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Woodson Weekly - January 19th

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Woodson Weekly -
January 19th

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.

Thank you,
Woodson Administration

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 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.

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.  

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Woodson Weekly - January 26th

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Woodson Weekly -
January 26th

Students perform at Dessert on Broadway.

Calendar Reminders

Schools will be closed for students on Monday, January 29th for a teacher staff development day.

Schools will be closed on Monday, February 19th for Presidents' Day.

See the 2017-18 school year calendar.

College 101

Come learn what it means when they say, "College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won," on Wednesday, February 7th (snow date, Tuesday, February 13th) at 7pm in the Auditorium.

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

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

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

Woodson Leadership students getting ready for P.S. I Love You Day. 

P.S. I Love You Day

P.S. I LOVE YOU Day is February 9.  Shirts go on sale between the cafeterias February 5 and are $15 each.

The Winter Dance is February 10.  The theme is Vegas Night/Sadie Hawkins, however everyone is encouraged to attend, with or without a date.  Tickets for the dance go on sale January 30 and are $10 each.

Leadership Class for 2018-2019

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

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

Completed applications must be turned in to Mr. Schaefer or Mrs. Schmauder no later than Friday, February 9th.

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

Dive students with Coaches.  Girls took first, second, and third place at their meet on Friday, January 26th.

Advanced Placement Exams Schedule

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams will take place May 7 – 18, 2018.  Students in an AP class are automatically enrolled to take the exam.  AP exam dates can be found on the College Board website (https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/ap-calendar) or in Student Services (E103).

Students who are NOT in an AP class but would like to take an AP exam should contact Mrs. Nielsen (703-503-4623) for registration information.  You may also stop by her desk in Room E103.  Registration for this group will be held from February 1– March 1, 2018.  Homeschooled students are welcome to register also.  The test fee is $93.00 for anyone not enrolled in the AP course.  Checks should be made payable to W. T. Woodson HS.  Registration form and payment is due to Ms. Nielsen no later than March 1, 2018. 

Advanced Placement Accommodations

All requests for College Board AP testing accommodations must be submitted by Friday, February 20, 2018.  Please contact Ms. Bensalem at NBensalem@fcps.edu, for more information. 

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.

ESOL students tried on traditional Korean clothes.

Interior Video Monitoring Proposal

W. T. Woodson High School is considering installing video monitoring in some common hallways of our school. We invite the feedback of our community on the specifics of this proposed installation and will be holding an information and feedback meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00p.m. at the PTSO meeting in the Woodson Library. 

For more information regarding this proposal, please view this link:  https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2706

If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like to submit feedback, please use this Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/XSvCnJbq4fPq5Cji1).  You may also email Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu with your comments on this proposal and whether you support or oppose the installation. 

Loyal Heart

Loyal Heart is a student-written and produced Musical which opens Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7pm and runs through Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1pm in the Woodson Auditorium.
The performances are free and open to the public. Tickets are available at https://loyalheartthemusical.eventbrite.com.

Senior Paul Hardin makes history jump out of the history books and onto the stage with an all new musical Loyal Heart about young King Henry VIII.  To tell this tale, Paul composed 24 original songs, fully orchestrated for a 16 piece pit orchestra.  Change surrounds young King Henry VIII as he grapples with a destiny he did not expect.  The musical asks the question: Who is the Loyal Heart?

Fifty busy students have joined Paul to volunteer their time to make Loyal Heart come to life. As a completely student-led production with the support of Woodson’s Tri-M musical honor society, Loyal Heart gives participating students a chance to have leadership roles in music direction, set design and choreography.  Loyal Heart offers the complete cast and crew the unique opportunity to create a new musical while in high school.

The Blank Theater in Los Angeles selected Loyal Heart as a semi-finalist in their Young Playwrights Festival 2017. 


For more information, please contact Pam Hardin at (703)425-7896 or pamhardin@verizon.net

Student Recognitions

Congratulations to Yousof Omeish!  He was awarded the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award for 2018.  Senator Byrd believed that an educated community is necessary for democratic government to thrive.  He established this award because he wanted to recognize and reward young men and women who excel academically and demonstrate qualities of leadership.

