Call for PTSO Officers

WeMail is distributed every Tuesday to update the Woodson community on PTSO news, school news, and upcoming events. 




Tuesday, April 12th, 6:00 PM - Virtual PTSO Meeting -  Click to join meeting

Friday, April 15th - Key Club Blood Drive - Details under Woodson News & Events



Tuesday, April 19th, Thursday, April 21st, Friday, April 22nd - Woodson Art Walk - Details under Woodson News & Events

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

Friday, April 22nd - Deadline to request late AP testing due to Eid Observance - Details under FCPS News & Events



Saturday, April 30th - Woodson 5K - Details under Woodson News & Events

Saturday, April 30th - FanQuest rescheduled - Details under Woodson News & Events


PTSO Board Needs You!

The following PTSO Board Officer positions are open for the 2022-23 school year:

President - Presides over meetings of the board, coordinates work of all PTSO members to ensure duties are being carried out, serves as liaison between PTSO and Administration/Staff, other duties as needed

1st Vice President for Membership - Responsible for increasing PTSO membership, presides over board meetings in absence of the President, other duties as needed 

Secretary - Responsible for recording minutes and compiling updates from the monthly PTSO board meetings; distributes  minutes to board members, other duties as needed

All PTSO officers are required to attend the monthly PTSO meetings. They are term-limited positions unless there is an absence of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to serve in any of these critical roles, or have questions, please contact

Seeking Volunteers for PTSO Board Nominating Committee

The PTSO is seeking volunteers to staff the Nominating Committee for future Board Members.  Please contact if interested.

PTSO AmazonSmile LINK

Make your Amazon purchases go a little further. Sign up for AmazonSmile and 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to WTW PTSO. Signing up is quick and easy. Every little bit helps! Click here to sign up

Visit the PTSO Homepage for news, links, events calendar and more!


CAV Cruise Volunteers Needed

FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR, AND SENIOR PARENTS!  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The Cav Cruise All Night Grad Party Committee is planning a fun-filled celebration for the Graduates of the Class of 2022 on Tuesday, May 31st, and YOU ARE INVITED TO THE PARTY!   

Senior Parents, come see the best event of the year for your graduate. Underclassman parents, we need you too!  Over 200 volunteers are needed to make this event a success.  

Sign up to volunteer using this link:

Additional Cav Cruise Information - 


Do You Have a Tandem Bike We Can Borrow?

Tandem Bike

Do you have a tandem bike we can borrow??? Woodson Leadership is hosting a Spring Pep Rally this week and they would love to borrow 4 tandem bikes for the event.

Please contact Lynn Schmauder or Dan Schaefer you have a bike we can borrow.

Thank you!

Woodson Choral Boosters

Next Booster Meeting is this Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30PM in the Chorus Room

Spring Blood Drive

Woodson's Key Club Spring blood drive is this 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

Students are required to be at least 16 years of age and to 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 Art Walk - Back by Popular Demand

Tuesday, April 19th –Pyramid Reception (K-12) from 6-8pm + Food Trucks!

Thursday, April 21st – Senior Art Show (open to odd classes) Senior Reception from 6-8pm + Food Trucks!

Friday, April 22nd – Senior Art Show (open to even classes)

Woodson 5K

Register now 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 this Friday, 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 –

Register on MySchoolbucks – Woodson Student Registration


FanQuest Rescheduled for April 30th!

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.

Congrats to the Robotics Club!

The Woodson Robotics club has made it to Nationals in Houston, TX! The club was a recipient of a PTSO Grant to aid them in their endeavors. Thanks to everyone that supports the PTSO through memberships and donations and makes these opportunities possible for our talented students!

Woodson Students Earn Awards at Regional Science & Engineering Fair 

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)

Fall 2022 Color Guard Tryout Information

Color Guard

The Marching Cavaliers will be holding tryouts for the fall 2022 marching season color guard. Not sure what color guard is? Well the color guard is open to any student grades 9-12 and is an auxiliary unit in the marching band that adds color, pageantry and general effect to the show. All members are held to the same standards and expectations as the band students and are considered a part of the band. Check out our website for more details HERE

Tryout dates are April 26th & 28th and May 2nd & 4th. All tryouts will be held in the Aux Gym from 4pm-6pm.


Woodson Drama Presents: The SpongeBob Musical

Tickets are now on sale for The SpongeBob 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, and 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.


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.

NEW INFO - The Senior Panoramic Photo will take place on Monday, March 28th. Order form


Choral Boosters Restaurant Night


TONIGHT! Tuesday, April 12th from 5-9pm. Chipotle, 9506 Main Street, Fairfax location.

Senior Class of 2022 Legacy Bricks

Senior Parents, Time to Order your Legacy Brick is running out!! Don’t miss your chance to buy a Brick and create a Lasting Legacy for your Student in the school’s main entrance courtyard!

