Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

PTSO Meets on Mondays!

First meeting: September 12

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!

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Questions: Email welcometowoodson@gmail.com

Cav Kickoff and New Student/Parent Orientation

On August 30, new students AND PARENTS grades 9-12 are welcome for orientation from 12:30 – 2PM starting in the Auditorium.  Students and parents will begin together then break up into groups for specific information.  At 2 PM Cav Kickoff begins where ALL students are welcome to come and get their schedules, walk the building, purchase gym uniforms, Cav gear and goodies from many student clubs and parent organizations. Bus schedules for orientation on Aug 30 will be available in August through this KIT system.  Spanish and Korean interpretation available for this event.

PTSO Meeting
Monday, September 12, 7pm
Woodson Library

Back-to-School Night
Wednesday, Sept 20, 6-9pm

Mark your calendars for PTSO Meetings, 2016-2017:

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

Volunteers Needed

Coordinator: Stacey Brahmey
Email: Volunteer@WoodsonPTSO.org

There are many opportunities to volunteer at Woodson! The Library, Hospitality Committee, Teacher Hospitality, Grants Committee, Career Center, Cavalier Cruise, and much more.
Four critical PTSO positions need to be filled soon; please consider volunteering for one of these positions:

  1. Cav Cruise (All-Night Grad Party) Director
  2. Mock Act/Sat Exam Coordinator
  3. Special Ed Liaison
  4. Vp2—Fundraising
Please take a moment to click on the button below to signup online, or download the volunteer form to review, complete and return to Woodson’s Front Office. We appreciate any time you can contribute. You will be part of truly making a difference for the students, staff, and families at W.T.Woodson

Click Here to Download Printable Form


Mock ACT/SAT Exams - College Entrance Exam Prep

Coordinator: VACANT

The PTSO “mock” exam program offers full-length ACT and SAT exams to help prepare Woodson students take these college entrance exams. Although the mock exams are full-length “real” tests, the scores are not official, not reported to The College Board/ACT or any college, and should not be confused with the official PSAT, ACT, and SAT exams offered throughout the school year. (For information on official PSAT and SAT, visit Collegeboard.org; for ACT, visit ACT.org—and for information on both, visit the Woodson Career Center at http://www.fcps.edu/woodsonhs/sservices/career/cc_general.html.

This year, the mock exams will again be administered by mindworks educational services; two different versions of ACT and SAT will be administered.

  1. Fall Practice Exams– TBD once coordinator is found
  2. Fall Score Review Session– TBD once coordinator is found
  3. Winter Practice Exams– TBD once coordinator is found
  4. Fall Score Review Session– TBD once coordinator is found

The Woodson PTSO is excited about pairing with mindworks to offer this program for our students; benefits include self-scoring (students can get their scores the same day as the test!) and a variety of test-prep options, including online small-group courses for both the SAT and ACT.

Please note that the mock ACT and SAT exam program is geared primarily to sophomores and juniors, although younger students are welcome to register.

More information will be available at Cav Kick-Off, Back-to-School Night, posted on the PTSO website, and included in WeMail.



The Woodson PTSO: Family / Student / Teacher Enrichment Program Series

Coordinator: Monica Cameron
Email: PastPresident@WoodsonPTSO.org

As part of the PTSO mission one of our objectives is to continue to offer programs to empower families, students, teachers and staff with useful, practical skills and resources to build and strengthen communication skills, resilience and reduce stressors at school and in the home. The PTSO, in collaboration with the Woodson Admin, has developed an Enrichment Series which consists of guest speakers, author visits, parent support groups, topic panels, and much more. Please let us know what topics you’d like to hear about that will best support your family.

If you’d like to review a presentation from a previous Family Enrichment Program, please click here.


WeMail Submission Guidelines

Editor: Kim Waxman
Email: WoodsonWEMail@WoodsonPTSO.org

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, so make your entry as simple as possible.
  • 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 midnight of the Friday prior to Monday’s publication. Submit your entry to woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org as early as possible but not before the previous WeMail goes out. For example, when you want something to be published in the September 21 WeMail, submit the entry between September 15th and September 18th.
  • In the submission email subject line, 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 woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org.


2016 - 2017 PTSO Grant Applications

Coordinator: Shawn Guth
Email: Grants@WoodsonPTSO.org

PTSO GRANTS that support projects, activities, and programs for students and teachers. Last year, the dues paid by PTSO members and parent donations helped us award $6,000+ to support the Arts, Music, Athletics, Library and Academic programs at Woodson including guest speakers, the Stress-Less-Laugh-More Program, Teacher/Staff Hospitality events and much more.

More information, including 2016 and 2017 grant applications and deadlines for Grant Proposals will be coming soon.


Student Driver Car Magnets

Coordinator: Cathy Swanton
Email: DriverMagnets@WoodsonPTSO.org

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)

Get them now so you are prepared for when your student starts driving!


Engraved Bricks

Coordinator: Linda Vasquez
Email: Bricks@woodsonptso.org

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



Coordinator: Linda Vasquez
Email: Lfvasquez88@gmail.com

Beginning this year, the PTSO will no longer be participating in the SCRIP gift card fundraising program.  However, we still have an inventory of gift cards that we would like to sell.  Please help us out by purchasing what we have left!  The following are the cards still in our inventory as of the end of July, 2016:

Giant, Shoppers, Safeway, Bath & BodyWorks, Barnes & Noble, Dominos, Papa John’s, ITunes, JC Penney’s, Lord & Taylors, Noodles & Company, Panera Bread, Red Lobster/Olive Garden, Subway, Ross, Kohl’s and TJ Maxx/Marshalls, Staples

Our remaining gift cards will be on sale during Cav Kickoff, Back to School Night, at PTSO meetings and during other school-wide events until they are gone.  Please help us raise money by depleting this inventory! 



Frost-Woodson Special Services

Coordinator: VACANT

Frost-Woodson Special Services is a parent-student-teacher interest group, affiliated with both the Woodson PTSO and the Frost PTA, whose goal is to provide information and support to students receiving special education services and their families. Special education services comprise a range of supports, most typically delivered via an individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 (accommodations) plan. As students progress through secondary education, and when planning for the transition to postsecondary life, our group provides essential assistance in helping identify resources and information. In addition to maintaining a Yahoo! group listserv, we work with parents and teachers at Woodson and its “feeder” schools to present special-interest programs and ensure families have easy access to information and services.

During the last school year, we hosted a successful parent program on transitions (elementary to middle, middle to high school), designed to help parents support their students in each different environment.  Our listserv featured postings or messages about local conferences, workshops, and webinars for teachers, parents, and students; tips on preparing for school-year and summer transitions; self-advocacy training for students; and links to county, state, and federal resources, disability law, and news stories about students with disabilities, special education demographics, and postsecondary possibilities.

Our listserv files grew to include articles on ADHD and learning disabilities, parent resources, College Board/ACT testing accommodations, postsecondary transition, and material geared to help student self-determination and self-advocacy.

Membership in the Yahoo! group listserv is confidential; postings are public; files are accessible to members only. Visit the listserv at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WoodsonSpecEd to view representative postings or to join the listserv.

The PTSO really wishes we had someone to take this very meaningful position.  Please contact Raquel Bishop at president@woodsonptso.org with any questions.


Unified Prevention Coaltion

We invite you to check out the newly redesigned web site of the newly independent Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County at www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org. It is still a work in progress, and we welcome your suggestions. We also look forward to highlighting our partners' activities, so please let us know of upcoming events by forwarding information to UPC Communications Associate Becky York at communications@unifiedpreventioncoalition.org.

Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County, P.O. Box 3734, Oakton, VA 22124


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