WeMail for January 8th, Issue no. 16

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful break!

Please note  - the next PTSO meeting will be Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the WTW library.

Also, before the PTSO meeting on the 15th, there will be a Cav Caring Culture meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the WTW library.

The purpose of the Cav Caring Culture meeting is to deepen our collective understanding of what constitutes a caring culture and our role in supporting and sustaining it.  We will work to identify ways to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and appreciation for diversity through our words and actions as well as strengthen family and school partnerships and explore next steps to keep families in our pyramid engaged and connected.

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night and Rising Freshman Parent Night: Wednesday, January 9th from 5:00-8:00PM (snow day January 15th)

  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for parents of students with 504 Plans in E156 (Orchestra Room)
  • 6:00-6:30pm: AP Class Information Session 1 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (E125). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 7:00-7:30pm: AP Class Information Session 2 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (E125). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH CafeteriasStop by the department tables to talk with teachers and learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies (most academy class are for rising 10-12th graders).
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Teachers present on ninth grade classes; overview of graduation requirements in the Auditorium (for current 8th grade parents/guardians).

Who wants a Woodson Student Directory?

The Student Directories will be going to the printer soon.  Reminder that only members of the PTSO will receive a directory so please join the PTSO before January 15 to ensure you receive your copy.  A very limited number of directories will be available for anyone joining after January 15.


Choral Booster Updates

Dessert on Broadway Dress Rehearsal Monday, January 21st, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Dessert on Broadway Dress Rehearsal Tuesday, January 22nd, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Dessert on Broadway Shows Wednesday-Saturday, January 23rd-26th-see below for more information.

WT Woodson FanQuest

FanQuest is our all major Special Olympics and Unified Basketball Tournament at WT Woodson High School, happening on Saturday January 19th.  Our athletes with special needs rarely get the chance to shine center court, and this is their chance.

Admission is FREE and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a special tailgate carnival and the first game will begin at 7:00 p.m. Come and watch our double header games against Frost’s Unified Special Olympics Team from 7-7:45 p.m. and Lake Braddock’s Special Olympics team from 7:45-8:30 p.m.

The theme of the night will be “Inclusion Revolution” and to celebrate the event, there will be a “Black Out.” We need you to wear black and show your spirit. A special prize will be awarded to the most spirited fan! Black themed t-shirts of the night will be sold at school in January for $10 and at the event while supplies last.

Join our tailgate from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. before to buy food, play carnival games and make a poster for your favorite athletes.  There will be fun entertainment throughout the games, including dance performances and opportunities to win prizes.

We need volunteers from the community to make this night special. Visit the Sign-Up Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F45AFA62AA13-woodson to sign up for just a 30 minute shift so you can still enjoy the night. Please reach out to Laura Allen at lallen5@gmail.com with any questions.

Dessert on Broadway

This year marks the 30th anniversary production of W.T. Woodson's Choral Department’s annual Broadway revue.  

Show dates this year are Thursday-Friday, January 24-26th, with a preview show on Wednesday, January 23rd for teachers and staff. 

Tickets for the general public will be made available online starting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9th by visiting www.ticketleap.com (please search for the event Dessert on Broadway).  All purchases will require a credit card along with the purchaser's billing information.  Shows often sell out well in advance so don't delay!. 

All proceeds will go to support the production and WT Woodson Choral programs.  Please contact wtwdobtickets@gmail.com with questions. 

ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

On Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. (snow date: Tuesday, January 29th) in the Woodson Auditorium, join us for a free screening of ANGST, a film about anxiety, truth & hope. 

This documentary is for all parents of students in grades K-12 and students over the age of 13.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.

Representatives will be available after the screening to provide resources to support families.

For more information about this event, please contact Woodson Director of Student Services, Beth Lash at bllash@fcps.edu.

WTW Precisionettes Dance Team Clinic and Half-Time Performance

On Friday, January 25th from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m., kids grades K-8th grade are invited to participate in the Woodson Precisionettes’ dance clinic and perform with the Precisionettes during the half-time performance at the WTW Varsity boys basketball game.  

Participants are divided by grade to provide a meaningful experience for all. Space is limited so register early. 

To register and for more information, contact Meredith Gellman at meredithgellman@hotmail.com or Melissa French at melissawtwptso@gmail.com.

