Woodson Weekly - March 25th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
March 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!

Model Congress Tweet

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, March 28th - Senior Panoramic Photo (see story #2)

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

Friday, April 15th - Spring Blood Drive (see story #5)

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

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

Saturday, April 30th - Woodson 5K

Saturday, April 30th - FanQuest rescheduled

2 Hour Early Release Schedule

NEW News

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Senior Panoramic Photo on Monday
3. Early Release on Thursday, March 31st and Student Holiday on Friday, April 1st
4. Parking Enforcement on West side of Whitacre Road
5. Spring Blood Drive on Friday, April 15th
6. Free Prom Dresses and Suits
7. Woodson Sports Physical Night
8. Fall 2022 Sports Tryout Dates
9. Woodson Students Win Grand Prize at Regional Science & Engineering Fair
10. DECA Awards
11. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
12. Woodson 5K in April
13. Spring Sale on Athletic Booster Passes
14. FanQuest Rescheduled
16. FCPS Family Engagement Survey
17. Order the 2022 Yearbook!
18. FCPS Special Education Conference on March 26th
19. How do I check my student out from school? 
20. Laptop Tech Support Hours
21. Woodson's PTSO

1. Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Families:

Only 4 days until students are released for spring break!  While this break is not aligned with other counties this year, I do believe the timing is almost perfect. Students and staff have worked tirelessly this quarter and are ready for a break. 

Please note Thursday is not only the last day of the quarter (check SIS for grading updates) but it is also the last day to change your course requests for next year. Students should contact their counselor if they want to change a course request by Thursday, March 31st. 

I need to bring to your attention the Orbeez challenge, a social media craze where kids are using a toy gun to shoot gel or water based pellets at people.  Two issues: first, these pellets are dangerous, can and have blinded and injured people. Second, these toy guns look like real guns; regardless of their florescent color. Having these on school grounds is an SR&R violation. Using these on school grounds is not only dangerous but also another SR&R violation. Here is an article if you would like further information. 

Please help us keep all our children safe on and off school grounds.  I wish everyone a wonderful weekend and a fantastic finish to March 2022!

Dr. Floyd

2. Senior Panoramic Photo on Monday, March 28th

Seniors! Please dress warmly for the senior panoramic photo on Monday.  After checking attending Learning Seminar (3rd P), students will be dismissed by the PA system around 10:30am for the stadium.

The PTSO will be providing donuts and will share more information about Cav Cruise, the All Night Grad Party.

3. Early Release on Thursday, March 31st and Student Holiday on Friday, April 1st

As a reminder, students will be dismissed two hours early on Thursday, March 31, the last day of the third quarter. Friday, April 1, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. April 4-8 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Congressman Gerry Connolly Assembly

Congressman Gerry Connolly visited Woodson's Senior Class during Learning Seminar on Tuesday.

4. Parking Enforcement on West side of Whitacre Road

Fairfax County is enforcing all No Parking Signs on Whitacre Rd. In particular  on the West side of Whitacre Rd which is the side that has private residences.  That side of the road has several District 22 Permit Only signs.

Please do not park there or you may receive a ticket from Fairfax County.

5. Spring Blood Drive

Woodson's Key Club Spring blood drive is on Friday, April 15th in Cav Hall.

Parents, students, teachers, and everyone in the Woodson community is welcome to donate.  For more information and to sign up, please contact Marie Phu at mphu@fcps.edu.

Students are required to be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110lbs. All students are also required to have a parental consent form signed. Inova needs 250 units a day, just for regular needs in this area, so we are hoping to supply a large amount of those units! The Attendance Office will be monitoring student attendance.

Prom Dresses

6. Free Prom Dresses and Suits

Does your teen need a dress or suit for Prom? Do you know someone that might need one?  Prom is coming up on Saturday, May 7th at Westwood Country Club in Vienna.

There are dresses, suits, shoes, clutches and accessories available.

Please send your teen to Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139, setomer@fcps.edu.  She is at Woodson Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

7. Woodson Sports Physical Night

Save The Date Woodson Sports Physical Night Wednesday, June 8th. Appointment and registration information is coming soon.

8. Fall 2022 Sports Tryout Dates

Mark your calendars for Fall 2022 sports tryout dates.  Golf tryouts begin on  Thursday, July 28th and all other fall sports (football, cheer, field hockey, cross-country, volleyball) will take place on Monday, August 1st.

Grand Prize Science Fair Winners

9. Woodson Students Win Grand Prize at Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Freshmen students Nicole and Brianna pictured with Superintendent Dr. Brabrand as Grand Prize winners at the Regional Science & Engineering Fair. 

Their project was Microbiology: The Effect of Different Types of Masks on the Amount of Bacteria Spread.

They will compete at the VA State Science & Engineering Fair next month and have already earned their spot at the International Science & Engineering Fair later this year.

10. DECA Awards

A total of 153 students from 12 FCPS high schools were recognized as competitive event winners at the Virginia DECA State Leadership Conference held in Virginia Beach March 2-6. These students earned the right to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference April 23-26.

Woodson's Huyen Nguyen and Valerie Gutierrez placed as finalists in Principals of Hospitality and Tourism and Human Resource Management respectively.

DECA is a career and technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready.  In the Commonwealth of Virginia, DECA members are enrolled in a marketing education class at their high schools. More information is available online. More information about Virginia DECA is available online.  

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11. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center Resources can be found in the Woodson Student Services Course/College & Career Center Folder (padlets are also linked there). 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 30, 7:30 – 8:00 am – a drop-in Q & A for Seniors and Rising Seniors.
  • Navy Recruiter Visit on March 30 (rescheduled from last week)– All Lunches in front of the Cafeterias.
  • Attention Class of 2022! Registration for Classes at NOVA opens on April 11th. Please join us for our last NOVA Enrollment Prep Session in the Career Center on March 30, 10:15 am – 11:15 am. Please go to Naviance to register or email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.
  • Spring College Fair at GMU on April 7, 6:60 – 8:30 pm at the Eagle Bank Arena. More than 150 colleges/universities will be visiting. For more info, please visit here. Great local opportunity for Rising Juniors & Seniors to plan and prepare for college. 
  • Are you interested in attending one of the U.S. Service Academies? Virtual Academy Day 2022 with Senator Warner is on April 23, 10 am – 12:30 pm. This event will give a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Services Academies and their admission processes. For more information, please visit here.

Questions? Please email at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

PAST News - but still important

AP Exam Practice

About 45 students from Mr Wright and Ms Holsinger’s AP World History classes came in this past Saturday for a mock AP test last Saturday.

12. 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 15th. 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

13. 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

14. FanQuest Rescheduled!

FanQuest has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 30th at Woodson HS.  Come out and watch Woodson’s Special Olympics Unified Basketball team play Robinson Secondary School! 

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.

Cherry Blossoms in Courtyard

Trees are in bloom in the Woodson Courtyards.


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 31st and $100 after. Cav Cruise: May 31 - June 1: 11:00pm - 5:00am. Click Here to Buy Cav Cruise Tickets

16. Family Engagement Survey

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey which is open through 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.

17. 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!

18. 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.

19. 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. This form must be submitted at least 30 minutes before check-out time.
  • 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.


Beautiful sunrise over Woodson grounds on Wednesday morning.

20. 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

21. 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)