Woodson Weekly - April 14th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
April 14th

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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Model UN Club

Woodson's Model UN team standing in front of Duke University. The team was awarded Outstanding Small Delegation!

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 17th-Friday, April 21st - Month of the Military Child Spirit Week (see graphic below for themes)

Thursday, April 20th - Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Eid al Fitr (begins at sundown)

Friday, April 21st - School Holiday; Religious and Cultural Observance Day - Eid al Fitr

Monday, April 24th - FCPS Division Wide Community Meeting on the Dangers of Fentanyl; 6:30-8pm at Woodson HS Auditorium (see #6)

May 5th through 14th - WTW Drama Presents Little Shop of Horrors (see #8)

Monday, May 29th - School Holiday; Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 6th - Graduation for the Class of 2023, 7:30pm EagleBank Arena; Underclass students dismiss at 10:30am

Friday, June 16th - Last Day of School; Early Release

The complete FCPS 2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

Month of the Military Child

Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Families,

Well, we did it!  We reached the end of the 3rd quarter. 

Yesterday's presentations around real life Portrait of a Graduate skills demonstrated for students what is expected in life after high school. We are grateful to all our presenters. Over 50 staff, parents and community members came together to share how they are Communicators, Collaborators, Ethical and Global Citizens, Creative and Critical Thinkers, and Goal–Directed and Resilient Individuals in their employment. Students then reflected on their current work in high school and what they have done this year to enhance these skills. 

Next week begins the fourth quarter. I am hearing a lot about “senior skip days.” Parents, please know there are no sanctioned “senior skip days.” Our students are quite good at convincing parents that these exist. 

As we roll into testing season, we have a procedure for the AP test days. The time period of the exam is automatically excused. Often parents choose to excuse their child either the morning before an afternoon test or the afternoon after a morning test as these tests are rigorous. To do so, AP teachers have copies of the form for families to complete. This form is also available in the Attendance Office and Student Services. It is imperative we receive these forms back by the 3pm on Tuesday, April 18th. In order to ensure accurate attendance on these days, we need to enter the absences in advance. The volume will exceed our abilities on those exam days if everyone waits until the day of the exam. I appreciate families working with us to ensure accurate attendance for AP exam days. 

I hope everyone enjoys this lovely spring weekend,

Dr. Floyd

Career Day

Scenes from Woodson's POG Day!

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Course Requests for 2023-2024
2. CavHack
3. Spring SOL Testing
4. Spring 2023 Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
5. April is Month of the Military Child
6. FCPS Division Wide Community Meeting on the Dangers of Fentanyl
7. Woodson 5K
8. WTW Drama Presents - Little Shop of Horrors
9. Class of 2023 Events
10. Volunteers Needed for All Night Grad Party (Cav Cruise) 
11. Woodson Senior Wins Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award
12. No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for Students
13. Woodson Sports Physical Night - Wednesday, June 14th
14. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
15. Attendance Procedures
16. Tutor.com for Exam Prep
17. Order Your Cavalier Yearbook
18. Laptop Tech Support Hours 
19. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News

1. Course Requests for 2023-2024

All students have had an opportunity to complete academic advising for the 2023-2024 school year. Staffing for next year’s courses is dependent on student course selections. 

To ensure that we have accurate course enrollment numbers, we have mailed home a copy of your child’s course requests for next year. Courses listed are as of April 1st, as March 31st was the deadline to request any changes for next year. Please review the course requests selected carefully, and contact your child’s counselor ASAP if there are any errors. Course requests can always be viewed online in SIS ParentVUE or StudentVUE (click “Course Request” on the menu on the left hand side). 

If there are no errors on your child’s course request list then you do not need to contact the counselor. If your child applied for an Academy class, he/she should have received an email from the Academy to their FCPSschools account notifying them of whether they were accepted or not. If accepted, the academy class will be added to your child’s course request list in the coming days (but may not be reflected on the list that was mailed home). If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor.

