Bulldog Breakdown 10/2 - 10/8

Good Evening Bulldog Families–

I hope that everybody is doing well and enjoying a fantastic weekend! 

I would like to start by introducing you to our new Director of Student Services, Mrs. Vanessa Hunter! There is more information about Vanessa below, and we are excited to have her as a part of our Bulldog Family!

There is a variety of information in the Breakdown this week, so please be sure to take some time and check it out. There are some great parent resources ranging from PSAT/SAT info to quality information from our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Ms. Stacey King. I hope that you give them some time. 

Also, remember that Wednesday, October 5 is a student holiday. Please remember to keep your students home on Wednesday.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with observations, suggestions, questions and celebrations. You can do that through e-mail, call, or  through the form located here: https://forms.gle/4eW9rgPRVBF2a5gd8. Please remember that if you do not include your information on the form, I will not be able to follow-up. 

I wish your family a great week! Go Bulldogs!

Tony DiBari 

Proud Principal


Vanessa Hunter Introduction

We would like to welcome Vanessa Hunter as the new Director of Student Services at Westfield HS. Vanessa has most recently served as a Resource Counselor in School Counseling Services supporting K-12 School Counseling Professionals and SEL/Wellness initiatives in FCPS. Before her role in central office, Vanessa worked as a School Counselor at West Springfield High School and FCPS’ Non-Traditional School Programs (i.e., Bryant’s AIM Program and Interagency Alternative Schools). She has also supported students as a College Partnership Program (CPP) school-based and summer experience advocate.

Vanessa holds her Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master’s Degree (M.S.Ed.) in Counseling from Old Dominion University, and an endorsement in Administration and Supervision PreK-12 through FCPS’ Accelerated Certification Cohort (ACCXV). Vanessa is excited to step into her new role as Westfield’s DSS and join the Bulldog Community! #WHS #GoBulldogs 


2022-23 AP/IB Test Schedule and Fees

Reference the College Board 2023 AP exam dates site for dates of AP Exams.  All 2023 AP exams will be taken in school and most will be taken in a paper/pencil format.

As part of the FCPS FY 2022 Approved Budget, FCPS is continuing to assess Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees. Please visit 2022-23  FCPS AP Testing fee schedule  or AP Testing Fees FAQ for in-depth information regarding the 2022-23 AP Test fees.


  • Fees for the first six AP tests taken for courses in which students are enrolled for high school credit will be paid for by FCPS. 
  • For each exam beyond six, families will be charged the College Board testing fee of $96. Students who are eligible for Free/Reduced lunch and have completed the Consent to Share form will not be charged the exam fee(s).
  • Students that wish to take AP tests without enrolling in the corresponding FCPS course are responsible for the test fee(s).   Please see Ms. Hughes or Ms. Shaw for the registration form. 
  • FCPS encourages all students to take AP/IB tests for courses in which they are enrolled. However, students will have the opportunity to opt-out of the test(s) by filling out an Opt-Out form to be provided by the school in mid-October. 
  • Parents will be billed a non-refundable test fee in December 2022 for tests that exceed the six FCPS funded tests.

AP Opt Out Information:

Students will receive their AP Opt Out form from Westfield High School during the week of October 10th.

Deadline:  If choosing to opt out of an exam, AP students must return the Opt-Out form no later than October 25th to either Nicole Shaw(Subschool 4, ntshaw@fcps.edu ) or Dana Hughes(Subschool 2, dghughes@fcps.edu ) .

  • Students who submit an Opt Out form will receive a confirmation email from either Nicole Shaw or Dana Hughes, to confirm the receipt of your Opt Out form. If you do not receive an email by October 31, 2022 assume your form has not been received/processed and see Ms. Shaw or Ms. Hughes immediately.

To assist in the decision-making process, students will be provided a report in early October with their previous tests and current AP course enrollment.

 For further questions regarding AP Testing, please contact Nicole Shaw, ntshaw@fcps.edu  or Dana Hughes, dghughes@fcps.edu 


Region 5: Fairfax, Chantilly, Westfield, and Woodson High Schools Present: 

PAYING FOR COLLEGE: The Financial Aid Process

For Class of 2023 Seniors and Senior Families

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Fairfax High School Auditorium

3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, VA 22030

Presented by College Access Fairfax. College Access Fairfax is committed to helping FCPS students with the complex task of acquiring financial aid for post-secondary education. 

