Woodson Weekly - November 4th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
November 4th

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

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. 

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One Man, Two Guvnors

Woodson Drama Presents: "One Man, Two Guvnors." Tonight is opening night!

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, November 4th - Woodson Drama Opening Night (see #2)

Saturday, November 5th - Woodson Craft Show (see #3)

Monday, November 7th - Winter Sports Try-outs (see #5) and Senior Parent Night 6-7pm, Auditorium (see #6)

Tuesday, November 8th - School Holiday; Election Day

Wednesday, November 9th - Scholarship 101 Presentation (see #7)

Wednesday-Thursday, November 9th-10th - Hearing and Vision Screenings for 10th Graders (see #15 to volunteer)

Friday, November 11th - Student Holiday; School Planning Day

Thursday, November 17th - Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar (see #8)

Wednesday-Friday, November 23rd-25th - Thanksgiving Holidays

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Community,

It has been a tough week for our Woodson families. We lost a friend and classmate, and we are hurting. Whether your child was close to this student or not, there is grief. How children express that grief can be very different. Some children want to talk, some may be silent. Some children will cry, others will laugh. Helping teens to accept that grief is normal and healthy will allow them to progress in their grief journey. Please reach out if we can be of support to your family.

This week, we also experienced the fear and anxiety that came with a rumored social media threat. Thankfully, we have excellent partners in our Office of Safety and Security and the Fairfax County Police who were able to manage the situation. We end this week with an unfortunate incident where some members of our JV Football team got into a fight with the team from Alexandria City Schools. 

I know in my heart that this is not who we are as a community. We are struggling right now in ways that are visible in our words and actions. We need to press pause and take a deep breath. We need to stop and ask each other how we are doing. We need to listen when someone says that they are not okay. Please take the time to sit down with your child this weekend and check in. Do not hesitate to reach out to a counselor or administrator if you believe your student needs additional support. 

Our Woodson community is strongest when we come together and remember our core values of love, respect, responsibility, equity, and inclusion. 

Dr. Floyd

Cav Kudos

Cav Kudos! These students were recognized for helping Woodson build a great school culture one interaction at a time.

In this Issue

NEW News
1. SIS Availability
2. Woodson Drama Presents - One Man, Two Guvnors
3. Woodson Craft Show
4. Woodson Varsity Cheer - States
5. Winter Sport Tryout Information
6. Senior Parent Night
7. Scholarship 101 Presentation for the Class of 2023
8. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminars
9. Model Judiciary Club
10. Woodson Art Teachers' Work Selected for Artist Teacher Exhibition
11. Pre-order your 22-23 Yearbook
12. Tutor.com
13. How does FCPS Create the School Calendar?
14. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
15. Attendance Procedures
16. Parent Volunteers Needed for Hearing and Vision Screenings
17. Class of 2023 News
18. Laptop Tech Support Hours
19. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News

1. SIS Availability

ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be down through Tuesday, November 9th, at 6am for first quarter grading.

2. Woodson Drama Presents - One Man, Two Guvnors

This year WTWDrama is presenting the fast-paced hilarious farce One Man, Two Guvnors.

This play features British accents, 60’s style rock and roll, and an attack with a cricket bat! Who could ask for anything more!?

If you are looking for a fast paced comedy and a fun night out, full of irreverent comedy, you’ve found the right show! NOTE: This play may not be considered appropriate for students under 13 - contains mild language, slapstick violence and mild suggestive themes. 

This performance features a "pay what you can" sliding scale ticket option, ranging from $5-$30. Please pick the price that works best for you. This aligns with our goal to be as equitable as possible and create art that is accessible by all.  Tickets can be purchased here! Come out and support the nearly 100 students involved in this production!

NOTE: ALL proceeds from the show go to the WTW Drama department. This helps to fund shows, supplies, special workshops, and education events throughout the year for Woodson Theatre students. If you are a household that would like to see the show and cannot afford the $5 ticket option, please reach out to the WTW Drama Theatre Director, Mr. Rushing, at csrushing@fcps.edu

Fall Blood Drive

A huge thank you from INOVA to the Woodson community!  We had more than 150 people signed up to donate blood and about 120 eligible donors!

3. Woodson Craft Show

The 29th annual Woodson Craft Show is returning this year on Saturday, November 5th, from 10am-4pm.

This exceptional show features handmade arts and crafts with a diverse selection that include: fine art, gourmet foods and confections, fabric art and crafts, jewelry, fiber and textile crafts, knitted, crocheted, needle felted and macrame items, acrylic art flow, pottery, wreaths, pet accessories, birdhouses, hand painted home decor items, bath and body products, as well as hundreds of holiday collectibles/decorations.

