Woodson Weekly - April 29th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
April 29th

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!

Senior Superlatives

Senior Superlatives at our Spring Pep Rally today.

Important Upcoming Dates

Saturday, April 30th - Woodson 5K at 8am

Saturday, April 30th - FanQuest at 5:30pm

Sunday, May 1st - Move for Mental Health 10:30am at Mason District Park

Monday, May 2nd - Religious and Cultural Observation - Eid al Fitr

May 2nd through 13th - AP Exams

Tuesday, May 3rd - Celebrate Your Plan Day (see item #5 below)

May 6th through 15th - Woodson Drama Presents: The SpongeBob Musical

Saturday, May 7th - Senior Prom, Westwood Country Club 7-11pm

May 13th through 20th - SOL Testing

Tuesday, May 24th - Last Day for Seniors

Monday, May 30th - Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 31st at 2pm - Class of 2022 Graduation, EagleBank Arena

NEW News

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Message from Dr. Floyd
2. Woodson 5K on April 30th
3. FanQuest on April 30th
4. Move for Mental Health on May 1st
5. Celebrate Your Plan Day
6. No Morning Attendance Calls
7. AP Testing begins May 2nd 
8. Spring SOL Testing
9. SOL Season - Personal Electronic Devices are Prohibited
10. Woodson Drama Presents: The SpongeBob Musical
11. Senior Prom - Tix and Details
12. All Night Grad Party - Cav Cruise
13. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
14. Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to Woodson Next Year?
15. Free Prom Dresses and Suits
17. Woodson Sports Physical Night
18. Order the 2022 Yearbook!
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!

It was a beautiful morning to close out Autism Awareness Month with a Pep Rally in the stadium. Student leaders engaged faculty and the four classes in a variety of games.  Ms. Duarte (formerly Dragan) and Ms. Barry won the tandem bike race, it was neck and neck but they pulled it out in the end!

Join us this weekend for a doubleheader of events tomorrow. Woodson’s annual 5K will kick off at 8am and then FanQuest will start with a tailgate at 5:30pm and the basketball game at 7pm versus Robinson.  Also this weekend is Move for Mental Health on Sunday, May 1st at 10:30am at Mason District Park.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Please feel free to send a thank you message to your child’s teachers to make them smile and energize their days. 

On Tuesday, May 3rd, we celebrate our seniors with sharing their post-graduation plans. Celebrate Your Plan Day formerly known as Balloon Day has been a Woodson tradition for many years. Seniors post paper balloons with their plans on the windows in the Auditorium Lobby where they will be on display until after graduation.

The PTSO is still looking for volunteers for the All Night Graduation Party – Cav Cruise. Please view this SignUpGenius to share your time and help our seniors celebrate their big day.

A big thank you to the 30 or so teachers who are piloting the eHall Pass program. We have a free trial to try this program and see if we want to purchase it for next year. We will ask for feedback in May. 

The program allows students to sign out from class electronically to go to a specific location, restroom, office, counselor, etc. This ensures we know exactly who is where in the building and when they are there. Our goal is to enhance student safety and increase time in class. We have increased our presence in and around restrooms to also discourage inappropriate behaviors.  With over 2400 students in the school, we must do everything we can to enhance security as our students are your children and we take our responsibility for them seriously. Anything we can to do enhance security is worth looking at, hence the eHall Pass pilot. We will demonstrate the eHall Pass program at an upcoming PTSO or parent meeting - more information to come. 

Looking forward to a beautiful morning tomorrow for the 5k!  Enjoy the weekend, Cavs!

Dr. Floyd

Broadcast Journalism

The Broadcast Journalism students visited the FCPS television production studio during the live filming of "Meet the Author." Students were allowed to operate the large crane camera and enjoyed touring master control. 

2. Woodson 5K on April 30th

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.

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.

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

Register on MySchoolbucks – Woodson Student Registration

Questions?  djschaefer@fcps.edu

3. FanQuest on April 30th!

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th 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.

Move4Mental Health

4. Move for Mental Health on May 1st

Our Minds Matter, in collaboration with Fairfax County Public Schools, will be hosting an upcoming Move for Mental Health event on Sunday, May 1st. From 10:30am-1:00pm, the event will feature a dedicated route to walk, run, bike, or wheel, live performances, and self-care stations. FCPS students receive community service hours for participating. 

The event will take place at Mason District Park: 6621 Columbia Pike Annandale, VA 22003

Register for FREE.

