Woodson Weekly - September 22nd

Woodson Weekly

Woodson Weekly -
September 22nd

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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Hawaiian Students Ready

Students are ready for tonight's Feeder Night/Hawaiian Themed Game

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 22nd - Feeder Night Event and Football Game (#2)

Friday, September 22nd - Cav Kickoff Dance (#3)

Monday, September 25th - Yom Kippur, School Holiday

Friday, September 29th - SEL Opt-Out Deadline (#9)

Thursday, October 4th - World Languages Exam registration deadline (#15)

Saturday, October 7th, 9am-12pm - Senior Parking Lot Painting (rescheduled from September 23rd)

Monday, October 9th - Student Holiday, Staff Development Day

Wednesday, October 11th - PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day; Early Release (#6 No school for 9th graders and 12th graders not registered for the test.)

Sunday, October 15th, 4-7pm - FCPS College Fair, EagleBank Arena, GMU (#16)

Woodson's Events & Activities Calendar

The complete FCPS 2023-2024 School Year Calendar

In this Issue

NEW News

1. Message from Mr. Greata
2. Woodson Feeder Night
3. Cav Kickoff Dance Tonight
4. Blue Star Welcome Week
5. No School on Monday
6. October 11th - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day
7. School Picture Retakes
8. Counselor Corner
9. Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information
10. Laptop Tech Support Hours
11. We Need You for Career Day November 3!
12. Scoliosis Fact Sheet
13. College and Career Center

PAST News but Still Important

14. Attendance
15. World Languages Credit Exam
16. College Fair and Postsecondary Virtual Events
17. AP Exams for Students Not Enrolled in AP Courses
18. Woodson Math Center
19. Free Tutoring from Tutor.com 
20. Resources For Mental Wellness
21. Class of 2024 Yard Signs
22. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook
23. Order Your Woodson Yearbook
24. Woodson's PTSO

NEW News

1. Message from Mr. Greata

Dear Woodson Community:

We are so excited to “Hawaiian Out” and welcome our feeder school students at tonight’s football game! The Cavalry will be unstoppable with Fairfax Villa, Wakefield Forest, Mantua, Canterbury Woods, Little Run, Olde Creek, and Frost students joining our ranks. #OneWoodson 

Here are the must know details for Feeder Night:

  • Feeder students K-8 get in free with a paying adult.
  • Students can arrive as early as 5:00 pm for fun and games 
  • At 6:30 pm, students will line up in the end zone under the scoreboard and will be announced by school as they walk across the track. Then, students will run the 100-yard field from the east end zone back to the west end zone.
  • Prior to the game, our combined pyramid choir, led by choir teachers Amy Moir will sing the national anthem.

It has been great to meet many of our student leaders this past week. Thank you to John Scholla for leading such an insightful conversation with our Cav Congress. Our Cav Congress is a group of students that represent a cross section of our entire student body. They gather to consider day-to-day issues and operational decisions for Woodson. 

As we look forward to the weekend, I want to remind you that there is no school on Monday, September 25th, a day that also marks the middle of the 1st quarter. I hope families will enjoy the long weekend and take advantage of the time to review their child’s academic progress in SIS ParentVUE. If you need to sign up for ParentVUE, view this link.

At sundown Sunday evening, September 24th, the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur begins. Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar. We hope that all in our Jewish community have an easy and meaningful fast. 

Have a wonderful weekend and stay dry!!
Mr. Greata
Acting Principal

2. Woodson Feeder Night

Woodson Feeder Night

Join the Woodson community for a night of fun at our Feeder Night football game tonight!

At 5pm there will be music, face painting, games, and more. At 6:30pm, students from all feeder schools will gather under the scoreboard and will be announced by school as they walk across the track. Then, students will run the 100-yard field from the east end zone back to the west end zone.

The combined choirs of the Woodson Pyramid schools will sing the National Anthem and then the football game will begin at 7pm.

Students in K-8 will have free entry to the game with a paying adult ($5/ticket).

Entrance Gates for Stadium

3. Cav Kickoff Dance Tonight

The Cav Kickoff dance has been rescheduled for tonight, September 22nd, immediately following the home football game versus Alexandria City. 

