Woodson Weekly - October 18th

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Woodson Weekly -
October 18th

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 Dr. Morgan's Genetics & Biotech class sorting fruit files.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

In this Issue

1. Parent Volunteers Needed - Hearing and Vision Screening
2. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups
3. Federal Impact Aid Forms
4. Governor's School
5. Administrative Change at Woodson
6. Parents as Partners - Session 2, Wellness
7. Resources Night
8. AP Test Opt Out Information
9. Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game
10. Woodson Fall Festival 
11. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session
12. Fall Production: Letters to Sala
13. Expunge a Course
14. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs
15. Reserve Your Yearbook
16. Car Wash Cancelled
17. Thank you from Region 5 - Hurricane Relief
18. FCPS Cares

1. Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21st and 22nd, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.

We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

2. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups

Underclassmen: Make-up pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 22nd in the Dance Studio.

Seniors: Make-up portraits will be taken October 21st-28th. Call LifeTouch at 800-445-1189.  Be sure to make an appointment to get your picture taken.  There is no charge to sit for your portrait and get your picture in the yearbook!

3. Federal Impact Aid Forms

On Tuesday, October 22nd during 7th Period, Woodson will be sending home a Federal Impact Aid form with each student.  Please ask your teen for this form on Tuesday after school.  Please complete the form promptly and have your teen return it to their 7th Period teacher.  FCPS requires 100% participation for this program.

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 must be signed, dated, and returned by Friday, November 1, 2019. All results are CONFIDENTIAL. 

Students in Advanced Studio Art paint along the banks of Burke Lake.

4. 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

There will be an interest meeting on Wednesday, October 23rd at 3:00 p.m. in Cav Hall for students. Students, if you are interested in applying to Governor’s School, please plan to attend the meeting.

Please contact Elizabeth Walter (ehwalter@fcps.edu) or Matt Dell’Orso (MIDellOrso@fcps.edu) with any questions.

5. Administrative Change at Woodson

As of November 1, 2019, Dr. Disalvo will be taking an interim position as the Director of Student Services at another high school for approximately 6 months.   This is an incredible growth opportunity for her.  We will miss her, wish her all the best and will look forward to having her back!   There will be further communication around who will fill Dr. Disalvo's role as she is our 10th grade administrator.   Congratulations Dr. Disalvo!

6. Parents as Partners - Session 2

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

7. Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS, ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

Woodson art teacher Jayne Matricardi-Burke, assistant principal George Hewan, and his son in front of Ms. Matricardi-Burke's artwork at the 12th annual Artist-Teacher Exhibition. 

This art exhibition recognizes the creativity and technical expertise of FCPS art teachers.  The exhibition runs through October 26th at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

8. AP Test Opt Out Forms

This is a reminder that AP Exam Opt-Out forms are due no later than Friday, October 25th. Timely submission of the Opt-Out form indicating which AP exam(s) a student does not wish to take is necessary for the student to avoid fees. AP Exam registration cannot be updated or changed past October 25. 

The College Board is assessing a $40 fee to students who are registered for the AP exam but do not sit for the AP exam.  Students will be charged the College Board’s $40 fee if they decide not to take an AP exam(s) and did not submit an Opt-Out form by October 25, or if a student drops an AP course after the Opt-Out deadline of October 25.

AP Opt Out forms were mailed home the first week of October. Please contact Student Services at 703-503-4623 if you did not receive an opt out form or if you have any questions.

9. Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game

Friday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m Woodson will pay tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces during its varsity football game versus the West Springfield Spartans, at Pat Cunningham Stadium.

All current and former military members with an ID are encouraged to attend, and will receive free general admission. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with a cook out for our Military Families prior to the game at 5:30 p.m.  The Coast Guard will provide a static boat for kids of all ages to explore and the Army will have fun activities such as a basketball.  We will have Woodson High School Military Appreciation shirts for families to purchase for $10 as well.

It is a “Camo Out” so wear your Camouflage in support of all military men and women who have served and continue to serve our Country! #CAVSTRONG! #oneWoodson!

To SignUp to volunteer with the cookout, please https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c44a8a62ca64-military

For military families to RSVP to the cookout, please sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c44a8a62ca64-military1

10. Woodson Fall Festival

The Woodson SGA Leadership class is hosting their annual Fall Fest, a fun day for kids of all ages, on Saturday, October 26th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and will be located on the Woodson outdoor basketball courts, outside door 7 on the side of the school.  (In case of inclement weather, Fall Fest will be held in the Auxiliary Gym).

There will be Halloween themed games and crafts such as pumpkin painting, a moon bounce, candy, and much more! Be sure to wear your best costume!

Any questions? Email the Fall Fest committee at wtwfallfest@gmail.com.

11. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session

On Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Cavalier Hall, Woodson is hosting a line-by-line information session for parents on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  This is the form used to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Understanding exactly what is expected will make completing the FAFSA easier.  To learn more about the FAFSA, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

12. Fall Production: Letters to Sala

Woodson Drama's fall play, Letters to Sala will run on the weekends starting Monday, November 1st through 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.

13. Expunge a Course

In accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents interested in expunging a course and removing the middle school course and associated credit from the high school transcript must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course.

For current ninth graders, the deadline to complete the expunge request is Friday, November 1st.

Please find the link to the expunge form below. The form outlines the guidelines and procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school. If you have questions about expunging a course, please contact your school counselor.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

14. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on Monday, October 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. 

Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges, international colleges, and military academies. Additionally, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process, standardized testing, and financial aid.

Interpreters will be available during College Night, but these services must be requested in advance by contacting Susie Statham at sstatham@fcps.edu or at 571-423-4429. Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code, which will allow colleges to scan the student’s information instead of having to fill out an information card for each college or university.

Details and registration are available online

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. Car Wash Cancelled

The boys lacrosse car wash originally scheduled for this Saturday, October 19th has been cancelled.  A reschedule date will be announced soon.

17. Thank you from Region 5 - Hurricane Relief

Dear Region 5 Communities,

Thank you for coming together to support the Bahamas after Dorian’s deadly destruction over a month ago. We were able to raise $8,650 to help support the area. All donations from the GoFundMe page are now being delivered to the UNICEF organization.

Thank you again for your kindness, generosity, and care!

  18. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - October 15

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Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21st and 22nd, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

Parents as Partners - Session 2

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

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

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

It's Time to Submit Your PTSO Fall Grant Application

Attention ALL members of the PTSO! You are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a program/ event/ equipment!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning THIS WEEK until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25th.  Grant requests will be accepted using the form found here and on the PTSO website.  In previous years, the PTSO has funded grants to buy classroom equipment, purchase microwaves for the cafeteria, and more.

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game

Save the date!  Friday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. Woodson will pay tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces during its varsity football game versus the West Springfield Spartans, at Pat Cunningham Stadium.

All current and former military members with an ID are encouraged to attend, and will receive free general admission. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with a cook out for our Military Families prior to the game at 6:15 p.m.  The Coast Guard will provide a static boat for kids of all ages to explore.  We will have Woodson High School Military Appreciation shirts for families to purchase as well.

More information on how to RSVP and a SignUpGenius with opportunities to volunteer will be coming soon!

It is a “Camo Out” so wear your Camouflage in support of all military men and women who have served and continue to serve our Country! #CAVSTRONG! #oneWoodson!

Fall Festival

The W.T. Woodson SGA Leadership class is hosting their annual Fall Fest, a fun day for kids of all ages! Fall Fest is Saturday, October 26th from 11am - 2pm, and will be located on the Woodson outdoor basketball courts, outside door 7 on the side of the school (In case of inclement weather, Fall Fest will be held in the Auxiliary Gym).

There will be Halloween themed games and crafts such as pumpkin painting, a moon bounce, candy, and much more! Be sure to wear your best costume!

Any questions? Email the Fall Fest committee at wtwfallfest@gmail.com.

FAFSA Line-By-Line

Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m., Cav Hall – The FAFSA Line-by-Line information session will walk attendees through each line of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA).  You will understand exactly what asked by each question and be better able to complete the FAFSA on your own if you choose to do so.

Milk & Cookies - End of 1st Quarter

Friday, November 1st - A Woodson fan favorite, Milk & Cookies returns this school year! 

Modeled after the poem, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Kindergarten," this tradition is an opportunity to celebrate our students and show them positive community support. 

We need lots of help from parents to make this event happen.   Please visit the SignUp Genius to sign-up to bring cookies and/or to help us pass out cookies at school dismissal.  We need around 300 dozen to make sure we have enough cookies for all, so please donate generously!

The PTSO donates the milk for this event.  For any questions, please email:  WTWmilkncookies@gmail.com.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F45AEA829A4FC1-milk

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 opportunity for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

Sign up and payment link will be posted later this week on the PTSO website:   https://www.woodsonptso.org/

Please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597 with any questions.

New Emails!

Our PTSO is changing all of 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, become a member

Want to donate? You can here!

Woodson Holiday Craft Show

Mark your calendars for WTWoodson’s 25th annual Holiday Craft Show!

Saturday, November 2nd from 10am-4pm. 

This exceptional show features over handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, pottery, giftware, and so much more. There will be over 100 exhibitors and Admission is FREE!

All proceeds benefit the W.T. Woodson Crew Team.

Election Day is November 5th

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.  There is a non-partisan candidates' forum for Providence district on October 16 at 7pm at the Providence Community Center.  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.

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.

Boys Lacrosse Car Wash this Saturday

Come out to Woodson this Saturday, October 19th between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to get your car washed and help raise money for the Woodson Boys Lacrosse program!  

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Tag Day is on Saturday, October 19th, from 8:30am to 1:30pm.  We need both students and parent volunteers to make this a success.  Student Volunteers can sign up in the Chorus Room.  Parent drivers interested in volunteering, please use the Woodson Tag Day Sign Up Genius here!

Spring Trip to Nashville: Forms and payments for the Spring Trip are due by October 25th.

Upcoming Events:

October 16th        District Chorus commitment and payment due

October 19th        TAG DAY

October 21st               Dessert Fundraiser Orders and Payments due

October 22nd              Vocal Ensemble Chorus Concert (Nova-Alexandria Campus)

October 26th               Student Social Event

Woodson Drama Boosters

Mark your calendars for the Fall production of Letters to Sala. Performances are November 1st,  2nd,  7th,  8th and 9th at 7:30 p.m. and November 2nd at 2 p.m. 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).

Spread the word!

Want to share content for our PTSO Members? Spread the word that this is the place to do it!  Have questions? Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com!

Are you a PTSO member? Find us on Facebook - WT Woodson PTSO. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325539501108550/

Fall Sports Highlights

The Lady Cavs Varsity field hockey team travelled to the Robinson Rams.  Seniors Anna Stribling and Bridget Cassata kept the ball moving from the defense through the midfield.  On the attack, Senior Anabel Heisley was a constant threat in attack.  At halftime though the two teams remained at an impasse.  Woodson demonstrated great team play, a state that has become a hallmark of the 2019 season.  Significant contributors included Allie Maahs and Zoe Hite.  However, the scoring account remained unopened.  This changed as the game entered overtime.  Rams made an attack, but the Lady Cavs defense held strong.  Cassata emerged with the ball and found Stephan making a run and connected the pass.  Senior Izzy Gonzales attacked in unison creating a passing option on which Stephan capitalized.  Gonzales returned the ball to Stephan forcing the Robinson defenders to adjust.  As they shifted, Stephan passed back to Gonzales for the shot, goal, and win.  Final score, 1-0.  Cavs win.

This week was a great week to be a Cavalier for our Volleyball team! Our ladies went 3-0 against James Madison last Monday. Hitter Katie Burruss was back in the game after an injury and right away racked up some kills for the Cavs as did Middle Simone Barry. Thank you to everyone who came out for Dig Pink on Thursday for our game against Lake Braddock! It was a “Pink Out” night with delicious baked goods, great raffle prizes and a successful fundraiser for breast cancer research through The Side Out Foundation. After a tough loss to LBSS last month the Cavs were hungry for a win. With the excitement and hype of Dig Pink, great attitude and super effort, our ladies did just that with another 3-0 win! Jordan Lyons and Amy Burkhardt continued to perform strong, hustling in defense and hitting hard for kills from the back and front row. Maggie Cox brought her strong serves to the game and Olivia Guerra and Maja Zuber stopped the Bruins hits with six blocks each for the night. It took every girl playing her part in every position to make this strong win happen. We are now 17-4 overall and 4-3 in the district. Way to go Lady Cavs! Tuesday, Oct 15 is an away game at West Springfield (7:15pm). Please come out to Woodson on Thursday, Oct. 17 to celebrate our seniors for our Senior Night. Let’s cheer our ladies on for a win against Robinson. This should be a very exciting game! Bring your spirit and let’s fill the house!

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Woodson Weekly - October 11th

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Woodson Weekly -
October 11th

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 Mr. MacNabb's honors government class participate in a trivia game, Kahoot! and score on the final jeapordy question.  https://youtu.be/v6j6UszIiq8

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

Wednesday, October 16th - PSAT Day, 2 hour early release

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. No School Monday, October 14th
2. Woodson earns Purple Star Designation
3. Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game
4. Missed Assignments
5. PSAT Day, October 16th
6. AP Test Opt Out Information
7. Health Information Form
8. Expunge a Course
9. Fall Blood Drive
10. Parent Volunteers Needed - Hearing and Vision Screening
11. Parents as Partners - Session 2
12. Resources Night
13. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session
14. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook
15. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups
16. Academic Letter Awards
17. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs
18. Reserve Your Yearbook
19. Woodson Gift Ideas
20. FCPS Cares

1. No School Monday

As a reminder, school will be closed for students on Monday, October 14th, for the Columbus Day holiday. October 14th is a school planning day for staff members. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 15th. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

2. Woodson earns Purple Star Designation

The Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity of Military Children has selected W.T. Woodson High School as a 2019 Purple Star designee.

The Council applauds and appreciates Woodson's outstanding commitment to serving the needs of military students and families. Our dedicated program truly serves as an inspiring model for other schools across Virginia.

3. Military Appreciation Varsity Football Game

Save the date!  Friday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m Woodson will pay tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces during its varsity football game versus the West Springfield Spartans, at Pat Cunningham Stadium.

All current and former military members with an ID are encouraged to attend, and will receive free general admission. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with a cook out for our Military Families prior to the game at 6:15PM.  The Coast Guard will provide a static boat for kids of all ages to explore.  We will have Woodson High School Military Appreciation shirts for families to purchase as well.

It is a “Camo Out” so wear your Camouflage in support of all military men and women who have served and continue to serve our Country! #CAVSTRONG! #oneWoodson!

