WSHS Spartan Weekly News - March 1, 2024

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NEWS AND NOTES UPCOMING EVENTS

MARCH:

Sunday, 3/3: Spartan Crew Bingo, 2 pm, WSHS Cafeteria

Tuesday, 3/5: Student Holiday (no school); PTSA Meeting 7:30 pm

Wednesday, 3/6: Athletic Booster's meeting, 7 pm at WSHS Room 2223

Friday, 3/8: International Night, 7pm

Saturday, 3/9: Fairfax County Teen Job Fair @ WSHS

Thursday, 3/21: EL Parent's Night, 6:30pm

Friday, 3/22: End of 3rd Quarter

Monday, 3/25 - Friday, 3/29: Spring Break

First Amendment Press Freedom Award 2024 WSHS Winner

A Big Congratulations to Beth Leone, Melissa Morgan and Alexa Whitlock, along with The Oracle, The Olympian, and Symposium students!

 West Springfield High School has been selected as a 2024 First Amendment Press Freedom Award recipient. A committee with representatives from the Journalism Education Association, National Scholastic Press Association and the Quill and Scroll Society studied each application carefully and WSHS was one of 28 schools selected (3 FCPS schools), to receive this prestigious award. The award recognizes those schools who actively support, teach and protect First Amendment Rights and Responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media where students make all final decisions of content. 

 

Check out the press release HERE

📅 Calendar Reminder: First Full Day of Ramadan

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this month Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

March 11 is an O day. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances during the school year. There is school on these days, however, tests, quizzes, field trips, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. 

March 5 Presidential Primary — Student Holiday/School Planning Day

The Fairfax Board of Elections requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election. March 5 will be a holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day for teachers. Central offices and school offices will remain open. See the complete school year calendar.

International Night: Spirit Week

March 4-8

Monday: International Flag Day (Wear flag colors)

Tuesday: NO SCHOOL

Wednesday: Dream Around the World (PJs)

Thursday: World Sports Day (Wear Jerseys)

Friday: Fashion Around the World (Wear Cultural Attire) 

International Night, 7 pm

West Springfield PTSA Meeting featuring School Board Members

 

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION Academic Advising Schedule Dates and Information

We have now completed Academic Advising.  We are asking each parent/guardian to please take a look at what courses were requested by your student.  This can be done through ParentVue under Course Request.  If for some reason you are unable to see the course requests please reach out to your student’s counselor

Due to staffing for the 24-25 school year students have until March 29th to make any changes to their schedule.  If you signed up for a Dual Enrollment class your counselor has shared the registration process.  If you signed up for an Academy we will have decisions by March 29th. 

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

 

 

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email [email protected] or call 703-323-3000.

24-25 SY College Partnership Program Application

The College Partnership Program (CPP) application is now open until March 15th. Learn more about CPP here. The application can be found HERE.

This program is designed to support students interested in exploring, applying to, and enrolling in college. Students of all backgrounds and experiences (grades 8-11) are encouraged to apply. 

CPP was created to help students who face additional barriers to achieving their higher education goals, which includes:

  • Students who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S.
  • English language learners
  • Students who are economically disadvantaged
  • Students with disabilities

Direct any questions to one of our WSHS CPP Advocates: Kimberley Greene-Herbert , Jeff Toomer , or Taylor Wagonseller.

STUDENT CORNER   Spartan Crew Bingo

Sunday, March 3

1:00 pm- Doors Open

2:00 pm- 1st Game Starts

Located @ WSHS Cafeteria

Purchase tickets online


$28 Online through Mar 2
$30 at the door
* 1 Ticket = 20 Bingo Games + 1 Raffle Ticket
CASH Only on March 3rd for (no ATM onsite):
Special Games * Raffles * Bingo Daubers
Food and Drinks

🍥Crew Fundraiser: Asian Grill

Satisfy your cravings for authentic quality dishes while supporting the crew team during our first ever 2 day dining-out fundraiser!

When: March 5-6

Where:

Asian Grill

6228 Rolling Road, Unit 8, Springfield VA 22152

703-569-4800

asiangrillspringfield.com

International Night

Friday, March 8

Food Sales @ 5:30 pm

Show Begins @ 7 pm

Admissions: $7 (Etix)

International Night Highlights

 

What:  Ballin’ with Buddies is an inclusive community basketball tournament including students from WSHS, Lewis HS, Irving, and Rolling Valley ES.

When: Saturday, March 16th from 12-2pm

This FREE event will include several raffle items,                                              yummy food, and exciting halftime entertainment!

Where: WSHS Main Gym

 

 

              Everyone is welcome!

                Follow us on Instagram @Wshsbuddies

              #BetterTogether

Mulch Sale 2024!

The West Springfield High School Touchdown Club Boosters are pleased to announce our 2024 Annual Mulch Sale. The WSHS Touchdown Club Boosters supports our WSHS Spartans football teams to help support the program needs and assist students who otherwise may not be able to participate in all aspects of the football program.

Our high-quality double-shredded hardwood mulch is guaranteed to be free of additives, chemicals, or dyes and comes in 3-cubic-foot bags. Our prices are $6 per bag!  Orders of ten bags or more qualify for professional delivery (within the West Springfield High School Boundary Only)!

Deliveries will be made on March 15th & 16th!  Order online via our secure website.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER BY MARCH 8th!  

 

No time to spread your mulch. Let our Boys Lacrosse team spread it for you! Click HERE to schedule.

 

🚗Take your Learner’s Permit Test at West Springfield HS

 

When: 3:10pm, specific dates below

Where: Room 2225

Cost: $20

2023-24 Dates: 2nd Semester shown below

  • March 11
  • April 3 and 25
  • May 15

Who can take the test: Students MUST be 15 years and 6 months old by the day of the test. 

  • This test is for Fairfax County Public School students ONLY (FCPS ID is required).
  • If student has had two unsuccessful attempts at passing this test, then they are required to test at the DMV for their 3rd attempt.

Please read the instructions below carefully…

How to Register:

  1. Visit FCPS ACE and sign up for a specific date: fcps.edu
  2. Once registered on the FCPS ACE site, student must also register with the DMV. A link is provided during the ACE registration and in a confirmation email. Failure to register with the DMV will result in not being able to test since they issue the secure testing codes to FCPS proctors. 

The following are required to the take the test-; student should bring with them on test day:

  • A picture ID to verify identity. If the student does not have a picture ID, take a picture, write the student's full legal name under the picture, and have a teacher sign to verify the student's identity. Students may also show their photo from SIS.
  • Earbuds/headphones to listen to directions and test audio.

NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE LEARNERS PERMIT TEST? SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THE PREP COURSES!

These 90-minute classes are offered on Zoom and help to prepare students for the permit test. Sign up on aceclasses.fcps.edu. Dates for spring are 2/13, 3/5, 4/16, 5/7.

Send any questions to Mr. Casey Grubbs ([email protected])

‼️Attention Class of 2024‼️ 

Parents, please help get your senior to fill out THIS FORM for graduation. Information provided is necessary for gown orders and name pronunciation for graduation.

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Announcements and Accessories 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone? Please call 1-800-567-8367

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES 🎾Spring Sports Tryout Dates / Times Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of March 4-9

 

Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

School Activities Calendar. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

Athletic Boosters 🏅Booster Club Scholarship

2024 Rob Benton and Ron Tugwell Scholarship

Open to WSHS graduating seniors who participated in a VHSL sanctioned event or an FCPS supported club sport at WSHS at any time and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

Eligible Participants include, but not necessarily limited to:

Athletes
Performers
Managers
Trainers
Statisticians
Videographers

 

Eligible Activities:

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross Country
Debate
Field Hockey
Football
Forensics
Golf
Gymnastics Indoor Track
Lacrosse
One Act Play
Outdoor Track
Rifle
Scholastics
Soccer
Softball
Swim & Dive
Tennis
Volleyball
Wrestling

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 7, 2024

Student-Athletes can apply HERE.

Questions: [email protected].

Athletic Boosters Club Nominations and Elections

The Spartan Athletic Boosters are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 school year.

Elections will be held on May 1, 2024 at the Booster Club Board Meeting. 

Submission Deadline is April 28, 2024

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

  • Option #1: HERE
    • Limited Time Only! 20% OFF $100 CODE: GEAR20

 (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

  • Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games!
FCPS INFORMATION ☑️ School Board Adopts Fiscal Year 2025 Advertised Budget

The School Board voted to adopt the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Advertised Budget last Thursday. 

The Advertised Budget prioritizes the school division’s most urgent needs, including providing employees with competitive compensation, so that each and every student has access to the world-class education they deserve.

The budget is closely aligned with FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan, which seeks a strong academic start for our youngest students and prepares our graduates for a thriving future. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction.

The School Board will vote on the FY 2025 Approved Budget in May. View the news release.

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (Numbers in the chart above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority.

✅ Look for the Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey will open Sunday, March 3. Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Become Next Year’s School Board Student Representative

Each year FCPS students have the opportunity to apply for the position of student representative to the School Board. The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity by representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools. 

For more information on this role, please see FCPS Policy 1802. Visit the application webpage for details on eligibility, the application, and deadlines.

What Is It Like to Serve on the Fairfax County School Board?

Rida Karim, the current student representative to the School Board, describes the demands, expectations, and rewards of the position in this short video.

Virtual Gathering for Military-Connected Families

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) values the unique experiences and perspectives of our military-connected families and students.   

Family and School Partnerships invites military-connected parents and guardians to attend a special virtual gathering to connect directly with FCPS staff and community members, learn about valuable resources, and share their experiences within FCPS. 

This interactive session will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, from 7-8 p.m. Please register for this event to receive the Zoom link and meeting invitation.  

For more information about the gathering and/or military-connected resources, please email Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist, Military-Connected Youth & Families, at [email protected] or [email protected]

 

  FCPS Purple Up! T-Shirts Available for Purchase

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is gearing up to honor and celebrate its military-connected youth in April, the Month of the Military Child and on Purple Up! Day! 

This year, Virginia will celebrate Purple Up! Day on Wednesday, April 17. Purple Up! Day is a special day for communities to come together and wear purple as a visible gesture of support for our military-connected youth and their families. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military. 

FCPS Purple Up! t-shirts are available for purchase now through Friday, March 8, 2024 here. The shirts highlight our gratitude and appreciation for our 14,000 military-connected students and their families. #PurpleUpFCPS! 

For more information and/or to connect with FCPS resources, email us at [email protected]

Our Schools, Our Future: Register for Community Conversations

Join Dr. Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help us plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair Open House

Members of the general public are invited to attend the science fair open house at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 17, 1-3pm.

FCPS Quick Links NEWS FOR THE COMMUNITY 🎤 Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Monday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grades 6 to 12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30am to 2pm. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for grade 6-11 students to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. IFTA allows students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement, earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program, or recover one high school course credit through the Credit Recovery Academy

FCPS' free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on FCPS summer programs. 

2024 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Schedule

The Annual Fairfax County Teen Job Fair focuses on students and young job seekers who are looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions.

The fairs have provided thousands of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for our employers to find talented Fairfax County students to fill their positions. 

This year, the fairs will run on two Saturdays in March:

  • March 2 at Chantilly High School, 11am - 1pm*
  • March 9 at West Springfield High School, 11am - 1pm*

*Final workshops will end at 1:30pm

The fairs are open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Student registration is free and open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Business registration is also free and open to any organization providing positions for students. Free table space and a complimentary table covering will be provided to registered businesses and organizations to advertise their available positions. Participating businesses must provide positions for students at the fair; soliciting without offering positions is not permitted.

ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS Class of 2024 ANGP 

Find general information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

Ready to Eat, Live, and Love Better?

Friends and families of West Springfield High School can sign up for the Seasonal Roots online farmers market and get a 1-year membership for just $25 (50% off)! For each sign up, Seasonal Roots will donate $20 to the West Springfield High School All Night Grad Party!

Seasonal Roots offers custom orders with convenient home delivery of a wide variety of farm-fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, milk and artisan goods.

Click here to sign up and be sure to use the promo code WSHSANGP2024.

Do you own a local business? 

Please consider donating as the ANGP depends largely on the generosity of the community and the senior parents to help make it a successful event and a night to remember.

You can donate online at wshs-angp.square.site. Click the “Donate” link at the bottom of the page. All donations are tax-deductible. 

We will show our appreciation for your support by acknowledging all donors on our West Springfield All Night Grad Party website and communications.  

We appreciate your support!

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Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help.  Email to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
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WSHS Spartan Weekly News - February 23, 2024

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NEWS AND NOTES UPCOMING EVENTS

FEBRUARY:

Wednesday, 2/28: Staff v. Students Basketball Game, 7 pm @WSHS

 

MARCH:

Tuesday, 3/5: Student Holiday (no school)

Friday, 3/8: International Night, 7pm

Saturday, 3/9: Fairfax County Teen Job Fair @ WSHS

Thursday, 3/21: EL Parent's Night, 6:30pm

Friday, 3/22: End of 3rd Quarter

Monday, 3/25 - Friday, 3/29: Spring Break

‼️ Important Announcement ‼️

FCPS Transportation and our Director of Student Activities are asking parents and students not to part in the bus parking lanes near Door 5 and 6 after school hours. Busses returning our sports teams to school are unable to park in their intended spaces because many are parking their personal cars in these spots. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

🏀Staff v. Students Basketball Game

Come out and support our annual staff vs. students basketball game!

February 28, 7pm @WSHS

Free admission

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION FAFSA Updates for Seniors and Their Parents/Guardians

There have been several technological challenges with the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) since its launch on December 31, 2023. The latest news is that colleges will not get FAFSA summaries from the U.S. Department of Education until mid-March at the earliest. As a result, colleges won’t be able to give students financial aid award letters based on their FAFSA information until late April to May, at best. Students who applied to a college that uses the CSS Profile may receive financial aid information sooner.

Different media outlets are reporting a growing list of colleges that will push back deadlines for students to accept offers of admission into May and even June. The American Council on Education has a database of colleges and universities that have extended their deadline to commit to enroll. We recommend that all information obtained by a secondary source be confirmed directly with the college or university.

If you are a caregiver or student with questions or persistent issues filling out the FAFSA, consider scheduling a free appointment with our partners at College Access Fairfax. Email [email protected]. All FAFSA help provided by your school or College Access Fairfax is free. 

NOVA Virtual Sessions for Seniors and Their Families 

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is offering virtual information and application sessions. Information sessions will provide an overview of NOVA and the opportunities, services, and resources designed to connect high school seniors to the NOVA Nighthawk Community.

