Woodgrove High School

May 2021 - Newsletter

Principal's Message

I hope this message finds you and your family safe, healthy, and in good spirits. Last year as I wrote this message, we were still in the midst of figuring out how that school year would end and how we would begin our current year. Although this has been a year full of constant changes, our students, staff, and community navigated through this exceptionally well.


A heartfelt and tremendous thank you to our teachers who changed and modified the way they instructed and assessed their students. With so much information coming at them in such a short period of time, their positivity and optimism to handle such changes were impressive. Their can-do spirit and drive to provide a meaningful education to our students have been inspiring. I also want to point out that Staff Appreciation Week is next week, May 3 through May 7. I hope students, parents, and the community will take time during this week to share their gratitude for what our teachers and staff members provide for all of us.


And to our students, I echo that very sentiment of grateful appreciation as well. They’ve experienced schooling in a manner unlike any year and had to constantly adjust to different instructional and assessment strategies while also foregoing many of the social experiences and opportunities that a high school provides. We were ecstatic when students were able to return to school this year. They are indeed the life of our school.


With that in mind, we are recognizing and celebrating our students’ achievements this year. Our underclassmen awards will be held on Monday, June 7. This celebration will be virtual. Our Senior class awards will be on Wednesday, June 9, and we will be inviting students to attend in-person in their graduation regalia. This event will be live streamed as well for families to watch. Our Senior Community Awards will be Sunday, June 13. We will be inviting Senior award recipients to attend this event with two guests. This too will be live streamed. Additional information will be sent to students and families as these events near.


I also must thank our parent organizations, the WM&AA, WWABC, and PTSO for their continued efforts to find ways to support our students. To Ms. Cammarota, Ms. Costanzo, Ms. Bruecken-Thoden, Ms. Maulfair, and many other parents who have been instrumental in planning experiences for our Seniors this year – thank you, thank you! My apologies if I have missed anyone, however, please know we’re grateful for your efforts on behalf of our Seniors.


We are very pleased and excited that our Seniors will be able to graduate together as a class on June 17. Graduation is scheduled for 8 AM and it will be held rain or shine in our stadium. Seniors must arrive at school by 6:30 AM that morning. We will have practices leading up to graduation so Seniors will be aware of what to expect and where they need to be. Each graduate may have up to five guests. Additional information will be shared with Seniors and their parents/guardians regarding more specific graduation plans. For those family members unable to attend, the graduation will be live streamed. Anyone with questions should contact our Senior Class Sponsor, Ms. Brianne Allis at Brianne.Allis@lcps.org


SOL testing is underway and will continue well into May. Also, AP Testing will begin on Tuesday, May 18. To view the schedule for our SOL and AP tests, please use this link: WHS - Testing Schedule Students taking SOL tests at Woodgrove must bring their Chromebook (fully charged) along with their charger. Please contact Ms. Justine Jarvis, our Testing Coordinator, with any questions. Justine.Jarvis@lcps.org


Lastly, on behalf of staff, please know that we are grateful and honored to be a part of this exceptional Woodgrove community. Thank you for your continued support. May you and yours be safe and healthy.

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Daily announcements


  • Wake Up Woodgrove will air Tuesday through Friday mornings, 8:40 - 8:55am.
  • Update your bookmark to this link for submitting morning announcements.
  • Update your bookmark for viewing Wake Up Woodgrove to this link for our MyVRSpot software.
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SOL Testing Information

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SOL Test Dates and Information


Test locations will be discussed with students during class time.


What students should bring with them on test day:

*Fully charged LCPS chromebook

*Chromebook charger

*Pencil


Please note if a student arrives at Woodgrove without their Chromebook they will not be able to test.


LCPS transportation may be provided for morning testing. Buses will drop off at Woodgrove by 9:00am and pick up will be at 1:00pm. Transportation is expected to be loading the routing information for students testing on asynchronous days into ParentVue/StudentVue.


SOL Test Dates


May 3 - Earth Science and Chemistry SOL

Students will begin to arrive at 8:30 and testing will begin at 9:15am.


May 10 - Geometry and Algebra 2 SOL

Students will begin to arrive at 8:30 and testing will begin at 9:15am.


May 17 - Algebra 1 SOL

Students will begin to arrive at 8:30 and testing will begin at 9:15am.