4. Missed Assignments

Parents, please remember when students have an excused absence, they are expected to take the initiative to make up missed assignments and assessments. Our teachers are more than happy to work with students on make ups and students are encouraged to advocate early and often to ensure they are not overloaded after being out.

One episode of strep throat can put a student out for several days; teachers understand and are sympathetic but need the students to help plan for those make ups as only they know their own assignment load and calendar. For the rare UNEXCUSED absence, please know that according to FCPS Grading and Reporting, teachers do not have to allow the make ups.

Sophomore student, Winter acting as “docent” for students in Mr. Wright's AP World History, explaining the Abbasid Theme Park and its elements.

5. PSAT Test Day, October 16th 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 16th. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.  

Students may prepare for the PSAT by getting a good night’s sleep prior to the test and eating breakfast the morning of the test.  Students need to bring a calculator and two No. 2 pencils to the test.  It is also recommended that students bring snacks and drinks, which they may access during the two 5-minute breaks during the test.  Electronic devices (cell phones, Bluetooth devices, smartwatches, etc.) must be turned off and put away for the entire testing period.

Students with an approved accommodation for extended testing time must arrange for transportation home from school since they will not finish testing before the buses depart (PSAT with 50% extended time – dismissal at approximately 2:10PM).

9th Grade students will participate in a career readiness program and executive function activities.  They must bring their fully charged laptop and ear buds on Wednesday.

Seniors are encouraged to use this day for college visits, college applications and post graduate opportunities.

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications.

Lunch will be a grab-n-go at 12:25 p.m. and students will be released at 12:55 p.m. on this day.

Contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu with questions.

6. AP Test Opt Out Information

On Tuesday, October 1st, an AP Opt Out Form was mailed via USPS to every student who is currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement course through FCPS.  FCPS will pay for up to six (6) AP Exams throughout a student’s tenure in FCPS.  Any exam taken beyond six will require a fee of $94 to be paid to FCPS.  Students who have exceeded their six (6) AP exams will be billed in December.

The Opt Out Form allows students and families to opt out of any of their current AP exams. Please understand that it is Woodson’s and FCPS’s full expectation that every student enrolled in an AP course complete the course and take the AP exam in May. If a student wishes to opt out of an exam, they must indicate this on the official FCPS Opt Out Form by Friday, October 25th. This is the only way students are able to opt out of an AP exam.

If you have questions about the new AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Test Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee, at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

7. Health Information Form

Health Information Forms provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHN) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

Please contact Woodson's public health nurse, Kate Boyd with any questions at koboyd@fcps.edu.

8. Expunge a Course

In accordance with Virginia state regulations, FCPS Regulation 2408 permits parents of students who take a high school credit-bearing course in middle school to request that the grade be omitted from the student’s high school transcript and the student not earn high school credit for the course. Parents interested in expunging a course and removing the middle school course and associated credit from the high school transcript must make this request no later than the end of the first nine weeks of the school year following completion of the course.

For current ninth graders, the deadline to complete the expunge request is Friday, November 1st.

Please find the link to the expunge form below. The form outlines the guidelines and procedures for expunging grades for high school courses taken in middle school. If you have questions about expunging a course, please contact your school counselor.

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/is104.pdf

9. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, October 18th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room A232 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to amwilliams@fcps.edu!

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

10. Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21st and 22nd, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.

We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

October 14-18 is Teen Reading Week. 

11. Parents as Partners - Session 2

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

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

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

Students in Ms. Babcock's honors physics class calculate equations.

12. Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS, ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

13. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session

On Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Cavalier Hall, Woodson is hosting a line-by-line information session for parents on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  This is the form used to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Understanding exactly what is expected will make completing the FAFSA easier.  To learn more about the FAFSA, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

14. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2020 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2020 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING BABY ADS is Sunday, October 13th!

15. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups

Senior portrait make-ups will be October 21st-28th.

Look for a postcard in your mailbox after October 4th for your appointment date and time. You can always call LifeTouch at 800-445-1189 to make or change at appointment. Be sure your senior gets their picture taken in this time window to be included in the yearbook!

Underclass portrait make-ups will be on Tuesday, October 22nd.

16. Academic Letter Awards

Each year, Woodson High School recognizes our academic scholars who have achieved a 4.0 grade point average in the previous school year while attending Woodson High School. While we have recognized students for their achievement in a variety of ways including formal ceremonies and informal gatherings, we have received mixed feedback on the ceremony from the students receiving these awards and their parents.

Last month, the PTSO conducted a survey of the more than 540 recipients and their families to help measure the desire for a formal ceremony. Of the hundreds of responses we received from parents and students, the majority did not wish to attend a formal ceremony.

Based on this feedback from parents and students, we will be moving away from the formal ceremony and moving in a different direction to award our students with academic letters or pins for their great achievement. Certificates and letters/pins will be given to awardees during the school day. Because there are over 540 recipients, not all students will receive their award on the same day. Student Services will be working diligently to ensure students receive their award before Thanksgiving break.

We congratulate our students on earning this outstanding honor and wish them the best of luck this school year and beyond!

Class of 2020 Panoramic

17. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on Monday, October 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. 

Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges, international colleges, and military academies. Additionally, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process, standardized testing, and financial aid.

Interpreters will be available during College Night, but these services must be requested in advance by contacting Susie Statham at sstatham@fcps.edu or at 571-423-4429. Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code, which will allow colleges to scan the student’s information instead of having to fill out an information card for each college or university.

Details and registration are available online

18. 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!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

19. Woodson Gift Ideas

It's not too early to start thinking about gift ideas for the holidays.  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.

  20. 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 - October 8

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PTSO Meeting Tonight!

Our next PTSO meeting is tonight, Tuesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. in the Library.

Unfortunately, when we planned out our meetings for the year, we did not realize that tonight's meeting was falling on the eve of Yom Kippur and for that we are truly sorry.

It is not possible to reschedule without conflicting with other events at Woodson, so if you cannot attend next week please email WPTSOPres@gmail.com if you have any topics or questions you would like to present to the PTSO membership.

Thank you!

Thank you to the parents who responded to the last minute call for volunteers at Saturday's Homecoming Dance.  The Leadership Faculty sponsors truly appreciated your support.

New Emails!

Our PTSO is changing all of 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, become a member

Want to donate? You can here!

Election Day is November 5th

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.  There is a non-partisan candidates' forum for Providence district on October 16 at 7pm at the Providence Community Center.  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.

It's Time to Submit Your PTSO Fall Grant Application

Attention ALL members of the PTSO! You are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a program/ event/ equipment!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning THIS WEEK until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25th.  Grant requests will be accepted using the form found here and on the PTSO website.  In previous years, the PTSO has funded grants to buy classroom equipment, purchase microwaves for the cafeteria, and more.

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

Parents as Partners - Session 2

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

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

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

FAFSA Line-By-Line

Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m., Cav Hall – The FAFSA Line-by-Line information session will walk attendees through each line of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA).  You will understand exactly what asked by each question and be better able to complete the FAFSA on your own if you choose to do so.

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 orders and payments are due on October 11th.

Tag Day is on Saturday, October 19th, from 8:30am to 1:30pm.  We need both students and parent volunteers to make this a success.  Student Volunteers can sign up in the Chorus Room.  Student volunteers are also needed to assemble Tag Day Driver Packets on October 14th from 12-2 in the Chorus Room (this is a Teacher Planning Day, so no school for kids).  Pizza will be provided. There is a separate sign-up form for this activity in the Chorus Room.  Parent drivers interested in volunteering, please use the Woodson Tag Day Sign Up Genius here!

Spring Trip to Nashville: Forms and payments for the Spring Trip are due by October 25th.

Friendly Reminder:  All Chorus fees, including payments on Chorus uniforms, are due.

Upcoming Events:

October 12th        Honors Choir Auditions at Longwood University- Seniors Only

October 14th        Driver Packet Assembly 

October 16th        District Chorus commitment and payment due

October 19th        TAG DAY

Woodson Drama Boosters

Mark your calendars for the Fall production of Letters to Sala. Performances are November 1st,  2nd,  7th,  8th and 9th at 7:30 p.m. and November 2nd at 2 p.m. 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.

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 opportunity for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

Sign up and payment link will be posted later this week on the PTSO website:   https://www.woodsonptso.org/

Please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597 with any questions.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21 and 22, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

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).

Spread the word!

Want to share content for our PTSO Members? Spread the word that this is the place to do it!  Have questions? Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com!

Are you a PTSO member? Find us on Facebook - WT Woodson PTSO. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325539501108550/

Fall Sports Highlights

This week the Varsity field hockey team travelled to the Fairfax Rebels for what is always an exciting and hotly contested match.  From the first whistle, the Lady Cavs put the opposition on their back foot.  Emmy Rummel entertained the visitor side with a solo stick skill schooling of two Rebels that left them flat-footed.  At halftime the score remained 0-0.  In the second half, the defense was called into action as long balls began to make their way into the Woodson half.  The stalemate was broken when the Lady Cavs took advantage of a corner.  Gwyneth Durosko inserted to Senior Izzy Gonzales.  A turn and pass to Allie Maahs.  Quick pass to Audrey Fisher for the shot and Woodson was ahead.  Senior Margaret Stephan got the crowd to the edge of their seats on several occasions with long-run attacks into the Rebel half.  Final score, 1-0.  Cavs win.

Wow, last week was a great one for Woodson Volleyball! The Lady Cavs started the week by beating Fairfax last Tuesday. Middle Yanna Willett kept Fairfax on their toes with strong hitting.  Setters Hannah DeGregory and Aubree Reasor worked the court leading to kills by middle Sarah Leaming and pin hitter Becca Rainey earning the Cavs a 3-0 win. On Thursday night, our ladies faced South County, who beat us in September. SoCo has power hitters but they were no match for our defense led by libero Jaden Reasor. With setting from Nicole Gibson and Erin McPhilomy back strong after being down with injuries, out hitters powered back. Middle Maja Zuber scored many points with her signature slide hits.  Our entire offense was on point, taking two sets and then coming back from a seven point deficit to take the third set, winning the game 3-0! Come out next week for two home games: James Madison, Mon, Oct 7 at 7:15 and then WTW Volleyball DIG PINK ON THURSDAY, October 10. Freshman: 4:30, JV: 5:45, Varsity: 7:15. Pink out, bring your family and friends, come out and support this good cause and our Lady Cavs as they face Lake Braddock.

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Woodson Weekly - October 4th

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Woodson Weekly -
October 4th

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!

Senior C.J and Ms. Schmauder rocking their red, white, and blue for spirit day!

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 4th - Homecoming Parade at 4:30pm; Homecoming Game against Westfield HS at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5th - Homecoming Dance at 8:00 p.m. (see details below)

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

Wednesday, October 16th - PSAT Day, 2 hour early release

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. Homecoming Parade, Game, and Dance
2. PSAT Day, October 16th
3. AP Test Opt Out Information
4. Math & Writing Centers Open
5. FCPS Mental Health Conference
6. Fall Blood Drive
7. Parent Volunteers Needed - Hearing and Vision Screening
8. Parents as Partners - Session 2
9. Resources Night
10. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session
11. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook
12. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups
13. Vaping Information from the FCHD
14. World Languages Credit Exam
15. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. Woodson Gift Ideas
18. Hurricane Dorian Relief
19. Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities Meeting
20. FCPS Cares

1. Homecoming Parade, Game, and Dance

The 2019 Homecoming football game is on Friday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. against Westfield HS.  The Homecoming Parade will start at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a pre-game Pigout on the outdoor basketball courts starting at 5:00 p.m.  The Pigout is a fun tradition for students to enjoy music and games, and to purchase food from vendors and food trucks. 

The Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, October 5th from 8:00-11:30 p.m. in the Main Gym.  There will be NO locker access during the dance.  A coat check, a lounge, and a free photo booth are available to the students.

This year’s Homecoming theme is Area 51 – “An Out of This World Homecoming.”  There will be no tickets sold at the door.

Parents - We need your help at the Homecoming Dance!

We need parent volunteers at the Homecoming dance coat check!  There are 2 shift times available (7:45-9:30 p.m. and 9:30-11:30 p.m.)  Please sign up here

2. PSAT Test Day, October 16th 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 16th. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.  

Students may prepare for the PSAT by getting a good night’s sleep prior to the test and eating breakfast the morning of the test.  Students need to bring a calculator and two No. 2 pencils to the test.  It is also recommended that students bring snacks and drinks, which they may access during the two 5-minute breaks during the test.  Electronic devices (cell phones, Bluetooth devices, smartwatches, etc.) must be turned off and put away for the entire testing period.

Students with an approved accommodation for extended testing time must arrange for transportation home from school since they will not finish testing before the buses depart (PSAT with 50% extended time – dismissal at approximately 2:10PM).

9th Grade students will participate in a career readiness program and executive function activities. 

Seniors are encouraged to use this day for college visits, college applications and post graduate opportunities.

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications.

Lunch will be a grab-n-go at 12:25 p.m. and students will be released at 12:55 p.m. on this day.

Contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu with questions.

3. AP Test Opt Out Information

On Tuesday, October 1st, an AP Opt Out Form will be mailed via USPS to every student who is currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement course through FCPS.  FCPS will pay for up to six (6) AP Exams throughout a student’s tenure in FCPS.  Any exam taken beyond six will require a fee of $94 to be paid to FCPS.  Students who have exceeded their six (6) AP exams will be billed in December.

The Opt Out Form allows students and families to opt out of any of their current AP exams. Please understand that it is Woodson’s and FCPS’s full expectation that every student enrolled in an AP course complete the course and take the AP exam in May. If a student wishes to opt out of an exam, they must indicate this on the official FCPS Opt Out Form. This is the only way students are able to opt out of an AP exam.

If you have questions about the new AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Test Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee, at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

The Cavalcade gets a new look!

4. Math & Writing Centers Open

The Math and Writing Centers are open for business.  These centers provide free peer tutoring.

The Math Center is open during even day lunches (B107), 6th return (B107) and after school (3:00 – 3:45) Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (B208).  We recommend that students bring their notes and the assignment they are working on to the Math Center.

The Math Center has a Google Site to help students learn more about this important resource.  https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/woodson-math-center/home

The Writing Center is in Room E212 and is open during all lunches, after school on Wednesdays, and during 5th and 6th period returns.

The Writing Center's theme this year is Alex in Writing Land, a parody of Alice in Wonderland. “Don’t be late for that Writing Center date!" Students are encouraged to bring assignments for tutoring while they eat their lunches. Please remember that some of the best help in writing happens at the early stages of planning and writing a draft.  Make sure to bring the writing prompts, rubrics, and requirements for each assignment.