Congratulations to Alexandra Gladkova!  She has been invited to attend the World Team Trials selection event to compete for a spot on the USA Gymnastics World Championship Team.  The selection event will take place at the beginning of February in Huntsville, TX and if she is selected, she will represent Team USA at The World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.  

Our Academic Bowl team taped "It's Academic" on January 13th.  Tune in to NBC4 on Saturday, March 3rd to see if we took home the win!

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 Graders)

· 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.

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.  

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

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Woodson Weekly - February 2nd

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Woodson Weekly -
February 2nd

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

Dr. Brabrand visits Woodson HS to deliver a mid-year pep talk. 

Thanks to FCPS videographers for choosing our school for the Superintendent's message.

National School Counseling Week

"School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars," will be celebrated next week, February 4th through 9th to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  

Students wearing sunglasses to see the world through a different lens.

Get Service

On Thursday, February 1st, the Woodson PTSO sponsored the “Get Service” video for all students.

The “Get Service” video highlights one of our school’s core values showing empathy toward others and reminded students to view their world through a different lens.

Following the video, students were given a pair of sunglasses to serve as a reminder to help our students to remember to think about others.

Students display their Science Fair projects in Cavalier Hall on Tuesday, January 30th.  Thank you, Ms. Gaynor for all your hard work coordinating this opportunity for students, volunteers, and staff.

College 101

Come learn what it means when they say, "College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won," on Wednesday, February 7th (snow date, Tuesday, February 13th) at 7pm in the Auditorium.

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

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

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

Service Academy and ROTC Night

Save the date for the annual Service Academy and ROTC Night on Tuesday, February 27th at 7p.m., in Fairfax High School Auditorium (snow date Tuesday, March 6th). 

Are you or your child interested in becoming an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces?  This is a perfect starting point for you.  Representatives from each service academy, branch ROTC program, and Congressman Connolly’s office will present basic information and be available for important face time and individual questions. 

Although all grades are welcome, this event is especially important for Juniors.

The application process for these programs begins the spring of the Junior year. 

NOTE: This event is only held once a year, and hosting rotates between the co-hosts: Fairfax, Madison, Oakton, and W.T. Woodson High Schools.

Congratulations, Lynn Hill!  Lynn was named the Outstanding Hourly Employee for Region 5.  Ms. Hill was surprised on Thursday, February 1st with this special award.

Pictured from l to r:  Aaron Morgan, WTW Band Director, Frances Ivey, Region 5 Assistant Superintendent, Lynn Hill, Band Assistant, Becky Baenig, Region 5 Executive Principal, Carlyn Floyd, WTW Prinipal, and Adam Entenberg, WTW Assistant Principal.

Woodson Leadership students getting ready for P.S. I Love You Day. 

P.S. I Love You Day

P.S. I LOVE YOU Day is February 9.  Shirts go on sale between the cafeterias February 5 and are $15 each.

The Winter Dance is February 10.  The theme is Vegas Night/Sadie Hawkins, however everyone is encouraged to attend, with or without a date.  Tickets for the dance are on sale during lunches and are $10 each.

Leadership Class for 2018-2019

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

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

Completed applications must be turned in to Mr. Schaefer or Mrs. Schmauder no later than Friday, February 9th.

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

Congratulations!  The Woodson Swim and Dive Team is the 2018 Patriot District Champions! 

WIDA Testing Next Week

Current federal legislation requires that all limited English proficient (LEP) students participate annually in an English language proficiency assessment.  In the state of Virginia, all divisions use the WIDA Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners® 2.0 (ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0) to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.  ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 is administered annually to all English learners (ELs) with an English language proficiency (ELP) levels of 1-5 in grades Kindergarten through 12. 

ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English language development standards and assesses the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  The assessment will:

  • Determine students’ English language proficiency level and eligibility for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services and testing accommodations.
  • Help students and families understand students’ current level of ELP along the developmental continuum.
  • Provide teachers with information they can use to plan for and support student learning.
  • Assist in determining whether ELs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without ESOL support.

Students participate annually in the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0, even if ESOL services are declined, until they reach the criteria for ELP level 6 and are designated English proficient.

This year, the ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 will be given in our school from February 5th to February 9th.

Advanced Placement Accommodations

All requests for College Board AP testing accommodations must be submitted by Friday, February 20, 2018.  Please contact Ms. Bensalem at NBensalem@fcps.edu, for more information. 

Interior Video Monitoring Proposal

W. T. Woodson High School is considering installing video monitoring (cameras) in some common hallways of our school. We invite the feedback of our community on the specifics of this proposed installation and will be holding an information and feedback meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00p.m. at the PTSO meeting in the Woodson Library. 

For more information regarding this proposal, please view this link:  https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2706

If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like to submit feedback, please use this Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/XSvCnJbq4fPq5Cji1).  You may also email Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu with your comments on this proposal and whether you support or oppose the installation. 

Our Forensics Team competed at Regionals and placed!

Alexandra, 3rd place, Improptu Speaking;
Vera, 4th, Storytelling; Sarah, 7th Poetry.

Student Recognitions

Congratulations to Senior Owen Collins for his achievement in the SkillsUSA competition in Electrical Construction.

The competition consist of a one-hour written exam and a three-hour practical exam where students must exhibit their knowledge and skill concerning electrical construction. On Saturday, January 20th, Owen finished first in Fairfax County, earning a place in the District competition on Monday, January 29th where he finished second.

Owen and four other District qualifiers now move on to the State competition in Virginia Beach in April. Good luck in the States, Owen! 

Congratulations to Amy Do and Matt Hansen for winning the Geometry Factoring Challenge on Wednesday, January 31st.  The Algebra 2 Factoring Challenge is next Wednesday, February 7th at 3p.m. in the cafeteria.

Loyal Heart

Loyal Heart is a student-written and produced Musical which opens Friday, February 16th at 7pm and runs through Saturday, February 17th at 1pm in the Woodson Auditorium.  The performances are free and open to the public. Tickets are available at https://loyalheartthemusical.eventbrite.com.

Senior Paul Hardin makes history jump out of the history books and onto the stage with an all new musical Loyal Heart about young King Henry VIII.  To tell this tale, Paul composed 24 original songs, fully orchestrated for a 16 piece pit orchestra.  Change surrounds young King Henry VIII as he grapples with a destiny he did not expect.  The musical asks the question: Who is the Loyal Heart?

Fifty busy students have joined Paul to volunteer their time to make Loyal Heart come to life. As a completely student-led production with the support of Woodson’s Tri-M musical honor society, Loyal Heart gives participating students a chance to have leadership roles in music direction, set design and choreography.  Loyal Heart offers the complete cast and crew the unique opportunity to create a new musical while in high school.

The Blank Theater in Los Angeles selected Loyal Heart as a semi-finalist in their Young Playwrights Festival 2017. 

For more information, please contact Pam Hardin at (703)425-7896 or pamhardin@verizon.net

The Youth and Parent Summit is a two-day event for Virginia youth with disabilities ages 13-21 and parents(s).  This year's summit will be held on June 13th-15th at JMU in Harrisonburg, VA.  The summit is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities.

During the Summit, participants work in groups facilitated by I’m Determined Youth Leaders to discover how the core components of self-determination can be applied to their lives. Summit attendees are expected to return to their home schools and communities to share the self-determination message.

The selected individuals and a parent/guardian will receive paid registration, dormitory accommodations, travel expenses and meals for the three-day event. A concurrent Parent Summit for the selected participant’s parent/guardian will be held at the university. Parent attendance is based on their child applying and being accepted to the summit. Parents do not complete an application.

The application due date is 5:00p.m. on Friday, March 9th.  The reference due date is 5:00p.m. on Monday, March 12th.  Applications will be reviewed and acceptance letters will be emailed by March 31st.

