WTW PTSO WeMail for the Week Beginning October 23, 2017, Issue No. 9

PTSO Mock ACT/SAT Exams are this Saturday, October 28, from 7:30am-12noon in the Woodson Lecture Hall

Current Juniors should not miss this great opportunity, as they will begin actual SAT and ACT testing in the spring!

Parent Volunteers are needed!

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 onsite on October 28.

The Score Report Review Session is Thursday, November 16, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Lecture Hall.

To register or volunteer 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.

For those that cannot make the October date, the PTSO will offer these same exams again in the winter:

Winter Session Test: Sat, Feb 10, 7:30am -12pm

Winter Session Score Report Review: Thursday, March 1, 7:00-8:30 PM

Check the Mock Exam Section on the PTSO website home page for full details.

Please email Yelena Jones at yelenajones@yahoo.com with any questions.

This Week

  • Tuesday, 10/24, 7pm: Orchestra Masquerade Concert (Auditorium)
  • Wednesday, 10/25, 3pm: Governor’s School Interest Meeting (Cav Hall)
  • Wednesday, 10/25, 7pm: FAFSA Line-By-Line Info Session (Cav Hall)
  • Friday, 10/27, 12noon: Deadline to submit Fall Grant Applications (Grants@woodsonptso.org)
  • Saturday, 10/28, 7:30am-12noon: MOCK SAT/ACT Exams (Lecture Hall)

 Athletic Calendar October 23- October 27 

Orchestra Masquerade Concert

Woodson Orchestra's first concert of the school year will take place this Tuesday, October 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Enjoy selections including "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "The Wizard of Oz: A Whirlwind Journey." The Frost Middle School Symphonic Orchestra will be special guest performers playing music from "Game of Thrones." Admission is free, costumes are encouraged, and there will be seasonal refreshments (i.e., candy!) in the lobby afterward.

Governor’s School Student Interest Meeting

A student interest meeting for Governor’s School will be held on Wednesday, October 25th at 3pm in Cav Hall. Governor’s School is a summer residential program, where students live on a college campus over the summer to learn more about a particular career field. The program is open to all 10th and 11th grade students. If you or your student have any questions, please contact Ashley Kovachik in Student Services or at alkovachik@fcps.edu.

Grant Applications Deadline is this Noon, Friday, 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.

Cav Cruise (All Night Graduation Party)

FUNDS2ORG SHOE DRIVE: Thank you for your generosity! We now have 4,675 pairs of shoes – over 62% to our goal! This fundraising effort must be completed by November 25, so please continue to collect and donate shoes to this worthy cause. We have a bin in the front office of the school to take shoes at any time. Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org for more info.

BUY YOUR TICKET NOW: http://www.woodsonptso.org/register.html

GIFT CARD DONATIONS: We are seeking donations of gift cards to businesses such as Amazon, local restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org for more info and to donate.

REFERENCES: If anyone knows a florist or printer who would be willing to work with us, please contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.

CLASS OF 2018 YARD SIGNS ($20): 57 signs left! Contact Carolyn Hutcheson at mrschutch@aol.com to purchase.

GRADUATION VIP SEATING RAFFLE ($5 each or 6 for $25): http://www.woodsonptso.org/graduationraffle.html

VOLUNTEER: We still need Committee Chairs for Video and a co-chair for Community Donation Mailings. Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.

Pippin, Woodson’s Drama Department’s 2017 Fall Musical

WT Woodson Drama Department presents the 2017 Fall Musical – Pippin at Woodson’s Joan C. Bedinger Auditorium. Performances are; Saturday, November 4th at 7:30 pm, Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 pm, Thursday, November 9th, Friday November 10th and, Saturday, November 11th at 7:30pm, and Saturday, November 11th (understudy) at 2:00pm. Tickets are available online at http://wtwdrama.org/index.html or at the door. We are now using itickets so credit cards can be used at the door. Musical Theatre International (MTI) has classified this performance as PG-13.

Chorus Updates

Saturday, 10/28/17 Mandatory Tag Day. 8:30am -1:00PM. Parent Volunteers needed, sign up on the chorus website.

