Notes from Notestine 

“Molly” … More Drug Education

Parents, please take the opportunity to learn about and share with your kids what happened to 11 students from Connecticut’s Wesleyan University who used Molly. Four of these students remain in the hospital including two who are in critical condition.

Molly is most dangerous because it is very attractive to adolescents who are curious and may be tempted to try at a concert. Here is some basic information about Molly:

Why is it called Molly?
That’s short for “molecule.”

“You can put a ribbon and bow on it and call it a cute name like ‘Molly’ and people are all in,” said Paul Doering, professor emeritus of pharmacology at the University of Florida.

“Any drug that is purchased on the street is always subject to being something different,” Doering said. “Nobody is looking out for the dosage or anything else. It’s the roll of the dice what the stuff is.”

Why is Molly gaining popularity?
Ecstasy has long been a common party drug. An estimated 11 million Americans have used ecstasy at least once in their lives, according to the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Molly, usually sold for about $30 to $40 per 100-milligram capsule, has the street reputation of being safe or “pure” and of producing feelings of warmth and well-being. But experts say it is far from benign.

Just last month, NIDA posted a “warning from Europe” about pills sold as Molly with a Superman logo that contained a lethal dose of another substance. The drugs have not yet been seen in the United States, but have been linked to four deaths in Britain.

Why is it dangerous?
The drug can be adulterated with other chemicals like bath salts, a relatively new synthetic powder that often contains amphetamine-like chemicals.

“There are a lot of nasty drugs out there now, and they are all variations on a theme,” Doering said. “If you hedge trim one part of a molecule or weld another part, the modification of a known substance can be very potent.”

Emergency room visits among people 21 and older who used ecstasy increased by 128 percent from 2005-2011, reaching an annual total of 10,176 cases, according to recent federal figures.

There is also higher association of abuse when ecstasy is used with alcohol, experts said.

What does a potential overdose of Molly look like?
The illegal drug can cause symptoms like dehydration or a dangerous increase in body temperature, which can lead to kidney failure. Doering said he has seen overdose cases with body temperatures of 107 degrees.

Here is a link with nine things you should know about Molly:

Please talk to your kids about Molly, so we can enjoy the ride.

Parents Corner 


Paris, Geneva, Chamonix & Nice
Students will turn in ALL luggage Thursday, March 5, to the second floor conference room 201 in the Middle School Building before homeroom. Both bags will be checked and locked down overnight. On Friday, students will wear travel clothes to school and wear their coats. Students will turn in passport pouches Friday morning in room 201. On departure day, parents may meet us at the International Terminal at the airport. We will leave school a little after 4:00 p.m., and we will make two trips. We should be checking in at 5:00 p.m.. Parents will pick up students at the airport in International Arrivals on Saturday, March 14. Our flight is arriving at 6:40 p.m .

MS Parent Coffee and US Tour

Please join us March 26 for our MS Parent Coffee to be held in the Middle School Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is an opportunity for MS parents to meet other MS parents. Coffee and light breakfast foods will be provided from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. From 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., a representative from Admissions will take us on a tour of the Upper School.  

Sign up on the link below if you will be attending.

Spread the Word!

Help us spread the word about our wonderful school to prospective families! Many of them are interested in learning more about what our current parents and students have to say, and YOU are our best ambassadors!

The two websites prospective families use the most are Great Schools and Private School Review, yet Woodward only has a few reviews on each site. Please help us by taking only a minute of your time to click on the links below and rate our school:

Thank you so much for helping us tell the Woodward story!


Don't forget to buy a 2015 Phoenix yearbook! There will only be a limited number of yearbooks on sale during distribution, so buy a yearbook ahead of time to ensure your child gets one. To purchase a yearbook or check a list to see if you've bought one already, please go to

The Phoenix staff wants to feature your children in the yearbook! Right now they are looking for pictures from activities and vacations over winter break, school performances, and students' favorite places at school. If you have any pictures to share, please email them to Use high-resolution or maximum size photos and identify in the body of your email the student(s) and events/places pictured. Thank you!

Middle School Talent Show 2015

The annual MS Talent Show will be held in the Gresham Chapel on Thursday afternoon, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. Any Middle School student interested in participating in this year's show, will need to attend the auditions on March 19 at 3:15 p.m. in the large choir room.

The International Dyslexia Association will hold workshops that are free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.
Fostering Independence for Academic SuccessPresented by Sucheta Kamath, MA, BC-ANCDS, CCC/SLP
The Heritage School, Newnan

Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Dyslexia and MORE: Understanding the "MORE" (the struggles that often coexist with reading, writing, and spelling difficulties)
Presented by Leslie A. Stuart, Psy.D., Forsyth County Board of Education, Cumming

Visit for more information.

In an ongoing effort to educate our students about the effects of drugs and alcohol, we will have an upcoming event on the topic. Last semester, the Counseling Department sponsored Red Ribbon Week which is a national week to bring awareness to the effects on young people. As part of that special programming, we had a special Connect 2 Kids that was dedicated to educating our students on the dangers of teenage drinking.