Legacy Bricks

Individual bricks cost: $100.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors, or as a legacy for all the members of your family! You can order online HERE, or you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 26, 2022.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at

All orders are due no later than Tuesday, April 26th!

Senior Yard Signs - Get one before they are gone!

Senior Yard Sign


Inventory is dwindling - fewer than 20 signs left.

Reach out to to reserve yours or order online here.

Graduation Seat Raffle 

Click here to enter the raffle for one of 10 sets of 8 premium seats for the graduation ceremony! Deadline to enter is May 15th.

Graduation is Tuesday, May 31st at 2 p.m. at EagleBank Arena.

Order the 2022 WTW Yearbook!

CONGRATULATIONS to the CAVALIER yearbook staff for submitting their final deadline & completing the 2022 yearbook!

Order your W. T. WOODSON HIGH SCHOOL yearbook today!

Click here --->

School code: 5278

Please contact Katherine Benzinger or Drew Marvin if you have any questions!

Mock SAT, ACT and PSAT available to students - all proceeds benefit PTSO

Tests are administered either in-person or online and can be scheduled Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 9pm and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Sign up here to take a mock SAT, ACT, or PSAT with C2 Education - available online or in-person!!  (Requires an existing or new Woodson PTSO login)  Cost is $20 to register for your mock test, all proceeds will benefit Woodson C2 Education Fairfax will contact you to schedule your test and results assessment.

Show your Cavalier Pride with a Woodson Garden Flag!

WTW Garden Flag

Order yours here!

Garden Flag (dimensions - 12"x17") - $15

Personalize it for $5 more - add your family name or get creative and celebrate your student with their name and graduation year!

(Some examples: The Smith Family; Congrats Emily Class of 2021; Woodson Class of 2022)

For more information, contact Liz Brocato at

Student Driver Magnets Available With Convenient Home Delivery!

Student Driver Magnet

Student Driver Car Magnets are available through PTSO! Magnets are $8.00 each or buy a batch of 3 for multiple cars for $20.00. You can order online from the PTBoard website HERE.  Once orders are received, magnets will be delivered to your door contact free! If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at


Athletic Calendar

Check out all of these opportunities to enjoy the spring weather and cheer on our teams! Follow @Woodsonathletic on Twitter for current athletic updates and schedules.

Varsity Baseball

Woodson’s Varsity Baseball team played a trio of games over spring break.  Three games in as many days challenged the team to go deeper in its pitching rotation and use the bench more than usual.  

On Monday, the Cavaliers faced off against a tough McLean team.  The Highlanders started RHP Griffin Steig, a highly touted prospect whose 93 mph fastball drew multiple college and pro scouts to the game.  Steig overwhelmed Woodson’s hitters the first time through the lineup, setting down the first nine in order.  Colin Jones got the offense going when he squared to bunt, then slashed a single through the infield as the fielders rotated to cover the bunt.  Colton Lennen was hit by a pitch, then both runners advanced on a passed ball and again on a dropped third strike.  Brady Lencz then drove in Lennen with a single up the middle.  Those same three combined for another run in the 6th, when Jones walked, Lennen singled, and Lencz got his second hit of the day.  Unfortunately, the Highlanders offense was more explosive, with two home runs and four doubles to power McLean to a 6-3 victory.

Woodson hosted Edison on a rainy Tuesday afternoon, but the weather couldn’t dampen Woodson’s spirits or its bats.  Four Cavaliers notched muli-hit games, led by Brady Lencz’s double and two singles.  Ryan Ramirez pitched well, yielding no earned runs, while striking out five.  Edison rallied late, pulling within 3 runs before reliever Scott Durbin slammed the door by getting the last two batters to pop up to the right side to seal Woodson’s 10-7 victory. 

Woodson completed its spring break competition with a game against Marshall.  Woodson jumped out to a big lead, posting four runs in the 2nd and 4th innings.  Six different Woodson hitters had base hits, including recent JV call-up Nate Moore who scored twice.  Dillon Brody drove in three on two hits.  Connor Krahulec dominated the Statesmen over the first four frames, before footing issues on the slick turf mound opened the door for a Marshall rally in the 5th.  Fortunately, reliever David Joslyn ended the threat and Ben Smallwood closed out the game for another 10-7 win.

WTW Dance Team Clinic and Tryouts

Dance Camp

Join Head Coach, Krissy Schnebel, and the graduating Seniors to prepare for tryouts and learn more about the Pnettes - WTW’s nationally ranked dance team. Classes will focus on Jazz, Pom and Hip Hop choreography, turns/leaps, technique, tricks, and is open to all current 7th-11th graders.

