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Notes from Notestine

Week of Understanding: Building Empathy


This week at Woodward, we are celebrating the Week of Understanding. The theme for the week is HANDS. The theme "hands" came from Rachel Scott, who was the first murder victim of the Columbine High School massacre. Our students heard her story and have participated in “Rachel’s Challenge.” The challenge is for one person to go out of their way to show compassion, in hopes it will start a chain reaction of the same. We have encouraged our MS students to have a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, a small act of caring and empathy for their classmates.

Neuroscientists, psychologists, and educators believe that bullying can indeed be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age. Empathy is an especially difficult skill for our MS kids because they are, by nature, self-absorbed. The ability to put themselves in others shoes is difficult for most MS students. A couple of books address this issue of empathy: Queen Bees and Wanna Bees and Masterminds and Wingmen. The good news… new research shows that biology may be to blame, not parenting!!!

I would like you to read this article and watch the video: Teens Are Still Developing Empathy Skills.

Look for more next week on how to build empathy, allowing us all to better enjoy the ride.

Parents Corner

"The Art of Dance"

The Middle School Dance Department presents "The Art of Dance," featuring 11 innovative and creative dances, and five pieces choreographed by students. This concert will be performed on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in Richardson Theater. 

The Woodward Fund Update

Currently, $1,409,746 has been received toward the 2014-2015 Woodward Fund goal of $1,825,000. We sincerely thank all who have given!

Every student benefits from The Woodward Fund. It provides cutting-edge technology, resources for the classroom, arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities. While tuition gives our students access to all of Woodward’s opportunities, charitable gifts are necessary to meet our operating budget and to sustain and expand the Woodward experience.

If you have yet to make your commitment, please give today at www.woodward.edu/go/giving or call Naylene Felt, Assistant Director of The Woodward Fund at 404.765.4036. You may pay gifts with cash, credit card, securities, or make a pledge for fulfillment by May 31, 2015.

Thank you for supporting our students, teachers, and coaches through your gift to The Woodward Fund!

Middle School Talent Show 2015

The annual Middle School Talent Show will be held in the Gresham Chapel on Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m. Any MS 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.
 

Percussion Clinic

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Current Woodward percussionists and BRAND NEW DRUMMERS from 7th grade on up are invited to learn from world class drummers DR. STUART GERBER of Georgia State University and RALPH HARDIMON on April ​7​ - April 11 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Information regarding the schedule can be found on posters around campus and in Richardson Hall. Contact Middle School band director Mr. Hill or Upper School band directors Mr. Beard and Mr. Hunt for more details. Come drum with us and continue the tradition of excellence at Woodward! FREE DRUM ITEMS WILL BE GIVEN AWAY TO PARTICIPANTS!

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 katherine.bandrowski@woodward.edu 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), iscaschools.com

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.

2016 Middle School Europe Trip

Please contact Patricia O'Sullivan at patricia.osullivan@woodward.edu 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-Saint-Michel, and Paris.  


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.

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 wastpress@gmail.com. Use high-resolution or maximum size photos and identify in the body of your email the student(s) and events/places pictured. Thank you!


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

8th Grade Sendoff 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 Sendoff 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.

A few more details…
  • 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 mailed or dropped in the box in the front office.
  • 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.

Club Updates  

Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club Raffle!

Friday, April 10, is our annual Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club Raffle! Each year the Middle School makes a substantial contribution to the Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club. They are counting on our Middle School students to help again this year.

The Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club offers the children in our community a safe place to go after school. These children can go to a warm and caring environment with adult supervision. The Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club provides snacks for the children, assistance with homework, and an opportunity for the children to participate in organized sports and recreation.

With your help, our neighbor, the Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club, can continue this tradition of caring for the children of our own community. Please encourage your son/daughter to participate in the raffle on Friday, April 10. Students will receive envelopes for collecting their donations on Monday, March 30. The Top fundraiser for both 7th and 8th grades will receive a free slice of pizza for the rest of the school year. With a contribution of $50, students will be eligible for an out of uniform day, pizza party, and 4 tickets for the raffle. With a contribution of $25, students will be eligible for an out of uniform day, pizza party, and 2 tickets for the raffle. All money is due Wednesday, April 8. Checks must be made payable to Jesse Draper Boys and Girls Club. Donations are tax deductible. This event is sponsored by the Middle School Eagle Club.

