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Federal Impact Aid Survey

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT IMPACT AID STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FORMS

The annual Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey forms will be sent home with your student this Thursday, November 2.  Please return the completed, signed and dated survey on Wednesday, November 8.

The findings from the survey will enable FCPS to obtain our share of federal funding.

Please note that there is an introductory letter on the front side of the Student-Parent Survey form from Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand.  His letter provides background information on the Federal Impact Aid program and role that the Student-Parent Survey plays in attaining federal funding.

Additional information about the Federal Impact Aid program can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/impactaid/index.html.  For questions regarding the Student-Parent Survey, please contact the Impact Aid staff in Information Technology at 703-329-7655. 

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Cav Cruise Shoe Fundraiser Upcoming Dates …We are almost there!!! Please help!

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Ahoy from the Cav Cruise Committee! 

First we would like to thank all of you that have donated your shoes to our Funds2Org Shoe Drive.  Thus far, we have collected 5,550 shoes of the needed 7500.  WE ARE 75% THERE and in the home stretch with a few more weeks to go.  Below are a few key dates coming up for those of you who have not cleaned out our closets for us yet!!  We are so close…help us get there!!! 

FRIDAY, November 3 - We will be at the main gate to the football field at 6:30pm, prior to the home football game, to collect shoes and sell our Class of 2018 Yard Signs. 

SATURDAY - November 11 - We wil have our LAST Saturday drop off from 8am-12pm at Door 5, by the athletic entrance to the school.  

As a reminder, we are looking for shoes of all varieties (kids, mens, womens, boots, sandals, cleats….) in good condition, clean with no holes. As always, you may drop of your shoes in the WTW front office, or contact Anne at cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org

OTHER CURRENT NEEDS:  Pease contact Anne at cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.com if you can help

1.We could use some help of adults or strong kids on Friday, November 3 from 1:30-3pm as the Funds2Org people are coming to relieve us of our 222 bags of shoes.  They are heavy and help is needed to haul all the shoes on to their truck.  

2. We are looking for a contact with a local florist and printer for some needs down the road. If you know of someone who might be willing to partner with us. 

3. We are looking for an assistant volunteer for Community Outreach. This is a portion where we reach out to businesses and orgs in the community for donations.  Letters need to be sent and involves some follow up.  It is a job more suited for two, so an additional person to help is needed (preferable from the Fresh, Soph or Junior class to help, so we can pass along the process at the same time).

4. We are looking for a few restaurant or movie gift or other card donations for a shoe drive teacher contest.  If you have any cards you could donate around please let us know.  

NEXT UP

You will not hear from us much until Spring, when we will be asking for volunteers from all classes to help with the actual All Night Grad Party – the Cav Cruise. 

In the meantime, we will be hosting the T-shirt Logo Contest starting in December for the Seniors.  Stay tuned to the We-Mail, Facebook and Twitter for that information, or check out our website. http://www.woodsonptso.org/cavalier-cruise.html

Tickets, Grad Seat Raffle, and Yard Sign sales will continue. Event Ticket prices increase March 26 to $100. 

Thank you!  Anne, Meghan and Annette

2018 Cav Cruise Directors

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Federal Impact Aid Survey

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT IMPACT AID STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FORMS

The annual Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey forms will be sent home with your student this Thursday, November 2.  Please return the completed, signed and dated survey on Wednesday, November 8.

The findings from the survey will enable FCPS to obtain our share of federal funding.

Please note that there is an introductory letter on the front side of the Student-Parent Survey form from Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand.  His letter provides background information on the Federal Impact Aid program and role that the Student-Parent Survey plays in attaining federal funding.

Additional information about the Federal Impact Aid program can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/impactaid/index.html.  For questions regarding the Student-Parent Survey, please contact the Impact Aid staff in Information Technology at 703-329-7655.

 

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From the Principal's desk - 3Nov

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Woodson's Field Hockey Team Gets Into the Halloween Spirit!

Welcome To Our New Director of Student Services

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Bethany Lash as W.T. Woodson’s new Director of Student Services.  Beth has been the Department Chair of the Student Services department for the past three years and a counselor at Woodson since 2012.  She received her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech and her undergraduate degree from California University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to working in education she worked in the private sector for a Healthcare and Higher Education Consulting firm.

Beth was born and raised in Pittsburgh (an avid Steelers and Penguins fan).  She is married to Doug and has a beautiful daughter, Reagan.  She looks forward to working with the administration, the counselors, the faculty, and our community to shape the culture of wellness at Woodson High School.

Carlyn E. Floyd, Ed.D.

Principal

Woodson Minds Matter

This week Woodson Minds Matter asked their peers what matters to them?  This is an effort to highlight what is important to our students.

Congratulations to Woodson's Girl's Varsity Field Hockey and Boys Cross Country

Girl's Varsity Field Hockey won the Occoquan Region Championship with a  1-0 victory over Fairfax High School.  Boys Cross Country were the Region Runner-ups.  Both teams now qualify for the State Tournaments!

Federal Impact Aid Survey

Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey forms were sent home with your child yesterday, November 2, 2017.  Please return the completed, signed and dated survey by November 8. 100% participation is critical for obtaining our fair share of federal funding. 

