Woodson Weekly - February 25th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
February 25th

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!

International Night

International Night was a huge success!  Thank you!

Partnership at School Board Meeting

Woodson's Buddies Club and Partnership Class with the Fairfax County School Board representing inclusion in schools.

Important Upcoming Dates

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

Monday, April 4th - Friday, April 8th - Spring Break Holidays

2 Hour Early Release Schedule

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Black History Month
3. Mulch Sale
4. Student Representative to the School Board
5. 2022 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Series
6. Order the 2022 Yearbook!
7. Parent Volunteers Needed Vision and Hearing Screenings
8. College & Career Center News

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

NEW News

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson families:

This week brought a taste of Spring!  With March right around the corner, I am excited for outdoor activities, and warmer weather. 

With the excitement of warm weather brings a variety of behaviors, some fun while others concerning. Unfortunately, we have had to close six of our student restrooms due to safety issues such as vaping, fighting, vandalism and destruction of property.  This leaves twelve restrooms available for students.  Students can also use the clinic restroom at any time. 

There have been no lines and staff are monitoring the restrooms throughout the day and transitions. Please know that our staff are working to identify and help students who are struggling with appropriate restroom use and hold those individuals accountable.  Given what needs to be fixed, we hope to reopen the additional restrooms later next week.    

As you know, beginning Tuesday, March 1st, parents may elect for their child to not wear a mask at school. There are no forms involved in this and I encourage parents to have this discussion with your son/daughter before Tuesday.  Please remind your son/daughter that everyone will continue to respect the choices of peers, to include wearing a mask or not wearing a mask. Students are still required to wear masks when on school buses/vans. All adults, including staff, visitors and volunteers must continue to wear a mask on school property. Should the CDC create new guidance, FCPS will review it with the Fairfax County Health Department and determine next steps.

As we wrap up the winter season, I realize we are just one season away from the end of school. To our senior families, cherish these last few months before the next chapter begins. For our underclassmen, a reminder, course selection is continuing through mid-March and if your son/daughter wishes to make any changes to their selections, that deadline is Thursday, March 31st. This could be an opportunity to try a new or different class!

Have a safe weekend,

Dr. Floyd

Black History Month

2. Black History Month

February is Black History Month which is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Woodson faculty and staff celebrated Black History Month with their annual luncheon and enjoyed this displays of African Americans making history created by administrative assistant Ms. Sheppard.

Please take some time to explore both pages of On This Day in February from 2021 to learn about some notable moments in black history.

The books linked in the calendar are just a few of the many that can be found in our school library or on MackinVIA (ebooks/audiobooks). Click on each day of the month to find a new fact! 

3. Mulch Sale

The annual Woodson Mulch Sale has arrived.  Freshen up your flower beds and support the Woodson High School Leadership Class at the same time.  The Leadership Class is once again offering high quality shredded hardwood mulch for purchase. 

Orders for 3-cubic foot bags of mulch must be received by Thursday, March 17th for pick-up at Woodson or delivery to your home on Saturday, March 26th.   When placing an order for 10 or more bags, delivery is an option.  All mulch will be delivered on Saturday, March 26th beginning at 8:30 AM.  The proceeds benefit the Woodson High School Leadership Class and support its activities. For more details or for an order form, please check out our web link. 

This year you can also order and pay on-line at MySchoolBucks.  Browse all items and select the Mulch Sale Fundraiser. 

Need more info?  Send an email to DJSchaefer@fcps.edu

Two's Day Tuesday

Members of the Science Department dressed up as twins for Two's Day on 2/22/22.

4. Student Representative to the School Board

Each year FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board. The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools. For more information on this role, see FCPS Policy 1802

Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC). 

Applications are due Wednesday, March 23rd. The application and related details can be found at Student Representative to the School Board.  

5. 2022 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Series

Fairfax County high school students looking for their first part-time job, summer and seasonal job opportunities, or who want more information about potential career pathways, are invited to attend one of two upcoming teen job fairs and resume building workshops. Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer a range of opportunities including part-time employment, internships, and volunteer work for prospective students.

Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will also be available for younger students. The job fairs will be held on Saturday, March 12th, from 1 to 3 p.m. at West Springfield High School, and Saturday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Chantilly High School. 

Registration for the job fairs is available online.

6. Order the 2022 Yearbook!

Let’s celebrate our Woodson Cavaliers in 2021-2022! To purchase a yearbook, 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!

International Night Ribbon Dancer

International Night performance

7. 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, please use this Sign-Up Genius or reach out to Amanda Yanchus, Public Health Nurse at ayanchus@fcps.edu. Training will be provided.

8. College & Career Center News

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

  • Senior Café in the Career Center on March 2, 7:30 – 8:00 am – a drop-in Q & A for Seniors and Rising Seniors.
  • West Point Info Table on Monday, March 10 - All Lunches in front of the Cafeterias.
  • Attention Class of 2023! Woodson's Virtual Junior Night will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 pm. The Zoom link will be sent out closer to the date. This event is for Junior Students and their Families. Get helpful hints for your spring break college explorations, and discover what you need to know for your post-secondary research and Next Steps.
  • Fairfax County Teen Job Fair – event date March 12th from 1pm to 3pm at West Springfield HS and March 19th from 11am to 1pm at Chantilly HS - https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfairs.

Questions? Please email at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Ice on trees

Icicles on the trees on Friday morning.

PAST News - but still important


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.

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! 

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

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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!

13. 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.

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)