WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Tuesday, January 16, Issue No. 19

Announcements & News from Last Tuesday's PTSO Meeting

Upcoming Hospitality Events. Please consider volunteering to help; we will include the signup genius links in future WeMails and on the PTSO website when they are available.

  • Milk and Cookies: Wednesday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day)! POC Shannon Murphy
  • Soup and Salad Bar Lunch for Teachers and Staff; COMING SOON! POC Raquel Bishop
  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation Lunch: Tuesday, May 8.POC Stacey Brahmey

Math Center. The Woodson Math Center is a tutoring resource that is staffed by our best math students. Our math tutors can help your student with their math homework, their test corrections, and any other math needs they may have. The center is located in B208 and is open during all lunches (5th and 6th period), 5th and 6th returns and after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Questions? Email Valerie Silver at vmsilver@fcps.edu.

The Art Department developed a new, informative video about their programs. Click here to view it. (You do not need a Facebook account to view the video; just click “not now” when prompted to create an account or to sign in).

Loyal Heart Musical (Free) Tickets are available. Woodson senior Paul Hardin makes history come alive with his new musical, Loyal Heart, about young King Henry VIII. There are two shows: Friday, February 16 at 7pm and Saturday, February 17 at 1pm. Admission is free but your RSVP is requested. Click here for tickets. Click here to see the student created promotional trailer. Feel free to email pamhardin@verizon.net with any questions.

Looking for Booster Contact Information or other PTSO Program Contact Information? Names, phone numbers, and email addresses are available on the PTSO Website at http://www.woodsonptso.org/about-us.html. Hyperlinks to Booster Websites are also provided.

February 10 PTSO SAT/ACT Mock Exams: the Registration Link is Available

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. 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 by Thursday February 8 at 5pm OR $20 when paid at the door on February 10.

Click here to register.

Please read the confirmation email you will receive upon registration; the confirmation email will provide instructions advance payment options.

Complete information about the exams is provided in the registration link and on the PTSO website (Scroll down to the Mock Exam section). If you have additional questions, please email Yelena Jones at yelenajones@yahoo.com.

Woodson Ice Hockey Interest Club Updates

The team report from the Friday, January 5 game: Alex Kokkinis made the first goal with 42 seconds remaining in the first period. West Springfield answered in the second. Great passing from Brian Lee to Dan Morgan to Payton Andrews resulted in the second Woodson goal. End of the second, Luke Hartley passed to Brian Lee who gave Woodson a 3-1 lead. Mid third period West Springfield tied the game. Fast play from the Andrews, Lee, Morgan trio resulted in a 4-3 lead. A late Woodson penalty had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Despite the late penalty, Woodson held off West Springfield. Woodson wins!

Four Woodson players represented the North Division during Monday night's All Star Game. Congratulations to: Payton Andrews, Alex Buchanan, Alex Kokkinis and Michael Vojvodich. Alternates were Bryce Coughlin and Brett Morrow. Congratulations Boys!

Our practice on Wed, Jan. 17th will be with NOVA Cool Cats. They are a Special Hockey Northern Virginia hockey program that exists for the enrichment of the athlete with a developmental disability. Our next game is Friday, Jan. 19th at 9 pm at Mt. Vernon Rec, where we will be honoring our seniors, Alex Buchanan, Bryce Coughlin, Nik Filip, Alex Kokkinis, Heather McCall, Sean Stamp and Michael Vojvodich. Follow us on Facebook@woodsonicehockeyclub, Instagram@woodsonicehockey and Twitter@Woodson Ice Hockey. WIHC is not affiliated with FCPS it is a member of the Capital Scholastic Hockey League.


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.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve on next year’s PTSO – as an officer or committee head-- we'd like to hear from you! Please email woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org.

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.

