Announcements & News

Next Meeting:
Monday, 6/5, 7pm: PTSO Meeting, Woodson Library

PTSO Meetings will usually be held on the first Monday of every month at 7:00pm in the Woodson Library.

Please plan on joining us!

Student Directories may be ordered online at

Link to the Weekly PTSO WeMail

The Welcome to Woodson Team is looking for “Welcoming Families” who will telephone a new family to answer any questions about Woodson. Please sign up to be a sponsor family here. Information about the Welcome to Woodson Program is available on the “For New Families” tab. Please email with any questions.

Next @ PTSO

We are committed to providing and sharing programs and information to help parents, teachers and students navigate high school and beyond. The wide range of issues includes but is not limited to: coping with stress; homework resources; suicide prevention; drug use, addition and overdose; and underage drinking. More information on the various organizations can be found under the PARENT RESOURCES tab on this website.

Mark your calendars for PTSO Meetings, 2016-2017:

  • September 12
  • October 17
  • November 14
  • December 5
  • January 30 (January and February PTSO meeting, combined)
  • March 6
  • April 3
  • May 1
  • June 5

Senior Celebrations

Baccalaureate - Sunday, June 18, 2017, from 2:00-4:00pm in the Woodson Auditorium

Coordinators: Kelly Gerber and Melissa French

Please come celebrate our graduating seniors at the Woodson PTSO Baccalaureate on Sunday, June 18 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Woodson Auditorium. Woodson Baccalaureate is an inclusive, interfaith, and inspirational event designed to help celebrate our graduating seniors.

Our theme this year is “Transcendent,” meaning “surpassing the ordinary” or “exceptional.” We are honored to announce that our keynote speaker this year is Woodson alum and U.S. Paralympian Jessica Rogers. Please join us for the program and reception and a chance for photos at Woodson in cap and gown! Look for your invitation to Baccalaureate in the coming weeks, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @WoodsonBacc2017.

SPECIAL THANKS to Galleria Florist of Falls Church for donating the flowers and to The Garden Studio, LLC and Woodson parent and professional florist Kim Helfgott for the floral arrangements.

After the Baccalaureate Service, we will be hosting a reception in Cafeteria A for seniors and their families, and we need your help to make our Baccalaureate Reception a success. We are asking senior parents to donate a dessert or other items, and underclassman and their parents to volunteer to set-up, clean-up and serve for the reception. Please bring donations in a disposable container or mark your dishes with your name and number; you can pick them up after the event. Signup to help at:

All Night Grad Party: Cav Cruise 2017 - June 20th 11pm-5am at Oak Marr Rec Center

Cav Cruise Director: Sue Taylor,
Cav Cruise Fundraising and Publicity: Meghan Tidwell,
Cav Cruise Photos: Maribeth Luftglass,
Cav Cruise Reservations: Tu'lann Von Christierson and Diane Chan,
Cav Cruise Treasurer: Linda Vasquez,
Cav Cruise Volunteer Coordinators: Nanci Pedulla and Margaret Scheele:

The All Night Graduation Party (known as Cav Cruise here at Woodson) for seniors is held on graduation night. Cav Cruise’s mission is to keep our graduates safe on what can be a high-risk night. Do you have questions about what the All Night Grad Party is all about? ALL INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE CAV CRUISE WEB PAGE AT

PHOTOS NEEDED FOR SENIOR VIDEO Calling all seniors and senior parents. Throughout the year, we will be collecting photos to compile for an end of the year senior video. The video will be shown at the Cav Cruise all night grad party, possibly at baccalaureate and graduation, and will be made available to all seniors. At this point, we are looking for candid photos from winter sports senior nights, band, drama, homecoming, spirit days, etc. We especially want photos that contain multiple Woodson seniors. You should not include any copyrighted photos such as official Lifetouch or other school yearbook photos. Please also identify everyone in the photos, and the event. Please send photos (.jpg format) and questions to Maribeth Luftglass at


2016 - 2017 WTW PTSO Grant Requests

Coordinator: Shawn Guth

The 2016 Fall and 2017 Spring Grant Programs have concluded. Thanks to the generous support of Woodson families and the Administration, the W.T. Woodson PTSO awarded just over $10,000 to support our partners: teachers, staff, clubs and WTW administration.

