Woodson Weekly - April 28th

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
April 28th

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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Army Chorus visits Chorus

Members from Pershing's Own Army Chorus worked with Woodson's and Frost's tenors and basses this week.

Important Upcoming Dates

Saturday, April 29th - Woodson 5K (see #2)

through Wednesday, May 17th - SOL Testing (see #10)

Monday, May 1st - Senior Sunset (see #5)

Monday, May 1st through Friday, May 12th - AP Testing (see #4)

May 5th through 14th - WTW Drama Presents Little Shop of Horrors (see #7)

Saturday, May 6th - Peach Pit Boys Volleyball Game

Saturday, May 13th - Senior Prom (see #8)

Monday, May 15th - Celebrate Your Plan Day (see #14)

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

National Academic Bowl

Woodson’s Deaf Academic Bowl Team placed 4th at Nationals last weekend! The all sophomore team of Karine Jelalian, Sonan Sahgal, and Maggie Smallwood are pictured with coaches Julie Clinch and Shan Pillai, Gallaudet University president, Roberta "Bobbi" Cordano and youth programs specialist Casey Johnson-Pasqua.

In this Issue

NEW News
1. Report Cards Distributed
2. Woodson 5K on April 29th
3. Register for the Special Education Conference
4. Spring 2023 Advanced Placement (AP) Testing
5. Senior Sunset - Monday, May 1st
6. No Morning Attendance Calls
7. WTW Drama Presents - Little Shop of Horrors
8. Senior Prom Tickets and Guest Form
9. Junior Focus Day - May 18th
10. Counselor's Corner
11. Spring SOL Testing
12. Underclass Students - Will You Be returning to Woodson Next Year?
13. College & Career Center News

PAST News, but still important 
14. Attendance Procedures
15. Class of 2023 Events
16. Volunteers Needed for All Night Grad Party (Cav Cruise)
17. No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for Students
18. Woodson Sports Physical Night - Wednesday, June 14th
19. Tutor.com for Exam Prep
20. Order Your Cavalier Yearbook
21. Laptop Tech Support Hours 
22. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News

1. Report Cards Distributed

Report cards for 3rd Quarter were distributed to students during 7th period on Friday, April 28th. 

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. 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.

Filler-Corn XC Recognition

Virginia Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn visited Woodson to present the Boys Cross Country team with a resolution for winning the state championship.

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. 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.

5. Senior Sunset - Monday, May 1st

Senior Sunset


Bring your student ID on Monday, May 1st to the Girls & Boys Soccer Senior Night to get free ice cream provided by PTSO.

6. No Morning Attendance Calls

In order to accommodate the expanded student testing windows for SOLs and AP tests, morning attendance calls, texts, and e-mails will be suspended during the AP and SOL testing windows for middle and high schools only. Evening attendance notification will continue as normally scheduled.

Morning attendance notifications will be suspended from May 1st through June 2nd.

Additionally, all attendance notifications will be suspended for elementary, middle, and high on the last day of school.

7. 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.

8. Senior Prom Tickets and Guest Form

Senior Prom

The Woodson Senior Prom, Enchanted Forest, will be held on Saturday, May 13th at Westwood Country Club (800 Maple Ave E, Vienna).

Prom tickets will be sold during all lunches Monday, May 1st through Friday, May 12th and at Senior Sunset. Tickets are $75 each. Students can purchase tickets with debit or credit cards, cash, or check (made to Woodson HS).

All student financial obligations must be met before a student is able to purchase their ticket or a ticket is purchased for them, including parking tickets, library fees, senior dues, course fees and tech fees.

If you plan to bring a guest to prom who is not a Woodson student, please complete the Prom Guest Application and turn it in to your administrator by Wednesday, May 10th for approval.

Prom Guest Applications must be approved before a ticket can be purchased for the guest. Forms may be picked up from the main office.

9. Junior Focus Day - May 18th

Please mark your calendar for Woodson’s first Junior Focus Day on May 18th during 1st & 3rd period. During this “in-house field trip,” Juniors will have the opportunity to attend various breakout sessions to explore postsecondary options and also learn about the college application and admissions process.

All Juniors will meet in the Auditorium at 8:10am for a presentation from Student Services as well as an opening keynote from a guest speaker. At 8:45am, Juniors will proceed to the first of three breakout sessions. Junior Focus Day will run through all of 1st and 3rd periods, and conclude at 11:15am when 5th period begins.

Please visit the Junior Focus Day Padlet to view the agenda and a list of the breakout sessions.

10. Counselor’s Corner

Counselors have been busy supporting seniors with their post-secondary plans while working with all students to finish the year off on a positive note!

Senior students visited NOVA on April 24th and learned about the registration process and services offered while getting a tour of the campus.

Senior Surveys will take place May 16th & 17th. Counselors will meet with seniors in their Government classes to facilitate the completion of this survey for all seniors. On May 22nd students in online Government classes, and those seniors not taking Government this year, will complete the Senior Survey.

Junior Focus Day will take place May 18th! This is an in-house field trip for all Juniors that will take place during 1st and 3rd periods. A number of guest speakers will be on hand to facilitate sessions and present on topics including: College Applications, NOVA, Common Application, College Essay Writing, Admissions Officers Panel, Military Info, Apprenticeships, Employment, and Financial Aid for College.

Wellness lessons for Sophomores will continue in Health classes for 4th Quarter to review the Signs of Suicide information, and also remind students how to access supports for mental health. Sophomores who have already had Health in quarters 1, 2, or 3, have already received this information.

Additionally, please know that counselors will be proctoring AP exams May 1st – May 12th and may have limited availability and longer response times to emails. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

We’re excited to continue to partner with parents/guardians in support of our students. Here’s to a great 4th quarter and a strong finish to the school year!

Rainbow over field

11. 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. 

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 remaining SOL Testing Dates are:

Monday, May 15th - Biology
Tuesday, May 16th - Algebra I & Algebra 2
Wednesday, May 17th – Geometry

12. Underclass Students - Will You Be Returning to Woodson Next Year?

If you will not be attending Woodson HS this fall, please let Woodson Student Services know now. Please click here and fill out this form. This form was also mailed home with course requests for next year.

If your student intends to attend Woodson next year, there is no need to complete or return the form.

Student Services will make sure all transcripts and records are forwarded to your child’s new school so his/her file is complete.  If you have any questions, please contact Woodson registrar Casey Delaney at 703-503-4622 or cdelaney@fcps.edu.

Cav Kudos

Cav Kudos! These students were recognized for helping Woodson build a great school culture one interaction at a time.

13. 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 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 or maybe an Apprenticeship? 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 will also have some treats, music & photo opportunities. Let’s celebrate!

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 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 accessed 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. 

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

College and Career Center Calendar

PAST News, but still important

14. 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

15. Grad Walks at 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.

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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 .

19. 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

20. 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.

21. 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

22. 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)