcomed students to Cav Kickoff.

7. What Will Lunch Look Like?
  • Where will students be eating their meals? Students are divided into 4 lunches A, B, C, D by course.  Students learn their lunch period on the first day of school.  Lunch is during periods 5/6. Students may eat in the cafeterias (either A or B) or in the courtyard behind cafeteria A (picnic tables and under the tent) or the courtyard between entrance 18/19. We also allow students to eat in the auditorium lobby on the benches.    
  • How much does lunch cost? Breakfasts and lunches are free this school year.
  • How are you seating students?  Students will use the cafeteria tables to eat at and may only remove masks when actively eating.
  • What do students do after they finish eating?  Students may remain at the table but must wear their masks. 
  • Will school staff be available to help students follow layered prevention strategies?  Staff will be in the cafeteria to remind students of the mask policy. 
  • Lunch volunteers (who need to follow all FCPs protocols around masking and layered prevention strategies) 
  • How are you handling the serving line? Students will wear masks in the serving line.
  • Are you offering a hot lunch?  We will find out next week.
  • Are water fountains in use? No. Bottle filling stations are available and students are encouraged to bring their own bottles. 
  • Will students wash their hands before and after meals? Students are encouraged to wash before and after lunch and use the hand sanitizer available in the cafeterias. 
  • How will tables be cleaned and how often?  Tables are all cleaned between lunches.  We will dismiss students at least 5 minutes early from lunches so we can begin to clean tables.  Students who are not finished eating may use their full time to eat and we will not seat students at those tables at the start of the next lunch period.
8. We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

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

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your teachers and counselors if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Welcome to the Class of 2025!

9. What Is Schoology?

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts are available now. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. To login to Schoology, use your same username and password credentials as for SIS ParentVUE.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • Students have a Schoology accounts and access with their FCPS student ID and password. 
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

10. ParentVUE/StudentVUE

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

  • StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.
11. PSAT/NMSQT for Grades 10 & 11

FCPS will continue the practice of offering the PSAT/NMSQT to all students in grades 10 and 11 at no cost.

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 13th.

All enrolled students in grades 10 and 11 will take the PSAT/NMSQT unless a student’s family specifically communicates a desire to opt-out of this opportunity. Students are not required to submit an intent form to register for the PSAT/NMSQT exam. 

If you have questions about College Board testing accommodations for the PSAT/NMSQT, contact Woodson’s Student Test Coordinator at kpguinee@fcps.edu

We will share more specifics about the October 13 PSAT/NMSQT testing opportunity later.

The Marching Cavaliers in action!

12. Upcoming Senior Class Events

Senior Sunrise – Monday, August 23rd:
Class of 2022! Join us on Monday, August 23rd at 6:15 AM on the Football Field (new location!) to celebrate the beginning of your senior year with your friends and classmates. Bring your own breakfast - we will have donuts! Let’s kick off the year of traditions, old and new, and making memories that will last a lifetime!

Senior Parking Lot Painting:
Paint the senior parking lot spaces on Saturday, August 21st, Friday, September 3rd or Saturday, September 4th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM!  Showcase your style and personality while supporting your school and the Class of 2022! The cost to paint each parking space is $10. Please see the linked flyer for more details.

We will keep you updated as more events are planned for this exciting year!

Keep connected! Follow the Class of 2022
Instagram - @wtw_classof2022
Twitter - @wtw_2022
Website - https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-life-activities/class/seniors

13. Immunization Requirements for Seniors

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Please provide one of the following documents to Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Seniors who do not provide vaccination documentation prior to the start of school will be conditionally enrolled for 90 days.

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

14. Senior Portraits - New Dates Added

Additional dates have been added for Senior Portraits -

Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature. 

15. College & Career Center News

Welcome back! I am looking forward to working with students in person this year. The Woodson College & Career Center is located in E 109. My office hours are 7:30 am until 3:30 pm. Students can stop by before or after school, or during LS and lunch if they have any questions, or just to say hello😊

My contact information and resources for College & Career Planning can be found on the Woodson College & Career Center Padlets.  Please be on the lookout for my first newsletter that will go out next week.

Go CAVS!

16. Woodson's PTSO

Welcome to another school year at WT Woodson High School.

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. The first meeting will take place at 6pm on Tuesday, September 14th.

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

17. Pediatric Health Fair on August 22nd

INOVA/United Healthcare Community Plan is hosting a Pediatric Health Fair on Sunday, August 22nd from 10am-2pm at Inova Cares Clinic for Children (6400 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church).  It is recommended for families of students aged 5 years+ who are in need of physical exams and/or immunizations. 

Services at this Health Fair, include well-child checkups, school forms, vaccinations and a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the whole family. There will be back-to-School swag, food trucks, fun and activities.

This health fair is for families and children on medicaid or are uninsured.

Parking is available on the lot; overflow parking is available in the garate entrance located at the Loren Building.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

Vision Statement

Wea are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

The Marching Cavaliers get ready for the school year during band camp.