5. Celebrate Your Plan Day

Seniors, please join us for Celebrate Your Plan Day on Tuesday, May 3rd during all lunches (11:20 am - 1:20 pm) in the Auditorium Lobby. 

What is your plan after High School? Employment, College, Trade School, Military Service, Gap Year...? We want to celebrate you and all of the different post-secondary plans!

Celebrate Your Plan Day formerly known as Balloon Day has been a Woodson tradition for many years. Seniors post paper balloons with their plans on the windows in the Auditorium Lobby where they will be on display until after graduation. We will also have some giveaways (college & military swag, key chains, etc.) for you this year.

6. No Morning Attendance Calls

In order to accommodate the expanded student testing windows for SOLs and AP tests, morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mails will be suspended during the AP and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools only. Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled. Elementary schools attendance notifications will continue as usual. Note that we are only suspending attendance notifications. Schools will still need to follow standard attendance procedures and record student attendance throughout the testing windows.

Morning attendance notifications will be suspended for High school from April 25th through the last day of school, June 10, 2022.

Additionally, all attendance notifications will be suspended for elementary, middle, and high on the last day of school.

AP World History practice exam

Students in Ms. Holsinger's and Mr. Wright's AP World History classes gathered last Saturday for a practice AP test before they take the real thing on May 12th.

7. AP Testing begins May 2nd

AP Testing begins Monday, May 2nd.  Here are a few reminders:

  • All students taking AM tests will meet at 7:30 a.m. in Cafeteria A. Students taking PM tests this week will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Auditorium Lobby or near Door 7 for Cav Hall.
  • Students should eat before arriving for the test. Students who have 2 tests in one day need to bring a quick lunch to eat between the exams. All students are encouraged to bring a snack to place on a table in the exam room but may not have any food or drink while testing.
  • No electronic devices of any kind are allowed in the testing room (unless the test allows for an approved calculator).
  • Students need to bring two #2 pencils and a blue/black pen to your exam. No mechanical pencils, highlighters or colored pens are allowed.
  • Please contact the AP teacher if you have any other questions.

8. Spring SOL Testing

Students will be taking Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course (EOC) assessments between May 13 and May 20, 2022. All SOL assessments are taken in-person at school.

Friday, May 13th – Chemistry, Geosystems, World History 2, USVA History
Monday, May 16th – English Reading
Wednesday, May 18th – Geometry
Thursday, May 19th – Algebra 1, Algebra 2
Friday, May 20th – Biology

Teachers will communicate specific testing details to students based on their individual assessment needs. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your student missing a testing day, please notify Woodson’s Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee (kpguinee@fcps.edu).

If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your student’s school counselor or Woodson's Assessment Coach, Kathleen Guinee at kpguinee@fcps.edu.

9. SOL Season - Personal Electronic Devices are Prohibited

As SOL season is approaching, we want to remind families that electronic personal devices of any kind (phones, watches, etc.) are prohibited inside the SOL testing environment.  

Please be aware that any personal devices carried into the testing environment will be subject to the school’s established procedures for addressing this as a test security concern.  In past instances, a student’s access to a personal device in the testing environment has been identified as attempted cheating, please don’t let this happen to you!

Let’s work together to create a positive and safe testing environment for everyone.

For the full testing schedule, please visit the Woodson Testing Calendar site.

Spring Pep Rally

Teachers Ms. Barry and Ms. Duarte won the tandem bike race at this morning's Pep Rally!

10. Woodson Drama Presents: The SpongeBob Musical

The stakes have never been higher 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! All of your Favorite SpongeBob characters take the stage in this epic adventure.

W.T. Woodson Highschool is the first FCPS school to produce the musical after its 12-Tony nominated Broadway run! With nearly 150 Woodson students involved, we’d love to have you come out and support this incredible team. All proceeds go back to the drama department.

The show runs:

  • Friday, May 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 8 - 6 p.m. (Sensory Friendly Performance)
  • Friday, May 13 - 7 p.m. (ASL Performance)
  • Saturday, May 14 - 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15 - 6 p.m.


11. Senior Prom - Tix and Details

The Woodson Senior Prom, the Golden Gala, will be held on Saturday, May 7th at Westwood Country Club (800 Maple Ave E, Vienna) from 7pm-11pm.

Prom tickets are on sale during all lunches and will be sold until Friday, May 6th. Tickets are $65 each and will be purchased through Etix. Students can purchase tickets with debit or credit cards, cash, or check (made to Woodson High School).

