Woodson Weekly - February 18th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
February 18th

Woodson Weekly is published every Friday to provide the community with important information about school life at Woodson High School.

Vision Statement

We are a school community where all students have purpose and value!

Partnership Class

Woodson's Partnership Class posing with their new t-shirts.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, February 18th at 6pm - International Night, Auditorium (see story #2 below)

Monday, February 21st - Presidents' Day Holiday - No School

Monday, February 21st - Spring Sports Tryouts Begin

Thursday, March 3rd - 2 Hour Early Release

Friday, March 4th - No School for Students, Staff Development Day

Thursday, March 31st - End of 3rd Quarter; 2 Hour Early Release

Friday, April 1st - No School for Students, Teacher Workday

2022-2023 Approved School Calendar

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. International Night
3. Academic Advising for 2022-2023
4. Forensics Tournament Results
6. Parent Volunteers Needed Vision and Hearing Screenings
7. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
8. Back 2 Fairfax Operational Seminar
9. It's College Partnership Recruitment Season!
10. Save the Date: FCPS Special Education Conference on March 26th
11. CTE Summer Camp Information
12. How do I check my Student out from School? 
13. Order the 2022 WTW Yearbook
14. Laptop Tech Support Hours
15. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families:

This is the first three day weekend in a month and I have to tell you, we are all jazzed and ready for a day off! The weather looks like it may be warmer than average and I hope everyone enjoys the time off together. 

Over the last couple weeks and through mid – March students in grades 9-11 will be choosing classes for next year. Please note that March 31st is the last day to make changes to course requests. This deadline is necessary because our staffing (the teachers hired for next year) is determined on how many students take which classes. This means the careful consideration of course recommendations by this years' teachers along with discussions with families and the school counselors are essential at this time. Do not delay, there is no time like the present to discuss what level of class and what type of electives your son/daughter may wish to take in 2022-2023. 

With that said, we are rolling into assessment season. Students will be taking SOLs, AP exams and other assessments. If you have questions regarding spring assessments, please contact your son/daughter’s counselor or teachers. The assessment schedule will be published throughout the Spring with the first window in March for the English 11 Writing SOL.

Please reach out with any questions, comments or concerns you may have, we are here to support our families. I am looking forward to International Night tonight; please come join us at 6PM and join the festivities.

Enjoy the long weekend,

Dr. Floyd 

International Night

2. International Night

International Night is TONIGHT, Friday, February 18th at 6pm.

Doors open at 5:45pm. Tickets will be sold for $5.00 at the door.  All  proceeds go to the Afghan American Women’s Association.

Cultural snacks will be served.

3. Academic Advising for 2022-2023

View Curriculum Night recordings, and videos from teachers across all of our departments providing descriptions and overviews of the various classes offered at Woodson in SY2022-2023, on our Advising & Curriculum website.

For additional information on the overall academic advising process, please visit the Student Services Academic Advising Padlet.

4. Forensics Tournament Results

The Superregional Forensics Tournament results from Wednesday just came in and Woodson had two groups competing in Duo Dramatic Interpretation Events. Congratulations to:

Elizabeth Kimura and Victoria Wood – 6th Place in Humorous Dramatic Interpretation

Liana Kim and Yilin Tan -4th Place (state alternates) in Serious Dramatic Interpretation

Senior Prom


Want to know all the important news and upcoming events for the Class of 2022?  Visit the Senior Class News website for everything you need to know from Senior Dues, to Prom and Graduation.

Class of  2022 & 2023 Rings

Jostens will be at Woodson during all four lunches on Tuesday February 22nd to show samples of Class Rings and to get sizing, ordering and payments. 

Cav Cruise

Have you heard about Woodson's Cav Cruise All Night Graduation Party, but don't understand what the buzz is all about? Click Here to See For Yourself! Cav Cruise is a drug-free, alcohol-free all night graduation party to celebrate our Seniors! 

Buy your senior's ticket TODAY, February 18th and be entered into a raffle to win $150 cash!  

Your ticket includes an all night grad party with casino games, hypnotist, swimming pool, music, food, and lots of prizes! Your senior won't want to miss the party of the year!  Early registration is very helpful to the Cav Cruise Planning Committee! Tickets are $80 each before March 15th and $100 after the 15th. Cav Cruise: May 31 - June 1: 11:00pm - 5:00am. Click Here to Buy Cav Cruise Tickets

AP Bio Lab

This week in Ms. Aitchison’s AP Biology class students simulated how gel electrophoresis could be used in diagnosing genetic diseases. 

