WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Tuesday, Jan 2, Issue No. 17

"Plan D Nova" Website Provides Depression Resources for Northern Virginia Youth

Thanks to Woodson Senior and Girl Scout Emma Brahmey, Northern Virginia teens have a new online resource developed specifically for teens who suffer from depression: PlanDNova.org. In Braddock Supervisor Cook's December 2017 newsletter, Cook named Emma "Citizen of the Month" for her work stating that "Brahmey was inspired to start this website as part of her 'Gold Award' project after serving as the only youth representative on the County’s work group that created the 'Children's Behavioral Health System of Care Blueprint.' Brahmey’s work will surely help improve the lives of local teens and their families.” Click here for Supervisor Cook's full commendation (See Page 5).


January Educational Workshops, Training, and Online Resources and Support Groups for Parents, Teachers, and Students

Click here for a listing of the time-sensitive opportunities for this month. This list of programs is also available on the RESOURCES page on the PTSO website along with information on other PTSO and Community programs. The W.T. Woodson PTSO is committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers, and students navigate high school and beyond. To Woodson families who have expressed specific interest in ADHD Support and Executive Functioning, we'd like to highlight two seminars coming up next week:

  • Help Your Child with ADHD and Yourself – Fresh Approaches to Better Parenting: Tue, Jan. 9, 7:00-8:30 pm Sycamore School 4600 Fairfax Dr. Arlington. Gain insight into your own parenting style, and use coaching strategies to identify ways to strengthen your approach to parenting. Click here to register.
  • Executive Functioning: Strategies to Help Children Orchestrate their Lives: Fri. Jan. 12, 10 am - Noon, Dunn Loring Ctr. 2334 Gallows Rd. Door 1 Dunn Loring. Learn strategies that build the skills children need to be successful in and out of the classroom. Topics will include organization, planning, time management, and others. Click here to register or call 703-204-3941.


The PTSO Board has adopted a resolution recommending changes to the governing documents of the WT Woodson High School PTSO, Inc. The recommended changes are available on the PTSO website for your review. At the general PTSO meeting on January 9, 2018, members may vote on accepting the changes as proposed.

Click here to review Updated Standing Rules – PROPOSED CHANGES

Click here to review First Amendment to Articles of Incorporation

Click here to review Bylaws Proposed on December 10, 2017.

All Current PTSO Governing Documents are available on the PTSO website at http://www.woodsonptso.org/about-us.html under the tab titled “PTSO By-Laws, Rules and Budget.”

Contact Kristin Driscoll at treasurer@woodsonptso.org with questions or comments.

Please mark the January 9, 2018, PTSO meeting – Next Tuesday -- on your calendar. In addition to discussing the proposed documents, we’ll hear from Principal Floyd and other Woodson Admin as well as key committee members.

Woodson Precisionette Dance Clinic & Half Time Performance Fundraiser

Know a kindergartner through 8th grader who loves to dance? They have the opportunity to dance with the Woodson Varsity Precisionettes at the Varsity Boys Basketball HALF TIME PERFORMANCE on January 19th!!! This dance clinic includes quality dance instruction (participants divided by age), “brown bag” dinner, dancer admission to the game AND performing with the Precisionettes at the Half Time Performance. Register NOW to reserve your space. Click here details. Questions? Contact Mary Beth Quick (4quick@verizon.net) or Meredith Gelman meredithgelman@hotmail.com), Precisionette Camp Coordinators.

Student-Authored and Student-Led -- Loyal Heart: The Musical

Woodson senior Paul Hardin has spent the last three years writing and composing a two-act musical about the early reign of King Henry VIII entitled Loyal Heart and has enlisted 40 Woodson students in drama, chorus, orchestra, and band to volunteer their time to make Loyal Heart come to life on February 16 and 17, 2018. As a completely student-led production, Loyal Heart gives all participating students a chance to have leadership roles in such areas as music direction, set design and choreography. Loyal Heart is giving the complete cast and crew the opportunity to create something new that has never been done before.

Woodson HS has agreed to produce the musical in the auditorium for two performances on February 16 and 17, 2018, and the Woodson PTSO has awarded a grant to fund the copying costs of the libretto and musical score. However, the project needs additional financial support to provide the costumes and scenery. Would you please consider donating in support of the dedicated students working on Loyal Heart?

Click here for information on how to donate.

Feel free to email pamhardin@verizon.net with any questions or visit the Facebook page @ loyalhearthemusical for more information about this amazing project. 

New Crew Team Members Needed for Spring 2018!

WTW is looking for new Crew Team Members for Spring 2018! Winter Conditioning for WT Woodson Crew is going on daily in cafeteria B after school. Come participate in a dynamic full body, low impact cardio sport. Stop by and meet our coaches and rowers. Discover the benefits of the program and a chance to earn your varsity letter. Join the team that won 5 medals at Virginia states and sent 4 teams to the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships last year!

Woodson Ice Hockey Interest Club Updates

Thank you to our sponsor Mr. Farzan for having a great game of hockey Jeopardy. Team “Moves like Jagr” won! Way to go Danny Morgan, Aimee Buchanan and Georgia Kokkinis! Though Woodson came out strong, the team was stymied in its effort against WestPo. Our goalie, Nik Filip was stellar for us and were it not for him the goals against us might have been much higher. Strong defensive play was displayed by Luke Hartley as he battled behind the net and in the corners, and Brian Lee raced up the ice with the puck and took a blistering shot on net. Woodson lost 4-1 with the lone goal coming from Alex Kokkinis and assisted by Alex Buchanan.

WeMail Information

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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

Sports Highlights

Varsity Wrestling

On December 8th, the Woodson varsity wrestlers competed in the prestigious NOVA Wrestling Classic. The Cavaliers finished in 6th place out of 32 teams in the weather shortened event. Leading the way for the Cavs were Joey Martin and Anthony Martin, who each took 2nd in their respective weight classes. Also earning individual awards were Paul Cannata (4th place), Logan Baird (5th place), and Max Sheehe (6th place). Special congratulations to Eddie Chong, Henry Stoker and Alex French for recording their first-ever varsity wins.

Varsity Swim and Dive

Swim – A hard earned pat on the back goes to the WTW Swim & Dive team for a valiant effort despite a loss against Robinson Friday 12/15. Our teams did a great job of pushing hard and really putting their hearts into this match up! Our compliments to all athletes who made state qualifying times: 1) The Boys and Girls 200 Medley Relay 2) Matt Herbert in his 50 Free 3) Ian Vollmer in his 200 IM and finally 4) both the Boys and Girls 200 Free Relays! In addition, congrats to the tons of swimmers who made Regional cuts! 1) Ian Vollmer in his 100 free 2) Jason Gerber in his 50 free 3) Kent Codding in his 100 fly 4) Matt Ferrari in his 100 back 5) Joe Schafer in his 100 breast 6) Alina Jones in her 200 IM and 100 breast 7) Emilee Ferrari in her 50 free and finally 8) Adeline Muras on her 100 fly! Some other exciting highlights include the achievement of best times by over 40 individual swimmers and 5 relays!

Dive - Both our Boys and Girls showed significant effort and accomplishment at the meet! Our Girls dived well enough to sweep! Also, a well-deserved congrats goes out to Aidan Thomas on qualifying for Regionals. Overall W.T. Woodson accomplished marine miracles in the pool and on the board! WTW WHAT?!

Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: HB Services, Elhady Orthodontics, Fairfax VW, Cruise Planners.

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.)