Monday, 10/30/17 Booster Meeting, Pick-Up Dessert Orders

Virginia Department of Education Special Education Parent Survey

From Joanna Ladino, PTSO Special Education Chair: Please take the time to fill out this short survey which closes on Halloween! Your voice is wanted and needed.

In an effort to ensure that the Commonwealth of Virginia continues to achieve success in special education compliance, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is planning a series of trainings for local educational agencies (school divisions) ...entitled "Back to Basics." The VDOE understands that parents, advocates, and other community stakeholders have first-hand knowledge of concerns and issues when engaging in the special education process. Thus, we invite you to participate in and complete the following survey. Your input will be used to inform the VDOE of additional topics of regulatory compliance and IEP development that should be included in the "Back to Basics" initiative. Click here for the survey, which will close on Halloween

The PTSO would like to thank its online sponsors: Faye Henris at Nova Digs Re/Max, Judy Wonus at Re/Max, Bit Rescue Data Recovery Services, Papa John’s.


Pre-Order Your WTW Student Directory Today!

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 at vp2@woodsonptso.org.

Holiday Happenings Craft Show -- Saturday, November 4, from 10am-4pm.

Admission is free. Click here for Details.

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? Contact Mary Beth Quick, 4quick@verizon.net or Meredith Gelman, meredithgelman@hotmail.com.

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


The theme this week was mental toughness when the teams had two away games and did not let any setbacks keep them from victory. On Tuesday, 10/17 they played at Lake Braddock. Freshmen won 2-0, and JV took them to 3 sets, winning 2-1. The Varsity Cavaliers lost their first set 16-25, but came out swinging and won the next three (25-10, 25-20, 25-15) to win the match. Cool heads and consistent serving helped them stay the course. 4 players had 100% perfect serving that night: Katie Parks (4 aces), Sophia Mackin (2 aces), Sarah Parks (1 ace), and Hannah McHale (1 ace). 

On Thursday, 10/19 the Cavaliers went to West Springfield, where they won AGAIN. Freshmen won 2-0, and JV won 2-0. These teams are on a roll! The Varsity team had a hard-fought 5-set battle (25-20, 14-25, 25-20, 18-25, and 15-5). Sophomore Olivia Guerra brought amazing energy on and off the court, right down to the winning kill. Senior captain Sophia Mackin was setting, digging, hitting, and serving her heart out. It has been a thrilling season so far! If you haven't been to a game yet, come out to our last home game, also Senior Night, and cheer them on against Robinson this Tuesday, October 24.

Girls Cross Country

This past week most of the girls’ seasons came to an end with one final race packed week. Over the weekend all the girls participated in the Milestat Invitational. The Varsity Ladies did extremely well placing 7th overall with their top scorer Gracie Eidson breaking 19 minutes for the first time. The next race was our JV girls, finishing with the top scorer being senior Maameyaa Asiamah. The day of racing concluded with the Freshman race with Issabella Decarlo as Woodson’s top scorer. On Wednesday, the JV season came to its grand finale with the final district meet at Wakefield Park. The top five scorer in that meet were Maameyaa Asiamah, Emily Gao, Catherine DeScisciolo, Christina Lee, and Emma Brahmey respectively.

Boys Cross Country

A majority of the boys’ cross country season came to an end this past week with two great races to finish off a great year. Over the past weekend the Milestat Invitational saw some amazing performances from all three of the day’s races. In the Varsity race the boys placed 9th overall with their top scorer being Jack Leech. For the JV boys, John Gilligan walked away with a first-place overall win for Woodson.  Amazing! Last but certainly not least, the freshman race’s top scorer was Sean Duble. On Wednesday, the final district meet saw a strong showing for the JV boys with the top five scorers being Paulus Lee, Sean Stohlman, Naseer Haynes-Alvaraz, Kal Swedish, and Kevin Todd respectively.

Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: Paisano’s Pizza, Debbie Dogrul Associates, Elevation Burger, JL Tree Service.

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.)