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Notes from Notestine

Financial Decisions That Last a Lifetime


This past Thursday and Friday, all of our 7th graders got the opportunity to attend JA Finance Park. Here is some information about Finance Park:

JA Finance Park helps students build a foundation upon which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime. This includes decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit.

The goals of JA Finance Park are to:
1. Teach students to develop and follow a monthly budget.
2. Help students research and understand the actual “costs of living” for the basic necessities of life.
3. Encourage students to develop and demonstrate personal responsibility for learning and self-management.
4. Communicate and work with schools to promote the highest level of student achievement.
5. Challenge the students to think creatively, analyze tasks, and solve problems.

I was unable to attend with the 7th graders because I did not want to miss teaching my 8th grade Algebra class. I did ask several 7th graders to tell me what they thought about Finance Park. Many said the usual, “I liked lunch” or it was fun because of “No Homework” etc.

My favorite response was from one of our 7th grade girls who said, “Oh, it was fun…but a little depressing.” I responded, “Really, how so?” She replied, “Well, it was depressing to find out how expensive everything is, like insurance and taxes and stuff like that. No wonder adults are always depressed!” No truer words have ever been spoken!

Mr. Dietz shared this story about the Magic Bank Account. I hope you enjoy.

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules:

The set of rules:
1. Everything that you did not spend during the day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend it.
4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over!” It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

Actually, this game is real…. Shocked? YES!

Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE.* We just can’t seem to see it. The *PRIZE* is *TIME.*

1. Each morning, we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.
3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is forever gone.
5. Each morning, the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING.

So, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds? Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life and the ride!

Parents Corner

NO SCHOOL DAY - April 24

WAMS performing and visual arts students will be involved in day long enrichment activities on Friday, April 24. For those students not involved in these activities, it will be a no school day.  While some of our teachers will be chaperoning, this day will allow for the remaining teachers to participate in professional learning. We appreciate your support for our performing arts, drama, and visual arts students, as well as our teachers who will have this time to strengthen their talents and grow as learners.

MS Parent Social - Event Location Change

Please join us at The Pig and The Pint, 1583 Virginia Avenue, for a social evening with other MS parents next Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. Light appetizers will be served.
To RSVP go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zW-RzWDR3mn8CrOrVAilflCCvb78A5vmtVrDhpit7UY/viewform?c=0&w=1 .
We look forward to seeing you there!

8th Grade Send-off Letters

To send our 8th graders off into young adulthood, the counseling department will be collecting notes and words of encouragement from important adults in our student’s lives. These adults can be family friends, grandparents, godparents, etc. We will begin accepting Send-off Letters April 1 and ask that all letter packages be turned in/mailed in by April 30. The notes will be distributed the Monday of exam week to help honor the Middle School experience.

  • Open to any adults in the student’s life. We ask that parents collect the notes and send them all in ONE PACKAGE to the Middle School. The package can be dropped in a box in the front office or mailed to:
       1662 Rugby Ave
       College Park, GA 30337
       Attn: Lexi Nguyen, Middle School
  • Notes should not be emailed or faxed.
  • Each individual envelope should have the student’s first and last name.
While this project is not a secret, we do want to try and make this a meaningful surprise for our students.

Since we are doing this for all 8th grade students, please email questions to lexi.nguyen@woodward.edu. We can get your questions answered much faster this way.

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WAMS Band Spring Concert

Please come to the WAMS Band Spring Concert on Sunday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Gresham Chapel. Mr. Greg Miller, WALS Band Director, will be a special guest conductor at the concert. An ice cream social will immediately follow the concert in the Woodruff Dining Hall.

Southern Star Music Festival

The Middle School Performing Arts groups will perform this Friday, April 24, at the Southern Star Music Festival. 

8H Economics Stock Market Activity

The 8H Economics classes have completed their spring Stock Market Activity. Students from all classes were assigned to a group and posted their ideas and insights about stocks on the Nicenet discussion board. This was to experience collaboration without direct contact. The Berserk Bernankians had the most discussion with the Massive Money Moguls following closely behind.