 

 

Sessions are open to all FCPS seniors and their families. For questions, email [email protected] or call 703-323-3000.

24-25 SY CPP Application

The College Partnership Program (CPP) application is now open until March 15th. Learn more about CPP here. The application can be found HERE.

This program is designed to support students interested in exploring, applying to, and enrolling in college. Students of all backgrounds and experiences (grades 8-11) are encouraged to apply. 

CPP was created to help students who face additional barriers to achieving their higher education goals, which includes:

  • Students who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S.
  • English language learners
  • Students who are economically disadvantaged
  • Students with disabilities

Direct any questions to one of our WSHS CPP Advocates: Kimberley Greene-Herbert , Jeff Toomer , or Taylor Wagonseller.

Academic Advising Schedule Dates and Information

Academic Advising for next school year continues... 

  1. Our Academic Website is currently available. Students and parents can find a great deal of information on this site, including how teachers provide class feedback, course selection sheets, how to add classes for next year to SIS StudentVue and much more. This is a public site available to all.
  2. Student considering taking a Dual Enrollment (DE) class will have to complete this packet. Students and parents should note the FCPS DE Virtual Orientation dates available and the Friday, March 22 deadline.
  3. To better serve DE students during Academic Advising, we are asking students to share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

DE Students who have not yet created a NOVA ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year, please access this website to create the ID. Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Important Academic Advising Dates:

  • February 20 - 27, Academic Advising Rising Sophomores
  • March 29, last day to make schedule change requests for 2024-25 School Year.
STUDENT CORNER West Potomac Academy Open House

 Wednesday, February 28, 2028, 6-8 p.m.

6500 Quander Road
Alexandria, VA 22307

Tour our classrooms, meet our teachers and support staff, hear from current students, & learn about our classes and programs!

For classes in our Gunston Building, follow signs for the Kiss & Ride and Academy and enter in door 21.

For classes in our Springbank Building, enter the main entrance and follow to the parking lot by door 5.

Questions?

Nora Covert, Academy Counselor
703-718-2752
[email protected]

www.westpotomacacademy.fcps.edu

 

HEALTH & MEDICAL
COURSES, ARMY JROTC -
GUNSTON BUILDING
911 Dispatch, Army JROTC,
Biotechnology Foundations HN,
Dental Careers, EMT, Exploring
Health Sciences & the Language
of Medicine, Intro to Nursing,
Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Tech,
Physical/Occupational Therapy

COMMUNICATIONS &
ARTS COURSES -
SPRINGBANK BUILDING
Academy Dance, Broadway
Dance, Criminal Justice, Hip Hop,
Music Computer Technology, TV
& Media Production

Mulch Sale 2024!

The West Springfield High School Touchdown Club Boosters are pleased to announce our 2024 Annual Mulch Sale. The WSHS Touchdown Club Boosters supports our WSHS Spartans football teams to help support the program needs and assist students who otherwise may not be able to participate in all aspects of the football program.

Our high-quality double-shredded hardwood mulch is guaranteed to be free of additives, chemicals, or dyes and comes in 3-cubic-foot bags. Our prices are $6 per bag!  Orders of ten bags or more qualify for professional delivery (within the West Springfield High School Boundary Only)!

Deliveries will be made on March 15th & 16th!  Order online via our secure website.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER BY MARCH 8th!  

 

No time to spread your mulch. Let our Boys Lacrosse team spread it for you! Click HERE to schedule.

 

🚗Take your Learner’s Permit Test at West Springfield HS

 

When: 3:10pm, specific dates below

Where: Room 2225

Cost: $20

2023-24 Dates: 2nd Semester shown below

  • March 11
  • April 3 and 25
  • May 15

Who can take the test: Students MUST be 15 years and 6 months old by the day of the test. 

  • This test is for Fairfax County Public School students ONLY (FCPS ID is required).
  • If student has had two unsuccessful attempts at passing this test, then they are required to test at the DMV for their 3rd attempt.

Please read the instructions below carefully…

How to Register:

  1. Visit FCPS ACE and sign up for a specific date: fcps.edu
  2. Once registered on the FCPS ACE site, student must also register with the DMV. A link is provided during the ACE registration and in a confirmation email. Failure to register with the DMV will result in not being able to test since they issue the secure testing codes to FCPS proctors. 

The following are required to the take the test-; student should bring with them on test day:

  • A picture ID to verify identity. If the student does not have a picture ID, take a picture, write the student's full legal name under the picture, and have a teacher sign to verify the student's identity. Students may also show their photo from SIS.
  • Earbuds/headphones to listen to directions and test audio.

NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE LEARNERS PERMIT TEST? SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THE PREP COURSES!

These 90-minute classes are offered on Zoom and help to prepare students for the permit test. Sign up on aceclasses.fcps.edu. Dates for spring are 2/13, 3/5, 4/16, 5/7.

Send any questions to Mr. Casey Grubbs ([email protected])

‼️Attention Class of 2024‼️ 

Parents, please help get your senior to fill out THIS FORM for graduation. Information provided is necessary for gown orders and name pronunciation for graduation.

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Announcements and Accessories 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone? Please call 1-800-567-8367

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spring Sports Tryouts Begin Monday, February 19th

Tryouts for most Spartan Spring Sports begin February 19 (President’s Holiday). Our teams host tryouts with the purpose of identifying those athletes that have the ability and potential to fill the needs of the team. 

WSHS philosophy is to include as many students as possible in the overall athletic program of the school. At the same time, some sports are limited as to how many student-athletes can participate based on resources, equipment, and the capacity of the coach. Our goal is to maximize the opportunities for our students to gain skills playing sports without diluting the quality of our programs.

Tryout Schedules are depicted below. Parents / students should contact our coaches directly with any questions. Please note that students who have not completed the VHSL Physical and Athletic Registration are not eligible to begin tryouts until cleared by our Athletic Trainers. 

🎾Spring Sports Tryout Dates / Times Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of February 26-March 2

 

Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

School Activities Calendar. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

Athletic Boosters 🏅Booster Club Scholarship

2024 Rob Benton and Ron Tugwell Scholarship

Open to WSHS graduating seniors who participated in a VHSL sanctioned event or an FCPS supported club sport at WSHS at any time and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

Eligible Participants include, but not necessarily limited to:

Athletes
Performers
Managers
Trainers
Statisticians
Videographers

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 7, 2024

Student-Athletes can apply HERE.

Question: [email protected].

Athletic Boosters Club Nominations and Elections

The Spartan Athletic Boosters are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 school year.

Elections will be held on May 1, 2024 at the Booster Club Board Meeting. Submission Deadline is April 28, 2024

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

  • Option #1: HERE
    • 15% off $70 with code: WIN15 

 (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

  • Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games!
FCPS INFORMATION Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

💭 Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions. 

 

  FCPS Purple Up! T-Shirts Available for Purchase

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is gearing up to honor and celebrate its military-connected youth in April, the Month of the Military Child and on Purple Up! Day! 

This year, Virginia will celebrate Purple Up! Day on Wednesday, April 17. Purple Up! Day is a special day for communities to come together and wear purple as a visible gesture of support for our military-connected youth and their families. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military. 

FCPS Purple Up! t-shirts are available for purchase now through Friday, March 8, 2024 here. The shirts highlight our gratitude and appreciation for our 14,000 military-connected students and their families. #PurpleUpFCPS! 

For more information and/or to connect with FCPS resources, email us at [email protected]

Our Schools, Our Future: Register for Community Conversations

Join Dr. Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help us plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Save the Date: FCPS Military Fair (Virtual), March 20, 5:30pm
  • Service Panel
  • 2 x Optional Breakout Sessions 
    • Service Academies / ROTC
    • Enlistment

More information to follow! 

Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair Open House

Members of the general public are invited to attend the science fair open house at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 17, 1-3pm.

FCPS Quick Links NEWS FOR THE COMMUNITY Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30am to 2pm. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for grade 6-11 students to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. IFTA allows students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement, earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program, or recover one high school course credit through the Credit Recovery Academy

FCPS' free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on FCPS summer programs. 

2024 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Schedule

The Annual Fairfax County Teen Job Fair focuses on students and young job seekers who are looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions.

The fairs have provided thousands of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for our employers to find talented Fairfax County students to fill their positions. 

This year, the fairs will run on two Saturdays in March:

  • March 2 at Chantilly High School, 11am - 1pm*
  • March 9 at West Springfield High School, 11am - 1pm*

*Final workshops will end at 1:30pm

The fairs are open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Student registration is free and open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Business registration is also free and open to any organization providing positions for students. Free table space and a complimentary table covering will be provided to registered businesses and organizations to advertise their available positions. Participating businesses must provide positions for students at the fair; soliciting without offering positions is not permitted.

ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS Class of 2024 ANGP 

Find general information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

Ready to Eat, Live, and Love Better?

Friends and families of West Springfield High School can sign up for the Seasonal Roots online farmers market and get a 1-year membership for just $25 (50% off)! For each sign up, Seasonal Roots will donate $20 to the West Springfield High School All Night Grad Party!

Seasonal Roots offers custom orders with convenient home delivery of a wide variety of farm-fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, milk and artisan goods.

Click here to sign up and be sure to use the promo code WSHSANGP2024.

Do you own a local business? 

Please consider donating as the ANGP depends largely on the generosity of the community and the senior parents to help make it a successful event and a night to remember.

You can donate online at wshs-angp.square.site. Click the “Donate” link at the bottom of the page. All donations are tax-deductible. 

We will show our appreciation for your support by acknowledging all donors on our West Springfield All Night Grad Party website and communications.  

We appreciate your support!

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:


Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help.  Email to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

WSHS Spartan Weekly News - February 16, 2024

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NEWS AND NOTES UPCOMING EVENTS

 

FEBRUARY:

Monday, 2/19: Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day (no school)

Friday, 2/23: WSHS Black History Month Celebration and Assembly

 

MARCH:

Tuesday, 3/5: Student Holiday (no school)

Friday, 3/8: International Night, 7pm

Saturday, 3/9: Fairfax County Teen Job Fair @ WSHS

Thursday, 3/21: EL Parent's Night, 6:30pm

Friday, 3/22: End of 3rd Quarter

Monday, 3/25 - Friday, 3/29: Spring Break

📅 Calendar Reminder: Presidents Day (Holiday)  

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. 

Presidents Day is a time to honor and remember the birthdays and achievements of the country's most distinguished leaders, and to reflect on the role of the president in shaping the nation’s history and development. 

See the complete school year calendar. See the employee calendar.

Connect FCPS Calendars to Your Personal Calendar

You can subscribe to FCPS calendars so updates and new events will automatically be added to your Outlook or Google calendars. Subscribe to “All Calendars” or specific types of events, including holidays, featured FCPS events, School Board meetings, fine and performing arts events, or religious and cultural observances.

👮School Resource Officer (SRO) Appreciation

Thursday, February 15, is recognized as School Resource Officer (SRO) Appreciation Day. The SROs who work in Fairfax County public schools are sworn police officers with the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD).

We want to give a huge shout out and THANK YOU to Officer Joseph Plazio who has served as an SRO for 12 years. 

Thank you for the work you do in our school every day keeping our students and staff safe! We especially appreciate all the relationships you build and the connections you make within our school community. #HappySROAppreciationDay

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION FAFSA in the Media

There have been many hiccups in the technology of submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for many families. The latest news is that colleges will not get FAFSA summaries from the Dept of Education until mid-March at the earliest. This means that colleges won’t be able to give students financial aid award letters until late April – May at best unless the student completed the CSS Profile.

Media has been reporting the growing list of colleges that will push back deadlines for students to accept offers of admission into May – June.

Bottom line: the new FAFSA has created an unusual application year for the Class of 2024.

Parents and students with questions or persistent issues filling out the FAFSA are encouraged to schedule an appointment with our FCPS partners at College Access Fairfax (CAF). Our school staff and friends at CAF know the delayed FAFSA has provided an unneeded stress to your college application season. Please know that you are not alone.

Report Cards

Report Cards are now Available in ParentVue. Students or parents in need of a physical copy of the report card can email: [email protected].

24-25 SY CPP Application

The College Partnership Program (CPP) application is now open until March 15th. Learn more about CPP here. The application can be found HERE.

This program is designed to support students interested in exploring, applying to, and enrolling in college. Students of all backgrounds and experiences (grades 8-11) are encouraged to apply. 

CPP was created to help students who face additional barriers to achieving their higher education goals, which includes:

  • Students who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S.
  • English language learners
  • Students who are economically disadvantaged
  • Students with disabilities

Direct any questions to one of our WSHS CPP Advocates: Kimberley Greene-Herbert , Jeff Toomer , or Taylor Wagonseller.

Academic Advising Schedule Dates and Information

Academic Advising for next school year continues... 

  1. Our Academic Website is currently available. Students and parents can find a great deal of information on this site, including how teachers provide class feedback, course selection sheets, how to add classes for next year to SIS StudentVue and much more. This is a public site available to all.
  2. Student considering taking a Dual Enrollment (DE) class will have to complete this packet. Students and parents should note the FCPS DE Virtual Orientation dates available and the Friday, March 22 deadline.
  3. To better serve DE students during Academic Advising, we are asking students to share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

DE Students who have not yet created a NOVA ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year, please access this website to create the ID. Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Important Academic Advising Dates:

  • February 20 - 27, Academic Advising Rising Sophomores
  • March 29, last day to make schedule change requests for 2024-25 School Year.
STUDENT CORNER Take your Learner’s Permit Test at West Springfield HS

 

When: 3:10pm, specific dates below

Where: Room 2225

Cost: $20

2023-24 Dates: 2nd Semester shown below

  • February 20
  • March 11
  • April 3 and 25
  • May 15

Who can take the test: Students MUST be 15 years and 6 months old by the day of the test. 

  • This test is for Fairfax County Public School students ONLY (FCPS ID is required).
  • If student has had two unsuccessful attempts at passing this test, then they are required to test at the DMV for their 3rd attempt.

Please read the instructions below carefully…

How to Register:

  1. Visit FCPS ACE and sign up for a specific date: fcps.edu
  2. Once registered on the FCPS ACE site, student must also register with the DMV. A link is provided during the ACE registration and in a confirmation email. Failure to register with the DMV will result in not being able to test since they issue the secure testing codes to FCPS proctors. 

The following are required to the take the test-; student should bring with them on test day:

  • A picture ID to verify identity. If the student does not have a picture ID, take a picture, write the student's full legal name under the picture, and have a teacher sign to verify the student's identity. Students may also show their photo from SIS.
  • Earbuds/headphones to listen to directions and test audio.

NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE LEARNERS PERMIT TEST? SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THE PREP COURSES!

