Woodson Weekly - January 24th

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Woodson Weekly -
January 24th

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

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

Students performing in Dessert on Broadway.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday-Tuesday, January 27th-28th - Student Holidays

Monday, February 17th - President's Day Holiday

Tuesday, March 3rd - Student Holiday

In this Issue

1. Dessert on Broadway
2. Last Chance to Sign Up!
3. SIS Updates
4. Leadership Class for 2020-2021
5. Student Laptops
6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair
7. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar
8. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair 
9. College 101 Parent Seminar
10. Winter Dance
11. P.S. I Love You Day
12. FanQuest Rescheduled
13. To our Military Families
14. Volunteers Needed for AP Testing
15. Is your child interested in the arts?
16. POGPOL Tip of the Week
17. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos
18. Reserve Your Yearbook
19. Senior Class Information Page
20. Woodson HS Academic Advising
21. FCPS Cares 

1. Dessert on Broadway

This year marks the 31st production of W.T. Woodson’s Choral Department’s annual Broadway Revue, Dessert on Broadway!

The show runs through Saturday, January 25th.

Purchase tickets by visiting www.ticketleap.com (please search DESSERT ON BROADWAY). All purchases will require a credit card, along with the purchaser’s billing information. Shows usually sell out well in advance – so don’t delay!

All proceeds will go to support the production and W.T. Woodson’s choral programs. Please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

2. Last Chance to Sign Up!

Our Parents as Partners series in January will focus on balance as it relates to student class selection for the next school year. 

To build on curriculum and rising 9th grade parent night we are inviting parents to visit pre-selected classrooms to observe and participate in a short overview on balance as it relates to scheduling classes.  Through providing a look into the classrooms and the current syllabi for the classes it is our hope to provide parents with knowledge to help guide their child in course selections for next year. 

These structured classroom observations will take place on Wednesday, January 29th either from 8-11am or 11-2pm

Sign up is required for either morning or afternoon classroom visits on Wednesday, January 29th.  Please use this SignUpGenius.  Note: There are limited slots available.  Please sign up ASAP as we will not be able to add any additional spaces once they are filled. 

We look forward to sharing our classrooms with you.  If you have any questions, please email Amanda Burke, Assistant Principal at ajburke@fcps.edu. 

3. SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents from Tuesday, January 21st through Thursday, January 30th during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE are closed through Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 a.m.

4. Leadership Class for 2020-2021

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

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

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

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

5. Student Laptops

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

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

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

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

Students in Mr. Wright’s AP World history class debating which are the most significant figures in the enlightenment era.

6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

7. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar

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

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

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

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

8. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair

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

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

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

9. College 101 Parent Seminar

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

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

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

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

Students in Ms. Kinne's AP Biology class focus as they engage in a hands-on biotechnology lab.

10. Winter Dance

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

Tickets for the dance go on sale Wednesday, January 29th during all lunches between the cafeterias for $10 each.  The final day to purchase a ticket it Friday, February 7 and no tickets will be sold at the door,  Proceeds from the dance benefit the Woodson Buddies and Woodson Relay for Life.

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

11. P.S. I Love You Day

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

12. FanQuest Rescheculed!

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

13. To our Military Families

Do you have a family member who is deploying?

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

Students in Mr. Kroner and Ms. Kipperman's World II class creating a product through repetition as they study the Industrial Revolution.

14. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

15. Is your child interested in the Arts?

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

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

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

or follow IFTA on social media! 

16. POGPOL Tip of the Week

Over the next several Fridays we will share various pieces of the Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning (POGPOL) pilot that we are engaged in at Woodson. 

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

Each week we will share information and skills related to each attribute.  This week we will focus on the Creative and Critical Thinker.

Creative and Critical Thinker

  • Engages in problem solving, inquiry, and design of innovative solutions to overcome obstacles to improve outcomes.
  • Uses information in novel and creative ways to strengthen comprehension and deepen awareness.
  • Demonstrates divergent and ingenious thought to enhance the design-build process.
  • Expresses thought, ideas, and emotions meaningfully through the arts.
  • Evaluates ideas and information sources for validity, relevance, and impact.
  • Reasons through and weighs evidence to reach conclusions.
17. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos

Over Winter Break, did you

...go somewhere new?

...do something unique or fun?

...have an interesting talk with your grandma?

Whether or not you did, we need YOUR HELP to create an even better yearbook!

Share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare

You can do this two easy ways.

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

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures! *Note that not all pictures sent will be used.

18. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

19. Senior Class Information Page

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

20. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  21. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - January 21st

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It takes a village…

And the village needs you.  The PTSO is looking for a volunteer (or two!) to participate in the PTSO Board nominating committee to identify candidates to fill vacancies on next year's 2020-21 PTSO Board and standing committees. We have a volunteer to head the nominating committee, so we’re just looking for a few additional volunteers to help out.  Interested or have more questions? Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com.

Curious how to balance AP vs Honors vs Gen Ed classes?

Our Parents as Partners series in January will focus on balance as it relates to student class selection for the next school year. 

To build on last week’'s curriculum and rising 9th grade parent night, parents are invited to visit pre-selected classrooms to observe and participate in a short overview on balance as it relates to scheduling classes.  By giving you a  look into the classrooms and the current syllabi for the classes, we will be able to help guide your child in their course selections for next year. 

These structured classroom observations will take place on Wednesday, January 29th either from 8-11am or 11-2pm. 

Sign up is required for either morning or afternoon classroom visits on Wednesday, January 29th, please use this SignUpGenius.  Note: There are limited slots available.  Please sign up ASAP as we will not be able to add any additional spaces once they are filled. 

We look forward to sharing our classrooms with you.  If you have any questions you can email Amanda Burke, Assistant Principal at ajburke@fcps.edu

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

The Woodson PTSO Grants Program will be accepting Spring Grant applications starting Monday, February 3rd until 5pm on Friday, February 28th. 

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

Dessert on Broadway is here!

It’s DOB Week! There are still good seats available for this week's Dessert on Broadway, but they are going fast!

Show dates are Thursday-Saturday, January 23rd-25th.  Visit  http://www.ticketleap.com/  (please search for DESSERT ON BROADWAY).  If you are having any issues with ticketing, please visit http://www.woodsonchorus.org/dobdessertonbroadway/tipsandtricksonbuying.html.     

This year marks the 31st production of W.T. Woodson’s Choral Department’s annual Broadway Revue, Dessert on Broadway!  Don’t miss it!  All proceeds will  support the production and W.T. Woodson’s choral programs. Please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

Volunteer for the WTW Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

Mandatory Safe Driving Seminar, Monday, February 3rd

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

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

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

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

College 101

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

Mock SAT/ACT Score Report Session

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

The score report session will be held in the cafeteria.

Winter Dance

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

Tickets for the dance go on sale Wednesday, January 29th during all lunches between the cafeterias for $10 each.  The final day to purchase a ticket it Friday, February 7 and no tickets will be sold at the door,  Proceeds from the dance benefit the Woodson Buddies and Woodson Relay for Life.

Woodson FanQuest

Will be rescheduled...  stay tuned for a new date.

Woodson Orchestra Performance

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

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

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

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Volunteers and Food Donations needed for DOB!

Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered- but we still have lots of jobs that need to be filled. No experience is needed!  Just click the links to sign up http://www.woodsonchorus.org/dobdessertonbroadway/dobvolunteering.html

Can’t decide which job is right for you? Contact Sarah Kline at kline@stanfordalumni.org

Restaurant Night at Potbelly’s on Wednesday, January 22nd, from 4pm-7pm.  Join us for a fundraiser to support the Woodson Chorus.  Please visit the Potbelly at 9668 Main Street, Fairfax, VA on the day of our DOB Pre-Show between 4pm-7pm on Wednesday, January 22nd.  Mention the fundraiser 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Woodson Chorus.

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

Attention all prospective baseball players and managers:

The baseball tryout interest meeting has been rescheduled again and is now tomorrow, January 22nd at 3:15 p.m. in Room C123 (across from the wrestling room).  All players and managers interested in trying out should attend.  Bring a friend!  Please contact or see Coach McColley with questions.

Winter Sports Highlights

Woodson Rifle team continues to have an undefeated season.  December 19th found them competing against Arlington's Washington and Liberty rifle team.  Captain and Senior, Stephanie Ricigliano, led the team to a solid victory with a score of 1155 WT Woodson to 1032 Washington and Liberty.  After a two week break from competition WT Woodson rifle team came back with a solid performance against Yorktown Patriots.  Junior, Victoria Kopelen, led the varsity team to another solid win shooting a personal best of 296.  Woodson athletes dominated the competition Thursday night against Yorktown taking the top eight places, these athletes included - Victoria Kopelen, Nate Wehrlen, Stephanie Ricigliano, Rose McClelland, Victoria Cross, Kyle Barron, Yannie Chang, and Joseph Stefanski. The rifle team will travel to Arlington for their next meet on January 13th.