The process is straight forward. If your employment has no federal connection, please check the box in section 5, sign and date the form, and return.  If your employment is connected to the federal government or military, please complete either section 2, 3, or 4 where appropriate and sign, date, and return the form.

Attendance Reminder

As you anticipate family travel for the Thanksgiving holiday and you know your student will be absent on Wednesday, November 22, please help the Attendance Office by calling the attendance line (703-503-4800, option 1) at any time between now and November 21st.  

This will enable the Attendance Office to process the high number of calls they receive for that day in a more timely fashion. 

We thank you for your support!

Introducing Healthy Minds, a New Mental Health and Wellness Blog

Healthy Minds is an online series of articles targeted to parents, educators, and community-based providers who are interested in supporting student mental health and wellness. Healthy Minds articles will include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community. Information about special events and other relevant news updates will be shared, too. New content will be posted weekly.

Interested individuals can SUBSCRIBE to Healthy Minds via News You Choose (enter your email when prompted to automatically be subscribed). You will receive a monthly digest that includes highlights and links to our most recent articles. There may be additional emails from time to time to alert you on critical mental health and wellness information as well. Visit Healthy Minds.

November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)  affects millions of people all around the world and an estimated 1.25 million adults and children in the U.S. T1D is a complex and serious disease that places demands on those living with it every single day. Whether someone must remember to check their blood sugar during a busy day at school or trying to count carbs every time they eat out, people living with diabetes are always on and they must always be aware. 

T1D is a serious autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin – which allows the body to get energy from food. It strikes suddenly – and it’s not related to lifestyle or diet. There’s no way to prevent this disease and, as of now, there is no cure.  That’s why it’s crucial to be aware of the symptoms of diabetes in teenagers and young adults so you can recognize them early: 

  • Increased thirst and bathroom breaks – high blood sugar levels cause the body to pull fluid from tissues that can lead to dehydration.
  • Increased appetite – if the teen’s body isn’t able to get the energy it needs for food he or she may feel more hungry than usual.
  • Unexpected weight loss – if a young person is losing weight, especially when eating more, it could be a sign that the body isn’t getting enough calories from their food. 

In Type 2 diabetes, the cells become resistant to insulin and the pancreas cannot make enough insulin to overcome this resistance. Instead of moving into the cells to build up energy, sugar builds up in the bloodstream leading to a very serious health concern. 

Awareness + Understanding

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Preorder Your WTW Student Directory

The PTSO is encouraging all families to pre-purchase your WTW Student Directory Today! The deadline to order your copy is Friday, November 10, 2017. No pre-orders will be accepted after this date.

Join the PTSO and order a student directory.

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Questions? Please email Alan Anderson at vp2@woodsonptso.org.

Reminders FCPS Threat Assessment Modules

Fairfax County Public Schools has a well-established policy and protocol for responding to threats of violence in the schools. To help parents and older students learn more about the role they can play in keeping schools safe, we have collaborated with the Youth Violence Project of the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia to develop short videos with useful information. These brief modules were developed for parents and children aged 12 and up, and you may want to watch the student video with your child to answer any questions which may arise. To access these modules go to www.schoolthreatassessment.com and use parent code pgvsdt and student code sy8zk2 as a password.

Seeking Student Voices

As part of an effort to amplify FCPS student perspectives and ideas, and showcase their work, Communication and Community Relations (CCR) is seeking submissions from High School and Middle School students for a new digital storytelling section of FCPS.edu that will focus on various themes. Student stories will published on the website and shared via social media. CCR is asking students submit their work (video, audio, editorial, or photos) via a Google Classroom with the assistance of a teacher. CCR will review submissions and determine those that will be shared. This month’s theme is Mental and Physical Health and Wellness. Full details are at www.fcps.edu/studentvoice   These details will also be shared directly with journalism teachers. 

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Federal Impact Aid Survey

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT IMPACT AID STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FORMS

The annual Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey forms will be sent home with your student this Thursday, November 2. Please return the completed, signed and dated survey on Wednesday, November 8.

The findings from the survey will enable FCPS to obtain our share of federal funding.

Please note that there is an introductory letter on the front side of the Student-Parent Survey form from Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand.  His letter provides background information on the Federal Impact Aid program and role that the Student-Parent Survey plays in attaining federal funding.

Additional information about the Federal Impact Aid program can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/impactaid/index.html.  For questions regarding the Student-Parent Survey, please contact the Impact Aid staff in Information Technology at 703-329-7655. 

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Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

From the Principal's desk - 10Nov

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Woodson Celebrates Veterans DayWoodson Celebrates Veterans Day

Please take a moment and watch a tribute to our vets https://youtu.be/V9Z5ywxhqqc

Congratulations to the Select Men's Ensemble

The Select Men's Ensemble was selected as a featured performing ensemble for the annual Virginia Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference on Friday, November 17, 2017. The ensemble will present a Pre-Conference Performance on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Auditorium at Woodson. The performance is only 30 minutes in length. Let's pack the auditorium!

