WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Monday, Jan 8, Issue No. 18

This Week

  • Tuesday, 1/9, 7pm: PTSO Meeting, Library
  • Wednesday, 1/10, 6-8pm: Electives and Curriculum Night (both cafeterias)
  • Thursday, 1/11, 7pm: Partners for Safe Teen Driving

 Due to the Monday, January 15 Holiday, the next WeMail will be distributed on Tuesday, January 16.

The PTSO Meeting is this Tuesday, Jan 9, 7pm in the Library

Parents, teachers, and students are invited to attend. 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. In addition to voting on the proposed revisions to the PTSO governing documents, we’ll hear from Principal Floyd and other Woodson Admin as well as key committee members.

Please review the proposed changes to the PTSO governing documents and come prepared to vote:

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.”

For questions or comments related to the proposed documents, please contact Kristin Driscoll at treasurer@woodsonptso.org.

PTSO Nominating Committee and Next Year's PTSO - Will You Help?

The Nominating Committee is created annually as a special committee to recognize and seek qualified nominees for elected leadership of the PTSO. The committee, once formed, will begin work to seek nominees for vacant PTSO positions for the 2018-2019 school year. Please the WeMail Editor at woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org if you are interested in leading the Nominating Committee or serving as a committee member.

Also, if you are interested in volunteering to serve on next year’s PTSO – as an officer or committee head-- please email woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org!

PTSO SAT/ACT Mock Exams on Saturday, February 10 – Save the Date

The PTSO Mock Exam Program offers full-length ACT and SAT exams to help prepare Woodson students take these college entrance exams. Although the mock exams are full-length “real” tests, the scores are not official, not reported to The College Board/ACT or any college, and should not be confused with the official PSAT, ACT, and SAT exams offered throughout the school year. 100% of the test fee benefits Woodson PTSO Parent-Teacher-Student Programs. Mindworks Educational Services will host the Spring Mock Exams. Mindworks accepts NO compensation for the 50+ hours they spend analyzing our students' scores and writing our students' reports. In exchange for Woodson PTSO receiving 100% of the proceeds, parents and students agree to attend the Score Report Session for a brief presentation before receiving the score analysis and packet.

The next and final PTSO Mock SAT/Mock ACT for this school year will be Saturday, February 10, from 7:30am-12noon in the Woodson Cafeterias. The Score Report Review Session is Thursday, March 1, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Lecture Hall. Please note that the mock ACT and SAT exam program is geared primarily to sophomores and juniors, although freshmen are welcome. Students must register in advance of the February 10 test date so that Mindworks has an accurate headcount. The cost is $15 when paid in advance OR $20 when paid on February 10.

The online registration will be available soon; the link will be posted on the PTSO website and in the WeMail.

Questions? Please email Yelena Jones at yelenajones@yahoo.com.

2018 Cav Cruise T-Shirt Design Contest

Open to WTW seniors only. Submissions of original artwork must have a nautical-themed design, be no larger than 8.5” x 11”, and submitted on white paper with a blue and red design. Each participant in the contest will receive $10,000 Cavalier Cash to use at the Cav Cruise, and the winner will receive $100 real prize money! Submissions due Monday, February 5, 2018. For more information, please contact Karen Jackson at olleylaners@verizon.net. Any Other Questions? Contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.

Curriculum Night Program

On Wednesday, January 10th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Woodson will host Curriculum Night Program. Teachers from each department will be set up in both cafeterias to answer your questions about core and elective classes. Additionally, there will be representatives from Fairfax, Falls Church, and Chantilly Academy Programs available. We hope you are able to attend to learn more about our course offerings for the 2018-2019 school year, which can help your student find balance in his/her course selections.

Partners for Safe Teen Driving Parent/Teen Seminar

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents. The next Partners for Safe Teen Driving parent/teen seminar at Woodson is coming up on Thursday, January 11th. The program starts at 7:00 PM and will be in the Auditorium. If the teen and their parent are planning on coming, you do not need to preregister. Just show up before 7:00 PM 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 after January 11th is Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium. Questions? Please contact John Duffy at jdduffy@fcps.edu.