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday-Friday, August 18th-20th - Senior Portraits, Cafeteria A

Thursday, August 19th - Student Schedules available in SIS, 6am

Thursday, August 19th - Cav Kickoff, 12:30-1:30pm New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation; 1:00 – 3PM Open House; 3-4pm Clubs and Activities, 4-6pm Tailgate with games and food before the 6pm field hockey, volleyball and football scrimmage

In lieu of an in-person Back to School Night, Woodson will have an Open House during Cav Kickoff on Thursday, August 19th from 1-3pm. Curriculum information will provided through our popular video series similar to what we shared for the 2020-2021 school year.

Monday, August 23rd - First Day of School, Odd Day, Bell Schedule

Wednesday-Thursday, September 1st-2nd - Underclass Picture Days, Aux Gym

Friday, September 3rd - School Holiday

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day School Holiday

Printable FCPS 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

I am so excited to welcome teachers back in person on Monday, August 16th!  I am looking forward to having their energy back within these concrete walls as they prepare their classrooms and plan their lessons. Similarly, the energy generated with students in our hallways is almost magical and I can’t wait to have your young scholars return for our first day of school on Monday, August 23rd! 

Please join us for Cav Kickoff on Thursday, August 19th. For all the details of this community event, visit our website here.  

Cav Kickoff is your in-person opportunity to meet your teachers face-to-face!  The traditional Back to School Night has changed over the years and the Open House event (from 1-3pm) on Cav Kickoff day will be the in-person opportunity to meet teachers and learn about the curriculum. 

If students and/or parents would like some time to walk the building prior to the first day of school, you can visit the building between 8am-3pm on Friday, August 20th to practice walking your schedule in a self-guided tour.  We will have maps available at Door 1. Please remember to wear masks when you are in the building.

We return to school this year with a state mandate for everyone to wear a mask at all times inside the school except when actively eating or drinking. Students and teachers will be expected to follow this mandate regardless of vaccinations status. If you have questions, please contact your child's administrator. 

Enjoy the final few days of “summer” with your teen!  We are looking forward to having them all back in school.

Dr. Floyd
Principal

In this Issue

ACTION Needed
1. Three Required Forms
2. Transportation/Bus Ridership Intent - Due Thursday, August 17th

NEW News
3. Cav Kickoff - Thursday, August 19th, 12:30-6pm
4. Student Schedules
5. We Need Your Digital Consent for Select Digital Resources
6. ParentVUE/StudentVUE and Schoology
7. New to FCPS ParentVUE and StudentVUE SIS Account access
8. New Attendance Form
9. Kiss and Ride Procedures
10. Immunization Requirements for Seniors
11. Senior Portraits - New Dates Added
12. Join the PTSO
13. Pediatric Health Fair on Sunday, August 22nd

1. Three Required Forms

1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form - All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through weCare@school via their SIS ParentVue account.

To access weCare@school - Log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on weCare@school - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.

2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form

Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. For more details, please see story #5.

3. Student Rights and Responsibilities

Parents will sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account.

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

2. Transportation/Bus Ridership Intent

Because of a serious shortage of school bus drivers, it is important that Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Office of Transportation Services plans the most efficient possible routes for the coming school year. Therefore, please complete this survey to assist us in this planning. Submit a separate survey for each of your children enrolled in FCPS.

This bus rider survey will close on Tuesday, August 17th.

During the school year, changes to your intent can be made with your school's SIS operator if the need for transportation changes.

3. Cav Kickoff - Thursday, August 19th

Get excited, Cavaliers!   The new school year is coming, and we invite the community to kick off the year with us on August 19th!

New Student Orientation 12:30p.m.-1:30p.m.:  Rising 9th graders and rising 10th graders and anyone new to Woodson HS will have the opportunity to participate in a new student orientation. They will meet key members of the Woodson team, learn important information for the first day of school, and have the opportunity to ask questions.  Bus transportation will be provided. For bus departure times and locations, visit the Cav Kickoff site.

Students will be welcomed by members of the Woodson Band, Woodson Cheerleaders, and Woodson Precisionettes at the auditorium entrance (entrance #18). Students may also enter through entrance #1 for a quieter arrival and can find their way to the auditorium by following the signs. 

Please note that all students, parents and visitors to Woodson HS are required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth while inside the building. While FCPS is unable to implement full physical distancing in our schools with the return of 99.5% of our students, we will implement it to the best of our ability when space permits. 

Students will begin in the auditorium for a general session.  Parents/guardians who attend should proceed to the Main Gym for an information session to learn about Schoology, the PTSO, Athletics and Activities, and hear from other parents about their experiences as new parents at Woodson.

Open House 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.: All students grades 9-12, and their parents are welcome to tour the building with their schedules, view supply lists for their classes, and meet their teachers. Schedules will be available in SIS starting at 6:00a.m. on Thursday, August 19th.

