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Woodson Leadership students greet bus drivers on Thursday morning with treats for Bus Driver Appreciation Day.Update on the power outage
Thank you for everyone's patience today as we worked through a partial power outage in the building. Power was restored at 1:35p.m.
Teachers and students continued learning despite the unplanned outage.
Calendar Reminder: Schools to Close Two Hours Early on January 25; January 26 and 29 Are Student Holidays
All FCPS schools will close two hours early on January 25, the last day of the second quarter. Also, schools will be closed for students on January 26 for a teacher work day and on January 29 for a staff development day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 30. See the 2017-18 school year calendar.
AP Exam Opt-Out Forms and Fee Reminder
As part of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) FY 2018 Approved Budget, FCPS has adopted new fees for high school students including Advanced Placement (AP) test fees. The fees for the first six AP/International Baccalaureate (IB) tests taken by each student for courses in which they are also enrolled for high school credit will be paid by FCPS. Students who choose to take one or more AP/IB tests beyond the six FCPS-funded tests will be charged a fee of $93 per AP test (and $119 per IB test). Please note: Woodson does not offer IB tests, but IB tests taken at previous FCPS schools will be counted toward students’ cumulative number of AP/IB tests.
While FCPS encourages all students to take AP tests for courses in which they are enrolled, students will have the opportunity to opt out of the test(s) by completing an opt-out form. To assist in the decision-making process, students will be provided a report with cumulative AP/IB test history for courses in which they were also enrolled in FCPS and current AP/IB course enrollment for courses with an associated test. Woodson’s office of Student Services mailed this opt out form home via U.S. mail on January 12, 2018. Opt out forms are due back to Student Services (E-103) no later than Friday, February 2, 2018.
Students who qualify for the free and reduced-price meals program and have submitted the consent to share their free and reduced-price status will not be charged for these fees in accordance with their waiver selections on the fee consent form. These forms can be found on the Food and Nutrition Services, Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page. The payment of student fees is the responsibility of parents and guardians. However, for students and families who are undergoing economic hardships and are financially unable to pay the stated student fees, assistance is available as noted in the current version of Regulation 2135, Assistance to Students. Please contact your child’s school counselor to determine your eligibility.
Woodson Communication Protocol
As we near the second half of the school year, we want to ensure that expectations for home-school communications are clear. This document was created to promote a direct, open and respectful communication plan. To review Woodson's Communication Protocol, please visit this link: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/Communication%20Protocol%20%281%29.pdf.
By working together as a school community, we can continue to strengthen trust and respect among parents, students, teachers and staff.
Gymnastics Senior Night
Congratulations, Seniors! Senior Night at the Gymnastics meet with Coach Ellen Hagen-Bowerman at Lake Braddock SS on Wednesday, January 17th.Congratulations Regional Scholastic Art Award Winners!
A total of 429 middle and high school students enrolled in FCPS won 648 awards in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Art Awards program sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
Students are awarded Gold and Silver Keys, and Honorable Mentions for outstanding drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, digital art, design, architecture, jewelry, fashion, film and animation, mixed media artworks, and portfolios.
Gold Key award-winning entries will be submitted to the national Scholastic Art Awards competition, where students are awarded national Gold and Silver medals, as well as monetary awards and scholarships. National awards will be announced in April, and an exhibit of the national winners’ works will be on display in New York later this year.
Winning artwork will be on display at NOVA Community College’s Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale beginning Friday, February 9th until Thursday, March 15th, with an award ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st.
The Scholastic Art Awards program is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States.
Woodson students receiving Scholastic Art Awards are:
Gold Key Award Winners: Maya Heinzen, Katherine Ho, Samantha Ng, Julian Phan, Elise Vu, Emma Wright.
Silver Key Award Winners: Amanda Houttekier, Sarah Kim, Dorothy Li, Julian Phan, Sarah Samuels, Kristen Wahlbeck.
Honorable Mention Winners: Hannah Bass, Grace Cooper, Katherine Ho, Amanda Houttekier, Benjamin Jackson, Rhys Kendall, Charlotte Lowell, Cyrus McMillan, Samantha Ng, Sarah Samuels.
"Appalachian" by Elise Vu
FCPS Parent Resource Center
The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for parents, educators and community members to access information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities. Free workshops, confidential consultations and over 5,000 lending library materials available at the PRC help ensure that ALL students are inspired, engaged and thriving.
The PRC offers many free workshops. Upcoming workshops include:
Restorative Justice on Friday, February 2nd
Section 504: What Parents Need to Know on Friday, February 9th
Screamfree Parenting - Peace begins with Pause on Friday, February 23rd
To find out more information and to register for workshops, visit the PRC website at https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279.
Our Korean exchange teacher Ms. Hyegan Lee teaching ESOL students to write their name in Korean!Important information regarding vaping
In recent months, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of students reporting the use of vaping devices/e-cigarettes in our community. Vaping is the act of inhaling vapor produced by a vaporizer or electronic cigarette. The vapor is produced from a material such as an e-liquid, concentrate, or dry herb.
We have had reports that some students and parents seem to perceive vaping as a relatively innocuous activity that is less harmful than other tobacco products. The reality is that there is a growing body of evidence that vaping can harm people, especially adolescents. For example, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and many other health organizations are warning people about the dangers of vaping. The CDC states in a recent report entitled, E-Cigarettes and Young People: A Public Health Concern, “There is already enough evidence to justify efforts to prevent e-cigarette use by young people.” To read this report, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/features/ecigarettes-young-people/index.html . Another informative report written by the Surgeon General can be found at: https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/ It’s important to note that: 1) the materials used in vaping devices are only recently coming under regulatory scrutiny and 2) vaping devices can be used to deliver a wide array of other drugs, including marijuana.
We encourage all of our parents to discuss the potential dangers of vaping with their child. In addition, please remind them that both FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities and the FCPS Participation Policy specifically ban the use of smoking devices and electronic cigarettes. By providing everyone with a better understanding of what vaping can do to one’s health and the disciplinary consequences of using vaping devices will lead to better choices and healthier young people.
Academic Advising Schedule for 2018-2019
Please make note of these important upcoming dates for course selection and curriculum events.
Current 11th Graders (Rising 12th
· 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
· 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.
Start Planning Now: 2018 FCPS Summer Learning Program Information
Many students take the summer to advance their academic program, to sharpen their skills, to learn something new, or to participate in fun camps and institutes. FCPS 2018 summer learning opportunities include a Credit Recovery Academy that offers credit recovery courses, intervention, and test remediation classes; a credit accrual program and summer institutes at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; online courses and classes, including Self-Directed Economics and Personal Finance; as well as elementary and secondary intervention and enrichment camps and institutes.
Program dates, tuition, and registration information are now available on the FCPS Summer Learning Programs webpage.