If you have questions regarding these resources, please contact Valerie Silver for the Math Center at vmsilver@fcps.edu and Karla Eaton for the Writing Center at kmeaton@fcps.edu or mdherndon@fcps.edu.

5. FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5th, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website

6. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, October 18th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room A232 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to amwilliams@fcps.edu!

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

7. Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21st and 22nd, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.

We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

8. Parents as Partners - Session 2

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

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

October’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Wellness and will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

Based on the 2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey, there are many assets which assist in positive student well- being.  The parent seminar will feature Dr. DiSalvo, Assistant Principal, Dr. Floyd, Principal, Ms. Parker, counselor and a panel of students to review strategies to help your child balance the demands of high school.   More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

We will begin our session by exploring this recent article that was in The Washington Post on September 26th written by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/26/students-high-achieving-schools-are-now-named-an-at-risk-group/ 

Students in Ms. Kinne's AP biology class investigate the effects of changing environmental conditions on enzyme activity.

9. Resources Night

On Wednesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Cav Hall, join us for Resources Night.  Learn about tools and online resources which will help you navigate opportunities for your high school student.

Resources discussed will include SIS, ParentVUE, Naviance Student, library resources, and much more.  These resources will assist you in finding everything from your student’s grades to paid internships, free special programs, and scholarships.

This is a fast-paced evening that covers a lot of information. Bring a note pad or smart device to take notes and follow along.

Although we invite all of our freshmen parents to this event, everyone is welcome - especially anyone who has not attended in previous years.

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

10. FAFSA Line-by-Line Info Session

On Tuesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Cavalier Hall, Woodson is hosting a line-by-line information session for parents on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  This is the form used to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Understanding exactly what is expected will make completing the FAFSA easier.  To learn more about the FAFSA, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

11. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2020 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2020 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING BABY ADS is Sunday, October 13th!

12. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups

Senior portrait make-ups will be October 21st-28th.

Look for a postcard in your mailbox after October 4th for your appointment date and time. You can always call LifeTouch at 800-445-1189 to make or change at appointment. Be sure your senior gets their picture taken in this time window to be included in the yearbook!

Underclass portrait make-ups will be on Tuesday, October 22nd.

13. Vaping Information from FCHD

Severe Lung Illness Associated with “Vaping"

Many states, including Virginia, have recently reported cases of severe lung disease among teenagers and young adults with a history of "vaping" (i.e., practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device).

E-cigarettes can contain harmful or potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals (e.g., lead), volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing chemicals. Youth, young adults, pregnant women, as well as adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not use e-cigarettes. If you use e-cigarette products, monitor yourself for symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breaths, chest pain) and promptly seek medical attention if you have concerns about your health.

For more information, please visit the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) website.

Students cheering on activities during the fall pep rally.

14. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam, including:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish languages will be tested using the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), which is a timed test and has a format distinct from the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam.  More information on the WPT is available here: Writing Proficiency Test.

Registration is open and closes on Thursday, October 10th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Students interested in registering for the exam must see their school counselor.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: Credit Exam for WL.

15. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on Monday, October 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. 

Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges, international colleges, and military academies. Additionally, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process, standardized testing, and financial aid.

Interpreters will be available during College Night, but these services must be requested in advance by contacting Susie Statham at sstatham@fcps.edu or at 571-423-4429. Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code, which will allow colleges to scan the student’s information instead of having to fill out an information card for each college or university.

Details and registration are available online

16. 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!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

17. Woodson Gift Ideas

It's not too early to start thinking about gift ideas for the holidays.  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.

18. Hurricane Dorian Relief

Dear Region 5 Communities,

Each of the 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support the humanitarian crisis that has occurred in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. We have all witnessed the devastation from this deadly storm and we want to be able to help. There is an estimated 18,000 children in crisis and many children have lost everything they own. So we are calling each of our communities to action!

Over the next two weeks, we will be fundraising by using a GoFundMe page. The link is below which also includes a link to a video for more information. All proceeds will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials.

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser ends today, Friday, October 4th.

Please click this link to go to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

Thank you for supporting this cause!

19. Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) Meeting

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) will hold its next meeting on October 7, 2019 in room 111 at the Dunn Loring Center located at 2334 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, VA 22027.  The meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m.  

  20. 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 - October 1

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New Emails!

Our PTSO is changing all of 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, become a member

Want to donate? You can here!

PTSO Meeting

Our next PTSO meeting will be Tuesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. in the Library.

Unfortunately when our meetings were scheduled we did not realize this one was falling on the eve of Yom Kippur and for that we are truly sorry. 

It is not possible to reschedule without conflicting with other events at Woodson, so if you cannot attend next week please email WPTSOPres@gmail.com if you have any topics or questions you would like to present to the PTSO membership.

It's Homecoming Week!

Check out all the events here!

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/announcements/homecoming-week-sept-30-oct-4

Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?

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

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

PTSO Fall Grant Info

Grant Application Window is open! Attention ALL members of the PTSO! You are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a program/ event/ equipment!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning THIS WEEK until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25th.  Grant requests will be accepted using the form found here and on the PTSO website

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

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

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Support the Woodson Chorus Boosters on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Flippin’ Pizza Restaurant Night from 4pm-9pm at the 9548 Main St location.  Dine In or Take Out! Please mention you are eating in support of the Chorus Booster fundraiser.

Pyramid Concert: Wednesday, October 2nd from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Call for High School students is 5:30pm in the auditorium. Doors open to the general public at 6:45pm and the concert begins at 7:00pm.

Chorus Booster Meeting on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

Restaurant Night!

Woodson Crew invites you to support the team by eating at Noodles on Thursday, October 3rd from 4-8 p.m.  Must show flyer:  CrewNoodles  Pull for Woodson!

Woodson Drama Boosters

Mark your calendars for the Fall production of Letters to Sala. Performances are November 1st,  2nd,  7th,  8th and 9th at 7:30 p.m. and November 2nd at 2 p.m. 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.

From left: Drumline Captain Andri, Color Guard Captain Keris, Horn Sergeant Lauren, and Drum Majors Louis, Grace, and Jeremy.

Woodson Marching Cavaliers

Congratulations to the WT Woodson Marching Band and Color Guard for their outstanding performance at the North Stafford High School’s 37th Annual Big Blue Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, September 28th. 

The Marching Cavaliers placed first in their class and also earned first place in several categories including music, percussion, and general effect. They also scored the most points overall in classes 3A and 4A earning overall Grand Champion. 

The group can next be seen this coming Friday, October 4th marching in the 2019 Homecoming Parade and will perform their show “The Path I Take” after the football game.  Come out and support your 2019 Marching Cavaliers!

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 opportunity for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

With any questions please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21 and 22, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

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.

Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School; Registration Now Open

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

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).

Spread the word!

Want to share content for our PTSO Members? Spread the word that this is the place to do it!  Have questions? Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com!

Are you a PTSO member? Find us on Facebook - WT Woodson PTSO. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2325539501108550/

Fall Sports Highlights

The Varsity field hockey team travelled to Mount Vernon and South County.  Kiera O’Connor opened the scoring.  Gwyneth Durosko inserted the ball, Senior Anna Stribling put the ball on target, and Zoe Hite deflected into the goal for #2.  Senior Anabel Heisley assisted for Audrey Fisher for #3.  It was Allie Maahs to Stribling to Katie Williams for the fourth goal.  Kira got her second and brace by halftime.  In the second half, Woodson moved the ball all over the field.  Stribling found the sixth and game-ending goal.  Cavs win, 6-0.

Against the Stallions, Senior Izzy Gonzales put Woodson ahead soon after the first whistle.  It was end to end play with some rough and tumble in the mix.  The Lady Cavs were up for the challenge.  Maahs created an opportunity for Heisley to grab a goal.  Senior Margaret Stephan fired a hard pass to assist Durosko that put Woodson ahead 3-0 at halftime.  Stribling to Stephan led to the fourth.  Great ball movement connected Stephan to Gonzales and back to Stephan for goal #5 and Stephan’s hat trick.  Cavs win, 5-0.

Co-Ed Golf 

On Tuesday, September 24th, the Cavs competed in the Patriot District Tournament at Twin Lakes Oaks Course.  While the Cavs came up just short of qualifying for the Occoquan Region Tournament as a team, senior captain Amelia Noca earned a coveted individual qualifying spot.  The Occoquan Regional Tournament will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at Laurel Hill Golf Course.  Congratulations to the Cavs on the great progress they made as a team this season, they are a young team full of promise for the future.  Best of luck to Amelia as she competes for a chance to play in the VHSL Boys State Tournament!

Girls volleyball played last Tuesday against West Springfield at home. Olivia Guerra and Amy Burkhardt hit hard on the front line and led the team to a 3-0 win. They travelled to Robinson on Thursday. With a strong start they took the first set, but Robinson rose up and took the next three. In spite of great defense by Jaden Reasor and hard hitting and blocking by Ruthie Ridderhoff the Cavs could not prevent the loss. The ladies are ready to fight back for wins this week with both games at home at 7:15pm on Tuesday, October 1st against Fairfax and Thursday, October 3rd against South County. Our Cavs are hungry to beat South County at home after falling short last time at their court. Come out to Woodson, be loud and give the girls the home court advantage for some wins!

Hurricane Dorian Relief

Dear Region 5 Communities,

Each of the 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support the humanitarian crisis that has occurred in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. We have all witnessed the devastation from this deadly storm and we want to be able to help. There is an estimated 18,000 children in crisis and many children have lost everything they own. So we are calling each of our communities to action!

Over the next two weeks, we will be fundraising by using a GoFundMe page. The link is below which also includes a link to a video for more information. All proceeds will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials.

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser will run from Wednesday, September 18th to Friday, October 4th.

Please click this link to go to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

Thank you for supporting this cause!

Follow us on Twitter! @WPtso

W. T. Woodson PTSO

Woodson Weekly - September 27th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 27th

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

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

Students in Ms. Adams' biology class compete in a team-building challenge.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 4th - Homecoming Parade at 4:30pm; Homecoming Game against Westfield HS at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5th - Homecoming Dance at 8:00 p.m. (see details below)

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

Wednesday, October 16th - PSAT Day, 2 hour early release

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. Powderpuff Game & Bonfire
2. Parents as Partners - Study Skills
3. AP Test Opt Out Information
4. Homecoming Parade, Game, and Dance
5. Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?
6. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook
7. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups
8. Dress Code Reminder
9. PE Uniform Reminder
10. National Honor Society Applications 
11. PSAT Day, October 16th
12. Fall Blood Drive
13. FCPS Mental Health Conference
14. World Languages Credit Exam
15. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. FCPS Cares

1. Powderpuff Game & Bonfire

The annual Powderpuff Flag Football game will take place on Saturday, September 28th, at 6:00 p.m. on the main field.  Admission is free with a student ID.  General admission is $5.00 at the gate.  Concessions will be sold during the game.

Players are placed in grade-level teams and are coached by students.  The Senior team plays the Juniors, and Sophomores play Freshmen. 

This year's theme is "Area 51” which is also the Homecoming Dance theme.  Each class wears their team's theme color.  This year's colors are as follows:

Seniors are black, Juniors are light blue, Sophomores are purple, and Freshmen are green.

The Homecoming Bonfire will follow the last game.  The bonfire will take place behind the stadium, near the Frost MS entrance.  There will be a DJ and the concession stand will be open.  The Bonfire typically starts around 8:15 p.m. and ends by 9:30 p.m.  Students must be picked up by 9:30 p.m.

For more information, please email wtwpowderpuff1@gmail.com.

2. Parents as Partners - Study Skills

If you were not able to make the first session of Parents as Partners on Study Skills, you can view the presentation on the Parents as Partners page on the Woodson website.

3. AP Test Opt Out Information

On Tuesday, October 1st, an AP Opt Out Form will be mailed via USPS to every student who is currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement course through FCPS.  FCPS will pay for up to six (6) AP Exams throughout a student’s tenure in FCPS.  Any exam taken beyond six will require a fee of $94 to be paid to FCPS.  Students who have exceeded their six (6) AP exams will be billed in December.

The Opt Out Form allows students and families to opt out of any of their current AP exams. Please understand that it is Woodson’s and FCPS’s full expectation that every student enrolled in an AP course complete the course and take the AP exam in May. If a student wishes to opt out of an exam, they must indicate this on the official FCPS Opt Out Form. This is the only way students are able to opt out of an AP exam.

If you have questions about the new AP format, processes, or fees please email our AP Test Coordinator, Kathleen Guinee, at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

4. Homecoming Parade, Game, and Dance

The 2019 Homecoming football game is on Friday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. against Westfield HS.  The Homecoming Parade will start at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a pre-game Pigout on the outdoor basketball courts starting at 5:00 p.m.  The Pigout is a fun tradition for students to enjoy music and games, and to purchase food from vendors and food trucks. 

The Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, October 5th from 8:00-11:30 p.m. in the Main Gym.  There will be NO locker access during the dance.  A coat check, a lounge, and a free photo booth are available to the students.

Leading up to Homecoming, the students will have the opportunity to participate in Spirit Week.  Each day students are encouraged to dress up in themed outfits (see photo above) and participate in games during lunches.  This year’s Homecoming theme is Area 51 – “An Out of This World Homecoming”. 

Tickets for the Homecoming Dance will be sold during all lunches from September 30th through October 4th.  Tickets are $20 through October 3rd.  On October 4th, tickets will cost $25.  There will be no tickets sold at the door.

5. Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?

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

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

6. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2020 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2020 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING BABY ADS is Sunday, October 13th!

7. Portrait and School Pic Make-ups

Senior portrait make-ups will be October 21st-28th.

Look for a postcard in your mailbox after October 4th for your appointment date and time. You can always call LifeTouch at 800-445-1189 to make or change at appointment. Be sure your senior gets their picture taken in this time window to be included in the yearbook!

Underclass portrait make-ups will be on Tuesday, October 22nd.

8. Dress Code Reminder

Parents, summer seems to be hanging around and so does summer clothing.  Please be reminded of the following SR&R regulation around appropriate dress.  We have had to ask some students to cover up or change clothes, please review this at home.  Bolded below is the areas of most frequent clothing issues.

