Academics

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Notes From Notestine 


“I am Tired”

Most days in the WAMS, I try to begin the day greeting students as they enter the building. I usually greet the kids with a “Good morning! How are you doing?” I get the same sleepy response from most, “I am tired.” Young teens have long been known to want to stay up late and for not wanting to get up early. The result is not enough sleep. The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between seven and seven and a half hours. Most experts agree that teens need nine and one-fourth hours of sleep because of the growth that their bodies are experiencing. As a result, most adolescents are very sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation can impact several aspects of a teens functioning.

Have you observed any of these issues with your adolescents? They may be caused by a lack of sleep:

Mood: Sleep deprivation will cause your teenager to be moody, irritable and cranky. In addition, she will have a difficult time regulating her mood, such as getting frustrated or upset more easily.

Behavior: Teenagers who are sleep deprived also are more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors, such as drinking, and engaging in other dangerous activities.

Cognitive Ability: Inadequate sleep will result in problems with attention, memory, decision making, reaction time, and creativity; all of which are important in school.

Academic Performance: Studies show that teenagers who get less sleep are more apt to get poor grades in school, fall asleep in school and have school tardiness/absences.

Here are some suggestions to help your young teen get enough sleep:
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
  • Avoid oversleeping on weekends: although catching up on some sleep on the weekends can be helpful, sleeping in until noon on Sunday will make it hard for your teenager to get back on a school schedule that night.
  • Avoid caffeine after 2:00 p.m.
  • Unplug! No sleeping with a TV or computer on.
  • Avoid heavy studying or video games right before bed.
  • Avoid arguing with your adolescent just before bedtime--keep it calm.
  • Encourage your teen to wind down and relax with a warm shower before bed.
  • Avoid bright light in the evenings but begin the day with open blinds and lights on.
If daytime sleepiness continues, you may want to consult your physician. Empower your child by asking them what they can do to help get more sleep? Hopefully, with some parental encouragement, we can help them get more sleep so they can enjoy the ride.

Here is a good supplemental article on teens and sleep:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/20/sleep-for-teenagers/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Parents Corner 

Picture Retakes, October 28

Your students were given their yearbook picture proofs from Warren Bond Photography Thursday. Please be aware we are requesting these envelopes be returned to the MS office with your selection by Nov 11. Picture retake day is on Tuesday, Oct 28. If your child missed the first photo opportunity or if you would like a retake, please have your child come to school on Tuesday in formal uniform.

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 will sponsor 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.

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. National statistics indicate that almost 30 percent of teens have tried alcohol by the time they leave Middle School. In addition, teens who have their first drink in Middle School are four times more likely to become alcoholics than those who wait until they are older.

Each day of Red Ribbon Week will have a theme:

Monday - Red bracelets will be given out in morning homeroom (they are to be worn all week).

Tuesday - Sock It To Drugs Day - students may wear red or crazy socks/tights; Halloween tights may be worn, no fishnet tights please.

Wednesday - Red Teacher Day - teachers will wear red.

Thursday - Tie Down Drugs Day - students may wear red or crazily decorated ties; please make sure there are no inappropriate images.

Friday - Put A Lid On Drugs Day - students may wear caps or Halloween/costume hats; please make sure that the face is not covered.

If you need additional information on drugs or alcohol, or you suspect that your child has a problem, please contact Mrs. Dedeaux (7th grade counselor) or Mrs. Nguyen (8th grade counselor).

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.

Book Club:

Book Club will meet on Tuesday, October 28, after tutorial in room 108. We will discuss October Sky and watch the movie. Inspired by Werner von Braun and his Cape Canaveral team, 14-year-old Homer Hickam decides in 1957 to build his own rockets. Fall/Halloween refreshments will be served. Plan to ride the late bus. 

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
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Bandrowksi- $75.00
Barber- $7.00
Crawford- $45.00
Davis- $8.31
Hildebrand- $15.00
Hutchison- $25.75
Jefferson- $87.50
Khoury- $20.00
McNeill- $100.00
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.‚Äč

Student Spotlight 

My Atlanta Exhibition – Atlanta Celebrates Photography

For the second year in a row, the MS Visual Arts Department is proud to announce that the Woodward Academy Middle School has been selected as the winner in the “Best School" category from all Middle and Upper Schools represented in the My Atlanta Exhibition. Eighteen metro Atlanta schools, with more than 500 photographs submitted, participated in the show with the theme of “embracing diversity.” Among the schools were Holy Innocents, Druid Hills, Grady, Saint Francis, Norcross, and Chamblee Charter.