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Wolverine Sports Medicine

Volume 11, Issue 10

May 2021


Sports Injuries


Rib Injuries

Rib injuries are like back injuries in that you take the twisting, turning and breathing for granted until you injure the ribs and then any single movement can cause pain. The ribs function as protection for the vital organs in the chest cavity. Between the ribs are small muscles for support, which are called the intercostals. The ribs attach to the sternum (breastbone) with cartilage at locations called costochondral junctions. The ribs are fairly resistant to injury. In children, there’s more elasticity in the bones, so there are fewer rib fractures in children than in adults. Because of their proximity to the skin, simple rib fractures are the most common form of chest injury. Excessive twisting of the trunk can trigger intercostal muscle strains. Costochondral separations can occur in which the rib separates from the sternum. Also, contusions (bruises) of the ribs are very common.


Rib injuries are so debilitating because simple breathing aggravates any rib injury. They are usually diagnosed by the mechanism of injury as to whether you’ve sustained a fracture as opposed to a strain. With fractures, in addition to pain, you can have bruising, muscle spasm over the rib and maybe some crunching type sounds when the rib is touched. A fairly high percentage 20-25% of rib fractures don’t show up on initial X-rays. But an X-ray remains the most effective means of diagnosis.


Icing the injury at an early stage can also help reduce the inflammation a decrease pain as well. Rib fractures take approximately 4-6 weeks to heal. Costochondral separation recovery time is longer due to slower healing time, which may take twice as long.


The best way to prevent rib injuries especially in contact sports such as football is the use protective equipment (flack jacket). Also strengthening and flexibility exercises for the back and abdominal muscles are also helpful.


Fitness


Dangers of “Workout Boosters”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned marketers of dietary supplements known as “workout boosters”. These popular supplements could increase blood pressure, potentially causing shortness of breath or heart attacks.


With names like Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, Napalm, Code Red and Lean-Efx, these products have been popular with athletes and fitness buffs because they contain an ingredient, known as dimethylamylamine or (DMAA), advertised to increase energy, concentration, and metabolism.


But in a warning from the FDA’s director of dietary supplements, companies that distribute DMAA had failed to demonstrate its safety. Agency officials wrote in letters “DMAA narrows the blood vessels and arteries, frequently leading to elevated blood pressure.


DMAA was originally developed in the 1940’s by Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical company, as a nasal decongestant called Forthane, but the drug maker stopped making the medicine. In Canada, the government health agency has classified DMAA as an amphetamine like drug, prohibiting companies there from selling the ingredient as a dietary supplement. And a few years ago, the United States Defense Department investigated whether products containing DMAA played a role in the deaths of 2 soldiers.


A spokesman for GNC said the company was “unaware of any scientific or medical evidence which calls the safety of DMAA into question” and disagreed with the FDA’s action. Buyer beware!!

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Grace Harvey for earning a Gold Summa Cum Laude on the intermediate level National Latin Exam! This is the highest award that can be earned and reflects a great deal hard work.

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Library News

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Theatre has two shows coming in May. One is a student written show you can find for free on YouTube coming soon called Muffin Man. Another is Oklahoma! We will have one live weekend May 14-16th and one streamed weekend the 22nd-23rd. Buy tickets here: https://whsva.booktix.com/

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Parent Liaison News

Hello families,


As our school year draws to a close, please reach out to me (deana.czaban@lcps.org) if you anticipate needing assistance during the summer months. We have several community organizations that can help families who are experiencing financial difficulties, job loss, food insecurity etc.


If you would like to help families in need, please consider joining my Wolverine Needs Network. Simply send me an email and I’ll add you to my list. When a need arises, I will send out a message and whoever is able to help can respond.


I’d also like to thank our amazing Community Partners who helped our families in so many ways. Please support these organizations and businesses whenever possible: Tree of Life, Western Loudoun Food Pantry (@ New Jerusalem Church), Round Hill United Methodist Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Knights of Columbus Saint Francis Council 11136, American Legion Post 293, Manhattan Pizza (Purcellville), & Hillsboro Ruritans.



Here’s a link to Loudoun County Health & Human Services – which has many resources: https://www.loudoun.gov/5307/Coronavirus


Here’s a link to the Loudoun Job Connection https://www.loudoun.gov/CivicSend/ViewMessage/message/141237

2020 -2021 Counseling Team

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The counseling department at Woodgrove looks forward to assisting you with your scheduling needs and post-secondary goals. Feel free to schedule a meeting with us so we can get to know you and serve you better.