Drug Education Assembly
On Friday, March 6, Agent Truesdell of the Drug Enforcement Administration will come to talk to the students about synthetic marijuana. He will bring a special guest who lost their son after he committed suicide after using synthetic marijuana. They will bring home the message that experimentation can lead to unexpected consequences and the importance of good decision making prior to any actions being taken.  This will be specific to drug usage but can be translated into many other areas of our students' lives.

It is important for us to educate our students and for families to have related conversations at home because often Middle School students are tempted to experiment with alcohol. Some do it because they consider it a "grown up" thing to do while others may believe it's a legitimate way of fitting in with certain peers. We will continue to use the school platform as a way to increase the knowledge base of both students and parents (through meetings, assemblies, classroom experiences, and the Middle Messenger. See last week's Notes from Notestine.).

If you suspect that your child has been experimenting, or would like to discuss the topic more, please contact Mrs. Dedeaux (7th grade counselor) or Mrs. Nguyen (8th grade counselor). They can assist with confidential referrals, resources, and guidance. 

Summer Trip to England Update

There is availability for one more student to sign up for England trip this summer. If your 7th or 8th grader is interested in three weeks of travel and fun in England, please contact Ms. Bandrowski at to learn more about the program. Travel dates are from the July 12 to August 2. Additional information about the program also can be found at the website for the International Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA): 

Animal Rescue Service Trip

Rising 8th graders: The Middle School Spanish Department is offering an animal rescue service trip to Ecuador, June 6-14, 2016! The trip’s highlights include a tour of Ecuador’s capital, a volcano and hot springs visit, an Andean canopy tour (zip-lining, rock climbing, and Tibetan bridges), Cotopaxi National Park (dormant volcano and glaciers), and a three-day animal service project at the Amazon Rescue Center to help conserve and rehabilitate primates and other local species.
Please visit the trip site for a detailed itinerary and pricing information.  
Registration is now open! Register early, as spaces are limited.

Help Needed With Art Project

All Middle School families are asked to help with a future "assemblage" art project. We will be collecting plastic bottle caps of all colors and sizes. These caps are found on soft drinks, bottled water, laundry detergent, coffee creamers, hairspray, deodorant cans, etc. The idea is to make a large mosaic-type mural from these often discarded items. Everyone – not just art students – can be a part of this collaborative venture! Please help us by saving your bottle tops and sending them in with your student. Donations may be placed in the collection box in the entryway hall of the Middle School building. See how a bottle top mural is a fun, colorful, and ecologically savvy experience for our school.

WA Middle School Attendance Policy

Parents, please note:  If your child is sick or is going to miss school, we request that you email the school at or call the MS office (404.765.4430) between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. to inform us.

Club Updates    

Eagle Club Homeroom Balances:

Bandrowksi- $235.00
Crawford- $115.00
Davis- $8.31
Hildebrand- $30.00
Hutchison- $25.75
Jefferson- $87.50
Khoury- $20.00
McNeill- $100.00
Owens- $7.00
Ragan- $5.00
Seigler- $149.87
Stratton- $10.00
Tarraso- $5.00
Tatum- $26.00 
Wade- $25.00

Chess Players Needed
Woodward Academy needs more Middle School chess players to play on Feb. 21 at the qualifier tournament for the State Team Championship. If you play chess, would like training, and can attend the all day tournament on Feb. 21, we will offer free chess training every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lower School. We need to know if you are interested. To register, email Coach Steve at or call the office at 770.939.4596.

Student Spotlight 


WAMS Production of Aladdin
March 2, 3, & 4
Richardson Third Floor
3:45-5:45 p.m.

FREE SHOW: Cole King: Solo Set


Tonight (Feb 27) at 7:30 p.m.!
Eighth grader Cole King will perform live on the Internet

MS Advances to Odyssey of the Mind Finals


The Woodward Academy Middle School Odyssey of the Mind team has advanced to the state finals tournament after placing first in their division at the regional competition at McDonough’s Ola High School on Feb. 21. Using the required concept “experiencing technical difficulties,” the team resolved technical failures with specific devices. The students rang a bell, flew a plane, opened a box, and more with only the power of rubber bands.

Congratulations to the team members:

Sonali Bhakta
Sydney Hallas
Vikram Kumar
Nicole Lindelow
Bryce Macaulay
Shayna Patel
Alex Vaughan

Columbus State University will host the Odyssey of the Mind state finals tournament on March 28. Learn more at

8th Grader Rated Superior Pianist

Congratulations to 8th grader Sydney Lopez who received a "Superior" rating for her performance at the Sonata/Sonatina Piano Festival held Saturday, February 7. For details visit:

Congratulations to our Woodward Spellers!

At the GISA Atlanta Area Spelling Bee held February 5, two Woodward students placed in the top 10 and will advance to the GISA district and state levels. Good luck to Mona Mahadevan (8th grader) and Ashi Jain (5th grader from WN).

