Academics

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Notes From Notestine
 

Mrs. Shaver

For 30 years, the Middle School has been blessed to have Mrs. Ina Shaver serve as our school secretary. Ina has decided to retire at the end of this school year. For 30 years, Ina has made the Middle School a great place for kids to attend school and for teachers to come to work. She has a way of bringing out the best in all of us.

Mrs. Shaver began her career as MS secretary in 1984. Mr. David Chandler was the Principal, and there were 30 teachers and 360 students. She replaced Nancy Hubbard, who served as the first MS secretary and retired after 10 years of service. Ina has helped more than 5,000 students, 200 different teachers, and more than 10,000 parents as they matriculated through the Middle School.  Many of these students would later become alumni and parents who would send their children to Woodward to have Mrs. Shaver help them through adolescence. Several of our present faculty were students during her years here.

Let's consider all the changes that have taken place over the last 30 years. When Ina started her job, scheduling for students' classes was done on a whiteboard with tick marks for each class. The actual process was done in the business office on a mainframe computer. Now, Ina inputs the schedule data at her office computer in order to make our much more complex scheduling process successful. Emails have replaced handwritten notes; copy machines have replaced ditto machines. (Remember the smell of those purple sheets?) In 1984, all the rooms in old Brand Hall had an intercom system connected to the main office. To communicate, you pushed a button. Now, each classroom has a phone and every student and teacher has a cell phone. Changes in the uniform saw the girls' skirts go from plaid to grey to khaki and boys' slacks from grey to khaki.  Students once wore the "formal" uniform every day for the entire winter quarter. As for job title - instead of secretary, Mrs. Shaver is now the Administrative Assistant.

Last Saturday, following Woodward's commencement exercises, the Governing Board honored those retiring this year. Ina received an honorary diploma stating her graduation from Woodward Academy. Now, she is ready to move into retirement. She will have more time to spend with her family and countless friends, to spend more volunteer hours at Southwest Christian Hospice, and  continue to play piano at her church; hopefully more time to travel, do water aerobics, walk, and bike.

Parents, I hope the next time you speak with Mrs. Shaver you will take a minute to wish her a happy retirement.  For 30 years she has made the workload of MS students and staff much easier while serving as advisor, counselor, janitor, nurse, and (most importantly) friend. She has helped countless lost Middle Schoolers to find their way as they "enjoy the ride." The following applies to all those unsung secretaries:

Endless phone calls you will take
Endless decisions you will make
Answering questions all day long,
Making sure nothing goes wrong.
Your organization is beyond compare,
Knowing exactly what to find and where.
Your smile reaches far and near
And tells all they are welcome here.
Thank you, Ina, for all you do.
We will be lost without you. 

 

Parents Corner 

Middle School Exam Schedule

The MS exam schedule is posted on our MS Calendar page on the Woodward website. As a reminder, see below:

  • Tuesday, May 20:  8:40-9:50  Social Studies/History exam
                                  10:20-11:30  Science exam
  • Wednesday, May 21:  8:40-9:50 English exam
                                      10:20-11:30  Reading/Foreign Language exam
  • Thursday, May 22:  8 :40-9:50  Math exam     
                                     10:10-11:30  End of the year video in Gresham Chapel

Bus Schedule During Exams

Exams begin on Tuesday, May 20. On Tuesday, May 20, Wednesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 22, all MS students should plan to be off campus by noon. Buses and MARTA shuttle buses depart at 11:45 on exam days. Only students with extra time accommodations will be allowed on campus to complete exams after  noon on these three days. Parents, please make pick up and travel arrangements to comply with 11:45 departures.

Last Day of School

Parents please note: The last day for all MS students is Thursday, May 22. At noon, all students should be off campus. Friday, May 23, is a MS teacher workday and no MS students should be on campus.

Gold and Silver Eagle Rolls, 2014

Students who achieve Gold and Silver Eagle awards will be posted on the Middle School web page, and final report cards will be emailed to parents by midnight Friday, May 23. If you have questions concerning the Eagle rolls, you may contact the Middle School office on Tuesday, May 27. Please check the Middle School Handbook to review how the Eagle roll is calculated.

There has been a change in the honors awards banquet for this year. The ceremony will be held in the Chapel for 8th grade on Wednesday, May 28, and 7th grade on Thursday, May 29. The time for both events is 6:30 pm. No reservations are required. Following the awards ceremony, there will be a reception in the Woodruff Cafeteria. Finger foods will be served. We look forward to honoring our students who have worked hard and achieved academic success.

Summer Camp Registration

Registration is now open for Woodward Academy Summer Camps. Please consider taking advantage of our "New Camper Credits" program for 2014. You can receive a $25 credit for every new camper you refer. More details are available on the summer camps website. We also will have several bus stops for your convenience and an afternoon activity camp (WACtivity camp). You can find a list of all camp offerings and camp descriptions on our website.

Visit the Summer Camp pages to register now and take advantage of our payment plan. http://www.woodward.edu/summer/camps/index.aspx. We look forward to a great summer at Woodward this year! 

