Woodson Weekly - September 1st

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
September 1st

Woodson Weekly is published every week to provide the community with important information about school life at Woodson High School.

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Mission Statement

Woodson High School’s mission is to empower our community to reach their individual potential by creating a healthy environment of mutual respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

Mr. Greata with Leadership Students

Welcome to Woodson, Mr. Greata! Mr.Greata is our Acting Principal for the month of September.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 2nd - Labor Day Break - No School

Monday, September 5th - Labor Day Break - No School

Wednesday, September 7th - Senior Deadline for SAT School Day intent form (see #2)

Friday, September 9th, 9:15-11pm - Cav Kickoff Dance, Aux Gym (see #4)

Monday, September 12th - Enforcement of student parking begins - Student Parking Pass Information (see #14)

Tuesday, September 13th; 6:00-7:00pm - September PTSO meeting. Access:  Google Meet 

Monday, September 26th - Professional Work Day/Student Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Rosh Hashana

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Mr. Greata

Dear Woodson Community, 

It's been a great week here at Woodson! I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting this incredible community of students and teachers as I've walked the hallways and visited classrooms. I am so happy to spend the month of September with you while Dr. Floyd is on leave.

This newsletter has lots of important information including details about our first dance of the year, FLE opt-outs, and our virtual Back to School Night. 

After hearing feedback from parents and students regarding locations for lunch, we have taken steps to increase seating capacity and locations. In doing so, we had to balance student choice with safety measures. More information about lunch options can be found in story #3.

I look forward to meeting many of you at upcoming events this month. Join me for our first PTSO meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm on Google Meet or feel free to come up and introduce yourself when you see me at school-wide events. Of course, you can always email me at kjgreata@fcps.edu or follow me on Twitter.

Enjoy the holiday tomorrow. We will welcome back students on Tuesday, September 6th and it will be an Even Day.

Have a wonderful Labor Day break this weekend!

Mr. Greata
Acting Principal

In this Issue


1. Required Back to School Forms - Due Friday, September 9th
2. Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources
3. Seniors only - SAT School Day Intent Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

NEW News
4. Lunch Options for Students
5. Cav Kick-off Dance
6. Virtual Back to School Night
7. Notification of Testing - Math and Reading Inventory
8. Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms
9. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminars
10. World Languages Credit Exam
11. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
12. Attendance
13. Course Change Request Process
14. Student Parking Passes
15. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found
16. Food Deliveries
17. Laptop Tech Support Hours
18. Woodson's PTSO


1. Required Back to School Forms

  1. Emergency Care and Health Information Form - Due September 9th
    All students must have accurate emergency care information each school year. Parent/Legal Guardians are required to update this information through weCare@school via their SIS ParentVue account. To access weCare@school, log into ParentVUE, select FCPS Links from the left menu, click on weCare@school - Update Emergency Care Info. After reviewing each section of the form, please click the Submit the Form button to send the updated information to the school's system. Click here for more details.
  2. Digital Resources - Parental Consent Form
    Woodson HS uses a variety of digital tools for learning. Please look through the list and digitally log in to sign the form. You will need your students' ID number to access this form. See #11 for more details.
  3. Student Rights and Responsibilities
    Parents will be able to digitally sign off on the Student Rights and Responsibilities document through their ParentVUE account. 

Optional Forms

There are other optional forms to complete if applicable - FCPS Privacy and Opt-Out Forms, FLE Opt-Out Forms, Military-Connected Student Form, Free and Reduced Lunch Application, Homeless Student Referral Form, and medical authorization forms. Visit the site for Required and Optional Return to School Forms page to view all the forms.

Paperless Opt-Outs Available

As a part of our ongoing efforts to streamline paper processes, parents can now select a number of opt-outs electronically via ParentVUE.  Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.”  You will find opt-outs listed there.  If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

2. Families, We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

At Woodson High School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources.

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your teachers and counselors if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

3. Seniors Only - SAT School Day Information - Intent to Participate Form Due Wednesday, September 7th

Senior parents/students: Please refer to the email sent on Monday, August 15th at 2pm regarding SAT School Day. 