Presentation Topics:

  • Understanding financial aid
  • How the financial aid process works
  • Steps families need to take to secure financial aid

No pre-reservation is required. 

Spanish & Arabic Interpretation will be available.

For more information or questions, contact: Laura Cudahy, WHS College & Career Specialist, lqcudahy@fcps.edu 


Red Ribbon Week

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Mexican-American man working for the DEA after serving in the Marine Corps, being a fireman, police officer, and deputy sheriff in California. While on assignment in Mexico for four years, he was on the trail of the country’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. He was getting close to exposing a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline in 1985, until he was kidnapped that February. He was headed to lunch with his wife when he was last seen being thrown into a van by masked men, his body wasn’t discovered until a month later. 

After his death, “Camarena Clubs” were launched in his hometown of Calexico, California. Hundreds wore red ribbons and pledged to lead a drug-free life in his honor. Then President Ronald Reagan was in office, so club members presented a proclamation to First Lady Nancy Reagan which brought it national attention. The campaign became official in 1988 by the National Family Partnership with President Reagan and “Just Say No” creator Mrs. Reagan as honorary chairpersons. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually from October 23-31st. 

Check out this Google Earth video on “The Life of DEA Special Agent Kiki Camarena”. 

 Sources & Resources:


Fairfax CSB Opioid Info

REVIVE Training for Opioid Overdoses      

Medication Disposal

Teen Substance Use

FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program

DEA Drug Take Back Day

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS. 

For further Information & support:

Stacey King, MSW, M.Ed

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist



Seeking Speech and Debate judges

Did you participate in Speech or Debate in high school or college?  Or would you like to learn more about how this activity operates?  The WHS team is seeking adult judges willing to volunteer one Saturday to judge at a tournament in the Northern Virginia area.  This is an extremely rewarding activity, watching talented students use their persuasive and analytical skills.  Mr. Deaton, the WHS debate team coach will train you on everything you need to know.  If you are interested, please email Mr. Deaton at mdeaton@fcps.edu.


Community Partner Shoutout

We are incredibly fortunate to have so many amazing community partners. We are going to continue to try and highlight their work as much as possible. Below are a couple that have helped out recently. 

Card My Yard

A big thank you to Card My Yard who has helped us out multiple times this year by placing signs to welcome our students and staff on their returns, as well as the new Superintendent during her visit. Their website is www.cardmyyard.com/centreville and you can also find them on Facebook or Instagram @cardmyyard_centreville. You can use code CMY5 to get $5 off any orders too. 

Grace Covenant Church

A big thank you to Grace Covenant Church who has been a consistent partner supporting our staff and students. Whether it is bringing in extra backpacks and supplies for students in need, or this past week when they brought in snack bags and lunch for staff members. We are extremely fortunate and thankful to have Grace Covenant as a partner!


PTSA Fundraiser

Our Fall Fundraiser is underway and we are off to a great start. This year we are raising money to fund programs that will benefit all of our students.

Your participation & support are greatly appreciated! Hurry, orders close on Oct 18th, 2022. All items will be shipped to the school in November. We will share the distribution details once orders are finalized.

Don’t forget to register your student(s) at http://secure-web.cisco.com/1rJUC5IQSxT_29WM3yCTHvDDa_CzFzErJ1uMbAI3M8VW9td1fCfqt7EXvbUvRc1o1t6HvtH--vjg1OEy86sxDaMZtndDUxT1ScwDHKBdhqHJF9WFSXuO-qw8bz4lCbmZUxJY7G8TZLXagqvFgyuYOuGY6CVC3z-b5I1HE5tyohOB17YMbXnkzHF2p5YfWhSeSqjeYR9rv4rjcfRSB2OhTiDMMmXetOhPMbr3MjWAFM3VHoVpmn470szkMVwry9KcNVF7XkcAXonLio51D21Uh1PkMOaGsMsZlqRl0PIfgHHQydTLoF4P5A3dWWr3ybfVncu1D0sOx4FmYBP9BQWHZw21nwa9STqQa0neO-wCc0pNV4z-_y21gFADtSwINKmRrlif6KRsoY4mZmXOL280y_0S6BTsdQtjSaa4LYt30E9AMzUl6wh6iYujkI86F_tyHLYRy56vejG9ZCb5eALWPrA/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.Shopfund.com and share the fundraiser with family & friends to get 10+ online supporters!