These 90-minute classes are offered on Zoom and help to prepare students for the permit test. Sign up on aceclasses.fcps.edu. Dates for spring are 2/13, 3/5, 4/16, 5/7.

Send any questions to Mr. Casey Grubbs ([email protected])

Attention Class of 2024! 

Parents, please help get your senior to fill out THIS FORM for graduation. Information provided is necessary for gown orders and name pronunciation for graduation.

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Announcements and Accessories 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone? Please call 1-800-567-8367

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spring Sports Tryouts Begin Monday, February 19th

Tryouts for most Spartan Spring Sports begin February 19 (President’s Holiday). Our teams host tryouts with the purpose of identifying those athletes that have the ability and potential to fill the needs of the team. 

WSHS philosophy is to include as many students as possible in the overall athletic program of the school. At the same time, some sports are limited as to how many student-athletes can participate based on resources, equipment, and the capacity of the coach. Our goal is to maximize the opportunities for our students to gain skills playing sports without diluting the quality of our programs.

Tryout Schedules are depicted below. Parents / students should contact our coaches directly with any questions. Please note that students who have not completed the VHSL Physical and Athletic Registration are not eligible to begin tryouts until cleared by our Athletic Trainers. 

Spring Sports Tryout Dates / Times Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of February 19 - 24

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

School Activities Calendar. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

Athletic Boosters 🏅Booster Club Scholarship

2024 Rob Benton and Ron Tugwell Scholarship

Open to WSHS graduating seniors who participated in a VHSL sanctioned event or an FCPS supported club sport at WSHS at any time and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

Eligible Participants include, but not necessarily limited to:

Athletes
Performers
Managers
Trainers
Statisticians
Videographers

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 7, 2024

Student-Athletes can apply HERE.

Question: [email protected].

Athletic Boosters Club Nominations and Elections

The Spartan Athletic Boosters are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 school year.

Elections will be held on May 1, 2024 at the Booster Club Board Meeting. Submission Deadline is April 28, 2024

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

  • Option #1: HERE
    • 15% off $70 with code: WIN15 

 (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

  • Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games!
FCPS INFORMATION Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo Event

This weekend, school divisions across the region will team up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event will allow high school students to connect virtually and in person, with more than 60 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields. 

The purpose of this FREE career exploration event is to provide students with opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today. 

The in-person Career Expo and Job Fair event will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 1-4pm, in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center. 

Students should register today on the Instruction 2 Industry Events Page

Our Schools, Our Future: Register for Community Conversations

Join Dr. Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help us plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Save the Date: FCPS Military Fair (Virtual), March 20, 5:30pm
  • Service Panel
  • 2 x Optional Breakout Sessions 
    • Service Academies / ROTC
    • Enlistment

More information to follow! 

Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair Open House

Members of the general public are invited to attend the science fair open house at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 17, 1-3pm.

FCPS Quick Links NEWS FOR THE COMMUNITY

On February 23rd during LS 4 in the Auditorium, WSHS Black Student Union will lead our student body in a celebration of the rich tapestry of Black history and culture with our Black History Month Assembly. This assembly promises to be an enlightening and inspiring event, showcasing the achievements, contributions, and stories of Black individuals who have left an indelible mark on history. Students must opt-in to attend the assembly. Due to space constraints, the first 900 students who complete the google form will be allowed to participate. [Students have been informed of the assembly and sign up via Schoology.]

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30am to 2pm. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for grade 6-11 students to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. IFTA allows students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement, earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program, or recover one high school course credit through the Credit Recovery Academy

FCPS' free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on FCPS summer programs. 

2024 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Schedule

The Annual Fairfax County Teen Job Fair focuses on students and young job seekers who are looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions.

The fairs have provided thousands of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for our employers to find talented Fairfax County students to fill their positions. 

This year, the fairs will run on two Saturdays in March:

  • March 2 at Chantilly High School, 11am - 1pm*
  • March 9 at West Springfield High School, 11am - 1pm*

*Final workshops will end at 1:30pm

The fairs are open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Student registration is free and open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Business registration is also free and open to any organization providing positions for students. Free table space and a complimentary table covering will be provided to registered businesses and organizations to advertise their available positions. Participating businesses must provide positions for students at the fair; soliciting without offering positions is not permitted.

ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS Class of 2024 ANGP 

Find general information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

Ready to Eat, Live, and Love Better?

Friends and families of West Springfield High School can sign up for the Seasonal Roots online farmers market and get a 1-year membership for just $25 (50% off)! For each sign up, Seasonal Roots will donate $20 to the West Springfield High School All Night Grad Party!

Seasonal Roots offers custom orders with convenient home delivery of a wide variety of farm-fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, milk and artisan goods.

Click here to sign up and be sure to use the promo code WSHSANGP2024.

Do you own a local business? 

Please consider donating as the ANGP depends largely on the generosity of the community and the senior parents to help make it a successful event and a night to remember.

You can donate online at wshs-angp.square.site. Click the “Donate” link at the bottom of the page. All donations are tax-deductible. 

We will show our appreciation for your support by acknowledging all donors on our West Springfield All Night Grad Party website and communications.  

We appreciate your support!

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

WSHS Spartan Weekly News - February 9, 2024

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NEWS AND NOTES UPCOMING EVENTS

 

FEBRUARY:

Monday, 2/19: Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day (no school)

 

MARCH:

Tuesday, 3/5: Student Holiday (no school)

Friday, 3/8: International Night, 7pm

Saturday, 3/9: Fairfax County Teen Job Fair @ WSHS [corrected date] 

Thursday, 3/21: EL Parent's Night, 6:30pm

Friday, 3/22: End of 3rd Quarter

Monday, 3/25 - Friday, 3/29: Spring Break

Policy: Food Deliveries During School

Students and Parents,

Be aware that food deliveries from external services such as DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats are not permitted on campus during school hours. This restriction prioritizes the safety and well-being of our students and ensures an optimal learning environment for everyone.

Reasons for this policy:

  • Safety: Unrestricted access by unknown individuals onto school grounds during the day raises security concerns.

  • Distractions: Deliveries often disrupt our main office staff, and have the potential to disrupt the learning environment for both students and faculty.

  • Health and Sanitation: Maintaining proper food handling and allergen controls is difficult with external deliveries, raising potential health risks.

  • Equity: To ensure fairness and avoid lunch shaming, the school encourages all students to utilize the available lunch options, including bringing personal packed lunches or purchasing meals from the cafeteria.

What this means:

Any food deliveries sent to the school during school hours will be refused and discarded. Students will not be notified or allowed to retrieve them.

We encourage students to plan their lunches accordingly and take advantage of the healthy options available in the cafeteria or bring packed lunches from home.

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION 💚 Thank You, School Counselors

This week is National School Counseling Week, which highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and plan for a career. 

School counselors work with students in many ways, including classroom lessons, group sessions, individual counseling, and academic career-focused help. Read about some of our exemplary school counselors featured on the Instagram stories of our WSHS Mental Health Student Alliance Instagram Page. 

Report Cards

Report Cards are now Available in ParentVue. Students or parents in need of a physical copy of the report card can email: [email protected].

24-25 SY CPP Application

The College Partnership Program (CPP) application is now open until March 15th. Learn more about CPP here. The application can be found HERE.

This program is designed to support students interested in exploring, applying to, and enrolling in college. Students of all backgrounds and experiences (grades 8-11) are encouraged to apply. 

CPP was created to help students who face additional barriers to achieving their higher education goals, which includes:

  • Students who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S.
  • English language learners
  • Students who are economically disadvantaged
  • Students with disabilities

Direct any questions to one of our WSHS CPP Advocates: Kimberley Greene-Herbert , Jeff Toomer , or Taylor Wagonseller.

FCPS Academies Open Houses Continue

Is your high schooler interested in architecture and construction, information technology, or health science? If so, attend an FCPS high school academy open house.

An academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses. More than a dozen career fields can be explored through FCPS academies!

Learn more and find the calendar of academy open houses.

Academic Advising Schedule Dates and Information
  1. Our Academic Website is currently available. Students and parents can find a great deal of information on this site, including how teachers provide class feedback, course selection sheets, how to add classes for next year to SIS StudentVue and much more. This is a public site available to all.
  2. Student considering taking a Dual Enrollment (DE) class will have to complete this packet. Students and parents should note the FCPS DE Virtual Orientation dates available and the Friday, March 22 deadline.
  3. To better serve DE students during Academic Advising, we are asking students to share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

DE Students who have not yet created a NOVA ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year, please access this website to create the ID. Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Important Academic Advising Dates:

  • February 12 - 16, Academic Advising Rising Seniors
  • February 20 - 27, Academic Advising Rising Sophomores
  • March 29, last day to make schedule change requests for 2024-25 School Year.
STUDENT CORNER Take your Learner’s Permit Test at West Springfield HS

 

When: 3:10pm, specific dates below

Where: Room 2225

Cost: $20

2023-24 Dates: 2nd Semester shown below

  • February 20
  • March 11
  • April 3 and 25
  • May 15

Who can take the test: Students MUST be 15 years and 6 months old by the day of the test. 

  • This test is for Fairfax County Public School students ONLY (FCPS ID is required).
  • If student has had two unsuccessful attempts at passing this test, then they are required to test at the DMV for their 3rd attempt.

Please read the instructions below carefully…

How to Register:

  1. Visit FCPS ACE and sign up for a specific date: fcps.edu
  2. Once registered on the FCPS ACE site, student must also register with the DMV. A link is provided during the ACE registration and in a confirmation email. Failure to register with the DMV will result in not being able to test since they issue the secure testing codes to FCPS proctors. 

The following are required to the take the test-; student should bring with them on test day:

  • A picture ID to verify identity. If the student does not have a picture ID, take a picture, write the student's full legal name under the picture, and have a teacher sign to verify the student's identity. Students may also show their photo from SIS.
  • Earbuds/headphones to listen to directions and test audio.

NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE LEARNERS PERMIT TEST? SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THE PREP COURSES!

These 90-minute classes are offered on Zoom and help to prepare students for the permit test. Sign up on aceclasses.fcps.edu. Dates for spring are 2/13, 3/5, 4/16, 5/7.

Send any questions to Mr. Casey Grubbs ([email protected])

Now Available: Spanish Tutoring Levels 1-3, During LS

What students need to do:

  • Tell your Spanish teacher at least one day in advance
  • Report to Room #1227
  • Bring: classwork, homework study guides
Attention Class of 2024! 

Parents, please help get your senior to fill out THIS FORM for graduation. Information provided is necessary for gown orders and name pronunciation for graduation.

Late Senior Portrait Opportunity: Feb 11th Deadline

It is not too late to be in the yearbook! Victor O'Neill Studios is offering Senior portraits at their studio, Ironlight in Chantilly, Virginia. Seniors can schedule an appointment by visiting their website. The studio operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to book your spot soon. Seniors must have their photo taken at the studio no later than February 11th.

The Ironlight Studio is semi-private, and seniors have access to the school's formal yearbook photo. To enhance your experience, you can opt for an elevated photography session. The studio's website provides details about all session types and upgrades.

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact the studio directly at [email protected].

Note: this opportunity is being provided by the photography company, Victor O'Neil Studios, and will not be held at WSHS nor is this organized by WSHS Student Activities nor the Yearbook Staff. This is the final opportunity for seniors to be included in the yearbook. 

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Announcements and Accessories 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone? Please call 1-800-567-8367

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of February 12 - 17

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

School Activities Calendar. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

Athletic Boosters February Booster Meeting

Our next Spartan Athletic Booster's meeting will be held on Monday, February 12 at 7pm at WSHS Room 2223. Enter Door 5 and make the immediate left.

🏅Booster Club Scholarship

Click image to access application.

2024 Rob Benton and Ron Tugwell Scholarship

Open to WSHS graduating seniors who participated in a VHSL sanctioned event or an FCPS supported club sport at WSHS at any time and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

Eligible Participants include, but not necessarily limited to:

Athletes
Performers
Managers
Trainers
Statisticians
Videographers

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 7, 2024

Athletic Boosters Club Nominations and Elections

The Spartan Athletic Boosters are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 school year.

Elections will be held on May 1, 2024 at the Booster Club Board Meeting. Submission Deadline is April 28, 2024

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

  • Option #1: HERE
    • 15% off $70 with code: WIN15 

 (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

  • Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games!
FCPS INFORMATION Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo Events

In February, school divisions across the region will team up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event will allow high school students to connect virtually and in person, with more than 60 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields. 

The purpose of these FREE career exploration events is to provide students with opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today. 

The in-person Career Expo and Job Fair event will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 1-4pm, in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center. 

Students should register today on the Instruction 2 Industry Events Page

Save the Date: FCPS Military Fair (Virtual), March 20, 5:30pm
  • Service Panel
  • 2 x Optional Breakout Sessions 
    • Service Academies / ROTC
    • Enlistment

More information to follow! 

Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

We strongly encourage all FCPS middle and high school students to click on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal for homework help, concept review, writing support, and test prep—anytime, anywhere.

 Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

FCPS Quick Links NEWS FOR THE COMMUNITY Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps and Learning Programs 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30am to 2pm. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for grade 6-11 students to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. IFTA allows students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course requirement, earn a high school course credit via this summer’s online campus program, or recover one high school course credit through the Credit Recovery Academy

FCPS' free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on FCPS summer programs. 

2024 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Schedule

The Annual Fairfax County Teen Job Fair focuses on students and young job seekers who are looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions.

The fairs have provided thousands of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for our employers to find talented Fairfax County students to fill their positions. 

This year, the fairs will run on two Saturdays in March:

  • March 2 at Chantilly High School, 11am - 1pm*
  • March 9 [corrected date] at West Springfield High School, 11am - 1pm*

*Final workshops will end at 1:30pm

The fairs are open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Student registration is free and open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Business registration is also free and open to any organization providing positions for students. Free table space and a complimentary table covering will be provided to registered businesses and organizations to advertise their available positions. Participating businesses must provide positions for students at the fair; soliciting without offering positions is not permitted.

ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS Class of 2024 ANGP 

Find general information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

Ready to Eat, Live, and Love Better?

Friends and families of West Springfield High School can sign up for the Seasonal Roots online farmers market and get a 1-year membership for just $25 (50% off)! For each sign up, Seasonal Roots will donate $20 to the West Springfield High School All Night Grad Party!

Seasonal Roots offers custom orders with convenient home delivery of a wide variety of farm-fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, milk and artisan goods.

Click here to sign up and be sure to use the promo code WSHSANGP2024.

Do you own a local business? 

