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Notes From Notestine 


Red Ribbon Week

I hope the kids have shared with you that this was “Red Ribbon” week in the WAMS. Red Ribbon week represents the nationwide commitment to raise drug awareness in schools. Woodward has participated in the program since the early 90s. This week the students were given a red bracelet to wear and were allowed to wear crazy socks (sock it to drugs), outrageous ties (tie down drugs) and on Friday, hats (put a lid on drugs), in the hope that these activities will make them think about the choices they will someday face concerning drug and alcohol use.

I hope you are having conversations in your home with your kids about drugs and alcohol. In our parent drug education classes, I shared with you a contract to use as a starting point for discussions with your kids about your expectations for them when it comes to drugs and alcohol. As I shared with you in class, alcohol is the entry drug for most MS students.

Here are a few facts about alcohol:

  • In 2012, nearly ¾ of students (72%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and more than 1/3 (37%) have done so by 8th grade.
  • According to a study by Columbia University, underage drinkers account for 11.4% of all the alcohol consumed in the U.S.
  • The average age teen boys try alcohol is 12 to 20, for girls it’s 13.
  • Nearly ten million young people, ages 12-20, reported that they’ve consumed alcohol in the past thirty days.
  • Teens that start drinking before age 15 years are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after the legal age of 21.
  • In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency rooms visits by teens under the age of 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol.
  • Teens who drink heavily are three times more likely to try to hurt themselves (self-harm, attempt suicide etc.) than those who don’t.
  • 9 out of 10 American teens report that drinking is not worth the consequences it can cause.
  • The three leading causes of death for 15 to 24 year olds are automobile crashes, homicides and suicides; alcohol is a leading factor in all three.
  • The rate of current alcohol consumption increases with age, according to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, from 2% at age 12 to 21% at age 16, and 55% at age 20.

I also am including a video that all of our WAMS students watched during our connect session on Monday afternoon. I urge you to watch this video and use this as another starting point for discussions with your kids about alcohol. Working together, hopefully we can delay our kid’s entry into alcohol use, allowing them to mature and develop mentally and to enjoy the ride through life.

All You Need to Know about Alcohol in 17 Minutes
http://fatalvision.com/all-you-need-to-know-about-alcohol-in-17-minutes.html

Parents Corner 

Can Do!

The MS canned food drive, benefiting the Atlanta Food Bank, will be held November 10-14. Please bring in a donation of 20 cans or $20. More information to come.

Yearbooks!

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! 

"Everyone Does It: Bullying, Sexting & Social Networking"

--Connie White
  • Tuesday, November 4
  • Main Campus - Woodruff Dining Hall, Civic Area
  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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. Practical, age-appropriate parenting suggestions and resources will be shared.

The Costa Rica Trip

The next Costa Rica trip registration deadline is one week away (November 1, 2014). If your 7th or 8th grade student is interested in traveling with to Costa Rica next year, please contact Mrs. Alisha Stratton (alisha.stratton@woodward.edu).

Summer Camp Opportunity!

Woodward is working together with ISCA (The International Schools Cultural Alliance) to offer our Middle School students a three week activity and travel camp in England. The camp is from July 12-August 2. Students will be staying on the beautiful and historical campus of the Charterhouse Boarding School in Goldaming, England. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity for your child, please look on Edline (under NEWS) for the letter posted by your child's English and/or reading teacher or send Ms. Bandrowski an email at katherine.bandrowski@woodward.edu.

Publix Partner Program

Thank you for your continued participation in the Publix Partner Program! WAMS key tags are available at the front desk.
Contribution this year: $335.60
Since inception: $15,967.47

Remember that the more you shop at Publix, the more contributions the Middle School earns.

WA Middle School Attendance Policy

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 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. to inform us.

Counselor Corner

Red Ribbon Week

The Counseling Department sponsored Red Ribbon Week in the Middle School from October 27 to October 31. Red Ribbon Week is a national week to bring awareness to the effects of drugs and alcohol on young people. As part of the special programming, we had a special Connect 2 Kids during afternoon homeroom study hall on Tuesday that was dedicated to educating our students on the dangers of teenage drinking. The video was titled All You Need to Know about Alcohol in 17 Minutes.

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. The fact is that alcohol is the most widely abused substance among teens in the United States. Statistics indicate that 53% of teens have tried alcohol before they graduate from high school. In addition, teens who have their first drink in Middle School are five times more likely to become alcoholics than those who wait until they are older.

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.

Club Updates

Social Studies Club:

Veterans Day is November 11 and the Social Studies Club is teaming up with Operation Gratitude to sponsor a letter-writing campaign. This is open to ANY Middle School student who would like to write a letter or note of encouragement and/or thanks to a veteran. Letters are due by November 21. See Mrs. Crawford in Room 217 for more information. 

Geography Bee:

The Middle School Geography Bee will be held on Thursday, December 4. The deadline to sign-up is December 1. See Mrs. Crawford in Room 217 to sign-up and for more information 

German Club:

Anyone interested in Germany or the German language is welcome to attend. To find out when and where, see Mrs. O'Sullivan in Room 205 for a permission slip.