“All students are expected to dress appropriately for a K-12 educational environment. Any clothing that interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable. Clothing with language or images that are vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene; or clothing that promotes illegal or violent conduct, such as gang symbols, the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia; or clothing that contains threats is prohibited. Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste, and decency. Clothing that exposes private areas or an excessive amount of bare skin is prohibited. Examples of prohibited clothing include, but are not limited to: sagging or low-cut pants, tube or halter tops, studded or chain belts, clothing constructed of see-through materials, and head coverings unless required for religious or medical purposes. A principal may provide additional examples to his or her school community that are approved by the regional assistant superintendent. Discussion about dress code violations shall be held privately and maintain the dignity of the student. Parents of students requiring accommodation for religious beliefs, disabilities, or other good reasons should contact the principal. Students not complying with this code will be asked to cover the noncomplying clothing, change clothes, or go home. Repeated infractions will result in disciplinary action.”   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/SRR1920.pdf

9. PE Uniform Reminder

All students taking PE and Personal Fitness are required to change clothing for their PE class.  Students must wear a gym uniform.  Loaner uniforms will only be given out on the first 2 days of the week.

If your student needs a uniform, they can purchase one through their PE teacher at the beginning or end of class. Costs are Shirts: $2.50, Shorts: $6:25, Bag: $5, Hoodie: $15, Sweat Pants: $12.  Payment by check is made payable to W.T. Woodson HS.

10. National Honor Society Applications

Applications to join the National Honor Society are available in Ms. Dragan's classroom, A145.

Applications are due Friday, October 4th to Ms. Graybill in the Student Services Office, where there is a box for students to drop off their completed applications. Students interested in applying must have a 3.5 GPA, be an active member of the community, and have previous leadership experience.

Students will be notified of their acceptance within 3 weeks of applying. If you have specific questions, please contact Sara Dragan (srdragan@fcps.edu) or Kara Sweeney (kmsweeney1@fcps.edu).

Students preparing to broadcast the Woodson morning news show.

11. PSAT Test Day, October 16th 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 16th. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.  

9th Grade students will participate in a career readiness program and executive function activities.  Seniors are encouraged to use this day for college visits, college applications and post graduate opportunities.

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications.

The total time for the PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and students with disabilities with testing accommodations may require additional time.

Lunch will be a grab-n-go at 12:25 p.m. and students will be released at 12:55 p.m. on this day.

12. Fall Blood Drive

Mark your calendar for the upcoming fall blood drive on Friday, October 18th,  in the Aux Gym. To sign up, go to Room A232 or visit the tables between cafeterias during lunches. Parents we welcome your participation, if you would like to sign up, just email potential times to amwilliams@fcps.edu!

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

13. FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5th, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child. 

13. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam, including:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish languages will be tested using the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), which is a timed test and has a format distinct from the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam.  More information on the WPT is available here: Writing Proficiency Test.

Registration is open and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Students interested in registering for the exam must see their school counselor.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: Credit Exam for WL.

15. FCPS College Fair and College Night Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools high school students and their families are encouraged to attend the 2019 College Fair on Sunday, October 20, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Fair Oaks Mall, and College Night on Monday, October 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. Both events provide opportunities for college-bound students and their families to gather information from a variety of schools. 

Approximately 300 colleges and universities are represented, including two- and four-year colleges, international colleges, and military academies. Additionally, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process, standardized testing, and financial aid.

Interpreters will be available during College Night, but these services must be requested in advance by contacting Susie Statham at sstatham@fcps.edu or at 571-423-4429. Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events. Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code, which will allow colleges to scan the student’s information instead of having to fill out an information card for each college or university.

Details and registration are available online

16. 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!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

  17. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - September 24

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PTSO News

We enjoyed seeing so many parents at Back to School Night last Thursday. Thank you for your very generous donations of classroom supplies for our teachers! We will distribute the tissues, disinfectant wipes, and other supplies to the teachers soon!

Did you know that every single penny of your membership fees stay right here at Woodson? If you haven’t joined yet, become a member

Want to donate? You can here!

Welcome Back Breakfast was a HUGE Success - Thank you!

A special thank you to Meri Farling and Teresa LeMair who organized and hosted a lovely breakfast for the WTW teachers and staff last Friday morning.  Thank you to the many families who donated fresh fruit, delicious bagels, pastries, and more. This was a special treat for our teachers and a great way to close out a long week!

Dress Code Reminder

Parents, summer seems to be hanging around and so does summer clothing.  Please be reminded of the following SR&R regulation around appropriate dress.  We have had to ask some students to cover up or change clothes, please review this at home.  Bolded below is the areas of most frequent clothing issues.

“All students are expected to dress appropriately for a K-12 educational environment. Any clothing that interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable. Clothing with language or images that are vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene; or clothing that promotes illegal or violent conduct, such as gang symbols, the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia; or clothing that contains threats is prohibited. Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste, and decency. Clothing that exposes private areas or an excessive amount of bare skin is prohibited. Examples of prohibited clothing include, but are not limited to: sagging or low-cut pants, tube or halter tops, studded or chain belts, clothing constructed of see-through materials, and head coverings unless required for religious or medical purposes. A principal may provide additional examples to his or her school community that are approved by the regional assistant superintendent. Discussion about dress code violations shall be held privately and maintain the dignity of the student. Parents of students requiring accommodation for religious beliefs, disabilities, or other good reasons should contact the principal. Students not complying with this code will be asked to cover the noncomplying clothing, change clothes, or go home. Repeated infractions will result in disciplinary action.”   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/SRR1920.pdf

PTSO Fall Grant Info

Attention ALL members of the PTSO!  You are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a program/event/equipment!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning Monday, September 30th until 5pm on Friday, October 25th using the form found here and on the PTSO website

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

Senior parents!  Purchase your "Congratulations Class of 2020" yard sign.

Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise (the all night graduation party) for 2020.  Contact Carol Harrity to purchase your sign!  carhar0129@hotmail.com

Precisionettes Car Wash

The Precisionettes Dance Team would like to thank the Woodson community for their generous support at our bake sale on Thursday and car wash on Saturday!  We  really enjoyed seeing so many friends and neighbors.

Woodson Drama Boosters

The Tech Open House for the Fall production of Letters to Sala, is Wednesday, September 25th at 3:15 p.m. in the Auditorium. Meet crew heads, learn about tech and sign up!

Also, plan to join us tonight, September 24, for the first Drama Boosters meeting, 7 p.m. in the Black Box, Room E154. Come learn about the upcoming production of Letters to Sala and ways to get involved. Come meet other Booster parents. We look forward to seeing you there!

Restaurant Night!

Woodson Crew invites you to support the team by eating at Noodles on Thursday, October 3rd from 4-8 p.m.  Must show flyer:  CrewNoodles  Pull for Woodson!

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 opportunity for Woodson. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

With any questions please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to volunteer with the kids!  On October 21 and 22, Woodson will be conducting student vision and hearing screenings.  The school health aide, Ms. Christina Lugo, is looking for a few parent volunteers to help.We’d also like to provide light refreshments for our volunteers. Please sign up here if you’re able to help with the screenings or donate snacks:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0A4FADA923A0FD0-woodson

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!

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.

Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School; Registration Now Open

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

Fairfax County Government Holding Community Meetings September 16-25 to Discuss Countywide Strategic Plan

What does your neighborhood look like in the future? Parks, libraries and other cultural opportunities? Our local environment? Transportation, including roads, bikes, and mass transit?

Join Fairfax County Government for another round of community meetings September 16-25 where you’ll learn more about progress on the first-ever countywide strategic plan. In the months since public feedback yielded nine areas of focus, teams have been working to further define and shape the future of our community in these areas:

  • Cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • Economic opportunity.
  • Education and lifelong learning.
  • Effective and efficient government.
  • Health and environment.
  • Housing and neighborhood livability.
  • Mobility and transportation.
  • Safety and security.
  • Self-sufficiency for people with vulnerabilities.

Come hear about each area, then share your thoughts, insights, opinions and experiences that will be used to help further shape a countywide strategic plan. Register for a community meeting.

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).

Fairfax County funds cover only game officials, coaches stipends, security and buses. Funds from the Booster passes help to pay for equipment, field and facilities maintenance, as well as uniforms, pins, certificates and letter awards and many other things to support our Woodson student athletes and community. 

Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?

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

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

Senior Class Pinnies

Place your orders for the Class of 2020 Senior Pinnies. Go to https://woodsonsenior2020.itemorder.com to order online. The deadline to order is September 22nd. For sizing go to B210 to try on samples. Please contact Stephanie Pollack (sepollack@fcps.edu) or Kate Wright (kwright@fcps.edu) with questions.

Convertibles and Flat Bed Trucks Needed

The Woodson Leadership Parade Committee is looking for convertibles to use in the annual Homecoming Parade. The parade is on October 4th from 4:30 to 5:30, and we are asking cars to arrive at 4 by entrance 5. If you have a convertible you would be willing to volunteer for use in the parade, please email us at wtwparade@gmail.com. Here is the convertible form.

Parents as Partners Series - Session 1

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

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

September’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Study Skills and will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

One task that is essential for all students and their success in high school is developing a way to study. Each student has to find their own routine. The parent seminar will feature a few of our wonderful veteran teachers and information about how to help your child find success while studying. More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

College and Career Center Newsletter

The September 20th WTW College and Career Center newsletter is now available at this link:

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/features/wtw-college-and-career-center-newsletter-20-september-2019 

Spread the word!

Want to share content for our PTSO Members? Spread the word that this is the place to do it!  Have questions? Email WPTSOCOMM@gmail.com!

Fall Sports Highlights

The Varsity field hockey team hosted the West Springfield Spartans and the Washington and Liberty Generals.  Fantastic student turn-out created a great atmosphere for this year’s Senior Night.  Prior to the match, the Lady Cavs recognized seniors Sidney Allen, Anabel Heisley, Bridget Cassata, Anna Stribling, Margaret Stephan, Rachel Hartzler, and Izzy Gonzales.  The Spartans got on the scoreboard first, but Woodson quickly responded through Kyleigh Poot and Gonzales to Heisley for the goal.  Heisley and Gonzales linked up to provide the means for Stephan to finish the go-ahead goal.  Stephan was good for a second and her brace.  Great ball play involving Audrey Fisher and Stephan put Gonzales one-on-one with goalie for another Woodson goal.  With unrelenting energy, Stribling made a solo drive for the fifth and Katie Williams closed the scoring account for the evening.  Cavs win, 6-1. 

Against the Generals, Katie Williams opened the goal scoring .  Allen had a rapid succession of great saves.  Off an assist from Gweneth Durosko, Williams’ golden stick continued to shine.  It was a run and cross from Stephan that set-up Williams’ hat trick.  Allen and Kelley Gross were stalwart stick minders and along with the defensive line including Cassata, Hartzler, Poot, Emmy Rummel, and Annika McGinn preserved the clean sheet.  Cavs win, 3-0.

Co-Ed Golf 

On September 9, the Cavs faced Annandale and Yorktown in a tri-match at Jefferson District Golf Course, finishing second to earn another match win.  Scores were Yorktown 154, Cavs 164, Annandale 206.  Zara Karim and Tytan Matthews led the Cavs with 40s, freshman Leo Lee broke shot a 41, and Tommy Stribling 43.   

The Cavs next compete in the Patriot District Tournament at Twin Lakes on September 24.  The top 3 teams plus the top 6 individual scores of players outside the top 3 teams move on to the Occoquan Region on October 3.  The Cavs have a great shot to advance!

Also of note, Amelia Noca and Zara Karim have both auto-qualified for the Girls Zone 4A Regional Tournament at Laurel Hill Golf Club on October 23.  The girls will compete to earn spots in the Girls VHSL State Championships in Harrisonburg on October 28-29.

Girls volleyball faced South County on Tuesday night. They fought hard but finished the first two sets 20-25 and 25-27. In the third set, Woodson’s back row defense led by Jordan Lyons and Jaden Reasor led the team to win the next two sets 25-22. With excellent blocking and hitting the girls took the fourth set 25-19. Woodson continued to play strong  to the end of the fifth set only losing 10-15 after a good fight. They are ready to make a comeback and win against West Springfield at WTW Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:15.

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Woodson Weekly - September 20th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 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!

Students in Dr. Morgan's new genetics class perform a yeast enzyme kinetics lab.  They also made root beer earlier in the week.

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 25th - Parents as Partners Seminar - Study Skills (see details below)

Friday, October 4th - Homecoming Parade at 4:30pm; Homecoming Game against Westfield HS at 7:00pm

Saturday, October 5th - Homecoming Dance at 8:00pm (see details below)

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

Wednesday, October 16th - PSAT Day, 2 hour early release

Friday, November 1st - End of First Quarter

Monday-Tuesday, November 4th-5th - Student Holidays

In this Issue

1. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars
2. Parents as Partners - Session 1, Study Skills
3. College Financial Aid Night
4. School Board BTSN Videos
5. Powderpuff Game & Bonfire
6. Hit and Run Accidents
7. Food Deliveries
8. National Honor Society Applications
9. Convertibles and Flat Bed Trucks Needed
10. Homecoming Game and Dance
11. Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?
12. Registration Now Open for FCPS Mental Health Conference
13. World Languages Credit Exam
14. PSAT Day, October 16th
15. Readers Needed
16. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook
17. Reserve Your Yearbook
18. Hurricane Dorian Relief
19. FCPS Cares

1. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  All new drivers and parents must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving.  Please mark your calendar for the Woodson seminars for 2019-2020.  Seminars will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium.

Monday, September 23rd

Monday, December 9th

Monday, February 3rd

Monday, April 27th

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

2. Parents as Partners - Session 1

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

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

September’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Study Skills and will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

One task that is essential for all students and their success in high school is developing a way to study. Each student has to find their own routine. The parent seminar will feature a few of our wonderful veteran teachers and information about how to help your child find success while studying. More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

3. College Financial Aid Night

Parents will have the opportunity to learn about paying for college from a college financial aid officer on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00p.m. in the Auditorium.  You will learn what is required and how the information you provide is interpreted. 

Be prepared and informed!!  Spanish translation will be available.

For more information on College Financial Aid Night, please contact Kathleen Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

4. School Board BTSN Videos

Please take a moment to watch the Fairfax County School Board welcome back to school videos from last night's Back to School Night (BTSN).  School board representatives for Woodson HS include: 

Megan McLaughlin, Braddock District; Dalia Palchik, Providence District; Sandy Evans, Mason District; Karen Keys-Gamarra, Member-at-Large; Ryan McElveen, Member-at-Large; and, Ilryong Moon, Member-at-Large.  

