Woodgrove High School Newsletter

November 2019 NEWSLETTER

Principal's Message - November 2019

Greetings, Woodgrove Wolverines! As our year moves rapidly by, please remember that the first grading period ends this Friday, November 1. Report cards will be available on ParentVue on Monday, November 11. If you would like a hard copy of your son’s or daughter’s Report Card please contact our Counseling Office at 540 751 2607.

Also, please mark on your calendars that Monday, November 4, and Tuesday, November 5, will be student holidays/teacher workdays. If you have any questions regarding your son’s or daughter’s classes, we once again are hosting a parent-teacher-student conference day on Monday, November 4. You may come to school and meet with your son’s or daughter’s teachers from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the school’s main gymnasium and cafeteria. Please contact our counseling office with any questions.

On Friday, November 1, all student chromebooks will be collected for LCPS device inventory and hardware checks. Woodgrove’s Digital Experience Specialists (DES) will conduct this process during the four days students are away from school. Students will pick up their chromebooks when they return to school on Wednesday morning, November 6. In order for this process to run efficiently, we are asking that all students have their chromebooks at school on Friday for collection. Students who attend MATA and the Academies on Friday will have their chromebooks processed at Woodgrove on November 6, 7, or 8 – a DES will work with these students.

School safety is in the forefront of our minds and it is of the utmost importance to all of us. As a reminder, please have your identification ready when you enter the school. All visitors must check in at the Welcome Center in the main lobby of the school.

American Education Week is November 18 – 22. We have a number of activities scheduled for this week and I urge you to check the school calendar on our website and attend an event. I do want to point out that on Thursday, November 21, Ms. Bartling, our incredible cafeteria manager, along with our magnificent cafeteria staff, will be preparing a delicious Thanksgiving lunch for our school. Our student council is inviting parents and guardians to join us for lunch on that day – the council is covering the cost of the parent lunches. If you plan to attend please go to the SCA page on our website and sign-up. It promises to be an exceptional culinary experience!

Please remember to vote on Tuesday, November 5.

Many thanks for your continued support. I hope everyone can take some time during American Education Week to visit and celebrate with us the amazing experiences that take place at Woodgrove each and every day.


The mission of Woodgrove High School is to enable all members of the school community to think critically and act responsibly, while preparing students for their futures.


  • We believe that critical thinking means using knowledge to make informed decisions and to solve problems, both independently and collaboratively.
  • We believe that we must be responsible for achieving our own goals, for contributing to society, and for being effective global citizens.
  • In order to be successful, we all must work, honor, and strive.

Unencumbered Time in WHS Study Halls

In accordance with the new school board policy 5011 (see below), the last 10 minutes of each study hall block will be considered “unstructured” and “unencumbered” time in which students will not be expected to focus on academic tasks. Students can use this time to relax, stretch, listen to music, move around the room, socialize, or play games. Please note that these activities should not be disruptive or distracting to nearby classrooms.


The Loudoun County School Board understands daily, unstructured activity time during the school day is an important physical, mental, and social break for students from structured instruction. Unstructured activity time is described as supervised time allocated for students to develop teamwork, social skills, and improve overall physical fitness. This time shall be included in the calculation of total instructional time in accordance with state guidelines but not factored as part of the physical education curriculum.

A. Administrative Guidelines. To the extent possible, the unstructured activity time shall meet the following criteria:

  1. Moderate to vigorous physical activity is encouraged; through the provision of space and equipment and through encouragement by the teacher.
  2. When weather conditions are questionable, principals shall refer to Regulation 5011 to determine the appropriateness of outdoor activity time.
  3. Unstructured activity time is mandatory and should not be viewed as a privilege to be taken away. Therefore, every student is entitled to unstructured activity time and it should not be revoked as a disciplinary consequence or used as time to make up classwork. An exception to this guideline is permitted only when a student commits a disciplinary infraction during unstructured activity time and the logical consequence would be a temporary suspension for that student at the time of the infraction.

C. Middle and High School Unstructured Activity

  1. Secondary schools will incorporate a minimum of 10 minutes of unstructured activity time during the school day every other day.
  2. Unstructured activity will include opportunities for physical or other developmentally appropriate activities.

POLICY: 5011


In order to streamline the attendance process, Woodgrove High School will be utilizing an online reporting procedure. The new form will be used for early dismissal, tardy to school, and student absences.

Parents can access the form (https://bit.ly/2Nx0ix2) beginning Friday, November 1, 2019. The link can also be found on the main page of the Woodgrove High School website.