Stocks were traded in Howthemarketworks, a site set up specifically for educational activity. The Berserk Bernankians went from #12 to #1 through an accurate assessment of a $5.00 stock that went up in value. The Pirate Profiteers took second place and the Irrational Investors, Sardonic Smiths and Up Against the Wallstreeters made gains on their initial investment of $10,000. The market had quite a few dramatic increases and drops over the last two months and it was an interesting experience for all. 

Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for the Cure - May 9

Join Woodward students, parents, faculty, and staff by participating in the 25th anniversary Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 9, at 8 a.m. at Lenox Mall.

This year, Komen Atlanta is challenging Atlanta area schools to form a team to run/walk as a school on race day. Woodward 8th grader Sam Humphrey is chairing Woodward's school team.

Visit komenatlanta.org to register. Click on Race for the Cure under the Events tab, locate our team - Woodward War Eagles Fight for the Cure - and sign up as a team member. Student registrants may use the discount code school20 once per registration. Then come out on race day, and we'll show our support as a school. With the number of people in the Woodward community, the life we save may just be one of our own.

If you have any questions, please contact Ronda Zents in the US or email Sam Humphrey at samforthecurekomenatl@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you on race day!

Woodward Academy Dance Ensemble

Attention all 8th grade girls: Auditions for the Woodward Academy Dance Ensemble begin Monday, April 27. Scheduling for the daily dance class is now. If you are interested in studying dance in the Upper School, pick up an info sheet from the front desk or contact Ms. Gould or Ms. Herring. 

Publix Partners Support WAMS!

Thank you to all who support our school by being a Publix Partner. Be sure to keep reminding everyone in your community to get enrolled and present their card every time they shop at Publix. Stop by the MS front desk or contact your neighborhood Publix if you need additional cards.

Amount Purchased this quarter: $26,820.93
Contribution Earned this quarter: $178.81

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.

Woodward's Main Campus Spring E-cycle/Reuse Drive

The spring e-cycle/reuse drive for Main Campus will be Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to celebrate Earth Week! To learn more about locations, accepted items, and tax receipts from CFY, please visit http://www.woodward.edu/go/ecycle. 

Double Your Woodward Fund Gift This Spring

From classroom technology and professional development for teachers to high-quality musical instruments and other learning tools, many of the opportunities that make Woodward special are made possible by The Woodward Fund. Right now, Middle School parent participation is 45 percent compared with more than 70 percent at peer schools. We can do better!

It is not too late for you to support The Woodward Fund. In fact, your gift will now have twice the impact since all gifts received between now and May 31 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to and including $135,000.

Gifts can be made online at www.woodward.edu/go/giving, through the mail, or by contacting Claire Hegarty at 404.765.4043 or claire.hegarty@woodward.edu.

Thank you for your commitment to our students! 

Germany - June 2016

Herr Shivers will lead a Woodward Academy trip to Germany in June 2016. The itinerary includes Munich, Dresden, Berlin, and a home-stay with our partner school. Rising 9th graders who take German will be eligible to attend. Contact Herr Shivers at ben.shivers@woodward.edu for more information.

Animal Rescue Service Trip 2016

The MS Spanish Department is offering an animal rescue service trip to Ecuador for rising 8th graders for next summer—June 6-14, 2016. The trip will include a tour of the capital city of Quito, a volcano and hot springs visit, an Andean canopy tour, a visit to Cotopaxi National Park, and a three-day animal service project at the Amazon Rescue Center. Visit the trip website to register. Animals, nature, and adventure await!

Europe Trip 2016

Seventh graders traveling to England and France next year will need a passport. This is a great time to start the process if you do not have a passport. We will try to have a meeting this month.

Yearbooks!

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 woodwardyearbook.com.

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 absms@woodward.edu or call the MS office (404.765.4430) between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. to inform us.

