Academics

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ERB Testing Information

Our students will be taking the ERB tests Tuesday, November 4, through Thursday, November 6.  Students should arrive at school on time no later than 8:25 a.m. so they have time to prepare for the testing. They should get a good night’s sleep and eat a hearty breakfast. Testing will begin about 8:40 a.m. and end at various times. (Estimated ending times are 10:35 a.m. – Tuesday; 11:00 a.m. – Wednesday; 10:15 a.m. – Thursday). Again, these end times are estimates. Some classes may finish a little later.

If you need to make appointments, please make them after those times if at all possible. Once the testing has started, no student will be allowed into the rooms until there is a break. At that point, the student entering late will take the testing for the remaining session of that day. Any student missing any part of the testing process will be allowed to make it up with the counselor within a few days after the ending of the testing process.

Late Start Day

Reminder that Wednesday, November 12, will be a late start day for Woodward Academy.  Classes will begin at 10:00 a.m.for all grades. Dismissal will be as usual. After School Care will operate as usual until 6:00 p.m.

Woodward Uniform Code

The uniform at Woodward Academy is a symbol of excellence. Recently, however, we have noticed a disregard of certain parts of the dress code. Beginning next week, teachers will be asked to do a uniform inspection. The inspections will continue on a regular basis throughout the school year. Students who fail to be in proper uniform will receive a written warning. If the student continues to violate the uniform policy, the student will receive detention hours. Naturally, we would like to avoid any penalties.Therefore, we ask that you take the next several days to make the appropriate adjustments in your child’s uniform so that the uniform complies with the Academy’s Dress Code. Some of the common infractions we are seeing are:

  • Khaki skirt/skorts are too short. The skort hem should be no more than 3” above the knee.
  • Failing to wear a belt with the uniform pants. A belt is required at all times. The belt may be a brown one or the Woodward 1900 belt (which is available only at Campus Store).  
  • Some students are wearing ankle socks. The correct uniform sock for girls is a white or navy crew or knee sock. No golf or tennis socks may be worn. Boys may wear navy or white socks and again no golf or tennis socks. No logos should appear on the socks.
  • Boy’s hair is too long. The hair code for boys reads that hair shall be neat, well-groomed, and kept above and not touching the eyebrows, not touching the ears and off the collar at all times.
  • Girls are wearing multiple earrings or earrings that are not conservative. The uniform code for earrings for girls reads: conservative and in good taste. They may wear one earring (only) in each ear. Large, bulky or long earrings will not be permitted.  
  • Shirt tails are not being tucked in. This is a violation the student can easily correct. We ask that you have a discussion with your student to remind him/her that the shirt tail is to be tucked in at all times.

Thank you for your help in correcting these issues.

Thanksgiving Outreach

The Lower School will join the Upper and Middle Schools in a food drive to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Donations will be accepted beginning Monday, November 3, until Friday, November 14. Non-perishable canned or boxed food items will be accepted. Barrels will be located on the main level and the lower level. Student volunteers will be present each morning on the main level only (8:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.) for the first week of the collection period to record donations. Parent Community volunteers will be present in the main lobby and on the lower level near the center stairs each morning from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. from Monday, November 10, until Friday, November 14, to accept and record donations. Students who bring in at least 20 items or $20, may come to school out of uniform on Friday, November 21. Students should not leave donations in barrel unless there is someone there to record it. Otherwise, they will not receive credit for their donation. Checks should be made payable to Woodward Academy.

Thanksgiving Outreach Out-of-Uniform Day

Students who bring in at least 20 items or $20 during our collection time (November 3-14), may come to school out of uniform on Friday, November 21.

Volunteers Needed for Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

The Lower School Parent Community is hosting the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 5, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and would love any help with this upcoming luncheon. This is a wonderful way to show our Lower School faculty and staff how much we appreciate all they do for our children. Please see the link below for our Sign-Up Genius.

Thank you so much!
Brantley Abrams and Laura Shir
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0449a9aa2ba57-teacher2

Yearbooks On Sale – Online Only!

The 2015 Phoenix staff would like you to know that the yearbooks are now for sale!  They are available for purchase at woodwardyearbook.com and cost $70 until February 1. But don't let that deadline sneak up on you! Order your yearbook today and support your student publications!

Yearbook Staff Needs Information From You

The yearbook staff is looking for information on adventures you and your family had over the past summer. If there are any cool places that any students went, they want to know so it can be included in this year’s book. For example, an Upper School teacher went to Australia, some students went on a missionary trip to Haiti, and a student did a fashion internship. If your family falls into this category, please send your information to wastpress@st.woodward.edu

Lower School Intramurals

The Lower School sponsors an intramural sports program for boys and girls. Intramural programs generally run Monday through Thursday with a few exceptions (football and cheerleading).  Students must have a signed permission form turned in by the first day of the activity. Permission forms are sport-specific and are available two weeks prior to the first day of the event. The events begin at 3:45 p.m. and end at 5:15 p.m.

