Woodson PTSO WeMail - August 22

WeMail is distributed every Tuesday to update the Woodson community on PTSO news, school news, and upcoming events. 




Thursday August 24th, 6:30-8 PM, Auditorium - Senior Night for Class of 2024



Monday-Tuesday, August 28th-29th - Underclass School Picture Days



Friday, September 1st - School Holiday

Monday, September 4th - Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 12th - PTSO Meeting 7PM - 8PM

Thursday, September 14th, 6-8 PM - Back to School Night

Monday, September 25th - School Holiday; Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 11th - PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day

Saturday, October 21st - Homecoming Dance

Monday, December 18th-Monday, January 1st - Winter Break

Monday, March 25th-Friday, March 29th - Spring Break

Saturday, May 11th - Senior Prom

Thursday, June 6th, 2pm - Graduation for the Class of 2024 at EagleBank Arena, GMU

Wednesday, June 12th - Last Day of School


Woodson's Integrated Events and Activities Calendar

The complete FCPS 2023-2024 School Year Calendar


A Message from PTSO Co-Presidents Sara Mastro & Becky Daw

Dear Woodson Families,

We are so excited to start another school year together! The PTSO has several initiatives we are already rolling out and we could use your help.

In the next several weeks we will be:

  • Opening our fall grant program to all students/parents and teachers
  • Providing additional support to our military families
  • Stocking up our pantry for our Woodson families in need
  • (and more in the months to come!)

To meet these goals, we need your support.  Please consider donating to the PTSO. We are making it easy this year with PayPal: Donate Here

If you donate $25 you get an automatic membership so make sure to add your first name, last name and email in the notes and we will register you! 

Want to donate $50? That's two adult memberships so add both names and an additional $5 adds a student membership too!

If you don't have PayPal that's OK - we also have our WoodsonPTSO.org site that will take donations.  

Questions? Please email Sara at saralmastro@yahoo.com or Becky at tbzzdaw@gmail.com

Thank you!

Your 23-24 Woodson PTSO

Woodson PTSO Officer Board for 2023-24 School Year

Sara Mastro / Co-President / saralmastro@yahoo.com
Becky Daw / Co-President / tbzzdaw@gmail.com
Lena McGinn / Membership Director / wptsovp1@gmail.com
Diane Raffaele / Recording Secretary / dianecollinsva@hotmail.com
Kyle Durbin / Treasurer / wptsotreasurer@gmail.com
Sara Mastro / WTW PTSO Grant Program / saralmastro@yahoo.com
Nicole Spindler / Communications Director / WoodsonWeMail23@gmail.com
Amy Zganjar / Enrichment Director / azganjar@strength.org
Vacant / Fundraising Director / Would you like to volunteer? Contact the PTSO Co-President(s)


Woodson Calendar for ALL Events

Did you know Woodson has an integrated calendar where you can find ALL school events? From the Odd/Even calendar to sports events, testing schedule to club meetings, this calendar has all you need to know!

You can select a category of events you want to see and then filter to target events that interest you. Categories include - Senior Class, Testing, 3rd Period, Athletics, Fine & Performing Arts, etc.

Bookmark this link to quickly access Woodson's events!



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.

Parents/guardians must contact the attendance office (703-503-4800) to report attendance; emails and online forms will no longer be accepted to notify our school of your student’s absence.  Woodson is not monitoring or accepting any absences submitted via email. Due to an excessive number of forgeries, the online attendance form is currently disabled. 

Below is a quick guide for reporting all-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs from school.

Attendance Quick Guide

Student Parking

Student parking on the Woodson campus is by permit only.

Students may submit their parking permit applications for the 2023-2024 school year online. Permits will be issued once Woodson High School can verify your application is complete and all outstanding school obligations have been paid.

Students may park on campus through September 5th while waiting for their application to process. After their application submission, students may pick up their permit in E116 only during their assigned lunch period.

Click for more information

Order Your Woodson Yearbook NOW

Purchase your yearbook at the lowest price of the year!

Yearbooks for the 23-24 school year are available to order starting Friday, August 18th.

Last year, our yearbooks sold out!!! Reserve your copy now at the early-bird price of $70. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter Woodson’s code, 5278.

Don’t miss out!

Follow Us on Social Media!

For the most up to date information on activities and ongoing events at Woodson, please follow us on Instagram at @woodsoncavalry AND @wtwoodsonhs.

You can also follow your class at: @wt_woodson2024 OR @wt_woodson2025 OR @wt_woodson2026 OR @wt_woodson2027. 

Athletics - @woodsoncavathletics

Student Services - @wtwstudentsvcs

College & Career Center - @wtwcareercenter

And, follow the Woodson PTSO on Facebook!

Dog Cartoon


Woodson Marching Cavaliers Tag Day - Saturday September 9th, 2023

Tag Day for Marching Band

The Woodson Band will be “Marching” through the district neighborhoods on Saturday, September 9th for their annual Tag Day. Tag Day is a one-day-a-year fundraising event for the band and this event helps raise funds to support all Woodson Band ensembles throughout the year.