Please note that the student ID number is a required field for the form. Completion of the form will generate an email confirmation. If you have any questions about your student’s attendance, please contact Teri Hoover at 540-751-2600 or Theresa.Hoover@lcps.org.

School Counseling News


  • Mrs. Geri Fiore - Director of School Counseling
  • Mr. Patrick Weaver ------ A to Cop
  • Mr. Steven Cohen -------- Cor to Gra
  • Ms. Amy Scott ------------- Gre to K
  • Mrs. Donna Kelly --------- L to O
  • Mrs. Barbara Bell --------- P to Sm
  • Mrs. Rachel Sutphin ----- Sn to Z
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Woodgrove Food Pantry

Thank you to these businesses for helping get the Woodgrove Food Pantry started!!!

We have a wonderful new collection box, made by our own John Jose. It can be found in the WHS foyer across from the Welcome Center.

With the long break approaching, we are in need of restaurant gift cards, $5 - $10 would be great. For example, Subway, McDonald's, Jersey Mikes, Chipotles, Chick-fil-A, Mod Pizza, etc.

Here is a list of the type of items that can be donated.

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Food Pantry Monetary Donations

Please use this button to make a Monetary Donation to the Woodgrove Food Pantry

Woodgrove 2019 Conference Information

On Monday, November 4, 2019, Woodgrove High School will host a Parent/Student/Teach Conference morning. If you would like to come and talk with your student’s teacher(s), you are welcome to come in between 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. All faculty will be in the main gym and cafeteria for convenience. Please see attached layout to plan out your conversations.

Please note: Students who currently have a D or F have been invited to come in to meet with teachers from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM.

We look forward to partnering with you and your family,

WHS Administration

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Parents! Is your student struggling in a core class?

Just a reminder that we have Math, English, Social Science, and Science teachers available to help in Learning Labs during all study hall blocks. We also have Writing Center tutors available to help with writing assignments. Contact Dr. Cuozzo with any questions at Christopher.Cuozzo@lcps.org.

SCA News

October was highlighted by excitement surrounding the Homecoming Spirit week. Homecoming week featured crazy outfits, renewed rivalries, and memories being made.

Underlying the success of homecoming week were spirit days that brought students and staff together in dress and costume. The days were: Monday, “PJ day,“ Tuesday, “Tacky tourist day,” Wednesday, “Tik Tok,” Thursday, “Space” and Friday, “Pink out.” Student Council Marketing Director Julia Murray said, “The spirit days were so successful! We had so many people posting their outfits on Instagram, spreading the spirit. I feel like so many people dressed up this year.” Students and staff all have their favorite spirit day. Julia's favorite spirit day was tacky tourist day, because she loves Hawaiian shirts and sandals.
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The week’s festivities began at the Powder Puff football game on October 9th which pitted Junior and Senior girls against each other. Led by Coach Kyle Caylor the seniors avenged their loss last year. Caylor said, “Coaching Powder Puff was a great experience, it's always fun to flip the switch and make the girls be the players for the football team. My favorite part was definitely getting to hold up the trophy at the end because we definitely should’ve won last year.”

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Highlighted by games, hype, and a DJ the resounding opinion is that Student Council Student Activities Director Charley Piercy nailed it at Woodgrove’s pep rally on October 11th. Piercy was thrilled with the pep rally, “The pep rally went above and beyond my expectations, students and staff enjoyed every moment of it.” Charley went on to explain her excitement with how the performance of the DJ and the senior serenades. Senior Homecoming Court member, Andy Fejoo shared Piercy's sentiment and said, “My favorite part had to be singing to Katherin during my serenade and hearing the whole school sing along. It was definitely a moment that I’ll never forget.” The pep rally successfully got students spirited for the home football game that night against Briar Woods High School, and for the dance the following evening. Piercy is optimistic about potentially having more pep rallies in the future.

Finally, the week concluded on Saturday, October 12th, with the heralded Homecoming Dance. The space-theme dance was well received. President of the Student Council says, “It was a fun night and the decorations really highlighted the level of energy that was present.” Andy Fejoo shared the energy of the night and week. While unfortunately Fejoo didn’t win Homecoming King, he and Katherin Gomez being defeated by Jaylen Washington and Andrew Rishmawi, he still had a great experience. Fejoo said, “ My experience on the court was awesome. I had a great time and it helped me enjoy my senior homecoming experience even more.”