On Monday, January 13th, the athletes traveled to Arlington to compete against Wakefield High School.  This meet had them see the extra challenge of shooting on paper targets, where every shot required a subtle change to their NPA. This added dimension did not slow them down. The Varsity Rifle Team shot a combined score of 1156 to Wakefield's 1052.  Junior, Meredith Ivey, led the team shooting a 292 with 18 x's.  She shot a perfect 100 in kneeling.  Teammate, Victoria Kopelen shot a 292, as well with 15 x's and a perfect 100 in prone.  Captain Stephanie Ricigliano shot a 100 in prone, too.  The Woodson Junior Varsity team won their match, with Sophomore, Kyle Barron leading that team to its win, shooting a 284. Next week sees the team traveling to Maryland to compete against Landon.

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (13-2) continued Patriot District play by defeating Lake Braddock on the road, 42-35.  Abby Pesansky paced the Cavs with 10 points and 16 rebounds.  Eunice Yoon and Sarah Wilson scored 9 each, Maggie McGuire contributed 8 with 13 boards, Anna Wiggins 4, and Kate Torgersen 2.  The next night, the Cavs beat Falls Church at home, 54-34.  Eunice got hot late and finished with 17 to lead the Cavs, with Anna scoring 11.  Amelia Noca broke open a close game in the second quarter by hitting three straight 3s to score 9.  Abby also scored 9, Maggie 5, Kate 2, with Sarah adding a free throw and 6 assists along with her all-world defense.

To cap off a perfect 3-0 week, the Cavs traveled to West Springfield and dismantled the Spartans, 47-26, in a battle for first place among teams both ranked in the Northern Virginia Top 10.  The Cavs’ effort on both sides of the ball was astonishing in handing the Spartans one of their worst home defeats in program history.  Eunice Yoon again led the Cavs with 14, hitting three 3s in the 3rd quarter to put the game out of reach. Sarah Wilson scored 9 and notably shut down the Spartans’ leading scorer.  Abby Pesansky also added 9, Maggie McGuire 8, Allie Maahs 3, Anna Wiggins 2, Kate Torgersen and Zoe Hite 1 each.  Next week the Patriot District battles continue with Robinson at home on Tuesday and at Fairfax on Friday.

The Woodson Cav Boys Basketball team split this week with a loss at home on 1/14 to Lake Braddock (74-103) and a win at home on 1/17 against West Springfield (48-45).   Joe Pesansky led the team with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Lake Braddock and 12 points and 7 rebounds against West Springfield. Moe Raff scored 16 points and John Faulkner chipped in 11 points against Lake Braddock; while Donovan Boyce had 11 points and 6 rebounds against West Springfield.  The team sits at 1-2 in district play and will face Robinson HS away on 1/21 and be back home against Fairfax HS on 1/24.

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - January 17th

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Woodson Weekly -
January 17th

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

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

Students in Ms. Babcock's honors physics class completing a lab on static and kinetic friction.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 20th - School Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday

Friday, January 24th - End of 2nd Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, January 27th-28th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. Woodson FanQuest
2. SIS Updates
3. Dessert on Broadway
4. Parents as Partners - January
5. Food Deliveries
6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair
7. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar
8. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair 
9. College 101 Parent Seminar
10. Winter Dance
11. Woodson's Forensic Team
12. To our Military Families
13. Volunteers Needed for AP Testing
14. POGPOL Tip of the Week
15. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. Senior Class Information Page
18. Woodson HS Academic Advising
19. FCPS Cares 

1. Woodson FanQuest

FanQuest is a Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament at WT Woodson High School, tomorrow, Saturday January 18th.  Our athletes with special needs rarely get the chance to shine center court, and this is their chance.

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

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

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

2. SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents from Tuesday, January 21st through Thursday, January 30th during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed from Thursday, January 23rd, at 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 a.m.

3. Dessert on Broadway

This year marks the 31st production of W.T. Woodson’s Choral Department’s annual Broadway Revue, Dessert on Broadway!

Show dates this year are Thursday-Saturday, January 23rd-25th, with a preview show on Wednesday, January 22 for teachers and staff.

Purchase tickets by visiting www.ticketleap.com (please search DESSERT ON BROADWAY). All purchases will require a credit card, along with the purchaser’s billing information. Shows usually sell out well in advance – so don’t delay!

Any DOB cast members who haven’t purchased their tickets yet – don’t delay! 

All proceeds will go to support the production and W.T. Woodson’s choral programs. Please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

4. Parents as Partners - January

Our Parents as Partners series in January will focus on balance as it relates to student class selection for the next school year. 

To build on last Wednesday's curriculum and rising 9th grade parent night we are inviting parents to visit pre-selected classrooms to observe and participate in a short overview on balance as it relates to scheduling classes.  Through providing a look into the classrooms and the current syllabi for the classes it is our hope it to provide parents with knowledge to help guide their child in their course selections for next year. 

These structured classroom observations will take place on Wednesday, January 29th either from 8-11am or 11-2pm

Sign up is required for either morning or afternoon classroom visits on Wednesday, January 29th, please use this SignUpGenius.  Note: There are limited slots available.  Please sign up ASAP as we will not be able to add any additional spaces once they are filled. 

We look forward to sharing our classrooms with you.  If you have any questions you can email Amanda Burke, Assistant Principal at ajburke@fcps.edu. 

5. Food Deliveries

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

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

Seniors in Ms. Springer's English 12 class discuss a novel.

6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

7. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar

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

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

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

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

8. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair

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

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

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

9. College 101 Parent Seminar

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

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

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

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

All are invited to Woodson's FanQuest, a Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament on Saturday January 18th.  Admission is FREE and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a special tailgate with carnival games in the Aux Gym and the first game will begin at 7:00 p.m.

10. Winter Dance

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

Tickets for the dance go on sale Wednesday, January 29th during all lunches between the cafeterias for $10 each.  The final day to purchase a ticket it Friday, February 7 and no tickets will be sold at the door,  Proceeds from the dance benefit the Woodson Buddies and Woodson Relay for Life.

11. Woodson's Forensics Team

Last Thursday, Woodson's Forensics Team competed at the Occoquan Regional Speaking competition held at Hayfield Secondary School.  Seven schools in our region competed. Students who placed 3rd or higher will go on to Super Regionals at Westfield HS on February 26th.

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the event.

Alex Cooper - 1st Place in Impromptu Speaking
Ethan Lee - 2nd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking
Farooq Khan - 3rd Place in Poetry
Marianne Crowley - 3rd Place in Storytelling
Erin Lee - Alternate (4th Place) for Extemporaneous Speaking

12. To our Military Families

Do you have a family member who is deploying?

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

13. Volunteers needed for AP Testing

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

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

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

14. POGPOL Tip of the Week

Over the next several Fridays we will share various pieces of the Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning (POGPOL) pilot that we are engaged in at Woodson. 

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

Each week we will share information and skills related to each attribute.  This week we will focus on the Ethical and Global Citizen.

Ethical and Global Citizen

  • Acknowledges and understands diverse perspectives and cultures when considering local, national, and world issues.
  • Contributes to solutions that benefit the broader community.
  • Communicates effectively in multiple languages to make meaningful connections.
  • Promotes environmental stewardship.
  • Understands the foundations of our country and values our rights, privileges, and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates empathy, compassion, and respect for others.
  • Acts responsibly and ethically to build trust and lead.
15. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos

Over Winter Break, did you

...go somewhere new?

...do something unique or fun?

...have an interesting talk with your grandma?

Whether or not you did, we need YOUR HELP to create an even better yearbook!

Share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare

You can do this two easy ways.

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

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures! *Note that not all pictures sent will be used.

16. Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

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

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

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

Prices will go up soon!

17. Senior Class Information Page

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

18. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  19. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - January 14th

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PTSO Meeting Tonight

Please join us tonight, Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m. in the Library for our PTSO Meeting. 

Interested in being on the PTSO Board for the 2020-21 school year? We will be doing an information session so you can know what to expect!

Attention all prospective baseball players and managers:

The baseball tryout interest meeting is now tomorrow, January 15th at 3:15 p.m. in Room C123 (across from the wrestling room).  All players and managers interested in trying out should attend.  Bring a friend!  Please contact or see Coach McColley with questions.

Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night and Rising Freshman Parent Night: Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15th from 5:00-8:00 pm

  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for parents of students with 504 Plans in E156 (Orchestra Room)
  • 6:00-6:30pm: AP Class Information Session 1 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 7:00-7:30pm: AP Class Information Session 2 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH CafeteriasStop by the department tables to talk with teachers and learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies (most academy class are for rising 10-12th graders).
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Teachers present on ninth grade classes; overview of graduation requirements in the Auditorium (for current 8th grade parents/guardians).
Woodson FanQuest

FanQuest is a Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament at WT Woodson High School, on Saturday January 18th.  Our athletes with special needs rarely get the chance to shine center court, and this is their chance.

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

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

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

Mock SAT/ACT Score Report Session

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

The score report session will be held in the cafeteria.

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards Student Field Trip Money!

Some students are unable to participate in Woodson field trips due to the cost. The Woodson PTSO put a call out to you, our Woodson families, to help cover these costs so that ALL students have the opportunity to visit a museum, tour the Capitol, or experience an event that enhances their learning.

You heard us, and thanks to those that helped - we were able to collect almost $300, which the school has now for those who may need the funds for the next field trip scheduled.  Thank you!

Free coats and sweaters!!

