Announcements & News

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

Next @ PTSO

  • Friday, 6/1:  Reimbursements and Report for Spring Grants due (

  • Tuesday, 6-5, 7pm: PTSO Meeting (Library)

  • Sunday, 6/10, 2 pm: Woodson Baccalaureate (Woodson Auditorium)

  • Wednesday, 6/13, 2pm: Woodson Graduation (Eagle Bank Arena)

  • Wednesday, 6/13, 11pm-5am: Cav Cruise All Night Grad Party (Oak Marr Rec Center) - VOLUNTEER
  • Friday, 6/15: Last Day of School

PTSO Monthly Meetings will usually be held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm in the Woodson Library. Mark your calendars for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • June 5

PTSO New Family Program (also known as Welcome-to-Woodson)

Coordinator: Monica Cameron

If you are new to the area and the Woodson Community and would like to have someone to connect with and answer questions about the community and school, please email, and one of the coordinators will contact you. Information for NEW FAMILIES is available HERE.

If you would like to sponsor a new family, please sign up at As a sponsor, you will contact the new family (via phone or e-mail) and answer any questions they might have. You might direct them to the appropriate sources for further information and tell them about school events or activities that may be of interest. You may even want to meet them in person over an ice cream or coffee.



MOCK ACT/SAT Exams - College Entrance Exam Prep

Coordinator: Yelena Jones

The PTSO Mock ACT/ACT Fundraiser Program has concluded for 2017-2018. Thanks to the many families who participated and to Mindworks Educational Services who hosted this year’s exams. Mock testing information for 2018-2019 will be available in the Fall of 2018.

For information on official PSAT and SAT, visit; for ACT, visit


2017-2018 WTW PTSO Grant Requests

Coordinator: Shawn Guth
Spring 2018 Grant Program Information and Application

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 $10,000+ 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.

With the generous support of Woodson families and the Administration, the W.T. Woodson PTSO is able to open our Spring 2018 Grant Program and begin accepting applications at that time.

PTSO Memberships are available at for $5 per staff member, $5 per student or $15 per parent.

Please note that all grants allocations should be spent in this 2017-18 school year.

Monday March 5, 2018

Week of March 13, 2018:  

Friday, June 1, 2018:  

12 noon- Deadline for submitting Spring grant applications

Notification of your Spring grant approval

Deadline for Spring grant recipients to submit

  • requests for reimbursement/payment and
  • a brief evaluation report on the grant project

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
Download The Brick Order Form Here

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!



WeMail Submission Guidelines

Editor: Kim Waxman

WeMail for the 2018-2018 year will resume on the first day of school, Monday, August 28.

The WeMail is the PTSO’s weekly email sent to the Woodson community. It includes topics of timely interest to Woodson students, parents, and staff, such as Booster/Club information, student activities, PTSO program information, and sports highlights. Our goal is to distribute the WeMail every Monday afternoon; if Monday is a holiday, expect to see the WeMail the following Tuesday afternoon.

To achieve this goal and make the weekly task of putting together the WeMail manageable for our volunteer editor, we ask everyone who submits something for the WeMail to follow these basic guidelines:

  1. 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
  2. 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 Internet.
  3. 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.
  4. Do not submit too far in advance. Aim for one or two weeks prior to an event (or the date an action is due). If there is no end date to a submission, the typical length of time allowed is 3 weeks.
  5. Consider that the FCPS News You Choose delivery system does not allow attachments such as flyers often required for restaurant fundraisers. However, we can create hyperlinks that will link to your flyer from within the WeMail. In order to do this, we need one business day. Therefore, email the flyer and WeMail article to woodsonWEMail@woodsonptso.orgno later than 5pm on the Thursday prior to Monday’s publication.
  6. All other 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, if you want something published in the September 11 WeMail, submit the entry between September 6 and September 8. Email your submission to the WeMail editor at; she will combine all submissions into one consolidated message.
  7. In the submission email subject line, include “WEMAIL” and give a brief description of what the submission contains (e.g., “Sophomore Class News”).
  8. The content that is submitted should be related to W.T. Woodson High School. Generally, we do not accept items from outside sources, nor do we list events going on at our feeder schools, unless it has to do directly with Woodson. We recognize that community service hours are integral to diploma requirements and are required by many of the WTW honor societies; therefore, community service announcements will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Only the PTSO Board can put in an item from an outside source. Businesses that would like to advertise to our community should contact PTSO Vice President 2 – Fundraising at

If you are subscribed to News You Choose, you will receive the PTSO WeMails. To check and/or update your subscriptions, go to the News You Choose Subscriber Preferences Page. You will need to use your email address to log in or to create a new account.

We will post recent WeMails for the past month in this space, so if you think you’ve missed something, check this space.


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