WTW PTSO WeMail for the week beginning Tuesday, February 20, Issue No. 24

This Week

  • Wednesday, 2/21, 7:00pm: FCPS Presentation on Current Vaping Trends (Woodson Auditorium)

Next Year’s PTSO—Will You Help?

Thanks to some folks who have stepped up, there are fewer PTSO vacancies for next school year. That said, some critical positions, such as Treasurer (both PTSO Treasurer and Cav Cruise Treasurer), remain open. While you may run for any PTSO position, please click here for a listing of vacancies. Consider volunteering! It's a great way to be involved in our community and make a difference.

Please email the WeMail Editor at woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org if you are interested in leading the nominating committee, serving as a committee member, and/or or if you are interested in volunteering for next year’s PTSO. You may also sign up/indicate your interest on the google form listing of vacancies.

Vaping: What You Need to Know! Wednesday, February 21st

Woodson HS is hosting a presentation to help our community stay informed about the current vaping trends this Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm in the Woodson Auditorium (entrance 18). Vaping is the act of inhaling vapor produced by a vaporizer or electronic cigarette. The vapor is produced from a material such as an e-liquid, concentrate, or dry herb.  

This presentation is open to parents, faculty and staff for the entire Woodson Pyramid.

Brian Maslowski, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug instructor from the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness, will be presenting the latest trends in vaping, e-cigarettes, and juuls. Mr. Maslowski will have samples of these devices and will discuss the chemicals that adolescents use. It has come to our attention that some students and parents seem to perceive vaping as a relatively innocuous activity that is less harmful than other tobacco products. The reality is that there is a growing body of evidence that vaping can harm people, especially adolescents.

Grant Program—Accepting Applications Now (and until March 5th)

Do you have a terrific idea to improve education at W.T. Woodson? The PTSO wants to hear about it and to 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 detailed information, and mark your calendars with these important dates:

  • Monday, March 5th, 12 noon: Deadline for submitting Spring Grant Applications via email to Shawn Guth, Chair, at Grants@woodsonptso.org.
  • Week of March 13th: Notification of your Spring grant approval.
  • Friday, June 1st: Reimbursement and Evaluation reports due.

PTSO Mock Exam Score Review Sessions

For parents and students who took the PTSO Mock ACT/SAT Exams on February 10th: in order to accommodate scheduling conflicts, Mindworks is offering two review sessions.

  • Monday, February 26 at 7pm, in Cafeteria A


  • Thursday, March 1 at 7pm, in Cafeteria B (note the location change from the Lecture Hall)

At the review session, Mindworks will present to parents an individualized report of the Mock ACT/SAT test results for each student who took the Mock ACT or Mock SAT Test Exams on Saturday, 2/10.

Email yelenajones@yahoo.com with any questions.

Cav Cruise


  • 3/1 - Last day to register for Cav Cruise and have your senior receive their t-shirt at Cav Cruise Kick Off! To register, go to http://www.woodsonptso.org/register.html.
  • 3/25 - LAST DAY to sign up for Cav Cruise at the reduced rate of $75 (on 3/26 the price jumps to $100)
  • 4/3 - Cav Cruise Kick Off

CAV CASH: Did you know that your extra Cav Cruise donation gets your graduate extra Cav Cash, the funny money the kids use during Cav Cruise which they can turn into tickets for prizes? A donation of as little as $25 earns your graduate $5,000 in extra Cav Cash. To donate, go to http://www.woodsonptso.org/donate-to-cav-cruise.html.


  • Community Donations Needed. If you know of any local businesses, or if you yourself, would be interested in supporting this safe community event by donating money, gift cards, and food, please contact Monica Hopkins at mihb2011@gmail.com. All size donations are welcome!!
  • Community Donations follow-up phone calls. If you can help make follow-up phone calls to local businesses, please contact cavcruisedirector@woodsonptso.org.
  • Donations needed for Cav Cruise prizes - gift cards for restaurants, movies, activities, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, etc. Please donate any extra gift cards from the holidays that you bought and didn’t give or that you got and won’t use!
  • Friends and Family in the Food Service Business? We would love to accept their donation of food for the night of the Cav Cruise.
  • Food Committee Volunteers needed to help collect donations and organize. If you can help, please contact Elissa Kon at elissakon33@gmail.com.

Service Academy & ROTC Night—Tuesday, February 27th

Save the date for the annual Service Academy and ROTC Night on Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm, in Fairfax High School Auditorium (Snow Date 6 March).

Interested in becoming an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces? This is a perfect starting point for you. Representatives from each service academy, branch ROTC program, and Congressman Connolly’s office will present basic information and be available for important face time and individual questions. Although all grades are welcome, this event is especially important for Juniors. The application process for these programs begins the spring of the Junior year. NOTE: This event is only held once a year, and hosting rotates between the co-hosts: Fairfax, Madison, Oakton, and W.T. Woodson. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Ishii, Career Center Specialist at kaishii@fcps.edu.

