Woodson Weekly - April 21st

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
April 21st

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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Students enjoyed time with alpacas, bunnies, and goats to kick off the 4th quarter.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, April 24th - New Event: Fentanyl and Other Drugs in FCPS - A Community Conversation with Free REVIVE! Narcan Training; 6:30-8pm at Woodson HS Auditorium (see #1)

Wednesday, April 26th through Wednesday, May 17th - SOL Testing (see #6)

Monday, May 1st - Senior Sunset (see #9)

Monday, May 1st through Friday, May 12th - AP Testing (see #7)

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

Saturday, May 13th - Senior Prom (see #9)

Monday, May 15th - Celebrate Your Plan Day (see #9)

Thursday, May 18th - Junior Focus Day during 1st period and Learning Seminar

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 Donut Day

The PTSO provided Duck Donuts for our military connected students to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. Woodson Ambassadors helped welcome military students to the event.

Message from Dr. Floyd

Good afternoon Woodson Families,

We loved honoring our military students and their families with a spirit week this week. We are so grateful for the sacrifices you all make as a family for our country.

There is a lot of information in today's Woodson Weekly and I want to highlight a few of them for you.

  • SOL Testing begins Wednesday, April 26th. See story #6.
  • AP Testing begins Monday, May 1st. See story #7.
  • Course Requests for the 2023-2024 school year were mailed home. Please review these carefully and contact your students' counselor if you notice any errors. 
  • Senior Events are coming up fast! Senior sunset, Celebrate Your Plan Day, Senior Prom, and more. For all the details, see story #9.

Finally, a huge congratulations to Woodson sophomore Rida Karim! She was elected by the countywide Student Advisory Council (SAC) to serve a one-year term as student representative to the Fairfax County School Board, beginning July 1, 2023. She will be the 53rd student representative to the School Board. This is a huge honor and we are so proud of her.

I hope you can enjoy some time outside this weekend now that the weather is getting sunnier and warmer

Dr. Floyd

Rida Karim - School Board Student Rep

In this Issue

NEW News
1. New Event: Fentanyl and Other Drugs in FCPS - A Community Conversation with Free REVIVE! Narcan Training
2. SIS Availability
3. Register for the Special Education Conference
4. Woodson 5K on April 29th
5. Virginia State Fair
6. Spring SOL Testing
7. Spring 2023 Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
8. WTW Drama Presents - Little Shop of Horrors
9. Class of 2023 Events
10. Volunteers Needed for All Night Grad Party (Cav Cruise) 
11. FCPS Feedback Opportunities
12. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
13. Attendance Procedures
14. No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for Students
15. Woodson Sports Physical Night - Wednesday, June 14th
16. Tutor.com for Exam Prep
17. Order Your Cavalier Yearbook
18. Laptop Tech Support Hours 
19. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News

1. New Event: Fentanyl and Other Drugs in FCPS - A Community Conversation with Free REVIVE! Narcan Training

One Pill Can Kill

Last month, FCPS hosted a conversation on the dangers of fentanyl. Most fatal overdoses in Fairfax County in recent years involved fentanyl.

FCPS will hold a second event with new information focused on the opioid crisis in Fairfax County Public Schools. The conversation will continue on Monday, April 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Woodson High School. Families and students will learn how, as a community, we can partner to reduce the impact of these harmful—and often deadly—drugs. All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

Childcare will be available. Transportation will also 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 get help for yourself or loved ones.

2. SIS Availability

During third quarter grading and report card generation the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Thursday, Apr. 13, at 4 p.m. until Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 6 a.m.

CBI at Mosaic

Zach Claridge and JP Henley enjoyed the weather while on CBI (Community Based Instruction) at Mosaic. They went to Target and Chipotle to practice making purchases and social interactions in the community.

3. Register for the Special Education Conference

The 18th annual FCPS Special Education Conference will take place on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Registration is now open for this virtual event. Watch this short video for information about guest speakers and other important details. Registrants who would like language assistance may contact FCPS' Parent Information Phone Lines.

4. Woodson 5K on April 29th

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.

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.

5. Virginia State Science Fair

Three Woodson students placed at the Virginia State Science Fair.

Congratulations to Benjamin Hawkins for winning first place for his project, "The Impact of Insect Repellent on the Effectiveness of Sunscreen."

Congratulations also to second place winners, Andrew Kim and Joseph Tso for their project, "Centralized Urban Microhubs: A Solution for Efficient Food Delivery?"

For more details, view the FCPS Press Release with full results at the Virginia State Science Fair.

Science Fair students

Dr. Floyd, Joseph TsoAndrew Kim, and FCPS Chief Academic Officer Dr. Presidio at the Regional Science Fair.

6. 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

Students petting bunnies

Students enjoyed time with alpacas, bunnies, and goats to kick off the 4th quarter.

7. Spring 2023 Advanced Placement (AP) Testing

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.

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.

Hey Day Club Table

Students and faculty enjoyed the Woodson tradition Hey Day with a pep rally and clubs fundraising for their missions.

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

For our military dependent graduating seniors!!

We know it may not be possible for you to visit your former elementary school. Maybe you have moved once, maybe more than 12 times! We see you.  We want to honor you. We will have a Grad Walk at Woodson TBD.

Military-Connected Students

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!

Senior Sunset

Senior Prom

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. FCPS Feedback Opportunities

Proposed Updates to the SR&R

FCPS is in the process of updating the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document for the 2023-24 School Year. The SR&R provides clear expectations for student behavior, responses to that behavior, and support that may be needed. Parents and caregivers, if you haven’t already provided feedback on the proposed changes to the SR&R, please do so by 8 p.m. Friday, April 21. To access the survey, please check your email for a message from Fairfax County Public Schools dated April 18.


FCPS received Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Funding beginning in the fall of 2021. The funds are being used to support the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students.

FCPS is seeking feedback on how well the school division is responding to the ESSER III focus areas including:

  • Ensuring continuity of learning services and addressing students’ academic needs.
  • Maintaining the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff.
  • Addressing student wellness including their social, emotional, mental health, and other needs.

Please provide your feedback on this form. Your response will inform the School Board and FCPS staff on the community’s view of our work. 

Watch the video above and read this story about how ESSER funds recently helped Timber Lane Elementary School celebrate a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Day. 

The School Board will hear public comment on FCPS’ ESSER III in-person instruction and continuity of services plan on Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m., at Jackson Middle School. Register to speak.

Spring 2023 ESSER/Return to School Survey

Student and family feedback is critical to our understanding of the successes and challenges of teaching and learning this year. Please check your email for a survey link from Fairfax County Public Schools, which was sent on April 17. The survey asks questions about satisfaction with teaching and learning, perceptions of support for learning, and how things are going this school year.

This data collection effort is part of FCPS’ ongoing study of what is working and what needs improvement following the pandemic. Information gathered will be used along with other data to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. The survey will close on Monday, May 1.

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. Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

  • Attention Class of 2023:
    • Celebrate Your Plan Day on May 15
    • Senior Award Ceremony on June 2
  • Junior Focus Day for the Class of 2024 on May 18 during 1st & 3rd period. Please visit the Junior Focus Day Padlet to view the agenda and the breakout sessions.

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

College and Career Center Calendar

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. 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

15. 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 .

Math Teachers getting Pie'd

Students enjoyed "pie-ing" their math teachers during Hey Day!

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)