We have many new exhibitors as well as some returning favorites.

Admission for Shoppers is ALWAYS FREE! *All proceeds benefit the W.T. Woodson Crew Team.

Face Painting

Face painting at the community Fall Festival last Saturday.

4. Woodson Varsity Cheer - States

For the first time in school history, the Woodson Varsity Cheer team will compete in the VHSL State Final meet on Saturday, November 5th. Tickets must be purchased online and will not be sold at the door, to purchase a ticket click on the link.

The competition starts at 2:30pm at VCU. Woodson is scheduled to compete at 2:54. You may also view the competition on the NFHS Network, using this link (You must pay to view online).

5. Winter Sport Tryout Information

Winter sport tryouts begin on Monday, November 7th. Winter sports include basketball, swim & dive, wrestling, rifle, gymnastics, and indoor track.

In order to participate, there are 2 items that need to be completed prior to the first day of tryouts.

1) Sports Physical

Completed and turned in to Athletic Trainer Chris Hogge (chogge@fcps.edu)

2) Activity Registration

This is an online submission - it encompasses the Emergency Care Form and Concussion Education Training.

Regional Champs Boys XC

Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country Team - 2022 Occoquan Region Champions!

6. Senior Parent Night

Senior parents - please join us on Monday, November 7th from 6-7pm in the Auditorium to review upcoming senior year events such as graduation details, senior dues, Cav Cruise, and prom. 

Can’t make it? No worries the presentation will be posted to the Senior Class News Woodson webpage. 

7. Scholarship 101 Presentation for the Class of 2023 & their Families

Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00 p.m. – Woodson High School Auditorium

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.  Please visit College Access Fairfax for additional Scholarship 101, Paying for College and FAFSA/VASA Completion Events.

Scholarship 101

Scholarship 101 Presentation Topics:

  • Search and find scholarships
  • Tips for a successful scholarship application
  • Scholarship Scams & more.

8. 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 6:30 p.m. 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, November 17th
Monday, February 6th
Monday, April 17th

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

9. Model Judiciary Club

Model Judiciary Club

The Model Judiciary Club conducted three mock trials Thursday after school. 

More than 35 students assumed roles ranging from prosecutor, defense attorney, witness, judge to jury member. They spent several days preparing for this criminal trial and demonstrated outstanding advocacy, public speaking, strategic thinking, and teamwork skills. Congratulations to each of them for their fine work!     

10. Woodson Art Teachers' Work Selected for Artist Teacher Exhibition

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Fine Arts Office presents the 15th annual Artist Teacher Exhibition, an art exhibition recognizing the creativity and technical expertise of FCPS art teachers.

Teachers were invited to submit original works for consideration. This year, works by Woodson art teachers Diedre Forgione and Leslie O'Shaughnessy were selected.

The exhibition, "Text Messages" runs through Saturday, December 3rd at the McGuire Woods Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

Conversations by Diedre Forgione

"Conversations" - by Dierdre Forgione

11. Pre-order Your 22-23 Woodson Yearbook

Early Bird Price Deadline: January 1, 2023

Don't miss out - reserve your student's copy of the Yearbook today! Preordering is the only way to guarantee a copy of the Yearbook. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and type in Woodson's  code - 5278. The early bird price is in effect until January 1st, so preorder today!

12. Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

13. How does FCPS Create the School Calendar?

In an annual planning process, Fairfax County Public Schools uses input from the community to develop the calendar for the following year. Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Watch your email for a feedback form, which will be shared with parents, staff, and middle and high school students.

Hooked by Leslie O'Shaughnessy

"Hooked" - Leslie O'Shaughnessy

14. College & Career Center News

Please see College & Career Events listed below. For more info and registration links, please visit the live Calendar. Newsletters, Scholarships, Enrichment Opportunities & more can be accessed in the Woodson College & Career Center Resources.

Week of November 7

PAST News, but still important

15. Attendance Procedures

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

16. Parent Volunteers Needed for Vision and Hearing Screenings

10th Grade Parents: Vision and Hearing screenings for 10th graders will happen during P.E. periods on Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th.

If you are interested in volunteering, please use this Sign-Up Genius or reach out to Amanda Yanchus, Public Health Nurse at ayanchus@fcps.edu. Training will be provided.

Alpacas with School Psychologists

National School Psychology Week is November 7th-11th

Thank you to Woodson's school psychologists Ryan Dickerson, Risha Lamba, Blakely Mulder (not pictured) and social worker Shannon Rousos! 

17. Class of 2023 News

Want to know all the important news and upcoming events for the Class of 2023? Visit the Senior Class News website for everything you need to know.

18. 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, Woodson HS Tech Support Team

19. 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)