2. CavHack 2023


CavHack is Woodson High School’s very own hackathon hosted by the Woodson Cybersecurity and Robotics 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

At this event, over 200 high school students from Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern VA come together to build mobile applications, websites, electronic devices, and more to address this year's theme, Climate Change. This theme will be incorporated into our workshops and events, and students will also be encouraged to orient their projects to address this problem.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 16th from 8-11am in Cav Hall. Registration is required at https://cavhack.org.

3. Spring 2023 SOL Testing

SOL Season – Laptops and Personal Electronic Devices

Students are required to use FCPS-issued laptops for SOL testing. Students are responsible for making sure their software is up to date and their keyboards, screens, etc. are in good working order. All repairs must be completed by Tuesday, April 25th. For Tech Support information, see story #18.

Also, we want to remind families that students may not have access to their electronic personal devices of any kind (phones, watches, etc.) in the SOL testing environment, except in the case of a documented medical need.  Please be aware that any personal devices carried into the testing environment will be subject to the school’s established procedures for addressing this as a test security concern. 

The SOL Testing Dates are:

Wednesday, April 26th - Reading
Thursday, April 27th - Chemistry, Geosystems
Friday, April 28th - World History 2 & VAUS History
Monday, May 15th - Biology
Tuesday, May 16th - Algebra I & Algebra 2
Wednesday, May 17th – Geometry

Darren Haynes at Career Day

Darren Haynes, eleven-time Emmy Award-winning Sports Anchor at WUSA9 spoke with students at POG Day.

4. Spring 2023 Advanced Placement (AP) Testing

AP exams are administered May 1 - May 12, 2023. With parent/guardian permission, Woodson students are allowed to be released early following a morning AP exam and arrive late before their scheduled afternoon AP exam. All pre-arranged absence forms (no phone calls accepted) are due to Mrs. Little in the attendance office by April 18th. Please keep in mind that all classes will continue with instruction during AP testing, and that students are responsible for all assignments from each class. AP Excused Absence Forms are available in Student Services and the Attendance Office.

AP Testing begins Monday, May 1st. Students should report to Cafeteria B for morning exams no later than 7:45AM. Students should report for afternoon exams no later than 11:45AM to the Auditorium Lobby or Cav Hall. Students taking afternoon exams will not finish testing until 4:00PM. Please plan your transportation accommodations accordingly.

Only students with Woodson Parking Permits may park in school lots for AP testing.

Students may NOT bring backpacks, cell phones, smartwatches, etc. to AP testing rooms. Students must make arrangements to leave these items at home or in cars or lockers. Teachers and administrators are not responsible for student belongings.

5. April Is Month of the Military Child

Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. FCPS is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. 

To show our support for all military-connected families, we are inviting all FCPS employees, students, families, and community members participate in a spirit week. The themes are in the graphic above. On Wednesday, April 19th, we encourage everyone to “Purple Up!” for military children. Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force blue.

Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.
Sign up for the Military Families newsletter.

6. FCPS Division Wide Community Meeting on the Dangers of Fentanyl

One Pill Can Kill

Last month, the division hosted a conversation on the dangers of fentanyl. During this impactful event, audience members heard testimonials from individuals affected by the opioid epidemic and learned facts from medical experts and law enforcement representatives. 

The conversation will continue on Monday, April 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Woodson High School. Transportation will be available from select schools throughout the county. View the registration page for details. 

Visit our Opioid Awareness webpage for more information. Visit the Fairfax County Government webpage on opioids for information on how you can take action and how to get help for yourself or loved ones.

7. Woodson 5K

It’s time to register for the 13th Annual Woodson 5k Community Walk/Run on Saturday, April 29th at 8:30am at Woodson HS.  All proceeds benefit Venicos Unidos which is an organization dedicated to providing children with safe and engaging after-school activities and helping students overcome academic achievement gaps.

Members of the Woodson Community can register for $30 through on-line or mail-in registration forms before Friday, April 14th. The price increases to $40 after April 14th. 

Woodson students and staff can register for just $20 – only through MySchoolBucks.

