Woodson Weekly - November 11th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
November 11th

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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Cav Congress

Students participated in Cav Congress this week.

Important Upcoming Dates

Thursday, November 17th - Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminar (see #3)

Friday, November 18th - PowerPuff Football Games and Bonfire (see #4)

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

Wednesday-Thursday, November 30th-December 1st - Holiday Tunes for Tots at 10am

Thursday, December 8th - Religious and Cultural Observance - Bodhi Day

Monday, December 19th - Monday, January 2nd - Winter Break Holidays

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Dr. Floyd

Hello Woodson Community,

This odd week started off with a fantastic rebirth of Cav Congress on Monday during 3rd period. Continuing important yet non-essential activities fell out of consistency during COVID, but this week we brought back a student favorite in Cav Congress. 

As the name suggests, we invite representatives from each club, activity, program and sport to share their voice and participate in problem solving sessions throughout the year. What do the kids want to change or fix at Woodson? What do they love and want to keep and what do they need more explanation of why we do what we do. 

Kudos to Ms. Rotella and Mr. Smith for rejuvenating this program. We look forward to the next session. 

Another program rebuilt this year is our Parent Advisory Council. Last week parents joined administrators to review portions of the Family Engagement Survey.  Input and suggestions will be shared out over the next month or so.  I want to express a huge thank you to those who engaged in this important work and we look forward to the January conversation!

Thank you to our PTSO for sponsoring staff lunch for our School Planning Day today. We are so grateful for this partnership and our staff thoroughly enjoyed this treat.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come see the play One Man, Two Guvnors tonight and tomorrow at 7pm, and Saturday at 2pm. And good luck to our Cross Country runners at the state competition tomorrow. 

Thank you to our active and retired military staff and families on this Veteran’s day. Your service to our country is valued and appreciated.

Have a great weekend,

Dr. Floyd

Thank you Veterans

In this Issue

NEW News
1. 1st Quarter Report Cards Distributed
2. Last Weekend for Woodson Drama Fall Play
3. Parents for Safe Teen Driving Seminars
4. PowerPuff Games and Bonfire Next Friday
5. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week
6. Underclass Makeup and Retake Photo Images
7. Order Your Cavalier Yearbook
8. Help Us Thank Woodson Teachers and Staff
9. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
10. Attendance Procedures
11. How does FCPS Create the School Calendar
12. Tutor.com
13. Class of 2023 News
14. Laptop Tech Support Hours
15. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News

1. 1st Quarter Report Cards Distributed

Report cards for 1st Quarter were distributed to students during 7th period on Thursday, November 10th. 

If your student has an off-campus waiver or Academy class for 7th period, their report card is in the Student Services office for pickup.

2. Last Weekend for Woodson Drama Fall Play

Tonight and tomorrow are the last performances of 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

3. 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

Social Media Day for GBB

Winter sports teams are preparing for their new seasons! Girls Basketball kicked it off with a social media day today!

4. PowerPuff Games and Bonfire Next Friday

Woodson's annual PowerPuff Football game (Turkey Bowl edition) will take place on Friday, November 18th at the Football Stadium. 

Come cheer for your favorite class or player in this traditional game

Freshmen v. Sophomores 6:00PM
Juniors v. Seniors 7:15PM 

Tickets:  $5; Students get in free with their Woodson ID

The Winter Bonfire will take place immediately following last PowderPuff game.

5. Attendance for Thanksgiving Week

If you know your child will be missing full or partial days of school the week of November 21st, please call the attendance line to let us know now

The attendance line is 703-503-4800 or WoodsonHigh.Attendance@fcps.edu.

6. Underclass Makeup and Retake Photo Images

It is not too late to order Underclass pictures! All underclass students that have taken their picture (on the original picture day or on picture make up day) can access their pictures by using the portal below and entering the requested information.

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc and use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: underclass@vosphoto.com.

Tunes for Tots

7. Order Your Cavalier Yearbook

Purchasing a Yearbook:

Don't miss out - reserve your student's copy of the yearbook today! We print a limited quantity of yearbooks every year and we WILL sell out. 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!

Parents of Seniors: 

Senior Photos – If your senior does not have their photo taken in a senior portrait session, their portrait will not appear in the yearbook! Upcoming dates are November 14/15 and December 1 from 3-8pm. To sign up visit: https://pickatime.com/vosphoto/Woodson2023.

Baby Ads: Celebrate your senior with a baby ad in the yearbook! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and type in Woodson’s code – 5278. Select the option to “Start your Ad” and create your own ad celebrating your 2023 grad. 

Thank you for your support of the Woodson Yearbook!

For any questions, please email Staci Vega at slvega@fcps.edu.

8. Help Us Thank Woodson Teachers and Staff

The PTSO invites all Woodson families to celebrate and recognize our wonderful teachers and staff this holiday season.

High School isn’t the same as elementary school where we had organized gift-giving and room parents. Please take time throughout the school year, and especially now in the holiday season, to recognize and thank the educators and support professionals that work with our children. Simple notes of appreciation, emails of gratitude and letters in support of teachers, counselors, principal, and/or support staff have enormous, meaningful impact.

Additionally, Woodson PTSO is collecting gift cards to raffle at the Annual Holiday Party for the Teachers and Staff on Monday, December 12th.  Parents, families and students are invited to donate gift cards; please send donated gift cards to the front office in an envelope addressed to “Attn: Celeste Jones, Holiday Party Raffle Prizes.”

We kindly ask that we receive all donations by Wednesday, December 7th.  Please contact Celeste Jones at cbjones@fcps.edu for more information.

Sunrise over Woodson

A beautiful sunrise over Woodson's grounds.

9. 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.

Attention Class of 2023:

  • Today is the last day to sign up for our University of Mary Washington Onsite Admissions at Woodson HS on November 18th. Please click on the event in the calendar to register.
  • NOVA is visiting on Thursday, November 17th at 2:15 pm in the Career Center. Please sign up in Naviance.
College and Career Center

PAST News, but still important

10. 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

11. 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.

Cav Congress

Students share their ideas during Cav Congress.

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. 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.

14. 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

15. 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)