Woodgrove High School Newsletter

January 2020

Principal's Message

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday. With the New Year upon us, we have many important and exciting events planned in the days, weeks, and months ahead. As our first semester ends on Friday, January 17, please note that our second semester will begin on Wednesday, January 22, with an “A” day.

Parents of Seniors – the second semester will move rapidly by! Please communicate often with your son or daughter to make sure they are keeping up with Senior deadlines and graduation planning – and that they are keeping you informed as well! A Senior class meeting will be held during Dentime on Thursday, January 23, outlining plans and expectations for their final semester with us. We will post this information on our school website as well. Please remember, our graduation is set for Friday, June 12, at 8 AM at Woodgrove.

Planning and scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year is now underway. Our Course Curriculum Night will be on Monday, February 10, beginning at 6 PM. This evening is for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and their parents/guardians. This evening will provide parents/guardians and students the opportunity to hear about course options and for students to consider their course selections for the upcoming year. Please contact our Counseling Office with any questions.

Our marvelously supportive parent organizations, WWABC, WMAA, and PTSO have been very busy recently coordinating a number of events here at school. Thank you to Erica Voorhees, Deana Czban, and Wendy Murray of the PTSO, and the rest of the many Woodgrove families, for providing staff with delicious cookies on December 18 and 19. What a magnificent way to begin the winter holiday! We cannot thank our parent groups enough for the exceptional support they provide to our school. Please be sure to look for information on our website regarding meetings and upcoming events. Hopefully you can take some time and participate in these events and opportunities.

It’s hard to believe Woodgrove is celebrating its tenth year and we’re now one-fifth of the way through this century already - wow! We expect 2020 to be a tremendous year at Woodgrove and we wish everyone the best and look forward to your continued support!


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.


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

PSAT Score Report Information

Congratulations! Your teen took either the PSAT 8/9®or PSAT/NMSQT on October 16, 2019. This test gives students a chance to take the next step to college. Here’s what your teen can do to make the most of their scores:

  • Log in to or create a College Board account online at: https://studentscores.collegeboard.org. PSAT scores will be released online the week of December 9, 2019. Students should log in to their College Board account to see scores and test performance details.
  • Get free, personalized SAT practice. The PSAT is great preparation for the SAT®. Your teen’s score unlocks a free, personalized practice through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®. Students go to satpractice.org, create an account, and link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts for a plan based on their test results.
  • Review AP course recommendations at: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/what-is-ap. Student score reports identify AP® courses that are the best match for them. AP can give your teen an edge in the admission process and earn them college credit while in high school, which saves time and money in college.
  • Use Career Finder™: our career exploration tool. It helps students make informed academic and career decisions based on what truly drives them. Visit Career Finder at: https://pages.collegeboard.org/career-finder
  • Get started on BigFuture. Students can begin their College Search using BigFuture™. Visit BigFuture at: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org
  • The College Board National Recognition Programs. These are academic honors that can be included on college applications. They’re not scholarships, but colleges use them to identify academically exceptional students. Learn more at: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scholarships-and-recognition/recognition-programs
  • Practice and improve. Juniors (class of 2021) are eligible to earn money for college by practicing for the SAT and improving their score through the College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org
  • Register for the SAT. Take the next step toward college by registering at: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

Video Resources:

Making the Most of Your PSAT 8/9 Scores: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAlExfCLexs&feature=youtu.be

Making the Most of Your PSAT/NMSQT Scores: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie6WBDzjtGA&feature=youtu.be

Official SAT Practice through Khan Academy: https://youtu.be/D3vHhXMQPmE

Loudoun County Public Schools - Department of Pupil Services

Office of Student Services

Student Health Services

21000 Education Court Ashburn, VA 20148

phone 571-252-1012

fax 571-252-1245

December 19, 2019

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,

It’s that time of year. The winter season often brings with it infections such as:

  • Streptococcal infections, which cause strep throat
  • Respiratory infections, such as Influenza, and common colds
  • Gastrointestinal illnesses which can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

To help prevent the spread of these types of illnesses we encourage you and your family to:

· Practice and encourage good hand hygiene: Washing one’s hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer regularly is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.

  • Encourage respiratory etiquette among students and staff. In other words, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, your sleeve or elbow during coughing and sneezing.
  • Encourage children to avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Keep your child home if they are ill and stay home if you are ill yourself.

    • Individuals should stay home from school, work and err
    • Sick students or staff should remain home until they are fever-free for a full 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin.
  • Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get a flu shot. Talk to your health care provider about getting you and your child vaccinated against the flu. The single best way to protect against flu is to get vaccinated each year. It’s not too late!!

Further influenza information is available online from the Virginia Department of Health (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/influenza-flu-in-virginia/) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/flu). You can also contact the Loudoun County Health Department at health@loudoun.gov, your local school health office, or Jeannie Kloman, Supervisor of Student Health Services at 571-252-1017 if you have additional questions.

Thank you for helping to keep our students healthy and in school!

LCPS Office of Student Health Services

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Student Counsel Association News

December 2019 Newsletter:

December General Assembly Meeting:

On Thursday, December 12th the Woodgrove High School Student Council held a General Assembly meeting to vote on next year's executive board members. The SCA would like to welcome and congratulate the new executive board members: President Julia Murray, Vice President Erin Fuller, Budgeting Director Peyton Tarrant, Communications Director Kildea McMahon, Events Coordinator Charley Piercy, Marketing Director Ava Eckenrode, Community Service Director Kolbee Wisniewski, and Spirit Coordinator Tara Mullen. The future is bright with these young women in charge of the Student Council. The meeting concluded with an open forum, where current executive board members answered the student body’s questions.

