Woodson Weekly - March 11th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
March 11th

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!

Candy DNA building

Students in Ms. Barry's Biology class creating candy DNA models.

Important Upcoming Dates

Saturday, March 12th at 5:30pm - FanQuest (see story #2)

Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30pm - Virtual Junior Student/Parent Night (see story #8)

Thursday, March 31st - Deadline for course requests for the 2022-2023 school year

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

Wednesday, April 20th - Purple Up! Day for military families

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

NEW News

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. FanQuest on March 12th at 5pm
3. Mulch Sale
4. Woodson 5K in April
5. Spring Sale on Athletic Booster Passes
6. All-Virginia Band and Orchestra
7. Virtual Appointments
8. Class of 2023 - Junior Student/Family Night
9. 2022 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Series - This Weekend
10. FCPS Family Engagement Survey
11. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
13. Order the 2022 Yearbook!
14. Student Representative to the School Board
15. Save the Date: FCPS Special Education Conference on March 26th
16. CTE Summer Camp Information
17. How do I check my student out from school? 
18. Laptop Tech Support Hours
19. Woodson's PTSO

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Families:

The countdown is on!  A student told me today there are only 3 weeks until Spring Break. That means only 3 weeks until the end of the 3rd Quarter.  Please check SIS ParentVUE for updates on grades and work completion.

Thursday, March 31st is also the last day to change course requests for next school year. So take the time now to consider your electives and learning opportunities for next year.  Please contact your counselor, teacher or administrator with questions. 

Tomorrow night is FanQuest!  Fingers crossed the weather does not impact this event.  Should FCPS cancel activities, please check Twitter, texts, website and email for this information. I am looking forward to this unique event for our students in Special Olympics as they compete against our neighborhood rival, Robinson Secondary.  Good luck to everyone!

Have a good weekend!

Dr. Floyd


2. FanQuest on March 12th!

Join us tomorrow, 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!

This year our event’s theme is “Highlighting Inclusion” and we are selling our highlighter colored t-shirts at our event for $10! We have pink, green, and blue.

Sequence of Events at FanQuest:

    5:30- 7:00p: Tailgate. Food/Games/Moon Bounce/Fun! Our sponsors and students will have tables set up in the hallway promoting their work or clubs. Make sure you bring cash! Concessions will be open as well. Family friendly games will be in the AUX gym, and the moon bounce will be in the Dance Studio!

    6:45: Teacher/Admin Basketball Obstacle Course in the Main gym. Root for your favorite Admin/teacher trio!

    7:00: Opening Ceremony

    7:15 – 8:15p: Unified Basketball Game Woodson vs. Robinson -- Each Quarter will have a 1 minute “TV Time Out” to highlight FanQuest sponsors, have performances or have a prize giveaway.

    8:30p: Closing ceremony

A little information about our Unified team:

Unified is a model of Special Olympics where student athletes with disabilities and their same-aged peers play alongside one another on one unified team. This differs from Special Olympics because that model only has athletes with disabilities. With the support from our Woodson Buddies and Partnership class, Woodson HS has a strong Unified team and we participate in Soccer, Basketball and Track and Field. FanQuest is the culminating event for both Special Olympics and Unified Basketball.

3. Mulch Sale

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

4. Woodson 5K

It’s time to register for the 12th Annual Woodson 5k Community Walk/Run on Saturday, April 30th at 8:30am at Woodson HS.  All proceeds benefit The Trevor Project, which is the leading advocate for LGBTQ youth mental health in the United States.

Members of the Woodson Community can register for $25 through on-line or mail-in registration forms before April 15. The price increases to $35 after April 15. 

Woodson students and staff can register for just $20 – only through MySchoolBucks.

Registration will take place up until race time. The event begins and ends outside of entrance #1. Every participant receives a Woodson 5K shirt.

If you want to mail the registration form directly to Woodson, use the form located on Schoology.

Register on-line –  https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Fairfax/WTWoodson5k

Register on MySchoolbucks – Woodson Student Registration

Questions?  djschaefer@fcps.edu

5. Spring Sale on Athletic Booster Passes

The Woodson Athletic Boosters are having a Spring Sale on Booster Passes

To purchase your Spring Sale pass and to see the Spring game schedules, visit the Woodson Sports website

Duarte Science Class Chalk Project

Ms. Duarte's Honors Chemistry students completed a limiting reactant lab where they produced chalk and got to play with their product.

6. All-Virginia Band and Orchestra

The band had the following students make the All-Virginia Band and Orchestra groups.  They will perform at CNU April 21-23.

Kathryn Lang – Piccolo, Orchestra; Kendall Smith – 6th Chair Flute, Symphonic Band; Aidan Callahan – 1st Chair Oboe, Symphonic Band; Sam Park – 2nd Chair Alto Saxophone, Symphonic Band; Grant Kahler – Baritone Saxophone, Symphonic Band; Henry Owens – 7th Chair French Horn, Symphonic Band; Ian Ahn – 4th Chair French Horn, Concert Band; Ian Wallace – 3rd Chair Tuba, Symphonic Band; Josh Park – 2nd Chair Percussion, Orchestra; Derek Song – 4th Chair Percussion, Orchestra; Brian Willey – 6th Chair Percussion, Concert Band; Leo Lee -  Violin II, 16th Chair, Orchestra; Megan Yi -  Violin I, 11th Chair, Orchestra.

7. Virtual Appointments

Woodson is not able to provide private space in school for students to have virtual appointments with healthcare providers. If your student has a virtual appointment, please follow the same procedures for a student check-out with the attendance office. 

For more information, please see story #17 below or view the Attendance Office site on the Woodson website.

8. Class of 2023 - Junior Student/Family Night

Due to conflicts with other events, we are rescheduling our Virtual Junior Night to Wednesday, March 16th at 7 pm. The Zoom link will be sent out closer to the date. We will also post it in the Class of 2023 Schoology Group.

This event is for junior students and their families. Please join us to get helpful hints for your spring break college explorations, and discover what you need to know for your post-secondary research and next steps.

We are looking forward to seeing you virtually next Wednesday. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Sports Medicine Foot Lab

Mr. Redmond's Sports Medicine class participated in a foot lab this week.

9. 2022 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Series - This Weekend

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.

10. Family Engagement Survey

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey which will be open March 13 - April 3. It will be available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses will be confidential.

With parent/caregiver input, the school division will be better suited to develop policies and practices that incorporate their ideas, and help focus everyone on their role in improving student achievement.

Parents will receive an email on Sunday, March 13th with an invitation and survey link from K12Insight, with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.

Survey results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division.

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.

  • Citadel Info Table on March 15 – All Lunches in front of the Cafeterias
  • Senior Café in the Career Center on March 16, 7:30 – 8:00 am – a drop-in Q & A for Seniors and Rising Seniors.
  • Navy Recruiter Visit on March 16 – All Lunches in front of the Cafeterias.
  • Attention Class of 2023! Due to conflicts with other events, we are rescheduling our Virtual Junior Night to Wednesday, March 16th at 7 pm. The Zoom link will be sent out closer to the date. We will also post it in the Class of 2023 Schoology Group. This event is for junior students and their families. Please join us to 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.

Classroom Fish Tank Setup

Two 9th graders setting up a fish tank for Biology teacher, Ms. Kinne

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. 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!

Voter Registration

The League of Women Voters facilitated student voter registration in Ms. Pollack’s government class.

14. 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.  

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

This year’s conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26th, 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.

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. 

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

16. 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!

17. 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.

18. 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

19. 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)