In addition, three WA Middle School students placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the “Middle School" category. These 8th grade students are:

• Kaitlyn Bates -  1st Place
• MaryCarol Huntz - 2nd Place
• Teagan Fritts - 3rd Place

Promoted by Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the annual exhibition is held in the Piedmont Park Community Center. Joeff Davis and Gavin Godfrey of Creative Loafing juried the exhibition. Sponsors include The Piedmont Park Conservancy, The Showcase School, One Region, Creative Loafing, and The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation.

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 Basketball Tryouts!

Middle School Boys
Basketball tryouts (7th & 8th) will be held on Monday, October 20, through Friday, October 24, in the new gym.

Middle School Girls

Basketball tryouts will be held on Monday, October 20, at 3:45 p.m. in Dobbs Gym.

  • We will finish in time for the late bus.
  • All players should have updated medical information (including physicals) on file to participate.
  • Players should be dressed out in P.E. uniform and athletic shoes.

Cross Country:

The MS Cross Country teams completed their season on Saturday at the state meet in Cochran, GA

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The boys finished 7th in the large school division composed of more than 40 teams, finishing only 21 points away from 3rd place! Top seven finishers were:
18th - Cass Bowers, 12:23
44 - Farron Edmunds, 12:58
56 - Jake Landgraff, 13:10
60 - Peter Papapolymerou, 13:15
99 - Rahul Khandelwal, 13:44
125 - Allen Thompson, 14:10
159 - Harry Putt, 14:45

JV boys race, 13th place out of 50 schools
59 - Will Reese, 14:14
65 - Michael Chapin, 14:53
82 - Teddy Nelso, 15:16
93 - Mitchell Crawford, 15:23
117 - Jett Matre, 16:12
148 - Miller Daly, 19:03

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The girls also finished 7th in the state meet. Top finishers were:
28 - Cece Ng, 13:55
35 - Brooklyn Carr, 14:19
37 - Sarah Brummett, 14:19
80 - Hope Englert, 15:29
116 - Teagan Fritts, 16:28
125 - Anya Vijayvergita, 16:43
131 - Lele Preuss, 16:50

JV girls
33 - Teddy Oprisch, 16:17
53 - Ella Bennett, 17:13

Thanks to all who ran and represented WAMS so well!
Mr. N.

Football:

In the final game for the season, Woodward's 7th grade team won 32-24 over Holy Innocents to remain undefeated on the year and win the league championship. Dawson Ellington led the team with two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. Kamani Vidal added two more scores from the running back position. Bo Hogeboom had a big day passing, with the touchdown to Ellington and several completed passes to Micah Robinson, Rashad Torrence, Jacorrei Turner and Maguire Brown. The defense and kicking teams were led by standout Chase Engelhard who recorded a number of solo tackles and assists on Saturday. He had an interception to stop one Holy Innocents drive. The defense also was boosted by two more interceptions, one by Micah Robinson and one by Leo Rincon. The captains for the game were Adam Thrasher, Cameron Dorsey, Robby Strianese, and Leo Rincon.

After the game, the team met for their end-of-the-year party, where several awards were given out and players were recognized. The team captains for the year, that were recognized for earning the most positive responses by the Middle School teachers during the season, were Parker Mitchell, Ethan Allagnon, and Pace McCoy. The team players also were asked to vote for the season awards. Darius Meeks, Antavious Fish, Micah Robinson, Jacorrei Turner and Dawson Ellington were all recognized for different awards for their performance in games on offense, defense, or special teams. The team voted Kamani Vidal their Most Valuable Player for the season.

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 20 Mon

MS Basketball Tryouts

Thru: 10/24/20144:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Oct 27 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Oct 30 Thu

MS Band Costume Concert

Location: LS Gym
6:00 PM
Oct 31 Fri

Halloween

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 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

News from Woodward 360

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October 23, 2014

 

Upcoming MS Events

Oct 27 Mon

MS Edline Reports

Oct 30 Thu

MS Band Costume Concert

Location: LS Gym
6:00 PM
Oct 31 Fri

Halloween

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
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
Nov 21 Fri

MS Decorations Go Up

Nov 24 Mon

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

Nov 25 Tue

Thanksgiving Break School Closed

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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

Oct 28 Tue

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series, Class 6

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Oct 29 Wed

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series at WN, Class 6

Location: Woodward North Campus
8:15 AM - 9:45 AMRead More
Oct 30 Thu

Parent Programming - Love & Logic: Digging Deeper, Class 6 (Rescheduled for Nov. 11th)

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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