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 12th.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 7th.

Your student will need to use a @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form

FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Crosson at kpcrosson@fcps.edu .

NEW News

Cafeteria - Lunch

4. Lunch Options for Students

This year, we are offering several different eating locations for students including Cafeteria A, Cafeteria B, the small courtyard between the two cafeterias, the large outdoor space behind Cafeteria A, and the hallway outside of the cafeterias. 

To ensure ample seating areas, we have added additional tables to the cafeterias and outside eating areas, as well as removed the vending machines. In addition to these seating areas, students may get a pass to spend the lunch period in the Library.

After the first few days, the number of students eating in the cafeterias have balanced out and there are plenty of seats available. As the year continues, we will monitor spaces to ensure we have seats to accommodate all students assigned to a particular lunch. 

In the event of inclement weather, we have plans to pull our staff member who covers the interior outdoor lunch area into the indoor auditorium lobby, allowing students an additional indoor space to eat. 

5. Cav Kick-off Dance

The Cav Kick-off dance will happen on Friday, September 9th, immediately following the first home football game. 

The cost of the dance is $1 and it will take place in the Auxiliary Gym. This annual tradition celebrates the opening of school and is a great way to finish off a Friday night of cheering. 

The dance begins at 9:15pm or at the end of the football game (whichever comes first) and ends promptly at 11:00pm. 

Admission is collected at the door.

Lights Out

Students show school spirit for the "Lights Out" first varsity football game tonight at 7pm at Oakton HS.

6. Virtual Back to School Night

Cav Kickoff was the first part of “Back to School Night” to say hello to teachers, put faces with names and to see the classrooms your child(ren) have this year. 

The second part of “Back to School Night” will be curriculum videos which will be posted by Monday, September 15th.  You’ll be able to access these from our webpage and we will send out notification when it is live.

These videos will give you an idea of what the course content is, class expectations and best methods of communication. 

7. Notification of Testing - Math and Reading Inventory

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) uses the Math Inventory and Reading Inventory with students in grades 7-12 to determine students’ strengths and needs in mathematics and literacy.

  • Students enrolled in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Algebra Functions and Data Analysis will participate in the Math Inventory (MI).
  • Students enrolled in English 9-12 will participate in the Reading Intervention (RI).

The purpose of these assessments is to identify students who may benefit from additional support with literacy and mathematics skills. In addition, school teams will consider assessment results as they plan instruction for your student.

The assessments are administered during the month of September. Depending on grade level and initial performance, students may participate in follow-up assessment in the winter and/or in the spring. Additional information about these assessments can be found at the following webpages:

If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s English or mathematics teacher.

Science Class

Students in Ms. Kinne's Biology class investigating the effect of salinity on brine shrimp hatch rate.

8. Family Life Education - Information and Opt-Out Forms

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

If you would like to view the FLE materials, please fill out this form Blair Smith, Director of Student Activities, will set up a time for you to come in and view hard copies for each grade level of FLE materials.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please complete the opt-out forms located on the FCPS website. Completed opt-out forms can be returned to the school main office. 

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

9. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  All new drivers and parents must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving.  Please mark your calendar for the Woodson seminars for 2022-2023.  Seminars will begin at 6:30pm and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium.  The program is 90 minutes and you must arrive on time and stay for the entire presentation to receive credit. 

Thursday, September 15th
Thursday, November 17th
Monday, February 6th
Monday, April 17th

Questions? Please contact David O’Hara dgohara@fcps.edu

10. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Thursday, November 3rd, Wednesday, November 9th, and Thursday, November 10th.

Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students for the exam. Visit the FCPS Credit exam information page for more information.

Calendar for September 2022

Check out our events and activities calendar!

11. College & Career Center News

The College & Career Center is open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm in E 109. Students are welcome to come by before or after school, during Returns/Lunch, or send me an email to schedule an appointment at cliebmosley@fcps.edu. Student Services and College & Career Resources can be accessed in the All School Woodson HS Schoology Course to which students & parents have access.

