WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning October 10, 2017, Issue No. 7

The PTSO Meeting is TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 10. Join Us and Welcome our New Principal, Dr. Carlyn Floyd

Parents, teachers, and students are invited. We try to share as much information as possible through the WeMail, but there is no substitute for face-to-face discussions and opportunities to ask questions. Key committee members attend as well as Principal Floyd, and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about special programs and other opportunities.

We look forward to seeing many of you tonight!

Order Your Student Directory

PTSO Student/Staff Directories will be available shortly after the student/family data is released from the front office in October. To ensure that we don’t underestimate or overestimate the number of directories we need to print, the PTSO is encouraging all families to pre-purchase your copy.

Join the PTSO and order a student directory.

Order a student directory only.

Questions? Please email Alan Anderson.

In this Issue


What’s New?

  1. Holiday Happening Craft Show
  2. Powder Puff and Bonfire - Ticket and Concession Volunteers Needed
  3. Precisionette Dance Camp, November 6-7
  4. Spirit Wear
  5. Stick it to Cancer Field Hockey Game

Don’t Forget!

     6. Chick-fil-A Woodson Crew Fundraiser

     7. Dig Pink Night

     8. Grant Program – Accepting Applications

     9. Homecoming Dance Tickets

   10. Homecoming Day Activities

   11. ISO: Donations of Sturdy Shelves for PTSO Closet

   12. Mock ACT/SAT Exams – Signup Online | Pay in Advance

   13. See The Capitol Steps at Woodson

   14. Tools for Opportunities

   15. WeMail Information

Sports Highlights

Mental Health Resources | Emergency Information


The calendar below contains items for the next couple weeks submitted by clubs, booster associations, and the school community. Often, Athletic and Club Meetings are announced to students via the Daily Announcements. Parents can view the scrolling slide show at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/.

Click here for the W.T.Woodson consolidated school calendar (events, odd/even day calendar, testing calendar, college visits, bell schedules).

Click here for the Athletic Calendar. Scheduled events are subject to change; consider checking the schedule before heading out: Hotline 703.503.4683 / http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/.


  • 10/10: Woodson Homecoming Dance Tickets go on sale (Cafeterias during all lunches)
  • 10/10, 7:30pm: Stick it to Cancer Field Hockey Game (Donate)
  • 10/10 - Dig Pink Night: Volleyball game to Support Breast Cancer Research (Donate)
  • 10/10, 7pm: PTSO Meeting (Library)
  • 10/12, 5-8pm: Chick-fil-A Fundraiser to Support Woodson Crew (Fairfax Circle)
  • 10/14, 6pm and 7:15pm: Powder Puff games (Football Stadium)
  • 10/15, 7pm: The Capitol Steps Drama (Auditorium)
  • 10/17, 7pm: Tools for Opportunities (Cav Hall)
  • 10/20: Deadline for Senior Parents to submit Senior Ads for the Yearbook
  • 10/20: 4-5pm: Homecoming Parade (bus lanes and junior parking lot) and 5-6:30pm Pre-game Pig-out (outdoor basketball courts)
  • 10/21, 8am-12pm: Special Cav Cruise FUNDS2ORG Shoe Drop Off (Woodson Door 5 athletic door)
  • 10/21, 8-11pm: Homecoming Dance (Main Gym)
  • 10/27, 12noon: Deadline to submit Fall Grant Applications
  • 10/28, 7:30am-12noon: MOCK SAT/ACT Exams (Lecture Hall)
  • 11/4, 10am-4pm: Holiday Happenings Craft Show (Woodson)

What’s New? 

1. Holiday Happenings Craft Show

Woodson Crew is sponsoring the 25th annual Holiday Happenings Craft Show at Woodson High School on Saturday, November 4, from 10am-4pm. There are 100 vendors and admission is free.

Click here for Details.

2. Powderpuff Ticket and Concession Volunteers Needed

The Powder Puff games will take place on Saturday, October 14 in the Football Stadium. Come out for the Freshman/Sophomore match-up from 6 -7:30pm and the Junior/Senior match-up from 7:30pm-9pm. Admission to the Powder puff games is $5, but free to Woodson students with their student ID. Immediately following the last game will be the Homecoming Bonfire.

The concession stand will be open for both events. We need a handful of parents to supervise students taking tickets at both gates and in the concessions booth for a couple hours. Please email Shawn.Guth@verizon.net, Leadership Liaison for the PTSO by Thursday October 12, and let her know you’d love to come lend a hand.