As part of Constitution Day on September 17th, Mr. Hettler and Mr. Rosebrock's US & VA Government students created their own class constitution (how they want to be treated in class and what rights and responsibilities they want to have within the framework of Woodson’s rules and regulations) and then recreated a depiction of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

5. Powderpuff Game & Bonfire

The annual Powderpuff Flag Football game will take place on Saturday, September 28th, at 6:00 p.m. on the main field.  Admission is free with a student ID.  General admission is $5.00 at the gate.  Concessions will be sold during the game.

Players are placed in grade-level teams and are coached by students.  The Senior team plays the Juniors, and Sophomores play Freshmen. 

This year's theme is "Area 51” which is also the Homecoming Dance theme.  Each class wears their team's theme color.  This year's colors are as follows:

Seniors are black, Juniors are light blue, Sophomores are purple, and Freshmen are green.

The Homecoming Bonfire will follow the last game.  The bonfire will take place behind the stadium, near the Frost MS entrance.  There will be a DJ and the concession stand will be open.  The Bonfire typically starts around 8:15 p.m. and ends by 9:30 p.m.  Students must be picked up by 9:30 p.m.

For more information, please email wtwpowderpuff1@gmail.com.

6. Hit and Run Accidents

There have been a few incidents in our parking lots over past few weeks involving students striking a car, leaving only minor damage, then NOT leaving their information behind or notifying security about it, resulting in a hit and run report/investigation. 

to contact School Security or leave their contact information on damaged vehicle.  Imagine being in the other car owner’s position discovering damage to their vehicle, plus it’s the law! If the student comes forward immediately, it's a simple matter of exchanging information.  For more information, please contact Woodson SRO Smith at bsmith3@fcps.edu.

7. 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.

Ms. Hobson's Tech Theatre students participated in team-building activities at an indoor ropes course.

8. National Honor Society Applications

Applications to join the National Honor Society are available in Ms. Dragan's classroom, A145.

Applications are due Friday, October 4th to Ms. Graybill in the Student Services Office, where there is a box for students to drop off their completed applications. Students interested in applying must have a 3.5 GPA, be an active member of the community, and have previous leadership experience.

Students will be notified of their acceptance within 3 weeks of applying. If you have specific questions, please contact Sara Dragan (srdragan@fcps.edu) or Kara Sweeney (kmsweeney1@fcps.edu).

9. Convertibles and Flat Bed Trucks Needed

We are in need of a few more convertibles and flat bed trucks for our Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 4th.  Please email Dan Schaefer for more details.

10. Homecoming Game and Dance

The 2019 Homecoming football game is on Friday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. against Westfield HS.  The Homecoming Parade will start at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a pre-game Pigout on the outdoor basketball courts starting at 5:00 p.m.  The Pigout is a fun tradition for students to enjoy music and games, and to purchase food from vendors and food trucks. 

The Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, October 5th from 8:00-11:30 p.m. in the Main Gym.  There will be NO locker access during the dance.  A coat check, a lounge, and a free photo booth are available to the students.

Leading up to Homecoming, the students will have the opportunity to participate in Spirit Week.  Each day students are encouraged to dress up in themed outfits and participate in games during lunches.  This year’s Homecoming theme is Area 51 – “An Out of This World Homecoming”. 

Tickets for the Homecoming Dance will be sold during all lunches from September 30th through October 4th.  Tickets are $20 through October 3rd.  On October 4th, tickets will cost $25.  There will be no tickets sold at the door.

11. Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?

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

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

Students in Mr. Dash’s PE classes enjoyed the nice weather this week learning pickle ball.

12. Registration Now Open for FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5th, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.   

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child. 

13. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam, including:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish languages will be tested using the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), which is a timed test and has a format distinct from the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam.  More information on the WPT is available here: Writing Proficiency Test.

Registration is open and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Students interested in registering for the exam must see their school counselor.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: Credit Exam for WL.

14. PSAT Test Day, October 16th 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 16th. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.  

9th Grade students will participate in a career readiness program and executive function activities.  Seniors are encouraged to use this day for college visits, college applications and post graduate opportunities.

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications.

The total time for the PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and students with disabilities with testing accommodations may require additional time.

Lunch will be a grab-n-go at 12:25 p.m. and students will be released at 12:55 p.m. on this day.

15. Readers Needed

The English Department is seeking parent readers to assist with new book approvals. We have an opportunity to refresh and update our bookroom for FREE but we need YOU to help! 

Part of the approval process for each title is a review by two parent readers. The process will be very simple. Step 1: Read the provided text and rationale. Step 2: Decide whether or not you think this book should be part of the curriculum here at Woodson. Step 3: Sign your name and note your approval/disapproval of the text on the form provided. That’s it-no meetings, no long-term commitment. Read what you can as you can from home, on the way to work, anywhere you have the time and the inclination.

Our opportunity to order free books will be after the winter break, the sooner we can get started the more books we can potentially order! If you have any questions please contact Katherine Benzinger, English Department Chair, at kesebunia@fcps.edu. This is a unique volunteer opportunity, please join us!

16. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2020 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2020 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING BABY ADS is Sunday, October 13th!

17. 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!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

18. Hurricane Dorian Relief

Dear Region 5 Communities,

Each of the 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support the humanitarian crisis that has occurred in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. We have all witnessed the devastation from this deadly storm and we want to be able to help. There is an estimated 18,000 children in crisis and many children have lost everything they own. So we are calling each of our communities to action!

Over the next two weeks, we will be fundraising by using a GoFundMe page. The link is below which also includes a link to a video for more information. All proceeds will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials.

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser will run from Wednesday, September 18th to Friday, October 4th.

Please click this link to go to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

Thank you for supporting this cause!

  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)

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WTW PTSO WeMail - September 17

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PTSO News

Back to School Night is THIS Thursday, September 19th!

Parents will walk their student's schedule, meet teachers, and learn about curriculum for the upcoming year.  For full details, visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/event/back-school-night-1

Come visit our PTSO table in the Cafeteria from 5:30-6:30pm!  Ready to join now?  Become a member

Want to donate? You can here!

Late Buses

Late Buses start this Wednesday, September 18th.  Late buses are on WEDNESDAYS ONLY. 

Late bus information may be found on your student’s Blackboard account under bus information.  It will say LR (late run) before their number.  Buses usually leave Woodson around 4:55 pm.

The purpose of late buses day is to allow students to stay after school for additional assistance from teachers or to enjoy a club or activity. 

Late buses have longer runs due to combining stops, therefore travel time may be longer before reaching home.

Donations Needed for Staff Welcome Back Breakfast THIS Friday, September 20th

Please help us welcome back our amazing Woodson High School Staff with the Welcome Back Breakfast this Friday, September 20th! The breakfast will be held at 7:15 AM in the Cafeteria. We need lots of contributions!  If you are able to contribute, please sign up by Wednesday September 18th so we know what we have filled:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e45aea82f4-woodson5

Contributions should be dropped off:

*In the front office during office hours on Thursday September 19th from 7:15 AM to 3:45 PM

*In the cafeteria during Back to School Night on Thursday September 19th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

*OR in the cafeteria on Friday morning by 7:00 AM

Please bring your item in a dish that is disposable, and include a disposable serving utensil if possible.  If your item cannot be in a disposable dish, please mark it carefully with your name. All unclaimed containers will be brought to the Office.

Thank you in advance for helping us make our teachers feel appreciated!

Questions, please contact Teresa at Teresalemair@aol.com or Meri at merifarling@hotmail.com 

Donate Classroom Supplies

Next time you’re out at the store, please pick up a few extra basic classroom supplies for our awesome WTW teachers. 

Did you know that our teachers often spend their own money on things like tissues, disinfectant wipes, and dry erase markers?  The PTSO supports our teachers by distributing supplies a few times throughout the year. You may bring supplies or gift cards (Staples, Target, etc) to the PTSO table at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 19th. Thanks!  We’ll see you there!

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

Senior parents!  Purchase your "Congratulations Class of 2020" yard sign.

On sale at Back to School Night. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise (the all night graduation party) for 2020.

Treat Yourself at Back to School Night

The Precisionettes will be selling homemade baked goods until 6pm on Thursday - Back to School Night.  Treat yourself and support these hard-working dancers!  

PTSO Fall Grant Info

Attention ALL members of the PTSO!  You are encouraged to apply for a grant to fund a program/event/equipment!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning Monday, September 30th until 5pm on Friday, October 25th using the form found here and on the PTSO website

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

WTW Annual Feeder Night Football Game 

Woodson welcomes students from our Pyramid Schools to join us for our home football game on Friday, September 20th.  The Cavaliers will take on Oakton HS Cougars starting at 7:00pm.  Feeder school students should gather at 6:30pm near the scoreboard and run up and down the field before the game.

Welcome from the Chorus Booster Club

Upcoming Event: The National Anthem Pyramid on Friday, September 20th

Orchestra Car Wash!

Get a fine tuned and crisp car washing at the Orchestra Car Wash on Saturday, September 21st from 10 am - 2 pm at WTW!

Precisionettes Car Wash

The WTW Precisionettes Dance Team is working hard to raise money to help cover our costs to travel to Nationals!  Come support us at our car wash on Saturday, September 21st from 9am-1pm.  You may buy tickets ($10) in advance from a Precisionette, or just stop by. We’ll be at the Kings Park Exxon, 5239 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA.  Hope to see you!! 

From Woodson Drama Boosters

The first Drama Boosters meeting is Tuesday, September 24th at 7 p.m. in the Black Box. We look forward to seeing you there!

Convertibles and Flat Bed Trucks Needed

We are in need of a few more convertibles and flat bed trucks for our Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 4th.  Please email Dan Schaefer for more details.

Parents as Partners Series - Session 1

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

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

September’s Parents as Partners seminar will address Study Skills and will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

One task that is essential for all students and their success in high school is developing a way to study. Each student has to find their own routine. The parent seminar will feature a few of our wonderful veteran teachers and information about how to help your child find success while studying. More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

Readers Needed!

The English Department is seeking parent readers to assist with new book approvals. We have an opportunity to refresh and update our bookroom for FREE but we need YOU to help! 

Part of the approval process for each title is a review by two parent readers. The process will be very simple. Step 1: Read the provided text and rationale. Step 2: Decide whether or not you think this book should be part of the curriculum here at Woodson. Step 3: Sign your name and note your approval/disapproval of the text on the form provided. That’s it-no meetings, no long-term commitment. Read what you can as you can from the comfort of home, on the way to work, anywhere you have the time and the inclination.

Our opportunity to order free books will be after the winter break, the sooner we can get started the more books we can potentially order! If you have any questions please contact Katherine Benzinger, English Department Chair, at kesebunia@fcps.edu. This is a unique volunteer opportunity, please join us!

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. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

With any questions please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597.

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.

Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?

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

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

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) or look for the Woodson Athletic Booster table at Back to School night to buy yours by cash, check or credit card

Fairfax County funds cover only game officials, coaches stipends, security and buses. Funds from the Booster passes help to pay for equipment, field and facilities maintenance, as well as uniforms, pins, certificates and letter awards and many other things to support our Woodson student athletes and community. 

Fairfax County Government Holding Community Meetings September 16-25 to Discuss Countywide Strategic Plan

What does your neighborhood look like in the future? Parks, libraries and other cultural opportunities? Our local environment? Transportation, including roads, bikes, and mass transit?

Join Fairfax County Government for another round of community meetings September 16-25 where you’ll learn more about progress on the first-ever countywide strategic plan. In the months since public feedback yielded nine areas of focus, teams have been working to further define and shape the future of our community in these areas:

  • Cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • Economic opportunity.
  • Education and lifelong learning.
  • Effective and efficient government.
  • Health and environment.
  • Housing and neighborhood livability.
  • Mobility and transportation.
  • Safety and security.
  • Self-sufficiency for people with vulnerabilities.

Come hear about each area, then share your thoughts, insights, opinions and experiences that will be used to help further shape a countywide strategic plan. Register for a community meeting.

Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School; Registration Now Open

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova and Kaiser Permanente. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

For more information or to register, go to the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.

Fall Sports Highlights

The Varsity field hockey team hosted Westfield and Lake Braddock this week.  Westfield scored first, but Gwyneth Durosko provided the Woodson response. After halftime, Westfield added.  Durosko made it even, scoring on a stroke for a brace.  The Lady Cavs were headed to overtime.  Four and a half minutes into overtime, Senior Bridget Cassata passed to Allie Maahs, who found Senior Margaret Stephan, who delivered the golden goal.  Cavs win,3-2.

Against Lake Braddock, Zoe Hite was the first to light-up the scoreboard.  Hite provided the assist for Audrey Fisher’s goal.  Katie Williams made it 3-0.  Makayla Mastal and Senior Anabel Heisley showed a lot of energy from wide midfield to attack on goal.  Mae Cooke was involved from the wing in the attack.  Senior Izzy Gonzales assisted Williams’ second goal for her brace.  Gonzales put one of her own on the scoreboard.  Maria Fruchterman made an immediate impact upon entering the game.  Cavs win,5-0.

Co-Ed Golf 

On August 23, the Cavs played in the Patriot District Team Challenge at Springfield Golf & Country Club, finishing an impressive 2nd to Fairfax in the 6-team multi-format golf tournament.

On August 27, the Cavs lost a close one to Robinson at the Country Club of Fairfax, 169-171.  Ryan Gaugler shot an impressive 38 to lead the Cavs.  Amelia Noca shot 42, Zara Karim 45, and Minchan Kim shot 46.        

On September 4, the Cavs faced Lake Braddock and South County in a tri-match at Laurel Hill Golf Club, finishing second.  Scores were:  Lake Braddock 169, Cavs 175, South County 185.  Minchan Kim led the Cavs with a 41, Amelia Noca shot 42, Brandon Nguyen 43, and Tytan Matthews 49.   

The Cavs now move on to the postseason with a solid week of practice followed by the Patriot District Tournament at Twin Lakes on September 24.

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Woodson Weekly - September 13th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 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!

Students in Ms. Kunkel's Human Anatomy and Physiology class prepare for lab experiments.

Important Upcoming Dates

Thursday, September 19th - Back to School Night, see info below

Wednesday, September 25th - Parent Seminar on Study Skills, see info below

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

Wednesday, October 16th - PSAT Day, 2 hour early release

In this Issue

1. Back to School Night
2. Student Dress Code
3. Monthly Parent Seminar - Study Skills
4. College Financial Aid Night
5. To our Military Families
6. Parking Permits
7. Powderpuff Game & Bonfire
8. PSAT Day, October 16th
9. National Honor Society Applications
10. WTW National Merit Semifinalists
11. Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?
12. Alums visiting WTW
13. Vaping: What Students (and Parents) Should Know
14. World Languages Credit Exam
15. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook
16. Reserve Your Yearbook
17. FCPS to host annual Mental Health Conference
18. FCPS Cares

1. Back to School Night

Woodson's Back to School Night is on Thursday, September 19th from 5:30p.m.-8:40p.m. 