Registration will take place up until race time. The event begins and ends outside of entrance #1. Every participant receives a Woodson 5K shirt.

If you want to mail the registration form directly to Woodson, use the form located on Schoology.

Register on-line  Register on MySchoolbucks 
Questions? Email djschaefer@fcps.edu.

8. WTW Drama Presents - Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Based on a 1960 black comedy film, the Little Shop of Horrors musical centers on a hapless flower shop worker, Seymour, and his new exotic plant that happens to have a...particular diet. The mere presence of the plant in the window quickly brings traffic to the small shop, and the owner, Mushnik, promotes Seymour because of it. Seymour even finally catches the interest of Audrey, his coworker who's been stuck in a relationship with a sadistic dentist, Orin. All, it seems, because of the plant. But the plant's appetite continues to grow and grow. And it demands MORE! Surely this Faustian thing will stay in its pot and not cause trouble as long as Seymour keeps it happy, right?

This dark rock musical grabbed audiences in the 80’s and now it’s back at Woodson and bigger than ever!

Friday, May 5th at 7pm
Saturday, May 6th at 2pm and 7pm
Friday, May 12th at 7pm
Sunday, May 14th at 7pm

Get your tickets at wtwdrama.org and be on the look out for a special student discount code.

Hamrock Family Tennis

Woodson senior Katie Hamrock with her mom, Woodson girls tennis head coach Susie Hamrock, and grandmother, Pat Gleason who coaches tennis at Fairfax HS.

9. Class of 2023 Events

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming events below. We are looking forward to celebrating our Class of 2023!

Celebrate Your Plan Day will be on Monday, May 15th during all lunches (11:20 am - 1:20 pm) in the Auditorium Lobby. What is your plan after High School? Employment, College, Trade School, Military Service, Gap Year...? We want to celebrate you and all of the different post-secondary plans! Celebrate Your Plan Day (formerly known as Balloon Day) has been a Woodson tradition for many years. Seniors will post paper balloons, with their plans written on them, on the windows in the Auditorium Lobby where they will be on display until after graduation. We’ll also have some treats available for seniors as well. We can’t wait to celebrate our seniors!!!

Grad Walks at WTW Pyramid ES

Seniors!! Save the date to visit your former elementary school and share your graduation with students and staff! Meet in the lobby of your elementary school dressed in your cap and gown on the following dates and times:

Little Run- Thursday, June 1st 2:30pm
Fairfax Villa - Friday, June 2nd at 3pm
Olde Creek-Friday, June 2nd 2:30pm
Oak View – Monday, June 5th at 10:30am
Canterbury Woods - Monday, June 5th at 2:30pm
Mantua – Monday, June 5th 2:30pm
Wakefield Forest – June 5th 2:30pm

The Senior Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 2, 2023, 9:45 – 11:15 am in the Woodson Auditorium. We look forward to further celebrating our Class of 2023 by recognizing their academic achievements, U.S. Service Academy appointments and ROTC scholarships, military enlistments, as well as our Woodson faculty and leadership awards. Seniors who report receipt of a scholarship will have their name and scholarship (but not the amount) listed on a rolling slide and in our printed program. To report a scholarship, seniors should complete this survey. The survey closes on May 24, and can only be access by students, who must use their fcpsschools.net account to access it.

We ask that Seniors only report scholarships that they are actually using…not every scholarship they may have earned in total. Personal invitations will go out no later than May 24th to students who are receiving an award at the ceremony. All seniors, regardless of whether they are receiving an award or not, are invited to join us to celebrate their classmates. Dress code for the ceremony is business casual.

Please email our College & Career Specialist, Christine Lieb-Mosley, at cliebmosley@fcps.edu or our Director of Student Services, Josh Peters, at fjpeters@fcps.edu if you have any questions about the awards ceremony. 

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

10. Volunteers Needed for All Night Grad Party (Cav Cruise)

We need all hands on deck to volunteer at the Class of 2023 All Night Grad Party (Cav Cruise)!  The Cav Cruise All Night Grad Party Committee is planning a fun-filled celebration for the Graduates of the Class of 2023 on Tuesday, June 6th at The St. James, and we need over 200 volunteers to make this event a success.  Sign up to volunteer.