Your participation in this worthy cause is greatly appreciated.

The Eagle Club

Book Club

Book Club will be meeting on the last Tuesday in March to discuss and see the movie, "The Book Thief," by Markus Zusak. The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. Make sure you are reading this novel over the spring break. Plan to ride the late bus.

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- $149.87
Stratton- $10.00
Tarraso- $5.00
Tatum- $26.00 
Wade- $25.00

Student Spotlight 

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14-year-old from Woodward Academy captures Georgia’s spelling championship!


ATLANTA -- They came from all corners of state; 20 spellers ranging from 10- to 14-years-old, all with the same goal in mind – become Georgia’s spelling champion. After 23 rounds and 137 words, with rounds 9 through 23 being just between the final two, Monisha Mahadevan, a 14-year-old from Woodward Academy in Fulton County, emerged as the winner of the 54th Annual Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) State Spelling Bee. She will now represent Georgia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championships in Washington, D.C., May 26-28, 2015.

The words started becoming more difficult in the fifth round on with words such as wasteweir, nasturtium, omnilegent, escritoire, quaquaversal, dvandva, incurvariid, and fuliginous. But it finally came down to between Monisha and 14-year-old Billy Chung from Mount de Sales Academy in Bibb County. Billy received the word "udometer" but added an extra "e" to the word. Monisha received the words "novillero" then “arboretum" and spelled both correctly to become the state’s new spelling champion.

“This is great,” exclaimed Monisha! “I’m looking forward to meeting other kids who love spelling.” Monisha says she will prepare for the nationals by studying the roots and language origins of words.

“I can’t say enough about what these young people have accomplished,” said GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman. “Everyone associated with their efforts should be very proud and on behalf of GAE and I congratulate each and every one of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monisha and her family as they travel to Washington to represent Georgia and to attempt to win the national championship.”

In addition to her first place trophy and an all expense paid trip to the national championship and $1,000 (GAE), Monisha also will receive an iPad Mini and a $100 Amazon gift card (Horace Mann Insurance Companies), a Kindle Fire (Best Buy of Cumming, GA), a dictionary (Merriam-Webster), a one-year online subscription (Encyclopaedia Britannica), one $100 U.S. Savings Bond (Samuel L. Sugarman Award) and a GAE Bee Champion lapel pin. Billy, as runner-up, took home a second place trophy and $500 (GAE), and also had a choice of either a Kindle Fire or Ipad Mini along with a $50 Amazon gift card (Horace Mann Insurance Companies) and a dictionary (Merriam-Webster). In addition, all contestants received a GAE State Bee lapel pin.

See the Bee pics

Jock Journal

2015 Clay Target Team Tryouts

When: 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 tryout will cost you an estimated $60 to cover purchase price of targets (8 rounds) at Deshotels Arms, Inc./Tom Lowe

Boys & Girls Track

Congrats to the boys and girls track teams that defeated Notre Dame and Ron Clark Academy.

Winners for WA:

Alexia Cannon 100 Hurdles & 300 Hurdles         Tajiah Gary 100, 200
Kayla Stadeker 1600, 800                                   Sarah Brummet 2 mile
Riley Thompson 400m                                         Eliza Barber Discus & Shot Put
Sarah Olatidoye High Jump                                 Melissa Eyinla Long Jump
Vidhya Osinuga Triple Jump                                Dawson Ellington 100, 200
Cass Bowers 1600 & 800                                     Gavin Frey 2 mile
Chaz Hypolite 400m                                             Malcolm Wiley Discus
Will Demorest High Jump                                     Kimani Vidal Shot Put
Reese White Triple Jump                                     Farron Edmonds 110 Hurdles & 300 Hurdles,
                                                                                          Long Jump (New School Record)

Congrats to the boys and girls track team who competed in the Landmark Invitational on Saturday. In the nine team field, the girls placed first and the boys placed 2nd. In the combined boys and girls team scores, Woodward placed 1st.