We also have accessories like gloves, hats and scarves! Some are new or gently used and we’d like to share with students in need. Come see Mrs. Tomer, Parent Liaison, room A139, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm

Nominating Committee for PTSO Still Needed!

The PTSO is looking for a volunteer (or two!) to participate in the PTSO Board nominating committee to help identify candidates to fill vacancies on next year's 2020-21 PTSO Board and standing committees.

We have a volunteer to head the nominating committee, so we’re just looking for a few additional volunteers to help out.  Interested or have more questions? Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com

February Workshops at the Parent Resource Center

Learn more here!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

PTSO Spring Grant Applications

The Woodson PTSO Grants Program will be accepting Spring Grant applications starting Monday, February 3rd.  This program aims to help fund curriculum-based equipment and supplies to promote student (and teacher!) success here at Woodson.  Application info posted soon!  Questions?   Email WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com

Dessert on Broadway is here!

This year marks the 31st production of W.T. Woodson’s Choral Department’s annual Broadway Revue, Dessert on Broadway!

Show dates this year are Thursday-Saturday, January 23-25, with a preview show on Wednesday, January 22 for teachers and staff.

Tickets for the general public go on sale FRIDAY, January 10th at 7:00 p.m. by visiting www.ticketleap.com (please search DESSERT ON BROADWAY). All purchases will require a credit card, along with the purchaser’s billing information. Shows usually sell out well in advance – so don’t delay!

Any DOB cast members who haven’t purchased their tickets yet – don’t delay! 

All proceeds will go to support the production and W.T. Woodson’s choral programs. Please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

Woodson Chorus Boosters

We are only two weeks away from the 31st annual production of the Woodson Choral Department’s Broadway revue, Dessert on Broadway! 

Show dates this year are Thursday-Saturday, January 23rd-25th, with a preview show on Wednesday, January 22nd for teachers and staff.  Tickets are on sale NOW! 

Visit  http://www.ticketleap.com/  (please search for DESSERT ON BROADWAY).  Shows usually sell out well in advance - so don’t delay!  If you are having any issues with ticketing, please visit http://www.woodsonchorus.org/dobdessertonbroadway/tipsandtricksonbuying.html.     

For any additional questions, please contact tickets@woodsonchorus.org with any questions.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

Did your student getting his DMV Learner’s Permit for the Holidays? How about purchasing a “Student Driver” Magnet for all your vehicles that your new driver will be training in. This magnet will help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

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

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

Winter Sports Highlights

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (10-2) opened its Patriot District season by winning a thriller over South County at home, 47-46, breaking a 5-game losing streak to the Stallions.  The Cavs rallied in the 4th quarter in a game marked by numerous lead changes and ties.  In a breakout clutch performance, Allie Maahs scored all 5 of her points late in the 4th quarter to twice give the Cavs the lead.  Maggie McGuire’s free throw with 0.3 seconds left broke the final tie and won the game.  Eunice Yoon kept the Cavs in it early by scoring 11 of her 14 in the first half.  Abby Pesansky dominated in the second half to score 13 overall, Maggie ended with 7, Sarah Wilson 6, and Anna Wiggins 2.  The Cavs have three games next week with road games at Lake Braddock Tuesday and juggernaut West Springfield on Friday and a makeup contest at home against Falls Church on Wednesday.

WTW Varsity Boys Basketball faced a tough South County team on Friday (1/10) losing 53-37.  Moe Raff scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.  Joe Pesansky also contributed with 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Ethan Lash played solid defense with three rebounds and three steals.  The Cavs will be home on Tuesday (1/14) against Lake Braddock and Friday (1/17) against West Springfield.

Swim and Dive has started off the season strong.  Victories over the weekend, by both the men and the women, brought our dual meet records to 3-2 and 4-1.  The women’s only loss was to defending District and Region Champions, Robinson.  The men, missing many top swimmers, lost to Robinson and then by only 11 to defending State Champs, Oakton.   Both teams went 3-0 against Fairfax, Annandale, and Lake Braddock.  4 swimmers (Kent Codding, Aiken Do, Eric Lundgren, and Joe Schaefer) have achieved 10 state cuts, with the Men’s medley and 400 free relays also meeting the standard.  4 divers, 10 swimmers, and all 6 relays have qualified for Regions.  The next meet is this Friday, January 17th.  It is Senior Night against South County, at South Run Rec Center.   

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

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Woodson Weekly - January 10th

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Woodson Weekly -
January 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!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 20th - School Holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday

Friday, January 24th - End of 2nd Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, January 27th-28th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. SIS Updates
2. Joey Pouches Project
3. To our Military Families
4. Woodson FanQuest
5. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair
6. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar
7. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair 
8. Nominating Committee for PTSO Needed
9. POGPOL Tip of the Week
10. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos
11. Senior Class Information Page
12. Woodson HS Academic Advising
13. FCPS Cares 

1. SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents from Tuesday, January 21st through Thursday, January 30th during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed from Thursday, January 23rd, at 4:00 p.m. through Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 a.m.

2. Joey Pouches Project

In February, Woodson Drama tech theatre classes will be participating in a special project with the Animal Rescue Craft Guild.  As part of their sewing unit, students will make Joey Pouches, Wallaby Bags, and Bat Wraps for animals rescued from the Australia fires and we need your help!

All of these items can be made with repurposed material. We are in need of these donations (used and clean):

  • All types of flannel – sheets, pillow cases, flannel pajamas/pajama pants
  • Fleece fabric and/or blankets
  • 100% cotton t-shirts
  • Old sweatshirts
  • Needles, spools of thread, seam rippers, irons, or any other sewing items you no longer need

Please drop off any items in the box marked, “Animal Rescue Woodson Drama” in the main office throughout January.

If you have any questions about appropriate donations, please email Terri Hobson at tjhobson@fcps.edu.

3. 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!

4. Woodson FanQuest

FanQuest is a Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament at WT Woodson High School, on Saturday January 18th.  Our athletes with special needs rarely get the chance to shine center court, and this is their chance.

Admission is FREE and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a special tailgate carnival and the first game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Come and watch our double header games from 7-7:45 p.m. and from 7:45-8:30 p.m.

5. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

6. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminar

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

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

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

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

Welcome back to Woodson, Gina D'Angelo!  Gina (WTW Class of '06) is our new Administrative Assistant and joins Jackie O'Brien on our main office team.  You will see her welcoming smile on your next visit to the office.

7. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair

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

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

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

8. Nominating Committee for PTSO Needed

The PTSO is looking for a volunteer (or two!) to participate in the PTSO Board nominating committee to help identify candidates to fill vacancies on next year's 2020-21 PTSO Board and standing committees.

We have a volunteer to head the nominating committee, so we’re just looking for a few additional volunteers to help out.   We would love to have this committee filled by the end of December if possible. Interested or have more questions? Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com

9. POGPOL Tip of the Week

Over the next several Fridays we will share various pieces of the Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning (POGPOL) pilot that we are engaged in at Woodson. 

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

Each week we will share information and skills related to each attribute.  This week we will focus on the Collaborator.

Collaborator

  • Respects divergent thinking to engage others in thoughtful discussion.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work interdependently within a group to promote learning, increase productivity, and achieve common goals.
  • Analyzes and constructs arguments and positions to ensure examination of a full range of viewpoints.
  • Seeks and uses feedback from others to adapt ideas and persist in accomplishing difficult tasks.
10. Yearbook Needs Winter Break Photos

Over Winter Break, did you

...go somewhere new?

...do something unique or fun?

...have an interesting talk with your grandma?

Whether or not you did, we need YOUR HELP to create an even better yearbook!

Share your pictures with the yearbook staff via eShare

You can do this two easy ways.

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

Either place will give you instructions on uploading your images and letting the yearbook staff know who is in the pictures! *Note that not all pictures sent will be used.

11. Senior Class Information Page

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

12. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Yesterday, Thursday, January 9th, Woodson HS staff began working with students on the course selection process for the 2020-2021 school year.

Each teacher will meet with students individually across January 9th (Odd Day) and January 10th (Even Day) during their normal scheduled class time to provide students with guidance on course options available next year and to provide students with their feedback of the course(s) that would be the best fit. Teacher feedback for students will be based on demonstrated work ethic in the class, assessment grades, and applicable testing. This is an important step as we strive to help students and parents navigate the course selection process.

After these advising sessions, students will meet individually with school counselors, according to the timeline below, to select their courses for the coming year. It is very important for students to choose courses carefully as changes after the new school year begins may not be possible because of class size.

Following the individual counselor and student advising meetings, counselors will print a copy of the students’ selected courses for them to take home.  Students’ course selections are also viewable in SIS.  We strongly recommend students to consider the teachers’ recommendations when selecting courses for the upcoming school year. If your student selects a class that was not recommended by the teacher, you will be notified and are encouraged to discuss your student’s selection with him/her.

Academic Advising Schedule

Teacher Feedback Days: January 9th and January 10th. Teachers will provide students with their suggestions and feedback for courses.

Curriculum Night and Rising Freshman Parent Night: Wednesday, January 15th from 5:00-8:00pm

  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for parents of students with 504 Plans in E156 (Orchestra Room)
  • 6:00-6:30pm: AP Class Information Session 1 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 7:00-7:30pm: AP Class Information Session 2 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH CafeteriasStop by the department tables to talk with teachers and learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies (most academy class are for rising 10-12th graders).
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Teachers present on ninth grade classes; overview of graduation requirements in the Auditorium (for current 8th grade parents/guardians).