From 5:30-6:30 p.m., there will be information tables in the Cafeterias and Family Life Education (FLE) information available in the Library.  At 6:10p.m., School Board welcome back messages will begin in the Auditorium. 

Students will bring home a BTSN Flier on Wednesday, September 18th with full details of the evening.  On the back of the Flier, students should complete their class schedule with room numbers for parents/guardians to follow.  Maps of the school will be provided at main entrances of the building.

Class rotations will begin at 6:30 p.m. beginning with Period 1.

For the full schedule of the evening including the class rotation bell schedule, visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/event/back-school-night-1.

2. Student Dress Code

Twice a year, Fall and Spring, we remind our families about the FCPS Dress Code.  We do this so families are aware of what is and is not allowed in school to inform decisions made when purchasing or making school clothes. 

The Student Rights and Responsibilities states:  “FCPS respects students’ right to express themselves in the way they dress.  It is important, however, that their appearance is tasteful and appropriate for a k-12 school setting.  Any clothing that interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable. 

Clothing that exposes private areas or an excessive amount of bare skin is prohibited.  Examples of prohibited clothing include but are not limited to: sagging or low cut pants, tube or halter tops, studded or chain belts, clothing constructed of see through materials and head coverings unless required for religious or medical purposes.” 

3. Monthly Parent Seminar - Study Skills

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

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

September’s Parent Seminar will address Study Skills and will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

One task that is essential for all students and their success in high school is developing a way to study. Each student has to find their own routine. The parent seminar will feature a few of our wonderful veteran teachers and information about how to help your child find success while studying. More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

4. College Financial Aid Night

Parents will have the opportunity to learn about paying for college from a college financial aid officer on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00p.m. in the Auditorium.  You will learn what is required and how the information you provide is interpreted. 

Be prepared and informed!!  Spanish translation will be available.

For more information on College Financial Aid Night, please contact Kathleen Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

5. 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. Chesson's physics class run experiments with remote control cars in the hallways.

6. Parking Permits

The Safety & Security Team will begin enforcing parking lot violations on Monday, September 16th.  Parking permits can be purchased online and picked up from Room E116.  The cost for a permit is $200.00 for the school year.

Permits purchased after Thursday, September 12th may not be ready on Monday.  Please visit the Security office to confirm and to pick up your parking pass.

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/resources/student-parking

7. Powderpuff Game & Bonfire

The annual Powderpuff Flag Football game will take place on Saturday, September 28, at 6:00 p.m. on the main field.  Admission is free with a student ID.  General admission is $5.00 at the gate.  Concessions will be sold during the game.

Players are placed in grade-level teams and are coached by students.  The Senior team plays the Juniors, and Sophomores play Freshmen. 

This year's theme is "Area 51” which is also the Homecoming Dance theme.  Each class wears their team's theme color.  This year's colors are as follows:

Seniors are black, Juniors are light blue, Sophomores are purple, and Freshmen are green.

Student participants - all forms and $15 are due by Monday, September 16th by 3:15 p.m. to your class sponsors.  Forms are available outside of Room A133.  Checks should be made out to “Woodson HS”.  Students must have a physical on file in order to participate.

The Homecoming Bonfire will follow the last game.  The bonfire will take place behind the stadium, near the Frost MS entrance.  There will be a DJ and the concession stand will be open.  The Bonfire typically starts around 8:15pm and ends by 9:30pm.  Students must be picked up by 9:30pm.

For more information, please email wtwpowderpuff1@gmail.com.

8. PSAT Test Day, October 16th 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 16th. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.  

9th Grade students will participate in a career readiness program and executive function activities.  Seniors are encouraged to use this day for college visits, college applications and post graduate opportunities.

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications.

The total time for the PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and students with disabilities with testing accommodations may require additional time.

Lunch will be a grab-n-go at 12:25pm and students will be released at 12:55p.m. on this day.

National Honor Society students listened to Cathy Connolly about what it means to be an active member of the community last year.

9. National Honor Society Applications

Applications to join the National Honor Society will be available beginning Tuesday, September 17th. There is an interest meeting after school on Tuesday, September 17th in cafeteria A for students interested in joining. If your student can’t attend, they can see Ms. Dragan in A145 to pick up an application starting Wednesday, September 18th.

Applications are due Friday, October 4th to Ms. Graybill in the Student Services Office, where there is a box for students to drop off their completed applications. Students interested in applying must have a 3.5 GPA, be an active member of the community, and have previous leadership experience.

Students will be notified of their acceptance within 3 weeks of applying. If you have specific questions, please contact Sara Dragan (srdragan@fcps.edu) or Kara Sweeney (kmsweeney1@fcps.edu).

10. WTW National Merit Semifinalists

Ten Woodson seniors were named National Merit semifinalists for 2020.  All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $31 million, to be awarded in spring 20120.

Congratulations to Bridget Cassata, Ishan Kalburge, Khang Le, Ethan Minyoung Lee, Catherine Liu, Jenny Park, Jessica Suh, Pratistha Timilsina, Samuel Wright, and Zhiyao Zhang..

11. Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?

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

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

12. Alums Visiting WTW

Cavalier alumnae are always welcome to visit WTW outside of school hours.

If an alum wants to visit with a teacher during the school day, they must have a documented, pre-arranged appointment time and all visitors must check into the Main Office to receive a visitor's badge.

13. Vaping: What Students (and Parents) Should Know

Many students believe that vaping or Juuling is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, but that's not true. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that e-cigarettes are not safe for children, teenagers, or young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can impact brain development. Some e-cigarettes contain other harmful chemicals.

What Happens If a Student Is Caught Vaping?

FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) was updated in September 2018 to include vaping as a prohibited activity. Students found in possession of or using vape products on school grounds will participate in an FCPS intervention program and may receive disciplinary consequences, as noted in the SR&R.

More information about vaping is available online

14. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam, including:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish languages will be tested using the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), which is a timed test and has a format distinct from the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam.  More information on the WPT is available here: Writing Proficiency Test.

Registration opens Monday, September 9, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Students interested in registering for the exam must see their school counselor.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: Credit Exam for WL.

15. Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2020 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2020 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING BABY ADS is Sunday, October 13th!

16. Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know what 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!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

17. FCPS to Host Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5th, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.

  18. FCPS Cares Program

Recognizing Woodson staff who go above and beyond!

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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WTW PTSO WeMail - September 10

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PTSO News

Bring your ideas and hear what’s happening at Woodson at the PTSO meeting the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  Our first meeting will be TONIGHT, September 10th at 7 p.m. in the Library.  Principal Dr. Carlyn Floyd and Assistant Principal Mandy Burke will be joining us for this meeting.

Ready to join? Click here to become a member: 

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

Want to donate? You can here!

PTSO Fall Grant Info

Thank you to all the teachers and families who have already joined the Woodson PTSO!  We have every intention of maximizing each dollar entrusted to us.  On that note, members of the PTSO are encouraged to apply for a grant!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning Monday, September 30th until 5pm on Friday, October 25th using the form found here and on the PTSO website

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Donations Needed for Staff Welcome Back Breakfast on Friday, September 20th

Please help us welcome back our amazing Woodson High School Staff with the Welcome Back Breakfast on Friday, September 20th! The breakfast will be held at 7:15 AM in the Cafeteria. We need lots of contributions!  If you are able to contribute, please sign up by Wednesday September 18th so we know what we have filled:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e45aea82f4-woodson5

Contributions should be dropped off:

*In the front office during office hours on Thursday September 19th from 7:15 AM to 3:45 PM

*In the cafeteria during Back to School Night on Thursday September 19th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

*OR in the cafeteria on Friday morning by 7:00 AM

Please bring your item in a dish that is disposable, and include a disposable serving utensil if possible.  If your item cannot be in a disposable dish, please mark it carefully with your name. All unclaimed containers will be brought to the Office.

Thank you in advance for helping us make our teachers feel appreciated!

Questions, please contact Teresa at Teresalemair@aol.com or Meri at merifarling@hotmail.com 

Back to School Night, Thursday, September 19th

Mark Your Calendars!

Back to School Night is on Thursday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.  See here for details:  https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/event/back-school-night-1

Parents will walk their student's schedule, meet teachers, and learn about curriculum for the upcoming year.

Monthly Parent Seminar - Study Skills

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

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

September’s Parent Seminar will address Study Skills and will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

One task that is essential for all students and their success in high school is developing a way to study. Each student has to find their own routine. The parent seminar will feature a few of our wonderful veteran teachers and information about how to help your child find success while studying. More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

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. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Woodson cafeterias!  

Now is a great time to determine strengths and weaknesses so you’ll be ready spring of junior year to start testing. Keep an eye out for registration and additional information in the future emails.

With any questions please contact Yelena Jones at 703-501-9597.

Donate Classroom Supplies

Next time you’re out at the store, please pick up a few extra basic classroom supplies for our awesome WTW teachers. 

Did you know that our teachers often spend their own money on things like tissues, disinfectant wipes, and dry erase markers?  The PTSO supports our teachers by distributing supplies a few times throughout the year. You may bring supplies or gift cards (Staples, Target, etc) to the PTSO table at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 19th. Thanks!  We’ll see you there!

Senior Parents Night

Come to the Auditorium on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. to learn important information about the post-secondary application process and scholarship opportunities.  Even the most experienced parent may learn something new.  

Seniors - Be sure your parents know about this event.  You are welcome to join your parents if you wish though you will receive good information at Senior Orientation.

Class of 2020 Yard Signs have arrived!

Senior parents!  Purchase your "Congratulations Class of 2020" yard sign.

On sale at Senior Parents Night and Back to School Night. Proceeds benefit Cav Cruise (the all night graduation party) for 2020.

Welcome from the Chorus Booster Club

Car Wash & Uniform Fittings: Volunteers Needed! Chorus Booster Parents are needed to help with car wash and uniform fittings on Saturday, September 14th from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Your support is key to make this event a success.  Please use the Signup below.  Thank you!    

Chorus Car Wash Sign Up

Chorus Uniform Fitting Sign Up

Upcoming Event: The National Anthem Pyramid on Friday, September 20th

Thank you, Woodson Community from the Woodson Bands

Thank you for all of our Woodson community members who donated to Band’s Tag Day on Saturday. 

This year Woodson’s Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.  Ensembles performing at this event are recognized as being among the finest in the nation.  Additionally, the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will be performing at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall this spring for local audiences.

From the Woodson Crew Team

Please support Woodson Crew by eating at Chipotle TONIGHT, September 10 from 4-8pm!  We've got our sights set on a new eight-person boat and every burrito helps! 

See you on the river!  Pull for Woodson!!

Precisionettes Car Wash

The WTW Precisionettes Dance Team is working hard to raise money to help cover our costs to travel to Nationals!  Come support us at our car wash on Saturday, September 21st from 9am-1pm.  You may buy tickets ($10) in advance from a Precisionette, or just stop by. We’ll be at the Kings Park Exxon, 5239 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA.  Hope to see you!! 

From Woodson Drama Boosters

Auditions for the Woodson Drama Fall Show, Letters to Sala, are Wednesday, September 11th at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Callbacks are Thursday, September 12. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No previous preparation is needed. You must be currently enrolled in a Woodson Theatre Class to audition. 

The first Drama Boosters meeting is Tuesday, September 24th at 7 p.m. in the Black Box. We look forward to seeing you there!

Proceed with Caution

Reminder to students and parents - please drive slowly through the parking lots and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Our school is a very busy place, with lots of cars and pedestrians.  Please stay focused - put those phones away - and drive slowly.  Thank you.

Does your student need a dress for Homecoming?

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

Students may go to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-2:00pm to see what is available.  setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792.

Senior Class Pinnies

Place your orders for the Class of 2020 Senior Pinnies.

Go to https://woodsonsenior2020.itemorder.com to order online. The deadline to order is Sunday, September 22nd. For sizing go to B210 to try on samples. Please contact Stephanie Pollack (sepollack@fcps.edu) or Kate Wright (kwright@fcps.edu) with questions.  

Sports Highlights

Woodson Varsity Field Hockey travelled to Wakefield High School and moments after the first whistle, seniors Anna Stribling and Izzy Gonzales connected for a goal.  Before half-time, Gonzales earned a brace.  Stribling was all over the field disrupting Wakefield’s play.  Junior Katie Williams also earned a brace built on the assistance of Juniors Zoe Hite and Margaret Stephan.  A Stephan’s goal made it five.  Junior Gwyneth Durosko’s goal was the sixth unanswered of the night.  Cavs win, 6-0. The Lady Cavs participated in the South County Labor Day weekend tournament against four other area schools and were 19-1 in goals for and against cumulative for the tournament. Standout performances came from Senior Bridget Cassata, Juniors Allie Maahs, Makayla Mastal, Kiera O’Connor, and Audrey Fisher.  

Next the Lady Cavs hosted Herndon.  For the first goal, Durosko attacked and put the ball on target while Williams finished.  The second came off a corner, Gonzales put the ball on target and Hite finished to put Woodson up by two.  Final score, 3-1.

Varsity field hockey travelled to Madison where chances were created, but the Lady Cavs were unable to get it over the line.  Woodson midfield and defense were solid.  Close to the end of regulation time, Senior Rachel Hartzler and Junior Kelley Gross made a goal line save that kept the match scoreless.  Tough play in overtime, but no goal.  In the shootout, Gross minded the sticks and closed down the opposition.  Final Woodson attacker, Cassata, scored the game winner.  Brilliant game.  Woodson wins.

Co-Ed Golf On August 15, the Cavs participated with 25 other schools in the Patriot Invitational at Bristow Manor Golf Club in Bristow, VA.  Senior captain Amelia Noca paced the Cavs with an 85 on a very challenging course.  Junior Minchan Kim posted an 86, Junior captain Ryan Gaugler shot 88, and sophomore Tytan Matthews posted a 94.  The Cavs finished 15th of 26 teams overall and 4th of 6 Patriot District teams.

On August 21, the Cavs opened their head-to-head match schedule by defeating Westfield, 175-207, at the Country Club of Fairfax.  Amelia Noca led the Cavs with a 40, Ryan Gaugler shot 42, Minchan Kim 44, and sophomore Zara Karim shot 49.

The Cavs conclude their regular season next week with a tri-match against Annandale and Yorktown at Jefferson Golf Course, and a makeup match against Fairfax on Wednesday, September 11, at Army-Navy Country Club.