Winners on Saturday were:
Alexia Cannon 100 Hurdles                       Tajiah Gary 100 Hurdles
Sarah Brummet 2 mile                                Eliza Barber Shot Put
Dawson Ellington 100 & 200                       Kimani Vidal Shot Put
Reese White Triple Jump

The WA Girls 4x100 and 4x400 placed 1st
The WA boys 4x100 teams placed 1st and 2nd.

The next meet is Wednesday at Whitefield.

Golf

Congrats to the JV Girls Golf Team for winning the Par 3 Classic yesterday over 6 other teams.
Kaitlyn Bates shot 47 to finish 12th. She was the only MS student playing due to dance rehearsal. 

The team also took 2nd place in Phenix City, Alabama at the Lakewood Invitational. Teagan Fritts place second individually to lead the JV team.

Baseball

Congrats to MS Red Baseball who defeated St. MPius by a score of 11-5.
The MS Black Team also won against Galloway 15-5. Zion Walker and Brett Blase pitched to lead the team.

Basketball Cheerleading

Any rising 9th grader that missed the information meeting but is still interested in Basketball Cheerleading should go to http://bit.ly/1BQ0z3d to register and receive a tryout packet. Tryouts will be held April 7-10. Any questions should be directed to Coach Reid at lindsay.reid@woodward.edu.  

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

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Middle School Calendar & Events

Mar 30 Mon

MS Edline Reports

MS Theater Rehearsal

Thru: 4/2/20153:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Apr 2 Thu

No Homework Night

MS Talent Show

Location: Gresham Chapel
2:00 PM
Apr 3 Fri

Passover Begins at Sundown

Good Friday - School Closed

Apr 5 Sun

Easter

Apr 6 Mon

Spring Holiday - School Closed

Apr 7 Tue

MS Theater Rehearsal

Thru: 4/9/20153:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting

Location: Richardson Theatre
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Apr 9 Thu

Rising 8th Grade Parent Meeting

Location: MS Cafeteria
8:30 AM

Rising 8th Grade Parent Meeting

Location: Chapel Activity Room
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Apr 11 Sat

Passover Ends at Sundown

Apr 12 Sun

Orthodox Easter

MS, US Ralph Hardeman Percussion Clinic

Location: Richardson Hall Band Room, #164
1:00 PM

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March 26, 2015

 

Upcoming MS Events

Mar 30 Mon

MS Theater Rehearsal

Thru: 4/2/20153:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Apr 2 Thu

No Homework Night

MS Talent Show

Location: Gresham Chapel
2:00 PM
Apr 3 Fri

Passover Begins at Sundown

Good Friday - School Closed

Apr 5 Sun

Easter

Apr 6 Mon

Spring Holiday - School Closed

Apr 7 Tue

MS Theater Rehearsal

Thru: 4/9/20153:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting

Location: Richardson Theatre
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Apr 9 Thu

Rising 8th Grade Parent Meeting

Location: MS Cafeteria
8:30 AM

Rising 8th Grade Parent Meeting

Location: Chapel Activity Room
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Apr 11 Sat

Passover Ends at Sundown

Apr 12 Sun

Orthodox Easter

MS, US Ralph Hardeman Percussion Clinic

Location: Richardson Hall Band Room, #164
1:00 PM
Apr 13 Mon

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Thru: 4/17/2015


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Upcoming MS Volunteer Opportunities

Apr 14 Tue

MS Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

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Apr 15 Wed

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Location: Woodruff Dining Hall, Main Campus
Apr 21 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Apr 23 Thu

MS Parent Social at St. Regis

Location: St. Regis
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Parent Programming Events - all parents invited

Mar 31 Tue

Parent Programming Event - Transition to College: A Partnership for Success

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room
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Apr 2 Thu

Parent Programming: "How to Help Children Grow & Thrive, Keeping a Balance & Perspective", Kimbrell Teegarden

Location: Woodward North Campus
8:15 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Jan 13 Wed

Parent Programming Speaker Event

Location: Gresham Chapel Activity Room, Main Campus
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