Please consider donating as the ANGP depends largely on the generosity of the community and the senior parents to help make it a successful event and a night to remember.

You can donate online at wshs-angp.square.site. Click the “Donate” link at the bottom of the page. All donations are tax-deductible. 

We will show our appreciation for your support by acknowledging all donors on our West Springfield All Night Grad Party website and communications.  

We appreciate your support!

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

WSHS Spartan Weekly News - February 2, 2024

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NEWS AND NOTES UPCOMING EVENTS

 

FEBRUARY:

Tuesday, 2/6: PTSA Meeting, 7:30pm (Register)

Monday, 2/19: Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day, no school

 

MARCH:

Friday, 3/8: International Night, 7pm

Thursday, 3/21: EL Parent's Night, 6:30pm

Friday, 3/22: End of 3rd Quarter

Monday, 3/25 - Friday, 3/29: Spring Break

📆 SIS Parent and StudentVue Temporarily Unavailable

SIS Parent and StudentVue will be temporarily unavailable until Monday, February 5, at 6am.

Report cards will be available on Parent/Student Vue by the 2nd week in February.

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION 24-25 SY CPP Application

The College Partnership Program (CPP) application is now open until March 15th. Learn more about CPP here. The application can be found HERE.

This program is designed to support students interested in exploring, applying to, and enrolling in college. Students of all backgrounds and experiences (grades 8-11) are encouraged to apply. 

CPP was created to help students who face additional barriers to achieving their higher education goals, which includes:

  • Students who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S.
  • English language learners
  • Students who are economically disadvantaged
  • Students with disabilities

Direct any questions to one of our WSHS CPP Advocates: Kimberley Greene-Herbert , Jeff Toomer , or Taylor Wagonseller.

FAFSA Is Open: College Access Fairfax Can Help

Over the next two months, College Access Fairfax will be offering a number of programs on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA), and finding and applying for scholarships. Visit the College Access Fairfax website for details.

In addition, College Access Fairfax staff members are available for virtual one-on-one help sessions to complete the FAFSA/VASA. Email [email protected] for an appointment.

The FAFSA is now available. Any college-bound high school senior — regardless of income — who wants to be considered for federal, state, and school financial aid programs should complete a FAFSA form. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible. Check each college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and forms. Then, create an FSA ID and fill out the FAFSA.

The VASA application has not yet opened, but should be available in late January for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA. To help determine which aid option is right for you, visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website.

FCPS Academies Are Holding Open Houses

Is your high schooler interested in architecture and construction, information technology, or health science? If so, attend an FCPS high school academy open house.

An academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses. More than a dozen career fields can be explored through FCPS academies!

Learn more and find the calendar of academy open houses.

Academic Advising Schedule Dates and Information
  1. Our Academic Website is currently available. Students and parents can find a great deal of information on this site, including how teachers provide class feedback, course selection sheets, how to add classes for next year to SIS StudentVue and much more. This is a public site available to all.
  2. Student considering taking a Dual Enrollment (DE) class will have to complete this packet. Students and parents should note the FCPS DE Virtual Orientation dates available and the Friday, March 22 deadline.
  3. To better serve DE students during Academic Advising, we are asking students to share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

DE Students who have not yet created a NOVA ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year, please access this website to create the ID. Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Important Academic Advising Dates:

  • February 5 - 9, Academic Advising Rising Juniors
  • February 12 - 16, Academic Advising Rising Seniors
  • February 20 - 27, Academic Advising Rising Sophomores
  • March 29, last day to make schedule change requests for 2024-25 School Year.
STUDENT CORNER Take your Learner’s Permit Test at West Springfield HS

 

When: 3:10pm, specific dates below

Where: Room 2225

Cost: $20

2023-24 Dates: 2nd Semester shown below

  • February 20
  • March 11
  • April 3 and 25
  • May 15

Who can take the test: Students MUST be 15 years and 6 months old by the day of the test. 

  • This test is for Fairfax County Public School students ONLY (FCPS ID is required).
  • If student has had two unsuccessful attempts at passing this test, then they are required to test at the DMV for their 3rd attempt.

Please read the instructions below carefully…

How to Register:

  1. Visit FCPS ACE and sign up for a specific date: fcps.edu
  2. Once registered on the FCPS ACE site, student must also register with the DMV. A link is provided during the ACE registration and in a confirmation email. Failure to register with the DMV will result in not being able to test since they issue the secure testing codes to FCPS proctors. 

The following are required to the take the test-; student should bring with them on test day:

  • A picture ID to verify identity. If the student does not have a picture ID, take a picture, write the student's full legal name under the picture, and have a teacher sign to verify the student's identity. Students may also show their photo from SIS.
  • Earbuds/headphones to listen to directions and test audio.

NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE LEARNERS PERMIT TEST? SIGN UP FOR ONE OF THE PREP COURSES!

These 90-minute classes are offered on Zoom and help to prepare students for the permit test. Sign up on aceclasses.fcps.edu. Dates for spring are 2/13, 3/5, 4/16, 5/7.

Send any questions to Mr. Casey Grubbs ([email protected])

Now Available: Spanish Tutoring Levels 1-3, During LS

What students need to do:

  • Tell your Spanish teacher at least one day in advance
  • Report to Room #1227
  • Bring: classwork, homework study guides
Attention Class of 2024! 

Parents, please help get your senior to fill out THIS FORM for graduation. Information provided is necessary for gown orders and name pronunciation for graduation.

Late Senior Portrait Opportunity

It is not too late to be in the yearbook! Victor O'Neill Studios is offering Senior portraits at their studio, Ironlight in Chantilly, Virginia. Seniors can schedule an appointment by visiting their website. The studio operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to book your spot soon. Seniors must have their photo taken at the studio no later than February 11th.

The Ironlight Studio is semi-private, and seniors have access to the school's formal yearbook photo. To enhance your experience, you can opt for an elevated photography session. The studio's website provides details about all session types and upgrades.

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact the studio directly at [email protected].

Note: this opportunity is being provided by the photography company, Victor O'Neil Studios, and will not be held at WSHS nor is this organized by WSHS Student Activities nor the Yearbook Staff. This is the final opportunity for seniors to be included in the yearbook. 

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Announcements and Accessories 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone? Please call 1-800-567-8367

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of Feb 5 - 10

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

Student Activities Highlights

Congrats to our the winners of our first ever Spartans Got Talent Show! 

  • 1st Place: Lucas Lui
  • 2nd Place: Adam Brown
  • 3rd Place: Ryan Ponmakha
  • Fan Favorite: Maile Stansberry
Crew Chipotle Fundraiser!

When: Tuesday Feb 6, 5-9pm

Where: 6230 Rolling Road

Why: To help our crew team fund equipment and prepare for the rowing season!

  • 33% of event sales get donated to the cause. 
  • Order online for pickup using Code: AA2KG3D or show the flyer in the restaurant
Athletic Boosters February Booster Meeting

Our next Spartan Athletic Booster's meeting will be held on Monday, February 12 at 7pm at WSHS Room 2223. Enter Door 5 and make the immediate left.

🏅Booster Club Scholarship

Click image to access application.

2024 Rob Benton and Ron Tugwell Scholarship

Open to WSHS graduating seniors who participated in a VHSL sanctioned event or an FCPS supported club sport at WSHS at any time and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 

Eligible Participants include, but not necessarily limited to:

Athletes
Performers
Managers
Trainers
Statisticians
Videographers

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 7, 2024

Athletic Boosters Club Nominations and Elections

The Spartan Athletic Boosters are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 school year.

Elections will be held on May 1, 2024 at the Booster Club Board Meeting. Submission Deadline is April 28, 2024

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

  • Option #1: HERE
    • 15% off $70 with code: WIN15 

 (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

  • Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games!
Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

We're using a new Activities Calendar this year. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

FCPS INFORMATION Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo Events

In February, school divisions across the region will team up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event will allow high school students to connect virtually and in person, with more than 60 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields. 

The purpose of these FREE career exploration events is to provide students with opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today. 

Virtual sessions will be held on February 5-8, from 4-7pm, and the in-person Career Expo and Job Fair event will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 1-4pm, in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center. 

Students should register today on the Instruction 2 Industry Events Page

Save the Date: FCPS Military Fair (Virtual), March 20, 5:30pm
  • Service Panel
  • 2 x Optional Breakout Sessions 
    • Service Academies / ROTC
    • Enlistment

More information to follow! 

NEWS FOR THE COMMUNITY Spartans for War Victims Clothing Drive

Spartans for War Victims is hosting their annual Winter Clothing and Blanket Drive from January 17th to February 9th to send to civilians and refugees impacted by war in Ethiopia and the Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. New and gently used clothing and blankets will be accepted. Donation boxes are located by the front office, outside the career center, and outside room 2010 near the library. Help be the reason someone is able to survive and live warmly through this winter!

2024 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair Schedule

The Annual Fairfax County Teen Job Fair focuses on students and young job seekers who are looking for a variety of employment opportunities; full time, after-school, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, and volunteer positions.

The fairs have provided thousands of teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for our employers to find talented Fairfax County students to fill their positions. 

This year, the fairs will run on two Saturdays in March:

  • March 2 at Chantilly High School, 11am - 1pm*
  • March 6 at West Springfield High School, 11am - 1pm*

*Final workshops will end at 1:30pm

The fairs are open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Student registration is free and open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment, volunteer opportunities, or tips on building their resume.

Business registration is also free and open to any organization providing positions for students. Free table space and a complimentary table covering will be provided to registered businesses and organizations to advertise their available positions. Participating businesses must provide positions for students at the fair; soliciting without offering positions is not permitted.

Membership Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Time: 7:30pm on Zoom

Register for Zoom link and submit any questions: Register here

Agenda: 

Quick Links ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS Class of 2024 ANGP 

Find general information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

Ready to Eat, Live, and Love Better?

Friends and families of West Springfield High School can sign up for the Seasonal Roots online farmers market and get a 1-year membership for just $25 (50% off)! For each sign up, Seasonal Roots will donate $20 to the West Springfield High School All Night Grad Party!

Seasonal Roots offers custom orders with convenient home delivery of a wide variety of farm-fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, milk and artisan goods.

Click here to sign up and be sure to use the promo code WSHSANGP2024.

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

WSHS Spartan Weekly News - January 26, 2024

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NEWS AND NOTES 📆 End of 2nd Quarter

January 25 marks the end of the 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester. 

SIS Parent and StudentVue will be temporarily unavailable during the 2nd Quarter on the following dates and times: 

  • Thursday, January 25, 4pm until Monday, February 5, 6am.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this period. Report cards will be available on Parent/Student Vue by the 2nd week in February.

UPCOMING EVENTS

JANUARY:

Tuesday, 1/30: Spartans Got Talent Show (7pm, Auditorium)

Tuesday, 1/30: FCPS Gap Year Fair (Marshall HS, 6 - 8:30pm)

 

FEBRUARY:

Monday, 1/19: Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day, no school

 

MARCH:

Friday, 3/8: International Night, 7pm

Thursday, 3/21: EL Parent's Night, 6:30pm

Friday, 3/22: End of 3rd Quarter

Monday, 3/25 - Friday, 3/29: Spring Break

West Springfield High School Student Named to U.S. Senate Youth Program

Congrats to Caleb Quiroga, a senior at West Springfield High School, who was recently selected as one of two Virginia high school students named to the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Quiroga was selected to spend a week in Washington, D.C., March 2-9, viewing the American government in action alongside Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. The experience will include policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, and officials from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense as well as directors of other federal agencies. 

Students may participate in meetings with the president and a Supreme Court justice. A $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in government, history, and public affairs, is also awarded. 

The United States Senate Youth Program was established in 1962. In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors.

Learn more about the United States Senate Youth Program.

Come Out and Support... STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION FAFSA Is Open: College Access Fairfax Can Help

Over the next two months, College Access Fairfax will be offering a number of programs on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA), and finding and applying for scholarships. Visit the College Access Fairfax website for details.

In addition, College Access Fairfax staff members are available for virtual one-on-one help sessions to complete the FAFSA/VASA. Email [email protected] for an appointment.

The FAFSA is now available. Any college-bound high school senior — regardless of income — who wants to be considered for federal, state, and school financial aid programs should complete a FAFSA form. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to work with their students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible. Check each college’s financial aid office website for deadlines and forms. Then, create an FSA ID and fill out the FAFSA.

The VASA application has not yet opened, but should be available in late January for students who are unable to complete the FAFSA. To help determine which aid option is right for you, visit the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website.

FCPS Academies Are Holding Open Houses

Is your high schooler interested in architecture and construction, information technology, or health science? If so, attend an FCPS high school academy open house.

An academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses. More than a dozen career fields can be explored through FCPS academies!

Learn more and find the calendar of academy open houses.

  Edison Academy Open House

Students, parents, and community members are invited to come meet with Edison Academy teachers and staff. Experience student demonstrations, tour classrooms, labs and more. 

DATE: Saturday, February 3

TIME: 10am - 1pm

For more information, contact Academy Counselor Cassandra Deedy

Academic Advising Schedule Dates and Information
  1. Our Academic Website is currently available. Students and parents can find a great deal of information on this site, including how teachers provide class feedback, course selection sheets, how to add classes for next year to SIS StudentVue and much more. This is a public site available to all.
  2. Student considering taking a Dual Enrollment (DE) class will have to complete this packet. Students and parents should note the FCPS DE Virtual Orientation dates available and the Friday, March 22 deadline.
  3. To better serve DE students during Academic Advising, we are asking students to share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

DE Students who have not yet created a NOVA ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year, please access this website to create the ID. Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Important Academic Advising Dates:

  • February 5 - 9, Academic Advising Rising Juniors
  • February 12 - 16, Academic Advising Rising Seniors
  • February 20 - 27, Academic Advising Rising Sophomores
  • March 29, last day to make schedule change requests for 2024-25 School Year.
STUDENT CORNER

Parents, please help get your senior to fill out THIS FORM for graduation. Information provided is necessary for gown orders and name pronunciation for graduation.

Late Senior Portrait Opportunity

It is not too late to be in the yearbook! Victor O'Neill Studios is offering Senior portraits at their studio, Ironlight in Chantilly, Virginia. Seniors can schedule an appointment by visiting their website. The studio operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to book your spot soon. Seniors must have their photo taken at the studio no later than February 11th.

The Ironlight Studio is semi-private, and seniors have access to the school's formal yearbook photo. To enhance your experience, you can opt for an elevated photography session. The studio's website provides details about all session types and upgrades.

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact the studio directly at [email protected].