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  13. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - January 7th

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Happy 2020!

Welcome back to school! We hope everyone had a fun and relaxing break!

Please join us next Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m. for our next PTSO Meeting in the Woodson HS Library.

Early Release TODAY, January 7th

Due to the anticipated snow and possible hazardous driving conditions later today, all Fairfax County public schools and offices will close two hours early today, January 7, 2020.

Woodson will release at 12:55 p.m. today.  Early Release Schedule

Attention all prospective baseball players and managers:

There will be a baseball tryout interest meeting on Wednesday, January 8th at 3:15 p.m. in Room C123 (across from the wrestling room).  All players and managers interested in trying out should attend.  Bring a friend!  Please contact or see Coach McColley with questions.

REGISTER for the Last Mock SAT/ACT session this school year!

There is still time to register for the last Mock SAT/Mock ACT is this Saturday, January 11th

Mindworks Educational Services will provide this wonderful fundraising opportunity for Woodson.  Already participated in a Mock Test?  Not to worry—students will be given a NEW test each time!  Click Here to register or to get more details.

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

This is a very big part of our fundraising efforts each year.  Help make this year’s Mock SAT/Mock ACT a success while getting ahead on standardized tests!

Woodson FanQuest

FanQuest is a Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament at WT Woodson High School, on Saturday January 18th.  Our athletes with special needs rarely get the chance to shine center court, and this is their chance.

Admission is FREE and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a special tailgate carnival and the first game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Come and watch our double header games from 7-7:45 p.m. and from 7:45-8:30 p.m.

Thank you, Heroes for Holidays!

Thank you to the many generous WTW families who supported Holidays for Heroes!  Our community donated two large boxes of winter coats to share with homeless veterans, many gift cards for families of patients at Walter Reed hospital, and lots of toiletries, socks, and other helpful items.

A special thank you to parent volunteer Lisa Griffin for organizing this amazing WTW Military Family Network event and to students John Schaefer, Mikaely Griffin, and Ethan Healy for sorting and boxing all of the donations.

Free coats and sweaters!!

We also have accessories like gloves, hats and scarves! Some are new or gently used and we’d like to share with students in need. Come see Mrs. Tomer, Parent Liaison, room A139, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm

Scents of the Holidays

Orchestra is selling Yankee Candles, wrapping paper, lunch containers, baking tools, and more. You can still order online until Wednesday, January 8th at Yankeecandlefundraising.com, Organization code 990073479.  Thank you!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Chorus Booster Meeting is on Wednesday, January 8th at 7:30pm.  On that date, parents/guardians of Seniors participating in DOB only can purchase DOB tickets from 6:45pm-9pm.  Each senior family can purchase up to eight tickets.  Tickets are first come, first served!  For online sales use http://www.ticketleap.com/ .

On Thursday, January 9th from 7pm-10pm, the parents of 9th-11th grade DOB participants can purchase tickets through our online service.  The link is http://www.ticketleap.com/

On Friday, January 10th beginning at 7pm, the General public can purchase tickets through our online service http://www.ticketleap.com/

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

Is your student getting his DMV Learner’s Permit for the Holidays? How about purchasing a “Student Driver” Magnet for all your vehicles that your new driver will be training in. This magnet will help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

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

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

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

We still have Class of 2020 Yard Signs Available

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

Winter Sports Highlights

The Woodson Rifle Team started the competition season strong this past week, winning their first two matches.  Woodson’s Varsity scoring team beat rivals Robinson High School on Thursday evening in a close match.  Woodson team members took four of the top 5 places for individual high scores with many of the team shooting personal bests.  Junior, Nate Wehrlen, led the team to the win shooting a 294 (a personal best).  The Woodson JV team lost to Robinson’s JV team, after a hard fought match, by a margin of 7 points.  Saturday saw the Woodson Rifle competing against the Mavericks, a team made up of athletes from a number of FCPS High Schools.  Once again Nate Wehrlen led the team to the win shooting a new personal best of 295. Captain Stephanie Riciliagno’s weekly talks are paying off as both experienced and new team members made strong showings competing in their first matches. 

The Woodson Boys Varsity Basketball team defeated Langley HS in the Saxons' gym 67-57 in overtime on Dec 17. Joe Pesansky and Moe Raff both had a double-double against Langley with Joe scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Moe chipping in 10 points and 16 rebounds.  Donovan Boyce also scored 12 points and John Faulkner made two early three pointers to set the tone for the evening.  On Friday Dec. 20 Woodson defeated Hayfield HS at home 76-57. Pesansky had another 21 points, joined by Devin Cuviello with 19 and Andre Pacheco with 12 points and 4 assists.  Ethan Lash's solid defense throughout the game stopped Hayfield's premier player and allowed the Cavs to run away with the victory going into the holiday break.  The team then traveled over the break to participate in the Allentown Central Catholic High School Holiday Tournament on Dec 27-28..  In the first game they lost to a very good Springfield Chestnut Hill Academy team 79-64.  Joe Pesansky scored 29 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.  Donovan Boyce also scored 20 points and had 4 assists for the Cavs.  In the second game, Woodson defeated Roberto Clemente Charter School 78-39.  A solid all around team effort highlighted by Andre Pacheco scoring 14 points with 4 assists, Pesansky with a double/double scoring 15 with 10 rebounds, Ethan Lash scored 10, and Steven Smith scored 9 points in the fourth quarter.  

The Boy's Varsity Basketball team opened up 2020 with a win at home by defeating Annandale HS in overtime 68-65, with Joe Pesansky leading the Cavs scoring 24 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.  Moe Raff also had 19 points and 6 rebounds and Devin Cuviello had 12 points, 4 boards, and 4 assists.  The Cavs transition to district play next week and will host South County at home on 1/10.

Woodson Girls Varsity Basketball (9-2) won a thriller over a quality opponent Langley at home, 38-36 on December 17.  Maggie McGuire and Abby Pesansky led the Cavs with 10 each.  Eunice Yoon added 8, Anna Wiggins 6, and Sarah Wilson 4.  On December 20, the Cavs won at Hayfield, 43-31.  Eunice Yoon hit four threes to score 12.  Abby Pesansky and Maggie McGuire added 9, Anna Wiggins 6, Sarah Wilson 4, and Allie Maahs 3.  Over the holiday break, the Cavs traveled to Salisbury, MD for the Governor’s Challenge Tournament.  On December 30, the Cavs defeated Richard Montgomery (MD), 49-30.  Eunice Yoon and Sarah Wilson both scored in double figures with 13 and 11 respectively.  Abby Pesansky added 7, Maggie McGuire 6, Anna Wiggins and Allie Maahs 5 each, and Amelia Noca 2.  In the bracket championship game the next day, the Cavs fell to Parkside (MD), 51-46.  Eunice Yoon and Maggie McGuire both scored in double figures with 15 and 11 respectively.  Abby Pesansky added 8.  Sarah Wilson and Amelia Noca rounded out the scoring with 6 each.

The Cavs closed out the FCPS holiday break with a win at Annandale, 55-18.  Sarah Wilson led the way with a career-high 19 points.  Maggie McGuire and Katherine Friedman scored 7 each, Allie Maahs 6, Abby Pesansky and Anna Wiggins 4, Amelia Noca and Allie Williams 3, and Zoe Hite 2.  The Cavs return home next week, facing Falls Church on January 7 and South County on January 10 in their Patriot District opener.

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - December 20th

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Woodson Weekly -
December 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!

Hip Hop club is always a hit!  Winter Pep Rally 2019!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3 - Winter Break (office closed)

Monday, January 6th - School resumes, Even Day

In this Issue

1. Winter Break Message
2. Thank you, Woodson Parents!
3. Winter Break Office Hours
4. SIS Access Over Winter Break
5. POGPOL Tip of the Week
6. Kiss and Ride
7. FCPS Cares Recognizes Ms. Goto
8. To our Military Families
9. Thank you, Heroes for Holidays!
10. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair
11. College and Career Newsletter
12. Senior Class Information Page
13. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair
14. Woodson HS Academic Advising
15. FCPS Cares

1. Winter Break Message

Dear Woodson Families,

Winter break has arrived.  Just as a reminder, students will be out of school from December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020. Students return on Monday, January 6, 2020.

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

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

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

2019 has been a great year to be a Cavalier.  Have a wonderful, joyful, and relaxing break.  See you in 2020!

Warmly,

Dr. Floyd
Principal 

2. Thank you, Woodson Parents!

A huge thank you goes out to all of the parents who supported our holiday celebration for staff by donating gift cards. Staff had a great time and will thoroughly enjoy the cards.

Performing Arts students love playing in the annual Winter Showcase Concert.

3. Winter Break Office Hours

The Woodson administrative offices will be closed from Monday, December 24th through Friday, January 3rd.

Offices will re-open on Monday, January 6th at 7:15 a.m.

4. SIS/G Suite/FCPS 24-7 Access over Winter Break

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Sunday, December 22nd through Sunday, January 5th during the Winter break.

