Woodson Weekly - March 3rd

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
March 3rd

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

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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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International Night

International Night was a HUGE success! Congratulations to all!

Important Upcoming Dates

Saturday, March 11th - Fairfax County Teen Job Fair, 11am-1pm at West Springfield HS (see story #6)

Saturday, March 11th - FanQuest, 5:30-8:30pm, Main Gym (see story #5)

Tuesday, March 21st - Braddock and Springfield District Town Hall at Lake Braddock Secondary School (see story #11)

Wednesday, March 22nd - Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Ramadan (begins at sunset)

Thursday, March 23rd - Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Ramadan (continues through April 21st)

Monday, March 27th - Woodson Pyramid Art Show, 6-8pm in Cav Hall

Monday-Friday, April 3rd-7th - Spring Break, No School

Thursday, April 13th - 2 Hour Early Release, End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, April 14th - Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Orthodox Good Friday, Teacher Workday, No School for Students

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Message from Dr. Floyd

Dear Woodson Community:

Hello March! In only three months our seniors will be graduates!  As we progress through the spring, please help us help students to stay focused and safe. 

We have been discussing safety a lot in the school lately. What exactly does it mean to be safe? Physical safety, emotional safety, mental safety… all required for our students to succeed.  

Our staff and students are well versed in the physical safety practices but we struggle with some of the more emotional and mental safety pieces. Mental health first aid is coming up and it is one way to help students, staff and parents help one another feel mentally safe. There are still some slots for students to register

We celebrated International Night last Friday. It was a huge success! Thank you to everyone involved to make the event a safe space for students, staff, and families from many backgrounds to come celebrate our cultures.

At Woodson, we seek inclusion, we seek to understand and celebrate differences. There is no place for hate, racism, antisemitism or disrespect. Let us not require an event to remember this imperative need of safety for all in our community. Thank you to all who brought us “iNite” and let’s continue to pass the message forward.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Dr. Floyd

International Night Food Tasting

International Night

In this Issue

NEW News
1. AP Exam Conflicts
2. Student Parking Passes Sold Out for SY2023
3. New Senior Class News
4. FanQuest on March 11th
5. Mulch Sale
6. 2023 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs
7. All Virginia Band & Orchestra
8. Winds Ensemble Hosts Professor from The Julliard School
9. Regional Scholastic Writing Awards
10. 2023 National High School Treble Chorus
11. Braddock and Springfield District Town Hall
12. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
13. Attendance Procedures
14. Mental Health First Aid Training for Parents and Students
15. FCPS Approved Calendar for SY23-24
16. It's College Partnership Recruitment Season!
17. Strategic Plan Engagement Sessions for Students and the Community
18. Apply for Student Representative to the School Board
19. Summer Enrichment Opportunities
20. Tutor.com for Exam Prep
21. Order Your Cavalier Yearbook
22. Laptop Tech Support Hours 
23. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News

1. AP Exam Conflicts

Any student who has a conflict with the AP Exam schedule must complete a form to request late testing. The form is available in Student Services.

The completed form and payment (if required) is due to Mrs. Glover in Student Services no later than Friday, March 10th.

AP Exam dates can be found on the College Board website.

2. Student Parking Passes Sold Out for SY2023

Please note that student parking passes have sold out for the remainder of this school year.

Passes for SY2023-2024 will be available in late August.

3. New Senior Class News

There's a lot of new information on the Senior Class webpage - Final exam schedule, graduation rehearsal, senior awards ceremony, prom, and more!

Pyramid Art Show

Join us for the annual Woodson Pyramid Art Show on Monday, March 27th!

4. Mulch Sale

The annual Woodson Mulch Sale has arrived.  Freshen up your flower beds and support the Woodson High School Leadership and Sports Leadership Classes at the same time.  The Leadership Classes are once again offering high quality shredded hardwood mulch for purchase. 

Orders for 3-cubic foot bags of mulch must be received by Thursday, March 9th, for pick-up at Woodson or delivery to your home on Sunday, March 19th.  When placing an order for 10 or more bags, delivery is an option.  All mulch will be delivered on Sunday, March 19th, beginning at 8:30am. The proceeds benefit the Woodson Leadership and Sports Leadership Classes and support their activities. For more details or for an order form, please check out our web link. 

This year you can also order and pay on-line at MySchoolBucks.  Browse all items and select the Mulch Sale Fundraiser. 