Questions? Send an email to woodsoncavcruise@gmail.com

11. Woodson Senior Wins Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award

Ian Wallace - Eagle Scout Award

Each year, the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) sponsors council, regional and national level recognition of the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. This year, Woodson senior Ian Wallace of Troop 1523 was chosen as the NCAC receipient. Ian’s interest in technology, coding, and computers inspired him to teach students how to assemble PCs. For his project he reached out to his community and posted ads in the local paper for donations of computer hardware, then cleaned and made fixes to all the donated computers and took out the hard drives to be used in desktops. Ian then taught students at Annandale High School how to install the Motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive, graphics card, power supply, and fans for each computer.

His project was one of  111 council winners nationwide submitted to be reviewed at the National Service Territory (NST) level. He is now one of 16 NST winners being reviewed for national recognition and the winner will be announced in May. Congratulations Ian and thank you for your service to your community and in Scouting!


Congratulations to Ella Derrick, Rushil Punukollu, Ben Hays, and Rachel Xu (not pictured). They earned an invitation to the US National Junior Olympic Rifle Championship this week at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

12. No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for Students

FCPS has partnered with Hazel Health to begin offering virtual mental health services to high school students via live video sessions. Starting Monday, April 10, parents/caregivers who have been struggling to find a therapist for their child or who notice changes in their child’s behavior will be able to connect them virtually with a licensed therapist. 

The first step for parents is to provide information through an opt-in form. 

Teletherapy Services Opt-In Process

1 - Opt-In via SIS ParentVUEParents can Opt-In their children via SIS ParentVUE: 

  • Click on Student Info 
  • Click on Edit Information
  • Click on the dropdown arrow, choose “Yes” to Opt-In
  • Click Save Changes

2 - Opt-In via Submitting an Opt-In Form to the School

For more details, visit FCPS’ Teletherapy webpage.

Teletherapy Services Flier

13. Woodson Sports Physical Night - Wednesday, June 14th

Woodson Athletic Trainers

Every year, the Woodson Athletic Training Program hosts a Sports Physical Night. The goal of Sports Physical Night is to provide a complete pre-participation examination screening that will leave student athletes with a valid VHSL physical for the entirety of the following school year. Each year, it is required that all student athletes have a completed VHSL physical on file before participating in sports. The price will be $50 as it has been in previous years. Hosting this event is our Athletic Training Program’s ONLY fundraiser for the year as we DO NOT receive any funding from the county. ALL proceeds go towards helping the program purchase supplies. Without your support we would not be able to provide the services we do for our student-athletes.   If you are interested, please sign up for an appointment slot here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScs8hBk23Yzk2lLtrWJKsjnvxp5JOsqFZB2hRHXZn2DgFAXiw/viewform As always, if you cannot make the it to our night on the 14th, but still want to support FCPS, feel free to sign up for another school's event! Every school will host (or co-host) their own night. (We promise we won't be mad).

Want to Volunteer??

We are always looking for physicians and HCP's to complete the actual physical exams (MD, DO, NP, PA) as well other HCP’s comfortable with taking vital signs. If you are willing and able to donate your time, it is greatly appreciated. You can sign up here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchhtD-JMJkvWWYDIjYNuhNf6AYBmVUaq2sSSCbLNGb-JXkSg/viewform  

If you can’t make it, but you know of some others that would be able to assist us, please feel free to spread the word and sign up sheet! If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out to Chris Hogge, ATC at chogge@fcps.edu .

14. 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.

  • Attention Class of 2023:
    • NOVA Application Session on April 17
    • NOVA Field Trip on April 24
    • Celebrate Your Plan Day on May 15
    • Senior Award Ceremony on June 2
  • Junior Focus Day for the Class of 2024 on May 18

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

end of April calendar

PAST News, but still important

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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.

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)