Upcoming Chorus Events

  • Dessert on Broadway Rehearsals: 1/16-1/19/18
  • Europe 2018 Trip Meeting: Saturday, 1/20/18 1:00-3:00
  • Dessert on Broadway Act 1 Dress Rehearsal 1/21/18
  • Dessert on Broadway Act 2 Dress Rehearsal 1/22/18
  • Dessert on Broadway Full Dress Rehearsal 1/23/18
  • Dessert on Broadway 1/24-1/27/18-see below for ticket information

Dessert on Broadway – Tickets Available Now

The W.T. Woodson High School Choral Department presents "Dessert on Broadway" a spectacular showcase of song, dance, and delectable sweets! The show runs January 24-27, starting with a preview show on Wednesday followed with evening performances Thursday through Saturday and a Saturday matinee. Applaud the impressive talents of Woodson chorus members, and enjoy dessert and coffee at your posh table in the Cabaret at Cavalier Hall. Click here for tickets and further information.

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.

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 new Plan D Nova website (developed by Woodson Senior Emma Brahmey) which provides depression resources for Northern Virginia youth has been added to the Resources page. For easy reference, the direct link is http://www.plandnova.org/.

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: Linda Halstead at Cruise Planners, Fairfax Dental Group, HairQueens in Home Head Lice & Nit Removal, Kay Lee at Lee Group Real Estate, L.L.C.

Sports Highlights

Varsity Swim and Dive

Swim - Congratulations to the WTW Swim & Dive team on their two wins over the weekend: swimming against West Springfield on Friday, 1/12 and against South County on Saturday, 1/13. On Friday night, 19 of our swimmers achieved best times. Final scores were 179-136 for the boys and 177-138 for the girls. The boys won 5 of their individual events and the girls won 2 of their relays and 6 individual events. Key highlights include our boys outscoring West Springfield in 7 out of 9 individual events and our girls doing the same in 6 out of 9 individual events. On Saturday, the final scores were 214-98 for the boys and 202-113 for the girls. We had an outstanding meet with 31 swimmers achieving best times. Our girls won 8/12 and our boys 9/12 of their individual events. Most exemplary was the sportsmanship displayed by all Woodson athletes. Thanks to all the coaches and captains for setting a great example for our team.

Dive – on Friday, both our boys and girls dive teams were exceptional, winning both sections overall against West Springfield, as they were at the Saturday meet against South County. Special congrats to our boys who swept their 1/12 event. Huge congrats go out to senior Conor Casey who on Saturday crushed his personal record, setting a new high scoring record and qualifying for All-American with a score of 395 points in 8 dives. Overall W.T. Woodson accomplished maritime marvels in the pool and on the board at both their meets. WTW WHAT?!

Varsity Wrestling

On January 13th, an injury riddled Woodson varsity wrestling team placed 6th in the Judges Invitational wrestling tournament at John Handley High School despite missing 5 of their usual 14 starters. Winning placement medals for the Cavaliers were Joey Martin, Anthony Martin, and Logan Baird (1st), and Jeremy Zema (3rd). A special congratulations to Alex Nguyen, Tommy Dunn, and Drew Dougherty, who picked up his first varsity wins in the tournament.

Girls Basketball

WTW Girls Basketball opened its Patriot Conference schedule with tough defeats at Lake Braddock and West Springfield. The Lake Braddock game saw several ties and lead changes before the Bruins prevailed, 38-36. With Lake Braddock up 29-23 late in the 3rd quarter, junior Sabrine Hussein sparked an 8-0 run off the bench with great defense and a fast-break basket. Sophomores Abby Pesansky (with 11 rebounds) and Amelia Noca led the Cavs with 9 points apiece. The Cavs led for most of the game against West Springfield. Ultimately, the difference came at the free throw line, with West Springfield taking 18 more attempts than the Cavs and making 9 more. Sophomores Abby Pesansky and Amelia Noca again lead a balanced attack with 6 points apiece. Junior captain Natasha Pacheco and sophomore Sarah Wilson added 5 each, and junior Sabrina Fasold provided a spark with 4, including a first-quarter buzzer-beater to give the Cavs their first lead. Despite the tough road defeats, there remains great reason for optimism this season, especially with a big slate of home games coming up soon.

Woodson Athletic Boosters would like to thank its sponsors: Hard Times Café, Hunan West, Klima Orthodontics, Masrterman Krogmann PC.

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.)