Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Important Dates
- Monday, 9/26 NO SCHOOL / Teacher Workday
- Tuesday, 9/27 Virginia Growth Assessment Test
- Wednesday, 9/28 Frost Band Night at WTW
- Thursday, 9/29 Virginia Growth Assessment Test
- Monday, October 3 After-School Program Starts
- Wednesday, October 5 NO SCHOOL/Yom Kippur
- Monday, October 10 NO SCHOOL/Teacher Workday
- Tuesday, October 11 Signs of Suicide Screener
- Thursday, October 13 Frost Choir Pyramid Concert at WTW
- October 19/20 Fall Picture Days
- Thursday, October 20 Frost Orchestra Woodson Concert at WTW
- Monday, October 24 NO SCHOOL/Diwali
- Tuesday, October 25 Social Emotional Learning Seminar
- Friday, October 28 End of 1st Quarter/Two Hour Early Release
- Monday, October 31 NO SCHOOL/Teacher Workday
This Week at Frost....
Woodson Football Game and Policies
As we prepare for our Feeder Night Varsity Football game, September 23rd versus Lewis, we want to remind you that the following guidelines are in effect to ensure that all of our patrons, students, and parents enjoy the true spirit of the event.
- The game will start at 7:00pm and we will organize the Feeder students around 6:30PM near the scoreboard. Ticket gates open at 5:30pm for Feeder school students who get in free with a paying adult. Cost of tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time through this E-tix link.
- Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with athletic equipment such as bats, balls, sticks, etc.
- Backpacks are not allowed. Everyone entering the stadium is subject to search.
- Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with outside food or containers such as water bottles, cups, cans, etc.
- We welcome all members of the community to attend our games, but parents are needed to attend and monitor middle and elementary aged students. All attendees, regardless of age, are expected to behave responsibly.
- Woodson High School (including the parking lots) is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free zone. Adults and students who are determined to be in violation of regulations restricting the possession or being under the influence of drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco will be dealt with accordingly, including being subject to arrest by police.
- Representatives from the Fairfax County Police Department, the Woodson Administration, and the Woodson Security Staff will continue to monitor the activities of our patrons in the parking lot, at the ticket gate, and inside the stadium to promote a safe and secure environment for both Woodson fans, our visitors, and guests.
- For varsity football games, once you pay and enter the stadium you may not leave and reenter. Please plan accordingly.
- Woodson HS students and parents are asked to demonstrate good citizenship and spirited sportsmanship to our opponents and their fans. Any clothing that includes negative references to opposing teams/schools will not be tolerated. The Woodson Cavalry is considered the best fans in Virginia! Let’s show everyone that we are #Cavstrong.
Thank you in advance for making this a great event for all! We are #oneWoodson!
Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD)
The Department of Special Services is in need of parent representatives to serve as members of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) for the 2022-2023 school year. Each region is asked to nominate a parent from to serve on the committee. The Governance Manual indicates that:
“The School Board shall appoint 33 members to the committee; a majority shall be parents of students with disabilities or persons with disabilities” It also states that the committee will consist of “One parent of a student with disabilities representing each of the five FCPS Regions”.
This year, to assist in identifying potential nominees, the ACSD is providing the attached Public Interest Form on their webpage. DSS will send to our region leadership team any interest forms that they receive from a parent in our region. In addition, we wanted to reach out to you to see what names you might offer. We are looking for parents who are collaborative and invested in examining our current supports and services for students with disabilities and making recommendations to the School Board around areas of improvement.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions
The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology application will be available on Monday, October 24 at 4:00pm, to current 8th grade students. The last day to begin an application is Wednesday, November 16 by 4:00pm. Applications must be submitted by Friday, November 18 by 4:00pm. The application portal, course prerequisites, GPA requirements, and deadlines can be found here: TJHSST Application Information.
TJ will host an information session in the Lecture Hall at Frost MS on October 19 from 2:45pm to 3:45pm. This is open to current 8th grade students who are interested in applying, and students who attend the session will be able to ride the late bus home. Parents and guardians of current 8th grade students are welcome to attend this event as well.