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Swimming & Soccer Victories

Swimmer Emanuel Abdul-Salaam’19 participated in the 2015 Georgia Age Group State Championships at Georgia Tech on Feb. 13 and 15. He qualified for three events: the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly, and the 100-yard breaststroke. Emanuel achieved a personal best time of 23.94 in the 50-yard freestyle, earning the rank of No. 19 in the state. His time of 1:06.04 in the 100-yard breaststroke earned him the No. 15 position, and he finished at No. 26 in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.69. Emanuel’s times qualified him for the Southeast Sectionals, which will be held at Georgia Tech next month.

The U14 Concord Central soccer team, with its goal keeper Bryce Macaulay’19, won the Southern Soccer Academy's (SSA) Classic Soccer Tournament in Kennesaw on Feb. 14 and 15. With a win, a tie, and a shutout game, the team advanced to the final and won 4-0 in another shutout performance.

2016 Middle School Europe Trip

Please contact if you are interested in receiving information about our 15th annual Spring Break trip to Europe. Students register in 7th grade and travel in 8th grade. This is a trip for students and teachers. At this time, we are taking names so that we can quickly create the registration folders. The tentative itinerary is London, Stonehenge, Normandy, the D-Day Beaches, WWII sites, Mont St Michel, and Paris.

WAMS Brag Box

Click here to tell us more and to help us brag on your child. 

Jock Journal

Spring Sports Information 

Track : Track season began  Tuesday, February 17 MS Track is a co-ed no-cut sport for our students. Track practice will be held daily from 4-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For Track Events, see below.

Lacrosse:   The first practice was Tuesday, February 18, and the season begins Monday, February, 23. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Peek -

: First practice: February 20 (At Woodward). First match: February 21 (vs. Lovett) Contact Information: Girls Coach: Coach Marmo Cell (404) 667.1730 or
Boys Coach: Coach Vangrofsky Cell (404) 457.2862 or

Events in MS Track
Running events:  100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1000m and 3200m. We also will run 100 and 300m hurdles.

Field Events:  shot put, discus, long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault. 
This link gives information that was given to students at their meeting on Tuesday: 

Concussion Form : This link is for the concussion form that all athletes must have parents read and sign for every sport they play:

MS Service News

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Middle School Calendar & Events

Mar 2 Mon

MS Theater Auditions

Location: Richardson Hall 3rd Floor
Thru: 3/4/20153:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Mar 5 Thu

MS, US All-State Chorus

Location: Athens, GA
Thru: 3/7/2015
Mar 6 Fri

MS Mid-Semester Grading Period Ends

Mar 8 Sun

Daylight Saving Time Begins - Set Clocks Forward One Hour

Mar 9 Mon

Spring Break - No Classes

Mar 10 Tue

Spring Break - No Classes

Mar 11 Wed

Spring Break - No Classes

Mar 12 Thu

Spring Break - No Classes

Mar 13 Fri

Spring Break - No Classes

Some Academy Offices Closed

Mar 16 Mon

Teacher Work Day - No Classes

Mar 17 Tue

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

MS Edline Reports

St. Patrick's Day

MS Theater Rehearsal

Thru: 3/19/20153:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Newsletter last updated:  

March 2, 2015


Upcoming MS Events

Mar 2 Mon

MS Theater Auditions

Location: Richardson Hall 3rd Floor
Thru: 3/4/20153:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Mar 3 Tue

Girls MS Soccer vs. Inman Middle School at (Howard Field)

Location: AWAY
4:45 PM
Mar 4 Wed

Boys MS Tennis vs. Wesleyan

Location: AWAY
4:00 PM

Girls MS Tennis vs. Wesleyan

Location: AWAY
4:00 PM

MS Track & Field -Westminster, Wesleyan, Walker(Regular Season)

Location: HOME
4:30 PM

Girls MS Soccer vs. Paideia

Location: HOME
5:30 PM

Boys MS Soccer vs. Blessed Trinity

Location: HOME
6:45 PM
Mar 5 Thu

MS, US All-State Chorus

Location: Athens, GA
Thru: 3/7/2015

MS Red Baseball vs. Dunwoody(Regular Season) at (Dunwoody Baseball Fields)

Location: AWAY
5:00 PM

MS Black Baseball vs. Lions (MS Baseball)(Regular Season) at (Dunwoody Baseball Fields)

Location: AWAY
5:00 PM

Girls MS Soccer vs. Westminster at (at Stadium)

Location: HOME
5:30 PM
Mar 6 Fri

MS Mid-Semester Grading Period Ends

Mar 8 Sun

Daylight Saving Time Begins - Set Clocks Forward One Hour

Mar 9 Mon

Spring Break - No Classes

Mar 10 Tue

Spring Break - No Classes


Upcoming MS Volunteer Opportunities

Mar 17 Tue

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

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Mar 24 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Mar 26 Thu

Middle School Parent Coffee

Location: Middle School Cafeteria
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMMore Information...
Apr 14 Tue

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

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Parent Programming Events - all parents invited