Need more info?  Send an email to DJSchaefer@fcps.edu

5. FanQuest on March 11th!

Join us on Saturday, March 11th for FanQuest, our Special Olympics Unified Basketball Tournament at Woodson High School. Come out and watch Woodson’s Unified team play Robinson Secondary School!

5:30 pm—Doors open for a Tailgate

6:45 pm – Pregame Activities

7:00 pm—Opening Ceremony and Tipoff between the Woodson Unified Cavaliers and the Robinson Rams in the Red Jenkins Gymnasium.

Join us for a night of spirited fun, celebrating our Special Olympics athletes and peers!

At the tailgate before the game, there will be moon bounces, carnival games, and prizes! During the game, look for a variety of TV timeout games and performances including one by Woodson’s dance team!

The event is FREE! But, bring cash for the 50/50 Raffle, concessions (including Jake’s Ice Cream), and t-shirts.

It’s going to be Out of This World! Our galactic FanQuest shirts will be for sale for $10 the week leading up to the event during all school lunches and at FanQuest.

FanQuest Flier

6. 2023 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Series

High school students are invited to attend the 2023 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Series, which kicks off Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at West Springfield High School. Fairs will also be held Saturday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at South County High School and Saturday, March 25, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Chantilly High School. 

Each fair will feature employers offering part-time, full-time, seasonal, and volunteer positions. Students will also be able to attend career-building workshops like Resume Building and Interviewing 101. Most positions at the fair are geared toward students age 16+, but some opportunities for younger students may be available with parental consent. Visit the Teen Job Fair webpage to register.

7. All Virginia Band & Orchestra

The following students were selected to the HIGHLY competitive All-Virginia Band & Orchestra from our band and orchestra programs:

Kathryn Lang, Piccolo, 12th grade
Luke Sun, Oboe, 10th grade
Abbey Moran, E-flat Clarinet, 11th grade
Evan Chu, Clarinet, 12th grade
Jordan Hershaft, Clarinet, 11th grade
Grant Kahler, Alto Saxophone, 11th grade
Ian Wallace, Tuba, 12th grade
Jessica Yi, Violin, 12th grade
Nathan Kurland, Violin, 11th grade
Morgan Altier, Bass, 10th grade
Joseph Schechtel, Bass, 12th grade

8. Wind Ensemble Hosts Professor from The Julliard School

Guest Conductor for Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble hosted composer Wayne Oquin this past Wednesday afternoon for a rehearsal on his work, Tower Ascending.

The Wind Ensemble is preparing for their upcoming performance at the National Concert Band Festival the last weekend of March in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Oquin also collaborated with the AP Music Theory class on Tuesday. 

Dr. Oquin is a composer and music theory professor at The Juilliard School in New York. 

9. Regional Scholastic Writing Awards

FCPS student writers won awards in the 2023 Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition. 

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, is the largest, longest-running recognition program of its kind in the United States. Writing categories include critical essay, dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, novel writing, personal essay and memoir, poetry, science fiction and fantasy, short story, and writing portfolio. More information about the Scholastic Writing Awards is available online.  

Congratulations to these Woodson students who received Scholastic Writing Awards:

Miriam Fabrycky, Silver Key for short story, Seconded Nature
Srivaishnavi Kommireddy, Honorable Mention for personal essay & memoir, The Dinosaur
Michael Lee, Honorable Mention for short story, The Strange Encounters
Cassie Liu, Honorable Mention for poetry, Family for a Fire

10. 2023 National High School Treble Chorus

National SSAA Honor Choir

Three Woodson students were accepted by a very competitive audition process to the 2023 National HS Treble Chorus or SSAA (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2). 

Students have to be pre-screened by their directors before they can audition. They were then selected out of over 1500 applicants nationwide.

Congratulations to Annie Barata, Sarah Hymans, and Serena Mancuso (pictured above with Chorus Director Ms. Moir).

11. Braddock and Springfield District Town Hall

District Town Hall

Join Springfield District Representative Laura Jane Cohen, Braddock District Representative Megan McLaughlin, FCPS Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid, and Student Representative to the School Board Michele Togbe for a town hall. All Braddock and Springfield District parents/guardians, staff, students, and community members are welcome. We hope to see you there!

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2023, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Braddock Secondary School (Little Theater), 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA

*If American Sign Language or language interpretation is needed, please submit your request by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023.

