Woodson Weekly - April 1st

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
April 1st

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!

Stacking M&Ms

Students diligently tried to stack M&Ms in an activity yesterday.  She got 4! The world record is 6.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 4th - Friday, April 8th - Spring Break Holidays - School Office Closed

Sunday, April 10th 12-3pm - Spring Cleaning at Lake Accotink Marina with Woodson Drama and Environmental Club (see story #3)

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

Senior Panoramic

Class of 2022's Panoramic Photo

NEW News

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Spring Break School Office Hours
3. Spring Cleaning at Lake Accotink Marina
4. Northern Virginia Community College Offering Free Classes for Graduating Seniors
5. Spring Blood Drive on Friday, April 15th
6. Woodson Drama Presents: The SpongeBob Musical
7. Regional Science & Engineering Fair Awards
8. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
9. Woodson 5K in April
10. Spring Sale on Athletic Booster Passes
11. FanQuest Rescheduled
12. Free Prom Dresses and Suits
13. Woodson Sports Physical Night
14. Fall 2022 Sports Tryout Dates
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

Hello Woodson Families!

Happy Spring Break. 

I hope everyone has time to rest and recharge over the next week.  We will see you all back here on Monday, April 11th for the beginning of the 4th quarter. 

Please know that our school office will be closed from Monday-Friday, April 4th-8th. If there is an urgent situation where you need to contact a school administrator, please contact me at cefloyd@fcps.edu or Director of Student Services, Josh Peters at fjpeters@fcps.edu.

Summer break will be here all too fast, so let’s make the most of the time we have together – especially with our seniors!

Dr. Floyd

2. Spring Break Office Hours

The Woodson school offices will be closed from Monday, April 4th through Friday, April 8th.

Offices will re-open on Monday, April 11th at 7:30 a.m.

If there is an urgent situation where you need to contact a school administrator, please contact Dr. Floyd at cefloyd@fcps.edu or Director of Student Services, Josh Peters at fjpeters@fcps.edu.

Spring Cleaning

3. Spring Cleaning at Lake Accotink Marina

WTW Drama, the SpongeBob Musical Cast, and the Woodson Environmental Club are partnering for a park clean up at Lake Accotink Marina. 

The SpongeBob Musical has key themes connected to environmentalism, because of this, we have decided to partner with the Woodson Environmental Club and host a community clean-up day. In the spirit of “reduce, reuse, recycle” any items that are picked up and suitable for the show, will be repurposed for set dressing for the Spring Musical. This is open to anyone in the Woodson Community!  

The key info is as follows:
What: Park Clean up
Where: Lake Accotink: - 7500 Accotink Park Rd, Springfield, VA 22150
When: Sunday, April 10th - 12pm-3pm

4. Northern Virginia Community College Offering Free Classes for Graduating Seniors

Qualified seniors graduating this spring who are considering coming to Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) after high school may take one 3-credit course and NOVA’s 1-credit College Success Skills course, SDV 100, at no tuition, as part of the JumpStart2NOVA program. Since these classes are all online, students will need access to a computer and the Internet.

The application is now open and will close at 5 p.m. on April 29. All students will be required to upload a high school transcript and any qualifying test scores if they do not have a 3.0 grade point average. Courses begin May 31 and end August 8. 

More information about JumpStart2NOVA, including course offerings, materials, and details on how to apply, is available online.

Deaf Academic Bowl

Congratulations to Woodson's Deaf Academic Bowl students. They qualified for nationals this week. They will play in May at Gallaudet University May 20-22. 

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.

The SpongeBob Musical

6. Woodson Drama Presents: The SpongeBob Musical

Tickets are now on sale for The SpongeBob Musical this fun, fast paced musical. The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total destruction of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created and has features original songs by members of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, T.I., and many others! Tickets can be purchased here

7. Regional Science & Engineering Fair Awards

Congratulations to the following Woodson students who earned awards at the 2022 Regional Science & Engineering Fair.