Note: this opportunity is being provided by the photography company, Victor O'Neil Studios, and will not be held at WSHS nor is this organized by WSHS Student Activities nor the Yearbook Staff. This is the final opportunity for seniors to be included in the yearbook. 

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Announcements and Accessories 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone? Please call 1-800-567-8367

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of Jan 29 - Feb 2

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

Student Activities Highlights 🤸🏼 West Springfield and Lewis Varsity Gymnastics Camp

What: Varsity Gymnastics Camp, Kids K-6

Where: West Springfield HS, Auxiliary Gym, Door 10

When: Friday, January 26, 9 - 12pm 

Cost: $30 per kid

What to bring: Water and a small snack

Registration link: 

https://forms.gle/gfANW2DxtFKU1aJw7

Emergency care card:

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3_0.pdf

Athletic Boosters 🏅WSHS Athletic Booster Club Scholarship

2024 Rob Benton and Ron Tugwell Scholarship

Open to WSHS graduating seniors who participated in a VHSL sanctioned event or an FCPS supported club sport at WSHS at any time and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Eligible Participants include, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Athletes
    Performers
    Managers
    Trainers
    Statisticians
    Videographers

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 7, 2024

Submit your Application Today!

Winners will be notified prior to the Senior Sports Banquet

 

Athletic Boosters Club Nominations and Elections

The Spartan Athletic Boosters are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 school year.

Elections will be held on May 1, 2024 at the Booster Club Board Meeting. Submission Deadline is April 28, 2024

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

  • Option #1: HERE
    • 15% off $70 with code: WIN15 

 (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

  • Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games!
Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

We're using a new Activities Calendar this year. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

FCPS INFORMATION GAP Year Fair

FCPS’ School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at George C. Marshall High School from 6:00 to 8:30pm. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6 - 7pm. Immediately following, the program fair will be held in the cafeteria from 7 - 8:30pm, with representatives from over 30 programs offering gap year opportunities. Students and their families are encouraged to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available. 

Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo Events

In February, school divisions across the region will team up with Virginia Ed Strategies to host the annual Instruction 2 Industry Career Expo event. This Northern Virginia regional event will allow high school students to connect virtually and in person, with more than 60 local industry professionals from in-demand career fields. 

The purpose of these FREE career exploration events is to provide students with opportunities to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce today. 

Virtual sessions will be held on February 5-8, from 4-7 p.m., and the in-person Career Expo and Job Fair event will be held on Saturday, February 17, from 1-4 p.m., in the North Hall of the Dulles Expo Center. 

Students should register today on the Instruction 2 Industry Events Page

Save the Date: FCPS Military Fair (Virtual), March 20, 5:30pm
  • Service Panel
  • 2 x Optional Breakout Sessions 
    • Service Academies / ROTC
    • Enlistment

More information to follow! 

News for the Community Next PTSA Fundraiser

 

Please, please don't wait any longer to join the PTSA!

Over 300-members have joined, but we need to get to 400 members to meet our budget! Please help us get there. 

If you are unsure whether you've joined, e-mail us and we'll check!

YOU can make a difference in our school. 

  • Don't wait for someone else to do it.
  • BONUS: members get access to recordings of meetings and other info!
Quick Links ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS Class of 2024 ANGP 

Find general information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

Ready to Eat, Live, and Love Better?

Friends and families of West Springfield High School can sign up for the Seasonal Roots online farmers market and get a 1-year membership for just $25 (50% off)! For each sign up, Seasonal Roots will donate $20 to the West Springfield High School All Night Grad Party!

Seasonal Roots offers custom orders with convenient home delivery of a wide variety of farm-fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, milk and artisan goods.

Click here to sign up and be sure to use the promo code WSHSANGP2024.

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

WSHS Spartan Weekly News - January 19, 2024

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UPCOMING EVENTS

JANUARY:

Tuesday, 1/23: Chipotle Fundraiser for WS Athletic Training; 4 - 8pm

Wednesday, 1/24: FAFSA Completion Seminar, 7 - 9pm (Library)

Thursday, 1/25: End of Quarter 2, Early Release

Friday, 1/26: Teacher Workday, Student Holiday

 

FEBRUARY:

Monday, 1/19: Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day, no school

 

MARCH:

Friday, 3/8: International Night, 7pm

Thursday, 3/21: EL Parent's Night, 6:30pm

NEWS AND NOTES

 ❄️ ENJOY YOUR SNOW DAY!  ❄️

📆 End of 2nd Quarter

January 25th will mark the end the 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester. There will be a 2 hour early release on the 25th and Student Holiday on the 26th.  

SIS Parent and StudentVue will be temporarily unavailable during the 2nd Quarter on the following dates and times: 

  • Thursday, January 25, 4pm until Monday, February 5, 6am.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this period. Report cards will be available on Parent/Student Vue by the 2nd week in February.

Virginia Principal's Appreciation Week

It's Virginia School Principals Week and we truly appreciate our incredible principal -- Mr. Mike Mukai -- for his leadership, dedication, and passion.

Our College Partnership Program invited several recent Spartan graduates back to West Springfield to speak about their post secondary experiences since graduating. This year’s panel included graduates from the Class of 2023: (pictured above, L-R) Angel Risper, Ahmed Abbas, Ingrid Rauchas, Khadijah Murtaza, and Lina Bondesson. The group decided a reunion visit to their high school alma mater wouldn't be complete without a picture with their principal! 

Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week is an opportunity to recognize the hard work of Virginia school principals and to recognize the importance of school leaders in ensuring that every child has access to a quality education. Thanks Mr. Mukai for the ways you lead our school faculty and staff and mentor our students to do and become their best. We appreciate you! 

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION FAFSA Completion Seminar

The 2024-2025 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is open. Current seniors should plan to complete this form to determine their eligibility for financial aid for their first year of post-secondary education. College Access Fairfax has partnered with our high school to offer a FAFSA completion event on Wednesday, January 24 at 7 - 9pm (Library). Please RSVP if you plan to attend WSHS’s event. 

Before you come, participants should have already created an FSA ID for yourself and your student. Find out more and RSVP HERE

  Edison Academy Open House

Students, parents, and community members are invited to come meet with Edison Academy teachers and staff. Experience student demonstrations, tour classrooms, labs and more. 

DATE: Saturday, February 3

TIME: 10am - 1pm

For more information, contact Academy Counselor Cassandra Deedy

2024 Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School (SRGS)

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers the opportunity for 10th and 11th grade students to apply to attend summer residential Governor’s schools in academics and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). Students who are accepted into one of the programs will live in residence halls in one of the state colleges in VA for four weeks in the June - late July timeframe. To learn more about SRGS opportunities and the application process, visit the VDOE website and view the promotional video

To be considered for the Brand New Medicine and Health Sciences Governor’s School, students must complete the Interest Form by 1/24/24.

Academic Advising Schedule Dates and Information
  1. Our Academic Website is currently available. Students and parents can find a great deal of information on this site, including how teachers provide class feedback, course selection sheets, how to add classes for next year to SIS StudentVue and much more. This is a public site available to all.
  2. Students interested in School Leadership or Sports Leadership must complete an application. The application can be found at this link and will close today, January, 19. 
  3. January 22. We will have an advising lesson. Students will revisit how to add classes for next year to their StudentVue.
  4. Student considering taking a Dual Enrollment (DE) class will have to complete this packet.
  5. To better serve DE students during Academic Advising, we are asking students to share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

DE Students who have not yet created a NOVA ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year, please access this website to create the ID. Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Important Academic Advising Dates:

  • February 5 - 9, Academic Advising Rising Juniors
  • February 12 - 16, Academic Advising Rising Seniors
  • February 20 - 27, Academic Advising Rising Sophomores
  • March 29, last day to make schedule change requests for 2024-25 School Year.
STUDENT CORNER Late Senior Portrait Opportunity

It is not too late to be in the yearbook! Victor O'Neill Studios is offering Senior portraits at their studio, Ironlight in Chantilly, Virginia. Seniors can schedule an appointment by visiting their website. The studio operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to book your spot soon. Seniors must have their photo taken at the studio no later than February 11th.

The Ironlight Studio is semi-private, and seniors have access to the school's formal yearbook photo. To enhance your experience, you can opt for an elevated photography session. The studio's website provides details about all session types and upgrades.

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact the studio directly at [email protected].

Note: this opportunity is being provided by the photography company, Victor O'Neil Studios, and will not be held at WSHS nor is this organized by WSHS Student Activities nor the Yearbook Staff. This is the final opportunity for seniors to be included in the yearbook. 

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Gear and Class Rings 

 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone? Please call 1-800-567-8367

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of Jan 22 - 27

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

🌯Chipotle Night for WS Athletic Training

Lets get out and make it a big day for the Athletic Training Program with their Chipotle fundraiser on January 23, 4 - 8pm.

Thirty-three percent of the proceeds will come back to the Athletic Training Room!

Order online with code ZZL6JTB or show the flyer in person. 

Student Activities Highlights 🤸🏼 West Springfield and Lewis Varsity Gymnastics Camp

What: Varsity Gymnastics Camp, Kids K-6

Where: West Springfield HS, Auxiliary Gym, Door 10

When: Friday, January 26, 9 - 12pm 

Cost: $30 per kid

What to bring: Water and a small snack

Registration link: 

https://forms.gle/gfANW2DxtFKU1aJw7

Emergency care card:

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3_0.pdf

Athletic Boosters 🏅Athletic Booster Club Scholarship

2024 Rob Benton and Ron Tugwell Scholarship

Open to WSHS graduating seniors who participated in a VHSL
sanctioned event or an FCPS supported club sport at WSHS at
any time and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Sunday, April 7, 2024

ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS

May include, but not necessarily limited to:
Athletes
Performers
Managers
Trainers
Statisticians
Videographers

 

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross Country
Debate
Field Hockey
Football
Forensics
Golf
Gymnastics
Indoor Track
Lacrosse
One Act Play
Outdoor Track
Rifle
Scholastics
Soccer
Softball
Swim & Dive
Tennis
Volleyball
Wrestling

 

Submit your Application Today!

Winners will be notified prior to the Senior Sports Banquet

 

Athletic Boosters Club Nominations and Elections

The Spartan Athletic Boosters are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 school year.

Elections will be held on May 1, 2024 @ the Booster Club Board Meeting

Submission Deadline is April 28, 2024

Submit a self-nomination today!

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

  • Option #1: HERE
    • 15% off $70 with code: WIN15 

 (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

  • Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games!
Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

We're using a new Activities Calendar this year. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

FCPS INFORMATION OPIOD AWARENESS: What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse?

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com can help with more than just homework! This on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

✈️ Learn About Opportunities For the Year Following Graduation at the Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas will co-host the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 6 - 8:30pm, at Marshall High School.

This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning about increasing opportunities for the year following high school graduation. Students should register at USA Gap Year Fairs.

Save the Date: FCPS Military Fair (Virtual), March 20, 5:30pm
  • Service Panel
  • 2 x Optional Breakout Sessions 
    • Service Academies / ROTC
    • Enlistment

More information to follow! 

News for the Community

Register HERE for the Zoom meeting. 

Next PTSA Fundraiser

Save the Date:

 

Please, please don't wait any longer to join the PTSA!

Over 300-members have joined, but we need to get to 400 members to meet our budget! Please help us get there. 

If you are unsure whether you've joined, e-mail us and we'll check!

YOU can make a difference in our school. 

  • Don't wait for someone else to do it.
  • BONUS: members get access to recordings of meetings and other info!
USAG Fort Belvoir Youth Program

The USAG Fort Belvoir Youth Program caters to students grades 6-12 by offering a variety of affordable activities, trips, and programs to enrich the experiences and connections of our military-connected youth.  Programs range from leadership and workforce preparation opportunities to life skills and fitness programs.

Within the Fort Belvoir Youth Program, the Youth Center opens after school and provides access to a diverse range of facilities including a gym, game room, art room, and dance studio. The free Middle School Teen program offers a homework lab, computer lab, open recreation, and special interest activities.  For the high school students, the Youth Center offers a teen lounge as a place to watch movies, play games, or just hang out.  

To take advantage of the Youth Center and all it has to offer, attendees must register through CYS Parent Central Services.  For more information, visit the Fort Belvoir Youth Center.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected].

Quick Links ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS Class of 2024 ANGP 

Find general information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

Ready to Eat, Live, and Love Better?

Friends and families of West Springfield High School can sign up for the Seasonal Roots online farmers market and get a 1-year membership for just $25 (50% off)! For each sign up, Seasonal Roots will donate $20 to the West Springfield High School All Night Grad Party!

Seasonal Roots offers custom orders with convenient home delivery of a wide variety of farm-fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, milk and artisan goods.

Click here to sign up and be sure to use the promo code WSHSANGP2024.

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

WSHS Spartan Weekly News - January 12, 2024

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UPCOMING EVENTS

JANUARY:

Monday, 1/15: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday- No School

Tuesday, 1/23: Chipotle Fundraiser for WS Athletic Training; 4-8 p.m.

Thursday, 1/25: End of Quarter 2, Early Release

Friday, 1/26: Teacher Workday, Student Holiday

 

FEBRUARY:

Monday, 1/19: Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day, no school

 

MARCH:

Friday, 3/8: International Night, 7 p.m.

Thursday, 3/21: EL Parent's Night, 6:30 p.m. 

 

NEWS AND NOTES   🗓️ Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The holiday marks the birthday of King, who was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. The movement protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer with Give Together FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. The school division is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children ages 5-12 in service learning. 

Students ages 13-18 are welcome to serve as teen event volunteers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

 

Orthodox Epiphany (Observance Day)

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and commemorates the baptism of Jesus. 

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

See the complete school year calendar

📆 End of 2nd Quarter

January 25th will mark the end the 2nd quarter and 1st Semester.  There will be a 2 hour early release on the 25th and Student Holiday on the 26th.  

SIS Parent and StudentVue will be temporarily unavailable during the 2nd Quarter on the following dates and times: From Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 4 PM until Monday, February 5, 2024, at 6 AM. This is due the end of the grading period on Thursday, January 25th. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this period.

Report cards will be available on Parent/Student Vue by the 2nd week in February.

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION Academic Advising Schedule Dates and Information
  1. Our Academic Website is currently available.  You can find a great deal of information on this site.  How teachers provide class feedback, course selection sheets, how to add classes for next year to SIS StudentVue and much more.  This is a public site available to all.
  2. If you are interested in Leadership or Sports Leadership you must complete an application.  The application can be found at this link and will close by January 19th.
  3. January 16th will be New Spartan Orientation for our Rising 9th graders. 
  4. January 16-18 will be Academic Days of Emphasis.  This will be an opportunity for teachers to provide feedback for 24-25 course selection.
  5. January 22nd-We will have an advising lesson.  Students will revisit how to add classes for next year to their StudentVue.
  6. If you are thinking about taking a Dual Enrollment class you will have to complete this packet.
  7. To better serve you during Academic Advising we are asking that students share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

Students who have not yet created a Nova ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year please go to: this website to create the ID. Share the ID HERE once one is created.

