Parent Communication

Make sure you have all the latest information about H-B Woodlawn.  This page will give you an overview of how you can receive information, how you can communicate with other parents and staff members and where to look for other information.

HBW – News

The HBW PAC uses HBW News (hbw-news@googlegroups.comto distribute announcements, meeting notices, and other information of interest to HBW parents and the wider HBW community.  All members of the HB community are encouraged to sign up, i.e., HB students and their parents, grandparents, and guardians; HB staff; HB alumni (parents/students/staff); members of the Arlington County School Board; and senior APS staff.  Once you are a member, you will not be removed unless you ask to be removed.

SIGN UP now for the HBW-News Google Group by following the instructions below.

To subscribe to the HB-News Google Group send an email message to the list serve manager, Marcy Gessel, mgessel@yahoo.com with the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your connection to the HB community (parent/guardian, staff, student, etc.)
  • The name(s) and grade(s) of your child(ren) who attend HB (if you are a parent/guardian)

Once the list serve manager has added you to the group, you will receive an automated welcome message.  Questions or problems?  Please contact our manager, Marcy Gessel at mgessel@yahoo.com.

Communicating With HBW Staff

Communicating with staff at H-B Woodlawn is easy.  Each staff member’s email address is listed on our webpage under “About Us.”   All staff members can be reached by phone by calling the main office, 703-228-6363, and leaving a message.  Your calls, questions, and feedback are welcome.

Consider your child’s Teacher Advisor (TA) as your first line of communication regarding your student.  TAs monitor and track student progress and are student advocates. TAs can help students develop the confidence and skills they need to advocate for themselves and to become responsible, self-directed learners. Call either office for the name of your child’s Teacher Advisor.

APS School Talk

School TalkHave you subscribed to APS School Talk?  This is the official communication tool for APS and H-B Woodlawn.  Once you have signed up, you can select the types of information and method (email, text, etc.) you prefer.  This includes emergency closings, school board meetings, official H-B announcements and other information.  Click here to subscribe or update your membership to APS School Talk.

H-B Webpage

The first place to look for information is the H-B website.

  • The home page lists latest news and calendar events. The new website has a portal students, parents and staff.  These are directory pages that list all the pages and posts of particular interest to those groups. Check out the Parents tab.
  • Under the “About Us” tab you will find general information about H-B,  minutes from Town Meetings, information on the new school and a new Staff directory that lists all staff with their email addresses.
  • The “Curriculum” tab includes the current Program of Studies, and Summer assignments and supply lists for next year.
  • The “PAC” tab includes the PAC site with information about meetings and other information of particular interest to parents.
  • The “Events” tab includes our various H-B calendars and a link to buy tickets to upcoming performances.

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Staff Email
You can send an email directly to your child’s TA or teacher.  Names, pictures and email addresses of H-B staff can be found on the Staff Directory link under “About Us”.

H-B Woodlawn Calendar

H-B calendars are hosted on the APS web page.  You can subscribe to the calendar and view it on your computer, phone or other device.

Don’t miss an event – subscribe to the calendar now!

StudentVue

sVUE-buttonHigh school and middle school students may log into StudentVUE. The StudentVUE information portal allows students to view their grades & attendance as well as stay on top of classroom happenings, assignments, tests, academic performance and more.

ParentVUE

ParentVueParentVUE is an online tool to help you monitor your student’s education.  It will allow you to update contact information and provide you with access to the latest information about your student’s attendance and grades.  Middle and high school families will also be able to view student schedules and class assignments with ParentVUE. If you need to create an account, please contact vanessa.piccorossi@apsva.us in the office. If you have an account but need to reset your password, please go to http://access.help.apsva.us/hc/en-us/requests/new
Go to the Parent Access Center webpage for more information about these and other communication services provided by APS.

Blackboard

Every student has an account in Blackboard.  Courses are created for every class, but it is up to each teacher to make these courses available.  Some teachers post announcements, assignments and other information on their Blackboard courses.  You can find out at Back to School Night how your child’s teachers use Blackboard.

In order to log into Blackboard, you will need to use your child’s login and password.  Their username is their student ID number, and their initial password is their birthday, but they can change the password.  Parent accounts are not currently available. Speak to your child about accessing Blackboard.

In addition to grades and assignments for classes, you and your children can access these services from within Blackboard:

  • Textbooks – many of our textbook publishers have given us access to special sites, activities and resources
  • Atomic Learning – web-based software training and support using short video tutorials
  • Acorn – Search the catalog of Arlington Public Schools libraries
  • World Book, Grolier, Encylopedia Britannica and many other encyclopedias and databases

Blackboard requires a current browser, Firefox 3.0, Internet Explorer 7.0 or Safari 3.

H-B Woodlawn Office

Main Office – 703-228-6363

Middle School Office – 703-228-6359

Assuring Two-Way Communication

Just a reminder, if you have changed your home address; your home, work, or cell phone number, or your emergency contact in the last year, please let our registrars (Ana 703-228-6354 or Christina 703-228-6359)  know.  They will update our official school records.

 

If you have any questions about the H-B website, Blackboard or the email groups, please contact Teri Doxsee, Instructional Technology Coordinator at teri.doxsee@apsva.us or 571-969-4821.