Students are encouraged to apply as early as they can. Click the link below to go to the application.  Go To Application

For assistance with the  application process, please contact Karen Rudert, Employment & Transition Representative at Quander Road at 703-718-2411 or email klrudert@fcps.edu .

For more information or questions, please contact:
imdetermined.vdoe@gmail.com or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter

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

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.  

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Woodson Update - February 7th

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Woodson Update - February 7th

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

College 101-Rescheduled to February 13th

Due to the FCPS closure today, College 101 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 13th at 7p.m. in the Auditorium.

Come learn what it means when they say, "College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won."

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

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

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

Milk and Cookies

Needed: More than 200 dozen cookies. Please sign up to bake: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aa8a629a20-valentines

On Wednesday, February 14th, we 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 February 14th, 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 to donate cookies and/or help distribute on February 14th: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aa8a629a20-valentines

 It's a great way to see smiling students:) Any questions, please email Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.

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Woodson Weekly - February 9th

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Woodson Weekly -
February 9th

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

Students were welcomed to school this morning with lollipops and notes on their lockers for P.S. I Love You Day.

Video: It’s "Halftime" in FCPS

As we mark the mid-way point of the 2017-18 school year, Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand drops by Woodson High School to provide a “halftime” pep talk for students. Watch the video.

College 101-Tuesday, February 13th

College 101 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 13th at 7p.m. in the Auditorium.

Come learn what it means when they say, "College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won."

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

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

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

Milk and Cookies

Needed: More than 200 dozen cookies. Please sign up to bake: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aa8a629a20-valentines

On Wednesday, February 14th, we 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 February 14th, 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 to donate cookies and/or help distribute on February 14th: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084aa8a629a20-valentines

 It's a great way to see smiling students:) Any questions, please email Shannon Murphy at shannon.murphy29@gmail.com.

Parking Information

The businesses at Woodson Square (across Whitacre Road from the school) have requested that students and parents refrain from parking in their lot.  There have been several instances of students parking in their business lot and parents using the lot as a kiss and ride.  They will start to enforce towing if parking in their lot continues. 

Loyal Heart

Loyal Heart is a student-written and produced Musical which opens Friday, February 16th at 7pm and runs through Saturday, February 17th at 1pm in the Woodson Auditorium.  The performances are free and open to the public. Tickets are available at https://loyalheartthemusical.eventbrite.com.

Senior Paul Hardin makes history jump out of the history books and onto the stage with an all new musical Loyal Heart about young King Henry VIII.  To tell this tale, Paul composed 24 original songs, fully orchestrated for a 16 piece pit orchestra.  Change surrounds young King Henry VIII as he grapples with a destiny he did not expect.  The musical asks the question: Who is the Loyal Heart?

Fifty busy students have joined Paul to volunteer their time to make Loyal Heart come to life. As a completely student-led production with the support of Woodson’s Tri-M musical honor society, Loyal Heart gives participating students a chance to have leadership roles in music direction, set design and choreography.  Loyal Heart offers the complete cast and crew the unique opportunity to create a new musical while in high school.

The Blank Theater in Los Angeles selected Loyal Heart as a semi-finalist in their Young Playwrights Festival 2017. 

For more information, please contact Pam Hardin at (703)425-7896 or pamhardin@verizon.net

Leadership students serve their counselors breakfast during National School Counselors Week.

Advanced Placement Accommodations

All requests for College Board AP testing accommodations must be submitted by Friday, February 20, 2018.  Please contact Ms. Bensalem at NBensalem@fcps.edu, for more information. 

Congratulations! 

The Woodson Boys Track and Field Team won the 2018 Patriot District Champions! 

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on February 19 for Presidents Day

All FCPS schools will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the 2017-18 school year calendar.

Interior Video Monitoring Proposal

W. T. Woodson High School is considering installing video monitoring (cameras) in some common hallways of our school. We invite the feedback of our community on the specifics of this proposed installation and will be holding an information and feedback meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00p.m. at the PTSO meeting in the Woodson Library. 