All Spring Grant Recipients have been notified. Next step:

Friday, June 2, 2017 Deadline for Spring Grant Recipients to submit (1) requests for reimbursement/payment and (2) a brief evaluation report on the grant project.

To help provide an understanding of the process, please review the additional information below:

Helpful Notes for Grant Recipients

  • To pay for projects: grant recipients may request the PTSO to write checks directly to vendors upon receipt of an invoice, or receive reimbursement by providing a receipt for payment. Either way, please use the reimbursement request form which is posted online on the PTSO website at, or directly by clicking this link:

  • To pay for projects funded by WTW: Please contact Ms. Cindi Navarrete in the finance office at for guidance on making your purchases.

  • To avoid being charged taxes: the PTSO is a tax-exempt organization, and therefore we will not reimburse for taxes. To avoid being charged tax, please obtain a copy of the tax-exempt status document by requesting it from the PTSO Treasurer by emailing her at to show to the vendor.

  • To tag PTSO funded material: items purchased with PTSO grant funds become the property of W.T. Woodson High School, and should be tagged as such. Therefore, for any books, software, or other permanent instructional materials or equipment, please contact the W.T. Woodson front office for tags.

  • To close the project: PTSO membership is interested in learning about the outcome of the funded projects. Please summarize the outcome by emailing a brief paragraph to the Chair, Shawn Guth at by Friday, June 2, 2017.
WTW PTSO GRANTS support projects, activities, and programs for students and teachers. We look forward to partnering with you again in 2017-2018.

Student Driver Car Magnets

Coordinator: Cathy Swanton

Did you know? Virginia requires students to complete 45 hours of behind-the-wheel driving with a “qualified” driver before they can obtain a license. For your peace of mind and for those around you: Woodson’s PTSO offers highly visible yellow & black “STUDENT DRIVER” car magnets to post on all sides (driver’s door, passenger door, front & rear) of the vehicle your student drives. You’ll appreciate the added awareness of other drivers to your student’s driving trials and tribulations. You can find these popular car magnets to purchase at major school events or in the Woodson front office.

Cost: $8 each or 3 for $20  (Compare to the online price of $14.95 each, plus shipping)

You may order and pay online at or by contacting Cathy Swanton at Get them now so you are prepared for when your student starts driving!


Engraved Bricks

Coordinator: Linda Vasquez

The Woodson PTSO sells engraved bricks to raise money to help fund various beautification projects at the school. 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 remember your special student.

Individual brick cost: $100

Engraved bricks will be intermixed with regular paver bricks. And, they make great graduation presents for your Seniors!

Download The Brick Order Form Here


WeMail Submission Guidelines

Editor: Kim Waxman

The Woodson WeMail is the PTSO’s weekly email that provides information relevant to the upcoming week. This may include immediate opportunities and activities at the school, sports highlights, Booster/Club info, and much more. Our goal is to distribute the weekly WeMail every Monday afternoon; if Monday is a holiday, expect to see the WeMail the following Tuesday afternoon.

The PTSO is committed to providing the Woodson community with an inclusive weekly email (WeMail) covering topics of interest to Woodson students, parents, and staff. To achieve our goal and make the weekly task of putting together the WeMail manageable for our volunteer editor, we ask everyone who submits something to be posted in the WeMail to follow these basic guidelines:

  • The goal is to provide a submission that the editor can copy and paste into the body of the WeMail. Use Arial 12-point font whenever possible. Consider that the KIT system we use to send the WeMail can’t handle some formatting features or any images, so make your entry as simple as possible.
  • Try to keep submissions to no more than 150 words. Tip: Include the basics and link to more information if it exists elsewhere on the Web.
  • Include the exact date(s) you want the item to appear in the WeMail. (All dates should fall on a Monday!) When no date is provided, the submission will run the Monday after it is received.  If Monday is a school holiday, it will run on a Tuesday.
  • Do not submit too far in advance. Aim for one or two weeks prior to an event (or the date an action is due).
  • All submissions must be made by 5pm on the Friday prior to Monday’s publication. Submit your entry to as early as possible but not before the previous WeMail goes out. For example, when you want something to be published in the September 12 WeMail, submit the entry between September 7th and September 9th.Your submission will be emailed to the WeMail editor, who combines all submissions into one consolidated message.
  • In the submission email subject line, include “WEMAIL” and give a brief description of what the submission contains (e.g., “Sophomore Class News”).

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have questions, email the WeMail Editor at

Recent WeMail

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