Other student financial obligations must be met before a student is able to purchase their ticket or a ticket is purchased for them, including parking tickets, library fees, senior dues, course fees and tech fees.

If you plan to bring a guest to prom who is not a Woodson student, please complete the Prom Guest Application and turn it in to your administrator by Wednesday, May 4th for approval.

Prom Guest Applications must be approved before a ticket can be purchased for the guest. Forms may be picked up from the main office.

12. All Night Grad Party - Cav Cruise

Attention: All Freshman, Sophomore, Junior AND Senior Parents and Guardians - Volunteers Needed!

We need all hands on deck to volunteer at the Class of 2022 Cav Cruise All Night Grad Party!  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 we need over 200 volunteers to make this event a success.  Sign up to volunteer.

What is Cav Cruise?

Have you heard about Woodson's Cav Cruise All Night Graduation Party, but don't understand what the buzz is all about? Cav Cruise is a drug-free, alcohol-free all night graduation party to celebrate our Seniors! We'll be celebrating at South Run Rec Center this year! 

Each senior who wants to attend needs to purchase a ticket which 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 - please buy your ticket in advance! Tickets are $100. Cav Cruise: May 31 - June 1: 11:00pm - 5:00am. Click Here to Buy Cav Cruise Tickets

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.

Mock Trial

Students in Mr. Viccora's Law in Action class participate in their Mock Trial.

13. College & Career Center News

The Woodson College & Career Center Resources can be found in the Woodson Student Services Course/College & Career Center Folder. Our padlets (bulletin boards) 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.

  • Attention Class of 2022! Celebrate Your Plan Day is on Tuesday, 3 May 2022 during All Lunches in the Auditorium Lobby. We want to celebrate you and all of the different post-secondary plans. Celebrate Your Plan Day formerly known as Balloon Day has been a Woodson tradition for many years. Seniors post paper balloons with their plans on the windows in the Auditorium Lobby where they will be on display until after graduation. We will also have some giveaways (college & military swag, key chains, etc.) this year.
  • Are you looking for Enrichment Programs (Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, STEM Camps etc.) to build up your resume? Please visit the Upcoming Events Padlet. Looking for Scholarships? Please visit the Scholarship Padlet. Looking for a Job after High School or Summer Employment? Please check out our Job Board.

Questions? Please email at cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

PAST News - but still important

14. Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to Woodson Next Year?

If you will not be attending Woodson HS this fall, please let Woodson Student Services know now. Please click here and fill out this form. This form was also mailed home with course requests for next year.

If your student intends to attend Woodson next year, there is no need to complete or return the form.

Student Services will make sure all transcripts and records are forwarded to your child’s new school so his/her file is complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Woodson registrar Casey Delaney at 703-503-4622 or cdelaney@fcps.edu.

Prom Dresses

15. 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 Ms. Treague in Room T104.  She can also be reached at krtreague@fcps.edu.


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.

17. Woodson Sports Physical Night

It is that time of the year again! The W.T. Woodson Athletic Training Program’s Sports Physical Night event will be held this year on June 8 @ W.T. Woodson High School. As always, the goal of Sports Physical Night is to provide a complete pre-participation examination screening that will leave student athletes with a valid VHSL physical for the entirety of the 2022-23 School Year. Each year, it is required that all student athletes have a completed VHSL physical on file before participating in sports. The price will be $50 as it has been in previous years. Hosting this event is our Athletic Training Program’s ONLY fundraiser for the year as we DO NOT receive any funding from the county. ALL proceeds go towards helping the program purchase supplies. Without your support we would not be able to provide the services we do for our student-athletes. Appointment times will be available at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30pm. 
Register for an appointment here! 

If you cannot make it to our night on the 8th, but still want to support FCPS, feel free to sign up for another school's event! (Promise we won't be mad). 

Want to Volunteer??

If you would like to volunteer please feel free to complete the volunteer registration here. As of now, we are still looking for a few more physicians and HCP's to complete the actual physical exams (MD, DO, NP, PA) as well other HCP’s comfortable with taking vital signs. If you are willing and able to donate your time, it is greatly appreciated. If not, and you know of some others that would be able to assist us, please feel free to spread the word!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out to Chris Hogge, ATC at chogge@fcps.edu .

Pep Rally

Class games during this morning's Pep Rally.

18. 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!

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)