Prior to attending the in-person information session, please visit the TJ Admissions main page to view the posted YouTube video (a 31-minute presentation detailing the admissions process). The in-person presentation will provide a shortened version of the recorded YouTube video allowing extended time for questions and answers.
If you are unable to attend the in-person presentation being held at Frost MS, use this link: 2022 Fall TJHSST Admissions Presentation to find all evening presentation locations, any of which you may choose to attend.
If you have any questions about the TJHSST admissions process, make sure you review the TJ Admissions website thoroughly, watch the posted YouTube video, and plan to attend the admissions presentation on October 19th. We hope to see you there!
How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com
FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 2022-23 school year. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.
Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].
Family Engagement Survey Results
FCPS administered its second Family Engagement Survey in the 2021-22 school year to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school communities. Key findings include:
- 91% responded that their child feels safe at school, and 89% feel their child’s school is safe.
- 90% feel their school welcomes families of different backgrounds and cultures.
- 90% feel the information provided by their child’s school is easy to understand.
- 89% feel welcome at their child’s school.
- 89% feel their school is safe.
The survey was open from March 13-April 10 and was available in 10 languages. All families with students in preK through 12th grade were invited to participate. View survey results on our website.
Grading Timeline and Progress Report Schedule
To view this year's grading scheduling, please check on the link below:
Testing Information & Quarter 1 Testing Windows
State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The Fall Virginia Growth Assessments will be administered in two weeks at Frost MS. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:
- Fall and Winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932);
- Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021);
- Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/45043).
The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). School staff will contact you with the specific dates your student is scheduled to take the standardized VGA and SOL assessments. If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or Debbie Metzker, our test coordinator, at [email protected]
World Language Credit Exam 2022
Registration is now open for the 2022 World Languages Credit Exam. It will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included. The exam assesses reading and writing language proficiency in languages other than English. Students who take the exam may earn up to three World Languages credits for levels one, two, and three for the language of the exam. Detailed information can be found on the FCPS World Language Credit Exam Website.
Students & parents can register for the exam by completing this Google Form.
Registration is now open and closes on Thursday, October 6, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) Introduction
Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.
Key roles of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:
- Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education for students, parents, and the Fairfax County Community
- Intervention services upon violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook or suspected substance use involvement
- Assessing a student’s level of substance use and, if appropriate, making referrals to the Fairfax Community Service Board for additional services or other community resources as appropriate
- Group and individual prevention services for students, staff, parents, and the Fairfax County community
- Most importantly, building positive relationships with students to provide support and encouragement
For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.
For further information & support:
De’Ja Ruffin (McNeil), MSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
- https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2022/07/26/covid-19-updates-new-vaccine-option-baby-vaccine-data-1-million-vaccines/Free hotspot and internet for families with students who receive free and/or reduced-price meals or Fairfax County services. Free Internet for Students: Project 10Million | T-Mobile
- The Fairfax Health County Health Department continues to provide monkeypox vaccinations for individuals who have a known exposure to a confirmed case and is now providing screening to other individuals to assess risk. Exposure most commonly happens when a person has direct contact with rash, scabs, or body fluids of someone who has the virus. Learn more here.
- 988 is now active across the United States. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. (Please note, the previous 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number will continue to function indefinitely.) Click here to learn more about 988.
- Locations to receive recommended child and adolescent immunizations are available throughout the Fairfax Health District, including at many pharmacies and groceries that have pharmacies. Please click here to find a location near you.
- COVID-19 Updates (Information available in multiple languages. Language preference is located under video on webpage).
- Fairfax County Youth Substance Use Trends and Supports Webinar (recording). Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District, which is consistent with national and state trends, Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide an educational webinar on youth substance use trends and supports.
- Healthy Minds Fairfax has a 1-pager on how to know when your child may have a mental health concern and where to get help.
Woodson Feeder Night Football Game on September 23
Join the Woodson Cavalier football team on September 23 at 7:00pm as they take on the Lewis Lancers! All students from the Woodson Pyramid are admitted with the presentation of this flyer, linked below, and when accompanied by a paying adult. All feeder school students will be recognized before the game at 6:40pm. Please meet at the scoreboard at 6:30pm.