Microbiology: Nicole Lee and Brianna Nguyen (The Effect of Different Types of Masks on the Amount of Bacteria Spread)


Physics and Astronomy: Rebecca Meng and Evelyn Nelson-Pennebaker (Determining Distance and Direction of a Sound Source through Binaural Interaural Time Difference and Interaural Pressure Difference Analysis)

FIRST PLACE and moving on to VSSEF: 

Energy, Sustainable Materials and Design: Yilin Tan and Kimberly Austin (The Cheapest Feast for Yeast: The Effect of Starch Reactants on the Cost-Effectiveness of Ethanol Production)

Materials Science: Jibran Hutchins, Isaac Lima, Preston Schmittou (The Effect of Foam Type on Sound Absorption)


Earth and Environmental Science: Alyssa Mastro (The Effect of the Thickness of Mud on the Voltage of a Microbial Fuel Cell)

Energy, Sustainable Materials and Design: Yilin Tan and Kimberly Austin (The Cheapest Feast for Yeast: The Effect of Starch Reactants on the Cost-Effectiveness of Ethanol Production)

Engineering Technology, Statistics and Dynamics: Finn Burke, Ashia Omair, and Zosia Ridley (EDPAR (3d Printed Autonomous Rover))

Materials Science: Jibran Hutchins, Isaac Lima, and Preston Schmittou (The Effect of Foam Type on Sound Absorption)

Materials Science: Liana Kim (Long-Lasting Acrylic Paint: Effect of Glycerin Retarder Variations on the Duration of Acrylic Paint)

Microbiology: Annette Paik (Antibacterial Activity of Plant Extracts against E. coli K-12)

Microbiology: Nicole Lee and Brianna Nguyen (The Effect of Different Types of Masks on the Amount of Bacteria Spread)

Physics and Astronomy: Rebecca Meng and Evelyn Nelson-Pennebaker (Determining Distance and Direction of a Sound Source through Binaural Interaural Time Difference and Interaural Pressure Difference Analysis)


Behavioral and Translational Medical Sciences: Finlay Monette (The Effect of Stimuli on Temporal Estimation Accuracy)

Cellular, Molecular, and Computational Biology: Leo Lee, Aaron Li, and Hailey Pan (Improving Disease Treatment through a Novel Deep Learning Model for Drug Synergism Prediction)

Engineering Technology: Statics and Dynamics: Anna Strafford (The Effect of Gear Ratios on the Speed of a Machine)


Biomedical and Health Sciences and Engineering: Samuel Park, Hanxi Zheng, and Joshua Park (Deep Learning Depression Diagnosis Through Facial Expression and Speech Content Analysis)

Energy, Sustainable Materials and Design: Joseph Tso (The Effect of Fairing Length on the Aerodynamic Drag a Truck Experiences)

Materials Science: Natalie Borders and Cassie Liu (The Effect of Different Materials on the Strength of Wi-Fi Signals)

Materials Science: Katherine Hutchinson, Mia Kim, and Lilie Puck-Karam (The Continuation of the Effects of Different Biodegradable Materials on the Manufacturing of Menstrual Products)

Microbiology: Valerie Gutierrez (Natural Antibiotics Against Bacterial Growth)

Plant Sciences: Elizabeth Doan (The Effect of Different Salt Concentrations with the Presence of Mycorrhizal Fungi on Plant Growth)


Materials Science: Cara King (The Cost Per Month of Having a Uterus)

Physics and Astronomy: Caelan Hagopian and Julia Victor (Altering the chromatics of a simulated road surface: Seeking a way to mitigate polarized light pollution)

Physics and Astronomy: Emily Elassal and Maria Mankarious (Discovering Aerodynamics through Paper Airplanes)

Dictators in Class

Students from Mr. Wright’s AP World History class researched 20th century dictators and had them apply for a job, with each class electing a “class dictator” from all the applicants.

8. 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. Have a wonderful Spring Break!

  • 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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.

Prom Dresses

12. 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.

13. Woodson Sports Physical Night

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

14. 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.


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.

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)