Tailgate: Clubs/Activities Fair, Games & Activities 3:00p.m.-6:00p.m.: The entire Cavalier Community is invited to enjoy food, games, music, and more to kick-off the 2021-2022 school year (activities outside near entrance #7)!

During this event, you will be able to:

  • Visit student clubs, athletic teams, and activities’ sponsors on the basketball courts outside entrance #7
  • Purchase food from food trucks
  • Learn about Woodson’s PTSO and become a member
  • Visit Performing Arts Booster tables
  • Purchase Athletic Booster passes and Woodson spirit wear in the main gym
  • Get MySchoolBucks (for class fees) and SIS ParentVUE assistance in the main gym
  • Seniors can drop off vaccination records (with the Meningococcal vaccine). For more details, see story #6.
  • Learn about our Library resources in the main gym

If students are unable to attend Cav Kickoff or the new student orientation, they will be able to access their schedules on SIS (Student Information System) starting at 6:00a.m. on Thursday, August 19th.

Student-led tours this summer welcomed our newest Cavaliers.

4. Student Schedules

Beginning Thursday, August 19th at 6:00am, all students and parents will have access to class schedules in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE.  SIS (Student Information System) is the application to see attendance, class performance, transportation, locker information, demographic data.

5. We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

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

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your teachers and counselors if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

6. ParentVUE/StudentVUE and Schoology

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

ParentVUE:

StudentVUE:

  • StudentVUE Accounts: All high school students have access to their StudentVUE account by using their network id and password to log in.
Schoology Information

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning Summer/Fall 2021.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by Wednesday, August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

7. New to FCPS Student StudentVUE and Parent ParentVUE SIS Access

Due to security concerns, new students to FCPS can only set up their StudentVUE accounts in person.  Once students receive their laptop in their 3rd period class, their teachers will help them set up their account.

Since StudentSIS access for new students will not be available during Cav Kickoff, student schedules will be printed for these students and available outside the auditorium starting at 12pm and on the first day of school in the Student Services office.

SIS ParentVUE: New parents to FCPS should be mailed their activation code by the IT department this week. 

8. New Attendance Form

Woodson has a new online Attendance Form! 

Submitting a student absence has never been easier thanks to our new online attendance form! With our new website comes a new attendance form that allows parents/guardians to submit absences online.

Submit an absence using our online attendance form.

The previous way of submitting absences via telephone at 703-503-4800 will continue to always be an option.

The other ways to access the attendance form are through the full menu, through the homepage footer (below the attendance phone number), and the about page on the Woodson School website.

For details on Woodson's attendance procedures, please visit the Woodson Attendance site.

9. Kiss and Ride Procedures

The Safety and Security Team would like to highlight the Kiss and Ride procedures, especially for those parents of our students new to Woodson.

  • Please make sure that your child is dropped off before 8:00 a.m.
  • The morning and afternoon Kiss and Ride locations are in the front of the school, extending from Doors #1 to #3 and in the rear of the school by Doors #8 and #9.
  • It is imperative to the flow of traffic that all cars pull forward as far as possible to drop off their student.
  • During the morning, students are only allowed to be dropped off at Kiss and Ride locations. Students are not allowed to be dropped off in the rear parking lot or in school parking spaces. The rear parking lot is for staff members and students who have purchased parking passes.
  • Safety and Security Team Members are outside to assist each morning and afternoon.

We recommend that new parents become familiar with the locations before the start of school, to see which of the locations is the most convenient for them.

The keys to a successful Kiss and Ride are to obey all posted stop signs and school signs, follow any directions given, and to follow the flow of traffic.

10. Immunization Requirements for Seniors

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering twelfth grade are required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Please provide one of the following documents to Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  1. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  2. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Seniors who do not provide vaccination documentation prior to the start of school will be conditionally enrolled for 90 days.

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Woodson Registrar, Casey Delaney at cdelaney@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

11. Senior Portraits - New Dates Added

Additional dates have been added for Senior Portraits -

Monday-Wednesday, November 10th-12th, and Wednesday-Friday, November 17th-19th from 3-9pm in Cafeteria A. 

To schedule your senior for a portrait session, please visit https://prestigeportraits.com. You can find Woodson's dates and appointment times by utilizing "Search by City & State" feature. 

12. Woodson's PTSO

Welcome to another school year at WT Woodson High School.

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

13. Pediatric Health Fair on August 22nd

INOVA/United Healthcare Community Plan is hosting a Pediatric Health Fair on Sunday, August 22nd from 10am-2pm at Inova Cares Clinic for Children (6400 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church).  It is recommended for families of students aged 5 years+ who are in need of physical exams and/or immunizations. 

Services at this Health Fair, include well-child checkups, school forms, vaccinations and a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the whole family. There will be back-to-School swag, food trucks, fun and activities.

This health fair is for families and children on medicaid or are uninsured.

Parking is available on the lot; overflow parking is available in the garate entrance located at the Loren Building.

Woodson is prepared to return strong 5 days in-person for 2021-2022!

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

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