3. Precisionette Dance Camp: November 6-7, 2017, 9-1pm

Calling all K-8: Come dance your hearts out with the award-winning W. T. Woodson Precisionettes. Have fun learning dances, dance technique, dance games and crafts. **Middle Schoolers** Come learn what it takes to be a Precisionette! Dance Team Prep will give you a taste for the skills needed to make one of our teams; 12+ will receive a skills assessment and suggestions for strengthening individual technique. We are extending the Early Bird price through October 27th, reserve your spot now!

Click here for info.

Questions? Email Mary Beth Quick or Meredith Gelman.

4. Spirit Wear

Need a Woodson sports or class sticker? Looking for a hoodie or reversible stadium blanket to keep you warm during those cold games coming up? We’ve got these items and more… Come shop at the Homecoming game October 20th – we will be set up behind the main entrance to the stadium. We are also excited to participate in the Woodson Craft Show on Nov. 4th! Can’t make either of these events? Order online! Pick up is easy - your order is placed in the main office in a bag with your name on it within days of your order. You or your student can pick it up at your convenience during office hours. You will be notified your order is ready for pick up via email. Your order helps support our many athletic programs through the Woodson Athletic Boosters.

Check out our online store.

5. Stick it to Cancer

The Woodson Field Hockey's "Stick It To Cancer" game is tonight - Tuesday, October 10 at 7:30. Please come out and support this great cause. All donations go to "Life with Cancer." If you’d like to donate, please click here

Under "Designation" you should select: Life with Cancer Breast Cancer Fund (or whichever designation you prefer) and put Woodson Field Hockey in comments.

Don’t Forget! 

6. Chick-fil-A Woodson Crew Fundraiser

Come out to support Woodson Crew on Thursday, October 12 from 5 to 8 PM at Chick-Fil-A located at Fairfax Circle! Please let the cashier/person taking your order that you are there to Pull for Woodson Crew prior to ordering. Thank you and hope you can make it!

7. Dig Pink Night

10/10 - Dig Pink Night: Support the Cavaliers and Breast Cancer Research at the home volleyball game against Fairfax HS featuring prizes and a bake sale. Link to Donate: https://giving.side-out.org/campaigns/12993.

8. Grant Program – Accepting Applications until Oct 27

Do you have a terrific idea to improve education at W.T. Woodson? The PTSO wants to hear about it and partner with you in its success! If you are in need of financial assistance for your classroom, students, activity or organization, we invite teachers, staff, and parents, with a current PTSO membership, to submit grant applications. Click here for the application and complete information. Noon on Friday, Oct 27 is the deadline for submitting Fall Grant Applications via email to Shawn Guth, Chair, at Grants@woodsonptso.org.

9. Woodson Homecoming Dance Tickets

Tickets for the Woodson Homecoming Dance will go on sale beginning Tuesday, October 10, during all lunches. A ticket to the dance costs $20. Students can pay using cash or a check (made payable to Woodson HS). The price for tickets will go to $25 on Thursday, October 19. Any student wishing to bring a guest from another school must pick up and complete a guest application form which can be found in the main office. The dance will take place on Saturday, October 21 in main gym from 8-11:30pm.

10. Homecoming Day Activities

The Homecoming Parade is Friday, October 20, 4:00 – 5:00PM. It starts from the Woodson bus lane and returns to the junior parking lot. Immediately following the parade is the Pre-game Pig-out (Friday, October 20, 5:00 – 6:30) located on the outdoor basketball courts. Join us fun, games, face painting, moon bounce, food trucks, and more before the Homecoming game.

11. ISO: Donations of Sturdy Shelves for the PTSO Supply Store

The PTSO is looking for donations of sturdy shelves. We will use these shelves to organize the new PTSO Teacher Supply "Store." (More information will be coming regarding the new supply store!) If you have shelving to donate, please email Melissa French.

12. Mock ACT/SAT Exams- Saturday, October 28

The Mock SAT/Mock ACT is Saturday, October 28, from 7:30am-12noon in the Woodson Lecture Hall. The Score Report Review Session is Thursday, November 16, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Lecture Hall. Current Juniors should not miss this great opportunity, as they will begin actual SAT and ACT testing in the spring! This year the Woodson PTSO is pleased once again to have Mindworks Educational Services host this year's Mock SAT and Mock ACT. All students must register in advance so that Mindworks has an accurate headcount. The cost is $15 when paid in advance OR $20 when paid on October 28.

To register click here.

You may pay in advance two ways:

  1. Online here
  2. Mail your payment (checks made out to W.T. Woodson PTSO) to PTSO, WT Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031-4099.

Check PTSO website home page for full details or email Yelena Jones with questions.

13. See The Capitol Steps at Woodson!

Why drive downtown when you can see them nearby? The Capitol Steps are coming to the Woodson Auditorium on Sunday, Oct 15 at 7:00 PM The proceeds from this event will support drama student trips to the Virginia State Thespian Conference, New York City, and beyond! Don't miss this night of incredible satire and comedy!