Eagle Club:

The Eagle Club is our Middle School Service Club. We participate in a variety of service activities each year. Some of our great causes include the Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club annual walk-a-thon, our school wide can-a-thon at Thanksgiving, Secret Santa for 35 area foster children, participation in Red Ribbon Week, and several other activities to honor our Woodward neighbors, teachers, faculty, and support staff. We also collect money for Save the Children. The money collected helps to support and provide educational opportunities for seven children living in developing nations. It helps to pay for daily lunches, uniforms, vaccinations, and books. Without these things, children are unable to attend school. Our pennies and change ultimately provide hope for these children that can only be achieved through education.

Homeroom Balances
:
Bandrowksi- $75.00
Barber- $7.00
Crawford- $50.00
Davis- $8.31
Hildebrand- $30.00
Hutchison- $25.75
Jefferson- $87.50
Khoury- $20.00
McNeill- $100.00
Ragan- $5.00
Seigler- $115.87
Stratton- $10.00
Tarraso- $5.00
Wade- $25.00

Academic Team:

Do you know who wrote "The Good Earth"? How about the capitol of Mongolia? These are the kinds of questions that the Academic Team has to answer regularly, whether at a tournament or just at practice. We meet in Mr. Prince’s Room 308 on Thursday afternoons between 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A small snack will be served. Collaboration is necessary as teams challenge one another with competitive answers to a wide range of questions. The sponsors for the Academic Team are Mr. Prince, Mr. Lee, and Mrs. Anderson. The answers to the above questions are Pearl Buck and Ulään Batar, respectively. Come join us!

Green Team and Math Team:

Green Team and Math Team members are getting ready for a very busy and fun year.
The Math Team meets every Tuesday during Homeroom Study Hall.
The Green Team meets every Wednesday, also during Homeroom Study Hall.
For more information, or to sign-up, students should see Mrs. Angela McCreery during tutorial in Room 321.​

Student Spotlight 

WAMS Brag Box

Did your child recently do something cool that we should know about such as a recent mission trip or service project? Did your child finish a big race? Did your child recently have a big piano performance?

We want to brag about our students! In an effort for us to know more about the lives of our students, in and out of school, we are introducing the Middle School Brag Box. Please let us know about some of the cool and amazing things that your child does in school and away from school.
Click Here to tell us more and to help us brag on your child.

 

Jock Journal

MS Service News

  • WA Takes the ALS Challenge

    Vice President and Dean for Student Life, Upper School Principal Chris Freer, and Middle School Assistant Principal George Dietz took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday and challenged the entire WA community to do the same. Instead of the normal size bucket, Dr. Freer and Mr. Dietz were doused by a tractor scoop full of ice and water. Click here to watch the video. Dr. Freer accepted the challenge in honor of a friend and challenged President Gulley to take the challenge at next Friday's football game.

    The Woodward community is banding together to raise funds to support this cause. Click here to donate.

  • 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.

  • MS 2012-13 Community Service Totals

    Save the Children:
    $800.00

    The Terranova School:
    $10,000.00 ($17,854.04 Academy's Grand Total)

    Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club Walk-athon:
    $6,564.78 ($43,118.78 Academy's Grand Total)

    Canned Food Drive:
    $16,603.00 and 24,000 lbs. of food (Academy's Grand Total)

Middle School Calendar & Events

Oct 30 Thu

MS Band Costume Concert

Location: LS Gym
5:45 PM
Oct 31 Fri

Halloween

MS Put a Lid on Drugs Day: Wear a hat to school- No costumes

MS Band Costume Concert

Location: WN Arts Center
10:00 AM
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

MS Swimming & Diving -Team Pictures(Regular Season)

Location: HOME
3:50 PM
Nov 10 Mon

MS Edline Reports

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.

Nov 15 Sat

MS, US All State Chorus First Audition

Nov 16 Sun

Woodward Academy Main Campus Open House

Location: Main Campus, College Park

More Information

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Nov 24 Mon

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 25 Tue

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

News from Woodward 360

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October 30, 2014

 

Upcoming MS Events

Oct 31 Fri

Halloween

MS Put a Lid on Drugs Day: Wear a hat to school- No costumes

MS Band Costume Concert

Location: WN Arts Center
10:00 AM

Varsity Football vs. Whitewater -Senior Night(Regular Season)

Location: HOME
7:30 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

MS Swimming & Diving vs. Westminster(Regular Season)

Location: AWAY
5:00 PM
Nov 5 Wed

MS Swimming & Diving Pictures

3:50 PM

MS Swimming & Diving -Team Pictures(Regular Season)

Location: HOME
3:50 PM
Nov 10 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Nov 11 Tue

Veterans Day

Location: Richard C. Gresham Chapel

More Information

11:00 PM
Nov 12 Wed

Woodward Academy Late Start Day

Nov 15 Sat

MS, US All State Chorus First Audition

Nov 16 Sun

Woodward Academy Main Campus Open House

Location: Main Campus, College Park

More Information

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

April 3, 2014


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Upcoming MS Volunteer Opportunities

Nov 3 Mon

Can Food Drive Begins

Nov 16 Sun

Woodward Academy Main Campus Open House

Location: Main Campus, College Park

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

MS Decorations Go Up

Dec 2 Tue

MS Parent Coffee Exam Meeting

Location: Middle School

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