6. Parent Volunteers Needed for Vision and Hearing Screenings

10th Grade Parents: Vision and Hearing screenings for 10th graders will happen during P.E. periods on Tuesday, March 8th and Wednesday, March 9th.

If you are interested in volunteering for a 90 minute period or more, please reach out to Amanda Yanchus, Public Health Nurse at ayanchus@fcps.edu. Training will be provided.

7. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center Schoology Course has moved to Student Services. Parents can access the Student Services Course/College & Career Center Folder through their student’s account. Please email me at cliebmosley@fcps.edu if you need help with Schoology.

  • Senior Café in the Career Center on Feb 23, 7:30 – 8:00 am – an informal Q & A for Seniors and Rising Seniors.
  • NAVY Recruiter Visit on Wednesday, Feb 23, All Lunches, in front of the Cafeterias.
  • Are you interested in working for FCPS in IT or Trade Careers? Back2Fairfax Operational Seminar on 22 Feb 2022, 5-8pm, will be a great opportunity for you to connect with the FCPS Facilities Management Team, ACE Team, and many others to explore operational employment opportunities within FCPS. There will be a live Industry Panel with former FCPS graduates who are now FCPS Operational employees as well as breakout sessions featuring our operational departments. Register by Feb 21st.

Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu

SRO Appreciation Day

Thank you, Officer Smith!  We appreciate all you do here at Woodson HS.

PAST News - but still important

8. Back 2 Fairfax Operational Seminar

Current FCPS juniors, seniors, and recent FCPS graduates considering an operational career with Fairfax County Public Schools are welcome to join this event.

Date: February 22, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration for the event is available online.

Back 2 Fairfax

9. It is College Partnership Recruitment Season!

The College Partnership Program is designed to systematically mitigate the impact of barriers to access, opportunity, and attainment and supports students who are from populations that are historically underrepresented on college campuses including:

  • Students who are the first in family to attend college in the U.S
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic, of one or more race
  • Students with disabilities
  • English language learners
  • Economically disadvantaged students

Students Meet Monthly to gain access to different college and career resources, speakers and tours. To apply please fill out this application http://tinyurl.com/CPPAPP2022 by Friday, March 11, 2022

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Jamie Korpacz (jlkorpacz@fcps.edu) & Alaina Proffitt (aproffitt1@fcps.edu), school counselors & CPP advocates.

10. Save the Date: FCPS Special Education Conference on March 26th

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26th, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions. Registration for this free conference will begin in March. 

More information on the Special Education Conference is available online.

Growth Mindset

11. 2022 CTE Summer Camp Information

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students!

For our current 7th to 11th grade students, FCPS has CTE Summer Academy opportunities. Registration is open from February 1st through June 10th.

Please visit the website for more details!

12. How do I check out my student from school?

Please let the Attendance Office know if you need your student to leave school early.  You can notify Attendance 3 different ways:

  • Submit the online attendance form and have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.
  • Student brings a note to the Attendance Office before 9:45am. The student will be issued a pink pass to leave class at the appointed time. The note must include the following - student name, date and time of when student is leaving, and reason for early check-out, student ID, parent signature and contact number. 
  • Call the attendance line, 703-503-4800 and select Option 3. After leaving a message, please have your student pick up their pink checkout pass from the Attendance Office (E107) between classes or during lunch.

At the time of dismissal, your son/daughter will bring the pink check-out pass back to the Attendance Office for verification before meeting you outside. 

If returning to school that same day, students must check in at the Attendance office before going back to class, even if it is between classes.

If one of the options above is not followed, we cannot guarantee a speedy checkout, so please make sure you notify the attendance office prior to picking up your son/daughter to ensure you make your appointment or commitment on time.

Due to staff responsibilities at the end of the day, we are not able to honor unannounced early dismissals within 15 minutes of school dismissal.

For full details on Attendance Procedures, please visit the Attendance page on the Woodson website.

13. Order the 2022 WTW Yearbook!

Let’s celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers in 2021-2022! To purchase a yearbook or to make an adorable ad for your graduating senior, go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ and type in the code 5278. You can create an ad, buy a yearbook, or submit photos all in one place!

Please contact Katherine Benzinger or Drew Marvin if you have any questions!

14. Laptop Tech Support Hours

If students need FCPS laptop technical support at Woodson HS, please submit a ticket using the FCPS Parent/Student Tech Support Portal.

Our walk-in hours in Room A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am
  • Tuesday and Wednesday - 11:25am - 1:20pm (lunches)
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

15. Woodson's PTSO

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

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)