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be unavailable to all users on Saturday, December 28, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. during system maintenance.

In addition, Blackboard (FCPS 24-7) and the school G Suite will be unavailable December 20-22 and December 28-29. 

Finally, students will want to start their computers early on Monday, January 6th to allow their laptops to complete all the updates that will be pushed out to FCPS computers.

WUSA-9 Morning News aired a story last week on the Woodson Young Republicans/Young Democrats' joint service project in support of the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter.  Nicole DiAntonio (Woodson ‘09) produced the story and interviewed leaders of both groups.

5. Portrait of a Graduate Presentation of Learning (POGPOL) Tip of the Week

Over the next several Fridays we will share various pieces of the Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning (POGPOL) pilot that we are engaged in at Woodson. 

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

Each week we will share information and skills related to each attribute.  This week we will focus on the Communicator.

Communicator

  • Applies effective reading skills to acquire knowledge and broaden perspectives.
  • Employs active listening strategies to advance understanding.
  • Speaks in a purposeful manner to inform, influence, motivate, or entertain listeners.
  • Incorporates effective writing skills for various purposes and audiences to convey understanding and concepts.
  • Uses technological skills and contemporary digital tools to explore and exchange ideas.
6. Kiss and Ride

Parents!  We need your help. 

The Kiss and Ride line in the front of the school and at Door 9 are the ONLY safe places to drop off students in the morning and to pick them up in the afternoon.  

Lately, students are reportedly being dropped off on Pickett Rd and at various places in the parking lots.  This is not safe and we cannot allow this.   Please pull up to the appropriate drop off locations prior to allowing your son/daughter out of the car.  Thank you for your attention to this important matter.   

7. FCPS Cares Recognizes Ms. Goto

Congratulations to Woodson Special Education teacher, Aki Goto!  Ms. Goto was recognized as an employee who shows that FCPS Cares.

"I want to commend Aki Goto for her commitment to inclusion. This year at Woodson, Aki and all the Learning Services teachers in the Cat B department, have worked hard to introduce their students to the Woodson community. Aki has helped her students create videos to air on the morning TV program. These videos introduce the special needs students by name and show their wonderful personalities. There are videos with ASL words and videos about special celebrations, all featuring happy, enthusiastic kids. She has hosted numerous events with the Buddies club after school and invited ALL students to come and enjoy the fun and friendship. The time and effort to bring together students and support a #onewoodson culture is applauded and appreciated."

Is there a staff member that goes above and beyond?  Please see Newsletter Item #15 FCPS Cares to share your story with us.

Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Curt Mitzel!  He retires today after over 20 years of service at Woodson HS.  We will all miss his warm welcoming smile, his ability to solve issues in a flash, his ability to communicate fluently in Chinese, and his incredible musical talent on the guitar.  He is Mr. Woodson to us all and we will miss him terribly in the Main Office. "No One Comes Close!"

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. Thank you, Heroes for Holidays!

Thank you to the many generous WTW families who supported Holidays for Heroes!  Our community donated two large boxes of winter coats to share with homeless veterans, many gift cards for families of patients at Walter Reed hospital, and lots of toiletries, socks, and other helpful items.

A special thank you to parent volunteer Lisa Griffin for organizing this amazing WTW Military Family Network event and to students John Schaefer, Mikaely Griffin, and Ethan Healy for sorting and boxing all of the donations.

10. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

11. College and Career Newsletter

Are you reading the WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

The December 20th College and Career Center newsletter has lots of good information - 5 new special (FREE/cheap) opportunities, 4 new internships. 1 new employment opportunity; 11-15 new scholarships/contests.

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

12. Senior Class Information Page

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

13. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair

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

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

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

Woodson students Rohil, Ethan and Marcus competed on It's Academic last weekend.  Tune in on

14. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Starting on Thursday, January 9th, Woodson HS staff will begin working with students on the course selection process for the 2020-2021 school year.

Each teacher will meet with students individually across January 9th (Odd Day) and January 10th (Even Day) during their normal scheduled class time to provide students with guidance on course options available next year and to provide students with their feedback of the course(s) that would be the best fit. Teacher feedback for students will be based on demonstrated work ethic in the class, assessment grades, and applicable testing. This is an important step as we strive to help students and parents navigate the course selection process.

After these advising sessions, students will meet individually with school counselors, according to the timeline below, to select their courses for the coming year. It is very important for students to choose courses carefully aschanges after the new school year begins may not be possible because of class size.

Following the individual counselor and student advising meetings, counselors will print a copy of the students’ selected courses for them to take home.  Students’ course selections are also viewable in SIS.  We strongly recommend students to consider the teachers’ recommendations when selecting courses for the upcoming school year. If your student selects a class that was not recommended by the teacher, you will be notified and are encouraged to discuss your student’s selection with him/her.

Academic Advising Schedule

Teacher Feedback Days: January 9th and January 10th. Teachers will provide students with their suggestions and feedback for courses.

Curriculum Night and Rising Freshman Parent Night: Wednesday, January 8th from 5:00-8:00pm (snow day January 15th)

  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for parents of students with 504 Plans in E156 (Orchestra Room)
  • 6:00-6:30pm: AP Class Information Session 1 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 7:00-7:30pm: AP Class Information Session 2 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH CafeteriasStop by the department tables to talk with teachers and learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies (most academy class are for rising 10-12th graders).
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Teachers present on ninth grade classes; overview of graduation requirements in the Auditorium (for current 8th grade parents/guardians).

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

  15. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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Happy Holidays from the WTW PTSO!

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Happy Holidays from the PTSO

We wish all our Woodson Families a very happy and safe holiday break!

The WeMail will resume on January 7th and our next PTSO meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m. in the Woodson Library.

Huge Holiday Thank you!!

Thank you to Mik Kiss, Meri Farling, Carol Harrity-Tun, and Monica Cameron for creating a wonderful holiday hospitality room for the teachers and staff last Thursday. 

The tables were filled with delicious treats from many generous Woodson families.  The holiday hospitality room is a WTW tradition and we are grateful to everyone who made time in their schedules to give WTW staff a place of peace for just a few moments. 

Administrative Change at WTW

Last Friday, we said goodbye to our Director of Student Services, Mrs. Beth Lash.  She served Woodson families for over six years and now it is time for her to join her family in Pittsburgh. 

We welcome retired, veteran DSS, Mr. Bob Gambarelli on Friday, December 27, 2019. He will be with us as we look for a new Director. 

What characteristics would you like to see in the next DSS?  Please provide input here.  Thank you!

Kiss and Ride

Parents!  We need your help. 

The Kiss and Ride line in the front of the school and at Door 9 are the ONLY safe places to drop off students in the morning and to pick them up in the afternoon.  

Lately, students are reportedly being dropped off on Pickett Rd and at various places in the parking lots.  This is not safe and we cannot allow this.   Please pull up to the appropriate drop off locations prior to allowing your son/daughter out of the car.  Thank you for your attention to this important matter.   

Music Showcase Concert

Come see the Woodson band, choral and orchestra programs in concert TONIGHT, Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Enjoy the sounds of holiday classics including Sleigh Ride, Hallelujah Chorus, A Christmas Festival and many more winter favorites.  Admission is FREE!

Help Us Thank Woodson Teachers and Staff

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

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

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

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

Thank you for supporting WTW families in need

Thanks to your generosity, 11 food bags will go out for delivery tomorrow morning to WTW families in need this Holiday Season.  Included in the bags are snacks, breakfast items, pasta, soup, green beans, apple sauce/ peaches and an apple. There are also grocery gift cards for these families.

Thank you!

Mock SAT/ACT in January

The next Mock SAT/Mock ACT is Saturday, January 11th

It’s a great chance to support the PTSO, and it’s a great time to practice so students will be ready spring of junior year to take the real SAT for the first time.  Already participated in a Mock Test?  Not to worry—students will be given a NEW test each time! 

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

Click Here to register or to get more details.

Thank you to all the generous parents that contributed to our teacher supply bags! A great way to end 2019!

Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

Free coats and sweaters!!

We also have accessories like gloves, hats and scarves! Some are new or gently used and we’d like to share with students in need. Come see Mrs. Tomer, Parent Liaison, room A139, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm

Nominating Committee for PTSO Needed!

The PTSO is looking for a volunteer (or two!) to participate in the PTSO Board nominating committee to help identify candidates to fill vacancies on next year's 2020-21 PTSO Board and standing committees.

We have a volunteer to head the nominating committee, so we’re just looking for a few additional volunteers to help out.   We would love to have this committee filled by the end of December if possible. Interested or have more questions? Please email Melissa French at wptsopres@gmail.com

Calling All Military Families and Students!!

Thanks so much to all who collected items for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) to support the American Red Cross “Holiday for Heroes” Program and homeless Veterans in DC!  We now have a basement full of items that need sorting!  

Join the Woodson Military Family Network at 8404 Kenan Ct, the home of Lisa, Charlie, Mikaely, and Cavan Griffin, this Wednesday, December 18th at 7 p.m. to help sort!  Christmas cookies and hot chocolate will be provided!  Parents, students, faculty are all welcome!  This is a great opportunity for our kids to get together in a stress-free environment and make that connection that helps the broader military and veteran community! 

