Woodson Weekly - March 4th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
March 4th

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!

Wax Museum

Theatre 1 students presented a “Living Wax Museum” project. Students performed monologues as historical figures from around the world who lived in the 1940’s.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, March 11th - AP Exam Conflicts Form due (see story #2)

Saturday, March 12th at 5pm - FanQuest (see story #3)

Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30pm - Virtual Junior Student/Parent Night (see story #4)

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

Friday, April 15th - Religious and Cultural Observance Good Friday

Friday, April 22nd - Religious and Cultural Observance Orthodox Good Friday

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. AP Exam Conflicts
3. FanQuest on March 12th at 5pm
4. Mulch Sale
5. Class of 2023 - Junior Student/Family Night
6. Student Representative to the School Board
7. 2022 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Series
8. Order the 2022 Yearbook!
9. Parent Volunteers Needed Vision and Hearing Screenings
10. College & Career Center News

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

NEW News

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson families:

This week we turned the corner on the pandemic. FCPS went mask optional and so far, students and staff have made their choices and from what I have heard, they are respecting one another in these decisions. We continue to have zero cases of COVID reported. 

Since it is March, students continue to make their course selections. Please note the last day to amend any of these changes is Thursday, March 31st.  This date is critical in our process of hiring for next year.

I invite everyone to come to FanQuest on Saturday, March 12th! This is an opportunity to come see our Special Olympics team play, please see the story below for more information on this exciting event. 

Enjoy the weekend, Cavs!

Dr. Floyd

2. AP Exam Conflicts

Any student who has a conflict with the AP Exam schedule must complete a form to request late testing. The form is available in Student Services.

The completed form and payment (if required) is due to Mrs. Glover in Student Services no later than Friday, March 11th.

AP Exam dates can be found on the College Board website: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/exam-administration-ordering-scores/exam-dates

3. FanQuest on March 12th!

Join us on Saturday, March 12th for FanQuest, our Special Olympics Unified Basketball Tournament at Woodson High School. Come out and watch Woodson’s Unified team play Robinson Secondary School!

5:30 pm—Doors open for a Tailgate

6:45pm - Pregame Activities

7:00 pm—Opening Ceremony and Tipoff between the Woodson Unified Cavaliers and the Robinson Rams in the Red Jenkins Gymnasium.

Join us for a night of spirited fun, celebrating our Special Olympic athletes and peers!

At the tailgate before the game, there will be Moon bounces, carnival games, prizes, and a marketplace! During the game, look for a variety of TV timeout performances and games including one by Woodson’s dance team!

The event is FREE! But, bring cash for the 50/50 Raffle and concessions of pizza, Chick Fil-A, snacks as well as a marketplace to highlight all the businesses supporting our events. 

It’s a Neon Out! Our neon FanQuest shirts will be for sale the week leading up to the event during all school lunches, and on the day of FanQuest as well.

4. Class of 2023 - Junior Student/Family Night

Woodson's Virtual Junior Night will be held on Tuesday, March 15th 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.

Storm Tracker

Woodson Alum Alex Liggitt, meteorologist at 7News visited our broadcast journalism students this week.

5. 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

Storm Tracker on Woodson Broadcast Studio

Alex Liggit on the set of the Woodson Broadcast Studio.

6. 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.  

7. 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.

Amy Moir - CARES Winner

Congratulations to Woodson Choral Director, Amy Moir (pictured with Woodson AP Marc Brooks). Mr. Moir won the FCPS CARES of the Month award for Region 5!

8. FCPS Special Education Conference on March 26th - Registration Now Open

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Ahmaric, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Lisa Cullins, A Conversation About Compassion Fatigue.
  • Marlo Keller, Exceptional Family Member Program Pathways: Navigating the Halls of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) School Move.
  • Ann Dolin, Less Policing, More Parenting: How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments.
  • Dr. Lisa Bateman, Reducing the Stigma Around Mental Health Challenges and How to Support Children in Asking for Help. 

For questions, please contact specialedconf@fcps.edu

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register.

9. 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!

Sunrise on March 1st

Sunrise over Woodson this week.

10. 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.

11. 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 9, 7:30 – 8:00 am – a drop-in Q & A for Seniors and Rising Seniors.
  • Marine Corps Recruiter Visit on March 9 – All Lunches in front of the Cafeterias.
  • West Point Info Table on March 10 - All Lunches in front of the Cafeterias.
  • Citadel Info Table on March 15 – 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 for All Grade Levels – event date March 12th from 1pm to 3pm at West Springfield HS and March 19th from 11am to 1pm at Chantilly HS: Jobs, Internship & Volunteer Opportunities, Career-Building Workshops, Resume & Interviewing 101, and more. Please register here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfairs.
  • Attention Class of 2022! Registration for Classes at NOVA opens on April 11th. Please join us for our NOVA Enrollment Prep Session in the Career Center on March 30, 10:15 am – 11:15 am. Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu to register.

Questions? Please email at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

Wax Museum

Theatre 1 students presented a “Living Wax Museum” project. Students performed monologues as historical figures from around the world who lived in the 1940’s.

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

13. 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.

14. 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!

15. 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.

16. 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

17. 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)