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.

4. Blue Star Welcome Week

Every year, approximately 600,000 military-connected families relocate. Most of these families move to new duty stations, while some transition out of the military and others transition in. Most of these moves take place over the summer, and Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring our military families feel welcomed and a sense of belonging to their local community. 

Blue Star Welcome Week is an opportunity for our community to welcome our military-connected families and show them our appreciation for their service and sacrifices. Throughout the week, FCPS will help ease their transition through events, messages, actions of welcome, and opportunities to make meaningful connections.

Please help us welcome our military families during Blue Star Welcome Week, September 23 - October 1, 2023, and throughout the year! #BlueStarWelcomeWeekFCPS

5. No School on Monday

All FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 25th, for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. See the complete school year calendar. Learn more about Yom Kippur on Brittanica.com

Cav Congress

Representatives from each club, activity, program and sport gather to share their voice and participate in problem solving sessions throughout the year. Today was the first meeting for Cav Congress

6. October 11th - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day

Wednesday, October 11th is SAT and PSAT/NMSQT School Day and a 2-hour early release day. 

All students in grades 10-11 will participate in the PSAT/NMSQT. No registration is required.

Only seniors who pre-registered for the test will take the SAT School Day.

More details will be shared directly with individual students via their fcpsschools.net email.

Students in grade 9 and those seniors not testing will not be in school on October 11th. There is no need to contact attendance for these students. 

Special education students receiving Cat B services will be in school on October 11th.

7. School Picture Retakes

Underclass photo makeups will take place on Friday, October 13th. The next Senior portrait session dates are Monday-Tuesday, November 13th and 14th.

Scheduling information will be sent out in the coming weeks. For questions about ordering, please email underclass@vosphoto.com or seniors@vosphoto.com.

Dissecting frogs

Dissecting a frog in Mr. Jeffry's Human Anatomy & Physiology class.

8. Counselor Corner

School is in full swing! Counselors are working hard to settle students into the pace of this new year and are collaborating to support students' wellness and academic success. Woodson focuses on the Social and Emotional Learning of students, helping to support students where they are. As parents, you may support your learner’s social/emotional growth too. Here is a great video in English or Spanish to watch to understand social/emotional learning, what it is, and how it can be taught at home. We will share some resources and supports with 9th graders on 9/26 and 9/27. Our emphasis will be on starting the school year off well, getting connected to the Woodson community, and what resources are available to have a successful high school experience. We highlight our Woodson Wellness site and Freshman padlet from our main Student Services padlet (please bookmark).

Seniors! We have been privileged to support your journey through high school. We encourage you to be mindful of your upcoming application deadlines and request transcripts in time. We require 15 school days to process transcripts, secondary reports, and recommendation letters. Refer to the Senior Padlet for all the resources you need to sail through the application process. We support seniors every Wednesday morning in the Career Center before school- drop in and ask your application questions! Seniors may plan to join us in the Career Center for upcoming college application support sessions ahead of application deadlines during lunches on 10/6, 10/24, and 11/20.

Parents, from our main padlet, students may use the Academic Support padlet for content help sites, organization, test prep and other academic support resources. Math Peer Tutors are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after school (room B208) until 3:45 (late buses run on Tuesdays & Wednesdays). Where should you turn for questions or concerns regarding your student’s class? The content teacher is the expert and is ready to assist. Need a group conference? School Counselors may arrange one for you.

9. Social Emotional Learning Screener Opt-Out Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form found on the FCPS site to Student Services no later than Friday, September 29th.

Students learning the properties of water

Students exploring the properties of water in Biology lab.

10. 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 A112/A114 are: 

  • Odd Days during Learning Seminar
  • Monday - 7:45am - 8:10am

Any other time you should try to make an appointment using a ticket from the Support Portal.

Thank you,
Woodson HS Tech Support Team

11. We Need You for Career Day November 3!

Thank you Woodson Community for your response to our call for career day speakers. We are still looking for about 20 speakers. If you or anyone you know would be a good fit, please join us Nov. 3! We are looking to fill openings in all three sessions. If you can join us, please complete the google form here- https://forms.gle/Kqsw8NghqR3bkwbJ6.