  • Mr. Patrick Weaver ------------ A-Cop
  • Mr. Steven Cohen -------------- Cor-Gra
  • Mrs. Amy Scott ----------------- Gre-K
  • Mrs. Donna Kelly --------------- L-O
  • Mrs. Barbara Bell --------------- P-Sm
  • Mrs. Rachael Sutphin -------- Sn-Z


  • Mrs. Geri Fiore ------------------- Director of School Counseling
  • Mrs. Bernadette Ishmael ---- School Registrar
  • Mrs. Stephanie Butler -------- Counseling Administrative Assistant
  • Mrs. Annie Harding ------------ Career Center Specialist
  • Mrs. Justin Jarvis -------------- Testing Coordinator/FACETime Coordinator

Mental Health Team


  • Mrs. Kelley Trenary -------- School Social Worker
  • Mrs. Heidi Buckner -------- School Psychologist
  • Mrs. Amy Iliffe ---------------- Student Assistance Services Specialist
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Senior Exit Ticket

EVERY senior must complete the Senior Exit Ticket prior to May 14th which includes:


1. Senior Survey - In lieu of our typical in person meetings, senior surveys must be completed online this year. This is our only way to discover post graduation plans (even if you're still undecided), scholarships awarded and where to send your final transcripts.

When completing the survey, we understand that not all information may be known at that time. For this reason, students are able to ‘Save and Come Back’ to the survey to update any information previously entered and/or to add any new information (ie. scholarships received, secondary plans, etc.)


2. Senior Shoutout Slide - to be included in a slideshow which will air at our in person graduation and on our website/social media.

Students were given detailed lessons this past week on how to complete both tasks. To access the ticket, join the Schoology Course ‘WHS Senior Class Exit Ticket’ using the code QRWV-8PHD-888QR


Email Mrs. Harding with questions.

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2021-2022 Course Scheduling Update

The last day to make final changes to your schedule is June 1st. Please visit our website for more information regarding the course selection process. https://sites.google.com/lcps.org/whscounseling/academics/course-selection-information



Click here for the 2021-2022 LCPS Program of Studies

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Virtual Loudoun

Planning to take a virtual course over the summer through Virtual Loudoun? Registration ends on May 14th. If you are interested in enrolling, complete the registration process here: https://www.lcps.org/VirtualLoudoun. Please be aware there is a $375 fee for any class taken over the summer. Students are limited to taking three classes over the summer during high school for acceleration. Courses cover a year-long class in a 10-week period. The pace of the class is rigorous and time management is critical to stay on track.


Summer term begins May 31, 2021 and ends August 6, 2021.

Dual Enrollment

If you are interested in registering for a Dual Enrollment course for the 2021-22 school year, you need to activate your enrollment account by May 15th.

Instructions on how to complete this process can be found on the School Counseling Website under 'DE Course Information' under the 'Academics' tab.



If you want to learn more about the benefits and requirements of Dual Enrollment courses and missed the informative webinar hosted by Northern Virginia Community College's Dual Enrollment team, click on the link below to and enter the passcode to watch the recording at your convenience.




Dual Enrollment Webinar Recording

Passcode: YEf7UxL$

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SOL Test Dates and Information

Test locations will be discussed with students during class time.


What students should bring with them on test day:

*Fully charged LCPS chromebook

*Chromebook charger

*Pencil



Please note if a student arrives at Woodgrove without their Chromebook they will not be able to test.


LCPS transportation may be provided for morning testing. Buses will drop off at Woodgrove by 9:00am and pick up will be at 1:00pm. Transportation is expected to be loading the routing information for students testing on asynchronous days into ParentVue/StudentVue.


SOL Test Dates

May 3 - Earth Science and Chemistry SOL

Students will begin to arrive at 8:30 and testing will begin at 9:15am.


May 10 - Geometry and Algebra 2 SOL

Students will begin to arrive at 8:30 and testing will begin at 9:15am.


May 17 - Algebra 1 SOL


Students will begin to arrive at 8:30 and testing will begin at 9:15am.

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Woodgrove Scholarships

Some Scholarship Deadlines Extended!


Two of our School and Community Scholarships are still open on Schoology. We encourage all eligible students to apply:


Loudoun Robey Scholarship

(our most financially beneficial award!)

Extended to May 10th

$2000 RENEWABLE FOR UP TO 4 YEARS!

3.75 min GPA

Involvement in school and community activities

Demonstrate high standards of character and citizenship

Copy of 2020 FEDERAL INCOME Taxes needed

Demonstrate Financial Need


Don Rose Sr.

Extended to May 9th

2 @ $500

Must have played youth sports in Loudoun County

Plan to continue education beyond high school


Step-by-step instructions and videos can be found on the school website under Scholarships & Financial Aid.


In addition, Loudoun County is continually updating their website which lists the scholarships for 2020-2021 along with application links and submission requirements. Bookmark the LCPS Scholarship List page to stay informed throughout the school year. Updates are also added to the Career Center Weekly Newsletter emailed to parents and students every Friday.

