Woodson Weekly - September 1st

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
September 1st

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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Senior Sunrise

Celebrating Senior Sunrise

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 4th - Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 5th - Late Buses Start

Wednesday, September 6th - Senior Deadline for SAT School Day Intent to Participate Form (#2)

Friday, September 8th, 9:15-11pm - Cav Kickoff Dance, Aux Gym (#5)

Saturday, September 9th, 9am-12pm - Senior Parking Lot Painting (#6)

Tuesday, September 11th, 7pm - PTSO Meeting, Virtual

Thursday, September 14th, 6-8:30pm - Back to School Night (#10)

Saturday, September 23rd, 9am-12pm - Senior Parking Lot Painting (#6)

Monday, September 25th - Yom Kippur Holiday


Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

The complete FCPS 2023-2024 School Year Calendar

In this Issue


1. Required Back to School Forms in SIS ParentVUE
2. Seniors only - SAT School Day Intent Form Due Wednesday, September 6th

NEW News

3. Message from Dr. Floyd
4. Late Buses Start Tuesday, September 5th
5. Cav Kick-Off Dance
6. Senior Parking Lot Painting
7. Counselor Corner
8. Schedule Change Request Process
9. A Great School Year Starts with Mental Wellness
10. Back to School Night
11. Family Life Education (FLE) Instructional Program Information
12. College and Career Center

PAST News but Still Important

13. Attendance
14. Student Parking Passes
15. FCPS Device Opt-Out
16. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars
17. Class of 2024 Yard Signs
18. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found
19. Woodson Career Day - Looking for Speakers
20. Order Your Woodson Yearbook
21. Optional Beginning of School Forms
22. Woodson's PTSO


1. Required Forms for All Students

All students must have the following forms completed each school year. These forms can be completed online through the Online Verification Update in SIS ParentVUE.

These forms must be completed by the ENROLLING PARENT.

  • Emergency Care Form - Update on SIS ParentVUE

    Information must be correct and what we will use in case of an emergency. We are asking all parents to review and update via SIS ParentVUE. If you have more than one child enrolled in FCPS, updating it for one student will update it for all of your students.  Having the most up-to-date information for all of our students is essential to our ability to best meet all students' needs in the event of an emergency. 

  • Health Information Form - Update on SIS ParentVUE

    health information form must be on file for all students. By updating “Current Health Conditions” and/or “Current Medical Care Details” in the emergency care form via SIS ParentVUE, this will be updated for the student. 

  • Student's Rights & Responsibilities Signature Page

    All students will review the SR&R in the first week of school. Every year, FCPS requires parents/guardians to review, sign, and return the SR&R parent/guardian signature page acknowledging awareness of online access to and/or the opportunity to receive a printed copy of the FCPS SR&R Guide for Families. Please acknowledge the SR&R on SIS ParentVUE.

    The SR&R Booklet, can also be found on the FCPS website, along with updates to the SR&R for the 2023-24 school year.

  • Parent Digital Tool Permission
    By completing this digital form, you provide permission for your child to use the FCPS-approved online tools listed as part of an instructional program. 

2. Seniors Only - SAT Intent to Participate Form

This year, the test will be administered on Wednesday, October 11th.

To guarantee participation in SAT School Day exams, students must submit their online intent form by Wednesday, September 6th.

Your student will need to use an @fcpsschools.net email account to access and complete this form

FCPS sites cannot accept walk-ins on the day of the exam.  

If you have questions about the SAT School Day administration at Woodson High School, please contact Kathleen Crosson at kpcrosson@fcps.edu .

Admin Team

Woodson's Administrative Team
Mr. Marc Brooks, Mr. Blair Smith, Mr. Josh Peters, Dr. Carlyn Floyd, Ms. Bomin Collins, Ms. Kelly O'Connell, Dr. Paula DiSalvo, Ms. Kathy Martin

NEW News

3. Message from Dr. Floyd

Dear Woodson community,

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope the extended break allows our families to connect and have some restful time together. 

As shared with our families yesterday, I will be retiring from FCPS next month.  My last day at Woodson HS will be Wednesday, September 13th. I have enjoyed the last 8 years here and it is time to explore the next phase of my career.

We have sent and will be sending several important communications to our families over the last/next few days. Please know that we are deliberate to not send more than one a day and we do try and combine messages as often as possible. We also attempt to send targeted messages to specific families whenever possible and appropriate.     

Thank you for your attention to these important emails.

I hope everyone has a restful weekend,
Dr. Floyd

4. Late Buses Start Tuesday, Setember 5th

Late buses begin on Tuesday, September 5th and will continue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through spring.

Students may stay after school to participate in clubs/activities and/or receive academic intervention with teachers.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, late buses will depart Woodson HS between 4:45 and 5:15pm.  Students who access the smaller bus runs need to sign up for a bus in Room F122 before lunch each day. 