Woodson Latin Students Participate and Place at the Kick Off Certamen

The Latin academic three day competition took place on Saturday, October 28th and included students from all over Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. Woodson Latin 1 students,  Aidan Love and Kate Waldron, took 4th place. Latin 2 students, Karina Hwang, Lena Mahyoub, Sarah Schoenberger and Nate Schumer, took 1st place. And the Upper Level team (Latin 3/4/5), Will Howard and Charlotte Lowell, took 2nd place. Congratulations to all who participated!

Congratulations to Mrs. Ishii for the Best Blog Feature award from FCPS!

Congratulations to Mrs. Ishii for the Best Blog Feature award from FCPS!   A website well done!

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Federal Impact Aid Survey

Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey forms were sent home with your child last Thursday, November 2, 2017.  If your student has yet to turn in this form, please remind them to return it to their 8th period teacher. 100% participation is critical for obtaining our fair share of federal funding. 

The process is straight forward. If your employment has no federal connection, please check the box in section 5, sign and date the form, and return.  If your employment is connected to the federal government or military, please complete either section 2, 3, or 4 where appropriate and sign, date, and return the form.

A Note From the Office of School Counseling

Attention seniors and parents of seniors!  We have sent all transcripts and recommendations by the November 1 deadline, however it takes 4-6 weeks for the universities to process the thousands of pieces of mail they receive.  It is appropriate to contact the university if you have questions as to whether or not it was received. Your students Woodson counselor will not be able to answer that question.  If by January 1, the university says they do not have it and they have been through all of their mail then please contact your students counselor and they are more than happy to resend. Thank you.

Signs of Suicide Program for all 9th Grade Students

On Monday, November 13th, during the 1a return period, 9th grade students will be participating in the Signs of Suicide program. This video teaches students how to recognize signs of depression in themselves and others and what to do if they or a friend have thoughts of suicide.  The focus will be on how to seek out support both inside and outside of school.  Students will be completing a screening that will be collected at the conclusion of the program. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s school counselors as soon as possible.

Parents Attending PTSO Meeting on Tuesday, November 14th

During the meeting we will not be having a discussion around school safety cameras.

Attendance Reminder

As you anticipate family travel for the Thanksgiving holiday and you know your student will be absent on Wednesday, November 22nd, please help the Attendance Office by calling the attendance line (703-503-4800, option 1) at any time between now and November 21st.  

This will enable the Attendance Office to process the high number of calls they receive for that day in a more timely fashion. 

We thank you for your support!

November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)  affects millions of people all around the world and an estimated 1.25 million adults and children in the U.S. T1D is a complex and serious disease that places demands on those living with it every single day. Whether someone must remember to check their blood sugar during a busy day at school or trying to count carbs every time they eat out, people living with diabetes are always on and they must always be aware. 

T1D is a serious autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin – which allows the body to get energy from food. It strikes suddenly – and it’s not related to lifestyle or diet. There’s no way to prevent this disease and, as of now, there is no cure.  That’s why it’s crucial to be aware of the symptoms of diabetes in teenagers and young adults so you can recognize them early: 

  • Increased thirst and bathroom breaks – high blood sugar levels cause the body to pull fluid from tissues that can lead to dehydration.
  • Increased appetite – if the teen’s body isn’t able to get the energy it needs for food he or she may feel more hungry than usual.
  • Unexpected weight loss – if a young person is losing weight, especially when eating more, it could be a sign that the body isn’t getting enough calories from their food. 

In Type 2 diabetes, the cells become resistant to insulin and the pancreas cannot make enough insulin to overcome this resistance. Instead of moving into the cells to build up energy, sugar builds up in the bloodstream leading to a very serious health concern. 

Awareness + Understanding

Last Chance To Save $20.00 On The 2017-18 Yearbook

Visit https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 or call 1.866.287.3096!

Preorder Your WTW Student Directory

The PTSO is encouraging all families to pre-purchase your WTW Student Directory Today! The deadline to order your copy is today, Friday, November 10, 2017. No pre-orders will be accepted after today.

Join the PTSO and order a student directory.

Order a student directory only.

Questions? Please email Alan Anderson at vp2@woodsonptso.org.

FCPS Threat Assessment Modules

Fairfax County Public Schools has a well-established policy and protocol for responding to threats of violence in the schools. To help parents and older students learn more about the role they can play in keeping schools safe, we have collaborated with the Youth Violence Project of the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia to develop short videos with useful information. These brief modules were developed for parents and children aged 12 and up, and you may want to watch the student video with your child to answer any questions which may arise. To access these modules go to www.schoolthreatassessment.com and use parent code pgvsdt and student code sy8zk2 as a password.

Seeking Student Voices

As part of an effort to amplify FCPS student perspectives and ideas, and showcase their work, Communication and Community Relations (CCR) is seeking submissions from High School and Middle School students for a new digital storytelling section of FCPS.edu that will focus on various themes. Student stories will published on the website and shared via social media. CCR is asking students submit their work (video, audio, editorial, or photos) via a Google Classroom with the assistance of a teacher. CCR will review submissions and determine those that will be shared. This month’s theme is Mental and Physical Health and Wellness. Full details are at www.fcps.edu/studentvoice   These details will also be shared directly with journalism teachers. 