COUNSELOR CORNER

As the counseling department gets summer workshop information, we will put it in the Middle Messenger for interested parents. Here is a website for a number of summer options for students:
http://giftedkids.about.com/od/educationoptions/tp/gifted_camps.htm 

Club Updates 

Book Club

The last book club meeting for the 2014-2015 school year will meet on Tuesday, May 12, in room 108 after school. Members are reading Mao's Last Dancer. The novel is based on a 2009 Australian film about the professional dancer Li Cunxin. Li Cunxin is portrayed by Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Dancer, Chi Cao. Plan to ride the late bus. 

Social Studies Club

Attention Social Studies Club members: If you are planning on going to the Renaissance Festival on May 5, you must get your permission forms in to Mrs. Crawford by Wednesday, April 22. See her ASAP if you need another form.

Eagle Club Homeroom Balances: 

Bandrowksi- $235.00
Crawford- $130.00
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- $321.27
Stratton- $10.00
Tarraso- $5.00
Tatum- $26.00 
Wade- $25.00

Student Spotlight

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Eighth Grader Breaks Another School Track Record

One week after setting a new Woodward Middle School record in the girls' 1600 meters (mile), eighth grader Kayla Stadeker shattered yet another school record. Competing at the Metro Area League Championship at Marist on April 17, Kayla set a new Middle School record in the girls' 800 meters, with a winning time of 2:25.46. Kayla also finished first in the girls' 1600 meters at the championship, remaining undefeated in both the 800 meters and 1600 meters this season. Way to go, Kayla!

Jock Journal

Track

On Friday night the WA Boys and Girls track teams placed 1st at the nine team Metro Area Track League Championship.

Top three team scores:
Boys: WA 160      Whitefield 64Mt.       Vernan Pres. 63
Girls: WA 139       Marist 87                  HIES 63

Place Winners for WA:
Sarah Olatidoye - 1st High Jump, 2nd 100 m
Tajiah Gary - 3rd 100m, 5th High Jump
Alexia Richardson - 4th 200m
Anna Simon Guillaume - 5th 200m
Tate Snellings - 5th 400m
Kayla Stadeker - 1st 800m, 1st mile
Brooklyn Carr - 5th 800m, 4th mile
Sarah Brummett - 5th 2 mile
Alexia Cannon - 2nd Long Jump
Vidya Osinuga - 1st Triple Jump
Ryan Falconer - 6th Triple Jump
Eliza Barber - 1st Shot Put, 2nd Discus
Olivia Zervas - 4th Shot Put, 3rd Discuss
Kimani Vidal - 3rd 100m, 4th 200 m, 1st Shot Put
Dawson Ellington - 1st 200m
Malcolm Wiley - 4th Shot Put, 2nd Discus
Brandon Smith - 1st Discus
Kenny Frontin - 5th Triple Jump
Reese White - 1st Triple, 3rd Long Jump
Chaz Hypolite - 2nd High Jump
Rashad Torrence - 3rd 400m
Morgan Redding - 1st High Jump, 5th 400m
Cass Bowers - 2nd 800m
Greer Hardesty - 6th 80m
Rahul Khandelwal - 3rd 2 mile
Gavin Frey - 4th 2 mile
Alphonso Overstreet - 6th Long Jump

Relays
Boys:
4x100 1st Ellington, Vidal, White, Overstreet
4x400 1st Edmons, Hypolite, Redding, Torrence
4x800 2nd Burgess, Frontin, Jones, Reese

Girls:
4x100 1st Cannon, Richardson, Olatidoye, Gary
4x400 2nd Snellings, Thompson, Mance, Stadeker
4x800 3rd Brummet, Lovett, Carr, Magruder

2015 Clay Target Team Tryouts, April 25, 2015

Where: Deshotels Arms, Inc/Tom Lower Trap & Skeet Range
3070 Merk Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA

All current 8th through 11th graders may try out for the 2015 Clay Target Team. Tryouts will be held at Tom Lowe/Deshotels Arms, Inc. Athletes who wish to tryout will be expected to shoot four rounds of trap and four rounds of skeet. Athletes are required to purchase targets ($6.75 per round) from Deshotels Arms/Tom Lowe for their tryout. Athletes will provide their own ammunition, which can be purchased at Tom Lowe. Athletes may use their own firearm, a school owned shotgun, or borrow one from Deshotels Arms.