Junior Parent Night—Thursday, March 1st

7pm in the WTW Auditorium (Snow Date 7 March)

Be prepared. Learn what you and your students need to know. Junior Parent Night provides Junior parents with the details they need to move forward with the post-secondary education search. Learn about tricks to searching in Family Connection and important basics to paying for college relevant to the search. You can discover important information most parents don’t know. This event has a parent focus. Juniors will learn in a seminar held the previous day but are welcome to come if they wish. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Ishii, Career Center Specialist at kaishii@fcps.edu.

Orchestra Concert—Tuesday, March 6th

The Woodson Orchestra will be giving a concert on Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm in the Auditorium. The orchestras will be playing the pieces they will perform at assessments. Come out and support these fine musicians.

Senior NOVA Field Trip, Thursday, March 8th from 10am1pm.

Bus transportation and lunch will be provided! Please see your school counselor for a field trip permission form. Forms MUST be turned in by Monday, March 5th.

Jump into Spring with some Woodson Spirit Wear!

Looking for a beanie, hoodie or reversible stadium blanket to keep you warm during those cold early spring games? We’ve got these, your car stickers and more… best of all, 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.

Woodson Hockey Club Update

We had a strong turnout for our hockey club meeting on Monday, February 5th. Thanks to Mr. Farzan for making it a fun time. All hockey club meetings are open to anyone who is interested in the sport!

Our next meeting will be in April, we would love to see some new faces. The Ice Hockey team played TC Williams on Friday, February 9th for our final regular season game. Woodson player Alex Buchanan had an amazing pass to Payton Andrews to get the first point on the board! Woodson had stellar defensive play from Levi Hui and Sklyar Rue. TC Williams tied it up at the end of the first period. Woodson in the second period had some boys in the box, and TC Williams took advantage of it. The second period ended 3 to 2. Sam Blanton was strong in front of the net, however, TC Williams secured a 5 to 2 lead. Then the trio of Thomas Santaniello, Carson Hoffman and Dan Morgan, kept the puck in the offensive zone and scored to bring the game to 5 to 3. Woodson lost but it was a hard-fought game! In the playoffs, Woodson won their first game 9 to 1 against West Springfield.

Our next game is Friday, February 23rd at 6pm at Prince William Ice Center. We play Colgan the number 1 team in theory division. Woodson Ice Hockey Club is not affiliated with FCPS but is part of the Capital Scholastic Hockey League.

Support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Woodson students Natalie Goldstein and Catherine McBride are campaigning as Young Hearts Foundation Students of the Year to raise money to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Their fundraising campaign ends on Saturday, March 3rd. If you would like to donate (YOUR dollar could be the one to cure cancer!!), go to: http://events.lls.org/nca/DCSOY2018/ngoldstein.

Click here for more information.

Workshops, Training, and Online Resources and Support Groups

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. When other events become available they will also be posted at: https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/.

The 13th Annual FCPS Special Education Conference will be held on Saturday, April 21st, from 8am to 3pm at Hayfield Secondary School.

Go to the Special Education Conference website for further information and to register for conference workshop sessions.

Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Resume Building Workshop

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Resume Building Workshop on Saturday, March 10th from 1-3pm at Woodson.

This event is co-sponsored by Supervisor Linda Smyth, Supervisor John Cook, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and Woodson High School. Click here for more information.

WeMail Information

Content submitted should be related to W.T. Woodson High School, and the word count should not exceed 150 words if possible. Please 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.

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 Swim and Dive

What a terrific season for the W.T. Woodson Swim and Dive Team! At State Prelims and Finals on Friday 2/16 and Saturday 2/17 at George Mason University, we had 21 athletes competing, including 9 first-time State qualifiers! The team did an amazing job of doubling-down on their efforts and was 1 of only 3 schools to have both the women and men’s teams finish in the top 8: the men placed 7th and the women 8th. All of our relays made it to finals and medaled, with the men’s 200 Freestyle Relay Team (Jason Gerber, Joe Schaefer, Ian Vollmer, Matthew Herbert) taking 5th place, the men’s 200 Medley Relay Team (Matt Ferrari, Joe Schaefer, Kent Codding, Matthew Herbert) taking 6th, and the Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay Team (Haley Bergthold, Emilee Ferrari, Hannah Modder, Alina Jones) taking 7th. Divers Conor Casey, Aidan Thomas, and Minh Donnell medaled in their dive events with Conor taking 1st, Aidan 7th, and Minh 4th! What an amazing display of athleticism, teamwork and sportsmanship! Congratulations to every team member who gave it their all!

Special congratulations to Peri Farling for breaking an 18-year Woodson team record in her 100 Backstroke, setting a new record of 57.34! Further kudos to Conor Casey who held onto his title—State Diving Champion—for two years in a row! Bravo to the entire Men and Women’s Swim and Dive teams for a great season, and a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful coaches. WTW What?!


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.)

Plan D Nova https://www.plandnova.org/ (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)