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From the Principal's desk - 17Nov

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Calendar Reminders

November 22 - 2 hour early release (12:55pm)

November 23-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday

First Quarter Report Cards

Report cards were handed out to all students today, Friday, November 17th during 7th period. If your student was absent, please have them see their 7th period teacher when they arrive back to school in order to get it.  

Woodson DECA students compete and place at Districts

Congratulations to the 13 Woodson DECA students who placed in the top 3 in their category at Districts last week! The students below who placed in the top 2 also qualified for the State Leadership Conference in March.

Apparel & Accessories Marketing

Katie Palmer – 1st Place

Automotive Services Marketing

Zane Ritzert – 2nd Place

Business Finance

Divya Kumaran – 1st Place

Nitish Vasudeva – 2nd Place

Business Services Marketing

Trevor Mason – 2nd Place

Ryan O’Hara – 3rd Place

Food Marketing

Cooper Terry – 3rd Place

Human Resources Management

Tristan Cavaness – 2nd Place

Marketing Communications

Alex Walch – 3rd Place

Quick Serve Restaurant Management

Alexis Renderos – 3rd Place

Principles of Business Management

Nadia Salvi – 3rd Place

Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

Grace Keyser – 1st Place

Nathan Schuler – 2nd Place

National Honor Society Inductions

The NHS Induction Ceremony will now be held in Cavalier Hall on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM, instead of the Auditorium. Please use entrances 7 and 8 in order to have the quickest route to Cavalier Hall.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Change of Venue in Woodson

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  The next Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/teen seminar at Woodson is coming up on Thursday, November 30th.  The program starts at 7:00 PM and will be in Cavalier Hall.  Please note the venue change from the Auditorium to Cav Hall.  If the teen and their parent are planning on coming, you do not need to preregister.  Just show up before 7:00 PM because the program will start promptly.  The next program after November 30th is Thursday, January 11th at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium.  Questions?  Please contact John Duffy at jdduffy@fcps.edu.

Key Club Sponsors Winter Blood Drive on December 7, 2017

The Winter Blood Drive will be held on December 7th in the Aux Gym. All students are able to sign up and participate by either finding a Key Club Member in the Cafeterias during all lunches or by going directly to Ms. Elva Card's classroom in G106. 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.

Culture Box Activity on November 21, 2017

As part of our ongoing effort to improve our school culture here at Woodson, we are going to be engaging a great exercise during 6b Return on November 21st.

All your student needs to do is bring a school-appropriate item that they believe represents them or their culture. That does not have to be limited to race or ethnicity - it can be anything they believe captures a part of their identity. Classmates will then place the item in a box in there 6b classroom. When the item is picked from the box, they will share the impact it has had on them and why it is part of their identity or culture.

This exercise is a really good way to get to know other classmates and teachers better, and is not labor intensive at all. We'd really love to see everyone participate and grow through this process, so please make sure to remember to bring something!

Special thanks to our teachers, counselors and staff for helping serve our Woodson students their Thanksgiving Lunch on Tuesday, November 14th!

If you would like to see more pictures, please click the link below to see a short slideshow.

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/announcements/thanksgiving-lunch-2017

 

SOL Notification of Testing

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course Tests will be offered to identified seniors, transfer students, and students needing retakes, between Monday, December 4, 2017, and Thursday, December 14, 2017.  Notification of specific tests, dates and times was provided to students this week.

It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your child’s school counselor as soon as possible.

If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s school counselor or Ms. Guinee, Woodson’s Assessment Coach (kpguinee@fcps.edu).

 

Monday, December 4th - SOL - MATH

Tuesday, December 5th - SOL  – READING  

Wednesday, December 6th - SOL – SCIENCE and Writing (MC)

Thursday, December 7th - SOL – HISTORY and Writing (SP)

Friday, December 8th - WISE Testing & Writing SOL (Makeup)

Monday, December 11th - SOL – MATH Retakes and Makeups

Tuesday, December 12th - SOL – READING Retakes and Makeups

Wednesday, December 13th - SOL – SCIENCE Retake/Makeups

Thursday, December 14th - SOL – HISTORY Retakes and Makeups

 Friday, December 15th - WISE Testing

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Federal Impact Aid Forms - Past Due

If you have yet to fill out and turn in the Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey form, please have your student return them as soon as possible to their 8th period teacher. 100% participation is critical for obtaining our fair share of federal funding. 

The process is straight forward. If your employment has no federal connection, please check the box in section 5, sign and date the form, and return.  If your employment is connected to the federal government or military, please complete either section 2, 3, or 4 where appropriate and sign, date, and return the form.

Attendance Reminder

As you anticipate family travel for the Thanksgiving holiday and you know your student will be absent on Wednesday, November 22nd, please help the Attendance Office by calling the attendance line (703-503-4800, option 1) at any time between now and November 21st.  

This will enable the Attendance Office to process the high number of calls they receive for that day in a more timely fashion. 

We thank you for your support!

Last Chance To Save $20.00 On The 2017-18 Yearbook

Visit https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/job/5278 or call 1.866.287.3096!