For more information regarding this proposal, please view this link:  https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2706

If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like to submit feedback, please use this Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/XSvCnJbq4fPq5Cji1).  You may also email Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu with your comments on this proposal and whether you support or oppose the installation. 

Order Your Yearbook

This is your last chance to save money on the 2017-2018 Woodson yearbook before it is full price.  Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 5278.

FCPS Cares Recognition

Congratulations to Janet Peterson who was recently recognized through FCPS Cares!

"Every day when I walk into our office, I am greeted by Ms. Peterson who is always incredibly pleasant and kind. She has an amazing ability to manage countless employee schedules to organize meetings while smiling and maintaining a good sense of  humor. I've never seen her appear frazzled and her job could easily frazzle most! I am very lucky to work so close to Ms.

Peterson as she knows how to brighten your day!"

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

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Woodson Weekly - February 16th

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Woodson Weekly -
February 16th

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

Vaping - What you need to know!

Woodson HS is hosting a presentation to help our community stay informed about the current vaping trends this Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00pm in the Woodson Auditorium (entrance 18).  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.  

This presentation is open to parents, faculty and staff for the entire Woodson Pyramid.

Brian Maslowski, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug instructor from the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness will be presenting the latest trends in vaping, e-cigarettes, and juuls.  Mr. Maslowski will have samples of these devices and will discuss the chemicals that adolescents use. 

It has come to our attention 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. 

Loyal Heart

Loyal Heart is a student-written and produced musical which opens tonight, Friday, February 16th at 7pm and runs through Saturday, February 17th at 1pm in the Woodson Auditorium.  The performances are free and open to the public. Tickets are available at https://loyalheartthemusical.eventbrite.com.

Senior Paul Hardin makes history jump out of the history books and onto the stage with an all new musical Loyal Heart about young King Henry VIII.  To tell this tale, Paul composed 24 original songs, fully orchestrated for a 16 piece pit orchestra.  Change surrounds young King Henry VIII as he grapples with a destiny he did not expect.  The musical asks the question: Who is the Loyal Heart?

Fifty busy students have joined Paul to volunteer their time to make Loyal Heart come to life. As a completely student-led production with the support of Woodson’s Tri-M musical honor society, Loyal Heart gives participating students a chance to have leadership roles in music direction, set design and choreography.  Loyal Heart offers the complete cast and crew the unique opportunity to create a new musical while in high school.

The Blank Theater in Los Angeles selected Loyal Heart as a semi-finalist in their Young Playwrights Festival 2017. 

For more information, please contact Pam Hardin at (703)425-7896 or pamhardin@verizon.net

Support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Woodson students Natalie Goldstein and Catherine McBride are campaigning as Students of the Year to raise money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   

In addition to this fundraising events, community members are encouraged to donate to our general fundraising page (YOUR dollar could be the one to cure cancer!!) at http://events.lls.org/nca/DCSOY2018/ngoldstein.

Click here for more information and to read about the entire 7-week fundraising campaign.

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on February 19 for Presidents Day

All FCPS schools will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the 2017-18 school year calendar.

Congratulations Conor and Aidan for winning 1st and 7th place respectively in the VHSL 6A State Dive Championship today!

2nd Quarter Report Cards

Did you receive your child's report card?  Second quarter report cards were distributed last Friday, February 9th through 8th period.

If you didn't get your child's report card, please have your child pick it up from their 8th period teacher.

2018-2019 Course Registration

We are currently meeting with students to schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you have questions or concerns about your student’s course selections, please contact your child’s counselor.  Opportunities for course changes will be limited next year.  The deadline for changes to next year's course selections is Thursday, May 31st.

The third quarter of the academic year is always interesting.  Some students get fatigued with the routines of school, classwork, and homework.  If your child did poorly in the first semester and you are concerned whether or not he/she can still pass a course for the year, communicate with your child's teacher.

March English Writing SOLs

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that all students in grade 11 take the English Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) Test. The purpose of testing is to provide information about student achievement in several areas of English: Writing.