  1. February 5-9-Academic Advising Rising Juniors
  2. February 12-16 Academic Advising Rising Seniors
  3. February 20-27 Academic Advising Rising Sophomores
  4. March 29th last day to make schedule change requests for 24-25 School Year.
🎓Seniors:  Graduation Gear and Class Rings 

 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone?  Please call 1-800-567-8367

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of Jan 15-20

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

🌯Chipotle Night for WS Athletic Training

Lets get this out to make it a big day for the Athletic Training Program with their Chipotle fundraiser on January 23, 4-8pm.

Thirty-three percent of the proceeds will come back to the Athletic Training Room!

Order online with code ZZL6JTB or show the flyer in person

Student Activities Highlights 👯‍♀️ West Springfield HS Dance Camp

Learn a hip hop dance routine and perform with the West Springfield High School Dance Team at halftime at a WSHS Varsity Basketball game! Dancers will receive a Dance Team t-shirt for the performance.

Who: Girls and Boys Grades K-8

When:

January 17 and 18 (camp),  5:30-8:30 p.m. both days

January 18, 7:30 p.m. Basketball Halftime Performance

Where: WSHS Cafeteria

 

Pre-Registration by January 15, $75

Registration after January 15, $85

Checks made out to WSHS Boosters.  Cash is also accepted

 

Registration form: https://bit.ly/3tmeGkW

Please bring with you a signed emergency care form

Drop off at WSHS Main office, Attention: Dance Team

 

What to Bring: snacks, water bottle
What to Wear: comfortable clothing, dance shoes or sneakers
Attire for halftime performance: WSDT shirt and black pants, sneakers
For questions: [email protected]
Sponsored by the WSHS Boosters

 

 

🤸🏼 West Springfield and Lewis Varsity Gymnastics Camp

What: Varsity Gymnastics Camp, Kids K-6

Where: West Springfield HS, Auxiliary Gym-Door 10

When: Friday, January 26, 9-12 p.m. 

Cost: $30 per kid

What to bring: Water and a small snack

 

Registration link: 

https://forms.gle/gfANW2DxtFKU1aJw7

Emergency care card:

 https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3_0.pdf

Athletic Boosters 🏅Athletic Booster Club Scholarship

2024 Rob Benton and Ron Tugwell Scholarship

Open to WSHS graduating seniors who participated in a VHSL
sanctioned event or an FCPS supported club sport at WSHS at
any time and have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Sunday, April 7, 2024

ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS

May include, but not necessarily limited to:
Athletes
Performers
Managers
Trainers
Statisticians
Videographers

 

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross Country
Debate
Field Hockey
Football
Forensics
Golf
Gymnastics
Indoor Track
Lacrosse
One Act Play
Outdoor Track
Rifle
Scholastics
Soccer
Softball
Swim & Dive
Tennis
Volleyball
Wrestling

 

Submit your Application Today!

Winners will be notified prior to the Senior Sports Banquet

 

Athletic Boosters Club Nominations and Elections

The Spartan Athletic Boosters are accepting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2024-2025 school year.

Elections will be held on May 1, 2024 @ the Booster Club Board Meeting

Submission Deadline is April 28, 2024

Submit a self-nomination today!

 

 

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://spartan-booster-club.square.site/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wshsspartartansathleticboosters/

Instagram: @wshsspartansathleticboosters

X (Formerly Twitter): @SpartanWshs

 📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

Option #1: HERE

15% off $70 with code: WIN15 

 (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games! 

 

Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

We're using a new Activities Calendar this year. Clubs and school organizations are just beginning to post many of their meeting and event dates. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

FCPS INFORMATION 📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com can help with more than just homework! This on-demand tutoring service also offers a comprehensive range of resources that include exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

 

✈️ Learn About Opportunities For the Year Following Graduation at the Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas will co-host the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 6-8:30 p.m., at Marshall High School.

This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning about increasing opportunities for the year following high school graduation. Students should register at USA Gap Year Fairs.

News for the Community USAG Fort Belvoir Youth Program

The USAG Fort Belvoir Youth Program caters to students grades 6-12 by offering a variety of affordable activities, trips, and programs to enrich the experiences and connections of our military-connected youth.  Programs range from leadership and workforce preparation opportunities to life skills and fitness programs.

Within the Fort Belvoir Youth Program, the Youth Center opens after school and provides access to a diverse range of facilities including a gym, game room, art room, and dance studio. The free Middle School Teen program offers a homework lab, computer lab, open recreation, and special interest activities.  For the high school students, the Youth Center offers a teen lounge as a place to watch movies, play games, or just hang out.  

To take advantage of the Youth Center and all it has to offer, attendees must register through CYS Parent Central Services.  For more information, visit the Fort Belvoir Youth Center.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected].

Quick Links ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS All Night Grad Party Class of 2024 (WSHS ANGP 2024)

 

 

 

General information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email to set up an appointment. 

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Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

WSHS Spartan Weekly News - January 5, 2024

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UPCOMING EVENTS

JANUARY:

Saturday, 1/6: Senior District XI Orchestra, George Mason

Tuesday, 1/9: Panera Night, Crew Fundraiser

Wednesday, 1/10: Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7 p.m., WSHS Room 2223

Monday, 1/15: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday- No School

Thursday, 1/25: End of Quarter 2, Early Release

Friday, 1/26: Teacher Workday, Student Holiday

 

MARCH:

Friday, 3/8: International Night, 7 p.m.

NEWS AND NOTES 📆 International Night: March 8, 2024

Mark your calendars!  The annual WSHS International Night Festival takes place on Friday, March 8th at 7 p.m.  (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).  Performers will celebrate the diversity of the WSHS community.  Tickets will be presold through Etix only.  There will be food sales starting at 5:30 PM.  It’s sure to be a good activity for the whole family. Funds collected go towards a Senior Scholarship given at the end of the school year!  *WSHS Students, if you would like to perform, see Mrs. Emerson in room 1238 ([email protected]).

❄️Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow daysthere will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION Academic Advising Schedule Dates and Information
  1. Our Academic Website is currently available.  You can find a great deal of information on this site.  How teachers provide class feedback, course selection sheets, how to add classes for next year to SIS StudentVue and much more.  This is a public site available to all.
  2. If you are interested in Leadership or Sports Leadership you must complete an application.  The application can be found at this link and will close by January 19th.
  3. January 16th will be New Spartan Orientation for our Rising 9th graders. 
  4. January 16-18 will be Academic Days of Emphasis.  This will be an opportunity for teachers to provide feedback for 24-25 course selection.
  5. January 22nd-We will have an advising lesson.  Students will revisit how to add classes for next year to their StudentVue.
  6. If you are thinking about taking a Dual Enrollment class you will have to complete this packet.
  7. To better serve you during Academic Advising we are asking that students share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

Students who have not yet created a Nova ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year please go to: this website to create the ID. Share the ID HERE once one is created.

  1. February 5-9-Academic Advising Rising Juniors
  2. February 12-16 Academic Advising Rising Seniors
  3. February 20-27 Academic Advising Rising Sophomores
  4. March 29th last day to make schedule change requests for 24-25 School Year.
STUDENT CORNER 🥪Panera Night: Crew Booster Club

Help support your Crew Booster Club at Panera.  25 percent of the sales will be donated.

When: Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 4-8 p.m. 

Where: Panera, W. Rolling Road, West Springfield

 *Bring the flyer or show a digital copy to your cashier when ordering at the cafe

* If ordering online, used the promo code: FUND4U

👯‍♀️ West Springfield HS Dance Camp

Learn a hip hop dance routine and perform with the West Springfield High School Dance Team at halftime at a WSHS Varsity Basketball game! Dancers will receive a Dance Team t-shirt for the performance.

Who: Girls and Boys Grades K-8

When:

January 17 and 18 (camp),  5:30-8:30 p.m. both days

January 18, 7:30 p.m. Basketball Halftime Performance

Where: WSHS Cafeteria

 

Pre-Registration by January 15, $75

Registration after January 15, $85

Checks made out to WSHS Boosters.  Cash is also accepted

 

Registration form: https://bit.ly/3tmeGkW

Please bring with you a signed emergency care form

Drop off at WSHS Main office, Attention: Dance Team

 

What to Bring: snacks, water bottle
What to Wear: comfortable clothing, dance shoes or sneakers
Attire for halftime performance: WSDT shirt and black pants, sneakers
For questions: [email protected]
Sponsored by the WSHS Boosters

 

 

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Gear and Class Rings 

 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone?  Please call 1-800-567-8367

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of Jan 8-13

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

Athletic Boosters  📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

Option #1: HERE

New Year, New Gear Sale.  Save 24% on $100 + CODE: NY24 (Sale ends 1/7. Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games! 

 

Spartans Athletic Boosters Meeting

Our January meeting is Wednesday, 1/10 at 7pm at WSHS Room 2223. Enter Door 5 and make the immediate left. If you go through the double doors you have gone too far! All are welcomed. 

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://spartan-booster-club.square.site/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wshsspartartansathleticboosters/

Instagram: @wshsspartansathleticboosters

X (Formerly Twitter): @SpartanWshs

Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

We're using a new Activities Calendar this year. Clubs and school organizations are just beginning to post many of their meeting and event dates. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

FCPS INFORMATION Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raising awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The community conversation is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive REVIVE! Narcan training at no cost during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.  

Our website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

 

NOVA Early Online College Course Registration

NOVA Early Online College (EOC) allows current high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take up to two tuition-free college courses. EOC courses for the spring semester begin on Tuesday, January 30, and end on Monday, April 22. 

Students should register by Monday, January 8, at 5 p.m. 

Courses are asynchronous, online, and for college credit only. Thirteen courses are offered along with courses that fulfill an IT Technical Support Career Studies Certificate. Qualification information is located on NOVA's website. EOC courses meet the requirements for most of NOVA’s associate degree programs as well as being transferable as general education requirements for most colleges and universities.

💲 Soft Launch of a New Financial Aid Form

Colleges and career schools use the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form to determine how much financial aid each student is eligible to receive. This aid could include grants, scholarships, work-study funds, and loans.

Any college-bound student — regardless of income — who wants to be considered for federal, state, and school financial aid programs should complete a FAFSA form. 

The form is currently available for short periods of time while it is being updated to provide a better experience. Learn more about the 2024–25 FAFSA form.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. We created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Quick Links ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS All Night Grad Party Class of 2024 (WSHS ANGP 2024)

 

 

 

General information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

WSHS Spartan Weekly News - December 15, 2023

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

DECEMBER:

Monday, 12/18- Monday, 1/1:  Winter Break (No school), students return on Tuesday, January 2.

 

JANUARY:

Tuesday, 1/2: School resumes

Thursday, 1/4: Curriculum Night, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Cafeteria

Saturday, 1/6: Senior District XI Orchestra, George Mason

NEWS AND NOTES Happy Holidays from the WSHS Administration Team!

From our school family to all the families in our community, we hope you enjoy this holiday season and have an enjoyable winter break!

❄️ Calendar Reminder: Winter Break

As a reminder, there will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024 for winter break.

To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, no homework will be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. 

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. See the complete school year calendar.

FCPS This Week will not be published during winter break. The next issue will be sent on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.

2024-25 School Year Calendar

Making plans for next school year? Don’t forget FCPS’ 2024-25 School Year Calendar is already available.

😷 Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.

💻SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Downtime

ParentVUE and StudentVUE will experience downtime from Friday, December 15, at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, December 20, at 6 a.m. 

Grade Book progress reports will not be emailed to parents/guardians during winter break. Emails will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

❄️Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow daysthere will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION Academic Advising for Students/Families of 10th and 11th Graders

To better serve you during Academic Advising we are asking that students share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

Students who have not yet created a Nova ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year please go to: this website to create the ID.

Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Curriculum Night: January 4th

Mark your Calendars. The opportunity for students to select classes for school year 24-25 will soon be upon us.  Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with Departments and Academies on January 4th from 6:30-8:00pm.  This event will be held in our Cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you there.

STUDENT CORNER 🎨National Career Association (NCDA) Poetry and Art Contest

National Career Development Association (NCDA) Poetry & Art Contest (K-12) – Entries may be either poetry or art. Additional details can be found on the NCDA website or the Poetry & Art Contest brochure. All contest entries for consideration need to be submitted via this Google Form by January 8, 2024. Students will be notified if their submission moves forward to the state-level and potentially national level for this contest.

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Gear and Class Rings 

 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone?  Please call 1-800-567-8367

📸Class of 2024: Sign up for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits

On Thursday, January 4, 2023, Victor O'Neill Studios will be taking Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Session E

*There is no charge to have photos taken for the yearbook*

The attire is Tuxedos and Drapes (provided) or you can bring your own formal attire (coat and tie, all black or black and white clothing).

In addition, casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portrait sessions will be provided.

Click HERE to choose our session type and appointment time

Questions, email and mention school name 

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of December 12-22

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

Performing Arts

Music teacher Dustin Brandt conducting two choirs: the Bel Canto and the Spartans at the Choral Department's annual Breakfast with Santa event.

Ariel (Ella Martin) and Mary Poppins (Avery Kutz) assist kids at the coloring center.

Santa making his grand entrance!

Athletic Boosters  📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

Option #1: HERE

Orders after 12/1 are not guaranteed for holiday delivery.

Use the code SPIRIT for 25% off your order. (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games! 

 

Spartans Athletic Boosters Meeting

***The December meeting is cancelled***

Our January meeting is Wednesday, 1/10 at 7pm at WSHS Room 2223. Enter Door 5 and make the immediate left. If you go through the double doors you have gone too far! All are welcomed. 

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://spartan-booster-club.square.site/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wshsspartartansathleticboosters/

Instagram: @wshsspartansathleticboosters

X (Formerly Twitter): @SpartanWshs

Student Activities Highlights 🧥 WSHS Interact Club Winter Coat and Food Drive 

Wondering how you can help give back this holiday season? Give Back with Interact!

The WSHS Interact Club is collecting winter coats for a nearby elementary school for students in need.  If you have any coats (new or used) that you no longer need, please consider donating them to this worthwhile cause.  Donation bins are located inside Door #1 near the main office.