We will provide speaker presentation guides, just something to help our speakers make the POG connections explicit, as well as detailed confirmation information.  

Session 1: 9:20-10:10
Session 2: 10:20-11:10
Session 3: 11:20-12:05

Thank you for supporting our POG Career Day!
The Woodson POG Team

12. Scoliosis Fact Sheet

Fairfax County requires that each school notifies parents and guardians with educational information on scoliosis. 

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine. It occurs in otherwise healthy children and can be a serious health problem if it becomes severe. For more information on scoliosis, please refer to the Scoliosis Fact Sheet.  

For more resources regarding Student Safety and Wellness, please visit the School Health Services website.

Math Center Open

The Math Center opened this week! Learn more at story #18

13. College & Career Center Information

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

September 26                    NOVA Info Table during All Lunches Cafeteria A&B

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 2                       NOVA Info Visit for Juniors & Seniors

November 3                       Woodson Career Day

November 13                     Onsite Admissions University of Mary Washington

November 15                     Onsite Admissions Radford University

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

Please visit the live Calendar below for more information & events, registration links, and our College Rep Visit Schedule for next week. Students must go to Naviance to sign up for the College Rep Visits and then create their own E-Hall Pass to the Career Center. Visit Notes and Rep Contact Info can be accessed on our College Rep Visits Padlet. Are you looking for scholarships & extracurricular opportunities? Please read the Woodson College & Career Center Newsletters. Resources for Resume Building, Military Options, Apprenticeships/Trade Schools and more can be found on the Woodson College & Career Padlets. Questions? Please email cliebmosley@fcps.edu.

end of September calendar

College Fair and Postsecondary Night

PAST News but Still Important

14. 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

15. World Languages Credit Exam

The 2023 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on Wednesday-Thursday, November 8, 9, and Monday, November 13, 2023.

Thirty languages will be included: American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration is open and will close on Thursday, October 5th at 4:00 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted. Contact your counselor to register.

16. College Fair and Postsecondary Virtual Events

College Collage

High school students and their families are invited to attend the annual FCPS college fair and the postsecondary virtual nights. The college fair will feature admissions representatives from more than 250 colleges and universities from across the United States and abroad. The fair will be held at George Mason University’s Eagle Bank Arena on Sunday, October 15, 4-7 p.m. 

The postsecondary virtual nights will be held on Monday, October 16, and Tuesday, October 17, 5-8 p.m. The virtual event will feature workshops related to the college admissions process, financial aid, and other postsecondary educational opportunities. 

Students are highly encouraged to register in advance for these events.

17. AP Exams for Students Not Enrolled in AP Courses

Woodson HS offers AP tests for students not enrolled in AP classes based on seat availability/test room capacity.

Non-enrolled students wanting to take the AP test will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The cost for each exam is $98.00.

Registration forms are available in Student Services. The deadline to register is Friday, October 27th.

18. Woodson Math Center

Math Center

The Woodson Math Center is open!

Peer math tutors are available after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday from 3:00-3:45pm in B208.

Look for the Math Center Flag. Tutors are excited to help students!

19. Free Tutoring from Tutor.com

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All FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Student participation is optional and parents/caregivers can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Get more information on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services webpage.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to onlinetutoring@fcps.edu

20. Resources for 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.

21. Class of 2024 Yard Signs

Class of 2024 Yard Sign

The 2024 yard signs are here! Please email woodsonangp@gmail to order. 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.

22. Senior Baby Ads for Yearbook

Senior Half Page Ad

Deadline: January 27, 2024

Celebrate your senior with a baby ad in the yearbook! Visit www.yearbookordercenter.com and type in Woodson’s code – 5278. Select the option to “Start your Ad” and create your own ad celebrating your 2024 grad. 

The photo below is a half-page baby ad.

23. Order Your Woodson Yearbook NOW

Purchase your yearbook at the lowest price of the year!

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!

24. 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 online. The link to join will be sent out in the PTSO WeMail on Tuesday afternoons. 

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)