Attention Class of 2023!

  • Region 5 Financial Aid/Paying for College Night hosted by College Access Fairfax will be on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 7 pm in the Fairfax High School Auditorium. Additional Financial Aid/FAFSA/Scholarship 101 Events have been added to the Woodson School-Wide Calendar.
  • Scholarship 101 Presentation on Wednesday, 9 November 2022 at 7 pm in the Woodson Auditorium.
  • Senior Support in the Career Center every Wednesday before school from 7:30 am – 8:00 am. A drop-in support session for seniors to get help with their college application, scholarships, resume, job search & and other post-secondary steps. We will also have College Application Completion Workshops during All Lunches on Sept 23, Oct 26 and Nov 1 in the Career Center.

College Rep Visits for Rising Juniors & Seniors will run from September 6th until November 18th, 2022. Students will register in Naviance – Colleges – Research Colleges – College Visits. We are still adding new visits every day! We are kicking our first week of Rep Visits off with the Ringling College of Art & Design, Salisbury University, Elon University, Dartmouth College, University of Rochester and George Washington University.

Christine Lieb-Mosley
College and Career Specialist, 703-503-4661

Woodson College & Career Center Padlets

PAST News, but still important

12. Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

If your student will be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the attendance office. Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

Attendance Document

Spirit Days

13. Schedule Change Request Process

We are currently not permitting any schedule change requests for the first two weeks of school unless it is to correct an error or missing class in a student’s schedule. This is to allow students and teachers time to settle into their routines, get to know each other/begin forming relationships, and allow students time to become familiar with the content and expectations of their classes.

However, we recognize that some students wish to request to move up in rigor in a core course (English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages). If a student wishes to request a change to their schedule to move up in rigor (i.e. standard to honors or honors to AP), they must see their counselor and submit that request by Thursday, September 1st. This is the last day a student can move into a more rigorous course due to the fast paced nature of those courses and the amount of content they would have missed by then.

After September 1st, the schedule change request window is from September 26th – October 7th. Students may not request a change to their schedule before September 26th. This is to ensure that students show a sincere effort to make their current class(es) work by spending time with their teachers, and seeing them for help during 3rd Period Returns and after school. Students should see their counselor in Student Services if they have any questions or need any assistance with this.

14. Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year are available for purchase online only. The cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

There are 2 steps to purchase a student parking pass:

  • Parking Permit Application
  • Payment on MySchoolBucks (navigate to the School Store, select the option for a parking permit, and check out.  Please print your receipt and bring with you when picking up your permit.)

Enforcement will begin on Monday, September 12th. Student Parking Pass Website.

15. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

Q - My son/daughter forgot their lunch/homework assignment/laptop.  Where can I drop off items?

A– Forgotten items may be dropped off at the main office on a designated bookshelf.  Please make sure your child's name is written on the item.

Q - My son/daughter lost their wallet (or any item).  Where should I go to see if it has been turned in?

A – You may come to the main office and a Safety and Security assistant will escort you to the Lost and Found room to search for your item.

16. Food Deliveries

Please reinforce with your child that ordering from a delivery service during school is not allowed.

If your student forgets their lunch, parents or guardians can bring lunch and drop it off in the main office.

Students will often have a delivery driver come to an entrance other than Door 1, which compromises the safety of the entire school. Our office staff does not have the time to accept food deliveries and will not open the doors for Uber Eats, GrubHub or any other service. 

17. 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
  • Wednesday - 2:55pm - 4:00pm (when late buses start)

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

Thank you, W.T Woodson HS Tech Support Team

18. 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. Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. 

2022-23 PTSO Board -

Miklos Kiss - President 
Lena McGinn -VP Membership
Diane Raffaele - Secretary 
Kyle Durbin - Treasurer
Jill Battaglia - Communications

PTSO website https://wtwoodsonptso.ptboard.com/annlist

We look forward to a great school year! 

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)