Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

PTSO Meets on Mondays!

Next Meeting:
Monday, 1/30, 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 Available for Purchase
You may order your directory online at https://squareup.com/store/wtwptso. You will be contacted with pick-up information. If you have any questions, please email directory@woodsonptso.org.

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.

  • Tuesday, 1/24, 7:30 - 9:00pm: New Woodson Parents Meeting (Career Center, Room E109)

  • Monday, 1/30, 7pm: PTSO Meeting (Woodson Library)

  • Saturday, 2/11: PTSO Mock ACT/SAT Exams (Cafeteria) Click here to reserve a seat in the Feb 11 Mock SAT or Mock ACT! (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa4af2a1-mock3)

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

Mock ACT/SAT Exams - College Entrance Exam Prep

Coordinator: Yelena Jones

This year the Woodson PTSO is pleased once again to have Mindworks Educational Services host this year's Mock SAT and Mock ACT.

Winter Practice Exams – February 11, 2017, from 8:00am to 12:30pm in Woodson Cafeterias A and B. Cost: $15 cash or check payable to “Woodson PTSO” due upon check-in February 11. Current Juniors should not miss this great event, as you will begin testing in the spring! (Freshmen and Sophomores are also welcome). Students can choose to take one of the two tests. On Saturday, February 11 students should arrive at 8 AM to check in and should bring, #2 pencils, a calculator and a snack.

Winter Score Review Session – March 1, 2017, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm in Woodson Cafeteria A

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. 100% of the $15 test fee benefits Woodson PTSO Parent-Teacher-Student Programs. Mindworks accepts NO compensation for the 50+ hours they spend analyzing our students' scores and writing our students' reports. In exchange for Woodson PTSO receiving 100% of the proceeds, parents and students agree to attend the Score Report Session for a brief presentation before receiving the score analysis and packet.

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

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.

The Mock Exams are a very big part of our fundraising efforts each year. If you’ve participated, thank you. If not, help make this year’s Mock SAT/Mock ACT a success while getting ahead on standardized tests!

If you have any questions, please contact Yelena Jones via email at yelenajones@yahoo.com.




2016 - 2017 WTW PTSO Grant Requests

Coordinator: Shawn Guth
Email: Grants@WoodsonPTSO.org

The PTSO was pleased to award Fall Grant Awards to deserving candidates in the WTW Community. All applicants should have received their letter confirming funding allocations. Fall Grant Recipients have until Friday, January 20, 2017, to submit (1) requests for reimbursement/payment and (2) a brief evaluation report on the grant project.

Spring Grant Awards will be launched in March 2017.

“To Do” List 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 www.woodsonptso.org, or directly by clicking this link: http://www.woodsonptso.org/forms/Woodson%20Disbursement%20Form%20September%202014.pdf
  • 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 treasurer@woodsonptso.org 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 Grants@woodsonptso.org by Friday, January 20, 2017.

Relevant dates of note include:

  • October 7, 2016 - Fall Grant Program launch
  • October 28, 2016 – Deadline for submitting Fall Grant Applications via email to Shawn Guth, Chair, at Grants@woodsonptso.org or via hardcopy in the PTSO Mailbox
  • October 31, 2016 – PTSO Grants Committee review of applications
  • November 14, 2016 – PTSO general membership vote on Grants Grid of funding applications
  • Week of November 15, 2016 – Grants are awarded and communicated to recipients
  • January 20, 2017 – Fall Grant Program closure and deadline for reimbursement and program highlights document
  • March 2017 – Launch of Spring Grant Program

WTW PTSO GRANTS 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.

We look forward to partnering with you again this year.


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)

You may order and pay online at https://squareup.com/store/wtwptso or by contacting Cathy Swanton at DriverMagnets@WoodsonPTSO.org. 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


WeMail Submission Guidelines

Editor: Kim Waxman
Email: WoodsonWEMail@WoodsonPTSO.org

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 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 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 woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.org.

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