The 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet Lunch

The W.T. Woodson Athletic Hall of Fame was established to recognize those individuals who through their accomplishments have brought distinction and pride to our school and community as an athlete, coach, administrator, or as a contributor to the development and success of the W.T. Woodson athletic program.

Please join us as we celebrate the induction of the Class of 2018 into the WTW Hall of Fame.  The induction ceremony and banquet lunch will be held on Saturday, January 26th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Waterford at Fair Oaks.

Come celebrate and support WTW’s rich athletic tradition as well as meet the inductees, classmates and coaches while enjoying lunch and drinks.  Lunch will include:  Burgundy Beef Tips with Wild Mushrooms, Grilled Salmon Fillet, Herb Roasted New Potatoes, and New York Cheesecake with fresh fruit.  Purchase tickets for the event, and find information regarding this year’s inductees, on the booster web site at:  wtwoodsonsports.org.

Volunteers needed to help with a Teacher Luncheon!

We’d love to treat our teachers to a soup and salad luncheon in February or March and we need someone to take the lead on this event.  

Responsibilities include working with WTW administration to schedule a date, creating a sign up for donations of soup and salad, and setting up and cleaning up the day of the event.  

Our teachers really love this event and the PTSO would be grateful for your help!  Contact Melissa French with any questions or to volunteer melissawtwptso@gmail.com.  Thank you for helping our teachers feel loved!

Volunteers needed for AP Testing

Woodson’s Student Services Department is in search of parent volunteers for this year’s AP testing. This is another great opportunity to volunteer during the school day! Training will be provided.

AP exams will take place from May 6th – May 17th. There are two test sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Morning test sessions require proctors to be present from 7:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (approximately). Afternoon test sessions require proctors to be present from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (approximately).

Please contact Kathleen Guinee, Assessment Coach, at kpguinee@fcps.edu or 703-503-4805 if you are able to volunteer to proctor. As always, we greatly appreciate the support from our PTSO! Thank you!

The PTSO Weekly Thank You’s go to...

School Supply Bags

Thank you to Ayesha Babar and her army of volunteers who assembled a LOT of bags filled with school supplies including tissues, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and more.  These awesome PTSO volunteers distributed the supplies to WTW staff who joined the PTSO this year.  This is just one of the many perks of being a PTSO member.  Join today:  http://woodsonptso.org/.  

Hearing and Screening

Christina, WTW’s School Health Aide, thanks the many parents who volunteered to help with the hearing and screening in the busy month of December.  We couldn’t have done it without you!!!

Buy a Brick and Make a Lasting Mark for your Student!

Need a great holiday gift for your graduating senior?  How about a wonderful legacy for your Woodson family?  The brick courtyard in front of the school, between the main entrance and the auditorium, still has plenty of room for bricks for you to remember your special student(s).  Engraved bricks are intermixed with regular paver bricks.  Individual bricks cost: $100.  The Brick Order form is located on the Woodson PTSO website, scroll down to the engraved brick section. 

Questions: Contact Katherine Gilbert at Katherineg710@verizon.net

Proud to be a Cavalier T-Shirt Sale

Support the Class of 2020 by purchasing a white long sleeve t-shirt, perfect for the winter sports season. You can buy a shirt on visiting myschoolbucks.com for $20. Shirts can be picked up in F105 anytime.

Contact Stephanie Pollack (sepollack@fcps.edu) or Kate Wright (kwright@fcps.edu) with questions.

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Cav Cruise - All Night Grad Party

Thinking about End of Year Donations? The Cav Cruise “Give Us the Money and Run” Fundraiser is here for you!

This is the only fundraiser we are doing this year to support the Cav Cruise and your donation is 100% tax deductible. Your entire donation goes to supporting this safe and fun night. There is nothing to buy, nothing to sell, no waiting in line with a flyer.  Even better we have prizes! Give $100 and you could be spending 5 days on the beach in Cozumel Mexico; give $50 and a 20-person party bus could be yours for the night.  

This opportunity is not limited to Senior Parents.  Anyone can donate and win.  

Go  online at http://woodsonptso.org/cavalier-cruise.html  to make your Tax deductible donation, or contact  merifarling@hotmail.com to receive one in the mail.

Check out our Facebook account for all the latest details:


The Cav Cruise Committee would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support!