RSVP to Lisa at lisagriffin1970@gmail.com or 703-407-5090.  We’ll be making a sign that the Red Cross will use to promote Woodson’s PURPLE STAR/Military connected spirit when they distribute donations!!! Bring any extra donations you’ve gathered but didn’t have a chance to turn in.  No contribution is too small (grab that coat from the hall closet and come on over!)

Scents of the Holidays

Orchestra is selling Yankee Candles, wrapping paper, lunch containers, baking tools, and more. You can still order online until Wednesday, January 8th at Yankeecandlefundraising.com, Organization code 990073479.  Thank you!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

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

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Reminder: The next time we meet is on Wednesday, January 8th at 7:30pm.   On that date, parents/guardians of Seniors participating in DOB only can purchase DOB tickets beginning at 6pm.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, December 16th, Music Showcase Rehearsal (SME,SWE,VE) 6pm Call Time/7pm Concert

Tuesday, December 17th    Music Showcase Rehearsal (SME,SWE,VE) 6pm Call Time/7pm Concert

More information on the Woodson Chorus website.

Woodson Drama

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

Is your student getting his DMV Learner’s Permit for the Holidays? How about purchasing a “Student Driver” Magnet for all your vehicles that your new driver will be training in. This magnet will help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

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

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

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

Woodson Spirit Wear Sales

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

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

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

Winter Sports Highlights

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (5-1) made it through a challenging week, playing three road games in four nights.  They opened the week by defeating Lee, 44-25.  Eight Cavs scored, led by Eunice Yoon with 9.  Abby Pesansky scored 8, Maggie McGuire and Anna Wiggins 6, Amelia Noca 5, Sarah Wilson 4, Levi Weinberger and junior Kate Torgersen 3 each.  The Cavs dominated on the boards, led by Abby Pesansky with 13 and Maggie McGuire with 11.

The following night, the Cavs beat Centreville 47-38, hitting several clutch free throws down the stretch. Eunice Yoon again led the Cavs with 14.  Abby Pesansky added 12, Maggie McGuire 10, Anna Wiggins 4, Sarah Wilson 3, Amelia Noca and Katherine Friedman 2 each.

The Cavs closed out the week by falling to undefeated Madison, 50-36.  This was by far Madison’s closest margin of victory all season.  The Cavs dominated again on the boards and generated great shots but had trouble converting.  Eunice Yoon led the way with 13.  Allie Maahs hit two 4th quarter 3s to score 6, Sarah Wilson and Maggie McGuire scored 5 each, Abby Pesansky 4, Amelia Noca 2, and Levi Weinberger 1.  The Cavs return home next week to face Langley at home Tuesday night at 7:30. 

WTW Varsity Boys Basketball team had a good week going 2-1 overall.  After a tough loss against Centreville on 12/10, the team beat Stonewall Jackson HS on Thursday night at home (59-45) where Devin Cuviello scored 16 points and Ethan Lash had 10 points.  The Cavs ended the week with a big win over Chancellor HS at the Forge Tip-Off Classic in Stafford, VA on 12/14 (83-52).  Joe Pesansky led the Cavs against Chancellor with 19 points/15 rebounds and Donovan Boyce had 10 points/5 rebounds. Solid team play throughout the week included Woodson averaging 38 rebounds per game compared to the opponent's 27 per game. Cuviello was consistent all week and averaged 12.3 points per game with nearly 3 assists per game.  Schedule this upcoming week includes a visit to Langley HS on 12/17 and home against Hayfield on Friday 12/20.

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

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Woodson Weekly - December 13th

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Woodson Weekly -
December 13th

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

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

Woodson High School juniors at the African American History Museum field trip on Monday with singer LL Cool J.  (He is sporting a more modern beanie instead of the traditional Kangol.)

Important Upcoming Dates

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

Monday, January 6th - School resumes, Even Day

In this Issue

1. Portrait of a Graduate Tip of the Week
2. Stuff the Truck Event
3. To Our Military Families
4. SIS Access Over Winter Break
5. Run, Don't Walk!  Yearbook prices go up on Sunday!
6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair
7. College and Career Newsletter
8. Senior Class Information Page
9. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair
9. Woodson Holiday Gift Ideas
10. PSAT/NMSQT Scores
11. Woodson HS Academic Advising
12. Woodson Holiday Gift Ideas
13. FCPS Cares

Thank you, PTSO!

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Woodson HS, we sincerely thank the PTSO for hosting a festive Holiday Hospitality Room yesterday during lunches.  The generosity of donated treats and time volunteered is appreciated by every member of our school staff.

Thank you!
WTW Administration

1. Portrait of a Graduate Presentation of Learning (POGPOL) Tip of the Week

In September, we sent an email message regarding the pilot program around POG attributes which will ultimately culminate in student led Presentations of Learning (POL) in June.  That message included some background on this pilot.  Each week we will include information regarding the POGPOL pilot at Woodson this year.

In 2014, the FCPS School Board developed and adopted the Portrait of a Graduate (POG) in collaboration with a variety of educational stakeholders – parents, families, local businesses, community members, educators, students, and our FCPS leadership. This adoption of POG was an acknowledgment that in our rapidly changing world, education too needs to evolve to fulfill our mission of supporting student success in school and in life. While still focusing on content mastery, Portrait of a Graduate prioritizes the development of skills that will empower students to be productive citizens of a global community and successful in future endeavors.

Woodson students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will have on-going opportunities to develop and reflect upon the skills outlined in Portrait of a Graduate. Teachers will continue to create learning experiences in which students not only learn course content but also learn about and apply POG skills. Throughout the year, students will regularly reflect on their growth toward POG outcomes and will document evidence of this growth by saving artifacts from their coursework that demonstrate the application of their POG skills. At the end of the year, they will share the story of their POG growth during a Portrait of a Graduate Presentation of Learning (POGPOL). 

Stay tuned as each week we will share more information regarding the POGPOL through this weekly communication.

Winter Spirit Week themes for December 16th-20th.

2. Stuff the Truck Event

Woodson Leadership students will be collecting food outside of the King’s Park Giant on Saturday, December 14th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for their annual “Stuff the Truck” event. 

All food items will be donated to the Annandale Food site which has been serving the needs of 60-80 families per week for the past 10 years. 

Thank you in advance for your support.

3. 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!

4. SIS Access over Winter Break

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Sunday, December 22nd through Sunday, January 5th during the Winter break.

SIS ParentVUE, and StudentVUE will be unavailable to all users on Saturday, December 28, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. during system maintenance.

5. Run, Don't Walk!

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

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

6. Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

7. College and Career Newsletter

Are you reading the WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

The December 13th College and Career Center newsletter has lots of important information - 4 new special (FREE/cheap) opportunities, 1 new internship and urgent call for volunteers, 3 great conferences/seminars, 3 workshops, 1 new employment opportunity; 14 new scholarships.

Students in Ms. Dragan's class demonstrating POG attribute of collaboration.

8. Senior Class Information Page

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

9. 2020 FCPS Gap Year Fair

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

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

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

10. PSAT/NMSQT Scores

Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT were released online to students this week.

Students who are at least 13 years old and who shared their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet will receive an email reminder from The College Board explaining where and how to view their scores.

Ask your students to create a College Board account so they can easily access their scores once they're released online and unlock a robust set of personalized resources to help them understand their scores. If a student doesn't see their scores when they log in, please have them check with Ms. Guinee or Mrs. Graybill in Student Services.

Students in Mr. Wright's AP World History class learning how Mercantilism worked by participating in a trading simulation.

11. Woodson HS Academic Advising

Starting on Thursday, January 9th, Woodson HS staff will begin working with students on the course selection process for the 2020-2021 school year.

Each teacher will meet with students individually across January 9th (Odd Day) and January 10th (Even Day) during their normal scheduled class time to provide students with guidance on course options available next year and to provide students with their feedback of the course(s) that would be the best fit. Teacher feedback for students will be based on demonstrated work ethic in the class, assessment grades, and applicable testing. This is an important step as we strive to help students and parents navigate the course selection process.

After these advising sessions, students will meet individually with school counselors, according to the timeline below, to select their courses for the coming year. It is very important for students to choose courses carefully aschanges after the new school year begins may not be possible because of class size.

Following the individual counselor and student advising meetings, counselors will print a copy of the students’ selected courses for them to take home.  Students’ course selections are also viewable in SIS.  We strongly recommend students to consider the teachers’ recommendations when selecting courses for the upcoming school year. If your student selects a class that was not recommended by the teacher, you will be notified and are encouraged to discuss your student’s selection with him/her.

Academic Advising Schedule

Teacher Feedback Days: January 9th and January 10th. Teachers will provide students with their suggestions and feedback for courses.

Curriculum Night and Rising Freshman Parent Night: Wednesday, January 8th from 5:00-8:00pm (snow day January 15th)

  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for parents of students with 504 Plans in E156 (Orchestra Room)
  • 6:00-6:30pm: AP Class Information Session 1 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 7:00-7:30pm: AP Class Information Session 2 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH CafeteriasStop by the department tables to talk with teachers and learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies (most academy class are for rising 10-12th graders).
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Teachers present on ninth grade classes; overview of graduation requirements in the Auditorium (for current 8th grade parents/guardians).