Parking Signs on School Grounds

Parents, please adhere to parking signs when on school grounds.  We have many activities and programs going on at Woodson High School every night and we recognize parking can be a premium.   We have worked with transportation to move some of the busses to open up more parking out front, yet we still have people parking in fire lanes and reserved 24/7 spots.  Other entrances are open around the exterior of the building and we encourage parking at all entrances not just entrance 1.  Please also be mindful that Kiss and Ride is set up to keep our students, staff and parents safe.  Please adhere to those traffic patterns as well. 

Outstanding Employee Awards Nominations

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards!

You may submit more than one nomination. Preliminary nominations require 1-2 short paragraphs about how the employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for their given category (Teacher, New Teacher, Principal, Leader, Support Employee, Hourly Employee).

The deadline to submit a nomination is December 1. Please contact Adam Entenberg, Woodson Awards Liaison, at atentenberg@fcps.edu with your nominations or any questions.

Homework and the Holidays

As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know/remind you about our school work policy for both Thanksgiving and the Winter break.

Fairfax County schools believes that these breaks should be dedicated to family and friends. This is the time to take a break from the rigors of school to rest and relax. In that spirit, here are the guidelines that I have provided our staff to ensure you and your family can have a most enjoyable Thanksgiving and winter break.

Teachers should not assign work over the holiday with an expected due date being the first day we return from a break. 

  • Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 27th or Nov. 28th
  • Winter Break – Jan. 2nd or Jan. 3rd

Tests will not be administered the first class day back.

  • Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 27th or Nov. 28th
  • Winter Break – Jan. 2nd or Jan. 3rd

Long Term Projects:

Depending upon how the student has managed the interim due dates of the project, nothing should be due upon their return to class; however, if they are behind on a long-term project, the student may need to work on it over the holiday to get caught up.

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Woodson High School, we wish you and your family a safe, relaxing and happy Thanksgiving.  

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From the Principal's desk - 1Dec

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Woodson's Annual Tunes for Tots Concert Toy Drive to Support Fairfax Villa Elementary School

From now until Thursday, December 14th, we will be collecting new and unwrapped toys to help support families in need at Fairfax Villa Elementary School. You can find toy drop off boxes in the Main Office, Student Services, Classroom A128 and in between the Cafeterias. Thank you for helping one of our pyramid schools during this holiday season!

W.T. Woodson Holiday Gift Ideas

Brighten Up Your Holiday Season With Your W.T. Woodson Holiday Ornament! Great stocking stuffer for a Woodson alumni or graduating senior.

You may also purchase Peel and Stick Wall Decals.Great for decorating any Woodson student's rooms with school spirit!

If you select School Pick Up, please come to the Main Office to pick up your purchase. If you select Shipping, please fill out the Name and Address fields and we will mail your purchase.

W.T. Woodson Holiday Ornament

W.T. Woodson Peel and Stick Wall Decals

Key Club Sponsors Winter Blood Drive on December 7, 2017

The Winter Blood Drive will be held on December 7th in the Aux Gym. Students are able to sign up and participate by going directly to Ms. Elva Card's classroom in G106. 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.

Milk and Cookies

On Thursday, December 14, the PTSO will be celebrating our Woodson students with milk and cookies.  For those of you new to the school, this is a great tradition.  It is a unique way for parents and community members to recognize our students and to show them positive community support.  Traditionally, milk and cookies are mentioned in "All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten" as a valuable life lesson.  Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you!  At this event, Parent volunteers make hundreds of dozens of cookies and the PTSO donates milk boxes.  After school on December 14, parent volunteers shower the kids with warmth and pass out baggies of cookies and milk to each student at Woodson!  In order for this to be successful, we need LOTS of help.  Please visit the sign up genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084AA8A629A20-holiday to sign up to donate cookies and/or to help distribute on December 14.  It's a great way to see smiling students and spread holiday cheer. Any questions, please email Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.

SOL Notification of Testing

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course Tests will be offered to identified seniors, transfer students, and students needing retakes, between Monday, December 4, 2017, and Thursday, December 14, 2017.  Notification of specific tests, dates and times was provided to students this week.

It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your child’s school counselor as soon as possible.

If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s school counselor or Ms. Guinee, Woodson’s Assessment Coach (kpguinee@fcps.edu).

 

Monday, December 4th - SOL - MATH

Tuesday, December 5th - SOL  – READING  

Wednesday, December 6th - SOL – SCIENCE and Writing (MC)

Thursday, December 7th - SOL – HISTORY and Writing (SP)

Friday, December 8th - WISE Testing & Writing SOL (Makeup)

Monday, December 11th - SOL – MATH Retakes and Makeups

Tuesday, December 12th - SOL – READING Retakes and Makeups

Wednesday, December 13th - SOL – SCIENCE Retake/Makeups

Thursday, December 14th - SOL – HISTORY Retakes and Makeups

 Friday, December 15th - WISE Testing

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Federal Impact Aid Forms

If your student has yet to turn in the Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey form, please have them return it to the main office. The deadline to turn in the remaining forms is Wednesday, December 6.  100% participation is critical for obtaining our fair share of federal funding. 

Homework and the Holidays

As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know/remind you about our school work policy for both Thanksgiving and the Winter break.