Student Spotlight  

 

Students Test Their Driving

On Wednesday, seventh grade students in Ms. Moody (Science), Ms. Parsons (Science), and Coach McWhorter's (PE) classes participated in a Drug and Alcohol Awareness activity. Using impairment goggles, students studied the effects of alcohol and drug use on depth perception, motor skills, and coordination by participating in various physical activities. Students drove go-carts through an obstacle course, dribbled and shot basketballs, ran a ladder drill, stacked cups, and picked up colored bean bags. Then, they compared and analyzed their results with and without the impairment goggles in their science classes as table and graphing review for their exam.

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Club Updates  

Eagle Club:  Homeroom balances for Save the Children:
Barber - $20.00
Bandrowski- $10.00
Crawford- $ 15.00
Hildebrand- $75.00
Holland- $121.05
McCreery- $100.00
McNeill - $30.00
Mousadis - $20.00
Prince - $9.85
Stratton - $24.00
Tarraso - $5.00
Williams- $15.00
Willsey- $407.25 

Jock Journal


Lacrosse Summer Camp: Dates for Summer camp for boys lacrosse are June 9-13 with Coach Muir and Coach Pons, the new head coach for next season. Students who will be in 8th grade next year will practice from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and students who will be in 9th grade next year will practice from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm. Players may register by visiting the Woodward Academy website. Flyers with more information are available at the front desk in the lobby.

MS Service News

  • 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

Aug 4 Mon

New Teacher Orientation

Location: TBA
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Aug 6 Wed

Faculty Report for Preplanning

Aug 8 Fri

Mentor/Intern Orientation

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Aug 10 Sun

MS New Student Event - Scavenger Hunt and Family Social

Location: Middle School

More Information

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Register to attend!

Sponsored by the WAPC Welcoming Committee

Aug 12 Tue

MS Orientation for all 7th Graders & New to WA 8th Graders

More Information

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

US King of Pops (popsicle) Social (New US Students and entire Freshman Class)

Location: Malizia Amphitheater (Outside Richardson Hall)

More Information

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Sponsored by the WAPC Welcoming Committee

Aug 13 Wed

Fall Semester Begins - Classes Begin for all Schools

Aug 14 Thu

MS Summer Math Test

Aug 15 Fri

MS Summer Reading Test

Aug 17 Sun

MS Parent Orientation

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Aug 20 Wed

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Registration required.

Register to attend!

Aug 21 Thu

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Registration required.

Register to attend!

Faculty Recital

Location: Gresham Chapel
4:15 PM
Aug 26 Tue

Parent Community Board Meeting

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

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Registration required.

Register to attend!

Newsletter last updated:

May 15, 2014

 

Upcoming MS Events

Aug 4 Mon

New Teacher Orientation

Location: TBA
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Aug 6 Wed

Faculty Report for Preplanning

Aug 8 Fri

MS "Grab and Go" Breakfast for Teachers

Mentor/Intern Orientation

Location: R. L. Brand Boardroom, Carlos Hall
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Aug 10 Sun

MS New Student Event - Scavenger Hunt and Family Social

Location: Middle School

More Information

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Aug 12 Tue

MS Orientation for all 7th Graders & New to WA 8th Graders

More Information

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

US King of Pops (popsicle) Social (New US Students and entire Freshman Class)

Location: Malizia Amphitheater (Outside Richardson Hall)

More Information

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Aug 13 Wed

Fall Semester Begins - Classes Begin for all Schools

Aug 14 Thu

MS Summer Math Test

Aug 15 Fri

MS Summer Reading Test

MS Parent Community Officers Meet - Registration Packets

Aug 17 Sun

MS Parent Orientation

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Aug 20 Wed

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Aug 21 Thu

Parent Drug and Alcohol Education Program

Location: US Campus, Moss Math and Science Lecture Hall (main floor)
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Faculty Recital

Location: Gresham Chapel
4:15 PM

April 3, 2014


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Upcoming MS Volunteer Opportunities

Aug 8 Fri

MS "Grab and Go" Breakfast for Teachers

Aug 10 Sun

MS New Student Event - Scavenger Hunt and Family Social

Location: Middle School

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PMMore Information...
Aug 15 Fri

MS Parent Community Officers Meet - Registration Packets

Aug 17 Sun

MS Parent Orientation

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Parent Programming Events - all parents invited

Sep 9 Tue

Parent Programming - “Lessons Learned & Actions Taken since the Winter of 2014”

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 9:30 PMRead More
Sep 18 Thu

Parent Programming - Love & Logic: Digging Deeper, Class 1

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Sep 23 Tue

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series, Class 1

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Sep 24 Wed

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series at WN, Class 1

Location: Woodward North Campus
8:15 AM - 9:45 AMRead More
Sep 30 Tue

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series, Class 2

Location: Main Campus - Gresham Chapel Activity Room
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMRead More
Oct 1 Wed

Parent Programming: Parenting the Love & Logic Way Series at WN, Class 2

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