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Woodson Weekly - September 6th

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Woodson Weekly -
September 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!

The Cavalier joins administrators Ms. Martin (12th grade), Dr. Floyd (principal), Dr. Disalvo (10th grade), and Ms. Lash (Director of Student Services) spreading school spirit.

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 11th - Senior Parent Night, 7pm, Auditorium

Thursday, September 19th - Back to School Night, see info below

Wednesday, September 25th - Parent Seminar on Study Skills, see info below

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

Wednesday, October 16th - PSAT Day

Student Laptop Reminders

Students are required to bring their laptops to school every day. 

Laptops need to be fully charged each night at home.  Please make sure laptop charging cords are plugged into outlets that do not also control the light switch.  Some students are reporting that their laptops are not charging only to discover when they turn off their room light, the outlet also turns off.

Laptops and backpacks will NOT be permitted in the PE locker rooms during class time.  Students must lock backpacks and laptops in their hall lockers.

SIS Gradebook

The gradebook module in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will open on Monday, September 9th at 6:00 a.m.  On Monday, you will be able to view grades for assignments for each class on your student's schedule.

Senior Parent Night

Senior Parents - Come to the Auditorium on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. to learn important information about the college application process and scholarship opportunities.  

Even if you have had other children go to college, you’ll want to attend to learn about important changes both at Woodson and beyond. 

For more information on this Senior Parent Night, please contact Kathleen Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

Back to School Night

Woodson's Back to School Night is on Thursday, September 19th from 5:30p.m.-8:40 p.m. 

From 5:30-6:30 p.m., there will be information tables in the Cafeterias and Family Life Education (FLE) information available in the Library.  At 6:10 p.m., School Board welcome back messages will begin in the Auditorium. 

Class rotations will begin at 6:30 p.m. beginning with Period 1.

For the full schedule of the evening including the class rotation bell schedule, visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/event/back-school-night-1.

Students in Mr. Hedrick's AP Government class using gummy bears and post-it notes to demonstrate their knowledge of how a direct democracy works in their study of different forms of governments.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  All new drivers and parents must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving.  Please mark your calendar for the Woodson seminars for 2019-2020.  Seminars will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium.

Monday, September 23rd

Monday, December 9th

Monday, February 3rd

Monday, April 27th

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

Monthly Parent Seminar - Study Skills

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

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

September’s Parent Seminar will address Study Skills and will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at 5:30 p.m. in Cafeteria A. 

One task that is essential for all students and their success in high school is developing a way to study. Each student has to find their own routine. The parent seminar will feature a few of our wonderful veteran teachers and information about how to help your child find success while studying. More information will be posted on our website with materials posted after the session for those that are not able to attend.

PSAT Test Day, October 16th 

In Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and across the United States, students in grades 10 and 11 will take a Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 16th. FCPS will provide the PSAT/NMSQT to tenth and eleventh graders without cost. Only students in grade 11 are eligible to compete for the National Merit Scholarship; however, taking the PSAT/NMSQT in grade 10 provides students practice.  

Additional information about PSAT/NMSQT test content can be found at the following webpage: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications.

The total time for the PSAT/NMSQT is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and students with disabilities with testing accommodations may require additional time. More information about the schedule for PSAT Day will be forthcoming.

Woodson Student Helps in School Board Policy Decision

Congratulations to Woodson junior Camille Gledhill (second from left). She is part of the Sipsy Straw team that won first at Junior Achievement Shark Tank’s Districts competition, along with the title “Company of the Year” and became one of 15 teams chosen from around the US to compete at Nationals in DC.

The Sipsy Straw team spoke to the FCPS school board last year which resulted in a procedural change on the availability of plastic straws in Fairfax County public schools’ cafeterias. For the 2019-20 school year, plastic straws have been removed from the serving lines at middle and high schools.

For more information, visit the FCPS press release

College & Career Center Newsletter

Every Friday we have school, Ms. Kathleen Ishii, Woodson's college and career center specialist, publishes the College and Career Center Newsletter online.  The newsletter can be found on the College and Career Center Newsletter page on the Woodson website.  The first newsletter of the school year will be published today, Friday, September 6th

Every week, the newsletter will announce new information.  The newsletter will announce any new special programs (free / very affordable), local information sessions, local employment opportunities, volunteer opportunities, scholarships, a link to the Career Center’s Google College Visit Calendar, and lots of other interesting information. 

The newsletter also includes links to several compilations at the end so you can find information from previous publications.  Later in the school year, the newsletter will announce internship opportunities.  This information source is only published online.  It is not emailed. 

Make sure to bookmark the newsletter webpage for quick access.

For more information on the College and Career Center, please contact Kathleen Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

Safety and Security Drills

Every school facility in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has in place crisis management and emergency preparedness plans, designed with the help of the school system’s security planning staff, local law enforcement, and emergency management officials. Plans are regularly reviewed and updated. The plans include procedures to respond to critical incidents, like fire and tornadoes, and we practice these drills regularly. Now, we, along with other Fairfax County schools, have formally added an additional drill, called a lockdown drill.

A lockdown is a well-established procedure designed to protect students and staff members in a case in which there might be threats of violence within a school. During a lockdown, students remain in their classrooms or are escorted to classrooms if they are in the halls, and all interior and exterior doors are closed and locked. Once the facility is rendered safe and students are accounted for, the school is returned to normal operation. 

While we have no reason to believe that any threat of violence will arise, it is always best to be prepared. It is important to train students and staff members so that we can effectively implement a lockdown in the event one becomes necessary. Training helps ensure a calmer, more effective lockdown.

The state has mandated that a school conduct monthly fire drills and four lockdown drills every year.  Our first lockdown drill will take place next Friday, September 13th.

We will continue to keep you informed of safety and security measures in place at Woodson.  We appreciate your continued support in these matters.

Students engaged in classroom activities using their new FCPSOn laptops.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2019 Credit Exam for World Languages will be administered November 6 – 8, 2019. Students who take the credit exam will now have the opportunity to earn up to three credits, based on demonstrated proficiency.

Thirty (30) languages will be assessed via the FCPS Credit Exam, including:  American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese and Turkish languages will be tested using the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT), which is a timed test and has a format distinct from the FCPS World Languages Credit Exam.  More information on the WPT is available here: Writing Proficiency Test.

Registration opens Monday, September 9, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

Students interested in registering for the exam must see their school counselor.

Credit exam information can be accessed at: Credit Exam for WL.

Graduation Date and Time Set

Mark your calendars!  The Woodson HS Class of 2020 will graduate on Tuesday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.

Senior Baby Ads in the Yearbook

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

Parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends of Woodson’s graduating Class of 2020 have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the 2020 edition of the yearbook! 

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

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

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING BABY ADS is Sunday, October 13th!

Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know what 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!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

FCPS to Host Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5th, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.

  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 - September 3

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PTSO News

We hope everyone had a great first week and enjoyed the long weekend. WTW is back in full swing with lots of sports, clubs and other activities underway.  Please mark your calendar to join us at first PTSO meeting of the year, next Tuesday, 7pm September 10 in the library.  Bring your ideas and hear what’s happening at Woodson. Principal Dr. Carlyn Floyd will be there so we hope you will join us.

Want to learn more about the PTSO...

We are the only Woodson organization dedicated to supporting the entire school. We award grants to support Woodson’s many programs, teachers and students and host teacher appreciation events throughout the year. We also sponsor programs and speakers that help Woodson families and students navigate some of today’s challenging issues. We are looking forward to a new year with new opportunities to make a difference here at Woodson.  

Visit our Website at woodsonptso.org to learn more.

Bring your ideas and hear what’s happening at Woodson at the PTSO meeting the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 10th at 7PM in the Library.  Principal Dr. Carlyn Floyd will be joining us for this meeting.

Ready to join? Click here to become a member: 

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

Want to donate? You can here!

PTSO Fall Grant Info

Thank you to all the teachers and families who have already joined the Woodson PTSO!  We have every intention of maximizing each dollar entrusted to us.  On that note, members of the PTSO are encouraged to apply for a grant!  Applications for Fall grants will be accepted beginning Monday, September 30th until 5pm on Friday, October 25th using the form found here and on the PTSO website

Email Kim Sandino with questions (WTWoodsonGrants@gmail.com).

Picture Days

All Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors will have their school picture taken on Wednesday, September 4 or Thursday, September 5. Makeup day is Tuesday, October 22nd.

Lifetouch mailed order forms to each home.  If you did not receive an order form, please have your student stop by the main office. 

Freshman and Sophomores are scheduled to have their pictures taken during their PE Class period. Juniors will have their picture taken during their English class period.

Chorus Booster Club

Correction: The Woodson Choral Booster meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 4th from 7:30-8:30pm.  It was listed incorrectly as Thursday.  Booster meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

Car Wash & Uniform Fittings will be held for Woodson Chorus on Saturday, September 14th from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Help out the fabulous Woodson Chorus by getting your vehicle washed.  Donations accepted and greatly appreciated.

From the Woodson Crew Team

Please support Woodson Crew by eating at Chipotle on Tuesday September 10 from 4-8pm!  We've got our sights set on a new eight-person boat and every burrito helps! 

See you on the river!  Pull for Woodson!!

Precisionettes Car Wash

The WTW Precisionettes Dance Team is working hard to raise money to help cover our costs to travel to Nationals!  Come support us at our car wash on Saturday, September 21st from 9am-1pm.  You may buy tickets ($10) in advance from a Precisionette, or just stop by. We’ll be at the Kings Park Exxon, 5239 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA.  Hope to see you!! 

Donate Classroom Supplies

Next time you’re out at the store, please pick up a few extra basic classroom supplies for our awesome WTW teachers. 

Did you know that our teachers often spend their own money on things like tissues, disinfectant wipes, and dry erase markers?  The PTSO supports our teachers by distributing supplies a few times throughout the year. You may bring supplies or gift cards (Staples, Target, etc) to the PTSO table at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 19th. Thanks!  We’ll see you there!

Proceed with Caution

Reminder to students and parents - please drive slowly through the parking lots and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Our school is a very busy place, with lots of cars and pedestrians.  Please stay focused - put those phones away - and drive slowly.  Thank you.

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Woodson Weekly - August 30th

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Woodson Weekly -
August 30th

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!

Seniors paint parking spaces to start the school year!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 2nd - Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 11th - Senior Parent Night, 7pm, Auditorium

Thursday, September 19th - Back to School Night, 5:30-8:40 p.m.

Monday, October 14th - Columbus Day, student holiday

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.

Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

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

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

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

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

Picture Days

All Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors will have their school picture taken on Wednesday, September 5th or Thursday, September 6th. 

Lifetouch mailed order forms to each home.  If you did not receive an order form, please have your student stop by the main office. 

Freshman and Sophomores are scheduled to have their pictures taken during their PE Class period. Juniors will have their picture taken during their English class period.

MySchoolBucks (MSB) Update

MSB will not be available for parents to pay student class fees until after Saturday, September 7th.  Please visit MySchoolBucks  at that time.  The school store is open for other purchases.

Special Olympics Unified Champion Banner School

Woodson High School has been designated an official Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School!

Woodson's staff and students are leaders of social inclusion in Fairfax County Public Schools.  There are 173  schools across the nation to receive this national recognition for the 2019 cycle with only nine schools  from across Virginia included in the 2019 class.

2023 Class Council

Any Freshman interested in running for 2023 Class Council must complete an election packet. 

These packets are available from Mr. Schaefer (A128) or Mrs. Schmauder (A133) and along with campaign posters are due by Tuesday, September 3rd at 8:00 a.m.  Please contact djschaefer@fcps.edu for more information.

Senior Parent Night

Senior Parents - Come to the Auditorium on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. to learn important information about the college application process and scholarship opportunities.  

Even if you have had other children go to college, you’ll want to attend to learn about important changes both at Woodson and beyond. 

For more information on this Senior Parent Night, please contact Kathleen Ishii at kaishii@fcps.edu.

FCPS to Host Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5th, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well. Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference website.

Mr. Ringier's 9th grade biology class learning about the scientific method using glow sticks. 

Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know what 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!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

Summer photos needed for yearbook!

What were Woodson students up to this past summer? Send us your pics to help us tell the story of YOUR summer!

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

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

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

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

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

  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 - August 27

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Welcome Woodson Families!

Whether you are new to Woodson, or a returning student, the Woodson PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) would like to welcome you to the new school year!

Who are we? We are the only Woodson organization dedicated to supporting the entire school. We award grants to support Woodson’s many programs, teachers and students and host teacher appreciation events throughout the year. We also sponsor programs and speakers that help Woodson families and students navigate some of today’s challenging issues. We are looking forward to a new year with new opportunities to make a difference here at Woodson.  

Visit our Website at woodsonptso.org to learn more.

Bring your ideas and hear what’s happening at Woodson at the PTSO meeting the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  Our first meeting  will be on Tuesday, Sept 10th at 7PM in the Library.  We hope you can join us.

Ready to join? Click here to become a member: 

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

Want to donate? You can here!

All of your membership dues stay in the school.  Here is a partial list of the things that the PTSO funded in the 2018-19 school year.

  • Tony Hoffman –  Motivational Speaker for drug use prevention 
  • ANGST – the movie
  • STEAM software for Art department
  • Band travel to perform for Virginia Music Educators Association Conference
  • Sent students to Model UN
  • Standing desks for teachers
  • Microwaves for Cafeterias
  • Weights, mats, band, other equipment for weight room
  • New School Mascot Costume
  • Software to assist with Math remediation
  • New Camera for Studio for Morning News
  • Coxswain Box for Crew Team
  • IPads for PE Teachers to use when on field
  • Sent students to DECA Conference
  • Sent students to Model Judiciary
  • Purchase DNA Gel Electrophoresis for Chemistry experiments
  • Latin American Dance Instructor for World Language students
  • Sent girls to Girls’ State
  • Fund Woodson Pyramid Art Show
  • Provide snacks for students utilizing Math Tutoring Center
Woodson Varsity Football Home Opener

The Cavaliers will play their first varsity football game at home against Annandale HS this Thursday, August 29th at 7pm.  

Athletic Booster passes will be on sale at the gate.  To purchase in advance of Thursday's game, please visit the Woodson Boosters website.

The Cavalier Marching Band welcomes students at Cav Kickoff!

Chorus Booster Club

Chorus Booster Club would like to welcome new and returning choral students to the Woodson Choir.

Please join us for the first Choral Booster Meeting of the year on Thursday, September 5th at 7:30pm in the chorus room.