Fairfax County schools believes that these breaks should be dedicated to family and friends. This is the time to take a break from the rigors of school to rest and relax. In that spirit, here are the guidelines that I have provided our staff to ensure you and your family can have a most enjoyable Thanksgiving and winter break.

Teachers should not assign work over the holiday with an expected due date being the first day we return from a break. 

  • Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 27th or Nov. 28th
  • Winter Break – Jan. 2nd or Jan. 3rd

Tests will not be administered the first class day back.

  • Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 27th or Nov. 28th
  • Winter Break – Jan. 2nd or Jan. 3rd

Long Term Projects:

Depending upon how the student has managed the interim due dates of the project, nothing should be due upon their return to class; however, if they are behind on a long-term project, the student may need to work on it over the holiday to get caught up.

 

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Parking Signs on School Grounds

Parents, please adhere to parking signs when on school grounds.  We have many activities and programs going on at Woodson High School every night and we recognize parking can be a premium.   We have worked with transportation to move some of the busses to open up more parking out front, yet we still have people parking in fire lanes and reserved 24/7 spots.  Other entrances are open around the exterior of the building and we encourage parking at all entrances not just entrance 1.  Please also be mindful that Kiss and Ride is set up to keep our students, staff and parents safe.  Please adhere to those traffic patterns as well. 

Outstanding Employee Awards Nominations

The FCPS employee awards season is here and Woodson High School invites our community and staff to be part of the nominating process for our school.  

The following nominations have been extended and are due by the dates noted below:

 

 Please contact our Woodson Awards Liaison's Adam Entenberg at atentenberg@fcps.edu or Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu with any questions.

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Woodson Weekly - December 8th

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W. T. Woodson Holiday Gift Ideas

 

Brighten up your holiday season with a W. T. Woodson ornament and peel-and-stick wall decals!  

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

  

You can purchase these 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.  

 

 

Food Drive this Saturday, December 9th

The Woodson Leadership students will be collecting food outside the Fair City Mall Shoppers Food and the Pickett Shopping Center Trader Joe's on Saturday, December 9th from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for their annual "Stuff the Truck" event.  All food items will be donated to the Annandale Food Site which has been serving the needs of 60-80 families per week for the past 8 years.  

Thank you for supporting this year's "Stuff the Truck."

Messages from Woodson PTSO

Dear Parents, Families and Students,

High School isn’t the same as elementary school where we had organized gift-giving and Room Parents.  Please take time throughout the school year, and especially now in the holiday season, to recognize and give thanks to the educators and support professionals that work with our children.  Simple notes of appreciation, emails of gratitude and letters in support of your child's teacher, counselor, principal, and/or support staff have enormous, meaningful impact.

Additionally, Woodson PTSO is collecting gift cards to raffle at the Annual Holiday Luncheon for the Teachers and Staff on Thursday, December 14th.

Parents, families and students are invited to send in gift cards to the Woodson main office in an envelope addressed to Attn: Holiday Luncheon Raffle Prizes- Assistant Principal:  Kathy Martin and/or PTSO Rep Monica Cameron.  We kindly ask that we receive all donations by Wednesday, December 13th.

Please contact PTSO parent representative Monica Cameron at monica.cameron@cox.net or 703-608-1289, or assistant principal Kathy Martin at KAMartin@fcps.edu

Milk and Cookies

On Thursday, December 14, the PTSO will be celebrating our students with milk and cookies.  For those of you new to the school, this is a great tradition.  It is a unique way for parents and community members to recognize our students and to show them positive community support.

Traditionally, milk and cookies are mentioned in "All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten" as a valuable life lesson.  Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you!  At this event, parent volunteers make hundreds of dozens of cookies and the PTSO donates milk boxes.  After school on Thursday, December 14th, parent volunteers shower the kids with warmth and pass out baggies of cookies and milk to each student!  In order for this to be successful, we need LOTS of help.  

Please visit the SignUpGenius to donate cookies and/or to help distribute on Thursday, December 14th.  It's a great way to see smiling students and spread holiday cheer.  Please contact Shannon Murphy, parent volunteer at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Hour of Code

Woodson Computer Science students highlighted their creations this week as an "Hour of Code" activity.  Several student creations were demonstrated in the Library during lunches on Thursday and Friday.  Some examples are a Lego Starwars style game and a Unity strategy game. 

Students demonstrate their app to a new staff member.

Environmental Club visits Canterbury Woods ES

Students from the Environmental Club and Science National Honor Society visited Canterbury Woods ES as part of Woodson's science outreach program on Tuesday, December 5th.  

During this visit, students engaged in hands on learning opportunities including an oil spill lab,  a food web activity, a global warming and ocean acidification lab and virtual reality explorations of the ocean and rainforest.

Girls Field Hockey Team wins Sportsmanship Award

Congratulations to the Woodson coaches, players, parents, and community!  Our Girls Field Hockey team was awarded the 2017 VHSL Class 6 Sportsmanship Award!

Key Club Winter Blood Drive Success

The Key Club Winter blood drive on Thursday, December 7th was one of the best blood drives ever!  157 units of blood were donated.

