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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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Message from Dr. Floyd on partial power outage

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Dear Parents,

At this time Woodson High School has a partial power outage. Dominion Power is on site and working on restoring power at this time.  We are continuing our day as per usual.  Our phones and internet are currently working if you need to reach us.

 

Thank you!

WTW Administration. 

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Woodson Weekly - March 2nd

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Woodson Weekly -
March 2nd

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

*See something, hear something, please say something*

Woodson Minds Matter and the Wellness Committee teamed up with an initiative called #MoveMe.  Rocks with inspirational messages were distributed around to classrooms.  As students and staff found the rocks, they reflected on the message, posted a picture of the rock on social media with the tag #moveme, and then moved it to a new location to be discovered over and over.

2018 All-State Band and Orchestra

Woodson had 5 students selected through process of audition for the 2018 All-Virginia Band and Orchestra.  This is a huge honor and accomplishment for these students and it represents hours of work and preparation on their part to prepare and perform this audition. 

Congratulations to:

Claire Roth
Meghan Willey
Mia Laping (highest score in her section)
Kate Wagner
Aaron Freeman (highest score in his section). 

2018 Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo to Be Held March 17 at Hayfield Secondary School

The 2018 Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo will be held on Saturday, March 17th at Hayfield Secondary School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doors and exhibits open at 10 a.m. The event will feature a public tasting of dishes created by students to be considered for school menus along with a plenary session with speakers, panelists, and special guests sharing insights on food, nutrition, and health. Admission is $15 per person and includes the public tasting, plenary, and exhibits.

Get more information and register to attend.

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.  Many schools have a deadline in March; however, we have extended to the end of May.  Please help us keep that deadline by reviewing your child's course requests using SIS ParentVUE at https://sisparent.fcps.edu.

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 6th through 9th.  (This is a change from previous test dates due to the school closure on Friday, March 2nd.)

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.

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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Attendance: 703.503.4800 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Woodson Weekly - March 8th

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Woodson Weekly -
March 8th

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

*See something, hear something, please say something*

DECA students at the State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach on March 2nd-4th.

Cav Culture Presentation Today

Your son/daughter participated in a school-wide program during the return period today that focused on microaggressions. 

The students viewed a short video that used humor to provide a very clear example of what not to do in any social situation. The video showed obvious examples of microaggressions that believe it or not, happen in everyday life.

Whether you’re the microagressor or receiver, it’s a pretty uncomfortable feeling. While that video was intended to be funny, the consequences of macroaggressions are very real and can be quite detrimental.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWynJkN5HbQ

Students might be unaware that they have used a microaggression or that you have experienced a microaggression. The purpose of today’s program is to explain what microaggressions are, when and where they happen and what we can do to eliminate them from our culture here at Woodson.  Through her TedTalk, Andrea Boyles, is going to shed some light on microaggressions in everyday life.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YR8jNtV4BE 

Our hope is that this program was helpful to the students and raises their level of awareness about the words they use and how they can affect others.

Thank you to our Cav Culture sponsors Aseem Rastogi and Kate Wright for putting this together.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving - TONIGHT!

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents. The next Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/teen seminar at Woodson is this Thursday, March 8th. The program starts at 7pm and will be in the Woodson Auditorium.

If the teen and their parent are planning on coming, you do not need to preregister. Just show up before 7pm because the program will start promptly.

The PTSO will be selling “Student Driver” magnets before the presentation, so come early to allow for parking AND magnet shopping!

The next program at Woodson after March 8th is Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm. Questions? Please contact John Duffy at jdduffy@fcps.edu.

Student projects on notable Afro-Latin figures are displayed in the G hallway.  The research highlights the contributions of prominent black Hispanics.  This project made an important contribution to Woodson's recognition of Black History Month.

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.

2018 Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo to Be Held March 17 at Hayfield Secondary School

The 2018 Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo will be held on Saturday, March 17th at Hayfield Secondary School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doors and exhibits open at 10 a.m. The event will feature a public tasting of dishes created by students to be considered for school menus along with a plenary session with speakers, panelists, and special guests sharing insights on food, nutrition, and health. Admission is $15 per person and includes the public tasting, plenary, and exhibits.

Get more information and register to attend.