Virtual Military Signing Day

VDOE will be holding a Virtual Military Signing Day on 5/12 6:30-7:30pm to honor the commitment being made by our students. The event will be livestreamed on the VDOE YouTube Channel. Students, parents, school personnel and members of the community are encouraged to attend. Questions can be directed to Dan Dunham at Dan.Dunham@doe.virginia.gov.

Summer Programs

Looking to advance your educational experiences this summer? Consider some of the following summer sessions. These can also be found in the Career Center Weekly Newsletter.



Fasttrack Online 2021 - Looking to get an early start on your summer academic career? Virginia University of Lynchburg is offering an Online Summer Fast Track Program to earn college credits over the summer.


Bostion University Summer Journalism Academy is for students interested in exploring careers in media and communications. Applicants accepted on a rolling basis until June. 3 Sessions throughout the summer.


Boston University Academy of Media Production -Creative high school students develop their cinematic and journalistic storytelling skills producing films, videos, visual effects, webcasts and more. 7/5 - 7/30


William & Mary Online Summer Courses - Expand your learning this summer with a variety of law classes focused on legal systems, negotiations and emerging technologies.


Remote Experience for Young Engineers and Scientists (REYES)

Virtual live program: 6/28–7/23. Over 70+ topics covered in this program including astronomy; artificial intelligence; spaceflight& autonomy; entomology; computer engineering; gaming technologies; psychology; Python coding and more.

Upcoming Dates

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Our NOVA high school coordinator’s last virtual visit of the school year is scheduled for Monday May 10th at 1:30 pm


Register on Naviance for Google meet link.


If you plan on attending NOVA, you must follow the steps outlined in the following Guide:

Getting Started guide: https://www.nvcc.edu/first-year-admission/_docs/Virtual-Getting-Started-Guide-UPDATED-2021-030421.pdf


Once these steps have been completed, students will be able to speak with a virtual advisor about picking courses that meet their educational goals. Additional information and resources are found on the counseling website under NOVA.

Military and ROTC Information Event

May 4th 7-9pm


Widener University will be hosting this annual event to provide information regarding officer development programs for all services. Service Academy and ROTC representatives from the Army, Navy/Marine Corps, Air Force, Merchant Marines, and Coast Guard are scheduled to speak.


Register Here

Don't Miss Out

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Are you getting the Career Center Weekly Newsletter? Sent every Friday, this newsletter contains lots of details on upcoming events, important dates to remember, scholarship, college, career information and more!

Email Mrs Harding at annie.harding@lcps.org if you don’t see these in your inbox!


And…


Click here to follow the Counseling Department on Social Media

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Job, Volunteer & Leadership Opportunities

Follow us here for the latest information on jobs, internships, leadership opportunities and more


Newest Update!


Milennium Pools


Caretaker Needed for Sweet Boy with Autism - needs to be 18+


Landscaping Help Needed on 25 acre property in Waterford


Mantech Internship Webinar -May4th @ 1pm Register today to hear from Mantech's Management Team about the internship opportunities for summer 2021.


Amazon Hiring Event - Looking to hire 18+ for their warehouse and back end of Whole Foods. $15/hour, with benefits plue opportunity to move to the tech side of Amazon after just one year! Join an Amazon hiring manager on May 10th from 2:30-3pm for a presentation just for LCPS students!


Vetinary Technicians Career Exploration Event May 22nd 10am-12pm Students interested in exploring the field of veterinary technology are invited to join experts for a two-hour workshop focusing on education and training, shelter medicine, and emergency hospital management.


Other Resources:

LCPS Part Time/Summer Job Site, a newly created collaborative county wide site which lists employment and internship opportunities in our region.


Work In Loudoun - Find available positions through the WorkInLoudoun Job Portal and searches more than 10,000 publicly-facing websites to identify the jobs available by employers across Loudoun County.


#woodgroveworks #woodgroveserves #woodgroveleads

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WHS Information

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High School Parking Lot WiFi Access


In our efforts to continually improve and meet the challenges of a large school district, we are deploying solar powered WiFi to high school parking lots.


Each of our high schools will be equipped with a solar powered, cellular wireless access point that will provide coverage to a portion of each schools parking lot. This will allow for social distancing and access to digital resources for those in need of internet access. Each area depicted is an estimation of coverage and capacity may be impacted by weather, number of connected users and other factors. Areas selected are also monitored by LCPS Safety and Security patrols, camera's and other techniques to provide a safe environment.

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LCPS Information