To ensure that we made the most of the week, the student body came together on Friday to raise awareness for breast cancer with the Pink Out day. The SCA agreed to donate $1 per person wearing pink to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The SCA rounded up about 20 people to be able to donate a total of $1000 to BCRF! Way to go Woodgrove!

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After Homecoming week, Woodgrove got swept up in testing fever with PSAT Day. The Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors successfully navigated their annual PSAT, which helps prepare students for the SAT test. Our Senior class was engaged in an exciting field day. They were treated to breakfast donated by the PTSO, had an opportunity to relax in the gym, begin the discussions for capstone projects that will be completed later this year, and capped off their morning with a lunch catered by Moe’s.

General Assembly Meeting:

At the start of October, the Student Council held their second General Assembly Meeting. The focus of this meeting was to vote on a charity of the year, to which all SCA donations will be sent. The student body came in and voted between 3 different charities. The options were the Loudoun Food Pantry, Leveling the Playing Field, and The Wounded Warrior Project. The Woodgrove Student Body decided on The Wounded Warrior Project! We are very excited to partner with them this year. Our next GA Meeting will be Thursday, November 7th. We will be planning the Spirit Plate Party.

Coming Up:

November may be short, but for the SCA, it’s jam packed! We will be taking our Advisory Board to their second committee meeting at Orange County High School to continue to plan our State Convention. Paperwork for students to attend this conference has been printed and is currently available to ANY Woodgrove student. We will also be celebrating American Education Week from November 18th to November 22nd. One of the highlights of that week is the WHS Cafe’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Lunch. The Student Council will be paying for any staff member as well as any parents who would like to join their child for a delicious lunch. If you would like to join us, please fill out the attached Google Form. We would love to see lots of parents come in and celebrate with us!

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Volume 10, Issue 3 November, 2019

Sports Injuries

Muscle Soreness

Muscle soreness after a strenuous workout is practically a given. You may be wondering what muscle soreness is, and whether it’s good or bad and how to handle it. Exercise of any kind acts as a stressor on your body. This stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when the stress is new or more intense than usual, your body must address it. Often, that response leads to muscle soreness.

You may have heard the term “delayed onset of muscle soreness” (DOMS). This is the muscle soreness you experience 24-48 hours after exercise. Strength training and repetitive cardio exercises like running can create micro-tears, or breakage in muscle tissues and cause DOMS. This is especially true if you are new to the sport, increase mileage or intensity too soon or jump back into training after an extended break.

Certain types of exercises can lead to greater post-workout soreness-namely, eccentric training. Eccentric training involves focusing on the lengthening phase of an exercise, either by performing that action at a slower pace, completing it with heavy weight, adding an explosive element, and/or performing it repeatedly. One reason eccentric training create greater muscle soreness is you must control your descent, as opposed to letting gravity do all the work for you. This creates greater damage to fibers within your muscles, which leads to greater muscle soreness.

On the one hand, muscle soreness following exercise is a good thing because it means that you’ve created a stimulus at which your body is then going to adapt and become stronger. On the other hand, it’s not a good idea to be so sore you can’t perform daily tasks without discomfort or pain. The appropriate amount of soreness should only last about 24-48 hours. And whether you’re sore or not, make sure you’re doing things to help your body recover between workouts. Your best recovery tools include sleep, hydration and nutrition!


Skipping Breakfast and Late-Night Eating

Skipping breakfast before an early workout or eating a late dinner after an evening workout may seem convenient, but those eating habits may put your heart at risk. People who eat late dinners and skip breakfast tend to have worse outcomes after suffering a heart attack new research has found.

In the study, researchers evaluated the eating habits of 113 people pre-heart attack. Then, they followed them for 30 days after they were hospitalized for a heart attack. Researchers discovered that people who skipped breakfast at least three times per week and ate dinner within two hours of bedtime were four to five times more likely to die, have another heart attack, or experience chest pain 30 days after their discharge from the hospital.

This may be because people with unhealthy eating behaviors have other unhealthy habits. In addition, past research has also linked skipping breakfast to things like weight gain and insulin resistance which can raise your blood sugar and increase your odds of diabetes.

Based on the findings of the study, researchers recommend patients have dinner at least two hours before bed and eat a filling breakfast. One that includes protein-rich dairy products like milk or yogurt, a carbohydrate like whole wheat bread, bagel or cereal, and whole fruits. Breakfast should make up about 15-35 percent of your total daily calorie intake.

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