Counselors' Corner: Otis-Lennon Testing
The Middle School will be testing eighth grade students on the Otis-Lennon standardized exam on Jan. 27, 2015. The Otis-Lennon is designed to measure abstract thinking and reasoning ability. Its purpose is to assess a student's ability to cope with school learning tasks. It is based on the notion that to learn new things, students must be able to perceive accurately, recognize and recall what has been perceived, to think logically, to understand relationships, and to apply generalizations to new and different contexts. The Otis-Lennon items are related to school learning situations but does not contain subject material that is actually taught. The items include detecting likenesses and differences, following directions, classifying, establishing sequence, and completing analogies.
The testing will take place on Tuesday morning, so please make sure your eighth grader arrives on time. The best preparation is a good breakfast and adequate rest so that the student can focus and perform well during the 40-minute test. If for some reason your eighth grader is absent during testing, make-up testing will take place starting at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 27 and 28 in room 322. Please call Mrs. Nguyen, eighth grade counselor, at 404.765.4436 if you have any questions.
More From Our Counselors
Periodically the Counseling Department receives information that may be of interest to our parents. Intown Family Therapy will host a special parent session on Supporting Your Child Through Divorce. Jeanine Rousso, LPC, NCC, RPT, will lead an educational workshop to help parents:
- Understand developmentally appropriate reactions to divorce.
- Learn ways to support your child through the difficult divorce process.
- Manage your own stress to better support your children.
The workshop will take place on, Thursday, Feb. 5, from 6:30-8 p.m. To register and receive more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generous Donors Exceed Woodward Fund Challenge Goal
The Woodward community surpassed the $60,000 goal for the December Challenge Match by contributing $129,706 in qualifying dollars. Many thanks to all who contributed during this challenge and throughout the first semester.
As of January 21, $1,283,877 has been contributed toward the 2014-2015 Woodward Fund goal of $1,825,000. Every year, The Woodward Fund enhances the educational experience of our students by providing support for classroom resources, technology upgrades, athletics, and the arts, as well as faculty and staff professional development. All students, teachers and coaches benefit from the generosity of donors. If you have not yet made your commitment, you can give online at www.woodward.edu/go/giving or call Dale Welch, Associate Director of Advancement for The Woodward Fund, at 404.765.4034.
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Our "Winter Italian" Teacher Appreciation Luncheon with be held on Feb. 11. Please go to the Sign-Up Genius to volunteer your time or to bring a dish. Volunteering at these luncheons is a great way to meet other WA parents!
Chinese Partnership Meeting
There will be a Chinese partner school trip meeting on Monday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel activity room. Anyone interested in going to China in May 2015 will have the opportunity to meet with our partner school contact, Mr. Harry Liu, to discuss the details of the trip. It will also be a great opportunity to learn more about our Chinese partnership.
FUN Summer Program
Fernbank Museum has a special opportunity for students. They provide training to help the students learn about natural history topics and how to interact with museum guests of all ages. Students are then able to become a part of the FUN program. Applications will be available in February and can be found at http://fernbankmuseum.org/give/volunteer/fun/
Here is more information on the program: The Fernbank Ultimate Naturalist (FUN) volunteer program, is an opportunity for youth to be directly involved in public events and education at Fernbank Museum. FUN volunteers run discovery carts, while sharing information about biology, archaeology, paleontology, and more with visitors of all ages. They also help with educational programming in the Naturalist Center, activities on special family event days, other special projects, and have opportunities to tour and visit behind the scenes.
The FUN program is a one year commitment (June – May) and students are required to volunteer at least 45 hours per year, which works out to be about once per month during the school year and twice per month in the summer. Volunteer ages range from 12 years old (must be 13 before Sept. 1, 2015) to 17 years old. Volunteers age out of the program when they graduate high school. The FUN program is very competitive and accepts applications once per year. Please contact Fernbank's Education Department at 404.929.6342 for further information.
The Phoenix staff is currently looking for photos from summer trips/educational experiences and outside of school club activities (like Girl Scout trips, Habitat builds or chorus competitions). If you'd like to submit photos to be considered for the yearbook, please go to woodwardyearbook.com and click on "Upload Your Photos For the Yearbook Here."
Yearbooks are now on sale. They are available for purchase at woodwardyearbook.com and cost $70 until Feb. 1. But don't let that deadline sneak up on you. Order your yearbook today and support your student publications!
Summer Opportunity in England: Space Still Available
Woodward and the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA) still has space for students interested in traveling to England this summer. The first firm deadline, which will lock in the lowest possible airfare, is quickly approaching. If you are interested, please contact Katherine Bandrowski right away (email@example.com).
The dates of the trip are from July 12-Aug. 2. Students may sign up anytime during the year but risk paying a higher fee if deadlines are missed.
We are looking forward to having your child join us this summer!
WA Middle School Attendance Policy
If your child is sick or is going to miss school, we request that you email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the MS office (404.765.4430) between 7:15 and 8:15 a.m. to inform us.