DECA State Leadership Conference

Woodson's DECA team brought 14 competitors to the DECA State Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach last weekend to represent our chapter in a variety of categories and events.  The following students received recognition for their work:

Grace Keyser - Principles of Hospitality and Tourism - Overall Top 9, National Qualifier, Top 10 in Role Play

Divya Kumaran - Accounting Applications - Overall First Place, National Qualifier, Top 10 in Test, Top 10 in Role Play 1, Top 10 in Role Play 2

Trevor Mason - Hospitality Services Team Decision Making - Top 10 - Test

Ryan O'Hara - Marketing Management Team Decision Making - Overall Top 9, National Qualifier, Top 10 - Role Play

Katie Palmer - Apparel and Accessories Marketing - Top 10 in Test, Top 10 in Role Play 1

Zane Ritzert - Automotive Services Marketing - Top 10 in Test

Cooper Terry - Marketing Management Team Decision Making - Overall Top 9, National Qualifier, Top 10 in Test, Top 10 in Role Play

Also, four students qualified for the International Career Development Conference that will take place at the end of April in Atlanta, GA.

DECA is an Association of Marketing Students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. 

Parent Survey

As part of the formal collection process to obtain feedback from families on the performance of Woodson's principal, FCPS will randomly select a sample of parents who will be contacted via email or text message with a link to an online survey. 

If you are selected, an email will be sent from "FCPS Surveys." The survey link is unique to the individual receiving the email.  Once feedback is submitted the link cannot be reused. 

Thank you for participating!

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.  Many schools have a deadline in March; however, we have extended to the end of May.  Please help us keep that deadline by reviewing your child's course requests using SIS ParentVUE at https://sisparent.fcps.edu.

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.

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 - March 16th

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Woodson Weekly -
March 16th

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

*See something, hear something, please say something*

Senior Field Trip to Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, March 14th, the senior class spent the day in Washington, D.C. visiting the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Senate and House office buildings. 

Here are a few pictures capturing the amazing memories these students were able to create on this day.

Students in front of the U.S. Capitol building.

Students in front of the Supreme Court building.

Students with U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly.

Students take a ride on the U.S. Capitol subway.

2018 Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo to Be Held March 17 at Hayfield Secondary School

The 2018 Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo will be held on Saturday, March 17th at Hayfield Secondary School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doors and exhibits open at 10 a.m. The event will feature a public tasting of dishes created by students to be considered for school menus along with a plenary session with speakers, panelists, and special guests sharing insights on food, nutrition, and health. Admission is $15 per person and includes the public tasting, plenary, and exhibits.

Get more information and register to attend.

Mr. Woodson 2018

Come to the Joan Bedinger Auditorium on Monday, March 19th at 7:00pm to see who will be crowned Mr. Woodson 2018. It will be a wonderful evening of talent, intelligence, and grace.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Come support the Class of 2020 and for a chance to win door prizes.

Special Education Conference 2018

The FCPS 2018 Special Education Conference will be held on Saturday, April 21st, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22315.

For more information including the schedule, guest speakers, breakout sessions, etc. please go to the conference website at www.fcps.edu/spedconference2018.

Poetry Out Loud

On Monday, March 12th, Woodson student Remka won the state competition for Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation contest.   Remka performed three poems at the competition in Richmond, "I Sit and Sew" by Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, "Negative" by Kevin Young, and "Breakfast" by Mary Lamb.

The path that led Remka to nationals included wins at the Poetry Out Loud contest here at Woodson and then at the regional contest in January.    

She will represent Woodson and the Commonwealth of Virginia at the national competition in April at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of The George Washington University. 

"Burke Lake" painting by Emma Wright

Scholastic National Art Award Winner

Woodson student Emma Wright was recently awarded a National Silver Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. National medalists will be celebrated at an award sceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. Select national award winning works will be included in an exhibition in New York, and a traveling exhibition over the coming year. 

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States. Established in 1923, the awards have recognized students who have become some of our nation’s most celebrated artists, including Stephen Kin, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana, Phillip Pearlstein, and Andy Warhol. 

International Night

Mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, April 5th for Woodson's first International Night.  The evening will include performances and food samplings from all the different cultures represented here at Woodson.

The Culture Club is hosting this event and needs volunteers to help.  They are hoping to have a surplus donation of foods from various ethnic groups to make this a wonderful evening.  For more information or to find out how to support this event, please email wtwfortheculture@gmail.com or Lorenzo Simms, club sponsor at lsimms1@fcps.edu.

Prom Dresses

Does your teen need a prom dress? If so, you're in luck!

Mrs. Sussy Tomer, Woodson's Parent Liaison, has collected formal dresses to give to students in need.

Please have your child ask for a pass to stop by Room E108 (across from the attendance office) to pick out a free dress. Mrs. Tomer is in her office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00am-1:00pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Also, if you have a prom/formal dress or party shoes that you are no longer going to use, please bring them to Ms. Tomer so that she can add it to the collection.