Please note, students may NOT go across the street to the shopping center after school and then return for the late bus. This is not appropriate nor is it safe.    

5. Cav Kick-off Dance

The Cav Kick-off dance will happen on Friday, September 8th, immediately following the first home football game. 

The cost of the dance is $1 and it will take place in the outdoor basketball courts near door 9. This annual tradition celebrates the opening of school and is a great way to finish off a Friday night of cheering. 

The dance begins at 9:15pm or at the end of the football game (whichever comes first) and ends promptly at 11:00pm. 

Admission is collected at the door.

6. Senior Parking Lot Painting

Senior Parking Lot Painting

Come paint the senior parking lot spaces on Saturday, September 9th or Saturday, September 23th from 9AM-12PM!  Showcase your style and personality while supporting your school and the Class of 2024! 

The cost to paint each parking space is $10.  

These are the guidelines that must be followed in order to participate. Please see the Class of 2024 Schoology site for full details.

Please send an email to dlholsinger@fcps.edu & bcwilliams@fcps.edu. to let us know which painting day you plan to attend.

7. Counselor Corner

Counselors have been working hard to settle students into classes, enroll new families, and prepare for another successful year.

Bookmark our Woodson Student Services padlet to access all of our padlets, to name a few: grade-level padlets with curriculum lessons and post-secondary planning resources, academic support padlet, social/emotional support padlet, and  academic advising padlet with graduation requirements and course planning information. With the limits on phone use, students may want to bookmark our Woodson Wellness site to utilize brain breaks during appropriate class time.

Counselors hosted Senior Parent Information Night last week. We shared helpful planning information to prepare seniors for processing college applications and planning for successfully managing their senior year and to enter their post-secondary chapter. We hosted guest speakers from the Woodson PTSO, NOVA, and CNU. Here is the Senior Night presentation if you missed it. We will speak to seniors during upcoming Learning Seminar classes to review the transcript request process, college planning support, and best next steps, including completing the IS-111 Consent form so we may release transcripts to colleges. We will highlight the resources located on the  Senior Padlet and emphasize the student-focused tasks they need to complete. Good luck to all!

Students may submit requests to change electives or move down a level (AP to Honors or Honors to AP) during the schedule change request window between 9/5-9/22. Schedule change request forms are available for students to pickup in Student Services.  Please note that change requests reviewed by administrators and approved changes are also dependent upon seat availability. Please see below for additional information regarding the schedule change request process. 

8. Schedule Change Request Process

The schedule change request window for this year is from September 5th – September 22nd.

During this time, students may complete the schedule change request form, which is available for pickup in Student Services, to request a change to one of their classes. This form requires the student to document the reason for the request and what they have done to get extra help in the class, if needed. Teacher feedback on the request and signature, as well as parent signature, is also required. Once the form is completed, students should return the form to their counselor in Student Services. Students should see their counselor in Student Services to discuss potential schedule change requests, or contact them if they have any questions or need any assistance.

9. A Great School Year Starts With Mental Wellness

All FCPS high school students can access virtual therapy sessions with licensed counselors from Hazel Health at no cost.

Hazel’s therapists — who specialize in working with teens — can help students address mood/behavior changes, motivation, grief/loss, anxiety, peer and family relationships, and academic stress.

For high schoolers to participate in teletherapy services, caregivers must:

Students must be referred to therapy by a caregiver or designated school staff member.

Visit the FCPS Teletherapy webpage for more information.

Drumline Preps for Football game

Woodson's drum corps prepares for the first home football game on Friday, September 8th at 7pm.

10. Back to School Night

Back to School Night is in-person this year on Thursday, September 14th from 6-8:30pm. 

At 5:30pm, School Board welcome back messages will stream in a loop in the Auditorium. 

Please arrive early as parking will be tight.

11. Family Life Education (FLE) Instructional Program Information

FCPS provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms are available online for High School (9-12). Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to Student Services prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online for High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology. Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review in our school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed by our Director of Student Activities, Blair Smith or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or fle@fcps.edu.

  • Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms.

12. College & Career Center Information

IMPORTANT DATES – for more information, registration links & additional events, please visit the live Calendar below.

September 6               Senior Support every Wednesday morning/College Rep Visits

October 4                    Military Recruiter Lunch Visits Wednesdays through May

October 6                    Senior College Application Workshop All Lunches

October 11                  PSAT/SAT Day

October 15                  FCPS College Fair @ GMU

October 16&17           FCPS Virtual Postsecondary Nights

October 24                  Senior College Application Workshop All Lunches

November 3                Woodson Career Day

November 20              Senior College Application Workshop All Lunches

November 28              ASVAB Test

November 29              Junior Information Night

January 30                   FCPS Gap Year Fair @ Marshall HS

February 13                 U.S. Service Academy & ROTC Program Info Night @ Madison HS

March 13                     Sophomore College Night

April 3                          Junior Focus Day


Our College Rep Visits for Juniors & Seniors will begin next week. Students must go to Naviance to sign up. Woodson College & Career Center Newsletters, Resume Building, Military Resources, Apprenticeships/Trade Schools and more can be found on the Woodson College & Career Padlets. Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

September Career Center Calendar

PAST News but Still Important

13. Attendance

Attendance is critical to student success in the classroom.