Academic Advising Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

World 1 Escape Room

12. Woodson Holiday Gift Ideas

Brighten up your holiday season with a W.T. Woodson ornament or a Woodson car magnet!

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

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

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

  13. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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Holiday Staff Appreciation - Thursday, December 12th

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

We invite Woodson families to bring side dishes, drinks, desserts and help decorate for the annual Holiday Hospitality Room on Thursday, December 12th from 11:15 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.  Please drop off items either the day before (2:00 - 4:00pm) or the morning of the event (a cart will be set up in the front office to receive items). If possible, please send in a disposable dish/container, or if you wish to have the dish returned, put your name on it.  You can pick up your dishes in the front office.

We will have holiday music, decorations and light fare for a memorable event for W.T. Woodson staff. Please help continue this tradition of warmth, kindness and appreciation. For questions please text/email Miklos Kiss, 703-975-7928 / miklos.kiss@cox.net

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

Help Us Thank Woodson Teachers and Staff

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

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

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

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

Volunteers Needed for Science Fair

The Woodson Science Department is looking for volunteers to judge our school Science Fair. The fair will take place on Thursday, January 30th from approximately 9 a.m.- noon.

Anyone with expertise or background in Science and Engineering is welcome to come judge! Please email Allison Adams at agadams@fcps.edu if you are interested.

Free coats and sweaters!!

We also have accessories like gloves, hats and scarves! Some are new or gently used and we’d like to share with students in need. Come see Mrs. Tomer, Parent Liaison, room A139, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm

Woodson Drama

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

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

Woodson 5K

The 10th Annual Woodson 5K is looking for a charity to support this year.  If you have a charity you’d like to nominate as this year’s beneficiary, ask your student to pick up an application outside A133.  Nominations are due Friday, December 13th.

Nominating Committee for PTSO Needed!

Thank you – we have a volunteer to lead the PTSO nominating committee.  We’re now looking for a volunteer (or two!) to join the committee to help identify candidates to fill vacancies on next year's 2020-21 PTSO Board and standing committees.  We would love to have this committee filled by the end of December if possible.

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

Holidays for Heroes!

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

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

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

Scents of the Holidays

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

Holiday Help for Families in Need

Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking community members to provide December Holiday meals and gifts for children in December to 500 families in need who live throughout the Fairfax County area.

This is a great family or group service project. Donations of funds or gift cards to assist families who are matched with sponsors are also greatly needed. Visit Britepaths Holiday Program page to Learn more, Register or Donate. Contact Shefali Ryan at 703.273.8829 x888 or sryan@britepaths.org with questions.

Woodson Yearbook Price Goes Up this Sunday

Have you heard the news?? Yearbook prices go up this Sunday!

Sunday, December 15th is the LAST DAY to get the $70 price on the 2020 yearbook. Prices will then go up to $80. It’s also the last day to order nameplates!

Be sure to reserve your book now…these high-school days are fleeting!

Order Now!

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Thank you to everyone who attended the Dessert on Broadway informational meeting on Saturday, December 7th!  At the meeting, we discussed logistics for the show, introduced the Committee Chairs, answered questions and had volunteers sign up for different activities.  Preparing for DOB takes a ton of work, and if your child is in DOB, you are expected to volunteer.  If you were unable to make the meeting, please review the different activities here.  The time commitment is not huge- you can do an hour or there.  Every little bit helps!  Committee chairs will be posting Signup Geniuses soon.  In the meantime, if you know you are interested in a particular activity, or if you just have questions, please contact one of the DOB Chairs- Ted Donat or Scott Gosser.  Thank you!

Upcoming Events:

Friday, December 13th, Music Showcase Rehearsal (SME,SWE,VE) 3:30-5:00pm

Monday, December 16th, Music Showcase Rehearsal (SME,SWE,VE) 6pm Call Time/7pm Concert

Tuesday, December 17th    Music Showcase Rehearsal (SME,SWE,VE) 6pm Call Time/7pm Concert

First payment and forms for the UK trip are due on Friday, December 13th.

More information on the Woodson Chorus website.

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Mock SAT/ACT in January

The next Mock SAT/Mock ACT is Saturday, January 11

It’s a great chance to support the PTSO, and it’s a great time to practice so students will be ready spring of junior year to take the real SAT for the first time.  Already participated in a Mock Test?  Not to worry—students will be given a NEW test each time! 

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

Click Here to register or to get more details.

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

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

Woodson Spirit Wear Sales

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

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

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

Woodson Precisionettes

This past weekend our Varsity Dance Team competed at the Dance Team League’s in their first competition of the season with outstanding results!

Congratulations to the Precisionettes for placing 4th in the Jazz category and an impressive 1st Place in Large Varsity Pom.

Winter Sports Highlights

WTW Varsity Boys Basketball team had a busy week to start off the season, including hosting this past weekend the annual Red Jenkins Tournament on their home court.  Although the team went 1-3 for the week, they were in each game until the end - including a one point loss in the season opener to Osbourn Park and a one point loss to Edison this past Saturday.  Solid play by Joe Pesansky and Moe Raff throughout the week where Joe averaged 15.5 points a game with 7 rebounds and Moe with similar numbers at 14.5 points a game and 8 rebounds.  The boys will look to turn it around this week with three more games, including home games on Tuesday 12/10 and Thursday 12/12.

WTW Varsity Girls Basketball (3-0) opened the new season with two dominant wins.  On Monday, the Cavs won at TJ, 63-33.  Sophomore Eunice Yoon led the Cavs with 15 points.  Senior captain Abby Pesansky added 12, senior captains Sarah Wilson and Maggie McGuire 9 each, and junior Anna Wiggins 8.  Senior captain Amelia Noca and junior Zoe Hite each hit a 3, and sophomore Allie Williams scored 4. Later in the week the Cavs beat Yorktown 71-44 in the first game of the annual Red Jenkins Tournament at WTW.  Eunice Yoon led the way with 24.  Abby Pesansky scored 13, Maggie McGuire and freshman Levi Weinberger 9 each, Anna Wiggins 6, junior Katherine Friedman 4, and Sarah Wilson and junior Allie Maahs 3 each.

In the second game the Cavs faced a much tougher Briar Woods squad.  After trailing through 3 quarters, the Cavs mounted a furious 4th quarter rally behind the hot hand of Eunice Yoon getting a come from behind win over Briar Woods 55-49.  Eunice finished with 16, all in the 4th quarter, to lead the Cavs.  Abby Pesansky added 12, Maggie McGuire 10, Sarah Wilson 8, and Anna Wiggins 5 including a big late free throw.  Allie Maahs and Levi Weinberger rounded out the scoring with 2 each.  The Cavs go on the road this week for three games in four nights. 

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - December 6th

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Woodson Weekly -
December 6th

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

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

Band students love performing holiday shows for the community during the annual Tunes for Tots concerts.

Important Upcoming Dates

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

Monday, January 6th - School resumes, Even Day

In this Issue

1. Early Checkouts from School
2. Partners for Safe Teen Driving
3. Senior Parent/Guardian Meeting
4. PSAT/NMSQT Scores
5. Volunteers Needed for Staff Appreciation on December 12
6. Upcoming Winter Concerts
7. To Our Military Families
8. Holidays for Heroes
9. Woodson Holiday Gift Ideas
10. Cav Cares Cards
11. College and Career Newsletter
12. Yearbook Prices Going Up Soon
13. FCPS Cares

1. Early Checkouts from School

For early dismissals, please complete this Check-Out Form or write a note that includes the student name, date and time, and reason for early check-out, parent signature and contact number.  Students must bring the note to the Attendance Office by 9:45 a.m. to receive a pink check-out pass.  At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

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

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

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

2. Partners for Safe Teen Driving

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

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

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

3. Senior Parent/Guardian Meeting

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

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

For a full list of important dates for the Senior Class, visit the Senior Class website.

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

Celebrating Inclusive Schools Week!

4. PSAT/NMSQT Scores

Scores from the PSAT/NMSQT will be released online to students between Monday-Wednesday, December 9–11.

Students who are at least 13 years old and who shared their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet will receive an email reminder from The College Board explaining where and how to view their scores.

Ask your students to create a College Board account so they can easily access their scores once they're released online and unlock a robust set of personalized resources to help them understand their scores. If a student doesn't see their scores when they log in, please have them check with Ms. Guinee or Mrs. Graybill in Student Services.

5. Volunteers Needed for Staff Appreciation

We need your help! Holiday Staff Appreciation on Thursday, December 12th.

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

We invite Woodson families to bring side dishes, drinks, desserts and help decorate for the annual Holiday Hospitality Room on Thursday, December 12 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.  Please drop off items either the day before (2:00 - 3:45pm) or the morning of the event (a cart will be set up in the front office to receive items). If possible, please send in a disposable dish/container, or if you wish to have the dish returned, put your name on it.  You can pick up your dishes in the front office. We will have holiday music, decorations and light fare for a memorable event for W.T. Woodson staff. Please help continue this tradition of warmth, kindness and appreciation. For questions please text/email Miklos Kiss, 703-975-7928 / miklos.kiss@cox.net

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

6. Upcoming Winter Concerts

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Performing Arts Winter Concerts.  All take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

Orchestra - Tuesday, December 10th

Band - Wednesday, December 11th

Music Showcase - Tuesday, December 17th

Ms. Romesburg's students presenting their Autopsy of an Empire project.