Mindfulness Program at Woodson in US News & World Report

Woodson alum Ally Kammerman and Woodson Parent Mary Beth Quick were interviewed by US News & World Report for a January 1, 2018, article titled Teachers: Use Mindfulness to Help Students’ Academics. Click here to read the article.

The Woodson Mindfulness Program, which included both student and teacher training, began at Woodson in 2013 with the financial support of Woodson HS and FCPS and the Woodson PTSO (through the WTW-PTSO Grant program), and several local businesses and foundations. The Mindfulness Program which concluded in the Spring of 2017, reached 1,200 students and 29 teachers over the 4 years. PTSO Grant Recipient Mary Beth Quick reported on the program at the PTSO April 2017 meeting. If you’d like to learn more about the program, please click here to read Mary Beth’s detailed 7-page report. (The report starts on page 9 of the April 3rd PTSO Meeting Minutes.)


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

Fifty Woodson students in drama, chorus, orchestra, and band are volunteering their time to perform Woodson Senior Paul Hardin’s musical, Loyal Heart, in the Woodson auditorium on February 16 and 17, 2018. Loyal Heart is a two-act musical about the early reign of King Henry VIII; Paul composed 24 original songs fully orchestrated for a 16-piece pit orchestra. Click here for a preview of the performance.

While Woodson HS and the Woodson PTSO are helping with funding for the production, additional financial support is needed for costumes and scenery. 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. The Blank Theater in Los Angeles selected Loyal Heart as a semi-finalist in their Young Playwrights Festival 2017. 

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!

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.

WeMail Information

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The PTSO would like to thank its online sponsors: JL Tree Services, Merrifield Orthodontics, Ron Shapiro Tutoring, Yelena Jones at Samson Properties.

Sports Highlights

Varsity Wrestling

On December 30, the Woodson varsity wrestling team won the Rumble in the Jungle wrestling tournament at Mount Vernon High School. Leading the way for the Cavaliers were Joey Martin, Anthony Martin, Jeremy Zema, and Logan Baird, who won their respective weight classes with undefeated records on the day. Placing second for the Cavs were Max Sheehe, Dominic Cannata, and Jack Swanton. A special congratulation to Brad Brewington, who picked up his first varsity win in the tournament.

Girls Basketball

WTW Girls Basketball finished calendar year 2017 on a very high note. The girls have won five of their last six games to head into the conference schedule on a roll. The run began with a 43-29 win at Potomac Falls, paced by a career-high 18 points and a double-double from sophomore Abby Pesansky. WTWGBB followed with a thrilling 50-47 overtime win at Thomas Jefferson with senior Charisma Henry hitting 2 free throws at a critical moment and sophomore Amelia Noca hitting the last of her five three-pointers with 3.5 seconds remaining to break a tie. WTWGBB bounced back from a tough loss to Washington-Lee with a 58-43 win over a good Yorktown squad as sophomore Maggie McGuire set a career high with 9 points and Amelia Noca added five three pointers.

WTWGBB traveled to Salisbury, MD on December 28-30 for the Governor’s Challenge tournament. WTWGBB captured the tournament title with decisive wins over Whitman 65-54 and Walkersville 48-31. Against Whitman, Woodson showed great balance with four girls scoring in double figures, led by 18 from junior captain Natasha Pacheco and a career-high 14 from sophomore Sarah Wilson. Junior Anna Surbey provided a big spark off the bench with two timely 3-pointers. In the final against Walkersville junior captain Rachel Shurberg paced the Cavs with 15 points and Abby Pesansky added 10 with 12 rebounds. Junior Sabrina Fasold contributed four points off the bench in critical moments. Tournament awards also went to Amelia Noca, capturing the three-point shooting contest, junior captain Natasha Pacheco earning first team and sophomore Sarah Wilson earning second-team All-Tournament selections. 

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.)