We have record numbers of students participating in intramurals, and the coaches need time to prepare accordingly. Therefore, a student MUST have a signed permission slip by the Monday that the intramural activity begins or they will NOT be allowed to participate. Thank you for your cooperation as this will keep our program safe and successful! There will be a separate form for each sport they plan to participate in during the year. Again, the student must have the signed permission slip turned in prior to the start of the activity.

2014 – 2015 Lower School Intramural Schedule

LS Service News

  • Woodward Students in Community Service

    Students volunteer at Special Olympics tennis event Lacrosse team members at the Walk for Wishes

    Students from Woodward Academy's Lower and Middle Schools volunteered recently at a Special Olympics tennis event. In addition, members of the girls varsity lacrosse team participated in the Georgia Make A Wish Foundation's annual Walk for Wishes on a recent Saturday. Freshman Emily Citarella organized the lacrosse team members and collected donations for the Walk for Wishes.

  • Woodward Families Take Mission Trip to Kenya

    Lower School PE teacher Greg Vandagriff and his son Brock, 6th grade, recently traveled to Kenya on a mission trip for the Kenya Project/FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Mission.

    The group visited Mountain Park Academy in Nakuru, Kenya. Each morning during their visit, the group assisted teachers in the classroom at the Academy. Later in the day, the Kenyan students were taught sports like American football, volleyball, soccer, kickball and other games.

    The Vandagriff's traveled with the Witmer family (Stephen '16 and Tucker '17) and the Cole family (A.J. '14 and Susannah '17), along with members of FCA from across the country.

  • Lower School Students 'Put Cancer to Bed'

    Last week, students in the Lower School celebrated their fundraising efforts to "Put Cancer to Bed," on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, by wearing pajamas to school. Students raised close to $6,000 dollars for the cause. Isabelle W., Joey C., Colin E., and Abby W. were the top fundraisers. Woodward has contributed more than $32,000 to LLS since 2007.

  • LS Girl Scout Troop Builds Library for Genesis Shelter

    The Woodward Lower School Junior Girl Scout Troop 10715 recently established a library for the Genesis Shelter--a local shelter devoted to helping homeless infants. The Girl Scouts collected books, for all ages, and created a wonderful reading space for the children, decorating the library with posters and other accessories. Additionally, the girls raised money from candy and cookie sales to donate a Nook e-reader to encourage the teenage shelter residents to read.

    A collection bin is available at the Lower School for the remainder of the school year to collect additional book donations.

  • Lower School Supports American Heart Association

    On January 17, a group of Lower School students raised $9,695 for the American Heart Association during their Jump Rope for Heart event. Faiza M. and Alex Z. tied for top fundraiser, raising $1,200 each. The event was led by Coach Jeanine Duke.

  • LS 2012-13 Community Service Totals

    --Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:
    $6,457.00
    --The Terranova School:
    $3,625.00 ($17,854.04 Academy's Grand Total)
    --Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk-athon:
    $8,886.00 ($43,118.78 Academy's Grand Total)
    --Canned Food Drive:
    $16,603.00 and 24,000 lbs. of food (Academy's Grand Total)

  • LS Terranova School Project Update

    The Lower School Ambassador’s Club would like to thank the Lower School community for their generosity and participation in the spring service project for the Terranova School, Woodward's sister school in Zambia, Africa. Lower School students raised $3,675.00 for new reading and spelling books. Lower School Principal, Andy Phillips, will personally present this to the Terranova School when he visits this summer.

  • LS Students Receive Awards for Essay Contest

    Three Lower School fifth graders were recognized with awards during morning announcements on April 23 for winning top honors in the No Place for Hate student essay contest.

    Victoria D. won first place in Elementary Writing; Ella W. won second place in Elementary Writing; and Sarah B. won first place in Elementary Media/Songs/Poetry. In addition to having three winners, Woodward also had the most entries of any school.

    Click on the link at right to read the award winning essays. Click the following link to listen to the award winning song: No Place for Hate Award Winning Song.

  • LS Walk-a-thon Gallery

  • Soaps for Terranova

    Here is a way you can help our sister school in Zambia, Africa! If you have unused soaps, hair conditioners and shampoos, or other small travel items you have collected, they need them. These products are the perfect size for the staff at the Julia Burke Medical Clinic at the Terranova School to hand out to their community.

    It may be hard to believe, but in their world, soap is a special thing. Your help will be greatly appreciated and Mr. Dietz (MS assistant principal) thanks you from the kids at Terranova School. Please gather these new items and drop them off at the Middle School front desk.

  • 2013 Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walkathon

  • Lower School Students Raise the Bar

    The Lower School collected more than $6,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of their annual "Put Cancer to Bed" program. 92 percent of the Lower School student body participated. They also raised $6,500 for the American Heart Association during their Jump Rope for Heart event held on Feb. 15. The top fundraiser was Faiza M. with $1,036.

  • Lower School Ambassadors Volunteer at Food Bank

    The Lower School Ambassador Club visited the Atlanta Community Food Bank on December 18. The fifth and sixth grade students, along with their sponsors Julia Duke and Leigh Ann Peek, worked a three-hour shift alongside other volunteers from the Atlanta community. The day's work resulted in 9,740 pounds of food boxed and ready to distribute. This amount translates to 6,486 meals to serve people in need.