7. To our Military Families

Do you have a family member who is deploying?

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

8. Holidays for Heroes

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

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

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

9. Woodson Holiday Gift Ideas

Brighten up your holiday season with a W.T. Woodson ornament or a Woodson car magnet!

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

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

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

10. Cav Cares Cards

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

This month, Mr. Annear received a Cav Cares card that said, "Mr. Annear, Thanks so much for suggesting that my daughter consider moving up to Honors English.  As much as she loved your class, we agree that she'll be better challenged in the honors class.  You made quite an impression on her in such a brief period of time though - she raved about your classroom environment, your many accents while reading aloud, and your approach to literature.  Thanks so much for caring about my daughter."

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

11. College and Career Newsletter

Are you reading the WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

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

12. Yearbook Prices Going Up Soon!

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

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

Order Now!

  13. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - December 3

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Parents as Partners Series

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

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

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

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

W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

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

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

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

Mock ACT/SAT Score Report Session

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

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

Schedule 

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

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

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

Mandatory Safe Driving Seminar

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

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

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

Sponsor Student(s) on Field Trips

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Staff Appreciation - Thursday, December 12th

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

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

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

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

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

Help Us Thank Woodson Teachers and Staff

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

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

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

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

Free coats and sweaters!!

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

Nominating Committee for PTSO Needed!

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

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

Holidays for Heroes!

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

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

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

Fall Grants

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

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

Scents of the Holidays

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

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

Holiday Help for Families in Need

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

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

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

Click here for flyer:  Chipotle Flyer  

Upcoming Events: 

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

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

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

Woodson Crew Fundraiser

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

Thank you!

Woodson Drama

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

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

Woodson Spirit Wear Sales

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

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

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

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - November 26

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Happy Thanksgiving from the PTSO

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

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

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

Happy Thanksgiving from the Woodson Administration

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

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

Woodson Administration

Parents as Partners Series, Session 3

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

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

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

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

W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

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

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

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

Holiday Staff Appreciation - Thursday, December 12th

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

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

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

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

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

Free coats and sweaters!!

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

Holidays for Heroes!

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

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

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

Sponsor Student(s) on Field Trips

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

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

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

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

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

Scents of the Holidays

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

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

Food Pantry Donations Update

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

Holiday Help for Families in Need

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

Fall Grants

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

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

Fairfax Turkey Trot 2019

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

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

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

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

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

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

Upcoming Events: 

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

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

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

Woodson Drama

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

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

Woodson Spirit Wear Sales

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

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

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

Fall Sports Highlights

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

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

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

PTSO Information

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

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

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - November 22nd

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Woodson Weekly -
November 22nd

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

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

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

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

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

Monday, January 6th - School resumes, Even Day

In this Issue

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

1. Happy Thanksgiving

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

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

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

2. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week

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

The attendance line is 703-503-4800.

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

3. Weekly Progress Reports

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

4. Parents as Partners Session 3

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

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

5. Student Electives Fairs

This year we will have our first Student Electives Fairs!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Senior Parent/Guardian Meeting

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

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

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

8. College and Career Newsletter

Are you reading the WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

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

9. Holidays for Heroes

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

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

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

10. Order the Yearbook!

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

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

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

and order now!

11. Safety & Security Month

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

Shelter in Place-

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

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

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

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

  12. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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

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Happy Thanksgiving from the PTSO

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

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

W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

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

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

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

Help with the Teacher Hospitality Room, Dec 12

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

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

Free coats and sweaters!!

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

Holidays for Heroes!

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

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

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

Last Week to Order a Poinsettia or Wreath

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

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

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

Last Chance!

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

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

Scents of the Holidays

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

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

Food Pantry Donations Needed

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

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

Holiday Help for Families in Need

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

Fairfax Turkey Trot 2019

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

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

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

Cav Cruise 2020

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

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

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

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

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

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

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

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

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

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

Woodson Spirit Wear Sales

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

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

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

Fall Sports Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Emails!

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

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

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

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

Want to donate? You can here!

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - November 15th

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Woodson Weekly -
November 15th

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

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

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

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

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

Monday, January 6th - School resumes, Even Day

In this Issue

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

1. Report Card Distribution

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

2. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week

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

The attendance line is 703-503-4800.

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

3. Weekly Progress Reports

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

4. Parents as Partners Session 3

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

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

5. Environmental Club Tree Planting

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

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

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

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

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

7. Holidays for Heroes

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

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

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

8. Woodson Area Chorus

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

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

9. Choral Students Selected for Honor Choirs

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

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

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

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

10. Safety & Security Month

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

Secure the Building-

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

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

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

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

11. Reserve Your Yearbook

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

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

  12. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - November 12

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November PTSO Meeting

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

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

W.T. Woodson Band Holiday Tunes for Tots Concerts

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

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

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

Thank you Woodson Environmental Club and PTSO Member Haydee Cooper

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

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

Free coats and sweaters!!

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

Fruit!

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

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

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

Pies!

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

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

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

Scents of the Holidays

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

Mock SAT/Mock ACT Was a Huge Success

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

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

Food Pantry Donations Needed

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

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

Holiday Help for Families in Need

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

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Upcoming Events:

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

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

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

Woodson Athletic Booster passes are now on sale for $50 per pass for a student, $80 per adult, $200 for a family of 4 (see other combinations online). The cost of attending WTW home games is $5 per student, $6 per ticket for adults, so the Booster Pass pays for itself in TEN GAMES for a student (thirteen games for an adult)! If you buy your pass now your student can use it to get into all regular season home games like football, field hockey and volleyball games and then basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc.; you can begin NOW to recoup your return on investment.  Why pay $5 (and have to find the cash) each time? Please make sure you buy your Booster pass soon.  Click here to purchase passes online using PayPal (or go to wtwoodsonsports.org and click on Booster Membership).

Fall Sports Highlights

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

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

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

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W. T. Woodson PTSO

Happy Veteran's Day from WTW

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Happy Veteran's Day!

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

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

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

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

Dr. Floyd
Principal

Veteran's Day display at the Woodson Library entrance.

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - November 8th

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Woodson Weekly -
November 8th

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

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

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

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

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

Monday, January 6th - School resumes, Even Day

In this Issue

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

1. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week

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

The attendance line is 703-503-4800.

2. Final Weekend: Letters to Sala

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

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

Tickets are available online at www.wtwdrama.org.

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

3. Federal Impact Aid Forms

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

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

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

4. Food Deliveries

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

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

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

5. Environmental Club Tree Planting

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

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

6. Technology Support Fee

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

7. Report Card Distribution

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

8. Activating Weekly Progress Reports

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

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

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

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

9. Woodson Librarian Honored

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

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

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

10. Military Appreciation T-Shirts

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

11. Parents as Partners Session 3

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

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

12. Safety & Security Month

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

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

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

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

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

13. Pies!

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

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

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

14. Frost Falcons on the Run 5K

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

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

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

15. Reserve Your Yearbook

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

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

  16. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - November 5

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Today is Election Day

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

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

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

November PTSO Meeting

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

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

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

Federal Impact Aid Forms

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

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

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

Milk & Cookies - Huge Thank You!

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

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

Nominate a Cavalier

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

Nominations are open in the following categories.

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

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

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

Fruit!

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

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

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

Pies!

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

To order, contact wtwlaxpies@gmail.com.

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

Scents of the Holidays

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

Mock SAT/Mock ACT is back!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information please visit woodsonptso.org.

Apply for Governor's School

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

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

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

Academic

Visual and Performing Arts

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

Get Crafty, Get Pizza, and Help the Crew Team

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

Food Pantry Donations Needed

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

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

Holiday Help for Families in Need

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

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

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

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

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

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

Woodson Drama Boosters

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

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

Do you have a new Student Driver in your household?

It’s that time of year again and we have a lot of new drivers on the road with their freshly printed DMV Learners’ Permits, but fear not the PTSO has you covered! There are “Student Driver” Magnets available for purchase from the PTSO to help other drivers on the road know to be patient with your new student driver.

The Magnets are available for purchase at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars held at WTW or on the PTSO online store HERE. Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Contact Shane Gilbert at drivermagnets@woodsonptso.org with any questions.

Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for engraved bricks for you to remember your special student or as a wonderful legacy for all the members of your family.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors too! 

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

Woodson Athletic Booster Passes

Woodson Athletic Booster passes are now on sale for $50 per pass for a student, $80 per adult, $200 for a family of 4 (see other combinations online). The cost of attending WTW home games is $5 per student, $6 per ticket for adults, so the Booster Pass pays for itself in TEN GAMES for a student (thirteen games for an adult)! If you buy your pass now your student can use it to get into all regular season home games like football, field hockey and volleyball games and then basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, etc.; you can begin NOW to recoup your return on investment.  Why pay $5 (and have to find the cash) each time? Please make sure you buy your Booster pass soon.  Click here to purchase passes online using PayPal (or go to wtwoodsonsports.org and click on Booster Membership).

Fall Sports Highlights

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

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

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

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