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

14. Student Parking Passes

Parking passes for the 2022-23 school year are available for purchase. The cost for a full-year parking pass is $200.00.

Parking is free the first week of school while parking passes are purchased. Enforcement will begin on Tuesday, September 5th. 

15. FCPS Device Opt-Out

If your student wishes to use a family-owned device, please review the FCPS BYOD page for details regarding personal device requirements.

To opt-out of the FCPS-owned device, log into your ParentVUE account and select Student Info, then select Edit Information. Scroll down and select NO to "Accept FCPS device." This indication will let us know that we do not need to check-out an FCPS laptop to your child. 

Please know that some standardized tests require the student to test on an FCPS-owned device. We will have an FCPS device available for your child to use during testing periods. 

Opt Out of FCPS Device

16. Partners for Safe Teen Driving Seminars

Attention all 10th grade students and their parents.  All new drivers and parents must attend a state mandated traffic safety seminar, Partners for Safe Teen Driving.  Please mark your calendar for the Woodson seminars for 2023-2024.  Seminars will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in the Woodson Auditorium.

Monday, September 18th
Wednesday, November 15th
Monday, February 12th
Monday, April 15th

Questions? Please contact David O'Hara at DGOHara@fcps.edu.

17. Class of 2024 Yard Signs

Class of 2024 Yard Sign

The 2024 yard signs are here! Click HERE to purchase one online! You will receive an email confirming your purchase, and where and how to pick up your order.

Attention Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Parents!

Do you have fun planning and organizing fun events? Ready to volunteer for a spectacular Woodson HS event? Your mad skills are needed for the Woodson All Night Grad Party at The St. James!! Underclass parents are needed to help senior parents focus on this big year.  Then one day, underclass parents will do the same for your soon-to-be senior. Everyone wins! Questions? Send an email to Katie Clinton at woodsonANGP@gmail.com.

18. Forgotten Items & Lost and Found

Q - My son/daughter forgot their lunch/homework assignment/laptop.  Where can I drop off items?

A– Forgotten items may be dropped off at the main office on a designated bookshelf.  Please make sure your child's name is written on the item.

Q - My son/daughter lost their wallet (or any item).  Where should I go to see if it has been turned in?

A – You may come to the main office and a Safety and Security assistant will escort you to the Lost and Found room to search for your item.

19. Woodson Career Day - Looking for Speakers

Passionate about your work? Interested in sharing your career path with students? Please consider speaking at our 2nd annual Portrait of a Graduate Career Day on Friday, November 3rd from 8:30am-12:10pm

On this day we are looking for guest speakers to share what they do, how they got started, successes, challenges, and what they learned in high school that they are still using on a daily basis. 

If you are available November 3rd and would like to know more about the day please email Katherine Stransky at kbstransky@fcps.edu. If you have already decided to speak that day please complete the speaker form linked here.

20. 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 TODAY, 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!

21. Optional Back to School Forms

There are additional forms that are available for Parents/Guardians to complete. Please fill out any that apply to your student and email to Darlene Sheppard at dmsheppard@fcps.edu.

  • FCPS Privacy and Opt Out Forms
    The 2023-2024 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms booklet details parents’ rights regarding FCPS policies. These forms should be printed out and turned in ONLY IF YOU WISH YOUR CHILD TO BE OPTED-OUT. 
  • Military Connected Student Form
    In accordance with the Code of Virginia (§22.1-287.04), local school divisions are required to identify students who have a parent in the United States uniformed services. Completing this form allows Virginia localities to maintain reliable and accurate data for potential grant funding and to receive services to meet the needs of uniformed services-connected students. 
  • FCPS Free and Reduced Lunch Forms and Consent to Share Information

    Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2023-24 school year.

    Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2023-24 school year. More information is on the FCPS website, including forms to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch

    If your children are eligible for free and reduced lunch, they may also be eligible to participate in several fee-based programs (class fees, senior dues, parking fees, etc.) at either no cost or a reduced cost if you provide a consent to share information form. You can scroll to the bottom of the FCPS page to access “Consent to Share Information."

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.

PTSO meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Library at Woodson HS. 

Whether you are a new or returning WTW parent, please get involved in any way that works for you. Here are some quick links to get you started:

Join our PTSO
Make a Donation
Sign up for one of our Volunteer Opportunities
Ask a local business to become a Business or Community Sponsor
Find WT Woodson on FacebookInstagram  and Twitter
Go shopping! Amazon, Office Depot, groceries, etc. Link your accounts and a portion of your sales will go to our school!

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)