Fill out the Google form in the Link Tree in the WTWdanceteam Instagram bio to express your interest and get more details. Email with any questions.

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

Woodson Sports Physical Night - 

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

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.


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 if you need help with Schoology.



Registration Information

Event Description

Tuesday, April 12 4pm

Paying for College

Register here:

Helpful information for preparing to pay for college on college costs, financial aid, FAFSA, VA’s new VASA for non-US citizens, and CSS Profile.

Tuesday, April 12 5pm

Winning Scholarships

Register here:

Useful insight into effective scholarship searching and how to produce strong scholarship applications that increase chances of winning.

Wednesday, April 13 5pm

Virtual College Tours:

University of Virginia

Virginia State University

University of Richmond

Register here:

Screening of virtual tours of various colleges and universities to provide insight into campus and student life at schools of interest to VA students.

Thursday, April 14 at 4pm

Choosing the Right College

Register here:

Effective strategies for determining a right college type and setting based on academic, social and financial fit.

Thursday, April 14 at 5pm

CTE Opportunities

Register here:

In-depth look into Career and Technical Education as a viable option for in-demand careers in Virginia.

  • Coalition for College, the folks that power the Coalition App, are hosting a virtual college fair on April 12 and April 14 from 6-10pm EST! Check out their website for more information: April 2022 Virtual College Fair | Coalition for College (
  • The Latinx Leadership Academy @JMU (LLA) will take place June 23-25,2022 on the campus of James Madison University and is for current high school freshmen and sophomores. Learn about your leadership strengths and potential. Apply here!
  • The Hispanic College Institute @Virginia Tech (HCI) is for current sophomores and juniors. This three night-four day institute will take place July 21- July 24, 2022 and will prepare you with the tools students need for college readiness. Apply here!

Questions? Please email at

College Admission Information

College and career coach Eleanor Jones recently hosted a free webinar via the PTSO on the topic of college admission. It was an informative and insightful presentation followed by a Q&A session. Eleanor was kind enough to share her talking points and links to key resources in the link below.. 

Approach, Fit & Partnership (must be Woodson PTSO Facebook page member to view) 

Eleanor can be reached at;

Free SAT Math Prep Sessions

Woodson dad, Rick Neifield,  is offering free SAT math prep sessions to Woodson students via Zoom. Sign up here. Direct inquiries and questions to Rick at

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.

QUICK LINKS to useful information and resources - 

Universal Masking Changes as of March 1Health and Safety & Covid Guidance / FCPS Covid-19 Case Dashboard 

View a list of current bus delays 

Woodson Frequently Asked Questions.

Woodson Events Calendar 

Woodson Athletics Calendar 

2021-22 School Year Calendar 

2021-2022 Odd/Even (A/B) Calendar - Printable

2022-2023 School Year Calendar Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Orthodox Good Friday, and Diwali will be student holidays next school year.

Get Your Child's Online Activity Report - FREE 

Resources for Mental Health, Wellness & Support Groups (must be a PTSO member to login)

Join PTSO / Make a Donation to PTSO / PTSO Volunteer Opportunities


Free Online Tutoring Services for All FCPS Students Coming in April

Online tutoring from @TutorDotCom is coming to FCPS! Watch this new video to see our website for information & answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

More info:


AP Exam Change

Change in Observance Day

At the time the FCPS calendar was developed, local Eid observances were expected to occur on May 3rd, but because local Eid observances shifted to May 2nd, the FCPS Employee Newsletter on February 8th announced a change in the Religious and Cultural Observance day in FCPS for Eid-al-Fitr from May 3rd to May 2nd, 2022.

Altered AP Exam Schedule

After careful consideration, FCPS leadership decided to continue with the established AP exam schedule for May 2, 2022. May 3rd exams that were previously rescheduled for May 17th will remain on May 17th. 

Requesting a late AP Exam due to May 2nd Eid Observance

Students who are unable to attend May 2nd AP exams (Chemistry, Spanish Literature, Japanese Language, or US Government) due to the Eid religious observance need to contact Ms. Guinee at by April 22. to request late testing. Late testing follows the College Board Late Testing Schedule. The dates and times for the May 2nd late testing are listed in the table below. 

May 2nd AP Exam 

Late Exam Date

Start time


May 18th

8:00 am

Spanish Literature

May 18th

12:00 pm

Japanese Language

May 19th

12:00 pm

US Government 

May 20th 

12:00 pm


Northern Virginia Community College Offering Free Classes for Graduating Seniors

Qualified seniors graduating this spring who are considering attending Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) may take one 3-credit course and NOVA’s 1-credit College Success Skills course, SDV 100 (at no cost) 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 open now 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.

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 (a website for Northern Virginia teens who suffer from depression: #breakthestigma)


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