  • 2012 Academy Wide Can-A-Thon

    Woodward Academy's campus-wide can drive benefits the Atlanta Food Bank and surrounding tri-city pantries. It will run from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 9. Collection barrels will be located on each campus, so please contact each school for locations.

    Historically, Woodward has been one of the largest contributors to this worthy cause. We are proud that we “CAN” make a difference!

  • Students, Principal Donate Hair to Locks of Love

    Sixth grader Zoe B., her sister, third grader Mirabel B., and Primary School Principal Missy Duncan Smith recently donated their hair to Locks of Love. This is the second time for both Zoe and Mirabel to donate to Locks of Love. Woodward parent and hair stylist, Rochelle Andrews, donates her professional services to Woodward students and faculty who donate their locks.

  

 


Lower School Calendar & Events

Oct 27 Mon

LS Book Fair

Location: Thomas Hall
Thru: 10/31/20148:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 31 Fri

Halloween

LS Halloween Parties

Location: Thomas Hall
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
Nov 2 Sun

Daylight Saving Time Begins - Set Clocks Back One Hour

Nov 3 Mon

Can Food Drive Begins

Nov 4 Tue

Parent Programming - "Everyone Does It: Bullying, Sexting & Social Networking", Connie White

Location: Main Campus - Woodruff Dining Hall, Civic Area

More Information

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Children today have grown up in a digital world. It is essential that we as parents educate ourselves so that we can guide our children to become thoughtful citizens with their online interactions. This session will focus on increasing your awareness of how our children/teens are communicating in our networked world. I will share practical, age-appropriate parenting suggestions and resources.

Register to attend!

Nov 5 Wed

LS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Nov 11 Tue

Veterans Day

Location: Richard C. Gresham Chapel

More Information

11:00 PM
Nov 12 Wed

Woodward Academy Late Start Day

All Woodward Academy schools will begin school at 10:00am on September 17, November 12 and February 18.  Dismissal time will remain the same.  Morning childcare will be provided at the Primary School, Lower School and Woodward North.  Afterschool care will be provided as usual.

LS Group/Activities Pictures

Location: Gresham Chapel
8:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Nov 16 Sun

Woodward Academy Main Campus Open House

Location: Main Campus, College Park

More Information

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Nov 21 Fri

LS Play Assemblies, 9:00am & 10:30am

Location: Richardson Hall Theater

LS Play

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
7:00 PM
Nov 24 Mon

Thanksgiving Break School Closed






News from Woodward 360

Newsletter last updated: 
October 30, 2014

 

Upcoming Highlights

Oct 27 Mon

LS Book Fair

Location: Thomas Hall
Thru: 10/31/20148:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 31 Fri

Halloween

LS Halloween Parties

Location: Thomas Hall
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
Nov 2 Sun

Daylight Saving Time Begins - Set Clocks Back One Hour

Nov 3 Mon

Can Food Drive Begins


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Consignment Shop

Come visit the Consignment Shop! The Consignment Shop has everything you need, including brand new men's ties. We are also taking in consignments, so bring all of your items when you come to shop. Did you know that your Middle or Upper School child can come in to shop and use their Student ID to bill their account? We have great volunteers here to help them with fit and to make sure they are buying the correct pieces. We even have buttons for your blazers that may be missing a few. A second copy of that really heavy book is nice to have at home. Chances are, we can help with that too.
 
Our hours of operation are every Monday and Wednesday, that school is in session, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. You can find more information on the Consignment Shop webpage.

Upcoming LS Volunteer Opportunities

Oct 27 Mon

LS Book Fair

Location: Thomas Hall
8:00 AM - 4:00 PMMore Information...
Oct 31 Fri

LS Halloween Parties

Location: Thomas Hall
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM
Nov 3 Mon

Can Food Drive Begins

Canned Food Drive

More Information...

Parent Programming Events - all parents invited

Nov 4 Tue

Parent Programming - "Everyone Does It: Bullying, Sexting & Social Networking", Connie White

Location: Main Campus - Woodruff Dining Hall, Civic Area
8:30 AM - 10:30 AMRead More
Nov 6 Thu

Parent Programming - Love and Logic: Digging Deeper (Additional Class)

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Parent Programming - Love and Logic: Digging Deeper (dditional class)

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Nov 11 Tue

Parent Programming - Love and Logic: Digging Deeper Class 6

Location: Brand Boardroom, Carlos Administration Bldg.
8:30 AM - 10:30 AMRead More
Dec 4 Thu

Parent Programming - “Raising Digital Natives: Using Technology to Build & Develop Executive Functioning Skills”, Gail Flanigan, Ph.D.

Location: Woodward North Campus
11:30 AM - 1:00 PMRead More
Jan 14 Wed

Parent Programming - “Setting Our Kids up for Success by Focusing on What Matters”, Mark Crawford, Ph.D.

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:30 AMRead More