Get your tickets and be ready to put the mock in democracy!

14. Tools for Opportunities – 17 October, 7 pm, Cav Hall

Know everything available to you! Discover the amazing, free tools provided to our parents (and students) – tools that will help you stay on top of things and discover opportunities for your students. These opportunities include everything from basic information you need, to internships, employment opportunities, colleges, training, scholarships, the ability to get emails sent by counselors and the Career Center, and much MUCH more. Hope to see you there.

15. WeMail Information

Include “Wemail” in the subject and email submissions to woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org by 5pm on the Friday prior to Monday’s publication (by 5pm on the Thursday prior if you have an attachment). Click Here for complete guidelines.

Sports Highlights

Precisionette Dance Team

The Precisionettes participated in the Walk Off Parkinson's walk and fundraiser on Sept. 24, at National's Park. The walk is family-friendly event to support those in the community affected by Parkinson's disease. It also includes educational resources for those who are looking for more information on Parkinson's, including the opportunity to talk with specialists in the area. It was a great opportunity for the girls to make an impact in the community and support this worthy cause. Click here to see pictures from the event. And check out the Walk off Parkinson's home page to see our very own Senior Precisionette Kelly Ruffner featured.


On Tuesday 9/26, the Cavaliers took on Lake Braddock at home. Thanks to all the teachers who came out to cheer us on! The freshmen team split 2 very close games (25-23 and 22-25). The JV team stumbled against Lake Braddock in the first set, but roared back for a 25-14 victory in the second set. Varsity defeated Lake Braddock in a clean sweep. After falling behind in the first few points, they turned the setback into a comeback and won 25-20. They thundered through the second set 25-9!, and finished the third set decisively 25-16. Great start to conference play!

On Thursday 9/28, all 3 Woodson volleyball teams swept Annandale! JV quickly finished them 25-7 and 25-16. Varsity followed suit 25-11, 25-15, 25-12. Junior outside hitter Christine Metzler lit up the offense all night without a single hitting error. Amazing! 

Two very challenging matches followed the week of October 2: Tuesday at home against West Springfield Freshmen won 2-0, JV split 1-1, and varsity had another clean sweep in close sets: 25-22, 27-25, and 25-17! Senior Libero and Captain Gabi Lyons went above and beyond digging up everything the opponents hit and serving up a storm! She kept the team focused, and they all played hard for every point. 

Last Thursday, the Lady Cavs faced Robinson and put up a valiant effort, but victory was elusive. JV took them into extra points, losing 16-18 in the third set, and varsity hung in for 5 spirited sets. Can't wait for the rematch when they come to Woodson for senior night later this month. 

This week there are 2 HOME VOLLEYBALL GAMES! Tuesday is Dig Pink Night to support breast cancer research with a huge bake sale at our game against cross-town rival Fairfax HS. Thursday we face South County. Come out to cheer both nights! 

Varsity Field Hockey

This week the Lady Cavaliers Varsity Field Hockey team travelled to West Springfield and hosted Robinson. The activity began early in the week as many no doubt noticed the painting of the Rock honoring this year’s seniors. On Friday, the procession of seniors and their families was enjoyed pre-game and was followed post-game with a cookie and milk bar. Many thanks to the coaches and parents for making this enjoyable and memorable evening happen. This year’s seniors include: Michaela Whearty, Georgia Rafter, Rachel Williams, Caroline Donnelly, Rachel Lansbury, Emma Hartzler, and Kat Roberts. Congratulations Seniors! All the best for your bright futures! Go Cavs!

Girls Cross Country

This past week, although most of the girls’ cross country team had a well-deserved week of rest, the varsity groups raced at a district meet at Burke Lake Park on Tuesday, October 3rd. Although they were saving some of their energy for their invitation this coming weekend, they still had an impressive showing. The top five scorers included Gracie Eidson, Jackie Willey, Naylle Pando, Paige Fowler, and Naomi DuCharme. Up Next for the team: 10/7 – Glory Days (JV) and Great American Invitational Cary, NC (Varsity).

Boys Cross Country

This past week, although most of the boys’ cross country team had a well-deserved week of rest, the varsity groups raced at a district meet at Burke Lake Park on Tuesday, October 3rd. Although they were saving some of their energy for their invitation this coming weekend, they still had an impressive showing. The top five scorers included Jack Leech, Aslan Abrishami-Azar, Robert Johnson, Abdi Hassan, and Alejandro Posadas-Nava. Up Next for the team: 10/7 – Glory Days (JV) and Great American Invitational Cary, NC (Varsity).

Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: Sun Design, Nicely Done Kitchens, Turnpike Basketball, MindWorks, Oh George Tables and Taphouse

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.)