Scores from the test will be used to determine whether students fail to meet standards, are proficient in meeting the standards, or are advanced in the standards. The test has two components: multiple choice and direct writing. In order to obtain a score your child must complete both components.

The English Writing test will be administered at W.T. Woodson from March 5th through 8th

It will be very helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this time period. Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Guinee, the Assessment Coach (kpguinee@fcps.edu) or your child’s school counselor.

Captain Reginald Davis, honorary Tuskegee Airman, shares his story with students in honor of Black History Month on Tuesday, February 13th.

Advanced Placement Accommodations

All requests for College Board AP testing accommodations must be submitted by Friday, February 20th.  Please contact Ms. Bensalem at NBensalem@fcps.edu, for more information. 

U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Night

Save the date for the U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Night on Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00pm in the Fairfax High School Auditorium.  

If you want to be an officer in the United States Armed Forces, you will want to attend our U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Night.  Representatives from each service academy and branch of ROTC as well as a representative from Gerry Connolly's office will present information you need and want to know. 

This is especially important for Juniors because the application process begins the Junior year.  W.T. Woodson shares hosting this event with Fairfax, Madison, and Oakton High Schools.

Junior Parent Night 

Junior Parent Night will be Thursday, March 1st at 7:00pm in the WTW Auditorium (Snow Date 7 March).

Be prepared and learn what you and your students need to know. 

Junior Parent Night provides Junior parents with the details they need to move forward with the post-secondary education search.  Learn about tricks to searching in Family Connection and important basics to paying for college relevant to the search.  You can discover important information most parents don’t know. 

This event has a parent focus.  Juniors will learn in a seminar held the previous day but are welcome to come if they wish.

NVCC Annandale Campus Field Trip

Woodson's Student Services Department is sponsoring a field trip to visit Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Annandale campus on Thursday, March 8th from 10:00am-1:00pm. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to tour the NVCC's campus, meet with administration counselors, learn about financial aid, career services, placement assessments, application procedures, and transfer planning to four-year colleges. 

Please see your school counselor to sign up for this field trip and to get a permission form.

Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Resume Building Workshop

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Resume Building Workshop on Saturday, March 10th from 1-3pm at Woodson.

This event is co-sponsored by Supervisor Linda Smyth, Supervisor John Cook, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and Woodson High School.

Order Your Yearbook

This is your last chance to save money on the 2017-2018 Woodson yearbook before it is full price.  Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 5278.

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

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Woodson Weekly - February 23rd

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Woodson Weekly -
February 23rd

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

*See something, hear something, please say something*

Woodson Minds Matter Club sponsored free yoga for students during return periods on Tuesday, February 20th.  Students got a chance to take a break from their day and complete a yoga practice.

A Message from Dr. Floyd

I want to take a moment to thank our families, students and staff for bringing forth ideas and demonstrating concern for our Woodson community over the last week.  Our lives have been changed forever as a result of the various tragedies in our world. 

Our number one goal at Woodson HS is to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all students.  We appreciate everyone’s help in talking with our students about the events and helping them turn emotions into appropriate action. 

Should you or your student need any further assistance there are numerous resources available and are listed below.  In addition here are some useful articles and blogs to use in such situations:

https://www.fcps.edu/blog?field_term_blog_topic_target_id=258

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids#

https://www.cnn.com/2015/11/16/health/talking-to-kids-tragic-events-advice-parents/index.html

http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers

Depression Resources for Northern Virginia Youth www.PlanDNOVA.org - a student created resource


Mental Health Resources 24/7 Emergency Numbers

CrisisLink Regional Hotline 703-527-4077

CrisisText Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency 703-536-2000

Inova Emergency 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit 1-844-627-4747

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

Merrifield Center Emergency 703-573-5679 TTY dial 711

Life Threatening 911

Additional resources can be accessed through your private health insurance as well.