 

The WSHS Interact Club is also hosting a food drive to restock our school food pantry to help students in need.   Please consider sending in these items.  Donations bins are located inside Door #1 near the main office.  Thank you for your generosity!  

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Spaghetti
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Granola bars
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Canned Beans (black beans, kidney beans)
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

We're using a new Activities Calendar this year. Clubs and school organizations are just beginning to post many of their meeting and event dates. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

FCPS INFORMATION ⛄ Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit our winter resources webpage for links to academic support; mental health support; and food, clothing, housing, and other county resources.

School’s Closed, Learning Can Continue!

FCPS encourages students to take advantage of fun learning opportunities during winter break and snow days. Consider these winter activities to blend education and play for your students during winter break or weather-related school closures.

🗓️ Save the Date: Academy Open Houses Begin in January!

Is your child interested in architecture and construction, information technology, or health science? FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January.

An academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, or internships with local businesses. More than a dozen career fields can be explored through FCPS academies.

Learn more and find the calendar of Academy Open Houses.

Promoting Mental Wellness During Winter Break

Although mental health indicators have improved over the past year, Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) data suggest that more than 25% of students in 8th to 12th grade feel sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more in a row. The holidays can be a time to reduce stress, but they can also contribute to it. Here are some tips for making winter break a positive time for the young people in your life.

Inadvertent Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Disclosure

In a letter to the community, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid followed up on an inadvertent Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) disclosure to a parent.

Quick Links NEWS FOR THE COMMUNITY  🏃🏼Mental Health, Coping, and Addiction

One in four Americans suffer from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental health challenges will not receive treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 19% of adults in the United States (47.6 million) dealt with a mental health challenge, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). People often turn to alternative methods to cope with issues that are uncomfortable topics to speak about. These reasons include turning to drugs, alcohol, food, etc. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage difficult situations or high stress levels. These mind-altering substances are sometimes used as coping mechanisms for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, focusing, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary moment away from the reality of everyday life. Substances can enhance the feelings of pleasure, decrease feelings of anxiety and restraint. Substance use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Not all coping mechanisms are destructive or fail to provide appropriate or adequate adjustment to the environment or situation; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The main goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. Schedule a visit to your Primary Care Physician and a Professional Counselor if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in the stabilization of a healthy mind. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and good examples. Keep in mind that finding balance in life is an ongoing process. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

 

Ken Johnson: [email protected]

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Virginia Veteran and Family Support

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS All Night Grad Party Class of 2024 (WSHS ANGP 2024)

 

 

 

General information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email, or call (703) 913-3830 to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

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Academic Advising for Students/Families of 10th and 11th Graders

To better serve you during Academic Advising we are asking that students share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

Students who have not yet created a Nova ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year please go to: this website to create the ID.

Share the ID HERE once one is created.

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Academic Advising for Students/Families of 10th and 11th Graders

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Students who have not yet created a Nova ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year please go to: this website to create the ID.

Share the ID HERE once one is created.

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WSHS Spartan Weekly News - December 8, 2023

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, 12/9: Breakfast with Santa, WSHS, 10 a.m. -12 p.m.

Tuesday, 12/12: Crew Fundraiser @ Village Chicken, 4-8 p.m.

Thursday, 12/14: Choir Winter Concert, 7 p.m.

Monday, 12/11-Friday, 12/15: Winter Spirit Week (See themes below)

Monday, 12/18- Monday, 1/1:  Winter Break (No school)

NEWS AND NOTES 👏🏼Outstanding Employee Nominations

Thank you all for nominating many West Springfield Staff members for FCPS’s Outstanding Employee awards.

The following nominations have been selected to represent West Springfield at the pyramid level of the competition.

Outstanding Teacher – Madison McKenna
Outstanding New Teacher (under 3 years) – Bruce Stuck
Outstanding Professional Employee – Julie Hubbard
Outstanding Operational Employee – Maria Canas
Outstanding Leader – Shannon Matheny

We are excited to have them represent WSHS at the next level of the competition. 

🎖️Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT)

The charge of the Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT) is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military-connected youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs; partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.

The MCY PAT would like to include family representation and voice and encourages military-connected family members to apply to be a part of our team by completing the application by Friday, December 15, 2023. The MCY PAT meets virtually, on the first Tuesday of each month.

Questions? Contact: Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist. [email protected].

⛄Winter Break

As a reminder, there will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024 for winter break.

To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, no homework will be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. 

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. See the complete school year calendar.

❄️Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow daysthere will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

🙋‍♂️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators providing a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers lending a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION Academic Advising for Students/Families of 10th and 11th Graders

To better serve you during Academic Advising we are asking that students share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

Students who have not yet created a Nova ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year please go to: this website to create the ID.

Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Curriculum Night: January 4th

Mark your Calendars. The opportunity for students to select classes for school year 24-25 will soon be upon us.  Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with Departments and Academies on January 4th from 6:30-8:00pm.  This event will be held in our Cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you there.

STUDENT CORNER ❄️SGA-Winter Spirit Week (December 11-15)

😴Monday, 12/11: Jolly Jammies Day -wear festive pajamas, hot cocoa during lunch

🪵Tuesday, 12/12: Timber Tuesday-wear flannel 

🍬Wednesday, 12/13: Candy Cane Day-Freshmen & Juniors wear red, sophomores & seniors wear white, candy canes passed out in the morning

Thursday, 12/14: Brrrrrsday- Bundle up and wear your best winter attire

🧦Friday, 12/15: Festive Friday- wear your ugliest holiday sweater or socks

 

🎓Seniors:  Graduation Gear and Class Rings 

 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone?  Please call 1-800-567-8367

📸Class of 2024: Sign up for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits

On Thursday, January 4, 2023, Victor O'Neill Studios will be taking Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Session E

*There is no charge to have photos taken for the yearbook*

The attire is Tuxedos and Drapes (provided) or you can bring your own formal attire (coat and tie, all black or black and white clothing).

In addition, casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portrait sessions will be provided.

Click HERE to choose our session type and appointment time

Questions, email and mention school name 

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of December 4-16

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

Athletic Boosters  📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

Option #1: HERE

Orders after 12/1 are not guaranteed for holiday delivery.

Use the code SPIRIT for 25% off your order. (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

Option # 2: Looking for flannel pajama bottoms, hoodies, beanies, and decals? These items are available at the concession stand at all home games! 

 

Spartans Athletic Boosters Meeting

***The December meeting is cancelled***

Our January meeting is Wednesday, 1/10 at 7pm at WSHS Room 2223. Enter Door 5 and make the immediate left. If you go through the double doors you have gone too far! All are welcomed. 

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://spartan-booster-club.square.site/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wshsspartartansathleticboosters/

Instagram: @wshsspartansathleticboosters

X (Formerly Twitter): @SpartanWshs

Student Activities Highlights 🧥 WSHS Interact Club Winter Coat and Food Drive 

Wondering how you can help give back this holiday season? Give Back with Interact!

The WSHS Interact Club is collecting winter coats for a nearby elementary school for students in need.  If you have any coats (new or used) that you no longer need, please consider donating them to this worthwhile cause.  Donation bins are located inside Door #1 near the main office.

 

The WSHS Interact Club is also hosting a food drive to restock our school food pantry to help students in need.   Please consider sending in these items.  Donations bins are located inside Door #1 near the main office.  Thank you for your generosity!  

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Spaghetti
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Granola bars
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Canned Beans (black beans, kidney beans)
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
🎅 The Choral Department Presents: Breakfast with Santa

 

When: Saturday, December 9; 10-12 pm

Where: WSHS, Enter at Door 5

What: 

  • Enjoy 2 hours of holiday songs and sing-a-longs
  • Take a photo with Santa
  • Make ornaments, write letters to Santa, and more!
  • Meet your favorite costumed character
  • Dine on bagels, muffins, fruit, and coffee

Tickets:

  • $10 in advance or $12 at the door
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 2 years old are free

**This event sells out fast**

 

Order online HERE

Contact HERE 

 

Crew Fundraiser at Village Chicken

Come support Spartan Rowing at the West Springfield Shopping Center, Village Chicken (6228-G Rolling Road) on Tuesday, December 12th, 4-8 p.m. 

25% of event sales will be donated to the team

Show the digital flyer in the store or during pickup

Order at: https://www.myvillagechicken.com/

Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

We're using a new Activities Calendar this year. Clubs and school organizations are just beginning to post many of their meeting and event dates. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

FCPS INFORMATION 💻 No-Cost Mental Health Teletherapy for All High School Students

Is your high schooler experiencing anxiety, behavior changes, or challenges with peer and family relationships? If so, parents/caregivers can refer their children for weekly therapy with a licensed therapist through Hazel Health. Visit the Teletherapy webpage for information on how to opt your child in to this service. 

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

📝 Keep Learning Over Winter Break with Tutor.com

Does your child need help getting up to speed in high school math, science, or English? Tutor.com offers diagnostic quizzes to help students test their knowledge and find areas where they may need help. Quizzes can be taken anytime, and students can connect immediately to a tutor. 

Test prep is also available for students preparing for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. 

FCPS students have unlimited access, 24/7, to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need.

Free Webinars and Events for Families This Winter

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled.

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles.

✈️ 2024 Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas will co-host the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 6-8:30 p.m., at Marshall High School. This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning about increasing opportunities for the year following high school graduation. Students should register at USA Gap Year Fairs.

📜 Professional Certificates for High School Students

The FCPS Student Pilot Program with Coursera allows high school students to access the contents of the Coursera Career Academy, including more than 29 professional certificates from the world’s leading companies. A limited number of seats are still available.

Students can explore popular digital jobs and career paths such as marketing and data science, and learn from experts at leading companies including Google. Interested students should complete the Coursera Student Interest Form. Once it is submitted, their parent/guardian will be contacted for consent.  

Please note that Coursera courses are not recognized by the Virginia Department of Education as industry credentials and do not count toward high school graduation requirements. 

Contact Program Manager Scott Simmons with any questions at [email protected].

Quick Links NEWS FOR THE COMMUNITY  Holiday Donation Drive for WSHS Custodians

Student Activities is aiming to bring some holiday cheer to our WONDERFUL custodians who go above and beyond for our school.

We are seeking gift card donations (under $25) to any local food/grocery/restaurant (Walmart, Giant, Wegmans, etc).

If you care to donate, you can drop off gift cards in our WSHS Main Office before Friday, December 15th.

Our Student Government Association students will assemble the gift cards and gift them equally among our custodial staff to enjoy over the holiday break. Thanks for your consideration.

Questions?  Email Ms. Conte, [email protected]

 

Virginia Veteran and Family Support

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

Alcohol & the Holidays

Holidays may involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. Although loneliness is a cause for alcohol or drug consumption, being around others does not necessarily mean a decrease in unhealthy habits. Alcohol consumption increased during the pandemic and has not decreased after we have returned to a semblance of normalcy. Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal”. We encourage the consideration of a few things as we move towards the end of the year, have time off, and look forward to social interactions.

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

  1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?
  2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with my child(ren)?
  3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol consumption realistic?
  4. Are the conversations I have with others reinforcing alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?
  5. What messages am I sending my underage child(ren) if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Information to consider:

“One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students.” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)

“Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020).

Resources:

Holiday Stress

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Substance Abuse Prevention (Spanish)

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further information & support contact Mr. Ken Johnson WSHS SAPS. 

ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS All Night Grad Party Class of 2024 (WSHS ANGP 2024)

 

 

 

General information HERE

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email, or call (703) 913-3830 to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

WSHS Spartan Weekly News - December 1, 2023

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, 12/6: Chipotle Night Fundraiser for ANGP, 5-9 pm

Saturday, 12/9: Breakfast with Santa, WSHS, 10-12pm 

Monday, 12/18- Monday, 1/1:  Winter Break (No school)

NEWS AND NOTES ❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will announce an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Update your contact information in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if needed.

 

📅 Calendar Reminder: Chanukah and Bodhi Day

Chanukah, an eight-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for eight days. 

This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be an evening-only observation day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids

 

Bodhi Day, Friday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as "bodhi" in Sanskrit and Pali. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum. 

The school calendar recognizes Bodhi Day as a religious observation day. There is school on this day, however, the School Board has directed that certain events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete school year calendar.

National Special Education Day

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on December 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs, as well as our families who are partners in the education and support of those students! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION Academic Advising for Students/Families of 10th and 11th Graders

To better serve you during Academic Advising we are asking that students share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

Students who have not yet created a Nova ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year please go to: this website to create the ID.

Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Curriculum Night: January 4th

Mark your Calendars. The opportunity for students to select classes for school year 24-25 will soon be upon us.  Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with Departments and Academies on January 4th from 6:30-8:00pm.  This event will be held in our Cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you there.

STUDENT CORNER 🎓Seniors:  Graduation Gear and Class Rings Sale🎓

 

December 1 is the LAST DAY for senior specials on graduation gear!

  • FREE Deluxe Grad Frame w/ SPARTANS Package Purchase (no promo code needed)
  • $75 OFF Class Ring Purchase 11/27 - 12-1 (Classic Metals)- Promo Code: CYB75
  • $100 OFF Class Ring Purchase 11/27 - 12-1 (Deluxe Metals)- Promo Code: CYB100
  • $125 OFF Class Ring Purchase 11/27 - 12-1 (Luxury Metals)- Promo Code: CYB125
  • 60% OFF Select Grad Gear 11/27 - 12-1

 

Order HERE

Need help or want to order by phone?  Please call 1-800-567-8367

Class of 2024: Sign up for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits

On Thursday, January 4, 2023, Victor O'Neill Studios will be taking Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Session E

*There is no charge to have photos taken for the yearbook*

The attire is Tuxedos and Drapes (provided) or you can bring your own formal attire (coat and tie, all black or black and white clothing).

In addition, casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portrait sessions will be provided.

Click HERE to choose our session type and appointment time

Questions, email and mention school name 

How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com

All 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. Get more information on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services webpage.

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.

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of December 1-9

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

Athletic Boosters  📣Spirit Wear

Shop online for spirit wear.  Two options:

Option #1: HERE

Orders after 12/1 are not guaranteed for holiday delivery.

Use the code SPIRIT for 25% off your order. (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

Option #2: Holiday Pop-Up Store | Spartan Booster Club (square.site) Limited Time Only!

This online pop-up store is open now through 12/8. Items will be packed and shipped priority mail by 12/15. 

Spartans Athletic Boosters Meeting

***The December meeting is cancelled***

Our January meeting is Wednesday, 1/10 at 7pm at WSHS Room 2223. Enter Door 5 and make the immediate left. If you go through the double doors you have gone too far! All are welcomed. 