Please contact Mrs. Tomer at setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792 if you have any questions.

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.  Many schools have a deadline in March; however, we have extended to the end of May.  Please help us keep that deadline by reviewing your child's course requests using SIS ParentVUE at https://sisparent.fcps.edu.

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.

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

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Woodson Weekly - March 23rd

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Woodson Weekly -
March 23rd

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

*See something, hear something, please say something*

Spring Break Is March 26-30; April 2 Is a School Planning Day

As a reminder, spring break will be held March 26-30. During spring break, Woodson's offices will be closed.

Monday, April 2nd, is a school planning day and a holiday for students. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 3. See the 2017-18 calendar.

Woodson's Colorguard won 1st place in the Colorguard Scholastic       Regional A2 competition.

Special Education Conference 2018

The FCPS 2018 Special Education Conference will be held on Saturday, April 21st, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22315.

For more information including the schedule, guest speakers, breakout sessions, etc. please go to the conference website at www.fcps.edu/spedconference2018.

Student Stress Survey

The Wellness Committee would like students and staff to fill out a stress survey to identify stressors that W.T. Woodson students and staff experience.

Students will be sent a link through their Blackboard accounts after they return from Spring Break.  Please know this information is anonymous.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Paula DiSalvo at pdisalvo@fcps.edu.

Congratulations to the H@ckstr33t B01z team who finished 7th place out of 54 at the 2018 UVA High School Programming Competition on Saturday,     March 17th! Great job to all of our Cavaliers who participated!

Regional Science and Engineering Fair

We had a number of Woodson students who were awarded a category prize and/or a prize from a sponsoring organization.  Congratulations to the following students:

Julia Barnes, Matthew Brenningmeyer, Nate Cain, Bridget Cassata, Alexandra Cooper, Grace Cooper, Ruby Dalton, Danielle Dickson, Agah Ebrahimi, Michael Einhorn, Matthew Ferrari, Alex Friedman, Hannah Hanford, Will Ivey, Ishan Kalburge, Emily Kao, Neha Krishnakumar, John Leal, Kyra Lee, Chase McCoy, Jenna Mangis, Riley Miller, Thu Nguyen, Bonnie Pohland, Stephanie Ricigliano, Neil Sorkin, Jake Traynor, Kelly Ward, Ryan Yoder.

Symphonic Band Assessment Results

WTW Symphonic Band got straight superior ratings at their assessment performance on Friday, March 9th earning all 1's and A's in every sub-category as well.

This rating, along with the superior rating the Marching Band received this fall means Woodson will be awarded the Virginia Honor Band award for the 25th time in the program's history and for the 10th consecutive year. 

Congratulations!

Flash Forward! Postsecondary Education and Employment Options

Flash Forward is for students receiving special education services and their parents to explore options for life after high school. The agenda includes information tables, an overview of postsecondary options, and workshops on supported employment, competitive employment, and postsecondary education.

Register now!
TUESDAY, April 10, 2018
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Woodson High School
9525 Main Street
Entrance 1 - Cafeteria

International Night

Mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, April 5th for Woodson's first International Night.  The evening will include performances and food samplings from all the different cultures represented here at Woodson.

The Culture Club is hosting this event and needs volunteers to help.  They are hoping to have a surplus donation of foods from various ethnic groups to make this a wonderful evening.  For more information or to find out how to support this event, please email wtwfortheculture@gmail.com or Lorenzo Simms, club sponsor at lsimms1@fcps.edu.

Prom Dresses

Does your teen need a prom dress? If so, you're in luck!

Mrs. Sussy Tomer, Woodson's Parent Liaison, has collected formal dresses to give to students in need.

Please have your child ask for a pass to stop by Room E108 (across from the attendance office) to pick out a free dress. Mrs. Tomer is in her office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00am-1:00pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Also, if you have a prom/formal dress or party shoes that you are no longer going to use, please bring them to Ms. Tomer so that she can add it to the collection.

Please contact Mrs. Tomer at setomer@fcps.edu or 703-503-4792 if you have any questions.

Parents, please note these new signs went up around the building exits today to help keep our students safe. 

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.  Many schools have a deadline in March; however, we have extended to the end of May.  Please help us keep that deadline by reviewing your child's course requests using SIS ParentVUE at https://sisparent.fcps.edu.

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.

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

Mental Health Resources | 24/7 Emergency Numbers

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

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

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

Inova Emergency Services: 703-289-7560

Mobile Crisis Unit: 1-844-627-4747

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

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

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

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA 22031 | Main Office: 703.503.4600
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