Thank you for your support!

P.S. We will hit our goal if every family sells a minimum of 10 items.


  1. Click on the link https://secure-web.cisco.com/17fuxsQNZFyvT0b9SnEa0IpsfnRoKIBjKeEF8eAP5OJBQaugHIRL1rowvK2nhLHjjh-BrqvBtO-dm84XhjYqi_Wnp05dlILO12Hsq7tcr5o3TYbmRnQKsHedX4efHZ8Fi2FLWpVldfhBYIRszenHLaJZsN9zoUXBTB1KqnNSpdmumJn4rXnFwZt0xQiMzqUZaVzg8ZKf7VLAh0KKiyvGIl_ZS0o97DEo2vGKBUAF1slAtY-n83c5Fdb1PdKBcTGJSzwN9tc4RAhJG6YzV6xXw6wRH6riTfLmklWeISbmuEAUL1pKgTQrgflQ4_CPN-Y00dGYZTBce1J7mUtmp5GJHvI7qAzFNbHc4yvp5l17GFNE5fyQy_pQ3C232Di4hcWQmEizlu1oKq7u0Sy6H2CdOCoLkEpI9eAI1CU16XaoSnwvUXTScGg8Oz9H41_oktkDHedpf-3NVQuLHl2KTXdVp0Q/https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopfund.com%2F
  2. Click on Parents and Sellers button
  3. Click on Parents and Sellers Register button
  4. Enter email and set password, click on the Register button.
  5. Fill out the form

-Select State as Virginia

-Enter school as Westfield HS PTSA - Chantilly 20151 -Enter the homeroom teacher's last name or enter NA -Please enter your cell number -Click on Add student -Click on  Shop Now button

 You are ready to place your orders!


WHS Food Pantry

PTA FOOD PANTRY is looking for donations to help kids in need.  We have seen a huge increase in snack requests since last year.  Please consider checking out our wish list and adding an item to your cart.  It will ship directly to the school.  We are also accepting similar items (individually wrapped snacks, new sweatpants, book bags and water bottles) at the bin on my front porch if you would rather not purchase online.  Please reach out to me with any questions about donating.  

Wishlist: https://tinyurl.com/wfhsfoodpantry

Donation Bin: 5445 Tree Line Dr, Centreville VA

Questions: jenmcnerney@hotmail.com

Thank you!


Staff Recognition

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares


Volunteer Call-out

We are still looking for your help! We value you as community partners and want to invite you to become more involved at Westfield. One way to do this is to volunteer and substitute teach. If you’re interested, the first step is following the links below. Thank you for your willingness to help!

FCPS Volunteers:  https://www.fcps.edu/get-involved/volunteer-fcps 

Substitute Teachers:   https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities/new-applicants

Westfield Volunteer Interest Form:  https://forms.gle/go7B58zdT1cz5Km9A


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A comprehensive schedule of events can also be found at www.westfieldathletics.org

Monday, 10/3

Girls Volleyball, All Levels vs. Madison (Home) Dig Pink Night!

Freshman & JV @ 5:45 pm, Varsity @ 7:15 pm


Girls Field Hockey, All Levels Vs. Oakton (Home)

JV @ 6:15 pm, Varsity @ 7:30pm


Wednesday, 10/5



Thursday, 10/6

Freshman and JV Football Vs. South Lakes (Away)

Freshman @5:30pm, JV @7:00pm


Girls Volleyball All Levels Vs. Centreville (Away)

Freshman & JV @ 5:45 pm, Varsity @ 7:15 pm


Friday, 10/7

Girls Field Hockey All Levels Vs. South Lakes (Away)

JV @ 6:15 pm, Varsity @ 7:30pm


Varsity Football vs. South Lakes (Home)

7:00pm @ Westfield HS