Thank you to all the students and staff who took the time to donate and the PE Department for the use of the Aux Gym.  

INOVA shared that we have become one of their best school-based blood drives.

Congratulations on your retirement!

Congratulations to Public Health Nurse, Yvette Semler and Woodson Clinic Aide, Paula Wilson.  They are retiring on Friday, December 15th after decades of dedicated service to the Woodson community.

Please join us for a reception in their honor on Tuesday, December 12th at 3:15 p.m. in the Library.

Course Selection is coming!

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Starting on Monday, December 11th, Woodson HS staff will begin working with students on the course selection process for the 2018-2019 school year.

Each teacher will meet with students individually across December 11th (odd day) and December 12th (even day) during their normal scheduled class time to provide students with guidance on course options available next year and to provide students with their recommendation of the course(s) that would be the best fit. Teacher recommendations for students will be based on demonstrated work ethic in the class, assessment grades, and applicable standardized testing. This is an important step as we strive to help students and parents navigate the course selection process.

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

Once counselors have met with students, the students should come home with a print out of their selected courses.  We strongly recommend students to consider the teachers’ recommendations when selecting courses for the upcoming school year. If your student selects a class that was not recommended by the teacher, you will be notified and are encouraged to discuss your student’s selection with him/her.

Academic Advising Schedule

Teacher Course Recommendations: December 11 and December 12
· Teachers will provide students with their recommendations for courses.

Curriculum Night/Electives Fair and Rising Freshman Parent Night: January 10 from 5:00-8:00PM
· 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)

· 6:00-6:30pm: Student Panel in the Auditorium

· 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH cafeterias (learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies [most academy class are for rising 10-12th graders]).

· 6:30-7:00pm: Core subject teachers (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) present on ninth grade curriculum in the Auditorium

· 7:00-7:30pm: Graduation Requirements for rising ninth grade parents and brief overview of the new AP and Activities Fees in FCPS in Auditorium

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

· Individual Advising with School Counselors: January 4th- January 19th (through Health and PE 10 class)

Current 11th Graders (Rising 12th Graders)
· Group Advising/Pre-Registration Meeting with School Counselors: January 22nd during Returns

· Individual Advising with School Counselors: January 23rd- February 8th (through US VA History class)

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

· Individual Advising with School Counselors: February 12th- February 27th  (through Health and PE 9 class)

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

Outstanding Employee Awards Nominations

The FCPS employee awards season is here and Woodson High School invites our community and staff to be part of the nominating process for our school.  

The following nominations have been extended and are due by the dates noted below:

  • Outstanding New Teacher (years 1-3 of teaching) nomination due by Thursday, February 1st at 4:00 p.m. To nominate, please complete the Outstanding New Teacher nomination form.  
  • Outstanding Teacher/Librarian (4 or more years of teaching) nomination due by Wednesday, January 3rd at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Teacher/Librarian nomination form
  • Outstanding Support Employee (includes administrative assistant, bus driver, bus attendant, custodian, food service staff, instructional assistant, office staff, public health attendant,  public health training assistant,  student information assistant) nomination due by Tuesday, January 16th at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Support Employee nomination form.   
  • Outstanding Hourly Employee (includes parent liaison and other hourly employees) nomination due by Wednesday, January 3rd at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Hourly Employee nomination form
  • Outstanding Leader (includes assistant principal, counselor, psychologist, social worker, speech and language pathologist, and TSPC/SBTS) nomination due by Thursday, February 1st at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Leader nomination form
  • Outstanding Principal (years 3+) nomination due by Tuesday, January 16th at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Principal nomination form.    

 Please contact our Woodson Awards Liaisons Adam Entenberg at atentenberg@fcps.edu or Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu with any questions.

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Woodson swim team members get ready for the Pep Rally Lip Sync battle!

Winter Break Office and Building Hours

The main office will be open the week of December 18th-22nd from 9:00a.m. until 11:00a.m. each day.

The office and building will be closed from Monday, December 25th through Monday, January 1st.

School resumes on Tuesday, January 2nd and it will be an Even Day.

 W. T. Woodson Holiday Gift Ideas

Brighten up your holiday season with a W. T. Woodson ornament and peel-and-stick wall decals!  

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

 

You can purchase these 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. 

The main office will be open from 9:00a.m. until 11:00a.m. the week of December 18th for gift pick-up. 

Thank you!

Thank you to the families that donated gift cards to the faculty and staff holiday party.  We sincerely appreciate your generosity! 

Staff members wearing "ugly holiday sweaters" at the holiday party.

Homework and the Holidays

As we head into the winter break, FCPS believes that these breaks should be dedicated to family and friends.  This is the time to take a break from the rigors of school to rest and relax.  In that spirit, here are the guidelines provided to our staff to ensure you and your family can have a most enjoyable winter break.

Teachers should not assign work over the holiday with an expected due date being the first class day we return from a break.  Also, tests will not be administered the first class day back.  For winter break, those dates are Tuesday, January 2nd or Wednesday, January 3rd.

Long Term Projects:  Depending upon how the student has managed the interim due dates of the project, nothing should be due upon their return to class; however, if they are behind on a long-term project, the student may need to work on it over the break to get caught up.