Proceed with Caution

Reminder to students and parents - please drive slowly through the parking lots and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Our school is a very busy place, with lots of cars and pedestrians.  Please stay focused - put those phones away - and drive slowly.  Thank you.

Picture Days

All Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors will have their school picture taken on Wednesday, September 4 or Thursday, September 5. Makeup day is Tuesday, October 22nd.

Lifetouch mailed order forms to each home.  If you did not receive an order form, please have your student stop by the main office. 

Freshman and Sophomores are scheduled to have their pictures taken during their PE Class period. Juniors will have their picture taken during their English class period.

PTSO Hosts the First-Ever WTW Military Welcome Night

Late last school year, the PTSO formed the WT Woodson Military Network. 

The Network met over the summer and planned a wildly successful Military Welcome Night to welcome new military families to the Woodson community.  Over 100 new and current military family members in the Woodson community came out to enjoy an ice cream sundae bar.

The students also participated in a scavenger hunt to help them learn their way around Woodson.  The winners took home Woodson spirit wear for the first home football game this Thursday. 

Blue Star Families and the USO Metro partnered with the Network to donate ice cream, sundae toppings, cake, and drinks for new and current WTW military families to enjoy.  We’d like to thank Tracy Healy and Lisa Griffin for leading the charge to plan this event.  Thank you also to the many current Woodson families who came out to help our new military families feel welcome. 

Keep an eye out for more events this year.  If you’d like to be part of the network and plan future events, please email wtwmilitarynetwork@gmail.com.

Donate Classroom Supplies

Next time you’re out at the store, please pick up a few extra basic classroom supplies for our awesome WTW teachers. 

Did you know that our teachers often spend their own money on things like tissues, disinfectant wipes, and dry erase markers?  The PTSO supports our teachers by distributing supplies a few times throughout the year. You may bring supplies or gift cards (Staples, Target, etc) to the PTSO table at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 19th. Thanks!  We’ll see you there!

Beat the rush -- Join the Woodson PTSO online now! 

Membership is the largest fundraiser for the general PTSO activities.  All membership money stays at Woodson.  

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

Your membership helps fund teacher and student grants, guest speakers, teacher appreciation events, and more. Learn more by visiting the PTSO website: https://www.woodsonptso.org/

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Woodson Weekly - August 23rd

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Woodson Weekly -
August 23rd

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

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

Cheerleaders and the Marching Cavaliers welcome the Class of 2023 to Woodson!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 26th - First Day of School; Odd, 7A/7B Return

Thursday, August 29th - Back to School Dance, 9-11 p.m. (see info below)

Friday, August 30th - School Holiday; school office closed

Monday, September 2nd - Labor Day Holiday

Thursday, September 19th - Back to School Night, 5:30-8:40 p.m.

First Day of School

Monday, August 26th is the first day of school.  The first day of school will be an Odd, 7A/7B Return Day. 

Our bell schedule remains the same as last year.  The school day starts with a warning bell at 8:05 a.m. and morning announcements begin at 8:10 a.m.  The dismissal bell is at 2:55 p.m.

For all bell schedules visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/about-us/bell-schedules

To see the Odd/Even schedule rotation and any upcoming school events, you can view the Woodson Events calendar on the school website.  Or use this

printable Odd/Even calendar for 2019-2020.

Transportation - Bus Information

Student bus information is available on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) in the section titled Bus Stop Information.

Also, Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. 

Attendance

All student absences are reported to 703-503-4800. 

Parents/guardians must call the Attendance Office to report an absence or the student may bring a note to the attendance office from his/her parent/guardian within two (2) days of their return to school.  If the note is not received within two days (48 hours) of the student’s return to school or if no verbal contact with the parent has occurred, the absence is marked unexcused. 

For more details about attendance including how to check-in and check-out of school, visit the attendance page https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/about-us/attendance.

FCPSOn Laptop Information

Students are expected to bring their FCPS issued laptops to school every day, including the first day of school.  Laptops must be fully charged every night at home.

Students that did not pick up FCPS issued laptops will receive them on the first day of school during Return periods.

Kiss and Ride Procedures

The Safety and Security Team would like to highlight the Kiss and Ride procedures, especially for those parents of our students new to Woodson.

  • Please make sure that your child is dropped off before 8:00 a.m.
  • The morning and afternoon Kiss and Ride locations are in the front of the school, extending from Doors #1 to #3 and in the rear of the school by Doors #8 and #9.
  • It is imperative to the flow of traffic that all cars pull forward as far as possible to drop off their student.
  • During the morning, students are only allowed to be dropped off at Kiss and Ride locations. Students are not allowed to be dropped off in the rear parking lot or in school parking spaces. The rear parking lot is for staff members and students who have purchased parking passes.
  • Safety and Security Team Members are outside to assist each morning and afternoon.

We recommend that new parents become familiar with the locations before the start of school, to see which of the locations is the most convenient for them.

The keys to a successful Kiss and Ride are to obey all posted stop signs and school signs, follow any directions given, and to follow the flow of traffic.

The Cavalier welcomes the Class of 2023 with Dean of Students, Marc Brooks.

Cafeteria Information

The cost of student breakfast is $1.75 and a full student lunch is $3.50.  Parents may add funds to student lunch accounts using MySchoolBucks.

Additional information regarding Food and Nutrition Services can be found on the FCPS website https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs.

Information about Free and Reduced-Price Meals can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.

Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

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

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

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

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

Clinic Information

The Health Room will be open for parents to drop off medication during school hours.  Students may not be in possession of medications on school grounds. 

For full details on clinic contacts and information, visit the Woodson Clinic site https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/resources/clinic, or

Required Opening of School Forms

All required and optional forms needed for a successful start to the new school year can be found on the Opening of School Information page.

Required forms include:

Cav Kickoff Dance this Thursday, August 29th

This year’s Cav Kick-off Dance will be held on Thursday, August 29th at 9:00 p.m. (or immediately following the Home Football game, whichever comes first) in the Auxiliary Gym. 

This annual dance is sponsored by Woodson Leadership, costs only $1, and is a great way to start the year. 

The dance will run until 11:00 p.m., please arrange for pickup AT 11 PM, no later.  All Woodson Students are welcome.  Students don’t need a date, they just need $1.

2023 Class Council

Any Freshman interested in running for 2023 Class Council must complete an election packet. 

These packets are available from Mr. Schaefer (A128) or Mrs. Schmauder (A133) and along with campaign posters are due by Tuesday, September 3rd at 8:00 a.m.  Please contact djschaefer@fcps.edu for more information.

Woodson welcomed new families at our Military Family Night.

Picture Days

All Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors will have their school picture taken on Wednesday, September 5 or Thursday, September 6. 

Lifetouch mailed order forms to each home.  If you did not receive an order form, please have your student stop by the main office. 

Freshman and Sophomores are scheduled to have their pictures taken during their PE Class period. Juniors will have their picture taken during their English class period.

Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know what 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!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

Summer photos needed for yearbook!

What were Woodson students up to this past summer? Send us your pics to help us tell the story of YOUR summer!

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

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

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

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

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

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 - Opening of School Info!

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  Woodson News

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

Back-To-School Packet

Woodson is having a virtual opening of school packet.  Similar to last year, forms will not be mailed home this year.

All required forms and information needed for a successful start to the new school year can be found on the Opening of School Information page.

Cav Kickoff/New Student Orientation

Thursday, August 22nd is a BIG day for our Cavalier Community! 

For full details on Cav Kick Off, visit the Cav Kickoff page on the Woodson website.

New Student Orientation - for students new to Woodson
Thursday, August 22nd
10:00a.m. in the Auditorium

Transportation from feeder Elementary Schools to Woodson will be provided.  Visit the event page for bus times and more details. 

Cavalier Community Kickoff
Thursday, August 22nd
11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.  Activities will be outside Door #7

During this event, you will be able to:

  • Pick up your schedules (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) with LOCKER NUMBER AND COMBO in the Dance Studio from 10a.m.-1:00p.m. (freshmen and students new to Woodson will receive their schedules during the New Student Orientation breakout sessions)  Keep in mind – the only way to get your locker number and combo is on the paper version of your schedule.
  • Visit student clubs and activities’ sponsors on the basketball courts outside Door #7
  • Purchase food from food trucks
  • Learn about Woodson’s PTSO and become a member
  • Visit Performing Arts Booster tables
  • Purchase Athletic Booster passes and Woodson spirit wear in the main gym
  • Purchase PE uniforms in the main gym
  • Get MySchoolBucks and SIS ParentVUE assistance in the main gym
  • Drop off medication(s) at the Clinic near Door #14
  • Pick up laptop computers in Cavalier Hall, inside Door #7 from 12p.m. – 7p.m. ONLY.  Students must be present to pick up their device.
Student Schedules

Beginning Thursday, August 22nd, all students and parents will have access to class schedules in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE.  SIS (Student Information System) is the application to see attendance, class performance, and demographic data.

Paper class schedules will be distributed at Cav Kick Off on Thursday, August 22nd from 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m. 

Locker information will be included on these paper schedules. 

Transportation - Bus Information

FCPS Transportation will be sending an e-Notify email to families with each students' bus routes and times on Thursday and Friday, August 22nd and 23rd.

Student bus information will also be available on FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) in the section titled Bus Stop Information.

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App Here Comes the Bus will be available starting Monday, August 26th

Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Attendance

All student absences are reported to 703-503-4800. 

Parents/guardians must call the Attendance Office to report an absence or the student may bring a note to the attendance office from his/her parent/guardian within two (2) days of their return to school.  If the note is not received within two days (48 hours) of the student’s return to school or if no verbal contact with the parent has occurred, the absence is marked unexcused. 

For more details about attendance including how to check-in and check-out of school, visit the attendance page https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/about-us/attendance.

Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2019-20 school year are available for purchase online only.  

All information regarding parking passes can be found on the Student Parking page on the Woodson website. The online application must be completed and payment on MySchoolBucks submitted to obtain a parking pass. 

Students and parents are reminded that parking on the Woodson campus during normal school hours is by permit only. There are spaces in front of the building reserved for visitors.

The cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

Kiss and Ride Procedures

The Safety and Security Team would like to highlight the Kiss and Ride procedures, especially for those parents of our students new to Woodson.

  • Please make sure that your child is dropped off before 8:00am
  • The morning and afternoon Kiss and Ride locations are in the front of the school, extending from Doors #1 to #3 and in the rear of the school by Doors #8 and #9.
  • It is imperative to the flow of traffic that all cars pull forward as far as possible to drop off their student.
  • During the morning, students are only allowed to be dropped off at Kiss and Ride locations. Students are not allowed to be dropped off in the rear parking lot or in school parking spaces. The rear parking lot is for staff members and students who have purchased parking passes.
  • Safety and Security Team Members are outside to assist each morning and afternoon.

We recommend that new parents become familiar with the locations before the start of school, to see which of the locations is the most convenient for them.

The keys to a successful Kiss and Ride are to obey all posted stop signs and school signs, follow any directions given, and to follow the flow of traffic.

PE Uniforms

PE Uniforms can be purchased in person on Cav Kick Off day on Thursday, August 22nd and in the first week of PE classes.

You may purchase upgraded PE uniforms only online by using the following link:  https://wtwpefall19.itemorder.com/sale

Picture Days

Underclass school pictures will be taken on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5th and 6th.

Reserve Your Yearbook

Did you know what 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!

Place a senior baby ad

Where did the time go? Place your special pictures and messages in the 2020 yearbook to treasure the memories forever.

Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 for sizes, prices and how-tos.

Back to School Night

Mark your calendar for WTW's Back to School Night on Thursday, September 19th from 5:30p.m.-8:40p.m. 

From 5:30-6:30p.m., there will be information tables in the Cafeterias and Family Life Education information available in the Library.  At 6:10p.m., School Board welcome back messages will begin in the Auditorium. 

Class rotations will begin at 6:30p.m. beginning with Period 1.

Scoliosis Fact Sheet

Fairfax County requires that each school notifies parents and guardians with educational information on scoliosis. 

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine.  It occurs in otherwise healthy children and can be a serious health problem if it becomes severe.  For more information on scoliosis, please refer to the Scoliosis Fact Sheet.

For more resources regarding Student Safety and Wellness, please visit the School Health Services website.

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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PTSO Welcome to 2019-2019 School Year

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Welcome from the Woodson PTSO

The PTSO welcomes you to the 2019-2020 school year! 

The Woodson Parent/Teacher/Student Organization is the only Woodson organization dedicated to supporting the entire school. We award grants to support the Arts, Music, Library, and Academic programs, Teacher/Staff Hospitality events, and so much more!

Every Tuesday, the PTSO publishes a WeMail to keep everyone informed with upcoming events and news.

Military Family Night 8/21 7:00-8:30pm

Please join us for our first Military Family Welcome Night on Wednesday, August 21st at 7:00pm in Cafeteria B at Woodson High School.

We’re inviting current Woodson military families and military families who are new to the Woodson pyramid for a fun evening together. We want to help you create connections and share information about the Woodson community. 

We’d love to have you and your students join us for an ice cream sundae bar and a few activities.

RSVP here by August 18: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e45aea92f4-military

Please pass this along to all current or new military families! Wear your walking shoes – we are going to help you find your way around Woodson HS!

This event is co-hosted by Woodson’s Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) and the new WT Woodson Military Family Network. Questions – contact Melissa French at melissawtwptso@gmail.com.

Help Teachers with Classroom Supplies

Did you know that our teachers often spend their own money on basic classroom supplies, like tissues and disinfectant wipes?

During Cav Kickoff, the PTSO is collecting classroom donations to pass along to the teachers throughout the year. When you come to Cav Kickoff on Thursday, August 22nd, please stop by the PTSO table in the gym and drop off boxes of tissues, disinfectant wipes, dry erase markers, or even gift cards (Target, Staples, Costco, etc.) and we will shop for you.

New to Woodson?

Please come to the new family parent information session on Thursday, August 22nd in Cafeteria B immediately following the general information session in the auditorium at 10am.

New Woodson students will be released from the general session to meet with their counselors and parents are invited to come to the cafeteria for more information about Woodson.

PTSO representatives will share the top 10 things you need to know about Woodson and be available to answer your questions. Hope to see you there. Questions – email melissawtwptso@gmail.com

Beat the rush -- Join the Woodson PTSO online now! 

Membership is the largest fundraiser for the general PTSO activities.  All membership money stays at Woodson.  

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

Your membership helps fund teacher and student grants, guest speakers, teacher appreciation events, and more. Learn more by visiting the PTSO website: https://www.woodsonptso.org/

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