Winter Spirit Week:

The month concluded with winter spirit week. The days included: Monday, Holiday PJ day, Tuesday, Plaid Out, Wednesday, Holiday Headwear, Thursday, Ugly Sweater day, Friday, White Out/ Wayde Shirt. Despite Monday being a snow day, winter spirit week was a success, with widespread student support. The SCA sold Wayde Byard shirts during the week in preparation for Friday’s spirit day: Wayde Shirt Day. In addition to being a great display of spirit, this week was successful in raising funds for the Student Council.

VSCA award:

Finally, the Woodgrove High School SCA submitted its paperwork for the VSCA award. Headed by Vice President, Nathan Rand, the award is a testament to the work the Woodgrove SCA conducts at a school, region, and state level.

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News from your Parent Liaison

Happy holidays Woodgrove family! I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends. I am the new Parent Liaison at Woodgrove. My role is to work with the Principal and staff by serving as a resource contact for parents within the school community. I can provide parents with a variety of information about programs, school requirements, community resources, special events etc. I can also help facilitate parent-school communication if you need assistance.

From time to time, we may need to provide some assistance to a family. If you would like to donate a gift card for gas, grocery or Target/Walmart, I would sincerely appreciate your help.

Please contact me with any questions or if I can be of assistance to you.

Deana Czaban

Parent Liaison

Email: deana.czaban@lcps.org

Woodgrove Food Pantry

Pantry needs: (We sent a good bit of food home for the long break and depleted our supply)

We need more of everything (except Cup O' Noodles, green beans, and corn), but our immediate needs are:

  • Snacks (in general)
  • Individual serving bags of Chips / pretzels
  • Indiv serving pkgs of cookies
  • Individual serving size cereal
  • Spaghetti and Spaghetti-Os (with and w/o meatballs), Beefaroni, etc
  • Canned soup
  • Ramen soups (Not Cup-O-Noodles)
  • Chili
  • Cornbread mixes
  • Instant oatmeal and granola bars are starting to get low too


Leslie Simpson

Food Pantry Monetary Donations

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


Volume 10, Issue 5 January, 2020

Sports Injuries


Despite our best protective efforts, right now we’re seeing a growing epidemic of sport injuries in teen student-athletes. One common cause of such injuries stems from an imbalance between energy (calories) a teen is consuming versus the energy (calories) they expend. This phenomenon is known as RED-S (relative energy deficit in sport).

RED-S has detrimental effects on bone health, menstrual function (in teen girls), testosterone function (in teen boys), metabolic rate, immune function, organ function, cardiovascular health and psychological health. Recognizing the signs of RED-S can be difficult because you often can’t see the signs. They may have no changes to their weight or decline in performance. However, they may more lethargic, struggle with mood changes, digestive problems, mental fatigue and recurring injuries.

When estimating caloric needs of a teen student-athlete it’s necessary to collect data such as calories burned, hours slept, and activities of daily living such as walking to classes, physical education class and any other activity in your student-athletes day that requires the body to move. All these factors can make it extremely challenging to estimate your teen’s caloric needs, but nutrition and proper fueling, both in quality and quantity, are crucial in preventing RED-S.

For some student-athletes RED-S may happen unintentionally due to lack of awareness, but for others, it may be intentional. Many student-athletes will do almost anything to excel at their sport and be tempted to experiment with and adjust their food intake in hopes of improving performance. They may also fall victim to the “more is better” idea when it comes to training. However, excessive training increases the daily energy expenditure an also increases injury risk. If you have any concerns, it’s a good idea to consult with a sports specialist dietician who can discuss and assess any abnormal physical or emotional changes your teen may be experiencing.


Reasons Strength Training Helps You Lose Weight

Cardio workouts definitely have their place when it comes to weight loss, but if you’re only focusing on cardio for meeting your weight-loss goals, you may be missing out on a major way to fuel your progress. Increasingly, strength training is being recognized for its ability to help change body composition, including a boost to weight loss. Here are three big reasons why:

When you’re losing weight through cardio, you tend to lose some muscle mass as well as fat. Essentially, you’re not burning calories as efficiently as possible. The more muscle mass you lose, the slower that rate can get which leads to a risk of weight-loss plateau. Although cardio exercise can stimulate muscle growth to some degree, the effect isn’t as pronounced as it would be with strength training. That matters, because as you increase your metabolic rate with higher muscle mass, you body burn more calories at rest.

In addition to increasing your metabolic rate, strength training forces you body to “injure” muscles to a minor degree, and then the repair them during a 48-hour recovery period. Within that timeframe, you’ll be burning more calories to aid the repair process. This is known as the “afterburn effect”. In a study comparing different forms of activity, researchers looked at more than 10,000 men over a period of 12 years. They found that compared to aerobic exercise, weight training had the strongest association with lowered

belly fat.

In general, mixing strength training into your workout can be a boost to your weight-loss goals especially if you do both cardio and resistance exercises. If you’re already at your goal weight, there are tons of other great reasons strength training matters for you, too from increasing mobility to bone density to lowering the risk of chronic disease.

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