 

Need additional information? Check out our website and social media pages at:

 

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://spartan-booster-club.square.site/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wshsspartartansathleticboosters/

Instagram: @wshsspartansathleticboosters

X (Formerly Twitter): @SpartanWshs

 

 

Student Activities Highlights 🧥 WSHS Interact Club Winter Coat and Food Drive 🧥

Wondering how you can help give back this holiday season? Give Back with Interact!

The WSHS Interact Club is collecting winter coats for a nearby elementary school for students in need.  If you have any coats (new or used) that you no longer need, please consider donating them to this worthwhile cause.  Donation bins are located inside Door #1 near the main office.

 

The WSHS Interact Club is also hosting a food drive to restock our school food pantry to help students in need.   Please consider sending in these items.  Donations bins are located inside Door #1 near the main office.  Thank you for your generosity!  

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Spaghetti
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Granola bars
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Canned Beans (black beans, kidney beans)
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
🍬 SGA Candy Grams 🍬

The Student Government Association is selling Candy Grams during ALL lunches next week (December 4-8th).

These candy grams will be delivered by SGA students during the following LS4 on Wednesday, December 13th.

  • Candy Canes: $1
  • Other Candy: $2

🍬Cash only🍬

🎅 The Choral Department Presents: Breakfast with Santa🎅🏼

 

When: Saturday, December 9; 10-12 pm

Where: WSHS, Enter at Door 5

What: 

  • Enjoy 2 hours of holiday songs and sing-a-longs
  • Take a photo with Santa
  • Make ornaments, write letters to Santa, and more!
  • Meet your favorite costumed character
  • Dine on bagels, muffins, fruit, and coffee

Tickets:

  • $10 in advance or $12 at the door
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 2 years old are free

**This event sells out fast**

 

Order online HERE

Contact HERE 

 

Crew Leaf Raking Fundraiser

Nov 4 -Dec 17 (Sat and Sundays only)

Fee: $15.00/hour per raker

Contact:  [email protected]

 

Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

Sign Up For the Sports and Activities News You Choose

We're using a new Activities Calendar this year. Clubs and school organizations are just beginning to post many of their meeting and event dates. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

FCPS INFORMATION School Board Meeting Scheduled for December 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The School Board will hold its next business meeting on Monday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. 

Check Boarddocs later this week to view the complete agenda. Find out how to watch and participate in School Board meetings.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create lessons, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

Learn more about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your student’s results or ideas to support them at home, review this Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

Free Webinars and Events for Families This Winter

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled.

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles.

✈️ 2024 Gap Year Fair

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas will co-host the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Tuesday, January 30, 6-8:30 p.m., at Marshall High School. This event is for high school students and their families who are interested in learning about increasing opportunities for the year following high school graduation. Students should register at USA Gap Year Fairs.

📜 Professional Certificates for High School Students

The FCPS Student Pilot Program with Coursera allows high school students to access the contents of the Coursera Career Academy, including more than 29 professional certificates from the world’s leading companies. A limited number of seats are still available.

Students can explore popular digital jobs and career paths such as marketing and data science, and learn from experts at leading companies including Google. Interested students should complete the Coursera Student Interest Form. Once it is submitted, their parent/guardian will be contacted for consent.  

Please note that Coursera courses are not recognized by the Virginia Department of Education as industry credentials and do not count toward high school graduation requirements. 

Contact Program Manager Scott Simmons with any questions at [email protected].

Quick Links NEWS FOR THE COMMUNITY  🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of last Thursday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure of Goal 2 for our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success.

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Nominate a Military Child of the Year

This annual award recognizes outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Recipients will represent a branch of the armed forces for their “scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life.”  As a recipient of this prestigious award, winners will be invited to attend a gala to receive their award and some very generous gifts.   

Nominations for the 2024 Military Child of the Year® Award can be submitted now until December 3, 2023, at 11:59PM Central

For more information regarding the submission process and eligibility requirements, please visit Operation HomeFront or contact [email protected]

Alcohol & the Holidays

Holidays may involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. Although loneliness is a cause for alcohol or drug consumption, being around others does not necessarily mean a decrease in unhealthy habits. Alcohol consumption increased during the pandemic and has not decreased after we have returned to a semblance of normalcy. Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal”. We encourage the consideration of a few things as we move towards the end of the year, have time off, and look forward to social interactions.

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

  1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?
  2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with my child(ren)?
  3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol consumption realistic?
  4. Are the conversations I have with others reinforcing alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?
  5. What messages am I sending my underage child(ren) if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Information to consider:

“One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students.” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)

“Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020).

Resources:

Holiday Stress

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Substance Abuse Prevention (Spanish)

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further information & support contact Mr. Ken Johnson WSHS SAPS. 

ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS All Night Grad Party Class of 2024 (WSHS ANGP 2024)

 

 

 

General information HERE

SAVE THE DATE - CHIPOTLE NIGHT - DECEMBER 6TH! 

Where: Chipotle, 6230 Rolling Road

When: Wednesday, December 6, 5-9 pm

What: ANGP (33% of event sales will be donated)

Order online for pickup using code JW2CBWH or show the flyer

 

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

WSHS Social Media Find WSHS Spartans on:

Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

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WSHS Spartan Weekly News - November 17, 2023

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, 11/17: West Springfield v. Lake Braddock Varsity Football Playoffs, 7 pm @ Lake Braddock

Friday, 11/17 & Saturday, 11/18: Sweeny Todd School Edition (Closing Weekend), 7 pm

Wednesday, 11/22 - Friday, 11/24: Holiday (Thanksgiving Break, school offices will also be closed)

NEWS AND NOTES 📜 Paper Federal Impact Aid Surveys Due Friday

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE. Families should have also received a paper form from their school. If you have not completed the form online, please fill out and return the paper form by Friday, November 17

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important. Based on survey information, FCPS receives an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For more information, watch this video and visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey webpage. 

Need to Register for ParentVUE?

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account to easily submit your survey online. 

🦃 Calendar Reminder: Thanksgiving Holiday

Schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. See the complete school year calendar.

STUDENT SERVICES INFORMATION Academic Advising for Students/Families of 10th and 11th Graders

To better serve you during Academic Advising we are asking that students share their student NOVA ID, aka Empl ID, so that we can ensure a smooth Dual Enrollment process. 

Students who have not yet created a Nova ID (Empl ID) and know that they will be signing up for a NOVA Dual Enrollment class for 2024-2025 School year please go to: this website to create the ID.

Share the ID HERE once one is created.

Curriculum Night: January 4th

Mark your Calendars. The opportunity for students to select classes for school year 24-25 will soon be upon us.  Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with Departments and Academies on January 4th from 6:30-8:00pm.  This event will be held in our Cafeteria.  We look forward to seeing you there.

STUDENT CORNER Class of 2024: Sign up for Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits

 

On Monday, November 20, 2023, Victor O'Neill Studios will be taking Senior Formal Yearbook Portraits Session D 

*There is no charge to have photos taken for the yearbook*

The attire is Tuxedos and Drapes (provided) or you can bring your own formal attire (coat and tie, all black or black and white clothing).

In addition, casual/personality portraits and cap and gown portrait sessions will be provided.

Click HERE to choose our session type and appointment time

Questions, email and mention school name 

 

Spanish 1-3 Boot Camp

Do you need a review from Spanish 1-3? Do you need some extra help with verb conjugations? 

Come join us for review of grammar and vocab!

 

November Dates:

  • Thursday, November 30, 3-4pm

Please bring questions to ask our Spanish teachers and Spanish Honor Society students. This session will focus on verb conjugation drills, tips for memorizing vocabulary!

How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com

All 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. Get more information on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services webpage.

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.

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES 🏈 Friday Night Lights: West Springfield v. Lake Braddock

Where: Lake Braddock

When: Friday, 11/17, game starts at 7 pm; gates open at 6 pm

To avoid long lines, GET TICKETS HERE and purchase your tickets before the game.

Avoid the lines and use the upper gate if you have prepaid tickets. The main ticket booth takes cash and card. Adult tickets are $7 and student tickets are $5. Children ages 5 and under, as well as senior citizens 60+ will be admitted free. Visitor fans must enter through the main gate at the top of the stairs. For ADA accommodations, please enter through the ramp entrance located by the ticket booth.


• We are expecting a very large crowd so please plan on coming early. Parking is limited – please park in a legal designated parking spot.

• No outside food or beverages are permitted inside the stadium.

• Whistles, air horns, and similar noisemakers are prohibited.

• Purses, diaper bags, and reasonably sized bags are permitted inside the stadium with adults. However, all bags may be subject to search and inspection. Students are not permitted to bring bags or backpacks into the stadium.

• There will be no access to indoor bathrooms. Port-a-Potties are available for use by the flagpole.

• All spectators are expected to be in the stands. We should not have guests hanging out by the concession stand and hills as well as along the fence line particularly near the team.

• All elementary and middle school students need to be accompanied & supervised by an adult while at the game. High school students who get dropped off must plan to have their rides waiting for them at 9:30 PM.

• Smoking and the use of all tobacco products on any Fairfax County Public School campus is prohibited. This prohibition applies to all individuals while on any FCPS campus, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, contractors, and visitors. Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, pipes, and chewing tobacco are not permitted.


Our goal is to create a positive community event. Any behaviors that take away from this goal may result in being removed from the game and not being allowed to attend future games.

 

GO SPARTANS!

 

Spartan Sports Calendar, Week of November 17-25

Click the image above for access to the Spartan Sports Calendar.

Athletic Boosters ANNOUNCEMENT: Grand Opening Online Store Spirit Wear

Announcing the grand opening of WSHS online store operated by BSN. Spirit Wear is now available anytime and shipped right to your home.

Check it out HERE

Order by 11/27 for holiday delivery.

Use the code SPIRIT for 25% off your order. (Exclusions apply to the brands: The North Face, Acrux, and TravisMathew).

Spartans Athletic Boosters Meeting

Meeting is on Wednesday, 12/6 at 7pm at WSHS Room 2223.

Enter Door 5 and make the immediate left. If you go through the double doors you have gone too far! Need additional information?

 

Check out our website and social media pages at:

 

Email: [email protected]

Website: HERE

Facebook: HERE

 

Student Activities Highlights Crew Leaf Raking Fundraiser

Nov 4 -Dec 17 (Sat and Sundays only)

Fee: $15.00/hour per raker

Contact:  [email protected]

 

Stay in Touch with Spartan Sports! 

You can follow WSHS Spartan Sports on social media:

X: @wshssports

YouTube Channels: LINK

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Performing Arts Closing Weekend: Sweeny Todd School Edition

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

Recommended for ages 13+ for adult themes and simulated violence.

Show Dates / Times:

  • Fri, Nov 17 @ 7pm
  • Sat, Nov 18 @ 7pm

We're using a new Activities Calendar this year. Clubs and school organizations are just beginning to post many of their meeting and event dates. Check it out

Yearbooks and Senior Ads Now On Sale

Yearbooks and Senior Ads are now on sale! Orders can be placed online at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/ using school code 4150 and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We sold out of yearbooks for the past two years, so order yours today! We cannot guarantee books will be available for in-person sales at the end of the year. For questions, please email Ms. Melissa Morgan, Yearbook Adviser, at [email protected].

FCPS INFORMATION School Board Meeting Scheduled for November 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the School Board will hold its next business meeting on Monday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. Agenda highlights include:

  • Baseline Report on Strategic Plan Goal 3
  • Facilities Engagement Plan
  • Annual Legislative Program

Check Boarddocs later this week to view the complete agenda. Find out how to watch and participate in School Board meetings.

Quick Links NEWS FOR THE COMMUNITY  🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of last Thursday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure of Goal 2 for our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success.

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Volunteers Needed: KIDS ENJOY EXERCISE NOW (KEEN)

 

KEEN VA Programs urgently NEEDS your help this Sunday, November 19th to make our programs a success. Our upcoming program is a critical part of our mission, and your participation can truly make a difference.

Here are the registration links to our VA Programs on November 19th.

 

Irving Middle School Sports

9:45am-12:15pm

Register here

 

Kilmer Center Sports 

2:00pm-3:00pm

Register here

 

Kilmer Center Zumba

3:15pm-4:15pm

Register here

 

For questions, contact:  Kiyanna Thomas

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 301-461-6346

Nominate a Military Child of the Year

This annual award recognizes outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Recipients will represent a branch of the armed forces for their “scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life.”  As a recipient of this prestigious award, winners will be invited to attend a gala to receive their award and some very generous gifts.   

Nominations for the 2024 Military Child of the Year® Award can be submitted now until December 3, 2023, at 11:59PM Central. 

For more information regarding the submission process and eligibility requirements, please visit Operation HomeFront or contact [email protected]

🍎 American Education Week

For American Education Week we celebrate ALL who work in the FCPS community. Learn more from the National Education Association

Want to recognize someone from your child's school who goes above and beyond? Submit a nomination to FCPS CARES.

Alcohol & the Holidays

Holidays may involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. Although loneliness is a cause for alcohol or drug consumption, being around others does not necessarily mean a decrease in unhealthy habits. Alcohol consumption increased during the pandemic and has not decreased after we have returned to a semblance of normalcy. Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal”. We encourage the consideration of a few things as we move towards the end of the year, have time off, and look forward to social interactions.

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

  1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?
  2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with my child(ren)?
  3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol consumption realistic?
  4. Are the conversations I have with others reinforcing alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?
  5. What messages am I sending my underage child(ren) if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Information to consider:

“One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students.” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)

“Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020).

Resources:

Holiday Stress

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Substance Abuse Prevention (Spanish)

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further information & support contact Mr. Ken Johnson WSHS SAPS. 

ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY - 2024!! WSHS All Night Grad Party Class of 2024 (WSHS ANGP 2024)

 

 

 

General information HERE

SAVE THE DATE - CHIPOTLE NIGHT - DECEMBER 6TH! 

Where: Chipotle, 6230 Rolling Road

When: Wednesday, December 6, 5-9 pm

What: ANGP (33% of event sales will be donated)

Order online for pickup using code JW2CBWH or show the flyer

 

YARD SIGNS FOR SALE

Have you purchased your Class of 2024 Yard Sign yet? Options to personalize! Show your Spartan spirit all year long with a Spartan Class of 2024 or Home of a Spartan yard sign. Yard signs aren’t just for seniors! All proceeds benefit the ANGP for the Class of 2024! Order yours at https://wshs-angp.square.site/signs

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Need Help? Contact our Family Liaison

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student setup for success, our Family Liaison can help. Email, or call (703) 913-3830, to set up an appointment. 

6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-913-3800
Attendance: 703-913-3838 or [email protected] | Web

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