Bulldog Breakdown 11/6 - 11/12

Good Evening Bulldog Families–

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

There is a lot going on this week from a calendar perspective. Student holidays are on both Tuesday, November 8, and Friday, November 11. Additionally, tomorrow marks the start of the Winter season, which means winter tryouts.  Please visit www.westfieldathletics.org, reach out to coaches, or visit the activities office with questions on specific information. Additionally, there is a playoff football game this week at Westfield. Please note that because it is a playoff game, student tickets are $5 and adults are $7, with no booster passes allowed.  

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


National Psychology Week Nov. 7-11

This week we celebrate the important work school psychologists do to help all students thrive. We would like to thank our awesome School Psychologists, Ms. Cara Ciccolella and Ms. Michelle Denny! These two individuals are incredible resources for our students. Please take the time to send thanks to Ms. Cicolella and Ms. Denny. You can learn more from the National Association of School Psychologists


Winter Tryouts

Winter Sports Tryouts Begin on Nov 7 for Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Swim & Dive and Girls Gymnastics.   

Track tryouts will start Nov 14.  

For more information go to www.westfieldathletics.com  

VHSL Physical VHSL Physical required. 

Registration required Registration Link

Please contact the Head Coach for more details




It’s time for the for the 2022 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School (SRGS)

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers the opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to apply to attend summer residential Governor’s schools in academics and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Students who are accepted into one of the programs will live in residence halls in one of the state colleges in VA for four weeks in the June - late July timeframe. To learn more about SRGS opportunities and the application process, visit the VDOE website and view the promotional video

 To be considered for an academic or VPA Governor’s school, students must complete the steps below.

  1. Complete the interest form linked below for either Academics or VPA. The form is a required part of the application process and is due November 11th. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. When completing the form, enter a personal email address and do NOT use an fcpsschools.net email address. VDOE cannot send communications to the fcpsschools.net domain.

Academic Interest form

Visual and Performing Arts Interest form

  1. Attend our school interest meeting which will take place on November 1st, 2022 in the Cafeteria from 10:30 to 11:15. Attendance at the meeting is optional but strongly encouraged.                                                       See Ms. Leone in F222 or Mr. Franklin in Room F 112 for a pass to attend.

Complete the application for the specific program you wish to apply to and return to your school counselor who is supervising the Governor’s School application process.

  1. Academic applications are due to the school on December 6, 2022


Westfield Apparel

Are you interested in some Bulldog apparel? Check out our online store! https://westfieldhighschoolfall2022.itemorder.com/shop/home/  


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


Tech Updates

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


Monday, 11/7

Winter Tryouts begin

(Winter Track begins, 11/14)

Please visit www.westfieldathletics.org or reach out to coaches for specific info 

Tuesday, 11/8

Election Day

No School for Students

Wednesday, 11/9

PTSA Meeting

In-person and Virtual

Schoology Page Link

Friday, 11/11

Varsity Football

Vs. Herndon

7:00pm @ Westfield HS




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.


Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website


Why Does FCPS Need a New Strategic Plan?

By now, you may have heard that FCPS is developing a new Strategic Plan. Here are some reasons why the school division is engaging in this important work. 

Our last strategic plan was developed in 2015. Since then, we experienced a pandemic that changed the way we think, a shift in technology that has seen eight new versions of the iPhone, and plans developed for the first manned mission to Mars. 

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage


How FCPS Develops Its School Year 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.


Want to Work for FCPS? Subs, Monitors, and Others Needed! 

FCPS will hold a virtual job fair on November 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. FCPS is seeking those interested in positions as substitute teachers, substitute instructional assistants, student monitors, instructional assistants, public health attendants (PHAs), and public health training assistants (PHTAs) positions. Learn more and register to attend or view current job openings. 


$3,000 Signing Bonus for Bus Drivers

Job fairs will be held for those interested in becoming bus drivers for FCPS on Friday, November 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stonecroft Transportation Center and Wednesday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lorton Center. Click on the links to learn more, call 571-423-3000, or email driveforfcps@fcps.edu

Sub and Save the Day! Bonus Opportunities! 

FCPS is always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference. 

FCPS has started offering bonuses for substitutes who are available to teach on high volume days. Additionally, substitutes who work more, will earn extra bonuses when they reach 50, 100, or 150 days worked in a school year.   

Substitute Teacher and Substitute Instructional Assistant information sessions are held virtually on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Candidates will receive an email link to the virtual information session the Monday before the session. Sign up for an information session