Athletes wanting to tryout must do the following:

1. Email Coach Underwood that you will be trying out for the team: luke.underwood@woodward.edu
2. Return signed permission slip from parents verifying that they allow you to tryout and are aware of commitments associated with being on the Clay Target team.
3. Know that the tryout will cost you an estimated $60 to cover purchase price of targets (eight rounds) at Deshotels Arms, Inc./Tom Lowe

Introduction to Riflery

Riflery training will be conducted from April 27 to April 30. Introduction to Riflery is designed for those who have never touched a rifle and also for those who have had some experience with rifles. During these four days you will be exposed to the safety aspects of handling a rifle while on the range and the integrated act of firing a shot. With this training, along with proper firing techniques, you will be able to increase your marksmanship over time.

Concussion Form

This link is for the concussion form that all athletes must have parents read and sign for every sport they play:
http://www.woodward.edu/data/files/AthleticTeams/Teams/GHSAConcussionForm2.pdf

Middle School Calendar & Events

Apr 26 Sun

MS Band Concert

Location: Gresham Chapel
5:30 PM
Apr 27 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Mentor/Intern Expanded Program (All Grades)

Location: TBA
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

MS Theater Rehearsal

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
Thru: 5/1/20153:45 PM - 6:00 PM
May 2 Sat

MS Theater Tech Rehearsal

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
May 3 Sun

MS Choral Concert

Location: Gresham Chapel
5:00 PM

MS Band Recital

Location: Gresham Chapel
7:00 PM
May 4 Mon

PS, LS, MS, US Private Piano Recital - Thompson Stuido, 4:00pm & 6:30pm

Location: Gresham Chapel

MS Theater Tech Rehearsal

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
3:45 PM - 6:00 PM
May 5 Tue

Cinco de Mayo

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

MS Theater Final Dress Rehearsal

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
3:45 PM - 8:00 PM
May 6 Wed

MS Theater Production - Assembly for LS

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
10:15 AM

MS Theater Production

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
4:15 PM
May 7 Thu

MS Theater Production

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
7:00 PM

Newsletter last updated:  

April 23, 2015

 

Upcoming MS Events

Apr 27 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Mentor/Intern Expanded Program (All Grades)

Location: TBA
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

MS Theater Rehearsal

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
Thru: 5/1/20153:45 PM - 6:00 PM
May 2 Sat

MS Theater Tech Rehearsal

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
May 3 Sun

MS Choral Concert

Location: Gresham Chapel
5:00 PM

MS Band Recital

Location: Gresham Chapel
7:00 PM
May 4 Mon

PS, LS, MS, US Private Piano Recital - Thompson Stuido, 4:00pm & 6:30pm

Location: Gresham Chapel

MS Theater Tech Rehearsal

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
3:45 PM - 6:00 PM
May 5 Tue

Cinco de Mayo

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

MS Theater Final Dress Rehearsal

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
3:45 PM - 8:00 PM
May 6 Wed

MS Theater Production - Assembly for LS

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
10:15 AM

MS Theater Production

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
4:15 PM
May 7 Thu

MS Theater Production

Location: Richardson Hall Theater
7:00 PM
May 9 Sat

Woodward Academy Governing Board Meeting

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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Upcoming MS Volunteer Opportunities

May 5 Tue

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

May 13 Wed

Parent Community Board Transition Breakfast Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Administration Bldg.
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
May 14 Thu

MS 8th Grade Ice Cream Social

Location: Middle School
2:30 PM - 4:00 PMMore Information...
May 18 Mon

MS 7th Grade Ice Cream Social

Location: Middle School
2:30 PM - 4:00 PMMore Information...

Parent Programming Events - all parents invited

Jan 13 Wed

Parent Programming Speaker Event

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room, Main Campus
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