12. College & Career Center News

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming events below. Newsletters, Scholarship & Enrichment Opportunities, Military Resources & more can be found in the Woodson College & Career Padlets.

  • Virtual Paying for College Presentations for 9 – 11 graders by College Access Fairfax on March 14 & 18
  • Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs on March 11, 18, & 25
  • FCPS Virtual Military Night on March 20
  • Northern Virginia Regional College Fair at George Mason University on April 4

Please access the live Calendar below for event information & registration links.

March 2023 College Visit Calendar

Environmental Club visit to Olde Creek ES

Environmental club students from Woodson HS partnered with green team students at Olde Creek ES to engage in a trash to art activity.

PAST News, but still important

13. Attendance Procedures

Please review Woodson's attendance procedures to ensure accurate reporting for your student.  

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

14. Mental Health First Aid Training for Parents and Students

Woodson is excited to announce the opportunity for parents and students to receive free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training.

This course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers and students how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge, or is in crisis.

The class is limited to 30 members. There will be a waitlist for any registrations over the limit.

Woodson Training Dates and Registration Links:

Parents: Tuesday, April 11th from 8am-4pm in Cav Hall - registration is FULL. Please email Jackie O'Brien at jtobrien1@fcps.edu to add your name to the wait list.

Students: must be able to attend all 3 sessions during Return periods: Wednesday, March 8th (1/3), Friday, March 10th (7/5), Thursday, March 16th (3/3)

Click here to register for the student training. (10 spots left)

MHFA 4 Reasons

15. FCPS Approved School Calendar for SY23-24

The Fairfax County School Board approved a calendar for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years at their February 9 meeting. Learn more about the approved calendar

The first day of the 2023-24 school year will be Monday, August 21, and the last day will be Wednesday, June 12.

Scholastic Art Award

Scholastic Gold Key drawing & illustration, "Getting To The Goal" by Catherine Han is featured in the Scholastic Art Award exhibit at Northern Virginia Community College's Ernst Community Cultural Center.

16. It is College Partnership Recruitment Season!

The College Partnership Program is designed to systematically mitigate the impact of barriers to access, opportunity, and attainment and supports students who are from populations that are historically underrepresented on college campuses including:

  • Due to illness, FCPS ACE/Career & Technical Education Info Session cancelled their visit on Monday, February 6th. We will reschedule and send out the new date.
  • Students who are the first in family to attend college in the U.S
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic, of one or more race
  • Students with disabilities
  • English language learners
  • Economically disadvantaged students

Students Meet Monthly to gain access to different college and career resources, speakers and tours. To apply please fill out this application by Friday, March 10th.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Jamie Korpacz (jlkorpacz@fcps.edu), Alaina Proffitt (aproffitt1@fcps.edu), and Lizzi Walter (ehwalter@fcps.edu) school counselors & CPP advocates.

17. Strategic Plan Engagement Sessions for Students and the Community

Strategic Plan: Make Your Students’ Voice Count! FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting virtual focus groups for secondary students in March:

Thursday, March 16th, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact strategicplan@fcps.edu.  

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.

18. Apply for Student Representative to the School Board

Each year, in accordance with FCPS Policy 1802, FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of the student representative to the School Board.  The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools. 

Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 are eligible to apply, and they do not need to be current members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC).

The application involves 2 components.  Both are required to be considered for the Election.

  • Written Applications are due March 17, 2023. 2023 Student Representative to the School Board
  • A thirty second candidate statement via Flip Video is due March 31, 2023. Candidates will be emailed a link to record their video on March 20, 2023.

The 2023 election will consist of two parts:

  • The first part of the Election is a virtual Primary Election held on April 17, 2023, using FCPS zoom. Candidates have the option to attend the Primary Election. Candidates will be notified by email regarding the Primary Election results.
  • The second part of the Election is a General Election held in person on April 19, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School. Candidates who advanced from the Primary Election are required to attend the General Election on April 19, 2023.

Additional information and details regarding both the Primary and General Elections will be shared with candidates.

19. Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Institute for the Arts

CTE Summer Enrichment

20. Tutor.com for Exam Prep

Did you know Tutor.com can help with more than just homework? This free, on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time, and if they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor through voice or chat options for help. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com website

21. 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.

Thank you for your support of the Woodson Yearbook! For any questions, please email Staci Vega at slvega@fcps.edu.

22. 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

23. 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)