  • RIBA Construction
  • Linda Halstead of Cruise Planners
  • Eric Hotard of Event Transportation Systems
  • Merrifield Orthodontics
  • Jones Family Dentistry
  • Judy Wonus ReMax Allegiance

Athletic Boosters

Booster Membership

If you have not purchased your 2018-19 Booster passes yet, don't worry! You can buy them now online or by mail. Passes entitle you to admission at any regular season home athletic events, so now is the perfect time to get ready for our winter sport season. We encourage all Woodson families to purchase a booster pass and attend as many events as possible to cheer on the Cavaliers. 

Click on this link to make a purchase: https://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/main/otherad/contentID/43764491

Cavalier Merchandise

We have lots of great deals under $20 - including crew socks, long and short sleeve shirts, wicking tees, assorted hats, and more!  Plus, hoodies, sweat pants, flannels, and other great gift options. 

You can always shop online at http://www.wtwoodsonsports.org/main/otherad/contentID/1253829.  

Questions:Contact Liz Brocato at Brocatofam@gmail.com

Winter Sports Highlights

A coach or parent representative from each sports team is invited to submit weekly highlights to share with the school community. Please keep entries under 150 words and submit each Saturday by noon to nancylparks@gmail.com.

Girls Basketball (10-3)

On 12/18, the Cavs defeated Herndon 41-33 for their seventh consecutive win.  Anna Wiggins scored 13 and Sarah Wilson 11. A 49-40 loss at Yorktown on December 20 ended the streak. Anna Wiggins scored 11, Sarah Wilson 9, Amelia Noca and Eunice Yoon 6. On 12/28, the Cavs defeated Liberty 48-21 at Rock Ridge HS. Anna Wiggins scored 12, Eunice Yoon 10, and Amelia Noca 7. On 12/29, the Cavs defeated Wakefield, 48-17 at Briar Woods HS. Eunice Yoon broke out with 14, including four threes. Abby Pesansky added 10, Sarah Wilson 7, and Katherine Friedman 6. The Cavs opened Patriot District play on 1/4 with a hard-fought 46-38 loss at South County.  Natasha Pacheco returned to lead the Cavs with 12.  Eunice Yoon added 9, Abby Pesansky 8, Anna Wiggins and Maggie McGuire 7, and Sarah Wilson 5. Next home game is 1/8.

Swim and Dive

On Friday, 12/14, both the men’s and women’s teams were victorious in their swim/dive meets against Fairfax. (The women won 192–122, and the men 205–110). Individually, the Cavs achieved several Regional cuts: Olivia Rummel (dive), Selah Dean (100 back), John Schaefer and Ian Vollmer (both 100 free).

On Friday, 12/21, Woodson competed against Robinson, our toughest district foe from last season. The men’s team won 169-146, while the women lost 126-189. There were 21 season’s best times, with Aiken Do (100 free) and Kent Codding (100 back) qualifying for States, and Adeline Muras (100 fly) and Emilee Ferrari (100 free) qualifying for Regionals. The men’s team emphatically achieved their 3rd and final relay State cut, going nearly 2 seconds under in the 400 free relay.

Woodson lost to Madison High School on Friday, 1/4. (Men 152-163, and women 125-189.)


A short-handed Cavalier Wrestling team traveled to Woodbridge Senior High School for the 2018 Battle at the Bridge.   With half of the starters missing, the Cavaliers still finished in 12th place out of 33 teams.  Led by Jeremy Zema (Champion at 132 pounds), Joey Martin (Runner-Up at 120 pounds), and Anthony Martin (5th place at 126 pounds), the Cavaliers battled against a very strong field of competitors.  Special congratulations to Gabe Cetron, who got his first varsity win at the tournament.

The Woodson Wrestling Team competed in the Mayhem at Millbrook tournament on January 5th.  Although Woodson was represented in 12 of the 14 weight classes, they still managed to place 3rd.  Congratulations to Joey Martin, Anthony Martin, Max Sheehe, who placed 1st in their weight classes.  Also placing in the top 6 for the Cavaliers were Alex French (3rd); Jeremy Zema, and Drew Dougherty (4th); Cal Hurlebaus and Cole Steiner (5th); and Henry Stoker, Nico Jaworski, and Ryan Yoder (6th).  Great Job, Cavs!

Food Pantry Update

Thank you for your generosity! The PTSO food pantry is now fully stocked. We appreciate it! No more donations are needed until further notice. The pantry is for distribution to students by school counselors, clinicians and administrators only.

For more information email: enrichment@woodsonptso.org

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