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Woodson High School, we wish you and your family a safe, relaxing and happy holiday and New Year. 

Winter Performances

Woodson was filled with music all week with Winter performances by band, orchestra, and chorus!  Congratulations to our performing arts students and teachers for their outstanding concerts and to the community for their support. 

Mr. Morgan and the Concert Band at their performance on Thursday evening.

Writing Center News

The Writing Center has been very busy this fall!  We support students from all grade levels in almost all subjects.  Since the beginning of the second quarter, 177 students have come to the Writing Center.  In the first 3 months of tutoring, we have tutored over 850 times.

Tutors especially love when students come early during the writing process to brainstorm or get help with a draft. 

Writing Center students also had the opportunity to attend the Capital Area Peer Tutoring Association, CAPTA, Convention at George Mason's Arlington campus earlier this month.  Three students prepared and facilitated a session on why students procrastinate in the writing process and how teachers and writing centers can spur them to come for tutoring earlier in the process for more successful writing.  Tutoring centers from up and down the east coast attended this conference.  It was a wonderful experience! 

Woodson Writing Center student tutors, Claire, Kathryn, and Danny presented at the CAPTA Convention on Friday, December 8th.

Math Honor Society News

In November and December, the Math Honor Society went to Mantua, Wakefield Forest, Fairfax Villa, Oak View, Little Run, and Canterbury Woods Elementary Schools where we worked with over 300 2nd and 3rd graders.

The Math Honor Society students ran a matching equivalent fractions game, an adding and subtracting numbers relay, playing card place value game and three-digit rounding number dice game.  We had a great time working with our future Cavaliers and are looking forward to working with the 4th and 5th grade students in March!

Math Honor Society students playing math games with 2nd graders
at Fairfax Villa Elementary School.

Food Deliveries

Please remember that no outside food can be delivered to Woodson 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 parent/family member to Woodson's main office for student pickup.

Student Transportation During the School Day

If your child needs transportation home during the school day (e.g., your student is sick), staff will contact a parent/guardian first, then will begin contacting designated persons listed on his/her Emergency Care Information form

Woodson staff may release a student to the people designated on the Emergency Care Information form or to others for whom the custodial parent provides written consent.  FCPS is not responsible for other transportation arrangements made by parents (e.g., Uber, Lyft, or taxi service).

Welcome to the Woodson Clinic

Join us in welcoming our new clinic aides in January.  Rebecca Maloney will be in the clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  On Wednesday, Naima Fanou will be in the clinic.

Also, please welcome our new Fairfax County public health nurse, Kate Boyd.  She comes to us from the INOVA Health System.

Academic Advising Schedule for 2018-2019

Please make note of these important upcoming dates for course selection and curriculum events. 

Curriculum Night/Electives Fair and Rising Freshman Parent Night: January 10 from 5:00-8:00PM
· 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)

· 6:00-6:30pm: Student Panel in the Auditorium

· 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH cafeterias (learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies [most academy class are for rising 10-12th graders]).

· 6:30-7:00pm: Core subject teachers (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) present on ninth grade curriculum in the Auditorium

· 7:00-7:30pm: Graduation Requirements for rising ninth grade parents and brief overview of the new AP and Activities Fees in FCPS in Auditorium

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

· Individual Advising with School Counselors: January 4th- January 19th (through Health and PE 10 class)

Current 11th Graders (Rising 12th Graders)
· Group Advising/Pre-Registration Meeting with School Counselors: January 22nd during Returns

· Individual Advising with School Counselors: January 23rd- February 8th (through US VA History class)

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

· Individual Advising with School Counselors: February 12th- February 27th  (through Health and PE 9 class)

Questions?  Please contact your child's school counselor.

Outstanding Employee Awards Nominations

The FCPS employee awards season is here and Woodson High School invites our community and staff to be part of the nominating process for our school.  

The following nominations have been extended and are due by the dates noted below:

  • Outstanding New Teacher (years 1-3 of teaching) nomination due by Thursday, February 1st at 4:00 p.m. To nominate, please complete the Outstanding New Teacher nomination form.  
  • Outstanding Teacher/Librarian (4 or more years of teaching) nomination due by Wednesday, January 3rd at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Teacher/Librarian nomination form
  • Outstanding Support Employee (includes administrative assistant, bus driver, bus attendant, custodian, food service staff, instructional assistant, office staff, public health attendant,  public health training assistant,  student information assistant) nomination due by Tuesday, January 16th at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Support Employee nomination form.   
  • Outstanding Hourly Employee (includes parent liaison and other hourly employees) nomination due by Wednesday, January 3rd at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Hourly Employee nomination form
  • Outstanding Leader (includes assistant principal, counselor, psychologist, social worker, speech and language pathologist, and TSPC/SBTS) nomination due by Thursday, February 1st at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Leader nomination form
  • Outstanding Principal (years 3+) nomination due by Tuesday, January 16th at 4:00 p.m.  To nominate, please complete the Outstanding Principal nomination form.    

 Please contact our Woodson Awards Liaisons Adam Entenberg at atentenberg@fcps.edu or Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu with any questions.

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