In the past, funds have been used to help replace marching brass instruments, purchase equipment/props to support the fall marching show and repair or replace uniforms.

Please consider donating and supporting your award winning Woodson Band (ensure any No Soliciting signs are covered or removed during the day) PLUS all donations are tax deductible!Be sure not to miss this fall’s marching show, Fabergé, coming soon to a half time show near you!

Woodson Pnette Dance Team fundraiser

The Woodson Pnette Dance Team is hosting a fundraiser this Wednesday, August 23 from 3-7pm at Fair City Kokee Tea. If you mention the Woodson Dance team with your order, and place the receipt in the provided box, our team will receive 20% of the purchase.

Kokee Tea Fundraiser for Pnettes

Woodson Chorus Boosters

Woodson Chorus Students

Woodson Chorus kicked off the new year with a fantastic Ice Cream Social.  Thanks to all the students and parents who attended.  Next up:  Booster Meeting and Uniform Fittings.

Booster Meeting on August 28, 7pm, Chorus Room:  All Chorus parents are Boosters and are invited to attend.  We’ll talk about plans for the year, Raise Right, concerts and additional activities.  Chorus Spiritwear will be available.  Car Magnets $7.00; Car Stickers $3.00; Tumblers $15.00.  Please bring cash or check for the items listed.  You will also be able to order *new* Spiritwear for you and your student.  Be the first to see the 2023 Designs!  See you then.  

Uniform Fittings:  September 5 and September 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  We also need 3-4 parent volunteers to help both nights, starting at 6pm.  Watch for a Sign Up Genius coming this week.

Senior Class of 2024 Legacy Bricks

Legacy Bricks Courtyard

Buy a Brick and create a Lasting Legacy for your Woodson Student!

The brick courtyard in front of the school between the main entrance and the auditorium still has plenty of room for bricks for you to honor your special student or alumni.  Individual bricks cost: $100.  They make great graduation presents for Seniors, or as a legacy for all the members of your family! 

To purchase, visit the Woodson PTSO PTBOARD website HERE. If you prefer, you can mail the brick order form (LINK HERE) to the school with a check. 

All orders are due no later than April 14, 2024.  Plan accordingly! 

If you have questions, or for more info contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsobricks@gmail.com 


Student Driver Magnet

Magnets are $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. You can order online HERE.  Magnets are delivered to your door contact free! We will also be selling magnets at all the Partners for Safe Teen Driving seminars which are held throughout the year at the Woodson Auditorium.

If you have any questions contact Shane or Katherine Gilbert at wptsomagnets@gmail.com


Cav Sports

This Weeks Schedule

Monday, August 21st

No Events Scheduled

Tuesday, August 22nd

Volleyball vs. South Lakes 5:00/6:00/7:15pm (Home)

Field Hockey vs. Falls Church 6:15/7:00pm (Home)

Golf vs. Robinson @ Penderbrook 3:30pm  (Home)

Wednesday, August 23rd

No Events Scheduled

Thursday, August 24th

Freshman/JV Football vs. Yorktown 5:30/7:00pm(Home)

Varsity Volleyball @ Washington and Liberty 6:00pm (Away)

Field Hockey @ Oakton 5:00/6:15/7:00pm (Away)

Friday, August 25th

Varsity Football @ Yorktown 7:00pm (Away)

Saturday, August 26th

Varsity Volleyball @ Heritage Tournament (Heritage HS) 

Athletic Boosters


Hazel Health: Virtual Therapy Services

Hazel Health

Teletherapy services will continue to be available for all FCPS high school students at no cost this summer. Sessions can be scheduled Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hazel’s highly-qualified therapists specialize in speaking “teen.” 

Caregivers must first opt in their students to access Hazel Health. Then, a caregiver or school counselor, social worker, or psychologist can refer the student to Hazel for services. Learn more on the FCPS teletherapy webpage


Immunization Requirements for Seniors

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering twelfth grade will be required to receive one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) administered at age 16 or older, and prior to the beginning of school.

Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to Darlene Sheppard at dmsheppard@fcps.edu­­ as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the Meningococcal vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Meningococcal vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Please contact Darlene Sheppard at dmsheppard@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

Updates to High School Transcripts

In order to increase transparency on high school transcripts, FCPS has updated high school course titles for courses that receive additional 0.5 or 1.0 weighting. 

For all enrolled high school students in the 2023-24 school year and beyond, high school course titles will now reflect:

  • An HN (Honors) for any course that has a 0.5 additional weighting. 
  • An AV (Advanced), AP (Advanced Placement), DE (Dual Enrollment), or IB (International Baccalaureate) for any course that has a 1.0 additional weighting.

The new AV label was created to address several college-level courses that previously had a 1.0 additional weighting without a designation. The course title changes will apply to all weighted courses across all high schools. 

Seniors who have already started to enter their senior year course lists through any college applications should review their course list to ensure they include appropriate course titles. 

For additional information, including how to access transcripts, please visit FCPS’ website. 

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