Woodson Pyramid Attendance Support Information

Academic success relies upon excellent school attendance.  Students who come to school on time every day are building critical life skills they will use the rest of their lives.  Like strengthening a muscle, building positive attendance habits early on makes a difference for our students today and for our adults of tomorrow.  Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school and themselves.

To learn more about attendance support at Woodson and information about how to view your child's attendance in the Student Information System (SIS), please review this letter from Dr. Floyd. 

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/inline-files/WTWattendance%20letter%202018.pdf

School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS’ Internal Survey Advisory Committee.

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information.  Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated. 

Parent Survey (English): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCPSParent2018

Parent Survey (Spanish): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018SpanishP

Congratulations to the 27 students who were inducted into the inaugural Computer Science Honor Society on Wednesday, February 21st. This was the Honor Society’s inaugural induction ceremony. 

The newly formed society will engage in Computer Science tutoring, promoting Computer Science, and community outreach.

2018-2019 Course Registration

We are currently meeting with students to schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.  If you have questions or concerns about your student’s course selections, please contact your child’s counselor.  Opportunities for course changes will be limited next year.  The deadline for changes to next year's course selections is Thursday, May 31st.

The third quarter of the academic year is always interesting.  Some students get fatigued with the routines of school, classwork, and homework.  If your child did poorly in the first semester and you are concerned whether or not he/she can still pass a course for the year, communicate with your child's teacher.

March English Writing SOLs

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that all students in grade 11 take the English Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) Test. The purpose of testing is to provide information about student achievement in several areas of English: Writing.

Scores from the test will be used to determine whether students fail to meet standards, are proficient in meeting the standards, or are advanced in the standards. The test has two components: multiple choice and direct writing. In order to obtain a score your child must complete both components.

The English Writing test will be administered at W.T. Woodson from March 5th through 8th

It will be very helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this time period. Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Guinee, the Assessment Coach (kpguinee@fcps.edu) or your child’s school counselor.

Congratulations to Woodson's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Academic Bowl team!  They won their first match against Kentucky School for the Deaf, their second match against Bidville HS in TX, and their third match against the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind today.  

U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Night

Save the date for the U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Night on Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00pm in the Fairfax High School Auditorium.  

If you want to be an officer in the United States Armed Forces, you will want to attend our U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Night.  Representatives from each service academy and branch of ROTC as well as a representative from Gerry Connolly's office will present information you need and want to know. 

This is especially important for Juniors because the application process begins the Junior year.  W.T. Woodson shares hosting this event with Fairfax, Madison, and Oakton High Schools.

Junior Parent Night 

Junior Parent Night will be Thursday, March 1st at 7:00pm in the WTW Auditorium (Snow Date 7 March).

Be prepared and learn what you and your students need to know. 

Junior Parent Night provides Junior parents with the details they need to move forward with the post-secondary education search.  Learn about tricks to searching in Family Connection and important basics to paying for college relevant to the search.  You can discover important information most parents don’t know. 

This event has a parent focus.  Juniors will learn in a seminar held the previous day but are welcome to come if they wish.

NVCC Annandale Campus Field Trip

Woodson's Student Services Department is sponsoring a field trip to visit Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Annandale campus on Thursday, March 8th from 10:00am-1:00pm. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to tour the NVCC's campus, meet with administration counselors, learn about financial aid, career services, placement assessments, application procedures, and transfer planning to four-year colleges. 

Please see your school counselor to sign up for this field trip and to get a permission form.

Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Resume Building Workshop

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Resume Building Workshop on Saturday, March 10th from 1-3pm at Woodson.

This event is co-sponsored by Supervisor Linda Smyth, Supervisor John Cook, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and Woodson High School.

Opportunity to Apply for Student Representative to the School Board

Each year, in accordance with FCPS Policy 1802, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board.

The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools. Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). 

Applications are due March 22, 2018. The application and related details can be found at http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/is/socialstudies/documents/2018StudentRepresentativeSchoolBoardApplication.pdf.

Order Your Yearbook

This is your last chance to save money on the 2017-2018 Woodson yearbook before it is full price.  Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and use code 5278.

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

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