Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

PTSO Meets on Mondays!

Next Meeting:
Monday, 11/14, 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!

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.

  • Friday, 10/28: Deadline for submitting Fall grant applications. Click here for the application form

  • Saturday, 11/12, 8:00am-12:3pm: PTSO Mock ACT/SAT Exams (Cafeterias A & B) - REGISTER HERE

  • Monday, 11/14, 7pm: PTSO Meeting (Woodson Library)

  • Week of 11/14: Notification of Grant Approvals

  • Friday, 11/18, 10:45am-1:30pm: Staff Self Care Day (Cav Hall)

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.

Students may register to take either the SAT Mock Exam (with or without Accommodations) or the ACT Mock Exam (with or without Accommodations) via the signup genius link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa4af2a1-mock1

Parent Volunteers are needed to monitor the test. Please signup to volunteer via signup genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa4af2a1-mock1

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. Current Juniors should not miss this great event, as you will begin testing in the spring!

On Saturday, November 12, students should arrive at 8:00am to check in and should bring, #2 pencils, a calculator and a snack. On Wednesday, December 7, students and parents should arrive at 7:00pm, at which time Mindworks will present an overview of the ideal test timeline, along with an individualized report for each student that details strengths, weaknesses, and next steps.

Cost: $15 cash or check payable to “Woodson PTSO” due upon check-in November 12.

This is a very big part of our fundraising efforts each year. Help make this year’s Mock SAT/Mock ACT a success while getting ahead on standardized tests!

Fall Practice Exams – Saturday, 11/12, from 8:00am to 12:30pm in Woodson Cafeteria. Cost: $15 cash or check payable to “Woodson PTSO” due upon check-in November 12. 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, November 12, students should arrive at 8 AM to check in and should bring, #2 pencils, a calculator and a snack.

Fall Score Review Session – Wednesday, 12/7, from 7:00pm-8:30pm in Woodson Cafeteria. Mindworks will present an overview of the ideal test timeline, along with an individualized report for each student that details strengths, weaknesses, and next steps.

Winter Practice Exams – TBD
Winter Score Review Session – TBD

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.

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
2016 Fall WTW Grant Proposal Package

With the generous support of Woodson families and the Administration, the W.T. Woodson PTSO is able to open our Fall 2016/17 Grant Program and begin accepting applications at this time. Applicants must be a member of the PTSO; PTSO Memberships may be purchased by using the link http://www.woodsonptso.org/join-ptso.html.

Do you have a terrific idea to improve education at W.T. Woodson? The PTSO (Parent, Teacher, Student Organization) wants to hear about it and partner with you in its success. If you are in need of financial assistance for your classroom, students, activity or organization, we invite teachers, staff, and parents, with a current PTSO membership, to submit grant applications beginning Friday, October 7, 2016. Please note that all grants allocations should be spent in this 2016-17 school year. Each year the intent is to offer grant opportunities in the Fall and Spring of any given year, and we anticipate being able to do so this year.

Friday, October 28, 2016 Deadline for submitting Fall grant applications.
Click here for the application form in MS Word.
Week of November 14, 2016 Notification of Fall Grant approvals.
Friday, January 20, 2017 Deadline for Fall 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:

PTSO Considerations for Review of Grant Proposal

The Grant Committee will review applications and present recommendations (proposals and funding amounts) to the PTSO general membership for voting. In its review, the Committee considers the following factors including but not limited to:

  • The degree of direct relationship to the students’ program of study.
  • The number of students (of the general student body or of a sub-set) that the proposal benefits.
  • The extent of impact on the total school community.
  • The sustainability of the project (single use or multi-year, multi-purpose).

In compliance with PTSO guidelines and IRS regulations for non-profit organizations, the W.T. Woodson PTSO grants may not be used for association memberships or activities that result in primarily personal gains (by students, parents or teachers/staff).

“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)

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 September, 2016:

$200 of Shoppers, $25 or $100 Safeway, $25 Bath & BodyWorks, $25 or $10 Barnes & Noble, $10 Dominos, ITunes $15 or $25, $25 JC Penney’s, 2-$25 Red Lobster/Olive Garden, 1-$50 Subway card, 2-$25 Ross, 1-$25 Kohl’s

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! 



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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