Woodgrove High School
March 2020 Newsletter
36811 Allder School Road
Purcellville, VA 20132
William S. Shipp
Director of School Counseling:
Spring is upon us, although with our mild winter it seems it already has been here for some time! Nevertheless, spring is always an exciting time in the high school with a whirlwind of activities and wonderful happenings! Our school musical, Little Shop of Horrors opens on Thursday, March 5, at 7 PM and runs for two weekends. In addition, nearly 500 students are participating in spring sports. I encourage you to view the school’s calendar on our website for upcoming events and opportunities. Please attend all that you can and support our Wolverines!
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 Wolverine Welcome Center in the main foyer.
In addition, we have many new drivers and with regards to safety, for those parents or guardians who have a son or daughter driving to school, please continue to review with them the importance of safe driving. The beginning and end of the day are very busy times in our parking lots and students, staff, and parents must be diligent so that we can avoid any accidents. Your assistance with this certainly is appreciated.
March also brings with it the SOL English Multiple-Choice Test and the SOL Direct Writing Test for our Juniors. The Multiple-Choice portion will be given on either March 5 or 6 during each student’s English class, and the Essay portion will be given on either March 9 or 10, again during each student’s English class. We have devoted many resources to ensure that all students are prepared to take and pass these SOL Tests. Please be sure your child gets enough rest and is on time to school during these testing sessions.
Also, we want your feedback! Please share with us your thoughts regarding Woodgrove High School. The LCPS Annual Parent and Family Survey is still open until Friday, March 6. Here is the link to the survey https://www.lcps.org/Page/226918
Once again, many thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement.
Woodgrove HS Mission Statement
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.
Student Attendance Reporting Procedures
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.
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
WHS SCHOOL COUNSELORS
- 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
WOLVERINE SPORTS MEDICINE
Volume 10, Issue 7 March, 2020
3 reasons you have neck pain and why bad posture probably isn’t one of them
It’s often said there are “good and bad postures” and that specific postures can contribute to neck pain, but this belief is not supported by scientific evidence. Instead, research shows that poor sleep, reduced physical activity and increased stress appear to be more important factors. A recent study, of more than 1,000 teenagers, showed no statistically significant relationship between spinal posture and neck pain. In fact, it appears from this study that the adolescent’s posture has more to do with their mood.
Research has also shown that changing the way you sit while working, so-called “ergonomic interventions”, have little to no impact on whether a person develops neck pain. Those with neck pain were found to be getting less quality and quantity of sleep and were working in jobs with high stress. They were also less physically active and had depressed mood.
Having a stronger neck and enjoying exercise, even simply walking a greater number of steps each day, have all been shown to protect against getting neck pain. This, along with making sure we don’t become sleep deprived, less physically active and stressed will hopefully manage and prevent neck pain more successfully.
So, feel free to sit how you want to at your desk. Just make sure to change positions frequently through the day if you find yourself sitting for long periods of time. And if you do have neck pain, get a few early nights and consider doing something relaxing. You need to stop worrying about how you sit or walk, because science seems to show that there may be no such thing as a “bad” posture after all.
Can exercise keep you from getting sick?
Many are convinced that regular, moderate exercise can protect against illness. While others feel that too much exercise will lower immune levels. Research shows that several positive changes occur in the immune system because of regular exercise:
• Regular exercise strengthens the body’s immune system in part by repeatedly stressing it.
● People who exercise report fewer colds than those who are sedentary do.
● Daily exercise cuts the number of sick days in half during a 12 to 15 work period.
● Moderate exercise lowers stress hormones.
While studies show exercise may reduce the risk of colds, there may also be some validity to the common perception that heavy exertion lowers resistance to illness. Studies have also shown a steep drop in immune function lasting anywhere from 6 to 72 hours in athletes after they ran for 2-3 hours.
While training hard for competition must be a part of the student-athletes’ experience, an increased risk of infection does not have to be. There are several practical recommendations student-athletes can follow to minimize the impact of stress on the immune system:
● Keep life stresses to a minimum.
● Eat a well-balanced diet to keep vitamins and minerals at optimum levels.
● Avoid over-training and chronic fatigue.
● Get enough sleep on a regular schedule.
● Avoid rapid weight loss.
● Refrain from touching your eyes and nose.
● Get a flu shot!
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